FDA approves therapy to treat patients with relapsed and refractory mantle cell lymphoma

FDA on Thursday granted accelerated approval to zanubrutinib (Brukinsa—BeiGene USA) capsules for the treatment of adult patients with mantle cell lymphoma who have received at least one prior therapy.

FDA on Thursday granted accelerated approval to zanubrutinib (Brukinsa—BeiGene USA) capsules for the treatment of adult patients with mantle cell lymphoma who have received at least one prior therapy. "Mantle cell lymphoma usually responds well to initial treatment, but eventually returns or stops responding, and the cancer cells continue to grow. This is a life-threatening condition," said Richard Pazdur, MD, director of FDA's Oncology Center of Excellence and acting director of the Office of Oncologic Diseases in FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. "Clinical trials showed that 84% of patients saw tumor shrinkage with this therapy. For patients whose disease relapses or becomes refractory, secondary therapies may be successful in providing another remission, and today’s approval will provide patients with another treatment option." A single-arm clinical trial of zanubrutinib included 86 patients with mantle cell lymphoma who had received at least one prior treatment. The trial measured how many patients experienced complete or partial shrinkage of their tumors after treatment. In the trial, 84% of patients had tumor shrinkage with a median duration of response of 19.5 months. This trial was supported by an additional single-arm trial that included 32 patients, in which 84% of patients had tumor shrinkage with a median duration of response of 18.5 months.