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DCGI approves AstraZeneca’s Lynparza for adjuvant treatment of patients with high-risk early breast cancer

New data from Olympia phase-III trial suggest that Olaparib demonstrated a statistically significant and clinically meaningful improvement, with an Overall Survival (OS) benefit

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The Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) has approved AstraZenca’s Lynparza (Olaparib) as a monotherapy for the adjuvant treatment of adult patients with BRCA-mutated HER2- negative high-risk early breast cancer, who have previously been treated with neoadjuvant or adjuvant chemotherapy, a statement from AstraZeneca notified.

The approval was based on results from the Olympia phase-III trial, which suggested that Olaparib demonstrated a statistically significant and clinically meaningful improvement, with an Overall Survival (OS) benefit. With the DCGI’s approval, Lynparza is now approved in the US, the EU, Japan, India and several other countries for the treatment of the same. Currently, Lynparza is the first and only approved medicine targetting BRCA mutations in early-stage breast cancer, the statement added.

It also said that the results from the landmark Olympia phase-III trial highlight the value and importance of testing for BRCA mutations at diagnosis. Olaparib demonstrated a statistically significant and clinically meaningful improvement in invasive disease-free survival (iDFS), reducing the risk of invasive breast cancer recurrences, second cancers or death by 42 per cent versus placebo. New updated results from the Olympia trial also showed Lynparza demonstrated a statistically significant and clinically meaningful improvement in the key secondary endpoint of OS, reducing the risk of death by 32 per cent versus placebo.

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