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Zaltrap (aflibercept) – Summary of product characteristics - L01XX44

Updated on site: 11-Oct-2017

Medication nameZaltrap
ATC CodeL01XX44
Substanceaflibercept
ManufacturerSanofi-Aventis Groupe

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.

1.NAME OF THE MEDICINAL PRODUCT

ZALTRAP 25 mg/ml concentrate for solution for infusion

2.QUALITATIVE AND QUANTITATIVE COMPOSITION

One ml of concentrate for solution for infusion contains 25 mg aflibercept*.

One vial of 4 ml of concentrate contains 100 mg of aflibercept.

One vial of 8 ml of concentrate contains 200 mg of aflibercept.

* Aflibercept is produced in a Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) K-1 mammalian expression system by recombinant DNA technology.

For the full list of excipients, see section 6.1.

3.PHARMACEUTICAL FORM

Concentrate for solution for infusion (sterile concentrate).

The concentrate is a clear colourless to pale yellow solution.

4.CLINICAL PARTICULARS

4.1Therapeutic indications

ZALTRAP in combination with irinotecan/5-fluorouracil/folinic acid (FOLFIRI) chemotherapy is indicated in adults with metastatic colorectal cancer (MCRC) that is resistant to or has progressed after an oxaliplatin-containing regimen.

4.2Posology and method of administration

ZALTRAP should be administered under the supervision of a physician experienced in the use of antineoplastic medicinal products.

Posology

The recommended dose of ZALTRAP, administered as an intravenous infusion over 1 hour, is

4 mg/kg of body weight, followed by the FOLFIRI regimen. This is considered as one treatment cycle.

The FOLFIRI regimen to be used is irinotecan 180 mg/m2 intravenous infusion over 90 minutes and folinic acid (dl racemic) 400 mg/m² intravenous infusion over 2 hours at the same time on day 1 using a Y-line, followed by 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) 400 mg/m² intravenous bolus, followed by 5-FU

2400 mg/m² continuous intravenous infusion over 46 hours.

The treatment cycle is repeated every 2 weeks.

ZALTRAP treatment should be continued until disease progression or unacceptable toxicity occurs.

Dose modification

ZALTRAP should be discontinued for (see section 4.4):

Severe haemorrhage

Gastrointestinal (GI) perforation

Fistula formation

Hypertension that is not adequately controlled with anti-hypertensive therapy or occurrence of hypertensive crisis or hypertensive encephalopathy

Cardiac failure and ejection fraction decreased

Arterial thromboembolic events (ATE)

Grade 4 venous thromboembolic events (including pulmonary embolism)

Nephrotic syndrome or thrombotic microangiopathy (TMA)

Severe hypersensitivity reactions (including bronchospasm, dyspnoea, angioedema, and anaphylaxis) (see sections 4.3 and 4.4)

Compromised wound healing requiring medical intervention

Posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome (PRES) (also known as reversible posterior leukoencephalopathy syndrome (RPLS))

ZALTRAP should be temporarily suspended for at least 4 weeks prior to elective surgery (see section 4.4).

ZALTRAP/FOLFIRI Treatment delay or dose modification

Neutropenia or thrombocytopenia

Administration of ZALTRAP/FOLFIRI should be delayed

(see sections 4.4 and 4.8)

until neutrophil count is ≥1.5 x 109/L or platelet count is

 

≥75 x 109/L.

Febrile neutropenia or neutropenic

Irinotecan dose should be reduced by 15-20% in subsequent

sepsis

cycles.

 

If recurrence, 5-FU bolus and infusion doses should

 

additionally be reduced by 20% in subsequent cycles.

 

If recurrence after irinotecan and 5-FU dose reductions,

 

reduction of ZALTRAP dose to 2 mg/kg could be

 

considered.

 

The use of granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF)

 

may be considered.

Mild to moderate hypersensitivity

The infusion should be temporarily suspended until the

reactions to ZALTRAP (including

reaction resolves. Treatment with corticosteroids and/or

flushing, rash, urticaria, and pruritus)

antihistamines can be used as clinically indicated.

(see section 4.4)

Pre-treatment with corticosteroids and/or antihistamines may

 

 

be considered in subsequent cycles.

Severe hypersensitivity reactions

ZALTRAP/FOLFIRI should be discontinued and appropriate

(including bronchospasm, dyspnoea,

medical therapy should be administered.

angioedema, and anaphylaxis)

 

(see sections 4.3 and 4.4)

 

ZALTRAP Treatment delay and dose modification

Hypertension

ZALTRAP should be temporarily suspended until

(see section 4.4)

hypertension is controlled.

 

In case of recurrent medically significant or severe

 

hypertension, despite optimal treatment, ZALTRAP should

 

be suspended until the hypertension is controlled and the

 

dose reduced to 2 mg/kg for subsequent cycles.

 

 

 

Proteinuria

ZALTRAP should be suspended when proteinuria ≥2 grams

(see section 4.4)

per 24 hours and resumed when proteinuria <2 grams per 24

 

hours.

 

If recurrence, the treatment should be suspended until

 

<2 grams per 24 hours and then the dose reduces to 2 mg/kg.

FOLFIRI Dose modification when used in combination with ZALTRAP

Severe stomatitis and Palmar-Plantar

5-FU bolus should be reduced and the infusion dose reduced

Erythrodysaesthesia syndrome

by 20%.

Severe diarrhoea

Irinotecan dose should be reduced by 15-20%.

 

If severe diarrhoea recurs on a subsequent cycle, the 5-FU

 

bolus and infusion dose should also be reduced by 20%.

 

If severe diarrhoea persists with both dose reductions,

 

FOLFIRI should be discontinued.

 

Treatment with anti-diarrhoeal medicinal products and

 

rehydration can be used as needed.

For additional toxicities related to irinotecan, 5-FU, or folinic acid, refer to the current respective summary of product characteristics.

Special populations

Older people

In the pivotal MCRC study, 28.2% of patients were aged ≥65 and <75 and 5.4% of patients were aged ≥75. No dose adjustments of ZALTRAP is required in the older people.

Hepatic impairment

There have been no formal studies with ZALTRAP in patients with hepatic impairment (see section 5.2). Clinical data suggest that no change in aflibercept dose is required in patients with mild to moderate hepatic impairment. There are no data regarding the administration of aflibercept in patients with severe hepatic impairment.

Renal impairment

There have been no formal studies with ZALTRAP in patients with renal impairment (see section 5.2). Clinical data suggest that no change in starting dose is required in patients with mild to moderate renal impairment. There are very limited data in patients with severe renal impairment; therefore, these patients should be treated with caution.

Paediatric population

There is no relevant use of ZALTRAP in the paediatric population for the indication of metastatic colorectal cancer.

Method of administration

ZALTRAP is to be administered only as an intravenous infusion over 1 hour. Due to hyperosmolality (1000 mOsmol/kg) of the ZALTRAP concentrate, undiluted ZALTRAP concentrate must not be administered as an intravenous push or bolus. ZALTRAP must not be administered as an intravitreal injection (see sections 4.3 and 4.4).

Each vial of concentrate for solution for infusion is for single use (single-dose) only.

Precautions to be taken before handling or administering the medicinal product

For instructions on dilution of the medicinal product before administration, and on infusion sets for administration, see section 6.6.

4.3Contraindications

Hypersensitivity to aflibercept or to any of the excipients listed in section 6.1.

Ophthalmic / intravitreal use due to hyperosmotic properties of ZALTRAP (see section 4.4).

For contraindications related to FOLFIRI components (irinotecan, 5-FU, and folinic acid), refer to the current respective summary of product characteristics.

4.4Special warnings and precautions for use

Haemorrhage

An increased risk of haemorrhage, including severe and sometimes fatal haemorrhagic events has been reported in patients treated with aflibercept (see section 4.8).

Patients should be monitored for signs and symptoms of GI bleeding and other severe bleeding. Aflibercept should not be administered to patients with severe haemorrhage (see section 4.2).

Thrombocytopenia has been reported in patients treated with the ZALTRAP/FOLFIRI regimen. Monitoring of complete blood count (CBC) with platelets is recommended at baseline, prior to initiation of each cycle of aflibercept, and as clinically necessary. Administration of the ZALTRAP/FOLFIRI should be delayed until platelet count is ≥75 x 109/L (see section 4.2).

Gastrointestinal perforation

GI perforation including fatal GI perforation has been reported in patients treated with aflibercept (see section 4.8).

Patients should be monitored for signs and symptoms of GI perforation. Aflibercept treatment should be discontinued in patients who experience GI perforation (see section 4.2).

Fistula formation

Fistula formation involving GI and non-GI sites has occurred in patients treated with aflibercept (see section 4.8).

Aflibercept treatment should be discontinued in patients who develop fistula (see section 4.2).

Hypertension

An increased risk of grade 3-4 hypertension (including hypertension and one case of essential hypertension) has been observed in patients treated with the ZALTRAP/FOLFIRI regimen (see section 4.8).

Pre-existing hypertension must be adequately controlled before starting aflibercept. If hypertension cannot be adequately controlled, treatment with aflibercept should not be initiated. It is recommended to monitor blood pressure every two weeks, including before each administration or as clinically indicated during treatment with aflibercept. In the event of hypertension on aflibercept treatment, blood pressure should be controlled with appropriate anti-hypertensive therapy and blood pressure should be monitored regularly. In case of recurrent medically significant or severe hypertension, despite optimal treatment, aflibercept should be suspended until the hypertension is controlled and the aflibercept dose should be reduced to 2 mg/kg for subsequent cycles. Aflibercept should be permanently discontinued if hypertension cannot be adequately managed with appropriate anti-hypertensive therapy or aflibercept dose reduction, or if hypertensive crisis or hypertensive encephalopathy occurs (see section 4.2).

Hypertension may exacerbate underlying cardiovascular disease. Caution should be exercised when treating patients with history of clinically significant cardiovascular disease such as coronary artery disease, or congestive heart failure with ZALTRAP. Patients with NYHA class III or IV congestive heart failure should not be treated with ZALTRAP.

Cardiac failure and ejection fraction decreased

Cardiac failure and ejection fraction decreased have been reported in patients treated with ZALTRAP. Baseline and periodic evaluations of left ventricular function should be considered while the patient is receiving Zaltrap. Patients should be monitored for signs and symptoms of cardiac failure and ejection fraction decreased. Discontinue ZALTRAP in patients who experience cardiac failure and ejection fraction decreased.

Thrombotic and embolic events

Arterial thromboembolic events (ATE)

ATE (including transient ischaemic attack, cerebrovascular accident, angina pectoris, intracardiac thrombus, myocardial infarction, arterial embolism, and ischaemic colitis) have been observed in patients treated with aflibercept (see section 4.8).

Aflibercept treatment should be discontinued in patients who experience an ATE (see section 4.2).

Venous thromboembolic events (VTE)

VTE including deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (infrequently fatal) have been reported in patients treated with aflibercept (see section 4.8).

ZALTRAP should be discontinued in patients with life-threatening (Grade 4) thromboembolic events (including pulmonary embolism) (see section 4.2). Patients with Grade 3 DVT should be treated with anticoagulation as clinically indicated, and aflibercept therapy should be continued. In the event of recurrence, despite appropriate anticoagulation, aflibercept treatment should be discontinued. Patients with thromboembolic events of Grade 3 or lower need to be closely monitored.

Proteinuria

Severe proteinuria, nephrotic syndrome, and thrombotic microangiopathy (TMA) have been observed in patients treated with aflibercept (see section 4.8).

Proteinuria should be monitored by urine dipstick analysis and/or urinary protein creatinine ratio (UPCR) for the development or worsening of proteinuria before each aflibercept administration. Patients with a dipstick of ≥2+ for protein or a UPCR >1 or a protein/creatinine ratio (PCR) >100 mg/mmol should undergo a 24-hour urine collection.

Aflibercept administration should be suspended for ≥2 grams of proteinuria/24 hours and restarted when proteinuria is <2 grams/24 hours. If there is recurrence, the administration should be suspended until <2 grams/24 hours and then the dose reduced to 2 mg/kg. Aflibercept treatment should be discontinued in patients who develop nephrotic syndrome or TMA (see section 4.2).

Neutropenia and neutropenic complications

A higher incidence of neutropenic complications (febrile neutropenia and neutropenic infection) has been observed in patients treated with the ZALTRAP/FOLFIRI regimen (see section 4.8).

Monitoring of complete blood count (CBC) with differential count is recommended at baseline and prior to initiation of each cycle of aflibercept. Administration of ZALTRAP/FOLFIRI should be delayed until neutrophil count is ≥1.5 x 109/L (see section 4.2). Therapeutic use of G-CSF at first occurrence of grade ≥3 neutropenia and secondary prophylaxis may be considered in patients who may be at increased risk for neutropenia complications.

Diarrhoea and dehydration

A higher incidence of severe diarrhoea has been observed in patients treated with the ZALTRAP/FOLFIRI regimen (see section 4.8).

Dose modification of FOLFIRI regimen (see section 4.2), anti-diarrhoeal medicinal products, and rehydration as needed should be instituted.

Hypersensitivity reactions

In the pivotal study of MCRC patients, severe hypersensitivity reactions have been reported in patients treated with the ZALTRAP/FOLFIRI regimen (see section 4.8).

In the event of a severe hypersensitivity reaction (including bronchospasm, dyspnoea, angioedema, and anaphylaxis), aflibercept should be discontinued and appropriate medical measures should be administered (see section 4.2).

In the event of a mild to moderate hypersensitivity reaction to ZALTRAP (including flushing, rash, urticaria, and pruritus), aflibercept should be temporarily suspended until the reaction is resolved. Treatment with corticosteroids and/or antihistamines can be initiated as clinically indicated. Pre-treatment with corticosteroids and/or antihistamines may be considered in subsequent cycles (see section 4.2). Caution should be used when retreating patients with prior hypersensitivity reactions as recurrent hypersensitivity reactions have been observed in some patients despite prophylaxis, including corticosteroids.

Compromised wound healing

Aflibercept impaired wound healing in animal models (see section 5.3).

Potential for compromised wound healing (wound dehiscence, anastomotic leakage) has been reported with aflibercept (see section 4.8).

Aflibercept should be suspended for at least 4 weeks prior to elective surgery.

It is recommended that aflibercept not be initiated for at least 4 weeks following major surgery and not until the surgical wound is fully healed. For minor surgery such as central venous access port placement, biopsy, and tooth extraction, aflibercept may be initiated/restarted once the surgical wound is fully healed. Aflibercept should be discontinued in patients with compromised wound healing requiring medical intervention (see section 4.2).

Osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ)

Cases of ONJ have been reported in cancer patients treated with Zaltrap, several of whom had received prior or concomitant treatment with intravenous bisphosphonates, for which ONJ is an identified risk. Caution should be exercised when Zaltrap and intravenous bisphosphonates are administered concurrently or sequentially.

Invasive dental procedures are also an identified risk factor. A dental examination and appropriate preventive dentistry should be considered prior to starting the treatment with Zaltrap. Invasive dental procedures should, if possible, be avoided in patients treated with Zaltrap and who have previously received or are receiving intravenous bisphosphonates (see section 4.8).

Posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome (PRES)

PRES was not reported in the pivotal phase III study of MCRC patients. In other studies, PRES was reported in patients treated with aflibercept as monotherapy and in combination with other chemotherapies (see section 4.8).

PRES may present with altered mental status, seizure, nausea, vomiting, headache, or visual disturbances. The diagnosis of PRES is confirmed by brain Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).

Aflibercept should be discontinued in patients that develop PRES (see section 4.2).

Older people

Older people patients ≥65 years had an increased risk of diarrhoea, dizziness, asthenia, weight loss and dehydration. Careful monitoring is recommended in order to rapidly detect and treat signs and symptoms of diarrhoea and dehydration and to minimize potential risk (see section 4.8).

Renal impairment

There are very limited data available for patients with severe renal impairment treated with aflibercept. No dose adjustment is required for aflibercept (see sections 4.2, 4.8 and 5.2).

Performance status and co-morbidities

Patients with ECOG performance status ≥2 or having significant co-morbidities may be at greater risk for a poor clinical outcome and should be carefully monitored for early clinical deterioration.

Off-label intravitreal use

ZALTRAP is a hyperosmotic solution, which is not formulated for compatibility with the intraocular environment. ZALTRAP must not be administered as an intravitreal injection (see section 4.3).

4.5Interaction with other medicinal products and other forms of interaction

Population pharmacokinetics analysis and inter study comparisons did not reveal any pharmacokinetic drug-drug interaction between aflibercept and the FOLFIRI regimen.

4.6Fertility, pregnancy and lactation

Women of childbearing potential / Contraception in males and females

Women of childbearing potential should be advised to avoid becoming pregnant while on ZALTRAP, and should be informed of the potential hazard to the foetus. Women of childbearing potential and fertile males should use effective contraception during and up to a minimum of 6 months after the last dose of treatment.

Pregnancy

There are no data from the use of aflibercept in pregnant women. Studies in animals have shown reproductive toxicity (see section 5.3). As angiogenesis is critical to foetal development, the inhibition of angiogenesis following administration of ZALTRAP may result in adverse effects on pregnancy. ZALTRAP should be used only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk during pregnancy. If the patient becomes pregnant while taking ZALTRAP, she should be informed of the potential hazard to the foetus.

Breast-feeding

No studies have been conducted to assess the impact of ZALTRAP on milk production, its presence in breast milk or its effects on the breast-fed child.

It is unknown whether aflibercept is excreted in human milk. A risk to the newborns/infants cannot be excluded. A decision must be made whether to discontinue breast-feeding or to discontinue/abstain from ZALTRAP therapy taking into account the benefit of breast-feeding for the child and the benefit of therapy for the woman.

Fertility

Male and female fertility are likely to be compromised during treatment with aflibercept based on studies in monkeys (see section 5.3).

4.7Effects on ability to drive and use machines

ZALTRAP has no or negligible influence on the ability to drive and use machines. If patients are experiencing symptoms that affect their vision or concentration, or their ability to react, they should be advised not to drive or use machines (see section 4.8).

4.8Undesirable effects

Summary of the safety profile

The safety of ZALTRAP in combination with FOLFIRI was evaluated in 1216 patients previously treated for metastatic colorectal cancer, of which 611 patients were treated with ZALTRAP 4 mg/kg every two weeks (one cycle) and 605 patients were treated with placebo/FOLFIRI in a phase III study. Patients received a median number of 9 cycles of the ZALTRAP/FOLFIRI regimen.

The most common adverse reactions (all grades, ≥20% incidence) reported at least 2% greater incidence for the ZALTRAP/FOLFIRI regimen as compared to the placebo/FOLFIRI regimen in order of decreasing frequency were leucopenia, diarrhoea, neutropenia, proteinuria, increased aspartate aminotransferase (AST), stomatitis, fatigue, thrombocytopenia, increased alanine aminotransferase (ALT), hypertension, weight loss, decreased appetite, epistaxis, abdominal pain, dysphonia, increased serum creatinine, and headache (see Table 1).

The most common reported grades 3-4 reactions (≥5% incidence) reported at least 2% greater incidence for the ZALTRAP/FOLFIRI regimen as compared to the placebo/FOLFIRI regimen in order of decreasing frequency, were neutropenia, diarrhoea, hypertension, leucopenia, stomatitis, fatigue, proteinuria, and asthenia (see Table 1).

The most frequent adverse reactions leading to permanent discontinuation in ≥1% of patients treated with the ZALTRAP/FOLFIRI regimen were vascular disorders (3.8%) including hypertension (2.3%), infections (3.4%), asthenia/fatigue (1.6%, 2.1%),diarrhoea (2.3%), dehydration (1%), stomatitis (1.1%), neutropenia (1.1%), proteinuria (1.5%), and pulmonary embolism (1.1%).

Tabulated summary of adverse reactions

Adverse reactions and laboratory abnormalities reported in patients treated with the ZALTRAP/FOLFIRI regimen compared to patients treated with the placebo/FOLFIRI regimen are listed in Table 1 according to MedDRA system organ class and frequency categories. Adverse reactions in Table 1 are defined as either any adverse clinical reaction or laboratory abnormality having ≥2% greater incidence (all grades) in the aflibercept treatment group in comparison to the placebo treatment group in the MCRC study including those that do not meet this threshold but were consistent with the anti-VEGF class and were seen in any study with aflibercept. Intensity of the adverse reactions is graded according to NCI CTC version 3.0 (grade ≥3 = G≥3). Frequencies are based on all grades and defined as: 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); not known (cannot be estimated from the available data).

Table 1 - Adverse reactions reported in patients treated with the ZALTRAP/FOLFIRI regimen from the MCRC study

System Organ Class

 

Adverse Reaction

 

 

 

 

Frequency Category

All grades

 

Grades ≥3

 

 

 

 

Infections and infestations

 

 

Very common

Infection (1)

 

Infection (1)

System Organ Class

Adverse Reaction

 

 

 

Frequency Category

All grades

Grades ≥3

 

 

 

Common

Neutropenic infection/sepsis (1)

Neutropenic infection/sepsis (1)

 

Urinary tract infection

 

 

Nasopharyngitis

 

Uncommon

 

Urinary tract infection

Blood and lymphatic system disorders

 

Very common

Leucopenia (2)

Leucopenia (2)

 

Neutropenia (1),(2)

Neutropenia (2)

 

Thrombocytopenia (2)

 

Common

Febrile neutropenia

Febrile neutropenia

 

 

Thrombocytopenia (2)

Immune system disorders

 

Common

Hypersensitivity (1)

 

Uncommon

 

Hypersensitivity (1)

Metabolism and nutrition disorders

 

Very common

Decreased appetite

 

 

Weight loss

 

Common

Dehydration (1)

Dehydration (1)

 

 

Decreased appetite

 

 

Weight loss

Cardiac disorders

 

 

Uncommon

Cardiac failure

 

 

 

 

Rare

Ejection fraction decreased

 

Nervous system disorders

 

Very common

Headache

 

Common

 

Headache

Uncommon

PRES (1),(4)

PRES (1),(4)

Vascular disorders

 

 

Very common

Hypertension (1)

Hypertension

 

Haemorrhage (1)

 

Common

Arterial thromboembolism (1)

Arterial thromboembolism (1)

 

Venous thromboembolism (1)

Venous thromboembolism (1)

 

 

Haemorrhage (1)

Respiratory, thoracic and mediastinal disorders

 

Very common

Dyspnoea

 

 

Epistaxis

 

 

Dysphonia

 

Common

Oropharyngeal pain

 

 

Rhinorrhoea

 

System Organ Class

 

Adverse Reaction

 

 

 

 

Frequency Category

 

All grades

Grades ≥3

 

 

 

 

Uncommon

 

 

Dyspnoea

 

 

 

Epistaxis

 

 

 

Dysphonia

 

 

 

Oropharyngeal pain

Gastrointestinal disorders

 

Very common

 

Diarrhoea (1)

Diarrhoea (1)

 

 

Stomatitis

Stomatitis

 

 

Abdominal pain

 

 

 

Abdominal pain upper

 

Common

 

Rectal haemorrhage

Abdominal pain

 

 

Fistula (1)

Abdominal pain upper

 

 

Aphthous stomatitis

 

 

 

Haemorrhoids

 

 

 

Proctalgia

 

 

 

Toothache

 

Uncommon

 

GI perforation (1)

GI perforation (1)

 

 

 

Rectal haemorrhage

 

 

 

Fistula (1)

 

 

 

Aphthous stomatitis

 

 

 

Proctalgia

Hepatobiliary disorders

 

 

Very common

 

Increased AST (2)

 

 

 

Increased ALT (2)

 

Common

 

 

Increased AST (2)

 

 

 

Increased ALT (2)

 

 

 

Skin and subcutaneous tissue disorders

 

Very common

 

Palmar-Plantar Erythrodysaesthesia

 

 

 

syndrome

 

Common

 

Skin hyperpigmentation

Palmar-Plantar Erythrodysaesthesia

 

 

 

syndrome

Uncommon

 

Compromised wound healing (1)

Compromised wound healing (1)

Musculoskeletal and connective tissue disorders

 

Uncommon

 

Osteonecrosis of the Jaw (ONJ)

 

Renal and urinary disorders

 

Very common

 

Proteinuria (1),(3)

 

 

 

Increased serum creatinine

 

Common

 

 

Proteinuria (1),(3)

Uncommon

 

Nephrotic syndrome (1)

Nephrotic syndrome (1)

 

 

Thrombotic microangiopathy (1)

Thrombotic microangiopathy (1)

General disorders and administration site conditions

 

 

 

 

Very common

 

Asthenic conditions

Asthenic conditions

 

 

 

 

System Organ Class

 

Adverse Reaction

 

 

 

Frequency Category

All grades

Grades ≥3

Note: Adverse reactions are reported using MedDRA version MEDDRA13.1 and graded using NCI CTC version 3.0

(1)See “Description of selected adverse reactions” in this section

(2)Based on laboratory values (percentages done on patients with laboratory assessments)

(3)Compilation of clinical and laboratory data

(4)Not reported in MCRC study; however, PRES was reported in patients from other studies treated with aflibercept as monotherapy and in combination with chemotherapies other than FOLFIRI

In the pivotal MCRC study, anaemia, nausea, vomiting, constipation, alopecia, increased alkaline phosphatase, and hyperbilirubinaemia occurred in ≥20% of patients. These were comparable between groups, and the difference between groups did not exceed ≥2% incidence for the ZALTRAP/FOLFIRI regimen.

Description of selected adverse reactions

Haemorrhage

Patients treated with ZALTRAP have an increased risk of haemorrhage, including severe and sometimes fatal haemorrhagic events. In the pivotal study of MCRC patients, episodes of bleeding/haemorrhage (all grades) was reported in 37.8% of patients treated with the ZALTRAP/FOLFIRI regimen compared to 19.0% of patients treated with the placebo/FOLFIRI regimen. The most common reported form of bleeding was minor (grade 1-2) epistaxis occurring in 27.7% of patients treated with the ZALTRAP/FOLFIRI regimen. Grade 3-4 haemorrhage including GI haemorrhage, haematuria, and post-procedural haemorrhage was reported in 2.9% of patients receiving the ZALTRAP/FOLFIRI regimen compared with 1.7% of patients receiving the placebo/FOLFIRI regimen. In other studies, severe intracranial haemorrhage and pulmonary haemorrhage/haemoptysis including fatal events have occurred in patients receiving ZALTRAP (see section 4.4).

Gastrointestinal perforation

GI perforation including fatal GI perforation has been reported in patients treated with ZALTRAP. In the pivotal study of MCRC patients, GI perforation (all grades) was reported in 3 of 611 patients (0.5%) treated with the ZALTRAP/FOLFIRI regimen and 3 of 605 patients (0.5%) treated with the placebo/FOLFIRI regimen. Grade 3-4 GI perforation events occurred in all 3 patients (0.5%) treated with the ZALTRAP/FOLFIRI regimen and in 2 patients (0.3%) treated with the placebo/FOLFIRI regimen. Across the three Phase III placebo-controlled clinical studies (colorectal, pancreatic, and lung cancer populations), the incidence of GI perforation (all grades) was 0.8% for patients treated with ZALTRAP and 0.3% for patients treated with placebo. Grade 3-4 GI perforation events occurred in 0.8% of patients treated with ZALTRAP and 0.2% of patients treated with placebo (see section 4.4).

Fistula formation

Fistula formation involving GI and non-GI sites has occurred in patients treated with ZALTRAP. In the pivotal study of MCRC patients, fistulas (anal, enterovesical, enterocutaneous, colovaginal, intestinal sites) were reported in 9 of 611 patients (1.5%) treated with the ZALTRAP/FOLFIRI regimen and 3 of 605 patients (0.5%) treated with the placebo/FOLFIRI regimen. Grade 3 GI fistula formation occurred in 2 patients treated with ZALTRAP (0.3%) and in 1 placebo-treated patient (0.2%). Across the three Phase III placebo-controlled clinical studies (colorectal, pancreatic, and lung cancer populations), the incidence of fistula (all grades) was 1.1% for patients treated with ZALTRAP and 0.2% for patients treated with placebo. Grade 3-4 fistula occurred in 0.2% of patients treated with ZALTRAP and 0.1% of patients treated with placebo (see section 4.4).

Hypertension

In the pivotal study of MCRC patients, hypertension (all grades) has been reported in 41.2% of patients treated with ZALTRAP/FOLFIRI and 10.7% of patients treated with placebo/FOLFIRI. An

increased risk of grade 3-4 hypertension (including hypertension and one case of essential hypertension) has been observed in patients receiving the ZALTRAP/FOLFIRI regimen. Grade 3 hypertension (requiring adjustment in existing anti-hypertensive therapy or treatment with more than one medicinal product) was reported in 1.5% of patients treated with the placebo/FOLFIRI regimen and 19.1% of patients treated with the ZALTRAP/FOLFIRI regimen. Grade 4 hypertension (hypertensive crisis) was reported in 1 patient (0.2%) treated with the ZALTRAP/FOLFIRI regimen. Among those patients treated with the ZALTRAP/FOLFIRI regimen developing grade 3-4 hypertension, 54% had onset during the first two cycles of treatment (see section 4.4).

Thrombotic and embolic events Arterial thromboembolic events

In the pivotal study of MCRC patients, ATE (including transient ischaemic attack, cerebrovascular accident, angina pectoris, intracardiac thrombus, myocardial infarction, arterial embolism, and ischaemic colitis) were reported in 2.6% of patients treated with the ZALTRAP/FOLFIRI regimen and 1.5% of patients treated with the placebo/FOLFIRI regimen. Grade 3-4 events occurred in 11 patients (1.8%) treated with the ZALTRAP/FOLFIRI regimen and 3 patients (0.5%) treated with the placebo/FOLFIRI regimen. Across the three Phase III placebo-controlled clinical studies (colorectal, pancreatic, and lung cancer populations), the incidence of ATE (all grades) was 2.3% for patients treated with ZALTRAP and 1.7% for patients treated with placebo. Grade 3-4 ATE occurred in 1.7% of patients treated with ZALTRAP and 1.0% of patients treated with placebo (see section 4.4).

Venous thromboembolic events

Venous thromboembolic events (VTE) include deep venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolism. In the pivotal study of MCRC patients, all grades VTE occurred in 9.3% of patients treated with the ZALTRAP/FOLFIRI regimen and 7.3% of patients treated with the placebo/FOLFIRI regimen. Grade 3-4 VTE occurred in 7.9% of patients treated with the ZALTRAP/FOLFIRI regimen and in 6.3% of patients treated with the placebo/FOLFIRI regimen. Pulmonary embolism occurred in 4.6% of patients treated with the ZALTRAP/FOLFIRI regimen and 3.5% of patients treated with the placebo/FOLFIRI regimen. Across the three Phase III placebo-controlled clinical studies (colorectal, pancreatic, and lung cancer populations), the incidence of VTE (all grades) was 7.1% for patients treated with ZALTRAP and 7.1% for patients treated with placebo.

Proteinuria

In the pivotal study of MCRC patients, proteinuria (compiled from clinical and laboratory data) was reported in 62.2% patients treated with the ZALTRAP/FOLFIRI regimen compared to 40.7% patients treated with the placebo/FOLFIRI regimen. Grade 3-4 proteinuria occurred in 7.9% of patients treated with the ZALTRAP/FOLFIRI regimen compared to 1.2% of patients treated with the placebo/FOLFIRI regimen. Nephrotic syndrome occurred in 2 patients (0.5%) treated with the ZALTRAP/FOLFIRI regimen compared to none of the patients treated with the placebo/FOLFIRI regimen. One patient treated with the ZALTRAP/FOLFIRI regimen presenting with proteinuria and hypertension was diagnosed with thrombotic microangiopathy (TMA). Across the three Phase III placebo-controlled clinical studies (colorectal, pancreatic, and lung cancer populations), the incidence of nephrotic syndrome was 0.5% of patients treated with ZALTRAP and 0.1% of patients treated with placebo (see section 4.4).

Neutropenia and neutropenic complications

In the pivotal study of MCRC patients, neutropenia (all grades) has been reported in 67.8% of patients treated with ZALTRAP/FOLFIRI and 56.3% of patients treated with placebo/FOLFIRI. Grade 3-4 neutropenia was observed in 36.7% of patients treated with the ZALTRAP/FOLFIRI regimen compared to 29.5% patients treated with the placebo/FOLFIRI regimen. The most common grade 3-4 neutropenic complication was the occurrence of febrile neutropenia in 4.3% of patients treated with the ZALTRAP/FOLFIRI regimen compared to 1.7% of patients treated with the placebo/FOLFIRI regimen. Grade 3-4 neutropenic infection/sepsis occurred in 1.5% of patients treated with the ZALTRAP/FOLFIRI regimen and 1.2% of patients treated with the placebo/FOLFIRI regimen (see section 4.4).

Infections

Infections occurred at a higher frequency in patients receiving the ZALTRAP/FOLFIRI regimen (46.2%, all grades; 12.3%, grade 3-4) than in patients receiving the placebo/FOLFIRI regimen (32.7%, all grades; 6.9%, grade 3-4), including urinary tract infection, nasopharyngitis, upper respiratory tract infection, pneumonia, catheter site infection, and tooth infection.

Diarrhoea and dehydration

In the pivotal study of MCRC patients, diarrhoea (all grades) has been observed in 69.2% of patients treated with ZALTRAP/FOLFIRI and 56.5% of patients treated with placebo/FOLFIRI. Dehydration (all grades) has been observed in 9.0% of patients treated with ZALTRAP/FOLFIRI and 3.0% of patients treated with placebo/FOLFIRI. Grade 3-4 diarrhoea was reported in 19.3% of patients treated with the ZALTRAP/FOLFIRI regimen compared to 7.8% of patients treated with the placebo/FOLFIRI regimen. Grade 3-4 dehydration was reported in 4.3% of patients treated with the ZALTRAP/FOLFIRI regimen compared to 1.3% of patients treated with the placebo/FOLFIRI regimen (see section 4.4).

Hypersensitivity reactions

In the pivotal study of MCRC patients, severe hypersensitivity reactions have been reported in 0.3% of patients treated with the ZALTRAP/FOLFIRI regimen and 0.5% of patients treated with the placebo/FOLFIRI regimen (see section 4.4).

Compromised wound healing

Treatment with ZALTRAP is associated with potential for compromised wound healing (wound dehiscence, anastomotic leakage). In the pivotal study for MCRC, compromised wound healing was reported in 3 patients (0.5%) treated with the ZALTRAP/FOLFIRI regimen and 5 patients (0.8%) treated with the placebo/FOLFIRI regimen. Grade 3 compromised wound healing was reported in 2 patients (0.3%) treated with the ZALTRAP/FOLFIRI regimen and in none of the patients treated with the placebo/FOLFIRI regimen. Across the three Phase III placebo-controlled clinical studies (colorectal, pancreatic, and lung cancer populations), the incidence of compromised wound healing (all grades) was 0.5% for patients treated with ZALTRAP and 0.4% for patients treated with placebo. Grade 3-4 compromised wound healing occurred in 0.2% of patients treated with ZALTRAP and none of patients treated with placebo (see section 4.4).

Posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome (PRES)

PRES was not reported in the pivotal Phase III study of MCRC patients. In other studies, PRES was reported in patients treated with monotherapy ZALTRAP (0.5%) and in combination with other chemotherapies (see section 4.4).

Additional adverse reactions and laboratory abnormalities reported with a ≥5% difference (all grades) in patients treated with the ZALTRAP/FOLFIRI regimen versus the placebo/FOLFIRI regimen

The following adverse reactions and laboratory abnormalities were reported with a ≥5% difference (all grades) in patients treated with the ZALTRAP/FOLFIRI regimen versus the placebo/FOLFIRI regimen (in order of decreasing frequency): leucopenia (78.3% versus 72.4% all grades; 15.6% versus 12.2% Grades 3-4), increased AST (57.5% versus 50.2% all grades; 3.1% versus 1.7% Grades 3-4), stomatitis (50.1% versus 32.9% all grades; 12.8% versus 4.6% Grades 3-4), fatigue (47.8% versus 39.0% all grades; 12.6% versus 7.8% Grade 3-4), thrombocytopenia (47.4% versus 33.8% all grades; 3.3% versus 1.7% Grades 3-4), increased ALT (47.3% versus 37.1% all grades; 2.7% versus 2.2% Grades 3-4), decreased appetite (31.9% versus 23.8% all grades; 3.4% versus 1.8% Grade 3-4), weight loss (31.9% versus 14.4% all grades; 2.6% versus 0.8% Grades 3-4), dysphonia (25.4% versus 3.3% all grades; 0.5% versus 0 Grades 3-4), headache (22.3% versus 8.8% all grades; 1.6% versus 0.3% Grades 3-4), asthenia (18.3% versus 13.2% all grades; 5.1% versus 3.0% Grades 3-4), Palmar-Plantar Erythrodysaesthesia syndrome (11.0% versus 4.3% all grades; 2.8% versus 0.5% Grades 3-4), and skin hyperpigmentation (8.2% versus 2.8% all grades; 0 versus 0 Grades 3-4).

Paediatric population

The safety in paediatric patients has not been established.

Other special populations

Older people

Of the 611 patients treated with the ZALTRAP/FOLFIRI regimen in the pivotal study of MCRC patients, 172 (28.2%) were aged ≥65 and <75 and 33 (5.4%) were age ≥75. Older people (≥65 years of age) may be more likely to experience adverse reactions. The incidence of diarrhoea, dizziness, asthenia, weight decrease, and dehydration was increased by ≥5% in older people compared to younger patients. Older people should be closely monitored for the development of diarrhoea and potential dehydration (see section 4.4).

Renal impairment

In patients receiving ZALTRAP, the adverse reactions in patients with mild renal impairment at baseline in three Phase III placebo-controlled clinical studies (N=352) were comparable with those of patients without renal impairment (N=642). A limited number of patients having moderate/severe renal impairment at baseline (N=49) were treated with ZALTRAP. In these patients, non-renal events were generally comparable between patients with renal impairment and those without renal impairment, except a >10% higher incidence in dehydration (all grades) was noted (see section 4.4).

Immunogenicity

As with all therapeutic proteins, there is a potential for immunogenicity with ZALTRAP.

Overall across all clinical oncology studies, similar incidence of low titre anti-drug antibody (ADA) responses (post baseline) in the ADA assay were observed in both patients treated with placebo and ZALTRAP (3.3% and 3.8%, respectively). High-titre antibody responses to aflibercept were not detected in any patients. Seventeen (17) patients treated with ZALTRAP (1.6 %) and two (2) placebo-treated patients (0.2%) were also positive in the neutralising antibody assay. In the pivotal study of MCRC patients, positive responses in the ADA assay were observed at higher levels in patients treated with the placebo/FOLFIRI regimen [18/526 (3.4%)] than with the ZALTRAP/FOLFIRI regimen [8/521 (1.5%)]. Positive results in the neutralising antibody assay in the MCRC pivotal study were also higher in patients treated with the placebo/FOLFIRI regimen [2/526 (0.38%)] than with the ZALTRAP/FOLFIRI regimen [1/521 (0.19%)]. There was no observed impact on the pharmacokinetic profile of aflibercept in patients who were positive in the immunogenicity assays.

Given the similar ADA assay results in patients treated with placebo or ZALTRAP, the actual incidence of immunogenicity with ZALTRAP based on these assays is likely to be overestimated.

Immunogenicity data are highly dependent on the sensitivity and specificity of the assay. Additionally, the observed incidence of antibody positivity in an assay may be influenced by several factors, including sample handling, timing of sample collection, concomitant medicinal products, and underlying disease. For these reasons, comparison of the incidence of antibodies to ZALTRAP with the incidence of antibodies to other products may be misleading.

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. Healthcare professionals are asked to report any suspected adverse reactions via the national reporting system listed in Appendix V.

4.9Overdose

There is no information on the safety of aflibercept given at doses exceeding 7 mg/kg every 2 weeks or 9 mg/kg every 3 weeks. The most commonly observed adverse reactions at these doses were similar to those observed at the therapeutic dose.

There is no specific antidote to ZALTRAP overdose. Cases of overdose should be managed by appropriate supportive measures particularly with regard to monitoring and treatment of hypertension and proteinuria. The patient should remain under close medical supervision to monitor any adverse reactions (see section 4.8).

5.PHARMACOLOGICAL PROPERTIES

5.1Pharmacodynamic properties

Pharmacotherapeutic group: Antineoplastic agents, other antineoplastic agents, ATC code: L01XX44

Mechanism of action

Vascular endothelial growth factor A and B (VEGF-A, VEGF-B), and placental growth factor (PlGF) are members of the VEGF family of angiogenic factors that can act as potent mitogenic, chemotactic, and vascular permeability factors for endothelial cells. VEGF-A acts via two receptor tyrosine kinases, VEGFR-1 and VEGFR-2, present on the surface of endothelial cells. PlGF and VEGF-B bind only to VEGFR-1, which is also present on the surface of leucocytes. Excessive activation of these receptors by VEGF-A can result in pathological neovascularisation and excessive vascular permeability. PlGF is also linked to pathological neovascularisation and recruitment of inflammatory cells into tumours.

Aflibercept, also known as VEGF TRAP in the scientific literature, is a recombinant fusion protein consisting of VEGF-binding portions from the extracellular domains of human VEGF receptors 1 and 2 fused to the Fc portion of the human IgG1. Aflibercept is produced by recombinant DNA technology in a Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) K-1 mammalian expression system. Aflibercept is a dimeric glycoprotein with a protein molecular weight of 97 kilodaltons (kDa) and contains glycosylation, constituting an additional 15% of the total molecular mass, resulting in a total molecular weight of 115 kDa.

Aflibercept acts as a soluble decoy receptor that binds to VEGF-A, with higher affinity than its native receptors, as well as the related ligands PlGF and VEGF-B. By acting as a ligand trap, aflibercept prevents binding of endogenous ligands to their cognate receptors and thereby blocks receptor mediated signaling.

Aflibercept blocks the activation of VEGF receptors and the proliferation of endothelial cells, thereby inhibiting the growth of new vessels that supply tumours with oxygen and nutrients.

Aflibercept binds to human VEGF-A (equilibrium dissociation constant KD of 0.5 pM for VEGF-A165

and 0.36 pM for VEGF-A121), to human PlGF (KD of 39 pM for PlGF-2), and to human VEGF-B (KD of 1.92 pM) to form a stable, inert complex which has no detectable biological activity.

Pharmacodynamic effects

Administration of aflibercept to mice bearing xenotransplant or allotransplant tumours inhibited the growth of various cancer types.

Clinical efficacy and safety

The efficacy and safety of ZALTRAP were evaluated in a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled study in patients with metastatic colorectal cancer who had previously been treated with an oxaliplatin-based treatment with or without prior bevacizumab. A total of 1226 patients were randomised (1:1) to receive either ZALTRAP (N=612; 4 mg/kg as a 1 hour intravenous infusion on

day 1) or placebo (N=614), in combination with 5-fluouracil plus irinotecan [FOLFIRI: irinotecan 180 mg/m2 intravenous infusion over 90 minutes and folinic acid (dl racemic) 400 mg/m² intravenous infusion over 2 hours at the same time on day 1 using a Y-line, followed by 5-FU 400 mg/m² intravenous bolus, followed by 5-FU 2400 mg/m² continuous intravenous infusion over 46-hours]. The treatment cycles on both arms were repeated every 2 weeks. Patients were treated until disease progression or unacceptable toxicity. The primary efficacy endpoint was overall survival. Treatment assignment was stratified by the ECOG performance status (0 versus 1 versus 2) and according to prior therapy with bevacizumab (yes or no).

Demographics were well balanced between the treatment arms (age, race, ECOG performance status, and prior bevacizumab status). Of the 1226 patients randomised in the study, the median age was 61 years, 58.6% were male, 97.8% had a baseline ECOG performance status (PS) of 0 or 1, and 2.2% had a baseline ECOG performance status (PS) of 2. Among the 1226 randomised patients, 89.4% and 90.2% of patients treated with the placebo/FOLFIRI and ZALTRAP/FOLFIRI regimens, respectively, received prior oxaliplatin-based combination chemotherapy in the metastatic/advanced setting. Approximately 10% of patients (10.4% and 9.8% of patients treated with the placebo/FOLFIRI and ZALTRAP/FOLFIRI regimens, respectively) received prior oxaliplatin-based adjuvant chemotherapy and progressed on or within 6 months of completion of adjuvant chemotherapy. Oxaliplatin-based regimens were administered in combination with bevacizumab in 373 patients (30.4%).

Overall efficacy results for the ZALTRAP/FOLFIRI regimen versus the placebo/FOLFIRI regimen are summarised in Figure 1 and Table 2.

Figure 1 – Overall survival (months) – Kaplan-Meier curves by treatment group – ITT population

Table 2 ­ Main efficacy endpointsa – ITT population

 

Placebo/FOLFIRI

ZALTRAP/FOLFIRI

 

(N=614)

(N=612)

Overall Survival (OS)

 

 

Number of death events, n (%)

460 (74.9%)

403 (65.8%)

Median overall survival (95% CI) (months)

12.06 (11.07 to 13.08)

13.50 (12.52 to 14.95)

Stratified hazard ratio (95% CI)

0.817 (0.714 to 0.935)

Stratified log-rank test p-value

0.0032

Progression Free Survival (PFS)b

 

 

Number of events, n (%)

454 (73.9%)

393 (64.2%)

Median PFS (95% CI) (months)

4.67 (4.21 to 5.36)

6.90 (6.51 to 7.20)

Stratified hazard ratio (95% CI)

0.758 (0.661 to 0.869)

Stratified log-rank test p-value

0.00007

Overall Response Rate (CR+PR) (95% CI) (%)c

11.1 (8.5 to 13.8)

19.8 (16.4 to 23.2)

Stratified Cochran-Mantel-Haenszel test

 

 

p-value

0.0001

aStratified on ECOG performance status (0 versus 1 versus 2) and prior bevacizumab (yes versus no).

bPFS (based on tumour assessment by the IRC): Significance threshold is set to 0.0001

cOverall objective response rate by IRC

Analyses for Overall survival (OS) and Progression Free Survival (PFS) by stratification factors were performed. A numerically lower treatment effect on OS with the ZALTRAP/FOLFIRI regimen was reported for patients with prior bevacizumab as compared to patients without prior bevacizumab exposure, with no evidence of heterogeneity in treatment effect (non significant interaction test). Results by prior bevacizumab exposure are summarised in Table 3.

Table 3 - OS and PFS by prior bevacizumab exposurea – ITT population

 

Placebo/FOLFIRI

ZALTRAP/FOLFIRI

 

(N=614)

(N=612)

Overall Survival

 

 

Patients with prior bevacizumab (n (%))

187 (30.5%)

186 (30.4%)

Median OS (95% CI) (months)

11.7 (9.96 to 13.77)

12.5 (10.78 to 15.47)

Hazard ratio (95% CI)

0.862 (0.676 to 1.100)

Patients with no prior bevacizumab (n (%))

427 (69.5%)

426 (69.6%)

Median OS (95% CI) (months)

12.4 (11.17 to 13.54)

13.9 (12.72 to 15.64)

Hazard ratio (95% CI)

0.788 (0.671 to 0.925)

Progression Free Survival

 

 

Patients with prior bevacizumab (n (%))

187 (30.5%)

186 (30.4%)

Median PFS (95% CI) (months)

3.9 (3.02 to 4.30)

6.7 (5.75 to 8.21)

Hazard ratio (95% CI)

0.661 (0.512 to 0.852)

Patients with no prior bevacizumab (n (%))

427 (69.5%)

426 (69.6%)

Median PFS (95% CI) (months)

5.4 (4.53 to 5.68)

6.9 (6.37 to 7.20)

Hazard ratio (95% CI)

0.797 (0.679 to 0.936)

a As determined per IVRS

 

 

Analysis for OS and PFS by ECOG PS was also performed. The hazard ratio (95% CI) of overall survival was 0.77 (0.64 to 0.93) for ECOG performance status 0 and 0.87 (0.71 to 1.06) for ECOG

performance status 1. The hazard ratio (95% CI) of progression free survival was 0.76 (0.63 to 0.91) for ECOG performance status 0 and 0.75 (0.61 to 0.92) for ECOG performance status 1.

Post-hoc analyses excluding patients who progressed during or within 6 months of adjuvant therapy for patients with or without prior bevacizumab treatment are summarised in Table 4.

Table 4 - Post-hoc analyses excluding adjuvant patientsa,b

 

Placebo/FOLFIRI

ZALTRAP/FOLFIRI

 

 

(N=550)

(N=552)

Patients with prior bevacizumab excluding adjuvant

179 (32.5%)

177 (32.1%)

only (n (%))

 

 

 

Median overall survival (95% CI) (months)

11.7

(9.66 to 13.27)

13.8 (11.01 to 15.87)

Hazard ratio (95% CI)

 

0.812 (0.634 to 1.042)

Median PFS (95% CI) (months)

3.9

(3.02 to 4.30)

6.7 (5.72 to 8.21)

Hazard ratio (95% CI)

 

0.645 (0.498 to 0.835)

Patients with no prior bevacizumab excluding

371 (67.5%)

375 (67.9%)

adjuvant only (n (%))

 

 

 

Median overall survival (95% CI) (months)

12.4 (11.17 to 13.54)

13.7 (12.71 to 16.03)

Hazard ratio (95% CI)

 

0.766 (0.645 to 0.908)

Median PFS (95% CI) (months)

5.3

(4.50 to 5.55)

6.9 (6.24 to 7.20)

Hazard ratio (95% CI)

 

0.777 (0.655 to 0.921)

aAs determined per IVRS

bOverall survival in ITT population excluding patients who progressed during or within 6 months of adjuvant therapy demonstrated an HR (95% CI) of 0.78 (0.68 to 0.90) [median OS (95% CI) with Placebo/FOLFIRI 11.9 months (10.88 to 13.01) and with ZALTRAP/FOLFIRI 13.8 months (12.68 to 15.44)]

Other subgroup analyses for overall survival and progression free survival according to age (<65;

≥65), gender, presence of liver metastasis only, history of prior hypertension, and number of organs involved, showed a treatment effect favouring the ZALTRAP/FOLFIRI regimen over the placebo/FOLFIRI regimen.

In sub-group analysis of overall survival, a benefit consistent with the overall population was observed in patients <65 years old and ≥65 years old who received the ZALTRAP/FOLFIRI regimen.

Exploratory biomarker analyses were undertaken in the VELOUR trial including analyses of RAS mutational status in 482 of 1226 patients (n= 240 aflibercept; 242 placebo). In patients with RAS wild type tumours the HR (95% CI) for overall survival (OS) was 0.7 (0.5-1.0) with a median OS of 16.0 months for patients treated with aflibercept, and 11.7 mo for the patients treated with placebo. Corresponding data in patients with RAS mutant type tumours showed a HR for OS of 0.9 (0.7-1.2) with median 12.6 and 11.2 months for aflibercept and placebo, respectively. These data are exploratory and the statistical interaction test was non-significant (lack of evidence for heterogeneity in treatment effect between the RAS wild-type and RAS mutant subgroups).

Paediatric population

The European Medicines Agency has waived the obligation to conduct studies with ZALTRAP in all subsets of the paediatric population in adenocarcinoma of the colon and rectum (see section 4.2 for information on paediatric use).

5.2Pharmacokinetic properties

The pharmacokinetic properties described below have to a large extent been derived from a population pharmacokinetic analysis with data from 1507 patients with various types of advanced malignancies.

Absorption

In preclinical tumour models, biologically active doses of aflibercept correlated with those necessary to produce circulating concentrations of free aflibercept in excess of VEGF-bound aflibercept. Circulating concentrations of VEGF-bound aflibercept increase with the aflibercept dose until most available VEGF is bound. Further increases in the aflibercept dose resulted in dose-related increases in circulating free aflibercept concentrations but only small further increases in the VEGF-bound aflibercept concentration.

In patients, ZALTRAP is administered at the dose of 4 mg/kg intravenously every two weeks for which there is an excess of circulating free aflibercept compared to VEGF-bound aflibercept.

At the recommended dose regimen of 4 mg/kg every two weeks, concentration of free aflibercept were near steady-state levels by the second cycle of treatment with essentially no accumulation (accumulation ratio of 1.2 at steady-state compared to the first administration).

Distribution

The volume of distribution of free aflibercept at steady-state is approximately 8 litres.

Biotransformation

No metabolism studies have been conducted with aflibercept since it is a protein. Aflibercept is expected to degrade to small peptides and individual amino acids.

Elimination

Free aflibercept is primarily cleared by binding to endogenous VEGF to form a stable, inactive complex. As with other large proteins, both free and bound aflibercept, are expected to be cleared, more slowly, by other biological mechanisms, such as proteolytic catabolism.

At doses greater than 2 mg/kg, free aflibercept clearance was approximately 1.0 L/day with a terminal half-life of 6 days.

High molecular weight proteins are not cleared by the renal route, therefore renal elimination of aflibercept is expected to be minimal.

Linearity/non-linearity

Consistent with target-mediated drug disposition, free aflibercept exhibits a faster (non-linear) clearance at doses below 2 mg/kg, likely due to the high affinity binding of aflibercept to endogenous VEGF. Linear clearance observed in the dose range of 2 to 9 mg/kg is likely due to non saturable biological mechanisms of elimination such as protein catabolism.

Other special populations

Older people

There was no effect of age on the pharmacokinetics of free aflibercept.

Race

No effect of race was identified in the population analysis.

Gender

Gender was the most significant covariate for explaining the interindividual variability of free aflibercept clearance and volume with a 15.5% higher clearance and a 20.6% higher volume of distribution in males than in females. These differences do not affect exposure due to weight-based dosing and no dose modifications based on gender are required.

Weight

Weight had an effect on free aflibercept clearance and volume of distribution resulting with a 29% increase in aflibercept exposure in patients weighing ≥100 kg.

Hepatic impairment

There have been no formal studies with ZALTRAP in patients with hepatic impairment. In a population pharmacokinetic analysis with data from 1507 patients with various types of advanced malignancies receiving ZALTRAP with or without chemotherapy, 63 patients with mild hepatic impairment (total bilirubin >1.0 x – 1.5 x ULN and any AST) and 5 patients with moderate hepatic impairment (total bilirubin >1.5 x – 3 x ULN and any AST) were treated with ZALTRAP. In these mild and moderate hepatic impairment patients, there was no effect on clearance of aflibercept. There are no data available for patients with severe hepatic impairment (total bilirubin >3 x ULN and any AST).

Renal impairment

There have been no formal studies with ZALTRAP in patients with renal impairment. A population pharmacokinetic analysis was conducted with data from 1507 patients with various types of advanced malignancies receiving ZALTRAP with or without chemotherapy. This population included;

549 patients with mild renal impairment (CLCR between 50-80 ml/min), 96 patients with moderate renal impairment (CLCR between 30-50 ml/min), and 5 patients with severe renal impairment (CLCR <30 ml/min). This population pharmacokinetic analysis revealed no clinically meaningful

differences in clearance or systemic exposure (AUC) of free aflibercept in patients with moderate and mild renal impairment at the 4 mg/kg dose of ZALTRAP as compared to the overall population studied. No conclusion can be drawn for patients with severe renal impairment due to very limited data available. In the few patients with severe renal impairment, drug exposure was similar to that observed in patients with normal renal function.

5.3Preclinical safety data

Animal toxicology and pharmacology

Weekly/every two weeks intravenous administration of aflibercept to cynomolgus monkeys for up to 6 months resulted in changes in the bone (effects on growth plate and the axial and appendicular skeleton), nasal cavity, kidney, ovary, and adrenal gland. Most aflibercept-related findings were noted from the lowest dose tested corresponding to plasma exposures close to those in patients at the therapeutic dose. Most aflibercept-induced effects were reversible after a 5-month drug free period with the exception of skeletal and nasal cavity findings. Most findings were considered to be related to the pharmacological activity of aflibercept.

Aflibercept administration resulted in a delay in wound healing in rabbits. In full-thickness excisional and incisional skin wound models, aflibercept administration reduced fibrous response, neovascularisation, epidermal hyperplasia/re-epithelialisation, and tensile strength. Aflibercept increased blood pressure in normotensive rodents.

Carcinogenesis and mutagenesis

No studies have been conducted to evaluate carcinogenicity or mutagenicity of aflibercept.

Impairment of fertility

No specific studies with aflibercept have been conducted in animals to evaluate the effect on fertility. However, results from a repeat dose toxicity study suggest there is a potential for aflibercept to impair reproductive function and fertility. In sexually mature female cynomolgus monkeys inhibition of ovarian function and follicular development was evidenced. These animals also lost normal menstrual cycling. In sexually mature male cynomolgus monkeys a decrease in sperm motility and an increase in incidence of morphological abnormalities of spermatozoa were observed. There was no margin of exposure to patients in relation to these effects. These effects were fully reversible within 8-18 weeks after the last injection.

Reproductive and developmental toxicology

Aflibercept has been shown to be embryotoxic and teratogenic when administered intravenously to pregnant rabbits every 3 days during the organogenesis period (gestation days 6 to 18) at doses approximately 1 to 15 times the human dose of 4 mg/kg every 2 weeks. Observed effects included

decreases in maternal body weights, an increased number of foetal resorptions, and an increased incidence of external, visceral, and skeletal foetal malformations.

6.PHARMACEUTICAL PARTICULARS

6.1List of excipients

Sucrose

Sodium chloride

Sodium citrate dihydrate

Citric acid monohydrate

Polysorbate 20

Sodium phosphate dibasic heptahydrate

Sodium phosphate monobasic monohydrate

Sodium hydroxide and/or hydrochloric acid (for pH adjustment)

Water for injections

6.2Incompatibilities

In the absence of compatibility studies, this medicinal product must not be mixed with other medicinal products or solvents except those mentioned in section 6.6.

6.3Shelf life

Unopened vial 3 years

After dilution in the infusion bag

Chemical and physical in-use stability has been demonstrated for 24 hours at 2°C to 8°C and for 8 hours at 25°C.

From a microbiological point of view, the solution for infusion should be used immediately.

If not used immediately, in-use storage times and conditions prior to use are the responsibility of the user and would normally not be longer than 24 hours at 2°C to 8°C unless dilution has taken place in controlled and validated aseptic conditions.

6.4Special precautions for storage

Store in a refrigerator (2°C – 8°C).

Store in the original package in order to protect from light.

For storage conditions after dilution of the medicinal product, see section 6.3.

6.5Nature and contents of container

4 ml of concentrate in a 5 ml clear borosilicate glass vial (type I) sealed by a flanged stopper with flip-off cap and inserted coated sealing disc. Pack size of 1 vial or 3 vials.

8 ml of concentrate in a 10 ml clear borosilicate glass vial (type I) sealed by a flanged stopper with flip-off cap and inserted coated sealing disc. Pack size of 1 vial.

Not all pack sizes may be marketed.

6.6Special precautions for disposal and other handling

ZALTRAP is a sterile, preservative-free and non-pyrogenic concentrate, therefore the solution for infusion should be prepared by a healthcare professional using safe-handling procedures and aseptic technique.

Caution should be exercised when handling ZALTRAP, taking into account the use of containment devices, personal protective equipment (e.g. gloves), and preparation procedures.

Preparation of the infusion solution

Inspect the ZALTRAP vial visually prior to use. The concentrate solution must be clear and without particles.

Based on the required dose for the patient, withdraw the necessary volume of ZALTRAP concentrate from the vial. More than one vial could be needed for the preparation of the infusion solution.

Dilute it to the required administration volume with sodium chloride 9 mg/ml (0.9%) solution or 5% glucose solution for infusion. The concentration of the final ZALTRAP solution for intravenous infusion should be kept within the range of 0.6 mg/ml to 8 mg/ml of aflibercept.

PVC containing DEHP infusion bags or polyolefin infusion bags should be used.

The diluted solution should be inspected visually for particulate matter and discolouration prior to administration. If any discolouration or particulate matter is observed, the reconstituted solution should be discarded.

ZALTRAP is a single-use vial. Do not re-enter the vial after the initial puncture. Any unused concentrate should be discarded.

Administration of the infusion solution

Diluted solutions of ZALTRAP should be administered using infusion sets containing a 0.2 micron polyethersulfone filter.

The infusion sets should be made of one of the following materials:

polyvinyl chloride (PVC) containing bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP)

DEHP free PVC containing trioctyl-trimellitate (TOTM)

polypropylene

polyethylene lined PVC

polyurethane

Filters made of polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) or nylon must not be used.

Disposal

Any unused medicinal product or waste material should be disposed of in accordance with local requirements.

7.MARKETING AUTHORISATION HOLDER

sanofi-aventis groupe 54, rue La Boétie 75008 Paris

France

8.MARKETING AUTHORISATION NUMBER(S)

EU/1/12/814/001

EU/1/12/814/002

EU/1/12/814/003

9.DATE OF FIRST AUTHORISATION/RENEWAL OF THE AUTHORISATION

Date of first authorisation: 01 February 2013

10.DATE OF REVISION OF THE TEXT

Detailed information on this medicinal product is available on the website of the European Medicines Agency http://www.ema.europa.eu

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