In the adjuvant treatment of patients with completely resected EC or GEJC with residual pathologic disease following neoadjuvant CRT

No new adverse reactions were reported 1,6,7*†

*Adverse reactions occurring in ≥10% of patients receiving OPDIVO®.1,2

Adverse reaction OPDIVO
(n=532)
Placebo
(n=260)
All grades (%) Grades 3-4 (%) All grades (%) Grades 3-4 (%)
Discontinuation due to ARs 12 7 8 6
Adverse reactions 96 34 93 32
Gastrointestinal        
Diarrhea 29 0.9 29 0.8
Nausea 23 0.8 21 0
Abdominal pain 17 0.8 20 1.5
Vomiting 15 0.6 16 1.2
Dysphagia 13 0.8 17 3.5
Dyspepsia§ 12 0.2 16 0.4
Constipation 11 0 12 0
General, %        
Fatigue|| 34 1.3 29 1.5
Respiratory, thoracic, and mediastinal        
Cough 20 0.2 21 0.4
Dyspnea# 12 0.8 12 0.4
Skin and subcutaneous tissue        
Rash** 21 0.9 10 0.4
Pruritus 13 0.4 6 0
Investigations        
Weight decreased 13 0.4 9 0
Musculoskeletal and connective tissue        
Musculoskeletal pain†† 21 0.6 20 0.8
Arthralgia 10 0.2 8 0
Metabolism and nutrition        
Decreased appetite 15 0.9 10 0.8
Endocrine        
Hypothyroidism 11 0 1.5 0
Adverse
reaction
OPDIVO
(n=532)
Placebo
(n=260)
All
grades (%)
All
grades (%)
Discontinuation
due to ARs
12 8
Adverse reactions 96 93
Gastrointestinal    
Diarrhea 29 29
Nausea 23 21
Abdominal pain 17 20
Vomiting 15 16
Dysphagia 13 17
Dyspepsia§ 12 16
Constipation 11 12
General, %    
Fatigue|| 34 29
Respiratory, thoracic,
and mediastinal
   
Cough 20 21
Dyspnea# 12 12
Skin and
subcutaneous tissue
   
Rash** 21 10
Pruritus 13 6
Investigations    
Weight decreased 13 9
Musculoskeletal and
connective tissue
   
Musculoskeletal
pain††
21 20
Arthralgia 10 8
Metabolism
and nutrition
   
Decreased appetite 15 10
Endocrine    
Hypothyroidism 11 1.5
Adverse
reaction
OPDIVO
(n=532)
Placebo
(n=260)
Grades
3-4 (%)
Grades
3-4 (%)
Discontinuation due to ARs 7 6
Adverse reactions 34 32
Gastrointestinal    
Diarrhea 0.9 0.8
Nausea 0.8 0
Abdominal pain 0.8 1.5
Vomiting 0.6 1.2
Dysphagia 0.8 3.5
Dyspepsia§ 0.2 0.4
Constipation 0 0
General, %    
Fatigue|| 1.3 1.5
Respiratory, thoracic, and mediastinal    
Cough 0.2 0.4
Dyspnea# 0.8 0.4
Skin and
subcutaneous tissue
   
Rash** 0.9 0.4
Pruritus 0.4 0
Investigations    
Weight decreased 0.4 0
Musculoskeletal and
connective tissue
   
Musculoskeletal
pain††
0.6 0.8
Arthralgia 0.2 0
Metabolism
and nutrition
   
Decreased appetite 0.9 0.8
Endocrine    
Hypothyroidism 0 0

As compared to other OPDIVO monotherapy indications. Rates and severity of adverse reactions vary across clinical trials which evaluated OPDIVO monotherapy.1,6,7

Includes upper abdominal pain, lower abdominal pain, and abdominal discomfort.1

Includes gastroesophageal reflux.1

Includes asthenia.1

Includes productive cough.1

Includes dyspnea exertional.1

Includes rash pustular, dermatitis, dermatitis acneiform, dermatitis allergic, dermatitis bullous, exfoliative rash, rash erythematous,
rash macular, rash maculo-papular, rash popular, rash pruritic.1

Includes back pain, bone pain, musculoskeletal chest pain, musculoskeletal discomfort, myalgia, myalgia intercostal, neck pain, pain
in extremity, and spinal pain.1

1L=first-line; AR=adverse reaction; CM=Checkmate. CRT=chemoradiotherapy; EC=esophageal cancer; GEJC=gastroesophageal junction cancer.

12% discontinued OPDIVO due
to adverse reactions1 43% of patients completed 12 months
of treatment with OPDIVO2
  • In Checkmate 577, serious adverse reactions occurred in 33% of patients receiving OPDIVO (n=532).
    A serious adverse reaction reported in ≥2% of patients who received OPDIVO was pneumonitis. A fatal reaction
    of myocardial infarction occurred in one patient who received OPDIVO1
  • In Checkmate 577, the most common adverse reactions (≥20%) in patients receiving OPDIVO (n=532) were
    fatigue (34%), diarrhea (29%), nausea (23%), rash (21%), musculoskeletal pain (21%), and cough (20%)1

Please see additional Important Safety Information below.

SELECT IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

Severe and Fatal Immune-Mediated Adverse Reactions

  • Immune-mediated adverse reactions listed herein may not include all possible severe and fatal immune-mediated adverse reactions.
  • Immune-mediated adverse reactions, which may be severe or fatal, can occur in any organ system or tissue. While immune-mediated adverse reactions usually manifest during treatment, they can also occur after discontinuation of OPDIVO. Early identification and management are essential to ensure safe use of OPDIVO. Monitor for signs and symptoms that may be clinical manifestations of underlying immune-mediated adverse reactions. Evaluate clinical chemistries including liver enzymes, creatinine, and thyroid function at baseline and periodically during treatment with OPDIVO. In cases of suspected immune-mediated adverse reactions, initiate appropriate workup to exclude alternative etiologies, including infection. Institute medical management promptly, including specialty consultation as appropriate.
  • Withhold or permanently discontinue OPDIVO depending on severity (please see section 2 Dosage and Administration in the accompanying Full Prescribing Information). In general, if OPDIVO interruption or discontinuation is required, administer systemic corticosteroid therapy (1 to 2 mg/kg/day prednisone or equivalent) until improvement to Grade 1 or less. Upon improvement to Grade 1 or less, initiate corticosteroid taper and continue to taper over at least 1 month. Consider administration of other systemic immunosuppressants in patients whose immune-mediated adverse reactions are not controlled with corticosteroid therapy. Toxicity management guidelines for adverse reactions that do not necessarily require systemic steroids (e.g., endocrinopathies and dermatologic reactions) are discussed below.

Immune-Mediated Pneumonitis

  • OPDIVO can cause immune-mediated pneumonitis. The incidence of pneumonitis is higher in patients who have received prior thoracic radiation. In patients receiving OPDIVO monotherapy, immune-mediated pneumonitis occurred in 3.1% (61/1994) of patients, including Grade 4 (<0.1%), Grade 3 (0.9%), and Grade 2 (2.1%).

Immune-Mediated Colitis

  • OPDIVO can cause immune-mediated colitis. A common symptom included in the definition of colitis was diarrhea. Cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection/reactivation has been reported in patients with corticosteroid-refractory immune-mediated colitis. In cases of corticosteroid-refractory colitis, consider repeating infectious workup to exclude alternative etiologies. In patients receiving OPDIVO monotherapy, immune-mediated colitis occurred in 2.9% (58/1994) of patients, including Grade 3 (1.7%) and Grade 2 (1%).

Immune-Mediated Hepatitis and Hepatotoxicity

  • OPDIVO can cause immune-mediated hepatitis. In patients receiving OPDIVO monotherapy, immune-mediated hepatitis occurred in 1.8% (35/1994) of patients, including Grade 4 (0.2%), Grade 3 (1.3%), and Grade 2 (0.4%).

Immune-Mediated Endocrinopathies

  • OPDIVO can cause primary or secondary adrenal insufficiency, immune-mediated hypophysitis, immune-mediated thyroid disorders, and Type 1 diabetes mellitus, which can present with diabetic ketoacidosis. Withhold OPDIVO depending on severity (please see section 2 Dosage and Administration in the accompanying Full Prescribing Information). For Grade 2 or higher adrenal insufficiency, initiate symptomatic treatment, including hormone replacement as clinically indicated. Hypophysitis can present with acute symptoms associated with mass effect such as headache, photophobia, or visual field defects. Hypophysitis can cause hypopituitarism; initiate hormone replacement as clinically indicated. Thyroiditis can present with or without endocrinopathy. Hypothyroidism can follow hyperthyroidism; initiate hormone replacement or medical management as clinically indicated. Monitor patients for hyperglycemia or other signs and symptoms of diabetes; initiate treatment with insulin as clinically indicated.
  • In patients receiving OPDIVO monotherapy, adrenal insufficiency occurred in 1% (20/1994), including Grade 3 (0.4%) and Grade 2 (0.6%).
  • In patients receiving OPDIVO monotherapy, hypophysitis occurred in 0.6% (12/1994) of patients, including Grade 3 (0.2%) and Grade 2 (0.3%).
  • In patients receiving OPDIVO monotherapy, thyroiditis occurred in 0.6% (12/1994) of patients, including Grade 2 (0.2%).
  • In patients receiving OPDIVO monotherapy, hyperthyroidism occurred in 2.7% (54/1994) of patients, including Grade 3 (<0.1%) and Grade 2 (1.2%).
  • In patients receiving OPDIVO monotherapy, hypothyroidism occurred in 8% (163/1994) of patients, including Grade 3 (0.2%) and Grade 2 (4.8%).
  • In patients receiving OPDIVO monotherapy, diabetes occurred in 0.9% (17/1994) of patients, including Grade 3 (0.4%) and Grade 2 (0.3%), and 2 cases of diabetic ketoacidosis.

Immune-Mediated Nephritis with Renal Dysfunction

  • OPDIVO can cause immune-mediated nephritis. In patients receiving OPDIVO monotherapy, immune-mediated nephritis and renal dysfunction occurred in 1.2% (23/1994) of patients, including Grade 4 (<0.1%), Grade 3 (0.5%), and Grade 2 (0.6%).

Immune-Mediated Dermatologic Adverse Reactions

  • OPDIVO can cause immune-mediated rash or dermatitis. Exfoliative dermatitis, including Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS), toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN), and drug rash with eosinophilia and systemic symptoms (DRESS) has occurred with PD-1/PD-L1 blocking antibodies. Topical emollients and/or topical corticosteroids may be adequate to treat mild to moderate nonexfoliative rashes.
  • Withhold or permanently discontinue OPDIVO depending on severity (please see section 2 Dosage and Administration in the accompanying Full Prescribing Information).
  • In patients receiving OPDIVO monotherapy, immune-mediated rash occurred in 9% (171/1994) of patients, including Grade 3 (1.1%) and Grade 2 (2.2%).

Other Immune-Mediated Adverse Reactions

  • The following clinically significant immune-mediated adverse reactions occurred at an incidence of <1% (unless otherwise noted) in patients who received OPDIVO monotherapy or were reported with the use of other PD-1/PD-L1 blocking antibodies. Severe or fatal cases have been reported for some of these adverse reactions: cardiac/vascular: myocarditis, pericarditis, vasculitis; nervous system: meningitis, encephalitis, myelitis and demyelination, myasthenic syndrome/myasthenia gravis (including exacerbation), Guillain-Barré syndrome, nerve paresis, autoimmune neuropathy; ocular: uveitis, iritis, and other ocular inflammatory toxicities can occur; gastrointestinal: pancreatitis to include increases in serum amylase and lipase levels, gastritis, duodenitis; musculoskeletal and connective tissue: myositis/polymyositis, rhabdomyolysis, and associated sequelae including renal failure, arthritis, polymyalgia rheumatica; endocrine: hypoparathyroidism; other (hematologic/immune): hemolytic anemia, aplastic anemia, hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH), systemic inflammatory response syndrome, histiocytic necrotizing lymphadenitis (Kikuchi lymphadenitis), sarcoidosis, immune thrombocytopenic purpura, solid organ transplant rejection.
  • Some ocular IMAR cases can be associated with retinal detachment. Various grades of visual impairment, including blindness, can occur. If uveitis occurs in combination with other immune-mediated adverse reactions, consider a Vogt-Koyanagi-Harada-like syndrome, which has been observed in patients receiving OPDIVO, as this may require treatment with systemic corticosteroids to reduce the risk of permanent vision loss.

Infusion-Related Reactions

  • OPDIVO can cause severe infusion-related reactions. Discontinue OPDIVO in patients with severe (Grade 3) or life-threatening (Grade 4) infusion-related reactions. Interrupt or slow the rate of infusion in patients with mild (Grade 1) or moderate (Grade 2) infusion-related reactions. In patients receiving OPDIVO monotherapy as a 60-minute infusion, infusion-related reactions occurred in 6.4% (127/1994) of patients. In a separate trial in which patients received OPDIVO monotherapy as a 60-minute infusion or a 30-minute infusion, infusion-related reactions occurred in 2.2% (8/368) and 2.7% (10/369) of patients, respectively. Additionally, 0.5% (2/368) and 1.4% (5/369) of patients, respectively, experienced adverse reactions within 48 hours of infusion that led to dose delay, permanent discontinuation or withholding of OPDIVO.

Complications of Allogeneic Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation

  • Fatal and other serious complications can occur in patients who receive allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) before or after being treated with OPDIVO. Transplant-related complications include hyperacute graft-versus-host-disease (GVHD), acute GVHD, chronic GVHD, hepatic veno-occlusive disease (VOD) after reduced intensity conditioning, and steroid-requiring febrile syndrome (without an identified infectious cause). These complications may occur despite intervening therapy between OPDIVO and allogeneic HSCT.
  • Follow patients closely for evidence of transplant-related complications and intervene promptly. Consider the benefit versus risks of treatment with OPDIVO prior to or after an allogeneic HSCT.

Embryo-Fetal Toxicity

  • Based on its mechanism of action and findings from animal studies, OPDIVO can cause fetal harm when administered to a pregnant woman. Advise pregnant women of the potential risk to a fetus. Advise females of reproductive potential to use effective contraception during treatment with OPDIVO and for at least 5 months after the last dose.

Increased Mortality in Patients with Multiple Myeloma when OPDIVO is Added to a Thalidomide Analogue and Dexamethasone

  • In randomized clinical trials in patients with multiple myeloma, the addition of OPDIVO to a thalidomide analogue plus dexamethasone resulted in increased mortality. Treatment of patients with multiple myeloma with a PD-1 or PD-L1 blocking antibody in combination with a thalidomide analogue plus dexamethasone is not recommended outside of controlled clinical trials.

Lactation

  • There are no data on the presence of OPDIVO in human milk, the effects on the breastfed child, or the effects on milk production. Because of the potential for serious adverse reactions in breastfed children, advise women not to breastfeed during treatment and for 5 months after the last dose.

Serious Adverse Reactions

  • In Checkmate 577, serious adverse reactions occurred in 33% of patients receiving OPDIVO (n=532). A serious adverse reaction reported in ≥2% of patients who received OPDIVO was pneumonitis. A fatal reaction of myocardial infarction occurred in one patient who received OPDIVO.
  • In Checkmate 649, serious adverse reactions occurred in 52% of patients treated with OPDIVO in combination with chemotherapy (n=782). The most frequent serious adverse reactions reported in ≥2% of patients treated with OPDIVO in combination with chemotherapy were vomiting (3.7%), pneumonia (3.6%), anemia (3.6%), pyrexia (2.8%), diarrhea (2.7%), febrile neutropenia (2.6%), and pneumonitis (2.4%). Fatal adverse reactions occurred in 16 (2.0%) patients who were treated with OPDIVO in combination with chemotherapy; these included pneumonitis (4 patients), febrile neutropenia (2 patients), stroke (2 patients), gastrointestinal toxicity, intestinal mucositis, septic shock, pneumonia, infection, gastrointestinal bleeding, mesenteric vessel thrombosis, and disseminated intravascular coagulation.

Common Adverse Reactions

  • In Checkmate 577, the most common adverse reactions (≥20%) in patients receiving OPDIVO (n=532) were fatigue (34%), diarrhea (29%), nausea (23%), rash (21%), musculoskeletal pain (21%), and cough (20%).
  • In Checkmate 649, the most common adverse reactions (≥20%) in patients treated with OPDIVO in combination with chemotherapy (n=782) were peripheral neuropathy (53%), nausea (48%), fatigue (44%), diarrhea (39%), vomiting (31%), decreased appetite (29%), abdominal pain (27%), constipation (25%), and musculoskeletal pain (20%).

Please see U.S. Full Prescribing Information for OPDIVO.

Clinical Trials and Patient Populations

  • Checkmate 577–adjuvant treatment of esophageal or gastroesophageal junction cancer; Checkmate 649–previously untreated advanced or metastatic gastric cancer, gastroesophageal junction cancer, and esophageal adenocarcinoma.

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