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Differential pharmacology and clinical utility of sonidegib in advanced basal cell carcinoma

Authors Wahid M, Jawed A, Dar SA, Mandal RK, Haque S

Received 30 November 2016

Accepted for publication 5 January 2017

Published 24 January 2017 Volume 2017:10 Pages 515—520


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Editor who approved publication: Dr Yao Dai

Mohd Wahid, Arshad Jawed, Sajad Ahmad Dar, Raju K Mandal, Shafiul Haque

Research and Scientific Studies Unit, College of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences, Jazan University, Jazan, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Abstract: Patients suffering from advanced basal cell carcinoma (BCC) have very limited treatment options. Sonidegib selectively inhibits the growth of Hedgehog pathway-dependent tumors and can treat locally advanced BCC patients who are not candidates for surgery or radiation therapy. The BOLT clinical trials were conducted to evaluate the efficacy/potency of sonidegib in the treatment of advanced BCC or metastatic BCC. The patients were randomized in 1:2 ratios to receive 200 or 800 mg oral sonidegib daily, stratified by disease, histological subtype and geographical region. The primary efficacy analyses showed that 18 patients in the 200 mg group and 35 patients in the 800 mg group show an objective response (Central Review Committee) that corresponds to 43% (95% confidence interval [CI]: 28–59) and 38% (95% CI: 28–48) in their respective categories. Disease control was found in 93% (39 patients) and 80% (74 patients) of the patients administered 200 and 800 mg sonidegib, respectively. The adverse events were assessed by the Central Review Committee as well as the investigator review team as per the guidelines of National Cancer Institute Common Terminology Criteria for Adverse Events version 4.03. The most frequently found adverse events reported in BOLT trials were muscle spasms, alopecia, dysgeusia (taste disturbance), nausea, elevated blood creatine kinase and fatigue. Comparatively, the patients administered 200 mg sonidegib showed fewer adverse events than those in the 800 mg sonidegib category. Thus, the benefit of using the 200 mg dose of sonidegib outweighs the associated risks and it can be inferred that it would be judicious to choose doses of lesser strength.

Keywords: locally advanced basal cell carcinoma, metastatic basal cell carcinoma, central review, investigator review, BOLT clinical trials, objective response, complete response, partial response, disease control, event-free probability

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