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AstraZeneca’s Lynparza shows effectiveness in new breast cancer study

6th June 2017

AstraZeneca has announced that its drug Lynparza has demonstrated a strong safety and efficacy performance in a phase III breast cancer trial.

Data from the OlympiAD trial showed a statistically significant and clinically meaningful improvement in progression-free survival for BRCA-mutated metastatic breast cancer treated with Lynparza.

AstraZeneca's tablet-based therapy performed better than standard of care chemotherapy treatment, meaning the drug was able to meet its primary endpoint in the trial. It was also shown that patients treated with Lynparza had a 42 percent lower risk of their disease worsening or death compared to those who received chemotherapy.

Additionally, the overall safety profile of the drug was indicated to be consistent with previous trials of Lynparza.

Sean Bohen, executive vice-president for global medicines development and chief medical officer at AstraZeneca, said this "represents an important milestone for Lynparza, as this is the first positive phase III trial in which a PARP inhibitor has shown a significant benefit for patients outside of ovarian cancer".

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