Rubraca® (rucaparib) Approved in the U.S. as Maintenance Treatment of
Recurrent Ovarian Cancer
• Rubraca is now indicated as maintenance treatment for women with recurrent ovarian
cancer who are in a complete or partial response to platinum-based chemotherapy,
regardless of BRCA mutation status – no biomarker testing required
• Rubraca received regular approval in this broader and earlier-line indication based on
positive data from the phase 3 ARIEL3 clinical trial
• Rubraca provided statistically-significant improvement in progression-free survival
versus placebo in all patients studied (median 10.8 mos v. 5.4 mos) by investigator
• Most common Grade 3-4 adverse reaction was anemia; most common Grade 3-4 lab
abnormality was decrease in hemoglobin
BOULDER, Colo., April 6, 2018 – Clovis Oncology, Inc. (NASDAQ:CLVS) today
announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Rubraca®
(rucaparib) tablets for the maintenance treatment of adult patients with recurrent epithelial
ovarian, fallopian tube, or primary peritoneal cancer who are in a complete or partial response to
platinum-based chemotherapy. FDA granted regular approval for Rubraca in this second,
broader and earlier-line indication on a priority review timeline based on positive data from the
phase 3 ARIEL3 clinical trial. Biomarker testing is not required for patients to be prescribed
Rubraca in this maintenance treatment indication. Warnings and precautions include
Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS), Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML), and embryo-fetal toxicity.
Please see warnings and precautions and additional Select Important Safety Information below.
In addition to granting Rubraca approval in this second indication, the FDA converted the
approval of the initial treatment indication from accelerated to regular approval.
“Rubraca provided statistically-significant improvement in PFS versus placebo to all patients,
regardless of BRCA mutation status,” said Robert L. Coleman, MD, Professor & Executive
Director, Cancer Network Research, Ann Rife Cox Chair in Gynecology, Department of
Gynecologic Oncology and Reproductive Medicine at University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer
Center in Houston and one of the Principal Investigators in the ARIEL3 clinical trial program.
“Both the efficacy and safety results from the ARIEL3 study reinforce the important role of
Rubraca in the treatment of recurrent ovarian cancer and expands the treatment options for
patients and physicians battling this disease.”
“This FDA approval provides a meaningful advancement for the treatment of women with
recurrent ovarian cancer, offering them the potential to reduce their risk of disease progression
following platinum-based chemotherapy,” said Patrick J. Mahaffy, CEO and President of Clovis
Oncology. “We are grateful that the FDA expedited review of this maintenance treatment
indication, so that physicians can begin offering it to appropriate patients beginning today.”
On February 28, 2018, Rubraca was added to the National Comprehensive Cancer Network
(NCCN) Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology Ovarian Cancer, as maintenance therapy for
patients with platinum-sensitive epithelial ovarian, fallopian tube and primary peritoneal cancer
who are in partial or complete response after completion of two or more lines of platinum-based
therapy. The NCCN designated Rubraca as a category 2A treatment.
NCCN is a not-for-profit alliance that includes 27 of the world’s leading cancer institutions. The
NCCN Guidelines document evidence-based, consensus-driven management to ensure that all
patients receive preventive, diagnostic, treatment, and supportive services that are most likely to
lead to optimal outcomes.
In December 2017, FDA accepted the Rubraca supplemental New Drug Application (sNDA)
application and granted priority review status. Priority review designation is granted to proposed
medicines that FDA has determined have the potential, if approved, to offer a significant
improvement in the safety or effectiveness for the treatment, prevention or diagnosis of a
serious condition when compared to standard applications. The Rubraca maintenance
treatment approval is based on positive results from the ARIEL3 study, which evaluated
Rubraca in the ovarian cancer maintenance-treatment setting among three populations: 1)
BRCA mutant (BRCAmut+) 2) HRD positive inclusive of BRCAmut+ and, 3) all patients treated
in ARIEL3. The study enrolled a total of 564 patients.
ARIEL3 successfully achieved both its primary and key secondary endpoints, extending
investigator assessed progression-free survival (PFS) versus placebo in all patients treated,
regardless of BRCA status.
Parameter Investigator Assessment
Patients, N 375 189
PFS events, n (%) 234 (62%) 167 (88%)
PFS, median in months 10.8 5.4
HR (95% CI) 0.36 (0.30, 0.45)
Patients, N 130 66
PFS events, n (%) 67 (52%) 56 (85%)
PFS, median in months 16.6 5.4
HR (95% CI) 0.23 (0.16, 0.34)
 https://www.nccn.org/about/default.aspx. Accessed March 2018.
a. All randomized patients
b. tBRCA (tumor BRCA) includes all patients with a deleterious germline or somatic BRCA mutation, as
determined by the CTA..
Clovis announced topline results from the ARIEL3 clinical trial in June 2017. Additional data
from the trial were presented at the 2017 European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO)
Annual Conference in Madrid, Spain, and subsequently published in The Lancet.
“The FDA approval of Rubraca in the maintenance treatment setting is an important milestone
for physicians and their patients with recurrent ovarian cancer because it offers them greater
flexibility to use this novel PARP inhibitor, which has demonstrated significant clinical efficacy
and has been well received in practice,” said Professor Jonathan Ledermann, MD, Professor of
Medical Oncology, Clinical Director, UCL Cancer Institute, and European and the rest of world
Principal Investigator for the ARIEL3 study. “This will enable physicians to offer Rubraca to
more women with platinum-sensitive, recurrent ovarian cancer.”
“Tens of thousands of women will battle ovarian cancer every year,” said David Barley, Chief
Executive Officer, National Ovarian Cancer Coalition. “We need therapies that provide clinically
meaningful improvements in reducing the risk of disease progression, among women with
The safety evaluation of Rubraca 600 mg twice daily as monotherapy for maintenance
treatment is based on data from 561 patients with recurrent ovarian cancer treated in the
ARIEL3 trial. The safety and tolerability of Rubraca observed in this study was consistent with
the previous Rubraca studies. The most common adverse reactions (greater than or equal to
20% of patients; CTCAE Grade 1-4) were nausea, fatigue/asthenia, abdominal pain/distention,
rash, dysgeusia, anemia, AST/ALT elevation, constipation, vomiting, diarrhea,
thrombocytopenia, nasopharyngitis/upper respiratory tract infection, stomatitis, decreased
appetite and neutropenia. The most common laboratory abnormalities (greater than or equal to
25% of patients; CTCAE Grade 1-4) were increase in creatinine, decrease in hemoglobin,
increase in cholesterol, increase in alanine aminotransferase (ALT), increase in increase in
aspartate aminotransferase (AST), decrease in platelets, decrease in leukocytes, decrease in
neutrophils, increase in alkaline phosphatase and decrease in lymphocytes. The majority of
adverse reactions and laboratory abnormalities were Grade 1-2.
About Rubraca Connections
Rubraca is available in the United States through specialty pharmacies and distributors. Clovis
is committed to ensuring Rubraca access for patients and offers eligible patients financial
Rubraca is an oral, small molecule inhibitor of PARP1, PARP2 and PARP3 being developed in
ovarian cancer as well as several additional solid tumor indications. Studies open for enrollment
or under consideration include ovarian, prostate, breast, gastroesophageal, pancreatic, lung and
bladder cancers. Clovis holds worldwide rights for Rubraca.
In the United States, Rubraca is approved for the maintenance treatment of adult patients with
recurrent epithelial ovarian, fallopian tube, or primary peritoneal cancer who are in a complete or
partial response to platinum-based chemotherapy. Rubraca is also approved in the United
States for the treatment of adult patients with deleterious BRCA mutation (germline and/or
somatic) associated epithelial ovarian, fallopian tube, or primary peritoneal cancer who have
been treated with two or more chemotherapies, and selected for therapy based on an FDAapproved
companion diagnostic for Rubraca.
Rubraca is an unlicensed medical product outside of the U.S.
Select Important Safety Information
Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS)/Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) occur uncommonly in
patients treated with Rubraca, and are potentially fatal adverse reactions. In approximately
1100 treated patients, MDS/AML occurred in 12 patients (1.1%), including those in long term
follow-up. Of these, 5 occurred during treatment or during the 28 day safety follow-up (0.5%).
The duration of Rubraca treatment prior to the diagnosis of MDS/AML ranged from 1 month to
approximately 28 months. The cases were typical of secondary MDS/cancer therapy-related
AML; in all cases, patients had received previous platinum-containing regimens and/or other
DNA damaging agents.
Do not start Rubraca until patients have recovered from hematological toxicity caused by
previous chemotherapy (≤ Grade 1).
Monitor complete blood counts for cytopenia at baseline and monthly thereafter for clinically
significant changes during treatment. For prolonged hematological toxicities (> 4 weeks),
interrupt Rubraca or reduce dose (see Dosage and Administration (2.2) in full Prescribing
Information) and monitor blood counts weekly until recovery. If the levels have not recovered to
Grade 1 or less after 4 weeks or if MDS/AML is suspected, refer the patient to a hematologist
for further investigations, including bone marrow analysis and blood sample for cytogenetics. If
MDS/AML is confirmed, discontinue Rubraca.
Based on its mechanism of action and findings from animal studies, Rubraca can cause fetal
harm when administered to a pregnant woman. Apprise pregnant women of the potential risk to
a fetus. Advise females of reproductive potential to use effective contraception during treatment
and for 6 months following the last dose of Rubraca.
Most common adverse reactions in ARIEL3 (≥ 20%; Grade 1-4) were nausea (76%),
fatigue/asthenia (73%), abdominal pain/distention (46%), rash (43%), dysgeusia (40%), anemia
(39%), AST/ALT elevation (38%), constipation (37%), vomiting (37%), diarrhea (32%),
thrombocytopenia (29%), nasopharyngitis/upper respiratory tract infection (29%), stomatitis
(28%), decreased appetite (23%), and neutropenia (20%).
Most common laboratory abnormalities in ARIEL3 (≥ 25%; Grade 1-4) were increase in
creatinine (98%), decrease in hemoglobin (88%), increase in cholesterol (84%), increase in
alanine aminotransferase (ALT) (73%), increase in aspartate aminotransferase (AST) (61%),
decrease in platelets (44%), decrease in leukocytes (44%), decrease in neutrophils (38%),
increase in alkaline phosphatase (37%), and decrease in lymphocytes (29%).
Most common adverse reactions in Study 10 and ARIEL2 (≥ 20%; Grade 1-4) were nausea
(77%), asthenia/fatigue (77%), vomiting (46%), anemia (44%), constipation (40%), dysgeusia
(39%), decreased appetite (39%), diarrhea (34%), abdominal pain (32%), dyspnea (21%), and
Most common laboratory abnormalities in Study 10 and ARIEL2 (≥ 35%; Grade 1-4) were
increase in creatinine (92%), increase in alanine aminotransferase (ALT) (74%), increase in
aspartate aminotransferase (AST) (73%), decrease in hemoglobin (67%), decrease in
lymphocytes (45%), increase in cholesterol (40%), decrease in platelets (39%), and decrease in
absolute neutrophil count (35%).
Co-administration of rucaparib can increase the systemic exposure of CYP1A2, CYP3A,
CYP2C9, or CYP2C19 substrates, which may increase the risk of toxicities of these drugs.
Adjust dosage of CYP1A2, CYP3A, CYP2C9, or CYP2C19 substrates, if clinically indicated. If
co-administration with warfarin (a CYP2C9 substrate) cannot be avoided, consider increasing
frequency of international normalized ratios (INR) monitoring.
Because of the potential for serious adverse reactions in breast-fed children from Rubraca,
advise lactating women not to breastfeed during treatment with Rubraca and for 2 weeks after
the last dose.
You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or www.fda.gov/medwatch. You
may also report side effects to Clovis Oncology, Inc. at 1-844-258-7662.
Please see U.S. Prescribing Information for additional Important Safety Information.
About Clovis Oncology
Clovis Oncology, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company focused on acquiring, developing and
commercializing innovative anti-cancer agents in the U.S., Europe and additional international
markets. Clovis Oncology targets development programs at specific subsets of cancer
populations, and simultaneously develops, with partners, diagnostic tools intended to direct a
compound in development to the population that is most likely to benefit from its use. Clovis
Oncology is headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, and has additional offices in San Francisco,
California and Cambridge, UK. Please visit clovisoncology.com for more information.
This press release contains forward-looking statements (as defined under the Private Securities
Litigation Reform Act of 1995) about the potential of Rubraca® (rucaparib) as maintenance
treatment of adult patients with recurrent epithelial ovarian, fallopian tube, or primary peritoneal
cancer who are in a complete or partial response to platinum-based chemotherapy, and reflects
Clovis Oncology’s current beliefs. As with any pharmaceutical product, there are substantial
risks and uncertainties in the process of development and commercialization that could cause
actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking
statements. In particular, there are no guarantees that future study results and patient
experience will be consistent with the study findings to date, that Rubraca will receive regulatory
approval for any future indications, or that it will prove to be commercially successful. A further
description of risks and uncertainties can be found in Clovis Oncology’s filings with
the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K and its
reports on Form 10-Q and Form 8-K. All forward-looking statements are based on information
currently available to the company, and Clovis Oncology does not undertake to update or revise
any forward-looking statements
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