Caprelsa

Caprelsa

vandetanib

Manufacturer:

Sanofi

Distributor:

DCH Auriga - Healthcare
/
Four Star
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Contents
Vandetanib.
Description
Caprelsa 100mg film-coated tablet: Each film-coated tablet contains 100 mg of vandetanib.
Caprelsa 300mg film-coated tablet: Each film-coated tablet contains 300 mg of vandetanib.
Action
Pharmacotherapeutic Group: antineoplastic agent, protein kinase inhibitor. ATC Code: L01XE12.
Pharmacology: Pharmacodynamics: Mechanism of action and pharmacodynamic effects: Vandetanib is a potent inhibitor of vascular endothelial growth factor receptor-2 (VEGFR-2 also known as kinase insert domain containing receptor [KDR]), epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) and RET tyrosine kinases. Vandetanib is also a sub-micromolar inhibitor of vascular endothelial receptor-3 tyrosine kinase.
Vandetanib inhibits VEGF-stimulated endothelial cell migration, proliferation, survival and new blood vessel formation in in vitro models of angiogenesis. In addition, vandetanib inhibits epidermal growth factor (EGF)-stimulated EGF receptor tyrosine kinase in tumour cells and endothelial cells. Vandetanib inhibits EGFR-dependent cell proliferation and cell survival in vitro. Vandetanib also inhibits both wild type and the majority of mutated, activated forms of RET, and significantly inhibits the proliferation of MTC cell lines in vitro.
In vivo vandetanib administration reduced tumour cell-induced angiogenesis, tumour vessel permeability, tumour microvessel density, and inhibited tumour growth of a range of human xenograft tumour models in athymic mice. Vandetanib also inhibited the growth of MTC xenograft tumours in vivo.
The precise mechanism of action of vandetanib in locally advanced or metastatic MTC is unknown.
Clinical efficacy in adults: Clinical data from MTC: A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study (Study 58) was conducted to demonstrate safety and efficacy of vandetanib 300 mg versus placebo. This study included 331 patients with unresectable locally advanced or metastatic MTC. Only patients with CTN ≥ 500 pg/mL (conventional units) or ≥ 146.3 pmol/L (international standard units) were enrolled. Of the patients enrolled in the study 10 patients on vandetanib and 4 on placebo (4% of all patients) had a World Health Organization performance status (WHO PS) score of ≥ 2 and 28 (12.1%) patients on vandetanib and 10 (10.1%) on placebo had cardiac impairment. Cardiac impairment was defined as patients with previous cardiovascular abnormality.
The primary objective of this study was to demonstrate an improvement in progression-free survival (PFS) with vandetanib compared to placebo. The secondary endpoints were evaluation of overall objective response rate (ORR), disease control rate (DCR) defined as, partial response (PR) or complete response (CR) or stable disease (SD) lasting at least 24 weeks, duration of response (DOR), time to worsening of pain based on Brief Pain Inventory (BPI) worst pain scale, and overall survival (OS). The PFS primary endpoint, ORR and DCR were based on centralized, independent blinded review of the imaging data. Biochemical response with vandetanib as compared to placebo as measured by CTN and CEA was also assessed as secondary endpoints.
Patients were treated with vandetanib or placebo until they reached objective disease progression. Upon objective disease progression based on the investigator's assessment, patients were discontinued from blinded study treatment and given the option to receive open-label vandetanib. Twenty-eight of the 231 patients (12.1%) on vandetanib and 3 of the 99 (3.0%) on placebo discontinued treatment because of an adverse event. Fourteen of the 28 patients (50%) who stopped vandetanib for an adverse event discontinued without a dose reduction. Five out of 6 patients (83%) with moderate renal failure who were treated with vandetanib had a dose reduction to 200 mg for adverse reaction; 1 patient required a further reduction to 100 mg.
The result of the primary analysis of PFS showed a statistically significant improvement in PFS for patients randomized to vandetanib compared to placebo (Hazard Ratio (HR) = 0.46; 95% Confidence Interval (CI) = 0.31-0.69; p=0.0001).
The median PFS for patients randomized to vandetanib has not been reached; however, based on statistical modelling of data observed up to the 43rd percentile, the median PFS is predicted to be 30.5 months with 95% confidence interval 25.5 to 36.5 months. The median PFS for patients randomized to placebo was 19.3 months. At 12 months, the proportion of patients alive and progression-free was 192 (83%) for patients randomized to vandetanib and 63 (63%) for patients randomized to placebo. In the vandetanib arm, a total of 73 (32%) patients progressed: 64 (28%) by response evaluation criteria in solid tumours (RECIST) progression and 9 (4%) by death in the absence of progression. The remaining 158 patients (68%) were censored in the analysis of PFS. In the placebo arm, a total of 51 (51%) of patients had progressed: 46 (46%) by RECIST progression and 5 (5%) by death in the absence of progression. The remaining 49 patients (49%) were censored in the analysis of PFS. (See figure and Table 1.)

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Survival status and the median final overall survival (81.6 months in the vandetanib arm and 80.4 months in the placebo arm) were similar across both treatment arms. There was no statistically significant difference in final OS (HR 0.99, 95.002% CI 0.72, 1.38, p=0.9750). Results should be interpreted with caution due to the high percentage of patients in the placebo arm switching to openlabel vandetanib (79.0% [79/100] of patients).
Most (95% of the patients) had metastatic disease. Fourteen patients treated with vandetanib, and 3 with placebo had unresectable locally advanced disease only. There is limited clinical experience with vandetanib in patients with unresectable locally advanced disease and without metastasis.
Statistically significant advantages were seen for vandetanib for the secondary endpoints of response rate, disease control rate, and biochemical response. (See Table 2.)

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A statistically significant advantage was seen for vandetanib for the secondary endpoint of time to worsening of pain (derived as a composite endpoint using the worst pain score from BPI and patient reported opioid analgesic use) (vandetanib 49%, placebo 57%, HR 0.61, 97.5%CI 0.43-0.87, p< 0.006: 8 vs. 3 months). There were no statistically significant differences observed for the exploratory endpoint of diarrhoea (reported as stool frequency).
RET mutation status in Study 58: In Study 58, RET mutation testing was performed by using the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) based Amplification Refractory Mutation System (ARMS) assay for the M918T mutation, and direct sequencing of DNA for mutations in exons 10, 11, 13, 14, 15 and 16 (site of M918T mutation) on all sporadic patients where DNA was available (297/298).
However, RET status could not be tested in a large proportion of patients (mainly because of unavailable results for direct sequencing of DNA) and response rate was somewhat lower in the patients with unknown RET status compared with RET mutation positive status: 51.8% vs. 35.9 % respectively. In the blinded comparison of vandetanib vs. placebo, only 2 patients known to be RET negative at all 6 exons received vandetanib and none demonstrated responses.
A post-hoc subgroup analysis of RET negative status based on absence of M918T mutation of the pivotal study 58 was performed. A patient was considered to have a RET mutation if either an M918T mutation by the ARMS assay, or a RET mutation in any exons sequenced was present in the tumour. Actually 79 patients were identified by absence of an M918T mutation and no RET mutation identified at any of the other 6 exons tested but in 71 of such patients sequencing of the 6 exons was incomplete. M918T mutation is the most frequent mutation observed in patients with sporadic MTC; however it cannot be ruled out that some patients tested RET negative for M918T mutation might be positive for mutation on other exons.
Results according to RET status (positive, unknown and RET M918T mutation negative definition) are presented in Table 3. (See Table 3.)

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This medicinal product has been authorized under a so-called "conditional approval" scheme. This means that further evidence on this medicinal product is awaited. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) will review new information on the product every year and this SmPC will be updated as necessary.
Pharmacokinetics: Absorption: Following oral administration of vandetanib absorption is slow with peak plasma concentrations typically achieved at a median of 6 hours, range 4-10 hours, after dosing. Vandetanib accumulates approximately 8-fold on multiple dosing with steady state achieved from approximately 2 months.
Distribution: Vandetanib binds to human serum albumin and alpha-1-acid-glycoprotein with in vitro protein binding being approximately 90%. In ex vivo plasma samples from colorectal cancer patients at steady state exposure after 300 mg once daily, the mean percentage protein binding was 93.7% (range 92.2 to 95.7%). The pharmacokinetics of vandetanib at the 300 mg dose in MTC patients are characterised by a volume of distribution of approximately 7450 1.
Biotransformation: Following oral dosing of 14C- vandetanib, unchanged vandetanib and metabolites vandetanib N-oxide and N-desmethyl vandetanib were detected in plasma, urine and feces. A glucuronide conjugate was seen as a minor metabolite in excreta only. N-desmethyl-vandetanib is primarily produced by CYP3A4, and vandetanib-N-oxide by flavin-containing monooxygenase enzymes (FM01 and FMO3).
N-desmethyl-vandetanib and vandetanib-N-oxide circulate at concentrations of approximately 11% and 1.4% of those of vandetanib.
Elimination: The pharmacokinetics of vandetanib at the 300 mg dose in MTC patients are characterised by a clearance of approximately 13.2 l/h. and plasma half-life of approximately 19 days. Within a 21day collection period after a single dose of 14C-vandetanib, approximately 69% was recovered with 44% in faeces and 25% in urine. Excretion of the dose was slow and further excretion beyond 21 days would be expected based on the plasma half-life.
Special populations: Renal impairment: A single dose pharmacokinetic study in volunteers indicated that exposure to vandetanib is enhanced (up to 1.5, 1.6 and 2-fold) in mild, moderate and severe renal impaired subjects respectively compared to subjects with normal renal function (see Dosage & Administration, Precautions and Interactions).
Hepatic impairment: A single dose pharmacokinetic study in volunteers indicated that hepatic impairment did not affect exposure to vandetanib. There is limited data in patients with hepatic impairment (serum bilirubin greater than 1.5 times upper limit of normal (see Dosage & Administration and Precautions).
Food Effect: Exposure to vandetanib is not affected by food.
Toxicology: Preclinical safety data: Vandetanib has shown no mutagenic or clastogenic potential.
In repeat-dose toxicity studies of up to 9 months duration, effects included emesis, body weight loss and diarrhoea in dogs and physeal dysplasia in young dogs and rats with open growth plates. In rats, effects on teeth, kidney and skin were noted. These findings occurred at clinically-relevant plasma concentrations, were largely reversible within 4 weeks of cessation of dosing and were attributable to inhibition of vascular endothelial growth factor receptor (VEGFR) or EGFR.
Effects noted in other studies included inhibition of human ether-a-go-go related gene (hERG) current and prolongation of QTc interval in dogs. Elevation of systolic and diastolic blood pressure was observed in rats and dogs. In mice, vandetanib was shown to delay but not prevent wound healing. Vandetanib also showed evidence of phototoxic potential in an in vitro cytotoxicity assay. In an animal model of wound-healing, mice dosed with vandetanib had reduced skin-breaking strength compared with controls. This suggests that vandetanib slows but does not prevent wound healing. The appropriate interval between discontinuation of vandetanib and subsequent elective surgery required to avoid the risks of impaired wound healing has not been determined. In clinical studies, a small number of patients had surgery while receiving vandetanib and there were no reported wound healing complications.
Reproductive toxicology: Vandetanib had no effect on fertility in male rats. In a female fertility study, there was a trend towards increased oestrus cycle irregularity, a slight reduction in pregnancy incidence and increase in implantation loss. In a repeat-dose toxicity study in rats, there was a decrease in the number of corpora lutea in the ovaries of rats given vandetanib for 1 month.
In rats, embryofoetal toxicity was evident as foetal loss, delayed foetal development, heart vessel abnormalities and precocious ossification of some skull bones. In a rat pre- and post-natal development study, at doses producing maternal toxicity during gestation and/or lactation, vandetanib increased pre-birth loss and reduced post-natal pup growth. Vandetanib was excreted into milk in rat and found in plasma of pups following dosing to lactating rats.
Carcinogenicity: Vandetanib has shown no carcinogenic potential effect in a 6 month carcinogenicity study in rasH2 transgenic mice. A 2-year carcinogenicity study in rats was impaired by low survival in the high dose female group and limited exposure of the animals to vandetanib; however, no carcinogenic effects were observed in the remaining animals.
Indications/Uses
Caprelsa is indicated for the treatment of aggressive and symptomatic medullary thyroid cancer (MTC) in patients with unresectable locally advanced or metastatic disease.
For patients in whom Rearranged during Transfection (RET) mutation is not known or is negative, a possible lower benefit should be taken into account before individual treatment decision (see important information in Precautions and Pharmacology: Pharmacodynamics under Actions).
Dosage/Direction for Use
Treatment should be initiated and supervised by a physician experienced in treatment of MTC and in the use of anticancer medicinal products and experienced in the assessment of electrocardiogram (ECG).
Only one supply per prescription is allowed. For a further supply, a new prescription is required.
Posology: The recommended dose is 300 mg once a day, taken with or without food at about the same time each day.
If a dose is missed, it should be taken as soon as the patient remembers. If it is less than 12 hours to the next dose, the patient should not take the missed dose.
Patients should not take a double dose (two doses at the same time) to make up for a forgotten dose.
Patients treated with Caprelsa must be given the patient alert card and be informed about the risks of Caprelsa (see also package leaflet).
Duration: Vandetanib may be administered until patients with MTC are no longer benefiting from treatment.
Dose adjustments: QTc interval should be carefully assessed prior to initiation of treatment. In the event of common terminology criteria for adverse events (CTCAE) grade 3 or higher toxicity or prolongation of the ECG QTc interval, dosing with vandetanib should be at least temporarily stopped and resumed at a reduced dose when toxicity has resolved or improved to CTCAE grade 1 (see Precautions). The 300 mg daily dose can be reduced to 200 mg (two 100 mg tablets), and then to 100 mg if necessary.
The patient must be monitored appropriately. Due to the 19-day half-life, adverse reactions including a prolonged QTc interval may not resolve quickly (see Precautions).
Special patient populations: Paediatric population: The safety and efficacy in children have not been established. Therefore, vandetanib is not indicated for use in paediatric patients.
Elderly: No adjustment in starting dose is required for elderly patients. There is limited clinical data with vandetanib in patients with MTC aged over 75.
Renal impairment in adult patients with MTC: A pharmacokinetic study in volunteers with mild, moderate and severe renal impairment shows that exposure to vandetanib after single dose is increased up to 1.5, 1.6 and 2-fold respectively in patients with mild, moderate (creatinine clearance ≥ 30 to < 50 ml/min) and severe (clearance below 30 ml/min) renal impairment at baseline (see Pharmacology: Pharmacokinetics under Actions). Clinical data suggest that no change in starting dose is required in patients with mild renal impairment. There is limited data with 300 mg in patients with moderate renal impairment: the dose needed to be lowered to 200 mg in 5 out of 6 patients. The starting dose could be reduced to 200 mg in patients with moderate renal impairment; safety and efficacy have however not been established with 200 mg (see Precautions). Vandetanib is not recommended for use in patients with severe renal impairment since there is limited data in patients with severe renal impairment, and safety and efficacy have not been established.
Hepatic impairment: Vandetanib is not recommended for use in adult patients with hepatic impairment (serum bilirubin greater than 1.5 times upper limit of reference range (ULRR), this criterion does not apply to patients with Gilbert's Disease and alanine aminotransferase (ALT), aspartate aminotransferase (AST), or alkaline phosphatase (ALP) greater than 2.5 times ULRR, or greater than 5.0 times ULRR if judged by the physician to be related to liver metastases), since there is limited data in patients with hepatic impairment, and safety and efficacy have not been established (see Precautions).
Pharmacokinetic data from volunteers, suggests that no change in starting dose is required in patients with mild, moderate or severe hepatic impairment (see Pharmacology: Pharmacokinetics under Actions).
Method of administration: For patients who have difficulty swallowing, vandetanib tablets may be dispersed in half a glass of non-carbonated drinking water. No other liquids should be used. The tablet is to be dropped in water, without crushing, stirred until dispersed (approximately 10 minutes) and the resultant dispersion swallowed immediately. Any residues in the glass are to be mixed with half a glass of water and swallowed. The liquid can also be administered through nasogastric or gastrostomy tubes.
Overdosage
There is no specific treatment in the event of overdose with vandetanib and possible symptoms of overdose have not been established. An increase in the frequency and severity of some adverse reactions, like rash, diarrhoea and hypertension was observed at multiple doses at and above 300 mg in healthy volunteer studies and in patients. In addition, the possibility of QTc prolongation and Torsades de pointes should be considered.
Adverse reactions associated with overdose are to be treated symptomatically; in particular, severe diarrhoea must be managed appropriately. In the event of an overdose, further doses must be interrupted, and appropriate measures taken to assure that an adverse event has not occurred, i.e. ECG within 24 hours to determine QTc prolongation. Adverse reactions associated with overdose may be prolonged due to the long half-life of vandetanib (see Pharmacology: Pharmacokinetics under Actions).
Contraindications
Hypersensitivity to the active substance or to any of the excipients.
Congenital long QTc syndrome.
Patients with a QTc interval over 480 msec.
Concomitant use of vandetanib with the following medicinal products known to also prolong the QTc interval and/or induce Torsades de pointes: Arsenic, cisapride, erythromycin intravenous (IV), toremifene, mizolastine, moxifloxacin, Class IA and III antiarrhythmics (see Interactions).
Breast-feeding (see Use in Pregnancy & Lactation).
Warnings
QTc prolongation and Torsades de Pointes: Vandetanib at a dose of 300 mg is associated with a substantial and concentration dependent prolongation in QTc (mean 28 msec, median 35 msec). First QTc prolongations occurred most often in the first 3 months of treatment, but continued to first occur after this time. The half-life of vandetanib (19 days) renders this prolongation in QTc interval particularly problematic (see Adverse Reactions). At a dose of 300 mg per day in MTC, ECG QTc prolongation to above 500 msec was observed in a phase III study in 11% of patients. ECG QTc prolongation appears to be dose-dependent. Torsades de pointes and ventricular tachycardia have been uncommonly reported in patients administered vandetanib 300 mg daily. The risk of Torsades may be increased in patients with electrolyte imbalance (see Adverse Reactions).
Vandetanib treatment must not be started in patients whose ECG QTc interval is greater than 480 msec. Vandetanib should not be given to patients who have a history of Torsades de pointes unless all risk factors that contributed to Torsades have been corrected. Vandetanib has not been studied in patients with ventricular arrhythmias or recent myocardial infarction.
An ECG, and levels of serum potassium, calcium and magnesium and thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) should be obtained at baseline, at 1, 3, 6 and 12 weeks after starting treatment and every 3 months for at least a year thereafter. This schedule should apply to the period after dose reduction due to QTc prolongation and after dose interruption for more than two weeks. ECGs and blood tests should also be obtained as clinically indicated during this period and afterwards. Frequent ECG monitoring of the QTc interval should be continued.
Serum potassium, serum magnesium and serum calcium should be kept within normal range to reduce the risk of ECG QTc prolongation. Additional monitoring of QTc, electrolytes and renal function are required especially in case of diarrhoea, increase in diarrhoea/dehydration, electrolyte imbalance and/or impaired renal function. If QTc increases markedly but stays below 500 msec, cardiologist advice should be sought.
The administration of vandetanib with substances known to prolong the ECG QTc interval is contraindicated or not recommended (see Contraindications and Interactions).
The concomitant use of vandetanib with ondansetron is not recommended (see Interactions).
Patients who develop a single value of a QTc interval of ≥500 msec should stop taking vandetanib. Dosing can be resumed at a reduced dose after return of the QTc interval to pretreatment status has been confirmed and correction of possible electrolyte imbalance has been made.
Special Precautions
In view of the associated risks, it is important to limit treatment with vandetanib to patients who are in real need for treatment, i.e. with a symptomatic-aggressive course of the disease. Either symptomatic disease or progressive disease alone is not enough to prompt the need of treatment with vandetanib.
Rate of change in biomarker levels such as of calcitonin (CTN) and/or carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) as well as the rate of change of tumour volume during watchful waiting might help to identify not only patients in need for treatment but also the optimal moment to commence treatment with vandetanib.
Posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome, PRES (Reversible posterior leukoencephalopathy syndrome-RPLS): PRES is a syndrome of subcortical vasogenic oedema diagnosed by a MRI of the brain, has been observed infrequently with vandetanib treatment in combination with chemotherapy. PRES has also been observed in patients receiving vandetanib as monotherapy. This syndrome should be considered in any patient presenting with seizures, headache, visual disturbances, confusion or altered mental function. Brain MRI should be performed in any patient presenting with seizures, confusion or altered mental status.
Rearranged during transfection (RET) status: Patients without RET mutation may have a decreased benefit from vandetanib treatment and the benefit/risk balance for this group of patients may therefore differ from that of the group with RET mutations. For patients whose RET mutation status could be negative, a possible lower benefit should be taken into account before individual treatment decisions and the use of vandetanib should be carefully considered because of the treatment related risks. Therefore RET mutation testing is recommended. When establishing RET mutation status, tissue samples should be obtained if possible at the time of initiation of treatment rather than at the time of diagnosis (see Indications/Uses and Pharmacology: Pharmacodynamics under Actions).
Skin reactions: Rash and other skin reactions including photosensitivity reactions and palmar-plantar erythrodysaesthesia syndrome have been observed in patients who have received vandetanib.
Mild to moderate skin reactions can be managed by symptomatic treatment, or by dose reduction or interruption. For more severe skin reactions (such as Stevens-Johnson syndrome), referral of the patient to seek urgent medical advice is recommended.
Care should be taken with sun exposure by wearing protective clothing and /or sunscreen due to the potential risk of phototoxicity reactions associated with vandetanib treatment.
Diarrhoea: Diarrhoea is a disease related symptom as well as a known undesirable effect of vandetanib. Routine anti-diarrhoeal agents are recommended for the treatment of diarrhoea. QTc and serum electrolytes should be monitored more frequently. If severe diarrhoea (CTCAE grade 3-4) develops, vandetanib should be stopped until diarrhoea improves. Upon improvement, treatment should be resumed at a reduced dose (see Dosage & Administration and Adverse Reactions).
Haemorrhage: Caution should be used when administering vandetanib to patients with brain metastases, as intracranial haemorrhage has been reported.
Heart failure: Heart failure has been observed in patients who received vandetanib. Temporary or permanent discontinuation of therapy may be necessary in patients with heart failure. It may not be reversible on stopping vandetanib. Some cases have been fatal.
Hypertension: Hypertension, including hypertensive crisis, has been observed in patients treated with vandetanib.
Patients should be monitored for hypertension and controlled as appropriate. If high blood pressure cannot be controlled with medical management, vandetanib should not be restarted until the blood pressure is controlled medically. Reduction in dose may be necessary (see Adverse Reactions).
Patients with renal impairment: Vandetanib is not recommended for use in patients with moderate or severe renal impairment since there is limited data, and safety and efficacy have not been established (see Dosage & Administration, Pharmacology: Pharmacodynamics and Pharmacokinetics under Actions).
Patients with hepatic impairment: Vandetanib is not recommended for use in patients with hepatic impairment (serum bilirubin greater than 1.5 times upper limit of normal), since there is limited data in patients with hepatic impairment, and safety and efficacy have not been established. Pharmacokinetic data from volunteers, suggests that no change in starting dose is required in patients with mild, moderate or severe hepatic impairment (see Dosage & Administration and Pharmacology: Pharmacokinetics under Actions).
Alanine aminotransferase elevations: Alanine aminotransferase elevations occur commonly in patients treated with vandetanib. The majority of elevations resolve while continuing treatment, others usually resolve after a 1-2 week interruption in therapy. Periodic monitoring of alanine aminotransferase is recommended.
Interstitial lung disease: Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD) has been observed in patients receiving vandetanib and some cases have been fatal. If a patient presents with respiratory symptoms such as dyspnoea, cough and fever, vandetanib treatment should be interrupted and prompt investigation initiated. If ILD is confirmed, vandetanib should be permanently discontinued and the patient treated appropriately.
CYP3A4 inducers: The concomitant use of vandetanib with strong CYP3A4 inducers (such as rifampicin, St John's Wort, carbamazepine, phenobarbital) should be avoided (see Interactions).
CTN less than 500 pg/ml: The benefit of vandetanib in patients with CTN less than 500 pg/ml has not been determined, therefore use in patients with CTN < 500 pg/ml should be carefully considered because of the treatment related risks of vandetanib.
Patient Alert Card: All prescribers of Caprelsa must be familiar with the Physician Information and Management Guidelines. The prescriber must discuss the risks of Caprelsa therapy with the patient. The patient will be provided with the Patient Alert Card with each prescription.
Effects on ability to drive and use machines: No studies to establish the effects of vandetanib on ability to drive and use machines have been conducted. However, fatigue and blurred vision have been reported and those patients who experience these symptoms should observe caution when driving or using machines.
Use In Pregnancy & Lactation
Women of childbearing potential: Women of childbearing potential must use effective contraception during therapy and for at least four months following the last dose.
Pregnancy: There is a limited amount of data on the use of vandetanib during pregnancy. As expected from its pharmacological actions, vandetanib has shown significant effects on all stages of female reproduction in rats (see Pharmacology: Toxicology: Preclinical safety data under Actions).
If vandetanib is used during pregnancy or if the patient becomes pregnant while receiving vandetanib, she should be apprised of the potential for foetal abnormalities or loss of the pregnancy. Treatment should only be continued in pregnant women if the potential benefit to the mother outweighs the risk to the foetus.
Breast-feeding: There are no data on the use of vandetanib in breast-feeding women. Vandetanib and/or its metabolites is excreted into milk in rats and found in plasma of pups following dosing to lactating rats (see Pharmacology: Toxicology: Preclinical safety data under Actions).
Breast-feeding is contraindicated while receiving vandetanib therapy.
Fertility: In rats, vandetanib had no effect on male fertility but impaired female fertility (see Pharmacology: Toxicology: Preclinical safety data under Actions).
Adverse Reactions
Overall summary of adverse drug reactions: The most commonly reported adverse drug reactions have been diarrhoea, rash, nausea, hypertension, and headache.
Adverse drug reactions during clinical trials: The following adverse reactions have been identified in clinical studies with patients receiving vandetanib as treatment for MTC. Their frequency is presented in Table 3, adverse drug reactions using Council for International Organizations of Medical Sciences (CIOMS III), listed by MedDRA System Organ Class (SOC) and at the preferred term level and then by frequency classification.
Frequencies of occurrence of undesirable effects are defined as: very common (≥ 1/10); common (≥ 1/100 to < 1/10); uncommon (≥ 1/1,000 to < 1/100); rare (≥ 1/10,000 to < 1/1000); very rare (< 1/10,000) and not known (cannot be estimated from the available data). This section includes only data derived from completed studies where patient exposure is known. (See Table 4.)

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Events such as Torsades de pointes, Stevens-Johnson syndrome, erythema multiforme, interstitial lung disease (sometimes fatal) and PRES (RPLS) have occurred in patients treated with vandetanib monotherapy. It is expected that these would be uncommon adverse reactions in patients receiving vandetanib for MTC.
Ocular events such as blurred vision are common in patients who received vandetanib for MTC. Scheduled slit lamp examinations have revealed corneal opacities (vortex keratopathies) in treated patients; however, routine slit lamp examinations are not required for patients receiving vandetanib.
At various exposure durations, median haemoglobin levels in patients treated with vandetanib were increased by 0.5-1.5 g/dl compared to baseline.
Drug Interactions
Pharmacokinetic interactions: Effect of vandetanib on other medicinal products: In healthy subjects, the exposure for midazolam (CYP3A4 substrate) was not affected when given together with a single dose of vandetanib at 800 mg.
Vandetanib is an inhibitor of the organic cation 2 (OCT2) transporter. In healthy subjects with wild type for OCT2, the AUC(0-t) and Cmax for metformin (OCT2 substrate) were increased by 74% and 50%, respectively and CLR of metformin was decreased by 52% when given together with vandetanib. Appropriate clinical and/or laboratory monitoring is recommended for patients receiving concomitant metformin and vandetanib, and such patients may require a lower dose of metformin.
In healthy subjects, the AUC(0-t) and Cmax for digoxin (P-gp substrate) were increased by 23 % and 29% respectively, when given together due to P-gp inhibition by vandetanib. Furthermore, the bradycardiac effect of digoxin may increase the risk of vandetanib QTc interval prolongation and Torsade de Pointes. Therefore, an appropriate clinical (e.g. ECG) and/or laboratory monitoring is recommended for patients receiving concomitant digoxin and vandetanib, and such patients may require a lower dose of digoxin. (For vandetanib monitoring, see Dosage & Administration and Precautions).
As regards other P-gp substrates such as dabigatran, a clinical monitoring is recommended in case of combination with vandetanib.
Effect of other medicinal products on vandetanib: In healthy subjects, no clinically significant interaction was shown between vandetanib (a single dose of 300mg) and the potent CYP3A4 inhibitor, itraconazole (repeated doses of 200mg once daily). In healthy male subjects, the exposure to vandetanib was reduced by 40% when given together with the potent CYP3A4 inducer, rifampicin. Administration of vandetanib with potent CYP3A4 inducers should be avoided.
In healthy subjects, the Cmax for vandetanib was decreased by 15 % while the AUC(0-t) for vandetanib was not affected when given together with omeprazole. Neither the Cmax nor the AUC(0-t) for vandetanib was affected when given together with ranitidine. Therefore no change in dose of vandetanib is required when vandetanib is given with either omeprazole or ranitidine.
Pharmacodynamic interactions: Biliary excretion of unchanged vandetanib is one of the excretion pathways for vandetanib.
Vandetanib is not a substrate of multidrug resistance protein 2 (MRP2), p-glycoprotein (P-gp) or breast cancer resistance protein (BCRP).
Medicinal products known to prolong QTc interval: Vandetanib has been shown to prolong the ECG QTc interval; Torsades de pointes have been uncommonly reported. Therefore the concomitant use of vandetanib with medicinal products known to also prolong the QTc interval and/or induce Torsades de pointes is either contraindicated or not recommended depending on existing alternative therapies.
Combinations contraindicated (see Contraindications): Cisapride, erythromycin intravenous (IV), toremifen, mizolastine, moxifloxacin, arsenic, Class IA and III antiarrhythmics.
Combinations not recommended: Methadone, haloperidol, amisulpride, chlorpromazine, sulpiride, zuclopenthixol, halofantrine, pentamidine and lumefantrine.
If there is no appropriate alternative therapy, not recommended combinations with vandetanib may be made with additional ECG monitoring of the QTc interval, evaluation of electrolytes and further control at onset or worsening of diarrhoea.
Results of a pharmacodynamic and pharmacokinetic interaction study indicated that co-administration with ondansetron in healthy patients appeared to have little effect on the pharmacokinetics of vandetanib, but had a small additive effect on the prolongation of the QTc interval of approximately 10 ms. Therefore, the concomitant use of ondansetron with vandetanib is not recommended. If ondansetron is administered with vandetanib, closer monitoring of serum electrolytes and ECGs and aggressive management of any abnormalities is required.
Vitamin K antagonists: Due to the increased thrombotic risk in patients with cancer, the use of anticoagulation is frequent. In consideration of the high intra-individual variability of the response to anticoagulation, and the possibility of interaction between vitamin K antagonists and chemotherapy, an increased frequency of the INR (International Normalised Ratio) monitoring is recommended, if it is decided to treat the patient with vitamin K antagonists.
ATC Classification
L01EX04 - vandetanib ; Belongs to the class of other protein kinase inhibitors. Used in the treatment of cancer.
Presentation/Packing
FC tab 100 mg (white, round, biconvex with "Z100" impressed on one side) x 30's. 300 mg (white, oval-shaped, biconvex with "Z300" impressed on one side) x 30's.
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