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Assess the Safety, Tolerability Oral PU-H71 in Subjects Taking Ruxolitinib


Brief Summary

The purpose of this study is to find out what effects, good and/or bad, the combination of study drug dihydrochloride salt (PU-H71) and Ruxolitinib has in treating primary myelofibrosis.

In this research study, PU-H71 will be given to patients who are also receiving standard treatment with ruxolitinib. Ruxolitinib to treat bone marrow disease.

This study has two main parts: dose escalation and dose expansion parts.

• Dose escalation part: increasing doses of study drug PU-H71 will be given up to 24 patients to identify the highest safe dose of the study drug. • Expansion part: the identified study dose during the dose escalation part of the study will be tested in up to 24 patients to get more information on the overall tolerance and efficacy profile of study drug PU-H71 at identified dose.

About 5 people will take part in this study at UCLA. Approximately 24 patients will be enrolled in this study from about 20 sites throughout the country.

Patients will have a screening visit, visits on days 1, 8 and 15 of the first month and then monthly visits thereafter on day 1 of each month. They will also have telephone contact. They will have an End of Treatment (EOT) visit and a Final visit 30 days after their EOT visit.

Primary Purpose
Study Type
Phase I


Healthy Volunteers
Minimum Age
18 Years
Maximum Age

Adult subject diagnosed with Primary Myelofibrosis (PMF), Post-Polycythemia Vera Myelofibrosis (Post-PV MF) or Post-Essential Thrombocythemia Myelofibrosis (Post-ET MF). For more information about the eligibility criteria for this trial, refer to the Health Professional version.

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Subject is willing and able to provide written informed consent before any study-specific procedures are performed.
  • Subject is willing to comply with all study procedures and restrictions.
  • Subject is ≥18 years of age.
  • Subject has confirmed diagnosis of PMF, Post-PV MF, or Post-ET MF.
  • Subject has been receiving ruxolitinib therapy meeting the following criteria:
    • Receiving ruxolitinib >3 months prior to enrollment.
    • Stable dose for 8 weeks before starting therapy with PU-H71.
  • Subject with evidence of evaluable residual burden of disease following ruxolitinib monotherapy treatment, consisting of:
    • Persistent or worsening disease-related symptoms, including but not limited to fatigue, pruritus, night sweats, early satiety, and other symptoms as determined by a Myeloproliferative Neoplasm Symptom Assessment Form Total Symptom Score (MPN-SAF TSS) score of >12 points. AND
    • Documented splenomegaly of at least 5 cm below the costal margin as measured on inspiration by physical examination.
  • Subject has an Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group performance status of 0 to 2.
  • Acceptable pre-study organ function during screening defined as:
    • Absolute neutrophil count (ANC) ≥1000/µL.
    • Platelet count ≥50,000/µL.
    • Alanine aminotransferase or aspartate aminotransferase ≤2×upper limit of normal.
    • Direct serum bilirubin ≤ 1.5×upper limit of normal.
    • Creatinine clearance >50 mL/min/1.73 m2 based on the Cockcroft Gault equation.
  • If female and of childbearing potential (premenopausal and not surgically sterile), the subject:
    • Must have a negative serum or urine pregnancy test at screening. The serum pregnancy test must be obtained prior to the first administration of PU-H71 (≤72 hours prior to dosing) in all premenopausal women and women <2 years after the onset of menopause.
    • Must agree to use an acceptable method of effective contraception for the duration of the study and for 13 weeks after receiving the last dose of study treatment.
  • If male, the subject agrees to:
    • Use an acceptable method of effective contraception for the duration of the study and for 13 weeks after receiving study treatment.
    • Agrees to abstain from sperm donation for the duration of the study and for 13 weeks after receiving the last dose of study treatment

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Subject has known active liver disease, including viral hepatitis or cirrhosis.
  • Subject has known or suspected human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) or other active infections requiring acute or chronic treatment with systemic antibiotics. Conditions requiring topical antibiotics are acceptable.
  • Subject has a QT interval corrected using Fridericia's formula (QTcF) >480 ms (corrected) in the screening or baseline ECG based on median value of ECG's obtained.
  • Subject has left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) ≤50%, or below institution's lower limit of normal (whichever is lower), by echocardiogram or multigated acquisition (MUGA) scan.
  • Subject has a history (or family history) of long QT syndrome.
  • Subject has coronary artery disease with an ischemic event within 6 months prior to screening.
  • Subject has a permanent cardiac pacemaker.
  • Subject has history of a second primary malignancy within the past 2 years, except for the following (if appropriately treated and considered cured): Stage I endometrial, surgically treated cervical or prostate carcinoma, and non-melanoma skin cancer.
  • Subject has significant uncontrolled medical condition within 6 months prior to screening, as determined by the Investigator.
  • Subject has planned use of antineoplastic agents (chemotherapy or cytotoxic drugs), immunotherapy, experimental therapy, or biologic therapy for treatment of MPN with the exception of ruxolitinib.
  • Subject uses systemic corticosteroids (ie, prednisone >12.5 mg/day or dexamethasone >2 mg/day) within 2 weeks prior to Cycle 1 Day 1.
  • Subject has planned or current use of strong CYP3A4/5, CYP2D6, or CYP2C19 inhibitors or inducers within 1 week or 5 half-lives (whichever is longer) prior to Cycle 1 Day 1.
  • Subject has planned or current use of medications that carry a risk for Torsades de Pointes within 1 week or 5 half-lives (whichever is longer) prior to Cycle 1 Day 1.
  • Subject has planned or current use of herbal preparations/medications at least 7 days prior to Cycle 1 Day 1.
  • Subject has previously received PU-H71.
  • Subject has concurrent participation in any interventional studies (except PU-H71-Positive Emission Tomography (PET) Scan Studies) within 14 days or 5 half-lives (whichever duration is longer) of Cycle 1 Day 1.
  • Subject has uncontrolled diabetes mellitus, in the judgment of the Investigator.
  • Subject has any other condition or laboratory abnormality or receives any other treatment(s) that may increase the risk associated with study participation or may interfere with the interpretation of study results in the judgment of the Investigator.
  • Subject has an active ocular condition that in the opinion of the Investigator, may alter visual acuity during the course of the study (ie, ocular inflammatory disease, etc.) or a history or anticipation of major ocular surgery (including cataract extraction, intraocular surgery, etc.) during the study.
  • Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding or plan to become pregnant.

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Protocol No.
Bruck Habtemariam
  • UCLA Westwood
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