Background: Bortezomib is a potent, reversible proteasome inhibitor that has been approved for the treatment of recurrent and/or refractory multiple myeloma, but its activity in patients with renal impairment has not been studied to date.
Methods: Response rates, safety, and 20S proteasome activity were assessed in relation to baseline creatinine clearance (CrCl) among patients with recurrent and/or refractory myeloma (n = 256 patients) who were treated with bortezomib in 2 Phase II trials. Bortezomib was administered by intravenous bolus on Days 1, 4, 8, and 11 of a 21-day cycle at 2 doses, 1.0 mg/m2 (n = 28 patients) and 1.3 mg/m2 (n = 228 patients).
Results: Of 10 patients with CrCl < or = 30 mL/minute, 7 patients completed the protocol-specified 8 cycles of treatment; 4 patients received the 1.3 mg/m2 bortezomib dose, and 3 patients received the 1.0 mg/m2 bortezomib dose. Using the European Group for Blood and Marrow Transplantation criteria, responses were assigned by an independent committee to 3 of the 10 patients (2 partial responses and 1 minimal response), a response rate similar to that of the overall treated population. Patients with CrCl > 80 mL/minute (n = 105 patients), 51-80 mL/minute (n = 99 patients), and < or = 50 mL/minute (n = 52 patients) had similar rates of discontinuation and similar adverse event profiles. Renal function did not appear to affect the 1-hour postdose proteasome inhibition or its recovery.
Conclusions: Clinical experience in a limited number of patients with impaired renal function suggests that bortezomib provides clinical benefit with manageable toxicities in this high-risk population.