Qarziba (previously Dinutuximab beta EUSA and Dinutuximab beta Apeiron)

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This is a summary of the European public assessment report (EPAR) for Qarziba. It explains how the Agency assessed the medicine to recommend its authorisation in the EU and its conditions of use. It is not intended to provide practical advice on how to use Qarziba.

For practical information about using Qarziba, patients should read the package leaflet or contact their doctor or pharmacist.

What is Qarziba and what is it used for?

Qarziba is a cancer medicine used to treat neuroblastoma, a cancer of nerve cells, in patients over 1 year of age.

It is used in 2 groups of patients who have high-risk neuroblastoma (which has a high chance of coming back):

  • patients who have had some improvement with previous treatments, which included blood stem-cell transplantation (a transplant of blood-producing cells);
  • patients whose neuroblastoma has not improved with other cancer treatments or has come back.

If the neuroblastoma has come back after previous treatment, it should be stabilised (stopped from getting worse) before treatment with Qarziba is started. Qarziba is used together with another medicine called interleukin-2 (aldesleukin) in some cases where previous treatments have not worked well enough.

Because the number of patients with neuroblastoma is low, the disease is considered ‘rare’, and Qarziba was designated an ‘orphan medicine’ (a medicine used in rare diseases) on 8 November 2012.

The medicine contains the active substance dinutuximab beta.

How is Qarziba used?

Qarziba is given as an infusion (drip) into a vein. Each course of treatment with the medicine is given for 5 or 10 days every 35 days. It is given for a total of 5 courses. The recommended dose depends on the patient’s weight and height.

The doctor may need to reduce or delay doses if certain side effects occur, or stop treatment altogether if side effects are severe.

Treatment with Qarziba should not be started unless the patient has satisfactory results in certain blood tests of liver, lung, kidney and bone marrow function.

Treatment must be supervised by a doctor experienced in the treatment of cancer. It must be given in hospital by a doctor or nurse who can manage severe allergic reactions and who has full resuscitation services immediately available if needed. The medicine can only be obtained with a prescription.

For further information, see the summary of product characteristics (also part of the EPAR).

How does Qarziba work?

Qarziba is a monoclonal antibody (a type of protein) that has been designed to recognise and attach to a structure called GD2 that is present in high amounts on the surface of neuroblastoma cells, but not normal cells.

When Qarziba attaches to the neuroblastoma cells, it makes them a target for the body’s immune system (the body’s natural defences), which then kills the cancer cells.

What benefits of Qarziba have been shown in studies?

Studies have shown that Qarziba is effective at increasing survival in patients with neuroblastoma.

Two studies analysed data from 88 children and adults with neuroblastoma that had not improved with other cancer treatments or had come back. Patients were treated with Qarziba plus interleukin-2 and another medicine called isotretinoin. In these studies, 70% and 78% of the patients whose neuroblastoma had not improved with other treatments were still alive 2 years after treatment. Of the patients with neuroblastoma that had come back, 42% and 69% were still alive 2 years after treatment.

In a third study, 370 children with high-risk neuroblastoma that had improved after other treatments were given Qarziba and isotretinoin with or without interleukin-2. At the start of treatment some of these patients had no sign of neuroblastoma and some still had some sign of the disease. Of the patients who had no sign of neuroblastoma, 71% were still alive 3 years after treatment and the results were similar whether the treatment included interleukin-2 or not. Of the patients who had some sign of neuroblastoma, 63% of those given interleukin-2 were still alive 3 years after treatment compared with 54% of patients who did not receive interleukin-2.

In these studies, outcomes with Qarziba compared favourably with those previously seen in patients treated for neuroblastoma without Qarziba.

What are the risks associated with Qarziba?

The most common side effects with Qarziba (which may affect more than 7 in 10 people) are pyrexia (fever) and pain. Other side effects (which may affect more than 3 in 10 people) are hypersensitivity (allergy), vomiting, diarrhoea, capillary leak syndrome (leakage of fluid from blood vessels that can cause swelling and a drop in blood pressure) and hypotension (low blood pressure).

Qarziba must not be used in patients with severe or widespread graft-versus-host disease (when transplanted cells attack the body).

For the full list of all side effects and restrictions with Qarziba, see the package leaflet.

Why is Qarziba approved?

The Agency’s Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) noted the lack of treatment options to prevent high-risk neuroblastoma from coming back.

Taken together, data on outcomes with Qarziba show that the medicine is effective. However, more data are needed to fully understand the medicine’s effectiveness.

Although treatment with Qarziba can cause serious side effects, the safety of the medicine is considered acceptable.

Therefore the CHMP decided that Qarziba’s benefits are greater than its risks and recommended that it be approved for use in the EU.

Qarziba has been authorised under ‘exceptional circumstances’. This is because it has not been possible to obtain complete information about Qarziba for ethical reasons. As dinutuximab is a recommended treatment for high-risk neuroblastoma, it would not be ethical to carry out a trial in which some patients were given placebo (a dummy treatment). Every year, the European Medicines Agency will review any new information that becomes available and this summary will be updated as necessary.

What information is still awaited for Qarziba?

Since Qarziba has been approved under exceptional circumstances, the company that markets Qarziba will monitor the safety of the medicine using a patient registry and provide yearly updates. The company will also perform tests to obtain more information on how the medicine is processed by the body and how the immune system responds to the medicine. Results of a study looking at the effect of giving Qarziba together with interleukin-2 will be provided by the company. In addition, the company will report on the 5-year survival rates of patients who took part in studies.

What measures are being taken to ensure the safe and effective use of Qarziba?

Recommendations and precautions to be followed by healthcare professionals and patients for the safe and effective use of Qarziba have been included in the summary of product characteristics and the package leaflet.

Other information about Qarziba

The European Commission granted a marketing authorisation valid throughout the European Union for Dinutuximab beta Apeiron on 8 May 2017. The name of the product was changed to Dinutuximab beta EUSA on 4 August 2017 and to Qarziba on 27 November 2017.

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

The summary of the opinion of the Committee for Orphan Medicinal Products for Qarziba can be found on the Agency’s website.

 

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Qarziba: EPAR - Summary for the public BG = bălgarski 2017-05-15 2018-07-31
Qarziba: EPAR - Summary for the public ES = español 2017-05-15 2018-07-31
Qarziba: EPAR - Summary for the public CS = čeština 2017-05-15 2018-07-31
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Qarziba: EPAR - Summary for the public ET = eesti keel 2017-05-15 2018-07-31
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Qarziba: EPAR - Summary for the public FR = français 2017-05-15 2018-07-31
Qarziba: EPAR - Summary for the public IT = italiano 2017-05-15 2018-07-31
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Qarziba: EPAR - Summary for the public MT = Malti 2017-05-15 2018-07-31
Qarziba: EPAR - Summary for the public NL = Nederlands 2017-05-15 2018-07-31
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Qarziba: EPAR - Summary for the public SK = slovenčina 2017-05-15 2018-07-31
Qarziba: EPAR - Summary for the public SL = slovenščina 2017-05-15 2018-07-31
Qarziba: EPAR - Summary for the public FI = suomi 2017-05-15 2018-07-31
Qarziba: EPAR - Summary for the public SV = svenska 2017-05-15 2018-07-31
Qarziba: EPAR - Summary for the public HR = Hrvatski 2017-05-15 2018-07-31

This EPAR was last updated on 31/07/2018 .

Authorisation details

Product details

Product details for Qarziba (previously Dinutuximab beta EUSA and Dinutuximab beta Apeiron)
NameQarziba (previously Dinutuximab beta EUSA and Dinutuximab beta Apeiron)
Agency product numberEMEA/H/C/003918
Active substance

dinutuximab beta

International non-proprietary name (INN) or common name

dinutuximab beta

Therapeutic area Neuroblastoma
Anatomical therapeutic chemical (ATC) code L01XC
Additional monitoring

This medicine is under additional monitoring. This means that it is being monitored even more intensively than other medicines. For more information, see medicines under additional monitoring.

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.

Exceptional Circumstances

There were "exceptional circumstances" concerning the approval of this medicine. This happens when the applicant can show that they are unable to provide comprehensive data on the efficacy and safety of the medicine for which authorisation is being sought, due to the rarity of the condition it is intended for, limited scientific knowledge in the area concerned, or ethical considerations involved in the collection of such data.

Publication details

Publication details for Qarziba (previously Dinutuximab beta EUSA and Dinutuximab beta Apeiron)
Marketing-authorisation holder

EUSA Pharma (UK) Limited

Revision4
Date of issue of marketing authorisation valid throughout the European Union08/05/2017

Contact address:

EUSA Pharma (UK) Limited
Breakspear Park
Breakspear Way
Hemel Hempstead HP2 4TZ
United Kingdom

Product information

Product information

05/03/2018  Qarziba (previously Dinutuximab beta EUSA and Dinutuximab beta Apeiron) -EMEA/H/C/003918 -IB/0005

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Qarziba: EPAR - Product Information HR = Hrvatski 2017-05-15 2018-03-22
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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.


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Pharmacotherapeutic group

Antineoplastic agents

Therapeutic indication

Qarziba is indicated for the treatment of high-risk neuroblastoma in patients aged 12 months and above, who have previously received induction chemotherapy and achieved at least a partial response, followed by myeloablative therapy and stem cell transplantation, as well as patients with history of relapsed or refractory neuroblastoma, with or without residual disease. Prior to the treatment of relapsed neuroblastoma, any actively progressing disease should be stabilised by other suitable measures.

In patients with a history of relapsed/refractory disease and in patients who have not achieved a complete response after first line therapy, Qarziba should be combined with interleukin 2 (IL 2).

Assessment History

Changes since initial authorisation of medicine

Name Language First published Last updated
Qarziba : EPAR - Procedural steps taken and scientific information after authorisation HR = Hrvatski 2017-08-01 2018-03-22

Initial marketing-authorisation documents

Name Language First published Last updated
Dinutuximab beta Apeiron : EPAR - Public assessment report HR = Hrvatski 2017-05-15  
CHMP summary of positive opinion for Dinutuximab beta Apeiron HR = Hrvatski 2017-03-24