An exploratory first-in-man study to investigate the pharmacokinetics and safety of liposomal dexamethasone at a 2- and 1-week interval in patients with metastatic castration resistant prostate cancer.

Vrouwe JPM, Kamerling IMC, van Esdonk MJ, Metselaar JM, Stuurman FE, van der Pluijm G, Burggraaf J, Osanto S

Dexamethasone has antitumor activity in metastatic castration resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC). We aimed to investigate intravenous liposome-encapsulated dexamethasone disodium phosphate (liposomal dexamethasone) administration in mCRPC patients. In this exploratory first-in-man study, patients in part A received a starting dose of 10 mg followed by five doses of 20 mg liposomal dexamethasone at 2-week intervals. Upon review of part A safety, patients in part B received 10 weekly doses of 18.5 mg. Primary outcomes were safety and pharmacokinetic profile, secondary outcome was antitumor efficacy. Nine mCRPC patients (5 part A, 4 part B) were enrolled. All patients experienced grade 1-2 toxicity, one (part B) patient experienced grade 3 toxicity (permanent bladder catheter-related urosepsis). No infusion-related adverse events occurred. One patient had upsloping glucose levels ≤9.1 mmol/L. Trough plasma concentrations of liposomal- and free dexamethasone were below the lower limit of quantification (LLOQ) in part A, and above LLOQ in three patients in part B (t ~50 h for liposomal dexamethasone), trough concentrations of liposomal- and free dexamethasone increased toward the end of the study. In seven of nine patients (78%) patients, stable disease was observed in bone and/or CT scans at follow-up, and in one (part B) of these seven patients a >50% PSA biochemical response was observed. Bi- and once weekly administrations of IV liposomal dexamethasone were well-tolerated. Weekly dosing enabled trough concentrations of liposomal- and free dexamethasone >LLOQ. The data presented support further clinical investigation in well-powered studies. Clinical trial registration: ISRCTN 10011715.