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2 Effects of Tranexamic Acid Prophylaxis on Bleeding Outcomes in Hematologic Malignancy: The a-TREAT TrialClinically Relevant Abstract

Program: General Sessions
Session: Plenary Scientific Session
Hematology Disease Topics & Pathways:
Adult, Biological, Non-Biological, Therapies, Biological Processes, coagulant drugs, Study Population, Clinically relevant, transfusion
Sunday, December 6, 2020, 7:00 AM-9:00 AM

Terry B. Gernsheimer, MD1,2, Siobhan P Brown, PhD3*, Darrell J Triulzi, MD 4, Nigel S. Key, MD5, Nahed El Kassar, MD, PhD6*, Heather Herren, RN, MPH7* and Susanne May, PhD7*

1Department of Medicine, Division of Hematology, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA
2Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Seattle, WA
3Biostatistics Department, University of Washington School of Public Health, Seattle, WA
4Division of Transfusion Medicine, Institute for Transfusion Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA
5Division of Hematology/Oncology, University of North Carolina Hospitals, Chapel Hill, NC
6National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), National Institute of Health, Bethesda, MD
7Department of Biostatistics, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Background: Despite optimal prophylactic platelet (plt) transfusion therapy for severe thrombocytopenia in patients undergoing treatment for hematologic malignancy, WHO Grade 2 or greater bleeding continues to occur at rates of 43% to 70%. Although antifibrinolytic therapy has been shown to reduce bleeding and transfusion needs in patients with inherited bleeding disorders and in multiple surgical settings, evidence in therapy-induced thrombocytopenia in hematologic malignancy is lacking. The American Trial Using Tranexamic Acid (TXA) in Thrombocytopenia (A-TREAT) evaluated the effects of prophylactic TXA as an adjunct to routine transfusion therapy on bleeding and transfusion requirements in a multicenter, double blind placebo controlled randomized clinical trial in patients undergoing treatment for hematologic malignancy.

Methods: Adult patients at 3 US academic medical centers with hematologic malignancy undergoing chemotherapy or hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) anticipated to have hypoproliferative thrombocytopenia were enrolled between June 15, 2016 and February 4, 2020. Randomization was stratified by site and therapeutic group: Chemotherapy, Allogeneic transplant, or Autologous transplant. Patients received study drug intravenously (1,000mg TXA or saline) or orally (1300mg TXA or placebo) every 8 hours beginning when the plt count was ≤30,000/µL and continued until platelet count recovery >30,000/ul or if a diagnosis of thrombosis was made. Patients were transfused prophylactically for counts of ≤10,000/µL or if indicated in the judgement of the treating physician. Daily assessments for bleeding were made by trained research staff (inpatients) or by self-assessment in a patient diary (outpatients), and by patient interview and chart review. The primary endpoint was the proportion of patients with bleeding of WHO grade 2 or above over 30 days after activation of study drug. A score test based on logistic regression was used, adjusted for study site and therapeutic group and adjusted for sequential monitoring. Multiple imputations were used to account for missing data. Secondary endpoints were number of transfusions and number of days alive without WHO grade 2+ bleeding during the first 30 days post activation of study drug.

Results: 3,788 patients were screened and 360 patients consented. 330 patients were activated and evaluable; 327 received at least one dose of study drug. The adjusted odds ratio of grade 2+ bleeding was 0.86 (95% CI: 0.52, 1.38; p-value=0.74). The difference in mean number of transfusions was 0.1 (95% CI: -1.9, 2.0; p-value=0.94), while the average difference in days alive without grade 2+ bleeding was 0.1 (95% CI: -1.4, 1.5; p-value=0.94).

No differences in exploratory outcomes were observed. The mean difference in transfusions per thrombocytopenic day was -0.02 (95% CI: -0.09, 0.04; p-value=0.51). The mean difference in RBC transfusions per thrombocytopenic day was 0.03 (95% CI: -0.05, 0.11; p-value=0.43). The average number of days with thrombocytopenia or bleeding was similar across treatment arms (9.2 [SD=6.7] TXA vs. 9.1 [6.2] placebo). The hazard ratio of time to grade 2+ bleeding or death was 0.96 (95% CI: 0.43, 2.16; p-value=0.92). The mean difference in highest grade of bleeding was -0.1 (95% CI: -0.2, 0.1; p-value=0.42).

There were no deaths due to bleeding. VOD was observed in 3/164 TXA subjects (1.8%) and 2/163 (1.2%) placebo subjects. An increase in the incidence of central venous line occlusions and the use of tissue plasminogen activator was noted in the TXA arm. (11.0% vs. 19.5% and 25.8% vs. 42.1% for placebo and TXA groups, respectively). Recurrent line occlusion led to permanent discontinuation of drug in 4.9% of TXA and 1.8% of placebo subjects. No increase in any other non-catheter thrombotic events was noted. No patient died from a thrombotic event in 120 days following activation of study drug.

Conclusions: Prophylactic TXA has no effect on the incidence of WHO Grade 2+ bleeding when given in addition to routine plt transfusions to severely thrombocytopenic patients undergoing therapy for hematologic malignancy. An increased incidence of line occlusion in the TXA arm was observed but no increase in other types of thrombotic events was detected.

Disclosures: Gernsheimer: Rigel Corporation: Consultancy, Research Funding; Principia: Research Funding; Sanofi: Consultancy; Vertex: Consultancy; Dova Pharmaceuticals: Consultancy; Cellphire: Consultancy; Novartis: Consultancy; Amgen Corporation: Consultancy, Honoraria. Triulzi: Fresenius Kabi: Consultancy; Cerus Corp: Research Funding. Key: Novo Nordisk: Other: Chair of Grants Committee; Grifols: Research Funding; Uniqure: Consultancy; Takeda: Research Funding.

OffLabel Disclosure: Tranexamic Acid is an antifibrinolytic agent approved for treatment of bleeding in patients with hemophilia to reduce the risk of hemorrhage during and following tooth extraction. The oral form is indicated for the treatment of cyclic heavy menstrual bleeding.

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