SAN DIEGO, May 26, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Invivoscribe is pleased to announce that their LeukoStrat CDx FLT3 Mutation Assay® has received updated reimbursement by Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW) to aid in the selection of patients with newly diagnosed FLT3-ITD positive acute myeloid leukemia (AML) who may be eligible to receive treatment with Daiichi Sankyo’s VANFLYTA® (quizartinib). The assay is available, both as a kit for purchase and as a testing service, worldwide.
In June 2019, the LeukoStrat CDx FLT3 Mutation Assay was approved in Japan as a companion diagnostic for relapsed or refractory FLT3-ITD positive AML. As of May 25, 2023, health insurance will now also cover use of the test for the selection of newly diagnosed FLT3-ITD positive patients.
The expanded insurance reimbursement was based on a pivotal, clinical bridging study, which demonstrated that efficacy was maintained for patients selected with the LeukoStrat CDx FLT3 Mutation Assay compared to patients selected by the FLT3-ITD Clinical Trial Assay (CTA) in the pivotal QuANTUM-First trial of VANFLYTA. The LeukoStrat CDx FLT3 Mutation Assay successfully selected patients for QuANTUM-First, which formed the basis for the approval of VANFLYTA in newly diagnosed patients in Japan.
Based on these results, health insurance coverage in Japan will be expanded to include use of the companion diagnostic assay for identification of patients that may be eligible to receive front line treatment with VANFLYTA.
“We are proud to be Daiichi Sankyo’s companion diagnostic partner as they offer the first FLT3 inhibitor approved as a de novo treatment option for patients with FLT3-ITD positive AML in Japan,” said Jeffrey Miller, CEO and CSO at Invivoscribe. “This milestone demonstrates the utility of the LeukoStrat CDx FLT3 Mutation Assay in international clinical trials, as well as Invivoscribe’s commitment to improving the lives of patients with AML.”
AML is a blood cancer that affects the blood and bone marrow and is characterized by the rapid growth of abnormal white blood cells.1 AML has the lowest 5-year survival rate (31.7%) among people diagnosed with leukemia.2 About 25% of AML patients have a FLT3-ITD mutation, which contributes to the growth and survival of cancer cells and is associated with a poor prognosis.3
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3 Daver N et al. Leukemia (2019) 33:299–312.