LEUSTATIN (cladribine) Injection should be administered under the supervision of a qualified physician experienced in the use of antineoplastic therapy. Suppression of bone marrow function should be anticipated. This is usually reversible and appears to be dose dependent. Serious neurological toxicity (including irreversible paraparesis and quadraparesis) has been reported in patients who received LEUSTATIN Injection by continuous infusion at high doses (4 to 9 times the recommended dose for Hairy Cell Leukemia). Neurologic toxicity appears to demonstrate a dose relationship; however, severe neurological toxicity has been reported rarely following treatment with standard cladribine dosing regimens.
Acute nephrotoxicity has been observed with high doses of LEUSTATIN (4 to 9 times the recommended dose for Hairy Cell Leukemia), especially when given concomitantly with other nephrotoxic agents/therapies.
For Intravenous Infusion Only
LEUSTATIN (cladribine) Injection (also commonly known as 2-chloro-2'-deoxy-(beta)-D-adenosine) is a synthetic antineoplastic agent for continuous intravenous infusion.
LEUSTATIN Injection is indicated for the treatment of active Hairy Cell Leukemia as defined by clinically significant anemia, neutropenia, thrombocytopenia or disease-related symptoms.
Published Studies Related to Leustatin (Cladribine)
Reduction in Healthcare and Societal Resource Utilization Associated with Cladribine Tablets in Patients with Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis: Analysis of Economic Data from the CLARITY Study. [2012.01.01]
Background: Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a common, chronic, neurodegenerative condition associated with substantial healthcare and societal economic burden... Conclusion: This study provides evidence that the efficacy of cladribine tablets observed during the CLARITY study was associated with a reduced consumption of healthcare resources and a decreased need for medical and societal support.
Safety and tolerability of cladribine tablets in multiple sclerosis: the CLARITY (CLAdRIbine Tablets treating multiple sclerosis orallY) study. [2011.05]
BACKGROUND: Cladribine is a synthetic deoxyadenosine analogue in development as an oral multiple sclerosis (MS) therapy. OBJECTIVE: To report in detail the safety findings from the 96-week, phase III, double-blind CLARITY study, which evaluated treatment with cladribine tablets in relapsing-remitting MS... CONCLUSION: The safety and tolerability profile observed in the CLARITY study together with the reported efficacy support the potential for cladribine tablets as an MS therapy.
Comparison of cladribine plus cyclophosphamide with fludarabine plus cyclophosphamide as first-line therapy for chronic lymphocytic leukemia: a phase III randomized study by the Polish Adult Leukemia Group (PALG-CLL3 Study). [2010.04.10]
PURPOSE Little is known about comparison of the activity of different purine nucleoside analogs in chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). We conducted a randomized phase III trial to compare efficacy and safety of cladribine and fludarabine, each combined with cyclophosphamide, in previously untreated progressive CLL...
A placebo-controlled trial of oral cladribine for relapsing multiple sclerosis. [2010.02.04]
BACKGROUND: Cladribine provides immunomodulation through selective targeting of lymphocyte subtypes. We report the results of a 96-week phase 3 trial of a short-course oral tablet therapy in patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis... CONCLUSIONS: Treatment with cladribine tablets significantly reduced relapse rates, the risk of disability progression, and MRI measures of disease activity at 96 weeks. The benefits need to be weighed against the risks. (ClinicalTrials.gov number, NCT00213135.) 2010 Massachusetts Medical Society
Infectious complications in patients with acute myeloid leukemia treated according to the protocol with daunorubicin and cytarabine with or without addition of cladribine. A multicenter study by the Polish Adult Leukemia Group (PALG). [2010.02]
OBJECTIVES: The addition of cladribine to the standard regimen consisting of daunorubicin and cytarabine has been reported to increase the efficacy of induction therapy in acute myeloid leukemia (AML). The goal of this study was to determine the effect of this modification on the incidence and spectrum of infectious complications... CONCLUSIONS: The addition of cladribine to standard induction chemotherapy has no impact on the incidence and spectrum of infectious complications in newly diagnosed AML patients. Copyright 2009 International Society for Infectious Diseases. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Clinical Trials Related to Leustatin (Cladribine)
2-Chlorodeoxyadenosine and Cytarabine in Patients With Idiopathic Hypereosinophilic Syndrome (HES) [Active, not recruiting]
1. To determine the response rate, progression-free survival (PFS) and overall survival of
patients who receive 2-CdA + Ara-C.
2. To examine if there is any clonality in the cytokine expression of helper T cells or
cytokine receptor expression of eosinophils.
3. To determine the effect of 2-CdA on accumulation of Ara-C triphosphate in eosinophils.
Treatment of Macroglobulinemic Lymphoma With 2CdA, Cyclophosphamide and Rituximab [Active, not recruiting]
1. To assess frequency and complete response in newly diagnosed patients with
Waldenstrom's macroglobulinemia treated with 2CdA, cyclophosphamide and rituximab.
2. To assess duration of unmaintained remission and frequency of recontrol with resumption
CLARITY - Safety and Efficacy of Oral Cladribine in Subjects With Relapsing-Remitting MS [Active, not recruiting]
Vorinostat, Cladribine, and Rituximab in Treating Patients With Mantle Cell Lymphoma, Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia, or Relapsed B-Cell Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma [Recruiting]
RATIONALE: Vorinostat may stop the growth of cancer cells by blocking some of the enzymes
needed for cell growth. Drugs used in chemotherapy, such as cladribine, work in different
ways to stop the growth of cancer cells, either by killing the cells or by stopping them
from dividing. Monoclonal antibodies, such as rituximab, can block cancer growth in
different ways. Some block the ability of cancer cells to grow and spread. Others find
cancer cells and help kill them or carry cancer-killing substances to them. Giving
vorinostat together with cladribine and rituximab may kill more cancer cells.
PURPOSE: This phase I/II trial is studying the side effects and best dose of vorinostat when
given together with cladribine and rituximab and to see how well it works in treating
patients with mantle cell lymphoma, chronic lymphocytic leukemia, or relapsed B-cell
Oral Cladribine in Early Multiple Sclerosis (MS) [Recruiting]
A randomized, double-blind, clinical trial to assess the safety and efficacy of two doses of
oral cladribine vs. placebo in subjects who had a first clinical demyelinating event
(clinically isolated syndrome). Subjects in either the cladribine or placebo group may also
enter treatment periods with open-label interferon-beta or open-label cladribine depending
upon the disease status. The primary objective of this study is to evaluate the effect of 2
dosage regimens of oral cladribine vs. placebo on the time to conversion to Multiple
Sclerosis (MS) (from randomization) according to the Poser criteria in subjects with a first
clinical demyelinating event at high risk of converting to MS.
Reports of Suspected Leustatin (Cladribine) Side Effects
Blood Creatinine Increased (5),
Drug Ineffective (3),
Liver Function Test Abnormal (3),
Flushing (3), more >>
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