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Study of VELCADE and Rituximab in Patients With Relapsed or Refractory B-cell Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT00312845
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : April 11, 2006
Results First Posted : July 26, 2011
Last Update Posted : June 25, 2012
Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research & Development, L.L.C.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Brief Summary:
The purpose of this study is to determine if the combination of VELCADE and rituximab improves progression free survival relative to rituximab alone in patients with relapsed or refractory B-cell non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (B-NHL) who never received rituximab or who have previously responded to rituximab. This is an international study being conducted in the United States and in many countries around the world. A complete list of study locations is listed below.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma Drug: Bortezomib + Rituximab Drug: Rituximab Phase 3

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 676 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Randomized, Open-Label, Multicenter Study of VELCADE With Rituximab or Rituximab Alone in Subjects With Relapsed or Refractory, Rituximab Naive or Sensitive Follicular B-cell Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma
Study Start Date : March 2006
Actual Primary Completion Date : June 2010
Actual Study Completion Date : July 2010

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MedlinePlus related topics: Lymphoma

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Bortezomib + Rituximab Drug: Bortezomib + Rituximab
VELCADE for Injection will be administered weekly on Days 1,8,15, and 22 of a 35-day cycle in combination with 4 doses of rituximab once a week on Days 1,8,15, and 22 of Cycle 1 and in combination with a single dose of rituximab on Day 1 of Cycles 2 to 5.

Active Comparator: Rituximab Drug: Rituximab
rituximab once a week on Days 1,8,15, and 22 of Cycle 1, and as a single dose on Day 1 of Cycles 2 to 5 (for a total of 8 doses).

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Progression Free Survival [ Time Frame: Subjects are followed until progressive disease/death or the end of the study. The median follow up time is 33.9 months. ]
    Progression free survival is defined as time from randomization to progressive disease or death due to any cause, whichever occurs first.

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Overall Response Rate [ Time Frame: Subjects are followed until progressive disease/death or the end of the study. The median follow up time is 33.9 months. ]
    Overall response rate is defined as Complete Response (CR) + Complete Response Unconfirmed (CRu) + Partial Response (PR) using International Working Group Criteria (IWGC) and Independent Radiographic Review results and clinical results. The IWGC CR requires complete disappearance of all detectable clinical and radiographic evidence of disease and disappearance of all disease-related symptoms, and normalization of lactic dehydrogenase and bone marrow involvement. CRu requires more than 75% reduction in sum of product of nodes (SPD). PR requires moer than 50% reduction in SPD.

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

Inclusion Criteria:

Subjects must satisfy the following criteria to be enrolled in the study:

  • Man or woman and age 18 years or older
  • Diagnosis of follicular B-NHL of the following subtypes (World Health Organization [WHO] classification 1997): follicular lymphoma (FL) (Grades 1 and 2).
  • Documented relapse or progression following prior antineoplastic treatment. New lesions or objective evidence of progression of existing lesions must document relapse or progression following the previous therapy.

If any prior regimen included rituximab, the subject must have responded (complete response [CR], unconfirmed complete response [CRu], partial response [PR]), and the time to progression (TTP) from the first dose of rituximab must have been 6 months or more.

  • At least 1 measurable tumor mass (greater than 1.5 cm in the longest dimension and greater than 1.0 cm in the short axis) that has not been previously irradiated, or has grown since previous irradiation
  • In the opinion of the investigator the decision to initiate treatment is justified to manage the subject's lymphoma
  • No active central nervous system lymphoma
  • Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group [ECOG] status ≤ 2
  • Female subjects must be postmenopausal (for at least 6 months), surgically sterile, abstinent, or, if sexually active, be practicing an effective method of birth control (e.g., prescription oral contraceptives, contraceptive injections, intrauterine device, double-barrier method, contraceptive patch, male partner sterilization) before entry and throughout the study; and have a negative serum beta-human chorionic gonadotropin (β-hCG) pregnancy test at screening.
  • Subjects (or their legally acceptable representatives) must have signed an informed consent document indicating that they understand the purpose of and procedures required for the study and are willing to participate in the study.
  • In countries where health authorities have approved the pharmacogenomic testing, subjects or their legally acceptable representatives must have signed a separate informed consent that they agree to participate in the genetic part and protein testing part of the study; participation in the genetic and protein testing component is mandatory for pharmacogenomics testing, but optional for serum protein testing and future testing.

Exclusion Criteria:

Potential subjects who meet any of the following criteria will be excluded from participating in the study:

  • Diagnosed or treated for a malignancy other than NHL within 1 year of randomization, or who were previously diagnosed with a malignancy other than NHL and have any radiographic or biochemical marker evidence of malignancy. Subjects with completely resected basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma of the skin, or in situ malignancy are not excluded.
  • Clinical evidence of a transformation from indolent NHL to a more aggressive form of NHL.
  • History of disallowed therapies:

    • Prior treatment with VELCADE
    • Antineoplastic (including unconjugated therapeutic antibodies), experimental, or radiation therapy within 3 weeks before randomization
    • Nitrosoureas within 6 weeks before randomization
    • Radioimmunoconjugates or toxin immunoconjugates within 10 weeks before randomization
    • Stem cell transplant within 6 months before randomization
    • Major surgery within 2 weeks before randomization
  • Residual toxic effects of previous therapy or surgery of Grade 3 or worse
  • Peripheral neuropathy or neuropathic pain of Grade 2 or worse
  • Have received an experimental drug or used an experimental medical device within 21 days before the planned start of treatment.
  • History of allergic reaction attributable to compounds containing boron or mannitol
  • Known anaphylaxis or immunoglobulin E (IgE)-mediated hypersensitivity to murine proteins or to any component of rituximab including polysorbate 80 and sodium citrate dihydrate
  • Concurrent treatment with another investigational agent
  • Female subject who is pregnant or breast-feeding

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00312845

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Sponsors and Collaborators
Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research & Development, L.L.C.
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Study Director: Medical Monitor Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
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Responsible Party: Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Identifier: NCT00312845    
Other Study ID Numbers: 26866138-LYM-3001
First Posted: April 11, 2006    Key Record Dates
Results First Posted: July 26, 2011
Last Update Posted: June 25, 2012
Last Verified: June 2012
Keywords provided by Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Inc.:
B-cell Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Lymphoma, Non-Hodgkin
Lymphoma, B-Cell
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Lymphoproliferative Disorders
Lymphatic Diseases
Immunoproliferative Disorders
Immune System Diseases
Antineoplastic Agents, Immunological
Antineoplastic Agents
Immunologic Factors
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Antirheumatic Agents