for people ages 18 years and up (full criteria)
at UC Irvine
study started
completion around
Principal Investigator
by Elizabeth Brem, MD (uci)



This is a phase I, dose-escalation, open-label clinical trial determining the safety and tolerability of adding Pitavastatin to Venetoclax in subjects with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) or acute myeloid leukemia (AML). These are subjects who are newly diagnosed subjects with AML who are ineligible for intensive induction chemotherapy, relapsed/refractory CLL or newly diagnosed CLL.

Official Title

A Phase 1 Open-Label, Dose Escalation Study of Pitavastatin in Combination With Venetoclax in Patients With Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia or Acute Myeloid Leukemia


Acute Myeloid Leukemia, Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia, AML, Adult, CLL, CLL, Relapsed, CLL, Refractory, AML, Leukemia, Myeloid Leukemia, Leukemia, Myeloid, Acute, Lymphoid Leukemia, Leukemia, Lymphocytic, Chronic, B-Cell, Venetoclax, Pitavastatin


You can join if…

Open to people ages 18 years and up

  1. Pathologically confirmed AML or CLL, otherwise eligible for VEN-containing therapy at Screening
    1. Newly diagnosed patients with AML deemed ineligible for intensive induction chemotherapy (age 75 and older or < 75 years of age with comorbidities that preclude the use of intensive induction therapy) eligible to receive VEN at Screening. VEN may be combined with azacitidine or decitabine at the discretion of the treating Investigator.
    2. Relapsed/refractory CLL eligible to receive single-agent VEN or VEN in combination with rituximab at Screening.
    3. Newly-diagnosed CLL eligible to receive VEN in combination with obinatuzumab at Screening.
  2. Patients who have been receiving stable doses of VEN for at least 5 days prior to initiation of PIT add-on therapy.
  3. Age ≥ 18 years.
  4. Patients who are already on statins for dyslipidemias are eligible if their previous statin is stopped at least 72 hour prior to starting VEN-based therapy; administration of other statins is prohibited during the study.
  5. ECOG performance status ≤ 2 at baseline.
  6. Creatinine clearance 30 mL/min or higher; patients assigned to the highest dose level of PIT add-on therapy must have creatinine clearance 60 mL/min or higher.
  7. Liver Function tests within the following ranges:
    1. Aspartate aminotransferase (AST) ≤ 3.0 × ULN
    2. Alanine aminotransferase (ALT) ≤ 3.0 × ULN
    3. Bilirubin ≤ 1.5 × ULN (unless elevated bilirubin due to leukemic involvement in the liver or Gilbert's disease)
  8. Ability to understand and willingness to sign the informed consent.
  9. For the duration of the study treatment period and for at least 90 days following the last dose of study drug female of childbearing potential (FCBP) who are sexually active must agree to employ effective contraceptive methods. Effective contraceptive methods include use of hormonal contraception or an intrauterine device (IUD) by the female partner, or use of condoms by the male partner. An FCBP is a sexually mature woman who: 1) has not undergone a hysterectomy or bilateral oophorectomy; or 2) has not been naturally postmenopausal for at least 24 consecutive months (ie, has had menses at any time in the preceding 24 consecutive months).
  10. For the duration of the study treatment period and for at least 90 days following the last dose of study drug, male patients must agree to use effective contraceptive methods during sexual contact with a female of childbearing potential (FCBP) and must agree to refrain from semen or sperm donation during the same timeframe.

You CAN'T join if...

  1. Patients who are receiving any investigational agents during the previous 30 days or at any time during the study.
  2. Patients who have previously received VEN.
  3. Patients who satisfy any of the contraindications for PIT.
  4. Patients with AML who received prior therapy other than hydroxyurea including those starting hypomethylating therapy for MDS after AML diagnosis.
  5. Patients with acute promyelocytic leukemia are excluded
  6. Patients with known CNS involvement with leukemia are excluded
  7. Patients with active hepatitis B (HBV) or hepatitis C (HCV) infection are excluded. Patients with prior HBV or HCV exposure and those on antiviral medications with negative HBV or HCV viral loads are eligible, as long as the antiretroviral drugs being used do not have significant CYP3A4 interactions.
  8. Patients with uncontrolled HIV are excluded. Patients with known HIV and undetectable viral loads are eligible as long as the antiretroviral drugs being used do not have significant CYP3A4 interactions.
  9. Patients with a history of allergic reactions attributed to compounds of similar chemical or biologic composition to PEN, PIT, or other statins are excluded.
  10. Patients receiving are strong inhibitors or inducers of CYP3A4 within 7 days prior to initiation of VEN therapy are excluded. As part of the enrollment/informed consent procedures, the patient will be counseled on the risk of interactions with other agents, and what to do if new medications need to be prescribed or if the patient is considering a new over-the-counter medicine or herbal product. An exception to this is made for patients with AML who require anti-fungal therapy with appropriate dose reduction in VEN (see Section
  11. Patients who have consumed grapefruit, grapefruit juice or Seville oranges within 72 hours of initiation of VEN therapy. Consumption of grapefruit, grapefruit juice, Seville oranges, or orange marmalade should be avoided for the duration of the study, as these affect CYP3A4 activity.
  12. Patients with certain uncontrolled intercurrent illness are excluded. These include, but are not limited to ongoing or active infection, symptomatic congestive heart failure, unstable angina pectoris, cardiac arrhythmia, psychiatric illnesses, or social situations that would limit compliance with study requirements.
  13. Patients who are pregnant or breastfeeding are excluded.
  14. Patients who are unable to swallow pills are excluded.
  15. Patients having a malabsorption syndrome or other condition that precludes the oral/enteral route of administration are excluded
  16. Patients with an active concurrent malignancy other than CLL or AML are excluded. Patients with a history of definitively treated prior malignancy with low risk of recurrence, skin cancers that have been excised, or on prolonged adjuvant hormonal therapy (ie, for breast or prostate cancer) but are otherwise considered in remission are eligible.


  • Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of California, Irvine
    Orange California 92868 United States

Lead Scientist at University of California Health

  • Elizabeth Brem, MD (uci)
    Associate Clinical Professor, Medicine, School of Medicine. Authored (or co-authored) 23 research publications


in progress, not accepting new patients
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University of California, Irvine
Phase 1 research study
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About 6 people participating
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