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Bristol Myers Squibb updates on trial evaluating Opdivo (nivolumab) plus Yervoy (ipilimumab) to treat patients with unresectable or metastatic urothelial carcinoma
17 May 2022 -

US-based pharmaceutical company Bristol Myers Squibb (NYSE: BMY) announced on Monday that the Phase 3 CheckMate -901 trial, comparing Opdivo (nivolumab) plus Yervoy (ipilimumab) to standard-of-care chemotherapy as a first-line treatment for patients with untreated unresectable or metastatic urothelial carcinoma, did not meet the primary endpoint of overall survival (OS) in patients whose tumour cells express PD-L1 greater than or equal to 1% at final analysis. The company remains blinded to the data, and an independent Data Monitoring Committee recommended that the trial continue to assess other primary and secondary endpoints. No new safety signals were observed at the time of the analysis.

'Despite some progress in recent years, metastatic urothelial carcinoma remains a difficult disease to address, with a limited number of treatment options that can extend patients' lives,' said Dana Walker, M.D., M.S.C.E., vice president, development program lead, genitourinary cancers, Bristol Myers Squibb. 'Opdivo plus Yervoy has demonstrated durable, long-term survival improvements in several challenging-to-treat advanced cancers, and we are disappointed that the final analysis of CheckMate -901 did not show this same benefit in urothelial carcinoma patients whose tumour cells express PD-L1 =1 percent. We remain committed to advancing research in urothelial carcinoma, we look forward to seeing data from other parts of the CheckMate -901 trial, and we thank all of the patients, investigators and site personnel involved.'