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TYKERB (lapatinib ditosylate) - Updated Information on Efficacy - For the Public
- Starting date:
- March 25, 2013
- Posting date:
- March 25, 2013
- Type of communication:
- Public Communication
- Source of recall:
- Health Canada
- General Public
- Identification number:
This is duplicated text of a letter from GlaxoSmithKline Inc. Contact the company for a copy of any references, attachments or enclosures.
PUBLIC COMMUNICATION - Health Canada Endorsed Important Information on TYKERB (lapatinib ditosylate)
March 25, 2013
Subject: Updated Information – TYKERB® (lapatinib ditosylate)-based treatments are less effective than HERCEPTIN® (trastuzumab)-based treatments in certain settings
GlaxoSmithKline Inc., in consultation with Health Canada, is providing Canadians with updated information on the use of the cancer treatment drug, TYKERB®. For breast cancer patients with metastatic breast cancer that is HER 2 positive, two recent studies have shown that use of TYKERB® in combination with chemotherapy is less effective than the use of HERCEPTIN® in combination with chemotherapy.
Based on the analyses of data from these two studies, GlaxoSmithKline would like to advise you of the following:
- In patients with metastatic breast cancer that is HER-2 positive, therapy with HERCEPTIN® should be considered a more effective initial treatment than therapy with TYKERB®.
- If you are taking TYKERB® and have any questions regarding how this new information may affect your treatment, contact your doctor.
GSK has sent a letter to healthcare professionals detailing the results of these two new studies. Furthermore, physicians have been informed that TYKERB®-based therapies should not be prescribed unless their patients’ metastatic breast cancer has progressed during treatment with HERCEPTIN®-based therapies.
For media inquiries, please contact GlaxoSmithKline Communications at (905) 819-3363.
Managing marketed health product-related side effects depends on health care professionals and consumers reporting them. Reporting rates determined on the basis of spontaneously reported post-marketing side effects are generally presumed to underestimate the risks associated with health product treatments. Any serious or unexpected side effects in patients receiving TYKERB® should be reported to GlaxoSmithKline Inc. or Health Canada.
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original signed by
Dr. Glenn Crater,
Vice President, Medical and Chief Medical Officer
Gelmon KA, Boyle F, Kaufman B, et al. Open-label phase III randomized controlled trial comparing taxane-based chemotherapy (Tax) with lapatinib (L) or trastuzumab (T) as first-line therapy for women with HER2+ metastatic breast cancer: Interim analysis (IA) of NCIC CTG MA.31/GSK EGF 108919. J Clin Oncol. 2012;30(suppl; abstr LBA671).
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