What is Ibrance and how is it used?

Ibrance is indicated for the treatment of adult patients with hormone receptor (HR)-positive, human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2)-negative advanced or metastatic breast cancer in combination with:

  • an aromatase inhibitor as initial endocrine-based therapy in postmenopausal women or in men; or
  • fulvestrant in patients with disease progression following endocrine therapy.

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What are the side effects of Ibrance?

Neutropenia

Neutropenia was the most frequently reported adverse reaction in Study 1 (PALOMA-2) with an incidence of 80% and Study 2 (PALOMA-3) with an incidence of 83%. A Grade ≥3 decrease in neutrophil counts was reported in 66% of patients receiving Ibrance plus letrozole in Study 1 and 66% of patients receiving Ibrance plus fulvestrant in Study 2. In Study 1 and 2, the median time to first episode of any grade neutropenia was 15 days and the median duration of Grade ≥3 neutropenia was 7 days.

Monitor complete blood counts prior to starting Ibrance therapy and at the beginning of each cycle, as well as on Day 15 of the first 2 cycles, and as clinically indicated. Dose interruption, dose reduction, or delay in starting treatment cycles is recommended for patients who develop Grade 3 or 4 neutropenia.

Febrile neutropenia has been reported in 1.8% of patients exposed to Ibrance across Studies 1 and 2. One death due to neutropenic sepsis was observed in Study 2. Physicians should inform patients to promptly report any episodes of fever.

Embryo-Fetal Toxicity

Based on findings from animal studies and its mechanism of action, Ibrance can cause fetal harm when administered to a pregnant woman. In animal reproduction studies, administration of palbociclib to pregnant rats and rabbits during organogenesis resulted in embryo-fetal toxicity at maternal exposures that were ≥4 times the human clinical exposure based on area under the curve (AUC). Advise pregnant women of the potential risk to a fetus. Advise females of reproductive potential to use effective contraception during treatment with Ibrance and for at least 3 weeks after the last dose.

What is the dosage of Ibrance?

The recommended dose of Ibrance is a 125 mg capsule taken orally once daily for 21 consecutive days followed by 7 days off treatment to comprise a complete cycle of 28 days. Ibrance should be taken with food.

Administer the recommended dose of an aromatase inhibitor when given with Ibrance. Please refer to the Full Prescribing Information for the aromatase inhibitor being used.

When given with Ibrance, the recommended dose of fulvestrant is 500 mg administered on Days 1, 15, 29, and once monthly thereafter. Please refer to the Full Prescribing Information of fulvestrant.

Patients should be encouraged to take their dose of Ibrance at approximately the same time each day.

If the patient vomits or misses a dose, an additional dose should not be taken. The next prescribed dose should be taken at the usual time. Ibrance capsules should be swallowed whole (do not chew, crush, or open them prior to swallowing). Capsules should not be ingested if they are broken, cracked, or otherwise not intact.

Pre/perimenopausal women treated with the combination Ibrance plus fulvestrant therapy should also be treated with luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone (LHRH) agonists according to current clinical practice standards.

For men treated with combination Ibrance plus aromatase inhibitor therapy, consider treatment with an LHRH agonist according to current clinical practice standards.

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What drugs interact with Ibrance?

Palbociclib is primarily metabolized by CYP3A and sulfotransferase (SULT) enzyme SULT2A1. In vivo, palbociclib is a time-dependent inhibitor of CYP3A.

Effect of CYP3A Inhibitors

Coadministration of a strong CYP3A inhibitor (itraconazole) increased the plasma exposure of palbociclib in healthy subjects by 87%. Avoid concomitant use of strong CYP3A inhibitors (e.g., clarithromycin, indinavir, itraconazole, ketoconazole, lopinavir/ritonavir, nefazodone, nelfinavir, posaconazole, ritonavir, saquinavir, telaprevir, telithromycin, and voriconazole). Avoid grapefruit or grapefruit juice during Ibrance treatment. If coadministration of Ibrance with a strong CYP3A inhibitor cannot be avoided, reduce the dose of Ibrance.

Effect of CYP3A Inducers

Coadministration of a strong CYP3A inducer (rifampin) decreased the plasma exposure of palbociclib in healthy subjects by 85%. Avoid concomitant use of strong CYP3A inducers (e.g., phenytoin, rifampin, carbamazepine, enzalutamide, and St John's Wort).

Drugs That May Have Their Plasma Concentrations Altered by Palbociclib

Coadministration of midazolam with multiple doses of Ibrance increased the midazolam plasma exposure by 61%, in healthy subjects, compared to administration of midazolam alone. The dose of the sensitive CYP3A substrate with a narrow therapeutic index (e.g., alfentanil, cyclosporine, dihydroergotamine, ergotamine, everolimus, fentanyl, pimozide, quinidine, sirolimus, and tacrolimus) may need to be reduced, as Ibrance may increase its exposure.

Is Ibrance safe to use while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Based on findings from animal studies and its mechanism of action, Ibrance can cause fetal harm when administered to a pregnant woman. There are no available data in pregnant women to inform the drug-associated risk. In animal reproduction studies, administration of palbociclib to pregnant rats and rabbits during organogenesis resulted in embryo-fetal toxicity at maternal exposures that were ≥4 times the human clinical exposure based on AUC. Advise pregnant women of the potential risk to a fetus.

There is no information regarding the presence of palbociclib in human milk, its effects on milk production, or the breastfed infant. Because of the potential for serious adverse reactions in breastfed infants from IBRANCE, advise a lactating woman not to breastfeed during treatment with IBRANCE and for 3 weeks after the last dose.

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Summary

Ibrance (palbociclib) is an anti-cancer agent for the treatment of hormone receptor (HR)-positive, human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2)-negative advanced or metastatic breast cancer in combination with other endocrine-based drug therapy.

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Medically Reviewed on 6/11/2019
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