Long-term safety and tolerability of romiplostim in patients with primary immune thrombocytopenia: a pooled analysis of 13 clinical trials

Francesco Rodeghiero, Roberto Stasi, Aristoteles Giagounidis, Jean-François Viallard, Bertrand Godeau, Ingrid Pabinger, Douglas Cines, Howard Liebman, Xuena Wang, Paul Woodard
European Journal of Haematology 2013, 91 (5): 423-36

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Thrombopoietin receptor agonists (TPOra) are the only treatments for immune thrombocytopenia (ITP) for which evidence of efficacy and safety from randomized, placebo-controlled trials is available. We sought to determine the long-term tolerability of the TPOra romiplostim, with a particular focus on thrombosis, bleeding, bone marrow (BM) reticulin, neoplasms/haematological malignancies and fatal events.

METHODS: Data from 13 romiplostim clinical trials in which 653 patients with ITP received romiplostim for up to 5 yr (921.5 patient-years) were pooled; subject incidence rates and exposure-adjusted event rates (per 100 patient-years) were calculated.

RESULTS: The rate of thrombotic events (6% of patients, 7.5 events per 100 patient-years) did not appear to increase over time; 9 events were associated with platelet counts >400 × 10(9) /L and 10 with romiplostim doses exceeding current recommendations. Serious and grade ≥3 bleeding each occurred in approximately 8% of patients (~11 events per 100 patient-years). Adverse events of BM reticulin were recorded for 12 patients (1.8%, 1.3 events per 100 patient-years, confirmed by bone biopsy in ten patients) and BM collagen for one patient (0.2%, 0.1 event per 100 patient-years, confirmed by trichrome staining). Neoplasms and haematological malignancies occurred in 2.1% and 0.8% of patients, respectively (2.2 and 0.7 events per 100 patient-years). Fatal events occurred in 3.7% of patients (2.6 events per 100 patient-years, four events treatment-related).

CONCLUSIONS: Romiplostim is the TPOra for which the longest duration of safety data is available. Our data demonstrate that long-term romiplostim treatment is well tolerated, with no new safety signals, even in patients treated for up to 5 yr.

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