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MorphoSys AG (NASDAQ: MOR) and Incyte (Nasdaq: INCY) today announced that Monjuvi (tafasitamab-cxix), a humanized Fc-modified cytolytic CD19 targeting monoclonal antibody, has been included in the latest National Comprehensive Cancer Network Clinical Practice Guidelines (NCCN Guidelines) in Oncology for B-cell Lymphomas. Specifically, the NCCN Guidelines in the United States now include Monjuvi in combination with lenalidomide with a Category 2A designation as an option for the treatment of previously-treated adult patients with relapsed or refractory diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) not otherwise specified, including DLBCL arising from low grade lymphoma who are ineligible for autologous stem cell transplant (ASCT).
“We are very gratified the NCCN acted quickly to include Monjuvi in combination with lenalidomide with a Category 2A designation in its Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology as a treatment for patients with relapsed or refractory DLBCL who are not candidates for transplant. This targeted therapeutic option helps address an immediate medical need for patients who previously had limited treatment options,” said Dr. Malte Peters, Chief Research & Development Officer, MorphoSys. “There is no other FDA-approved second line treatment for these patients with a 2A designation within the NCCN guidelines.”
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Monjuvi in combination with lenalidomide under accelerated approval on July 31, 2020, for the treatment of adult patients with relapsed or refractory DLBCL not otherwise specified, including DBLCL arising from low grade lymphoma, and who are not eligible for ASCT. The approval was based on data from the MorphoSys-sponsored Phase 2 L-MIND study, an open label, multicenter single arm trial. Continued approval for this indication may be contingent upon verification and description of clinical benefit in a confirmatory trial(s).1
The NCCN is a not-for-profit alliance of 30 leading cancer centers devoted to patient care, research and education. The intent of the NCCN Guidelines is to assist in the decision-making process of individuals involved in cancer care – including physicians, nurses, pharmacists, payers, patients and their families – with the ultimate goal of improving patient care and outcomes.
“The inclusion of Monjuvi in the NCCN Guidelines will help further inform healthcare providers of this advancement for patients,” said Peg Squier, M.D., Group Vice President, U.S. Medical Affairs, Incyte. “We believe Monjuvi has the potential to address an urgent medical need for patients with relapsed or refractory DLBCL and are pleased that the NCCN has acknowledged the clinical benefit of this targeted therapeutic option.”
DLBCL is the most common type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma in adults worldwide,2 characterized by rapidly growing masses of malignant B-cells in the lymph nodes, spleen, liver, bone marrow or other organs. It is an aggressive disease with about one in three patients not responding to initial therapy or relapsing thereafter.3 In the United States each year, approximately 10,000 patients are diagnosed with relapsed or refractory DLBCL who are not eligible for ASCT.4,5,6
The updated NCCN Guidelines are available at www.nccn.org.
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