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Roy A.C.,The Royal Marsden Hospital | Park S.R.,Research Institute and Hospital | Cunningham D.,The Royal Marsden Hospital | Kang Y.K.,University of Ulsan | And 10 more authors.
Annals of Oncology | Year: 2013

Background: PEP02 is a novel highly stable liposomal nanocarrier formulation of irinotecan. This randomized phase II study evaluated the efficacy and safety of single agent PEP02 compared with irinotecan or docetaxel in the second-line treatment of advanced oesophago-gastric (OG) cancer. Patients and methods: Patients with locally advanced/metastatic disease who had failed one prior chemotherapy regimen were randomly assigned to PEP02 120 mg/m2, irinotecan 300 mg/m2 or docetaxel (Taxotere) 75 mg/m2 every 3 weeks. The primary end point was objective response rate (ORR). Simon's two-stage design was used and the ORR of interest was 20% (α = 0.05, type II error β = 0.10, null hypothesis of ORR was 5%). Results: Forty-four patients per arm received treatment, and 124 were assessable for response. The ORR statistical threshold for the first stage was reached in all arms. In the intent-to-treat (ITT) population, ORRs were 13.6% (6/44), 6.8% (3/44) and 15.9% (7/44) in the PEP02, irinotecan and docetaxel arms, respectively. The median progression-free survival (PFS) and overall survival were similar between the trial arms. Commonest grade 3-4 adverse event reported was diarrhoea in the PEP02 and irinotecan groups (27.3% versus 18.2%). Conclusion: The ORR associated with PEP02 was comparable with docetaxel and numerically greater than that of irinotecan. PEP02 warrants further evaluation in the advanced gastric cancer setting. © The Author 2013.Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the European Society for Medical Oncology. All rights reserved. Source

PharmaEngine Inc. | Date: 2006-07-18

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Ko A.H.,University of California at San Francisco | Tempero M.A.,University of California at San Francisco | Shan Y.-S.,National Cheng Kung University | Su W.-C.,National Cheng Kung University | And 8 more authors.
British Journal of Cancer | Year: 2013

Background: PEP02, also known as MM-398, is a novel nanoliposomal irinotecan that has improved pharmacokinetics and tumour bio-distribution of the free drug. This phase 2 study evaluated PEP02 monotherapy as second-line treatment for pancreatic cancer. Methods: Patients who had metastatic pancreatic adenocarcinoma, Karnofsky performance status ≥70, and had progressed following gemcitabine-based therapy were eligible. Intravenous injection of PEP02 120 mg m-2 was given every 3 weeks. Simon 2-stage design was used. The primary objective was 3-month survival rate (OS 3-month). Results: A total of 40 patients were enrolled. The most common severe adverse events included neutropenia, abdominal pain, asthenia, and diarrhoea. Three patients (7.5%) achieved an objective response, with an additional 17 (42.5%) demonstrating stable disease for a minimum of two cycles. Ten (31.3%) of 32 patients with an elevated baseline CA19-9 had a >50% biomarker decline. The study met its primary end point with an OS 3-month of 75%, with median progression-free survival and overall survival of 2.4 and 5.2 months, respectively. Conclusion: PEP02 demonstrates moderate antitumour activity with a manageable side effect profile for metastatic, gemcitabine-refractory pancreatic cancer patients. Given the limited treatment options available to this patient population, a phase 3 trial of PEP02 (MM-398), referred to as NAPOLI-1, is currently underway. © 2013 Cancer Research UK. All rights reserved. Source

Chang T.C.,Linkuo Chang Gung Memorial Hospital | Shiah H.S.,Taipei Medical University Hospital | Yang C.H.,National Taiwan University Hospital | Yeh K.H.,National Taiwan University Hospital | And 12 more authors.
Cancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology | Year: 2015

Purpose: To define the dose-limiting toxicity (DLT), maximum tolerated dose (MTD) and pharmacokinetics (PK) of PEP02, a novel liposome-encapsulated irinotecan, in patients with advanced refractory solid tumors. Methods: Patients were enrolled in cohorts of one to three to receive escalating dose of PEP02 in a phase I trial. PEP02, from 60 to 180 mg/m2, was given as a 90-min intravenous infusion, every 3 weeks. Results: A total of 11 patients were enrolled into three dose levels: 60 (one patient), 120 (six patients) and 180 mg/m2 (four patients). DLT was observed in three patients, one at 120 mg/m2 (grade 3 catheter-related infection) and two at 180 mg/m2 (grade 4 neutropenia lasting for >3 days in one, grade 4 hematological toxicities and grade 4 diarrhea in the other). MTD was determined as 120 mg/m2. Comparing with those after free-form irinotecan in the literature, the dose-normalized PK of SN-38 (the active metabolite) after PEP02 was characterized by lower C max, prolonged terminal half-life and higher AUC but with significant inter-individual variation. One patient who died of treatment-related toxicity had significantly higher C max and AUC levels of SN-38 than those of the other three patients at 180 mg/m2. Post hoc pharmacogenetic study showed that the patient had a combined heterozygosity genotype of UGT1A1∗6/∗28. Two patients had objective tumor response. Conclusions: PEP02 apparently modified the PK parameters of irinotecan and SN-38 by liposome encapsulation. The MTD of PEP02 monotherapy at 3-week interval is 120 mg/m2, which will be the recommended dose for future studies. © 2015 The Author(s). Source

PharmaEngine Inc | Date: 2007-07-24

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