The role of elotuzumab in the treatment of relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma

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Purpose.The pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, clinical efficacy and safety, cost, and place in therapy of elotuzumab for treatment of relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma (MM) are reviewed.Summary.Elotuzumab is a humanized monoclonal antibody that targets the signaling lymphocytic activation molecule (SLAM) protein SLAMF7 and facilitates an antibody-dependent cellular cytotoxicity interaction between myeloma cells and natural killer cells. Elotuzumab has U.S. marketing approval for use in combination with lenalidomide and dexamethasone in patients with relapsed or refractory MM who have received 1–3 previous therapies; this regimen is among the preferred regimens for relapsed or refractory MM recommended by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN). A Phase III trial involving 321 patients demonstrated a median progression-free survival duration of 19.4 months with elotuzumab plus lenalidomide and dexamethasone versus 14.9 months with lenalidomide and dexamethasone alone (hazard ratio for progression or death, 0.70; 95% confidence interval, 0.57–0.85; p < 0.001). Common adverse effects of elotuzumab–lenalidomide–dexamethasone therapy include hematologic toxicities, fatigue, pyrexia, diarrhea, constipation, muscle spasms, and cough. Elotuzumab plus bortezomib and dexamethasone is an NCCN-recommended alternative option for relapsed or refractory MM.Conclusion.While elotuzumab plus lenalidomide and dexamethasone is a promising regimen for patients with MM, it is only one of several regimens recommended by NCCN for relapsed or refractory MM. Key factors in patient selection for elotuzumab therapy include adverse effects, prior treatments received, and cost considerations.

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