FDA Approves Mitomycin (JELMYTO, UroGen Pharma) for Low Grade UTUC

San Francisco, CA (UroToday.com) -- The Food and Drug Administration approved mitomycin (JELMYTO, UroGen Pharma) for adult patients with low-grade upper tract urothelial cancer (LG-UTUC).

Efficacy determination was based on OLYMPUS (NCT02793128), an ongoing, single-arm, multicenter trial enrolling 71 patients with treatment-naïve or recurrent low-grade non-invasive UTUC with at least one measurable papillary tumor located above the ureteropelvic junction. Patients who had larger tumors could have had prior tumor debulking. Patients received weekly JELMYTO 4 mg per mL instillations via ureteral catheter or nephrostomy tube for 6 weeks. For patients with a complete response (CR) at 3 months, instillations were to be administered monthly for a maximum of 11 additional instillations.


The major efficacy outcome measures were CR and CR durability. CR was defined as complete absence of tumor lesions 3 months after JELMYTO initiation and was assessed by urine cytology and ureteroscopy. If warranted, a biopsy was performed. Forty-one patients (58%) achieved a CR three months following treatment initiation and were continued in follow-up; 29 patients received at least one dose of maintenance therapy.

Durability of response in those with CRs was evaluated at 3, 6, 9 and 12 months, following the CR determination. Seven patients had documented recurrences and nineteen patients remained in CR at 12-months following CR determination. The median response duration had not been reached (range: 0, 18.8+ months). 

The most common adverse reactions (≥ 20%) in patients who received JELMYTO were ureteric obstruction, flank pain, urinary tract infection, hematuria, renal dysfunction, fatigue, nausea, abdominal pain, dysuria, and vomiting. Ureteric obstruction occurred in 58% of those receiving JELMYTO and required ureteral stent placement in 88% of these patients.

The recommended JELMYTO dose is 4 mg per mL instilled via a ureteral catheter or nephrostomy tube, with total instillation volume based on volumetric measurements using pyelography, not exceeding 15 mL (60 mg mitomycin).

This review used the Assessment Aid, a voluntary submission from the applicant to facilitate the FDA’s assessment.

FDA granted this application priority review, fast track, and breakthrough therapy designation. A description of FDA expedited programs is in the Guidance for Industry: Expedited Programs for Serious Conditions-Drugs and Biologics.

Source: "FDA Approves Mitomycin For Low-Grade Upper Tract Urothelial Cancer". 2020. U.S. Food And Drug Administration


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