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Acalabrutinib for the Treatment of Chronic Graft Versus Host Disease

This phase II trial studies how well acalabrutinib works in treating patients with chronic graft versus host disease. Acalabrutinib may be an effective treatment for graft-versus-host disease caused by a stem cell transplant.
Phase II
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Kitko, Carrie
Vanderbilt University


18 Years
Inclusion Criteria:

Moderate-severe chronic GVHD, diagnosed per the 2014 National Institutes of Health (NIH) criteria

Progression or recurrence of active chronic GVHD signs/symptoms after treatment with steroids

Presence of at least one of these manifestations: skin erythema, mouth sensitivity or ulcers, nausea, diarrhea or liver dysfunction attributable to chronic GVHD

Karnofsky performance status >= 70%

Woman of childbearing potential (WOCBP) who are sexually active must use highly effective methods of contraception during treatment and for 2 days after the last dose of acalabrutinib

Willing and able to participate in all required evaluations and procedures in this study protocol including swallowing capsules without difficulty

Ability to understand the purpose and risks of the study and provide signed and dated informed consent and authorization to use protected health information

Exclusion Criteria:

Hospitalization for evaluation or management of an infection within the last 8 weeks

Change in immunosuppressive regimen within the 2 weeks prior to enrollment


Treatment of chronic GVHD with ibrutinib

Recurrent or prior malignancy (or any other malignancy that requires active treatment), except for adequately treated basal cell or squamous cell skin cancer, in situ cervical cancer, or other cancer from which the subject has been disease free for >= 2 years

Clinically significant cardiovascular disease such as uncontrolled or symptomatic arrhythmias, congestive heart failure, or myocardial infarction within 6 months of screening, or any class 3 or 4 cardiac disease as defined by the New York Heart Association functional classification. Subjects with controlled, asymptomatic atrial fibrillation during screening can enroll on study

Has difficulty with or is unable to swallow oral medication, or has significant gastrointestinal disease that would limit absorption of oral medication

Known history of infection with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)

Uncontrolled, active significant infection (e.g., bacterial, viral, fungal or progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy)

Known history of drug-specific hypersensitivity or anaphylaxis to study drug (including active product or excipient components)

Active bleeding, history of bleeding diathesis (e.g., hemophilia or von Willebrand disease)

Uncontrolled AIHA (autoimmune hemolytic anemia) or ITP (idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura)

Requires treatment with a strong cytochrome P450 3A4 (CYP3A4) inhibitor/inducer

Requires or receiving therapeutic anti-platelet or anticoagulation, including warfarin or equivalent vitamin K antagonist

Prothrombin time/international normalized ratio (INR) or activated partial thromboplastin time (aPTT) (in the absence of lupus anticoagulant) > 2 x upper limit of normal (ULN)

Requires treatment with proton pump inhibitors (e.g., omeprazole, esomeprazole, lansoprazole, dexlansoprazole, rabeprazole, or pantoprazole). Subjects receiving proton pump inhibitors who switch to H2-receptor antagonists or antacids are eligible for enrollment to this study

History of significant cerebrovascular disease or event, including stroke or intracranial hemorrhage, within 6 months before the first dose of study drug

Major surgical procedure within 28 days of first dose of study drug. Note: If a subject had major surgery, they must have recovered adequately from any toxicity and/or complications from the intervention before the first dose of study drug

Subjects who are hepatitis B core antibody (anti-HBc) positive and who are surface antigen negative will need to have a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR). Those who are hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) positive or hepatitis B PCR positive will be excluded. Subjects who are hepatitis C antibody positive will need to have a negative PCR result. Those who are hepatitis C PCR positive will be excluded

Child-Pugh score of C for hepatic impairment

Absolute neutrophil count
Platelet count
Total bilirubin > 2 mg/dL or alanine aminotransferase (ALT) > 2 x upper limit of normal, unless abnormalities are due to liver GVHD, in which case total bilirubin > 3 mg/dL or ALT 5 x upper limit of normal are exclusions

Glomerular filtration rate
Breastfeeding or pregnant

Concurrent participation in another clinical trial and receiving a non-Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved medication

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