Selected safety and management considerations
Tarceva serious and most common adverse reactions
Serious adverse reactions have occurred with Tarceva1
- Warnings and precautions, which include fatalities, associated with Tarceva in metastatic NSCLC include interstitial lung disease (ILD), renal failure, hepatotoxicity with or without hepatic impairment, gastrointestinal perforation, bullous
and exfoliative skin disorders, cerebrovascular accident, microangiopathic hemolytic anemia with thrombocytopenia,
ocular disorders, hemorrhage in patients taking warfarin, and embryo-fetal toxicity.1
Tarceva most common adverse reactions1:
- Metastatic NSCLC – Most common (≥30%) in first-line treatment in patients with EGFR mutations: diarrhea, asthenia, rash, cough, dyspnea,
and decreased appetite.
The most common adverse reactions in patients receiving Tarceva, rash and diarrhea, can usually be managed1
- Withhold Tarceva for persistent severe diarrhea or severe rash not responsive to medical management.
- See Patient Counseling Information, section 17 of the full Prescribing Information.
Tarceva and rash1,2
Rash as a composite term
- In the EURTAC trial for first-line therapy in patients who have metastatic NSCLC with EGFR exon 19 deletions or exon 21
(L858R) substitution mutations, rash as a composite term included rash, acne, folliculitis, erythema, dermatitis acneiform, dermatitis, palmar-plantar
erythrodysaesthesia syndrome, exfoliative rash, rash erythematous, rash pruritic, skin toxicity, eczema, rash follicular, and skin
Tarceva and diarrhea1,2
Select management considerations
Patient rash assessment
See also: Patient Counseling Information, section 17 of the full
Initial management considerations for rash and diarrhea
Advise patients to contact their healthcare provider for severe or persistent diarrhea, or the onset or worsening of skin rash.
- In patients who develop skin rash, the appearance of the rash is typically erythematous and maculopapular, and it may resemble acne with follicular
pustules but is histopathologically different. This skin reaction commonly occurs on the face, upper chest, and back but may be more generalized or
severe National Cancer Institute Common Toxicity Criteria (NCI-CTC) with desquamation. Skin reactions may occur or worsen in sun-exposed areas.
Symptoms associated with rash may include itching, tenderness, and/or burning.3,4
- Hyperpigmentation and dry skin, with or without digital skin fissures, have been reported and in the majority of cases were associated with
- Given that skin reactions are anticipated when taking Tarceva, proactive intervention may include alcohol-free emollient cream and use of sunscreen or avoidance of sun exposure.1
- Management of rash may include topical corticosteroids or antibiotics with anti-inflammatory properties.3 These approaches were used in the metastatic NSCLC pivotal clinical trial.2
- Acne preparations with drying properties may aggravate the dry skin and erythema.4
- Tarceva should be withheld for severe rash that is not response to medical treatment.1
- Diarrhea can usually be managed with loperamide.1
- Withhold Tarceva for persistent severe diarrhea not responsive to medical management.1
See also: Patient Counseling Information, section 17 of the full
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Tarceva is indicated for:
- The treatment of patients with metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) whose tumors have epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) exon 19 deletions or exon 21 (L858R) substitution mutations as detected by an FDA-approved test receiving first-line, maintenance, or second or greater line treatment after progression following at least one prior chemotherapy regimen.
Limitations of use:
- Safety and efficacy of Tarceva have not been established in patients with NSCLC whose tumors have other EGFR mutations.
- Tarceva is not recommended for use in combination with platinum-based chemotherapy.
WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS
- Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD):
- Cases of serious ILD, including fatal cases, can occur with Tarceva treatment. The overall incidence of ILD in approximately 32,000 Tarceva-treated patients in uncontrolled studies and studies with concurrent chemotherapy was approximately 1.1%. In patients with ILD, the onset of symptoms was between 5 days to more than 9 months (median 39 days) after initiating Tarceva therapy.
- Withhold Tarceva for acute onset of new or progressive unexplained pulmonary symptoms such as dyspnea, cough, and fever pending diagnostic evaluation. If ILD is confirmed, permanently discontinue Tarceva.
- Renal Failure:
- Hepatorenal syndrome, severe acute renal failure including fatal cases, and renal insufficiency can occur with Tarceva treatment. Renal failure may arise from exacerbation of underlying baseline hepatic impairment or severe dehydration.
- The pooled incidence of severe renal impairment in the 3 monotherapy lung cancer studies was 0.5% in the Tarceva arms and 0.8% in the control arms. The incidence of renal impairment in the pancreatic cancer study was 1.4% in the Tarceva plus gemcitabine arm and 0.4% in the control arm.
- Withhold Tarceva in patients developing severe renal impairment until renal toxicity is resolved. Perform periodic monitoring of renal function and serum electrolytes during Tarceva treatment.
- Hepatotoxicity With or Without Hepatic Impairment:
- Hepatic failure and hepatorenal syndrome, including fatal cases, can occur with Tarceva treatment in patients with normal hepatic function; the risk of hepatic toxicity is increased in patients with baseline hepatic impairment.
- Hepatic Toxicity: One Tarceva-treated patient experienced fatal hepatic failure and four additional patients experienced grade 3-4 liver test abnormalities.
- In clinical studies where patients with moderate to severe hepatic impairment were excluded, the pooled incidence of hepatic failure in the 3 monotherapy lung cancer studies was 0.4% in the Tarceva arms and 0% in the control arms. The incidence of hepatic failure in the pancreatic cancer study was 0.4% in the Tarceva plus gemcitabine arm and 0.4% in the control arm.
- Perform periodic liver testing (transaminases, bilirubin, and alkaline phosphatase) during treatment with Tarceva. Increased frequency of monitoring of liver function is required for patients with pre-existing hepatic impairment or biliary obstruction.
- Withhold Tarceva in patients without pre-existing hepatic impairment for total bilirubin >3 x ULN or transaminases >5 x ULN. Withhold Tarceva in patients with pre-existing hepatic impairment or biliary obstruction for doubling of bilirubin or tripling of transaminases values over baseline.
- Discontinue Tarceva in patients whose abnormal liver tests meeting the above criteria do not improve significantly or resolve within 3 weeks.
- Gastrointestinal Perforation:
- Gastrointestinal perforation, including fatal cases, can occur with Tarceva treatment. Patients receiving concomitant anti-angiogenic agents, corticosteroids, NSAIDs, or taxane-based chemotherapy, or who have prior history of peptic ulceration or diverticular disease may be at increased risk of perforation.
- The pooled incidence of gastrointestinal perforation in the 3 monotherapy lung cancer studies was 0.2% in the Tarceva arms and 0.1% in the control arms. The incidence of gastrointestinal perforation in the pancreatic cancer study was 0.4% in the Tarceva plus gemcitabine arm and 0% in the control arm.
- Permanently discontinue Tarceva in patients who develop gastrointestinal perforation.
- Bullous and Exfoliative Skin Disorders:
- Bullous, blistering and exfoliative skin conditions, including cases suggestive of Stevens-Johnson syndrome/toxic epidermal necrolysis, which in some cases were fatal, can occur with Tarceva treatment.
- The pooled incidence of bullous and exfoliative skin disorders in the 3 monotherapy lung cancer studies was 1.2% in the Tarceva arms and 0% in the control arms. The incidence of bullous and exfoliative skin disorders in the pancreatic cancer study was 0.4% in the Tarceva plus gemcitabine arm and 0% in the control arm.
- Discontinue Tarceva treatment if the patient develops severe bullous, blistering or exfoliating conditions.
- Cerebrovascular Accident:
- In the pancreatic carcinoma trial, 7 patients in the Tarceva plus gemcitabine group developed cerebrovascular accidents (incidence: 2.5%). One of these was hemorrhagic and was the only fatal event. In comparison, in the placebo plus gemcitabine group there were no cerebrovascular accidents. The pooled incidence of cerebrovascular accident in the 3 monotherapy lung cancer studies was 0.6% in the Tarceva arms and not higher than that observed in the control arms.
- Microangiopathic Hemolytic Anemia With Thrombocytopenia:
- The pooled incidence of microangiopathic hemolytic anemia with thrombocytopenia in the 3 monotherapy lung cancer studies was 0% in the Tarceva arms and 0.1% in the control arms. The incidence of microangiopathic hemolytic anemia with thrombocytopenia in the pancreatic cancer study was 1.4% in the Tarceva plus gemcitabine arm and 0% in the control arm.
- Ocular Disorders:
- Decreased tear production, abnormal eyelash growth, keratoconjunctivitis sicca or keratitis can occur with Tarceva treatment and can lead to corneal perforation or ulceration.
- The pooled incidence of ocular disorders in the 3 monotherapy lung cancer studies was 17.8% in the Tarceva arms and 4% in the control arms. The incidence of ocular disorders in the pancreatic cancer study was 12.8% in the Tarceva plus gemcitabine arm and 11.4% in the control arm.
- Interrupt or discontinue Tarceva therapy if patients present with acute or worsening ocular disorders such as eye pain.
- Hemorrhage in Patients Taking Warfarin:
- Severe and fatal hemorrhage associated with International Normalized Ratio (INR) elevations can occur when Tarceva and warfarin are administered concurrently.
- Regularly monitor prothrombin time and INR during Tarceva treatment in patients taking warfarin or other coumarin-derivative anticoagulants.
- Embryo-Fetal Toxicity:
- Based on animal data and its mechanism of action, Tarceva can cause fetal harm when administered to a pregnant woman. Advise pregnant women of the potential risk to a fetus.
- Advise females of reproductive potential to use effective contraception during therapy and for one month after the last dose of Tarceva.
MOST COMMON ADVERSE REACTIONS
- Metastatic NSCLC – First-Line Treatment of Patients With EGFR Mutations:
- Most frequent (≥30%) adverse reactions were diarrhea, asthenia, rash, cough, dyspnea, and decreased appetite.
- Most frequent Grade 3/4 (NCI-CTC Version 3.0) adverse reactions were rash (14%) and diarrhea (5%). In Tarceva-treated patients, the most frequently reported adverse reactions leading to dose modification were rash (13%), diarrhea (10%), and asthenia (3.6%).
You may report side effects to the FDA at (800) FDA-1088 or www.fda.gov/medwatch. You may also report side effects to Genentech at (888) 835-2555.
Please see the Tarceva full Prescribing Information for additional Important Safety Information.
- Tarceva [package insert]. Northbrook, IL: OSI Pharmaceuticals, LLC, an affiliate of Astellas Pharma US, Inc.; 2016.
- Data on file, OSI Pharmaceuticals, LLC, an affiliate of Astellas Pharma US, Inc.
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