pCODR recommends pan-Canadian crizotinib first-line for ROS1+ NSCLC

Yesterday the pan-Canadian Oncology Drug Review (pCODR) process gave a positive initial recommendation for first-line crizotinib for ROS1+ NSCLC based on clear phase 2 data & Real World Evidence. A randomized Phase 3 study was not required. This is an essential step towards getting crizotinib reimbursed for patients across Canada.

This submission was led by patient advocates from Lung Cancer Canada and Ontario Lung Association, and supported by physicians. Thanks to the many ROS1ders who shared their stories with Lung Cancer Canada—you helped make a difference.

From the pCODR recommendation:

“The patient input included 259 patients who were ROS1 positive and caregivers from 32 countries who supported the use of crizotinib. Overall, from the perspectives of patients with ROS1-positive NSCLC, they value a chance to extend their life and spend more time with their families by having a treatment that is effective, and improves their symptoms and outcomes.”

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I was diagnosed with non-small cell lung cancer in May 2011. The cancer became metastatic in October 2011. No, I never smoked anything (except a salmon). I've had no evidence of disease since January 2013 thanks to precision medicine, clinical trials, and other patients. ANYONE can get lung cancer. Using my engineering degrees (MIT SBME 1978, Caltech Aeronautics MS 1984 and ENGR 1986), I enjoyed a 20-year career in aerospace systems engineering as a technical translator of sorts: I researched a scientific or engineering subject and helped others understand how this new gizmo could benefit them. In the time I have left, I want to use my skills to help others who have lung cancer, and increase the visibility and knowledge of lung cancer among those who don't. I also study brain research, enjoy traveling, write science fiction, and geek out about all sorts of science stuff.