Label: GEMCITABINE HYDROCHLORIDE- gemcitabine hydrochloride injection, powder, lyophilized, for solution
GEMCITABINE HYDROCHLORIDE- gemcitabine hydrochloride injection, powder, lyophilized, for solution

  • NDC Code(s): 45963-612-57, 45963-619-59, 45963-620-60
  • Packager: Actavis Pharma, Inc.
  • Category: HUMAN PRESCRIPTION DRUG LABEL
  • DEA Schedule: None
  • Marketing Status: Abbreviated New Drug Application

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    GEMCITABINE for injection, for intravenous use
    Initial U.S. Approval: 1996

    INDICATIONS AND USAGE

    Gemcitabine for Injection, USP is a nucleoside metabolic inhibitor indicated:

    • in combination with carboplatin, for the treatment of advanced ovarian cancer that has relapsed at least 6 months after completion of platinum-based therapy. (1.1)
    • in combination with paclitaxel, for first-line treatment of metastatic breast cancer after failure of prior anthracycline-containing adjuvant chemotherapy, unless anthracyclines were clinically contraindicated. (1.2)
    • in combination with cisplatin for the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer. (1.3)
    • as a single agent for the treatment of pancreatic cancer. (1.4)

    DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION

    Gemcitabine for Injection, USP is for intravenous use only.

    • Ovarian Cancer: 1000 mg/m2 over 30 minutes on Days 1 and 8 of each 21-day cycle. (2.1)
    • Breast Cancer: 1250 mg/m2 over 30 minutes on Days 1 and 8 of each 21-day cycle. (2.2)
    • Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer: 1000 mg/m2 over 30 minutes on Days 1, 8, and 15 of each 28-day cycle or 1250 mg/m2 over 30 minutes on Days 1 and 8 of each 21-day cycle. (2.3)
    • Pancreatic Cancer: 1000 mg/m2 over 30 minutes once weekly for the first 7 weeks, then one week rest, then once weekly for 3 weeks of each 28-day cycle. (2.4)

    DOSAGE FORMS AND STRENGTHS

    • 200 mg/single-dose vial for injection (3)
    • 1 g/single-dose vial for injection (3)
    • 2 g/single-dose vial for injection (3)

    CONTRAINDICATIONS

    Patients with a known hypersensitivity to gemcitabine. (4)

    WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS

    • Schedule-dependent toxicity: Increased toxicity with infusion time greater than 60 minutes or dosing more frequently than once weekly. (5.1)
    • Myelosuppression: Monitor for myelosuppression prior to each cycle and reduce or withhold dose for severe myelosuppression. (5.2, 5.7)
    • Pulmonary Toxicity and Respiratory Failure: Discontinue Gemcitabine for Injection, USP immediately for unexplained new or worsening dyspnea or evidence of severe pulmonary toxicity. (5.3)
    • Hemolytic-Uremic Syndrome (HUS): Monitor renal function prior to initiation and during therapy. Discontinue Gemcitabine for Injection, USP for HUS or severe renal impairment. (5.4)
    • Hepatic Toxicity: Monitor hepatic function prior to initiation and during therapy. Discontinue Gemcitabine for Injection, USP for severe hepatic toxicity. (5.5)
    • Embryofetal Toxicity: Can cause fetal harm. Advise women of potential risk to the fetus. (5.6, 8.1)
    • Exacerbation of Radiation Therapy Toxicity: May cause severe and life-threatening toxicity when administered during or within 7 days of radiation therapy. (5.7)
    • Capillary Leak Syndrome: Discontinue Gemcitabine for Injection, USP. (5.8)
    • Posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome (PRES): Discontinue Gemcitabine for Injection, USP. (5.9)

    ADVERSE REACTIONS

    The most common adverse reactions for the single agent (≥20%) are nausea/vomiting, anemia, hepatic transaminitis, neutropenia, increased alkaline phosphatase, proteinuria, fever, hematuria, rash, thrombocytopenia, dyspnea, and peripheral edema (6.1)

    To report SUSPECTED ADVERSE REACTIONS, contact Actavis at 1-800-432-8534 or FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or www.fda.gov/medwatch.

    See 17 for PATIENT COUNSELING INFORMATION.

    Revised: 7/2016

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  • FULL PRESCRIBING INFORMATION: CONTENTS*

    1  INDICATIONS AND USAGE

    1.1 Ovarian Cancer

    1.2 Breast Cancer

    1.3 Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

    1.4 Pancreatic Cancer

    2  DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION

    2.1 Ovarian Cancer

    2.2 Breast Cancer

    2.3 Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

    2.4 Pancreatic Cancer

    2.5 Dose Modifications for Non-Hematologic Adverse Reactions

    2.6 Preparation and Administration Precautions

    2.7 Preparation for Intravenous Infusion Administration

    3  DOSAGE FORMS AND STRENGTHS

    4  CONTRAINDICATIONS

    5  WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS

    5.1 Schedule-dependent Toxicity

    5.2 Myelosuppression

    5.3 Pulmonary Toxicity and Respiratory Failure

    5.4 Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome

    5.5 Hepatic Toxicity

    5.6 Embryofetal Toxicity

    5.7 Exacerbation of Radiation Therapy Toxicity

    5.8 Capillary Leak Syndrome

    5.9 Posterior Reversible Encephalopathy Syndrome

    6  ADVERSE REACTIONS

    6.1 Clinical Trials Experience

    6.2 Postmarketing Experience

    7  DRUG INTERACTIONS

    8  USE IN SPECIFIC POPULATIONS

    8.1 Pregnancy

    8.3 Nursing Mothers

    8.4 Pediatric Use

    8.5 Geriatric Use

    8.6 Renal Impairment

    8.7 Hepatic Impairment

    8.8 Gender

    10  OVERDOSAGE

    11  DESCRIPTION

    12  CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY

    12.1 Mechanism of Action

    12.3 Pharmacokinetics

    13  NONCLINICAL TOXICOLOGY

    13.1 Carcinogenesis, Mutagenesis, Impairment of Fertility

    14  CLINICAL STUDIES

    14.1 Ovarian Cancer

    14.2 Breast Cancer

    14.3 Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC)

    14.4 Pancreatic Cancer

    16  HOW SUPPLIED/STORAGE AND HANDLING

    16.1 How Supplied

    16.2 Storage and Handling

    17  PATIENT COUNSELING INFORMATION

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  • 1  INDICATIONS AND USAGE

    1.1 Ovarian Cancer

    Gemcitabine for Injection, USP in combination with carboplatin is indicated for the treatment of patients with advanced ovarian cancer that has relapsed at least 6 months after completion of platinum-based therapy.

    1.2 Breast Cancer

    Gemcitabine for Injection, USP in combination with paclitaxel is indicated for the first-line treatment of patients with metastatic breast cancer after failure of prior anthracycline-containing adjuvant chemotherapy, unless anthracyclines were clinically contraindicated.

    1.3 Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

    Gemcitabine for Injection, USP is indicated in combination with cisplatin for the first-line treatment of patients with inoperable, locally advanced (Stage IIIA or IIIB), or metastatic (Stage IV) non-small cell lung cancer.

    1.4 Pancreatic Cancer

    Gemcitabine for Injection, USP is indicated as first-line treatment for patients with locally advanced (nonresectable Stage II or Stage III) or metastatic (Stage IV) adenocarcinoma of the pancreas. Gemcitabine for Injection, USP is indicated for patients previously treated with 5-FU.

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  • 2  DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION

    2.1 Ovarian Cancer

    Recommended Dose and Schedule

    The recommended dose of Gemcitabine for Injection, USP is 1000 mg/m2 as an intravenous infusion over 30 minutes on Days 1 and 8 of each 21-day cycle, in combination with carboplatin AUC 4 intravenously after Gemcitabine for Injection, USP administration on Day 1 of each 21-day cycle. Refer to carboplatin prescribing information for additional information.

    Dose Modifications

    Recommended Gemcitabine for Injection, USP dose modifications for myelosuppression are described Table 1 and Table 2 [see Warnings and Precautions (5.2)]. Refer to Dosage and Administration (2.5) for recommendations for non-hematologic adverse reactions.

    Table 1: Dosage Reduction Guidelines for Gemcitabine for Injection, USP for Myelosuppression on Day of Treatment in Ovarian Cancer

    Treatment

    Absolute granulocyte count

    Platelet count

    % of full dose

    Day

    (x 106/L)

    (x 106/L)

    Day 1

    ≥1500

    and

    ≥100,000

    100%

    <1500

    or

    <100,000

    Delay Treatment Cycle

    Day 8

    ≥1500

    and

    ≥100,000

    100%

    1000 to 1499

    or

    75,000 to 99,999

    50%

    <1000

    or

    <75,000

    Hold

    Table 2: Gemcitabine for Injection, USP Dose Modification for Myelosuppression in Previous Cycle In Ovarian Cancer

    Occurrence

    Myelosuppression During Treatment Cycle

    Dose Modification

    Initial Occurrence

    Absolute granulocyte count less than 500 x 106/L for more than 5 days

    Absolute granulocyte count less than 100 x 106/L for more than 3 days

    Febrile neutropenia

    Platelets less than 25,000x106/L

    Cycle delay of more than one week due to toxicity

    Permanently reduce Gemcitabine for Injection, USP to 800 mg/m2 on Days 1 and 8

    Subsequent Occurrence

    If any of the above toxicities occur after the initial dose reduction

    Permanently reduce Gemcitabine for Injection, USP dose to 800 mg/m2 on Day 1 only


    2.2 Breast Cancer

    Recommended Dose and Schedule

    The recommended dose of Gemcitabine for Injection, USP is 1250 mg/m2 intravenously over 30 minutes on Days 1 and 8 of each 21-day cycle that includes paclitaxel. Paclitaxel should be administered at 175 mg/m2 on Day 1 as a 3 hour intravenous infusion before Gemcitabine for Injection, USP administration.

    Dose Modifications

    Recommended dose modifications for Gemcitabine for Injection, USP for myelosuppression are described in Table 3 [see Warnings and Precautions (5.2)]. Refer to Dosage and Administration (2.5) for recommendations for non-hematologic adverse reactions.

    Table 3: Recommended Dose Reductions for Gemcitabine for Injection, USP for Myelosuppression on Day of Treatment in Breast Cancer

    Treatment Day

    Absolute granulocyte count

    Platelet count

    % of full dose

    (x 106/L)

    (x 106/L)

    Day 1

    ≥1500

    and

    ≥100,000

    100%

    less than 1500

    or

    less than 100,000

    Hold

    Day 8

    ≥1200

    and

    >75,000

    100%

    1000 to 1199

    or

    50,000 to 75,000

    75%

    700 to 999

    and

    ≥50,000

    50%

    <700

    or

    <50,000

    Hold


    2.3 Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

    Recommended Dose and Schedule

    Every 4-week schedule

    The recommended dose of Gemcitabine for Injection, USP is 1000 mg/m2 intravenously over 30 minutes on Days 1, 8, and 15 in combination with cisplatin therapy. Administer cisplatin intravenously at 100 mg/m2 on Day 1 after the infusion of Gemcitabine for Injection, USP.

    Every 3-week schedule

    The recommended dose of Gemcitabine for Injection, USP is 1250 mg/m2 intravenously over 30 minutes on Days 1 and 8 in combination with cisplatin therapy. Administer cisplatin intravenously at 100 mg/m2 on Day 1 after the infusion of Gemcitabine for Injection, USP.

    Dose Modifications

    Recommended dose modifications for Gemcitabine for Injection, USP myelosuppression are described in Table 4 [see Warnings and Precautions (5.2)]. Refer to Dosage and Administration (2.5) for Gemcitabine for Injection, USP recommendations for non-hematologic adverse reactions.

    2.4 Pancreatic Cancer

    Recommended Dose and Schedule

    The recommended dose of Gemcitabine for Injection, USP is 1000 mg/m2 over 30 minutes intravenously. The recommended treatment schedule

    • Weeks 1 to 8: weekly dosing for the first 7 weeks followed by one week rest.
    • After week 8: weekly dosing on Days 1, 8, and 15 of 28-day cycles.

    Dose Modifications

    Recommended dose modifications for Gemcitabine for Injection, USP for myelosuppression are described in Table 4 [see Warnings and Precautions (5.2)]. Refer to Dosage and Administration (2.5) for recommendations for non-hematologic adverse reactions.

    Patients receiving Gemcitabine for Injection, USP should be monitored prior to each dose with a complete blood count (CBC), including differential and platelet count. If marrow suppression is detected, therapy should be modified or suspended according to the guidelines in Table 4.

    Table 4: Recommended Dose Reductions for Gemcitabine for Injection, USP for Myelosuppression in Pancreatic Cancer and Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
       Absolute granulocyte count       Platelet count    % of full dose
       (x 106/L)       (x 106/L)   
      ≥1000   And   ≥100,000   100
      500 to 999   Or   50,000 to 99,999   75
      <500   Or   <50,000   Hold

    2.5 Dose Modifications for Non-Hematologic Adverse Reactions

    Permanently discontinue Gemcitabine for Injection, USP for any of the following:

    • Unexplained dyspnea or other evidence of severe pulmonary toxicity
    • Severe hepatic toxicity
    • Hemolytic-uremic syndrome
    • Capillary leak syndrome
    • Posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome

    Withhold Gemcitabine for Injection, USP or reduce dose by 50% for other severe (Grade 3 or 4) non-hematological toxicity until resolved. No dose modifications are recommended for alopecia, nausea, or vomiting.

    2.6 Preparation and Administration Precautions

    Exercise caution and wear gloves when preparing Gemcitabine for Injection, USP solutions. Immediately wash the skin thoroughly or rinse the mucosa with copious amounts of water if Gemcitabine for Injection, USP contacts the skin or mucus membranes. Death has occurred in animal studies due to dermal absorption. For further guidance on handling Gemcitabine for Injection, USP go to “OSHA Hazardous Drugs” (refer to antineoplastic weblinks including OSHA Technical Manual) at OSHA. http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/hazardousdrugs/index.html

    2.7 Preparation for Intravenous Infusion Administration

    Reconstitute the vials with 0.9% Sodium Chloride Injection without preservatives.

    Add 5 mL to the 200-mg vial or 25 mL to the 1-g vial. These dilutions each yield a Gemcitabine for Injection, USP concentration of 38 mg/mL. Complete withdrawal of the vial contents will provide 200 mg or 1 g of Gemcitabine for Injection, USP. Prior to administration the appropriate amount of drug must be diluted with 0.9% Sodium Chloride Injection. Final concentrations may be as low as 0.1 mg/mL.

    Reconstituted Gemcitabine for Injection, USP is a clear, colorless to light straw-colored solution. Inspect visually prior to administration and discard for particulate matter or discoloration. Gemcitabine for Injection, USP solutions are stable for 24 hours at controlled room temperature of 20° to 25°C (68° to 77°F). Do not refrigerate as crystallization can occur.

    No incompatibilities have been observed with infusion bottles or polyvinyl chloride bags and administration sets.

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  • 3  DOSAGE FORMS AND STRENGTHS

    Gemcitabine for Injection, USP is a white to off-white lyophilized powder available in sterile single-dose vials containing 200 mg, 1 g, or 2 g gemcitabine.

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  • 4  CONTRAINDICATIONS

    Gemcitabine for Injection, USP is contraindicated in patients with a known hypersensitivity to gemcitabine.

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  • 5  WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS

    5.1 Schedule-dependent Toxicity

    In clinical trials evaluating the maximum tolerated dose of Gemcitabine for Injection USP, prolongation of the infusion time beyond 60 minutes or more frequent than weekly dosing resulted in an increased incidence of clinically significant hypotension, severe flu-like symptoms, myelosuppression, and asthenia. The half-life of Gemcitabine for Injection, USP is influenced by the length of the infusion [see Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)].

    5.2 Myelosuppression

    Myelosuppression manifested by neutropenia, thrombocytopenia, and anemia occurs with Gemcitabine for Injection, USP as a single agent and the risks are increased when Gemcitabine for Injection, USP is combined with other cytotoxic drugs. In clinical trials, Grade 3-4 neutropenia, anemia, and thrombocytopenia occurred in 25%, 8%, and 5%, respectively of patients receiving single-agent Gemcitabine for Injection, USP. The frequencies of Grade 3-4 neutropenia, anemia, and thrombocytopenia varied from 48% to 71%, 8 to 28%, and 5 to 55%, respectively, in patients receiving Gemcitabine for Injection, USP in combination with another drug.

    5.3 Pulmonary Toxicity and Respiratory Failure

    Pulmonary toxicity, including interstitial pneumonitis, pulmonary fibrosis, pulmonary edema, and adult respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), has been reported. In some cases, these pulmonary events can lead to fatal respiratory failure despite discontinuation of therapy. The onset of pulmonary symptoms may occur up to 2 weeks after the last dose of Gemcitabine for Injection, USP. Discontinue Gemcitabine for Injection, USP in patients who develop unexplained dyspnea, with or without bronchospasm, or have any evidence of pulmonary toxicity [see Adverse Reactions (6.1 and 6.2)].

    5.4 Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome

    Hemolytic uremic syndrome, including fatalities from renal failure or the requirement for dialysis, can occur in patients treated with Gemcitabine for Injection, USP. In clinical trials, HUS was reported in 6 of 2429 patients (0.25%). Most fatal cases of renal failure were due to HUS [see Adverse Reactions (6.1 and 6.2)]. Assess renal function prior to initiation of Gemcitabine for Injection, USP and periodically during treatment. Consider the diagnosis of HUS in patients who develops anemia with evidence of microangiopathic hemolysis, elevation of bilirubin or LDH, or reticulocytosis; severe thrombocytopenia; or evidence of renal failure (elevation of serum creatinine or BUN) [see Dosage and Administration (2.5) and Use in Specific Populations (8.6)]. Permanently discontinue Gemcitabine for Injection, USP in patients with HUS or severe renal impairment. Renal failure may not be reversible even with discontinuation of therapy.

    5.5 Hepatic Toxicity

    Drug-induced liver injury, including liver failure and death, has been reported in patients receiving Gemcitabine for Injection, USP alone or in combination with other potentially hepatotoxic drugs [see Adverse Reactions (6.1 and 6.2)]. Administration of Gemcitabine for Injection, USP in patients with concurrent liver metastases or a pre-existing medical history or hepatitis, alcoholism, or liver cirrhosis can lead to exacerbation of the underlying hepatic insufficiency [see Use in Specific Populations (8.7)]. Assess hepatic function prior to initiation of Gemcitabine for Injection, USP and periodically during treatment. Discontinue Gemcitabine for Injection, USP in patients that develop severe liver injury.

    5.6 Embryofetal Toxicity

    Gemcitabine for Injection, USP can cause fetal harm when administered to a pregnant woman, based on its mechanism of action. Gemcitabine was teratogenic, embryotoxic, and fetotoxic in mice and rabbits. If this drug is used during pregnancy, or if a woman becomes pregnant while taking Gemcitabine for Injection USP, the patient should be apprised of the potential hazard to a fetus [see Use in Specific Populations (8.1)].

    5.7 Exacerbation of Radiation Therapy Toxicity

    Gemcitabine for Injection, USP is not indicated for use in combination with radiation therapy.

    Concurrent (given together or ≤7 days apart) - Life-threatening mucositis, especially esophagitis and pneumonitis occurred in a trial in which Gemcitabine for Injection, USP was administered at a dose of 1000 mg/m2 to patients with non-small cell lung cancer for up to 6 consecutive weeks concurrently with thoracic radiation.

    Non-concurrent (given >7 days apart) - Excessive toxicity has not been observed when Gemcitabine for Injection, USP is administered more than 7 days before or after radiation. Radiation recall has been reported in patients who receive Gemcitabine for Injection, USP after prior radiation.

    5.8 Capillary Leak Syndrome

    Capillary leak syndrome (CLS) with severe consequences has been reported in patients receiving Gemcitabine for Injection, USP as a single agent or in combination with other chemotherapeutic agents. Discontinue Gemcitabine for Injection, USP if CLS develops during therapy.

    5.9 Posterior Reversible Encephalopathy Syndrome

    Posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome (PRES) has been reported in patients receiving Gemcitabine for Injection, USP as a single agent or in combination with other chemotherapeutic agents. PRES can present with headache, seizure, lethargy, hypertension, confusion, blindness, and other visual and neurologic disturbances. Confirm the diagnosis of PRES with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and discontinue Gemcitabine for Injection, USP if PRES develops during therapy.

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  • 6  ADVERSE REACTIONS

    The following serious adverse reactions are discussed in greater detail in another section of the label

    6.1 Clinical Trials Experience

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

    Single-Agent Use:

    The data described below reflect exposure to Gemcitabine for Injection, USP as a single agent administered at doses between 800 mg/m2 to 1250 mg/m2 over 30 minutes intravenously, once weekly, in 979 patients with a variety of malignancies. The most common (≥20%) adverse reactions of single-agent Gemcitabine for Injection, USP are nausea/vomiting, anemia, increased ALT, increased AST, neutropenia, increased alkaline phosphatase, proteinuria, fever, hematuria, rash, thrombocytopenia, dyspnea, and edema. The most common (≥5%) Grade 3 or 4 adverse reactions were neutropenia, nausea/vomiting; increased ALT, increase alkaline phosphatase, anemia, increased AST, and thrombocytopenia. Approximately 10% of the 979 patients discontinued Gemcitabine for Injection, USP due to adverse reactions. Adverse reactions resulting in discontinuation of Gemcitabine for Injection, USP in 2% of 979 patients were cardiovascular adverse events (myocardial infarction, cerebrovascular accident, arrhythmia, and hypertension) and adverse reactions resulting in discontinuation of Gemcitabine for Injection, USP in less than 1% of the 979 patients were anemia, thrombocytopenia, hepatic dysfunction, renal dysfunction, nausea/vomiting, fever, rash, dyspnea, hemorrhage, infection, stomatitis, somnolence, flu-like syndrome, and edema.

    Table 5 presents the incidence of adverse reactions reported in 979 patients with various malignancies receiving single-agent Gemcitabine for Injection, USP across 5 clinical trials. Table 5 includes all clinical adverse reactions, reported in at least 10% of patients. A listing of clinically significant adverse reactions is provided following the table.

    Table 5: Selected Per-Patient Incidence of Adverse Events in Patients Receiving Single-Agent Gemcitabine for Injection, USPa

    All Patientsb

    All Grades

    Grade 3

    Grade 4

    Laboratoryc

    Hematologic

    Anemia

    68

    7

    1

    Neutropenia

    63

    19

    6

    Thrombocytopenia

    24

    4

    1

    Hepatic

    Increased ALT

    68

    8

    2

    Increased AST

    67

    6

    2

    Increased Alkaline Phosphatase

    55

    7

    2

    Hyperbilirubinemia

    13

    2

    <1

    Renal

    Proteinuria

    45

    <1

    0

    Hematuria

    35

    <1

    0

    Increased BUN

    16

    0

    0

    Increased Creatinine

    8

    <1

    0

    Non-laboratoryd

    Nausea and Vomiting

    69

    13

    1

    Fever

    41

    2

    0

    Rash

    30

    <1

    0

    Dyspnea

    23

    3

    <1

    Diarrhea

    19

    1

    0

    Hemorrhage

    17

    <1

    <1

    Infection

    16

    1

    <1

    Alopecia

    15

    <1

    0

    Stomatitis

    11

    <1

    0

    Somnolence

    11

    <1

    <1

    Paresthesias

    10

    <1

    0

    a Grade based on criteria from the World Health Organization (WHO).

    b N=699-974; all patients with laboratory or non-laboratory data.

    c Regardless of causality.

    d For approximately 60% of patients, non-laboratory adverse events were graded only if assessed to be possibly drug-related.

    • Transfusion requirements - Red blood cell transfusions (19%); platelet transfusions (<1%)
    • Fever - Fever occurred in the absence of clinical infection and frequently in combination with other flu-like symptoms.
    • Pulmonary - Dyspnea unrelated to underlying disease and sometimes accompanied by bronchospasm.
    • Edema - Edema (13%), peripheral edema (20%), and generalized edema (<1%); <1% of patients  discontinued Gemcitabine for Injection, USP due to edema.
    • Flu-like Symptoms - Characterized by fever, asthenia, anorexia, headache, cough, chills, myalgia, asthenia insomnia, rhinitis, sweating, and/or malaise (19%); <1% of patients discontinued Gemcitabine for Injection, USP due to flu-like symptoms
    • Infection - Sepsis (<1%)
    • Extravasation - Injection-site reactions (4%)
    • Allergic - Bronchospasm (<2%); anaphylactoid reactions [see Contraindications (4)].

    Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer:

    Table 6 presents the incidence of selected adverse reactions, occurring in ≥10% of Gemcitabine for Injection, USP-treated patients and at a higher incidence in the Gemcitabine for Injection, USP plus cisplatin arm, reported in a randomized trial of Gemcitabine for Injection, USP plus cisplatin (n=262) administered in 28-day cycles as compared to cisplatin alone (n=260) in patients receiving first-line treatment for locally advanced or metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) [see Clinical Studies (14.3)].

    Patients randomized to Gemcitabine for Injection, USP plus cisplatin received a median of 4 cycles of treatment and those randomized to cisplatin received a median of 2 cycles of treatment. In this trial, the requirement for dose adjustments (>90% versus 16%), discontinuation of treatment for adverse reactions (15% versus 8%), and the proportion of patients hospitalized (36% versus 23%) were all higher for patients receiving Gemcitabine for Injection, USP plus cisplatin arm compared to those receiving cisplatin alone. The incidence of febrile neutropenia (9/262 versus 2/260), sepsis (4% versus 1%), Grade 3 cardiac dysrhythmias (3% versus <1%) were all higher in the Gemcitabine for Injection, USP plus cisplatin arm compared to the cisplatin alone arm. The two-drug combination was more myelosuppressive with 4 (1.5%) possibly treatment-related deaths, including 3 resulting from myelosuppression with infection and one case of renal failure associated with pancytopenia and infection. No deaths due to treatment were reported on the cisplatin arm.

    Table 6: Per-Patient Incidence of Selected Adverse Reactions from Randomized Trial of Gemcitabine for Injection, USP plus Cisplatin versus Single-Agent Cisplatin in Patients with NSCLC Occurring at Higher Incidence in Gemcitabine for Injection, USP-Treated Patients

    [Between Arm Difference of ≥5% (All Grades) or ≥2% (Grades 3-4)]a

    Gemcitabine for Injection, USP plus Cisplatinb


    Cisplatinc

    All Grades

    Grade 3

    Grade 4

    All Grades

    Grade 3

    Grade 4

    Laboratoryd

    Hematologic

    Anemia

    89

    22

    3

    67

    6

    1

    RBC Transfusione

    39

    13

    Neutropenia

    79

    22

    35

    20

    3

    1

    Thrombocytopenia

    85

    25

    25

    13

    3

    1

    Platelet Transfusionse

    21

    <1

    Lymphopenia

    75

    25

    18

    51

    12

    5

    Hepatic

    Increased Transaminases

    22

    2

    1

    10

    1

    0

    Increased Alkaline Phosphatase

    19

    1

    0

    13

    0

    0

    Renal

    Proteinuria

    23

    0

    0

    18

    0

    0

    Hematuria

    15

    0

    0

    13

    0

    0

    Elevated creatinine

    38

    4

    <1

    31

    2

    <1

    Other Laboratory

    Hyperglycemia

    30

    4

    0

    23

    3

    0

    Hypomagnesemia

    30

    4

    3

    17

    2

    0

    Hypocalcemia

    18

    2

    0

    7

    0

    <1

    Non-laboratoryf

    Nausea

    93

    25

    2

    87

    20

    <1

    Vomiting

    78

    11

    12

    71

    10

    9

    Alopecia

    53

    1

    0

    33

    0

    0

    Neuro Motor

    35

    12

    0

    15

    3

    0

    Diarrhea

    24

    2

    2

    13

    0

    0

    Neuro Sensory

    23

    1

    0

    18

    1

    0

    Infection

    18

    3

    2

    12

    1

    0

    Fever

    16

    0

    0

    5

    0

    0

    Neuro Cortical

    16

    3

    1

    9

    1

    0

    Neuro Mood

    16

    1

    0

    10

    1

    0

    Local

    15

    0

    0

    6

    0

    0

    Neuro Headache

    14

    0

    0

    7

    0

    0

    Stomatitis

    14

    1

    0

    5

    0

    0

    Hemorrhage

    14

    1

    0

    4

    0

    0

    Hypotension

    12

    1

    0

    7

    1

    0

    Rash

    11

    0

    0

    3

    0

    0

    a National Cancer Institute Common Toxicity Criteria (CTC) for severity grading.

    b N=217 to 253; all Gemcitabine for Injection, USP plus cisplatin patients with laboratory or non-laboratory data Gemcitabine for Injection, USP at 1000 mg/m2 on Days 1, 8, and 15 and cisplatin at 100 mg/m2 on Day 1 every 28 days.

    c N=213 to 248; all cisplatin patients with laboratory or non-laboratory data. Cisplatin at 100 mg/m2 on Day 1 every 28 days.

    d Regardless of causality.

    e Percent of patients receiving transfusions. Percent transfusions are not CTC-graded events.

    f Non-laboratory events were graded only if assessed to be possibly drug-related.

    Table 7 presents the incidence of selected adverse reactions, occurring in ≥10% of Gemcitabine for Injection, USP-treated patients and at a higher incidence in the Gemcitabine for Injection, USP plus cisplatin arm, reported in a randomized trial of Gemcitabine for Injection, USP plus cisplatin (n=69) administered in 21-day cycles as compared to etoposide plus cisplatin alone (n=66) in patients receiving first-line treatment for locally advanced or metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) [see Clinical Studies (14.3)]. A listing of clinically significant adverse reactions is provided following the table.

    Patients in the Gemcitabine for Injection, USP cisplatin (GC) arm received a median of 5 cycles and those in the etoposide/cisplatin (EC) arm received a median of 4 cycles. The majority of patients receiving more than one cycle of treatment required dose adjustments; 81% in the (GC) arm and 68% in the (EC) arm. The incidence of hospitalizations for treatment-related adverse events was 22% (GC) and 27% in the (EC) arm. The proportion of discontinuation of treatment for treatment-related adverse reactions was higher for patients in the (GC) arm (14% versus 8%). The proportion of patients hospitalized for febrile neutropenia was lower in the (GC) arm (7% versus 12%). There was one death attributed to treatment, a patient with febrile neutropenia and renal failure, which occurred in the Gemcitabine for Injection, USP/cisplatin arm.

    Table 7: Per-Patient Incidence of Selected Adverse Reactions in Randomized Trial of Gemcitabine for Injection, USP plus Cisplatin versus Etoposide plus Cisplatin in Patients with NSCLCa

    Gemcitabine for Injection, USP plus Cisplatinb

    Etoposide plus Cisplatinc

    All Grades

    Grade 3

    Grade 4

    All Grades

    Grade 3

    Grade 4

    Laboratoryd

    Hematologic

    Anemia

    88

    22

    0

    77

    13

    2

    RBC Transfusionse

    29

    -

    -

    21

    -

    -

    Neutropenia

    88

    36

    28

    87

    20

    56

    Thrombocytopenia

    81

    39

    16

    45

    8

    5

    Platelet Transfusionse

    3

    -

    -

    8

    -

    -

    Hepatic

    Increased ALT

    6

    0

    0

    12

    0

    0

    Increased AST

    3

    0

    0

    11

    0

    0

    Increased Alkaline Phosphatase

    16

    0

    0

    11

    0

    0

    Bilirubin

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    Renal

    Proteinuria

    12

    0

    0

    5

    0

    0

    Hematuria

    22

    0

    0

    10

    0

    0

    BUN

    6

    0

    0

    4

    0

    0

    Creatinine

    2

    0

    0

    2

    0

    0

    Non-laboratoryf

    Nausea and Vomiting

    96

    35

    4

    86

    19

    7

    Fever

    6

    0

    0

    3

    0

    0

    Rash

    10

    0

    0

    3

    0

    0

    Dyspnea

    1

    0

    1

    3

    0

    0

    Diarrhea

    14

    1

    1

    13

    0

    2

    Hemorrhage

    9

    0

    3

    3

    0

    3

    Infection

    28

    3

    1

    21

    8

    0

    Alopecia

    77

    13

    0

    92

    51

    0

    Stomatitis

    20

    4

    0

    18

    2

    0

    Somnolence

    3

    0

    0

    3

    2

    0

    Paresthesias

    38

    0

    0

    16

    2

    0

    Flu-like syndromeg

    3

    -

    -

    0

    -

    -

    Edemag

    12

    -

    -

    2

    -

    -

    a Grade based on criteria from the World Health Organization (WHO).

    b N=67 to 69; all Gemcitabine for Injection, USP plus cisplatin patients with laboratory or non-laboratory data. Gemcitabine for Injection, USP at 1250 mg/m2 on Days 1 and 8 and cisplatin at 100 mg/m2 on Day 1 every 21 days.

    c N=57 to 63; all cisplatin plus etoposide patients with laboratory or non-laboratory data. Cisplatin at 100 mg/m2 on Day 1 and intravenous etoposide at 100 mg/m2 on Days 1, 2, and 3 every 21 days.

    d Regardless of causality.

    e WHO grading scale not applicable to proportion of patients with transfusions.

    f Non-laboratory events were graded only if assessed to be possibly drug-related. Pain data were not collected.

    g Flu-like syndrome and edema were not graded.

    Breast Cancer

    Table 8 presents the incidence of selected adverse reactions, occurring in ≥10% of Gemcitabine for Injection, USP-treated patients and at a higher incidence in the Gemcitabine for Injection, USP plus paclitaxel arm, reported in a randomized trial of Gemcitabine for Injection, USP plus paclitaxel (n=262) compared to paclitaxel alone (n=259) for the first-line treatment of metastatic breast cancer (MBC) in women who received anthracycline-containing chemotherapy in the adjuvant/neo-adjuvant setting or for whom anthracyclines were contraindicated [see Clinical Studies (14.2)].

    The requirement for dose reduction of paclitaxel were higher for patients in the Gemcitabine for Injection, USP/paclitaxel arm (5% versus 2%). The number of paclitaxel doses omitted (<1%), the proportion of patients discontinuing treatment for treatment-related adverse reactions (7% versus 5%), and the number of treatment-related deaths (1 patient in each arm) were similar between the two arms.

    Table 8: Per-Patient Incidence of Selected Adverse Reactions from Comparative Trial of Gemcitabine for Injection, USP plus Paclitaxel versus Single-Agent Paclitaxel in Breast Cancera Occurring at Higher Incidence in Gemcitabine for Injection, USP-Treated Patients

    [Between Arm Difference of ≥5% (All Grades) or ≥2% (Grades 3-4)]

    Gemcitabine for Injection, USP plus Paclitaxel


    Paclitaxel

    (N=262)

    (N=259)

    All Grades

    Grade 3

    Grade 4

    All Grades

    Grade 3

    Grade 4

    Laboratoryb

    Hematologic

    Anemia

    69

    6

    1

    51

    3

    <1

    Neutropenia

    69

    31

    17

    31

    4

    7

    Thrombocytopenia

    26

    5

    <1

    7

    <1

    <1

    Hepatobiliary

    Increased ALT

    18

    5

    <1

    6

    <1

    0

    Increased AST

    16

    2

    0

    5

    <1

    0

    Non-laboratoryc

    Alopecia

    90

    14

    4

    92

    19

    3

    Neuropathy-sensory

    64

    5

    <1

    58

    3

    0

    Nausea

    50

    1

    0

    31

    2

    0

    Fatigue

    40

    6

    <1

    28

    1

    <1

    Vomiting

    29

    2

    0

    15

    2

    0

    Diarrhea

    20

    3

    0

    13

    2

    0

    Anorexia

    17

    0

    0

    12

    <1

    0

    Neuropathy-motor

    15

    2

    <1

    10

    <1

    0

    Stomatitis/pharyngitis

    13

    1

    <1

    8

    <1

    0

    Fever

    13

    <1

    0

    3

    0

    0

    Rash/desquamation

    11

    <1

    <1

    5

    0

    0

    Febrile neutropenia

    6

    5

    <1

    2

    1

    0

    a Severity grade based on National Cancer Institute Common Toxicity Criteria (CTC) Version 2.0.

    b Regardless of causality.

    c Non-laboratory events were graded only if assessed to be possibly drug-related.

    Clinically relevant Grade 3 or 4 dyspnea occurred with a higher incidence in the Gemcitabine for Injection, USP plus paclitaxel arm compared with the paclitaxel arm (1.9% versus 0). 

    Ovarian Cancer

    Table 9 presents the incidence of selected adverse reactions, occurring in ≥10% of gemcitabine-treated patients and at a higher incidence in the Gemcitabine for Injection, USP plus carboplatin arm, reported in a randomized trial of Gemcitabine for Injection, USP plus carboplatin (n=175) compared to carboplatin alone (n=174) for the second-line treatment of ovarian cancer in women with disease that had relapsed more than 6 months following first-line platinum-based chemotherapy [see Clinical Studies (14.1)]. Additional clinically significant adverse reactions, occurring in less than 10% of patients, are provided following Table 9.

    The proportion of patients with dose adjustments for carboplatin (1.8% versus 3.8%), doses of carboplatin omitted (0.2% versus 0), and discontinuing treatment for treatment-related adverse reactions (10.9% versus 9.8%), were similar between arms. Dose adjustment for Gemcitabine for Injection, USP occurred in 10.4% of patients and Gemcitabine for Injection, USP dose was omitted in 13.7% of patients in the Gemcitabine for Injection, USP/carboplatin arm.

    Table 9: Per-Patient Incidence of Adverse Reactions in Randomized Trial of Gemcitabine for Injection, USP plus Carboplatin versus Carboplatin in Ovarian Cancera Occurring at Higher Incidence in Gemcitabine for Injection, USP-Treated Patients

    [Between Arm Difference of ≥5% (All Grades) or ≥2% (Grades 3-4)]

    Gemcitabine for Injection, USP
    plus Carboplatin


    Carboplatin

    (N=175)

    (N=174)

    All Grades

    Grade 3

    Grade 4

    All Grades

    Grade 3

    Grade 4

    Laboratoryb

    Hematologic

    Neutropenia

    90

    42

    29

    58

    11

    1

    Anemia

    86

    22

    6

    75

    9

    2

    Thrombocytopenia

    78

    30

    5

    57

    10

    1

    RBC Transfusionsc

    38

    15

    Platelet Transfusionsc

    9

    3

    Non-laboratoryb

    Nausea

    69

    6

    0

    61

    3

    0

    Alopecia

    49

    0

    0

    17

    0

    0

    Vomiting

    46

    6

    0

    36

    2

    <1

    Constipation

    42

    6

    1

    37

    3

    0

    Fatigue

    40

    3

    <1

    32

    5

    0

    Diarrhea

    25

    3

    0

    14

    <1

    0

    Stomatitis/pharyngitis

    22

    <1

    0

    13

    0

    0

    a Grade based on Common Toxicity Criteria (CTC) Version 2.0.

    b Regardless of causality.

    c Percent of patients receiving transfusions. Transfusions are not CTC-graded events. Blood transfusions included both packed red blood cells and whole blood.

    Hematopoietic growth factors were administered more frequently in the Gemcitabine for Injection, USP-containing arm: granulocyte growth factors (23.6% and 10.1%) and erythropoietic agents (7.3% and 3.9%).

    The following clinically relevant, Grade 3 and 4 adverse reactions occurred more frequently in the Gemcitabine for Injection, USP plus carboplatin arm: dyspnea (3.4% versus 2.9%), febrile neutropenia (1.1% versus 0), hemorrhagic event (2.3% versus 1.1%), motor neuropathy (1.1% versus 0.6%), and rash/desquamation (0.6% versus 0).

    6.2 Postmarketing Experience

    The following adverse reactions have been identified during post-approval use of Gemcitabine for Injection, USP. 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 - Congestive heart failure, myocardial infarction, arrhythmias, supraventricular arrhythmias

    Vascular Disorders - Peripheral vasculitis, gangrene, and capillary leak syndrome [see Warnings and Precautions (5.8)]

    Skin - Cellulitis, severe skin reactions, including desquamation and bullous skin eruptions

    Hepatic - Hepatic failure, hepatic veno-occlusive disease

    Pulmonary - Interstitial pneumonitis, pulmonary fibrosis, pulmonary edema, and adult respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS)

    Nervous System — Posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome (PRES) [see Warnings and Precautions (5.9)]

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  • 7  DRUG INTERACTIONS

    No drug interaction studies have been conducted.

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  • 8  USE IN SPECIFIC POPULATIONS

    8.1 Pregnancy

    Pregnancy Category D. [See Warnings and Precautions (5.6)].

    Risk Summary

    Gemcitabine for Injection, USP can cause fetal harm when administered to a pregnant woman. Based on its mechanism of action, Gemcitabine for Injection, USP is expected to result in adverse reproductive effects. Gemcitabine was teratogenic, embryotoxic, and fetotoxic in mice and rabbits. If Gemcitabine for Injection, USP is used during pregnancy, or if the patient becomes pregnant while taking Gemcitabine for Injection USP, the patient should be apprised of the potential hazard to a fetus.

    Animal Data

    Gemcitabine is embryotoxic causing fetal malformations (cleft palate, incomplete ossification) at doses of 1.5 mg/kg/day in mice (approximately 0.005 times the recommended human dose on a mg/m2 basis). Gemcitabine is fetotoxic causing fetal malformations (fused pulmonary artery, absence of gall bladder) at doses of 0.1 mg/kg/day in rabbits (about 0.002 times the recommended human dose on a mg/m2 basis). Embryotoxicity was characterized by decreased fetal viability, reduced live litter sizes, and developmental delays [see Warnings and Precautions (5.6)].

    8.3 Nursing Mothers

    It is not known whether this drug is excreted in human milk. Because many drugs are excreted in human milk and because of the potential for serious adverse reactions in nursing infants from Gemcitabine for Injection USP, 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

    The safety and effectiveness of Gemcitabine for Injection, USP have not been established in pediatric patients. The safety and pharmacokinetics of gemcitabine were evaluated in a trial in pediatric patients with refractory leukemia. The maximum tolerated dose was 10 mg/m2/min for 360 minutes three times weekly followed by a one-week rest period. The safety and activity of Gemcitabine for Injection, USP were evaluated in a trial of pediatric patients with relapsed acute lymphoblastic leukemia (22 patients) and acute myelogenous leukemia (10 patients) at a dose of 10 mg/m2/min administered over 360 minutes three times weekly followed by a one-week rest period. Toxicities observed included bone marrow suppression, febrile neutropenia, elevation of serum transaminases, nausea, and rash/desquamation. No meaningful clinical activity was observed in this trial.

    8.5 Geriatric Use

    In clinical studies of Gemcitabine for Injection USP, enrolling 979 patients with various cancers who received Gemcitabine for Injection, USP as a single agent, no overall differences in safety were observed between patients aged 65 and older and younger patients, with the exception of a higher rate of Grade 3-4 thrombocytopenia in older patients as compared to younger patients. In a randomized trial in women with ovarian cancer, 175 women received Gemcitabine for Injection, USP plus carboplatin, of which 29% were age 65 years or older. Similar effectiveness was observed between older and younger women. There was significantly higher Grade 3/4 neutropenia in women 65 years of age or older.

    Gemcitabine for Injection, USP clearance is affected by age, however there are no recommended dose adjustments based on patients’ age [see Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)].

    8.6 Renal Impairment

    No clinical studies have been conducted with gemcitabine in patients with decreased renal function.

    8.7 Hepatic Impairment

    No clinical studies have been conducted with gemcitabine in patients with decreased hepatic function.

    8.8 Gender

    Gemcitabine for Injection, USP clearance is affected by gender [see Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)]. In single-agent studies of Gemcitabine for Injection USP, women, especially older women, were more likely not to proceed to a subsequent cycle and to experience Grade 3/4 neutropenia and thrombocytopenia.

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  • 10  OVERDOSAGE

    Myelosuppression, paresthesias, and severe rash were the principal toxicities seen when a single dose as high as 5700 mg/m2 was administered by intravenous infusion over 30 minutes every 2 weeks to several patients in a dose-escalation study.

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  • 11  DESCRIPTION

    Gemcitabine for Injection, USP is a nucleoside metabolic inhibitor that exhibits antitumor activity. Gemcitabine hydrochloride, USP is 2´-deoxy-2´,2´-difluorocytidine monohydrochloride (β-isomer).

    The structural formula is as follows:

    Image from Drug Label Content

    The molecular formula for gemcitabine hydrochloride, USP is C9H11F2N3O4 • HCl. It has a molecular weight of 299.66.

    Gemcitabine hydrochloride, USP is soluble in water, slightly soluble in methanol, and practically insoluble in ethanol and polar organic solvents.

    Gemcitabine for Injection, USP is supplied in a sterile form for intravenous use only. Vials of Gemcitabine for Injection, USP contain either 200 mg, 1 g, or 2 g of gemcitabine hydrochloride, USP (expressed as free base) formulated with mannitol (200 mg, 1 g, or 2 g respectively) and sodium acetate (12.5 mg, 62.5 mg, or 125 mg respectively) as a sterile lyophilized powder. Sodium hydroxide may have been added for pH adjustment.

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  • 12  CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY

    12.1 Mechanism of Action

    Gemcitabine kills cells undergoing DNA synthesis and blocks the progression of cells through the G1/S-phase boundary. Gemcitabine is metabolized by nucleoside kinases to diphosphate (dFdCDP) and triphosphate (dFdCTP) nucleosides. Gemcitabine diphosphate inhibits ribonucleotide reductase, an enzyme responsible for catalyzing the reactions that generate deoxynucleoside triphosphates for DNA synthesis, resulting in reductions in deoxynucleotide concentrations, including dCTP. Gemcitabine triphosphate competes with dCTP for incorporation into DNA. The reduction in the intracellular concentration of dCTP by the action of the diphosphate enhances the incorporation of gemcitabine triphosphate into DNA (self-potentiation). After the gemcitabine nucleotide is incorporated into DNA, only one additional nucleotide is added to the growing DNA strands, which eventually results in the initiation of apoptotic cell death.

    12.3 Pharmacokinetics

    Absorption and Distribution

    The pharmacokinetics of gemcitabine were examined in 353 patients, with various solid tumors. Pharmacokinetic parameters were derived using data from patients treated for varying durations of therapy given weekly with periodic rest weeks and using both short infusions (<70 minutes) and long infusions (70 to 285 minutes). The total Gemcitabine for Injection, USP dose varied from 500 to 3600 mg/m2.

    The volume of distribution was increased with infusion length. Volume of distribution of gemcitabine was 50 L/m2 following infusions lasting <70 minutes. For long infusions, the volume of distribution rose to 370 L/m2.

    Gemcitabine pharmacokinetics are linear and are described by a 2-compartment model. Population pharmacokinetic analyses of combined single and multiple dose studies showed that the volume of distribution of gemcitabine was significantly influenced by duration of infusion and gender. Gemcitabine plasma protein binding is negligible.

    Metabolism

    Gemcitabine disposition was studied in 5 patients who received a single 1000 mg/m2/30 minute infusion of radiolabeled drug. Within one (1) week, 92% to 98% of the dose was recovered, almost entirely in the urine. Gemcitabine (<10%) and the inactive uracil metabolite, 2´-deoxy-2´,2´-difluorouridine (dFdU), accounted for 99% of the excreted dose. The metabolite dFdU is also found in plasma.

    The active metabolite, gemcitabine triphosphate, can be extracted from peripheral blood mononuclear cells. The half-life of the terminal phase for gemcitabine triphosphate from mononuclear cells ranges from 1.7 to 19.4 hours.

    Elimination

    Clearance of gemcitabine was affected by age and gender. The lower clearance in women and the elderly results in higher concentrations of gemcitabine for any given dose. Differences in either clearance or volume of distribution based on patient characteristics or the duration of infusion result in changes in half-life and plasma concentrations. Table 10 shows plasma clearance and half-life of gemcitabine following short infusions for typical patients by age and gender.

    Table 10: Gemcitabine Clearance and Half-Life for the “Typical” Patient

    Age

    Clearance Men

    Clearance Women

    Half-Lifea Men

    Half-Lifea Women

    (L/hr/m2)

    (L/hr/m2)

    (min)

    (min)

    29

    92.2

    69.4

    42

    49

    45

    75.7

    57.0

    48

    57

    65

    55.1

    41.5

    61

    73

    79

    40.7

    30.7

    79

    94

    a Half-life for patients receiving <70 minute infusion.

    Gemcitabine half-life for short infusions ranged from 42 to 94 minutes, and the value for long infusions varied from 245 to 638 minutes, depending on age and gender, reflecting a greatly increased volume of distribution with longer infusions.

    Drug Interactions

    When Gemcitabine for Injection, USP (1250 mg/m2 on Days 1 and 8) and cisplatin (75 mg/m2 on Day 1) were administered in NSCLC patients, the clearance of gemcitabine on Day 1 was 128 L/hr/m2 and on Day 8 was 107 L/hr/m2. Analysis of data from metastatic breast cancer patients shows that, on average, Gemcitabine for Injection, USP has little or no effect on the pharmacokinetics (clearance and half-life) of paclitaxel and paclitaxel has little or no effect on the pharmacokinetics of gemcitabine. Data from NSCLC patients demonstrate that Gemcitabine for Injection, USP and carboplatin given in combination does not alter the pharmacokinetics of gemcitabine or carboplatin compared to administration of either single agent. However, due to wide confidence intervals and small sample size, interpatient variability may be observed.

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  • 13  NONCLINICAL TOXICOLOGY

    13.1 Carcinogenesis, Mutagenesis, Impairment of Fertility

    Long-term animal studies to evaluate the carcinogenic potential of Gemcitabine for Injection, USP have not been conducted. Gemcitabine was mutagenic in an in vitro mouse lymphoma (L5178Y) assay and was clastogenic in an in vivo mouse micronucleus assay. Gemcitabine IP doses of 0.5 mg/kg/day (about 1/700 the human dose on a mg/m2 basis) in male mice had an effect on fertility with moderate to severe hypospermatogenesis, decreased fertility, and decreased implantations. In female mice, fertility was not affected but maternal toxicities were observed at 1.5 mg/kg/day administered intravenously (about 1/200 the human dose on a mg/m2 basis) and fetotoxicity or embryolethality was observed at 0.25 mg/kg/day administered intravenously (about 1/1300 the human dose on a mg/m2 basis).

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  • 14  CLINICAL STUDIES

    14.1 Ovarian Cancer

    The safety and efficacy of Gemcitabine for Injection, USP was studied in a randomized trial of 356 women with advanced ovarian cancer that had relapsed at least 6 months after first-line platinum-based therapy. Patients were randomized to receive either Gemcitabine for Injection, USP 1000 mg/m2 on Days 1 and 8 of a 21-day cycle and carboplatin AUC 4 administered after Gemcitabine for Injection, USP infusion on Day 1 of each cycle (n=178) or to carboplatin AUC 5 administered on Day 1 of each 21-day cycle (n=178). The primary efficacy outcome measure was progression free survival (PFS).

    Patient characteristics are shown in Table 11. The addition of Gemcitabine for Injection, USP to carboplatin resulted in statistically significant improvements in PFS and overall response rate as shown in Table 12 and Figure 1. Approximately 75% of patients in each arm received additional chemotherapy for disease progression; 13 of 120 patients in the carboplatin alone arm received Gemcitabine for Injection, USP for treatment of disease progression. There was no significant difference in overall survival between the treatment arms.

    Table 11: Randomized Trial of Gemcitabine for Injection, USP plus Carboplatin versus Carboplatin in Ovarian Cancer - Baseline Demographics and Clinical Characteristics

    Gemcitabine for Injection, USP /Carboplatin

    Carboplatin

    Number of randomized patients

    178

    178

    Median age, years

    59

    58

    Range

    36 to 78

    21 to 81

    Baseline ECOG performance status 0 to 1a

    94%

    95%

    Disease Status

    Evaluable

    8%

    3%

    Bidimensionally measurable

    92%

    96%

    Platinum-free intervalb

    6 to 12 months

    40%

    40%

    >12 months

    59%

    60%

    First-line therapy

    Platinum-taxane combination

    70%

    71%

    Platinum-non-taxane combination

    29%

    28%

    Platinum monotherapy

    1%

    1%

    a 5 patients on Gemcitabine for Injection, USP plus carboplatin arm and 4 patients on carboplatin arm with no baseline Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) performance status.

    b 2 on Gemcitabine for Injection, USP plus carboplatin arm and 1 on carboplatin arm had platinum-free interval <6 months.

    Table 12: Randomized Trial of Gemcitabine for Injection, USP plus Carboplatin versus Carboplatin in Ovarian Cancer - Efficacy Outcomes

    Gemcitabine for Injection, USP/Carboplatin

    Carboplatin

    (N=178)

    (N=178)

    Progression-free Survival

    Median (95% CIa) months

    8.6 (8.0, 9.7)

    5.8 (5.2, 7.1)

    Hazard Ratio (95% CI)

    0.72 (0.57, 0.90)

    p-valueb

    p=0.0038

    Overall Survival

    Median (95% CI) months

    18.0 (16.2, 20.3)

    17.3 (15.2, 19.3)

    Hazard Ratio (95% CI)

    0.98 (0.78, 1.24)

    p-valueb

    p=0.8977

    Investigator Reviewed

    Overall Response Rate

    47.2%

    30.9%

    p-valuec

    p=0.0016

    CRd

    14.6%

    6.2%

    PR plus PRNMe

    32.6%

    24.7%

    Independently Reviewed

    Overall Response Ratef

    46.3%

    35.6%

    p-valuec

    p=0.11

    CRd

    9.1%

    4.0%

    PR plus PRNMe

    37.2%

    31.7%

    a CI=confidence interval.

    b Log Rank, unadjusted.

    c Chi square.

    d Complete response.

    ePR plus PRNM=Partial response plus partial response, non-measurable disease.

    f Independently reviewed cohort - Gemcitabine for Injection, USP/carboplatin (n=121), carboplatin (n=101); independent reviewers unable to measure disease detected by sonography or physical exam.



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    Figure 1: Kaplan-Meier Curve of Progression Free Survival in Gemcitabine for Injection, USP plus Carboplatin versus Carboplatin in Ovarian Cancer (N=356)

    14.2 Breast Cancer

    The safety and efficacy of Gemcitabine for Injection, USP were evaluated in a multi-national, randomized, open-label trial conducted in women receiving initial treatment for metastatic breast cancer in women who have received prior adjuvant/neoadjuvant anthracycline chemotherapy unless clinically contraindicated. Patients were randomized to receive Gemcitabine for Injection, USP 1250 mg/m2 on Days 1 and 8 of a 21-day cycle and paclitaxel 175 mg/m2 administered prior to Gemcitabine for Injection, USP on Day 1 of each cycle (n=267) or to receive paclitaxel 175 mg/m2 was administered on Day 1 of each 21-day cycle (n=262). The primary efficacy outcome measure was time to documented disease progression.

    A total of 529 patients were enrolled; 267 were randomized to Gemcitabine for Injection, USP and paclitaxel and 262 to paclitaxel alone. Demographic and baseline characteristics were similar between treatment arms (see Table 13). Efficacy results are presented in Table 13 and Figure 2. The addition of Gemcitabine for Injection, USP to paclitaxel resulted in statistically significant improvement in time to documented disease progression and overall response rate compared to paclitaxel alone. There was no significant difference in overall survival.

    Table 13: Randomized Trial of Gemcitabine for Injection, USP plus Paclitaxel versus Paclitaxel in Breast Cancer

    Gemcitabine for Injection, USP/Paclitaxel

    Paclitaxel

    Number of patients

    267

    262

    Demographic/Entry

    Characteristics

    Median age (years)

    53

    52

    Range

    26 to 83

    26 to 75

    Metastatic disease

    97%

    97%

    Baseline KPSa ≥90

    70%

    74%

    Number of tumor sites

    1 to 2

    57%

    59%

    ≥3

    43%

    41%

    Visceral disease

    73%

    73%

    Prior anthracycline

    97%

    96%

    Efficacy Outcomes

    Time to Documented Disease Progressionb

    Median in months

    5.2

    2.9

    (95% CI)

    (4.2, 5.6)

    (2.6, 3.7)

    Hazard Ratio (95% CI)

    0.650 (0.524, 0.805)

    p-value

    p<0.0001

    Overall Survivalc

    Median Survival in months

    18.6

    15.8

    (95% CI)

    (16.5, 20.7)

    (14.1, 17.3)

    Hazard Ratio (95% CI)

    0.86 (0.71, 1.04)

    p-value

    Not Significant

    Overall Response Rate

    40.8%

    22.1%

    (95% CI)

    (34.9, 46.7)

    (17.1, 27.2)

    p-value

    p<0.0001

    a Karnofsky Performance Status.

    b These represent reconciliation of investigator and Independent Review Committee assessments according to a predefined algorithm.

    c Based on the ITT population.


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    Figure 2: Kaplan-Meier Curve of Time to Documented Disease Progression in Gemcitabine for Injection, USP plus Paclitaxel versus Paclitaxel Breast Cancer Study (N=529)

    14.3 Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC)

    The safety and efficacy of Gemcitabine for Injection, USP was evaluated in two randomized, multicenter trials.

    28-Day Schedule

    A multinational, randomized trial compared Gemcitabine for Injection, USP plus cisplatin to cisplatin alone in the treatment of patients with inoperable Stage IIIA, IIIB, or IV NSCLC who had not received prior chemotherapy. Patients were randomized to receive Gemcitabine for Injection, USP 1000 mg/m2 on Days 1, 8, and 15 of a 28-day cycle with cisplatin 100 mg/m2 administered on Day 1 of each cycle or to receive cisplatin 100 mg/m2 on Day 1 of each 28-day cycle. The primary efficacy outcome measure was overall survival. A total of 522 patients were enrolled at clinical centers in Europe, the US, and Canada. Patient demographics and baseline characteristics (shown in Table 14) were similar between arms with the exception of histologic subtype of NSCLC, with 48% of patients on the cisplatin arm and 37% of patients on the Gemcitabine for Injection, USP plus cisplatin arm having adenocarcinoma. Efficacy results are presented in Table 14 and Figure 3 for overall survival.

    21-Day Schedule

    A randomized (1:1), multicenter trial was conducted in 135 patients with Stage IIIB or IV NSCLC. Patients were randomized to receive Gemcitabine for Injection, USP 1250 mg/m2 on Days 1 and 8, and cisplatin 100 mg/m2 on Day 1 of a 21-day cycle or to receive etoposide 100 mg/m2 intravenously on Days 1, 2, and 3 and cisplatin 100 mg/m2 on Day 1 of a 21 -day cycle.

    There was no significant difference in survival between the two treatment arms (Log rank p=0.18, two-sided, see Table 14). The median survival was 8.7 months for the Gemcitabine for Injection, USP plus cisplatin arm versus 7.0 months for the etoposide plus cisplatin arm. Median time to disease progression for the Gemcitabine for Injection, USP plus cisplatin arm was 5.0 months compared to 4.1 months on the etoposide plus cisplatin arm (Log rank p=0.015, two-sided). The objective response rate for the Gemcitabine for Injection, USP plus cisplatin arm was 33% compared to 14% on the etoposide plus cisplatin arm (Fisher’s Exact p=0.01, two-sided).

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    Figure 3: Kaplan-Meier Survival Curve in Gemcitabine for Injection, USP plus Cisplatin versus Cisplatin in Patients with NSCLC Study (N=522)

      

    Table 14: Randomized Trials of Gemcitabine for Injection, USP plus Cisplatin in Patients with NSCLC

    Trial

    28-day Schedulea

    21-day Scheduleb


    Treatment Arm

    Gemcitabine for Injection, USP plus Cisplatin


    Cisplatin

    Gemcitabine for Injection, USP plus Cisplatin


    Etoposide plus Cisplatin

    Number of patients

    260

    262

    69

    66

    Demographic/Entry

    Characteristics

    Male

    70%

    71%

    93%

    92%

    Median age, years

    62

    63

    58

    60

    Range

    36 to 88

    35 to 79

    33 to 76

    35 to 75

    Stage IIIA

    7%

    7%

    N/Ac

    N/Ac

    Stage IIIB

    26%

    23%

    48%

    52%

    Stage IV

    67%

    70%

    52%

    49%

    Baseline KPSd 70 to 80

    41%

    44%

    45%

    52%

    Baseline KPSd 90 to 100

    57%

    55%

    55%

    49%

    Efficacy Outcomes

    Survival

    Median in months

    9.0

    7.6

    8.7

    7.0

    (95% CIe) months

    8.2, 11.0

    6.6, 8.8

    7.8, 10.1

    6.0, 9.7

    p-valuef

    p=0.008

    p=0.18

    Time to Disease

    Progression

    Median in months

    5.2

    3.7

    5.0

    4.1

    (95% CIe) months

    4.2, 5.7

    3.0, 4.3

    4.2, 6.4

    2.4, 4.5

    p-valuef

    p=0.009

    p=0.015

    Tumor Response

    26%

    10%

    33%

    14%

    p-valuef

    p<0.0001

    p=0.01

    a 28-day schedule - Gemcitabine for Injection, USP plus cisplatin: Gemcitabine for Injection, USP 1000 mg/m2 on Days 1, 8, and 15 and cisplatin 100 mg/m2 on Day 1 every 28 days; Single-agent cisplatin: cisplatin 100 mg/m2 on Day 1 every 28 days.

    b 21-day schedule - Gemcitabine for Injection, USP plus cisplatin: Gemcitabine for Injection, USP 1250 mg/m2 on Days 1 and 8 and cisplatin 100 mg/m2 on Day 1 every 21 days; Etoposide plus Cisplatin: cisplatin 100 mg/m2 on Day 1 and intravenous etoposide 100 mg/m2 on Days 1, 2, and 3 every 21 days.

    c N/A Not applicable.

    d Karnofsky Performance Status.

    e CI=confidence intervals.

    f p-value two-sided Fisher’s Exact test for difference in binomial proportions; log rank test for time-to-event analyses.


    14.4 Pancreatic Cancer

    The safety and efficacy of Gemcitabine for Injection, USP was evaluated in two trials, a randomized, single-blind, two-arm, active-controlled trial conducted in patients with locally advanced or metastatic pancreatic cancer who had received no prior chemotherapy and in a single-arm, open-label, multicenter trial conducted in patients with locally advanced or metastatic pancreatic cancer previously treated with 5-FU or a 5-FU-containing regimen. The first trial randomized patients to receive Gemcitabine for Injection, USP 1000 mg/m2 intravenously over 30 minutes once weekly for 7 weeks followed by a one-week rest, then once weekly dosing for 3 consecutive weeks every 28-days in subsequent cycles (n=63) or to 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) 600 mg/m2 intravenously over 30 minutes once weekly (n=63). In the second trial, all patients received Gemcitabine for Injection, USP 1000 mg/m2 intravenously over 30 minutes once weekly for 7 weeks followed by a one-week rest, then once weekly dosing for 3 consecutive weeks every 28-days in subsequent cycles.

    The primary efficacy outcome measure in both trials was "clinical benefit response". A patient was considered to have had a clinical benefit response if either of the following occurred:

    • The patient achieved a ≥50% reduction in pain intensity (Memorial Pain Assessment Card) or analgesic consumption, or a 20-point or greater improvement in performance status (Karnofsky Performance Status) for a period of at least 4 consecutive weeks, without showing any sustained worsening in any of the other parameters. Sustained worsening was defined as 4 consecutive weeks with either any increase in pain intensity or analgesic consumption or a 20-point decrease in performance status occurring during the first 12 weeks of therapy.

      OR

    The patient was stable on all of the aforementioned parameters, and showed a marked, sustained weight gain (≥7% increase maintained for ≥4 weeks) not due to fluid accumulation.

    • The randomized trial enrolled 126 patients across 17 sites in the US and Canada. The demographic and entry characteristics were similar between the arms (Table 15). The efficacy outcome results are shown in Table 15 and for overall survival in Figure 4. Patients treated with Gemcitabine for Injection, USP had statistically significant increases in clinical benefit response, survival, and time to disease progression compared to those randomized to receive 5-FU. No confirmed objective tumor responses were observed in either treatment arm.
    Table 15: Randomized Trial of Gemcitabine for Injection, USP versus 5-Fluorouracil in Pancreatic Cancer

    Gemcitabine for Injection, USP

    5-FU

    Number of patients

    63

    63

    Demographic/Entry Characteristics

    Male

    54%

    54%

    Median age

    62 years

    61 years

    Range

    37 to 79

    36 to 77

    Stage IV disease

    71%

    76%

    Baseline KPSa ≤70

    70%

    68%

    Efficacy Outcomes

    Clinical benefit response

    22.2%

    4.8%

    p-valueb

    p=0.004

    Survival

    Median

    5.7 months

    4.2 months

    (95% CI)

    (4.7, 6.9)

    (3.1, 5.1)

    p-valueb

    p=0.0009

    Time to Disease Progression

    Median

    2.1 months

    0.9 months

    (95% CI)

    (1.9, 3.4)

    (0.9, 1.1)

    p-valueb

    p=0.0013

    a Karnofsky Performance Status.

    b p-value for clinical benefit response calculated using the two-sided test for difference in binomial proportions. All other p-values are calculated using log rank test.

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    Figure 4: Kaplan-Meier Survival Curve


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  • 16  HOW SUPPLIED/STORAGE AND HANDLING

    16.1 How Supplied

    Gemcitabine for Injection, USP is a white to off-white lyophilized powder and is supplied as follows:

      NDC   Gemcitabine for Injection, USP   Package Factor
      45963-612-57       200 mg Single-Dose Vial   1 vial per carton
      45963-619-59        1 g Single-Dose Vial   1 vial per carton
     45963-620-60   2 g Single-Dose Vial   1 vial per carton

    Sterile, Nonpyrogenic, Preservative-free.

    The container closure is not made with natural rubber latex.

    16.2 Storage and Handling

    Unopened vials of Gemcitabine for Injection, USP are stable until the expiration date indicated on the package when stored at controlled room temperature 20° to 25°C (68° to 77°F) and that allows for excursions between 15° and 30°C (59° and 86°F) [See USP Controlled Room Temperature] [see Dosage and Administration (2.6 and 2.7)].

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  • 17  PATIENT COUNSELING INFORMATION

    • Advise patients of the risks of low blood cell counts and the potential need for blood transfusions and increased susceptibility to infections. Instruct patients to immediately contact their healthcare provider for development of signs or symptoms of infection, fever, prolonged or unexpected bleeding, bruising, or shortness of breath [see Warnings and Precautions (5.2)].
    • Advise patients of the risks of pulmonary toxicity including respiratory failure and death. Instruct patients to immediately contact their healthcare provider for development of shortness of breath, wheezing, or cough [see Warnings and Precautions (5.3)].
    • Advise patients of the risks of hemolytic-uremic syndrome and associated renal failure. Instruct patients to immediately contact their healthcare provider for changes in the color or volume of urine output or for increased bruising or bleeding [see Warnings and Precautions (5.4)].
    • Advise patients of the risks of hepatic toxicity including liver failure and death. Instruct patients to immediately contact their healthcare provider for signs of jaundice or for pain/tenderness in the right upper abdominal quadrant [see Warnings and Precautions (5.5)].

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    GEMCITABINE HYDROCHLORIDE 
    gemcitabine hydrochloride injection, powder, lyophilized, for solution
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    Route of Administration INTRAVENOUS
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    Ingredient Name Basis of Strength Strength
    GEMCITABINE HYDROCHLORIDE (UNII: U347PV74IL) (GEMCITABINE - UNII:B76N6SBZ8R) GEMCITABINE 200 mg  in 5 mL
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    MANNITOL (UNII: 3OWL53L36A) 200 mg  in 5 mL
    SODIUM ACETATE (UNII: 4550K0SC9B) 12.5 mg  in 5 mL
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    GEMCITABINE HYDROCHLORIDE 
    gemcitabine hydrochloride injection, powder, lyophilized, for solution
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    Route of Administration INTRAVENOUS
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    GEMCITABINE HYDROCHLORIDE (UNII: U347PV74IL) (GEMCITABINE - UNII:B76N6SBZ8R) GEMCITABINE 1 g  in 25 mL
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    Ingredient Name Strength
    MANNITOL (UNII: 3OWL53L36A) 1 g  in 25 mL
    SODIUM ACETATE (UNII: 4550K0SC9B) 62.5 mg  in 25 mL
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    GEMCITABINE HYDROCHLORIDE 
    gemcitabine hydrochloride injection, powder, lyophilized, for solution
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    Route of Administration INTRAVENOUS
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    GEMCITABINE HYDROCHLORIDE (UNII: U347PV74IL) (GEMCITABINE - UNII:B76N6SBZ8R) GEMCITABINE 2 g  in 50 mL
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    MANNITOL (UNII: 3OWL53L36A) 2 g  in 50 mL
    SODIUM ACETATE (UNII: 4550K0SC9B) 125 mg  in 50 mL
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