Randomized comparison of two doses of the anti-PD-1 monoclonal antibody MK-347 for ipilimumab-refractory (IPI-R) and IPI-naive (IPI-N) melanoma (MEL)

Omid Hamid, Caroline Robert, Antoni Ribas, Jedd D. Wolchok, F. Stephen Hodi, Richard Kefford, Anthony M. Joshua, Wen-Jen Hwu, Tara C. Gangadhar, Arnita Patnaik, Peter Hersey, Jeffrey S. Weber, Richard Wayne Joseph, Kevin Gergich, Xiaoyun (Nicole) Li, Patrick Chun, Scot Ebbinghaus, Soonmo Peter Kang, Adil Daud

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Background: MK-3475 has shown durable antitumor activity in MEL across multiple doses and schedules. We compared the efficacy and safety of 2 MK-3475 doses in MEL patients (pts).

Methods: In separate cohorts, IPI-N and IPI-R pts were randomized 1:1 to MK-3475 2 or 10 mg/kg every 3 wk (2 Q3W or 10 Q3W). IPI-N pts received ≤2 prior systemic therapies. IPI-R pts had any number of prior therapies and unequivocal or confirmed PD per immune-related response criteria (irRC) after ≥2 IPI doses; all BRAF-mutant pts were previously treated with BRAF inhibitors. Primary endpoint was ORR assessed by RECIST 1.1 every 12 wk by independent central review. Investigator-assessed response by irRC was also obtained.

Results: A total of 276 pts were randomized (103 IPI-N [2 Q3W, n = 51; 10 Q3W, n = 52] and 173 IPI-R [2 Q3W, n = 89; 10 Q3W, n = 84]. In both cohorts, treatment arms were well balanced for known prognostic factors. As of the 10/18/2013 cutoff, all IPI-N and 47% of IPI-T pts had ≥9 mo of follow-up. Among evaluable pts, no significant differences in ORR by RECIST were observed between doses in IPI-N (33% vs 40%) or IPI-R (26% vs 26%) pts. By RECIST, response duration ranged from 6+ wk to 39+ wk in both cohorts (median not reached), with ~90% of responses ongoing. PFS by RECIST was similar between doses. The safety profile was generally similar between pts treated with 2 Q3W and 10 Q3W. There were no drug-related deaths.

Conclusions: MK-3475 2 mg/kg Q3W and 10 mg/kg Q3W provided similar efficacy and safety in both IPI-N pts and IPI-R pts. Treatment was well tolerated with acceptable toxicity profile. The high ORR provided by MK-3475 comes with long durability in both IPI-N and IPI-R MEL. Clinical trial information: NCT01295827.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3000-3000
Number of pages1
JournalJournal of Clinical Oncology
Issue number15
Publication statusPublished - 20 May 2014
Externally publishedYes
Event50th Annual Meeting of the American-Society-of-Clinical-Oncology - Chicago, United States
Duration: 30 May 20143 Jun 2014


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