Minimization of olaratumab drug waste using real-world data

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Results of a study in which population-based body weight and body surface area (BSA) data were used for vial size optimization to reduce drug waste associated with administration of the i.v. anticancer agent olaratumab are reported.


A retrospective observational study was conducted to determine weight and BSA distributions in a large sample of U.S. oncology patients using data from a large electronic medical record database. Body weight and BSA values at the time of initial systemic anticancer therapy were used to compute olaratumab dose requirements in a cohort of patients with soft tissue sarcoma; those data were analyzed to derive estimates of drug waste likely to result from the use of various proposed olaratumab vial sizes in combination with an existing 500-mg size. Weight and BSA distributions were calculated for additional cohorts of patients with 7 other cancer types.


Median weight values in men (n = 1,179) and women (n = 1,078) with soft tissue sarcoma were 82.55 kg (interquartile range [IQR], 72.58–95.53 kg) and 68.69 kg (IQR, 58.51–84.28 kg), respectively. Modeling of olaratumab dosing scenarios indicated that use of the 500-mg vial only would result in estimated average drug waste of 234 mg per patient per administration; analysis of various potential vial size combinations showed that waste could be reduced by 87.6% with the addition of a 190-mg vial size.


Analysis of real-world patient weight and BSA data allowed olaratumab vial size optimization to enable maximal dosing flexibility with minimal drug waste.

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