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Duvelisib Granted FDA Approval for CLL and Follicular Lymphoma

Published Online:8:33 PM, Mon September 24, 2018
Duvelisib (Copiktra) has been approved by the FDA for the treatment of patients with relapsed/refractory chronic lymphocytic leukemia/small lymphocytic lymphoma (CLL/SLL) or relapsed/refractory follicular lymphoma. Both indications are for the treatment of patients who have received at least 2 prior therapies.

The agent was granted a standard approval in CLL/SLL and an accelerated approval in follicular lymphoma, contingent on the results of a confirmatory trial.

The approval is based on from the phase III DUO trial and the phase II DYNAMO study. In DUO, duvelisib reduced the risk of disease progression or death by 60% versus ofatumumab (Arzerra) in patients with relapsed/refractory CLL/SLL who had received at least 2 prior lines of therapy. The median progression-free survival was 16.4 months with duvelisib versus 9.1 months with ofatumumab (HR, 0.40). In the DYNAMO study, duvelisib demonstrated an overall response rate of 42% in patients with follicular lymphoma.

“Copiktra is an important addition to the evolving treatment paradigm for patients with CLL/SLL and follicular lymphoma,” Ian Flinn, MD, PhD, director of the Lymphoma Research Program at Sarah Cannon Research Institute and lead investigator of the DYNAMO and DUO studies.

“The approval of Copiktra for the treatment of relapsed or refractory CLL/SLL after at least two prior therapies, or relapsed or refractory FL after at least two prior systemic therapies, is based on clinical trial data gathered from the treatment of over 400 adult patients. Copiktra is a significant addition to physicians’ treatment armamentarium that I believe will address an unmet need for patients who have limited options once they have progressed after two prior therapies,” added Flinn.

The phase III DUO study randomized 319 patients with CLL/SLL in a 1:1 ratio to duvelisib at 25 mg twice daily until disease progression or unacceptable toxicity, or ofatumumab at 300 mg on day 1, followed by 7 weekly infusions and 4 monthly infusions of 2000 mg.

The FDA based its approval on a subset of these patients with CLL/SLL who had received ≥2 prior lines of therapy. The subset included 95 patients randomized to duvelisib and 101 patients who received ofatumumab. This median patient age across this subset was 69 years (range, 40-90), 88% had an ECOG performance status of 0 or 1, and 59% were male. At baseline, 22% of patients had a detected 17p deletion and 52% had 1 or more tumors ≥5 cm. Over half (54%) of this group had received ≥3 prior treatment lines, with the remaining 46% having received 2.

The median duration of treatment exposure for the duvelisib arm was 13 months (range, 0.2-37). Patients were exposed to ofatumumab for a median duration of 5 months (range, <0.1 to 6). The ORR was 78% with duvelisib versus 39% with ofatumumab.
 

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