Objective: To evaluate the safety, efficacy and pharmacokinetics of alemtuzumab in Japanese patients, we conducted a phase I study in patients with relapsed or refractory B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Methods: Six patients received alemtuzumab by intravenous infusion every other day three times a week for 12 weeks. The dose was gradually escalated on daily basis (3, 10 and then 30 mg) until the patient tolerated. The primary objective was to evaluate the safety of alemtuzumab in Japanese patients and the secondary objectives were to evaluate the overall response rate and the pharmacokinetics. Results: The major treatment-emergent adverse events were anemia, neutropenia (6/6 patients each) and thrombocytopenia (5/6 patients) in hematologic adverse events, and nausea, vomiting, decreased appetite, cytomegalovirus test positive and pyrexia (4/6 patients) in non-hematologic adverse events. As serious adverse events, cytomegalovirus infection, pulmonary tuberculosis and diffuse large B-cell lymphoma were reported in 1/6 patient each. The overall response rate was 33% (95% confidence interval: 4-78) (1/6 patient each achieved complete response and partial response, respectively) and 3/6 patients had stable disease and 1/6 patient had progressive disease. The median time to response was 2.9 months. After last intravenous dosing (Week 12) of alemtuzumab 30 mg every other day three times a week, Cmax, tmax, AUC0-τ and t1/2 were higher and CL and Vss were lower than the values observed after the first dose. Conclusions: The efficacy, safety and pharmacokinetics results observed with alemtuzumab in Japanese patients were generally similar to those reported in overseas clinical studies. Alemtuzumab at 30 mg by intravenous infusion every other day three times a week for 12 weeks should be safe and effective similarly in Japanese B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukemia patients.
- Relapsed or refractory B-CLL