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Pfizer’s BOSULIF® (bosutinib) Receives Conditional Marketing Authorization From The European Commission

  Pfizer’s BOSULIF® (bosutinib) Receives Conditional Marketing Authorization
  From The European Commission

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NEW YORK -- March 28, 2013

Pfizer Inc. announced today that the European Commission (EC) has granted
conditional marketing authorization for BOSULIF® (bosutinib) in the European
Union (EU) for the treatment of adult patients with chronic phase (CP),
accelerated phase (AP) and blast phase (BP) Philadelphia chromosome positive
chronic myelogenous leukemia (Ph+ CML) previously treated with one or more
tyrosine kinase inhibitor(s) (TKIs) and for whom imatinib, nilotinib and
dasatinib are not considered appropriate treatment options.^1

“I’m delighted the EC has approved BOSULIF as a new addition to the CML
treatment landscape in Europe,” said Carlo Gambacorti-Passerini, MD, Professor
of Internal Medicine at the University of Milano Bicocca in Italy, Director of
the Clinical Research Unit, Section of Hematology at S. Gerardo Hospital in
Monza, Italy, and a lead investigator in the BOSULIF clinical study. “It’s
critical to have additional treatment options for CML patients, because each
patient responds to therapy differently and has unique needs. Based on my
experience with BOSULIF, I believe this once-daily treatment, with its
distinct safety profile, offers an important new alternative.”

Conditional marketing authorizations in the EU are granted to medicinal
products with a positive benefit/risk assessment that address unmet medical
needs and whose availability would result in a significant public health
benefit. A conditional marketing authorization is renewable annually. As part
of the conditional approval, Pfizer is committed to generating additional
efficacy and safety data for BOSULIF in patients with Ph+ CML previously
treated with one or more TKIs not suitable for imatinib, dasatinib and
nilotinib, and will submit the findings to the European Medicines Agency
(EMA). Following review of the data by the EMA’s Committee for Medicinal
Products for Human Use (CHMP), the EC will consider converting the conditional
marketing authorization to a full marketing authorization.

The EC decision was based on data from Study 200, a global, single-arm,
open-label, multi-cohort, Phase 1/2 study of BOSULIF in more than 500 patients
with Ph+ CML who had previously been treated with at least one TKI. The study
included separate cohorts for patients with chronic, accelerated and blast
phase disease. Data on 52 patients were considered as main evidence for the
conditional marketing authorization, as these patients were identified as
having an unmet medical need because other TKIs were not considered
appropriate treatment options for them due to disease resistance or the risk
of severe side effects.

“The approval of BOSULIF reflects the progress that is being made to address
the unmet needs of CML patients in Europe and exemplifies Pfizer’s commitment
to bringing meaningful new medicines to patients living with hematologic
malignancies,” said Andreas Penk, Regional President of Europe for the Pfizer
Oncology Business Unit.

About BOSULIF (bosutinib)

BOSULIF is an oral, once-daily, kinase inhibitor, which limits cancer cell
growth by inhibiting the Abl and Src signaling pathways.^2 The recommended
dose of BOSULIF is 500 mg, orally, taken once daily with food.^1 BOSULIF was
first approved in the U.S. in September 2012 for the treatment of adult
patients with chronic, accelerated or blast phase Ph+ CML with resistance, or
intolerance, to prior therapy.^3

Important BOSULIF (bosutinib) U.S. Safety Information

Contraindication: Hypersensitivity to BOSULIF. Anaphylactic shock occurred in
less than 0.2% of treated patients.

Gastrointestinal Toxicity: Diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain can
occur. In the clinical trial, median time to onset for diarrhea was 2 days,
median duration was 1 day, and median number of episodes per patient was 3
(range 1-221). Monitor and manage patients using standards of care, including
antidiarrheals, antiemetics, and/or fluid replacement. Withhold, dose reduce,
or discontinue BOSULIF as necessary.

Myelosuppression: Thrombocytopenia, anemia, and neutropenia can occur. A
complete blood count should be performed weekly for the first month and then
monthly or as clinically indicated. Withhold, dose reduce, or discontinue
BOSULIF as necessary.

Hepatic Toxicity: Twenty percent of patients experienced an increase in either
alanine aminotransferase (ALT) or aspartate aminotransferase (AST). Liver
enzyme elevation usually occurs early in treatment. Perform monthly hepatic
enzyme tests for the first 3 months and as clinically indicated. In patients
with transaminase elevations, monitor liver enzymes more frequently.
Drug-induced liver injury has occurred. Withhold, dose reduce, or discontinue
BOSULIF as necessary.

Fluid Retention: Fluid retention can occur and may cause pericardial effusion,
pleural effusion, pulmonary edema, and/or peripheral edema. Monitor and manage
patients using standards of care. Interrupt, dose reduce, or discontinue
BOSULIF as necessary.

Embryofetal Toxicity: BOSULIF may cause fetal harm when administered to a
pregnant woman. Women of childbearing potential should be advised of potential
hazard to the fetus and to avoid becoming pregnant while receiving BOSULIF.

Adverse Reactions: The most common adverse reactions observed in greater than
20% of patients in the Phase 1/2 safety population (N=546) were diarrhea,
nausea, thrombocytopenia, vomiting, abdominal pain, rash, anemia, pyrexia, and

The most common Grade 3/4 adverse reactions and laboratory abnormalities
observed in greater than 10% of patients were thrombocytopenia, anemia, and

Drug Interactions: Avoid concurrent use with strong or moderate CYP3A
inhibitors or inducers.

Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs): Consider using short-acting antacids or H2
blockers instead of PPIs. Separate antacid or H2 blocker dosing and BOSULIF
dosing by more than 2 hours.

Substrates of P-glycoprotein: BOSULIF may increase the plasma concentrations
of drugs that are P-gp substrates, such as digoxin.

Nursing Mothers: Given the potential for serious adverse reactions in nursing
infants, a decision should be made whether to discontinue nursing or BOSULIF.

Hepatic Impairment: Treat with a dose of 200 mg daily in patients with any
baseline hepatic impairment.

For more information and full prescribing information, please visit

About Pfizer Oncology

Pfizer Oncology is committed to the discovery, investigation and development
of innovative treatment options to improve the outlook for cancer patients

Hematologic cancers are a complex group of diseases, with over 70 different
types of lymphomas, leukemias or myelomas. While there have been significant
advancements in the treatment of some hematologic cancers, there continues to
be a need for additional therapeutic options. Pfizer Oncology is committed to
improving outcomes for patients living with hematologic malignancies like CML.
Pfizer Oncology has a robust hematology pipeline, with biologics and small
molecules in clinical development across a number of hematologic malignancies.
We are advancing technologies as well as working to identify new and
innovative options that address specific hematologic cancers, molecular
subtypes, gene over-expression and mechanisms of resistance.

For more information, please visit

DISCLOSURE NOTICE: The information contained in this release is as of March
28, 2013. Pfizer assumes no obligation to update forward-looking statements
contained in this release as the result of new information or future events or

This release contains forward-looking information that involves substantial
risks and uncertainties about an oncology product, BOSULIF.Such risks and
uncertainties include, among other things, whether and when the European
Commission (EC) will convert the conditional marketing authorization for
BOSULIF to a full marketing authorization in the EU, as well as the EC’s
decisions regarding labeling and other matters that could affect
BOSULIF’savailability or commercial potential in the EU; and competitive

A further description of risks and uncertainties can be found in Pfizer’s
Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012 and in
its reports on Form 10-Q and Form 8-K.

^1 Summary of Product Characteristics (SmPC) for BOSULIF®. Sandwich, Kent: UK;

^2 Konig H. Effects of Dasatinib on Src Kinase Activity and Downstream
Intracellular Signaling in Primitive Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia
Hematopoietic Cells. Cancer Research. 2008; 68: 9624-9633.

^3 BOSULIF® (bosutinib) Prescribing Information. New York, NY: Pfizer, Inc.;


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