Study in Patients With Chronic Leukemia Where Previous Therapy Failed and Who Will be Treated With Ponatinib as Second Line Therapy

  • End date
    May 24, 2024
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    GWT-TUD GmbH
Updated on 24 September 2021


This study will include patients suffering from chronic myeloid leukemia (CP-CML), who were treated with tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI, a substance that blocks the action of enzymes) in a previous therapy but which has not been effective. Patients will be treated with Ponatinib 30 mg in in this study. The aim of the study is to evaluate the safety and efficacy of Ponatinib as a second line treatment in patients failing or not tolerating first line therapy with any other approved TKIs. It is expected that Ponatinib, due to its efficacy, may be more effective as second line therapy than other approved TKIs and lead to improved overall survival. The effect will be determined by the molecular response rate (MMR) as the primary objective after 12 months of treatment. The safety of the drug will be evaluated on the basis if routine medical and laboratory examinations.


Despite significant progress in the treatment of patients with chronic phase CML, there is still need to further optimize therapy to reach the goal of disease eradication for almost all patients. In case of imatinib failure, dasatinib and nilotinib are effective treatment options after an individualized treatment selection. Although MMR rates of around 30% after 2 years of therapy are a significant achievement, options that may improve response rates in depth are still desirable. Ponatinib is a third generation TKI with very high anti-clonal activity in all CML phases. Moreover, it also eradicates most of the known and problematic mutations and only very few (compound) mutations may induce ponatinib-resistance.

Based on its favourable target spectrum, it is expected that Ponatinib may be more effective than 2nd line dasatinib or nilotinib in achieving early (i.e., at 6 months) cytogenetic and molecular responses in patients after inappropriate response to imatinib, and more effective as 2nd line treatment after failure of initial treatment with dasatinib or nilotinib than a cross-over between the 2nd generation TKIs. The basic hypothesis underlying therapeutic programs in CML is to be able to achieve meaningful and long-lasting suppression of the Philadelphia chromosome and breakpoint cluster region-abelson fusion gen (BCR-ABL). Complete cytogenetic responses have been associated with improved survival in CML, while major molecular responses are associated with improved event-free survival.

Condition chronic phase chronic myelogenous leukemia
Treatment Ponatinib
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT03807479
SponsorGWT-TUD GmbH
Last Modified on24 September 2021


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Inclusion Criteria

Male or female patients 18 years old
Diagnosis of Ph-positive (by cytogenetics) or BCR-ABL-positive (by PCR) CP-CML
Patients should have demonstrated to have
a failure of a prior 1st line TKI treatment with either imatinib, dasatinib or nilotinib. Failure is defined as per European LeukemiaNet (ELN) recommendations
Less than Complete Hematologic Response (CHR) and/or Ph+ > 95% at or beyond 3 months
No cytogenetic response (Ph+>35%) and/or Abelson murine leukemia viral oncogene homolog 1 (BCR-ABL1) >10% at or beyond 6 months
BCR-ABL (on international scale) >1% and/or PH+ >0%
Less than MMR at or beyond 18 months
Loss of response or development of mutations or other clonal chromosomal abnormalities at any time during the first line TKI treatment
or intolerance to prior TKI treatment defined as grade 3 or 4 toxicity, or persistent grade 2 toxicity despite optimal management including dose adjustment, or in a patient where dose reductions are considered to be not in the patient's best interest to obtain an adequate response. Intolerant patients should not have achieved or have lost major molecular response at the time of enrollment
Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) performance status of 0, 1, or 2

Exclusion Criteria

Any 1st line anti-CML treatment other than TKI (apart from therapy with hydroxyurea)
Any 2nd line therapy with a tyrosine kinase inhibitor (>1 European Medicines Agency (EMA) approved TKI for CML, or any investigational non EMA-approved TKI)
Concurrent participation in any other clinical trial involving another investigational drug within 4 weeks prior to enrollment and throughout participation in PONS-Study
New York Heart Association (NYHA) cardiac class 3-4 heart disease
Cardiac Symptoms within the past 12 months prior recruitment
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