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PrOPDIVO®

(op-DEE-voh)

nivolumab 10 mg/mL

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PrOPDIVO® is used to treat:
• Adults with skin cancer (advanced melanoma) when the cancer grows or spreads after treatment with ipilimumab or a BRAF inhibitor.
• Adults with skin cancer (advanced melanoma) who have not been treated and who have specific mutations in a gene called BRAF.
• Adults with skin cancer (advanced melanoma) when used together with ipilimumab in patients who have not been treated.
It has been approved for these above uses with conditions (see NOC/c below). This means it has passed Health Canada’s review and can be bought and sold in Canada, but the manufacturer has agreed to complete more studies to make sure the drug works the way it should. For more information, talk to your healthcare professional.
PrOPDIVO® is used to treat:
• Adults with skin cancer (advanced melanoma) who have not been treated and who do not have a mutation in BRAF (BRAF wild-type).
• Adults with lung cancer (advanced non-small cell cancer) that has spread or grown after treatment with a platinum-based chemotherapy. Patients with certain lung cancer mutations (EGFR or ALK) should only be treated with OPDIVO if their cancer grows or spreads during or after treatment with therapies targeting these mutations.
• Adults with kidney cancer (advanced renal cell carcinoma) that has spread or grown after treatment with medicines that block vessel growth (anti-angiogenic therapies).
• Adults with cancer of the head and neck (advanced squamous cell carcinoma) when the cancer grows or spreads on or after platinum containing chemotherapy.
It has been approved for these above uses without conditions. This means that it has passed Health Canada’s review and can be bought and sold in Canada.


PATIENT MEDICATION INFORMATION

What is a Notice of Compliance with Conditions (NOC/c)?

A Notice of Compliance with Conditions (NOC/c) is a type of approval to sell a drug in Canada.

 

Health Canada only gives an NOC/c to a drug that treats, prevents, or helps identify a serious or life-threatening illness. The drug must show promising proof that it works well, is of high quality, and is reasonably safe. Also, the drug must either respond to a serious medical need in Canada, or be much safer than existing treatments.

 

Drug makers must agree in writing to clearly state on the label that the drug was given an NOC/c, to complete more testing to make sure the drug works the way it should, to actively monitor the drug’s performance after it has been sold, and to report their findings to Health Canada.

PrOPDIVO®

(op-DEE-voh)

nivolumab 10 mg/mL

Read this carefully before you start taking OPDIVO and each time you get a refill. This leaflet is a summary and will not tell you everything about this drug. Talk to your healthcare professional about your medical condition and treatment and ask if there is any new information about OPDIVO.

What is OPDIVO used for?

Skin Cancer:

OPDIVO® is a medicine to treat a type of skin cancer that has spread or cannot be removed by surgery (advanced melanoma) in adult patients.

OPDIVO may be given in combination with ipilimumab.  It is important that you also read the package leaflet for this medicine.  If you have any questions about ipilimumab, please ask your doctor. 

Lung Cancer:

OPDIVO is used in adult patients to treat a type of advanced stage lung cancer (called non-small cell lung cancer) that has spread or grown after treatment with platinum containing chemotherapy.

Kidney Cancer:

OPDIVO is used in adult patients to treat advanced kidney cancer (called renal cell carcinoma) that has spread or grown after treatment with medicines that block cancer blood vessel growth.

Children:

It is not known if OPDIVO is safe and effective in children less than 18 years of age.

Head and Neck Cancer:

OPDIVO is used in adult patients to treat advanced head and neck cancer (called squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck) when the cancer grows or spreads on or after platinum containing chemotherapy.
 

How does OPDIVO work? 

OPDIVO contains the active substance nivolumab which helps your immune system to attack and destroy cancer cells. 

What are the ingredients in OPDIVO? 

The medicinal ingredient in OPDIVO is nivolumab. 

The non-medicinal ingredients are hydrochloric acid, mannitol (E421), pentetic acid, polysorbate 80, sodium chloride, sodium citrate, sodium hydroxide, and water for injection. 

OPDIVO comes in the following dosage forms: 

OPDIVO comes in glass vials containing either 40 mg (in 4 ml) or 100 mg (in 10 ml) of nivolumab. 

Do not use OPDIVO if:

you are allergic to nivolumab or any of the other ingredients of this medicine. Talk to your healthcare professional if you are not sure. 

To help avoid side effects and ensure proper use, talk to your healthcare professional before you take OPDIVO. Talk about any health conditions or problems you may have, including: 

  • Problems with your hormone producing glands (including the thyroid, pituitary, adrenal glands, and pancreas) that may affect how these glands work. Signs and symptoms that your glands are not working properly may include fatigue (extreme tiredness), weight change, headache or excessive thirst or lots of urine.
  • Diarrhea (watery, loose or soft stools) or any symptoms of inflammation of the intestines (colitis), such as stomach pain and mucus or blood in stool. 
  • Abnormal liver function tests. Signs and symptoms may include eye or skin yellowing (jaundice), pain on the right side of your stomach area, or tiredness. 
  • Problems with your lungs such as breathing difficulties, or cough. These may be signs of inflammation of the lungs (pneumonitis or interstitial lung disease). 
  • Abnormal kidney function tests or problems with your kidneys, such as decreased volume of urine or inflammation of the kidneys (tubulointerstitial nephritis). 
  • Had an organ transplant (such as a kidney transplant).
  • Take other medicines that make your immune system weak. Examples of these may include steroids, such as prednisone. 

Other warnings you should know about: 

Tell your healthcare professional immediately if you have any of these signs or symptoms or if they get worse. Do not try to treat your symptoms with other medicines on your own. Your healthcare professional may: 

  • give you other medicines in order to prevent complications and reduce your symptoms, 
  • withhold the next dose of OPDIVO.
  • or stop your treatment with OPDIVO.

Please note that these signs and symptoms are sometimes delayed, and may develop weeks or months after your last dose. Before treatment, your healthcare professional will check your general health. 

Check with your healthcare professional before you are given OPDIVO if: 

  • you have an autoimmune disease (a condition where the body attacks its own cells); 
  • you have melanoma of the eye;
  • have experienced side effects with another drug, such as ipilimumab;
  • have been told cancer has spread to your brain;
  • or, you are on a low salt diet.
     

Pregnancy and Breast-feeding: 

  • you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. You should not become pregnant while you are getting OPDIVO, OPDIVO can cause harm or death to your unborn baby. 
  • you must use effective contraception while you are being treated with OPDIVO and for at least 5 months after the last dose of OPDIVO if you are a woman who could become pregnant. 
  • you are breast-feeding. OPDIVO may pass into your breast milk. You and your doctor should decide if you will take OPDIVO or breast-feed. You should not do both. 

Always update your healthcare professional on your medical conditions. 

Tell your healthcare professional about all the medicines you take, including any drugs, vitamins, minerals, natural supplements or alternative medicines. 

How to take OPDIVO: 

You will receive treatment with OPDIVO in a hospital or clinic, under the supervision of an experienced healthcare professional. 

You will get OPDIVO through an infusion (a method of putting the medicine directly into the bloodstream through a vein). It takes about 60 minutes to get a full dose. 

OPDIVO is usually given every 2 weeks. Your healthcare professional may change how often you receive OPDIVO or how long the infusion may take. 

When OPDIVO is given in combination with ipilimumab, you will be given an infusion over a period of 60 minutes, every 3 weeks for the first 4 doses (combination phase). Ipilimumab will be given on the same day. Thereafter it will be given as an infusion over a period of 60 minutes, every 2 weeks (single-agent phase).

Usual dose: 

The amount of OPDIVO you will be given will be calculated based on your body weight. The recommended dose is 3 mg of nivolumab per kilogram of your body weight. 

When OPDIVO is given in combination with ipilimumab the recommended dose of OPDIVO is 1 mg of nivolumab per kilogram of your body weight for the first 4 doses (combination phase). Thereafter the recommended dose of OPDIVO is 3 mg of nivolumab per kilogram of your body weight (single-agent phase). Depending on your dose, some or all of the content of the OPDIVO vial may be diluted with sodium chloride 9 mg/mL (0.9%) solution for injection or 50 mg/mL (5%) glucose solution for injection before use. More than one vial may be necessary to obtain the required dose. 

If you stop using OPDIVO: 

Stopping your treatment may stop the effect of the medicine. Do not stop treatment with OPDIVO unless you have discussed this with your healthcare professional. 

If you have any further questions about your treatment or on the use of this medicine, ask your healthcare professional. 

When OPDIVO is given in combination with ipilimumab, you will first be given OPDIVO followed by ipilimumab.

Please refer to the package leaflet of ipilimumab in order to understand the use of this medicine. If you have questions about this medicine, please ask your healthcare professional.
 

Missed Dose: 

It is very important for you to keep all your appointments to receive OPDIVO. If you miss an appointment, ask your healthcare professional when to schedule your next dose. 

What are possible side effects from using OPDIVO? 

Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them. Your healthcare professional will discuss these with you and will explain the risks and benefits of your treatment.

Very common side effects (may affect more than 1 in 10 people):

• Nausea
• Diarrhea
• Skin rash, itching
• Feeling tired or weak
• Decreased appetite

OPDIVO acts on your immune system and may cause redness, warmth, swelling and pain (inflammation) in parts of your body. This may cause serious damage to your body and some conditions may be life threatening. You may need treatment to reduce the inflammation and OPDIVO may be stopped. If you get any serious side effects (see table below), talk to your healthcare professional.
 

The following side effects have been reported in clinical trials with OPDIVO:

Serious side effects and what to do about them 

Symptom / effect 

Talk to your healthcare professional 

Stop taking drug and get immediate medical help 

Only if severe 

In all cases 

Very Common

(may affect more than 1 in 10) 

Stomach problems

Symptoms may include: 

  • diarrhea (watery, loose, or soft stools) or more bowel movements than usual. Do not treat the diarrhea yourself. 
  • inflammation of the intestines (colitis) 
  • blood in stools or dark, tarry, sticky stools 
  • stomach pain (abdominal pain) or tenderness 
  x  

Common

(less than 1 in 10 but more than 1 in 100) 

Problems with hormone glands (pituitary, adrenal glands, pancreas or thyroid) 

Symptoms may include: 

  • headaches that will not go away or unusual
  • unusual tiredness or sleepiness
  • blurry or double vision
  • weight changes
  • changes in behaviour such as less sex drive, being irritable or forgetful
  • dizziness or fainting
  • upper abdominal pain (inflammation of the pancreas)
  x  

Common

(less than 1 in 10 but more than 1 in 100) 

Liver problems 

Symptoms may include: 

  • inflammation of the liver (hepatitis) 
  • yellowing of your skin or the whites of your eyes, 
  • dark urine, tiredness, nausea or vomiting, pain on the right side of your stomach (abdomen), or bruise easily 
  x  

Common

(less than 1 in 10 but more than 1 in 100) 

Kidney problems 

Symptoms may include: 

  • inflammation of the kidney (nephritis) 
  • decrease in urine output 
  • blood in urine 
  • swelling in ankles 
  • loss of appetite
  x  

Common

(less than 1 in 10 but more than 1 in 100)

Lung problems

Symptoms may include:

  • inflammation of the lung (pneumonitis)
  • trouble breathing, shortness of breath
  • cough with or without mucus
  • fever
  x  

Uncommon

(less than 1 in 100 but more than 1 in 1000)

Eye problems

Symptoms may include:

  • changes in eyesight
  • eye pain or redness
  • blurred or blurry vision, or other vision problems
  x  

Rare

(less than 1 in 1,000 but more than 1 in 10,000)

Blood sugar problems (diabetes or ketoacidosis)

Symptoms may include:

  • hunger or thirst
  • need to urinate more often
  • increased appetite with weight loss
  • tiredness
  • weakness
  • drowsiness
  • depression
  • irritability
  • feeling unwell
  x  

Rare

(less than 1 in 1,000 but more than 1 in 10,000)

Skin Problems

Symptoms may include:

  • severe rash
  • itching
  • skin blistering and peeling
  • ulcers in the mouth or other mucous membranes
  • skin nodules
  x  

Rare

(less than 1 in 1,000 but more than 1 in 10,000)

Inflammation of the brain (encephalitis)

Symptoms may include:

  • headache
  • fever
  • tiredness or weakness
  • confusion
  • memory problems
  • sleepiness
  • seeing things that are not really there (hallucinations)
  • seizures
  • stiff neck
  x  

Rare

(less than 1 in 1,000 but more than 1 in 10,000)

Inflammation of the muscles (myositis), inflammation of the heart muscle (myocarditis), or breakdown of skeletal muscle (rhabdomyolysis):

Symptoms may include:

  • muscle pain, stiffness, or weakness
  • chest pain, irregular heartbeat, or palpitations
  • confusion or memory problems
  • decreased amount of urine
  • dark urine
  • severe fatigue
  x  

Rare

(less than 1 in 1,000 but more than 1 in 10,000)

Problems with other organs

Symptoms may include:

  • loss of nerve function or sensation of paralysis
  • swollen lymph nodes
  • numbness or tingling in hands or feet
  • difficulty walking
  • shortness of breath
  • swelling in extremities
  • fever
  • nausea or vomiting
  • indigestion or heartburn
  x  

Severe infusion reactions may occur (uncommon: less than 1 in 100 but more than 1 in 1,000). Symptoms may include chills or shaking, itching or rash, flushing, difficulty breathing, dizziness, fever, or feeling like passing out.

If you have a troublesome symptom or side effect that is not listed here or becomes bad enough to interfere with your daily activities, talk to your healthcare professional.

Changes in test results

OPDIVO may cause changes in the results of tests carried out by your healthcare professional. These include:

  • Abnormal liver function tests (increased amounts of the liver enzymes aspartate aminotransferase, alanine aminotransferase or alkaline phosphatase in your blood, higher blood levels of bilirubin)
  • Abnormal kidney function tests (increased amounts of creatinine in your blood)
  • A decreased number of red blood cells (which carry oxygen), white blood cells (which are important in fighting infection) or platelets (cells which help the blood to clot).
  • An increased level of the enzyme that breaks down fats and of the enzyme that breaks down starch.
  • Increased or decreased amount of calcium or potassium.
  • Increased or decreased blood levels of magnesium or sodium.

Tell your healthcare professional immediately if you get any of the side effects listed above. Do not try to treat your symptoms with other medicines on your own.

Reporting Side Effects

You can help improve the safe use of health products for Canadians by reporting serious and unexpected side effects to Health Canada. Your report may help to identify new side effects and change the product safety information.

3 ways to report:

  • Online at MedEffect;
  • By calling 1-866-234-2345 (toll-free);
  • By completing a Patient Side Effect Reporting Form and sending it by:
    - Fax to 1-866-678-6789 (toll-free), or
    - Mail to: Canada Vigilance Program
                   Health Canada, Postal Locator 0701E Ottawa, ON
                   K1A 0K9
    Postage paid labels and the Patient Side Effect Reporting Form are available at MedEffect.

 

NOTE: Contact your health professional if you need information about how to manage your side effects. The Canada Vigilance Program does not provide medical advice.

Storage:

It is unlikely that you will be asked to store OPDIVO yourself. It will be stored in the hospital or clinic where it is given to you.

Keep out of reach and sight of children.

Do not use OPDIVO after the expiry date which is stated on the label and carton after EXP. Store in a refrigerator (2°C to 8°C). Do not freeze.

Store in the original package in order to protect from light.

If you want more information about OPDIVO:

  • Talk to your healthcare professional
  • Find the full product monograph that is prepared for healthcare professionals and includes this Patient Medication Information by visiting the Health Canada website; the manufacturer’s website at:

    http://www.bmscanada.ca
    or by contacting the sponsor, Bristol-Myers Squibb Canada at: 1-866-463-6267.

This leaflet was prepared by Bristol-Myers Squibb Canada

®Registered trademark  of Bristol-Myers Squibb Company used under licence by Bristol-Myers Squibb Canada

Last Revised May 2017