Yervoy (Ipilimumab) Injection

Detailed View: Safety Labeling Changes Approved By FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER)

October 2015

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Significant edits to the following sections:

  • Immune-mediated Enterocolitis
  • Immune-Mediated Hepatitis
  • Immune-Mediated Dermatitis
  • Immune-Mediated Neuropathies
  • Immune-Mediated Endocrinopathies
  • Immune-Mediated Endocrinopathies

Section added...Embryo-fetal Toxicity

  • Based on its mechanism of action and data from animal studies, YERVOY can cause fetal harm when administered to a pregnant woman. In animal reproduction studies, administration of ipilimumab to cynomolgus monkeys from the onset of organogenesis through delivery resulted in higher incidences of abortion, stillbirth, premature delivery (with corresponding lower birth weight), and higher incidences of infant mortality in a dose-related manner. The effects of ipilimumab are likely to be greater during the second and third trimesters of pregnancy. Advise pregnant women of the potential risk to a fetus. Advise females of reproductive potential to use effective contraception during treatment with a YERVOY-containing regimen and for 3 months after the last dose of YERVOY.


August 2015

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  • The following adverse reactions have been identified during postapproval use of YERVOY. Because these reactions are reported voluntarily from a population of uncertain size, it is not always possible to reliably estimate their frequency or establish a causal relationship to drug exposure.
    • Skin and Subcutaneous Tissue Disorders: Drug reaction with eosinophilia and systemic symptoms (DRESS syndrome)


December 2013

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Concurrent Administration with Vemurafenib
  • In a dose-finding trial, Grade 3 increases in transaminases with or without concomitant increases in total bilirubin occurred in 6 of 10 patients who received concurrent YERVOY (3 mg/kg) and vemurafenib (960 mg BID or 720 mg BID)


May 2013

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5.6 Other Immune-mediated Adverse Reactions, Including Ocular Manifestations
  • include autoimmune central neuropathy (encephalitis), neurosensory hypoacusis, myositis, polymyositis, ocular myositis and sarcoidosis


October 2012

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  • In a combined study of embryo-fetal and peri-postnatal development, pregnant cynomolgus monkeys received ipilimumab every 3 weeks from the onset of organogenesis in the first trimester through parturition, at exposure levels either 2.6 or 7.2 times higher by AUC than the exposures at the clinical dose of 3 mg/kg of ipilimumab. No treatment-related adverse effects on reproduction were detected during the first two trimesters of pregnancy. Beginning in the third trimester, the ipilimumab treated groups experienced higher incidences of severe toxicities including abortion, stillbirth, premature delivery (with corresponding lower birth weight), and higher incidences of infant mortality in a dose-related manner compared to controls.
Nursing Mothers
  • In monkeys treated at dose levels resulting in exposures 2.6 and 7.2 times higher than those in humans at the recommended dose, ipilimumab was present in milk at concentrations of 0.1 and 0.4 mcg/mL, representing a ratio of up to 0.3% of the serum concentration of the drug. Because many drugs are secreted in human milk and because of the potential for serious adverse reactions in nursing infants from Yervoy, a decision should be made whether to discontinue nursing or to discontinue Yervoy, taking into account the importance of Yervoy to the mother.
Renal Impairment
  • No dose adjustment is needed for patients with renal impairment.
Hepatic Impairment
  • No dose adjustment is needed for patients with mild hepatic impairment (total bilirubin [TB] >1.0 x to 1.5 x the upper limit of normal [ULN] or AST >ULN). Yervoy has not been studied in patients with moderate (TB >1.5 x to 3.0 x ULN and any AST) or severe (TB >3 x ULN and any AST) hepatic impairment.


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