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The VOTRIENT® (pazopanib) tablets 14-Day Free Trial helps eligible patients start therapy quickly. A 14-day supply is shipped directly to a patient’s home or another convenient location. This 1-time 14-day trial is available to all patients prescribed VOTRIENT for a US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved indication without regard to purchase of VOTRIENT or any other product.
VOTRIENT® (pazopanib) tablets is indicated for the treatment of patients with advanced renal cell carcinoma (RCC).
Important Safety Information for VOTRIENT® (pazopanib) tablets
Hepatic Toxicity and Hepatic Impairment: Severe and fatal hepatotoxicity has occurred. Patients older than 65 years are at an increased risk. Increases in serum transaminase levels (ALT, AST) and bilirubin were observed. Transaminase elevations occur early in the course of treatment (92.5% of all transaminase elevations of any grade occurred in the first 18 weeks). In patients with preexisting moderate hepatic impairment, the starting dose of VOTRIENT should be reduced to 200 mg per day or alternatives to VOTRIENT should be considered. Treatment with VOTRIENT is not recommended in patients with severe hepatic impairment. Concomitant use of VOTRIENT and simvastatin increases the risk of ALT elevations and should be undertaken with caution [see Drug Interactions]. Before the initiation of treatment and regularly during treatment, monitor hepatic function and interrupt, reduce, or discontinue dosing as recommended.
QT Prolongation and Torsades de Pointes: Prolonged QT intervals and arrhythmias, including torsades de pointes, have occurred. Use with caution in patients with a history of QT interval prolongation, patients taking antiarrhythmics or other medications that may prolong QT interval, and those with relevant preexisting cardiac disease. Baseline and periodic monitoring of electrocardiograms and maintenance of electrolytes (eg, calcium, magnesium, potassium) within the normal range should be performed.
Cardiac Dysfunction: Cardiac dysfunction, such as congestive heart failure (CHF) and decreased left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF), has occurred. In the overall safety population for RCC (N=586), cardiac dysfunction was observed in 0.6% (4/586) of patients without routine on-study LVEF monitoring. In a randomized RCC trial of VOTRIENT compared with sunitinib, in patients who had baseline and follow-up LVEF measurements, myocardial dysfunction occurred in 13% (47/362) of patients on VOTRIENT compared with 11% (42/369) of patients on sunitinib. CHF occurred in 0.5% of patients on each arm. Monitor blood pressure (BP), and manage promptly using a combination of antihypertensive therapy and dose modification of VOTRIENT (interruption and reinitiation at a reduced dose based on clinical judgment). Carefully monitor patients for clinical signs or symptoms of CHF. Baseline and periodic evaluation of LVEF is recommended in patients at risk of cardiac dysfunction, including previous anthracycline exposure.
Hemorrhagic Events: Fatal hemorrhagic events were reported in 0.9% (5/586) of patients in the RCC trials. In the randomized RCC trial, 13% (37/290) of patients treated with VOTRIENT compared to 5% (7/145) of patients on placebo experienced at least 1 hemorrhagic event. The most common hemorrhagic events were hematuria (4%), epistaxis (2%), hemoptysis (2%), and rectal hemorrhage (1%). VOTRIENT should not be used in patients who have a history of hemoptysis, cerebral, or clinically significant gastrointestinal (GI) hemorrhage in the past 6 months.
Arterial Thromboembolic Events: Arterial thromboembolic events have been observed, including fatal events (0.3%, 2/586) in the RCC trials. In the randomized RCC trial, 2% (5/290) of patients receiving VOTRIENT experienced myocardial infarction or ischemia, 0.3% (1/290) had a cerebrovascular accident, and 1% (4/290) had an event of transient ischemic attack. No arterial thromboembolic events were reported in patients who received placebo. Use with caution in patients who are at increased risk for these events or have a history of these events. Do not use VOTRIENT in patients who have had an arterial thromboembolic event in the past 6 months.
Venous Thromboembolic Events (VTEs): VTEs have occurred, including venous thrombosis and fatal pulmonary emboli. In the randomized RCC trial, VTEs were reported in 1% of patients treated with VOTRIENT and in 1% of patients treated with placebo. Monitor for signs and symptoms.
Thrombotic Microangiopathy (TMA): TMA, including thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) and hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), has been reported in clinical trials of VOTRIENT as monotherapy, in combination with bevacizumab, and in combination with topotecan. VOTRIENT is not indicated for use in combination with other agents. Six of the 7 TMA cases occurred within 90 days of the initiation of VOTRIENT. Improvement of TMA was observed after treatment was discontinued. Monitor for signs and symptoms of TMA. Permanently discontinue VOTRIENT in patients developing TMA. Manage as clinically indicated.
GI Perforation and Fistula: In RCC trials, GI perforation or fistula was reported in 0.9% (5/586) of patients receiving VOTRIENT. Fatal perforation events occurred in 0.3% (2/586) of these patients. Use with caution in patients at risk for these events, and monitor for signs and symptoms.
Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD)/Pneumonitis: ILD/pneumonitis, which can be fatal, has been reported in 0.1% of patients in the clinical trials treated with VOTRIENT. Monitor patients for ILD/pneumonitis, and discontinue VOTRIENT if symptoms of ILD or pneumonitis develop.
Reversible Posterior Leukoencephalopathy Syndrome (RPLS): RPLS has been reported and may be fatal. Permanently discontinue VOTRIENT in patients developing RPLS.
Hypertension (HTN): HTN, including hypertensive crisis, has occurred in clinical trials. HTN occurs early in the course of treatment (approximately 40% of cases occurred by Day 9, and 90% of cases occurred in the first 18 weeks). BP should be well controlled prior to initiating VOTRIENT, monitored early after starting treatment (no longer than 1 week), and frequently thereafter. Treat increased BP promptly with standard antihypertensive therapy and dose reduction or interruption of VOTRIENT, as clinically warranted. Discontinue VOTRIENT if there is evidence of hypertensive crisis or if HTN is severe and persistent despite antihypertensive therapy and dose reduction of VOTRIENT. Approximately 1% of patients required permanent discontinuation of VOTRIENT because of HTN.
Wound Healing: VOTRIENT may impair wound healing. Interruption of therapy is recommended in patients undergoing surgical procedures. Treatment with VOTRIENT should be stopped at least 7 days prior to scheduled surgery. VOTRIENT should be discontinued in patients with wound dehiscence.
Hypothyroidism: Hypothyroidism was reported in 7% (19/290) of patients treated with VOTRIENT in the randomized RCC trial and in no patients receiving placebo. Monitoring of thyroid function tests is recommended.
Proteinuria: In the randomized RCC trial, proteinuria was reported as an adverse reaction in 9% (27/290) of patients receiving VOTRIENT, leading to discontinuation of treatment in 2 patients. There were no reports of proteinuria in patients receiving placebo. Monitor urine protein at baseline and periodically as clinically indicated. Interrupt treatment for 24-hour urine protein ≥3 grams, and discontinue for repeat episodes despite dose reductions.
Infection: Serious infections (with or without neutropenia), some with fatal outcomes, have been reported. Monitor for signs and symptoms, and treat active infection promptly. Consider interruption or discontinuation of VOTRIENT.
Increased Toxicity With Other Cancer Therapy: VOTRIENT is not indicated for use in combination with other agents. Increased toxicity and mortality have been observed in clinical trials administering VOTRIENT in combination with lapatinib or with pemetrexed. The fatal toxicities observed included pulmonary hemorrhage, GI hemorrhage, and sudden death. A safe and effective combination dose has not been established with these regimens.
Increased Toxicity in Developing Organs: The safety and effectiveness of VOTRIENT in pediatric patients have not been established. VOTRIENT is not indicated for use in pediatric patients. Animal studies have demonstrated pazopanib can severely affect organ growth and maturation during early postnatal development, and resulted in toxicity to the lungs, liver, heart, and kidney, and in death. VOTRIENT may potentially cause serious adverse effects on organ development in pediatric patients, particularly in patients younger than 2 years of age.
Females and Males of Reproductive Potential: VOTRIENT can cause fetal harm when administered to a pregnant woman based on animal reproduction studies and its mechanism of action. In animal developmental and reproductive toxicology studies, oral administration of pazopanib to pregnant rats and rabbits throughout organogenesis resulted in teratogenicity, and abortion at systemic exposures lower than that observed at the maximum recommended human dose of 800 mg.
Verify pregnancy status of females of reproductive potential prior to starting treatment with VOTRIENT. Advise females of reproductive potential to use effective contraception during treatment and for at least 2 weeks after the last dose of VOTRIENT. To avoid potential drug exposure to pregnant partners and female partners of reproductive potential, advise male patients (including those who have had vasectomies) with female partners of reproductive potential to use condoms during treatment with VOTRIENT and for at least 2 weeks after the last dose. VOTRIENT may impair fertility in females and males of reproductive potential while receiving treatment. Because of the potential for serious adverse reactions in breastfed infants from VOTRIENT, advise a lactating woman not to breastfeed during treatment with VOTRIENT and for 2 weeks after the final dose.
Diarrhea: Diarrhea occurred frequently and was predominantly mild to moderate in severity. Patients should be advised how to manage mild diarrhea and to notify their health care provider if moderate to severe diarrhea occurs so appropriate management can be implemented to minimize its impact.
Lipase Elevations: In a single-arm RCC trial, increases in lipase values were observed for 27% (48/181) of patients. In the RCC trials of VOTRIENT, clinical pancreatitis was observed in <1% (4/586) of patients.
Pneumothorax: Two of 290 patients treated with VOTRIENT and no patients on the placebo arm in the randomized RCC trial developed a pneumothorax.
Bradycardia: In the randomized trial of VOTRIENT for the treatment of RCC, bradycardia based on vital signs (<60 beats per minute) was observed in 19% (52/280) of patients treated with VOTRIENT and in 11% (16/144) of patients on the placebo arm.
Drug Interactions: Coadministration with strong CYP3A4 inhibitors (eg, ketoconazole, ritonavir, clarithromycin) increases concentrations of pazopanib and should be avoided, but, if warranted, reduce the dose of VOTRIENT to 400 mg. Avoid grapefruit and grapefruit juice.
Concomitant use of strong CYP3A4 inducers (eg, rifampin) should be avoided due to the potential to decrease concentrations of pazopanib. VOTRIENT should not be used in patients who cannot avoid chronic use of CYP3A4 inducers.
Concomitant treatment with strong inhibitors of P-glycoprotein (PgP) or breast cancer resistance protein (BCRP) should be avoided due to risk of increased exposure to pazopanib.
CYP Substrates: Concomitant use of VOTRIENT with agents with narrow therapeutic windows that are metabolized by CYP3A4, CYP2D6, or CYP2C8 is not recommended. Coadministration may result in inhibition of the metabolism of these products and create the potential for serious adverse events.
Concomitant use of VOTRIENT and simvastatin increases the incidence of ALT elevations. If a patient develops ALT elevations, follow dosing guidelines for VOTRIENT, consider alternatives to VOTRIENT, or consider discontinuing simvastatin. There are insufficient data to assess the risk of concomitant administration of alternative statins and VOTRIENT.
Drugs That Raise Gastric pH: Avoid concomitant use of VOTRIENT with drugs that raise gastric pH (eg, esomeprazole) due to the potential to decrease concentrations of pazopanib. Consider short-acting antacids in place of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) and H2 receptor antagonists. Separate antacid and pazopanib dosing by several hours.
Adverse Reactions in the Randomized RCC Trial: A dose interruption was required for 42% of patients on VOTRIENT. The VOTRIENT dose was reduced for 36% of patients.
The most common adverse reactions (≥20%) for VOTRIENT vs placebo were diarrhea (52% vs 9%), HTN (40% vs 10%), hair color changes (depigmentation) (38% vs 3%), nausea (26% vs 9%), anorexia (22% vs 10%), and vomiting (21% vs 8%).
Laboratory abnormalities occurring in >10% of patients and more commonly (≥5%) in patients taking VOTRIENT vs placebo included increases in ALT (53% vs 22%), AST (53% vs 19%), glucose (41% vs 33%), and total bilirubin (36% vs 10%); decreases in phosphorus (34% vs 11%), sodium (31% vs 24%), magnesium (26% vs 14%), and glucose (17% vs 3%); and leukopenia (37% vs 6%), neutropenia (34% vs 6%), thrombocytopenia (32% vs 5%), and lymphocytopenia (31% vs 24%).
In a pooled analysis of VOTRIENT clinical trials, East Asian patients had a higher frequency of neutropenia, thrombocytopenia, and palmar-plantar erythrodysesthesia syndrome than non-East Asian patients. (See Adverse Reactions, Section 6.1, in complete Prescribing Information.)
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