Higher Response Elicited With Initial Higher-Dose Duvelisib in Patients With R/R PTCL


The administration of a higher initial dose of duvelisib at 75 mg BID led to a higher overall response rate of 62% compared with 40% in patients with relapsed/refractory peripheral T-cell lymphoma who received 25 mg BID, according to data from the dose-optimization phase of the PRIMO trial presented at the 2019 American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting.<br /> &nbsp;

Duvelisib, a dual PI3K-&delta;,&gamma; inhibitor, showed activity in patients with relapsed/refractory PTCL and cutaneous T-cell lymphoma in small phase 1 studies, and was granted Fast Track Designation by the FDA for the treatment of PTCL who had received &ge;1 prior therapy. The phase II trial was designed to determine an optimal regimen of duvelisib monotherapy in relapsed/refractory PTCL and to characterize the efficacy and tolerability of duvelisib in this disease.

&ldquo;Early on we saw a strong signal of activity in patients with peripheral T-cell lymphoma with duvelisib in the phase 1 study,&rdquo; said Steven M. Horwitz, MD, a medical oncologist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, during his presentation at the meeting.1

The primary end point for the dose-optimization phase is investigator-assessed ORR and for the dose expansion phase it is ORR by blinded independent review committee (IRC). The dose-optimization phase enrolled 33 patients with relapsed/refractory PTCL who had received &ge;2 cycles of 1 prior therapy that did not include a PI3K inhibitor. Patients received duvelisib at 25 mg BID (cohort 1, n = 20) or 75 mg (cohort 2, n = 13). Patients had a median time of 1.5 years from initial diagnosis and a median of 2 prior therapies.

Patients were evaluable if they completed 1 cycle of duvelisib and had &ge;1 efficacy assessment. Response was assessed in the evaluable and overall populations. All patients in cohort 2 and 13 of 20 patients in cohort 1 completed 1 cycle of therapy. Seven patients in cohort 1 discontinued therapy early because of disease progression and/or toxicity.

Pharmacokinetic (PK) analysis demonstrated a dose-related increase in exposure, with about a 2-fold increase in the steady-state exposure of duvelisib at the 75 vs 25 mg BID dose. No differences were observed in pharmacodynamic markers (pAKT in monocytes and B cells) at 25 and 75 mg dose levels.

Responses were observed in both cohorts. In the modified intent-to-treat population (mITT) who had received &ge;1 dose of study drug, in the 75 mg cohort ORR was 54% by investigator assessment and 62% by IRC assessment; ORR for the 25 mg group was 35% by investigator assessment and 40% by IRC assessment.

There were 4 patients with complete responses (CR) in the 75 mg cohort and 5 patients with CR in the 25 mg cohort. Four patients in the 25 mg cohort had stable disease at the end of cycle 1 and received an escalated dose of 50 mg duvelisib BID. Of the 4 patients, responses were seen in 2 patients determined by investigator assessment; these 4 patients were also assessed by IRC, with 3 patients identified as responders. There was no correlation between drug exposure and efficacy in a preliminary analysis.

There were no unexpected toxicities. All patients experienced treatment emergent adverse events (AE); serious TEAE occurred in 75% of the 25 mg cohort and 69% of the 75 mg cohort. Serious AE included colitis, pyrexia, disease progression, sepsis, pneumonia, hyponatremia, dyspnea, pneumonitis, and respiratory failure. There were 5 fatal AE in the 25 mg cohort and 1 in the 75 mg cohort. Discontinuations because of AE occurred in 30% of the 25 mg cohort and 8% of the 75 mg cohort. Grade 4 low CD4 counts (<50 cells/mm3) was associated with early discontinuation of duvelisib.

&ldquo;One of the questions was &lsquo;Is there an optimal dose for the T-cell lymphoma and is that dose different from the FDA-approved dose?&rsquo;&rdquo; said Horowitz, a medical oncologist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY &ldquo;The short conclusion is that for these aggressive diseases, starting with the high dose is better, probably due to more reliable early PK to control aggressive disease and reduce the risk of early progression.&rdquo;

The expansion phase of the PRIMO trial will investigate duvelisib starting at 75 mg BID for 2 cycles to achieve rapid tumor response, followed by 25 mg BID to maintain long-term disease control and mitigate the potential for later onset toxicity, with a target enrollment of 100 patients.

&ldquo;Of course when we have a targeted agent [like duvelisib] if we can understand the use, our long-term goal is to move these into combination therapies where we can have the greatest impact on what happens to patients," Horwitz concluded.


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