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WARNING: EMBRYO-FETAL TOXICITY AND VENOUS THROMBOEMBOLISM EMBRYO-FETAL TOXICITY If thalidomide is taken during pregnancy, it can cause severe birth defects or embryo-fetal death. Thalidomide should never be used by females who are pregnant or who could become pregnant while taking the drug. Even a single dose [1 capsule (regardless of strength)] taken by a pregnant woman during her pregnancy can cause severe birth defects. Because of this toxicity and in an effort to make the chance of embryo-fetal exposure to THALOMID® (thalidomide) as negligible as possible, THALOMID® (thalidomide) is approved for marketing only through a special restricted distribution program: THALOMID REMS® program, approved by the Food and Drug Administration. This program was formerly known as the “System for Thalidomide Education and Prescribing Safety (S.T.E.P.S. ® program)”. You can get the information about THALOMID and the THALOMID REMS program on the Internet at www.celgeneriskmanagement.com or by calling the manufacturer’s toll-free number 1-888-423-5436. VENOUS THROMBOEMBOLISM The use of THALOMID® (thalidomide) in multiple myeloma results in an increased risk of venous thromboembolism, such as deep venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolism. This risk increases significantly when thalidomide is used in combination with standard chemotherapeutic agents including dexamethasone. In one controlled trial, the rate of venous thromboembolism was 22.5% in patients receiving thalidomide in combination with dexamethasone compared to 4.9% in patients receiving dexamethasone alone (p = 0.002). Patients and physicians are advised to be observant for the signs and symptoms of thromboembolism. Instruct patients to seek medical care if they develop symptoms such as shortness of breath, chest pain, or arm or leg swelling. Consider thromboprophylaxis based on an assessment of individual patients’ underlying risk factors. WARNING: EMBRYO-FETAL TOXICITY AND VENOUS THROMBOEMBOLISM See full prescribing information for complete boxed warning. EMBRYO -FETAL TOXICITY If thalidomide is taken during pregnancy, it can cause severe birth defects or embryo-fetal death. Thalidomide should never be used by females who are pregnant or who could be pregnant while taking the drug. Even a single dose [1 capsule (regardless of strength)] taken by a pregnant woman during her pregnancy can cause severe birth defects. Pregnancy must be excluded before start of treatment. Prevent pregnancy thereafter by the use of two reliable methods of contraception. (5.1) THALOMID® (thalidomide) is only available through a restricted distribution program, the THALOMID REMS® program (formerly known as the System for Thalomid Education and Prescribing Safety (S.T.E.P.S.® ) program) (5.2). VENOUS THROMBOEMBOLISM Significant increased risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE) in patients with multiple myeloma receiving THALOMID® (thalidomide) with dexamethasone (5.3).
1 INDICATIONS AND USAGE THALOMID in combination with dexamethasone is indicated for the treatment of patients with newly diagnosed multiple myeloma (MM). (1.1) THALOMID is indicated for the acute treatment of the cutaneous manifestations of moderate to severe erythema nodosum leprosum (ENL). THALOMID is not indicated as monotherapy for such ENL treatment in the presence of moderate to severe neuritis. THALOMID is also indicated as maintenance therapy for prevention and suppression of the cutaneous manifestations of ENL recurrence. (1.2) 1.1 Multiple Myeloma THALOMID in combination with dexamethasone is indicated for the treatment of patients with newly diagnosed multiple myeloma (MM). 1.2 Erythema Nodosum Leprosum THALOMID is indicated for the acute treatment of the cutaneous manifestations of moderate to severe erythema nodosum leprosum (ENL). THALOMID is not indicated as monotherapy for such ENL treatment in the presence of moderate to severe neuritis. THALOMID is also indicated as maintenance therapy for prevention and suppression of the cutaneous manifestations of ENL recurrence.
3 DOSAGE FORMS AND STRENGTHS THALOMID 50 mg, 100 mg, 150 mg and 200 mg capsules will be supplied through the THALOMID REMS program [see How Supplied/Storage and Handling (16)]. THALOMID is available in the following capsule strengths: 50 mg capsules [white opaque], imprinted “Celgene/50 mg” with a “Do Not Get Pregnant” logo. 100 mg capsules [tan], imprinted “Celgene/100 mg” with a “Do Not Get Pregnant” logo. 150 mg capsules [tan and blue], imprinted “Celgene/150 mg” with a “Do Not Get Pregnant” logo. 200 mg capsule [blue], imprinted “Celgene/200 mg” with a “Do not Get Pregnant” logo. Capsules: 50 mg, 100 mg, 150 mg and 200 mg. (3)
4 CONTRAINDICATIONS Pregnancy (Boxed Warning, 4.1, 5.1, 5.2, 8.1, 17) Demonstrated hypersensitivity to the drug or its components (4.2, 5.15, 6.2) 4.1 Pregnancy [see Boxed Warning] THALOMID can cause fetal harm when administered to a pregnant female [see Warnings and Precautions (5.1) and Use in Specific Populations (8.1)]. Thalidomide is contraindicated in females who are pregnant. Thalidomide is a powerful human teratogen, inducing a high frequency of severe and life-threatening birth defects, even after a single dose [see Boxed Warning]. Mortality at or shortly after birth has been reported in about 40% of infants. If this drug is used during pregnancy, or if the patient becomes pregnant while taking this drug, the patient should be apprised of the potential hazard to the fetus. If pregnancy occurs during thalidomide treatment, the drug should be discontinued immediately. 4.2 Hypersensitivity THALOMID is contraindicated in patients who have demonstrated hypersensitivity to the drug or its components [see Warnings and Precautions (5.15)].
5 WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS Ischemic heart disease (including myocardial infarction) and stroke have been observed in patients treated with THALOMID in combination with dexamethasone. (5.3) Drowsiness and Somnolence: Instruct patients to avoid situations where drowsiness may be a problem and not to take other medications that may cause drowsiness. (5.4) Peripheral Neuropathy: Examine patients at monthly intervals for the first 3 months of thalidomide therapy and periodically thereafter for signs or symptoms of peripheral neuropathy. Consider electrophysiological testing, consisting of measurement of sensory nerve action potential (SNAP) amplitudes at baseline and thereafter every 6 months in an effort to detect asymptomatic neuropathy. (5.5) Dizziness and Orthostatic Hypotension: Advise patients to sit upright for a few minutes prior to standing up from a recumbent position. (5.6) Neutropenia: Patients may require dose interruption and/or dose reduction. (5.7) Thrombocytopenia: Patients may require dose interruption and/or dose reduction. (5.8) Increased HIV Viral Load: Measure viral load after the first and third months of treatment and every 3 months thereafter. (5.9) Bradycardia: Monitor patients for bradycardia and possible syncope. Dose reduction or discontinuation may be required. (5.10) Stevens-Johnson Syndrome and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis: Do not resume THALOMID following discontinuation for these reactions. (5.11) Seizures: Monitor patients with a history of seizures or at risk for the development of seizures closely for clinical changes that could precipitate acute seizure activity. (5.12) Tumor Lysis Syndrome: Monitor patients at risk (e.g., those with high tumor burden prior to treatment) and take appropriate precautions. (5.13) Hypersensitivity: Monitor patients for potential hypersensitivity to the drug and its components. (5.15) 5.1 Embryo-Fetal Toxicity Thalidomide is a powerful human teratogen that induces a high frequency of severe and life-threatening birth defects, even after a single dose. Mortality at or shortly after birth has been reported in about 40% of infants. When there is no satisfactory alternative treatment, females of reproductive potential may be treated with thalidomide provided adequate precautions are taken to avoid pregnancy. THALOMID® (thalidomide) is only available through the THALOMID REMS program (formerly known as the “S.T.E.P.S.® program”), [see Warnings and Precautions (5.2)]. Oral ingestion is the only type of maternal thalidomide exposure known to result in drug-associated birth defects. There are no specific data available regarding the reproductive risks of cutaneous absorption or inhalation of thalidomide; however, females of reproductive potential should avoid contact with THALOMID® (thalidomide) Capsules. THALOMID Capsules should be stored in blister packs until ingestion. If there is contact with non-intact thalidomide capsules or the powder contents, the exposed area should be washed with soap and water. If healthcare providers or other care givers are exposed to body fluids from patients receiving THALOMID (thalidomide) the exposed area should be washed with soap and water. Appropriate precautions should be utilized, such as wearing gloves to prevent the potential cutaneous exposure to THALOMID. Females of Reproductive Potential Females of reproductive potential must avoid pregnancy for at least 4 weeks before beginning THALOMID therapy, during therapy, during dose interruptions and for at least 4 weeks after completing therapy. Females must commit either to abstain continuously from heterosexual sexual intercourse or to use two methods of reliable birth control, beginning 4 weeks prior to initiating treatment with THALOMID, during therapy, during dose interruptions and continuing for 4 weeks following discontinuation of THALOMID therapy. Two negative pregnancy tests must be obtained prior to initiating therapy. The first test should be performed within 10-14 days and the second test within 24 hours prior to prescribing THALOMID therapy and then weekly during the first month, then monthly thereafter in women with regular menstrual cycles or every 2 weeks in women with irregular menstrual cycles [see Use in Specific Populations (8.6)]. Males Thalidomide is present in the semen of patients receiving the drug. Therefore, males must always use a latex or synthetic condom during any sexual contact with females of reproductive potential while taking THALOMID and for up to 28 days after discontinuing THALOMID, even if they have undergone a successful vasectomy. Male patients taking THALOMID must not donate sperm [see Use in Specific Populations (8.6)]. Blood Donation Patients must not donate blood during treatment with THALOMID and for 1 month following discontinuation of the drug because the blood might be given to a pregnant female patient whose fetus must not be exposed to THALOMID. 5.2 THALOMID REMS Program Because of the embryo-fetal risk [see Warnings and Precautions (5.1)], THALOMID is available only through a restricted program under a Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS), the THALOMID REMS program (formerly known as the “S.T.E.P.S.® ” program). Required components of the THALOMID REMS program include the following: Prescribers must be certified with the THALOMID REMS program by enrolling and complying with the REMS requirements. Patients must sign a Patient-Physician Agreement Form and comply with the REMS requirements. In particular, female patients of reproductive potential who are not pregnant must comply with the pregnancy testing and contraception requirements [see Use in Specific Populations (8.6)] and males must comply with contraception requirements [see Use in Specific Populations (8.6)]. Pharmacies must be certified with the THALOMID REMS program, must only dispense to patients who are authorized to receive THALOMID and comply with REMS requirements. Further information about the THALOMID REMS program is available at www.celgeneriskmanagement.com or by telephone at 1-888-423-5436. 5.3 Venous and Arterial Thromboembolism The use of THALOMID in patients with MM results in an increased risk of venous thromboembolism, such as deep venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolism. This risk increases significantly when thalidomide is used in combination with standard chemotherapeutic agents including dexamethasone. In one controlled trial, the rate of venous thromboembolism was 22.5% in patients receiving thalidomide in combination with dexamethasone compared to 4.9% in patients receiving dexamethasone alone (p = 0.002). Ischemic heart disease (11.1%), including myocardial infarction (1.3%), and stroke (cerebrovascular accident, 2.6%) have also occurred in patients with previously untreated MM treated with THALOMID and dexamethasone compared to placebo and dexamethasone (4.7%, 1.7%, and 0.9%, respectively) in one clinical trial [see Adverse Reactions (6.1)]. Consider thromboprophylaxis based on an assessment of individual patients’ underlying risk factors. Patients and physicians should be observant for the signs and symptoms of thromboembolism. Advise patients to seek immediate medical care if they develop symptoms such as shortness of breath, chest pain, or arm or leg swelling [see Boxed Warning]. Agents that also may increase the risk of thromboembolism should be used with caution in patients receiving THALOMID [see Drug Interactions (7.7)]. 5.4 Drowsiness and Somnolence Thalidomide frequently causes drowsiness and somnolence. Patients should be instructed to avoid situations where drowsiness may be a problem and not to take other medications that may cause drowsiness without adequate medical advice [see Drug Interactions (7.1)]. Advise patients as to the possible impairment of mental and/or physical abilities required for the performance of hazardous tasks, such as driving a car or operating other complex or dangerous machinery. Dose reductions may be required. 5.5 Peripheral Neuropathy Thalidomide is known to cause nerve damage that may be permanent. Peripheral neuropathy is a common (≥10%) and potentially severe adverse reaction of treatment with thalidomide that may be irreversible. Peripheral neuropathy generally occurs following chronic use over a period of months; however, peripheral neuropathy following relatively short-term use has been reported. The correlation with cumulative dose is unclear. Symptoms may occur some time after thalidomide treatment has been stopped and may resolve slowly or not at all. Few reports of neuropathy have arisen in the treatment of ENL despite long-term thalidomide treatment. However, the inability clinically to differentiate thalidomide neuropathy from the neuropathy often seen in Hansen’s disease makes it difficult to determine accurately the incidence of thalidomide-related neuropathy in ENL patients treated with thalidomide. Patients should be examined at monthly intervals for the first 3 months of thalidomide therapy to enable the clinician to detect early signs of neuropathy, which include numbness, tingling or pain in the hands and feet. Patients should be evaluated periodically thereafter during treatment. Patients should be regularly counseled, questioned, and evaluated for signs or symptoms of peripheral neuropathy. Consideration should be given to electrophysiological testing, consisting of measurement of sensory nerve action potential (SNAP) amplitudes at baseline and thereafter every 6 months in an effort to detect asymptomatic neuropathy. If symptoms of drug-induced neuropathy develop, thalidomide should be discontinued immediately to limit further damage, if clinically appropriate. Usually, treatment with thalidomide should only be reinitiated if the neuropathy returns to baseline status. Medications known to be associated with neuropathy should be used with caution in patients receiving thalidomide [see Drug Interactions (7.3)]. 5.6 Dizziness and Orthostatic Hypotension Patients should also be advised that thalidomide may cause dizziness and orthostatic hypotension and that, therefore, they should sit upright for a few minutes prior to standing up from a recumbent position. 5.7 Neutropenia Decreased white blood cell counts, including neutropenia, have been reported in association with the clinical use of thalidomide. Treatment should not be initiated with an absolute neutrophil count (ANC) of <750/mm3. White blood cell count and differential should be monitored on an ongoing basis, especially in patients who may be more prone to neutropenia, such as patients who are HIV-seropositive. If ANC decreases to below 750/mm3 while on treatment, the patient’s medication regimen should be re-evaluated and, if the neutropenia persists, consideration should be given to withholding thalidomide if clinically appropriate. 5.8 Thrombocytopenia Thrombocytopenia, including Grade 3 or 4 occurrences, has been reported in association with the clinical use of thalidomide. Monitor blood counts, including platelet counts. Dose reduction, delay, or discontinuation may be required. Monitor for signs and symptoms of bleeding including petechiae, epistaxis, and gastrointestinal bleeding, especially if concomitant medication may increase the risk of bleeding. 5.9 Increased HIV Viral Load In a randomized, placebo-controlled trial of thalidomide in an HIV-seropositive patient population, plasma HIV RNA levels were found to increase (median change = 0.42 log10 copies HIV RNA/mL, p = 0.04 compared to placebo). A similar trend was observed in a second, unpublished study conducted in patients who were HIV-seropositive. The clinical significance of this increase is unknown. Both studies were conducted prior to availability of highly active antiretroviral therapy. Until the clinical significance of this finding is further understood, in HIV-seropositive patients, viral load should be measured after the first and third months of treatment and every 3 months thereafter. 5.10 Bradycardia Bradycardia in association with thalidomide use has been reported. Cases of bradycardia have been reported, some required medical interventions. The clinical significance and underlying etiology of the bradycardia noted in some thalidomide-treated patients are presently unknown. Monitor patients for bradycardia and syncope. Dose reduction or discontinuation may be required. Medications known to decrease heart rate should be used with caution in patients receiving thalidomide [see Drug Interactions (7.2)]. 5.11 Stevens-Johnson Syndrome and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis Serious dermatologic reactions including Stevens-Johnson syndrome and toxic epidermal necrolysis, which may be fatal, have been reported. THALOMID should be discontinued if a skin rash occurs and only resumed following appropriate clinical evaluation. If the rash is exfoliative, purpuric, or bullous or if Stevens-Johnson syndrome or toxic epidermal necrolysis is suspected, use of THALOMID should not be resumed. 5.12 Seizures Although not reported from pre-marketing controlled clinical trials, seizures, including grand mal convulsions, have been reported during post-approval use of THALOMID in clinical practice. Because these events are reported voluntarily from a population of unknown size, estimates of frequency cannot be made. Most patients had disorders that may have predisposed them to seizure activity, and it is not currently known whether thalidomide has any epileptogenic influence. During therapy with thalidomide, patients with a history of seizures or with other risk factors for the development of seizures should be monitored closely for clinical changes that could precipitate acute seizure activity. 5.13 Tumor Lysis Syndrome Monitor patients at risk of tumor lysis syndrome (e.g., patients with high tumor burden prior to treatment) and take appropriate precautions. 5.14 Contraceptive Risks Some contraceptive methods may pose a higher risk of adverse effects or may be medically contraindicated in some patients treated with THALOMID. Because some patients may develop sudden, severe neutropenia and/or thrombocytopenia, use of an intrauterine device (IUD) or implantable contraception in these patients may carry an increased risk for infection or bleeding either at insertion, removal or during use. Treatment with THALOMID, the presence of an underlying malignancy, and/or use of an estrogen-containing contraceptive can each increase the risk of thromboembolism. It is not known if these risks of thromboembolism are additive. However, they should be taken into consideration when choosing contraceptive methods. 5.15 Hypersensitivity Hypersensitivity to THALOMID has been reported. Signs and symptoms have included the occurrence of erythematous macular rash, possibly associated with fever, tachycardia, and hypotension, and if severe, may necessitate interruption of therapy. If the reaction recurs when dosing is resumed, THALOMID should be discontinued.
6 ADVERSE REACTIONS The following adverse reactions are described in detail in other labeling sections: Teratogenicity [see Boxed Warning, Warnings and Precautions (5.1, 5.2), and Patient Counseling Information (17)] Venous and Arterial Thromboembolism [see Boxed Warning, Warnings and Precautions (5.3), and Patient Counseling Information (17)] Drowsiness and Somnolence [see Warnings and Precautions (5.4)] Peripheral Neuropathy [see Warnings and Precautions (5.5)] Dizziness and Orthostatic Hypotension [see Warnings and Precautions (5.6)] Neutropenia [see Warnings and Precautions (5.7)] Thrombocytopenia [see Warnings and Precautions (5.8)] Increased HIV Viral Load [see Warnings and Precautions (5.9)] Bradycardia [see Warnings and Precautions (5.10)] Stevens-Johnson Syndrome and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis [see Warnings and Precautions (5.11)] Seizures [see Warnings and Precautions (5.12)] Tumor Lysis Syndrome [see Warnings and Precautions (5.13)] Hypersensitivity [see Warnings and Precautions (5.15)] Because clinical trials are conducted under widely varying conditions, adverse reaction rates observed in the clinical trials of a drug cannot be directly compared to rates in the clinical trials of another drug and may not reflect the rates observed in practice. MM: The most common adverse reactions (≥ 20%) are fatigue, hypocalcemia, edema, constipation, neuropathy-sensory, dyspnea, muscle weakness, leukopenia, neutropenia, rash/desquamation, confusion, anorexia, nausea, anxiety/agitation, asthenia, tremor, fever, weight loss, thrombosis/embolism, neuropathy-motor, weight gain, dizziness, and dry skin. (6.1) ENL: The most common adverse reactions (≥ 10%) are somnolence, rash, and headache. (6.1) To report SUSPECTED ADVERSE REACTIONS or embryo-fetal exposure: contact Celgene Corporation at 1-888-423-5436 or FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or www.fda.gov/medwatch. 6.1 Clinical Trials Experience Most patients taking thalidomide can be expected to experience adverse reactions. Teratogenicity: The most serious toxicity associated with thalidomide is its documented human teratogenicity. The risk of severe birth defects, primarily phocomelia or death to the fetus, is extremely high during the critical period of pregnancy. The critical period is estimated, depending on the source of information, to range from 35 to 50 days after the last menstrual period. The risk of other potentially severe birth defects outside this critical period is unknown, but may be significant. Based on present knowledge, thalidomide must not be used at any time during pregnancy. Because thalidomide is present in the semen of patients receiving the drug, males receiving thalidomide must always use a latex or synthetic condom during any sexual contact with females of reproductive potential, even if he has undergone a successful vasectomy. Venous and Arterial Thromboembolism: An increased risk of venous thromboembolism (such as deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism), ischemic heart disease (including myocardial infarction), and stroke have been reported in patients with multiple myeloma treated with thalidomide [see Venous and Arterial Thromboembolism (5.3)]. Peripheral Neuropathy: Peripheral neuropathy is a very common, potentially severe, adverse reaction of treatment with thalidomide that may result in irreversible damage. Peripheral neuropathy generally occurs following chronic use over a period of months. However, reports following relatively short-term use also exist. Incidence of neuropathy events leading to discontinuation, dose reduction or interruption increases with cumulative dose and duration of therapy. Symptoms may occur some time after thalidomide treatment has been stopped and may resolve slowly or not at all. Somnolence, dizziness, and rash are the most commonly observed adverse reactions associated with the use of thalidomide. Adverse event profiles from clinical trials are summarized in the sections that follow. Adverse Reactions in Multiple Myeloma Controlled Clinical Trials The safety analyses were conducted in two controlled clinical studies (Study 1 and Study 2). The safety analysis in Study 1 was conducted on 204 patients who received treatment. Table 1 lists the most common adverse drug reactions (≥ 10%). The most frequently reported adverse reactions were fatigue, hypocalcemia, edema, constipation, sensory neuropathy, dyspnea, muscle weakness, leukopenia, neutropenia, rash/desquamation, confusion, anorexia, nausea, anxiety/agitation , tremor, fever, weight loss, thrombosis/embolism, neuropathy-motor, weight gain, dizziness, and dry skin . Twenty-three percent of patients (47/204) discontinued due to adverse reactions; 30% (31/102) from the THALOMID/dexamethasone arm and 16% (16/102) from the dexamethasone alone arm. Table 1: Adverse Drug Reactions Reported in ≥10% of Patients in the THALOMID/Dexamethasone Arm (Study 1 - Safety Population; N=204) *Treatment-emergent adverse reactions reported in ≥10% of patients in THALOMID/dexamethasone arm and with a ≥1% difference in the THALOMID/dexamethasone arm compared to the dexamethasone alone arm. Organ System Class/Preferred Term Thal + Dex * (N=102) Dex Alone* (N=102) All Grades n (%) Grade 3/4 n (%) All Grades n (%) Grade 3/4 n (%) Metabolic/Laboratory 97 (95) 33 (32) 96 (94) 30 (29) Hypocalcemia 73 (72) 11 (11) 60 (59) 5 (5) Neurology 92 (90) 30 (29) 76 (74) 18 (18) Neuropathy-sensory 55 (54) 4 (4) 28 (28) 1 (1) Confusion 29 (28) 9 (9) 12 (12) 3 (3) Anxiety/agitation 26 (26) 1 (1) 14 (14) 3 (3) Tremor 26 (26) 1 (1) 6 (6) 0 (0) Neuropathy-motor 22 (22) 8 (8) 16 (16) 5 (5) Dizziness/ lightheadedness 20 (20) 1 (1) 14 (14) 0 (0) Depressed level of consciousness 16 (16) 3 (3) 3 (3) 3 (3) Constitutional Symptoms 91 (89) 19 (19) 84 (82) 16 (16) Fatigue 81 (79) 17 (17) 72 (71) 13 (13) Fever 24 (24) 1 (1) 20 (20) 3 (3) Weight loss 23 (23) 1 (1) 21 (21) 2 (2) Weight gain 22 (22) 1 (1) 13 (13) 0 (0) Blood/Bone Marrow 88 (86) 29 (29) 96 (94) 19 (19) Leukocytes (decreased) 36 (35) 6 (6) 30 (29) 3 (3) Neutrophils (decreased) 32 (31) 10 (10) 24 (24) 10 (10) Gastrointestinal 83 (81) 22 (22) 70 (69) 8 (8) Constipation 56 (55) 8 (8) 29 (28) 1 (1) Anorexia 29 (28) 4 (4) 25 (24) 2 (2) Nausea 29 (28) 5 (5) 23 (22) 1 (1) Mouth dryness 12 (12) 1 (1) 6 (6) 0 (0) Cardiovascular 70 (69) 37 (36) 60 (59) 21 (21) Edema 58 (56) 6 (6) 47 (46) 4 (4) Thrombosis/embolism 23 (22) 21 (21) 5 (5) 5 (5) Pain 64 (63) 10 (10) 66 (65) 15 (15) Myalgia 17 (17) 0 (0) 14 (14) 1 (1) Arthralgia 13 (13) 0 (0) 10 (10) 2 (2) Pulmonary 52 (51) 19 (19) 51 (50) 20 (20) Dyspnea 43 (42) 13 (13) 32 (31) 15 (15) Dermatology/Skin 48 (47) 5 (5) 35 (34) 2 (2) Rash/desquamation 31 (30) 4 (4) 18 (18) 2 (2) Dry skin 21 (21) 0 (0) 11 (11) 0 (0) Hepatic 47 (46) 7 (7) 45 (44) 4 (4) Bilirubin 14 (14) 2 (2) 10 (10) 2 (2) Musculoskeletal 42 (41) 9 (9) 41 (40) 14 (14) Muscle weakness 41 (40) 6 (6) 38 (37) 13 (13) The safety analysis in Study 2 was conducted on 466 patients who received treatment. Table 2 lists the most common adverse drug reactions (≥ 10%) that were observed. Table 3 lists the most common Grade 3/4 adverse drug reactions (occurring at > 2%) that were observed. The adverse reactions most often reported by patients treated with THALOMID/dexamethasone were constipation, peripheral edema, tremor, asthenia, dizziness and fatigue. Adverse reactions with a frequency at least 2-fold higher in the THALOMID/dexamethasone group than in the placebo/dexamethasone group include constipation, tremor, deep vein thrombosis and peripheral sensory neuropathy. Twenty-six percent of patients (121/466) discontinued due to adverse events; 37% (86/234) from the THALOMID/dexamethasone arm and 15% (35/232) from the placebo/dexamethasone arm. Table 2: Adverse Drug Reactions Reported in ≥10% of Patients in the THALOMID/Dexamethasone Arm (Study 2 - Safety Population; N=466) *All adverse reactions reported in ≥10% of patients in THALOMID/dexamethasone arm and with a ≥1% difference in proportion of patients between the THALOMID/dexamethasone arm compared to the placebo/dexamethasone arm. MedDRA = Medical Dictionary for Regulatory Activities; NOS = not otherwise specified. MedDRA System Organ Class/Preferred Term Thal/Dex (N=234)* n (%) Placebo/Dex (N=232)* n (%) Patients with at least 1 Adverse Reaction 233 (99) 230 (99) General Disorders and Administration Site Conditions 176 (75) 149 (64) Edema peripheral 80 (34) 57 (25) Asthenia 56 (24) 47 (20) Fatigue 50 (21) 36 (16) Edema NOS 31 (13) 19 (8) Gastrointestinal Disorders 162 (69) 149 (64) Constipation 116 (50) 49 (21) Nausea 30 (13) 27 (12) Dyspepsia 27 (11) 21 (9) Nervous System Disorders 161 (69) 138 (60) Tremor 62 (26) 29 (12) Dizziness 51 (23) 32 (14) Paresthesia 27 (12) 15 (6) Peripheral sensory neuropathy 24 (10) 12 (5) Infections and Infestations 139 (59) 138 (60) Pneumonia NOS 35 (15) 28 (12) Psychiatric Disorders 90 (38) 97 (42) Anxiety 27 (12) 22 (10) Depression 24 (10) 19 (8) Metabolism and Nutrition Disorders 96 (41) 89 (38) Hyperglycemia NOS 36 (15) 32 (14) Vascular Disorders 92 (39) 53 (23) Deep vein thrombosis 30 (13) 4 (2) Table 3: Grade 3/4 Adverse Drug Reactions Reported in >2% of Patients in the THALOMID/Dexamethasone Arm (Study 2 - Safety Population; N=466) *All Grade 3/4 adverse reactions with >2% of patients in THALOMID/dexamethasone arm and with a higher frequency in the THALOMID/dexamethasone arm compared to the placebo/dexamethasone arm. MedDRA = Medical Dictionary for Regulatory Activities; NOS = not otherwise specified. MedDRA System Organ Class/Preferred Term THALOMID/Dex (N=234)* n (%) Placebo/Dex (N=232)* n (%) Infections and Infestations 50 (21) 36 (16) Pneumonia NOS 17 (7) 14 (6) Bronchopneumonia NOS 7 (3) 3 (1) General Disorders and Administration Site Conditions 44 (19) 26 (11) Asthenia 11 (5) 4 (2) Metabolism and Nutrition Disorders 33 (14) 34 (15) Hypokalemia 7 (3) 3 (1) Nervous System Disorders 47 (20) 20 (9) Syncope 8 (3) 1 (<1) Peripheral neuropathy NOS 8 (3) 0 (0) Cerebrovascular accident 6 (3) 1 (<1) Cardiac Disorders 35 (15) 27 (11) Atrial fibrillation 11 (5) 8 (3) Myocardial ischemia 6 (3) 2 (1) Vascular Disorders 42 (18) 14 (6) Deep vein thrombosis 27 (12) 4 (2) Gastrointestinal Disorders 26 (11) 22 (10) Constipation 7 (3) 2 (1) Investigations 21 (9) 21 (9) Weight increased 8 (3) 4 (2) Blood and Lymphatic System Disorders 24 (10) 17 (7) Neutropenia 8 (3) 6 (3) Respiratory, Thoracic, and Mediastinal Disorders 27 (12) 13 (6) Pulmonary embolism 16 (7) 4 (2) Psychiatric Disorders 19 (8) 8 (3) Anxiety 5 (2) 3 (1) Confusional state 5 (2) 2 (1) Ear and Labyrinth Disorders 6 (3) 0 (0) Vertigo 5 (2) 0 (0) Less Common Adverse Drug Reactions in Multiple Myeloma Controlled Clinical Trials In Study 2, THALOMID in combination with dexamethasone in patients with multiple myeloma, the following adverse drug reactions not described above were reported*: Gastrointestinal disorders: Vomiting NOS, dry mouth, peritonitis, diverticular perforation Nervous system disorders: Somnolence, hypoesthesia, polyneuropathy NOS, transient ischemic attack Respiratory, thoracic, and mediastinal disorders: Bronchitis NOS Psychiatric disorders: Mood alteration NOS Vascular disorders: Hypotension NOS, orthostatic hypotension Cardiac disorders: Bradycardia NOS Eye disorders: Blurred vision * All adverse reactions with ≥3% of patients in THALOMID/dexamethasone arm and with a ≥1% difference in proportion of patients between the THALOMID/dexamethasone arm compared to the placebo/dexamethasone arm. All grade 3/4 and serious adverse reactions reported >2 patients in THALOMID/dexamethasone arm and with a percentage higher in the THALOMID/dexamethasone arm compared to the placebo/dexamethasone arm have been considered for possible inclusion. In any cases medical judgment has been applied for consideration of causality assessment. Adverse Reactions in Erythema Nodosum Leprosum (ENL) Clinical Trials Table 4 lists treatment-emergent signs and symptoms that occurred in THALOMID-treated patients in clinical trials in ENL. The most common adverse reactions (≥10%) reported in patients with ENL were somnolence, rash, headache. Doses ranged from 50 to 300 mg/day. All adverse reactions were mild to moderate in severity, and none resulted in discontinuation. Table 4: Summary of Adverse Events (AEs) Reported in Celgene-sponsored Controlled Clinical Trials Body System/Adverse Event All AEs Reported in Patients with ENL AEs Reported in ≥3 HIV-seropositive Patients Thalidomide Placebo 50 to 300 mg/day (N=24) 100 mg/day (N=36) 200 mg/day (N=32) (N=35) Body as a Whole 16 (66.7%) 18 (50.0%) 19 (59.4%) 13 (37.1%) Abdominal pain 1 (4.2%) 1 (2.8%) 1 (3.1%) 4 (11.4%) Accidental injury 1 (4.2%) 2 (5.6%) 0 1 (2.9%) Asthenia 2 (8.3%) 2 (5.6%) 7 (21.9%) 1 (2.9%) Back pain 1 (4.2%) 2 (5.6%) 0 0 Chills 1 (4.2%) 0 3 (9.4%) 4 (11.4%) Facial edema 1 (4.2%) 0 0 0 Fever 0 7 (19.4%) 7 (21.9%) 6 (17.1%) Headache 3 (12.5%) 6 (16.7%) 6 (18.7%) 4 (11.4%) Infection 0 3 (8.3%) 2 (6.3%) 1 (2.9%) Malaise 2 (8.3%) 0 0 0 Neck pain 1 (4.2%) 0 0 0 Neck rigidity 1 (4.2%) 0 0 0 Pain 2 (8.3%) 0 1 (3.1%) 2 (5.7%) Digestive System 5 (20.8%) 16 (44.4%) 16 (50.0%) 15 (42.9%) Anorexia 0 1 (2.8%) 3 (9.4%) 2 (5.7%) Constipation 1 (4.2%) 1 (2.8%) 3 (9.4%) 0 Diarrhea 1 (4.2%) 4 (11.1%) 6 (18.7%) 6 (17.1%) Dry mouth 0 3 (8.3%) 3 (9.4%) 2 (5.7%) Flatulence 0 3 (8.3%) 0 2 (5.7%) Liver function tests multiple abnormalities 0 0 3 (9.4%) 0 Nausea 1 (4.2%) 0 4 (12.5%) 1 (2.9%) Oral moniliasis 1 (4.2%) 4 (11.1%) 2 (6.3%) 0 Tooth pain 1 (4.2%) 0 0 0 Hemic and Lymphatic 0 8 (22.2%) 13 (40.6%) 10 (28.6%) Anemia 0 2 (5.6%) 4 (12.5%) 3 (8.6%) Leukopenia 0 6 (16.7%) 8 (25.0%) 3 (8.6%) Lymphadenopathy 0 2 (5.6%) 4 (12.5%) 3 (8.6%) Metabolic and Endocrine Disorders 1 (4.2%) 8 (22.2%) 12 (37.5%) 8 (22.9%) Edema peripheral 1 (4.2%) 3 (8.3%) 1 (3.1%) 0 Hyperlipemia 0 2 (5.6%) 3 (9.4%) 1 (2.9%) SGOT increased 0 1 (2.8%) 4 (12.5%) 2 (5.7%) Nervous System 13 (54.2%) 19 (52.8%) 18 (56.3%) 12 (34.3%) Agitation 0 0 3 (9.4%) 0 Dizziness 1 (4.2%) 7 (19.4%) 6 (18.7%) 0 Insomnia 0 0 3 (9.4%) 2 (5.7%) Nervousness 0 1 (2.8%) 3 (9.4%) 0 Neuropathy 0 3 (8.3%) 0 0 Paresthesia 0 2 (5.6%) 5 (15.6%) 4 (11.4%) Somnolence 9 (37.5%) 13 (36.1%) 12 (37.5%) 4 (11.4%) Tremor 1 (4.2%) 0 0 0 Vertigo 2 (8.3%) 0 0 0 Respiratory System 3 (12.5%) 9 (25.0%) 6 (18.7%) 9 (25.7%) Pharyngitis 1 (4.2%) 3 (8.3%) 2 (6.3%) 2 (5.7%) Rhinitis 1 (4.2%) 0 0 4 (11.4%) Sinusitis 1 (4.2%) 3 (8.3%) 1 (3.1%) 2 (5.7%) Skin and Appendages 10 (41.7%) 17 (47.2%) 18 (56.3%) 19 (54.3%) Acne 0 4 (11.1%) 1 (3.1%) 0 Dermatitis fungal 1 (4.2%) 2 (5.6%) 3 (9.4%) 0 Nail disorder 1 (4.2%) 0 1 (3.1%) 0 Pruritus 2 (8.3%) 1 (2.8%) 2 (6.3%) 2 (5.7%) Rash 5 (20.8%) 9 (25.0%) 8 (25.0%) 11 (31.4%) Rash maculopapular 1 (4.2%) 6 (16.7%) 6 (18.7%) 2 (5.7%) Sweating 0 0 4 (12.5%) 4 (11.4%) Urogenital System 2 (8.3%) 6 (16.7%) 2 (6.3%) 4 (11.4%) Albuminuria 0 3 (8.3%) 1 (3.1%) 2 (5.7%) Hematuria 0 4 (11.1%) 0 1 (2.9%) Impotence 2 (8.3%) 1 (2.8%) 0 0 Other Adverse Events Observed in ENL Patients THALOMID in doses up to 400 mg/day has been administered investigationally in the United States over a 19-year period in 1465 patients with ENL. The published literature describes the treatment of an additional 1678 patients. To provide a meaningful estimate of the proportion of the individuals having adverse events, similar types of events were grouped into a smaller number of standardized categories using a modified COSTART dictionary/terminology. These categories are used in the listing below. All reported events are included except those already listed in the previous table. Due to the fact that these data were collected from uncontrolled studies, the incidence rate cannot be determined. No causal relationship between THALOMID and these events can be conclusively determined at this time. These are reports of all adverse events noted by investigators in patients to whom they had administered thalidomide. Body as a Whole: Abdomen enlarged, fever, photosensitivity, upper extremity pain. Cardiovascular System: Bradycardia, hypertension, hypotension, peripheral vascular disorder, tachycardia, vasodilation. Digestive System: Anorexia, appetite increase/weight gain, dry mouth, dyspepsia, enlarged liver, eructation, flatulence, increased liver function tests, intestinal obstruction, vomiting. Hemic and Lymphatic: ESR decrease, eosinophilia, granulocytopenia, hypochromic anemia, leukemia, leukocytosis, leukopenia, MCV elevated, RBC abnormal, spleen palpable, thrombocytopenia. Metabolic and Endocrine: ADH inappropriate, amyloidosis, bilirubinemia, BUN increased, creatinine increased, cyanosis, diabetes, edema, electrolyte abnormalities, hyperglycemia, hyperkalemia, hyperuricemia, hypocalcemia, hypoproteinemia, LDH increased, phosphorus decreased, SGPT increased. Muscular Skeletal: Arthritis, bone tenderness, hypertonia, joint disorder, leg cramps, myalgia, myasthenia, periosteal disorder. Nervous System: Abnormal thinking, agitation, amnesia, anxiety, causalgia, circumoral paresthesia, confusion, depression, euphoria, hyperesthesia, insomnia, nervousness, neuralgia, neuritis, neuropathy, paresthesia, peripheral neuritis, psychosis. Respiratory System: Cough, emphysema, epistaxis, pulmonary embolus, rales, upper respiratory infection, voice alteration. Skin and Appendages: Acne, alopecia, dry skin, eczematous rash, exfoliative dermatitis, ichthyosis, perifollicular thickening, skin necrosis, seborrhea, sweating, urticaria, vesiculobullous rash. Special Senses: Amblyopia, deafness, dry eye, eye pain, tinnitus. Urogenital: Decreased creatinine clearance, hematuria, orchitis, proteinuria, pyuria, urinary frequency. Other Adverse Events Observed in HIV-seropositive Patients In addition to controlled clinical trials, THALOMID has been used in uncontrolled studies in 145 patients. Less frequent adverse events that have been reported in these HIV-seropositive patients treated with THALOMID were grouped into a smaller number of standardized categories using modified COSTART dictionary/terminology and these categories are used in the listing below. Adverse events that have already been included in the tables and narrative above, or that are too general to be informative are not listed. Body as a Whole: Ascites, AIDS, allergic reaction, cellulitis, chest pain, chills and fever, cyst, decreased CD4 count, facial edema, flu syndrome, hernia, thyroid hormone level altered, moniliasis, photosensitivity reaction, sarcoma, sepsis, viral infection. Cardiovascular System: Angina pectoris, arrhythmia, atrial fibrillation, bradycardia, cerebral ischemia, cerebrovascular accident, congestive heart failure, deep thrombophlebitis, heart arrest, heart failure, hypertension, hypotension, murmur, myocardial infarct, palpitation, pericarditis, peripheral vascular disorder, postural hypotension, syncope, tachycardia, thrombophlebitis, thrombosis. Digestive System: Cholangitis, cholestatic jaundice, colitis, dyspepsia, dysphagia, esophagitis, gastroenteritis, gastrointestinal disorder, gastrointestinal hemorrhage, gum disorder, hepatitis, pancreatitis, parotid gland enlargement, periodontitis, stomatitis, tongue discoloration, tooth disorder. Hemic and Lymphatic: Aplastic anemia, macrocytic anemia, megaloblastic anemia, microcytic anemia. Metabolic and Endocrine: Avitaminosis, bilirubinemia, dehydration, hypercholesterolemia, hypoglycemia, increased alkaline phosphatase, increased lipase, increased serum creatinine, peripheral edema. Muscular Skeletal: Myalgia, myasthenia. Nervous System: Abnormal gait, ataxia, decreased libido, decreased reflexes, dementia, dysesthesia, dyskinesia, emotional lability, hostility, hypalgesia, hyperkinesia, incoordination, meningitis, neurologic disorder, tremor, vertigo. Respiratory System: Apnea, bronchitis, lung disorder, lung edema, pneumonia (including Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia), rhinitis. Skin and Appendages: Angioedema, benign skin neoplasm, eczema, herpes simplex, incomplete Stevens-Johnson syndrome, nail disorder, pruritus, psoriasis, skin discoloration, skin disorder. Special Senses: Conjunctivitis, eye disorder, lacrimation disorder, retinitis, taste perversion. 6.2 Postmarketing Experience The following adverse reactions have been identified during post approval use of THALOMID. Because these reactions are reported voluntarily from a population of uncertain size, it is not always possible to reliably estimate their frequency or establish a causal relationship to drug exposure. Cardiovascular System: Cardiac arrhythmias including atrial fibrillation, bradycardia, tachycardia, sick sinus syndrome, EKG abnormalities, myocardial infarction. Digestive System: Intestinal perforation, gastrointestinal perforations, intestinal obstruction, gastrointestinal hemorrhage. Metabolic and Endocrine: Electrolyte imbalance including hypercalcemia or hypocalcemia, hyperkalemia and hypokalemia, hyponatremia, hypothyroidism, increased alkaline phosphatase, tumor lysis syndrome. Nervous System: Changes in mental status or mood including depression and suicide attempts, disturbances in consciousness including lethargy, syncope, loss of consciousness or stupor, seizures including grand mal convulsions and status epilepticus, Parkinson’s disease, stroke. Skin and Appendages: Erythema multiforme, toxic epidermal necrolysis. Hemic and Lymphatic: Decreased white blood cell counts including neutropenia and febrile neutropenia, changes in prothrombin time, pancytopenia. Respiratory System: Pleural effusion. Reproductive System and Breast Disorders: amenorrhea, sexual dysfunction. Immune System Disorders: Hypersensitivity, angioedema/urticaria. Ear and Labyrinthine Disorders: Hearing impairment/deafness. Renal and Urinary Disorders: Renal failure. Hepatic Disorders: Abnormal liver function tests. Other Adverse Events in the Published Literature or Reported from Other Sources The following additional events have been identified either in the published literature or from spontaneous reports from other sources: acute renal failure, amenorrhea, aphthous stomatitis, bile duct obstruction, carpal tunnel, chronic myelogenous leukemia, diplopia, dysesthesia, dyspnea, enuresis, erythema nodosum, erythroleukemia, foot drop, galactorrhea, gynecomastia, hangover effect, hypomagnesemia, hypothyroidism, lymphedema, lymphopenia, metrorrhagia, migraine, myxedema, nodular sclerosing Hodgkin’s disease, nystagmus, oliguria, pancytopenia, petechiae, purpura, Raynaud’s syndrome, stomach ulcer, suicide attempt, interstitial lung disease and severe infections (e.g., fatal sepsis including septic shock).
7 DRUG INTERACTIONS Thalidomide is not a substrate for cytochrome P450 (CYP450) isoenzymes and does not inhibit or induce human CYP450 enzymes in vitro. Therefore, pharmacokinetic drug-drug interactions are not anticipated when thalidomide is coadministered with drugs that are substrates, inhibitors or inducers of cytochrome P450. Use caution if other drugs which have sedative and hypnotic properties, slow cardiac conduction and/or cause peripheral neuropathy must be used. (7.1, 7.2, 7.3) It is not known whether concomitant use of hormonal contraceptives further increases the risk of thromboembolism with THALOMID. (5.14, 7.4) Patients taking concomitant therapies such as erythropoietin stimulating agents or estrogen containing therapies may have an increased risk of thromboembolism. (7.7) 7.1 Opioids, Antihistamines, Antipsychotics, Anti-anxiety Agents, or Other CNS Depressants (Including Alcohol) The use of opioids, antihistamines, antipsychotics, anti-anxiety agents, or other CNS depressants concomitantly with THALOMID may cause an additive sedative effect and should be avoided. 7.2 Drugs which Cause Bradycardia The use of drugs which slow cardiac conduction concomitantly with THALOMID may cause an additive bradycardic effect and should be used with caution. Cardiovascular medications which may cause bradycardia include calcium channel blockers, beta blockers, alpha/beta-adrenergic blockers, and digoxin. Non-cardiac drugs that may cause bradycardia include H2 blockers (e.g., famotidine, cimetidine), lithium, tricyclic antidepressants and neuromuscular blockers (succinylcholine). In 16 healthy men, the pharmacokinetic profile of a single 0.5 mg digoxin dose was similar with and without the coadministration of thalidomide 200 mg/day at steady state levels. The single dose of digoxin had no effect on the pharmacokinetic profile of thalidomide. The safety of long-term concomitant use of THALOMID and digoxin has not been evaluated. 7.3 Drugs which Cause Peripheral Neuropathy The use of drugs which cause peripheral neuropathy (e.g., bortezomib, amiodarone, cisplatin, docetaxel, paclitaxel, vincristine, disulfiram, phenytoin, metronidazole, alcohol) can cause an additive effect and should be used with caution. 7.4 Hormonal Contraceptives Hormonal contraceptives increase the risk of thromboembolism. It is not known whether concomitant use of hormonal contraceptives further increases the risk of thromboembolism with THALOMID. In 10 healthy women, the pharmacokinetic profiles of norethindrone and ethinyl estradiol following administration of a single dose containing 1.0 mg of norethindrone acetate and 75 µg of ethinyl estradiol were studied. The results were similar with and without coadministration of thalidomide 200 mg/day to steady-state levels. 7.5 Warfarin In 13 healthy men, the pharmacokinetic profile and international normalized ratio (INR) of prothrombin time for warfarin, following a single oral dose of 25 mg, were similar with and without the coadministration of thalidomide 200 mg/day at steady-state levels. The single dose of warfarin had no effect on the pharmacokinetic profile of thalidomide. 7.6 Drugs that Interfere with Hormonal Contraceptives Concomitant use of HIV-protease inhibitors, griseofulvin, modafinil, penicillins, rifampin, rifabutin, phenytoin, carbamazepine, or certain herbal supplements such as St. John’s Wort with hormonal contraceptive agents may reduce the effectiveness of the contraception up to one month after discontinuation of these concomitant therapies. Therefore, females requiring treatment with one or more of these drugs must use two OTHER effective or highly effective methods of contraception while taking thalidomide. 7.7 Concomitant Therapies that may Increase the Risk of Thromboembolism Erythropoietic agents, or other agents that may increase the risk of thromboembolism, such as estrogen containing therapies, should be used with caution in multiple myeloma patients receiving thalidomide with dexamethasone [see Warnings and Precautions (5.3)].
8 USE IN SPECIFIC POPULATIONS Nursing Mothers: Discontinue drug or nursing taking into consideration importance of drug to the mother. (8.3) Safety and effectiveness in pediatric patients below the age of 12 years have not been established. (8.4) 8.1 Pregnancy Pregnancy Category X [see Boxed Warning and Contraindications (4.1)] Risk Summary THALOMID can cause embryo-fetal harm when administered to a pregnant female and is contraindicated during pregnancy. THALOMID is a human teratogen, inducing a high frequency of severe and life-threatening birth defects such as amelia (absence of limbs), phocomelia (short limbs), hypoplasticity of the bones, absence of bones, external ear abnormalities (including anotia, micropinna, small or absent external auditory canals), facial palsy, eye abnormalities (anophthalmos, microphthalmos), and congenital heart defects. Alimentary tract, urinary tract, and genital malformations have also been documented and mortality at or shortly after birth has been reported in about 40% of infants. Even a single dose taken by a pregnant woman can cause birth defects. If this drug is used during pregnancy, or if the patient becomes pregnant while taking this drug, the patient should be apprised of the potential hazard to a fetus. If pregnancy does occur during treatment, immediately discontinue the drug. Under these conditions, refer the patient to an obstetrician/gynecologist experienced in reproductive toxicity for further evaluation and counseling. Report any suspected fetal exposure to THALOMID to the FDA via the MedWatch program at 1-800-FDA-1088 and also to Celgene Corporation at 1-888-423-5436. Animal data A pre- and postnatal reproductive toxicity study was conducted in pregnant female rabbits. Compound-related increased abortion incidences and elevated fetotoxicity were observed at the lowest oral dose level of 30 mg/kg/day (approximately 1.5-fold the maximum human dose based upon BSA) and all higher dose levels. Neonatal mortality was elevated at oral dose levels to the lactating female rabbits ≥150 mg/kg/day (approximately 7.5-fold the maximum human dose based upon BSA). No delay in postnatal development, including learning and memory functions, were noted at the oral dose level to the lactating female rabbits of 150 mg/kg/day (average thalidomide concentrations in milk ranged from 22 to 36 µg/mL). 8.3 Nursing Mothers It is not known whether thalidomide is excreted in human milk. Thalidomide is excreted in the milk of lactating rabbits. Because many drugs are excreted in human milk and because of the potential for serious adverse reactions in nursing infants from THALOMID, a decision should be made whether to discontinue nursing or to discontinue the drug, taking into account the importance of the drug to the mother. 8.4 Pediatric Use Safety and effectiveness in pediatric patients below the age of 12 years have not been established. 8.5 Geriatric Use One hundred and seventy-six (52%) of 336 patients treated with THALOMID in combination with dexamethasone were ≥ 65 of age while 50 (15%) were ≥75. Patients ≥65 years of age on Study 2 had higher incidences of atrial fibrillation, constipation, fatigue, nausea, hypokalemia, deep venous thrombosis, hyperglycemia, pulmonary embolism, and asthenia compared to patients <65. 8.6 Females of Reproductive Potential and Males THALOMID can cause fetal harm when administered during pregnancy [see Use in Specific Populations (8.1)]. Females of reproductive potential must avoid pregnancy 4 weeks before therapy, while taking THALOMID, during dose interruptions and for at least 4 weeks after completing therapy. Females Females of reproductive potential must commit either to abstain continuously from heterosexual sexual intercourse or to use two methods of reliable birth control simultaneously (one highly effective form of contraception – tubal ligation, IUD, hormonal (birth control pills, injections, hormonal patches, vaginal rings or implants) or partner’s vasectomy and one additional effective contraceptive method – male latex or synthetic condom, diaphragm or cervical cap. Contraception must begin 4 weeks prior to initiating treatment with THALOMID, during therapy, during dose interruptions and continuing for 4 weeks following discontinuation of THALOMID therapy. Reliable contraception is indicated even where there has been a history of infertility, unless due to hysterectomy. Females of reproductive potential should be referred to a qualified provider of contraceptive methods, if needed. Females of reproductive potential must have 2 negative pregnancy tests before initiating THALOMID. The first test should be performed within 10-14 days, and the second test within 24 hours prior to prescribing THALOMID. Once treatment has started and during dose interruptions, pregnancy testing for females of reproductive potential should occur weekly during the first 4 weeks of use, then pregnancy testing should be repeated every 4 weeks in females with regular menstrual cycles. If menstrual cycles are irregular, the pregnancy testing should occur every 2 weeks. Pregnancy testing and counseling should be performed if a patient misses her period or if there is any abnormality in her menstrual bleeding. THALOMID treatment must be discontinued during this evaluation. Males Thalidomide is present in the semen of males who take THALOMID. Therefore, males must always use a latex or synthetic condom during any sexual contact with females of reproductive potential while taking THALOMID, during dose interruptions and for up to 28 days after discontinuing THALOMID, even if they have undergone a successful vasectomy. Male patients taking THALOMID must not donate sperm. 8.7 Renal Impairment No clinical studies were conducted with THALOMID in patients with mild, moderate or severe renal function. Renal impairment is not expected to influence drug exposure since <3.5% of the dose is excreted in the urine as unchanged drug. In a study of 6 patients with end-stage renal disease, thalidomide (200 mg/day) was administered on a non-dialysis day and on a dialysis day and blood samples for pharmacokinetics were collected at least 10 hours following the dose. Comparison of concentration-time profiles on a non-dialysis day and during dialysis showed that the mean total clearance increased by a 2.5-fold during hemodialysis. Because the dialysis was performed 10 hours following administration of the dose, the drug-concentration time curves were not statistically significantly different for days patients were on and off of dialysis. In addition, there were no major differences in thalidomide PK between patients with end-stage renal disease and healthy volunteers. Thus, no dosage adjustment is needed for patients with renal impairment or patients on dialysis. 8.8 Hepatic Impairment No clinical studies have been conducted in patients with hepatic impairment.

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Thalidomide ( /θəˈlɪdəmaɪd/) is a sedative drug introduced in the late 1950s that was used to treat morning sickness and aid sleep. It was sold from 1957 until 1961, when it was withdrawn after being found to be a cause of birth defects. Modern uses of thalidomide (trademarked as Thalomid, according to FDA Orange Book) include treating multiple myeloma in combination with dexamethasone, and erythema nodosum leprosum, with strict controls on its use to prevent birth defects. Research is ongoing in its use to treat other cancers and autoimmune conditions, although its use is controversial; the thalidomide tragedy led to much stricter testing being introduced for drug and pesticide licensing.

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