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Population Pharmacokinetic/Pharmacodynamic Modeling of Tumor Size Dynamics in Pembrolizumab-Treated Advanced Melanoma

Abstract: Pembrolizumab is a potent immune-modulating antibody active in advanced melanoma, as demonstrated in the KEYNOTE-001, -002, and -006 studies. Longitudinal tumor size modeling was pursued to quantify exposure-response relationships for efficacy. A mixture model was first developed based on an initial dataset from KEYNOTE-001 to describe four patterns of tumor growth and shrinkage. For subsequent analyses, tumor size measurements were adequately described by a single consolidated model structure that captured continuous tumor size with a combination of growth and regression terms, as well as a fraction of tumor responsive to therapy. This revised model structure provided a framework to efficiently evaluate the impact of covariates and pembrolizumab exposure. Both models indicated that exposure to the drug was not a significant predictor of tumor size response, demonstrating that the dose range evaluated (2 and 10 mg/kg every 3 weeks) is likely near or at the plateau of maximal response.

Full Reference: Chatterjee, M. S., J. Elassaiss-Schaap, A. Lindauer, D. C. Turner, A. Sostelly, T. Freshwater, K. Mayawala, et al. “Population Pharmacokinetic/Pharmacodynamic Modeling of Tumor Size Dynamics in Pembrolizumab-Treated Advanced Melanoma.” CPT: Pharmacometrics & Systems Pharmacology 6, no. 1 (January 2017): 29–39. doi:10.1002/psp4.12140.

Link to full text: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/psp4.12140/full

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