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Agios' Tibsovo Improves Survival in Cholangiocarcinoma Study

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Agios Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (AGIO - Free Report) presented detailed data from the phase III ClarIDHy study on its leukemia drug Tibsovo (ivosidenib), which is being evaluated in previously treated patients with IDH1 mutant cholangiocarcinoma, also called bile-duct cancer.

In the study, the median progression-free survival (PFS) was 2.7 months for patients who received Tibsovo compared to 1.4 months in the placebo arm. Importantly, patients who were treated with Tibsovo had a 6-month and 12-month PFS rate of 32% and 22%, respectively, while none of the patients in the placebo arm was free from disease progression for more than six months.

Tibsovo also reduced the risk of disease progression or death by 63%. In the Tibsovo arm, partial response was achieved by 2% of patients and 51% of patients had stable disease while in the placebo arm, 28% of patients had stable disease.

The results were presented at the European Society for Medical Oncology Congress held in Spain.

Notably, in May 2019, Tibsovo met the primary endpoint in the ClarIDHy study. Back then, the study demonstrated statistically significant improvement in PFS compared to patients who received placebo. The company plans to file a supplemental new drug application (sNDA) to the FDA for including the above indication on Tibsovo’s label by this year end. Currently, there are no treatment options available for this disease.

Tibsovo is presently marketed for treating adult patients suffering relapsed or refractory acute myeloid leukemia (AML) with IDH-1 mutation. The drug is currently under review in the EU for the same indication.

Tibsovo generated sales of $13.7 million in the second quarter of 2019, reflecting a sequential surge of more than 50%. Several label expansion studies on Tibsovo are currently underway, which upon potential approval, can fuel sales growth for the drug.

Meanwhile, in March 2019, the FDA granted a Breakthrough Therapy designation to Tibsovo in combination with Celgene’s (CELG - Free Report) Vidaza for treating the newly diagnosed AML in adult patients with an IDH-1 mutation, aged 75 and above and are ineligible for intensive chemotherapy.

Notably, Agios is riding high on the success of Tibsovo of late. However, the company is likely to face stiff competition from pharma giants and several other leading industry players like AstraZeneca (AZN - Free Report) , Eli Lilly (LLY - Free Report) , AbbVie and Roche. These companies’ candidates are lined up for studies to treat cancer and rare genetic metabolic disorders by targeting cellular metabolism.

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