Chari A, et al. ASH 2016:2133


A multicentre, open-label, Early Access Treatment Protocol (EAP) was opened in June 2015 after the MMY2002 study demonstrated the efficacy and safety profile of daratumumab in patients with relapsed/ refractory (R/R) multiple myeloma (MM).1 Results from the EAP were presented at the 2016 ASH Meeting.2

Study design

  • The objectives of the EAP were to provide early ac­cess to daratumumab treatment and to collect safety and patient-reported outcome data in patients with MM who had received ≥3 prior lines of therapy, including a proteasome inhibitor (PI) and an immu­nomodulatory agent (IMID), or who were double refractory to a PI and an IMID.
  • Additional inclusion criteria were:
    • Age ≥18 years;
    • Documented MM;
    • Progression by International Myeloma Working Group criteria; and
    • An Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group perfor­mance status (ECOG PS) of 0–2.
  • Exclusion criteria were:
    • Known chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD);
    • Persistent asthma;
    • Ongoing MM therapy;
    • Prior exposure to anti-CD38 antibody therapy;
    • Absolute neutrophil count ≤0.5 × 109/L;
    • Platelet count <50 × 109/L; and
    • Creatinine clearance ≤20 mL/min/1.73 m2.
  • Patients received daratumumab at a dose of 16 mg/kg intravenously (iv) every week for eight weeks, then every two weeks for 16 weeks, and then every four weeks until disease progression, unacceptable toxic­ity, or 60 days after U.S. approval.
  • Pre- and post-infusion medications were administered as per study MMY2002:
    • Acetaminophen 650–1,000 mg iv or orally (po) one hour prior to infusion;
    • An antihistamine (diphenhydramine 25–50 mg iv or po, or equivalent) one hour prior to infusion;
    • Methylprednisolone 100 mg iv prior to infusions 1–2 (60 mg iv prior to subsequent infusions); and
    • Methylprednisolone 20 mg or equivalent post infusion for two days.
  • For subjects with a higher risk of respiratory complications (predicted % forced expiratory volume in one minute <75%), the following post-infusion medications were considered:
    • Diphenhydramine (25–50 mg) or equivalent on the two days following all daratumumab infusions;
    • Short-acting β2 adrenergic receptor agonists such as salbu­tamol aerosol;
    • Inhaled corticosteroids ± long-acting β2 adrenergic recep­tor agonists for subjects with asthma; and
    • Long-acting bronchodilators such as tiotropium or salbuta­mol ± inhaled corticosteroids for subjects with COPD.

Key findings

Baseline characteristics and disposition

  • In total, 400 patients were screened and 348 patients were enrolled and dosed.
  • Patients were enrolled at 39 U.S. sites from July to November 2015.
  • The median age was 65 years (range: 27–94).
  • The majority of patients were male (59%), Caucasian (72%), and had an ECOG PS of 1 (58%).
  • Patients received a median eight doses of daratumumab (range: 1–17), and the median treatment exposure time was 1.9 months (range: 0.03–6.0).
  • Patient disposition is summarized in Figure 1.


  • The median change from baseline in all domains of the EuroQol-five dimensions, five-level questionnaire (EQ-5D-5L) and the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer Quality of Life Questionnaire Core 30 scales was 0 after one and two cycles, as well as at patients’ last assessment. (Table 1)
    • The exception to this was the EQ-5D-5L visual analogue scale, which showed a median increase of 1 and 2 units after one and two cycles, respectively.


  • The total number of patients who experienced an adverse event (AE) was 281 (80.7%).
  • Grade ≥3 AEs were reported in 50% of patients. (Table 2)
  • The total number of patients who discontinued treatment due to an AE was 13 (3.7%).
  • Serious AEs (SAEs) occurred in 35% of patients, including 12% of patients with SAEs that were determined by the investigator to be drug-related.
  • Grade 3/4 SAEs occurred in 29.0% of patients. (Table 3)
  • A total of 195 patients (56%) experienced infusion-related reactions (IRRs) during the study, and all 195 of them experienced IRRs during their first infusion. (Table 4)
  • No subjects discontinued the study due to an IRR.

Key conclusions

  • AEs in the EAP were consistent with the previously described AE profile of daratumumab in patients with MM who had received ≥3 prior lines of therapy, including a PI and an IMID, or who were double refractory to a PI and an IMID.
  • No new safety signals were observed.
  • SAEs occurred in one-third of patients, including 12% of patients who experienced a drug-related SAE.
  • More than half of patients experienced IRRs, which primarily occurred during the first infusion and were mostly grade 1/2 in severity.
  • Patients maintained their health-related quality of life during a median duration of two months of therapy.

References: 1. Lonial S, Weiss BM, Usmani SZ, et al. Phase II study of daratumumab (DARA) monotherapy in patients with ≥3 lines of prior therapy or double refractory multiple myeloma (MM): 54767414MMY2002 (Sirius). J Clin Oncol (ASCO Annual Meeting) 2015;33(Suppl): abstr LBA8512. 2. Chari A, Mark TM, Krishnan A, et al. Results of an early access program (EAP) of daratumumab in United States patients with relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma. ASH Annual Meeting Abstracts 2016:2133.

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