Evaluation of the Potential for QTc Prolongation With Repeated Oral Doses of Fedratinib in Patients With Advanced Solid Tumors

Clin Pharmacol Drug Dev. 2021 Apr;10(4):366-375. doi: 10.1002/cpdd.850. Epub 2020 Jul 16.


The impact of repeated daily 500-mg fedratinib (an oral selective Janus kinase [JAK] 2 inhibitor) on QTc and other electrocardiogram (ECG) parameters was assessed in 60 patients with advanced solid tumors. Patients received placebo on day 1 and fedratinib 500 mg daily for 14 days. Concentration-QTc analysis was performed with change-from-baseline QTc corrected by Fridericia's formula (ΔQTcF) as the dependent variable. Fedratinib median time to maximum plasma concentration (Cmax ) was observed 3 hours postdose on day 15. The largest difference between means for fedratinib and placebo was 0.5 bpm (90%CI, -2.75 to 3.72 bpm) for heart rate (3 hours postdose) and 4.3 milliseconds (90%CI, 1.04-7.60 milliseconds) for QTcF (4 hours postdose). The estimated slope of the fedratinib concentration-QTcF relationship was shallow and not statistically significant: -0.0005 milliseconds per ng/mL (90%CI, -0.00145 to 0.00050 milliseconds per ng/mL). Predicted fedratinib placebo-corrected ΔQTcF was 0.6 milliseconds (90%CI, -1.80 to 2.93 milliseconds) at the geometric mean of the observed Cmax (3615 ng/mL). Fedratinib did not affect PR or QRS intervals. No patients had QTcF > 60 milliseconds, and no patients experienced QTcF ≥ 500 milliseconds. Fedratinib did not cause clinically relevant ECG effects or QTc prolongation. Safety findings were consistent with the known safety profile.

Trial registration: ClinicalTrials.gov NCT01836705.

Keywords: QT; QTc; fedratinib; oncology; pharmacodynamics; pharmacokinetics.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Associated data

  • ClinicalTrials.gov/NCT01836705