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Drug Description

QUADRAMET®
(samarium SM 153 lexidronam) Injection

Therapeutic – For Intravenous Administration

DESCRIPTION

QUADRAMET® (samarium sm 153 lexidronam) is a therapeutic agent consisting of radioactive samarium and a tetraphosphonate chelator, ethylenediaminetetramethylenephosphonic acid (EDTMP). QUADRAMET® (samarium sm 153 lexidronam) is formulated as a sterile, non-pyrogenic, clear, colorless to light amber isotonic solution of samarium-153 lexidronam for intravenous administration.

QUADRAMET® (samarium sm 153 lexidronam) does not contain a preservative.

Each milliliter contains 35 mg EDTMP•H2O, 5.3 mg Ca [as Ca(OH)2], 14.1 mg Na [as NaOH], equivalent to 44 mg Ca/Na EDTMP (anhydrous calc.), 5-46 g samarium (specific activity of approximately 1.0-11.0 mCi/g Sm), and 1850 185 MBq (50 5 mCi) of samarium-153 at calibration.

The structural formula of samarium lexidronam pentasodium is:

QUADRAMET® (samarium lexidronam pentasodium) Structural Formula Illustration

The ionic formula is 153Sm+3 [CH2N(CH2PO3-2)2]2 and the ionic formula weight is 581.1 daltons (pentasodium form, 696).

The pH of the solution is 7.0 to 8.5.

QUADRAMET® (samarium sm 153 lexidronam) is supplied frozen in single-dose glass vials containing 3 mL with 5550 MBq (150 mCi) of samarium-153 at calibration.

Physical Characteristics: Samarium-153 is produced in high yield and purity by neutron irradiation of isotopically enriched samarium Sm 152 oxide (152 Sm2O3). It emits both medium-energy beta particles and a gamma photon, and has a physical half-life of 46.3 hours (1.93 days). Samarium-153 has average and maximum beta particle ranges in water of 0.5 mm and 3.0 mm, respectively. The primary radiation emissions of samarium-153 are shown in Table 1.

TABLE 1 - SAMARIUM-153 PRINCIPAL RADIATION EMISSION DATA

  Radiation Energy (keV)* Abundance
Beta 640 30%
Beta 710 50%
Beta 810 20%
Gamma 103 29%
* Maximum energies are listed for the beta emissions, the average beta particle energy is 233 keV.

External Radiation: The specific gamma-ray constant for samarium-153 is 0.46 R/mCi-hr at 1 cm (1.24x10-5 mSv/MBq- hr at 1 Meter). The half-value thickness of lead (Pb) for samarium-153 is approximately 0.10 mm. The use of 1 mm of lead will decrease the external radiation exposure by a factor of approximately 1,000. QUADRAMET® (samarium sm 153 lexidronam) should be stored in a lead-shielded container and frozen until use. Radioactive decay factors to be applied to the stated value for radioactive concentration at calibration are given in Table 2. All radioactivity is calibrated to the reference date and time on the vial.

TABLE 2 - SAMARIUM-153 PHYSICAL DECAY CHART, HALF-LIFE 46.3 HOURS (1.93 DAYS)

Time (hour)* Factor Time (hour)* Factor
-48.0 2.05 +1.0 0.99
-36.0 1.71 +2.0 0.97
-24.0 1.43 +3.0 0.96
-20.0 1.35 +4.0 0.94
-16.0 1.27 +6.0 0.91
-12.0 1.20 +8.0 0.89
-8.0 1.13 +12.0 0.84
-6.0 1.09 +16.0 0.80
-4.0 1.06 +20.0 0.74
-3.0 1.05 +24.0 0.70
-2.0 1.03 +36.0 0.58
-1.0 1.02 +48.0 0.49
*Time = hours before (-) or after (+) calibration

For Consumers

What are the precautions when taking samarium sm 153 lexidronam (Quadramet)?

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: heart problems (e.g., heart failure, irregular heartbeat), kidney problems, urinary/bladder problems (e.g., incontinence), decreased bone marrow function, blood disorders (e.g., bleeding problems, low platelet count, blood clotting problems), weakened immune system, low blood calcium levels.

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Indications & Dosage

INDICATIONS

QUADRAMET® (samarium sm 153 lexidronam) is indicated for relief of pain in patients with confirmed osteoblastic metastatic bone lesions that enhance on radionuclide bone scan.

DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION

The recommended dose of QUADRAMET® (samarium sm 153 lexidronam) is 1.0 mCi/kg, administered intravenously over a period of one minute through a secure in-dwelling catheter and followed with a saline flush. Dose adjustment in patients at the extremes of weight have not been studied. Caution should be exercised when determining the dose in very thin or very obese patients.

The dose should be measured by a suitable radioactivity calibration system, such as a radioisotope dose calibrator, immediately before administration.

The dose of radioactivity to be administered and the patient should be verified before administering QUADRAMET® (samarium sm 153 lexidronam) . Patients should not be released until their radioactivity levels and exposure rates comply with federal and local regulations.

The patient should ingest (or receive by i.v. administration) a minimum of 500 mL (2 cups) of fluids prior to injection and should void as often as possible after injection to minimize radiation exposure to the bladder.

Parenteral drug products should be inspected visually for particulate matter and discoloration prior to administration whenever solution and container permit. The solution should not be used if it is cloudy or if it contains particulate matter.

QUADRAMET® (samarium sm 153 lexidronam) contains calcium and may be incompatible with solutions that contain molecules that can complex with and form calcium precipitates.

QUADRAMET® (samarium sm 153 lexidronam) should not be diluted or mixed with other solutions.

Thaw at room temperature before administration and use within 8 hours of thawing.

Radiation Dosimetry: The estimated absorbed radiation doses to an average 70 kg adult patient from an i.v. injection of QUADRAMET® (samarium sm 153 lexidronam) are shown in Table 7. The dosimetry estimates were based on clinical biodistribution studies using methods developed for radiation dose calculations by the Medical Internal Radiation Dose (MIRD) Committee of the Society of Nuclear Medicine. Radiation exposure is based on a urinary voiding interval of 4.8 hours.

Radiation dose estimates for bone and marrow assume that radioactivity is deposited on bone surfaces, as noted in autoradiograms of biopsy bone samples in 7 patients who received QUADRAMET® (samarium sm 153 lexidronam) . Although electron emissions from 153Sm are abundant, with energies up to 810 keV, rapid blood clearance of QUADRAMET® (samarium sm 153 lexidronam) and low energy and abundant photon emissions generally result in low radiation doses to those parts of the body where the complex does not localize.

When blastic osseous lesions are present, significantly enhanced localization of the radiopharmaceutical will occur, with correspondingly higher doses to the lesions compared with normal bones and other organs. (See CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY, Skeletal Uptake and Pharmacodynamics Sections).

TABLE 7: RADIATION ABSORBED DOSES

  70 kg ADULT
Target Organ Rad/mCi mGy/MBq
Bone Surfaces 25.0 6.76
Red Marrow 5.70 1.54
Urinary Bladder Wall 3.60 0.097
Kidneys 0.065 0.018
Whole Body 0.040 0.011
Lower large intestine 0.037 0.010
Ovaries 0.032 0.0086
Muscle 0.028 0.0076
Small Intestine 0.023 0.0062
Upper Large Intestine 0.020 0.0054
Testes 0.020 0.0054
Liver 0.019 0.0051
Spleen 0.018 0.0049
Stomach 0.015 0.0041

HOW SUPPLIED

QUADRAMET® (samarium sm 153 lexidronam) is supplied frozen in a single-dose 10 mL glass vial containing 1850 185 MBq/mL (50 5 mCi/mL) of samarium-153, at calibration.

QUADRAMET® (samarium sm 153 lexidronam) is available in the following size:

NDC# 50419-209-03.................3mL fill size with total activity of 5550 MBq (150mCi).

The vial is shipped in a lead shield; a package insert is included.

The drug product expires 48 hours after the time of calibration noted on the label, or 8 hours after thawing, whichever is earlier.

Storage: Store frozen at -10° to -20°C in a lead shielded container.

Storage and disposal of QUADRAMET® (samarium sm 153 lexidronam) should be controlled in a manner that complies with the appropriate regulations of the governmen agency authorized to license the use of this radionuclide.

This radioactive drug is approved for distribution to persons licensed pursuant to the Code of Massachusetts Regulations 105 CMR 120.500 for the uses listed in 105 CMR 120.537 or under equivalent licenses of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, an Agreement State or a Licensing State.

THIS PRODUCT INFORMATION ISSUED September 2003. Mfd by: Bristol Myers Squibb, Medical Imaging, N. Billerica, MA 01862. Mfd for: Cytogen Corporation, Princeton, New Jersey, USA. For Product Inquiries, call 1-800-833-3533 FDA Rev date: 4/12/1999

Side Effects & Drug Interactions

SIDE EFFECTS

Adverse events were evaluated in a total of 580 patients who received QUADRAMET® (samarium sm 153 lexidronam) in clinical trials. Of the 580 patients, there were 472 men and 108 women with a mean age of 66 (range 20 to 87).

Of these patients, 472 (83%) had at least one adverse event. In a subgroup of 399 patients who received QUADRAMET® (samarium sm 153 lexidronam) 1.0 mCi/kg, there were 23 deaths and 46 serious adverse events. The deaths occurred an average of 67 days (9 to 130) after QUADRAMET® (samarium sm 153 lexidronam) . Seriou events occurred an average of 46 days (1 - 118) after QUADRAMET® (samarium sm 153 lexidronam) . Although most of the patient deaths and serious adverse events appear to be related to the underlying disease, the relationship of end stage disease, marrow invasion by cancer cells, previous myelotoxic treatmen and QUADRAMET® (samarium sm 153 lexidronam) toxicity can not be easily distinguished. In clinical studies, two patients with rapidly progressive prostate cancer developed thrombocytopenia and died 4 weeks after receiving QUADRAMET® (samarium sm 153 lexidronam) . One of the patients showed evidence of disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC); the other patient experienced a fatal cerebrovascular accident, with a suspicion of DIC. The relationship of the DIC to the bone marrow suppressive effect of Samarium is not known. Marrow toxicity occurred in 277 (47%) patients (See WARNINGS section).

In controlled studies, 7% of patients receiving 1.0 mCi/kg QUADRAMET® (samarium sm 153 lexidronam) (as compared to 6% of patients receiving placebo) reported a transient increase in bone pain shortly after injection (flare reaction). This was usually mild, self-limiting, and responded to analgesics.

The most common adverse events observed in controlled clinical studies of QUADRAMET® (samarium sm 153 lexidronam) , are given in Table 6.

TABLE 6: SELECTED ADVERSE EVENTS REPORTED IN GREATER THAN OR EQUAL TO 1.0 % OF PEOPLE WHO RECEIVED QUADRAMET® (samarium sm 153 lexidronam) OR PLACEBO IN CONTROLLED CLINICAL TRIALS

ADVERSE EVENT Placebo QUADRAMET® 1.0 mCi/kg
N = 90 N = 199
# Patients with Any Adverse Event 72 (80%) 169 (85%)
Body As A Whole 56 (62%) 100 (50%)
Pain Flare Reaction 5 (5.6%) 14 (7.0%)
Cardiovascular 19 (21%) 32 (16%)
Arrhythmias 2 (2.2%) 10 (5.0%)
Chest Pain 4 (4.4%) 8 (4.0%)
Hypertension 0 6 (3.0%)
Hypotension 2 (2.2%) 4 (2.0%)
Digestive 44 (49%) 82 (41%)
Abdominal Pain 7 (7.8%) 12 (6.0%)
Diarrhea 3 (3.3%) 12 (6.0%)
Nausea &/or Vomiting 37 (41.1%) 65 (32.7%)
Hematologic & Lymphatic 12 (13%) 54 (27%)
Coagulation Disorder 0 3 (1.5%)
Hemoglobin Decreased 21 (23.3%) 81 (40.7%)
Leukopenia 6 (6.7%) 118(59.3%)
Lymphadenopathy 0 4 (2.0%)
Thrombocytopenia 8 (8.9%) 138(69.3%)
Any Bleeding Manifestations* 8 (8.9%) 32 (16.1%)
Ecchymosis 1 (1.1%) 3 (3.0%)
Epistaxis 1 (1.1%) 4 (2.0%)
Hematuria 3 (3.3%) 10 (5%)
Infection 10 (11.1%) 34 (17.1%)
Fever and/or Chills 10 (11.1%) 17 (8.5%)
Infection, Not Specified 4 (4.4%) 14 (7.0%)
Oral Moniliasis 1 (1.1%) 4 (2.0%)
Pneumonia 1 (1.1%) 3 (1.5%)
Musculoskeletal 28 (31%) 55 (27%)
Myasthenia 8 (8.9%) 13 (6.5%)
Pathologic Fracture 2 (2.2%) 5 (2.5%)
Nervous 39 (43%) 59 (30%)
Dizziness 1 (1.1%) 8 (4.0%)
Paresthesia 7 (7.8%) 4 (2.0%)
Spinal Cord Compression 5 (5.5%) 13 (6.5%)
Cerebrovascular Accident/Stroke 0 2 (1.0%)
Respiratory 24 (27%) 35 (18%)
Bronchitis/Cough Increased 2 (2.2%) 8 (4.0%)
Special Senses 11 (12%) 11 (6%)
Skin & Appendages 17 (19%) 13 (7%)
Purpura 0 2 (1%)
Rash 2 (2.2%) 2 (1%)
*Includes hemorrhage (gastrointestinal, ocular) reported in <1%.

In an additional 200 patients who received QUADRAMET® (samarium sm 153 lexidronam) in uncontrolled clinical trials, adverse events that were reported at a rate of greater than or equal to 1.0% were similar except for 9 (4.5%) patients who had agranulocytosis. Other selected adverse events that were reported in <1% of the patients who received QUADRAMET® (samarium sm 153 lexidronam) 1.0 mCi/kg in any clinical trial include: alopecia, angina, congestive heart failure, sinus bradycardia, and vasodilation.

DRUG INTERACTIONS

The potential for additive bone marrow toxicity of QUADRAMET® (samarium sm 153 lexidronam) with chemotherapy or external beam radiation has not been studied. QUADRAMET® (samarium sm 153 lexidronam) should not be given concurrently with chemotherapy or external beam radiation therapy unless the benefit outweighs the risks. QUADRAMET® (samarium sm 153 lexidronam) should not be given after either of these treatments until there has been time for adequate marrow recovery. (See WARNINGS Section).

Warnings & Precautions

WARNINGS

QUADRAMET® (samarium sm 153 lexidronam) causes bone marrow suppression. In clinical trials, white blood cell counts and platelet counts decreased to a nadir of approximately 40% to 50% of baseline in 123 (95%) of patients within 3 to 5 weeks after QUADRAMET® (samarium sm 153 lexidronam) , and tended to return to pretreatment levels by 8 weeks. The grade of marrow toxicity is shown in Table 5 below.

Table 5: NUMBER AND PERCENT OF PATIENTS WHO EXPERIENCED MARROW TOXICITY IN CLINICAL TRIALS OF QUADRAMET (samarium sm 153 lexidronam)

  Hemoglobin Leucocytes Platelets
Toxicity Grade* Placebo N=85 1.0 mCi/kg N=185 Placebo N=85 1.0 mCi/kg N=184 Placebo N=85 1.0 mCi/kg N=185
0-2 78 (92%) 162 (88%) 85 (100%) 169 (92%) 85 (100%) 173 (94%)
3 6 (7%) 20 (11%) 0 (0%) 15 (8%) 0 (0%) 10 (5%)
4 1 (1%) 3 (2%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (1%)
* Toxicity Grade based upon National Cancer Institute Criteria; normal levels are Hemoglobin >10g/dL, Leucocyte greater than or equal to 4.0 x 103L, and Platelets greater than or equal to150,000/L.

Before QUADRAMET® (samarium sm 153 lexidronam) is administered, consideration should be given to the patient's current clinical and hematologic status and bone marrow response history to treatment with myelotoxic agents. Metastatic prostate and other cancers can be associated with disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC); caution should be exercised in treating cancer patients whose platelet counts are falling or who have other clinical or laboratory findings suggesting DIC. Because of the unknown potential for additive effects on bone marrow, QUADRAMET® (samarium sm 153 lexidronam) should no be given concurrently with chemotherapy or external beam radiation therapy unless the clinical benefits outweigh the risks. Use of QUADRAMET® (samarium sm 153 lexidronam) in patients with evidence of compromised bone marrow reserve from previous therapy or disease involvement is not recommended unless the potential benefits of the treatment outweigh the risks. Blood counts should be monitored weekly for at least 8 weeks or until recovery of adequate bone marrow function.

Pregnancy: As with other radiopharmaceutical drugs, QUADRAMET® (samarium sm 153 lexidronam) can cause fetal harm when administered to a pregnant woman. Adequate and well controlled studies have not been conducted in animals or pregnant women. Women of childbearing age should have a negative pregnancy test before administration of QUADRAMET® (samarium sm 153 lexidronam) . If this drug is used during pregnancy, or if a patient becomes pregnant after taking this drug, the patient should be apprised of the potential hazard to the fetus. Women of childbearing potential should be advised to avoid becoming pregnant soon after receiving QUADRAMET® (samarium sm 153 lexidronam) . Men and women patients should be advised to use an effective method of contraception after the administration of QUADRAMET® (samarium sm 153 lexidronam) .

PRECAUTIONS

EDTMP is a chelating agent. Although the chelating effects have not been evaluated thoroughly in humans, dogs that received non-radioactive samarium EDTMP (6 times the human dose based on body weight, 3 times based on surface area) developed a variety of electrocardiographic (ECG) changes (with or without the presence of hypocalcemia). The causal relationship between the hypocalcemia and ECG changes has not been studied. Whether QUADRAMET® (samarium sm 153 lexidronam) causes electrocardiographic changes or arrhythmias in humans has not been studied. Caution and appropriate monitoring should be given when administering QUADRAMET® (samarium sm 153 lexidronam) to patients (See Laboratory Tests).

Because concomitant hydration is recommended to promote the urinary excretion of QUADRAMET® (samarium sm 153 lexidronam) , appropriate monitoring and consideration of additional supportive treatment should be used in patients with a history of congestive heart failure or renal insufficiency.

This drug should be used with caution in patients with compromised bone marrow reserves. See WARNINGS.

Skeletal: Spinal cord compression frequently occurs in patients with known metastases to the cervical, thoracic or lumbar spine. In clinical studies of QUADRAMET® (samarium sm 153 lexidronam) , spinal cord compression was reported in 7% of patients who received placebo and in 8.3% of patients who received 1.0 mCi/kg QUADRAMET® (samarium sm 153 lexidronam) . QUADRAMET® (samarium sm 153 lexidronam) is not indicated for treatment of spinal cord compression. QUADRAMET® (samarium sm 153 lexidronam) administration for pain relief of metastatic bone cancer does not prevent the development of spinal cord compression. When there is a clinical suspicion of spinal cord compression, appropriate diagnostic and therapeutic measures must be taken immediately to avoid permanent disability.

Radiopharmaceutical agents should be used only by physicians who are qualified by training and experience in the safe use and handling of radionuclides and whose experience and training have been approved by the appropriate government agency authorized to license the use of radionuclides.

QUADRAMET® (samarium sm 153 lexidronam) , like other radioactive drugs, must be handled with care and appropriate safety measures must be taken to minimize radiation exposure of clinical personnel and others in the patient environment.

Special precautions, such as bladder catheterization, should be taken with incontinent patients to minimize the risk of radioactive contamination of clothing, bed linen, and the patient's environment. Urinary excretion of radioactivity occurs over about 12 hours (with 35% occurring during the first 6 hours). Studies have not been done on the use of QUADRAMET® (samarium sm 153 lexidronam) in patients with renal impairment.

Carcinogenesis, Mutagenesis, Impairment of Fertility

Carcinogenesis in humans given EDTMP, in QUADRAMET® (samarium sm 153 lexidronam) , is not likely. Osteosarcomas occurred in a 2-year toxicity/carcinogenicity study of EDTMP administered by gastric intubation to Sprague-Dawley rats, in male rats at 50 mg/kg/day and in male and female rats at 150 mg/kg/day (the dosage was increased to 333 mg/kg/day on day 329 of treatment).

Osteosarcomas were not reported in a published chronic dietary study of up to 130 weeks of EDTMP in Fisher 344 rats, at dietary doses up to 100 mg/kg/day (not the maximum tolerated dose). However, at study termination in female Fisher 344 rats, this dose was associated with statistically significantly higher rate of pancreatic islet-cell adenomas and carcinomas.

The results of the following genotoxicity assays with non-radioactive samarium- EDTMP were negative: Salmonella reverse mutation (AMES assay, unscheduled DNA synthesis in rat liver primary cell culture, chromosomal aberration assay in rat lymphocytes, CHO/HGPRT forward mutation assay, and mouse bone marrow micronucleus test.

Studies have not been performed to assess the effect of QUADRAMET® (samarium sm 153 lexidronam) on fertility.

Pregnancy

Pregnancy Category D. See WARNINGS Section.

Nursing Mothers

It is not known whether QUADRAMET® (samarium sm 153 lexidronam) is excreted in human milk. Because of the potential for serious adverse reactions in nursing infants from QUADRAMET® (samarium sm 153 lexidronam) , a decision should be made whether to continue nursing or to administer the drug. If QUADRAMET® (samarium sm 153 lexidronam) is administered, formula feedings should be substituted for breast feedings.

Pediatric Use

Safety and effectiveness in pediatric patients below the age of 16 years have not been established.

Overdosage & Contraindications

OVERDOSE

Overdosage with QUADRAMET® (samarium sm 153 lexidronam) has not been reported. An antidote for QUADRAMET® (samarium sm 153 lexidronam) overdosage is not known. The anticipated complications of overdosage would likely be secondary to bone marrow suppression from the radioactivity of 153Sm, or secondary to hypocalcemia and cardiac arrhythmias related to the EDTMP.

CONTRAINDICATIONS

QUADRAMET® (samarium sm 153 lexidronam) is contraindicated in patients who have known hypersensitivity to EDTMP or similar phosphonate compounds.

Clinical Pharmacology

CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY

QUADRAMET® (samarium sm 153 lexidronam) (samarium Sm-153 EDTMP) has an affinity for bone and concentrates in areas of bone turnover in association with hydroxyapatite. In clinical studies employing planar imaging techniques, more QUADRAMET® (samarium sm 153 lexidronam) accumulates in osteoblastic lesions than in normal bone with a lesion-to-normal bone ratio of approximately 5. The mechanism of action of QUADRAMET® (samarium sm 153 lexidronam) in relieving the pain of bone metastases is not known.

Distribution: Human protein binding has not been studied; however, in dog, rat and bovine studies, less than 0.5% of samarium-153 EDTMP is bound to protein. At physiologic pH, >90% of the complex is present as 153Sm[EDTMP]-5, and <10% as 153SmH[EDTMP]-4. The octanol/ water partition coefficient is <10-5.

Skeletal Uptake: The greater the number of metastatic lesions, the more skeletal uptake of Sm-153 radioactivity. The relationship between skeletal uptake and the size of the metastatic lesions has not been studied. The total skeletal uptake of radioactivity was 65.5% 15.5% of the injected dose in 453 patients with metastatic lesions from a variety o primary malignancies. In a study of 22 patients with a wide range in the number of metastatic sites, the % of the injected dose (% ID) taken up by bone ranged from 56.3% in a patient with 5 metastatic lesions to 76.7% in a patient with 52 metastatic lesions. If the number of metastatic lesions is fixed, over the range 0.1 to 3.0 mCi/kg, the % ID taken up by bone is the same regardless of the dose.

Metabolism: The complex formed by samarium and EDTMP is excreted as an intact, single species that consists of one atom of the Sm-153 and one molecule of the EDTMP, as shown by an analysis of urine samples from patients (n=5) administered samarium Sm-153 EDTMP. Metabolic products of samarium Sm-153 EDTMP were not detected in humans.

Elimination: For QUADRAMET® (samarium sm 153 lexidronam) , calculations of the % ID detected in the whole body, urine and blood were corrected for radionuclide decay. The clearance of activity through the urine is expressed as the cumulated activity excreted. The whole body retention is the simple reciprocal of the cumulated urine activity. (See Skeletal Uptake Section)

Blood: Clearance of radioactivity from the blood demonstrated biexponential kinetics after intravenous injection in 19 patients (10 men, 9 women) with a variety of primary cancers that were metastatic to bone Over the first 30 minutes, the radioactivity (mean SD) in the blood decreased to 15% (8%) of the injected dose with a t 1/2 of 5.5 min (1.1 min). After 30 minutes, the radioactivity cleared from the blood more slowly with a t1/2 of 65.4 min ( 9.6 min). Less than 1% of the dose injected remained in the blood 5 hr after injection.

Urine: Samarium Sm-153 EDTMP radioactivity was excreted in the urine after intravenous injection. During the first 6 hours, 34.5% (15.5%) was excreted. Overall, the greater the number of metastatic lesions, the less radioactivity was excreted.

Gender Differences: Gender did not affect the samarium Sm-153 EDTMP blood pharmacokinetics, the cumulative % of radioactivity excreted in urine, or the % radioactivity retained in the skeleton when the number of metastatic lesions is taken into account.

Special Populations

Elderly: The pharmacokinetics of samarium Sm-153 EDTMP did not change with age as seen from comparison of values from people in the age range of 22 to 64 compared to the range 65 to 86 years.

Hepatic Insufficiency: Samarium Sm-153 EDTMP scintiscans in 5 patients with metastatic bone disease did not reveal accumulation of activity in the liver or the intestine; this suggests that hepatobiliary excretion did not occur.

Renal Insufficiency: Patients with renal insufficiency have not been studied.

Drug/Drug Interaction

Drug-drug interaction studies have not been studied.

Pharmacodynamics

The beta particle of 153Sm-EDTMP travels an average of 3.1 mm in soft tissue and 1.7 mm in bone. In clinical trials of 78 patients with metastatic bone lesions who had 13 specific bone scan sites evaluated, the presence or absence of 153Sm-EDTMP uptake is similar to the presence or absence of 99mTc diphosphonate uptake (range 67 to 96% agreemen depending upon the blinded reader and the site of the body). Whether the amount of 153Sm-EDTMP uptake varies with the size of the lesion or to the presence of osteolytic components has not been studied. The clinical benefit of Sm-153-EDTMP in patients with osteolytic lesions is not known. The relationship of different tumor cell types to clinical response has not been studied.

Clinical Trials

Overall QUADRAMET® was evaluated in 580 patients (see ADVERSE EVENTS Section for demographic description). Of these patients, 270 (244 men, 26 women) were studied in two randomized, blinded, placebo controlled clinical trials. These patients had a mean age of 67, and a range 22 to 87 years. Eligible patients had painful metastatic bone lesions that had failed other treatments, had at least a 6 month expected survival and had a positive radionuclide bone scan. Routine x-rays to evaluate the metastatic lesions were not part of the protocol.

In study A, 118 patients were randomized to receive 0.5 mCi/kg QUADRAMET® (samarium sm 153 lexidronam) , 1.0 mCi/kg QUADRAMET® (samarium sm 153 lexidronam) , or a placebo intravenous injection. In study B, 152 patients were randomized to receive either 1.0 mCi/kg QUADRAMET® (samarium sm 153 lexidronam) or a placebo intravenous injection. Both studies were double blind over a 4 week period. Patients scored their daily pain intensity on a visual analogue scale rated from 0 (no or low pain) to 10 (excruciating pain). The area under the pain curve (AUPC) was obtained by integrating the daily pain scores by week. Opioid analgesic use was recorded daily and averaged over each week and expressed in oral morphine milligram equivalents.

Of the 270 patients studied, 232 (86%) had prostate cancer and 38 (14%) had other primary cancers. In study A, 80 (68%) of the patients had prostate cancer and 38 (32%) had a variety of other primary tumors In study B, all (100%) patients had prostate cancer.

The results of the patients' AUPC scores are shown in Table 3. In both trials for each of the 4 weeks of study, the mean AUPC scores decreased in patients who received QUADRAMET® (samarium sm 153 lexidronam) (1.0 mCi/kg). In study A, pain (the AUPC) decrease from baseline was significantly different in QUADRAMET® (samarium sm 153 lexidronam) 1.0 mCi/kg and placebo groups at weeks 3 and 4. In study B, pain (the AUPC) decrease from baseline was significantly different in QUADRAMET® (samarium sm 153 lexidronam) 1.0 mCi/kg and placebo groups at weeks 2, 3 and 4.

Table 3: COMPARISON OF WEEKLY PAIN SCORES (a) AFTER QUADRAMET® (samarium sm 153 lexidronam) 1.0mCi/kg or PLACEBO IV [Intent to Treat]

  STUDY A (n= 73) (b) STUDY B (n= 150) (c)
WEEK Placebo
N=36
1.0 mCi/kg
N=37
Placebo
N=50
1.0 mCi/kg
N=100
Baseline 26.5 (11.8) 28.7 (12.3) 28.5 (14.1) 28.1 (12.9)
1 26.1 (10.3) 27.6 (14.1) 27.9 (14.6) 25.8 (13.1)
2 24.4 (10.4) 23.8 (13.7) 28.1 (15.4) 20.6 (13.9)*
3 24.3 (11.0) 20.5 (11.5)* 25.8 (16.1) 20.1 (13.3)*
4 24.7 (12.1) 18.8 (10.8)* 24.7 (15.3) 19.9 (13.7)*
(a) Area Under the Pain Curve (SD).
(b) Excludes 5 patients with missing baseline or extreme values; and all 40 patients who received 0.5 mCi QUADRAMET® (samarium sm 153 lexidronam) . QUADRAMET® (samarium sm 153 lexidronam) 0.5 mCi/kg can not be distinguished from placebo.
(c) Excludes 2 patients with missing baseline values.
(*) Statistically significant difference in change from baseline in comparison to placebo.

In the two clinical trials, the patient use of analgesics differed. In Study A, the patients did not receive specific instructions on analgesic reduction. In Study B, patients were encouraged to adjust their pain medication as needed. As shown in Table 4, the morphine equivalent analgesic use in study A generally increased from baseline in both the QUADRAMET® (samarium sm 153 lexidronam) and placebo treatment groups; however, the difference between the QUADRAMET® (samarium sm 153 lexidronam) and placebo group change from baseline i not statistically significant. In study B, the placebo treated patients increased their use of opioid analgesics, while the QUADRAMET® (samarium sm 153 lexidronam) treated patients decreased their use of opioid analgesics.

Table 4: COMPARISON OF WEEKLY MEAN ANALGESIC USE (a) BETWEEN QUADRAMET® (samarium sm 153 lexidronam) 1.0 mCi/kg AND PLACEBO GROUPS [Intent to Treat]

  STUDY A (n= 73) (b) STUDY B (n= 150) (c)
WEEK Placebo
N=36
1.0 mCi/kg
N=37
Placebo
N=50
1.0 mCi/kg
N=100
Baseline 93.5 (154.0)(a) 127.1 (189.9) 78.4 (83.1) 96.5 (166.6)
1 106.8 (173.8) 125.7 (192.6) 84.5 (91.1) 93.5 (165.5)
2 127.1 (238.4) 144.8 (276.7) 85.6 (90.9) 82.9 (122.9)
3 133.9 (254.0) 146.6 (278.2) 100.1 (119.4) 79.6 (131.2)*
4 135.6 (222.0) 135.1 (274.0) 106.3 (161.0) 76.8 (132.3)*
(a) Mean Analgesic Use (SD) is in morphine equivalent units; 0 = none.
(b) Excludes 5 patients with missing baseline or with extreme values; and all 40 patients who received 0.5 mCi QUADRAMET® (samarium sm 153 lexidronam) . QUADRAMET® (samarium sm 153 lexidronam) 0.5 mCi/kg can not be distinguished from placebo.
(c) Excludes 2 patients with missing baseline values.
(*) Statistically significant difference in change from baseline in comparison to placebo.

In both studies, the numbers of patients who experienced any decrease in AUPC score without any increase in analgesic use at weeks 3 and 4 were also evaluated. In study A, this occurred in 20/37 (54%) of the patients who received QUADRAMET® (samarium sm 153 lexidronam) 1.0 mCi/kg and 9/36 (25%) of the placebo treated patients. In study B, this occurred in 48/100 (48%) of the QUADRAMET (samarium sm 153 lexidronam) ® treated patients and 11/51 (22%) of the placebo treated patients.

Medication Guide

PATIENT INFORMATION

Patients who receive QUADRAMET® (samarium sm 153 lexidronam) should be advised that for several hours following administration, radioactivity will be present in excreted urine. To help protect themselves and others in their environment, precautions need to be taken for 12 hours following administration. Whenever possible, a toilet should be used, rather than a urinal, and the toilet should be flushed several times after each use. Spilled urine should be cleaned up completely and patients should wash their hands thoroughly. If blood or urine gets onto clothing, the clothing should be washed separately, or stored for 1-2 weeks to allow for decay of the Sm-153.

Some patients have reported a transient increase in bone pain shortly after injection (flare reaction). This is usually mild and self-limiting and occurs within 72 hours of injection. Such reactions are usually responsive to analgesics.

Patients who respond to QUADRAMET® (samarium sm 153 lexidronam) might begin to notice the onset of pain relief one week after QUADRAMET® (samarium sm 153 lexidronam) . Maximal pain relief generally occurs at 3-4 weeks after injection of QUADRAMET® (samarium sm 153 lexidronam) . Patients who experience a reduction in pain may be encouraged to decrease their use of opioid analgesics.

Laboratory Tests

Because of the potential for bone marrow suppression, beginning 2 weeks after QUADRAMET® (samarium sm 153 lexidronam) administration, blood counts should be monitored weekly for at least 8 weeks, or until recovery of adequate bone marrow function.

In a subset of 31 patients who had serum calcium monitored during the first 2 hours after QUADRAMET® (samarium sm 153 lexidronam) infusion, a clear pattern of calcium change was not identified. However, 10 (32%) patients had at least one serum calcium level that was below normal (7.16 to 8.28). The extent to which samarium-153-EDTMP is related to this hypocalcemia is not known. Caution should be exercised when administering QUADRAMET® (samarium sm 153 lexidronam) to patients at risk for developing hypocalcemia.

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