For:
BRAF+ Advanced Melanoma or BRAF+ Melanoma Involving Lymph Nodes After Surgery
Important Safety Information

New Primary Malignancies. Cutaneous Malignancies: In the COMBI-d study in patients with unresectable or metastatic melanoma, the incidence of basal cell carcinoma in patients receiving TAFINLAR wit...

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Indications TAFINLAR, in combination with MEKINIST, is indicated for the treatment of patients with unresectable or metastatic melanoma with BRAF V600E or V600K mutations as detected by an FDA-approved test.

TAFINLAR, in combination with MEKINIST, is indicated for the adjuvant treatment of patients with melanoma with BRAF V600E or V600K mutations, as detected by an FDA-approved test, and involvement of lymph node(s), following complete resection.

Limitation of Use: TAFINLAR is not indicated for the treatment of patients with wild-type BRAF melanoma.

Dosing & Administration

Recommended Dosing

At the starting dose, TAFINLAR + MEKINIST offers your patients the lowest pill burden of any oral melanoma therapy1-6

The only FDA-approved oral therapy for the treatment of both BRAF+ metastatic melanoma and adjuvant treatment of BRAF+ melanoma with lymph-node involvement following complete resection

TAFINLAR® (dabrafenib) + MEKINIST® (trametinib) dosing TAFINLAR® (dabrafenib) + MEKINIST® (trametinib) dosing

Capsules and tablet shown are not actual size.

  • Do not take a missed dose of TAFINLAR® (dabrafenib) capsules within 6 hours of the next dose, or a missed dose of MEKINIST® (trametinib) tablets within 12 hours of next dose
  • Do not open, crush, or break TAFINLAR capsules
  • MEKINIST should be stored in the refrigerator between 36°F to 46°F (2°C-8°C). Dispense in original bottle. Do not remove desiccant. Protect from moisture and light. Do not place medication in pill boxes
  • TAFINLAR should be stored at room temperature at 77°F (25°C); excursions permitted to 59°F to 86°F (15°C-30°C)
  • Keep TAFINLAR, MEKINIST, and all medicine out of the reach of children

Adjuvant Dosing:

  • Continue treatment with TAFINLAR + MEKINIST for a period of 12 months; or until disease recurrence or unacceptable toxicity occurs

Metastatic Dosing:

  • Treatment with TAFINLAR + MEKINIST should continue until disease progression or unacceptable toxicity occurs

 

Dose Reductions

The overall management of certain adverse reactions may require treatment interruption, dose reduction, or treatment discontinuation, depending on severity1,2

TAFINLAR + MEKINIST dose modifications for adverse reactions TAFINLAR + MEKINIST dose modifications for adverse reactions

Recommended Dose Modifications

Severity of Adverse Reactiona TAFINLARb,c MEKINISTb,c
New Primary Malignancies
  • Noncutaneous RAS mutation-positive malignancies
Permanently discontinue TAFINLAR Do not modify dose of MEKINIST
Venous Thromboembolism
  • Uncomplicated DVT or PE
Do not modify the dose of TAFINLAR Withhold MEKINIST for up to 3 weeks
  • If improved to grade 0/1, resume at a lower dose
  • If not improved, permanently discontinue
  • Life threatening PE
Permanently discontinue TAFINLAR Permanently discontinue MEKINIST
Cardiomyopathy
  • Asymptomatic, absolute decrease in LVEF of 10% or greater from baseline and is below institutional LLN from pretreatment value
No dose adjustment recommended for TAFINLAR Withhold MEKINIST for up to 4 weeks
  • If improved to normal LVEF value, resume at a lower dose
  • If not improved to normal LVEF value, permanently discontinue
  • Symptomatic congestive heart failure
  • Absolute decrease in LVEF of greater than 20% from baseline that is below LLN
Withhold TAFINLAR until LVEF improves to at least the institutional LLN and absolute decrease to less than or equal to 10% compared to baseline, then resume at same dose  
  • Symptomatic cardiomyopathy
  • Absolute decrease in LVEF of greater than 20% from baseline that is below LLN
  Permanently discontinue MEKINIST
Ocular Toxicities
  • RPED
Do not modify the dose of TAFINLAR Withhold MEKINIST for up to 3 weeks
  • If improved, resume MEKINIST at same or lower dose
  • If not improved, permanently discontinue MEKINIST or resume MEKINIST at lower dose
  • Retinal vein occlusion
Do not modify the dose of TAFINLAR Permanently discontinue MEKINIST
  • Uveitis (including iritis and iridocyclitis) that is mild or moderate but does not respond to ocular therapy
  • Severe uveitis
Withhold TAFINLAR for up to 6 weeks
  • If improved to grade 0/1, then resume at the same or at a lower dose
  • If not improved, permanently discontinue 
Do not modify the dose of MEKINIST
Pulmonary 
  • Interstitial lung disease/pneumonitis
Do not modify the dose of TAFINLAR Permanently discontinue MEKINIST
Febrile Drug Reaction
  • Fever of 101.3°F to 104°F
Withhold TAFINLAR until fever resolves. Then resume at the same or lower dose No dose adjustment recommended for MEKINIST
  • Fever higher than 104°F
  • Fever complicated by rigors, hypotension, dehydration, or renal failure
  • Withhold TAFINLAR until fever resolves, then resume at lower dose
Or
  • Permanently discontinue TAFINLAR
Withhold MEKINIST until fever resolves. Then resume MEKINIST at same or lower dose
Skin Toxicity
  • Intolerable grade 2
  • Grade 3 or 4
Withhold TAFINLAR for up to 3 weeks
  • If improved, resume at a lower dose
  • If not improved, permanently discontinue
Withhold MEKINIST for up to 3 weeks
  • If improved, resume at a lower dose
  • If not improved, permanently discontinue
Other Adverse Reactions Including Hemorrhage
  • Intolerable grade 2
  • Any grade 3
Withhold TAFINLAR
  • If improved to grade 0/1, then resume at a lower dose
  • If not improved, permanently discontinue
Withhold MEKINIST
  • If improved to grade 0/1, resume at a lower dose
  • If not improved, permanently discontinue
  • First occurrence of any grade 4
  • Withhold TAFINLAR until adverse reaction improves to grade 0/1. Then resume at a lower dose
Or
  • Permanently discontinue TAFINLAR
  • Withhold MEKINIST until adverse reaction improves to grade 0/1. Then resume at a lower dose
Or
  • Permanently discontinue
  • Recurrent grade 4
Permanently discontinue TAFINLAR Permanently discontinue MEKINIST

 

DVT, deep venous thromboembolism; LLN, lower limit of normal; LVEF, left ventricular ejection fraction; PE, pulmonary embolism; RAS, rapidly accelerated fibrosarcoma; RPED, retinal pigment epithelial detachment.

aNational Cancer Institute Common Terminology Criteria for Adverse Events (CTCAE) version 4.0.
bClick here for recommended dose reductions of TAFINLAR and MEKINIST.
cRefer to the full Prescribing Information for TAFINLAR or the full Prescribing Information for MEKINIST.

References: 1. Tafinlar [prescribing information]. East Hanover, NJ: Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp; 2019. 2. Mekinist [prescribing information]. East Hanover, NJ: Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp; 2019. 3. Zelboraf [prescribing information]. South San Francisco, CA: Genentech Inc; 2017. 4. Cotellic [prescribing information]. South San Francisco, CA: Genentech Inc; 2018. 5. Braftovi [prescribing information]. Boulder, CO: Array BioPharma Inc; 2018. 6. Mektovi [prescribing information]. Boulder, CO: Array BioPharma Inc; 2018.

Indications

TAFINLAR® (dabrafenib) capsules, in combination with MEKINIST® (trametinib) tablets, is indicated for the treatment of patients with unresectable or metastatic melanoma with BRAF V600E or V600K mutations as detected by an FDA-approved test.

TAFINLAR, in combination with MEKINIST, is indicated for the adjuvant treatment of patients with melanoma with BRAF V600E or V600K mutations, as detected by an FDA-approved test, and involvement of lymph node(s), following complete resection.

Limitation of Use: TAFINLAR is not indicated for the treatment of patients with wild-type BRAF melanoma.

Important Safety Information

New Primary Malignancies.

Cutaneous Malignancies: In the COMBI-d study in patients with unresectable or metastatic melanoma, the incidence of basal cell carcinoma in patients receiving TAFINLAR with MEKINIST was 3.3% compared with 6% of patients receiving single-agent TAFINLAR. Among the 7 patients receiving TAFINLAR with MEKINIST who developed basal cell carcinoma, 2 experienced more than 1 occurrence (range: 1 to 3). Cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (cuSCC), including keratoacanthoma, and new primary melanoma occurred in 3% and 0.5% of patients receiving TAFINLAR with MEKINIST, respectively.

In the COMBI-AD study, cuSCC and new primary melanoma occurred in 1% and <1% of patients receiving TAFINLAR with MEKINIST, respectively.

Perform dermatologic evaluations prior to initiation of therapy, every 2 months while on therapy and for up to 6 months following discontinuation of TAFINLAR.

Noncutaneous Malignancies: In the COMBI-d study, noncutaneous malignancies occurred in 1.4% of patients receiving TAFINLAR with MEKINIST. In the COMBI-AD study, noncutaneous malignancies occurred in 1% of patients receiving TAFINLAR with MEKINIST. Monitor patients closely for signs or symptoms of noncutaneous malignancies. Permanently discontinue TAFINLAR for monomeric G protein (RAS)-mutation–positive noncutaneous malignancies. No dose modification of MEKINIST is required for patients who develop noncutaneous malignancies.

Tumor Promotion in BRAF Wild-type Tumors. In vitro experiments have demonstrated paradoxical activation of mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) signaling and increased cell proliferation in BRAF wild-type cells that are exposed to BRAF inhibitors. Confirm evidence of BRAF V600E or V600K mutation status prior to initiation of therapy.

Hemorrhage. Hemorrhages, including major hemorrhages defined as symptomatic bleeding in a critical area or organ, can occur. In the COMBI-d study, the incidence of hemorrhagic events in patients treated with the combination was 19% compared with 15% of patients receiving single-agent TAFINLAR. Gastrointestinal hemorrhage occurred in 6% of patients treated with the combination compared with 3% of patients receiving single-agent TAFINLAR. In the COMBI-d study, intracranial hemorrhage was fatal in 1.4% of patients receiving the combination. No fatal hemorrhagic events were observed in the COMBI-AD study.

Permanently discontinue TAFINLAR and MEKINIST for all grade 4 hemorrhagic events and for any grade 3 hemorrhagic events that do not improve. Withhold TAFINLAR and MEKINIST for grade 3 hemorrhagic events; if improved, resume at the next lower dose level.

Colitis and Gastrointestinal Perforation. Colitis and gastrointestinal perforation, including fatal outcomes, can occur. Across clinical trials with MEKINIST, colitis occurred in 0.6% of patients and gastrointestinal perforation occurred in 0.3% of patients, respectively. Monitor patients closely for colitis and gastrointestinal perforations.

Venous Thromboembolism. In the COMBI-d study, deep venous thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE) occurred in 2.8% of patients treated with the combination. In the COMBI-AD study, DVT and PE occurred in 2% of patients receiving TAFINLAR with MEKINIST.

Advise patients to immediately seek medical care if they develop symptoms of DVT or PE such as shortness of breath, chest pain, or arm or leg swelling. Permanently discontinue TAFINLAR and MEKINIST for life-threatening PE. Withhold MEKINIST for uncomplicated DVT or PE for up to 3 weeks; if improved, MEKINIST may be resumed at a lower dose.

Cardiomyopathy. Cardiomyopathy, including cardiac failure, can occur. In the COMBI-d study, cardiomyopathy (defined as a decrease in left ventricular ejection fraction [LVEF] ≥10% from baseline and below the institutional lower limit of normal [LLN]) occurred in 6% of patients treated with the combination and 2.9% of patients receiving single-agent TAFINLAR, and resulted in dose interruption (4.4%), dose reduction (2.4%), and permanent discontinuation (1.5%) of MEKINIST. Development of cardiomyopathy resulted in dose interruption of TAFINLAR (4.4%) or discontinuation of TAFINLAR (1.0%) in patients receiving the combination. In patients receiving single-agent TAFINLAR, development of cardiomyopathy resulted in dose interruption, reduction, or discontinuation in 2.4%, 0.5%, and 1.0% of patients, respectively. Cardiomyopathy resolved in 10 of 12 patients receiving the combination and in 3 of 6 patients receiving single-agent TAFINLAR.

In the COMBI-AD study, cardiomyopathy, defined as a decrease in LVEF below the institutional LLN with an absolute decrease in LVEF >10% below screening, occurred in 3% of patients receiving TAFINLAR with MEKINIST and resulted in discontinuation, dose reduction, and dose interruption of drug in 0.2%, 1.6%, and 2.1% of patients, respectively. Cardiomyopathy resolved in 12 of 14 patients receiving TAFINLAR with MEKINIST.

Assess LVEF by an echocardiogram or a multigated acquisition (MUGA) scan before initiation of therapy, 1 month after initiation then at 2- to 3-month intervals while on treatment. Withhold TAFINLAR for symptomatic cardiomyopathy or asymptomatic left ventricular dysfunction of >20% from baseline that is below institutional LLN. Resume TAFINLAR at the same dose level upon recovery of cardiac function to at least the institutional LLN for LVEF and absolute decrease ≤10% compared with baseline. For an asymptomatic absolute decrease in LVEF of ≥10% from baseline that is below the LLN, withhold MEKINIST for up to 4 weeks. If improved to normal LVEF value, resume at a lower dose. If no improvement to normal LVEF value within 4 weeks, permanently discontinue MEKINIST. For symptomatic cardiomyopathy or an absolute decrease in LVEF of >20% from baseline that is below LLN, permanently discontinue MEKINIST.

Ocular Toxicities.

Retinal Vein Occlusion (RVO): Across all clinical trials including MEKINIST, the incidence of RVO was 0.2%. RVO may lead to macular edema, decreased visual function, neovascularization, and glaucoma.

Urgently (within 24 hours) perform ophthalmologic evaluation for patient-reported loss of vision or other visual disturbances. Permanently discontinue MEKINIST in patients with documented RVO.

Retinal Pigment Epithelial Detachment (RPED): RPED can occur. Retinal detachments may be bilateral and multifocal, occurring in the central macular region of the retina or elsewhere in the retina. In clinical trials, routine monitoring of patients to detect asymptomatic RPED was not conducted; therefore, the true incidence of this finding is unknown.

Perform ophthalmologic evaluation periodically, and at any time a patient reports visual disturbances. Withhold MEKINIST if RPED is diagnosed. If resolution of the RPED is documented on repeat ophthalmologic evaluation within 3 weeks, resume MEKINIST at the same or a reduced dose. If no improvement after 3 weeks, resume at a reduced dose or permanently discontinue MEKINIST.

Uveitis: Uveitis occurred in 2% of patients treated with the combination across metastatic melanoma trials. Treatment employed in clinical trials included steroid and mydriatic ophthalmic drops.

Monitor patients for visual signs and symptoms of uveitis (eg, change in vision, photophobia, and eye pain). If iritis is diagnosed, administer ocular therapy and continue TAFINLAR without dose modification. If severe uveitis (ie, iridocyclitis) or if mild or moderate uveitis does not respond to ocular therapy, withhold TAFINLAR and treat as clinically indicated. Resume TAFINLAR at the same or lower dose if uveitis improves to grade 0 or 1. Permanently discontinue TAFINLAR for persistent grade 2 or greater uveitis of >6 weeks.

Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD). In clinical trials of MEKINIST as a single agent, ILD or pneumonitis occurred in 2% of patients. In the COMBI-d study, 1.0% of patients treated with the combination developed pneumonitis. In the COMBI-AD study, <1% of patients treated with the combination developed pneumonitis.

Withhold MEKINIST in patients presenting with new or progressive pulmonary symptoms and findings including cough, dyspnea, hypoxia, pleural effusion, or infiltrates pending clinical investigations. Permanently discontinue MEKINIST for patients diagnosed with treatment-related ILD or pneumonitis.

Serious Febrile Reactions. The incidence and severity of pyrexia are increased when the combination is used compared with TAFINLAR as a single agent.

In patients treated with the combination in the metastatic melanoma studies, the incidence of fever was 54% and serious febrile reactions or fever of any severity complicated by severe rigors or chills, hypotension, dehydration, renal failure, or syncope occurred in 17%. About half of the patients taking combination therapy who experienced pyrexia had 3 or more discrete episodes. Fever was complicated by severe chills or rigors in 0.4%, dehydration in 1.8%, renal failure in 0.5%, and syncope in 0.7% in patients receiving the combination.

Withhold TAFINLAR for temperature of ≥101.3ºF or fever complicated by hypotension, rigors or chills, dehydration, or renal failure, and evaluate for signs and symptoms of infection. Withhold MEKINIST for a temperature of >104ºF or fever complicated by hypotension, rigors or chills, dehydration, or renal failure, and evaluate for signs and symptoms of infection. Monitor serum creatinine and other evidence of renal function during and following severe pyrexia. Upon resolution, resume at same or lower dose. Administer antipyretics as secondary prophylaxis when resuming TAFINLAR and/or MEKINIST if the patient had a prior episode of severe febrile reaction or fever associated with complications. Administer corticosteroids (eg, prednisone 10 mg daily) for at least 5 days for second or subsequent pyrexia if temperature does not return to baseline within 3 days of onset of pyrexia, or for pyrexia associated with complications such as hypotension, severe rigors or chills, dehydration, or renal failure, and there is no evidence of active infection.

Serious Skin Toxicity. Across clinical trials of the combination in unresectable metastatic melanoma, serious skin toxicity occurred in 0.7% of patients.

In the COMBI-d study, the overall incidence of any skin toxicity was 55% for patients receiving the combination. No serious or severe cases of skin toxicity occurred in patients treated with the combination. Reductions in the dose of MEKINIST were required in 5% of patients receiving the combination, and no patient required permanent discontinuation of TAFINLAR or MEKINIST for skin toxicity.

Withhold TAFINLAR and MEKINIST for intolerable or severe skin toxicity. Resume TAFINLAR and MEKINIST at a lower dose level in patients with improvement or recovery from skin toxicity within 3 weeks. Permanently discontinue TAFINLAR and MEKINIST if skin toxicity has not improved within 3 weeks.

Hyperglycemia. In the COMBI-d study, 27% of patients with a history of diabetes receiving the combination and 13% of patients receiving single-agent TAFINLAR required more intensive hypoglycemic therapy. The incidence of grade 3 and grade 4 hyperglycemia based on laboratory values was 5% and 0.5% of patients treated with the combination, respectively. For patients receiving single-agent TAFINLAR, 4.3% of patients had grade 3 hyperglycemia based on laboratory values and no patients had grade 4 hyperglycemia.

Monitor serum glucose levels upon initiation, and as clinically appropriate in patients with preexisting diabetes or hyperglycemia. Initiate or optimize antihyperglycemic medications as clinically indicated.

Glucose-6-Phosphate Dehydrogenase Deficiency. TAFINLAR, which contains a sulfonamide moiety, confers a potential risk of hemolytic anemia in patients with glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency. Closely observe patients with G6PD deficiency for signs of hemolytic anemia.

Embryo-fetal Toxicity. TAFINLAR and MEKINIST can cause fetal harm when administered to a pregnant woman. Advise female patients of reproductive potential to use effective nonhormonal contraception during treatment, and for 4 months after treatment, since TAFINLAR can render hormonal contraceptives ineffective.

Most Common Adverse Reactions. In the COMBI-d and COMBI-v studies, the most common adverse reactions (≥20%) for the combination were pyrexia (54%), nausea (35%), rash (32%), chills (31%), diarrhea (31%), headache (30%), vomiting (27%), hypertension (26%), arthralgia (25%), peripheral edema (21%), and cough (20%). In the COMBI-d and COMBI-v studies, the most common grade 3 or 4 adverse reactions (≥2%) for the combination were hypertension (11%), pyrexia (5%), and hemorrhage (2%). In the COMBI-AD study, the most common adverse reactions (≥20%) for the combination were pyrexia (63%), fatigue (59%), nausea (40%), headache (39%), rash (37%), chills (37%), diarrhea (33%), vomiting (28%), arthralgia (28%), and myalgia (20%). The most common grade 3 or 4 adverse reactions (≥2%) for the combination were pyrexia (5%) and fatigue (5%).

Other Clinically Important Adverse Reactions. In the COMBI-d and COMBI-v studies, other clinically important adverse reactions observed in <10% of patients receiving the combination were pancreatitis, panniculitis, bradycardia, and rhabdomyolysis. In the COMBI-AD study, other clinically important adverse reactions observed in <20% of patients receiving the combination were blurred vision (6%), decreased ejection fraction (5%), and rhabdomyolysis (<1%).

Laboratory Abnormalities. In the COMBI-d and COMBI-v studies, treatment-emergent laboratory abnormalities occurring in ≥10% of patients receiving the combination were hyperglycemia (60%), increased aspartate aminotransferase (AST) (59%), increased blood alkaline phosphatase (49%), increased alanine aminotransferase (ALT) (48%), hypoalbuminemia (48%), neutropenia (46%), anemia (43%), hypophosphatemia (38%), lymphopenia (32%), hyponatremia (25%), and thrombocytopenia (21%). In the COMBI-AD study, treatment-emergent laboratory abnormalities occurring in ≥20% of patients receiving the combination were hyperglycemia (63%), increased AST (57%), increased ALT (48%), neutropenia (47%), hypophosphatemia (42%), increased blood alkaline phosphatase (38%), lymphopenia (26%), anemia (25%), and hypoalbuminemia (25%).

Please see full Prescribing Information for TAFINLAR and full Prescribing Information for MEKINIST.