Study Assessing the Efficacy and Safety of Alpelisib + Nab-paclitaxel in Subjects With Advanced TNBC Who Carry Either a PIK3CA Mutation or Have PTEN Loss (EPIK-B3)

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Status and phase

Active, not recruiting
Phase 3


Triple Negative Breast Neoplasms


Drug: placebo
Drug: nab-paclitaxel
Drug: alpelisib

Study type


Funder types



2019-002637-11 (EudraCT Number)

Details and patient eligibility


The purpose of this study is to determine whether treatment with alpelisib in combination with nab-paclitaxel is safe and effective in subjects with advanced triple negative breast cancer (aTNBC) who carry either a PIK3CA mutation (Study Part A) or have PTEN loss (Study Part B1) or PTEN loss without PIK3CA mutation (Study Part B2)

Full description

The recruitment of Part A was halted on 11-Nov-2022 due to slow recruitment. Since Part B1 did not meet its primary objective for confirmed overall response rate the Part B2 will not be initiated and the recruitment was halted for the entire study


137 patients




18+ years old


No Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion criteria

* Participant has histologically confirmed diagnosis of advanced (loco-regionally recurrent and not amenable to curative therapy), or metastatic (stage IV) TNBC * Participant has either a measurable disease per RECIST 1.1 criteria or, if no measurable disease is present, then at least one predominantly lytic bone lesion or mixed lytic-blastic bone lesion with identifiable soft tissue component (that can be evaluated by CT/MRI) must be present Part B1: Participants must have measurable disease * Participant has adequate tumor tissue to identify the PIK3CA mutation status (either carrying a mutation or without a mutation) and the PTEN loss status; both of which will determine whether the subject can be allocated to Part A - PIK3CA mutation regardless of PTEN status; or to Part B1 - PTEN loss or to Part B2 - PTEN loss without a PIK3CA mutation * Participant has an Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) performance status of 0 or 1 * Participant has received no more than one line of therapy for metastatic disease * Participant has adequate bone marrow and organ function

Exclusion criteria

* Participant has received prior treatment with any PI3K, mTOR or AKT inhibitor * Participant has a known hypersensitivity to alpelisib, nab-paclitaxel or to any of their excipients * Participant has not recovered from all toxicities related to prior anticancer therapies to NCI CTCAE version 4.03 Grade ≤1; with the exception of alopecia * Participant has central nervous system (CNS) involvement which was not previously treated and/or was newly detected at screening * Participant with an established diagnosis of diabetes mellitus type I or uncontrolled type II based on Fasting Plasma Glucose and HbA1c * Participant has impairment of gastrointestinal (GI) function or GI disease that may significantly alter the absorption of the study drugs (e.g., ulcerative diseases, uncontrolled nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, malabsorption syndrome, or small bowel resection) based on investigator discretion * Participant has a history of acute pancreatitis within 1 year prior to screening or past medical history of chronic pancreatitis * Participant has currently documented pneumonitis/interstitial lung disease * Participant has a history of severe cutaneous reactions, such as Steven-Johnson Syndrome (SJS), erythema multiforme (EM),Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (TEN) or Drug Reaction with Eosinophilia and Systemic Syndrome (DRESS) * Participant with unresolved osteonecrosis of the jaw Other protocol-defined inclusion/exclusion criteria apply.

Trial design

Primary purpose




Interventional model

Parallel Assignment


Double Blind

137 participants in 2 patient groups, including a placebo group

alpelisib + nab-paclitaxel
Experimental group
Double-blinded, Randomized in a 1:1 ratio in Study Parts A and B2 Single arm Open label in Study Part B1
Drug: alpelisib
Drug: nab-paclitaxel
placebo + nab-paclitaxel
Placebo Comparator group
Double-blinded, Randomized in a 1:1 ratio in Study Parts A and B2 Not applicable in Study Part B1
Drug: nab-paclitaxel
Drug: placebo

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