TOPOTECAN- topotecan hydrochloride injection, solution, concentrate
Hospira, Inc.


Topotecan can cause severe myelosuppression. Administer first cycle only to patients with baseline neutrophil counts of greater than or equal to 1,500/mm3 and platelet counts greater than or equal to 100,000/mm3. Monitor blood cell counts [see Warnings and Precautions (5.1)].


Topotecan Injection is indicated for the treatment of patients with small cell lung cancer (SCLC) with platinum-sensitive disease who progressed at least 60 days after initiation of first-line chemotherapy.


2.1 Important Safety Information

Verify dosage using body surface area. Do not exceed a single dose of 4 mg intravenously.

2.2 Recommended Dosage for Small Cell Lung Cancer

The recommended dosage of Topotecan Injection is 1.5 mg/m2 by intravenous infusion over 30 minutes daily for 5 consecutive days, starting on Day 1 of a 21-day cycle.

2.3 Dosage Modifications for Adverse Reactions


Do not administer subsequent cycles of Topotecan Injection until neutrophils recover to greater than 1,000/mm3 , platelets recover to greater than 100,000/mm3 , and hemoglobin levels recover to greater than or equal to 9 g/dL (with transfusion if necessary).

Reduce the dose of Topotecan Injection to 1.25 mg/m2 /day for:

  • neutrophil counts of less than 500/mm3 or administer granulocyte-colony stimulating factor (G-CSF) starting no sooner than 24 hours following the last dose
  • platelet counts less than 25,000/mm3 during previous cycle

2.4 Dosage Modification for Renal Impairment

Reduce the dose of Topotecan Injection to 0.75 mg/m2 /day for patients with creatinine clearance (CLcr) of 20 to 39 mL/min (calculated with the Cockcroft-Gault method using ideal body weight) [see Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)].

2.5 Preparation and Administration

Topotecan Injection is a cytotoxic drug. Follow applicable special handling and disposable procedures.1

Withdraw the appropriate volume from the vial and discard any unused portion.

Dilute Topotecan Injection in a minimum of 50 mL of 0.9% Sodium Chloride Injection, USP or 5% Dextrose Injection, USP prior to administration. Infuse diluted Topotecan Injection over 30 minutes.

Store diluted Topotecan Injection at 20°C and 25°C (68°F and 77°F) in ambient lighting conditions for no more than 24 hours. Discard unused portion after 24 hours.

Visually inspect for particulate matter and discoloration prior to administration, whenever solution and container permit. Discard if particulate matter or discoloration is observed.


Injection: 4 mg/4 mL (1 mg/mL topotecan free base) clear, yellow to yellow-green solution in single-dose vial.


Topotecan Injection is contraindicated in patients who have a history of severe hypersensitivity reactions to topotecan. Reactions have included anaphylactoid reactions [see Adverse Reactions (6.2)].


5.1 Myelosuppression

Topotecan can cause severe myelosuppression.

Grade 4 neutropenia occurred in 78% of 879 patients, with a median duration of 7 days and was most common during Cycle 1 (58% of patients). Grade 4 neutropenia associated with infection occurred in 13% and febrile neutropenia occurred in 5%. Sepsis occurred in 4% and was fatal in 1%. Grade 4 thrombocytopenia occurred in 27%, with a median duration of 5 days. Grade 3 or 4 anemia occurred in 37% of patients.

Topotecan can cause fatal typhlitis (neutropenic enterocolitis). Consider the possibility of typhlitis in patients presenting with fever, neutropenia, and abdominal pain.

Administer the first cycle of Topotecan Injection only to patients with a baseline neutrophil count of greater than or equal to 1,500/mm3 and a platelet count greater than or equal to 100,000/mm3. Monitor blood counts frequently during treatment. Withhold and reduce dose of Topotecan Injection based on neutrophil counts, platelet counts and hemoglobin levels [see Dosage and Administration (2.3)].

5.2 Interstitial Lung Disease

Interstitial lung disease (ILD), including fatalities, has occurred with topotecan [see Adverse Reactions (6.2)]. Underlying risk factors include history of ILD, pulmonary fibrosis, lung cancer, thoracic radiation, and use of pneumotoxic drugs and/or colony stimulating factors. Monitor patients for pulmonary symptoms indicative of ILD (e.g., cough, fever, dyspnea, and/or hypoxia), and discontinue Topotecan Injection if a new diagnosis of ILD is confirmed.

5.3 Extravasation and Tissue Injury

Extravasation with topotecan has been observed; severe cases have been reported. If signs or symptoms of extravasation occur, immediately stop administration of Topotecan Injection and institute recommended management procedures [see Adverse Reactions (6.2)].

5.4 Embryo-Fetal Toxicity

Based on animal data, topotecan can cause fetal harm when administered to a pregnant woman. Topotecan caused embryolethality, fetotoxicity, and teratogenicity in rats and rabbits when administered during organogenesis. Advise women of the potential risk to a fetus. Advise females of reproductive potential to use effective contraception during treatment and for 6 months after the last dose of Topotecan Injection. Advise males with a female partner of reproductive potential to use effective contraception during treatment with Topotecan Injection and for 3 months after the last dose [see Use in Specific Populations (8.1, 8.3), Nonclinical Toxicology (13.1)].


The following serious adverse reactions are described elsewhere in the labeling:

6.1 Clinical Trials 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 with rates in the clinical trials of another drug and may not reflect the rates observed in practice.

The data in Warnings and Precautions reflect exposure to topotecan from 8 trials in which 879 patients with small cell lung cancer (SCLC) and other solid tumors received topotecan 1.5 mg/m2 by intravenous infusion daily for 5 consecutive days, starting on Day 1 of a 21-day cycle.

Small Cell Lung Cancer (SCLC)

The safety of topotecan was evaluated in randomized, comparative trial in patients with recurrent or progressive SCLC (Study 090) [see Clinical Studies (14.1)]. Table 1 shows the Grade 3 or 4 hematologic and non-hematologic adverse reactions in patients with SCLC.

Table 1. Adverse Reactions Occurring in ≥5% of Patients with Small Cell Lung Cancer in Study 090
Adverse Reactions Topotecan
(n = 107)
(n = 104)
Grade 3–4 (%) Grade 3–4 (%)
CAV = cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin and vincristine.
Pain includes body pain, skeletal pain, and back pain.
Death related to sepsis occurred in 3% of patients receiving topotecan and 1% of patients receiving CAV.
Grade 4 neutropenia (< 500/mm3) 70 72
Grade 3 or 4 anemia (Hgb < 8 g/dL) 42 20
Grade 4 thrombocytopenia (< 25,000/mm3) 29 5
Febrile neutropenia 28 26
Respiratory, thoracic, and mediastinal
Dyspnea 9 14
Pneumonia 8 6
General and administrative site conditions
Asthenia 9 7
Fatigue 6 10
Pain 5 7
Nausea 8 6
Abdominal pain 6 4
Sepsis 5 5

Hepatobiliary Disorders

Based on 879 patients with small cell lung cancer or another solid tumor who were treated with topotecan, Grade 3 or 4 elevated aspartate (AST) or alanine transaminase (ALT) occurred in 4% and Grade 3 or 4 elevated bilirubin occurred in less than 2% of patients.

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