Etoposide Injection IP 100mg/5ml (Etoziryl) Taj Pharma
INTRODUCTION OF ETOZIRYL INJECTION
Etoziryl 100mg/5ml Injection is used to treat different cancers of blood, lung, and testicles. It is also sometimes used to treat some other kinds of cancer in both men and women. It can be used on its own, or sometimes given together with certain other medicines as part of combination chemotherapy.
Etoziryl 100mg/5ml Injection works by interfering with the growth of cancer cells, which are eventually destroyed. This stops the spread of cancer cells in the body. Since the growth of normal body cells may also be affected by this medicine, other effects may also occur. This medicine often causes nausea, vomiting, and loss of appetite, which may be severe. However, it is important that you continue to receive the medicine, even if you begin to feel ill. Ask your doctor for ways to lessen these effects. Inform your doctor immediately if you notice any signs of infection such as fever, sore throat or rash.
Etoziryl 100mg/5ml Injection is known to reduce the number of blood cells in your blood thereby, increasing the susceptibility to infections. Infections can sometimes be life-threatening. Regular blood tests are required to monitor your blood cells along with kidney, liver and heart function during treatment with this medicine. It is important to use effective contraception to avoid getting pregnant or fathering a child during treatment.
USES OF ETOZIRYL INJECTION
- Small cell lung cancer
- Testicular cancer
ETOZIRYL INJECTION SIDE EFFECTS
- Low blood platelets
- Decreased white blood cell count
- Hair loss
- Anemia (low number of red blood cells)
- Decreased blood cells (red cells, white cells, and platelets)
- Stomatitis (Inflammation of the mouth)
- Liver damage
HOW TO USE ETOZIRYL INJECTION
HOW ETOZIRYL INJECTION WORKS
ETOZIRYL INJECTION RELATED WARNINGS
Use of Etoziryl 100mg/5ml Injection is not recommended in patients with end-stage kidney disease.
Use of Etoziryl 100mg/5ml Injection is not recommended in patients with severe liver disease.
Etoposide 100mg/5ml Concentrate for Solution for Infusion (Etoziryl) Taj Pharma
- Name of the medicinal product
Etoposide 100mg/5ml Concentrate for Solution for Infusion
- Qualitative and quantitative composition
Each ml contains:
Etoposide IP? ? ? ? ?20mg
Excipients? ? ? ? ? ? ?q.s.
- Pharmaceutical form
Concentrate for Solution for infusion.
The product is a clear, colourless to pale yellow solution, which is practically free from particles.
pH: 3.0 ? 4.0
- Clinical particulars
4.1 Therapeutic indications
Etoposide injection is indicated in combination with other approved chemotherapeutic agents for the treatment of first line, recurrent or refractory testicular cancer in adults.
Small cell lung cancer
Etoposide injection is indicated in combination with other approved chemotherapeutic agents for the treatment of small-cell lung cancer in adults.
Etoposide injection is indicated in combination with other approved chemotherapeutic agents for the treatment of Hodgkin?s lymphoma in adult and paediatric patients.
Etoposide injection is indicated in combination with other approved chemotherapeutic agents for the treatment of non-Hodgkin?s lymphoma in adult and paediatric patients.
Acute myeloid leukaemia
Etoposide injection is indicated in combination with other approved chemotherapeutic agents for the treatment of acute myeloid leukaemia in adult and paediatric patients.
Gestational trophoblastic neoplasia
Etoposide injection is indicated for first line and second line therapy in combination with other approved chemotherapeutic agents for the treatment of high risk gestational trophoblastic neoplasia in adults.
Etoposide injection is indicated in combination with other approved chemotherapeutic agents for the treatment of non-epithelial ovarian cancer in adults. Etoposide injection is indicated for the treatment of platinum-resistant/refractory epithelial ovarian cancer in adults.
4.2 Posology and method of administration
Etoposide injection should only be administered and monitored under the supervision of a qualified physician experienced in the use of anti-neoplastic medicinal products (see section 4.4).
The recommended dose of etoposide in adult patients is 50-100 mg/m2/day on days 1 to 5 or 100 to 120 mg/m2?on days 1, 3, and 5 every 3 to 4 weeks in combination with other drugs indicated in the disease to be treated.Dosage should be modified to take into account the myelosuppressive effects of other drugs in the combination or the effects of prior radiotherapy or chemotherapy (see section 4.4) which may have compromised bone marrow reserve. The doses after the initial dose should be adjusted if neutrophil count is below 500 cells/mm3?for more than 5 days. In addition the dose should be adjusted in case of occurrence of fever, infections, or at a thrombocyte count below 25,000 cells/mm3, which is not caused by the disease. Follow up doses should be adjusted in case of occurrence of grade 3 or 4 toxicities or if renal creatinine clearance is below 50 ml/min. At decreased creatinine clearance of 15 to 50 mL/min a dose reduction by 25% is recommended.
As with other potentially toxic compounds, caution should be exercised in the handling and preparation of etoposide. Skin reactions associated with unintentional exposure to etoposide may occur. The use of gloves is recommended. If Etoposide Injection comes into contact with skin or mucosa, immediately wash the skin with soap and water and flush the mucosa with water (see section 6.6).
This medicinal product contains Benzyl alcohol. For warnings and precautions to be considered prior to the start of the treatment cycle (see section 4.4)?.
Hodgkin?s lymphoma; non-Hodgkin?s lymphoma; acute myeloid leukaemia
Etoposide injection in paediatric patients has been used in the range of 75 to 150 mg/m2/day for 2 to 5 days in combination with other antineoplastic agents. The treatment regimen should be chosen according to the local standard of care.
Ovarian cancer; small cell lung cancer; gestational trophoblastic neoplasia; testicular cancer
The safety and efficacy of etoposide below 18 years of age have not been established. Currently available data are described in section 5.2 but no recommendation on a posology can be made.
The dosage does not need to be adjusted in elderly patients (age > 65 years old), other than based on renal function (see section 5.2).
In patients with renal impairment the following initial dose modificationshould be considered based on measured creatinine clearance.
|Measured Creatinine clearance> 50 mL/min|
|Dose of etoposide100% of dose|
75% of dose
In patients with creatinine clearance less than 15 mL/min and on dialysis further dose reduction is likely to be required as etoposide clearance is further reduced in these patients (see section 4.4).Subsequent dosing in moderate and severe renal impairment should be based on patient tolerance and clinical effect (see section 4.4). Since etoposide and its metabolites are not dialyzable, it can be administered pre- and post-haemodialysis (see section 4.9).
Method of administration
Etoposide is administered by slow intravenous infusion (usually over a 30 to 60 minute period) (see section 4.4).
For instructions on dilution of the medicinal product before administration, see section 6.6.
Hypersensitivity to the active substance or to any of the excipients listed in section 6.1.
Lactation (see section 4.6)
Concomitant use of yellow fever vaccine or other live vaccines is contraindicated in immunosuppressed patients (see section 4.5).
4.4 Special warnings and precautions for use
Etoposide should only be administered and monitored under the supervision of a qualified physician experienced in the use of anti-neoplastic medicinal products. In all instances where the use of etoposide is considered for chemotherapy, the physician must evaluate the need and usefulness of the drug against the risk of adverse reactions. Most such adverse reactions are reversible if detected early. If severe reactions occur, the drug should be reduced in dosage or discontinued and appropriate corrective measures should be taken according to the clinical judgment of the physician. Reinstitution of etoposide therapy should be carried out with caution, and with adequate consideration of the further need for the drug and close attention to possible recurrence of toxicity.
Dose limiting bone marrow suppression is the most significant toxicity associated with etoposide therapy. Fatal myelosuppression has been reported following etoposide administration. Patients being treated with etoposide must be observed for myelosuppression carefully and frequently both during and after therapy. The following haematological parameters should be measured at the start of therapy and prior to each subsequent dose of etoposide: platelet count, haemoglobin, white blood cell count and differential. If radiotherapy or chemotherapy has been given prior to starting etoposide treatment, an adequate interval should be allowed to enable the bone marrow to recover. Etoposide should not be administered to patients with neutrophil counts less than 1,500 cells/mm3?or platelet counts less than 100,000 cells/mm3, unless caused by malignant disease. Doses subsequent to initial dose should be adjusted if neutrophil count less than 500 cells/mm3?occurs for more than 5 days or is associated with fever or infection, if platelet count less than 25,000 cells/mm3?occurs, if any grade 3 or 4 toxicity develops or if renal clearance is less than 50 ml/min.
Severe myelosuppression with resulting infection or haemorrhage may occur. Bacterial infections should be brought under control before treatment with etoposide.
The occurrence of acute leukemia, which can occur with or without myelodysplastic syndrome, has been described in patients treated with etoposide containing chemotherapeutic regimens..
Neither the cumulative risk, nor the predisposing factors related to the development of secondary leukaemia are known. The roles of both administration schedules and cumulative doses of etoposide have been suggested, but have not been clearly defined.
An 11q23 chromosome abnormality has been observed in some cases of secondary leukaemia in patients who have received epipodophyllotoxins. This abnormality has also been seen in patients developing secondary leukaemia after being treated with chemotherapy regimens not containing epipodophyllotoxins and in leukaemia occurring de novo. Another characteristic that has been associated with secondary leukaemia in patients who have received epipodophyllotoxins appears to be a short latency period, with average median time to development of leukaemia being approximately 32 months.
Physicians should be aware of the possible occurrence of an anaphylactic reaction with etoposide, manifested by chills, pyrexia, tachycardia, bronchospasm, dyspnoea and hypotension, which can be fatal. Treatment is symptomatic. Etoposide should be terminated immediately, followed by the administration of pressor agents, corticosteroids, antihistamines, or volume expanders at the discretion of the physician.
Etoposide should be given only by slow intravenous infusion (usually over a 30 to 60 minute period) since hypotension has been reported as a possible side effect of rapid intravenous injection.
Injection site reaction
Injection site reactions may occur during administration of etoposide. Given the possibility of extravasation, it is recommended to closely monitor the infusion site for possible infiltration during drug administration.
Low serum albumin
Low serum albumin is associated with increased exposure to etoposide. Therefore patients with low serum albumin may be at increased risk for etoposide-associated toxicities.
Impaired renal function
In patients with moderate (CrCl =15 to 50 mL/min), or severe (CrCl <15ml/min) renal impairment undergoing haemodialysis, etoposide should be administered at a reduced dose (see section 4.2).
Haematological parameters should be measured and dose adjustments in subsequent cycles considered based on haematological toxicity and clinical effect in moderate and severe renal impaired patients.
Impaired hepatic function
Patients with impaired hepatic function should regularly have their hepatic function monitored due to the risk of accumulation of etoposide.
Tumour lysis syndrome
Tumour lysis syndrome (sometimes fatal) has been reported following the use of etoposide in association with other chemotherapeutic drugs. Close monitoring of patients is needed to detect early signs of tumour lysis syndrome, especially in patients with risk factors such as bulky treatment-sensitive tumours, and renal insufficiency. Appropriate preventive measures should also be considered in patients at risk of this complication of therapy.
Given the mutagenic potential of etoposide, an effective contraception is required for both male and female patients during treatment and up to 6 months after ending treatment. Genetic consultation is recommended if the patient wishes to have children after ending the treatment. As etoposide may decrease male fertility, preservation of sperm may be considered for the purpose of later fatherhood (see section 4.6).
Excipient (s) that the clinician should be aware of :
Etoposide Injection contains 30.5% alcohol (ethanol), which corresponds to 240.64 mg of ethanol per ml of concentrate i.e up to 1.2 gm of ethanol per 5 ml vial, equivalent to 30 ml of beer or 12.55 ml of wine and up to 3 gm of ethanol per 12.5 ml vial, equivalent to 75 ml of bear or 31.4 ml of wine.
There is a health risk to hepatic patients, alcoholics, epileptics, patients with organic brain diseases, pregnant women, breastfeeding women, and children, amongst others. The effect of other drugs may be reduced or increased.
Etoposide Injection contains benzyl alcohol. Benzyl alcohol may cause allergic reactions. Benzyl alcohol has been linked with the risk of severe side effects including breathing problems (called ?gasping syndrome?) in young children.
Should not be given to newborn babies (up to 4 weeks old).
Should not be used for more than a week in young children (less than 3 years old).
Caution should be exercised in pregnant or breast feeding patients or if the patient has a liver or kidney disease. This is because large amounts of benzyl alcohol can build-up in the body and may cause side effects (called ?metabolic acidosis?).
Etoposide Injection contains polysorbate 80. In newborn infants a life threatening syndrome of liver, cholestasis and renal failure, pulmonary deterioration, thrombocytopenia and ascites has been associated with an injectable vitamin E product containing polysorbate 80.
4.5 Interaction with other medicinal products and other forms of interaction
Effects of other drugs on the pharmacokinetics of etoposide
High dose cyclosporin resulting in plasma concentrations above2000 ng/ml, administered with oral etoposide has led to an 80% increase in etoposide exposure (AUC) with a 38% decrease in total body clearance of etoposide in comparison with etoposide alone.
Concomitant treatment with cisplatin is associated with reduced total body clearance of etoposide.
Concomitant phenytoin or phenobarbital therapy is associated with increased etoposide clearance and reduced efficacy, and other enzyme-inducing antiepileptic therapy may be associated with increased etoposide clearance and reduced efficacy.
In vitro, plasma protein binding is 97%. Phenylbutazone, sodium salicylate, and acetylsalicylic acid may displace etoposide from plasma protein binding.
Effect of etoposide on the pharmacokinetics of other drugs
Co-administration of antiepileptic drugs and Etoposide injection can lead to decreased seizure control due to pharmacokinetic interactions between the drugs.
Co-administration of warfarin and etoposide may result in elevated international normalized ratio (INR). Close monitoring of INR is recommended.
There is increased risk of fatal systemic vaccinal disease with the use of yellow fever vaccine. Live vaccines are contraindicated in immunosuppressed patients (see section 4.3).
Prior or concurrent use of other drugs with similar myelosuppressant action as etoposide may be expected to have additive or synergetic effects (see section 4.4).
Cross resistance between anthracyclines and etoposide has been reported in preclinical experiments.
Interaction studies have only been performed in adults.
4.6 Fertility, pregnancy and lactation
Women of childbearing potential/Contraception in males and females
Women of childbearing potential should use appropriate contraceptive measures to avoid pregnancy during etoposide therapy. Etoposide has been shown to be teratogenic in mice and rats (see section 5.3). Given the mutagenic potential of etoposide, an effective contraceptive is required for both male and female patients during treatment and up to 6 months after ending treatment (see section 4.4). Genetic consultation is recommended if the patient wishes to have children after ending treatment.
There are no or limited amount of data from the use of etoposide in pregnant women. Studies in animals have shown reproductive toxicity (see section 5.3). In general etoposide can cause fetal harm when administered to pregnant women. Etoposide injection should not be used during pregnancy unless the clinical condition of the woman requires treatment with etoposide.Women of childbearing potential should be advised to avoid becoming pregnant. Women of childbearing potential have to use effective contraception during and up to 6 months after treatment. If the drug is used during pregnancy, or if the patient becomes pregnant while receiving the drug, the patient should be informedof the potential hazard to the fetus.
Etoposide is excreted in human milk. There is the potential for serious adverse reactions in nursing infants from etoposide. A decision must be made whether to discontinue breast-feeding or to discontinue Etoposide injection , taking into account the benefitof breast feeding for the child and the benefit of therapy for the woman (see section 4.3).
Benzyl alcohol is probably excreted into breast milk and can be orally absorbed by the infant.
As etoposide may decrease male fertility, preservation of sperm may be considered for the purpose of later fatherhood.
4.7 Effects on ability to drive and use machines
No studies on the effects on the ability to drive and use machines have been performed. Etoposide may cause adverse reactions that affect the ability to drive or use machines such as fatigue, somnolence, nausea, vomiting, cortical blindness , hypersensitivity reactions with hypotension. Patients who experience such adverse reactions should be advised to avoid driving or using machines.
4.8 Undesirable effects
Summary of the safety profile
Dose limiting bone marrow suppression is the most significant toxicity associated with etoposide therapy. In clinical studies in which etoposide was administered as a single agent at a total dose of ?450 mg/m2 the most frequent adverse reactions of any severity were leucopenia (91%), neutropenia (88%), anaemia (72%) thrombocytopenia (23%), asthenia (39%), nausea and/or vomiting (37%), alopecia (33%) and chills and/or fever (24%).
Tabulated summary of adverse reactions
The following adverse reactions have been reported from etoposide clinical studies and post-marketing experience. These adverse reactions are presented by system organ class and frequency, which is defined by the following categories:
very common?(?1/10),?common?(?1/100 , <1/10),uncommon?(?1/1,000 , <1/100),rare?(?1/10,000 , <1/1,000),?not known?(cannot be estimated from the available data)
|System Organ Class||Frequency||Adverse Reaction (MedDRA Terms)|
|Infections and infestations||common||infection|
|Neoplasms benign, malignant and unspecified (including cysts and polyps)||common||acute leukaemia|
|Blood and lymphatic system disorders||very common||anaemia , leucopenia, myelosuppression*, neutropenia, thrombocytopenia|
|Immune system disorders||common||anaphylactic reactions**|
|not known||angioedema, bronchospasm|
|Metabolism and nutrition disorders||not known||tumour lysis syndrome|
|Nervous system disorders||common||dizziness|
|rare||cortical blindness transient, neurotoxicities (e.g., somnolence and fatigue), optic neuritis, seizure***|
|Cardiac disorders||common||arrythmia, myocardial infarction|
|Vascular disorders||common||hypertension, transient systolic hypotension following rapid intravenous administration|
|Respiratory, thoracic and mediastinal disorders||rare||interstitial pneumonitis, pulmonary fibrosis|
|Gastrointestinal disorders||very common||abdominal pain, anorexia, constipation, nausea and vomiting|
|common||diarrhoea, mucositis (including stomatitis and esophagitis)|
|Hepatobiliary disorders||very common||alanine aminotransferase increased, alkaline phosphatase increased, aspartate amino transferase increased, bilirubin increased, hepatotoxicity|
|Skin and subcutaneous tissue disorders||very common||alopecia, pigmentation|
|common||pruritus, rash, urticaria|
|rare||radiation recall dermatitis, Stevens- Johnsons syndrome, toxic epidermal necrolysis|
|Reproductive system and breast disorders||not known||infertility|
|General disorders and administration site conditions||very common||asthenia, malaise|
|*Myelosuppression with fatal outcome has been reported**Anaphylactic reactions can be fatal|
***Seizure is occasionally associated with allergic reactions.
****Postmarketing complications reported for extravasation included local soft tissue toxicity, swelling, pain, cellulitis, and necrosis including skin necrosis.
Description of selected adverse reactions
In the paragraphs below the incidences of adverse events, given as the mean percent, are derived from studies that utilized single agent etoposide therapy.
Myelosuppression (see section 4.4) with fatal outcome has been reported following administration of etoposide. Myelosuppression is most often dose-limiting.Bone marrow recovery is usually complete by day 20, and no cumulative toxicity has been reported.
Granulocyte and platelet nadirs tend to occur about 10-14 days after administration of etoposide depending on the way of administration and treatment scheme. Nadirs tend to occur earlier with intravenous administration compared to oral administration.
Leucopenia and severe leucopenia (less than 1,000 cells/mm3) were observed in 91% and 17%, respectively, for etoposide.Thrombocytopenia and severe thrombocytopenia (less than 50,000 platelets/mm3) were seen in 23% and 9% respectively, for etoposide. The reports of fever and infection were also very common in patient with neutropenia treated with etoposide. Bleeding has been reported.
Nausea and vomiting are the main gastrointestinal toxicities of etoposide. The nausea and vomiting can usually be controlled by antiemetic therapy.
Reversible alopecia, sometimes progressing to toal baldness was observed in upto 66% of patients treated with etoposide.
Transient hypotension followingrapid intravenous administration has been reported in patients treated with etoposide and has not been associated with cardiac toxicity or electrocardiographic changes. Hypotension usually responds to cessation of infusion of etoposide and/or other supportive therapy as appropriate. When restarting the infusion, a slower administration rate should be used.No delayed hypotension has been noted.
In clinical studies involving etoposide injection, episodes of hypertension have been reported. If clinically significant hypertension occurs in patients receiving etoposide, appropriate supportive therapy should be initiated.
Anaphylactic reactions have been reported to occur during or immediately after intravenous administration of etoposide. The role that concentration or rate of infusion plays in the development of anaphylactic reactions is uncertain. Blood pressure usually normalizes within a few hours after cessation of the infusion. Anaphylactic reactions can occur with the initial dose of etoposide.
Anaphylactic reactions (see section 4.4), manifested by chills, tachycardia, bronchospasm, dyspnoea, diaphoresis, pyrexia, pruritus, hypertension or hypotension, syncope, nausea, and vomiting have been reported to occur in 3% (7 of 245 patients treated with etoposide in 7 clinical studies) of patients treated with etoposide. Facial flushing was reported in 2% of patients and skin rashes in 3%. These reactions have usually responded promptly to the cessation of the infusion and administration of pressor agents, corticosteroids, antihistamines, or volume expanders as appropriate.
Acute fatal reactions associated with bronchospasm have been reported with etoposide. Apnoea with spontaneous resumption of breathing following cessation of infusion have also been reported.
Tumour lysis syndrome (sometimes fatal) has been reported following the use of etoposide in association with other chemotherapeutic drugs (see section 4.4).
The safety profile between paediatric patients and adults is expected to be similar.
Reporting of suspected adverse reactions
Reporting suspected adverse reactions after authorisation of the medicinal product is important. It allows continued monitoring of the benefit/risk balance of the medicinal product.
Total doses of 2.4?3.5 g/m2?of etoposide administered intravenously over 3 days have resulted in severe mucositis and myelotoxicity. Metabolic acidosis and severe hepatic toxicity have been reported in patients receiving higher than recommended intravenous doses of etoposide. There is no specific antidote available. Treatment should therefore be symptomatic and supportive, and patients should be closely monitored. Etoposide and its metabolites are not dialyzable.
- Pharmacological properties
5.1 Pharmacodynamic properties
Pharmacotherapeutic group: Cytostatics, plant alkaloids and other natural products,podophyllotoxin derivatives
Mechanism of action
The main effect of etoposide appears to be at the late S and early G2?portion of the cell cycle in mammalian cells. Two dose-dependent responses are seenAt high concentrations ( 10 mcg/ml or more), lysis can be observed of the cells entering mitosis; at low concentrations (0.3to10 mcg/ml), the cells are inhibited from entering the prophase. Microtubule assembly is not affected. The predominant macromolecular effect of etoposide seems to be the rupture of the double strand by an interaction with DNAtopoisomerase II or by the formation of free radicals. Etoposide has been shown to cause metaphase arrest in chick fibroblasts.
5.2 Pharmacokinetic properties
The mean volumes of distribution at steady state range from 18 to 29 liters . Etoposide shows low penetration into the CSF.?In vitro, etoposide is highly protein bound (97%) to human plasma proteins. Etoposide binding ratio correlates directly with serum albumin in cancer patients and normal volunteers (see section 4.4). Unbound fraction of etoposide correlates significantly with bilirubin in cancer patients.
Following intravenous infusion, the Cmax and AUC values exhibit marked intra- and inter-subject variability.
The hydroxyacid metabolite [4? dimethyl-epipodophyllic acid-9-(4,6 0-ethylidene-?-Dglucopyranoside)], formed by opening of the lactone ring, is found in the urine of adults and children. It is also present in human plasma, presumably as the trans isomer. Glucuronide and/or sulphate conjugates of etoposide are also excreted in human urine. In addition, O-demethylation of the dimethoxyphenol ring occurs through the CYP450 3A4 isoenzyme pathway to produce the corresponding catechol.
On intravenous administration, the disposition of etoposide is best described as a biphasic process with a distribution half-life of about 1.5 hours and a terminal elimination half-life ranging from of 4?11 hours. The total body clearance values range from 33 to 48 mL/min or 16?36 ml/minute/m2?and, like the terminal elimination half-life, are independent of dose over a range of 100-600 mg/m2. After intravenous administration of 14C etoposide (100 to 124 mg/m2), mean recovery of radioactivity in the urine was 56% (45% of the dose was excreted as etoposide) and faecal recovery of radioactivity was 44% of the adminitered dose at 120 hours.
Total body clearance and the terminal elimination half-life are independent of dose over a range 100 to 600 mg/m2. Over the same dose range, the areas under the plasma concentration vs. time curves (AUC) and the maximum plasma concentration (Cmax) values increase linearly with dose.
Patients with impaired renal function receiving etoposide have exhibited reduced total body clearance, increased AUC and higher steady state volume of distribution (see section 4.2).
In adult cancer patients with liver dysfunction, total body clearance of etoposide is not reduced.
Although minor differences in pharmacokinetic parameters between patients ?65 years and >65 years of age have been observed, these are not considered clinically significant.
In children, approximately 55% of the dose is excreted in the urine as etoposide in 24 hours. The mean renal clearance of etoposide is 7 to 10 mL/min/m2 or about 35% of the total body clearance over a dose range of 80 to 600 mg/m2. Etoposide, therefore, is cleared by both renal and nonrenal processes, ie, metabolism and biliary excretion. The effect of renal disease on plasma etoposide clearance is not known in children. In children, elevated SGPT levels are associated with reduced drug total body clearance. Prior use of cisplatin may also result in a decrease of etoposide total body clearance in children. An inverse relationship between plasma albumin levels and etoposide renal clearance is found in children.
Although minor differences in pharmacokinetic parameters between genders have been observed, these are not considered clinically significant.
In a study of the effects of other therapeutic agents on in vitro binding of 14C etoposide to human serum proteins, only phenylbutazone, sodium salicylate, and acetylsalicylic acid displaced protein-bound etoposide at concentrations generally achieved in vivo (see section 4.5).
5.3 Preclinical safety data
Anaemia, leucopenia, and thrombocytopenia were observed in rats and mice, while dogs had mild reversible deterioration of liver and kidney functions. The dose multiple (based on mg/m2 doses) for these findings at the no-observed adverse-effect-level in the preclinical studies were ? approximately 0.05 times compared to the highest clinical dose. Historically, preclinical species have been more sensitive compared to humans towards cytotoxic agents. Testicular atrophy, spermatogenesis arrest, and growth retardation were reported in rats and mice.
Etoposide is mutagenic in mammalian cells.
In animal studies etoposide was associated with dose-related embryotoxicity and teratogenicity.
Given its mechanism of action, etoposide should be considered a possible carcinogen in humans.
- Pharmaceutical particulars
6.1 List of excipients
Citric acid, anhydrous, Benzyl alcohol, Polysorbate 80, Macrogol 300, Ethanol, anhydrous.
Etoposide Injection must not be mixed with other drugs when administered.
This medicinal product must not be mixed with other medicinal products excepts those mentioned in section 6.6
6.3 Shelf life
Unopened vial:?3 years
Chemical and physical in-use stability of the solution diluted to a concentration of 0.2 mg/ml and 0.4 mg/ml has been demonstrated in sodium chloride injection (0.9 % w/v) and glucose injection (5% w/v) for up to 96 hours and 48 hours at temperature 20?- 25? C respectively.
From a microbiological point of view, the product should be used immediately. If not used immediately, in-use storage times and conditions prior to use are the responsibility of the user. Do not store the diluted product in a refrigerator (2-8 ?C) as this might cause precipitation.
6.4 Special precautions for storage
Keep the vial in the outer carton in order to protect from light.
Do not refrigerate or freeze.
For storage precaution of diluted medicinal product, refer section 6.3
6.5 Nature and contents of container
The concentrate is filled in 5 ml, 10 ml, 12.5 ml, 20 ml, 25 ml or 50 ml clear glass vials with Teflon rubber stoppers and aluminium flip-off seals.
1 ? 5 ml vial
1 ? 10 ml vial
1 ? 12.5 ml vial
1 ? 20 ml vial
1 ? 25 ml vial
1 ? 50 ml vial
Not all pack sizes may be marketed.
6.6 Special precautions for disposal and other handling
Procedures for proper handling and disposal of anti-cancer drugs should be followed.
Care must be taken whenever handling cytostatic products. Always take steps to prevent exposure. As with other potentially toxic compounds, caution should be exercised in handling and preparing etoposide solutions. Skin reactions associated with accidental exposure to etoposide may occur. The use of gloves is recommended. If etoposide should contact the skin or mucosa, immediately wash the skin with soap and water and flush the mucosa with water.
If solution showing sign of precipitation or contains visible particles, it should be discarded.
Etoposide Injection must be diluted prior to use with Sodium chloride injection (0.9 % w/v) or glucose injection (5% w/v) to concentration of 0.2 mg/mL (i.e 1 ml of concentrate in 100 ml of diluent) to 0.4 mg/mL (i.e 2 ml of concentrate in 100 ml of diluent). The concentration of diluted solution should not exceed 0.4 mg/mL because of risk of precipitation. During preparation and reconstitution a strictly aseptic technique should be used.
Any unused product or waste material should be disposed of in accordance with local requirements.
7. Manufactured in India By:
TAJ PHARMACEUTICALS LIMITED
at Survey No.188/1 to 189/1,190/1 to 4,
Athiyawad, Dabhel, Daman- 396210 (India)
PACKAGE LEAFLET: INFORMATION FOR THE USER
Etoposide 100mg/5ml Concentrate for Solution for Infusion (Etoziryl) Taj Pharma
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking this medicine because it contains important information for you.
- Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
- If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
- This medicine has been prescribed for you only. Do not pass it on to others. It may harm them, even if their signs of illness are the same as yours.
- If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. See section 4.
What is in this leaflet
- What Etoposide Injection is and what it is used for.
- What you need to know before you are given Etoposide Injection.
- How you will be given Etoposide Injection.
- Possible side effects.
- How to store Etoposide Injection.
- Contents of the pack and other information.
1. What Etoposide Injection is and what it is used for
This medicine contains the active substance etoposide.This medicine belongs to the group of medicines called cytostatics which are used in the treatment of cancer.
Etoposide Injection is used in the treatment of certain types of cancers in adults:
- testicular cancer
- small-cell lung cancer.
- cancer of the blood (acute myeloid leukaemia)
- tumour in the lymphatic system (Hodgkin?s lymphoma, non-Hodgkin?s lymphoma)
- reproductive system cancers (gestational trophoblastic neoplasia and ovarian cancer)
Etoposide Injection is used in the treatment of certain types of cancers in children:
- cancer of the blood (acute myeloid leukaemia)
- tumour in the lymphatic system (Hodgkin?s lymphoma, non-Hodgkin?s lymphoma)
The exact reason why you have been prescribed Etoposide Injection is best discussed with your doctor.
- What you need to know before you are given Etoposide Injection
Do not take Etoposide Injection
- if you are allergic to etoposide or any other ingredients of this medicine (listed in section 6).
- If you have recently been given a live vaccine, including Yellow fever vaccine.
- if you are breast-feeding or planning to breast-feed.
If any of the above affects you, or if you are unsure if they do, tell your doctor who will be able to advise you.
Warnings and precautions
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist or nurse before receiving Etoposide Injection:
- if you have low levels of a protein called?albumin?in your blood.
- if you have had?chemotherapy?or radiotherapy recently
- if you have any?infections.
if you have liver or kidney problems.
Effective anti-cancer treatment can destroy cancer cells rapidly in large numbers. On very rare occasions this may cause harmful amounts of substances from these cancer cells to be released into the blood. If this happens it can cause problems with the liver, kidney, heart or blood, which may result in death if not treated.
In order to prevent this, your doctor will need to do regular blood tests to monitor the level of these substances during treatment with this medicine.
This medicine can cause a reduction in the level of some blood cells, which could cause you to suffer from infections, or may mean that your blood doesn?t clot as well as it should if you cut yourself.
Blood tests will be taken at the start of your treatment, and before each dose you take, to make sure that this isn?t happening.
If you have reduced liver or kidney function, your doctor may also want you to take regular blood tests to monitor these levels.
Other medicines and Etoposide Injection
Tell your doctor or pharmacist, if you are taking, have recently taken or might take any other medicines.
This is especially important
- if you are taking any drugs with a similar mechanism of action as Etoposide Injection.
- if you have recently been given any live vaccines.
- if you are taking phenylbutazone, sodium salicylate ,or aspirin.
- if you are taking warfarin (a medicine used to prevent blood clots from forming).
- if you are taking phenytoin or any other medicines used to treat epilepsy.
- if you are taking any anthracyclines (a group of medicines used to treat cancer).
- if you are being treated with cisplatin (a medicine used to treat cancer).
- if you are taking a medicine called ciclosporin (a drug used to reduce the activity of the immune system) .
Pregnancy, breast-feeding and fertility
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be pregnant or are planning to have a baby, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before using this medicine.
Etoposide Injection must not be used during pregnancy unless clearly indicated by your doctor. You must not breastfeed while you are receiving Etoposide Injection.
Both male patients and female patients of child-bearing age should use an effective contraceptive method (e.g., the barrier method or condoms) during treatment and for at least 6 months after the end of treatment with Etoposide Injection. Male patients treated with Etoposide Injection are advised not to father a child during treatment and for up to 6 months after treatment. In addition, men are advised to seek counselling on sperm preservation before starting treatment.
Both male and female patients who are considering having a child after having treatment with Etoposide Injection should discuss this with their doctor or nurse.
Driving and using machines
No studies on the effects on the ability to drive and use machines have been performed. However, if you feel tired, sick to your stomach, dizzy or light-headed you should not do so until you have discussed it with your doctor.
Etoposide Injection contains alcohol
This medicine contains 30.5% alcohol (ethanol) which corresponds to 240.64 mg of ethanol per ml of concentrate i.e up to 1.2 gm of ethanol per 5 ml vial, equivalent to 30 ml of beer or 12.55 ml of wine and up to 3 gm of ethanol per
12.5 ml vial, equivalent to 75 ml of beer or 31.4 ml of wine. This is harmful for patient suffering from alcoholism, brain damage, pregnant women, breastfeeding women, children and high-risk groups such as patients with liver disease, or epilepsy. The effect of other medicines may be reduced or increased.
Etoposide Injection contains benzyl alcohol
Etoposide Injection contains 30 mg/ml of benzyl alcohol.
Benzyl alcohol has been linked with the risk of severe side effects including breathing problems (called ?gasping syndrome?) in young children. It should not be given to newborn babies (up to 4 weeks old) or used for more than a week in young children (less than 3 years old), unless recommended by your doctor.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice if you are pregnant or breast-feeding or if you have a liver or kidney disease.. This is because large amounts of benzyl alcohol can build-up in your body and may cause side effects (called ?metabolic acidosis?).
Benzyl alcohol may cause allergic reactions.
Etoposide Injection contains Polysorbate 80
Etoposide Injection contains 80 mg/ml of polysorbate 80.
In newborn infants a life threatening liver and kidney failure syndrome, decrease in respiratory function, decreased platelet count and swelling of the abdomen has been associated with an injectable vitamin E product containing polysorbate 80.
- How you will be given Etoposide Injection
Etoposide Injection will always be given to you by healthcare professionals only. It will be given as a slow infusion into a vein. This may take between 30 to 60 minutes.
The dose you receive will be specific to you, which the doctor will calculate. The usual dose, based on etoposide, is 50 to100mg/m2?body surface area, daily for 5 days in a row or 100 to 120 mg/ m2?body surface area on days 1, 3 and 5.
This course of treatment may then be repeated, depending on the results of blood tests, but this will not be for at least 21 days after the first course of treatment.
For children being treated for cancer of the blood or lymphatic system the dose used is 75 to 150 mg/m2?body surface area daily for 2 to 5 days.
The doctor may sometimes prescribe a different dose particularly if you are receiving, or have received, other treatments for your cancer or if you have kidney problems.
If you are given more Etoposide Injection than you should
As this medicine is given to you by healthcare professional, overdose is unlikely. However, if this does occur your doctor will treat any symptoms that follow.
If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your doctor ,pharmacist or nurse.
- Possible side effects
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
Tell your doctor or nurse immediately if you notice any of the following symptoms: swelling of your tongue or throat, breathing difficulties,fast heartbeat, flushing of the skin or a rash. These may
be signs of a severe allergic reaction.
Severe?liver, kidney or heart damage?from a condition called tumour lysis syndrome, caused by harmful amounts of substances from the cancer cells getting into the blood stream, has been seen sometimes when Etoposide Injection is taken along with other drugs used to treat cancer.
Possible side effects?experienced with Etoposide Injection that are;
Very common (may affect more than 1 in 10 people)
- blood disorders (this is why you will be having blood tests between courses of treatment)
- nausea and vomiting
- loss of appetite
- abdominal pain
- temporary hair loss
- damage to the liver (hepatotoxicity)
- increased liver enzymes
- changes in skin colour (pigmentation)
- jaundice (increased bilirubin)
- feeling weak (asthenia)
- generally feeling unwell (malaise)
Common (may affect up to 1 in 10 people)
- acute leukaemia (severe blood cancer)
- irregular heart rhythm (arrhythmia) or a heart attack (myocardial infarction),
- high blood pressure
- low blood pressure
- sore lips, mouth or throat ulcers
- redness of skin,
- skin problems such as itching or rash
- inflammation of vein
- severe allergic reactions
- reactions at the site of infusion
Uncommon (may affect up to 1 in 100 people)
- tingling or numbness in hands and feet
Rare (may affect up to 1 in 1000 people)
- sleepiness or tiredness
- a change in the way things taste
- swallowing difficulties
- serious reactions of the skin and/or mucous membranes which may include painful blisters and fever, including extensive detachment of the skin (Stevens-Johnson syndrome and toxic epidermal necrolysis)
- a sunburn-like rash that may occur on skin that has previously been exposed to radiotherapy and can be severe(radiation recall dermatitis)
- temporary blindness
- breathing problems
- acid reflux
Not known?(frequency cannot be estimated from the available data)
- tumour lysis syndrome (complications of substances released from treated cancer cells entering the blood)
- face and tongue swelling
- difficulty breathing
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet.
- How to store Etoposide Injection
Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children.
Do not use this medicine after the expiry date which is stated on the label or carton after EXP. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
Keep the vial in the outer carton in order to protect from light. Do not refrigerate or freeze.
Chemical and physical in-use stability of the solution diluted to a concentration of 0.2 mg/ml and 0.4 mg/ml has been demonstrated in sodium chloride injection (0.9 % w/v) and glucose injection (5% w/v) for up to 96 hours and 48 hours at temperature 20?- 25? C respectively. From a microbiological point of view, the product should be used immediately. If not used immediately, in-use storage times and conditions prior to use are the responsibility of the user. Do not store the diluted product in a refrigerator (2-8 ?C) as this might cause precipitation.
Do not use Etoposide Injection if you notice sign of precipitation or contains visible particles.
Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medicines no longer required. These measures will help to protect the environment.
- Contents of the pack and other information
What Etoposide Injection contains:
Etoposide Injection contains the active ingredient etoposide.
Each ml contains:
Etoposide IP? ? ? ? ?20mg
Excipients? ? ? ? ? ? ?q.s.
Each 5 ml vial contains 100 mg of etoposide.
Each 10 ml vial contains 200 mg of etoposide.
Each 12.5 ml vial contains 250 mg of etoposide.
Each 20 ml vial contains 400 mg of etoposide.
Each 25 ml vial contains 500 mg of etoposide.
Each 50 ml vial contains 1000 mg of etoposide.
The other ingredients are citric acid anhydrous, benzyl alcohol, polysorbate 80, Macrogol 300 and ethanol anhydrous.
What Etoposide Injection looks like and contents of the pack:
Etoposide Injection is a clear, colourless to pale yellow solution for infusion. Pack sizes:
1 * 5 ml vial
1 * 10 ml vial
1 *12.5ml vial
1* 20 ml vial
1* 25 ml vial
1 * 50 ml vial
Not all pack sizes may be marketed.
7. Manufactured in India By:
TAJ PHARMACEUTICALS LIMITED
at Survey No.188/1 to 189/1,190/1 to 4,
Athiyawad, Dabhel, Daman- 396210 (India)