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Kepivance Side Effects Center
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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Kepivance in Detail - Patient Information: Side Effects
If you experience any of the following serious side effects from palifermin, seek emergency medical attention or contact your doctor immediately:
- breathing problems;
- skin and mucus membrane side effects such as rash, redness, swelling, itching, unusual sensations in the mouth, tongue color change, tongue thickening and changes in taste.
Other common side effects include:
- joint pain;
- increases in blood pancreas enzymes;
- increased blood pressure; or
- protein in the urine.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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Kepivance FDA Prescribing Information: Side Effects
The most common adverse reactions attributed to Kepivance were skin toxicities (rash, eryhema, edema, pruritus), oral toxicities (dysesthesia, tongue discoloration, tongue thickening, alteration of taste), pain, arthralgias, and dysesthesia. The median time to onset of cutaneous toxicity was 6 days following the first of 3 consecutive daily doses of Kepivance, with a median duration of 5 days. In patients receiving Kepivance, dysesthesia (including hyperesthesia, hypoesthesia, and paresthesia) was usually localized to the perioral region, whereas in patients receiving placebo dysesthesias were more likely to occur in extremities.
Clinical Trial 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.
The data described in Table 1 and the discussion below reflect exposure to Kepivance in 409 patients with hematologic malignancies who were enrolled in 3 randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trials and a phannacokinetic study. Patients received Kepivance either before, or before and after, regimens of myelotoxic chemotherapy, with or without total body irradiation (TBI), followed by hematopoietic stem cell support. Kepivance was administered in daily doses ranging from 5 to 80 mcg/g/day. The total dose of Kepi vance ranged from 15 to 480 mcg/g with a median of360 mcg/g. The population had a median age of 48 years (range: 41 to 60 years), 62% were male and 83% were White with 7.4 % Black and 6.2 % Hispanic. Non Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) was the most common malignancy followed by Hodgkin's disease, multiple myeloma, and leukemia.
The most common serious adverse reaction attibuted to Kepivance was skin rash, reported in less than 1 % (3/409) of patients treated. Grade 3 skin rashes occurred in 3% of patients (9/409) receiving Kepivance and 2% (5/241) receiving placebo.
Table 1. Incidence of Adverse Reactions Occurring with a
Between-Group Difference of ≥ 5%
(n = 409)
(0 = 241)
|BODY AS A WHOLE|
|Mouthlongue Thickness or Discoloration||17||8|
|SKIN AND APPENDAGES|
|CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM/PERIPHERAL NERVOUS SYSTEM|
|Dysesthesia - Hyperesthesia/hypoesthesia/ paresthesia||12||7|
|Elevated serum lipase|
|Grade 3 and 4||11||5|
|Elevated serum amylase|
|Grade 3 and 4||38||31|
Cataracts: In a postmárketing safety study, the incidence of cataracts was numerically higher among patients receiving Kepivaoce than in the control population. (See Clinical Studies).
Laboratory Test Findings: Reversible elevations in serum lipase and amylase, which did not require treatment, were reported in 28% and 62% of patients receiving Kepivance and 23% and 54%of patients receiving placebo. In general, peak increases were observed during the period of cytotoxic therapy and returned to baseline by the day ofhernatopoietic stem cell infusion. Amylase was mainly salivary in origin.
As with all therapeutic proteins, there is a poteiltial for immunogenicity. The clinical significance of antibodies to Kepivance is unknown but may include decreased activity and/or cross reactivity with other members of the FGF family of growth factors.
In clinical trials, semm samples from patients treated with Kepivance were tested for antibodies to Kepivance using an electrochemiluminescence-based binding assay. Twelve of645 patients (2%) tested positive;none had evidence of neutralizing activity in a cell-based assay.
The incidence of antibody positivity is highly dependent on the specific assay and its sensitivity. Additionally, the observed incidence of antibody positivity in an assay may be influenced by several factors including sample handling, timing of sample collection, concomitant medications and underlying disease. For these reasons, comparison of the incidence of antibodies to Kepivance with the incidence of antibodies to other products may be misleading.
The following adverse reactions have been identified during postapproval use of Kepivance in the stem cell transplant setting. 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.
- Vaginal edema and eryhema;
- Palmar-plantar Eryhrodysaesthesia Syndròme (also known as "hand-foot syndrome")
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