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US FDA accepts regulatory submission for Tagrisso in 1st-line EGFR-mutated non-small cell lung cancer

Pressmeddelanden   •   Dec 18, 2017 08:03 CET

Acceptance follows FDA Breakthrough Therapy Designation

Tagrisso granted Priority Review

AstraZeneca today announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has accepted a supplemental New Drug Application (sNDA) for the use of Tagrisso (osimertinib), a third-generation, irreversible epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) with clinical activity against central nervous system (CNS) metastases, in the 1st-line treatment of patients with metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) whose tumours have EGFR mutations (exon 19 deletions or exon 21 (L858R) substitution mutations). The FDA has granted Tagrisso Priority Review status and previously granted Breakthrough Therapy Designation in the 1st-line treatment of patients with metastatic EGFR mutation-positive (EGFRm) NSCLC.

The submission acceptance is based on data from the Phase III FLAURA trial, in which Tagrisso significantly improved progression-free survival (PFS) compared to current 1st-line EGFR-TKIs, erlotinib or gefitinib, in previously-untreated patients with locally-advanced or metastatic EGFRm NSCLC.

On 28 September 2017, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology were updated to include the use of Tagrisso in the 1st-line treatment of patients with metastatic EGFRm NSCLC. The use of Tagrisso in this indication is not yet approved by the FDA.

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About NSCLC

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among both men and women, accounting for about one-quarter of all cancer deaths, more than breast, prostate and colorectal cancers combined. Approximately 10-15% of patients in the US and Europe, and 30-40% of patients in Asia have EGFRm NSCLC. These patients are particularly sensitive to treatment with currently-available EGFR-TKIs, which block the cell-signalling pathways that drive the growth of tumour cells. However, tumours almost always develop resistance to EGFR-TKI treatment leading to disease progression. Approximately half of patients develop resistance to approved EGFR-TKIs such as gefitinib and erlotinib due to the resistance mutation, EGFR T790M.Tagrisso also targets this secondary mutation that leads to disease progression. There is also a need for medicines with improved CNS efficacy, since approximately 25% of patients with EGFR-mutated NSCLC have brain metastases at diagnosis, increasing to approximately 40% within two years of diagnosis.

About Tagrisso

Tagrisso (osimertinib) is a third-generation, irreversible EGFR-TKI designed to inhibit both EGFR-sensitising and EGFR T790M-resistance mutations, with clinical activity against CNS metastases. Tagrisso 40mg and 80mg once-daily oral tablets have been approved in more than 60 countries, including the US, EU, Japan and China, for patients with EGFR T790M mutation-positive advanced NSCLC. Tagrisso is also being investigated in the adjuvant setting and in combination with other treatments.

About the FLAURA trial

The FLAURA trial assessed the efficacy and safety of Tagrisso 80mg once daily vs standard-of-care EGFR-TKIs (either erlotinib [150mg orally, once daily] or gefitinib [250mg orally, once daily]) in previously-untreated patients with locally-advanced or metastatic EGFR-mutated NSCLC. The trial was a double-blinded, randomised trial, with 556 patients across 29 countries.

About AstraZeneca in Lung Cancer

AstraZeneca is committed to developing medicines to help every patient with lung cancer. We have two approved medicines and a growing pipeline that targets genetic changes in tumour cells and boosts the power of the immune response against cancer. Our unrelenting pursuit of science aims to deliver more breakthrough therapies with the goal of extending and improving the lives of patients across all stages of disease and lines of therapy.

About AstraZeneca in Oncology

AstraZeneca has a deep-rooted heritage in Oncology and offers a quickly-growing portfolio of new medicines that has the potential to transform patients’ lives and the Company’s future. With at least six new medicines to be launched between 2014 and 2020, and a broad pipeline of small molecules and biologics in development, we are committed to advance New Oncology as one of AstraZeneca’s five Growth Platforms focused on lung, ovarian, breast and blood cancers. In addition to our core capabilities, we actively pursue innovative partnerships and investments that accelerate the delivery of our strategy, as illustrated by our investment in Acerta Pharma in haematology.

By harnessing the power of four scientific platforms – Immuno-Oncology, Tumour Drivers and Resistance, DNA Damage Response and Antibody Drug Conjugates – and by championing the development of personalised combinations, AstraZeneca has the vision to redefine cancer treatment and one day eliminate cancer as a cause of death.

About AstraZeneca

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For more information, please visit www.astrazeneca.com and follow us on Twitter @AstraZeneca.

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AstraZeneca to highlight its commitment to blood cancers at the 2017 American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting

Pressmeddelanden   •   Dec 06, 2017 08:02 CET

First data presentation of Calquence, recently approved in the US for patients with previously-treated mantle cell lymphoma

New data on five potential new medicines in development across six types of blood cancer

AstraZeneca, along with Acerta Pharma, its haematology research and development centre of excellence, and MedImmune, its global biologics research and development arm, will highlight significant progress in blood cancer research at the 59th 2017 American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting & Exhibition in Atlanta, USA. Presentations will include new data from AstraZeneca’s emerging haematology portfolio in several cancer types including mantle cell lymphoma (MCL), chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL), hairy cellleukaemia (HCL), acute myeloid leukaemia (AML), multiple myeloma and diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL).

Sean Bohen, Executive Vice President, Global Medicines Development and Chief Medical Officer at AstraZeneca, said: “Following the recent accelerated approval of AstraZeneca’s first medicine for a blood cancer, Calquence, we will share a broad range of new data at ASH highlighting our scientific progress in haematology as we seektodevelop potential medicines that advance patient care.”

Efficacy and safety of Calquence in the management of previously-treated MCL

Following the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) accelerated approval of Calquence (acalabrutinib), a kinase inhibitor indicated for the treatment of adult patients with MCL who have received at least one prior therapy, data from the pivotal Phase II ACE-LY-004 clinical trial on which the accelerated approval was based, will be presented for the first time (Abstract #155). New details of the trial will be shared, including median time to response, pre-specified patient subgroup efficacy analyses, as well as safety analyses, further characterising the clinical profile of Calquence in this patient population.

Calquence as monotherapy and in combination in multiple CLL patient populations

Results will be presented from the Phase Ib/II ACE-CL-003 trial evaluatingCalquence and obinutuzumab in treatment-naïve and previously-treated CLL patients (Abstract #432), which highlight the safety profile and activity of the combination. Long-term follow-up safety and efficacy data from the Phase I/II ACE-CL-001 clinical trial which tested Calquence as a monotherapy in a large cohort of patients with relapsed or refractory CLL (Abstract #498) will expand on findings previously reported; these data will highlight the favourable duration of response in this patient population.

Early-stage haematology portfolio

  • AstraZeneca will present additional data from its haematology portfolio, including findings from a Phase I trial of moxetumomab pasudotox, an anti-CD22 recombinant immunotoxin and potential new medicine in development for the treatment of people with previously-treated HCL (Abstract: #2765)
  • Early data on AZD2811, a novel nanoparticle inhibitor of aurora kinase B being tested in AML (Abstract #1368)
  • Preclinical data from trials on MEDI2228, a BCMA-targeting pyrrolobenzodiazepine-linked antibody drug conjugate being tested in multiple myeloma (Abstract #3153)
  • Data from a trial of vistusertib (AZD2014), a dual mTORC1/2 inhibitor being tested in DLBCL (Abstract #4113).

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NOTES TO EDITORS

A full list of company-sponsored abstracts to be presented at ASH are as follows:

Abstract Number Title Presentation Details
Abstract #155 Efficacy and safety of acalabrutinib monotherapy in patients with relapsed/refractory mantle cell lymphoma in the Phase II ACE-LY-004 study Oral session, Saturday, December 9, 1 p.m. EST
Location: Georgia World Congress Center, Building A, Level 4, A411-A412
Abstract #1741 Pharmacodynamic evaluation of acalabrutinib in relapsed/refractory and treatment-naive patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia in the Phase I/II ACE-CL-001 study Poster sessions, Saturday, December 9, 5:30-7:30 p.m. EST
Location: Georgia World Congress Center, Building A, Level 1, Hall A2
Abstract #1268 Exposure-response of the Bruton tyrosine kinase inhibitor, acalabrutinib in the treatment of hematologic malignancies
Abstract: #1243 Concurrent treatment with Pim kinase inhibitor downregulates alternative non-homologous end-joining repair and decreases genomic instability in FLT3-ITD cells treated with topoisomerase 2 inhibitors
Abstract #1368 Preclinical and early Phase I clinical data of AZD2811 nanoparticle in AML, an aurora B kinase inhibitor
Abstract #432 Acalabrutinib with obinutuzumab in relapsed/refractory and treatment-naive patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia: The Phase Ib/II ACE-CL-003 study Oral session, Sunday, December 10, 1:15 p.m. EST
Location: Georgia World Congress Center, Building B, Level 5, Murphy BR 3-4
Abstract #498 Acalabrutinib monotherapy in patients with relapsed/refractory chronic lymphocytic leukemia: Updated results from the Phase I/II ACE-CL-001 study Oral session, Sunday, December 10, 5:45 p.m. EST
Location: Georgia World Congress Center, Building B, Level 5, Murphy BR 3-4
Abstract: #2765 Negative minimal residual disease associated with extended response to moxetumomab pasudotox in patients with relapsed/refractory hairy cell leukemia: Long-term follow-up of bone marrow immunohistochemistry analyses from a Phase I study Poster Session, Sunday, December 10, 6-8 p.m. EST
Location: Georgia World Congress Center, Building A, Level 1, Hall A2
Abstract: #3153 Preclinical evaluation of MEDI2228, a BCMA-targeting pyrrolobenzodiazepine-linked antibody drug conjugate for the treatment of multiple myeloma
Abstract #3442 Adverse events, resource use, and economic burden in patients with mantle cell lymphoma in the United States
Abstract #4326 Pooled analysis of safety data from clinical trials evaluating acalabrutinib monotherapy in hematologic malignancies Poster sessions, Monday, December 11, 6-8 p.m. EST
Location: Georgia World Congress Center, Building A, Level 1, Hall A2
Abstract #4060 Understanding ibrutinib treatment discontinuation patterns for chronic lymphocytic leukaemia
Abstract #4684 MCL treatment patterns and outcomes: A community oncology practice experience
Abstract #4113 Combined inhibition of mTOR and BTK signaling is required for optimal long-term growth inhibition in DLBCL models
About Calquence

Calquence (acalabrutinib; previously known as ACP-196) is a selective inhibitor of BTK. Calquence binds covalently to BTK, irreversibly inhibiting its activity, and has demonstrated this with minimal interactions with other immune cells in pre-clinical studies.5 In B cells, BTK signalling results in activation of pathways necessary for B-cell proliferation, trafficking, chemotaxis and adhesion.1

The recommended dose of Calquence is one 100mg capsule taken orally approximately every twelve hours until disease progression or unacceptable toxicity.1 Calquence may be taken with or without food.1

Calquence is also in development for the treatment of multiple B-cell malignancies and other cancers including 1st-line MCL, chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL), Waldenström macroglobulinemia (WM), follicular lymphoma, diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, and multiple myeloma. It is also being developed as a monotherapy and in combination trials for solid tumours. More than 35 clinical trials across 40 countries with more than 2,500 patients are underway or have been completed.

Calquence was granted Orphan Drug Designation by the US FDA for the treatment of adult patients with MCL in September 2015 and by the European Commission in March 2016 for the treatment of adult patients with CLL, MCL and WM.

About AstraZeneca in Oncology

AstraZeneca has a deep-rooted heritage in Oncology and offers a quickly-growing portfolio of new medicines that have the potential to transform patients’ lives and the Company’s future. With at least six new medicines to be launched between 2014 and 2020 and a broad pipeline of small molecules and biologics in development, we are committed to advance New Oncology as one of AstraZeneca’s five Growth Platforms focused on lung, ovarian, breast and blood cancers. In addition to our core capabilities, we actively pursue innovative partnerships and investments that accelerate the delivery of our strategy as illustrated by our investment in Acerta Pharma in haematology.

By harnessing the power of four scientific platforms – Immuno-Oncology, Tumour Drivers and Resistance, DNA Damage Response and Antibody Drug Conjugates – and by championing the development of personalised combinations, AstraZeneca has the vision to redefine cancer treatment and one day eliminate cancer as a cause of death.

About Acerta Pharma

Acerta Pharma, a member of the AstraZeneca Group, is creating novel therapies intended for the treatment of cancer and autoimmune diseases. AstraZeneca acquired a majority stake interest in Acerta Pharma, which serves as AstraZeneca’s haematology research and development centre of excellence. For more information, please visit www.acerta-pharma.com.

About MedImmune

MedImmune is the global biologics research and development arm of AstraZeneca, a global, innovation-driven biopharmaceutical business that focuses on the discovery, development and commercialisation of small molecule and biologic prescription medicines. MedImmune is pioneering innovative research and exploring novel pathways across Oncology; Respiratory, Cardiovascular & Metabolic Diseases; and Infection and Vaccines. The MedImmune headquarters is located in Gaithersburg, Md., one of AstraZeneca’s three global R&D centres, with additional sites in Cambridge, UK, and Mountain View, CA. For more information, please visit www.medimmune.com.

About AstraZeneca

AstraZeneca is a global, science-led biopharmaceutical company that focuses on the discovery, development and commercialisation of prescription medicines, primarily for the treatment of diseases in three therapy areas - Oncology, Cardiovascular & Metabolic Diseases and Respiratory. The Company also is selectively active in the areas of autoimmunity, neuroscience and infection. AstraZeneca operates in over 100 countries and its innovative medicines are used by millions of patients worldwide.

For more information, please visit www.astrazeneca.com and follow us on Twitter @AstraZeneca.

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1 Calquence (acalabrutinib) Prescribing Information. AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP, Wilmington, DE

2 US Food and Drug Administration. Guidance for Industry Labeling for Human Prescription Drug and Biological Products Approved Under the Accelerated Approval Regulatory Pathway. https://www.fda.gov/downloads/Drugs/GuidanceComplianceRegulatoryInformation/Guidances/UCM390058.pdf. Accessed August 2017.

3LymphomaResearchFoundation. GettingtheFactsMantleCellLymphoma: Relapsed/Refractory. http://www.lymphoma.org/atf/cf/%7BAAF3B4E5-2C43-404C-AFE5-FD903C87B254%7D/LRF_FACTSHEET_MCL_RR_2013.PDF?auid=12730367. AccessedJuly 2017

4Acerta Pharma BV. A Study of Bendamustine and Rituximab Alone Versus in Combination With Acalabrutinib in Subjects With Previously Untreated Mantle Cell Lymphoma. In: ClinicalTrials.gov [Internet]. Bethesda (MD): National Library of Medicine (US). https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT02972840?term=LY-308&cond=acalabrutinib&rank=1. Accessed June 2017

5 Byrd JC, Harrington B, O'Brien S, Jones JA, Schuh A, Devereux S, et al. Acalabrutinib (ACP-196) in relapsed chronic lymphocytic leukemia. N Engl J Med. 2016;374(4):323–32.

6 Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Mantle Cell Lymphoma Facts. https://www.lls.org/sites/default/files/file_assets/mantlecelllymphoma.pdf. Accessed June 2017

7Cheah CY, Seymour JF, Wang M. Mantle Cell Lymphoma. Journal of Clinical Oncology 34, no. 11 (April 2016) 1256-1269.

8 Hoster E, Klapper W et al. Confirmation of the Mantle-Cell Lymphoma International Prognostic Index in Randomized Trials of the European Mantle-Cell Lymphoma Network. Journal of Clinical Oncology 2014;32:1338-1346.

9 Dreyling M, Ferrero S. The role of targeted treatment in mantle cell lymphoma: Is transplant dead or alive? Haematologica 2016 Volume 101(2):104-114

10 Teras LR, DeSantis CE, Cerhan JR, et al. 2016 US lymphoid malignancy statistics by World Health Organization subtypes. CA Cancer J Clin. 2016;66:443-459.

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AstraZeneca, along with Acerta Pharma, its haematology research and development centre of excellence, and MedImmune, its global biologics research and development arm, will highlight significant progress in blood cancer research at the 59th 2017 American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting & Exhibition in Atlanta, USA

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Tudorza reduces exacerbations and demonstrates cardiovascular safety in COPD patients

Pressmeddelanden   •   Dec 04, 2017 08:04 CET

AstraZeneca today announced positive top-line results of the Phase IV ASCENT trial for Tudorza Pressair (aclidinium bromide 400 μg, twice-daily), a long-acting muscarinic antagonist (LAMA), in patients with moderate to very severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), with a history of cardiovascular disease and/or significant cardiovascular risk factors.

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The European Medicines Agency accepts regulatory submission for Tagrisso in 1st-line EGFR-mutated non-small cell lung cancer

Pressmeddelanden   •   Nov 28, 2017 08:15 CET

AstraZeneca today announced that the European Medicines Agency has accepted a variation to the Marketing Authorisation Application (MAAv) for Tagrisso (osimertinib),

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AstraZeneca and Chinese Future Industry Investment Fund establish joint venture to develop new medicines in China

Pressmeddelanden   •   Nov 27, 2017 08:17 CET

AstraZeneca today announced a strategic joint venture with the Chinese Future Industry Investment Fund (FIIF) to form an equally-owned, stand-alone company in China to discover, develop and commercialise potential new medicines to help meet unmet needs globally, and to bring innovative new medicines to patients in China faster.

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AstraZeneca makes regulatory submission for Tagrisso in 1st-line EGFR-mutated non-small cell lung cancer in Japan

Pressmeddelanden   •   Nov 27, 2017 08:04 CET

AstraZeneca today announced the submission of a supplemental new drug application (sNDA) to Japan’s Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency for the use of Tagrisso (osimertinib).

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Faslodex receives US FDA approval for the treatment of advanced breast cancer in combination with abemaciclib

Pressmeddelanden   •   Nov 15, 2017 08:03 CET

Faslodex in combination with abemaciclib showed 16.4 months of progression-free survival (PFS)

Second approval in three months expands treatment options for women with HR+, HER2- advanced breast cancer

AstraZeneca today announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new indication for Faslodex (fulvestrant), expanding the indication to include use with abemaciclib, a CDK4/6 inhibitor, for the treatment of hormone receptor-positive (HR+), human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 negative (HER2-) advanced or metastatic breast cancer (MBC) in women with disease progression after endocrine therapy.

Dave Fredrickson, Executive Vice President, Head of the Oncology Business Unit at AstraZeneca, said: “Faslodex has long been an effective monotherapy option for women with hormone receptor positive breast cancer, which is the most common type of advanced breast cancer. Today’s decision builds upon the recent approval for Faslodex in the first-line advanced setting and is supported by strong evidence to use this medicine within a combination therapy for advanced breast cancer. Combining Faslodex with abemaciclib provides patients with another effective, non-chemotherapy option to combat this disease.”

Peter A. Kaufman, MD of the Norris Cotton Cancer Center at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, said: “This new indication for Faslodex offers another treatment option for women living with HR+, HER2- advanced or metastatic breast cancer with disease progression after endocrine therapy. The study supporting this indication demonstrated that Faslodex used in combination with abemaciclib significantly improves progression-free survival compared to Faslodex and placebo.”

The FDA approval is based on data from the Phase III MONARCH 2 trial, which met the study’s primary endpoint of PFS.

The trial included 669 women with HR+, HER2- advanced breast cancer. The results showed a statistically significant increase in investigator-assessed median PFS of 7.1 months (16.4 months vs 9.3 months) in patients who received Faslodex 500 mg and abemaciclib 150 mg over Faslodex and placebo (HR: 0.553; 95% CI: 0.449-0.681; p<0.0001).

This expanded indication for Faslodex is the second FDA approval for Faslodex in combination with a CDK4/6 inhibitor. Faslodex has been licensed in the US since 2016 for use with the CDK4/6 inhibitor, palbociclib, for the treatment of women with HR+, HER2-negative MBC, whose cancer has progressed after endocrine therapy.

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About MONARCH 2

MONARCH 2 is a Phase III, international, randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled, multicenter study, sponsored by Eli Lilly and Company, of Faslodex with abemaciclib vs Faslodex with placebo conducted in women with HR+, HER2- advanced or metastatic breast cancer, whose disease progressed on or after neoadjuvant or adjuvant endocrine therapy, ≤12 months from the end of adjuvant endocrine therapy, or while receiving first-line endocrine therapy for metastatic disease. The study included 669 women randomly assigned to receive intramuscular injection of 500 mg Faslodex with abemaciclib or placebo orally twice daily in a 2:1 ratio.Pre/perimenopausal women were enrolled in the study and received the gonadotropin-releasinghormone agonist goserelin acetate for at least four weeks prior to and for the duration of the study. Patients remained on treatment until development of progressive disease or unmanageable toxicity.

Patients enrolled in this study had a median age of 60 years (range, 32 to 91). The majority of patients in the study were white (56%). All patients had an ECOG (Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group) performance status of 0 or 1.

Approximately 59% of patients in each of the treatment arms, Faslodex in combination with abemaciclib and Faslodex with placebo, received endocrine therapy as their first therapy for advanced breast cancer; the remaining 38% of patients in the experimental and in the control treatment arms received this regimen as their second endocrine therapy for advanced breast cancer. 55.8% had visceral disease and 26.9% had bone-only disease. Twenty-five percent of patients had primary endocrine resistance, and 2.7% had locally advanced disease.

Detailed results of the MONARCH 2 trial are published online in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

About Advanced Breast Cancer or Metastatic Breast Cancer (MBC)

Advanced/metastatic breast cancer refers to Stages III and IV breast cancer. Stage III disease may be referred to as locally-advanced breast cancer. MBC is the most advanced stage of breast cancer (Stage IV), and occurs when cancer cells have spread beyond the initial tumor site to other parts of the body outside of the breast.

Despite treatment options increasing during the past three decades, there is currently no cure for patients diagnosed with MBC and the 5-year relative survival rate for this patient population is currently 26.9%. Thus, the primary aim of treatment is to slow progression of the disease for as long as possible, improving, or at least maintaining, a patient’s quality of life.

It is estimated that in 2017, there will be approximately 153,000 women in the US living with MBC, and this number is projected to increase to approximately 160,000 by the year 2020.

About Faslodex (fulvestrant)

Faslodex is indicated for the treatment of oestrogen receptor positive, locally advanced or metastatic breast cancer in postmenopausal women not previously treated with endocrine therapy, or with disease relapse on or after adjuvant anti-oestrogen therapy, or disease progression on anti-oestrogen therapy.

In the US, EU and Japan, Faslodex is also approved in combination with palbociclib for the treatment of women with HR+, HER2-negative advanced or metastatic breast cancer, whose cancer has progressed after endocrine medicine. Faslodex represents a hormonal treatment approach that helps to slow tumour growth by blocking and degrading the oestrogen receptor – a key driver of disease progression.

Faslodex is approved in over 80 countries as a monotherapy to treat ER+ advanced breast cancer patients. It is currently being evaluated in combination with medicines from various drug classes for the treatment of women with HR+ advanced breast cancer.

About AstraZeneca in Oncology
AstraZeneca has a deep-rooted heritage in Oncology and offers a quickly-growing portfolio of new medicines that has the potential to transform patients’ lives and the Company’s future. With at least six new medicines to be launched between 2014 and 2020, and a broad pipeline of small molecules and biologics in development, we are committed to advance New Oncology as one of AstraZeneca’s five Growth Platforms focused on lung, ovarian, breast and blood cancers. In addition to our core capabilities, we actively pursue innovative partnerships and investments that accelerate the delivery of our strategy as illustrated by our investment in Acerta Pharma in haematology.

By harnessing the power of four scientific platforms – Immuno-Oncology, Tumour Drivers and Resistance, DNA Damage Response and Antibody-Drug Conjugates – and by championing the development of personalised combinations, AstraZeneca has the vision to redefine cancer treatment and one day eliminate cancer as a cause of death.

About AstraZeneca

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Fasenra (benralizumab) receives US FDA approval for severe eosinophilic asthma

Pressmeddelanden   •   Nov 15, 2017 08:01 CET

AstraZeneca and its global biologics research and development arm, MedImmune, today announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Fasenra (benralizumab) for the add-on maintenance treatment of patients with severe asthma aged 12 years and older, and with an eosinophilic phenotype.

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Benralizumab får positivt CHMP-utlåtande i EU för behandling av svår, okontrollerad eosinofil astma

Pressmeddelanden   •   Nov 10, 2017 13:05 CET

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AstraZeneca PLC:s resultatrapport för första nio månader och tredje kvartalet 2017

Pressmeddelanden   •   Nov 09, 2017 08:39 CET

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Om AstraZeneca

Om AstraZeneca

AstraZeneca är ett globalt, innovationsdrivet bioläkemedelsföretag med fokus på forskning, utveckling och marknadsföring av receptbelagda läkemedel, primärt för behandling av sjukdomar inom tre terapiområden - andningsvägar, hjärta/kärl/metabolism och cancer men är också selektivt aktiv inom områdena autoimmunitet, neurovetenskap och infektion. AstraZeneca är verksamt i över 100 länder och våra innovativa läkemedel används av miljontals patienter världen över. Mer information finns på: www.astrazeneca.com och www.astrazeneca.se