VIDAZA® Treatment for AMLb

Safety & Side Effects

VIDAZA® was generally well tolerated in WHO AMLb patients2

VIDAZA® was well-tolerated with WHO-defined AMLb (20-30% blasts)1

Grade ¾ haematological toxicities similar to CCR

  • VIDAZA® was given for a median of 8 cycles (range, 1-39); median cycle length: 34 days (15-79 days)1
  • Median follow-up (all patients) was 20.1 months (0.03-38.4)1

Patients should be pre-medicated for nausea and vomiting2

“Awareness of the onset, duration and management of adverse events can facilitate treatment, permitting patients to continue therapy for maximum benefit.” -Santini et al. 20103

Adverse events and transfusion requirements: VIDAZA® vs CCR*

VIDAZA® significantly improved treatment outcomes vs CCR in patients with WHO-defined AMLb (20-30% blasts)1

Fevers requiring IV antibiotics & Achievement of transfusion independence (for RBC)

Fewer hospital admissions with VIDAZA® vs CCR (3.4 vs 4.3 admissions per patient year, p=0.05) and significantly fewer total number of days in hospital (26.0 vs. 50.9 days per patient-year, p<0.0001)1

Awareness of adverse events is important when treating with VIDAZA®

  • VIDAZA® has a well-characterized side effect profile1,4
  • Most adverse events (>83%) are transient and resolved during ongoing therapy3
  • Patients need pro-active management of adverse events (AEs) to keep them on treatment3,4

Some Common Adverse Events with VIDAZA®

Infections and bleeding events are symptoms of underlying AMLb and are common events associated with the disease. They may also be adverse events with VIDAZA® treatment.3

Side effect profile

During the first two cycles, VIDAZA® treatment may result in an initial deterioration of cytopenias2

  • After cycle two, cytopenias occur with less frequency in patients with restoration of haematological function
  • Patients should be monitored for haematological response and renal toxicities; a delay in starting the next cycle or a dose reduction may be necessary

Percent of Patients with Grade 3-4 Haematological Toxicity

Administration may be associated with nausea, vomiting and injection site reactions, usually grade 1-2.2

*Conventional care regimens: Best supportive care only (BSC); low-dose ara-C (LDAC); intensive chemotherapy (IC).1

†National Cancer Institute’s Common Toxicity Criteria toxicities based on laboratory data.1

‡In patients with WHO-defined AML (20-30% blasts)

§Among patients with RBC dependence at baseline. Transfusion independence for platelets: CCR 40% vs VIDAZA® 53%, p=0.69.1

  1. Fenaux P et al. J Clin Oncol 2010. 28:562-569.
  2. VIDAZA® Summary of Product Characteristics, 2011.
  3. Santini V et al. Eur J Haematol 2010. 85:130-138.
  4. Fenaux P et al. Leuk Res 2010. 34. 1410-16.
  5. Fenaux P et al. Lancet Oncol 2009. 10: 223-232.
a. MDS-specific Indication

VIDAZA® is indicated for the treatment of adult patients who are not eligible for haematopoietic stem cell transplantation with:

  • intermediate-2 and high-risk myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) according to the International Prognostic Scoring System (IPSS),
  • chronic myelomonocytic leukaemia (CMML) with 10-29% marrow blasts without myeloproliferative disorder
b. AML-specific Indication:

Treatment of adult AML patients who are not eligible for haematopoietic stem cell transplantation with 20-30% blasts and multi-lineage dysplasia, according to the WHO classification. WHO classifies RAEB-T patients with blasts ?20% to <30% as AML patients.


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