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FDA Approves Amgen (AMGN)'s Xgeva to Treat Giant Cell Tumor of the Bone


6/13/2013 11:25:02 AM

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FDA approves Xgeva to treat giant cell tumor of the bone

June 13, 2013 -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today expanded the approved use of Xgeva (denosumab) to treat adults and some adolescents with giant cell tumor of the bone (GCTB), a rare and usually non-cancerous tumor.

GCTB generally occurs in adults between the ages of 20 and 40 years. In most cases, GCTB does not spread to other parts of the body but destroys normal bone as it grows, causing pain, limited range of motion and bone fractures. Rarely, GCTB can transform into a cancerous tumor and spread to the lungs.

Xgeva is a monoclonal antibody that binds to RANKL, a protein essential for maintenance of healthy bone. RANKL is also present in GCTB. Xgeva is intended for patients whose GCTB cannot be surgically removed (unresectable) or when surgery is likely to result in severe morbidity, such as loss of limbs or joint removal. It should only be used in adolescents whose bones have matured.

“Today’s approval of Xgeva provides a needed treatment option for patients with GCTB who are not surgical candidates or who would otherwise have to undergo extensive, life-altering surgery,” said Richard Pazdur, M.D., director of the Office of Hematology and Oncology Products in FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.

The FDA reviewed Xgeva under its priority review program, which provides for an expedited review of drugs. Xgeva was granted orphan product designation because it is intended to treat a rare disease or condition.

The safety and effectiveness of Xgeva for GCTB were established in two clinical trials that enrolled a total of 305 adult or adolescent patients. All patients had confirmed cases of GCTB that were recurrent, unresectable or where surgery would result in severe morbidity.

Of the 187 patients whose tumors could be measured, 47 patients had their tumors reduce in size after an average of three months. Over an average follow-up duration of 20 months, re-growth of GCTB occurred in three patients whose tumors originally became smaller during treatment.

Common side effects included joint pain (arthralgia), headache, nausea, fatigue, back pain and extremity pain. The most common serious side effects were osteonecrosis (areas of dead bone) of the jaw and osteomyelitis (inflammation or infection of the bone). Women of reproductive potential should use highly effective contraception while taking Xgeva because of potential fetal harm.

Xgeva was approved in 2010 to prevent fractures when cancer has spread to the bones. It is marketed by Amgen, based in Thousand Oaks, Calif.

For more information:

FDA: Office of Hematology and Oncology Products

FDA: Approved Drugs: Questions and Answers

The FDA, an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, protects the public health by assuring the safety, effectiveness, and security of human and veterinary drugs, vaccines and other biological products for human use, and medical devices. The agency also is responsible for the safety and security of our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, dietary supplements, products that give off electronic radiation, and for regulating tobacco products.

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