Introduction: Erlotinib is a FDA approved small molecule inhibitor of epidermal growth factor receptor and dovitinib is a novel small molecule inhibitor of fibroblast growth factor and vascular endothelial growth factor receptor. This phase 1 trial was conducted to characterize the safety and determine the maximum tolerated dose of erlotinib plus dovitinib in patients with previously treated metastatic non-small cell lung cancer. Methods: Escalating dose cohorts of daily erlotinib and dovitinib dosed 5 days on/2 days off, starting after a 2-week lead-in of erlotinib alone, were planned. A potential pharmacokinetic interaction was hypothesized as dovitinib induces CYP1A1/1A2. Only cohort 1 (150. mg erlotinib. +. 300. mg dovitinib) and cohort -1 (150. mg erlotinib. +. 200. mg dovitinib) enrolled. Plasma concentrations of erlotinib were measured pre- and post-dovitinib exposure. Results: Two of three patients in cohort 1 had a DLT (grade 3 transaminitis and grade 3 syncope). Two of 6 patients in cohort -1 had a DLT (grade 3 pulmonary embolism and grade 3 fatigue); thus, the study was terminated. Erlotinib exposure (average C<inf>max</inf> 2308±698ng/ml and AUC <inf>0-24</inf> 41,030±15,577 ng×h/ml) approximated previous reports in the six patients with pharmacokinetic analysis. However, erlotinib C<inf>max</inf> and AUC<inf>0-24</inf> decreased significantly by 93% (p=0.02) and 97% (p<0.01), respectively, during dovitinib co-administration. Conclusions: This small study demonstrated considerable toxicity and a significant pharmacokinetic interaction with a marked decrease in erlotinib exposure in the presence of dovitinib, likely mediated through CYP1A1/1A2 induction. Given the toxicity and the pharmacokinetic interaction, further investigation with this drug combination will not be pursued.
- Epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR)
- TKI 258
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
- Cancer Research