Deferasirox (Page 4 of 11)

5.3 Gastrointestinal (GI) Ulceration, Hemorrhage, and Perforation

GI hemorrhage, including deaths, has been reported, especially in elderly patients who had advanced hematologic malignancies and/or low platelet counts. Nonfatal upper GI irritation, ulceration and hemorrhage have been reported in patients, including children and adolescents, receiving deferasirox [see Adverse Reactions ( 6.1)] . Monitor for signs and symptoms of GI ulceration and hemorrhage during deferasirox therapy, and promptly initiate additional evaluation and treatment if a serious GI adverse reaction is suspected. The risk of GI hemorrhage may be increased when administering deferasirox in combination with drugs that have ulcerogenic or hemorrhagic potential, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), corticosteroids, oral bisphosphonates, or anticoagulants. There have been reports of ulcers complicated with GI perforation (including fatal outcome) [see Adverse Reactions ( 6.2)] .

5.4 Bone Marrow Suppression

Neutropenia, agranulocytosis, worsening anemia, and thrombocytopenia, including fatal events, have been reported in patients treated with deferasirox. Preexisting hematologic disorders may increase this risk. Monitor blood counts in all patients. Interrupt treatment with deferasirox in patients who develop cytopenias until the cause of the cytopenia has been determined. Deferasirox is contraindicated in patients with platelet counts below 50 x 10 9 /L.

5.5 Age-Related Risk of Toxicity

Elderly Patients
Deferasirox has been associated with serious and fatal adverse reactions in the postmarketing setting among adults, predominantly in elderly patients. Monitor elderly patients treated with deferasirox more frequently for toxicity [see Use in Specific Populations ( 8.5)] .

Pediatric Patients Deferasirox has been associated with serious and fatal adverse reactions in pediatric patients in the postmarketing setting. These events were frequently associated with volume depletion or with continued deferasirox tablets for oral suspension doses in the 20 to 40 mg/kg/day range equivalent to 14 to 28 mg/kg/day deferasirox when body iron burden was approaching or in the normal range. Interrupt deferasirox in patients with volume depletion, and resume deferasirox when renal function and fluid volume have normalized. Monitor liver and renal function more frequently during volume depletion and in patients receiving deferasirox in the 14 to 28 mg/kg/day range when iron burden is approaching the normal range. Use the minimum effective dose to achieve and maintain a low iron burden [see Dosage and Administration ( 2.4), Warnings and Precautions ( 5.6), Use in Specific Populations ( 8.4)] .

5.6 Overchelation

For patients with transfusional iron overload, measure serum ferritin monthly to assess the patient’s response to therapy and minimize the risk of overchelation. An analysis of pediatric patients treated with deferasirox tablets for oral suspensionin pooled clinical trials (n = 158), found a higher rate of renal adverse reactions among patients receiving doses greater than 25 mg/kg/day equivalent to 17.5 mg/kg/day deferasirox while their serum ferritin values were less than 1,000 mcg/L. Consider dose reduction or closer monitoring of renal and hepatic function, and serum ferritin levels during these periods. Use the minimum effective dose to maintain a low-iron burden [see Adverse Reactions ( 6.1), Use in Specific Populations ( 8.4)].
If the serum ferritin falls below 1,000 mcg/L at 2 consecutive visits, consider dose reduction, especially if the deferasirox dose is greater than 17.5 mg/kg/day [see Adverse Reactions ( 6.1)] .

If the serum ferritin falls below 500 mcg/L, interrupt therapy with deferasirox and continue monthly monitoring. Evaluate the need for ongoing chelation for patients whose conditions do not require regular blood transfusions. Use the minimum effective dose to maintain iron burden in the target range. Continued administration of deferasirox in the 14 to 28 mg/kg/day range, when the body iron burden is approaching or within the normal range can result in life-threatening adverse reactions [see Dosage and Administration ( 2.1)]. For patients with NTDT, measure LIC by liver biopsy or by using an FDA-cleared or approved method for monitoring patients receiving deferasirox therapy every 6 months on treatment. Interrupt deferasirox administration when the LIC is less than 3 mg Fe/g dw. Measure serum ferritin monthly, and if the serum ferritin falls below 300 mcg/L, interrupt deferasirox and obtain a confirmatory LIC [see Clinical Studies ( 14)].

5.7 Hypersensitivity

Deferasirox may cause serious hypersensitivity reactions (such as anaphylaxis and angioedema), with the onset of the reaction usually occurring within the first month of treatment [see Adverse Reactions ( 6.2)] . If reactions are severe, discontinue deferasirox and institute appropriate medical intervention. Deferasirox is contraindicated in patients with known hypersensitivity to deferasirox products and should not be reintroduced in patients who have experienced previous hypersensitivity reactions on deferasirox products due to the risk of anaphylactic shock.

5.8 Severe Skin Reactions

Severe cutaneous adverse reactions (SCARs), including Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS), toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN) and drug reaction with eosinophilia and systemic symptoms (DRESS) which could be life-threatening or fatal have been reported during deferasirox therapy [see Adverse Reactions ( 6.1, 6.2)] . Cases of erythema multiforme have been observed. Advise patients of the signs and symptoms of severe skin reactions, and closely monitor. If any severe skin reactions are suspected, discontinue deferasirox immediately and do not reintroduce deferasirox therapy.

5.9 Skin Rash

Rashes may occur during deferasirox treatment [see Adverse Reactions ( 6.1)] .

For rashes of mild to moderate severity, deferasirox may be continued without dose adjustment, since the rash often resolves spontaneously. In severe cases, interrupt treatment with deferasirox. Reintroduction at a lower dose with escalation may be considered after resolution of the rash.

5.10 Auditory and Ocular Abnormalities

Auditory disturbances (high frequency hearing loss, decreased hearing), and ocular disturbances (lens opacities, cataracts, elevations in intraocular pressure, and retinal disorders) were reported at a frequency of less than 1% with deferasirox therapy in the clinical studies. The frequency of auditory adverse reactions was increased among pediatric patients, who received deferasirox tablets for oral suspension doses greater than 25 mg/kg/day equivalent to 17.5 mg/kg/day deferasirox when serum ferritin was less than 1,000 mcg/L [see Warnings and Precautions ( 5.6)] . Perform auditory and ophthalmic testing (including slit lamp examinations and dilated fundoscopy) before starting deferasirox treatment and thereafter at regular intervals (every 12 months). If disturbances are noted, monitor more frequently. Consider dose reduction or interruption.


The following clinically significant adverse reactions are also discussed in other sections of the labeling:
• Acute Kidney Injury, Including Acute Renal Failure Requiring Dialysis, and Renal Tubular Toxicity Including Fanconi Syndrome [see Warnings and Precautions ( 5.1, 5.6)]
• Hepatic Toxicity and Failure [see Warnings and Precautions ( 5.2, 5.6)]
• GI Hemorrhage [see Warnings and Precautions ( 5.3)]
• Bone Marrow Suppression [see Warnings and Precautions ( 5.4)]
• Hypersensitivity [see Warnings and Precautions ( 5.7)]
• Severe Skin Reactions [see Warnings and Precautions ( 5.8)]
• Skin Rash [see Warnings and Precautions ( 5.9)] • Auditory and Ocular Abnormalities [see Warnings and Precautions ( 5.10)]

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