for people ages 65 years and up (full criteria)
study started
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To investigate the efficacy, safety, and pharmacokinetics of intravenous volasertib + subcutaneous low dose cytarabine in patients >= 65 years of age with previously untreated acute myeloid leukaemia, ineligible for intensive remission induction therapy

Official Title

A Phase III Randomised, Double-blind, Controlled, Parallel Group Study of Intravenous Volasertib in Combination With Subcutaneous Low-dose Cytarabine vs. Placebo + Low-dose Cytarabine in Patients >=65 Years With Previously Untreated Acute Myeloid Leukaemia, Who Are Ineligible for Intensive Remission Induction Therapy


Leukemia, Myeloid, Acute Leukemia Leukemia, Myeloid Cytarabine Volasertib Volasertib and Cytarabine


You can join if…

Open to people ages 65 years and up

  1. Age >= 65years.
  2. Cytologically/histologically confirmed acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) according to WHO classification; (except for acute promyelocytic leukaemia (APL).
  3. Previously untreated AML (except for hydroxyurea and/or corticosteroid therapy for no more than 28 days (cumulative)). Previous therapy for Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS) is allowed.
  4. Investigator considers patient ineligible for intensive remission induction therapy based on documented medical reasons (e.g. disease characteristics like AML genetics, type of AML (de novo or secondary), and patient characteristics like performance score, concomitant diagnoses, organ dysfunctions).
  5. Patient is eligible for Low-Dose Cytarabine (LDAC) treatment.
  6. Eastern co-operative oncology group (ECOG) performance score <= 2 at screening.
  7. Signed and dated written informed consent by start date of Screening visit in accordance with Good Clinical Practice (GCP) and local legislation.

You CAN'T join if...

  1. Prior or concomitant chemotherapy for AML (with the exception of hydroxyurea and/or corticosteroid therapy for no more than 28 days (cumulative)). Please note that any prior therapy for MDS is allowed.
  2. Treatment with any investigational drug within 2 weeks before first administration of present trial drug.
  3. Acute promyelocytic leukaemia (French-American-British (FAB) classification subtype M3).
  4. Current clinical central nervous system (CNS) symptoms deemed by the investigator to be related to leukaemic CNS involvement (no lumbar puncture required, clinical assessment per investigator´s judgement is sufficient).
  5. Hypersensitivity to one of the trial drugs or the excipients.
  6. Severe illness or organ dysfunction involving the heart, kidney, liver or other organ system (e.g. active infection, clinically relevant impairment of cardiac function, severe heart failure/cardiac insufficiency, unstable angina pectoris or history of recent myocardial infarction), which in the opinion of the investigator precludes treatment with LDAC.
  7. Corrected QT interval according to Fridericia (QTcF) prolongation > 470 ms or QT prolongation deemed clinically relevant by the investigator (e.g., congenital long QT syndrome).The QTcF will be calculated as the mean of the 3 Electrocardiogram (ECGs) taken at screening.
  8. Total bilirubin > 3 x upper limit of normal (ULN).
  9. Creatinine clearance (CLcr) < 30 ml/min (estimated creatinine clearance by the Cockcroft-Gault (C-G) equation) .
  10. . Active hepatitis B or hepatitis C, or laboratory evidence for a chronic infection.
  11. . HIV infection.
  12. . Second malignancy currently requiring active therapy (except for hormonal/anti-hormonal treatment e.g. in prostate or breast cancer).
  13. . Any significant concurrent psychiatric disorder or social situation that according to the investigator´s judgement would compromise patient´s safety or compliance, interfere with consent, study participation, or interpretation of study results.
  14. . Known or suspected active alcohol or drug abuse.
  15. . Patient unable to comply with the protocol, in the opinion of the investigator.
  16. . Male patients with partners of childbearing potential who are unwilling to use condoms in combination with a second medically acceptable method of contraception during the trial and for a minimum of 6 months after study treatment.


  • University of California
    Los Angeles California 90095-1678 United States
  • Vancouver General Hospital
    Vancouver British Columbia V5Z 1M9 Canada


in progress, not accepting new patients
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Boehringer Ingelheim
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Phase 3
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