The big news yesterday evening was that Amgen’s phase III FOCUS trial in relapsed/refractory multiple myeloma failed to meet its primary endpoint of overall survival (HR=0.975).

Kyprolis logo 300x101 Carfilzomib fails in refractory myeloma FOCUS trial Such a marginal hazard ratio (HR) tells us that the risk of death was not reduced by taking carfilzomib over best supportive care.

According to the company:

“The 315-patient, open-label study evaluated single-agent Kyprolis® (carfilzomib) for Injection compared to an active control regimen of low-dose dexamethasone, or equivalent corticosteroids, plus optional cyclophosphamide in patients with relapsed and advanced refractory multiple myeloma. Nearly all patients in the control arm received cyclophosphamide. Patients were heavily pretreated and had received a median of five therapeutic regimens prior to study entry.”

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 Carfilzomib fails in refractory myeloma FOCUS trial

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