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Tecentriq 840 mg concentrate for solution for infusion

Package leaflet: Information for the patient

Tecentriq 840 mg concentrate for solution for infusion

atezolizumab

▼This medicine is subject to additional monitoring. This will allow quick identification of new safety information. You can help by reporting any side effects you may get. See the end of section 4 for how to report side effects.

Read all of this leaflet carefully before you are given 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 nurse.
  • If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or nurse. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. See section 4.

What is in this leaflet

1. What Tecentriq is and what it is used for
2. What you need to know before you are given Tecentriq
3. How Tecentriq is given
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Tecentriq
6. Contents of the pack and other information

1. What Tecentriq is and what it is used for

What Tecentriq is

Tecentriq is an anti-cancer medicine that contains the active substance atezolizumab. It belongs to a group of medicines called monoclonal antibodies. A monoclonal antibody is a type of protein designed to recognise and attach to a specific target in the body.

What Tecentriq is used for

Tecentriq is used to treat adults with:

  • a cancer that affects the bladder and the urinary system, called urothelial carcinoma. It is used when this cancer has:
    • spread to other parts of the body
    • come back after previous treatment
    • or, if you cannot receive anticancer medicine (a chemotherapy called cisplatin), and your doctor has tested your cancer and found high levels of a specific protein in your body called programmed death-ligand 1 (PD-L1).
  • a cancer that affects the lungs, called non-small cell lung cancer. It is used when this cancer is advanced. This means the lung cancer has:
    • spread to other parts of the body
    • come back after previous treatment.
  • a cancer that arises from the breast, called triple negative breast cancer. Tecentriq is used in combination with anticancer medicine (chemotherapy called nab-paclitaxel):
    • if your doctor tested your cancer and found high levels of a specific protein in your body called program death ligand (PD-L1)
    • when the cancer has spread to other parts of the body and has not been treated with anticancer medicines (chemotherapy) or else when the cancer has come back in the breast after previous treatment.

It is important that you also read the package leaflet for nab-paclitaxel.

How Tecentriq works

Tecentriq works by attaching to a specific protein in your body called programmed death-ligand 1 (PD-L1). This protein suppresses the body’s immune (defence) system, thereby protecting cancer cells from being attacked by the immune cells. By attaching to the protein, Tecentriq helps your immune system to fight your cancer.

2. What you need to know before you are given Tecentriq

You must not be given Tecentriq if:

  • you are allergic to atezolizumab or any of the other ingredients of this medicine (listed in section 6).

If you are not sure, talk to your doctor or nurse before you are given Tecentriq.

Warnings and precautions

Talk to your doctor or nurse before you are given Tecentriq if you:

  • have an auto-immune disease (a condition where the body attacks its own cells)
  • have been told that your cancer has spread to your brain
  • have any history of inflammation of your lungs (called pneumonitis)
  • have or have had chronic viral infection of the liver, including hepatitis B (HBV) or hepatitis C (HCV)
  • have human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection or acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS)
  • have had serious side effects because of other antibody therapies that help your immune system to fight cancer
  • have been given medicines to stimulate your immune system
  • have been given medicines to suppress your immune system
  • have been given a live, attenuated vaccine

If any of the above applies to you (or you are not sure), talk to your doctor or nurse before you are given Tecentriq.

Tecentriq may cause some side effects that you must tell your doctor about straight away. They may happen weeks or months after your last dose. Tell your doctor straight away if you notice any of the symptoms below:

  • inflammation of the lung (pneumonitis): symptoms may include new or worsening cough, shortness of breath, and chest pain
  • inflammation of the liver (hepatitis): symptoms may include yellowing of skin or eyes, nausea, vomiting, bleeding or bruising, dark urine, and stomach pain
  • inflammation of the intestines (colitis): symptoms may include diarrhoea (watery, loose or soft stools), blood in stools, and stomach pain
  • inflammation of the thyroid, adrenal glands and the pituitary gland (hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, adrenal insufficiency or hypophysitis): symptoms may include tiredness, weight loss, weight gain, change in mood, hair loss, constipation, dizziness, headaches, increased thirst, increased urination and changes in vision.
  • type 1 diabetes, including acid in the blood produced from diabetes (diabetic ketoacidosis): symptoms may include feeling more hungry or thirsty than usual, need to urinate more often, weight loss, and feeling tired
  • inflammation of the brain (encephalitis) or inflammation of the membrane around the spinal cord and brain (meningitis): symptoms may include neck stiffness, headache, fever, chills, vomiting, eye sensitivity to light, confusion and sleepiness
  • inflammation or problems of the nerves (neuropathy): symptoms may include muscle weakness and numbness, tingling in hands and feet
  • inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis): symptoms may include abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting
  • inflammation of the heart muscle (myocarditis): symptoms may include shortness of breath, decreased exercise tolerance, feeling tired, chest pain, swelling of the ankles or legs, irregular heartbeat, and fainting
  • inflammation of the kidneys (nephritis); symptoms may include changes in urine output and color, pain in pelvis, and swelling of the body and may lead to failure of the kidneys
  • severe reactions associated with infusion (events occurring during the infusion or within one day of the infusion): may include fever, chills, shortness of breath and flushing.

If you notice any of the symptoms above, tell your doctor straight away.

Do not try to treat yourself with other medicines. Your doctor may:

  • Give you other medicines to prevent complications and reduce symptoms.
  • Delay giving your next dose of Tecentriq.
  • Stop your treatment with Tecentriq.

Tests and checks

Before your treatment, your doctor will check your general health. You will also have blood tests during your treatment.

Children and adolescents

This medicine should not be given to children or adolescents below 18 years of age. This is because the effects of Tecentriq in this age group are not known.

Other medicines and Tecentriq

Tell your doctor or nurse if you are taking, have recently taken or might take any other medicines. This includes medicines obtained without a prescription, including herbal medicines.

Pregnancy and contraception

  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, think you might be pregnant or are planning to become pregnant.
  • You will not be given Tecentriq if you are pregnant unless your doctor considers it necessary. This is because the effect of Tecentriq in pregnant women is not known - it is possible that it could harm your unborn baby.
  • If you could become pregnant, you must use effective contraception;
    • while you are being treated with Tecentriq and
    • for 5 months after the last dose.
  • If you become pregnant while you are being treated with Tecentriq tell your doctor.

Breast-feeding

It is not known if Tecentriq gets into breast milk. Ask your doctor if you should stop breast-feeding or if you should stop treatment with Tecentriq.

Driving and using machines

Tecentriq has minor influence on your ability to drive and use machines. If you feel tired, do not drive or use machines until you feel better.

3. How Tecentriq is given

You will be given Tecentriq by a doctor experienced in cancer treatment in a hospital or clinic.

How much Tecentriq is given

The recommended dose is either:

  • 840 milligrams (mg) every two weeks, or
  • 1,680 milligrams (mg) every four weeks.

How Tecentriq is given

Tecentriq is given as a drip into a vein (an intravenous infusion).

Your first infusion will be given over 60 minutes.

  • Your doctor will monitor you carefully during the first infusion.
  • If you do not have an infusion reaction during the first infusion, the next infusions will be given to you over a period of 30 minutes.

How long treatment lasts

Your doctor will keep giving you Tecentriq until you no longer benefit from it. However, it may be stopped if the side effects become too much of a problem.

If you miss a dose of Tecentriq

If you miss an appointment, make another one straight away. For the treatment to be fully effective, it is very important to keep having the infusions.

If you stop receiving Tecentriq

Do not stop treatment with Tecentriq unless you have discussed this with your doctor. This is because stopping treatment may stop the effect of the medicine.

If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your doctor or nurse.

4. Possible side effects

Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.

Tell your doctor straight away if you notice any of the side effects below or if they get worse. They may happen weeks or months after your last dose. Do not try to treat yourself with other medicines.

Tecentriq used alone

The following side effects have been reported in clinical trials with Tecentriq used alone:

Very common: may affect more than 1 in 10 people

  • fever
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • feeling very tired with no energy (fatigue)
  • lack of energy
  • itching of the skin
  • diarrhoea
  • joint pain
  • rash
  • loss of appetite
  • shortness of breath
  • urinary tract infection
  • back pain
  • cough
  • pain in the muscles and bones

Common: may affect up to 1 in 10 people

  • inflammation of the lungs (pneumonitis)
  • low oxygen levels, which may cause shortness of breath as a consequence of inflamed lungs (hypoxia)
  • stomach pain
  • inflammation of the liver
  • elevated liver enzymes (shown in tests), which may be a sign of an inflamed liver
  • difficulty swallowing
  • blood tests showing low levels of potassium (hypokalaemia) or sodium (hyponatremia)
  • low blood pressure (hypotension)
  • underactive thyroid gland (hypothyroidism)
  • allergic reaction (infusion-related reaction, hypersensitivity or anaphylaxis)
  • flu-like illness
  • chills
  • inflammation of the intestines
  • low platelet count, which may make you more likely to bruise or bleed
  • blocked nose (nasal congestion)
  • high blood sugar
  • common cold
  • mouth and throat pain

Uncommon: may affect up to 1 in 100 people

  • inflammation of the pancreas
  • numbness or paralysis, which may be signs of Guillain-Barré syndrome
  • inflammation of the membrane around the spinal cord and brain
  • low levels of adrenal hormones
  • overactive thyroid gland (hyperthyroidism)
  • type 1 diabetes
  • inflammation of muscles (myositis)

Rare: may affect up to 1 in 1,000 people

  • inflammation of the heart muscle
  • myasthenia gravis, an illness that can cause muscle weakness
  • inflammation of the pituitary gland situated at the base of the brain
  • inflammation of the kidneys

Tecentriq used in combination with anticancer medicines

The following side effects have been reported in clinical trials when Tecentriq is given in combination with anticancer medicines:

Very common: may affect more than 1 in 10 people

  • low number of red blood cells, which can cause tiredness and shortness of breath
  • low white blood cell count with and without fever, which can increase the risk of infection (neutropenia, leukopenia)
  • low platelet count, which may make you more likely to bruise or bleed (thrombocytopenia)
  • constipation
  • nerve damage resulting in possible numbness, pain, and/or loss of motor function (peripheral neuropathy)
  • underactive thyroid gland (hypothyroidism)
  • loss of appetite
  • shortness of breath
  • diarrhoea
  • nausea
  • itching of the skin
  • rash
  • joint pain
  • feeling very tired (fatigue)
  • fever
  • headache
  • cough
  • pain in the muscles and bones
  • vomiting
  • back pain
  • lack of energy
  • dizziness
  • infection of the lung

Common: may affect up to 1 in 10 people

  • blood tests showing low levels of potassium (hypokalaemia) or sodium (hyponatremia)
  • inflammation of the mouth or lips
  • hoarse voice (dysphonia)
  • low levels of magnesium, which can cause weakness and muscle cramping, numbness and pain in the arms and legs
  • protein in urine (proteinuria)
  • fainting
  • elevated liver enzymes (shown in tests), which may be a sign of an inflamed liver
  • changes to sense of taste (dysgeusia)
  • decreased number of lymphocyte (a type of white blood cells), which is associated with an increased risk of infection

If you notice any of the side effects above or if they get worse, tell your doctor straight away.

Reporting of side effects

If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or nurse. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly (see details below). By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.

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5. How to store Tecentriq

Tecentriq will be stored by the healthcare professionals at the hospital or clinic. The storage details are as follows:

  • 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 carton and the vial label after EXP. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
  • Store in a refrigerator (2 °C - 8 °C). Do not freeze.
  • Keep the vial in the outer carton in order to protect from light.
  • The diluted solution should not be kept more than 24 hours at 2 °C to 8 °C or 8 hours at ambient temperature (≤ 25 °C), unless dilution has taken place in controlled and validated aseptic conditions.
  • Do not use if this medicine is cloudy, discoloured or contains particles

Do not throw away any medicines via wastewater or household waste. Your healthcare professional will throw away any medicines that are no longer being used. These measures will help to protect the environment.

6. Contents of the pack and other information

What Tecentriq contains

  • The active substance is atezolizumab. Each mL contains 60 mg of atezolizumab. Each 14 mL vial contains 840 mg of atezolizumab.
  • After dilution, one mL of solution contains approximately 3.2 mg of atezolizumab for 840 mg dose and 6.0 mg of atezolizumab for 1680 mg dose.
  • The other ingredients are L-histidine, glacial acetic acid, sucrose, polysorbate 20 and water for injections.

What Tecentriq looks like and contents of the pack

Tecentriq is a concentrate for solution for infusion. It is a clear, colourless to slightly yellowish liquid.

Tecentriq is available in a pack containing 1 glass vial.

Marketing Authorisation Holder

Roche Registration GmbH
Emil-Barell-Strasse 1
79639 Grenzach-Wyhlen
Germany

Manufacturer

Roche Pharma AG
Emil-Barell-Strasse 1
D-79639
Grenzach-Wyhlen
Germany

For any information about this medicine, please contact the local representative of the Marketing Authorisation Holder:

United Kingdom
Roche Products Ltd.
Tel: +44 (0) 1707 366000

This leaflet was last revised in September 2019.

Other sources of information

Detailed information on this medicine is available on the European Medicines Agency web site: http://www.ema.europa.eu

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