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ARZERRA
Leukemias, lymphomas, and other hematologic cancers
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Drug Name:

ARZERRA Rx

Generic Name and Formulations:
Ofatumumab 20mg/mL; soln for IV infusion after dilution; preservative-free.

Company:
Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp

Therapeutic Use:

Indications for ARZERRA:

In combination with chlorambucil in previously untreated patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), for whom fludarabine-based therapy is considered inappropriate. Extended treatment of patients who are in complete or partial response after at least two lines of therapy for recurrent or progressive CLL. Treatment of CLL refractory to fludarabine and alemtuzumab.

Adult:

Premedicate with acetaminophen (oral), antihistamine (oral or IV), corticosteroid (IV) 30mins to 2hrs prior to each infusion. Give by IV infusion (rate varies with dose and during infusion); see full labeling. Previously untreated: initially 300mg on Day 1, then 1 week later by 1000mg on Day 8 (Cycle 1), followed by 1000mg on Day 1 of subsequent 28-day cycles for at least 3 cycles until best response or max 12 cycles. Extended treatment: initially 300mg on Day 1, then by 1000mg 1 week later on Day 8, followed by 1000mg 7 weeks later and every 8 weeks thereafter for up to max 2 years. Refractory: initially 300mg on Day 1, then 1 week later by 2000mg weekly for 7 doses, followed 4 weeks later by 2000mg every 4 weeks for 4 doses. Dose modification for infusion reactions: see full labeling.

Children:

Not established.

Warnings/Precautions:

Increased risk of HBV reactivation. Test/treat HBV infection prior to initiating therapy. Monitor for signs of hepatitis or HBV reactivation during and for several months after therapy; discontinue if HBV reactivation occurs. Monitor CBCs at regular intervals during and after therapy, increase frequency if Grade 3/4 cytopenias develop. Monitor for new onset of or changes in pre-existing neurological signs/symptoms; discontinue and evaluate if progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML) is suspected. Increased risk of tumor lysis syndrome (TLS) in high tumor burden and/or high circulating lymphocytes; consider prophylaxis with anti-hyperuricemics and hydration beginning 12–24hrs prior to infusion. Pregnancy (Cat.C). Nursing mothers.

Interactions:

Avoid vaccination with live viral vaccines.

Pharmacological Class:

CD20-directed cytolytic monoclonal antibody.

Adverse Reactions:

Neutropenia, thrombocytopenia, anemia, pneumonia, pyrexia, cough, fatigue, dyspnea, rash, nausea, diarrhea, bronchitis, upper respiratory tract infections; infusion reactions (eg, bronchospasm; laryngeal, pulmonary, or angioedema; flushing, hyper- or hypotension, syncope, cardiac ischemia, back or abdominal pain, fever, urticaria) (interrupt, adjust infusion rate and monitor; permanently discontinue if anaphylaxis occurs), PML, infections (eg, sepsis), hepatotoxicity, TLS.

Generic Availability:

NO

How Supplied:

Single-use vial (5mL)—3; (50mL)—1

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