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Topotecan Injection, Concentrate

Generic Name: topotecan hydrochloride
Dosage Form: injection, solution, concentrate

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on May 24, 2021.

WARNING: MYELOSUPPRESSION

Topotecan can cause severe myelosuppression. Administer first cycle only to patients with baseline neutrophil counts of greater than or equal to 1,500/mm3 and platelet counts greater than or equal to 100,000/mm3. Monitor blood cell counts [see Warnings and Precautions (5.1)].

Indications and Usage for Topotecan Injection, Concentrate

Ovarian Cancer

Topotecan Injection, as a single agent, is indicated for the treatment of patients with metastatic ovarian cancer after disease progression on or after initial or subsequent chemotherapy.

Small Cell Lung Cancer

Topotecan Injection, as a single agent, is indicated for the treatment of patients with small cell lung cancer (SCLC) with platinum-sensitive disease who progressed at least 60 days after initiation of first-line chemotherapy.

Cervical Cancer

Topotecan Injection, in combination with cisplatin, is indicated for the treatment of patients with Stage IV-B, recurrent, or persistent cervical cancer not amenable to curative treatment.

Topotecan Injection, Concentrate Dosage and Administration

Important Safety Information

Calculate dosage using body surface area. Do not exceed a single dose of 4 mg intravenously.

Recommended Dosage for Ovarian Cancer

The recommended dosage of Topotecan Injection is 1.5 mg/m2 by intravenous infusion over 30 minutes daily for 5 consecutive days, starting on Day 1 of a 21 day cycle until disease progression or unacceptable toxicity.

Recommended Dosage for Small Cell Lung Cancer (SCLC)

The recommended dosage of Topotecan Injection is 1.5 mg/m2 by intravenous infusion over 30 minutes daily for 5 consecutive days, starting on Day 1 of a 21 day cycle.

Recommended Dosage for Cervical Cancer

The recommended dosage of Topotecan Injection is 0.75 mg/m2 by intravenous infusion over 30 minutes daily on Days 1, 2, and 3, in combination with cisplatin 50 mg/m2 on Day 1, of a 21 day cycle.

Dosage Modifications for Adverse Reactions

Hematologic

Withhold subsequent cycles of Topotecan Injection until neutrophils recover to greater than 1,000/mm3, platelets recover to greater than 100,000/mm3, and hemoglobin levels recover to greater than or equal to 9 g/dL (with transfusion if necessary).

For Topotecan Injection as a single agent, reduce the dose to 1.25 mg/m2/day for:

  • neutrophil counts of less than 500/mm3 or administer granulocyte-colony stimulating factor (G-CSF) starting no sooner than 24 hours following the last dose
  • platelet counts less than 25,000/mm3 during previous cycle

For Topotecan Injection in combination with cisplatin, reduce the dose to 0.6 mg/m2/day (and further to 0.45 mg/m2 if necessary) for:

  • febrile neutropenia (defined as neutrophil counts less than 1,000/mm3 with temperature of greater than or equal to 38.0°C (100.4°F) or administer G-CSF starting no sooner than 24 hours following the last dose
  • platelet counts less than 25,000/mm3 during previous cycle

Dosage Modification for Renal Impairment

For Topotecan Injection as a single agent, reduce the dose to 0.75 mg/m2/day for patients with creatinine clearance (CLcr) of 20 to 39 mL/min (calculated with the Cockcroft-Gault method using ideal body weight) [see Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)].

Preparation and Administration

  • Topotecan Injection is a cytotoxic. Follow applicable special handling and disposable procedures.1
  • Withdraw the required volume from the vial and discard any unused portion.

  • Dilute Topotecan Injection in either 0.9% Sodium Chloride, USP or 5% Dextrose in Water, USP prior to administration.

  • Store diluted Topotecan Injection solutions at approximately 20°C to 25°C (68°F to 77°F) for no more than 4 hours or under refrigerated [2°C to 8°C (36°F to 46°F)] conditions for no more than 12 hours.

  • Visually inspect for particulate matter and discoloration prior to administration, whenever solution and container permit. Discard if particulate matter or discoloration is observed.

Dosage Forms and Strengths

Injection: 4 mg/4 mL (1 mg/mL topotecan free base) clear, light yellow to greenish solution in a single-dose vial.

Contraindications

Topotecan Injection is contraindicated in patients who have a history of severe hypersensitivity reactions to topotecan. Reactions have included anaphylactoid reactions [see Adverse Reactions (6.2)].

Warnings and Precautions

Myelosuppression

Topotecan can cause severe myelosuppression.

Single Agent

Grade 4 neutropenia occurred in 78% of 879 patients, with a median duration of 7 days and was most common during Cycle 1 (58% of patients). Grade 4 neutropenia associated with infection occurred in 13% and febrile neutropenia occurred in 5%. Sepsis occurred in 4% of patients and was fatal in 1%. Grade 4 thrombocytopenia occurred in 27%, with a median duration of 5 days. Grade 3 or 4 anemia occurred in 37% of patients.

Combination with Cisplatin

Grade 4 neutropenia occurred in 48% and Grade 4 thrombocytopenia occurred in 7% of 147 patients. Grade 3 or 4 anemia occurred in 40% of patients.

Topotecan can cause fatal typhlitis (neutropenic enterocolitis). Consider the possibility of typhlitis in patients presenting with fever, neutropenia, and abdominal pain.

Administer the first cycle of Topotecan Injection only to patients with a baseline neutrophil count of greater than or equal to 1,500/mm3 and a platelet count greater than or equal to 100,000/mm3. Monitor blood counts frequently during treatment. Withhold and reduce dose of Topotecan Injection based on neutrophil counts, platelet counts and hemoglobin levels [see Dosage and Administration (2.5)].

Interstitial Lung Disease

Interstitial lung disease (ILD), including fatalities, can occur with topotecan. Underlying risk factors include history of ILD, pulmonary fibrosis, lung cancer, thoracic radiation, and use of pneumotoxic drugs or colony stimulating factors. Monitor for pulmonary symptoms indicative of ILD. Permanently discontinue Topotecan Injection if ILD is confirmed.

Extravasation and Tissue Injury

Extravasation, including severe cases, can occur with topotecan. If signs or symptoms of extravasation occur, immediately stop administration of Topotecan Injection and institute recommended management procedures [see Adverse Reactions (6.1)].

Embryo-Fetal Toxicity

Based on animal data, Topotecan Injection can cause fetal harm when administered to a pregnant woman. Topotecan caused embryolethality, fetotoxicity, and teratogenicity in rats and rabbits when administered during organogenesis. Advise women of the potential risk to a fetus. Advise females of reproductive potential to use effective contraception during treatment and for 6 months after the last dose of Topotecan Injection. Advise males with a female partner of reproductive potential to use effective contraception during treatment with Topotecan Injection and for 3 months after the last dose [see Use in Specific Populations (8.1, 8.3), Nonclinical Toxicology (13.1)].

Adverse Reactions

The following clinically significant adverse reactions are described elsewhere in the labeling:

  • Myelosuppression [see Warnings and Precautions (5.1)]
  • Interstitial Lung Disease [see Warnings and Precautions (5.2)]
  • Extravasation and Tissue Injury [see Warnings and Precautions (5.3)]

Clinical Trials Experience

Because clinical trials are conducted under widely varying conditions, adverse reaction rates observed in the clinical trials of a drug cannot be directly compared with rates in the clinical trials of another drug and may not reflect the rates observed in practice.

The data in Warnings and Precautions reflect exposure to topotecan from eight trials in which 879 patients with ovarian cancer or small cell lung cancer (SCLC) received topotecan 1.5 mg/m2 by intravenous infusion daily for 5 consecutive days, starting on Day 1 of a 21 day cycle and from one trial (Study GOG 0179) in which 147 patients with cervical cancer received topotecan 0.75 mg/m2 by intravenous infusion daily on Days 1, 2, and 3, with cisplatin 50 mg/m2 by intravenous infusion on Day 1, of a 21 day cycle.

Ovarian Cancer

The safety of topotecan was evaluated in a randomized trial conducted in 226 patients with metastatic ovarian cancer (Study 039) [see Clinical Studies (14.1)]. Table 1 shows the incidence of Grade 3 and 4 hematologic and non-hematologic adverse reactions that occurred in patients receiving topotecan.

Table 1. Adverse Reactions Occurring in ≥ 5% of Patients with Ovarian Cancer in Study 039

Adverse Reaction

Topotecan

(n = 112)

Paclitaxel (n = 114)

Grade 3 to 4 (%)

Grade 3 to 4 (%)

Hematologic

Grade 4 neutropenia (< 500/mm3)

80

21

Grade 3 or 4 anemia (Hgb < 8 g/dL)

Grade 4 thrombocytopenia (< 25,000/mm3)

41

27

6

3

Febrile neutropenia

23

4

Non-Hematologic

Infections

Sepsisa



5



2

Respiratory, thoracic, and mediastinal

Dyspnea



6



5

Gastrointestinal



10



3

Vomiting

Nausea

10

2

Diarrhea

6

1

Abdominal pain

5

4

Intestinal obstruction

5

4

Constipation

5

0

General and administrative site conditions




7




6

Fatigue

Painb

5

7

Asthenia

5

3

a Death related to sepsis occurred in 2% of patients receiving topotecan and 0% of patients receiving paclitaxel.

b Pain includes body pain, skeletal pain, and back pain.

Small Cell Lung Cancer (SCLC)

The safety of topotecan was evaluated in randomized, comparative trial in patients with recurrent or progressive SCLC (Study 090) [see Clinical Studies (14.2)]. Table 2 shows the Grade 3 or 4 hematologic and non-hematologic adverse reactions in patients with SCLC.

Table 2. Adverse Reactions Occurring in ≥ 5% of Patients with Small Cell Lung Cancer in Study 090

Adverse Reactions

Topotecan

(n = 107)

CAVc (n = 104)

Grades 3 to 4 (%)

Grades 3 to 4 (%)

Hematologic

Grade 4 neutropenia (< 500/mm3)

70

72

Grade 3 or 4 anemia (Hgb < 8 g/dL)

Grade 4 thrombocytopenia (< 25,000/mm3)

42

29

20

5

Febrile neutropenia

28

26

Non-Hematologic

Infections

Sepsisa



5



5

Respiratory, thoracic, and mediastinal




9




14

Dyspnea

Pneumonia

8

6

Gastrointestinal



8



6

Nausea

Abdominal pain

6

4

General and administrative site conditions



9



7

Asthenia

Fatigue

6

10

Painb

5

7

a Death related to sepsis occurred in 3% of patients receiving topotecan and 1% of patients receiving CAV.

b Pain includes body pain, skeletal pain, and back pain.

c CAV = cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin and vincristine.

Hepatobiliary Disorders in Ovarian and Small Cell Lung Cancer

Based on the combined experience of 453 patients with metastatic ovarian cancer and 426 patients with SCLC treated with topotecan, Grade 3 or 4 increases aspartate transaminase (AST) or alanine transaminase (ALT) occurred in 4% and Grade 3 or 4 elevated bilirubin occurred in less than 2%.

Cervical Cancer

The safety of topotecan was evaluated in a comparative trial of topotecan with cisplatin versus cisplatin as a single agent in patients with cervical cancer (Study GOG 0179). Table 3 shows the hematologic and non-hematologic adverse reactions in patients with cervical cancer.

Table 3. Adverse Reactions Occurring in ≥ 5% of Patients with Cervical Cancer (Between-Arm Difference ≥ 2%)a in Study GOG 0179

Adverse Reaction

Topotecan

with Cisplatin

(n = 140)

%

Cisplatin (n = 144)

%

Hematologic

Neutropenia



26



1

Grade 3 (< 1,000 to 500/mm3)

Grade 4 (< 500/mm3)

48

1

Anemia



34



19

Grade 3 (Hgb < 8 to 6.5 g/dL)

Grade 4 (Hgb < 6.5 g/dL)

6

3

Thrombocytopenia



26



3

Grade 3 (< 50,000 to 10,000/mm3)

Grade 4 (< 10,000/mm3)

7

0

Non-Hematologicb,c

General and administrative site conditions




69




62

Constitutionald

Paine

59

50

Gastrointestinal




40




37

Vomiting

Stomatitis-pharyngitis

6

0

Other

63

56

Dermatologyf

48

20

Infection

Febrile neutropeniaf

28

18

Cardiovascularf

25

15

a Includes patients who were eligible and treated.

b Severity based on using National Cancer Institute (NCI) Common Toxicity Criteria (CTC), Version 2.0.

c Grades 1 through 4 only. There were 3 patients who experienced deaths with investigator-designated attribution. The first patient experienced a Grade 5 hemorrhage in which the drug-related thrombocytopenia aggravated the event. A second patient experienced bowel obstruction, cardiac arrest, pleural effusion, and respiratory failure which were not treatment-related but probably aggravated by treatment. A third patient experienced a pulmonary embolism and adult respiratory distress syndrome; the latter was indirectly treatment-related.

d Constitutional includes fatigue (lethargy, malaise, asthenia), fever (in the absence of neutropenia), rigors, chills, sweating, and weight gain or loss.

e Pain includes abdominal pain or cramping, arthralgia, bone pain, chest pain (non-cardiac and non-pleuritic), dysmenorrhea, dyspareunia, earache, headache, hepatic pain, myalgia, neuropathic pain, pain due to radiation, pelvic pain, pleuritic pain, rectal or perirectal pain, and tumor pain.

f High-level terms were included if the between-arm difference was ≥ 10%.

Postmarketing Experience

The following reactions have been identified during postapproval use of topotecan. Because these reactions are reported voluntarily from a population of unknown size, it is not always possible to reliably estimate their frequency or establish a causal relationship to drug exposure.

Blood and Lymphatic System: severe bleeding (in association with thrombocytopenia)

Hypersensitivity: allergic manifestations, anaphylactoid reactions, angioedema

Gastrointestinal: abdominal pain potentially associated with neutropenic enterocolitis, gastrointestinal perforation

Pulmonary: interstitial lung disease

Skin and Subcutaneous Tissue: severe dermatitis, severe pruritus

General and Administration Site Conditions: extravasation, mucosal inflammation

USE IN SPECIFIC POPULATIONS

Pregnancy

Risk Summary

Based on animal data and its mechanism of action, Topotecan Injection can cause fetal harm when administered to a pregnant woman. There are no available clinical data on the use of topotecan in pregnancy. Topotecan caused embryolethality, fetotoxicity, and teratogenicity in rats and rabbits when administered during organogenesis at doses similar to the clinical dose (see Data). Advise pregnant women of the potential risk to a fetus.

In the U.S. general population, the background risk of major birth defects is 2% to 4% and of miscarriage is 15% to 20% of clinically recognized pregnancies.

Data

Animal Data

In rabbits, an intravenous dose of 0.10 mg/kg/day [about equal to the 1.5 mg/m2 clinical dose based on body surface area (BSA)] given on Days 6 through 20 of gestation caused maternal toxicity, embryolethality and reduced fetal body weight. In the rat, an intravenous dose of 0.23 mg/kg/day (about equal to the 1.5 mg/m2 clinical dose based on BSA) given for 14 days before mating through gestation Day 6 caused fetal resorption, microphthalmia, pre-implant loss, and mild maternal toxicity. Administration of an intravenous dose of 0.10 mg/kg/day (about half the 1.5 mg/m2 clinical dose based on BSA) given to rats on Days 6 through 17 of gestation caused an increase in post-implantation mortality. This dose also caused an increase in total fetal malformations. The most frequent malformations were of the eye (microphthalmia, anophthalmia, rosette formation of the retina, coloboma of the retina, ectopic orbit), brain (dilated lateral and third ventricles), skull, and vertebrae.

Lactation

Risk Summary

There are no data on the presence of topotecan or its metabolites in human milk or their effects on the breastfed infant or on milk production. Lactating rats excrete high concentrations of topotecan in milk (see Data). Because of the potential for serious adverse reactions in breastfed infants, advise women not to breastfeed during treatment with Topotecan Injection and for 1 week after the last dose.

Data

Animal Data

Following intravenous administration of topotecan to lactating rats at a dose of 4.72 mg/m2 (about twice the 1.5 mg/m2 clinical dose based on BSA), topotecan was excreted into milk at concentrations up to 48 fold higher than those in plasma.

Females and Males of Reproductive Potential

Pregnancy Testing

Verify pregnancy status of females of reproductive potential prior to initiating Topotecan Injection [see Use in Specific Populations (8.1)].

Contraception

Topotecan Injection can cause fetal harm when administered to a pregnant woman [see Use in Specific Populations (8.1)].

Females

Advise females of reproductive potential to use effective contraception during treatment with Topotecan Injection and for 6 months after the last dose.

Males

Topotecan may damage spermatozoa, resulting in possible genetic and fetal abnormalities. Advise males with a female partner of reproductive potential to use effective contraception during treatment with Topotecan Injection and for 3 months after the last dose [see Nonclinical Toxicology (13.1)].

Infertility

Females

Topotecan can have both acute and long-term effects on fertility [see Nonclinical Toxicology (13.1)].

Males

Effects on spermatogenesis occurred in animals administered topotecan [see Nonclinical Toxicology (13.1)].

Pediatric Use

Safety and effectiveness in pediatric patients have not been established.

Geriatric Use

Of the 879 patients with metastatic ovarian cancer or small cell lung cancer in clinical trials of topotecan, 32% were aged 65 years and older, while 3.8% were aged 75 years and older. Of the 140 patients with Stage IV-B, relapsed or refractory cervical cancer in clinical trials of topotecan who received topotecan with cisplatin in the randomized clinical trial, 6% were aged 65 years and older, while 3% were aged 75 years and older. No overall differences in effectiveness or safety were observed between these patients and younger patients and other reported clinical experience has not identified differences in responses between the elderly and younger patients.

Renal Impairment

Reduce the dose of Topotecan Injection in patients with a CLcr of 20 to 39 mL/min [see Dosage and Administration (2.6), Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)]. No dosage adjustment is recommended for patients with CLcr greater than or equal to 40 mL/min. Insufficient data are available in patients with CLcr less than 20 mL/min to provide a dosage recommendation for Topotecan Injection.

Overdosage

Overdoses (up to 10-fold of the recommended dose) have occurred in patients receiving intravenous topotecan. The primary complication of overdosage is myelosuppression. Elevated hepatic enzymes, mucositis, gastrointestinal toxicity, and skin toxicity have occurred with overdosages. If an overdose is suspected, monitor the patient closely for myelosuppression and institute supportive-care measures as appropriate.

Topotecan Injection, Concentrate Description

Topotecan is a semi-synthetic derivative of camptothecin and a topoisomerase inhibitor. The chemical name for topotecan hydrochloride is (S)-10-[(dimethylamino)methyl]-4-ethyl-4,9-dihydroxy-1H-pyrano[3’,4’:6,7] indolizino [1,2-b]quinoline-3,14-(4H,12H)-dione 1.25 hydrochloride. It has the molecular formula of C23H23N3O5•xHCl (x = 1.25) and a molecular weight of 467.02. It is soluble in water and melts with decomposition at 213°C to 218°C.

Topotecan hydrochloride has the following structural formula:

Topotecan Injection for intravenous use is supplied as a sterile, non-pyrogenic, clear, light yellow to greenish solution in a single-dose vial at a topotecan free base concentration of 4 mg/4 mL (1 mg/mL).

Each mL contains 1 mg topotecan free base (equivalent to 1.11 mg topotecan hydrochloride), 12 mg of mannitol, USP, and 5 mg of tartaric acid, NF. It may also contain hydrochloric acid and sodium hydroxide to adjust the pH. The solution pH ranges from 2.0 to 2.5.

Topotecan Injection, Concentrate - Clinical Pharmacology

Mechanism of Action

Topoisomerase I relieves torsional strain in DNA by inducing reversible single-strand breaks. Topotecan binds to the topoisomerase I-DNA complex and prevents re-ligation of these single-strand breaks. The cytotoxicity of topotecan is thought to be due to double-strand DNA damage produced during DNA synthesis, when replication enzymes interact with the ternary complex formed by topotecan, topoisomerase I, and DNA. Mammalian cells cannot efficiently repair these double-strand breaks.

Pharmacokinetics

Following administration of topotecan at doses of 0.5 to 1.5 mg/m2 (0.1 to 0.3 times the recommended single agent dose) administered as a 30-minute infusion, the area under the curve (AUC) increases proportionally with dose.

Distribution

Protein binding of topotecan is approximately 35%.

Elimination

The terminal half-life of topotecan is 2 to 3 hours following intravenous administration.

Metabolism

Topotecan undergoes a reversible pH-dependent hydrolysis of its pharmacologically active lactone moiety. At pH less than or equal to 4, the lactone is exclusively present, whereas the ring-opened hydroxy-acid form predominates at physiologic pH. Topotecan is metabolized to an N-demethylated metabolite in vitro. The mean metabolite: parent AUC ratio is 3% for total topotecan and topotecan lactone following intravenous administration.

Excretion

The overall recovery of total topotecan and its N-desmethyl metabolite in urine and feces over 9 days averaged 73% ± 2% following an intravenous dose. Mean values (±SD) of 51% (± 3%) as total topotecan and 3% (± 1%) as N-desmethyl topotecan were excreted in the urine. Fecal elimination of total topotecan accounted for 18% (± 4%) while fecal elimination of N-desmethyl topotecan was 1.7% (± 0.6%). An O-glucuronidation metabolite of topotecan and N-desmethyl topotecan has been identified in the urine.

Specific Populations

No clinically significant differences in the pharmacokinetics of topotecan were observed based on age, sex, or hepatic impairment following intravenous administration.

Patients with Renal Impairment

Compared to patients with CLcr (calculated by the Cockcroft-Gault method using ideal body weight) greater than 60 mL/min, plasma clearance of topotecan lactone decreased by 33% in patients with CLcr 40 to 60 mL/min and decreased 65% in patients with CLcr 20 to 39 mL/min. The effect on topotecan pharmacokinetics in patients with CLcr less than 20 mL/min is unknown [see Dosage and Administration (2.6)].

Drug Interaction Studies

Clinical Studies

No clinically significant changes in topotecan pharmacokinetics were observed when coadministered cisplatin with topotecan.

No clinically significant changes in the pharmacokinetics of free platinum were observed in patients coadministered cisplatin with topotecan.

In Vitro Studies

Topotecan does not inhibit CYP1A2, CYP2A6, CYP2C8/9, CYP2C19, CYP2D6, CYP2E, CYP3A, or CYP4A or dihydropyrimidine dehydrogenase.

Nonclinical Toxicology

Carcinogenesis, Mutagenesis, Impairment of Fertility

Carcinogenicity testing of topotecan has not been performed. Topotecan is known to be genotoxic to mammalian cells and is a probable carcinogen. Topotecan was mutagenic to L5178Y mouse lymphoma cells and clastogenic to cultured human lymphocytes with and without metabolic activation. It was also clastogenic to mouse bone marrow. Topotecan did not cause mutations in bacterial cells.

Topotecan given to female rats prior to mating at an intravenous dose of 1.4 mg/m2 [about equal to the clinical dose based on body surface area (BSA)] caused superovulation possibly related to inhibition of follicular atresia. This dose given to pregnant female rats also caused increased pre-implantation loss. Studies in dogs given at an intravenous dose of 0.4 mg/m2 (about 0.25 times the clinical dose based on BSA) of topotecan daily for a month suggest that treatment may cause an increase in the incidence of multinucleated spermatogonial giant cells in the testes.

Clinical Studies

Ovarian Cancer

The efficacy of topotecan was evaluated in two clinical trials of 223 patients with metastatic ovarian cancer. All patients had disease that had recurred on, or was unresponsive to, a platinum-containing regimen. Patients in these trials received an initial dose of 1.5 mg/m2 as an intravenous infusion for 5 consecutive days, starting on Day 1 of a 21 day cycle.

One trial (Study 039) was a randomized trial of 112 patients who received topotecan and of 114 patients who received paclitaxel (175 mg/m2 intravenously over 3 hours on Day 1 of a 21 day cycle). All patients had recurrent ovarian cancer after a platinum-containing regimen or had not responded to at least 1 prior platinum-containing regimen. Patients who did not respond to the trial therapy, or who progressed, could be given the alternative treatment. The efficacy outcome measures were overall response rate, response duration, time to progression, and overall survival (OS).

The results of the trial did not show statistically significant improvements in response rates, response duration, time to progression, and OS as shown in Table 4.

Table 4. Efficacy Results in Ovarian Cancer in Study 039

Parameter

Topotecan

(n = 112)

Paclitaxel (n = 114)

Overall response rate (95% CI)

21% (13%, 28%)

14% (8%, 20%)

Complete response rate

5%

3%

Partial response rate

16%

11%

Response durationa (months)

Median (95% CI)

6 (5.1, 7.6)

5 (3.7, 7.8)

Time to progression (months)

Median (95% CI)

Hazard ratio (95% CI)



4.4 (2.8, 5.4) 3.4 (2.7, 4.2)

0.76 (0.57, 1.02)

Overall survival (months)



14.5 (10.7, 16.5) 12.2 (9.7, 15.8)

Median (95% CI)

Hazard ratio (95% CI)

0.97 (0.71, 1.34)

Abbreviation: CI, confidence interval.

a The calculation for response duration was based on the interval between first response and time to progression.

The median time to response was 7.6 weeks (3.1 weeks to 5 months) with topotecan compared with 6 weeks (2.4 weeks to 4.1 months) with paclitaxel. In the cross-over phase, 13% of 61 patients who received topotecan after paclitaxel had a partial response and 10% of 49 patients who received paclitaxel after topotecan had a response (2 complete responses).

Topotecan was active in ovarian cancer patients who had developed resistance to platinum-containing therapy, defined as tumor progression while on, or tumor relapse within 6 months after completion of, a platinum-containing regimen. One complete and 6 partial responses were seen in 60 patients, for a response rate of 12%. In the same trial, there were no complete responders and 4 partial responders on the paclitaxel arm, for a response rate of 7%.

Topotecan was also studied in an open-label, non-comparative trial in 111 patients with recurrent ovarian cancer after treatment with a platinum-containing regimen, or who had not responded to 1 prior platinum-containing regimen. The response rate was 14% (95% CI: 7%, 20%). The median duration of response was 5 months (4.6 weeks to 9.6 months). The time to progression was 2.6 months (5 days to 1.4 years). The median survival was 1.3 years (1.4 weeks, to 2.2 years).

Small Cell Lung Cancer

The efficacy of topotecan was evaluated in 426 patients with recurrent or progressive small cell lung cancer (SCLC) in a randomized, comparative trial and in 3 single-arm trials.

Randomized Comparative Trial

In a randomized, comparative trial, 211 patients were randomized 1:1 to receive topotecan (1.5 mg/m2 once daily intravenously for 5 days starting on Day 1 of a 21 day cycle) or CAV (cyclophosphamide 1,000 mg/m2, doxorubicin 45 mg/m2, vincristine 2 mg administered sequentially on Day 1 of a 21 day cycle). All patients were considered sensitive to first-line chemotherapy (responders who then subsequently progressed greater than or equal to 60 days after completion of first-line therapy). A total of 77% of patients treated with topotecan and 79% of patients treated with CAV received platinum/etoposide with or without other agents as first-line chemotherapy. The efficacy outcome measures were overall response rate, response duration, time to progression or OS.

The results of the trial did not show statistically significant improvements in response rate, response duration, time to progression, or OS as shown in Table 5.

Table 5. Efficacy Results in Patients with Small Cell Lung Cancer Sensitive to First-Line Chemotherapy in Study 090

Parameter

Topotecan

(n = 107)

CAVb

(n = 104)

Overall response rate (95% CI)

24% (16%, 32%)

18% (11%, 26%)

Complete response rate

0%

1%

Partial response rate

24%

17%

Response durationa (months)

Median (95% CI)

3.3 (3, 4.1)

3.5 (3, 5.3)

Time to progression (months)

3.1 (2.6, 4.1) 2.8 (2.5, 3.2)

Median (95% CI)

Hazard ratio (95% CI)

0.92 (0.69, 1.22)

Overall survival (months)

5.8 (4.7, 6.8) 5.7 (5, 7)

Median (95% CI)

Hazard ratio (95% CI)

1.04 (0.78, 1.39)

Abbreviations: CI, confidence interval.

a The calculation for duration of response was based on the interval between first response and time to progression.

b CAV = cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin and vincristine.

The median time to response was similar in both arms: topotecan, 6 weeks (2.4 weeks to 3.6 months) versus CAV, 6 weeks (5.1 weeks to 4.2 months).

Changes on a disease-related symptom scale are presented in Table 6. It should be noted that not all patients had all symptoms, nor did all patients respond to all questions. Each symptom was rated on a 4-category scale with an improvement defined as a change in 1 category from baseline sustained over 2 courses. Limitations in interpretation of the rating scale and responses preclude formal statistical analysis.

Table 6. Symptom Improvementa in Patients with Small Cell Lung Cancer in Study 090

Symptom

Topotecan

(n = 107)

CAV

(n = 104)

nb

(%)

nb

(%)

Shortness of breath

68

28

61

7

Interference with daily activity

67

27

63

11

Fatigue

70

23

65

9

Hoarseness

40

33

38

13

Cough

69

25

61

15

Insomnia

57

33

53

19

Anorexia

56

32

57

16

Chest pain

44

25

41

17

Hemoptysis

15

27

12

33

a Defined as improvement sustained over at least 2 courses compared with baseline.

b Number of patients with baseline and at least 1 post-baseline assessment.

Single-Arm Trials

Topotecan was also studied in three open-label, non-comparative trials (Studies 014, 092 and 053) in a total of 319 patients with recurrent or progressive SCLC after treatment with first-line chemotherapy. In all three trials, patients were stratified as either sensitive (responders who then subsequently progressed greater than or equal to 90 days after completion of first-line therapy) or refractory (no response to first-line chemotherapy or who responded to first-line therapy and then progressed within 90 days of completing first-line therapy). Response rates ranged from 11% to 31% for sensitive patients and 2% to 7% for refractory patients. Median time to progression and median survival were similar in all three trials and the comparative trial.

Cervical Cancer

The efficacy of topotecan was evaluated in a multi-center, randomized (1:1), open-label study (Study GOG 0179) conducted in 147 patients with histologically confirmed Stage IV-B, recurrent, or persistent cervical cancer considered not amenable to curative treatment with surgery and/or radiation. Patients were randomized to topotecan (0.75 mg/m2 once daily intravenously for 3 consecutive days starting on Day 1 of a 21-day cycle) with cisplatin (50 mg/m2 intravenously on Day 1) or cisplatin as a single agent. Fifty-six percent of patients treated with topotecan with cisplatin and 56% of patients treated with cisplatin had received prior cisplatin with or without other agents as first-line chemotherapy. The efficacy outcome measure was OS.

Median OS of eligible patients receiving topotecan with cisplatin was 9.4 months (95% CI: 7.9, 11.9) compared with 6.5 months (95% CI: 5.8, 8.8) among patients randomized to cisplatin alone with a log rank P-value of 0.033 (significance level was 0.044 after adjusting for the interim analysis). The unadjusted hazard ratio for OS was 0.76 (95% CI: 0.59, 0.98).

Figure 1. Kaplan-Meier Curves for Overall Survival in Cervical Cancer in Study GOG 0179

REFERENCES

  1. “OSHA Hazardous Drugs.” OSHA. http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/hazardousdrugs/index.html.

How Supplied/Storage and Handling

Topotecan Injection is supplied in 4 mg/4 mL (1 mg/mL topotecan free base) single-dose vials. Each vial contains 4 mL of the sterile, clear, light yellow to greenish solution.

NDC 0703-4714-01 (Package of 1 Single-Dose Vial NDC 0703-4714-71)

Store refrigerated between 2°C and 8°C (36°F and 46°F) in the original carton to protect from light. Discard unused portion.

Topotecan Injection is a cytotoxic drug. Follow applicable handling and disposal procedures.1

Patient Counseling Information

Myelosuppression

Advise patients of the risks of myelosuppression and instruct them to notify their healthcare provider promptly for fever, other signs of infection, or bleeding [see Warnings and Precautions (5.1)].

Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD)

Inform patients of the risks of severe ILD. Advise patients to contact their healthcare provider immediately to report new or worsening respiratory symptoms [see Warnings and Precautions (5.2)].

Embryo-Fetal Toxicity

Advise females of reproductive potential and males with female partners of reproductive potential of the potential risk to a fetus. Advise women to contact their healthcare provider if they become pregnant, or if pregnancy is suspected during treatment with Topotecan Injection [see Warnings and Precautions (5.4), Use in Specific Populations (8.1, 8.3)].

Advise females of reproductive potential to use effective contraception during treatment and for 6 months after the last dose of Topotecan Injection [see Use in Specific Populations (8.1, 8.3)].

Advise males with a female partner of reproductive potential to use effective contraception during treatment and for 3 months after the last dose of Topotecan Injection [see Use in Specific Populations (8.1, 8.3), Nonclinical Toxicology (13.1)].

Lactation

Advise women to discontinue breastfeeding during treatment and for 1 week after the last dose of Topotecan Injection [see Use in Specific Populations (8.2)].

Infertility

Advise male and female patients of the potential risk for impaired fertility [see Use in Specific Populations (8.3), Nonclinical Toxicology (13.1)].

Asthenia and Fatigue

Advise patients of the risk of asthenia or fatigue. These symptoms may impair the ability to safely drive or operate machinery.

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Package/Label Display Panel

NDC 0703-4714-01

Rx only

Topotecan

Injection

4 mg/4 mL

(1 mg/mL)

Must dilute before intravenous

infusion.

Store refrigerated between

2°C and 8°C (36°F and 46°F)

in the original carton to

protect from light.

Cytotoxic Agent

Single-Dose Vial. Discard unused

portion.

Sterile

TEVA

TOPOTECAN
topotecan injection, solution, concentrate
Product Information
Product Type HUMAN PRESCRIPTION DRUG LABEL Item Code (Source) NDC:0703-4714
Route of Administration INTRAVENOUS DEA Schedule
Active Ingredient/Active Moiety
Ingredient Name Basis of Strength Strength
TOPOTECAN HYDROCHLORIDE (TOPOTECAN) TOPOTECAN 1 mg in 1 mL
Inactive Ingredients
Ingredient Name Strength
MANNITOL
TARTARIC ACID
WATER
HYDROCHLORIC ACID
SODIUM HYDROXIDE
Product Characteristics
Color YELLOW (clear, light yellow to greenish) Score
Shape Size
Flavor Imprint Code
Contains
Packaging
# Item Code Package Description
1 NDC:0703-4714-01 1 VIAL, SINGLE-USE in 1 CARTON
1 NDC:0703-4714-71 4 mL in 1 VIAL, SINGLE-USE
Marketing Information
Marketing Category Application Number or Monograph Citation Marketing Start Date Marketing End Date
NDA NDA022453 05/21/2013
Labeler - Teva Parenteral Medicines, Inc. (794362533)
Teva Parenteral Medicines, Inc.