Sprycel

dasatinib

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This document is a summary of the European public assessment report (EPAR) for Sprycel. It explains how the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) assessed the medicine to reach its opinion in favour of granting a marketing authorisation and its recommendations on the conditions of use for Sprycel.

What is Sprycel?

Sprycel is a medicine that contains the active substance dasatinib. It is available as tablets (20, 50, 70, 80, 100 and 140 mg).

What is Sprycel used for?

Sprycel is an anticancer medicine. It is used to treat adults with the following types of leukaemia (cancer of the white blood cells):

  • chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML) in the ‘chronic’ phase in newly diagnosed patients who are ‘Philadelphia-chromosome positive’ (Ph+). CML is a leukaemia where granulocytes (a type of white blood cell) start growing out of control. Ph+ means that some of the patient’s genes have rearranged themselves to form a special chromosome called the Philadelphia chromosome which produces an enzyme, Bcr-Abl kinase, that leads to the development of leukaemia;
  • CML in ‘chronic’, ‘accelerated’ and ‘blast’ phases. Sprycel is used when patients cannot tolerate, or when their disease is not responding to, other treatments including imatinib (another anticancer medicine);
  • Ph+ acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL), where lymphocytes (another type of white blood cell) multiply too quickly, or in ‘lymphoid blast’ CML. Sprycel is used when patients cannot tolerate, or when their disease is not responding to, other treatments.

Because the number of patients with CML and ALL is low, the diseases are considered ‘rare’, and Sprycel was designated an ‘orphan medicine’ (a medicine used in rare diseases) on 23 December 2005.

The medicine can only be obtained with a prescription.

How is Sprycel used?

Treatment with Sprycel should be started by a doctor who has experience in the diagnosis and treatment of leukaemia.

Sprycel is taken once a day, consistently either in the morning or in the evening. For chronic-phase CML, the starting dose is 100 mg. For advanced (accelerated or blast) phase CML and for Ph+ ALL, it is 140 mg. The dose can be increased or decreased on the basis of the patient’s response to the medicine. Treatment is continued until either the disease gets worse or until the patient cannot tolerate the medicine any longer. Patients must be monitored during treatment to check their blood levels of platelets (components that help the blood to clot) and neutrophils (the white blood cells that fight infection). Doctors may recommend a lower dose or a break from treatment if these values change or if patients have certain side effects. Sprycel tablets must be swallowed whole. See the summary of product characteristics (also part of the EPAR) for full details.

How does Sprycel work?

The active substance in Sprycel, dasatinib, belongs to a group of medicines called ‘protein-kinase inhibitors’. These compounds act by blocking types of enzymes known as protein kinases. Dasatinib acts mainly by blocking the Bcr-Abl protein kinase. This enzyme is produced by leukaemia cells, and causes them to multiply uncontrollably. By blocking Bcr-Abl kinase, as well as other kinases, Sprycel helps to control the spread of leukaemia cells.

How has Sprycel been studied?

The five main studies of Sprycel, taken twice a day, involved 515 patients, all of whom had received prior treatment with imatinib and had either failed to respond or become resistant to it. None of these studies included a head-to-head comparison of Sprycel with any other medicine. Two studies were carried out in chronic CML (198 and 36 patients), one was in accelerated CML (120 patients), one was in myeloid-blast CML (80 patients), and one was in Ph+ ALL and lymphoid-blast CML (81 patients).

Two further studies compared the effects of Sprycel taken once or twice a day, one in 670 patients with chronic-phase CML and the other in 611 patients with advanced-phase CML or Ph+ ALL.

All of the studies assessed the patients’ responses by measuring the levels of white cells and platelets in the blood, to see if they were returning to normal, and by measuring the number of white blood cells that contained the Philadelphia chromosome, to see if it was decreasing.

A further study involving 519 patients compared Sprycel with imatinib in treating newly diagnosed Ph+ patients with chronic phase CML who had not received any previous treatment. The main measure of effectiveness was the number of patients whose blood cells no longer contained the Philadelphia chromosome within one year of treatment.

What benefit has Sprycel shown during the studies?

In the larger main study of patients with chronic-phase CML, 90% of the patients responded to treatment, with blood levels of platelets and white blood cells returning to within predefined, normal values. In patients with CML in other phases (accelerated, myeloid-blast and lymphoid-blast) and in ALL, between a quarter and a third of the patients showed a complete response. In addition, between one and two thirds of the patients in the five main trials showed a reduction in the number of white blood cells containing the Philadelphia chromosome. In the additional studies, once- and twice-daily Sprycel had similar rates of effectiveness, but the once-daily dose caused fewer side effects.

In the study on newly diagnosed Ph+ patients with chronic phase CML, Sprycel was more effective than imatinib: within one year, 77% of patients receiving Sprycel no longer had the Philadelphia chromosome in their blood cells, compared with 66% of patients receiving imatinib.

What is the risk associated with Sprycel?

In studies, the most common side effects with Sprycel (seen in more than 1 patient in 10) were infection, headache, haemorrhage (bleeding), pleural effusion (fluid around the lungs), dyspnoea (difficulty breathing), cough, diarrhoea, vomiting, nausea (feeling sick), abdominal pain (stomach ache), skin rash, musculoskeletal pain (pain in the muscles and bones), fluid retention, fatigue (tiredness), superficial oedema (swelling), pyrexia (fever), neutropenia (low levels of neutrophils), thrombocytopenia (low blood platelet counts) and anaemia (low red-blood-cell counts). For the full list of all side effects reported with Sprycel, see the package leaflet.

Sprycel must not be used in people who are hypersensitive (allergic) to dasatinib or any of the other ingredients.

Why has Sprycel been approved?

The CHMP decided that Sprycel’s benefits are greater than its risks and recommended that it be given marketing authorisation.

Other information about Sprycel

The European Commission granted a marketing authorisation valid throughout the European Union for Sprycel on 20 November 2006.

For more information about treatment with Sprycel, read the package leaflet (also part of the EPAR) or contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Name Language First published Last updated
Sprycel : EPAR - Summary for the public BG = bălgarski 18/08/2009 13/09/2012
Sprycel : EPAR - Summary for the public ES = español 18/08/2009 13/09/2012
Sprycel : EPAR - Summary for the public CS = čeština 18/08/2009 13/09/2012
Sprycel : EPAR - Summary for the public DA = dansk 18/08/2009 13/09/2012
Sprycel : EPAR - Summary for the public DE = Deutsch 18/08/2009 13/09/2012
Sprycel : EPAR - Summary for the public ET = eesti keel 18/08/2009 13/09/2012
Sprycel : EPAR - Summary for the public EL = elliniká 18/08/2009 13/09/2012
Sprycel : EPAR - Summary for the public EN = English 18/08/2009 13/09/2012
Sprycel : EPAR - Summary for the public FR = français 18/08/2009 13/09/2012
Sprycel : EPAR - Summary for the public IT = italiano 18/08/2009 13/09/2012
Sprycel : EPAR - Summary for the public LV = latviešu valoda 18/08/2009 13/09/2012
Sprycel : EPAR - Summary for the public LT = lietuvių kalba 18/08/2009 13/09/2012
Sprycel : EPAR - Summary for the public HU = magyar 18/08/2009 13/09/2012
Sprycel : EPAR - Summary for the public MT = Malti 18/08/2009 13/09/2012
Sprycel : EPAR - Summary for the public NL = Nederlands 18/08/2009 13/09/2012
Sprycel : EPAR - Summary for the public PL = polski 18/08/2009 13/09/2012
Sprycel : EPAR - Summary for the public PT = português 18/08/2009 13/09/2012
Sprycel : EPAR - Summary for the public RO = română 18/08/2009 13/09/2012
Sprycel : EPAR - Summary for the public SK = slovenčina 18/08/2009 13/09/2012
Sprycel : EPAR - Summary for the public SL = slovenščina 18/08/2009 13/09/2012
Sprycel : EPAR - Summary for the public FI = suomi 18/08/2009 13/09/2012
Sprycel : EPAR - Summary for the public SV = svenska 18/08/2009 13/09/2012

This EPAR was last updated on 24/01/2014 .

Authorisation details

Product details

Product details for Sprycel
NameSprycel
Agency product numberEMEA/H/C/000709
Active substance

dasatinib

International non-proprietary name (INN) or common name

dasatinib

Therapeutic area Leukemia, Myelogenous, Chronic, BCR-ABL PositivePrecursor Cell Lymphoblastic Leukemia-Lymphoma
Anatomical therapeutic chemical (ATC) code L01XE06
Treatment of rare diseases

This medicine has an "orphan designation" which means that it is used to treat life-threatening or chronically debilitating conditions that affect no more than five in 10,000 people in the European Union, or are medicines which, for economic reasons, would be unlikely to be developed without incentives.

Publication details

Publication details for Sprycel
Marketing-authorisation holder

Bristol-Myers Squibb Pharma EEIG

Revision21
Date of issue of marketing authorisation valid throughout the European Union20/11/2006

Contact address:

Bristol-Myers Squibb Pharma EEIG
Uxbridge Business Park
Sanderson Road
Uxbridge
UB8 1DH
United Kingdom

Product information

Product information

21/11/2013  Sprycel -EMEA/H/C/000709 -II/0037

Name Language First published Last updated
Sprycel : EPAR - Product Information SV = svenska 18/08/2009 24/01/2014
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Contents

  • Annex I - Summary of product characteristics
  • Annex IIA - Manufacturing-authorisation holder responsible for batch release
  • Annex IIB - Conditions of the marketing authorisation
  • Annex IIIA - Labelling
  • Annex IIIB - Package leaflet

Please note that the size of the above document can exceed 50 pages.

You are therefore advised to be selective about which sections or pages you wish to print.


Name Language First published Last updated
Sprycel : EPAR - All Authorised presentations SV = svenska 04/02/2009 11/10/2010
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Pharmacotherapeutic group

Antineoplastic agents

Therapeutic indication

Sprycel is indicated for the treatment of adult patients with:

  • newly diagnosed Philadelphia-chromosome-positive (Ph+) chronic myelogenous leukaemia (CML) in the chronic phase;
  • chronic, accelerated or blast phase CML with resistance or intolerance to prior therapy including imatinib mesilate;
  • Ph+ acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) and lymphoid blast CML with resistance or intolerance to prior therapy.

Assessment History

Changes since initial authorisation of medicine

Initial marketing-authorisation documents

Name Language First published Last updated
Sprycel : EPAR - Procedural steps taken before authorisation SV = svenska 30/11/2006  
Sprycel : EPAR - Scientific Discussion SV = svenska 30/11/2006  

Authorised

This medicine is approved for use in the European Union