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HIGHLIGHTS OF PRESCRIBING INFORMATION

These highlights do not include all the information needed to use anastrozole tablets safely and effectively. See full prescribing information for anastrozole tablets.
 
Anastrozole tablet for oral use
Initial U.S. Approval: 1995

INDICATIONS AND USAGE

Anastrozole is an aromatase inhibitor indicated for:

 
Adjuvant treatment of postmenopausal women with hormone receptor-positive early breast cancer (1.1)
 
First-line treatment of postmenopausal women with hormone receptor-positive or hormone receptor unknown locally advanced or metastatic breast cancer (1.2)
 
Treatment of advanced breast cancer in postmenopausal women with disease progression following tamoxifen therapy. Patients with ER-negative disease and patients who did not respond to previous tamoxifen therapy rarely responded to anastrozole (1.3)

DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION

One 1 mg tablet taken once daily (2.1)

DOSAGE FORMS AND STRENGTHS

1 mg tablets (3)

CONTRAINDICATIONS

 
Women of premenopausal endocrine status, including pregnant women (4.1, 8.1)
 
Patients with demonstrated hypersensitivity to anastrozole tablets or any excipient (4.2)

WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS

 
In women with pre-existing ischemic heart disease, an increased incidence of ischemic cardiovascular events occurred with anastrozole use compared to tamoxifen use. Consider risks and benefits. (5.1, 6.1)
 
Decreases in bone mineral density may occur. Consider bone mineral density monitoring. (5.2, 6.1)
 
Increases in total cholesterol may occur. Consider cholesterol monitoring. (5.3, 6.1)

ADVERSE REACTIONS

In the early breast cancer (ATAC) study, the most common (occurring with an incidence of >10%) side effects occurring in women taking anastrozole tablets included: hot flashes, asthenia, arthritis, pain, arthralgia, pharyngitis, hypertension, depression, nausea and vomiting, rash, osteoporosis, fractures, back pain, insomnia, headache, peripheral edema and lymphedema, regardless of causality. (6.1)

In the advanced breast cancer studies, the most common (occurring with an incidence of >10%) side effects occurring in women taking anastrozole tablets included: hot flashes, nausea, asthenia, pain, headache, back pain, bone pain, increased cough, dyspnea, pharyngitis and peripheral edema. (6.1)

To report SUSPECTED ADVERSE REACTIONS, contact Apotex Inc. at 1-800-667-4708 or FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or www.fda.gov/medwatch

DRUG INTERACTIONS

 
Tamoxifen: Do not use in combination with anastrozole. No additional benefit seen over tamoxifen monotherapy (7.1, 14.1).
 
Estrogen-containing products: Combination use may diminish activity of anastrozole (7.2).

USE IN SPECIFIC POPULATIONS

 
Pediatric patients: Efficacy has not been demonstrated for pubertal boys of adolescent age with gynecomastia or girls with McCune-Albright Syndrome and progressive precocious puberty. (8.4)

See 17 for PATIENT COUNSELING INFORMATION.

Revised: 7/2011

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FULL PRESCRIBING INFORMATION: CONTENTS*

1 INDICATIONS AND USAGE

1.1 Adjuvant Treatment

1.2 First-Line Treatment

1.3 Second-Line Treatment

2 DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION

2.1 Recommended Dose

2.2 Patients with Hepatic Impairment

3 DOSAGE FORMS AND STRENGTHS

4 CONTRAINDICATIONS

4.1 Pregnancy and Premenopausal Women

4.2 Hypersensitivity

5 WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS

5.1 Ischemic Cardiovascular Events

5.2 Bone Effects

5.3 Cholesterol

6 ADVERSE REACTIONS

6.1 Clinical Trials Experience

6.2 Post-Marketing Experience

7 DRUG INTERACTIONS

7.1 Tamoxifen

7.2 Estrogen

7.3 Warfarin

7.4 Cytochrome P450

8 USE IN SPECIFIC POPULATIONS

8.1 Pregnancy

8.3 Nursing Mothers

8.5 Geriatric Use

8.4 Pediatric Use

8.6 Renal Impairment

8.7 Hepatic Impairment

10 OVERDOSAGE

11 DESCRIPTION

12 CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY

12.1 Mechanism of Action

12.2 Pharmacodynamics

12.3 Pharmacokinetics

13 NONCLINICAL TOXICOLOGY

13.1 Carcinogenesis, Mutagenesis, Impairment of Fertility

13.2 Animal Toxicology and/or Pharmacology

14 CLINICAL STUDIES

14.1 Adjuvant Treatment of Breast Cancer in Postmenopausal Women

14.2 First-Line Therapy in Postmenopausal Women with Advanced Breast Cancer

14.3 Second-Line Therapy in Postmenopausal Women with Advanced Breast Cancer who had Disease Progression following Tamoxifen Therapy

16 HOW SUPPLIED/STORAGE AND HANDLING

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17 PATIENT COUNSELING INFORMATION

17.1 Pregnancy

17.2 Allergic (Hypersensitivity) Reactions

17.3 Ischemic Cardiovascular Events 

17.4 Bone Effects

17.5 Cholesterol

17.6 Tamoxifen

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FULL PRESCRIBING INFORMATION

1 INDICATIONS AND USAGE

1.1 Adjuvant Treatment

Anastrozole tablets are indicated for adjuvant treatment of postmenopausal women with hormone receptor-positive early breast cancer.

1.2 First-Line Treatment

Anastrozole tablets are indicated for the first-line treatment of postmenopausal women with hormone receptor-positive or hormone receptor unknown locally advanced or metastatic breast cancer.

1.3 Second-Line Treatment

Anastrozole tablets are indicated for the treatment of advanced breast cancer in postmenopausal women with disease progression following tamoxifen therapy. Patients with ER-negative disease and patients who did not respond to previous tamoxifen therapy rarely responded to anastrozole tablets.

2 DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION

2.1 Recommended Dose

The dose of anastrozole tablet is one 1 mg tablet taken once a day. For patients with advanced breast cancer, anastrozole tablets should be continued until tumor progression. Anastrozole tablets can be taken with or without food.

For adjuvant treatment of early breast cancer in postmenopausal women, the optimal duration of therapy is unknown. In the ATAC trial, anastrozole tablet was administered for five years [see Clinical Studies (14.1)].

No dosage adjustment is necessary for patients with renal impairment or for elderly patients [see Use in Specific Populations (8.6)].

2.2 Patients with Hepatic Impairment

No changes in dose are recommended for patients with mild-to-moderate hepatic impairment. Anastrozole tablet has not been studied in patients with severe hepatic impairment [see Use in Specific Populations (8.7)].

3 DOSAGE FORMS AND STRENGTHS

The tablets are white, biconvex, film-coated containing 1 mg of anastrozole. The tablets are engraved “APO” on one side, “AN” over “1” on the other side.

4 CONTRAINDICATIONS

4.1 Pregnancy and Premenopausal Women

Anastrozole tablets may cause fetal harm when administered to a pregnant woman and offers no clinical benefit to premenopausal women with breast cancer. Anastrozole tablets are contraindicated in women who are or may become pregnant. There are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women using anastrozole tablets. If anastrozole 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 or potential risk for loss of the pregnancy [see Use in Specific Populations (8.1)].

4.2 Hypersensitivity

Anastrozole tablets are contraindicated in any patient who has shown a hypersensitivity reaction to the drug or to any of the excipients. Observed reactions include anaphylaxis, angioedema, and urticaria [see Adverse Reactions (6.2)].

5 WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS

5.1 Ischemic Cardiovascular Events

In women with pre-existing ischemic heart disease, an increased incidence of ischemic cardiovascular events was observed with anastrozole in the ATAC trial (17% of patients on anastrozole and 10% of patients on tamoxifen). Consider risk and benefits of anastrozole therapy in patients with pre-existing ischemic heart disease [see Adverse Reactions (6.1)].

5.2 Bone Effects

Results from the ATAC trial bone substudy at 12 and 24 months demonstrated that patients receiving anastrozole tablets had a mean decrease in both lumbar spine and total hip bone mineral density (BMD) compared to baseline. Patients receiving tamoxifen had a mean increase in both lumbar spine and total hip BMD compared to baseline [see Adverse Reactions(6.1)].

5.3 Cholesterol

During the ATAC trial, more patients receiving anastrozole were reported to have elevated serum cholesterol compared to patients receiving tamoxifen (9% versus 3.5%, respectively) [see Adverse Reactions (6.1)].

6 ADVERSE REACTIONS

Serious adverse reactions with anastrozole occurring in less than 1 in 10,000 patients, are: 1) skin reactions such as lesions, ulcers, or blisters; 2) allergic reactions with swelling of the face, lips, tongue, and/or throat. This may cause difficulty in swallowing and/or breathing; and 3) changes in blood tests of the liver function, including inflammation of the liver with symptoms that may include a general feeling of not being well, with or without jaundice, liver pain or liver swelling [see Adverse Reactions (6.2)].

Common adverse reactions (occurring with an incidence of >10%) in women taking anastrozole tablets included: hot flashes, asthenia, arthritis, pain, arthralgia, pharyngitis, hypertension, depression, nausea and vomiting, rash, osteoporosis, fractures, back pain, insomnia, pain, headache, bone pain, peripheral edema, increased cough, dyspnea, pharyngitis and lymphedema.

In the ATAC trial, the most common reported adverse reaction (>0.1%) leading to discontinuation of therapy for both treatment groups was hot flashes, although there were fewer patients who discontinued therapy as a result of hot flashes in the anastrozole group.

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.

6.1 Clinical Trials Experience

Adjuvant Therapy

Adverse reaction data for adjuvant therapy are based on the ATAC trial [see Clinical Studies (14.1)]. The median duration of adjuvant treatment for safety evaluation was 59.8 months and 59.6 months for patients receiving anastrozole tablet 1 mg and tamoxifen 20 mg, respectively.

Adverse reactions occurring with an incidence of at least 5% in either treatment group during treatment or within 14 days of the end of treatment are presented in Table 1.  

Table 1— Adverse reactions occurring with an incidence of at least 5% in either treatment group during treatment, or within 14 days of the end of treatment in the ATAC trial*
Body system and adverse reactions by COSTART preferred termAnastrozole 1 mg
(N§ = 3092)
Tamoxifen 20 mg
(N§ = 3094)

Body as whole

Asthenia

575 (19)

544 (18)

Pain

533 (17)

485 (16)

Back pain

321 (10)

309 (10)

Headache

314 (10)

249 (8)

Abdominal pain

271 (9)

276 (9)

Infection

285 (9)

276 (9)

Accidental injury

311 (10)

303 (10)

Flu syndrome

175 (6)

195 (6)

Chest pain

200 (7)

150 (5)

Neoplasm

162 (5)

144 (5)

Cyst

138 (5)

162 (5)

Cardiovascular

Vasodilatation

1104 (36)

1264 (41)

Hypertension

402 (13)

349 (11)

Digestive

Nausea

343 (11)

335 (11)

Constipation

249 (8)

252 (8)

Diarrhea

265 (9)

216 (7)

Dyspepsia

206 (7)

169 (6)

Gastrointestinal disorder

210 (7)

158 (5)

Hemic and lymphatic

Lymphedema

304 (10)

341 (11)

Anemia

113 (4)

159 (5)

Metabolic and nutritional

Peripheral edema

311 (10)

343 (11)

Weight gain

285 (9)

274 (9)

Hypercholesterolemia

278 (9)

108 (3.5)

Musculoskeletal

Arthritis

512 (17)

445 (14)

Arthralgia

467 (15)

344 (11)

Osteoporosis

325 (11)

226 (7)

Fracture

315 (10)

209 (7)

Bone pain

201 (7)

185 (6)

Arthrosis

207 (7)

156 (5)

Joint Disorder

184 (6)

160 (5)

Myalgia

179 (6)

160 (5)

Nervous system

Depression

413 (13)

382 (12)

Insomnia

309 (10)

281 (9)

Dizziness

236 (8)

234 (8)

Anxiety

195 (6)

180 (6)

Paresthesia

215 (7)

145 (5)

Respiratory

Pharyngitis

443 (14)

422 (14)

Cough increased

261 (8)

287 (9)

Dyspnea

234 (8)

237 (8)

Sinusitis

184 (6)

159 (5)

Bronchitis

167 (5)

153 (5)

Skin and appendages

Rash

333 (11)

387 (13)

Sweating

145 (5)

177 (6)

Special Senses

Cataract Specified

182 (6)

213 (7)

Urogenital

Leukorrhea

86 (3)

286 (9)

Urinary tract infection

244 (8)

313 (10)

Breast pain

251 (8)

169 (6)

Breast Neoplasm

164 (5)

139 (5)

Vulvovaginitis

194 (6)

150 (5)

Vaginal Hemorrhage

122 (4)

180 (6)

Vaginitis

125 (4)

158 (5)

Certain adverse reactions and combinations of adverse reactions were prospectively specified for analysis, based on the known pharmacologic properties and side effect profiles of the two drugs (see Table 2).  

Table 2 — Number of Patients with Pre-specified Adverse Reactions in ATAC Trial
Anastrozole N = 3092 (%)Tamoxifen N = 3094 (%)Odds-ratio95% CI

Hot Flashes

1104 (36)

1264 (41)

0.80

0.73 − 0.89

Musculoskeletal Events

1100 (36)

911 (29)

1.32

1.19 − 1.47

Fatigue/Asthenia

575 (19)

544 (18)

1.07

0.94 − 1.22

Mood Disturbances

597 (19)

554 (18)

1.10

0.97 − 1.25

Nausea and Vomiting

393 (13)

384 (12)

1.03

0.88 − 1.19

All Fractures

315 (10)

209 (7)

1.57

1.30 − 1.88

 
Fractures of Spine, Hip, or Wrist

133 (4)

91 (3)

1.48

1.13 − 1.95

 
Wrist/Colles’ fractures

67 (2)

50 (2)

 
Spine fractures

43 (1)

22 (1)

 
Hip fractures

28 (1)

26 (1)

Cataracts

182 (6)

213 (7)

0.85

0.69 − 1.04

Vaginal Bleeding

167 (5)

317 (10)

0.50

0.41 − 0.61

Ischemic Cardiovascular Disease

127 (4)

104 (3)

1.23

0.95 − 1.60

Vaginal Discharge

109 (4)

408 (13)

0.24

0.19 − 0.30

Venous Thromboembolic events

87 (3)

140 (5)

0.61

0.47 − 0.80

 
Deep Venous Thromboembolic Events

48 (2)

74 (2)

0.64

0.45 − 0.93

Ischemic Cerebrovascular Event

62 (2)

88 (3)

0.70

0.50 − 0.97

Endometrial Cancer

4 (0.2)

13 (0.6)

0.31

0.10 − 0.94

Ischemic Cardiovascular Events

Between treatment arms in the overall population of 6186 patients, there was no statistical difference in ischemic cardiovascular events (4% anastrozole vs. 3% tamoxifen).

In the overall population, angina pectoris was reported in 71/3092 (2.3%) patients in the anastrozole arm and 51/3094 (1.6%) patients in the tamoxifen arm; myocardial infarction was reported in 37/3092 (1.2%) patients in the anastrozole arm and 34/3094 (1.1%) patients in the tamoxifen arm.

In women with pre-existing ischemic heart disease 465/6186 (7.5%), the incidence of ischemic cardiovascular events was 17% in patients on anastrozole and 10% in patients on tamoxifen. In this patient population, angina pectoris was reported in 25/216 (11.6%) patients receiving anastrozole and 13/249 (5.2%) patients receiving tamoxifen; myocardial infarction was reported in 2/216 (0.9%) patients receiving anastrozole and 8/249 (3.2%) patients receiving tamoxifen.

Bone Mineral Density Findings

Results from the ATAC trial bone substudy at 12 and 24 months demonstrated that patients receiving anastrozole had a mean decrease in both lumbar spine and total hip bone mineral density (BMD) compared to baseline. Patients receiving tamoxifen had a mean increase in both lumbar spine and total hip BMD compared to baseline.

Because anastrozole lowers circulating estrogen levels it may cause a reduction in bone mineral density.

A post-marketing trial assessed the combined effects of anastrozole and the bisphosphonate risedronate on changes from baseline in BMD and markers of bone resorption and formation in postmenopausal women with hormone receptor-positive early breast cancer. All patients received calcium and vitamin D supplementation. At 12 months, small reductions in lumbar spine bone mineral density were noted in patients not receiving bisphosphonates. Bisphosphonate treatment preserved bone density in most patients at risk of fracture.

Postmenopausal women with early breast cancer scheduled to be treated with anastrozole should have their bone status managed according to treatment guidelines already available for postmenopausal women at similar risk of fragility fracture.

Cholesterol

During the ATAC trial, more patients receiving anastrozole were reported to have elevated serum cholesterol compared to patients receiving tamoxifen (9% versus 3.5%, respectively).

A post-marketing trial also evaluated any potential effects of anastrozole on lipid profile. In the primary analysis population for lipids (anastrozole alone), there was no clinically significant change in LDL-C from baseline to 12 months and HDL-C from baseline to 12 months.

In secondary population for lipids (anastrozole +risedronate), there also was no clinically significant change in LDL-C and HDL-C from baseline to 12 months.

In both populations for lipids, there was no clinically significant difference in total cholesterol (TC) or serum triglycerides (TG) at 12 months compared with baseline.

In this trial, treatment for 12 months with anastrozole alone had a neutral effect on lipid profile. Combination treatment with anastrozole and risedronate also had a neutral effect on lipid profile.

The trial provides evidence that postmenopausal women with early breast cancer scheduled to be treated with anastrozole should be managed using the current National Cholesterol Education Program guidelines for cardiovascular risk-based management of individual patients with LDL elevations.

Other Adverse Reactions

Compared with patients receiving tamoxifen, patients receiving anastrozole had an increase in joint disorders (including arthritis, arthrosis and arthralgia). Patients receiving anastrozole had an increase in the incidence of all fractures (specifically fractures of spine, hip and wrist) [315 (10%)] compared with patients receiving tamoxifen [209 (7%)].

Patients receiving anastrozole had a higher incidence of carpal tunnel syndrome [78 (2.5%)] compared with patients receiving tamoxifen [22 (0.7%)].

Vaginal bleeding occurred more frequently in the tamoxifen-treated patients versus the anastrozole-treated patients 317 (10%) versus 167 (5%), respectively.

Patients receiving anastrozole had a lower incidence of hot flashes, vaginal bleeding, vaginal discharge, endometrial cancer, venous thromboembolic events and ischemic cerebrovascular events compared with patients receiving tamoxifen.  

10-year median follow-up Safety Results from the ATAC Trial

 
Results are consistent with the previous analyses.
 
Serious adverse reactions were similar between anastrozole (50%) and tamoxifen (51%).
 
Cardiovascular events were consistent with the known safety profiles of anastrozole and tamoxifen.
 
The cumulative incidences of all first fractures (both serious and non-serious, occurring either during or after treatment) was higher in the anastrozole group (15%) compared to the tamoxifen group (11%). This increased first fracture rate during treatment did not continue in the post-treatment follow-up period.
 
The cumulative incidence of new primary cancers was similar in the anastrozole group (13.7%) compared to the tamoxifen group (13.9%). Consistent with the previous analyses, endometrial cancer was higher in the tamoxifen group (0.8%) compared to the anastrozole group (0.2%).
 
The overall number of deaths (during or off-trial treatment) was similar between the treatment groups. There were more deaths related to breast cancer in the tamoxifen than in the anastrozole treatment group.

First-Line Therapy

Adverse reactions occurring with an incidence of at least 5% in either treatment group of trials 0030 and 0027 during or within 2 weeks of the end of treatment are shown in Table 3.  

Table 3 – Adverse Reactions Occurring with an Incidence of at Least 5% in Trials 0030 and 0027
Body system
Adverse Reaction*
Number (%) of subjects
Anastrozole
(N = 506)
Tamoxifen
(N = 511)

Whole body

Asthenia

83 (16)

81 (16)

Pain

70 (14)

73 (14)

Back pain

60 (12)

68 (13)

Headache

47   (9)

40   (8)

Abdominal pain

40   (8)

38   (7)

Chest pain

37   (7)

37   (7)

Flu syndrome

35   (7)

30   (6)

Pelvic pain

23   (5)

30   (6)

Cardiovascular

Vasodilation

128 (25)

106 (21)

Hypertension

25   (5)

36   (7)

Digestive

Nausea

94 (19)

106 (21)

Constipation

47   (9)

66 (13)

Diarrhea

40   (8)

33   (6)

Vomiting

38   (8)

36   (7)

Anorexia

26   (5)

46   (9)

Metabolic and Nutritional

Peripheral edema

51 (10)

41   (8)

Muscoloskeletal

Bone pain

54  (11)

52 (10)

Nervous

Dizziness

30   (6)

22   (4)

Insomnia

30   (6)

38   (7)

Depression

23   (5)

32   (6)

Hypertonia

16   (3)

26   (5)

Respiratory

Cough increased

55  (11)

52 (10)

Dyspnea

51  (10)

47   (9)

Pharyngitis

49  (10)

68 (13)

Skin and appendages

Rash

38   (8)

34   (8)

Urogenital

Leukorrhea

9   (2)

31   (6)

Less frequent adverse experiences reported in patients receiving anastrozole 1 mg in either Trial 0030 or Trial 0027 were similar to those reported for second-line therapy.

Based on results from second-line therapy and the established safety profile of tamoxifen, the incidences of 9 pre-specified adverse event categories potentially causally related to one or both of the therapies because of their pharmacology were statistically analyzed. No significant differences were seen between treatment groups.

Table 4 – Number of Patients with Pre-specified Adverse Reactions in Trials 0030 and 0027
Number (n) and Percentage of Patients
Adverse Reaction*Anastrozole
1 mg
(N = 506)
n (%)
NOLVADEX
20 mg
(N = 511)
n (%)

Depression

23  (5)

32  (6)

Tumor Flare

15  (3)

18  (4)

Thromboembolic Disease

18  (4)

33  (6)

Venous

5

15

Coronary and Cerebral

13

19

Gastrointestinal Disturbance

170 (34)

196 (38)

Hot Flushes

134 (26)

118 (23)

Vaginal Dryness

9  (2)

3  (1)

Lethargy

6   (1)

15   (3)

Vaginal Bleeding

5   (1)

11  (2)

Weight Gain

11 (2)

8 (2)

Second-Line Therapy

Anastrozole was tolerated in two controlled clinical trials (i.e., Trials 0004 and 0005), with less than 3.3% of the anastrozole -treated patients and 4.0% of the megestrol acetate-treated patients withdrawing due to an adverse reaction.

The principal adverse reaction more common with anastrozole than megestrol acetate was diarrhea. Adverse reactions reported in greater than 5% of the patients in any of the treatment groups in these two controlled clinical trials, regardless of causality, are presented below:

Table 5 – Number (N) and Percentage of Patients with Adverse Reactions in Trials 0004 and 0005
Adverse Reaction*AnastrozoleAnastrozoleMegestrol Acetate
1 mg10 mg160 mg
(N = 262)(N = 246)(N = 253)
n %n%n %

Asthenia

42

(16)

33

(13)

47

(19)

Nausea

41

(16)

48

(20)

28

(11)

Headache

34

(13)

44

(18)

24

(9)

Hot Flashes

32

(12)

29

(11)

21

(8)

Pain

28

(11)

38

(15)

29

(11)

Back Pain

28

(11)

26

(11)

19

(8)

Dyspnea

24

(9)

27

(11)

53

(21)

Vomiting

24

(9)

26

(11)

16

(6)

Cough Increased

22

(8)

18

(7)

19

(8)

Diarrhea

22

(8)

18

(7)

7

(3)

Constipation

18

(7)

18

(7)

21

(8)

Abdominal Pain

18

(7)

14

(6)

18

(7)

Anorexia

18

(7)

19

(8)

11

(4)

Bone Pain

17

(6)

26

(12)

19

(8)

Pharyngitis

16

(6)

23

(9)

15

(6)

Dizziness

16

(6)

12

(5)

15

(6)

Rash

15

(6)

15

(6)

19

(8)

Dry Mouth

15

(6)

11

(4)

13

(5)

Peripheral Edema

14

(5)

21

(9)

28

(11)

Pelvic Pain

14

(5)

17

(7)

13

(5)

Depression

14

(5)

6

(2)

5

(2)

Chest Pain

13

(5)

18

(7)

13

(5)

Paresthesia

12

(5)

15

(6)

9

(4)

Vaginal Hemorrhage

6

(2)

4

(2)

13

(5)

Weight Gain

4

(2)

9

(4)

30

(12)

Sweating

4

(2)

3

(1)

16

(6)

Increased Appetite

0

(0)

1

(0)

13

(5)

Other less frequent (2% to 5%) adverse reactions reported in patients receiving anastrozole 1 mg in either Trial 0004 or Trial 0005 are listed below. These adverse experiences are listed by body system and are in order of decreasing frequency within each body system regardless of assessed causality.

 
Body as a Whole: Flu syndrome; fever; neck pain; malaise; accidental injury; infection
 
Cardiovascular: Hypertension; thrombophlebitis
 
Hepatic: Gamma GT increased; SGOT increased; SGPT increased
 
Hematologic: Anemia; leukopenia
 
Metabolic and Nutritional: Alkaline phosphatase increased; weight loss

Mean serum total cholesterol levels increased by 0.5 mmol/L among patients receiving anastrozole. Increases in LDL cholesterol have been shown to contribute to these changes.

 
Musculoskeletal: Myalgia; arthralgia; pathological fracture
 
Nervous: Somnolence; confusion; insomnia; anxiety; nervousness
 
Respiratory: Sinusitis; bronchitis; rhinitis
 
Skin and Appendages: Hair thinning (alopecia); pruritus
 
Urogenital: Urinary tract infection; breast pain

The incidences of the following adverse reaction groups potentially causally related to one or both of the therapies because of their pharmacology were statistically analyzed: weight gain, edema, thromboembolic disease, gastrointestinal disturbance, hot flushes, and vaginal dryness. These six groups, and the adverse reactions captured in the groups, were prospectively defined. The results are shown in the table below.

Table 6 — Number (n) and Percentage of Patients with Pre-specified Adverse Reactions in Trials 0004 and 0005
Anastrozole
1 mg
Anastrozole
10 mg
Megestrol Acetate
160 mg
(N = 262)(N = 246)(N = 253)
Adverse Reaction Group n (%)n (%)n (%)

Gastrointestinal Disturbance

77

(29)

81

(33)

54

(21)

Hot Flushes

33

(13)

29

(12)

35

(14)

Edema

19

(7)

28

(11)

35

(14)

Thromboembolic Disease

9

(3)

4

(2)

12

(5)

Vaginal Dryness

5

(2)

3

(1)

2

(1)

Weight Gain

4

(2)

10

(4)

30

(12)

6.2 Post-Marketing Experience

Hepatobiliary events including increases in alkaline phosphatase, alanine aminotransferase, aspartate aminotransferase have been reported (>1% and <10%) and gamma-GT, bilirubin and hepatitis have been reported (>0.1% and <1%) in patients receiving anastrozole.

Anastrozole may also be associated with rash including cases of mucocutaneous disorders such as erythema multiforme and Stevens-Johnson syndrome.

Cases of allergic reactions including angioedema, urticaria and anaphylaxis have been reported in patients receiving anastrozole [see Contraindications (4.2)].

Trigger finger has been reported (>0.1% and <1%) in patients receiving anastrozole.

7 DRUG INTERACTIONS

7.1 Tamoxifen

Co-administration of anastrozole and tamoxifen in breast cancer patients reduced anastrozole plasma concentration by 27%. However, the co-administration of anastrozole and tamoxifen did not affect the pharmacokinetics of tamoxifen or N-desmethyltamoxifen. At a median follow-up of 33 months, the combination of anastrozole and tamoxifen did not demonstrate any efficacy benefit when compared with tamoxifen in all patients as well as in the hormone receptor-positive subpopulation. This treatment arm was discontinued from the trial [see Clinical Studies (14.1)]. Based on clinical and pharmacokinetic results from the ATAC trial, tamoxifen should not be administered with anastrozole.

7.2 Estrogen

Estrogen-containing therapies should not be used with anastrozole as they may diminish its pharmacological action.

7.3 Warfarin

In a study conducted in 16 male volunteers, anastrozole did not alter the exposure (as measured by Cmax and AUC) and anticoagulant activity (as measured by prothrombin time, activated partial thromboplastin time, and thrombin time) of both R- and S-warfarin.

7.4 Cytochrome P450

Based on in vitro and in vivo results, it is unlikely that co-administration of anastrozole 1 mg will affect other drugs as a result inhibition of cytochrome P450 [see Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)].

8 USE IN SPECIFIC POPULATIONS

8.1 Pregnancy

PREGNANCY CATEGORY X [see Contraindications (4.1)]

Anastrozole may cause fetal harm when administered to a pregnant woman and offers no clinical benefit to premenopausal women with breast cancer. Anastrozole is contraindicated in women who are or may become pregnant. In animal studies, anastrozole caused pregnancy failure, increased pregnancy loss, and signs of delayed fetal development. There are no studies of anastrozole use in pregnant women. If anastrozole is used during pregnancy, or if the patient becomes pregnant while receiving this drug, the patient should be apprised of the potential hazard to the fetus and potential risk for pregnancy loss.

In animal reproduction studies, pregnant rats and rabbits received anastrozole during organogenesis at doses equal to or greater than 1 (rats) and 1/3 (rabbits) the recommended human dose on a mg/m2 basis. In both species, anastrozole crossed the placenta, and there was increased pregnancy loss (increased pre-and/or post-implantation loss, increased resorption, and decreased numbers of live fetuses). In rats, these effects were dose related, and placental weights were significantly increased. Fetotoxicity, including delayed fetal development (i.e., incomplete ossification and depressed fetal body weights), occurred in rats at anastrozole doses that produced peak plasma levels 19 times higher than serum levels in humans at the therapeutic dose (AUC0-24hr 9 times higher). In rabbits, anastrozole caused pregnancy failure at doses equal to or greater than 16 times the recommended human dose on a mg/m2 basis [see Animal Toxicology and/or Pharmacology (13.2)].

8.2 Labor and Delivery

8.3 Nursing Mothers

It is not known if anastrozole is excreted in human milk. Because many drugs are excreted in human milk and because of the tumorigenicity shown for anastrozole in animal studies, or the potential for serious adverse reactions in nursing infants, 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

8.5 Geriatric Use

In studies 0030 and 0027, about 50% of patients were 65 or older. Patients ≥ 65 years of age had moderately better tumor response and time to tumor progression than patients < 65 years of age regardless of randomized treatment. In studies 0004 and 0005, 50% of patients were 65 or older. Response rates and time to progression were similar for the over 65 and younger patients.

In the ATAC study, 45% of patients were 65 years of age or older. The efficacy of anastrozole compared to tamoxifen in patients who were 65 years or older (N=1413 for anastrozole and N=1410 for tamoxifen, the hazard ratio for disease-free survival was 0.93 [95% CI: 0.80, 1.08] was less than efficacy observed in patients who were less than 65 years of age (N=1712 for anastrozole and N=1706 for tamoxifen, the hazard ratio for disease-free survival was 0.79 [95% CI: 0.67, 0.94].

The pharmacokinetics of anastrozole are not affected by age.

8.4 Pediatric Use

The efficacy of anastrozole in the treatment of pubertal gynecomastia in adolescent boys and in the treatment of precocious puberty in girls with McCune-Albright Syndrome has not been demonstrated.

Labeling describing clinical trials and pharmacokinetic studies of anastrozole in pubertal boys of adolescent age with gynecomastia and in girls with McCune-Albright Syndrome and progressive precocious puberty is approved for AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP's Arimidex®. However, due to AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP's marketing exclusivity rights, a description of those trials and studies is not approved for this anastrozole product.

8.6 Renal Impairment

Since only about 10% of anastrozole is excreted unchanged in the urine, the renal impairment does not influence the total body clearance. Dosage adjustment in patients with renal impairment is not necessary [see Dosage and Administration (2.1) and Clinical Pharmacology (12.3) ].

8.7 Hepatic Impairment

The plasma anastrozole concentrations in the subjects with hepatic cirrhosis were within the range of concentrations seen in normal subjects across all clinical trials. Therefore, dosage adjustment is also not necessary in patients with stable hepatic cirrhosis. Anastrozole has not been studied in patients with severe hepatic impairment [see Dosage and Administration (2.2) and Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)].

9 DRUG ABUSE AND DEPENDENCE

9.1 Controlled Substance

9.2 Abuse

9.3 Dependence

10 OVERDOSAGE

Clinical trials have been conducted with anastrozole, up to 60 mg in a single dose given to healthy male volunteers and up to 10 mg daily given to postmenopausal women with advanced breast cancer; these dosages were tolerated. A single dose of anastrozole that results in life-threatening symptoms has not been established. There is no specific antidote to overdosage and treatment must be symptomatic. In the management of an overdose, consider that multiple agents may have been taken. Vomiting may be induced if the patient is alert. Dialysis may be helpful because anastrozole is not highly protein bound. General supportive care, including frequent monitoring of vital signs and close observation of the patient, is indicated.

11 DESCRIPTION

Anastrozole tablets for oral administration contain 1 mg of anastrozole, a non-steroidal aromatase inhibitor. It is chemically described as 1,3-Benzenediacetonitrile, α, α, α’, α’ –tetramethyl-5-(1H-1,2,4-triazol-1-ylmethyl). Its molecular formula is C17H19N5 and its structural formula is:

Chemical Structure- Anastrozole

Anastrozole is a white to off-white powder with a molecular weight of 293.37. Anastrozole has moderate aqueous solubility (0.5 mg/mL at 25°C); solubility is independent of pH in the physiological range. Anastrozole is freely soluble in methanol, acetone, ethanol, and tetrahydrofuran, and very soluble in acetonitrile.

Each tablet contains as inactive ingredients: anhydrous lactose, croscarmellose sodium, microcrystalline cellulose, magnesium stearate, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, hydroxypropyl cellulose, polyethylene glycol and titanium dioxide.

12 CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY

12.1 Mechanism of Action

The growth of many cancers of the breast is stimulated or maintained by estrogens.

In postmenopausal women, estrogens are mainly derived from the action of the aromatase enzyme, which converts adrenal androgens (primarily androstenedione and testosterone) to estrone and estradiol. The suppression of estrogen biosynthesis in peripheral tissues and in the cancer tissue itself can therefore be achieved by specifically inhibiting the aromatase enzyme.

Anastrozole is a selective non-steroidal aromatase inhibitor. It significantly lowers serum estradiol concentrations and has no detectable effect on formation of adrenal corticosteroids or aldosterone.

12.2 Pharmacodynamics

Effect on Estradiol

Mean serum concentrations of estradiol were evaluated in multiple daily dosing trials with 0.5, 1, 3, 5, and 10 mg of anastrozole in postmenopausal women with advanced breast cancer. Clinically significant suppression of serum estradiol was seen with all doses. Doses of 1 mg and higher resulted in suppression of mean serum concentrations of estradiol to the lower limit of detection (3.7 pmol/L). The recommended daily dose, anastrozole tablet 1 mg, reduced estradiol by approximately 70% within 24 hours and by approximately 80% after 14 days of daily dosing. Suppression of serum estradiol was maintained for up to 6 days after cessation of daily dosing with anastrozole tablet 1 mg.

The effect of anastrozole in premenopausal women with early or advanced breast cancer has not been studied. Because aromatization of adrenal androgens is not a significant source of estradiol in premenopausal women, anastrozole would not be expected to lower estradiol levels in premenopausal women.

Effect on Corticosteroids

In multiple daily dosing trials with 3, 5, and 10 mg, the selectivity of anastrozole was assessed by examining effects on corticosteroid synthesis. For all doses, anastrozole did not affect cortisol or aldosterone secretion at baseline or in response to ACTH. No glucocorticoid or mineralocorticoid replacement therapy is necessary with anastrozole.

Other Endocrine Effects

In multiple daily dosing trials with 5 and 10 mg, thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) was measured; there was no increase in TSH during the administration of anastrozole. Anastrozole does not possess direct progestogenic, androgenic, or estrogenic activity in animals, but does perturb the circulating levels of progesterone, androgens, and estrogens.

12.3 Pharmacokinetics

Absorption

Inhibition of aromatase activity is primarily due to anastrozole, the parent drug. Absorption of anastrozole is rapid and maximum plasma concentrations typically occur within 2 hours of dosing under fasted conditions. Studies with radiolabeled drug have demonstrated that orally administered anastrozole is well absorbed into the systemic circulation. Food reduces the rate but not the overall extent of anastrozole absorption. The mean Cmax of anastrozole decreased by 16% and the median Tmax was delayed from 2 to 5 hours when anastrozole was administered 30 minutes after food. The pharmacokinetics of anastrozole are linear over the dose range of 1 to 20 mg, and do not change with repeated dosing. The pharmacokinetics of anastrozole were similar in patients and healthy volunteers.

Distribution

Steady-state plasma levels are approximately 3- to 4-fold higher than levels observed after a single dose of anastrozole. Plasma concentrations approach steady-state levels at about 7 days of once daily dosing. Anastrozole is 40% bound to plasma proteins in the therapeutic range.

Metabolism

Metabolism of anastrozole occurs by N-dealkylation, hydroxylation and glucuronidation. Three metabolites of anastrozole (triazole, a glucuronide conjugate of hydroxy-anastrozole, and a glucuronide conjugate of anastrozole itself) have been identified in human plasma and urine. The major circulating metabolite of anastrozole, triazole, lacks pharmacologic activity.

Anastrozole inhibited reactions catalyzed by cytochrome P450 1A2, 2C8/9, and 3A4 in vitro with Ki values which were approximately 30 times higher than the mean steady-state Cmax values observed following a 1 mg daily dose. Anastrozole had no inhibitory effect on reactions catalyzed by cytochrome P450 2A6 or 2D6 in vitro. Administration of a single 30 mg/kg or multiple 10 mg/kg doses of anastrozole to healthy subjects had no effect on the clearance of antipyrine or urinary recovery of antipyrine metabolites.

Excretion

Eighty-five percent of radiolabeled anastrozole was recovered in feces and urine. Hepatic metabolism accounts for approximately 85% of anastrozole elimination. Renal elimination accounts for approximately 10% of total clearance. The mean elimination half-life of anastrozole is 50 hours.

Effect of Gender and Age

Anastrozole pharmacokinetics have been investigated in postmenopausal female volunteers and patients with breast cancer. No age-related effects were seen over the range <50 to >80 years.

Effect of Race

Estradiol and estrone sulfate serum levels were similar between Japanese and Caucasian postmenopausal women who received 1 mg of anastrozole daily for 16 days. Anastrozole mean steady-state minimum plasma concentrations in Caucasian and Japanese postmenopausal women were 25.7 and 30.4 ng/mL, respectively.

Effect of Renal Impairment

Anastrozole pharmacokinetics have been investigated in subjects with renal impairment. Anastrozole renal clearance decreased proportionally with creatinine clearance and was approximately 50% lower in volunteers with severe renal impairment (creatinine clearance < 30 mL/min/1.73m2) compared to controls. Total clearance was only reduced 10%. No dosage adjustment is needed for renal impairment [see Dosage and Administration (2.1) and Use in Specific Populations (8.6)].

Effect of Hepatic Impairment

Anastrozole pharmacokinetics have been investigated in subjects with hepatic cirrhosis related to alcohol abuse. The apparent oral clearance (CL/F) of anastrozole was approximately 30% lower in subjects with stable hepatic cirrhosis than in control subjects with normal liver function. However, these plasma concentrations were still with the range of values observed in normal subjects. The effect of severe hepatic impairment was not studied. No dose adjustment is necessary for stable hepatic cirrhosis [see Dosage and Administration (2.2) and Use in Specific Populations (8.7)].

13 NONCLINICAL TOXICOLOGY

13.1 Carcinogenesis, Mutagenesis, Impairment of Fertility

A conventional carcinogenesis study in rats at doses of 1.0 to 25 mg/kg/day (about 10 to 243 times the daily maximum recommended human dose on a mg/m2 basis) administered by oral gavage for up to 2 years revealed an increase in the incidence of hepatocellular adenoma and carcinoma and uterine stromal polyps in females and thyroid adenoma in males at the high dose. A dose-related increase was observed in the incidence of ovarian and uterine hyperplasia in females. At 25 mg/kg/day, plasma AUC0-24 hr levels in rats were 110 to 125 times higher than the level exhibited in postmenopausal volunteers at the recommended dose. A separate carcinogenicity study in mice at oral doses of 5 to 50 mg/kg/day (about 24 to 243 times the daily maximum recommended human dose on a mg/m2 basis) for up to 2 years produced an increase in the incidence of benign ovarian stromal, epithelial and granulosa cell tumors at all dose levels. A dose-related increase in the incidence of ovarian hyperplasia was also observed in female mice. These ovarian changes are considered to be rodent-specific effects of aromatase inhibition and are of questionable significance to humans. The incidence of lymphosarcoma was increased in males and females at the high dose. At 50 mg/kg/day, plasma AUC levels in mice were 35 to 40 times higher than the level exhibited in postmenopausal volunteers at the recommended dose.

Anastrozole has not been shown to be mutagenic in in vitro tests (Ames and E. coli bacterial tests, CHO-K1 gene mutation assay) or clastogenic either in vitro (chromosome aberrations in human lymphocytes) or in vivo (micronucleus test in rats).

Oral administration of anastrozole to female rats (from 2 weeks before mating to pregnancy day 7) produced significant incidence of infertility and reduced numbers of viable pregnancies at 1 mg/kg/day (about 10 times the recommended human dose on a mg/m2 basis and 9 times higher than the AUC0-24 hr found in postmenopausal volunteers at the recommended dose). Pre-implantation loss of ova or fetus was increased at doses equal to or greater than 0.02 mg/kg/day (about one-fifth the recommended human dose on a mg/m2 basis). Recovery of fertility was observed following a 5-week non-dosing period which followed 3 weeks of dosing. It is not known whether these effects observed in female rats are indicative of impaired fertility in humans.

Multiple-dose studies in rats administered anastrozole for 6 months at doses equal to or greater than 1 mg/kg/day (which produced plasma anastrozole Cssmax and AUC0-24 hr that were 19 and 9 times higher than the respective values found in postmenopausal volunteers at the recommended dose) resulted in hypertrophy of the ovaries and the presence of follicular cysts. In addition, hyperplastic uteri were observed in 6-month studies in female dogs administered doses equal to or greater than 1 mg/kg/day (which produced plasma anastrozole Cssmax and AUC0-24 hr that were 22 times and 16 times higher than the respective values found in postmenopausal women at the recommended dose). It is not known whether these effects on the reproductive organs of animals are associated with impaired fertility in premenopausal women.

13.2 Animal Toxicology and/or Pharmacology

Reproductive Toxicology

Anastrozole has been found to cross the placenta following oral administration of 0.1 mg/kg in rats and rabbits (about 1 and 1.9 times the recommended human dose, respectively, on a mg/m2 basis). Studies in both rats and rabbits at doses equal to or greater than 0.1 and 0.02 mg/kg/day, respectively (about 1 and 1/3, respectively, the recommended human dose on a mg/m2 basis), administered during the period of organogenesis showed that anastrozole increased pregnancy loss (increased pre- and/or post-implantation loss, increased resorption, and decreased numbers of live fetuses); effects were dose related in rats. Placental weights were significantly increased in rats at doses of 0.1 mg/kg/day or more.

Evidence of fetotoxicity, including delayed fetal development (i.e., incomplete ossification and depressed fetal body weights), was observed in rats administered doses of 1 mg/kg/day (which produced plasma anastrozole Cssmax and AUC0-24 hr that were 19 times and 9 times higher than the respective values found in postmenopausal volunteers at the recommended dose). There was no evidence of teratogenicity in rats administered doses up to 1.0 mg/kg/day. In rabbits, anastrozole caused pregnancy failure at doses equal to or greater than 1.0 mg/kg/day (about 16 times the recommended human dose on a mg/m2 basis); there was no evidence of teratogenicity in rabbits administered 0.2 mg/kg/day (about 3 times the recommended human dose on a mg/m2 basis).

14 CLINICAL STUDIES

14.1 Adjuvant Treatment of Breast Cancer in Postmenopausal Women

A multicenter, double-blind trial (ATAC) randomized 9,366 postmenopausal women with operable breast cancer to adjuvant treatment with anastrozole tablet 1 mg daily, tamoxifen 20 mg daily, or a combination of the two treatments for five years or until recurrence of the disease.

The primary endpoint of the trial was disease-free survival (i.e., time to occurrence of a distant or local recurrence, or contralateral breast cancer or death from any cause). Secondary endpoints of the trial included distant disease-free survival, the incidence of contralateral breast cancer and overall survival. At a median follow-up of 33 months, the combination of anastrozole and tamoxifen did not demonstrate any efficacy benefit when compared with tamoxifen in all patients as well as in the hormone receptor positive subpopulation. This treatment arm was discontinued from the trial. Based on clinical and pharmacokinetic results from the ATAC trial, tamoxifen should not be administered with anastrozole [see Drug Interactions (7.1)].

Demographic and other baseline characteristics were similar among the three treatment groups (see Table 7).

Table 7 - Demographic and Baseline Characteristics for ATAC Trial
Demographic CharacteristicAnastrozole 1 mg
(N* = 3125)
Tamoxifen 20 mg
(N* = 3116)
Anastrozole 1mg
plus Tamoxifen 20 mg
(N* = 3125)

Mean age (yrs.)

64.1

64.1

64.3

Age Range (yrs.)

38.1 - 92.8

32.8 - 94.9

37.0 - 92.2

Age Distribution (%)

<45 yrs.

0.7

0.4

0.5

45-60 yrs.

34.6

35.0

34.5

>60 <70 yrs.

38.0

37.1

37.7

>70 yrs.

26.7

27.4

27.3

Mean Weight (kg)

70.8

71.1

71.3

Receptor Status (%)

Positive

83.5

83.1

84.0

Negative§

7.4

8.0

7.0

Other

8.8

8.6

9.0

Other Treatment (%) prior to Randomization

Mastectomy

47.8

47.3

48.1

Breast conservation#

52.3

52.8

51.9

Axillary surgery

95.5

95.7

95.2

Radiotherapy

63.3

62.5

61.9

Chemotherapy

22.3

20.8

20.8

Neoadjuvant Tamoxifen

1.6

1.6

1.7

Primary Tumor Size (%)

T1 (≤2 cm)

63.9

62.9

64.1

T2 (>2 cm and ≤5 cm)

32.6

34.2

32.9

T3 (>5 cm)

2.7

2.2

2.3

Nodal Status (%)

Node positive

34.9

33.6

33.5

1-3 (# of nodes)

24.4

24.4

24.3

4-9

7.5

6.4

6.8

>9

2.9

2.7

2.3

Tumor Grade (%)

Well-differentiated

20.8

20.5

21.2

Moderately differentiated

46.8

47.8

46.5

Poorly/undifferentiated

23.7

23.3

23.7

Not assessed/recorded

8.7

8.4

8.5

* N=Number of patients randomized to the treatment

† The combination arm was discontinued due to lack of efficacy benefit at 33 months of follow-up

‡ Includes patients who were estrogen receptor (ER) positive or progesterone receptor (PgR) positive, or both positive

§ Includes patients with both ER negative and PgR negative receptor status

¶ Includes all other combinations of ER and PgR receptor status unknown

# Among the patients who had breast conservation, radiotherapy was administered to 95.0% of patients in the anastrozole arm, 94.1% in the tamoxifen arm and 94.5% in the Anastrozole plus tamoxifen arm.

Patients in the two monotherapy arms of the ATAC trial were treated for a median of 60 months (5 years) and followed for a median of 68 months. Disease-free survival in the intent-to-treat population was statistically significantly improved [Hazard Ratio (HR) = 0.87, 95% CI: 0.78, 0.97, p=0.0127] in the anastrozole arm compared to the tamoxifen arm. In the hormone receptor-positive subpopulation representing about 84% of the trial patients, disease-free survival was also statistically significantly improved (HR =0.83, 95% CI: 0.73, 0.94, p=0.0049) in the anastrozole arm compared to the tamoxifen arm.

Figure 1
 
Number of patients at risk:

anastrozole

3125

3004

2874

2767

2646

2360

984

61

tamoxifen

3115

2992

2835

2709

2575

2273

933

47

Figure 2
 
Number of patients at risk:

anastrozole

2618

2640

2448

2366

2268

2014

830

42

tamoxifen

2598

2515

2398

2304

2189

1932

774

38

The survival data with 68 months follow-up is presented in Table 9.

In the group of patients who had previous adjuvant chemotherapy (N=698 for anastrozole and N=647 for tamoxifen), the hazard ratio for disease-free survival was 0.91 (95% CI: 0.73 to 1.13) in the anastrozole arm compared to the tamoxifen arm.

The frequency of individual events in the intent-to-treat population and the hormone receptor-positive subpopulation are described in Table 8.

Table 8 - All Recurrence and Death Events*
Intent-To-Treat PopulationHormone Receptor-Positive Subpopulation
Anastrozole
1 mg
(N = 3125)
Tamoxifen
20 mg
(N = 3116)
Anastrozole
1 mg
(N = 2618)
Tamoxifen
20 mg
(N = 2598)
Number (%) of PatientsNumber (%) of Patients

Median Duration of Therapy (mo)

60

60

60

60

Median EfficacyFollow-up (mo)

68

68

68

68

Loco-regional recurrence

119 (3.8)

149 (4.8)

76 (2.9)

101 (3.9)

Contralateral breast cancer

35 (1.1)

59 (1.9)

26 (1.0)

54 (2.1)

Invasive

27 (0.9)

52 (1.7)

21 (0.8)

48 (1.8)

Ductal carcinoma in situ

8 (0.3)

6 (0.2)

5 (0.2)

5 (0.2)

Unknown

0

1 (<0.1)

0

1 (<0.1)

Distant recurrence

324 (10.4)

375 (12.0)

226 (8.6)

265 (10.2)

Death from Any Cause

411 (13.2)

420 (13.5)

296 (11.3)

301 (11.6)

Death breast cancer

218 (7.0)

248 (8.0)

138 (5.3)

Death other reason (including unknown)

193 (6.2)

172 (5.5)

158 (6.0)

141 (5.4)

* The combination arm was discontinued due to lack of efficacy benefit at 33 months of follow-up.

† Patients may fall into more than one category.

‡ N=Number of patients randomized

A summary of the study efficacy results is provided in Table 9.  

Table 9 - ATAC Efficacy Summary*
Intent-To-Treat PopulationHormone Receptor-Positive Subpopulation
Anastrozole
1 mg
(N = 3125)
Tamoxifen
20 mg
(N = 3116)
Anastrozole
1 mg
(N = 2618)
Tamoxifen
20 mg
(N= 2598)
Number of Events

Disease-free Survival

575

651

424

497

Hazard ratio

0.87

0.83

2-sided 95% CI

0.78 to 0.97

0.73 to 0.94

p-value

0.0127

0.0049

Distant Disease-free Survival

500

530

370

394

Hazard ratio

0.94
0.83 to 1.06

0.93
0.80 to 1.07

2-sided 95% CI

Overall Survival

411

420

296

301

Hazard ratio

0.97

0.97

2-sided 95% CI

0.85 to 1.12

0.83 to 1.14

* The combination arm was discontinued due to lack of efficacy benefit at 33 months of follow-up.


10-year median follow-up Efficacy Results from the ATAC Trial

In a subsequent analysis of the ATAC trial, patients in the two monotherapy arms were followed for a median of 120 months (10 years). Patients received study treatment for a median of 60 months (5 years) (see Table 10).

Table 10 - Efficacy Summary
Intent-To-Treat PopulatioHormone Receptor-Positive Subpopulation
Anastrozole
1 mg
(N = 3125)
Tamoxifen
20 mg
(N = 3116)
Anastrozole
1 mg
(N = 2618)
Tamoxifen
20 mg
(N = 2598)
Number of EventsNumber of Events

Disease-free Survival

953

1022

735

924

Hazard ratio

0.91

0.86

2-sided 95% CI

0.83 to 0.99

0.78 to 0.95

p-value

0.0365

0.0027

Overall Survival

734

747

563

586

Hazard ratio

0.91

0.95

2-sided 95% CI

0.88 to 1.08

0.84 to 1.06

Figure 4
Figure 4

14.2 First-Line Therapy in Postmenopausal Women with Advanced Breast Cancer

Two double-blind, controlled clinical studies of similar design (0030, a North American study and 0027, a predominately European study) were conducted to assess the efficacy of anastrozole compared with tamoxifen as first-line therapy for hormone receptor positive or hormone receptor unknown locally advanced or metastatic breast cancer in postmenopausal women. A total of 1021 patients between the ages of 30 and 92 years old were randomized to receive trial treatment. Patients were randomized to receive 1 mg of anastrozole once daily or 20 mg of tamoxifen once daily. The primary endpoints for both trials were time to tumor progression, objective tumor response rate, and safety.

Demographics and other baseline characteristics, including patients who had measurable and no measurable disease, patients who were given previous adjuvant therapy, the site of metastatic disease and ethnic origin were similar for the two treatment groups for both trials. The following table summarizes the hormone receptor status at entry for all randomized patients in trials 0030 and 0027.  

Table 11 — Demographic and Other Baseline Characteristics
Number (%) of subjects
Trial 0030Trial 0027
Receptor statusAnastrozole
1 mg
(N = 171)
Tamoxifen
20 mg
(N = 182)
Anastrozole
1 mg
(N = 340)
Tamoxifen
20 mg
(N = 328)

ER* and/or PgR

151 (88.3)

162 (89.0)

154 (45.3)

144 (43.9)

ER* unknown, PgRUnknown

19 (11.1)

20 (11.0)

185 (54.4)

183 (55.8)

* ER = Estrogen receptor

† PgR = Progesterone receptor

For the primary endpoints, trial 0030 showed that anastrozole had a statistically significant advantage over tamoxifen (p=0.006) for time to tumor progression; objective tumor response rates were similar for anastrozole and tamoxifen. Trial 0027 showed that anastrozole and tamoxifen had similar objective tumor response rates and time to tumor progression (see Table 12 and Figures 5 and 6).  

Table 12 below summarizes the results of trial 0030 and trial 0027 for the primary efficacy endpoints.  

Table 12 – Efficacy Results of First-line Treatment
EndpointTrial 0030Trial 0027
Anastrozole
1 mg
(N = 171)
Tamoxifen
20 mg
(N = 182)
Anastrozole
1 mg
(N = 340)
Tamoxifen
20 mg
(N = 328)

Time to progression (TTP)

Median TTP (months)

11.1

5.6

8.2

8.3

Number (%) of subjects who progressed

114 (67%)

138 (76%)

249 (73%)

247 (75%)

Hazard ratio (LCL* )

1.42 (1.15)

1.01 (0.87)

2-sided 95% CI‡

(1.11, 1.82)

(0.85, 1.20)

p-value§

0.006

0.920

Best objective response rate

Number (%) of subjects With CR + PR#

36 (21.1%)

31 (17.0%)

112 (32.9%)

107 (32.6%)

Odds Ratio (LCL*)Þ

1.30 (0.83)

1.01 (0.77)

* LCL=Lower Confidence Limit

† Tamoxifen: anastrozole

‡ CI=Confidence Interval

§ Two-sided Log Rank

¶ CR=Complete Response

# PR=Partial Response

Þ Anastrozole: Tamoxifen

Figure 5
Figure 6

Results from the secondary endpoints were supportive of the results of the primary efficacy endpoints. There were too few deaths occurring across treatment groups of both trials to draw conclusions on overall survival differences.

14.3 Second-Line Therapy in Postmenopausal Women with Advanced Breast Cancer who had Disease Progression following Tamoxifen Therapy

Anastrozole was studied in two controlled clinical trials (0004, a North American study; 0005, a predominately European study) in postmenopausal women with advanced breast cancer who had disease progression following tamoxifen therapy for either advanced or early breast cancer. Some of the patients had also received previous cytotoxic treatment. Most patients were ER-positive; a smaller fraction were ER-unknown or ER-negative; the ER-negative patients were eligible only if they had had a positive response to tamoxifen. Eligible patients with measurable and non-measurable disease were randomized to receive either a single daily dose of 1 mg or 10 mg of anastrozole or megestrol acetate 40 mg four times a day. The studies were double-blinded with respect to anastrozole. Time to progression and objective response (only patients with measurable disease could be considered partial responders) rates were the primary efficacy variables. Objective response rates were calculated based on the Union Internationale Contre le Cancer (UICC) criteria. The rate of prolonged (more than 24 weeks) stable disease, the rate of progression, and survival were also calculated.

Both trials included over 375 patients; demographics and other baseline characteristics were similar for the three treatment groups in each trial. Patients in the 0005 trial had responded better to prior tamoxifen treatment. Of the patients entered who had prior tamoxifen therapy for advanced disease (58% in Trial 0004; 57% in Trial 0005), 18% of these patients in Trial 0004 and 42% in Trial 0005 were reported by the primary investigator to have responded. In Trial 0004, 81% of patients were ER-positive, 13% were ER-unknown, and 6% were ER-negative. In Trial 0005, 58% of patients were ER-positive, 37% were ER-unknown, and 5% were ER-negative. In Trial 0004, 62% of patients had measurable disease compared to 79% in Trial 0005. The sites of metastatic disease were similar among treatment groups for each trial. On average, 40% of the patients had soft tissue metastases; 60% had bone metastases; and 40% had visceral (15% liver) metastases.

Efficacy results from the two studies were similar as presented in Table 13. In both studies there were no significant differences between treatment arms with respect to any of the efficacy parameters listed in the table below.  

Table 13 – Efficacy Results of Second-line Treatment
Anastrozole
1 mg
Anastrozole
10 mg
Megestrol
Acetate
160 mg

Trial 0004

(N. America)

(N = 128)

(N = 130)

(N = 128)

Median Follow-up (months)*

31.3

30.9

32.9

Median Time to Death (months)

29.6

25.7

26.7

2 Year Survival Probability (%)

62.0

58.0

53.1

Median Time to Progression (months)

5.7

5.3

5.1

Objective Response (all patients) (%)

12.5

10.0

10.2

Stable Disease for >24 weeks (%)

35.2

29.2

32.8

Progression (%)

86.7

85.4

90.6

Trial 0005

(Europe, Australia, S. Africa)

(N=135)

(N=118)

(N=125)

Median Follow-up (months)*

31.0

30.9

31.5

Median Time to Death (months)

24.3

24.8

19.8

2 Year Survival Probability (%)

50.5

50.9

39.1

Median Time to Progression (months)

4.4

5.3

3.9

Objective Response (all patients) (%)

12.6

15.3

14.4

Stable Disease for >24 weeks (%)

24.4

25.4

23.2

Progression (%)

91.9

89.8

92.0

When data from the two controlled trials are pooled, the objective response rates and median times to progression and death were similar for patients randomized to anastrozole tablet 1 mg and megestrol acetate. There is, in this data, no indication that anastrozole 10 mg is superior to anastrozole tablet 1 mg.

Table 14 – Pooled Efficacy Results of Second-line Treatment
Trials 0004 & 0005
(Pooled Data)
Anastrozole
1 mg
N=263
Anastrozole
10 mg
N=248
Megestrol Acetate
160 mg
N=253

Median Time to Death
(months)

26.7

25.5

22.5

2 Year Survival
Probability (%)

56.1

54.6

46.3

Median Time to
Progression

4.8

5.3

4.6

Objective Response
(all patients) (%)

12.5

12.5

12.3

15 REFERENCES

16 HOW SUPPLIED/STORAGE AND HANDLING

These tablets are supplied in bottles of 30 tablets (NDC 60429-286-30) and 90 tablets (NDC 60429-286-90) with a child-resistant closure.

Storage:

Store at controlled room temperature, 20-25°C (68-77°F) [see USP].

17 PATIENT COUNSELING INFORMATION

"see FDA Approved Patient Labeling"

17.1 Pregnancy

Patients should be advised that anastrozole may cause fetal harm. They should also be advised that anastrozole is not for use in premenopausal women; therefore, if they become pregnant, they should stop taking anastrozole and immediately contact their doctor.

17.2 Allergic (Hypersensitivity) Reactions

Patients should be informed of the possibility of serious allergic reactions with swelling of the face, lips, tongue and/or throat (angioedema) which may cause difficulty in swallowing and/or breathing and to immediately report this to their doctor.

17.3 Ischemic Cardiovascular Events 

Patients with pre-existing ischemic heart disease should be informed that an increased incidence of cardiovascular events has been observed with anastrozole use compared to tamoxifen use.

17.4 Bone Effects

Patients should be informed that anastrozole lowers the level of estrogen. This may lead to a loss of the mineral content of bones, which might decrease bone strength. A possible consequence of decreased mineral content of bones is an increase in the risk of fractures.

17.5 Cholesterol

Patients should be informed that an increased level of cholesterol might be seen while receiving anastrozole.

17.6 Tamoxifen

Patients should be advised not to take anastrozole with Tamoxifen.

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Anastrozole Tablets

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 Read the information that comes with anastrozole before you start taking it and each time you get a refill. The information may have changed. This leaflet does not take the place of talking with your doctor about your medical condition or treatment. Talk with your doctor about anastrozole when you start taking it and at regular checkups.

What is anastrozole?

Anastrozole is a prescription medicine used in women who have finished menopause (“the change of life”) for:

 
treatment of early breast cancer
 
after surgery, with or without radiation
 
in women whose breast cancer is hormone receptor-positive
 
first treatment of locally advanced or metastatic breast cancer, in women whose breast cancer is hormone receptor-positive or the hormone receptors are not known.
 
treatment of advanced breast cancer, if the cancer has grown, or the disease has spread after tamoxifen therapy.

Anastrozole does not work in women with breast cancer who have not finished menopause (premenopausal women).

Who should not take anastrozole tablets?

Do not take anastrozole tablets if you:

 
are pregnant, think you may be pregnant, or plan to get pregnant. Anastrozole may harm your unborn child. If you become pregnant while taking anastrozole, tell your doctor right away.
 
have not finished menopause (are premenopausal)
 
are allergic to any of the ingredients in anastrozole tablets. See the end of this leaflet for a list of the ingredients in anastrozole tablets.
 
are a man or child

What is the most important information I should know about anastrozole tablets?

Anastrozole may cause serious side effects including:

 
Heart disease. Women with early breast cancer, who have a history of blockages in heart arteries (ischemic heart disease) and who take anastrozole may have a slight increase in this type of heart disease compared to similar patients who take tamoxifen.
 
Stop taking anastrozole and call your doctor right away if you have chest pain or shortness of breath. These can be symptoms of heart disease.
 
Osteoporosis (bone softening and weakening). Anastrozole lowers estrogen in your body, which may cause your bones to become softer and weaker. This can increase your chance of fractures, specifically of the spine, hip and wrist. Your doctor may order a test for you called a bone mineral density study before you start taking anastrozole and during treatment with anastrozole as needed.

What should I tell my doctor before taking anastrozole tablets?

Anastrozole may not be right for you. Before taking anastrozole, tell your doctor about all your medical conditions, including if you:

 
have not finished menopause. Talk to your doctor if you are not sure. See “Who should not take anastrozole tablets?”
 
have had a previous heart problem
 
have a condition called osteoporosis
 
have high cholesterol
 
are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breast feeding. See “Who should not take anastrozole tablets?”
 
are nursing a baby. It is not known if anastrozole passes into breast milk. You and your doctor should decide if you will take anastrozole tablets or breast feed. You should not do both.

Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Especially tell your doctor if you take:

 
Tamoxifen. You should not take anastrozole with tamoxifen. Taking tamoxifen with anastrozole may lower the amount of anastrozole in your blood and may cause anastrozole not to work as well.
 
Medicines containing estrogen. Anastrozole may not work if taken with one of these medicines:
 
hormone replacement therapy
 
birth control pills
 
estrogen creams
 
vaginal rings
 
vaginal suppositories

Know the medicines you take. Keep a list of them and show it to your doctor and pharmacist each time you get a new medicine.

How should I take anastrozole tablets?

 
Take anastrozole tablets exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Keep taking anastrozole tablets for as long as your doctor prescribes it for you.
 
Take one anastrozole tablet each day.
 
Anastrozole can be taken with or without food.
 
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you rememeber. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose. Take your next regularly scheduled dose. Do not take two doses at the same time.
 
If you have taken more anastrozole tablets than your doctor has prescribed, contact your doctor right away. Do not take any additional anastrozole tablets until instructed to do so by your doctor.

Talk with your doctor about any health changes you have while taking anastrozole.

What are possible side effects of anastrozole?

Anastrozole can cause serious side effects including:

 
See “What is the most important information I should know about anastrozole tablets?”
 
increased blood cholesterol (fat in the blood). Your doctor may check your cholesterol while you take anastrozole therapy.
 
skin reactions. Stop taking anastrozole and call your doctor right away if you get any skin lesions, ulcers, or blisters.
 
severe allergic reactions. Get medical help right away if you have:
 
swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat.
 
trouble swallowing
 
trouble breathing
 
liver problems. Anastrozole can cause inflammation of the liver and changes in blood tests of the liver function. Your doctor may monitor you for this. Stop taking anastrozole and call your doctor right away if you have any of these signs or symptoms of a liver problem:
 
a general feeling of not being well
 
yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes
 
pain on the right side of your abdomen

Common side effects in women taking anastrozole include:

 
hot flashes
 
weakness
 
joint pain
 
carpal tunnel syndrome (tingling, pain, coldness, weakness in parts of the hand)
 
pain
 
sore throat
 
mood changes
 
high blood pressure
 
depression
 
nausea and vomiting
 
thinning of the hair (hair loss)
 
rash
 
back pain
 
sleep problems
 
bone pain
 
headache
 
swelling
 
increased cough
 
shortness of breath
 
lymphedema (build up of lymph fluid in the tissues of your affected arm)
 
trigger finger (a condition in which one of your fingers or your thumb catches in a bent position)

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.  

HOW SHOULD I STORE anastrozole tablets?

 
Store at 68°F to 77°F (20°C to 25°C).
 
Keep anastrozole and all medicines out of the reach of children.

General information about anastrozole tablets.

Medicines are sometimes prescribed for conditions that are not mentioned in patient information leaflets. Do not take anastrozole for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Do not give anastrozole tablets to other people, even if they have the same symptoms you have. It may harm them.

This patient information leaflet summarizes the most important information about anastrozole tablets. If you would like more information, talk with your doctor. You can ask your pharmacist or doctor for information about anastrozole that is written for health professionals. For more information call Apotex’s Drug Information Service at 1-800-667-4708 or go to www.apotexcorp.com/ 

What are the ingredients in anastrozole tablets?

Active ingredient: anastrozole

Inactive ingredients: anhydrous lactose, croscarmellose sodium, microcrystalline cellulose, magnesium stearate, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, hydroxypropyl cellulose, polyethylene glycol and titanium dioxide. 

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Manufactured by:

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Weston, Florida

Camarillo, CA

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ANASTROZOLE 
anastrozole tablet, film coated
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Product TypeHUMAN PRESCRIPTION DRUG LABELItem Code (Source)NDC:60429-286(NDC:60505-2985)
Route of AdministrationORALDEA Schedule    
Active Ingredient/Active Moiety
Ingredient NameBasis of StrengthStrength
ANASTROZOLE (ANASTROZOLE) ANASTROZOLE1 mg
Inactive Ingredients
Ingredient NameStrength
ANHYDROUS LACTOSE 
CROSCARMELLOSE SODIUM 
CELLULOSE, MICROCRYSTALLINE 
MAGNESIUM STEARATE 
HYPROMELLOSES 
HYDROXYPROPYL CELLULOSE (TYPE H) 
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOLS 
TITANIUM DIOXIDE 
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ShapeROUND (round biconvex) Size6mm
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Contains    
Packaging
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Revised: 7/2011
 
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