New Indication for Neoadjuvant Treatment
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PERJETA® (pertuzumab) is a HER2/neu receptor antagonist indicated for:
- Treatment of metastatic breast cancer in combination with Herceptin® (trastuzumab) and docetaxel for the treatment of patients with HER2-positive metastatic breast cancer who have not received prior anti-HER2 therapy or chemotherapy for metastatic disease
Use in combination with trastuzumab and docetaxel as neoadjuvant treatment of patients with HER2-positive, locally advanced, inflammatory, or early stage breast cancer (either greater than 2 cm in diameter or node positive) as part of a complete treatment regimen for early breast cancer. This indication is based on demonstration of an improvement in pathological complete response rate. No data are available demonstrating improvement in event-free survival or overall survival
Limitations of Use:
- The safety of PERJETA as part of a doxorubicin-containing regimen has not been established
- The safety of PERJETA administered for greater than 6 cycles for early breast cancer has not been established
Important Safety Information
Boxed WARNINGS: Cardiomyopathy and Embryo-Fetal Toxicity
- PERJETA administration can result in subclinical and clinical cardiac failure. Evaluate left ventricular function in all patients prior to and during treatment with PERJETA. Discontinue PERJETA treatment for a confirmed clinically significant decrease in left ventricular function
- Exposure to PERJETA can result in embryo-fetal death and birth defects. Studies in animals have resulted in oligohydramnios, delayed renal development, and death. Advise patients of these risks and the need for effective contraception
- Verify pregnancy status prior to the initiation of PERJETA. Advise patients of the risks of embryo-fetal death and birth defects and the need for contraception during and after treatment. Advise patients to contact their healthcare provider immediately if they suspect they may be pregnant
- If PERJETA is used during pregnancy or if a patient becomes pregnant while being treated with PERJETA, immediately report exposure to the Genentech Adverse Event Line at 1-888-835-2555. Encourage women who may be exposed during pregnancy to enroll in the MotHER Pregnancy Registry by contacting 1-800-690-6720
- Monitor patients who become pregnant during PERJETA therapy for oligohydramnios. If oligohydramnios occurs, perform fetal testing that is appropriate for gestational age and consistent with community standards of care. The efficacy of intravenous hydration in the management of oligohydramnios due to PERJETA exposure is not known
Additional Important Safety Information
PERJETA is contraindicated in patients with known hypersensitivity to pertuzumab or to any of its excipients.
Left Ventricular Dysfunction (LVD)
- In Study 1, for patients with MBC, PERJETA in combination with Herceptin and docetaxel was not associated with increases in the incidence of symptomatic left ventricular systolic dysfunction (LVSD) or decreases in left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) compared with placebo in combination with Herceptin and docetaxel. Left ventricular dysfunction occurred in 4.4% of patients in the PERJETA-treated group and in 8.3% of patients in the placebo-treated group. Symptomatic LVSD (congestive heart failure) occurred in 1.0% of patients in the PERJETA-treated group and in 1.8% of patients in the placebo-treated group
- Patients who have received prior anthracyclines or prior radiotherapy to the chest area may be at higher risk of decreased LVEF
- In Study 2, for patients treated in the neoadjuvant setting, the incidence of LVSD was higher in the PERJETA-treated groups compared to the trastuzumab and docetaxel–treated group. An increased incidence of LVEF declines was observed in patients treated with PERJETA in combination with trastuzumab and docetaxel. In the overall treatment period, LVEF decline >10% and a drop to less than 50% occurred in 1.9% of patients treated with neoadjuvant trastuzumab and docetaxel as compared to 8.4% of patients treated with neoadjuvant PERJETA in combination with trastuzumab and docetaxel. Symptomatic LVSD occurred in 0.9% of patients treated with neoadjuvant PERJETA in combination with trastuzumab and in no patients in the other 3 arms. LVEF recovered to ≥50% in all patients
- In Study 3, for patients treated in the neoadjuvant setting, in the overall treatment period, LVEF decline >10% and a drop to less than 50% occurred in 6.9% of patients treated with PERJETA plus trastuzumab and FEC followed by PERJETA plus trastuzumab and docetaxel, in 16.0% of patients treated with PERJETA plus trastuzumab and docetaxel following FEC, and in 10.5% of patients treated with PERJETA in combination with TCH. Symptomatic LVSD occurred in 4.0% of patients treated with PERJETA plus trastuzumab and docetaxel following FEC, in 1.3% of patients treated with PERJETA in combination with TCH, and in none of the patients treated with PERJETA plus trastuzumab and FEC followed by PERJETA plus trastuzumab and docetaxel. LVEF recovered to ≥50% in all but one patient
- Assess LVEF prior to initiation of PERJETA and at regular intervals (eg, every 3 months in the metastatic setting and every 6 weeks in the neoadjuvant setting) during treatment to ensure that LVEF is within your institution’s normal limits
- If LVEF is <45%, or is 45% to 49% with a 10% or greater absolute decrease below the pretreatment value, withhold PERJETA and Herceptin and repeat LVEF assessment within approximately 3 weeks. Discontinue PERJETA and Herceptin if the LVEF has not improved or has declined further, unless benefits for the individual patient outweigh the risks
- PERJETA has been associated with infusion reactions
- In Study 1, on the first day, when only PERJETA was administered, the overall frequency of infusion reactions was 13.0% in the PERJETA-treated group and 9.8% in the placebo-treated group, with the majority being mild to moderate. The most common infusion reactions (≥1.0%) were pyrexia, chills, fatigue, headache, asthenia, hypersensitivity, and vomiting. During the second cycle, when all drugs were administered on the same day, the most common infusion reactions in the PERJETA-treated group (≥1.0%) were fatigue, dysgeusia, hypersensitivity, myalgia, and vomiting
- In Study 2 and Study 3, PERJETA was administered on the same day as the other study treatment drugs. Infusion reactions were consistent with those observed in Study 1, with a majority of reactions being National Cancer Institute-Common Terminology Criteria for Adverse Events (NCI-CTCAE v3.0) Grades 1-2
- Observe patients closely for 60 minutes after the first infusion and for 30 minutes after subsequent infusions of PERJETA. If a significant infusion reaction occurs, slow or interrupt the infusion and administer appropriate medical therapies. Monitor patients carefully until complete resolution of signs and symptoms. Consider permanent discontinuation in patients with severe infusion reactions
- In Study 1, the overall frequency of hypersensitivity/anaphylaxis reactions was 10.8% in the PERJETA-treated group and 9.1% in the placebo-treated group. The incidence of Grades 3-4 hypersensitivity/anaphylaxis reactions was 2.0% in the PERJETA-treated group and 2.5% in the placebo-treated group according to NCI-CTCAE (version 3). Overall, 4 patients in the PERJETA-treated group and 2 patients in the placebo-treated group experienced anaphylaxis
- In Study 2 and Study 3, hypersensitivity/anaphylaxis events were consistent with those observed in Study 1. In Study 2, two patients in the PERJETA and docetaxel–treated group experienced anaphylaxis. In Study 3, the overall frequency of hypersensitivity/anaphylaxis was highest in the PERJETA plus TCH-treated group (13.2%), of which 2.6% were NCI-CTCAE (version 3) Grades 3-4
- Patients should be observed closely for hypersensitivity reactions. Severe hypersensitivity, including anaphylaxis, has been observed in clinical trials with treatment of PERJETA. Medications to treat such reactions, as well as emergency equipment, should be available for immediate use. PERJETA is contraindicated in patients with known hypersensitivity to pertuzumab or to any of its excipients
- Detection of HER2 protein overexpression is necessary for selection of patients appropriate for PERJETA therapy because these are the only patients studied and for whom benefit has been shown. Patients with breast cancer were required to have evidence of HER2 overexpression defined as 3+ IHC or FISH amplification ratio ≥2.0 in the clinical studies. Only limited data were available for patients whose breast cancer was positive by FISH, but did not demonstrate protein overexpression by IHC
- Assessment of HER2 status should be performed by laboratories with demonstrated proficiency in the specific technology being utilized
Most Common Adverse Reactions
Metastatic Breast Cancer
- The most common adverse reactions (>30%) seen with PERJETA in combination with Herceptin and docetaxel were diarrhea, alopecia, neutropenia, nausea, fatigue, rash, and peripheral neuropathy. The most common NCI-CTCAE (version 3) Grades 3-4 adverse reactions (>2%) were neutropenia, febrile neutropenia, leukopenia, diarrhea, peripheral neuropathy, anemia, asthenia, and fatigue
Neoadjuvant Treatment of Breast Cancer
- The most common adverse reactions (>30%) with PERJETA in combination with trastuzumab and docetaxel were alopecia, diarrhea, nausea, and neutropenia. The most common NCI-CTCAE v3.0 Grades 3-4 adverse reactions (>2%) were neutropenia, febrile neutropenia, leukopenia, and diarrhea
- The most common adverse reactions (>30%) with PERJETA in combination with trastuzumab and docetaxel when given for 3 cycles following 3 cycles of FEC were fatigue, alopecia, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and neutropenia. The most common NCI-CTCAE (version 3) Grades 3-4 adverse reactions (>2%) were neutropenia, leukopenia, febrile neutropenia, diarrhea, left ventricular dysfunction, anemia, dyspnea, nausea, and vomiting
- The most common adverse reactions (>30%) with PERJETA in combination with docetaxel, carboplatin, and trastuzumab (TCH) for 6 cycles were fatigue, alopecia, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, neutropenia, thrombocytopenia, and anemia. The most common NCI-CTCAE (version 3) Grades 3-4 adverse reactions (>2%) were neutropenia, febrile neutropenia, anemia, leukopenia, diarrhea, thrombocytopenia, vomiting, fatigue, ALT increased, hypokalemia, and hypersensitivity
You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or www.fda.gov/medwatch. You may also report side effects to Genentech at 1-888-835-2555.
Please see PERJETA full Prescribing Information including Boxed WARNING for additional Important Safety Information.
*Referenced with permission from The NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines®) for Breast Cancer V.3.2013.
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