Combination of PD-991 and letrozole improves survival in patients with HER2- breast cancer

Pfizer Inc. today announced randomized Phase 2 data that showed PD-0332991 (PD-991) in combination with letrozole significantly extended progression free survival (PFS) compared with letrozole alone in post-menopausal patients with estrogen receptor positive (ER+), human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 negative (HER2-) locally advanced or metastatic breast cancer. For patients treated with the combination of PD-991 plus letrozole, median PFS was 26.1 months, a statistically significant improvement compared to the median PFS in women who received letrozole alone, which was 7.5 months(HR=0.37 [95% CI: 0.21, 0.63]; P <0.001). These data were presented today and featured in a press conference at the 35th Annual San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium.

"These results are especially important because of the magnitude of clinical effect observed and the fact that PD-991 represents a potential first-in-class compound. Based on these positive Phase 2 data, Pfizer is planning to open a randomized Phase 3 study of PD-991 in this patient population in 2013," said Dr. Mace Rothenberg, senior vice president of clinical development and medical affairs for Pfizer's Oncology Business Unit. "We are working with regulatory authorities to advance the development of this promising compound in the most expeditious and responsible way."

Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer and the leading cause of cancer death among women worldwide. Estrogen receptor positive, HER2- breast cancer represents approximately 60 percent of all cases of breast cancer. Despite currently available treatments, survival rates for advanced or metastatic breast cancer remain low.


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