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VePesid (etoposide) is indicated in the management of:
Small Cell Lung Cancer-VePesid (etoposide) Capsules in combination with other approved chemotherapeutic agents as first line treatment in patients with small cell lung cancer.
DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION
For recommended dosing adjustments in patients with renal impairment see PRECAUTIONS section.
Chemotherapy courses are repeated at 3- to 4-week intervals after adequate recovery from any toxicity.
VePesid (etoposide) Capsules
In small cell lung cancer, the recommended dose of VePesid (etoposide) Capsules is two times the IV dose rounded to the nearest 50 mg (i.e., two times 35 mg/m2/day for 4 days to 50 mg/m2/day for 5 days).
The dosage should be modified to take into account the myelosuppressive effects of other drugs in the combination or the effects of prior x-ray therapy or chemotherapy which may have compromised bone marrow reserve.
To minimize the risk of dermal exposure, always wear impervious gloves when handling blisterpacks of individually labeled blisters containing VePesid (etoposide) capsules. This includes all handling activities in clinical settings, pharmacies, storerooms, and home healthcare settings, including during unpacking and inspection, transport within a facility, and dose preparation and administration.
VePesid (etoposide) Capsules must be stored under refrigeration 2° - 8° C (36° - 46° F). The capsules are stable for 24 months under such refrigeration conditions.
Procedures for proper handling and disposal of anticancer drugs should be considered. Several guidelines on this subject have been published.1-8 There is no general agreement that all of the procedures recommended in the guidelines are necessary or appropriate.
VePesidR (etoposide) Capsules
NDC 0015-3091-45-50 mg pink capsules with "BRISTOL 3091" printed in black in blisterpacks of 20 individually labeled blisters, each containing one capsule.
Capsules are to be stored under refrigeration 2°- 8° C (36° - 46° F). DO NOT FREEZE. Dispense in child-resistant containers.
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2. Recommendations for the safe handling of parenteral antineoplastic drugs. Washington, DC: Division of Safety, Clinical Center Pharmacy Department and Cancer Nursing Services, National Institutes of Health; 1992. US Dept of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service Publication NIH 92-2621.
3. AMA Council on Scientific Affairs. Guidelines for handling parenteral antineoplastics. JAMA. 1985;253:1590-1592.
4. National Study Commission on Cytotoxic Exposure. Recommendations for handling cytotoxic agents. 1987. Available from Louis P. Jeffrey, ScD, Chairman, National Study Commission on Cytotoxic Exposure. Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Sciences, 179 Longwood Avenue, Boston, MA 02115.
5. Clinical Oncological Society of Australia. Guidelines and recommendations for safe handling of antineoplastic agents. Med J Aust. 1983;1:426-428.
6. Jones RB, Frank R, Mass T. Safe handling of chemotherapeutic agents: a report from The Mount Sinai Medical Center. CA Cancer J Clin. 1983;33:258-263.
7. American Society of Hospital Pharmacists. ASHP technical assistance bulletin on handling cytotoxic and hazardous drugs. Am J Hosp Pharm. 1990;47:1033-1049.
8. Controlling occupational exposure to hazardous drugs. (OSHA Work-Practice Guidelines.) Am J Health-Syst Pharm. 1996;53:1669-1685.
For information on package sizes available, refer to the current price schedule. Manufactured by: R.P. Scherer GmbH Eberback/Baden, Germany. Distributed by: Bristol Myers Squibb Co., Princeton, New Jersey 08543, USA. Revised July 2006. FDA Rev date: 11/5/2002This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.
Last reviewed on RxList: 9/18/2008
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