AE-941 in Treating Patients With Relapsed or Refractory Multiple Myeloma

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Basic Trial Information

PhaseTypeStatusAgeSponsorProtocol IDs
Phase IITreatmentCompleted18 and overPharmaceutical / IndustryCDR0000068801
AETERNA-AE-MM-00-02, NCT00022282

Trial Description


RATIONALE: AE-941 may help to slow the growth of multiple myeloma.

PURPOSE: Phase II trial to study the effectiveness of neovastat in treating patients who have relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma.

Further Study Information


  • Determine the confirmed tumor response rate in patients with early relapse or refractory multiple myeloma treated with AE-941 (Neovastat).
  • Determine the safety of this drug in these patients.
  • Evaluate the time to progression in patients treated with this drug.
  • Evaluate the duration of tumor response (partial response, response, and complete response) in patients treated with this drug.

OUTLINE: This is a multicenter, open-label study.

Patients receive oral AE-941 (Neovastat) twice daily.

Patients are followed every 4 weeks until disease progression.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 125 patients will be accrued for this study.

Eligibility Criteria


  • Diagnosis of multiple myeloma (MM) according to the Durie and Salmon criteria
  • Refractory to or in early relapse after standard chemotherapy with or without stem cell transplantation
  • Measurable disease
  • Quantifiable IgM, IgG, or IgA paraprotein in serum AND/OR
  • Bence-Jones protein in urine
  • No plasma cell leukemia (more than 20% plasma cells in peripheral blood and an absolute plasma cell count of at least 2,000/mm3)
  • No nonsecretory MM
  • No spinal cord compression



  • 18 and over

Performance status:

  • ECOG 0-2

Life expectancy:

  • More than 6 months


  • No clinical symptoms of hyperviscosity


  • Not specified


  • Creatinine no greater than 2 times upper limit of normal
  • Calcium no greater than 11 mg/dL


  • No other prior malignancy within the past 5 years except basal cell carcinoma of the skin or carcinoma in situ of the cervix
  • No severe allergy to fish or seafood
  • No medical condition that would interfere with intake and/or absorption of study medication (e.g., gastrectomy or major intestinal resection)
  • No significant medical or psychiatric condition that would preclude study participation
  • Not pregnant
  • Negative pregnancy test
  • Fertile patients must use adequate contraception


Biologic therapy:

  • See Disease Characteristics
  • No prior history of treatment with thalidomide for more than 14 days duration
  • At least 4 weeks since prior biological therapy for MM
  • Concurrent epoetin alfa allowed


  • See Disease Characteristics
  • At least 4 weeks since prior chemotherapy for MM

Endocrine therapy:

  • At least 4 weeks since prior steroid therapy for MM
  • No prednisone maintenance therapy


  • At least 4 weeks since prior radiotherapy
  • No concurrent palliative or curative radiotherapy


  • Not specified


  • At least 28 days since other prior shark cartilage products
  • At least 28 days since other prior experimental therapeutic agents
  • Concurrent monthly bisphosphonate (pamidronates) infusions allowed
  • No other concurrent anticancer treatment
  • No other concurrent shark cartilage products
  • No other concurrent therapies for MM

Trial Contact Information

Trial Lead Organizations/Sponsors

Aeterna Zentaris, Incorporated

    Link to the current record.
    NLM Identifier NCT00022282 processed this data on April 09, 2015

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