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AstraZeneca announced that the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has adopted a positive opinion, recommending the marketing authorisation of osimertinib 80mg once-daily tablets for the treatment of adult patients with locally advanced or metastatic epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) T790M mutation-positive non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).
This indication includes NSCLC patients whose disease has progressed on or after treatment with an EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) and patients with a T790M mutation who have not been treated with an EGFR-TKI.
Dr Sean Bohen, Executive Vice President, Global Medicines Development and Chief Medical Officer at AstraZeneca, said: "The CHMP's recommendation for osimertinib to receive marketing approval is a positive step for patients in Europe. This follows the recent US accelerated approval of osimertinib and its adoption in the UK under the
"Early Access to Medicines Scheme to meet urgent unmet need. Building on the breakthrough clinical evidence, we're investigating osimertinib's full potential as a monotherapy and in novel combinations with other precision medicines and immunotherapies from our comprehensive oncology pipeline."
AURA study clinical investigator Professor Jean-Charles Soria, Head of Drug Development Department, Gustave Roussy Cancer Center, Paris, France, added; "In Europe, lung cancer kills over 260,000 people every year, so there is an urgent need for new treatments. As a treating physician, it is very gratifying to see the progression of osimertinib towards use in clinical practice for patients living with EGFRm T790M non-small cell lung cancer."