This reminder card contains important safety information that patients need to be aware of before and during treatment with denosumab (XGEVA) injections for cancer-related conditions,
A side effect called osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ, bone damage in the jaw) has been reported commonly (may affect up to 1 in 10 people) in patients receiving XGEVA injections for cancer-related conditions. ONJ can also occur after stopping treatment.
It is important to try to prevent ONJ developing as it may be a painful condition that can be difficult to treat. In order to reduce the risk of developing ONJ, there are some precautions patients should take.
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- 1. Name of the medicinal product
- 2. Qualitative and quantitative composition
- 3. Pharmaceutical form
- 4. Clinical particulars
- 4.1 Therapeutic indications
- 4.2 Posology and method of administration
- 4.3 Contraindications
- 4.4 Special warnings and precautions for use
- 4.5 Interaction with other medicinal products and other forms of interaction
- 4.6 Fertility, pregnancy and lactation
- 4.7 Effects on ability to drive and use machines
- 4.8 Undesirable effects
- 4.9 Overdose
- 5. Pharmacological properties
- 5.1 Pharmacodynamic properties
- 5.2 Pharmacokinetic properties
- 5.3 Preclinical safety data
- 6. Pharmaceutical particulars
- 6.1 List of excipients
- 6.2 Incompatibilities
- 6.3 Shelf life
- 6.4 Special precautions for storage
- 6.5 Nature and contents of container
- 6.6 Special precautions for disposal and other handling
- 7. Marketing authorisation holder
- 8. Marketing authorisation number(s)
- 9. Date of first authorisation/renewal of the authorisation
- 10. Date of revision of the text
This medicinal product is subject to additional monitoring. This will allow quick identification of new safety information. Healthcare professionals are asked to report any suspected adverse reactions. See section 4.8 for how to report adverse reactions.
PosologySupplementation of at least 500 mg calcium and 400 IU vitamin D daily is required in all patients, unless hypercalcaemia is present (see section 4.4). Patients treated with XGEVA should be given the package leaflet and the patient reminder card.
Prevention of skeletal related events in adults with bone metastases from solid tumoursThe recommended dose is 120 mg administered as a single subcutaneous injection once every 4 weeks into the thigh, abdomen or upper arm.
Giant cell tumour of boneThe recommended dose of XGEVA is 120 mg administered as a single subcutaneous injection once every 4 weeks into the thigh, abdomen or upper arm with additional 120 mg doses on days 8 and 15 of treatment of the first month of therapy. Patients in the phase II study who underwent complete resection of giant cell tumour of bone did receive an additional 6 months of treatment following the surgery as per study protocol. Patients with giant cell tumour of bone should be evaluated at regular intervals to determine whether they continue to benefit from treatment. In patients whose disease is controlled by XGEVA, the effect of interruption or cessation of treatment has not been evaluated, however limited data in these patients does not indicate a rebound effect upon cessation of treatment
Patients with renal impairmentNo dose adjustment is required in patients with renal impairment (see section 4.4 for recommendations relating to monitoring of calcium, 4.8 and 5.2).
Patients with hepatic impairmentThe safety and efficacy of denosumab have not been studied in patients with hepatic impairment (see section 5.2).
Elderly patients (age ≥ 65)No dose adjustment is required in elderly patients (see section 5.2).
Paediatric populationThe safety and efficacy of XGEVA have not been established in paediatric patients (age < 18) other than skeletally mature adolescents with giant cell tumour of bone. XGEVA is not recommended in paediatric patients (age < 18) other than skeletally mature adolescents with giant cell tumour of bone (see section 4.4). Treatment of skeletally mature adolescents with giant cell tumour of bone that is unresectable or where surgical resection is likely to result in severe morbidity: the posology is the same as in adults. Inhibition of RANK/RANK ligand (RANKL) in animal studies has been coupled to inhibition of bone growth and lack of tooth eruption, and these changes were partially reversible upon cessation of RANKL inhibition (see section 5.3).
Method of administrationFor subcutaneous use.The instructions for use, handling and disposal are given in section 6.6.
Calcium and Vitamin D supplementationSupplementation with calcium and vitamin D is required in all patients unless hypercalcaemia is present (see section 4.2).
HypocalcaemiaPre-existing hypocalcaemia must be corrected prior to initiating therapy with XGEVA. Hypocalcaemia can occur at any time during therapy with XGEVA. Monitoring of calcium levels should be conducted (i) prior to the initial dose of XGEVA, (ii) within two weeks after the initial dose, (iii) if suspected symptoms of hypocalcaemia occur (see section 4.8 for symptoms). Additional monitoring of calcium level should be considered during therapy in patients with risk factors for hypocalcaemia, or if otherwise indicated based on the clinical condition of the patient. Patients should be encouraged to report symptoms indicative of hypocalcaemia. If hypocalcaemia occurs while receiving XGEVA, additional calcium supplementation and additional monitoring may be necessary.In the post marketing setting, severe symptomatic hypocalcaemia (including fatal cases) has been reported (see section 4.8), with most cases occurring in the first weeks of initiating therapy, but can occur later.
Renal impairmentPatients with severe renal impairment (creatinine clearance < 30 ml/min) or receiving dialysis are at greater risk of developing hypocalcaemia. The risk of developing hypocalcaemia and accompanying elevations in parathyroid hormone increases with increasing degree of renal impairment. Regular monitoring of calcium levels is especially important in these patients.
Osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ)ONJ has been reported commonly in patients receiving XGEVA (see section 4.8). The start of treatment/new treatment course should be delayed in patients with unhealed open soft tissue lesions in the mouth. A dental examination with preventive dentistry and an individual benefit-risk assessment is recommended prior to treatment with XGEVA. The following risk factors should be considered when evaluating a patient's risk of developing ONJ: • potency of the medicinal product that inhibits bone resorption (higher risk for highly potent compounds), route of administration (higher risk for parenteral administration) and cumulative dose of bone resorption therapy. • cancer, co-morbid conditions (e.g. anaemia, coagulopathies, infection), smoking. • concomitant therapies: corticosteroids, chemotherapy, angiogenesis inhibitors, radiotherapy to head and neck. • poor oral hygiene, periodontal disease, poorly fitting dentures, pre-existing dental disease, invasive dental procedures e.g. tooth extractions. All patients should be encouraged to maintain good oral hygiene, receive routine dental check-ups, and immediately report any oral symptoms such as dental mobility, pain or swelling, or non-healing of sores or discharge during treatment with XGEVA. While on treatment, invasive dental procedures should be performed only after careful consideration and be avoided in close proximity to XGEVA administration. The management plan of the patients who develop ONJ should be set up in close collaboration between the treating physician and a dentist or oral surgeon with expertise in ONJ. Temporary interruption of XGEVA treatment should be considered until the condition resolves and contributing risk factors are mitigated where possible.
Atypical fractures of the femurAtypical femoral fractures have been reported in patients receiving XGEVA (see section 4.8). Atypical femoral fractures may occur with little or no trauma in the subtrochanteric and diaphyseal regions of the femur. Specific radiographic findings characterise these events. Atypical femoral fractures have also been reported in patients with certain comorbid conditions (e.g. vitamin D deficiency, rheumatoid arthritis, hypophosphatasia) and with use of certain pharmaceutical agents (e.g. bisphosphonates, glucocorticoids, proton pump inhibitors). These events have also occurred without antiresorptive therapy. Similar fractures reported in association with bisphosphonates are often bilateral; therefore the contralateral femur should be examined in denosumab-treated patients who have sustained a femoral shaft fracture. Discontinuation of XGEVA therapy in patients suspected to have an atypical femur fracture should be considered pending evaluation of the patient based on an individual benefit risk assessment. During XGEVA treatment, patients should be advised to report new or unusual thigh, hip, or groin pain. Patients presenting with such symptoms should be evaluated for an incomplete femoral fracture.
Patients with growing skeletonsXgeva is not recommended in patients with growing skeletons (see section 4.2). Clinically significant hypercalcaemia has been reported in XGEVA-treated patients with growing skeletons weeks to months following treatment discontinuation.
OthersPatients being treated with XGEVA should not be treated concomitantly with other denosumab containing medicinal products (for osteoporosis indications). Patients being treated with XGEVA should not be treated concomitantly with bisphosphonates. Malignancy in Giant Cell Tumour of Bone or progression to metastatic disease is an infrequent event and a known risk in patients with Giant Cell Tumour of Bone. Patients should be monitored for radiological signs of malignancy, new radiolucency or osteolysis. Available clinical data does not suggest an increased risk of malignancy in GCTB patients treated with XGEVA.
Warnings for excipientsXGEVA contains sorbitol. Patients with rare hereditary problems of fructose intolerance should not use XGEVA.This medicinal product contains less than 1 mmol sodium (23 mg) per 120 mg, i.e. essentially 'sodium-free'.
PregnancyThere are no adequate data from the use of XGEVA in pregnant women. Reproductive toxicity was shown in a study of cynomolgus monkeys, dosed throughout pregnancy with denosumab at AUC exposures 12-fold higher than the human dose (see section 5.3). XGEVA is not recommended for use in pregnant women and women of childbearing potential not using highly effective contraception. Women should be advised not to become pregnant during and for at least 5 months after treatment with XGEVA. Any effects of XGEVA are likely to be greater during the second and third trimesters of pregnancy since monoclonal antibodies are transported across the placenta in a linear fashion as pregnancy progresses, with the largest amount transferred during the third trimester.Women who become pregnant during XGEVA treatment are encouraged to enrol in Amgen's Pregnancy Surveillance Programme. Contact details are provided in section 6 of the Package Leaflet.
Breast-feedingIt is unknown whether denosumab is excreted in human milk. Knockout mouse studies suggest absence of RANKL during pregnancy may interfere with maturation of the mammary gland leading to impaired lactation post-partum (see section 5.3). A decision on whether to abstain from breast-feeding or to abstain from therapy with XGEVA should be made, taking into account the benefit of breast-feeding to the newborn/infant and the benefit of XGEVA therapy to the woman. Women who are nursing during XGEVA treatment are encouraged to enrol in Amgen's Lactation Surveillance Programme. Contact details are provided in section 6 of the Package Leaflet.
FertilityNo data are available on the effect of denosumab on human fertility. Animal studies do not indicate direct or indirect harmful effects with respect to fertility (see section 5.3).
Summary of the safety profileOverall safety profile is consistent in all approved indications. Hypocalcaemia has commonly been reported following XGEVA administration, mostly within the first 2 weeks. Hypocalcaemia can be severe and symptomatic (see section 4.8 - description of selected adverse reactions). The decreases in serum calcium were generally appropriately managed by calcium and vitamin D supplementation. The most common adverse reactions with XGEVA are musculoskeletal pain. The safety of XGEVA was evaluated in: • 5,931 patients with advanced malignancies involving bone in active-controlled, clinical trials examining the efficacy and safety of XGEVA versus zoledronic acid in preventing the occurrence of skeletal related events. • 523 patients with giant cell tumour of bone in single-arm, clinical trials examining the efficacy and safety of XGEVA. The adverse reactions identified in these clinical trials and from post-marketing experience are presented in table 1.
Tabulated list of adverse reactionsThe following convention has been used for the classification of the adverse reactions based on incidence rates in three phase III and two phase II clinical studies (see table 1): very common (≥ 1/10), common (≥ 1/100 to < 1/10), uncommon (≥ 1/1,000 to < 1/100), rare (≥ 1/10,000 to < 1/1,000) and very rare (< 1/10,000). Within each frequency grouping and system organ class, adverse reactions are presented in order of decreasing seriousness.
Table 1 Adverse reactions reported in patients with advanced malignancies involving bone or with giant cell tumour of bone
|MedDRA system organ class||Frequency category||Adverse reactions|
|Immune system disorder||Rare||Drug hypersensitivity1|
|Metabolism and nutrition disorders||Common||Hypocalcaemia1, 2|
|Respiratory, thoracic and mediastinal disorders||Very common||Dyspnoea|
|Gastrointestinal disorders||Very common||Diarrhoea|
|Skin and subcutaneous tissues disorders||Common||Hyperhidrosis|
|Musculoskeletal and connective tissue disorders||Very common||Musculoskeletal pain1|
|Common||Osteonecrosis of the jaw1|
|Rare||Atypical femoral fracture1|
Description of selected adverse reactions
HypocalcaemiaIn three phase III active-controlled clinical trials in patients with advanced malignancies involving bone, hypocalcaemia was reported in 9.6% of patients treated with XGEVA and 5.0% of patients treated with zoledronic acid. A grade 3 decrease in serum calcium levels was experienced in 2.5% of patients treated with XGEVA and 1.2% of patients treated with zoledronic acid. A grade 4 decrease in serum calcium levels was experienced in 0.6% of patients treated with XGEVA and 0.2% of patients treated with zoledronic acid (see section 4.4). In two phase II single-arm clinical trials in patients with giant cell tumour of bone, hypocalcaemia was reported in 5.7% of patients. None of the adverse events was considered serious. In the post-marketing setting, severe symptomatic hypocalcaemia (including fatal cases) has been reported, with most cases occurring in the first weeks of initiating therapy. Examples of clinical manifestations of severe symptomatic hypocalcaemia have included QT interval prolongation, tetany, seizures and altered mental status (including coma) (see section 4.4). Symptoms of hypocalcaemia in clinical studies included paresthesias or muscle stiffness, twitching, spasms and muscle cramps.
Osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ)In clinical trials, the incidence of ONJ was higher with longer duration of exposure; ONJ has also been diagnosed after stopping treatment with XGEVA with the majority of cases occurring within 5 months after the last dose. Patients with prior history of ONJ or osteomyelitis of the jaw, an active dental or jaw condition requiring oral surgery, non-healed dental/oral surgery, or any planned invasive dental procedure were excluded from the clinical trials.In the primary treatment phases of three phase III active-controlled clinical trials in patients with advanced malignancies involving bone, ONJ was confirmed in 1.8% of patients treated with XGEVA (median exposure of 12.0 months; range 0.1 40.5) and 1.3% of patients treated with zoledronic acid. Clinical characteristics of these cases were similar between treatment groups. Among subjects with confirmed ONJ, most (81% in both treatment groups) had a history of tooth extraction, poor oral hygiene, and/or use of a dental appliance. Most subjects were receiving or had received chemotherapy. The trials in patients with breast or prostate cancer included an XGEVA extension treatment phase (median overall exposure of 14.9 months; range 0.1 67.2).ONJ was confirmed in 6.9% of patients with breast cancer and prostate cancer during the extension treatment phase. The patient-year adjusted overall incidence of confirmed ONJ was 1.1% during the first year of treatment, 3.7% in the second year and 4.6% per year thereafter. The median time to ONJ was 20.6 months (range: 4 - 53). In two phase II single-arm clinical trials in patients with giant cell tumour of bone, ONJ occurred in 2.3% (12 of 523) of patients treated with XGEVA (median overall exposure of 20.3 months; range: 0 -83.4). The patient year adjusted incidence of ONJ was 0.2% during the first year of treatment and 1.7% in the second year. The median time to ONJ was 19.4 months (range: 11 - 40). Based on duration of exposure, there are insufficient data in GCTB patients to assess risk of ONJ beyond 2 years. In a phase III trial in patients with non-metastatic prostate cancer (a patient population for which XGEVA is not indicated), with longer treatment exposure of up to 7 years, the patient-year adjusted incidence of confirmed ONJ was 1.1% during the first year of treatment, 3.0% in the second year, and 7.1% per year thereafter.
Drug related hypersensitivity reactionsIn the post-marketing setting, events of hypersensitivity, including rare events of anaphylactic reactions, have been reported in patients receiving XGEVA.
Atypical fractures of the femurIn the clinical trial program, atypical femoral fractures were reported rarely in patients treated with denosumab (see section 4.4).
Musculoskeletal PainIn the post-marketing setting, musculoskeletal pain, including severe cases, has been reported in patients receiving XGEVA. In clinical trials, musculoskeletal pain was very common in both the denosumab and zoledronic acid treatment groups. Musculoskeletal pain leading to discontinuation of study treatment was uncommon.
Paediatric populationXGEVA was studied in an open label trial that enrolled 18 skeletally mature adolescents with giant cell tumour of bone. Based on these limited data, the adverse event profile appeared to be similar to adults.
Other special populations
Renal ImpairmentIn a clinical study of patients without advanced cancer with severe renal impairment (creatinine clearance < 30 ml/min or receiving dialysis, there was a greater risk of developing hypocalcaemia in the absence of calcium supplementation. The risk of developing hypocalcaemia during XGEVA treatment is greater with increasing degree of renal impairment. In a clinical study in patients without advanced cancer, 19% of patients with severe renal impairment (creatinine clearance < 30 ml/min) and 63% of patients receiving dialysis developed hypocalcaemia despite calcium supplementation. The overall incidence of clinically significant hypocalcaemia was 9%. Accompanying increases in parathyroid hormone have also been observed in patients receiving XGEVA with severe renal impairment or receiving dialysis. Monitoring of calcium levels and adequate intake of calcium and vitamin D is especially important in patients with renal impairment (see section 4.4).
Reporting of suspected adverse reactionsReporting suspected adverse reactions after authorisation of the medicinal product is important. It allows continued monitoring of the benefit/risk balance of the medicinal product. Healthcare professionals are asked to report any suspected adverse reactions via:
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Mechanism of actionRANKL exists as a transmembrane or soluble protein. RANKL is essential for the formation, function and survival of osteoclasts, the sole cell type responsible for bone resorption. Increased osteoclast activity, stimulated by RANKL, is a key mediator of bone destruction in metastatic bone disease and multiple myeloma. Denosumab is a human monoclonal antibody (IgG2) that targets and binds with high affinity and specificity to RANKL, preventing the RANKL/RANK interaction from occurring and resulting in reduced osteoclast numbers and function, thereby decreasing bone resorption and cancer-induced bone destruction. Giant cell tumours of bone are characterized by neoplastic stromal cells expressing RANK ligand and osteoclast-like giant cells expressing RANK. In patients with giant cell tumour of bone, denosumab binds to RANK ligand, significantly reducing or eliminating osteoclast-like giant cells. Consequently, osteolysis is reduced and proliferative tumour stroma is replaced with non-proliferative, differentiated, densely woven new bone.
Pharmacodynamic effectsIn phase II clinical studies of patients with advanced malignancies involving bone, subcutaneous (SC) dosing of XGEVA administered either every 4 weeks or every 12 weeks resulted in a rapid reduction in markers of bone resorption (uNTx/Cr, serum CTx), with median reductions of approximately 80% for uNTx/Cr occurring within 1 week regardless of prior bisphosphonate therapy or baseline uNTx/Cr level. In the phase III clinical trials, median reductions of approximately 80% were maintained in uNTx/Cr after 3 months of treatment in 2075 XGEVA-treated advanced cancer patients' naïve to IV-bisphosphonate.
ImmunogenicityIn clinical studies, neutralising antibodies have not been observed for XGEVA. Using a sensitive immunoassay < 1% of patients treated with denosumab for up to 3 years tested positive for non neutralising binding antibodies with no evidence of altered pharmacokinetics, toxicity, or clinical response.
Clinical efficacy in patients with bone metastases from solid tumoursEfficacy and safety of 120 mg XGEVA SC every 4 weeks or 4 mg zoledronic acid (dose-adjusted for reduced renal function) IV every 4 weeks were compared in three randomised, double blind, active controlled studies, in IV-bisphosphonate naïve patients with advanced malignancies involving bone: adults with breast cancer (study 1), other solid tumours or multiple myeloma (study 2), and castrate-resistant prostate cancer (study 3). Patients with prior history of ONJ or osteomyelitis of the jaw, an active dental or jaw condition requiring oral surgery, non-healed dental/oral surgery, or any planned invasive dental procedure, were not eligible for inclusion in these studies. The primary and secondary endpoints evaluated the occurrence of one or more skeletal related events (SREs). In studies demonstrating superiority of XGEVA to zoledronic acid, patients were offered open label XGEVA in a pre-specified 2-year extension treatment phase.XGEVA reduced the risk of developing a SRE, and developing multiple SREs (first and subsequent) in patients with bone metastases from solid tumours (see table 2).
Table 2: Efficacy results in patients with advanced malignancies involving bone
|Study 1breast cancer||Study 2 other solid tumours** or multiple myeloma||Study 3prostate cancer||Combined advanced cancer|
|XGEVA||zoledronic acid||XGEVA||zoledronic acid||XGEVA||zoledronic acid||XGEVA||zoledronic acid|
|Median time (months)||NR||26.4||20.6||16.3||20.7||17.1||27.6||19.4|
|Difference in median time (months)||NA||4.2||3.5||8.2|
|HR (95% CI) / RRR (%)||0.82 (0.71, 0.95) / 18||0.84 (0.71, 0.98) / 16||0.82 (0.71, 0.95) / 18||0.83 (0.76, 0.90) / 17|
|Non-inferiority / Superiority p-values||< 0.0001 / 0.0101||0.0007 / 0.0619||0.0002 / 0.0085||< 0.0001 / < 0.0001|
|Proportion of subjects (%)||30.7||36.5||31.4||36.3||35.9||40.6||32.6||37.8|
|First and subsequent SRE*|
|Rate ratio (95% CI) / RRR (%)||0.77 (0.66, 0.89) / 23||0.90 (0.77, 1.04) / 10||0.82 (0.71, 0.94) / 18||0.82 (0.75, 0.89) / 18|
|Superiority p-value||0.0012||0.1447||0.0085||< 0.0001|
|SMR per Year||0.45||0.58||0.86||1.04||0.79||0.83||0.69||0.81|
|First SRE or HCM|
|Median time (months)||NR||25.2||19.0||14.4||20.3||17.1||26.6||19.4|
|HR (95% CI) / RRR (%)||0.82 (0.70, 0.95) / 18||0.83 (0.71, 0.97) / 17||0.83 (0.72, 0.96) / 17||0.83 (0.76, 0.90) / 17|
|Superiority p-value||0.0074||0.0215||0.0134||< 0.0001|
|First radiation to bone|
|Median time (months)||NR||NR||NR||NR||NR||28.6||NR||33.2|
|HR (95% CI) / RRR (%)||0.74 (0.59, 0.94) / 26||0.78 (0.63, 0.97) / 22||0.78 (0.66, 0.94) / 22||0.77 (0.69, 0.87) / 23|
|Superiority p-value||0.0121||0.0256||0.0071||< 0.0001|
Disease progression and overall survivalDisease progression was similar between XGEVA and zoledronic acid in all three studies and in the pre-specified analysis of all three-studies combined. In all three studies overall survival was balanced between XGEVA and zoledronic acid in patients with advanced malignancies involving bone: patients with breast cancer (hazard ratio and 95% CI was 0.95 [0.81, 1.11]), patients with prostate cancer (hazard ratio and 95% CI was 1.03 [0.91, 1.17]), and patients with other solid tumours or multiple myeloma (hazard ratio and 95% CI was 0.95 [0.83, 1.08]). A post-hoc analysis in study 2 (patients with other solid tumours or multiple myeloma) examined overall survival for the 3 tumour types used for stratification (non-small cell lung cancer, multiple myeloma, and other). Overall survival was longer for XGEVA in non-small cell lung cancer (hazard ratio [95% CI] of 0.79 [0.65, 0.95]; n = 702) and longer for zoledronic acid in multiple myeloma (hazard ratio [95% CI] of 2.26 [1.13, 4.50]; n = 180) and similar between XGEVA and zoledronic acid in other tumour types (hazard ratio [95% CI] of 1.08 (0.90, 1.30); n = 894). This study did not control for prognostic factors and anti-neoplastic treatments. In a combined pre-specified analysis from studies 1, 2 and 3, overall survival was similar between XGEVA and zoledronic acid (hazard ratio and 95% CI 0.99 [0.91, 1.07]).
Effect on painThe time to pain improvement (i.e., ≥ 2 point decrease from baseline in BPI-SF worst pain score) was similar for denosumab and zoledronic acid in each study and the integrated analyses. In a post-hoc analysis of the combined dataset, the median time to worsening pain (> 4-point worst pain score) in patients with mild or no pain at baseline was delayed for XGEVA compared to zoledronic acid (198 versus 143 days) (p = 0.0002).
Clinical efficacy in adults and skeletally mature adolescents with giant cell tumour of boneThe safety and efficacy of XGEVA was studied in two Phase II open-label, single arm trials (studies 4 and 5) that enrolled 529 patients with giant cell tumour of bone that was either unresectable or for which surgery would be associated with severe morbidity. Study 4 enrolled 37 adult patients with histologically confirmed unresectable or recurrent giant cell tumour of bone. Response criteria included elimination of giant cells based on histopathology or lack of progression by radiography. Of the 35 patients included in the efficacy analysis, 85.7% (95% CI: 69.7, 95.2) had a treatment response to XGEVA. All 20 patients (100%) with histology assessments responded. Of the remaining 15 patients, 10 (67%) radiographic measurements showed no progression of the target lesion. Study 5 enrolled 507 adult or skeletally mature adolescents with giant cell tumour of bone and evidence of measurable active disease. In Cohort 1 (patients with surgically unsalvageable disease), median time to disease progression was not reached, 21 of the 258 treated patients had disease progression. In Cohort 2 (patients with surgically salvageable disease whose planned surgery was associated with severe morbidity), 209 of the 228 evaluable patients treated with XGEVA had not undergone surgery by month 6. Overall of 225 patients for whom giant cell tumours of bone surgery (excluding lung metastases only) was planned, 109 had no surgery performed and 84 underwent a less morbid procedure than planned at baseline. The median time to surgery was 261 days.Upon enrolment of 305 patients in studies 4 and 5 a retrospective independent review of radiographic imaging data was performed. One hundred and ninety had at least 1 evaluable time point response and were included in the analysis (table 3). Overall, XGEVA achieved objective tumour responses in 71.6% (95% CI 64.6, 77.9) of patients (table 3) ) assessed by any of the modalities, with the majority of responses defined by a reduction in fluorodeoxyglucose PET activity or increase in density measured in CT/HU, only 25.1 % of the patients had a response per RECIST. The median time to response was 3.1 months (95% CI 2.89, 3.65). The median duration of response was not estimable (four patients experienced disease progressions following an objective response). In 190 subjects evaluable for objective tumour response, 55 subjects had GCTB surgery, out of which 40 subjects had complete resections.
Table 3: Objective treatment response in patients with giant cell tumour of bone
|Number of patients evaluable for response||Number of patients with an objective response||Proportion (%)(95% CI) 1|
|Based on best response||190||136||71.6(64.6, 77.9)|
|RECIST 1.12||187||47||25.1(19.1, 32.0)|
Effect on painUpon enrolment of 282 patients, in Study 5 cohorts 1 and 2 combined, a clinically meaningful reduction in worst pain (i.e., ≥ 2 point decrease from baseline) was reported for 31.4% of patients at risk (i.e. those who had a worst pain score of ≥ 2 at baseline) within 1 week of treatment, and ≥ 50% at week 5. These pain improvements were maintained at all subsequent evaluations. Baseline pre-treatment analgesic use in cohort 1 and cohort 2 was graded on a seven point scale, where 74.8% of patients reported no or mild analgesic use (i.e. analgesic score ≤ 2) and 25.2 % of patients used strong opioids (i.e. analgesic score 3 to 7).
Paediatric populationThe European Medicines Agency has waived the obligation to submit the results of studies with XGEVA in all subsets of the paediatric population in the prevention of skeletal related events in patients with bone metastases and subsets of the paediatric population below the age of 12 in the treatment of giant cell tumour of bone (see section 4.2 for information on paediatric use). In Study 5, XGEVA has been evaluated in a subset of 18 adolescent patients (aged 13-17 years) with giant cell tumour of bone who had reached skeletal maturity defined by at least 1 mature long bone (e.g., closed epiphyseal growth plate of the humerus) and body weight ≥ 45 kg. An objective response was observed for four of six evaluable adolescent in an interim analysis of Study 5. An investigator assessment reported that all 18 adolescent patients had a best response of stable disease or better (complete response in 2 patients, partial response in 8 patients, and stable disease in 8 patients). The European Medicines Agency has deferred the obligation to submit the final results of this study.
AbsorptionFollowing SC administration, bioavailability was 62%.
BiotransformationDenosumab is composed solely of amino acids and carbohydrates as native immunoglobulin and is unlikely to be eliminated via hepatic metabolic mechanisms. Its metabolism and elimination are expected to follow the immunoglobulin clearance pathways, resulting in degradation to small peptides and individual amino acids.
EliminationIn subjects with advanced cancer, who received multiple doses of 120 mg every 4 weeks an approximate 2-fold accumulation in serum denosumab concentrations was observed and steady-state was achieved by 6 months, consistent with time-independent pharmacokinetics. In subjects with giant cell tumour of bone who received 120 mg every 4 weeks with a loading dose on days 8 and 15, steady-state levels were achieved within the first month of treatment. Between weeks 9 and 49, median trough levels varied by less than 9%. In subjects who discontinued 120 mg every 4 weeks, the mean half-life was 28 days (range 14 to 55 days). A population pharmacokinetic analysis did not indicate clinically significant changes in the systemic exposure of denosumab at steady state with respect to age (18 to 87 years), race/ethnicity (Blacks, Hispanics, Asians and Caucasians explored), gender or solid tumour types. Increasing body weight was associated with decreases in systemic exposure, and vice versa. The alterations were not considered clinically relevant, since pharmacodynamic effects based on bone turnover markers were consistent across a wide range of body weight.
Linearity/non-linearityDenosumab displayed non-linear pharmacokinetics with dose over a wide dose range, but approximately dose-proportional increases in exposure for doses of 60 mg (or 1 mg/kg) and higher. The non-linearity is likely due to a saturable target-mediated elimination pathway of importance at low concentrations.
Renal impairmentIn a studies of denosumab (60 mg, n = 55 and 120 mg, n = 32) in patients without advanced cancer but with varying degrees of renal function, including patients on dialysis, the degree of renal impairment had no effect on the pharmacokinetics of denosumab; thus dose adjustment for renal impairment is not required. There is no need for renal monitoring with XGEVA dosing.
Hepatic impairmentNo specific study in patients with hepatic impairment was performed. In general, monoclonal antibodies are not eliminated via hepatic metabolic mechanisms. The pharmacokinetics of denosumab is not expected to be affected by hepatic impairment.
ElderlyNo overall differences in safety or efficacy were observed between geriatric patients and younger patients. Controlled clinical studies of XGEVA in patients with advanced malignancies involving bone over age 65 revealed similar efficacy and safety in older and younger patients. No dose adjustment is required in elderly patients.
Paediatric populationThe pharmacokinetic profile in paediatric populations has not been assessed.
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