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April 22, 2020

On April 22, 2020, the Food and Drug Administration granted accelerated approval to sacituzumab govitecan-hziy (TRODELVY, Immunomedics, Inc.) for adult patients with metastatic triple-negative breast cancer who received at least two prior therapies for metastatic disease.

Efficacy was demonstrated in IMMU-132-01 (NCT 01631552), a multicenter, single-arm, trial enrolling 108 patients with metastatic triple negative breast cancer (mTNBC) who received at least two prior treatments for metastatic disease. Patients received sacituzumab govitecan-hziy 10 mg/kg intravenously on days 1 and 8 every 21days. Tumor imaging was obtained every 8 weeks, and patients were treated until disease progression or intolerance to therapy.

The primary efficacy outcome measures were investigator assessed overall response rate (ORR) using RECIST 1.1 and response duration. The ORR was 33.3% (95% CI: 24.6, 43.1). The median response duration was 7.7 months (95% CI: 4.9, 10.8).

The most common adverse reactions (≥25% of patients) were nausea, neutropenia, diarrhea, fatigue, anemia, vomiting, alopecia, constipation, rash, decreased appetite, and abdominal pain. Sacituzumab govitecan-hziy can also cause severe neutropenia and diarrhea.

The recommended sacituzumab govitecan-hziy dose is 10 mg/kg administered by intravenous infusion administered on days 1 and 8 every 21 days until disease progression or unacceptable toxicity.

View full prescribing information for TRODELVY.

This indication is approved under accelerated approval based on overall response rate and response duration. Continued approval for this indication may be contingent upon verification and description of clinical benefit in confirmatory trials.

FDA granted sacituzumab govitecan-hziy orphan drug, fast track, and breakthrough therapy designation. A description of FDA expedited programs is in the Guidance for Industry: Expedited Programs for Serious Conditions-Drugs and Biologics.

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Pharmacist’s Applications to Practice

Sacituzumab govitecan-hziy for the treatment of adult patients with metastatic triple-negative breast cancer (mTNBC) who have received at least two prior therapies for metastatic disease.

Author: Hiba Ahmad, PharmD, BCOP
Clinical Oncology Pharmacist II
Yale-New Haven Hospital Smilow Cancer Center
New Haven, CT

What is the potential role for sacituzumab govitecan-hziy in the treatment of breast cancer?

  • Sacituzumab govitecan-hziy is a new treatment option for patients with metastatic triple-negative breast cancer (mTNBC) who have received two or more prior therapies in the metastatic setting.This indication was granted accelerated FDA-approval based on overall response rates and duration of response.2
  • Sacituzumab govitecan-hziy is a novel antibody drug conjugate (ADC) comprised of Trop 2, a humanized anti-trophoblast cell-surface antigen 2 monoclonal antibody (hRS7 IgG1k) and connected via cleavable linker (CL2A) to SN-38, a topoisomerase 1 inhibitor conjugate and active metabolite of irinotecan. Trop-2 is overexpressed in several epithelial cell cancer types including TNBC cancer cells, and is linked to tumor cell proliferation. Once sacituzumab govitecan-hziy latches to Trop-2, hRS7 is internalized and exerts cytotoxic effects by the subsequent release of SN-38 in both intra- and extracellular tumor environments, leading to tumor cell DNA damage and apoptosis.1-4
  • TNBC, tumors lacking in human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) and estrogen/progesterone receptors, represents approximately 15% of invasive breast cancer diagnoses and is an aggressive tumor subtype with historically limited treatment options. It is more often found in younger females and black women, commonly associated with visceral metastases, and poorer overall prognosis.4-7 In the past two decades, overall survival (OS) data in this patient population has not improved.4,5
  • While immunotherapy has recently emerged as an NCCN-preferred treatment option in PD-L1 positive TNBC, for those patients who do not express this biomarker, sequential single-agent chemotherapy remains the mainstay of treatment with response rates between 10-15% and progression-free survival (PFS) of 2-3 months. Preferred chemotherapy regimens include doxorubicin, liposomal doxorubicin, paclitaxel, capecitabine, gemcitabine, vinorelbine, and eribulin.4-8
  • Accelerated approval of sacituzumab govitecan-hziy was based on the IMMU-132-01 study, a phase 1/2 single-arm open-label multicenter basket design trial involving 108 heavily pretreated patients with relapsed/refractory mTNBC. Patients were treated with sacituzumab govitecan-hziy 10 mg/kg intravenous infusion on days 1 and 8 of a 21-day treatment cycle until disease progression or unacceptable toxicity with a median treatment duration of 5.1 months.2,4
    • Efficacy1,4 
      • Investigator assessed overall response rate (ORR) was 33.3% (95% CI 24.6-43.1) with 2.8% complete response (CR).
      • Median duration of response (DoR) was 7.7 months (95% CI 4.9-10.8) with 55.6% of patients with a DoR ≥ 6 months and 16.7% of patients with a DoR ≥ 12 months.
      • Median PFS was 5.5 months (95% CI 4.1-6.3).
      • Median OS was 13 months (95% CI 11.2-13.7).
      • Clinical benefit rate was reported at 45.4%.
    • Safety data
      • Out of the 108 patients enrolled in the study, an average of 18.7 doses or 9.6 cycles of sacituzumab govitecan-hziy were administered. Pre-infusion medications were administered in 92% of the patients which included, acetaminophen, antihistamines, H2 antagonists, glucocorticoids, antiemetics, anxiolytics, and atropine.1,4
      • The most common (≥ 10%) all grade adverse events (AEs) included nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, constipation, abdominal pain, fatigue, neutropenia, anemia, decreased appetite, alopecia, rash, and respiratory infection.
      • The most common (≥ 10%) grade 3 or higher AEs included anemia (12%) and neutropenia (43%).
      • Febrile neutropenia (FN) of all grades occurred in 9% of the patient population. Grade 3 FN occurred in 6% and grade 4 FN occurred in 2% of patients.1,4
      • All grade diarrhea occurred in 62% of patients, including 14% grade 2 and 8% grade 3.1,4
      • Growth factors or blood transfusions were permitted per investigator discretion during treatment, but not prior to initiation of the first dose.1
      • Treatment interruptions due to adverse events occurred in 44% of the population, with the most common reason being neutropenia.
      • Overall, the IMMU-132-01 study reported diarrhea and neutropenia as the adverse events of greatest concern, leading to black box warnings.1,4
    • Sacituzumab govitecan-hziy is currently listed as a National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) “other recommended regimen” as a systemic therapy option for recurrent or stage IV (M1) invasive breast cancer.8

What role can the pharmacist play in the management of patients on sacituzumab govitecan-hziy?

  • Ensure accurate dosing schedule of 10 mg/kg intravenous (IV) on days 1 and 8 of a 21 day cycle; and adequate pre-medications are given including an antipyretic, H1 and H2 blocker for  the prevention of infusion-related reactions, and a 2-3 drug anti-emetic combination regimen as  Sacituzumab govitecan-hziy is associated with moderate emetic potential.1,4
  • Monitor hematologic and non-hematologic toxicities for appropriate dose reductions1,4
    • Due to risk of severe or life-threatening neutropenia, dose-adjustments and interruptions are recommended based on ANC on day 1 and day 8 of any cycle, and neutropenic fever
    • Severe non-hematologic toxicity needing dose modifications or interruptions include grade 4 non-hematologic toxicity of any period, or any grade 3/4 nausea, vomiting or diarrhea caused by treatment which remains uncontrolled after administration of antiemetic and anti-diarrheal medications, or other grade 3/4 non-hematologic toxicities lasting >48 hours despite best medical management strategies, or grade 3/4 non-neutropenic hematologic or non-hematologic toxicity delaying dose by 2-3 weeks for recovery to ≤ grade 1 at time of scheduled treatment
  • Check for drug interactions as sacituzumab govitecan-hziy is a uridine diphosphate-glucuronosyl transferase 1A1 (UGT1A1) substrate. UGT1A1 inducers and inhibitors may decrease and increase the sacituzumab govitecan-hziy active metabolite serum concentrations (i.e. SN-38), respectively.1,4
  • Ensure proper preparation and communicate expiration of compounded product with nursing staff
    • Reconstitution1
      • Only 0.9% normal saline should be used for purposes of reconstitution and dilution.
      • Warm the required vials to room temperature. Reconstitute each 180 mg vial of drug with 20 mL of 0.9% normal saline injection to result in a concentration of 10 mg/mL. Swirl vials gently up to 15 minutes until completely dissolved. The vials should be clear and yellow and void of particulates. Use immediately to prepare diluted infusion solution.
    • Dilution1
      • The volume of the infusion bag may be adjusted with 0.9% normal saline to achieve a concentration between 1.1 mg/mL-3.4 mg/mL, not to exceed a total volume of 500mL. Total doses should be divided equally between two 500 mL infusion bags and infused sequentially for patients more than 170 kg in weight.
    • Stability1
      • If the infusion bag is not used immediately, it can be refrigerated for up to 4 hours between 2°C to 8°C (36°F to 46°F). The infusion bag should be administered within 4 hours (including infusion time), after refrigeration.
      • Do not freeze. Protect from light.
  • Assist with financial aid applications. Immunomedics provides a patient assistance program. Eligible patients who are uninsured or underinsured may be eligible to receive sacituzumab govitecan-hziy at no cost. The form can be found here:

Clinical Pearls

  • Sacituzumab govitecan-hziy is a cytotoxic drug and should be administered intravenously. Do not administer as IV push or bolus. Do not mix sacituzumab govitecan-hziy or administer concurrently with other drugs. Once administered, flush the IV line with 20 mL 0.9% normal saline. 1
  • The first infusion should be administered over 3 hours. Patients should be monitored for signs/symptoms of infusion-related reactions during the infusion and at least 30 minutes after the first dose. Subsequent infusions may be administered over 1-2 hours if previous infusion was tolerated without issue. Patients should be monitored for signs/symptoms of infusion-related reactions for at least 30 minutes after infusion. 1
  • Sacituzumab govitecan-hziy has two black box warnings of neutropenia and diarrhea. Close monitoring of hematologic laboratory parameters, electrolytes, and toxicities throughout treatment is needed. 1,4
  • Patients who are homozygous for the UGT1A1*28 allele (reduced UGT1A1 activity) are at higher risk for neutropenia and may be at higher risk for other adverse reactions. The most common adverse reactions and/or severe toxicity concerns related to sacituzumab govitecan-hziy are neutropenia, diarrhea, nausea/vomiting, and hypersensitivity reactions.1,4
  • For prevention of infusion-related reactions, patients should be pre-medicated with antipyretics, H1 and H2 blockers, and dexamethasone before the infusion. If an infusion-related reaction occurs, the infusion rate can be slowed down or interrupted. Severe infusion reactions require permanent discontinuation of sacituzumab govitecan-hziy.1.4


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