Breakthrough status for AZ’s Imfinzi treatment

Breakthrough status for AZ’s lung cancer treatment
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AstraZeneca has picked up its fourth Breakthrough Therapy Designation for a new oncology medicine in three years after the US FDA rubberstamped Imfinzi.

Imfinzi has been granted the designation for the treatment of patients with locally-advanced, unresectable non-small cell lung cancer whose disease has not progressed following platinum-based chemoradiation therapy.

The Breakthrough Therapy Designation is designed to expedite the development and regulatory review of new medicines that are intended to treat a serious condition and that have shown encouraging early clinical results.

The designation for Imfinzi was granted on the basis of interim results from the Phase III PACIFIC trial – a randomised, double-blinded, placebo-controlled multi-centre trial.

This follows the recent accelerated FDA approval from the US FDA for Imfinzi in previously-treated patients with advanced bladder cancer.

It is also the fourth Breakthrough Therapy Designation AZ has received for a New Oncology cancer medicine over the past three years, the second for Imfinzi.