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PEMETREXED ACCORD®

pemetrexed

Pemetrexed Accord Overview

This is a summary of the European public assessment report (EPAR) for Pemetrexed Accord. 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 Pemetrexed Accord.

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

Pemetrexed Accord is available as a powder that is made up into a solution for infusion (drip) into a vein. The medicine can only be obtained with a prescription and should only be given under the supervision of a doctor who is qualified in the use of cancer medicines.

The recommended dose is 500 mg per square metre of body surface area (calculated using the patient’s height and weight). It is given once every three weeks as an infusion lasting 10 minutes. To reduce side effects, patients should take a corticosteroid (a type of medicine that reduces inflammation) and folic acid (a type of vitamin), and receive injections of vitamin B12 during treatment with Pemetrexed Accord. When Pemetrexed Accord is given with cisplatin, an ‘anti-emetic’ medicine (to prevent vomiting) and fluids (to prevent dehydration) should also be given before or after the cisplatin dose.

Treatment should be delayed or stopped, or the dose reduced, in patients whose blood counts are abnormal or who have certain other side effects. For more information, see the summary of product characteristics (also part of the EPAR).

The active substance in Pemetrexed Accord, pemetrexed, is a cytotoxic medicine (a medicine that kills cells that are dividing, such as cancer cells), which belongs to the group ‘antimetabolites’. In the body, pemetrexed is converted into an active form that blocks the activity of the enzymes that are involved in producing ‘nucleotides’ (the building blocks of DNA and RNA, the genetic material of cells). As a result, the active form of pemetrexed slows down the formation of DNA and RNA and prevents the cells from dividing and multiplying. The conversion of pemetrexed into its active form occurs more readily in cancer cells than in normal cells, leading to higher levels of the active form of the medicine and a longer duration of action in cancer cells. This results in the division of cancer cells being reduced, while normal cells are only slightly affected.

Because Pemetrexed Accord is a generic medicine, its benefits and risks are taken as being the same as the reference medicine’s.

The Agency’s Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) concluded that, in accordance with EU requirements, Pemetrexed Accord has been shown to be comparable to Alimta. Therefore, the CHMP’s view was that, as for Alimta, the benefit outweighs the identified risk. The Committee recommended that Pemetrexed Accord be approved for use in the EU.

risk management plan has been developed to ensure that Pemetrexed Accord is used as safely as possible. Based on this plan, safety information has been included in the summary of product characteristics and the package leaflet for Pemetrexed Accord, including the appropriate precautions to be followed by healthcare professionals and patients.

Further information can be found in the PDF iconsummary of the risk management plan .

The European Commission granted a marketing authorisation valid throughout the European Union for Pemetrexed Accord on 18 January 2016.

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

What are the risks associated with Pemetrexed Accord?

Because Pemetrexed Accord is a generic medicine, its benefits and risks are taken as being the same as the reference medicine’s.

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