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Summary of Product Characteristics last updated on the eMC: 19/02/2013
SPC Zoladex 3.6mg Implant


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1. Name of the medicinal product

Zoladex® 3.6 mg Implant


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2. Qualitative and quantitative composition

Goserelin acetate (equivalent to 3.6 mg goserelin).

For excipients, see 6.1.


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3. Pharmaceutical form

Implant, in pre-filled syringe.


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4. Clinical particulars

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4.1 Therapeutic indications

(i) Treatment of prostate cancer in the following settings (see also section 5.1):

• In the treatment of metastatic prostate cancer where Zoladex has demonstrated comparable survival benefits to surgical castrations (see section 5.1)

• In the treatment of locally advanced prostate cancer, as an alternative to surgical castration where Zoladex has demonstrated comparable survival benefits to an anti-androgen (see section 5.1)

• As adjuvant treatment to radiotherapy in patients with high-risk localised or locally advanced prostate cancer where Zoladex has demonstrated improved disease-free survival and overall survival (see section 5.1)

• As neo-adjuvant treatment prior to radiotherapy in patients with high-risk localised or locally advanced prostate cancer where Zoladex has demonstrated improved disease-free survival (see section 5.1)

• As adjuvant treatment to radical prostatectomy in patients with locally advanced prostate cancer at high risk of disease progression where Zoladex has demonstrated improved disease-free survival (see section 5.1)

(ii) Advanced breast cancer in pre and perimenopausal women suitable for hormonal manipulation.

(iii) Zoladex 3.6 mg is indicated as an alternative to chemotherapy in the standard of care for pre/perimenopausal women with oestrogen receptor (ER) positive early breast cancer.

(iv) Endometriosis: In the management of endometriosis, Zoladex alleviates symptoms, including pain, and reduces the size and number of endometrial lesions.

(v) Endometrial thinning: Zoladex is indicated for the prethinning of the uterine endometrium prior to endometrial ablation or resection.

(vi) Uterine fibroids: In conjunction with iron therapy in the haematological improvement of anaemic patients with fibroids prior to surgery.

(vii) Assisted reproduction: Pituitary downregulation in preparation for superovulation.


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4.2 Posology and method of administration

Adults

One 3.6 mg depot of Zoladex injected subcutaneously into the anterior abdominal wall, every 28 days. No dosage adjustment is necessary for patients with renal or hepatic impairment, or in the elderly.

Endometriosis should be treated for a period of six months only, since at present there are no clinical data for longer treatment periods. Repeat courses should not be given due to concern about loss of bone mineral density. In patients receiving Zoladex for the treatment of endometriosis, the addition of hormone replacement therapy (a daily oestrogenic agent and a progestogenic agent) has been shown to reduce bone mineral density loss and vasomotor symptoms.

For use in endometrial thinning: four or eight weeks treatment. The second depot may be required for the patient with a large uterus or to allow flexible surgical timing.

For women who are anaemic as a result of uterine fibroids: Zoladex 3.6 mg depot with supplementary iron may be administered for up to three months before surgery.

Assisted reproduction: Zoladex 3.6 mg is administered to downregulate the pituitary gland, as defined by serum estradiol levels similar to those observed in the early follicular phase (approximately 150 pmol/l). This will usually take between 7 and 21 days.

When downregulation is achieved, superovulation (controlled ovarian stimulation) with gonadotrophin is commenced. The downregulation achieved with a depot agonist is more consistent suggesting that, in some cases, there may be an increased requirement for gonadotrophin. At the appropriate stage of follicular development, gonadotrophin is stopped and human chorionic gonadotrophin (hCG) is administered to induce ovulation. Treatment monitoring, oocyte retrieval and fertilisation techniques are performed according to the normal practice of the individual clinic.

Children

Zoladex is not indicated for use in children.

For correct administration of Zoladex, see instructions on the instruction card.


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4.3 Contraindications

Known severe hypersensitivity to the active substance or to any of the excipients of this product.

Pregnancy and lactation (see section 4.6).


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4.4 Special warnings and precautions for use

Zoladex is not indicated for use in children, as safety and efficacy have not been established in this patient group.

There is an increased risk of incident depression (which may be severe) in patients undergoing treatment with GnRH agonists, such as Goserelin. Patients should be informed accordingly and treated as appropriate if symptoms occur.

Males

The use of Zoladex in men at particular risk of developing ureteric obstruction or spinal cord compression should be considered carefully, and the patients monitored closely during the first month of therapy. If spinal cord compression or renal impairment due to ureteric obstruction are present or develop, specific standard treatment of these complications should be instituted.

Consideration should be given to the initial use of an anti-androgen (e.g. cyproterone acetate 300 mg daily for three days before and three weeks after commencement of Zoladex) at the start of LHRH analogue therapy since this has been reported to prevent the possible sequelae of the initial rise in serum testosterone.

The use of LHRH agonists may cause reduction in bone mineral density. In men, preliminary data suggest that the use of a bisphosphonate in combination with an LHRH agonist may reduce bone mineral loss. Particular caution is necessary in patients with additional risk factors for osteoporosis (e.g. chronic alcohol abusers, smokers, long-term therapy with anticonvulsants or corticosteroids, family history of osteoporosis).

Patients with known depression and patients with hypertension should be monitored carefully.

Reduction in glucose tolerance has been observed in men receiving LHRH agonists. This may manifest as diabetes or loss of glycaemic control in patients with pre-existing diabetes mellitus. Thus, monitoring of blood glucose levels should be considered.

Myocardial infarction and cardiac failure were observed in a pharmaco-epidemiology study of LHRH agonists used in the treatment of prostate cancer. The risk appears to be increased when used in combination with anti-androgens.

Females

Breast cancer indication

Reduced bone mineral density:

The use of LHRH agonists may cause reduction in bone mineral density. Following two years treatment for early breast cancer, the average loss of bone mineral density was 6.2% and 11.5% at the femoral neck and lumbar spine respectively. This loss has been shown to be partially reversible at the one year off treatment follow-up with recovery to 3.4% and 6.4% relative to baseline at the femoral neck and lumbar spine respectively, although this recovery is based on very limited data. In the majority of women, currently available data suggest that recovery of bone loss occurs after cessation of therapy.

Preliminary data suggest that the use of Zoladex in combination with tamoxifen in patients with breast cancer may reduce bone mineral loss.

Benign indications

Loss of bone mineral density:

The use of LHRH agonists is likely to cause reduction in bone mineral density averaging 1% per month during a six month treatment period. Every 10% reduction in bone mineral density is linked with about a two to three times increased fracture risk. In the majority of women, currently available data suggest that recovery of bone loss occurs after cessation of therapy.

In patients receiving Zoladex for the treatment of endometriosis, the addition of hormone replacement therapy has been shown to reduce bone mineral density loss and vasomotor symptoms.

No specific data is available for patients with established osteoporosis or with risk factors for osteoporosis (e.g. chronic alcohol abusers, smokers, long-term therapy with drugs that reduce bone mineral density, e.g. anticonvulsants or corticosteroids, family history of osteoporosis, malnutrition, e.g. anorexia nervosa). Since reduction in bone mineral density is likely to be more detrimental in these patients, treatment with Zoladex should be considered on an individual basis and only be initiated if the benefits of treatment outweigh the risks following a very careful appraisal. Consideration should be given to additional measures in order to counteract loss of bone mineral density.

Withdrawal bleeding

During early treatment with Zoladex some women may experience vaginal bleeding of variable duration and intensity. If vaginal bleeding occurs it is usually in the first month after starting treatment. Such bleeding probably represents oestrogen withdrawal bleeding and is expected to stop spontaneously. If bleeding continues, the reason should be investigated.

There are no clinical data on the effects of treating benign gynaecological conditions with Zoladex for periods in excess of six months.

The use of Zoladex may cause an increase in cervical resistance and care should be taken when dilating the cervix.

Zoladex should only be administered as part of a regimen for assisted reproduction under the supervision of a specialist experienced in the area.

As with other LHRH agonists, there have been reports of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS), associated with the use of Zoladex 3.6 mg in combination with gonadotrophin. The stimulation cycle should be monitored carefully to identify patients at risk of developing OHSS. If OHSS risk is present, human chorionic gonadotrophin (hCG) should be withheld, if possible.

It is recommended that Zoladex is used with caution in fertilisation treatment of patients with polycystic ovarian syndrome as follicle recruitment may be increased.

Fertile women should use non-hormonal contraceptive methods during treatment with Zoladex and until reset of menstruation following discontinuation of treatment with Zoladex.

Patients with known depression and patients with hypertension should be monitored carefully.

Treatment with Zoladex may lead to positive reactions in anti-doping tests.


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4.5 Interaction with other medicinal products and other forms of interaction

Not known.


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4.6 Pregnancy and lactation

Pregnancy: Zoladex should not be used during pregnancy since concurrent use of LHRH agonists is associated with a theoretical risk of abortion or foetal abnormality. Prior to treatment, potentially fertile women should be examined carefully to exclude pregnancy. Non-hormonal methods of contraception should be employed during therapy until menses resume (see also warning concerning the time to return of menses in section 4.4).

Pregnancy should be excluded before Zoladex is used for fertilisation treatment. When Zoladex is used in this setting, there is no clinical evidence to suggest a causal connection between Zoladex and any subsequent abnormalities of oocyte development or pregnancy or outcome.

Lactation: The use of Zoladex during breast-feeding is not recommended.


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4.7 Effects on ability to drive and use machines

There is no evidence that Zoladex would result in impairment of ability to drive or operate machinery.


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4.8 Undesirable effects

The following frequency categories for adverse drug reactions (ADRs) were calculated based on reports from Zoladex clinical trials and post-marketing sources. The most commonly observed adverse reactions include hot flushes, sweating and injection site reactions.

The following convention has been used for classification of frequency: 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), Very rare (<1/10,000) and Not known (cannot be estimated from the available data).

Table: Zoladex 3.6 mg adverse drug reactions presented by MedDRA System Organ Class

SOC

Frequency

Males

Females

Neoplasms benign, malignant and unspecified (including cysts and polyps)

Very rare

Pituitary tumour

Pituitary tumour

Not known

N/A

Degeneration of uterine fibroid

Immune system disorders

Uncommon

Drug hypersensitivity

Drug hypersensitivity

Rare

Anaphylactic reaction

Anaphylactic reaction

Endocrine disorders

Very rare

Pituitary haemorrhage

Pituitary haemorrhage

Metabolism and nutrition disorders

Common

Glucose tolerance impaireda

N/A

Uncommon

N/A

Hypercalcaemia

Psychiatric disorders

Very common

Libido decreasedb

Libido decreasedb

Common

Mood changes, depression

Mood changes, depression

Very rare

Psychotic disorder

Psychotic disorder

Nervous system disorders

Common

Paraesthesia

Paraesthesia

Spinal cord compression

N/A

N/A

Headache

Cardiac disorders

Common

Cardiac failuref, myocardial infarctionf

N/A

Vascular disorders

Very common

Hot flushb

Hot flushb

Common

Blood pressure abnormalc

Blood pressure abnormalc

Skin and subcutaneous tissue disorders

Very common

Hyperhidrosisb

Hyperhidrosisb, acnei

Common

Rashd

Rashd, alopeciag

Not Known

Alopeciah

(see Common)

Musculoskeletal, connective tissue and bone disorders

Common

Bone paine

N/A

(see Uncommon)

Arthralgia

Uncommon

Arthralgia

(see Common)

Renal and urinary disorders

Uncommon

Ureteric obstruction

N/A

Reproductive system and breast disorders

Very common

Erectile dysfunction

N/A

N/A

Vulvovaginal dryness

N/A

Breast enlargement

Common

Gynaecomastia

N/A

Uncommon

Breast tenderness

N/A

Rare

N/A

Ovarian cyst

N/A

Ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (if concomitantly used with gonadotrophins)

Not known

N/A

Withdrawal bleeding (see section 4.4)

General disorders and administration site conditions

Very common

(see Common)

Injection site reaction

Common

Injection site reaction

(see Very common)

N/A

Tumour flare, tumour pain (on initiation of treatment)

Investigations

Common

Bone density decreased (see section 4.4), weight increased

Bone density decreased (see section 4.4), weight increased

a A reduction in glucose tolerance has been observed in males receiving LHRH agonists. This may manifest as diabetes or loss of glycaemic control in those with pre-existing diabetes mellitus.

b These are pharmacological effects which seldom require withdrawal of therapy.

c These may manifest as hypotension or hypertension, have been occasionally observed in patients administered Zoladex. The changes are usually transient, resolving either during continued therapy or after cessation of therapy with Zoladex. Rarely, such changes have been sufficient to require medical intervention, including withdrawal of treatment from Zoladex.

d These are generally mild, often regressing without discontinuation of therapy.

e Initially, prostate cancer patients may experience a temporary increase in bone pain, which can be managed symptomatically.

f Observed in a pharmaco-epidemiology study of LHRH agonists used in the treatment of prostate cancer. The risk appears to be increased when used in combination with anti-androgens.

g Loss of head hair has been reported in females, including younger patients treated for benign conditions. This is usually mild but occasionally can be severe.

h Particularly loss of body hair, an expected effect of lowered androgen levels.

i In most cases acne was reported within one month after the start of Zoladex.

Post-marketing experience

A small number of cases of changes in blood count, hepatic dysfunction, pulmonary embolism and interstitial pneumonia have been reported in connection with Zoladex.

In addition, the following adverse drug reactions have been reported in women treated for benign gynaecological indications:

Acne, change of body hairs, dry skin, weight gain, increase in serum cholesterol, ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (if concomitantly used with gonadotropines), vaginitis, vaginal discharge, nervousness, sleep disorder, tiredness, peripheral oedema, myalgias, cramp in the calves, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, constipation, abdominal complaints, alterations of voice.

Initially, breast cancer patients may experience a temporary increase in signs and symptoms, which can be managed symptomatically.

Rarely, breast cancer patients with metastases have developed hypercalcaemia on initiation of therapy. In the presence of symptoms indicative of hypercalcaemia (e.g. thirst), hypercalcaemia should be excluded.

Rarely, some women may enter the menopause during treatment with LHRH analogues and not resume menses on cessation of therapy. Whether this is an effect of Zoladex treatment or a reflection of their gynaecological condition is not known.


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4.9 Overdose

There is not much experience of overdose in humans. In cases where Zoladex has been given before the planned time of administration, or when a bigger dose of Zoladex than originally planned has been given, no clinically significant undesirable effects have been observed. Animal tests suggest that no effect other than the intended therapeutic effects on sex hormone concentrations and on the reproductive tract will be evident with higher doses of Zoladex. In case of overdosage, the condition should be managed symptomatically.


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5. Pharmacological properties

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5.1 Pharmacodynamic properties

Zoladex (D-Ser(But)6 Azgly10 LHRH) is a synthetic analogue of naturally occurring LHRH. On chronic administration Zoladex results in inhibition of pituitary LH secretion leading to a fall in serum testosterone concentrations in males and serum estradiol concentrations in females. This effect is reversible on discontinuation of therapy. Initially, Zoladex, like other LHRH agonists, may transiently increase serum testosterone concentration in men and serum estradiol concentration in women.

In men, by around 21 days after the first depot injection, testosterone concentrations have fallen to within the castrate range and remain suppressed with continuous treatment every 28 days. This inhibition leads to prostate tumour regression and symptomatic improvement in the majority of patients.

In the management of patients with metastatic prostate cancer, Zoladex has been shown in comparative clinical trials to give similar survival outcomes to those obtained with surgical castrations.

In a combined analysis of 2 randomised controlled trials comparing bicalutamide 150 mg monotherapy versus castration (predominantly in the form of Zoladex), there was no significant difference in overall survival between bicalutamide-treated patients and castration-treated patients (hazard ratio = 1.05 [CI 0.81 to 1.36]) with locally advanced prostate cancer. However, equivalence of the two treatments could not be concluded statistically.

In comparative trials, Zoladex has been shown to improve disease-free survival and overall survival when used as an adjuvant therapy to radiotherapy in patients with high-risk localised (T1-T2 and PSA of at least 10 ng/mL or a Gleason score of at least 7), or locally advanced (T3-T4) prostate cancer. The optimum duration of adjuvant therapy has not been established; a comparative trial has shown that 3 years of adjuvant Zoladex gives significant survival improvement compared with radiotherapy alone. Neo-adjuvant Zoladex prior to radiotherapy has been shown to improve disease-free survival in patients with high risk localised or locally advanced prostate cancer.

After prostatectomy, in patients found to have extra-prostatic tumour spread, adjuvant Zoladex may improve disease-free survival periods, but there is no significant survival improvement unless patients have evidence of nodal involvement at time of surgery. Patients with pathologically staged locally advanced disease should have additional risk factors such as PSA of at least 10 ng/mL or a Gleason score of at least 7 before adjuvant Zoladex should be considered. There is no evidence of improved clinical outcomes with use of neo-adjuvant Zoladex before radical prostatectomy.

In women, serum estradiol concentrations are suppressed by around 21 days after the first depot injection and, with continuous treatment every 28 days, remain suppressed at levels comparable with those observed in postmenopausal women. This suppression is associated with a response in hormone-dependent advanced breast cancer, uterine fibroids, endometriosis and suppression of follicular development within the ovary. It will produce endometrial thinning and will result in amenorrhoea in the majority of patients.

During treatment with LHRH analogues patients may enter the menopause. Rarely, some women do not resume menses on cessation of therapy.

Zoladex in combination with iron has been shown to induce amenorrhoea and improve haemoglobin concentrations and related haematological parameters in women with fibroids who are anaemic. The combination produced a mean haemoglobin concentration 1 g/dl above that achieved by iron therapy alone.


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5.2 Pharmacokinetic properties

The bioavailability of Zoladex is almost complete. Administration of a depot every four weeks ensures that effective concentrations are maintained with no tissue accumulations. Zoladex is poorly protein bound and has a serum elimination half-life of two to four hours in subjects with normal renal function. The half-life is increased in patients with impaired renal function. For the compound given monthly in a depot formulation, this change will have minimal effect. Hence, no change in dosing is necessary in these patients. There is no significant change in pharmacokinetics in patients with hepatic failure.


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5.3 Preclinical safety data

Following long-term repeated dosing with Zoladex, an increased incidence of benign pituitary tumours has been observed in male rats. Whilst this finding is similar to that previously noted in this species following surgical castration, any relevance to man has not been established.

In mice, long-term repeated dosing with multiples of the human dose, produced histological changes in some regions of the digestive system manifested by pancreatic islet cell hyperplasia and a benign proliferative condition in the pyloric region of the stomach, also reported as a spontaneous lesion in this species. The clinical relevance of these findings is unknown.


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6. Pharmaceutical particulars

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6.1 List of excipients

Lactide/glycolide copolymer.


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6.2 Incompatibilities

None known.


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6.3 Shelf life

36 months.


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6.4 Special precautions for storage

Do not store above 25°C.


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6.5 Nature and contents of container

Single dose Safe System™ syringe applicator with a protective sleeve.


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6.6 Special precautions for disposal and other handling

Use as directed by the prescriber. Use only if pouch is undamaged. Use immediately after opening pouch. Dispose of the syringe in an approved sharps collector.


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7. Marketing authorisation holder

AstraZeneca UK Limited,

600 Capability Green,

Luton, LU1 3LU, UK.


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8. Marketing authorisation number(s)

PL 17901/0064


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9. Date of first authorisation/renewal of the authorisation

1st May 2001 (formerly 13.05.1993)


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10. Date of revision of the text

25th January 2013



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