Patient support for VENCLEXTA

We’re committed to helping your patients access the VENCLEXTA they have been prescribed

Living with a serious illness can come with many challenges. Getting VENCLEXTA shouldn’t be one of them.

If your patients:

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Need help understanding insurance coverage and related financial responsibilities, VENCLEXTA Access Solutions is here to help.

  • If eligible patients are awaiting a health insurance coverage determination, they may receive free medicine through the VENCLEXTA Sure Start® Program
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Do not have insurance coverage or have financial concerns and meet eligibility criteria, the Genentech Patient Foundation may be able to provide free medicine.*

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Have insurance and need help paying for their medicine, Affordability Options may be available:


The Genentech Patient Resource Center can help answer questions and connect you to the right Genentech patient support service. Call (877) GENENTECH / (877) 436-3683 for more information.
 

*To be eligible for free Genentech medicine from the Genentech Patient Foundation, insured patients who have coverage for their medicine should try to pursue other forms of financial assistance, if available, and meet certain income requirements. Uninsured patients and insured patients without coverage for their medicine must meet a different set of income requirements. Genentech reserves the right to modify or discontinue the program at any time and to verify the accuracy of information submitted.
Eligibility criteria apply. Not valid for patients using federal or state government programs to pay for their medications and or administration of their Genentech medication. Patient must be taking the Genentech medication for an FDA-approved indication. See full Terms and Conditions at CopayAssistanceNow.com.
Independent co-pay assistance foundations have their own rules for eligibility. Genentech and AbbVie have no involvement or influence in independent foundation decision-making or eligibility criteria and do not know if a foundation will be able to help your patient. We can only refer your patient to a foundation that supports their disease state. Genentech and AbbVie do not endorse or show preference for any particular foundation. The foundations to which we refer your patient may not be the only ones that might be able to help.

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Efficacy

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Safety Data

Review adverse reactions, duration of exposure, and discontinuation rates

Dosing/Management

Review appropriate dosing and management of select adverse reactions


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Indication

VENCLEXTA is indicated in combination with azacitidine, or decitabine, or low-dose cytarabine for the treatment of newly diagnosed acute myeloid leukemia (AML) in adults 75 years or older, or who have comorbidities that preclude use of intensive induction chemotherapy.

Important Safety Information

Tumor Lysis Syndrome

  • Tumor lysis syndrome (TLS), including fatal events and renal failure requiring dialysis, has occurred in patients treated with VENCLEXTA.
  • VENCLEXTA can cause rapid reduction in tumor and thus poses a risk for TLS at initiation and during the ramp-up phase in all patients. Changes in blood chemistries consistent with TLS that require prompt management can occur as early as 6 to 8 hours following the first dose of VENCLEXTA and at each dose increase.
  • In patients with AML who followed the current 3-day ramp-up dosing schedule and the TLS prophylaxis and monitoring measures, the rate of TLS was 1.1% in patients who received VENCLEXTA in combination with azacitidine. In patients with AML who followed a 4-day ramp-up dosing schedule and the TLS prophylaxis and monitoring measures, the rate of TLS was 5.6% and included deaths and renal failure in patients who received VENCLEXTA in combination with low-dose cytarabine.
  • The risk of TLS is a continuum based on multiple factors, particularly reduced renal function, tumor burden, and type of malignancy.
  • Assess all patients for risk and provide appropriate prophylaxis for TLS, including hydration and anti-hyperuricemics. Monitor blood chemistries and manage abnormalities promptly. Employ more intensive measures (IV hydration, frequent monitoring, hospitalization) as overall risk increases. Interrupt dosing if needed; when restarting VENCLEXTA follow dose modification guidance in the Prescribing Information.
  • Concomitant use of VENCLEXTA with P-gp inhibitors or strong or moderate CYP3A inhibitors increases venetoclax exposure, which may increase the risk of TLS at initiation and during the ramp-up phase, and requires VENCLEXTA dose reduction.

Neutropenia

  • In patients with AML, baseline neutrophil counts worsened in 95% to 100% of patients treated with VENCLEXTA in combination with azacitidine or decitabine or low-dose cytarabine. Neutropenia can recur with subsequent cycles.
  • Monitor complete blood counts. Interrupt dosing for severe neutropenia. Resume at same dose then reduce duration based on remission status and first or subsequent occurrence of neutropenia. Consider supportive measures including antimicrobials and growth factors (e.g., G-CSF).

Infections

  • Fatal and serious infections such as pneumonia and sepsis have occurred in patients treated with VENCLEXTA. Monitor patients for signs and symptoms of infection and treat promptly. Withhold VENCLEXTA for Grade 3 and 4 infection until resolution and resume at same dose.

Immunization

  • Do not administer live attenuated vaccines prior to, during, or after treatment with VENCLEXTA until B-cell recovery occurs. Advise patients that vaccinations may be less effective. 

Embryo-Fetal Toxicity

  • VENCLEXTA may cause embryo-fetal harm when administered to a pregnant woman. Advise females of reproductive potential to use effective contraception during treatment with VENCLEXTA and for 30 days after the last dose.

Increased Mortality in Patients with Multiple Myeloma when VENCLEXTA is Added to Bortezomib and Dexamethasone

  • In a randomized trial (BELLINI; NCT02755597) in patients with relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma, the addition of VENCLEXTA to bortezomib plus dexamethasone, a use for which VENCLEXTA is not indicated, resulted in increased mortality. Treatment of patients with multiple myeloma with VENCLEXTA in combination with bortezomib plus dexamethasone is not recommended outside of controlled clinical trials. 

Adverse Reactions

  • In patients with AML receiving combination therapy with azacitidine, the most frequent serious adverse reactions (≥5%) were febrile neutropenia (30%), pneumonia (22%), sepsis (excluding fungal; 19%), and hemorrhage (6%). The most common adverse reactions including hematological abnormalities (≥30%) of any grade were neutrophils decreased (98%), platelets decreased (94%), lymphocytes decreased (91%), hemoglobin decreased (61%), nausea (44%), diarrhea (43%), febrile neutropenia (42%), musculoskeletal pain (36%), pneumonia (33%), fatigue (31%), and vomiting (30%). Fatal adverse reactions occurred in 23% of patients who received VENCLEXTA in combination with azacitidine, with the most frequent (≥2%) being pneumonia (4%), sepsis (excluding fungal; 3%), and hemorrhage (2%).
  • In patients with AML receiving combination therapy with decitabine, the most frequent serious adverse reactions (≥10%) were sepsis (excluding fungal; 46%), febrile neutropenia (38%), and pneumonia (31%). The most common adverse reactions including hematological abnormalities (≥30%) of any grade were neutrophils decreased (100%), lymphocytes decreased (100%), white blood cells decreased (100%), platelets decreased (92%), hemoglobin decreased (69%), febrile neutropenia (69%), fatigue (62%), constipation (62%), musculoskeletal pain (54%), dizziness (54%), nausea (54%), abdominal pain (46%), diarrhea (46%), pneumonia (46%), sepsis (excluding fungal; 46%), cough (38%), pyrexia (31%), hypotension (31%), oropharyngeal pain (31%), edema (31%), and vomiting (31%). One (8%) fatal adverse reaction of bacteremia occurred within 30 days of starting treatment.
  • In patients with AML receiving combination therapy with low-dose cytarabine, the most frequent serious adverse reactions (≥10%) were pneumonia (17%), febrile neutropenia (16%), and sepsis (excluding fungal; 12%). The most common adverse reactions including hematological abnormalities (≥30%) of any grade were platelets decreased (97%), neutrophils decreased (95%), lymphocytes decreased (92%), hemoglobin decreased (63%), nausea (42%), and febrile neutropenia (32%). Fatal adverse reactions occurred in 23% of patients who received VENCLEXTA in combination with LDAC, with the most frequent (≥5%) being pneumonia (6%) and sepsis (excluding fungal; 7%).

Drug Interactions

  • Concomitant use with a P-gp inhibitor or a strong or moderate CYP3A inhibitor increases VENCLEXTA exposure, which may increase VENCLEXTA toxicities, including the risk of TLS. Consider alternative medications or adjust VENCLEXTA dosage and monitor more frequently for adverse reactions. Resume the VENCLEXTA dosage that was used prior to concomitant use of a P-gp inhibitor or a strong or moderate CYP3A inhibitor 2 to 3 days after discontinuation of the inhibitor.
  • Patients should avoid grapefruit products, Seville oranges, and starfruit during treatment as they contain inhibitors of CYP3A. 
  • Avoid concomitant use of strong or moderate CYP3A inducers.  
  • Monitor international normalized ratio (INR) more frequently in patients receiving warfarin.
  • Avoid concomitant use of VENCLEXTA with a P-gp substrate. If concomitant use is unavoidable, separate dosing of the P-gp substrate at least 6 hours before VENCLEXTA. 

Lactation

  • Advise nursing women not to breastfeed during treatment with VENCLEXTA and for 1 week after the last dose.

Females and Males of Reproductive Potential

  • Advise females of reproductive potential to use effective contraception during treatment with VENCLEXTA and for 30 days after the last dose.
  • Based on findings in animals, VENCLEXTA may impair male fertility.

Hepatic Impairment 

  • Reduce the dose of VENCLEXTA for patients with severe hepatic impairment (Child-Pugh C); monitor these patients more frequently for signs of adverse reactions. No dose adjustment is recommended for patients with mild (Child-Pugh A) or moderate (Child-Pugh B) hepatic impairment.

Please see full Prescribing Information.

VENCLEXTA® and its design are registered trademarks of AbbVie Inc.

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