An abbreviated phase II trial of thalicarpine

J. T. Leimert, M. P. Corder, T. E. Elliott, J. M. Lovett

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Thalicarpine, a plant alkaloid of novel structure, was evaluated in a phase II clinical trial. Fourteen previously treated patients with advanced malignant disease were given thalicarpine at a dose of 1100 mg/m2 weekly as a constant 2-hour iv infusion. Common toxic effects included nausea, ECG changes, arm pain, and lethargy; less frequent effects included vomiting, tachycardia, hypotension, pain distant from infusion site, urticaria, chills, diarrhea, and mydriasis. There was no hematologic, hepatic, or renal toxicity. There were no complete or partial objective responses. Although the drug's true response rate in any given tumor type cannot be determined, its absence of activity in man, to date, and the recent closing of its IND, make further clincial investigation with thalicarpine unlikely.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1389-1390
Number of pages2
JournalCancer Treatment Reports
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 1 1980

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