For:
Advanced Soft Tissue Sarcoma (STS)
Important Safety Information

WARNING: HEPATOTOXICITY Severe and fatal hepatotoxicity has been observed in clinical trials. Monitor hepatic function and interrupt, reduce, or discontinue dosing as recommended. See "Warnings ...+

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Indication VOTRIENT® (pazopanib) tablets is indicated for the treatment of patients with advanced soft tissue sarcoma (STS) who have received prior chemotherapy.

Limitation of Use: The efficacy of VOTRIENT for the treatment of patients with adipocytic STS or gastrointestinal stromal tumors has not been demonstrated.

Dosing & Administration

VOTRIENT Advanced STS FAQ Video: Dosing

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Dosing & Administration

VOTRIENT Offers Once-daily Oral Dosing1

  • The recommended starting dosage of VOTRIENT is 800 mg once daily1

The starting daily dose of VOTRIENT is 800 mg, provided in four 200-mg tablets.1

VOTRIENT Starting Daily Dosage

          Not actual size.

  • Daily dose should not exceed 800 mg1
  • VOTRIENT must be taken without food at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after a meal1
  • Do not crush tablets due to the potential for increased rate of absorption, which may affect systemic exposure1
  • If a dose is missed, it should not be taken if it is less than 12 hours until the next dose1
  • In soft tissue sarcoma, a dose decrease or increase should be in 200-mg steps based on individual tolerability1
  • In the advanced soft tissue sarcoma phase 3 trial population, 58% of patients on VOTRIENT required a dose interruption; 38% of patients on VOTRIENT were dose reduced1,2

Dosing in patients with hepatic impairment

  • No dose adjustment is required in patients with mild hepatic impairment1
  • In patients with moderate hepatic impairment, alternatives to VOTRIENT should be considered. If VOTRIENT is used in patients with moderate hepatic impairment, the dose should be reduced to 200 mg per day1
  • Treatment with VOTRIENT is not recommended in patients with severe hepatic impairment1

Dosing Guide

A guide to VOTRIENT dosing, including dosing adjustments, drug interactions and dosing modifications, and monitoring guidelines for hepatic effects

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Drug Interactions

CYP3A4 Inhibitors

  • Coadministration with strong CYP3A4 inhibitors (eg, ketoconazole, ritonavir, clarithromycin) increases concentrations of pazopanib and should be avoided. Consider an alternate concomitant medication with no or minimal potential to inhibit CYP3A4. If coadministration of a strong CYP3A4 inhibitor is warranted, reduce the dose of VOTRIENT to 400 mg. Further dose reductions may be needed if adverse effects occur during therapy. Avoid grapefruit and grapefruit juice1

CYP3A4 Inducers

  • Concomitant use of strong CYP3A4 inducers (eg, rifampin) should be avoided due to the potential to decrease concentrations of pazopanib. Consider an alternate concomitant medication with no or minimal enzyme induction potential. VOTRIENT should not be used in patients who cannot avoid chronic use of strong CYP3A4 inducers1

Drugs That Inhibit Transporters

  • 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. Selection of an alternative concomitant medical product with no or minimal potential to inhibit PgP or BCRP should be considered1

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 events1

Simvastatin

  • 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 VOTRIENT1

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 hours1

Dosing Modification and Monitoring Guidelines for Hepatic Effects

Monitor serum liver tests before initiation of treatment with VOTRIENT and at Weeks 3, 5, 7, and 9. Thereafter, monitor at Month 3 and at Month 4, and as clinically indicated. Periodic monitoring should then continue after Month 4.1
Patients with isolated ALT levels between 3X ULN and 8X ULN
Continue treatment with VOTRIENT, and monitor liver function tests weekly until ALT levels return to grade 1 or baseline.1
Patients with isolated ALT levels >8X ULN
Interrupt VOTRIENT until ALT levels return to grade 1 or baseline. Reintroduce VOTRIENT at a reduced dose of no more than 400 mg once daily if the potential benefit outweighs the risk for hepatotoxicity.
Monitor liver function tests weekly for 8 weeks. If ALT elevations >3X ULN recur, permanently discontinue VOTRIENT.1
Patients with ALT levels >3X ULN concurrently with bilirubin levels >2X ULN
VOTRIENT should be permanently discontinued. Patients should be monitored until resolution.1
ALT, alanine aminotransferase; ULN, upper limit of normal.
  • Concomitant use of VOTRIENT and simvastatin increases the risk of ALT elevations and should be undertaken with caution and close monitoring. Insufficient data are available to assess the risk of concomitant administration of alternative statins and VOTRIENT1
  • No dose adjustment is required in patients with mild hepatic impairment1
  • In patients with preexisting moderate hepatic impairment, the starting dose of VOTRIENT should be reduced to 200 mg or alternatives to VOTRIENT should be considered1
  • Treatment with VOTRIENT is not recommended in patients with severe hepatic impairment, defined as total bilirubin >3X ULN with any level of ALT1

In the phase 3 advanced STS trial, in patients taking VOTRIENT (n=240) vs placebo (n=123)1,2:

  • Isolated ALT levels >3X ULN occurred in 18% and 5% of VOTRIENT and placebo patients, respectively1
  • Isolated ALT levels >8X ULN occurred in 5% and 2% of patients, respectively1
  • Concurrent elevations in ALT >3X ULN and bilirubin >2X ULN, in the absence of significant alkaline phosphatase >3X ULN, occurred in 2% and <1% of patients, respectively1

Reference

  1. Votrient [prescribing information]. East Hanover, NJ: Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp; 2017.
  2. van der Graaf WTA, Blay JY, Chawla SP, et al. Pazopanib for metastatic soft-tissue sarcoma (PALETTE): a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled phase 3 trial. Lancet. 2012;379(9829):1879-1886.

Indication

VOTRIENT® (pazopanib) tablets is indicated for the treatment of patients with advanced soft tissue sarcoma (STS) who have received prior chemotherapy.

Limitation of Use: The efficacy of VOTRIENT for the treatment of patients with adipocytic STS or gastrointestinal stromal tumors has not been demonstrated.

Important Safety Information for VOTRIENT® (pazopanib) tablets

WARNING: HEPATOTOXICITY
Severe and fatal hepatotoxicity has been observed in clinical trials. Monitor hepatic function and interrupt, reduce, or discontinue dosing as recommended.
See “Warnings and Precautions,” Section 5.1, in complete Prescribing Information.

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, and 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 randomized STS trial, in patients who had baseline and follow-up LVEF measurements, myocardial dysfunction occurred in 11% (16/142) of patients on VOTRIENT compared to 5% (2/40) of patients on placebo. One percent (3/240) of patients on VOTRIENT had CHF, which did not resolve in 1 patient. 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: Hemorrhagic events have occurred and can be fatal. In the randomized STS trial, 22% (53/240) of patients treated with VOTRIENT compared to 8% (10/123) treated with placebo experienced at least 1 hemorrhagic event. The most common hemorrhagic events were epistaxis (8%), mouth hemorrhage (3%), and anal hemorrhage (2%). 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 occurred and can be fatal. In the randomized STS trial, 2% (4/240) of patients receiving VOTRIENT experienced myocardial infarction or ischemia, 0.4% (1/240) had a cerebrovascular accident, and there were no incidents 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 STS trial, VTEs were reported in 5% of patients treated with VOTRIENT compared to 2% with placebo. Fatal pulmonary embolus occurred in 1% (2/240) of STS patients receiving VOTRIENT and in no patients receiving 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 STS trials, GI perforation or fistula occurred in 1% (4/382) of patients receiving VOTRIENT. Fatal perforations occurred in 0.3% (1/382) 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 5% (11/240) of patients treated with VOTRIENT in the randomized STS trial and in no patients receiving placebo. Monitoring of thyroid function tests is recommended.

Proteinuria: In the randomized STS trial, proteinuria was reported as an adverse reaction in 1% (2/240) of patients, and nephrotic syndrome was reported in 1 patient treated with VOTRIENT compared to none in patients receiving placebo. Treatment was withdrawn in the patient with nephrotic syndrome. 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.

Pneumothorax: Pneumothorax has occurred (8/240 STS patients [3%] treated with VOTRIENT vs 0% in the placebo group).

Bradycardia: In the randomized trial of VOTRIENT for the treatment of STS, bradycardia based on vital signs (<60 beats per minute) was observed in 19% (45/238) of patients treated with VOTRIENT and in 4% (5/121) 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 STS Trial: A dose interruption was required for 58% of patients on VOTRIENT. The VOTRIENT dose was reduced for 38% of patients. Therapy was discontinued due to adverse reactions for 17% of patients who received VOTRIENT.

The most common adverse reactions (≥20%) in patients who received VOTRIENT vs placebo were fatigue (65% vs 48%), diarrhea (59% vs 15%), nausea (56% vs 22%), decreased weight (48% vs 15%), HTN (42% vs 6%), decreased appetite (40% vs 19%), hair color changes (39% vs 2%), vomiting (33% vs 11%), tumor pain (29% vs 21%), dysgeusia (28% vs 3%), headache (23% vs 8%), musculoskeletal pain (23% vs 20%), myalgia (23% vs 9%), GI pain (23% vs 9%), and dyspnea (20% vs 17%).

Laboratory abnormalities occurring in >10% of STS patients and more commonly (≥5%) in patients receiving VOTRIENT vs placebo included increases in AST (51% vs 22%), ALT (46% vs 18%), glucose (45% vs 35%), alkaline phosphatase (32% vs 23%), total bilirubin (29% vs 7%), and potassium (16% vs 11%); decreases in albumin (34% vs 21%) and sodium (31% vs 20%); and leukopenia (44% vs 15%), lymphocytopenia (43% vs 36%), thrombocytopenia (36% vs 6%), and neutropenia (33% vs 7%).

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.)

Please see accompanying full Prescribing Information, including Boxed WARNING, and Medication Guide.