A Study of Ruxolitinib vs Best Available Therapy (BAT) in Patients With Steroid-refractory Chronic Graft vs. Host Disease (GvHD) After Bone Marrow Transplantation (REACH3)

Status: Active


The purpose of this study is to assess the efficacy of ruxolitinib against best available therapy in participants with steroid-refractory chronic graft-versus-host disease (SR cGvHD).

Eligibility Criteria

Inclusion Criteria

  • Have undergone allogeneic stem cell transplantation (alloSCT) from any donor source (matched unrelated donor, sibling, haplo-identical) using bone marrow, peripheral blood stem cells, or cord blood. Recipients of non-myeloablative, myeloablative, and reduced intensity conditioning are eligible
  • Evident myeloid and platelet engraftment: Absolute neutrophil count (ANC) > 1000/mm^3 and platelet count > 25,000/ mm^3
  • Participants with clinically diagnosed moderate to severe cGvHD according to NIH Consensus Criteria prior to randomization:
  • Moderate cGvHD: At least one organ (not lung) with a score of 2, 3 or more organs involved with a score of 1 in each organ, or lung score of 1
  • Severe cGvHD: at least 1 organ with a score of 3, or lung score of 2 or 3
  • Participants currently receiving systemic or topical corticosteroids for the treatment of cGvHD for a duration of < 12 months prior to Cycle 1 Day 1 (if applicable), and have a confirmed diagnosis of steroid-refractory cGvHD defined per 2014 NIH consensus criteria irrespective of the concomitant use of a calcineurin inhibitor (CNI), as follows:
  • A lack of response or disease progression after administration of minimum prednisone 1 mg/kg/day for at least 1 week, OR
  • Disease persistence without improvement despite continued treatment with prednisone at > 0.5 mg/kg/day or 1 mg/kg/every other day for at least 4 weeks, OR
  • Increase to prednisolone dose to > 0.25 mg/kg/day after 2 unsuccessful attempts to taper the dose
  • Participant must accept to be treated with only one of the following BAT options on Cycle 1 Day 1 (additions and changes are allowed during the course of the study, but only with BAT from the following BAT options): extracorporeal photopheresis (ECP), low-dose methotrexate (MTX), mycophenolate mofetil (MMF), mTOR inhibitors (everolimus or sirolimus), infliximab, rituximab, pentostatin, imatinib, ibrutinib

Exclusion Criteria

  • Participants who have received 2 or more systemic treatment for cGvHD in addition to corticosteroids ± CNI for cGvHD
  • Patients that transition from active aGvHD to cGvHD without tapering off corticosteroids ± CNI and any systemic treatment * Patients receiving up to 30 mg by mouth once a day of hydrocortisone (i.e., physiologic replacement dose) of corticosteroids are allowed.
  • Participants who were treated with prior JAK inhibitors for aGvHD; except when the participant achieved complete or partial response and has been off JAK inhibitor treatment for at least 8 weeks prior to Cycle 1 Day 1
  • Failed prior alloSCT within the past 6 months from Cycle 1 Day 1
  • Participants with relapsed primary malignancy, or who have been treated for relapse after the alloSCT was performed
  • Steroid refractory cGvHD occurring after a non-scheduled donor lymphocyte infusion (DLI) administered for preemptive treatment of malignancy recurrence. Participants who have received a scheduled DLI as part of their transplant procedure and not for management of malignancy relapse are eligible
  • Any corticosteroid therapy for indications other than cGvHD at doses > 1 mg/kg/day methylprednisolone or equivalent within 7 days of Cycle 1 Day 1

Locations & Contacts


Los Angeles
USC / Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center
Status: Active
Contact: Donna Fernando
Phone: 323-409-4388
Email: Donna.Fernando@med.usc.edu


New Haven
Yale University
Status: Active
Name Not Available


Moffitt Cancer Center
Status: Active
Contact: Joseph Pidala
Phone: 800-456-7121
Email: canceranswers@moffitt.org


Northwestern University
Status: Active
Name Not Available
University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center
Status: Active
Name Not Available


University of Nebraska Medical Center
Status: Active
Contact: Penny S. Hardiman
Phone: 402-559-4135
Email: penny.hardiman@unmc.edu

New York

New York
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Status: Active
Name Not Available


Oklahoma City
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Status: Active
Name Not Available


University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI)
Status: Active
Name Not Available

Trial Phase & Type

Trial Phase

Phase III

Trial Type


Lead Organization

Lead Organization
Incyte Corporation

Trial IDs

Primary ID INCB 18424-365 (REACH3)
Secondary IDs NCI-2017-01640, CINC424D2301
Clinicaltrials.gov ID NCT03112603