Comparative effectiveness of weekly versus every-2-weeks cetuximab in metastatic colorectal cancer in a US-insured population

Colorectal Cancer

J Comp Eff Res. 2020 Oct 29. doi: 10.2217/cer-2020-0132. Online ahead of print.


Aim: To test the noninferiority of cetuximab administered every 2 weeks (Q2W) versus once weekly (Q1W) in treating metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC) with regard to overall survival (OS). Patients: Patients receiving cetuximab plus chemotherapy for mCRC in a line-agnostic setting. Methods: This cohort study in IBM MarketScan followed patients from initiation of cetuximab for mCRC until the end of the data availability period, proxy-based death or loss of insurance coverage for >30 days. Results: The hazard ratio for OS was 0.94 (0.85-1.03), and the inferiority hypothesis was rejected at p < 0.001. No significant differences were noted in rates of safety events between Q2W and Q1W. Conclusion: Our real-world study confirmed the noninferiority of cetuximab administered Q2W versus Q1W for OS.