Supported by the totality of evidence for biosimilarity and the expertise of Sandoz, a Novartis company1,2

  • Approved in Europe in 20093
  • More than 7.5 million patient-exposure days outside the US3
  • Confirmed biosimilarity to Neupogen® (filgrastim)2,3

ZARXIO shares the following indications with Neupogen®1,4

  • Patients with Cancer Receiving Myelosuppressive Chemotherapy
  • Patients with Acute Myeloid Leukemia Receiving Induction or Consolidation Chemotherapy
  • Patients with Cancer Undergoing Bone Marrow Transplantation
  • Patients Undergoing Autologous Peripheral Blood Progenitor Cell Collection and Therapy
  • Patients with Severe Chronic Neutropenia

HCPCS code Q5101 Injection, Filgrastim (G-CSF), Biosimilar, 1 microgram

Effective January 1, 2016, Corresponding Required Modifier when billing Q5101 for Zarxio is ZA-Novartis/Sandoz

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HCPCS code Q5101 Injection, Filgrastim (G-CSF), Biosimilar, 1 microgram

Effective January 1, 2016, Corresponding Required Modifier when billing Q5101 for Zarxio is ZA-Novartis/Sandoz

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Important Safety Information

CONTRAINDICATIONS

  • ZARXIO is contraindicated in patients with a history of serious allergic reactions to human granulocyte colony-stimulating factors such as filgrastim or pegfilgrastim products.

WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS

  • Splenic rupture, including fatal cases, has been reported following the administration of filgrastim products. Patients who report left upper abdominal or shoulder pain should be evaluated.
  • Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) has been reported in patients receiving filgrastim products. Patients who develop fever and lung infiltrates or respiratory distress should be evaluated. Discontinue ZARXIO in patients with ARDS.
  • Serious allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis, have been reported in patients receiving filgrastim products. The majority of reported events occurred upon initial exposure. Provide symptomatic treatment for allergic reactions. Allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis, in patients receiving filgrastim products can recur within days after the discontinuation of initial anti-allergic treatment. Permanently discontinue ZARXIO in patients with serious allergic reactions.
  • Sickle cell crisis, in some cases fatal, has been reported with the use of filgrastim products in patients with sickle cell trait or sickle cell disease.
  • Glomerulonephritis has occurred in patients receiving filgrastim products. The diagnoses were based upon azotemia, hematuria (microscopic and macroscopic), proteinuria, and renal biopsy. Generally, events of glomerulonephritis resolved after dose reduction or discontinuation of filgrastim products. If glomerulonephritis is suspected, evaluate for cause. If causality is likely, consider dose-reduction or interruption of ZARXIO.
  • Alveolar hemorrhage manifesting as pulmonary infiltrates and hemoptysis requiring hospitalization have been reported in healthy donors treated with filgrastim products undergoing peripheral blood progenitor cell (PBPC) collection mobilization. Hemoptysis resolved with discontinuation of filgrastim. The use of ZARXIO for PBPC mobilization in healthy donors is not an approved indication.
  • Capillary leak syndrome (CLS) has been reported after G-CSF administration, including filgrastim products, and is characterized by hypotension, hypoalbuminemia, edema and hemoconcentration. Episodes vary in frequency, severity and may be life-threatening if treatment is delayed. Patients who develop symptoms of capillary leak syndrome should be closely monitored and receive appropriate treatment.
  • Confirm the diagnosis of severe chronic neutropenia (SCN) before initiating ZARXIO therapy. Myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) and acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) have been reported to occur in the natural history of congenital neutropenia without cytokine therapy. Cytogenetic abnormalities, transformation to MDS, and AML have also been observed in patients treated with filgrastim products for SCN. Abnormal cytogenetics and MDS have been associated with the eventual development of myeloid leukemia. The effect of filgrastim products on the development of abnormal cytogenetics and the effect of continued filgrastim administration in patients with abnormal cytogenetics or MDS are unknown. If a patient with SCN develops abnormal cytogenetics or myelodysplasia‚ the risks and benefits of continuing ZARXIO should be carefully considered.
  • Thrombocytopenia has been reported in patients receiving filgrastim products. Monitor platelet counts.
  • Leukocytosis:
    • Patients with Cancer Receiving Myelosuppressive Chemotherapy: White blood cell counts of 100‚000/mm3 or greater were observed in approximately 2% of patients receiving filgrastim at dosages above 5 mcg/kg/day. In patients with cancer receiving ZARXIO as an adjunct to myelosuppressive chemotherapy‚ to avoid the potential risks of excessive leukocytosis‚ it is recommended that ZARXIO therapy be discontinued if the ANC surpasses 10‚000/mm3 after the chemotherapy-induced ANC nadir has occurred. Monitor CBCs at least twice weekly during therapy.
    • Peripheral Blood Progenitor Cell (PBPC) Collection and Therapy: During the period of administration of ZARXIO for PBPC mobilization in patients with cancer, discontinue ZARXIO if the leukocyte count rises to >100,000/mm3.
  • Cutaneous vasculitis has been reported in patients treated with filgrastim products. In most cases‚ the severity of cutaneous vasculitis was moderate or severe. Most of the reports involved patients with SCN receiving long-term filgrastim therapy. Hold ZARXIO therapy in patients with cutaneous vasculitis. ZARXIO may be started at a reduced dose when the symptoms resolve and the ANC has decreased.
  • The possibility that ZARXIO acts as a growth factor for any tumor type cannot be excluded. The safety of filgrastim products in chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) and myelodysplasia has not been established. When ZARXIO is used to mobilize PBPC, tumor cells may be released from the marrow and subsequently collected in the leukapheresis product. Available data is limited and inconclusive.
  • The safety and efficacy of ZARXIO given simultaneously with cytotoxic chemotherapy have not been established. Do not use ZARXIO in the period 24 hours before through 24 hours after the administration of cytotoxic chemotherapy. The safety and efficacy of ZARXIO have not been evaluated in patients receiving concurrent radiation therapy. Avoid the simultaneous use of ZARXIO with chemotherapy and radiation therapy.
  • Increased hematopoietic activity of the bone marrow in response to growth factor therapy has been associated with transient positive bone-imaging changes on nuclear imaging.

ADVERSE REACTIONS

Most common adverse reactions in patients:

  • With nonmyeloid malignancies receiving myelosuppressive anti-cancer drugs (≥5% difference in incidence compared to placebo) are thrombocytopenia, nausea, pyrexia, chest pain, pain, fatigue, back pain, arthralgia, bone pain, pain in extremity, dizziness, cough, dyspnea, rash, blood lactate dehydrogenase increased and blood alkaline phosphatase increased
  • With AML (≥2% difference in incidence) are epistaxis, back pain, pain in extremity, erythema, and rash maculo-papular
  • With nonmyeloid malignancies undergoing myeloablative chemotherapy followed by BMT (≥5% difference in incidence) are rash and hypersensitivity
  • Undergoing peripheral blood progenitor cell mobilization and collection (≥5% incidence) are bone pain, pyrexia, blood alkaline phosphatase increased and headache
  • With severe chronic neutropenia (SCN) (≥5% difference in incidence) are arthralgia, bone pain, back pain, muscle spasms, musculoskeletal pain, pain in extremity, splenomegaly, anemia, upper respiratory tract infection, urinary tract infection, epistaxis, chest pain, diarrhea, hypoesthesia, and alopecia

Please see full Prescribing Information.

To report SUSPECTED ADVERSE REACTIONS, contact Sandoz Inc. at 1-800-525-8747 or FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or www.fda.gov/medwatch.

INDICATIONS

  • Patients with Cancer Receiving Myelosuppressive Chemotherapy: to decrease the incidence of infection, as manifested by febrile neutropenia, in patients with nonmyeloid malignancies receiving myelosuppressive anti-cancer drugs associated with a significant incidence of severe neutropenia with fever.
  • Patients with Acute Myeloid Leukemia Receiving Induction or Consolidation Chemotherapy: to reduce the time to neutrophil recovery and the duration of fever, following induction or consolidation chemotherapy treatment of patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML).
  • Patients with Cancer Undergoing Bone Marrow Transplantation: to reduce the duration of neutropenia and neutropenia-related clinical sequelae, e.g., febrile neutropenia, in patients with nonmyeloid malignancies undergoing myeloablative chemotherapy followed by bone marrow transplantation.
  • Patients Undergoing Autologous Peripheral Blood Progenitor Cell Collection and Therapy: for the mobilization of autologous hematopoietic progenitor cells into the peripheral blood for collection by leukapheresis.
  • Patients with Severe Chronic Neutropenia: for chronic administration to reduce the incidence and duration of sequelae of neutropenia (e.g, fever, infections, oropharyngeal ulcers) in symptomatic patients with congenital neutropenia, cyclic neutropenia, or idiopathic neutropenia.

ZARXIO is a registered trademark of Novartis AG.

Neupogen is a registered trademark of Amgen Inc.

References: 1. Data on file. Sandoz Inc. Princeton, NJ. 2. ZARXIO Prescribing Information. Sandoz Inc. March 2016. 3. US Food and Drug Administration. Christi L. Overview of the regulatory pathway and FDA's guidance for the development and approval of biosimilar products in the US (approved in European Union under the trade name Zarzio). 4. Neupogen® Prescribing Information. Amgen, Inc. July 2015.