for people ages 18 years and up (full criteria)
at La Jolla, California and other locations
study started



This randomized phase I/II trial studies the side effects and best dose of pomalidomide and ixazomib when given together with dexamethasone and to see how well pomalidomide and dexamethasone with or without ixazomib works in treating patients with refractory multiple myeloma. Biological therapies, such as pomalidomide and dexamethasone, may stimulate the immune system in different ways and stop tumor cells from growing. Ixazomib may stop the growth of tumor cells by blocking some of the enzymes needed for cell growth. It is not yet known whether pomalidomide and dexamethasone are more effective with or without ixazomib in treating multiple myeloma.

Official Title

A Phase I/II Study of Pomalidomide, Dexamethasone and Ixazomib vs. Pomalidomide and Dexamethasone for Patients With Multiple Myeloma Refractory to Lenalidomide and Proteasome Inhibitor-Based Therapy


This is a phase I, dose-escalation study of pomalidomide, dexamethasone and ixazomib followed by a phase II study. The primary purpose of the Phase I portion of the study is to establish the maximum tolerated dose for combination therapy pomalidomide/dexamethasone/ixazomib. Patients receive pomalidomide orally (PO) once daily (QD) on days 1-21, dexamethasone PO QD on days 1, 8, 15, and 22, and ixazomib PO QD on days 1, 8, and 15. Courses repeat every 28 days in the absence of disease progression, unacceptable toxicity or withdrawal of consent. About 24 patients will take part in this portion of the study.

The primary purpose of the Phase II portion of the study is to assess whether the combination of pomalidomide/dexamethasone/ixazomib improves progression free survival relative to pomalidomide/dexamethasone. Please see the "Arms" section below for a detailed description of the treatment arms for Phase II of the study. The dose for pomalidomide and ixazomib will be determined in phase I of the study. About 108 patients will take part in this portion of the study. The secondary objectives are listed below.

Secondary Phase I Objectives:

  1. To determine dose-limiting toxicities (DLTs)
  2. To analyze type and grade of all serious adverse events (SAEs)
  3. To analyze type and grade of all adverse events (AEs)
  4. To analyze the reason for and incidence of dose modifications/omissions/delays
  5. To assess preliminary evidence of clinical efficacy

Secondary Phase II Objectives:

  1. To evaluate the overall response rate (ORR), partial response (PR), very good partial response (VGPR), complete response (CR) and stringent CR (sCR) rate for pomalidomide/dexamethasone/ixazomib compared to pomalidomide/dexamethasone
  2. To assess the clinical benefit rate (CBR: minimal response (MR) + ORR) for pomalidomide/dexamethasone/ixazomib compared to pomalidomide/dexamethasone
  3. To assess the disease control rate (DCR: stable disease (SD) + CBR) for pomalidomide/dexamethasone/ixazomib compared to pomalidomide/dexamethasone
  4. For those patients achieving a PR or better, we will assess whether the combination of pomalidomide/dexamethasone/ixazomib increases the duration of response (DOR) compared to pomalidomide/dexamethasone.
  5. To assess whether the combination of pomalidomide/dexamethasone/ixazomib improves overall survival (OS) compared to those taking pomalidomide/dexamethasone alone.
  6. To assess time to next treatment (TNT) for patients taking pomalidomide/dexamethasone/ixazomib compared to those on pomalidomide/dexamethasone.
  7. To evaluate the safety of pomalidomide/dexamethasone/ixazomib compared with pomalidomide/dexamethasone.
  8. For patients on the pomalidomide/dexamethasone arm who opt to cross-over to the pomalidomide/dexamethasone/ixazomib arm, assessment of response rate (ORR, CBR, DCR) DOR, TNT, PFS, and OS will be evaluated from date of cross-over.
  9. To determine if baseline level of perceived fatigue and overall quality of life (QOL) is associated with OS.

Patients are followed up every 4 weeks until disease progression, death or the withdrawal of informed consent.


Multiple Myeloma in Relapse Multiple Myeloma Neoplasms, Plasma Cell Dexamethasone acetate Dexamethasone Pomalidomide Ixazomib Thalidomide BB 1101 Glycine Proteasome Inhibitors


For people ages 18 years and up

Eligibility Criteria:

  1. Documentation of Disease:

Histologically confirmed diagnosis of symptomatic multiple myeloma.

  1. Measurable disease:
  2. Serum M-protein ≥ 1.0 g/dL and/or
  3. Urine M-protein ≥ 200 mg/24 hours and/or
  4. Involved serum free light chain level ≥ 10 mg/dL and an abnormal serum free light chain ratio and/or
  5. Baseline marrow burden of myeloma of at least 30%
  6. Prior Treatment:
  7. Previously treated symptomatic multiple myeloma
  8. Lenalidomide and proteasome inhibitor-refractory multiple myeloma (dual refractory disease)
  9. Lenalidomide and proteasome inhibitor-refractory disease is defined as disease progression on or progression within 60 days of the last dose of a lenalidomide and proteasome inhibitor-based treatment.
  10. Patients should have received at least 2 cycles of a lenalidomide or proteasome inhibitor-based regimen at standard doses to be evaluable for refractoriness.
  11. Patients can be refractory to either bortezomib or carfilzomib they do not need to be refractory to both.
  12. Patients can be refractory to lenalidomide and proteasome inhibitors given sequentially as part of different lines of therapy or therapy that includes a combination of lenalidomide and a proteasome inhibitor.
  13. At least 2 or more prior lines of systemic therapy for multiple myeloma
  14. A line of therapy for myeloma is defined as 1 or more planned cycles of single agent or combination therapy, as well as a planned series of treatment regimens administered in a sequential manner (e.g. lenalidomide,bortezomib and dexamethasone induction therapy for 4 cycles followed by autologous stem cell transplantation and then lenalidomide maintenance therapy would be considered 1 line of prior therapy).
  15. A new line of therapy begins when a planned therapy is modified to include other treatment agents (alone or in combination) as a result of disease progression, disease relapse or treatment-related toxicity (e.g. a patient is progressing in the face of lenalidomide maintenance therapy and has bortezomib and dexamethasone added into their regimen).
  16. A new line of therapy also begins when a planned treatment-free interval is interrupted by the need to start treatment due to disease relapse/progression (e.g. a patient with relapsed myeloma achieves a partial response after a planned 8 cycles of cyclophosphamide, bortezomib and dexamethasone, enjoys an 8-month period off therapy but then experiences disease progression requiring re-initiation of therapy).
  17. Allogeneic stem cell transplantation is allowed provided the patient is ≥ 1 year from transplant, is not on immunosuppressive therapy to treat/prevent graft-versus-host disease, has no evidence of active graft versus host disease,no evidence of active infection and meets all other criteria for participation.
  18. No other chemotherapy or radiation therapy within 14 days prior to registration
  19. No investigational agent within 21 days prior to registration
  20. Pomalidomide naïve and pomalidomide sensitive disease are allowed during phase I and phase II
  21. Sensitivity to pomalidomide is defined as an MR or better to prior pomalidomide-based therapy that is maintained for ≥60 days from the last dose of therapy.
  22. No concurrent investigational therapy
  23. No major surgery within 28 days prior to registration
  24. . Patients cannot have received G-CSF (Filgrastim) or GM-CSF (Sargramostim) within 1 week of screening or Pegfilgrastim within 2 weeks of screening to meet eligibility criteria
  25. Non-pregnant and non-nursing:

A female of childbearing potential is a sexually mature female who has not undergone a hysterectomy or bilateral oophorectomy or has not been naturally postmenopausal for at least 24 consecutive months (i.e., has had menses at any time in the preceding 24 consecutive months).

  1. Women of childbearing potential must have a negative serum or urine pregnancy test with a sensitivity of at least 25 mlU/ml no more than 14 days prior to therapy and repeated again within 24 hours of starting pomalidomide
  2. Women of childbearing potential must either commit to complete abstinence from heterosexual contact or begin two acceptable methods of birth control, one highly effective method and one additional effective (barrier) method, at the same time,before starting pomalidomide
  3. Females of childbearing potential must agree to ongoing pregnancy testing.
  4. Men must practice complete abstinence or agree to use a condom during sexual contact with a female of childbearing potential even if they have had a successful vasectomy.
  5. All participants must be counseled at a minimum of every 28 days about pregnancy precautions and risks of fetal exposure.
  6. Participating women cannot be pregnant or nursing
  7. ≥18 years of age
  8. Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) Performance status 0-2
  9. Required Initial Laboratory Values:
  10. Absolute Neutrophil Count (ANC) ≥ 1.0 x 109/L

  11. Platelet Count ≥ 50 x 109/L

  12. Calculated Creatinine Clearance* ≥ 50 mL/min
  13. Total Bilirubin < 1.5 x upper limits of normal (ULN)
  14. AST and ALT < 2.5 x upper limits of normal (ULN)
  15. Calculated utilizing the Cockcroft-Gault formula or 24-hour urine collection
  16. Intercurrent or Recent Illness:
  17. No central nervous system involvement
  18. No primary refractory multiple myeloma
  19. primary refractory multiple myeloma is defined as disease that is nonresponsive - patients who have never achieved a minimal response (MR) or better - with any therapy over the course of their disease
  20. primary refractory multiple myeloma also includes patients who never achieve minimal response (MR) or better in whom there is no significant change in M-protein and no evidence of clinical progression as well as patients who meet criteria for true progressive disease (PD)
  21. No primary or secondary plasma cell leukemia
  22. No amyloid light-chain (AL) amyloidosis or polyneuropathy, organomegaly,endocrinopathy, monoclonal, gammopathy and skin changes (POEMS) syndrome
  23. No known active hepatitis C based on +HCV antibody (confirmed), +HCV ribonucleic acid (RNA) and liver disease with history of positive serology
  24. No known hepatitis B surface antigen positivity
  25. No previous hypersensitivity to any of the components of the study treatment
  26. No prior history of erythema multiforme with thalidomide or lenalidomide treatment
  27. Peripheral Neuropathy ≤ Grade 2
  28. . Adequate cardiac function defined as:
  29. No electrocardiography (EKG) evidence of acute ischemia
  30. No EKG evidence of active, clinically significant conduction system abnormalities
  31. No EKG evidence of >Grade 2 (>480 ms) quantum tunnelling composite (QTc)prolongation
  32. Prior to study entry, any EKG abnormality at screening not felt to put the patient at risk has to be documented by the investigator as not medically significant
  33. No uncontrolled angina or severe ventricular arrhythmias
  34. No clinically significant pericardial disease
  35. No history of myocardial infarction within the last 6 months
  36. No Class 3 or higher New York Heart Association Congestive Heart Failure
  37. . Concomitant Treatment - Patients cannot be on strong inducers of cytochrome P450 (CYP)3A4 or CYP1A2 or strong inhibitors of CYP3A4 or CYP1A2.
  38. Ixazomib is a substrate of CYP3A4 and CYP1A2. For additional information about potential drug-drug and drug-food interactions with ixazomib, please see the protocol.
  39. Strong CYP3A4 inducers prohibited (examples):
  40. phenytoin
  41. carbamazepine
  42. rifampin
  43. rifabutin
  44. rifapentin
  45. phenobarbital
  46. St. John's Wort
  47. Strong CYP3A4 inhibitors are prohibited:
  48. boceprevir
  49. indinavir
  50. nelfinavir
  51. lopinavir
  52. saquinavir
  53. telaprevir
  54. ritonavir
  55. clarithromycin
  56. conivaptan
  57. itraconazole
  58. ketoconazole
  59. mibefradil
  60. nefazodone
  61. posaconazole
  62. voriconazole
  63. telithromycin
  64. Strong CYP1A2 inhibitors are prohibited:
  65. fluvoxamine
  66. ciprofloxacin
  67. . Human Immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection - Patients with HIV infection are eligible, provided they meet the following:
  68. No history of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS)-defining conditions or other HIV related illness
  69. CD4+ cells nadirs > 350/mm3

  70. Treatment sensitive HIV and, if on anti-HIV therapy, HIV viral load < 50 copies/mm3

Please note: HIV+ patients who enroll on this study and are assigned to treatment with ixazomib may need to modify their anti-retroviral therapy prior to receiving protocol therapy if they are on strong inducers or potent inhibitors of cytochrome P450 3A4.


  • UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center
    La Jolla California 92093 United States
  • Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center/Disney Family Cancer Center
    Burbank California 91505 United States


currently not accepting new patients, but might later
Start Date
Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology
Phase 1/2
Study Type
Last Updated
May 4, 2018