|Target||B-cell maturation antigen (BCMA) (CD269)|
|Other names||Belantamab mafodotin-blmf, GSK2857916|
|Drug class||Antibody-drug conjugate|
|Main uses||Multiple myeloma|
|Side effects||Keratopathy, vision problems, nausea, fever, infusion reactions, tiredness|
|Typical dose||2.5 mg/kg|
|Chemical and physical data|
Belantamab mafodotin, sold under the brand name Blenrep, is a medication used to treat multiple myeloma. It is used when other treatments are no longer effective. It is given by injection into a vein.
Common side effects include keratopathy, vision problems, nausea, fever, infusion reactions, and tiredness. Other side effects may include low platelets. Use in pregnancy may harm the baby. It is a monoclonal antibody joined to the cytotoxic agent monomethyl auristatin F (MMAF). The antibody binds to B-cell maturation antigen (BCMA) found on myeloma cells.
Belantamab mafodotin was approved for medical use in the United States and Europe in 2020. In the United States it costs about 8,800 USD per 100 mg vial as of 2022. In the United Kingdom this amount costs the NHS about £5700.
Belantamab mafodotin is indicated for the treatment of adults with relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma who have received at least four prior therapies including an anti-CD38 monoclonal antibody, a proteasome inhibitor, and an immunomodulatory agent.
It is give at a dose of 2.5 mg/kg once every 3 weeks.
The prescribing information includes a boxed warning stating belantamab mafodotin causes changes in the corneal epithelium resulting in alterations in vision, including severe vision loss and corneal ulcer, and symptoms, such as blurred vision and dry eyes.
Because of the risks of ocular toxicity, belantamab mafodotin is only available through a restricted program under a Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS), called the BLENREP REMS.
Belantamab mafodotin was evaluated in DREAMM-2 (NCT 03525678), an open-label, multicenter trial. Participants received either belantamab mafodotin, 2.5 mg/kg or 3.4 mg/kg intravenously, once every three weeks until disease progression or unacceptable toxicity.
Efficacy was based on overall response rate (ORR) and response duration, as evaluated by an independent review committee using the International Myeloma Working Group uniform response criteria. The ORR was 31% (97.5% CI: 21%, 43%). Seventy-three percent of responders had response durations ≥6 months. These results were observed in participants receiving the recommended dose of 2.5 mg/kg.
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