Deciphera's Ripretinib Cuts GIST Death Risk By 64%; US Filing On Track For Early 2020
Overall survival for patients with gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST) in the fourth-line setting was 15.1 months versus 6.6 months for placebo, building on impressive progression-free survival results.
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The drug remains likely to get approval in Europe, but for now stuck in fourth-line treatment. The company’s pipeline lacks other near-term catalysts.
Qinlock (ripretinib), approved as the US FDA rejected Blueprint Medicines’ Ayvakit (avapritinib) in the same indication, is priced on par with the rival drug cleared in January for a narrower GIST use.
CEO Steve Hoerter sees best-in-class potential for the drug based on both efficacy and safety in the fourth-line gastrointestinal stromal tumor setting, with the INVICTUS trial having positive readthrough to the ongoing Phase III INTRIGUE study in second-line GIST.