Vidaza

azacitidine

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This is a summary of the European public assessment report (EPAR). It explains how the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) assessed the studies performed, to reach its recommendations on how to use the medicine.

If you need more information about your medical condition or your treatment, read the package leaflet (also part of the EPAR) or contact your doctor or pharmacist. If you want more information on the basis of the CHMP recommendations, read the scientific discussion (also part of the EPAR).

What is Vidaza?

Vidaza is a powder to be made up into a suspension for injection. It contains the active substance azacitidine.

What is Vidaza used for?

Vidaza is used for the treatment of adults with the following diseases, if they cannot have a bone marrow transplant:

  • myelodysplastic syndromes, a group of conditions where too few blood cells are produced by the bone marrow. In some cases, myelodysplastic syndromes can lead to the development of acute myeloid leukaemia (AML, a type of cancer affecting white blood cells called myeloid cells). Vidaza is used in patients with an intermediate to high risk of progressing to AML or death;
  • chronic myelomonocytic leukaemia (CMML, a type of cancer affecting white blood cells called monocytes). Vidaza is used when the bone marrow consists of 10 to 29% abnormal cells and the bone marrow is not producing large numbers of white blood cells;
  • AML that has developed from a myelodysplastic syndrome. Vidaza is only used when the bone marrow consists of 20 to 30% abnormal cells.

Because the number of patients with these diseases is low, the diseases are considered ‘rare’, and Vidaza was designated an ‘orphan medicine’ (a medicine used in rare diseases) on 6 February 2002 for myelodysplastic syndromes and on 29 November 2007 for AML. At the time of orphan medicine designation, CMML was classified as a type of myelodysplastic syndrome.

The medicine can only be obtained with a prescription.

How is Vidaza used?

Vidaza treatment should be started and monitored under the supervision of a doctor who has experience in the use of chemotherapy. Patients should receive medicines to prevent nausea (feeling sick) and vomiting before Vidaza treatment.

The recommended starting dose of Vidaza is 75 mg per square metre body surface area (calculated using the patient’s height and weight). It is given as an injection under the skin of the upper arm, thigh or abdomen (tummy) every day for one week, followed by three weeks with no treatment. This four-week period is one ‘cycle’. Treatment continues for at least six cycles and then for as long as it benefits the patient. The liver, kidneys and blood should be checked before each cycle. If the blood counts fall too low or if the patient develops kidney problems, the next treatment cycle should be delayed or a lower dose should be used. Patients who have severe liver problems should be carefully monitored for side effects, but Vidaza must not be used in patients with advanced liver cancer.

See the summary of product characteristics (also part of the EPAR) for full details.

How does Vidaza work?

The active substance in Vidaza, azacitidine, is a medicine belongs to the group ‘anti-metabolites’. Azacitidine is an analogue of cytidine, which means that it is incorporated into the genetic material of cells (RNA and DNA). It is thought to work by altering the way the cell turns genes on and off and also by interfering with the production of new RNA and DNA. These actions are thought to correct the problems with the maturation and growth of young blood cells in the bone marrow that cause myelodysplastic disorders, and to kill cancerous cells in leukaemia.

How has Vidaza been studied?

The effects of Vidaza were first tested in experimental models before being studied in humans.

Vidaza has been studied in one main study involving 358 adults with intermediate to high-risk myelodysplastic syndromes, CMML or AML, who were unlikely to go on to have a bone marrow transplant. The patients’ bone marrow contained 10 to 29% abnormal cells and their white blood cell counts were not too high. The study compared Vidaza with conventional care (treatment chosen for each patient based on local practice and the patient’s condition). All of the patients also received ‘best supportive care’ (any medicines or techniques to help patients, such as antibiotics, painkillers and transfusions), with some patients also receiving other anticancer medicines such as cytarabine with or without an anthracycline. The main measure of effectiveness was how long the patients survived. The study lasted 44 months.

What benefit has Vidaza shown during the studies?

Vidaza was more effective than conventional care in extending survival. Patients receiving Vidaza survived for an average of 24.5 months, compared with 15.0 months in patients receiving conventional care. The effect of Vidaza was similar in all three diseases.

What is the risk associated with Vidaza?

The most common side effects with Vidaza (seen in more than 60% of patients) are blood reactions including thrombocytopenia (low platelet counts), neutropenia (low levels of neutrophils, a type of white blood cell) and leucopenia (low white blood cell counts), side effects affecting the stomach and gut including nausea and vomiting, and injection site reactions. For the full list of all side effects reported with Vidaza, see the package leaflet.

Vidaza should not be used in people who may be hypersensitive (allergic) to azacitidine or any of the other ingredients. It must not be used in patients with advanced liver cancer or in women who are breast-feeding.

Why has Vidaza been approved?

The Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) decided that Vidaza’s benefits are greater than its risks for the treatment of adult patients who are not eligible for haematopoietic stem cell transplantation with intermediate-2 and high-risk myelodysplastic syndromes, CMML with 10-29% abnormal blasts without myeloproliferative disorder or AML with 20-30% blasts and multilineage dysplasia. The Committee recommended that Vidaza be given marketing authorisation.

Other information about Vidaza

The European Commission granted a marketing authorisation valid throughout the European Union for Vidaza to Celgene Europe Ltd on 17 December 2008.

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Vidaza : EPAR - Summary for the public BG = bălgarski 23/01/2009  
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Vidaza : EPAR - Summary for the public CS = čeština 23/01/2009  
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Vidaza : EPAR - Summary for the public SK = slovenčina 23/01/2009  
Vidaza : EPAR - Summary for the public SL = slovenščina 23/01/2009  
Vidaza : EPAR - Summary for the public FI = suomi 23/01/2009  
Vidaza : EPAR - Summary for the public SV = svenska 23/01/2009  

This EPAR was last updated on 03/01/2014 .

Authorisation details

Product details

Product details for Vidaza
NameVidaza
Agency product numberEMEA/H/C/000978
Active substance

azacitidine

International non-proprietary name (INN) or common name

azacitidine

Therapeutic area Myelodysplastic Syndromes
Anatomical therapeutic chemical (ATC) code L01BC07
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 Vidaza
Marketing-authorisation holder

Celgene Europe Ltd.

Revision9
Date of issue of marketing authorisation valid throughout the European Union17/12/2008

Contact address:

Celgene Europe Ltd.
1 Longwalk Road
Stockley Park
UB11 1BD
United Kingdom

Product information

Product information

13/11/2013  Vidaza -EMEA/H/C/000978 -R/24

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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
Vidaza : EPAR - All Authorised presentations SV = svenska 23/01/2009  
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Pharmacotherapeutic group

Antineoplastic agents

Therapeutic indication

Vidaza is indicated for the treatment of adult patients who are not eligible for haematopoietic stem cell transplantation with:

  • intermediate-2 and high-risk myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) according to the International Prognostic Scoring System (IPSS);
  • chronic myelomonocytic leukaemia (CMML) with 10-29% marrow blasts without myeloproliferative disorder;
  • acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) with 20-30% blasts and multi-lineage dysplasia, according to World Health Organization (WHO) classification.

Assessment History

Changes since initial authorisation of medicine

Name Language First published Last updated
Vidaza : EPAR - Procedural steps taken and scientific information after authorisation SV = svenska 01/12/2009 03/01/2014
Vidaza-H-C-978-A20-17: EPAR - Assessment Report - Variation SV = svenska 24/07/2012  

Initial marketing-authorisation documents

Name Language First published Last updated
Vidaza : EPAR - Public assessment report SV = svenska 23/01/2009  
Committee for medicinal products for human use, summary of positive opinion for Vidaza SV = svenska 24/10/2008