Aredia (pamidronate disodium), Zometa (zoledronic acid)
Audience: Dental and oncologic healthcare professionals
Novartis and FDA notified dental healthcare professionals of revisions to the prescribing information to describe the occurence of osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ) observed in cancer patients receiving treatment with intravenous bisphosphonates, Aredia (pamidronate disodium) and Zometa (zoledronic acid). The prescribing information recommends that cancer patients receive a dental examination prior to initiating therapy with intravenous bisphosphonates (Aredia and Zometa), and avoid invasive dental procedures while receiving bisphosphonate treatment. For patients who develop ONJ while on bisphosphonate therapy, dental surgery may exacerbate the condition.
Aredia is used in the treatment of hypercalcemia of malignancy, Paget’s disease, osteolytic bone metastases of breast cancer and osteolytic lesions of multiple myeloma. Zometa is used in the treatment of hypercalcemia of malignancy, the treatment of patients with multiple myeloma and patients with documented bone metastases from solid tumors, in conjunction with standard antineoplastic therapy.
[May 05, 2005 - Dear Dentist Letter - Novartis]