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Pembrolizumab (MK-3475) Plus Gemcitabine/Cisplatin Versus Placebo Plus Gemcitabine/Cisplatin for First-Line Advanced and/or Unresectable Biliary Tract Carcinoma (BTC) (MK-3475-966/KEYNOTE-966) (KEYNOTE-966)

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT04003636
Recruitment Status : Active, not recruiting
First Posted : July 1, 2019
Last Update Posted : June 11, 2021
Sponsor:
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.

Brief Summary:
This is a study of pembrolizumab plus gemcitabine/cisplatin versus placebo plus gemcitabine/cisplatin as first-line therapy in participants with advanced and/or unresectable biliary tract carcinoma. The primary hypothesis is pembrolizumab plus gemcitabine/cisplatin is superior to placebo plus gemcitabine/cisplatin with respect to overall survival (OS).

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Biliary Tract Carcinoma Biological: Pembrolizumab Drug: Gemcitabine Drug: Cisplatin Drug: Placebo Phase 3

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 1048 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Triple (Participant, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Phase 3 Randomized, Double Blind Study of Pembrolizumab Plus Gemcitabine/Cisplatin Versus Placebo Plus Gemcitabine/Cisplatin as First-Line Therapy in Participants With Advanced and/or Unresectable Biliary Tract Carcinoma
Actual Study Start Date : September 24, 2019
Estimated Primary Completion Date : August 31, 2023
Estimated Study Completion Date : August 31, 2023


Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Arm A (Pembrolizumab+Gemcitabine+Cisplatin)
Pembrolizumab, 200 mg, every 3 weeks (Q3W), Day 1 of each 3-week cycle for up to 35 cycles PLUS Gemcitabine, 1000 mg/m^2, Q3W, Day 1 and Day 8 of each cycle until progressive disease or unacceptable toxicity PLUS Cisplatin, 25 mg/m^2, Q3W, Day 1 and Day 8 of each cycle for up to 8 cycles.
Biological: Pembrolizumab
Pembrolizumab by intravenous (IV) infusion
Other Name: MK-3475

Drug: Gemcitabine
Gemcitabine by IV infusion
Other Name: Gemzar

Drug: Cisplatin
Cisplatin by IV infusion
Other Names:
  • Platinol®
  • Platinol®-AQ

Placebo Comparator: Arm B (Placebo+Gemcitabine+Cisplatin)
Placebo to Pembrolizumab, 200 mg, every 3 weeks (Q3W), Day 1 of each 3-week cycle for up to 35 cycles PLUS Gemcitabine, 1000 mg/m^2, Q3W, Day 1 and Day 8 of each cycle until progressive disease or unacceptable toxicity PLUS Cisplatin, 25 mg/m^2, Q3W, Day 1 and Day 8 of each cycle for up to 8 cycles.
Drug: Gemcitabine
Gemcitabine by IV infusion
Other Name: Gemzar

Drug: Cisplatin
Cisplatin by IV infusion
Other Names:
  • Platinol®
  • Platinol®-AQ

Drug: Placebo
Placebo to pembrolizumab




Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Overall Survival (OS) [ Time Frame: Up to approximately 43 months ]
    Overall survival is defined as the time from randomization to death due to any cause.


Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Objective Response Rate (ORR) per Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumors Version 1.1 (RECIST 1.1) as Assessed by Blinded Independent Central Review (BICR) [ Time Frame: Up to approximately 43 months ]
    ORR is defined as the percentage of participants who have a confirmed Complete Response (CR: disappearance of all target lesions) or Partial Response (PR: a ≥30% decrease in the sum of diameters [SOD] of target lesions) as assessed by BICR per RECIST 1.1, which is adjusted for this study to allow a maximum of 10 target lesions in total and 5 per organ.

  2. Duration of Response (DOR) per RECIST 1.1 as Assessed by BICR [ Time Frame: Up to approximately 43 months ]
    For participants who demonstrate a confirmed CR or PR, DOR is the time from the first documented evidence of CR or PR until disease progression or death due to any cause, whichever occurs first.

  3. Number of Participants Who Experience One or More Adverse Events (AE) [ Time Frame: Up to approximately 43 months ]
    An adverse event (AE) is defined as any unfavorable and unintended sign including an abnormal laboratory finding, symptom or disease associated with the use of a medical treatment or procedure, regardless of whether it is considered related to the medical treatment or procedure, that occurs during the course of the study.

  4. Number of Participants Who Discontinued Study Intervention Due to an Adverse Event (AE) [ Time Frame: Up to approximately 43 months ]
    An AE is defined as any unfavorable and unintended sign including an abnormal laboratory finding, symptom or disease associated with the use of a medical treatment or procedure, regardless of whether it is considered related to the medical treatment or procedure, that occurs during the course of the study.

  5. Progression-free Survival (PFS) per RECIST 1.1 as Assessed by BICR [ Time Frame: Up to approximately 43 months ]
    Progression-free survival is defined as the time from randomization to the first documented disease progression or death due to any cause, whichever occurs first.



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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria

  • Has histologically confirmed diagnosis of advanced (metastatic) and/or unresectable (locally advanced) biliary tract cancer (intra-or extrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma or gallbladder cancer)
  • Has measurable disease based on Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumors (RECIST 1.1), as determined by the site investigator
  • Participants with a history of hepatitis B or hepatitis C can be enrolled if they meet study criteria
  • Is able to provide archival tumor tissue sample or newly obtained core or excisional biopsy of a tumor lesion
  • Has a life expectancy of greater than 3 months
  • Has adequate organ function

Exclusion Criteria

  • Has had previous systemic therapy for advanced (metastatic) or unresectable (locally advanced) biliary tract cancer (intra-or extra hepatic cholangiocarcinoma or gallbladder cancer)
  • Has ampullary cancer
  • Has small cell cancer, neuroendocrine tumors, lymphoma, sarcoma, mixed tumor histology and/or mucinous cystic neoplasms
  • Has received prior therapy with an anti-programmed cell death 1 (anti-PD-1), anti- programmed cell death ligand 1 or 2 (anti-PD-L1, anti-PD-L2) agent or with an agent directed to another stimulatory or coinhibitory T-cell receptor (e.g., cytotoxic T-lymphocyte-associated protein 4 [CTLA-4], OX-40, CD137)
  • Has a known history of, or any evidence of, central nervous system (CNS) metastases and/or carcinomatous meningitis, as assessed by local site investigator
  • Has had an allogenic tissue/solid organ transplant

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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT04003636


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Sponsors and Collaborators
Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.
Investigators
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Study Director: Medical Director Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.
Additional Information:
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Responsible Party: Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT04003636    
Other Study ID Numbers: 3475-966
2019-000944-82 ( EudraCT Number )
MK-3475-966 ( Other Identifier: Merck )
KEYNOTE-966 ( Other Identifier: Merck )
195007 ( Registry Identifier: JAPIC-CTI )
First Posted: July 1, 2019    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: June 11, 2021
Last Verified: June 2021
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: Yes
Plan Description: http://engagezone.msd.com/doc/ProcedureAccessClinicalTrialData.pdf
URL: http://engagezone.msd.com/ds_documentation.php

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Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Drug Product: Yes
Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Device Product: No
Keywords provided by Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.:
Programmed cell death 1 (PD-1)
Pembrolizumab
Cholangiocarcinoma
Gallbladder cancer
Checkpoint inhibitor
Immunotherapy
Biliary
Keytruda
Bile Duct Cancer
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Carcinoma
Neoplasms, Glandular and Epithelial
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Neoplasms
Gemcitabine
Cisplatin
Pembrolizumab
Antineoplastic Agents
Antimetabolites, Antineoplastic
Antimetabolites
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Antiviral Agents
Anti-Infective Agents
Enzyme Inhibitors
Immunosuppressive Agents
Immunologic Factors
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Antineoplastic Agents, Immunological