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Erwinase Study in Patients With Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Identifier:
First received: July 20, 2007
Last updated: September 4, 2014
Last verified: September 2014

The goal of this clinical research study is to allow doctors to use Erwinia L-Asparaginase (Erwinase®) as a replacement for patients who are allergic to E.coli L-asparaginase or Pegylated E.coli L-asparaginase as part of the treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) or T or B cell lymphoma.

This trial was part of a multi institutional effort by the drug company to make Erwinase available for use.

Condition Intervention
Drug: Erwinase

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Erwinia L-Asparaginase (Erwinase) Study in Patients With Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

Resource links provided by NLM:

Further study details as provided by M.D. Anderson Cancer Center:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Participant Toxicity Data [ Time Frame: 3 Years ]
    Toxicity data collected and reported as adverse events during the study period. See Adverse Event section for reporting.

  • Number of Participants Treated With Erwinase as a Replacement for E.Coli L-asparaginase or Pegylated E.Coli L-asparaginase as Part of the Treatment for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) or T or B Cell Lymphoma [ Time Frame: 4 years ]
    Main objective of protocol Erwinase® Master Treatment Protocol (EMTP) was to enable United States (US) participants who were treated for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) and who were allergic to Escherichia coli derived L-Asparaginase, whatever the formulation, to be treated with Erwinia derived L-Asparaginase (Erwinase®), under Investigational New Drug (IND) 290.

Enrollment: 33
Study Start Date: May 2007
Study Completion Date: February 2012
Primary Completion Date: February 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Erwinase
6 doses of 25,000 Units/m^2 Erwinase® intramuscular/subcutaneously every other day to replace each dose of Pegylated Asparaginase
Drug: Erwinase
If allergic to E.Coli Asparaginase = 1 Dose (20,000 Units/m^2) Daily; If allergic to Pegylated Asparaginase = 6 Doses (25,000 Units/m^2) Daily Every Other Day. Received as an injection through a needle in vein, under the skin, or in muscle.
Other Name: Erwinia L-Asparaginase

Detailed Description:

The Study Drug:

Erwinia L-Asparaginase helps stop the growth of cancer cells by blocking the nutrients that cancer cells needed to survive.

Study Visits:

Erwinia L-Asparaginase will be given either outpatient or inpatient, depending upon your condition.

If you are allergic to E. Coli Asparaginase or Pegylated Asparaginase, you will be given 6 doses every other day.

You will receive Erwinia L-Asparaginase as an injection through a needle in your vein, under the skin, or in your muscle, as directed by your study doctor.

You will be monitored closely by your nurse and your doctor before, during, and after receiving the drug for any side effects. If you develop a severe allergy to Erwinia L-Asparaginase, you may not receive any more asparaginase therapy.

The length of study will be based upon on the ALL treatment you are currently receiving. Your doctor will discuss the details of your treatment schedule with you.

This is an investigational study. Erwinia L-Asparaginase is not FDA approved. The FDA allows patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia who have an allergic reaction to the U.S.-approved L-asparaginases to receive Erwinia L-Asparaginase. Up to 35 patients will take part in this study at The University of Texas (UT) MD Anderson Cancer Center.


Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Senior
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Age: no restrictions
  2. Patient must give written informed consent to receive Erwinase® under Investigational New Drug (IND) 290.
  3. Patient must be treated for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
  4. Patient with either T or B cell lymphoma being treated with Asparaginase.
  5. Patient must have either systemic hypersensitivity reactions to native (Elspar®) or pegylated (Oncaspar®) E. coli L-Asparaginase. This includes patients with generalized rash with or without anaphylactic symptoms, but not those with only local pain or redness at the site of injection.
  6. Patient with previously documented local or systemic reactions to E. coli derived L-Asparaginase.
  7. Patients who are on Elspar® (including those enrolled in a clinical trial randomized to Elspar®) and where Elspar® is not available.

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. Previous allergic reaction to Erwinia L-Asparaginase (Erwinase ®)
  2. Previous acute pancreatitis
  3. Pregnant or lactating woman
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00506597

United States, Texas
UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, Texas, United States, 77030
Sponsors and Collaborators
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Principal Investigator: Robert J. Wells, MD M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
  More Information

Additional Information:
Responsible Party: M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Identifier: NCT00506597     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2007-0183
Study First Received: July 20, 2007
Results First Received: October 17, 2013
Last Updated: September 4, 2014

Keywords provided by M.D. Anderson Cancer Center:
Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
Erwinia L-Asparaginase

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Precursor Cell Lymphoblastic Leukemia-Lymphoma
Leukemia, Lymphoid
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Lymphoproliferative Disorders
Lymphatic Diseases
Immunoproliferative Disorders
Immune System Diseases
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