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HemaSphere ; 6:1395-1396, 2022.
Article in English | EMBASE | ID: covidwho-2032168

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Background: Persistent cytopenia due to poor graft function (PGF) is a life-threatening complication in patients undergoing allogeneic HSCT (allo-HSCT). Several therapeutic approaches have been tested in this subset of patients with poor clinical results. Aims: The objective of this multicenter open-label interventional prospective phase II Novartis study (ELTION, ClinicalTrials.gov id: NCT03718533), was to analyze efficacy and safety of EPAG in patients with post-allo-HSCT poor graft function. Methods: Adult patients diagnosed with PGF (defined as severe cytopenia after day +30 post-transplant, with two or more of the following: platelets <20000/μL-mandatory-, ANC <1000/μL, hemoglobin< 10 g/dL), and full donor chimerism, were eligible to enter the trial. Study treatment consisted of EPAG. at 150 mg/day administered up to 36 weeks;dose adjustments were contemplated as per protocol on an individual basis. The primary efficacy endpoint was the overall hematologic response (partial and complete), as determined by platelet, hemoglobin and neutrophil counts by 16 weeks after the initiation of EPAG. Results: Although the aim of the study was to include 33 patients, recruitment stopped prematurely due to the difficulties for hospital visits posed during COVID-19 pandemic, and eventually only 10 patients were included. The decision for this premature termination is not related to any safety concern related to the drug. Patient characteristics are shown in the table 1 attached below. At EPAG. initiation, all 10 patients showed thrombocytopenia (<20000/μcL), 5 presented with anemia (Hgb <10 g/dL), and 4 had neutropenia (ANC <1000/μcL). Four patients discontinued EPAG before week 12 due to: disease progression/relapse (2 patients), protocol deviation (1 patient), and CMV infection (1 patient). In none of the cases, the event was related to study drug. At week 16, 4 patients (4/10, 40%) and at week 24, 5 patients, showed improvement in at least one of the 3 hematologic cell lines (partial response), respectively. Counts pre-and post-EPAG and global response in patients who stayed on treatment > 12 weeks are displayed below: Image: Summary/Conclusion: In our experience, EPAG worked well in subjects with PGF, an otherwise life-threatening condition for patients, and its use at 150 mg/day is safe and well tolerated in this setting. Our data suggest that eltrombopag might improve hematologic cell counts in patients with PGF, especially in those patients who remained on treatment at week 24, however further research is warranted to extend its applicability for larger cohorts.

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Neurology ; 98(18 SUPPL), 2022.
Article in English | EMBASE | ID: covidwho-1925439

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Objective: To evaluate clinical, laboratory, and epidemiological features of acute neuroinflammatory disorders (ANIDs) that followed the 2016 Zika epidemic in Colombia. Background: The outbreak of Zika virus infection in Colombia in 2015-2016, produced an increased incidence of Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS) and other ANID cases. The Neuroviruses Emerging in the Americas Study (NEAS) network was established in 2016 as a multicenter-based observatory of ANIDs to investigate the role of emerging pathogens in neuroinflammatory diseases. Design/Methods: NEAS serves as a multi-center study based on 13 hospitals in 7 cities in Colombia which study all newly diagnosed patients who fulfill established criteria for GBS, encephalitis, myelitis, meningoencephalitis, or cranial nerve disorders as part of an observational cohort. We analyzed the clinical and epidemiological features of all cases evaluated between January 2016 and September 2021. Results: An observational cohort of 825 patients with ANIDs were recruited during the study period. 58.8% of cases were male with a median age of 43 (IQR 25-58) years. The most frequent ANIDs were GBS (46.1%) and facial nerve palsy (28.7%). The diagnosis of encephalitis (9.5%), myelitis (6.5%), and optic neuritis (5.9%) were less frequent. Patients with GBS were predominantly male (70.6%) and had a median age of 49 (IQR 32-60) years. Interestingly, there was an increase incidence of GBS in 2019. Conclusions: The outbreak of Zika in Colombia produced a marked increase in the incidence of GBS in 2016. Although cases of GBS and other ANIDs continued to emerge after the incidence of Zika infection decreased in July 2016, the recent SARS-CoV-2 pandemic has not produced any significant increase in the incidence of GBS in Colombia.

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Blood ; 138:2174, 2021.
Article in English | EMBASE | ID: covidwho-1582375

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Background: Severe aplastic anemia (SAA) is a rare bone marrow failure disorder associated with significant morbidity and mortality. SAA is characterized by severe pancytopenia and a hypocellular (<25%) bone marrow. The standard of care treatment is hemopoietic stem cell transplant or immunosuppressive therapy (IST) for patients (pts) who are ineligible for transplant. IST usually comprises an antithymocyte globulin (ATG) derived from horse or rabbit, and cyclosporine A (CsA). Although IST can be an effective treatment, individual intolerance, insufficient response, relapse, and clonal evolution remain significant limitations. The lack of global availability of the more effective horse ATG also leaves many pts with limited treatment options and poorer outcomes. In addition, pts with SAA often require transfusions which can be burdensome and negatively impact their quality of life. Eltrombopag (ETB) is indicated for use in pts with SAA who have had an insufficient response to IST (FDA PI, 2014) or are refractory to IST (EMA SmPC, 2015). More recently in the USA, ETB may also be used in combination with IST as first-line (1L) treatment (FDA PI, 2018). Aims: To assess the efficacy and safety of ETB + CsA (without ATG) as 1L therapy in adult pts with SAA. Methods: SOAR (NCT02998645) is a Phase 2, single-arm, multicenter, open-label study. Treatment-naive pts with SAA received ETB + CsA for 6 months;responders continued CsA therapy for an additional 24 months (later reduced to 18 months). The primary efficacy endpoint was overall response rate (ORR) by 6 months. ORR was defined as the proportion of pts with complete response ([CR] = absolute neutrophil count [ANC] ≥1000/μL AND platelet count ≥100,000/μL AND hemoglobin ≥10 g/dL) plus the proportion of pts with partial response ([PR] = any 2 of the following counts: ANC ≥500/μL;platelet count ≥20,000/μL;automated reticulocyte count ≥60,000/μL, but not sufficient for a CR). CR and PR were confirmed by 2 assessments ≥7 days apart;transfusion restrictions were also applied. For the primary endpoint to be considered ‘clinically meaningful’ at least 17/54 pts treated were required to have a response. Other endpoints included ORR by 3 months, ORR at 6 months (ie, confirmed response at the 6-month visit), and transfusion independence, which was defined as transfusion not being required in a period of ≥28 days for platelet transfusions and ≥56 days for red blood cell (RBC) transfusions. Results: Pts (N=54) had a median (interquartile range [IQR]) age of 55.0 (40.0-67.0) years and 63.0% were male. The majority of pts were White (40.7%) or Asian (40.7%). The median (IQR) duration of exposure to ETB and CsA was 5.7 (2.5-5.8) months and 5.7 (2.4-8.1) months, respectively, and the median (IQR) daily ETB dose was 150.0 (100.0-150.0) mg/day. In the full analysis set, the primary endpoint was met, with 25/54 pts having a CR or PR by 6 months (ORR 46.3%;95% confidence interval [CI], 32.6-60.4%). Of the 25 responders, 2 (3.7%) achieved a CR by 6 months. ORR by 3 months was 40.7% (95% CI, 27.6-55.0%;n=22/54), and ORR at 6 months was 37.0% (95% CI, 24.3-51.3%;n=20/54). 70.4% of all pts qualified for ≥1 period of RBC and/or platelet transfusion independence by 6 months, including all 25 (100%) responders and 13/29 (44.8%) non-responders (Fig. 1). 40.7% of all pts (responders: 68.0%;non-responders: 17.2%) qualified for ≥1 period of RBC transfusion independence (corresponding percentages for platelet transfusion independence were the same as for the combined RBC and/or platelet endpoint). Adverse events (AEs) occurred in 52/54 (96.3%) pts;45 (83.3%) pts experienced treatment-related AEs (TAEs), 23 (42.6%) of whom had a grade ≥3 TAE. The most common all-grade AEs were increased blood bilirubin (40.7%), nausea (29.6%), increased alanine aminotransferase (22.2%), and diarrhea (22.2%). Seven (13.0%) pts discontinued treatment due to grade ≥3 AEs. There were 8 on-treatment deaths (aplastic anemia [n=3];COVID-19, hemorrhage, multi-organ dysfunction syndrom , pyrexia, and thrombosis [all n=1]);no deaths were considered treatment-related. Conclusion: Data from the SOAR study indicate that ETB + CsA may be beneficial for pts with SAA ineligible for transplant who cannot access or tolerate ATG. All responders and almost half of non-responders qualified for ≥1 period of transfusion independence by 6 months, suggestive of a decreased transfusion burden. No new safety signals were identified. [Formula presented] Disclosures: Vallejo: Novartis: Honoraria;Sanofi: Honoraria;Pfizer: Honoraria. Finelli: Takeda: Consultancy;Celgene BMS: Consultancy, Research Funding, Speakers Bureau;Novartis: Consultancy, Speakers Bureau. Calado: Agios: Membership on an entity's Board of Directors or advisory committees;AA&MDS International Foundation: Research Funding;Alexion Brasil: Consultancy;Instituto Butantan: Consultancy;Novartis Brasil: Honoraria;Team Telomere, Inc.: Membership on an entity's Board of Directors or advisory committees. Peffault De Latour: Novartis: Consultancy, Honoraria, Research Funding;Pfizer: Consultancy, Honoraria, Research Funding;Amgen: Research Funding;Alexion: Consultancy, Honoraria, Research Funding;Apellis Pharmaceuticals Inc: Consultancy, Honoraria;Swedish Orphan Biovitrum AB: Consultancy, Honoraria. Kriemler-Krahn: Novartis: Current Employment. Haenig: Novartis: Current Employment. Maier: Novartis: Current Employment. Scheinberg: Alexion pharmaceuticals: Consultancy, Honoraria, Speakers Bureau;Novartis: Consultancy, Honoraria, Speakers Bureau;BioCryst Pharmaceuticals: Consultancy;Roche: Consultancy;Abbvie: Consultancy. OffLabel Disclosure: In the United States, eltrombopag is a thrombopoietin receptor agonist indicated in combination with standard immunosuppressive therapy (ATG + CsA) for the first-line treatment of adult and pediatric patients aged 2 years and older with severe aplastic anemia (SAA). It is also indicated for the treatment of patients with SAA who have had an insufficient response to immunosuppressive therapy. The SOAR trial aims to assess the efficacy and safety of eltrombopag + CsA (without ATG) as first-line therapy in adult patients with SAA.

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HemaSphere ; 5(SUPPL 2):41-42, 2021.
Article in English | EMBASE | ID: covidwho-1393433

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Background: Severe aplastic anemia (SAA) is a life-threatening bone marrow failure disorder characterized by pancytopenia and a hypocellular bone marrow. The standard of care for patients that are ineligible for hemopoietic stem cell transplant is immunosuppressive therapy (IST), comprising antithymocyte globulin (ATG) and cyclosporine A (CsA). Horse (h-) ATG is considered more effective than rabbit ATG;however, lack of response, relapse, and clonal evolution remain significant limitations. Expense, individual intolerance, and a lack of global availability of h-ATG also leave many patients (pts) with more limited treatment options and poorer outcomes. Eltrombopag (ETB) is indicated for use in patients with SAA who have had an insufficient response to IST (FDA PI, 2014) or are refractory to IST (EMA SmPC, 2015). More recently in the USA, ETB may also be used in combination with IST as first-line treatment (FDA PI, 2018). Aims: To assess the efficacy and safety of an ATG-free regimen (ETB + CsA) in treatment-na.ve pts with SAA. Methods: SOAR (NCT02998645) is a Ph2, single-arm, multicenter, open-label study. Adult pts with SAA received ETB + CsA as first-line therapy for 6 months;responders continued CsA therapy for an additional 24 months (subsequently reduced to 18 months). The primary efficacy endpoint was overall response rate (ORR) by 6 months. ORR was defined as the proportion of pts with complete response ([CR] = absolute neutrophil count [ANC] ≥1000/μL AND platelet count ≥100,000/μL AND hemoglobin ≥10 g/dL) plus the proportion of pts with partial response ([PR] = any 2 of the following counts: ANC ≥500/μL;platelet count ≥20,000/μL;automated reticulocyte count ≥60,000/μL, but not sufficient for a CR). CR and PR were confirmed by 2 assessments ≥7 days apart;transfusion restrictions were applied. Based on historical data, an ORR of ≥30% was considered clinically meaningful. Results: A total of 54 pts were enrolled. The median (interquartile range [IQR]) age was 55.0 (40.0-67.0) years, 63.0% were male, and the majority of pts were White (40.7%) or Asian (40.7%). The median (IQR) duration of exposure to ETB and CsA were 5.7 (2.5-5.8) months and 5.7 (2.4-8.1) months, respectively, and the median (IQR) daily ETB dose was 150.0 (100.0-150.0) mg/day. In the full analysis set, the primary endpoint was met with an ORR by 6 months of 46.3% (25/54);95% CI, 32.6-60.4% (Fig. 1). Of the 25 responders, 2 (3.7%) achieved CR by 6 months. ORR by 6 months is also shown by age group (<65 and ≥65 years) (Fig. 1). Secondary endpoints included ORR by 3 months (40.7% [22/54];95% CI, 27.6-55.0%), and ORR at 6 months (ie, patients with confirmed response at 6-month visit: 37.0% [20/54];95% CI, 24.3- 51.3%). Adverse events (AEs) occurred in 52/54 pts;45 (83.3%) pts experienced treatment-related AEs (TAEs), 23 (42.6%) of whom had a grade ≥3 TAE. The most common all-grade AEs were increased blood bilirubin (40.7%), nausea (29.6%), increased alanine aminotransferase (22.2%), and diarrhea (22.2%). Seven (13.0%) pts discontinued study due to AEs. There were 8 on-treatment deaths (aplastic anemia [n=3];COVID-19, hemorrhage, multi-organ dysfunction syndrome, pyrexia, and thrombosis [all n=1]);no deaths were considered treatment-related. Summary/Conclusion: Data from the SOAR study indicate that ETB + CsA therapy may be beneficial as first-line treatment for SAA pts who cannot use ATG. The ORR is particularly notable, given the median age of this pt cohort (55.0 years). No new safety signals were identified.

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