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12.1 Mechanism of Action

Talazoparib is an inhibitor of poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP) enzymes, including PARP1 and PARP2, which play a role in DNA repair. In vitro studies with cancer cell lines that harbored defects in DNA repair genes, including BRCA 1 and BRCA 2, have shown that talazoparib-induced cytotoxicity may involve inhibition of PARP enzymatic activity and increased formation of PARP-DNA complexes resulting in DNA damage, decreased cell proliferation, and apoptosis. Talazoparib anti-tumor activity was observed in human patient-derived xenograft breast cancer tumor models bearing mutated BRCA 1 or mutated BRCA 2 or wild-type BRCA 1 and BRCA 2.

12.2 Pharmacodynamics

Cardiac Electrophysiology

The effect of talazoparib on cardiac repolarization was evaluated in 37 patients with advanced solid tumors. Talazoparib had no large QTc prolongation (i.e., >20 ms) at the recommended dose.

12.3 Pharmacokinetics

After oral administration of 1 mg TALZENNA once daily in patients, the recommended dose, the geometric mean [% coefficient of variation (CV%)] of AUC and maximum observed plasma concentration (Cmax ) of talazoparib at steady-state was 208 (37%) ng.hr/mL and 16.4 (32%) ng/mL, respectively. The pharmacokinetics (PK) of talazoparib is linear from 0.025 mg to 2 mg (2 times the recommended dose). The median accumulation ratio of talazoparib following repeated oral administration of 1 mg once daily was in the range of 2.3 to 5.2. Talazoparib plasma concentrations reached steady-state within 2 to 3 weeks.


Following oral administration of talazoparib, the median time to Cmax (Tmax ) was generally between 1 to 2 hours after dosing.

Food Effect

Following a single oral dose of 0.5 mg TALZENNA with high-fat, high-calorie food (approximately 800 to 1000 calories with 150, 250, and 500 to 600 calories from protein, carbohydrate, and fat, respectively), the mean Cmax of talazoparib was decreased by 46%, the median Tmax was delayed from 1 to 4 hours, and AUCinf was not affected.


The mean apparent volume of distribution of talazoparib is 420 L. In vitro, protein binding of talazoparib is 74% and is independent of talazoparib concentration.


The mean terminal plasma half-life (±standard deviation) of talazoparib is 90 (±58) hours, and the mean apparent oral clearance (inter-subject variability) is 6.45 L/h (31.1%) in cancer patients.


Talazoparib undergoes minimal hepatic metabolism. The identified metabolic pathways of talazoparib in humans include mono-oxidation, dehydrogenation, cysteine conjugation of mono-desfluoro-talazoparib, and glucuronide conjugation.


Excretion of talazoparib in urine was the major route of elimination. Approximately 68.7% (54.6% unchanged) of the total administered radioactive dose [14 C]talazoparib was recovered in urine, and 19.7% (13.6% unchanged) was recovered in feces.

Specific Populations

Age (18 to 88 years), sex, race (361 White, 41 Asian, 16 Black, 9 Others, and 63 Not Reported), body weight (36 to 162 kg), and mild to severe hepatic impairment based on NCI criteria had no clinically relevant effect on the PK of talazoparib.

Pediatric Patients

The PK of talazoparib have not been evaluated in patients <18 years of age.

Patients with Renal Impairment

Talazoparib steady-state total exposure (AUC0–24 ) increased by 12%, 43%, and 163% in patients with mild (eGFR 60 – 89 mL/min/1.73 m2), moderate (eGFR 30 – 59 mL/min/1.73 m2), and severe (eGFR 15 – 29 mL/min/1.73 m2) renal impairment, respectively, relative to patients with normal renal function (eGFR ≥ 90 mL/min/1.73 m2). Talazoparib steady-state peak concentration (Cmax ) increased by 11%, 32%, and 89% in patients with mild, moderate, and severe renal impairment, respectively, relative to patients with normal renal function. The PK of talazoparib has not been studied in patients requiring hemodialysis. There was no evidence of a relationship between the protein binding of talazoparib and renal function.

Drug Interaction Studies

Effect of Other Drugs on Talazoparib

Effect of P-gp inhibitors: In patients with advanced solid tumors, coadministration of a P-gp inhibitor (multiple 100 mg twice-daily doses of itraconazole) with a single 0.5 mg talazoparib dose increased talazoparib AUCinf and Cmax by approximately 56% and 40%, respectively. Population PK analysis showed that coadministration with P-gp inhibitors including amiodarone, carvedilol, clarithromycin, itraconazole, and verapamil in clinical studies increased talazoparib exposure by 45% [see Dosage and Administration (2.5), Drug Interactions (7.1)].

Coadministration with P-gp inhibitors including azithromycin, atorvastatin, diltiazem, felodipine, fluvoxamine, and quercetin in clinical studies increased talazoparib exposure by 8% [see Dosage and Administration (2.5), Drug Interactions (7)].

Effect of P-gp inducers: In patients with advanced solid tumors, coadministration of a P-gp inducer (multiple 600 mg once-daily doses of rifampin) with a single 1 mg talazoparib dose increased talazoparib Cmax by 37% with no effect on talazoparib exposure.

Effect of BCRP inhibitors: The effect of BCRP inhibitors on PK of talazoparib has not been studied. Coadministration with BCRP inhibitors may increase talazoparib exposure [see Drug Interactions (7)].

Effect of acid-reducing agents on talazoparib: Coadministration of acid-reducing agents including proton pump inhibitors (PPI), histamine receptor 2 antagonists (H2 RA), or other acid reducing agents has no effect on the absorption of talazoparib.

In Vitro Studies

Talazoparib is a substrate of P-gp and BCRP transporters.

Talazoparib is not a substrate of organic anion transporting polypeptide [OATP]1B1, OATP1B3, organic cationic transporter [OCT]1, OCT2, organic anion transporter [OAT]1, OAT3, bile salt export pump [BSEP], multidrug and toxin extrusion [MATE]1, and MATE2-K.

Talazoparib is not an inhibitor of cytochrome (CYP)1A2, CYP2B6, CYP2C8, CYP2C9, CYP2C19, CYP2D6, or CYP3A4/5, or inducer of CYP1A2, CYP2B6, or CYP3A4.

Talazoparib is not an inhibitor of transporters including P-gp, BCRP, OATP1B1, OATP1B3, OCT1, OCT2, OAT1, OAT3, BSEP, MATE1, and MATE2-K.

Talazoparib is not an inhibitor of uridine-diphosphate glucuronosyltransferase (UGT) isoforms (1A1, 1A4, 1A6, 1A9, 2B7, and 2B15).


13.1 Carcinogenesis, Mutagenesis, Impairment of Fertility

Carcinogenicity studies have not been conducted with talazoparib.

Talazoparib was clastogenic in an in vitro chromosomal aberration assay in human peripheral blood lymphocytes and in an in vivo bone marrow micronucleus assay in rats. This clastogenicity is consistent with genomic instability resulting from the primary pharmacology of talazoparib, indicating the potential for genotoxicity in humans. Talazoparib was not mutagenic in a bacterial reverse mutation (Ames) test.

Fertility studies in animals have not been conducted with talazoparib. In repeat-dose toxicity studies up to 3-months duration, talazoparib-related findings in the testis and epididymis at doses ≥0.04 mg/kg/day in rats and ≥0.01 mg/kg/day in dogs included decreased organ weights, luminal cellular debris, reduced sperm, and degeneration/atrophy. These doses in rats and dogs resulted in approximately 1.0 times and 0.2 times, respectively, the exposure (AUC) in humans at the recommended dose. Follicular atresia of the ovary was observed in rats at doses ≥1 mg/kg/day talazoparib, approximately 9.5 times the AUC in patients at the recommended dose.


EMBRACA Study (NCT01945775)

Deleterious or Suspected Deleterious Germline BRCA-mutated (gBRCAm) HER2-negative Locally Advanced or Metastatic Breast Cancer

EMBRACA (NCT01945775) was an open-label study in which patients (N=431) with gBRCAm HER2-negative locally advanced or metastatic breast cancer were randomized 2:1 to receive TALZENNA 1 mg or healthcare provider’s choice of chemotherapy (capecitabine, eribulin, gemcitabine, or vinorelbine) until disease progression or unacceptable toxicity. Randomization was stratified by prior lines of chemotherapy for metastatic disease (0 versus 1, 2, or 3), by triple-negative disease status (triple-negative breast cancer [TNBC] versus non-TNBC), and history of central nervous system (CNS) metastasis (yes versus no).

Patients received no more than 3 prior cytotoxic chemotherapy regimens for their metastatic or locally advanced disease. Patients were required to have received treatment with an anthracycline and/or a taxane (unless contraindicated) in the neoadjuvant, adjuvant, and/or metastatic treatment setting. First-line treatment for advanced or metastatic disease with no prior adjuvant chemotherapy was allowed if the investigator determined that 1 of the 4 chemotherapy choices in the control arm would be an appropriate treatment option for the patient. Patients with prior platinum therapy for advanced disease were required to have no evidence of disease progression during platinum therapy. No prior treatment with a PARP inhibitor was permitted. Of the 431 patients randomized in the EMBRACA study, 408 (95%) were centrally confirmed to have a deleterious or suspected deleterious gBRCAm using a clinical trial assay; out of which 354 (82%) were confirmed using the BRACAnalysis CDx®. BRCA mutation status (breast cancer susceptibility gene 1 [BRCA1] positive or breast cancer susceptibility gene 2 [BRCA2] positive) was similar across both treatment arms.

The median age of patients treated with TALZENNA was 46 years (range 28 to 84) and 51 years (range 24 to 89) among patients treated with chemotherapy. Among all randomized patients, 1% versus 2% were males, 67% versus 75% were White; 11% versus 11% were Asian, and 4% versus 1% were Black or African American in the TALZENNA and chemotherapy arms, respectively. Almost all patients (98%) in both arms had an Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) performance status of 0 or 1. Approximately 56% of patients had estrogen receptor-positive and/or progesterone receptor-positive disease; 44% of patients had triple-negative disease, and the proportions were balanced across both treatment arms. Fifteen percent (15%) of patients in the TALZENNA arm and 14% of patients in the chemotherapy arm had a history of CNS metastases. Ninety-one percent (91%) of patients in the TALZENNA arm had received prior taxane therapy, and 85% had received prior anthracycline therapy in any setting. Sixteen percent (16%) of patients in the TALZENNA arm and 21% of patients in the chemotherapy arm had received prior platinum treatment in any setting. The median number of prior cytotoxic regimens for patients with advanced breast cancer was one; 38% received no prior cytotoxic regimens for advanced or metastatic disease, 37% received one, 20% received two, and 5% received three or more prior cytotoxic regimens.

The major efficacy outcome measure was progression-free survival (PFS) evaluated according to Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumors (RECIST) version 1.1, as assessed by blinded independent central review (BICR). A statistically significant improvement in PFS was demonstrated for TALZENNA compared with chemotherapy. A sensitivity analysis of investigator-assessed PFS was consistent with the BICR-assessed PFS results. Consistent PFS results were observed across patient subgroups defined by study stratification factors (prior lines of chemotherapy, TNBC status, and history of CNS metastases). Efficacy data from the EMBRACA study are summarized in Table 5, and the Kaplan-Meier curves for PFS are shown in Figure 1 and final overall survival (OS) in Figure 2.

Table 5. Summary of Efficacy Results – EMBRACA Study
Abbreviations: BICR=blinded independent central review; CI=confidence interval; DOR=duration of response; ITT=intent-to-treat; ORR=objective response rate; OS=overall survival; PFS=progression-free survival.
Hazard ratio is estimated from a Cox proportional hazards model stratified by prior use of chemotherapy for metastatic disease (0 versus 1, 2, or 3), by triple-negative disease status (triple-negative breast cancer [TNBC] versus non TNBC), and by history of central nervous system metastasis (yes versus no) and was relative to overall chemotherapy with <1 favoring talazoparib.
P-values (2-sided) from the log-rank test stratified by number of prior cytotoxic chemotherapy regimens, triple negative status and history of central nervous system metastasis.
Conducted in ITT population with measurable disease at baseline.
Response rate based on confirmed responses.
Median estimated from Kaplan-Meier probabilities.
PFS by BICRN=287N=144
Disease Progression or Deaths, n (%)186 (65)83 (58)
Median months (95% CI)8.6 (7.2, 9.3)5.6 (4.2, 6.7)
Hazard Ratio (95% CI)*0.54 (0.41, 0.71)
p-value p<0.0001
Patients with Measurable Disease by Investigator N=219N=114
ORR, % (95% CI)§50.2 (43.4, 57.0)18.4 (11.8, 26.8)
Median DOR months (95% CI)6.4 (5.4, 9.5)3.9 (3.0, 7.6)
Deaths, n (%)216 (75)108 (75)
Median months (95% CI)19.3 (16.6, 22.5)19.5 (17.4, 22.4)
Hazard ratio (95% CI)*0.85 (0.67, 1.07)
p-value p=0.1693

Figure 1. Kaplan-Meier Curves of PFS – EMBRACA Study

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Abbreviation: PFS=progression-free survival.

Figure 2. Kaplan-Meier Curves of OS – EMBRACA Study (ITT Population)

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Abbreviation: OS=overall survival.

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