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Important Safety Information


  • Perforations and Fistulas: Gastrointestinal perforations occurred in 3% and fistula formation in 1% of COMETRIQ®-treated patients. Discontinue COMETRIQ in patients with perforation or fistula.
  • Hemorrhage: Severe, sometimes fatal, hemorrhage including hemoptysis and gastrointestinal hemorrhage occurred in 3% of COMETRIQ-treated patients. Monitor patients for signs and symptoms of bleeding. Do not administer COMETRIQ to patients with severe hemorrhage.

Perforations and Fistulas: Serious gastrointestinal (GI) perforations and fistulas were reported, of which one GI fistula was fatal. Non-GI fistulas including tracheal/esophageal were reported in 4% of COMETRIQ-treated patients. Two of these were fatal. Monitor patients for symptoms of perforations and fistulas.

Hemorrhage: Serious and sometimes fatal hemorrhage occurred with COMETRIQ. Events ≥ Grade 3 occurred in 3% of COMETRIQ patients vs 1% receiving placebo. Do not administer COMETRIQ to patients with a recent history of hemorrhage or hemoptysis.

Thrombotic Events: COMETRIQ treatment results in an increased incidence vs placebo of venous thromboembolism (6% vs 3%) and arterial thromboembolism (2% vs 0%). Discontinue COMETRIQ in patients who develop an acute myocardial infarction or any other clinically significant arterial thromboembolic complication.

Wound Complications: Wound complications have been reported with COMETRIQ. Stop treatment with COMETRIQ at least 28 days prior to scheduled surgery. Resume COMETRIQ therapy after surgery based on clinical judgment of adequate wound healing. Withhold COMETRIQ in patients with dehiscence or wound healing complications requiring medical intervention.

Hypertension: COMETRIQ treatment results in an increased incidence of treatment-emergent hypertension vs placebo (61% vs 30%). Monitor blood pressure prior to initiation and regularly during COMETRIQ treatment. Withhold COMETRIQ for hypertension that is not adequately controlled with medical management; when controlled, resume COMETRIQ at a reduced dose. Discontinue COMETRIQ for severe hypertension that cannot be controlled with anti-hypertensive therapy.

Osteonecrosis of the Jaw (ONJ): ONJ occurred in 1% of COMETRIQ-treated patients. ONJ can manifest as jaw pain, osteomyelitis, osteitis, bone erosion, tooth or periodontal infection, toothache, gingival ulceration or erosion, persistent jaw pain or slow healing of the mouth or jaw after dental surgery. Perform an oral examination prior to initiation of COMETRIQ and periodically during COMETRIQ therapy. Advise patients regarding good oral hygiene practices. For invasive dental procedures, withhold COMETRIQ treatment for at least 28 days prior to scheduled surgery, if possible.

Palmar-Plantar Erythrodysesthesia Syndrome (PPES): PPES occurred in 50% of patients treated with COMETRIQ and was severe in 13% of patients. Withhold COMETRIQ in patients who develop intolerable Grade 2 PPES or Grade 3-4 PPES until improvement to Grade 1; resume COMETRIQ at a reduced dose.

Proteinuria: Proteinuria was observed in 2% of patients receiving COMETRIQ (vs 0% receiving placebo), including 1 with nephrotic syndrome. Monitor urine protein regularly during COMETRIQ treatment. Discontinue COMETRIQ in patients who develop nephrotic syndrome.

Reversible Posterior Leukoencephalopathy Syndrome (RPLS): RPLS occurred in 1 patient. Perform an evaluation for RPLS in any patient presenting with seizures, headache, visual disturbances, confusion, or altered mental function. Discontinue COMETRIQ in patients who develop RPLS.

Drug Interactions: Avoid administration of COMETRIQ with agents that are strong CYP3A4 inducers or inhibitors.

Hepatic Impairment: COMETRIQ is not recommended for use in patients with moderate or severe hepatic impairment.

Embryo-fetal Toxicity: COMETRIQ can cause fetal harm when administered to a pregnant woman. If this drug is used during pregnancy, or if the patient becomes pregnant while taking this drug, the patient should be apprised of the potential hazard to the fetus.

Adverse Reactions: The most commonly reported adverse drug reactions (≥25% and ≥5% difference from placebo) were diarrhea (63% vs 33%), stomatitis (51% vs 6%), PPES (50% vs 2%), decreased weight (48% vs 10%), decreased appetite (46% vs 16%), nausea (43% vs 21%), fatigue (41% vs 28%), oral pain (36% vs 6%), hair color changes (34% vs 1%), dysgeusia (34% vs 6%), hypertension (33% vs 4%), abdominal pain (27% vs 13%), and constipation (27% vs 6%). The most common laboratory abnormalities (≥25%) were increased AST (86% vs 35%), increased ALT (86% vs 41%), lymphopenia (53% vs 51%), increased ALP (52% vs 35%), hypocalcemia (52% vs 27%), neutropenia (35% vs 15%), thrombocytopenia (35% vs 4%), hypophosphatemia (28% vs 10%), and hyperbilirubinemia (25% vs 14%).

Increased levels of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) were observed in 57% of patients receiving COMETRIQ (vs 19% receiving placebo).

In clinical trials, the dose was reduced in 79% of patients receiving COMETRIQ compared to 9% of patients receiving placebo. The median number of dosing delays was one in patients receiving COMETRIQ compared to none in patients receiving placebo. Adverse reactions led to study treatment discontinuation in 16% of patients receiving COMETRIQ and in 8% of patients receiving placebo.

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MET=hepatocyte growth factor receptor; VEGFR=vascular endothelial cell growth factor receptor; RET=rearranged during transfection. HGF=hepatocyte growth factor; GDNF=glial cell line–derived neurotrophic factor; GFRα-1=glial cell line–derived neurotrophic factor receptor.