Prescribing information for IBRANCE® (palbociclib)

IBRANCE®▼(palbociclib) Prescribing Information:

Please refer to the Summary of Product Characteristics (SmPC) before prescribing IBRANCE 75 mg, 100 mg or 125 mg. 

Presentation: Hard capsules or film-coated tablets containing 75 mg, 100 mg or 125 mg palbociclib. 

Indications: Treatment of hormone receptor (HR) positive, human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) negative locally advanced or metastatic breast cancer: in combination with an aromatase inhibitor; or in combination with fulvestrant in women who have received prior endocrine therapy. In pre- or perimenopausal women, the endocrine therapy should be combined with a luteinizing hormone releasing hormone (LHRH) agonist.

Dosage: Therapy should be initiated and supervised by a physician experienced in the administration of anti‑cancer medicinal products. The recommended dose is 125 mg of palbociclib once daily for 21 consecutive days followed by 7 days off treatment (Schedule 3/1) to comprise a complete cycle of 28 days. When coadministered with palbociclib, the aromatase inhibitor should be administered according to the dose schedule reported in the SmPC. Treatment of pre/perimenopausal women with the combination of palbociclib plus an aromatase inhibitor should always be combined with an LHRH agonist (see SmPC section 4.4). Palbociclib capsules and tablets should be swallowed whole (should not be chewed, crushed, split or opened prior to swallowing). Capsules should be taken with food, preferably a meal to ensure consistent palbociclib exposure. Tablets may be taken with or without food. Palbociclib should not be taken with grapefruit or grapefruit juice (see SmPC section 4.5). Dose modification of palbociclib is recommended based on individual safety and tolerability. Management of some adverse reactions may require temporary dose interruptions/delays, and/or dose reductions, or permanent discontinuation. For dose reduction guidelines for management of adverse reactions, haematologic and non-haematologic toxicities, refer to SmPC section 4.2. Permanently discontinue IBRANCE in patients with severe interstitial lung disease (ILD)/pneumonitis. For patients who experience a maximum of Grade 1 or 2 neutropenia in the first 6 cycles, complete blood counts for subsequent cycles should be monitored every 3 months, prior to the beginning of a cycle and as clinically indicated. No dose adjustments of palbociclib are required for patients with mild or moderate hepatic impairment (Child-Pugh classes A and B). For patients with severe hepatic impairment (Child-Pugh class C), the recommended dose is 75mg once daily on schedule 3/1 (see SmPC section 5.2). No dose adjustment of palbociclib is required for patients with mild, moderate or severe renal impairment [CrCl] ≥15 mL/min (see SmPC section 5.2). No dose adjustment of palbociclib is necessary in patients ≥65 years of age (see section 5.2).

Contraindications: Hypersensitivity to the active substance or to any of the excipients (see SmPC section 6.1), use of preparations containing St. John’s Wort (see SmPC section 4.3).

Warnings and Precautions: Ovarian ablation or suppression with an LHRH agonist is mandatory when pre/perimenopausal women are administered palbociclib in combination with an aromatase inhibitor, due to the mechanism of action of aromatase inhibitors. Palbociclib in combination with fulvestrant in pre/perimenopausal women has only been studied in combination with an LHRH agonist (see SmPC section 4.4). Dose interruption, dose reduction, or delay in starting treatment cycles is recommended for patients who develop Grade 3 or 4 neutropenia. Appropriate monitoring should be performed (see SmPC sections 4.2 and 4.8). Severe, life-threatening, or fatal ILD and/or pneumonitis can occur in patients treated with cyclin dependent kinase 4/6 (CDK4/6) inhibitors, including IBRANCE when taken in combination with endocrine therapy. Across clinical trials (PALOMA-1, PALOMA-2, PALOMA-3), 1.4% of IBRANCE-treated patients had ILD/pneumonitis of any grade, 0.1% had Grade 3, and no Grade 4 or fatal cases were reported. Additional cases of ILD/pneumonitis have been observed in the post-marketing setting, with fatalities reported. Monitor patients for pulmonary symptoms and interrupt IBRANCE treatment immediately in patients suspected to have developed ILD/pneumonitis, see SmPC section 4.2, 4.4 and 4.8. Since palbociclib has myelosuppressive properties, it may predispose patients to infections. Infections have been reported at a higher rate in patients treated with palbociclib in randomised clinical studies compared to patients treated in the respective comparator arm. Grade 3 and Grade 4 infections occurred respectively in 5.6% and 0.9% of patients treated with palbociclib in any combination (see SmPC section 4.8). Patients should be monitored for signs and symptoms of infection and treated as medically appropriate (see SmPC section 4.2). Physicians should inform patients to promptly report any episodes of fever. Strong inhibitors of CYP3A4 may lead to increased toxicity (see SmPC section 4.5). Avoid concomitant use of strong CYP3A inhibitors during treatment with palbociclib. Coadministration should only be considered after careful evaluation of the potential benefits and risks. If coadministration with a strong CYP3A inhibitor is unavoidable, reduce the palbociclib dose to 75 mg once daily. When the strong inhibitor is discontinued, increase the palbociclib dose (after 3–5 half-lives of the inhibitor) to the dose used prior to the initiation of the strong CYP3A inhibitor (see SmPC section 4.5). Coadministration of CYP3A inducers may lead to decreased palbociclib exposure and consequently a risk for lack of efficacy. Therefore, concomitant use of palbociclib with strong CYP3A4 inducers should be avoided. No dose adjustments are required for coadministration of palbociclib with moderate CYP3A inducers (see SmPC section 4.5). Women of childbearing potential or their male partners must use a highly effective method of contraception while taking palbociclib (see SmPC section 4.6). Palbociclib capsules contain lactose. Patients with rare hereditary problems of galactose intolerance, the total lactase deficiency, or glucose-galactose malabsorption should not take this medicine. Palbociclib tablets do not contain lactose. Palbociclib capsules contain less than 1 mmol (23 mg) sodium per capsule, that is to say essentially ‘sodium-free’.

Drug Interactions: The concomitant use of strong CYP3A inhibitors including, but not limited to: clarithromycin, indinavir, itraconazole, ketoconazole, lopinavir/ritonavir, nefazodone, nelfinavir, posaconazole, saquinavir, telaprevir, telithromycin, voriconazole, and grapefruit or grapefruit juice, should be avoided (see sections 4.2 and 4.4). No dose adjustments are needed for mild and moderate CYP3A inhibitors. The concomitant use of strong CYP3A inducers including, but not limited to: carbamazepine, enzalutamide, phenytoin and rifampin should be avoided (see SmPC sections 4.3 and 4.4). Use of preparations containing St. John’s Wort are contraindicated (see SmPC section 4.3). No dose adjustments are required for moderate CYP3A inducers. The dose of sensitive CYP3A substrates with a narrow therapeutic index (e.g., alfentanil, cyclosporine, dihydroergotamine, ergotamine, everolimus, fentanyl, pimozide, quinidine, sirolimus, and tacrolimus) may need to be reduced when coadministered with palbociclib as palbociclib may increase their exposure (see SmPC sections 4.4 and 4.5). Based on in vitro data, palbociclib is predicted to inhibit intestinal P-glycoprotein (P‑gp) and breast cancer resistance protein (BCRP) mediated transport. Therefore, administration of palbociclib with medicinal products that are substrates of P-gp (e.g., digoxin, dabigatran, colchicine, pravastatin) or BCRP (e.g., rosuvastatin, sulfasalazine) may increase their therapeutic effect and adverse reactions. Based on in vitro data, palbociclib may inhibit the uptake transporter organic cationic transporter OCT1 and then may increase the exposure of medical product substrates of this transporter (e.g., metformin) (see SmPC section 4.5).

Pregnancy & Lactation: Females of childbearing potential who are receiving this medicinal product, or their male partners should use adequate contraceptive methods (e.g., double-barrier contraception) during therapy and for at least 3 weeks or 14 weeks after completing therapy for females and males, respectively (see SmPC section 4.6). There are no or limited amount of data from the use of palbociclib in pregnant women. Studies in animals have shown reproductive toxicity (see SmPC section 5.3). Palbociclib is not recommended during pregnancy and in women of childbearing potential not using contraception. Based on male reproductive organ findings (seminiferous tubule degeneration in testis, epididymal hypospermia, lower sperm motility and density, and decreased prostate secretion) in nonclinical safety studies, male fertility may be compromised by treatment with palbociclib (see SmPC section 5.3 for further information).

Driving and operating machinery: Palbociclib may cause fatigue and patients should exercise caution when driving or using machines (See SmPC section 4.7).

Side Effects: The most common (≥20%) adverse reactions of any grade reported in patients receiving palbociclib in randomised clinical studies were neutropenia, infections, leukopenia, fatigue, nausea, stomatitis, anaemia, diarrhoea, alopecia, and thrombocytopenia (see SmPC section 4.8). The most common (≥2%) Grade ≥3 adverse reactions of palbociclib were neutropenia, leukopenia, anaemia, fatigue, infections, alanine aminotransferase (ALT) increased and aspartate aminotransferase (AST) increased. Dose reductions or dose modifications due to any adverse reaction occurred in 38.4% of patients receiving palbociclib in randomised clinical studies regardless of the combination (section 4.8). Very common adverse reactions (≥1/10) are neutropenia, infections, leukopenia, fatigue, asthenia, pyrexia, nausea, stomatitis, anaemia, alopecia, diarrhoea, thrombocytopenia, vomiting, rash, decreased appetite, dry skin, AST increased, ALT increased. Commonly reported adverse reactions (≥1/100 to <1/10), are dysgeusia, epistaxis, ILD/pneumonitis, lacrimation increased, vision blurred, dry eye, febrile neutropenia. Refer to SmPC for further information on side effects. 

Legal Category: POM. Marketing Authorisation Holder: Pfizer Europe MA EEIG, Boulevard de la Plaine 17, 1050 Bruxelles, Belgium.

Package quantities, Marketing Authorisation Numbers and Basic NHS Price: BRANCE 75mg, 21 capsules, EU/1/16/1147/001 £2950, 63 capsules, EU/1/16/1147/007 £ 8850; IBRANCE 100mg, 21 capsules, EU/1/16/1147/003 £2950, 63 capsules, EU/1/16/1147/008 £8850; IBRANCE 125mg, 21 capsules, EU/1/16/1147/005 £2950, 63 capsules, EU/1/16/1147/009 £8850. IBRANCE 75mg, 21 tablets, EU/1/16/1147/010 £2950, 63 tablets, EU/1/16/1147/011 £8850; IBRANCE 100mg, 21 tablets, EU/1/16/1147/012 £2950, 63 tablets, EU/1/16/1147/013 £8850; IBRANCE 125mg, 21 tablets, EU/1/16/1147/014 £2950, 63 tablets, EU/1/16/1147/015 £8850.

Further information is available on request from: Medical Information at Pfizer Limited, Walton Oaks, Dorking Road, Tadworth, Surrey, KT20 7NS, UK. Tel: +44 (0) 1304 616161.

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Last revised: 12/2020
Ref: IB 11_0

PP-IBR-GBR-3059. January 2021