International Journal of Hematology

DOI: 10.1007/s12185-017-2281-6 Pages: 541-551

Safety and efficacy of daratumumab in Japanese patients with relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma: a multicenter, phase 1, dose-escalation study

1. Nagoya City University Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Department of Hematology and Oncology

2. Japanese Red Cross Medical Center, Department of Hematology

3. Janssen Pharmaceutical K.K.

Correspondence to:
Shinsuke Iida
Tel: +81-52-853-8738



Safety, efficacy, and pharmacokinetics (PK) of daratumumab as a monotherapy were investigated in Japanese patients with relapsed/refractory multiple myeloma (MM). This multicenter, dose-escalation study included patients (age ≥20 years) with ≥2 prior therapies. Daratumumab was administered intravenously: 8 mg/kg (n = 4) and 16 mg/kg (n = 5). The primary endpoint was safety. Secondary endpoints included objective response, overall response rate (ORR), progression-free survival (PFS), PK, and immunogenicity. Daratumumab was well-tolerated. Eight patients experienced Grade ≥3 adverse event (AE). Four serious AEs were observed in three patients; no AEs leading to death. Infusion-related reactions occurred in four (44%) patients and were Grade 1 or 2. Mean (SD) cumulative dose of daratumumab was 132.3 (108.5) mg/kg. Median duration of follow-up was 10.5 months (range 2.3, 16.4) for 8 mg/kg cohort and 9.9 months (range 1.7, 13.2) for 16 mg/kg cohort. The ORR (44%) comprised 1 and 3 partial responses in 8 and 16 mg/kg cohorts, respectively. The median PFS was 6 months for 8 mg/kg cohort, 9.5 months for 16 mg/kg cohort. Daratumumab serum exposure was increased with increasing dose. Antibodies against daratumumab were not observed. Daratumumab was safe and well-tolerated in Japanese patients with relapsed /refractory MM.

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