About this trial

“This is a Phase III, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, international, multi-center trial. Approximately 234 men and postmenopausal women will be randomized to either alpelisib plus fulvestrant or alpelisib-matching placebo plus fulvestrant. Randomization will follow a 1:1 randomization ratio and be stratified by presence of lung and/or liver metastases (yes vs. no) and setting at last prior CDK4/6 inhibitor therapy (adjuvant vs metastatic).

Study treatment with alpelisib plus fulvestrant or alpelisib-matching placebo plus fulvestrant will be initiated on Cycle 1 Day 1, and will continue until disease progression per RECIST v1.1 as per BIRC assessment, start of new antineoplastic therapy, death, lost to follow-up, or withdrawal of consent. A cycle is defined as 28 days.

Participants randomized to the alpelisib-matching placebo plus fulvestrant arm who have disease progression per RECIST v1.1 as assessed by BIRC will have the option to crossover to be treated with alpelisib plus fulvestrant.

Unblinding a single participant at a site will be permitted after disease progression confirmed by BIRC after discussion with the Novartis team to determine eligibility for cross-over to treatment with alpelisib plus fulvestrant.”

Patient Profile

Men or postmenopausal women with HR-positive, HER2-negative advanced breast cancer with a PIK3CA mutation who progressed or relapsed on or after treatment with an AI plus a CDK4/6 inhibitor.

Where’s this trial being run?

Beaumont Hospital, St James’s Hospital, and St Vincents University Hospital

Can I join this study / trial?

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Summary Data

Name: EPIK-B5
Number: 21-32
Full Title:

EPIK-B5: A Phase III, Randomized, Double-blind, Placebo-controlled Study of Alpelisib in Combination With Fulvestrant for Men and Postmenopausal Women With HR-positive, HER2-negative Advanced Breast Cancer With a PIK3CA Mutation, Who Progressed on or After Aromatase Inhibitor and a CDK4/6 Inhibitor

Principal Investigator: Prof Janice Walshe (St. Vincent’s University Hospital)
Type: Industry Sponsored

Novartis Pharmaceuticals

Recruitment Started: Global: Nov 2021
Ireland: Jun 2022
Global Recruitment Target: 234
Ireland Recruitment Target: 12