Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Aug 15, 2023.
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The recommended dose of Vectibix is 6 mg/kg, administered as an intravenous infusion over 60 minutes, every 14 days. If the first infusion is tolerated, administer subsequent infusions over 30 to 60 minutes. Administer doses higher than 1000 mg over 90 minutes [see Dosage and Administration (2.4)].
Appropriate medical resources for the treatment of severe infusion reactions should be available during Vectibix infusions [see Warnings and Precautions (5.4)].
• Reduce infusion rate by 50% in patients experiencing a mild or moderate (grade 1 or 2) infusion reaction for the duration of that infusion.
• Terminate the infusion in patients experiencing severe infusion reactions. Depending on the severity and/or persistence of the reaction, permanently discontinue Vectibix.
• Upon first occurrence of a grade 3 (NCI-CTC/CTCAE) dermatologic reaction, withhold 1 to 2 doses of Vectibix. If the reaction improves to < grade 3, reinitiate Vectibix at the original dose.
• Upon the second occurrence of a grade 3 (NCI-CTC/CTCAE) dermatologic reaction, withhold 1 to 2 doses of Vectibix. If the reaction improves to < grade 3, reinitiate Vectibix at 80% of the original dose.
• Upon the third occurrence of a grade 3 (NCI-CTC/CTCAE) dermatologic reaction, withhold 1 to 2 doses of Vectibix. If the reaction improves to < grade 3, reinitiate Vectibix at 60% of the original dose.
• Upon the fourth occurrence of a grade 3 (NCI-CTC/CTCAE) dermatologic reaction, permanently discontinue Vectibix.
Permanently discontinue Vectibix following the occurrence of a grade 4 dermatologic reaction or for a grade 3 (NCI-CTC/CTCAE) dermatologic reaction that does not recover after withholding 1 or 2 doses.
Preparation and Administration
For intravenous infusion only. Do not administer Vectibix as an intravenous push or bolus.
Visually inspect parenteral drug products for particulate matter and discoloration prior to administration. Vectibix solution is colorless and may contain a small amount of visible translucent-to-white, amorphous, proteinaceous particles. Do not use if the solution is discolored or cloudy, or if foreign matter is present.
Prepare the solution for infusion, using aseptic technique, as follows:
• Do not shake the vial.
• Use a 21-gauge or larger gauge (smaller bore) hypodermic needle to withdraw the necessary amount of Vectibix for a dose of 6 mg/kg. Do not use needle-free devices (e.g., vial adapters) to withdraw vial contents.
• Dilute to a total volume of 100 mL with 0.9% sodium chloride injection, USP. Doses higher than 1000 mg should be diluted to 150 mL with 0.9% sodium chloride injection, USP. Do not exceed a final concentration of 10 mg/mL.
• Mix diluted solution by gentle inversion.
• Discard any unused portion of the vial.
• Administer using a low-protein-binding 0.2 μm or 0.22 μm in-line filter.
• Vectibix must be administered via infusion pump.
○ Flush line before and after Vectibix administration with 0.9% sodium chloride injection, USP, to avoid mixing with other drug products or intravenous solutions. Do not mix Vectibix with, or administer as an infusion with, other medicinal products. Do not add other medications to solutions containing panitumumab.
○ Infuse doses of 1000 mg or lower over 60 minutes through a peripheral intravenous line or indwelling intravenous catheter. If the first infusion is tolerated, administer subsequent infusions over 30 to 60 minutes. Administer doses higher than 1000 mg over 90 minutes.
• Use the diluted infusion solution of Vectibix within 6 hours of preparation if stored at room temperature, or within 24 hours of dilution if stored at 2° to 8°C (36° to 46°F). DO NOT FREEZE.
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