WARNING: CYTOKINE RELEASE SYNDROME and NEUROLOGICAL TOXICITIES
- Cytokine release syndrome (CRS), including fatal or life-threatening reactions, occurred in patients receiving KYMRIAH…
JULIET was an open-label, multicenter, single-arm, global Phase II trial of tisagenlecleucel in 115 adult patients with DLBCL who have relapsed or are refractory to ≥2 prior lines of therapy (NCT02445248).1,2
PATIENT BASELINE CHARACTERISTICS WERE CONSISTENT ACROSS THE USPI AND UPDATED ANALYSES1-3,5
Patient Demographics (JULIET 9.4 month analysis, N=68)1
• Aged 22-74 years (median, 56 years)
• Progressive disease after autologous stem cell transplant (ASCT) or were ineligible for transplant (49% underwent ASCT)
• Histologically confirmed DLBCL (78% DLBCL not otherwise specified [NOS], 22% transformed follicular lymphoma [tFL])
• ≥2 prior lines of therapy (median, 3)
– 56% of patients had refractory disease and 44% relapsed after their last therapy
• No prior anti-CD19 therapy or active central nervous system (CNS) involvement
• Primary: Best overall response rate (ORR) (complete response [CR] + partial response [PR])a
• Key secondary: Duration of response (DOR), progression-free survival (PFS), overall survival (OS), safety
• Bridging: 90% of patients
• Lymphodepleting: 93% (107/115) of patients
– Recommended regimen: Fludarabine (25 mg/m2 intravenous [IV] daily for 3 days) and cyclophosphamide (250 mg/m2 IV daily for 3 days, starting with the first dose of fludarabine)
– Alternative regimen: Bendamustine 90 mg/m2 IV daily for 2 days
JULIET trial patient disposition1-3,6,7
EAS, efficacy analysis set; FAS, full analysis set; NEJM, New England Journal of Medicine; USPI, United States Prescribing Information.
KYMRIAH DELIVERS STRONG EFFICACY WITH DURABLE RESPONSES IN PATIENTS WITH R/R DLBCL1
Persistence based on pharmacokinetics1
In adult patients with r/r DLBCL who achieved a CR, KYMRIAH was present for up to 18 months in peripheral blood and 9 months in bone marrow.
KYMRIAH IS A DURABLE TREATMENT WITH 60% OF PATIENTS STILL IN RESPONSE AT MONTH 40.37
The median duration of response has not been reached in both the overall and CR patient population in the 40.3-month analysis.7
JULIET 9.4-MONTH USPI ANALYSIS1
Median DOR was not reached. For patients who achieved a PR, median DOR was 3.4 months.
MORE THAN 60% OF PATIENTS WHO REACHED A CR AT MONTH 3 WITH KYMRIAH (n=37) WERE PROGRESSION-FREE AT 3 YEARS
PFS was a secondary efficacy end point of the JULIET trial, and is not included in the Prescribing Information.3 PFS data should be interpreted with caution in a single arm trial, as the statistical significance is unknown.
MEDIAN OS WAS NOT REACHED FOR PATIENTS WITH A COMPLETE RESPONSE IN THE 40.3 MONTH ANALYSIS7
36% of all patients infused with KYMRIAH are still alive at 3 years.7
OS was a secondary end point of the JULIET trial and is not included in the Prescribing Information. OS data should be interpreted with caution in a single arm trial, as the statistical significance is unknown
• Median time of survival from infusion was 11.1 months (95% CI: 6.64, 23.85) at 40.3 months (n=115) for all patients and not reached for patients in CR
KYMRIAH DEMONSTRATED CONSISTENT RESPONSE RATES REGARDLESS OF CLINICAL CHARACTERISTICS2,7
KYMRIAH demonstrated consistent response rates across high-risk patient subgroups with non-Hodgkin lymphoma that have relapsed or are refractory after ≥2 lines of systemic therapy.2,7
HSCT, hematopoietic stem cell transplantation; NR, not reported.
References: 1. Kymriah [prescribing information]. East Hanover, NJ: Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. 2. Schuster SJ, Bishop MR, Tam CS, et al. Tisagenlecleucel in adult relapsed or refractory diffuse large B-cell lymphoma. N Engl J Med. 2019;380(1):45-56. 3. Data on file. CTL019C2201. 30 month follow-up report. Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp; December 11, 2019. 4. Data on file. CTL019B2202 Interim Clinical Study Report. Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp; September 22, 2017. 5. Bachanova V, Westin J, Tam C, et al. Correlative analyses of cytokine release syndrome and neurological events in tisagenlecleucel-treated relapsed/refractory diffuse large B-cell lymphoma patients. Presented at: International Conference on Malignant Lymphoma; June 18-22, 2019; Lugano, Switzerland. Abstract 254. 6. Jaeger U, Bishop MR, Salles G, et al. Myc expression and tumor-infiltrating T cells are associated with response in patients with relapsed/refractory diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (r/r DLBCL) treated with tisagenlecleucel in the JULIET Trial. Presented at: 62nd American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting; December 5-8, 2020; Poster 1194. 7. Data on file. CTD Clinical Study Document 2.7.4 Summary of Clinical Efficacy 30-day Update. Study C2201. Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp; 2017. 8. Data on file. CTL019C2201. Progression Free Survival Data Cut. Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp; July 1, 2019. 9. Jaeger U, Bishop MR, Salles G, et al. Myc expression and tumor-infiltrating T cells are associated with response in patients with relapsed/refractory diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (r/r DLBCL) treated with tisagenlecleucel in the JULIET Trial. Presented at: Transplantation and Cellular Therapy Annual Meeting; February 8-12, 2021; Poster 212. 10. Andreadis C, Tam CS, Borchmann P, et al. Correlation of bridging and lymphodepleting chemotherapy with clinical outcomes in patients with relapsed/refractory diffuse large B-cell lymphoma treated with tisagenlecleucel. 61st American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting; December 7-10, 2019; Orlando, FL. Poster 2883.
KYMRIAH is a CD19-directed genetically modified autologous T cell immunotherapy indicated for the treatment of adult patients with relapsed or refractory (r/r) large B-cell lymphoma after two or more lines of systemic therapy including diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) not otherwise specified, high-grade B-cell lymphoma, and DLBCL arising from follicular lymphoma.
Limitation of Use: KYMRIAH is not indicated for treatment of patients with primary central nervous system lymphoma.
Warnings and Precautions
Cytokine Release Syndrome: CRS, including fatal or life-threatening reactions, occurred following treatment with KYMRIAH. CRS occurred in 85 (74%) of the 115 patients with r/r DLBCL receiving KYMRIAH, including ≥ grade 3 (Penn Grading System) in 23% of patients with r/r DLBCL. In KYMRIAH clinical trials, the median times to onset and resolution were 3 days (range:1-51; 1 patient with onset after Day 10) and 7 days (range: 2-30), respectively.
Of the 85 patients with r/r DLBCL who had CRS, 19 (22%) received systemic tocilizumab or corticosteroids. Seven (8%) received a single dose of tocilizumab, 11 (13%) received 2 doses of tocilizumab, and 11 (13%) received corticosteroids in addition to tocilizumab. One patient with r/r DLBCL received corticosteroids for CRS without concomitant tocilizumab, and 2 patients received corticosteroids for persistent neurotoxicity after resolution of CRS.
Three deaths occurred in patients with r/r DLBCL within 30 days of KYMRIAH infusion. Of these 3 patients, all had a history of CRS in the setting of stable to progressive underlying disease, 1 of whom developed bowel necrosis. Among patients with r/r DLBCL who had CRS, key manifestations included fever (85%), hypotension (45%), hypoxia (35%), and tachycardia (13%). CRS may be associated with hepatic, renal, and cardiac dysfunction; and coagulopathy.
Delay KYMRIAH infusion after lymphodepleting chemotherapy if patient has unresolved serious adverse reactions from preceding chemotherapies, active uncontrolled infection, or active graft vs host disease.
Ensure that a minimum of 2 doses of tocilizumab are available on-site prior to infusion of KYMRIAH. Monitor patients 2 to 3 times during the first week following KYMRIAH infusion at the REMS-certified health care facility for signs and symptoms of CRS. Monitor patients for signs or symptoms of CRS for at least 4 weeks after treatment with KYMRIAH. At the first sign of CRS, immediately evaluate patient for hospitalization and institute treatment with supportive care, tocilizumab, and/or corticosteroids as indicated.
Counsel patients to seek immediate medical attention should signs or symptoms of CRS occur at any time.
Neurological Toxicities: Neurological toxicities, including severe or life-threatening reactions, occurred in 69 (60%) of the 115 patients with r/r DLBCL following treatment with KYMRIAH, including ≥ grade 3 in 19% of patients. Among KYMRIAH clinical trial patients who had a neurological toxicity, 84% occurred within 8 weeks following KYMRIAH infusion. Median time to the first event was 5 days from infusion (range: 1-368), and the median duration was 17 days for patients with r/r DLBCL. Resolution occurred within 3 weeks in 50% of patients with r/r DLBCL. Encephalopathy lasting up to 70 days was noted. The onset of neurological toxicity can be concurrent with CRS, following resolution of CRS, or in the absence of CRS.
The most common neurological toxicities observed in patients with r/r DLBCL included headache (21%), encephalopathy (16%), delirium (5%), anxiety (10%), sleep disorders (10%), dizziness (12%), tremor (6%), and peripheral neuropathy (12%). Other manifestations included seizures and aphasia.
Monitor patients 2 to 3 times during the first week following KYMRIAH infusion at the REMS-certified health care facility for signs and symptoms of neurological toxicities. Rule out other causes of neurological symptoms. Monitor patients for signs or symptoms of neurological toxicities for at least 4 weeks after infusion and treat promptly. Neurological toxicity should be managed with supportive care and/or corticosteroids as needed.
Counsel patients to seek immediate medical attention should signs or symptoms of neurological toxicity occur at any time.
KYMRIAH REMS to Mitigate CRS and Neurological Toxicities: Because of the risk of CRS and neurological toxicities, KYMRIAH is available only through a restricted program under a Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) called the KYMRIAH REMS.
The required components of the KYMRIAH REMS are:
Further information is available at www.kymriah-rems.com or 1-844-4KYMRIAH (1-844-459-6742).
Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis (HLH)/Macrophage Activation Syndrome (MAS): HLH/MAS, which can be life-threatening or fatal, has occurred following treatment with KYMRIAH. HLH was reported in 2% (2/115) of patients with r/r DLBCL (times to onset were Day 7 and Day 10); all HLH events occurred during ongoing CRS and resolved. Treatment of HLH should be administered as per institutional standards.
Hypersensitivity Reactions: Allergic reactions may occur with KYMRIAH. Serious hypersensitivity reactions, including anaphylaxis, may be due to dimethyl sulfoxide or dextran 40 in KYMRIAH. Observe patients for hypersensitivity reactions during the infusion.
Serious Infections: Infections, including life-threatening or fatal infections, occurred in 67 (58%) of the 115 patients with r/r DLBCL; 38 patients (33%) experienced ≥ grade 3 infections, including fatal infection in 1 patient (1%). Prior to KYMRIAH infusion, infection prophylaxis should follow local guidelines. Patients with active uncontrolled infection should not start KYMRIAH treatment until the infection is resolved. Monitor patients for signs and symptoms of infection after treatment with KYMRIAH and treat appropriately.
Febrile neutropenia (≥ grade 3) was also observed in 17% of patients with r/r DLBCL after KYMRIAH infusion and may be concurrent with CRS. In the event of febrile neutropenia, evaluate for infection and manage with broad spectrum antibiotics, fluids, and other supportive care as medically indicated.
Hepatitis B virus (HBV) reactivation, in some cases resulting in fulminant hepatitis, hepatic failure, and death, can occur in patients treated with drugs directed against B cells. There is no experience with manufacturing KYMRIAH for patients with a positive test for HIV or with active HBV or active hepatitis C virus (HCV). Perform screening for HBV, HCV, and HIV in accordance with clinical guidelines before collection of cells for manufacturing.
Prolonged Cytopenias: Patients may exhibit cytopenias for several weeks following lymphodepleting chemotherapy and KYMRIAH infusion. In patients with r/r DLBCL, ≥ grade 3 cytopenias not resolved by Day 28 following KYMRIAH treatment included thrombocytopenia (39%) and neutropenia (25%) among 115 treated patients. Prolonged neutropenia has been associated with increased risk of infection. Myeloid growth factors, particularly granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor, are not recommended during the first 3 weeks after KYMRIAH infusion or until CRS has resolved.
Hypogammaglobulinemia: Hypogammaglobulinemia and agammaglobulinemia related to B-cell aplasia can occur in patients after KYMRIAH infusion. Hypogammaglobulinemia was reported in 17% of patients with r/r DLBCL. Monitor immunoglobulin levels after treatment with KYMRIAH and manage using infection precautions, antibiotic prophylaxis, and immunoglobulin replacement standard guidelines.
The safety of immunization with live vaccines during or following KYMRIAH treatment has not been studied. Vaccination with live vaccines is not recommended for at least 6 weeks prior to the start of lymphodepleting chemotherapy, during KYMRIAH treatment, and until immune recovery following treatment with KYMRIAH.
Pregnant women who have received KYMRIAH may have hypogammaglobulinemia. Assess immunoglobulin levels in newborns of mothers treated with KYMRIAH.
Secondary Malignancies: Patients treated with KYMRIAH may develop secondary malignancies or recurrence of their cancer. Monitor lifelong for secondary malignancies. If a secondary malignancy occurs, call 1-844-4KYMRIAH to obtain instructions on patient samples to collect for testing.
Effects on Ability to Drive and Use Machines: Due to the potential for neurological events, including altered mental status or seizures, patients receiving KYMRIAH are at risk for altered or decreased consciousness or coordination in the 8 weeks following infusion. Advise patients to refrain from driving and engaging in hazardous occupations or activities, such as operating heavy or potentially dangerous machinery, during this initial period.
HIV and the lentivirus used to make KYMRIAH have limited, short spans of identical genetic material (RNA). Therefore, some commercial HIV nucleic acid tests may yield false positive results in patients who have received KYMRIAH.
Pregnancy, Lactation, Females and Males of Reproductive Potential
No data are available of KYMRIAH use in pregnant or lactating women. Therefore, KYMRIAH is not recommended for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. A risk to the breastfed infant cannot be excluded. Pregnancy after KYMRIAH administration should be discussed with the treating physician. Pregnancy status of females of reproductive potential should be verified with a pregnancy test prior to starting treatment with KYMRIAH. Report pregnancies to Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation at 1-888-669-6682.
The most common adverse reactions (>20%) reported in patients with r/r DLBCL were CRS, infections-pathogen unspecified, fever, diarrhea, nausea, fatigue, hypotension, edema, hemorrhage, dyspnea, and headache.
Please see full Prescribing Information for KYMRIAH, including Boxed WARNING, and Medication Guide.