Mogamulizumab-kpkc (Poteligeo)

Number: 0940


  1. Criteria for Initial Approval

    Aetna considers mogamulizumab-kpkc (Poteligeo) intravenous infusion medically necessary for the treatment of any of the following conditions:

    1. Adult T-cell leukemia/lymphoma (ATLL), when used as a single-agent second line or subsequent therapy for acute or lymphoma subtypes; or
    2. Mycosis fungoides (MF) or Sézary syndrome (SS).

  2. Aetna considers all other indications as experimental and investigational.
  3. Continuation of Therapy

    Aetna considers continuation of mogamulizumab-kpkc (Poteligeo) therapy medically necessary for members with an indication listed in Section I when there is no evidence of unacceptable toxicity or disease progression while on the current regimen.

Dosage and Administration

Poteligeo (mogamulizumab-kpkc) is available as 20 mg/5 mL (4 mg/mL) solution in a single-dose vial for injection.

The recommended dose of Poteligeo is 1 mg/kg administered as an intravenous (IV) infusion over at least 60 minutes. Administer on days 1, 8, 15, and 22 of the first 28-day cycle, then on days 1 and 15 of each subsequent 28-day cycle until disease progression or unacceptable toxicity.

Administer Poteligeo within 2 days of the scheduled dose. If a dose is missed, administer the next dose as soon as possible and resume dosing schedule.

Do not administer Poteligeo subcutaneously or by rapid intravenous administration.

Source: Kyowa Kirin, 2021


U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-Approved Indications

  • Poteligeo is indicated for the treatment of adult patients with relapsed or refractory mycosis fungoides (MF) or Sézary syndrome (SS) after at least one prior systemic therapy.

Compendial Uses

  • Mycosis fungoides (MF) or Sézary syndrome (SS)
  • Adult T-cell leukemia/lymphoma (ATLL)

Poteligeo is a humanized monoclonal antibody (mAb) that binds to a protein (called CC chemokine receptor type 4 or CCR4) which is frequently expressed on leukemic cells of certain blood cancers including CTCL. Non-clinical in vitro studies demonstrate mogamulizumab-kpkc binding targets a cell for antibody-dependent cellular cytotoxicity (ADCC) resulting in depletion of the target cells. CCR4 is expressed on the surface of some Tcell malignancies and is expressed on regulatory T-cells (Treg) and a subset of Th2 T-cells (FDA, 2018; Kyowa Kirin, 2018).

The most common side effects (greater than or equal to 20%) of treatment included rash, infusion-related reactions, fatigue, diarrhea, musculoskeletal pain, and upper respiratory tract infection.

Labeled warning and precautions include complications of allogeneic HSCT after Poteligeo. It is recommended to monitor for severe acute graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) and steroid-refractory GVHD. Transplant-related mortality has occurred. In addition, patients should permanently discontinue Poteligeo for life-threatening (Grade 4) infusion reaction, rash, or for any Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS) or toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN). If moderate or severe (Grades 2 or 3) rash occurs, interrupt Poteligeo and administer at least 2 weeks of topical corticosteroids. If rash improves to Grade 1 or less, Poteligeo may be resumed. If mild (Grade 1) rash occurs, consider topical corticosteroids (Kyowa Kirin, 2018).

Mycosis Fungoides and Sézary Syndrome

Mycosis fungoides (MF) and Sézary syndrome (SS) are rare, hard-to-treat types of cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL), a type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, in which lymphocytes become cancerous and affect the skin. MF accounts for about half of all lymphomas arising from the skin. In MF, symptoms can manifest in various stages, from papules, patches or erythematous pruritic plaques to lymph node, blood, and/or visceral involvement. Advanced stages can present with extracutaenous disease or advanced skin lesions (e.g., tumors). Unlike in MF, people with SS do not usually evolve through patches and plaques to erythroderma, but tend to present with diffuse skin involvement. SS is characterized by a widespread pruritic erythema and lymphadenopathy. The presence of cancerous T cells (called Sezary cells) are found in the skin, lymph nodes, and blood, and has the potential to spread to other organs in the body, including the liver, spleen, and bone marrow. It is not known if Sézary syndrome is an advanced form of mycosis fungoides or a separate disease. In either case, both MF and SS are defined histologically and staged by the same criteria (FDA, 2018; Hodak and Amitay-Laish, 2021; Hoppe et al., 2021; Kyowa Kirin, 2018; NCI, 2017; NIH, 2018; Rook and Olsen, 2021).

The tumor cells in SS “appear to be derived from skin homing CD4 positive T cells or central memory T cells that typically express cutaneous lymphocyte antigen (CLA) and high levels of the chemokine receptors CCR4 and CCR7” (Rook and Olsen, 2018).

On August 8, 2018, Kyowa Kirin Ltd, along with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), announced the approval of Poteligeo (mogamulizumab-kpkc) injection, an anti-CCR4 monoclonal antibody, for intravenous use for the treatment of adults (18 years of age and older) with relapsed or refractory mycosis fungoides (MF) or Sézary syndrome (SS) after at least one prior systemic therapy.

FDA approval was based on the Phase 3, open-label, multi-center, randomized MAVORIC (Mogamulizumab anti-CCR4 Antibody Versus ComparatOR In CTCL) trial which was conducted in the U.S., Europe, Japan and Australia. A total of 372 subjects with relapsed MF or SS were randomized to either receive mogamulizumab or vorinostat, a type of chemotherapy. Eligible subjects were aged at least 18 years (in Japan, greater than or equal to 20 years), had failed (for progression or toxicity) at least one previous systemic therapy (e.g., MTX, retinoids, interferons, histone deacetylase inhibitors (e.g., vorinostat (Zolinza) and romidepsin (Istodax)), brentuximab vedotin (Adcetris), or cytotoxic chemotherapeutic drugs) and had an Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group performance score of 1 or less and adequate hematological, hepatic, and renal function. Psoralen plus ultraviolet light therapy (PUVA) was not considered to be a systemic therapy. Subjects previously treated with anti-CD4 antibody or alemtuzumab were eligible provided their CD4+ cell counts are greater than or equal to 200/mm3. Subjects were randomly assigned (1:1) to mogamulizumab (n=186; 1 mg/kg intravenously on a weekly basis for the first 28-day cycle, then on days 1 and 15 of subsequent cycles) or vorinostat (n=186; 400 mg PO daily). Stratification was by cutaneous T-cell lymphoma subtype (mycosis fungoides vs Sézary syndrome) and disease stage (IB-II vs III-IV). The primary endpoint was progression-free survival by investigator assessment in the intention-to-treat population. The results showed that mogamulizumab demonstrated significantly superior progression-free survival (PFS) at a median of 7.6 months [95% CI:  5.6, 10.2] compared to 3.1 months with vorinostat [95% CI:  2.8, 4.0], [p<0.001]. The confirmed overall response rate for mogamulizumab and vorinostat was 28% and 5%, respectively (p<0.001). The authors concluded that mogamulizumab significantly prolonged progression-free survival compared with vorinostat, and could provide a new, effective treatment for patients with mycosis fungoides and, importantly, for Sézary syndrome, a subtype that represents a major therapeutic challenge in cutaneous T-cell lymphoma. This study is ongoing; however, enrollment is complete. (, number NCT01728805) (Kim et al., 2018).

T-Cell Lymphomas - Adult T-Cell Leukemia / Lymphoma

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network Drugs and Biologics Compendium (NCCN, 2021) provides a category 2A recommendation for Poteligeo as preferred second-line or subsequent therapy as a single agent for nonresponders to first-line therapy for adult T-cell leukemia / lymphoma, acute or lymphoma subtypes.

Combined Mogamulizumab and Total Skin Electron Beam Therapy for the Treatment of Mycosis Fungoides and Sezary Syndrome

Fong and colleagues (2020) stated that management of patients with refractory MF and SS is often challenging, as available treatments lack durable response and consistent activity across disease compartments.  Combining low-dose total skin electron beam therapy (LD-TSEBT) upfront with mogamulizumab could optimize the clinical outcome of these patients.  LD-TSEBT is effective in clearing skin disease, and mogamulizumab is an anti-tumor immunotherapy with long-term tolerability, suggesting its potential as a maintenance therapy after maximal response.  These researchers examined the combination regimen in patients with SS who were previously treated.  Two patients with SS were treated with combined mogamulizumab and LD-TSEBT.  Both patients received mogamulizumab 1 mg/kg weekly × 4 and then bi-weekly; LD-TSEBT (12 Gy) was initiated within 2 days of starting mogamulizumab and given over 2 to 3 weeks.  Safety and clinical response were examined.  Mogamulizumab plus total skin electron beam therapy (Moga-TSE) was well-tolerated without any unanticipated adverse events (AEs).  Patient 1 was a 63-year-old woman with 4 prior systemic therapies; time to global response with Moga-TSE was 9 weeks.  Patient 2 was a 75-year-old man with 5 prior systemic therapies; time to global response was 4 weeks.  Both patients lacked global response to their prior therapies but achieved global complete response (blood and skin) with Moga-TSE.  After a follow-up of 72 weeks and 43 weeks, respectively, global complete response continued.  The authors concluded that Moga-TSE demonstrated excellent tolerability and promising clinical activity with ongoing global complete responses in 2 patients with refractory SS.  This encouraging experience supported their ongoing clinical trial examining the safety and effectiveness of Moga-TSE in patients with MF and SS.  Moreover, these researchers stated that their phase-II clinical trial is underway with safety and efficacy endpoints.

Combined Mogamulizumab and Nivolumab for the Treatment of Solid Tumors

In a multi-center, dose-finding (phase-I), and dose expansion (phase-II) clinical trial, Hong and colleagues (2022) examined the safety, anti-tumor activity, and pharmacodynamic profile of mogamulizumab in combination with nivolumab in patients with locally advanced or metastatic solid tumors.  There were no dose-limiting toxicities (DLTs) in the phase-I study with mogamulizumab 1 mg/kg every week for cycle 1 followed by 1 mg/kg every 2 weeks plus nivolumab 240 mg every 2 weeks intravenously, and the phase-II study occurred at this dose level.  All 114 patients treated with mogamulizumab 1 mg/kg plus nivolumab 240 mg in phases I (n = 4) and II (n = 110) were examined for safety and effectiveness.  Mogamulizumab plus nivolumab showed acceptable safety and tolerability.  Objective response rate (ORR) was 10. 5% (95 % confidence interval [CI]: 5.6 to 17.7; 3 complete responses [CRs] and 9 partial responses [PRs]).  Disease control rate (DCR) was 36.8 %.  Median duration of response was 14.4 months.  Median PFS was 2.6 months (95 % CI: 2.3 to 3.1), and median overall survival (OS) was 9.5 months (95 % CI: 5.9 to 13.5).  The authors concluded that combination of mogamulizumab with nivolumab for treatment of patients with locally advanced or metastatic solid tumors did not result in enhanced efficacy; and the tolerability of mogamulizumab 1 mg/kg plus nivolumab 240 mg was acceptable.

Table: CPT Codes / HCPCS Codes / ICD-10 Codes
Code Code Description

Information in the [brackets] below has been added for clarification purposes.   Codes requiring a 7th character are represented by "+" :

Other CPT codes related to the CPB:

96413 Chemotherapy administration, intravenous infusion technique; up to 1 hour , single or initial substance/drug
96415     each additional hour (List separately in addition to code for primary procedure)
96416     initiation of prolonged chemotherapy infusion (more than 8 hours), requiring use of a portable or implantable pump
96417     each additional sequential infusion (different substance/drug), up to 1 hour (List separately in addition to code for primary procedure)
96422 Chemotherapy administration, intra-arterial; infusion technique, up to 1 hour
96423 Chemotherapy administration, intra-arterial; infusion technique, up to 1 hour
96425     infusion technique, initiation of prolonged infusion (more than 8 hours), requiring the use of a portable or implantable pump

HCPCS codes covered if selection criteria are met:

Mogamulizumab-kpkc (Poteligeo) intravenous infusion :

J9204 Injection, mogamulizumab-kpkc, 1 mg

ICD-10 codes covered if selection criteria are met:

C84.00 - C84.09 Mycosis fungoides
C84.10 - C84.19 Sezary’s syndrome
C91.50 - C91.52 Adult T-cell lymphoma/leukemia (HTLV-1-associated)

The above policy is based on the following references:

  1. Fong S, Hong EK, Khodadoust MS, et al. Low-dose total skin electron beam therapy combined with mogamulizumab for refractory mycosis fungoides and Sezary syndrome. Adv Radiat Oncol. 2020;6(3):100629.
  2. Hodak E. Amitay-Laish I. Variants of mycosis fungoides. UpToDate [online serial]. Waltham, MA: UpToDate; reviewed April 2021.
  3. Hong DS, Rixe O, Chiu VK, et al. Mogamulizumab in combination with nivolumab in a phase I/II study of patients with locally advanced or metastatic solid tumors. Clin Cancer Res. 2022;28(3):479-488.
  4. Hoppe RT, Kim YH, Horwitz S. Treatment of advanced stage (IIB to IV) mycosis fungoides. UpToDate [online serial]. Waltham, MA: UpToDate; reviewed September 2021.
  5. Kim YH, Bagot M, Pinter-Brown L, et al; MAVORIC Investigators.. Mogamulizumab versus vorinostat in previously treated cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (MAVORIC): An international, open-label, randomised, controlled phase 3 trial. Lancet Oncol. 2018;19(9):1192-1204.
  6. Kyowa Hakko Kirin Co., Ltd. (Kyowa Kirin). Kyowa Kirin announces FDA approval of Poteligeo (mogamulizumab-kpkc) for the treatment of mycosis fungoides and Sezary syndrome. Press Release. Tokyo: Kyowas Kirin; August 8, 2018.
  7. Kyowa Hakko Kirin Pharma, Inc. Study of KW-0761 versus vorinostat in relapsed/refractory CTCL. Identifier: NCT01728805. Bethesda, MD: National Library of Medicine; updated August 8, 2018.
  8. Kyowa Kirin, Inc. Poteligeo (mogamulizumab-kpkc) injection, for intravenous use. Prescribing Information. Bedminster, NJ: Kyowa Kirin; revised July 2021.
  9. National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Institutes of Health (NIH). Mycosis fungoides (including Sezary syndrome) treatment (PDQ). Bethesda, MD: NIH; September 2017. 
  10. National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN). Mogamulizumab-kpkc. NCCN Drugs and Biologics Compendium. Plymouth Meeting, PA: NCCN; January 2022.
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  13. Rook AH, Olsen EA. Clinical presentation, pathologic features, and diagnosis of Sézary syndrome. UpToDate [online serial]. Waltham, MA: UpToDate; reviewed June 2020.
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  15. U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). FDA approves treatment for two rare types of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. FDA News Release. Silver Spring, MD: FDA; August 8, 2018.