The company said ramucirumab improved patient survival rates compared to a placebo without the cancer worsening. The trial compared a combination of ramucirumab and a common chemotherapy drug called docetaxel to a combination of a placebo and docetaxel in the treatment of patients with non-small cell lung cancer, the most common form of the disease.
"We are pleased with these Phase III data of ramucirumab in non-small cell lung cancer, which accounts for most cases of lung cancer -- the leading cause of cancer-related mortality worldwide," said Dr. Richard Gaynor, senior vice president, product development and medical affairs for Lilly Oncology, in a statement. "Despite currently available therapies, there continues to be a need for new second-line treatment options for patients with lung cancer. REVEL is the first positive Phase III study of a biologic in combination with chemotherapy to demonstrate improved overall survival compared to chemotherapy alone in second-line non-small cell lung cancer."