Bristol Myers Squibb announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has accepted the supplemental Biologics License Application (sBLA) for Opdivo (nivolumab) in combination with cisplatin-based chemotherapy as a first-line treatment for adult patients with unresectable or metastatic urothelial carcinoma, based on results from the Phase 3 CheckMate -901 trial. The FDA granted the application Priority Review status and assigned a Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) goal date of April 5, 2024. The filing was based on the results from the Phase 3 CheckMate -901 study, in which the combination showed statistically significant and clinically meaningful survival benefit over standard-of-care gemcitabine plus cisplatin in the treatment of this patient population.

Opdivo in combination with cisplatin-based chemotherapy followed by Opdivo monotherapy demonstrated statistically significant and clinically meaningful improvements in the primary efficacy endpoints of overall survival (OS) and progression-free survival (PFS) as assessed by Blinded Independent Central Review (BICR). The OS and PFS data from CheckMate -901 were presented at the European Society of Medical Oncology (ESMO) Congress 2023. The safety profile was tolerable and consistent with the known safety profiles of the individual components of the regimen.

No new safety concerns have been identified. Opdivo and Opdivo-based combinations have shown significant improvements in OS in Phase 3 clinical trials across multiple tumors, including metastatic urothelial carcinoma, advanced renal cell carcinoma, non-small cell lung cancer, malignant pleural mesothelioma, metastatic melanoma and esophageal squamous cell carcinoma.