- Name of the medicinal product
Exemestane Tablets USP 25mg Taj Pharma
- Qualitative and quantitative composition
Each film-coated tablet contains
Exemestane USP 25mg
Colour: Titanium Dioxide USP
For a full list of excipients, see Section 6.1.
- Pharmaceutical form
Film-coated tablet, White opaque PVC/PVdC-Alu blister
- Clinical particulars
- Therapeutic indications
Exemestane Taj Pharma is indicated for the adjuvant treatment of postmenopausal women with oestrogen receptor positive invasive early breast cancer (EBC), following 2 – 3 years of initial adjuvant tamoxifen therapy.
Exemestane Taj Pharma is indicated for the treatment of advanced breast cancer in women with natural or induced postmenopausal status whose disease has progressed following anti-oestrogen therapy. Efficacy has not been demonstrated in patients with oestrogen receptor negative status.
- Posology and method of administration
Adult and elderly patients
The recommended dose of Exemestane Taj Pharma is one 25mg tablet to be taken once a daily, preferably after a meal.
In patients with early breast cancer, treatment with Exemestane Taj Pharma should continue until completion of five years of combined sequential adjuvant hormonal therapy (tamoxifen followed by Exemestane Taj Pharma), or earlier if tumour relapse occurs.
In patients with advanced breast cancer, treatment with Exemestane Taj Pharma should continue until tumour progression is evident.
No dose adjustments are required for patients with hepatic or renal insufficiency (see 5.2).
Not recommended for use in children
Exemestane Taj Pharma tablets are contraindicated in patients with a known hypersensitivity to the active substance or to any of the excipients listed in section 6.1, in pre-menopausal women and in pregnant or lactating women.
- Special warnings and precautions for use
Exemestane Taj Pharma should not be administered to women with pre-menopausal endocrine status. Therefore, whenever clinically appropriate, the post-menopausal status should be ascertained by assessment of LH, FSH and oestradiol levels.
Exemestane Taj Pharma should be used with caution in patients with hepatic or renal impairment.
Exemestane Taj Pharma is a potent oestrogen lowering agent, and a reduction in bone mineral density (BMD) and an increased fracture rate has been observed following administration (see section 5.1). At the commencement of adjuvant treatment with Exemestane Taj Pharma, women with osteoporosis or at risk of osteoporosis should treatment baseline bone mineral health assessment, based on current clinical guidelines and practice. Patients with advanced disease should have their bone mineral density assessed on a case-by-case basis. Although adequate data to show the effects of therapy in the treatment of the bone mineral density loss caused by Exemestane Taj Pharma are not available, patients treated with Exemestane Taj Pharma tablets should be carefully monitored and treatment for, or prophylaxis of, osteoporosis should be initiated in at risk patients.
Routine assessment of 25 hydroxy vitamin D levels prior to the start of aromatase inhibitor treatment should be considered, due to the high prevalence of severe deficiency in women with early breast cancer. Women with Vitamin D deficiency should receive supplementation with Vitamin D.
- Interaction with other medicinal products and other forms of interaction
In vitro evidence showed that the drug is metabolised through cytochrome P450 CYP3A4 and aldoketoreductases (see section 5.2) and does not inhibit any of the major CYP isoenzymes. In a clinical pharmacokinetic study, the specific inhibition of CYP 3A4 by ketoconazole showed no significant effects on the pharmacokinetics of Exemestane Taj Pharma.
In an interaction study with rifampicin, a potent CYP450 inducer, at a dose of 600mg daily and a single dose of Exemestane Taj Pharma 25mg, the AUC of Exemestane Taj Pharma was reduced by 54% and Cmax by 41%. Since the clinical relevance of this interaction has not been evaluated, the co-administration of drugs, such as rifampicin, anticonvulsants (e.g. phenytoin and carbamazepine) and herbal preparations containing hypericum perforatum (St John’s Wort) known to induce CYP3A4 may reduce the efficacy of Exemestane Taj Pharma.
Exemestane Taj Pharma should be used cautiously with drugs that are metabolised via CYP3A4 and have a narrow therapeutic window. There is no clinical experience of the concomitant use of Exemestane Taj Pharma with other anticancer drugs.
Exemestane Taj Pharma should not be coadministered with oestrogen-containing medicines as these would negate its pharmacological action.
- Fertility, pregnancy and lactation
No clinical data on exposed pregnancies are available with Exemestane Taj Pharma. Studies on animals have shown reproductive toxicity (See section 5.3). Exemestane Taj Pharma is therefore contraindicated in pregnant women.
It is not known whether Exemestane Taj Pharma is excreted into human milk. Exemestane Taj Pharma should not be administered to lactating woman.
Women of perimenopausal status or child-bearing potential
The physician needs to discuss the necessity of adequate contraception with women who have the potential to become pregnant including women who are perimenopausal or who have recently become postmenopausal, until their postmenopausal status is fully established (see sections 4.3 and 4.4).
- Effects on ability to drive and use machines
Drowsiness, somnolence, asthenia and dizziness have been reported with the use of the drug. Patients should be advised that, if these events occur, their physical and/or mental abilities required for operating machinery or driving a car may be impaired.
- Undesirable effects
Exemestane Taj Pharma was generally well tolerated across all clinical studies conducted with Exemestane Taj Pharma at a standard dose of 25mg/day, and undesirable effects were usually mild to moderate.
The withdrawal rate due to adverse events was 7.4% in patients with early breast cancer receiving adjuvant treatment with Exemestane Taj Pharma following initial adjuvant tamoxifen therapy. The most commonly reported adverse reactions were hot flushes (22%), arthralgia (18%) and fatigue (16%).
The withdrawal rate due to adverse events was 2.8% in the overall patient population with advanced breast cancer. The most commonly reported adverse reactions were hot flushes (14%) and nausea (12%).
Most adverse reactions can be attributed to the normal pharmacological consequences of oestrogen deprivation (eg hot flushes).
The reported adverse reactions are listed below by system organ class and by frequency.
The reported adverse reactions from clinical studies and post-marketing experience are listed below by system organ class and by frequency.
Frequencies are defined as: very common (≥1/10) common (≥1/100 to <1/10), uncommon (≥1/1,000 to <1/100), rare (≥1/10,000 to <1/1,000); very rare (<1/10,000) and not known (cannot be estimated from the available data).
Blood and lymphatic system disorders: Very common Leucopenia (**) Common Thrombocytopenia (**) Not Known Lymphocyte count decreased (**) Immune system disorders Uncommon Hypersensitivity Metabolism and nutrition disorders: Common Anorexia Psychiatric disorders: Very common Depression, Insomnia Nervous system disorders: Very common Headache, Dizziness Common Carpal tunnel syndrome, paraesthesia Rare Somnolence Vascular disorders: Very common Hot flushes Gastrointestinal disorders: Very common Abdominal pain, Nausea Common Vomiting, diarrhoea, constipation, dyspepsia Hepatobiliary disorders Very common Hepatic enzyme increased (†), blood bilirubin increased(†), blood alkaline phosphatase increased(†) Rare Hepatitis(†), cholestatic hepatitis(†) Skin and subcutaneous tissue disorders: Very common Increased sweating Common Alopecia, rash, urticaria, pruritus Rare Acute generalised exanthematous pustulosis (†) Musculoskeletal and bone disorders: Very common Joint and musculoskeletal pain (*) Common Osteoporosis, fracture General disorders and administration site conditions: Very common Pain, Fatigue Common Oedema peripheral oedema, Asthenia
(*) Includes: arthralgia, and less frequently pain in extremity, osteoarthritis, back pain, arthritis, myalgia and joint stiffness
(**) In patients with advanced breast cancer thrombocytopenia and leucopenia have been rarely reported. An occasional decrease in lymphocytes has been observed in approximately 20% of patients receiving Exemestane Taj Pharma, particularly in patients with pre-existing lymphopenia; however, mean lymphocyte values in these patients did not change significantly over time and no corresponding increase in viral infections was observed. These effects have not been observed in patients treated in early breast cancer studies.
(†) Frequency calculated by rule of 3/X
The table below presents the frequency of pre-specified adverse events and illnesses in the early breast cancer study Intergroup Exemestane Taj Pharma Study (IES), irrespective of causality, reported in patients receiving trial therapy and up to 30 days after cessation of trial therapy.
Adverse events and illnesses Exemestane Taj Pharma
(N = 2249)
(N = 2279)
Hot flushes 491 (21.8%) 457 (20.1%) Fatigue 367 (16.3%) 344 (15.1%) Headache 305 (13.6%) 255 (11.2%) Insomnia 290 (12.9%) 204 (9.0%) Sweating increased 270 (12.0%) 242 (10.6%) Gynaecological 235 (10.5%) 340 (14.9%) Dizziness 224 (10.0%) 200 (8.8%) Nausea 200 (8.9%) 208 (9.1%) Osteoporosis 116 (5.2%) 66 (2.9%) Vaginal haemorrhage 90 (4.0%) 121 (5.3%) Other primary cancer 84 (3.6%) 125 (5.3%) Vomiting 50 (2.2%) 54 (2.4%) Visual disturbance 45 (2.0%) 53 (2.3%) Thromboembolism 16 (0.7%) 42 (1.8%) Osteoporotic fracture 14 (0.6%) 12 (0.5%) Myocardial infarction 13 (0.6%) 4 (0.2%)
In the IES study, the frequency of ischemic cardiac events in the Exemestane Taj Pharma and tamoxifen treatment arms was 4.5% versus 4.2%, respectively. No significant difference was noted for any individual cardiovascular event including hypertension (9.9% versus 8.4%), myocardial infarction (0.6% versus 0.2%) and cardiac failure (1.1% versus 0.7%).
In the IES study, Exemestane Taj Pharma was associated with a greater incidence of hypercholesterolemia compared with tamoxifen (3.7% vs. 2.1%).
In a separate double blinded, randomized study of postmenopausal women with early breast cancer at low risk treated with Exemestane Taj Pharma (N=73) or placebo (N=73) for 24 months , Exemestane Taj Pharma was associated with an average 7-9% mean reduction in plasma HDL-cholesterol, versus a 1% increase on placebo. There was also a 5-6% reduction in apolipoprotein A1 in the Exemestane Taj Pharma group versus 0-2% for placebo. The effect on the other lipid parameters analysed (total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, triglycerides, apolipoprotein-B and lipoprotein-a) was very similar in the two treatment groups. The clinical significance of these results is unclear.
In the IES study, gastric ulcer was observed at a higher frequency in the Exemestane Taj Pharma arm compared to tamoxifen (0.7% versus <0.1%). The majority of patients on Exemestane Taj Pharma with gastric ulcer received concomitant treatment with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents and/or had a prior history.
Reporting of suspected adverse reactions
Reporting suspected adverse reactions after authorisation of the medicinal product is important. It allows continued monitoring of the benefit/risk balance of the medicinal product.
Clinical trials have been conducted with Exemestane Taj Pharma given up to 800mg in a single dose to healthy female volunteers and up to 600mg daily to postmenopausal women with advanced breast cancer; these dosages were well tolerated. The single dose of Exemestane Taj Pharma that could result in life-threatening symptoms is not known. In rats and dogs, lethality was observed after single oral doses equivalent respectively to 2000 and 4000 times the recommended human dose on amg/m2 basis. There is no specific antidote to overdosage and treatment must be symptomatic. General supportive care, including frequent monitoring of vital signs and close observation of the patient, is indicated.
- Pharmacological properties
- Pharmacodynamic properties
Pharmacotherapeutic group: steroidal aromatase inhibitor; anti-neoplastic agent
Mechanism of action
Exemestane Taj Pharma is an irreversible, steroidal aromatase inhibitor, structurally related to the natural substrate androstenedione. In post-menopausal women, oestrogens are produced primarily from the conversion of androgens into oestrogens through the aromatase enzyme in peripheral tissues. Oestrogen deprivation through aromatase inhibition is an effective and selective treatment for hormone dependent breast cancer in postmenopausal women. In postmenopausal women, Exemestane Taj Pharma p.o. significantly lowered serum oestrogen concentrations starting from a 5mg dose, reaching maximal suppression (>90%) with a dose of 10-25mg. In postmenopausal breast cancer patients treated with the 25mg daily dose, whole body aromatization was reduced by 98%.
Exemestane Taj Pharma does not possess any progestogenic or oestrogenic activity. A slight androgenic activity, probably due to the 17-hydro derivative, has been observed mainly at high doses. In multiple daily doses trials, Exemestane Taj Pharma had no detectable effects on adrenal biosynthesis of cortisol or aldosterone, measured before or after ACTH challenge, thus demonstrating its selectivity with regard to the other enzymes involved in the steroidogenic pathway.
Glucocorticoid or mineralocorticoid replacements are therefore not needed. A non dose-dependent slight increase in serum LH and FSH levels has been observed even at low doses: this effect is, however, expected for the pharmacological class and is probably the result of feedback at the pituitary level due to the reduction in oestrogen levels that stimulate the pituitary secretion of gonadotropins also in postmenopausal women.
Clinical efficacy and safety
Adjuvant Treatment of Early Breast Cancer
In a multicentre, randomised, double-blind study (IES), conducted in 4724 postmenopausal patients with oestrogen-receptor-positive or unknown primary breast cancer, patients who had remained disease-free after receiving adjuvant tamoxifen therapy for 2 to 3 years were randomised to receive 3 to 2 years of Exemestane Taj Pharma (25mg/day) or tamoxifen (20 or 30mg/day) to complete a total of 5 years of hormonal therapy.
IES 52-month median follow-up
After a median duration of therapy of about 30 months and a median follow-up of about 52 months, results showed that sequential treatment with Exemestane Taj Pharma after 2 to 3 years of adjuvant tamoxifen therapy was associated with a clinically and statistically significant improvement in disease-free survival (DFS) compared with continuation of tamoxifen therapy. Analysis showed that in the observed study period Exemestane Taj Pharma reduced the risk of breast cancer recurrence by 24% compared with tamoxifen (hazard ratio 0.76; p=0.00015). The beneficial effect of Exemestane Taj Pharma over tamoxifen with respect to DFS was apparent regardless of nodal status or prior chemotherapy.
Exemestane Taj Pharma also significantly reduced the risk of contralateral breast cancer (hazard ratio 0.57, p=0.04158).
In the whole study population, a trend for improved overall survival was observed for Exemestane Taj Pharma (222 deaths) compared to tamoxifen (262 deaths) with a hazard ratio 0.85 (log-rank test: p = 0.07362), representing a 15% reduction in the risk of death in favor of Exemestane Taj Pharma. A statistically significant 23% reduction in the risk of dying (hazard ratio for overall survival 0.77; Wald chi square test: p = 0.0069) was observed for Exemestane Taj Pharma compared to tamoxifen when adjusting for the pre-specified prognostic factors (i.e., ER status, nodal status, prior chemotherapy, use of HRT and use of bisphosphonates).
52 month main efficacy results in all patients (intention to treat population) and oestrogen receptor positive patients:
Exemestane Taj Pharma
Events /N (%)
Events /N (%)
Hazard Ratio (95% CI) p-value* Disease-free survival a All patients 354 /2352 (15.1%) 453 /2372 (19.1%) 0.76 (0.67-0.88) 0.00015 ER+ patients 289 /2023 (14.3%) 370 /2021 (18.3%) 0.75 (0.65-0.88) 0.00030 Contralateral breast cancer All patients 20 /2352 (0.9%) 35 /2372 (1.5%) 0.57 (0.33-0.99) 0.04158 ER+ patients 18 /2023 (0.9%) 33 /2021 (1.6%) 0.54 (0.30-0.95) 0.03048 Breast cancer free survival b All patients 289 /2352 (12.3%) 373 /2372 (15.7%) 0.76 (0.65-0.89) 0.00041 ER+ patients 232 /2023 (11.5%) 305 /2021 (15.1%) 0.73 (0.62-0.87) 0.00038 Distant recurrence free survivalC All patients 248 /2352 (10.5%) 297 /2372 (12.5%) 0.83 (0.70-0.98) 0.02621 ER+ patients 194 /2023 (9.6%) 242 /2021 (12.0%) 0.78 (0.65-0.95) 0.01123 Overall survivald All patients 222 /2352 (9.4%) 262 /2372 (11.0%) 0.85 (0.71-1.02) 0.07362 ER+ patients 178 /2023 (8.8%) 211 /2021 (10.4%) 0.84 (0.68-1.02) 0.07569
* Log-rank test; ER+ patients = oestrogen receptor positive patients;
aDisease-free survival is defined as the first occurrence of local or distant recurrence, contralateral breast cancer, or death from any cause;
bBreast cancer free survival is defined as the first occurrence of local or distant recurrence, contralateral breast cancer or breast cancer death;
cDistant recurrence free survival is defined as the first occurrence of distant recurrence or breast cancer death;
dOverall survival is defined as occurrence of death from any cause.
In the additional analysis for the subset of patients with oestrogen receptor positive or unknown status, the unadjusted overall survival hazard ratio was 0.83 (log-rank test: p = 0.04250), representing a clinically and statistically significant 17% reduction in the risk of dying.
Results from the IES bone substudy demonstrated that women treated with Exemestane Taj Pharma following 2 to 3 years of tamoxifen treatment experienced moderate reduction in bone mineral density. In the overall study, the treatment emergent fracture incidence evaluated during the 30 months treatment period was higher in patients treated with Exemestane Taj Pharma compared with tamoxifen (4.5% and 3.3% correspondingly, p=0.038).
Results from the IES endometrial substudy indicate that after 2 years of treatment there was a median 33% reduction of endometrial thickness in the Exemestane Taj Pharma-treated patients compared with no notable variation in the tamoxifen-treated patients. Endometrial thickening, reported at the start of study treatment, was reversed to normal (< 5 mm) for 54% of patients treated with Exemestane Taj Pharma.
IES 87-month median follow-up
After a median duration of therapy of about 30 months and a median follow-up of about 87 months, results showed that sequential treatment with Exemestane Taj Pharma after 2 to 3 years of adjuvant tamoxifen therapy was associated with a clinically and statistically significant improvement in DFS compared with continuation of tamoxifen therapy. Results showed that in the observed study period Exemestane Taj Pharma significantly reduced the risk of breast cancer recurrence by 16% compared with tamoxifen (hazard ratio 0.84; p=0.002).
Overall, the beneficial effect of Exemestane Taj Pharma over tamoxifen with respect to DFS was apparent regardless of nodal status or prior chemotherapy or hormonal therapy. Statistical significance was not maintained in a few sub-groups with small sample sizes. These showed a trend favouring Exemestane Taj Pharma in patients with more than 9 nodes positive, or previous chemotherapy CMF. In patients with nodal status unknown, previous chemotherapy other, as well as unknown/missing status of previous hormonal therapy a non statistically significant trend favouring tamoxifen was observed.
In addition, Exemestane Taj Pharma also significantly prolonged breast cancer-free survival (hazard ratio 0.82, p = 0.00263), and distant recurrence-free survival (hazard ratio 0.85, p = 0.02425).
Exemestane Taj Pharma also reduced the risk of contralateral breast cancer, although the effect was no longer statistically significant in this observed study period (hazard ratio 0.74, p = 0.12983). In the whole study population, a trend for improved overall survival was observed for Exemestane Taj Pharma (373 deaths) compared to tamoxifen (420 deaths) with a hazard ratio 0.89 (log rank test: p = 0.08972), representing an 11% reduction in the risk of death in favour of Exemestane Taj Pharma. When adjusting for the pre-specified prognostic factors (i.e., ER status, nodal status, prior chemotherapy, use of HRT and use of bisphosphonates), a statistically significant 18% reduction in the risk of dying (hazard ratio for overall survival 0.82; Wald chi square test: p = 0.0082) was observed for Exemestane Taj Pharma compared to tamoxifen in the whole study population.
In the additional analysis for the subset of patients with oestrogen receptor positive or unknown status, the unadjusted overall survival hazard ratio was 0.86 (log-rank test: p = 0.04262), representing a clinically and statistically significant 14% reduction in the risk of dying.
Results from a bone sub-study indicate that treatment with Exemestane Taj Pharma for 2 to 3 years following 3 to 2 years of tamoxifen treatment increased bone loss while on treatment (mean % change from baseline for BMD at 36 months: -3.37 [spine], -2.96 [total hip] for Exemestane Taj Pharma and -1.29 [spine], -2.02 [total hip], for tamoxifen). However, by the end of the 24 month post treatment period there were minimal differences in the change in BMD from baseline for both treatment groups, the tamoxifen arm having slightly greater final reductions in BMD at all sites (mean % change from baseline for BMD at 24 months post treatment -2.17 [spine], -3.06 [total hip] for Exemestane Taj Pharma and -3.44 [spine], -4.15 [total hip] for tamoxifen).
The all fractures reported on-treatment and during follow-up was significantly higher in the Exemestane Taj Pharma group than on tamoxifen (169 [7.3%] versus 122 [5.2%]; p = 0.004), but no difference was noted in the number of fractures reported as osteoporotic.
IES 119-month final follow-up
After a median duration of therapy of about 30 months and a median follow-up of about 119 months, results showed that sequential treatment with Exemestane Taj Pharma after 2 to 3 years of adjuvant tamoxifen therapy was associated with a clinically and statistically significant improvement in DFS compared with continuation of tamoxifen therapy. Analysis showed that over the observed study period Exemestane Taj Pharma reduced the risk of breast cancer recurrence by 14% compared with tamoxifen (hazard ratio 0.86, p = 0.00393). The beneficial effect of Exemestane Taj Pharma over tamoxifen with respect to DFS was apparent regardless of nodal status or prior chemotherapy.
Exemestane Taj Pharma also significantly prolonged breast cancer-free survival (hazard ratio 0.83, p<0.00152), and distant recurrence-free survival (hazard ratio 0.86, p = 0.02213). Exemestane Taj Pharma also reduced risk of contralateral breast cancer; however, the effect was no longer statistically significant (hazard ratio 0.75, p = 0.10707).
In the whole study population, overall survival was not statistically different between the two groups with 467 deaths (19.9%) occurring in the Exemestane Taj Pharma group and 510 deaths (21.5%) in the tamoxifen group (hazard ratio 0.91, p = 0.15737, not adjusted for multiple testing). For the subset of patients with oestrogen receptor positive or unknown status, the unadjusted overall survival hazard ratio was 0.89 (log-rank test: p = 0.07881) in the Exemestane Taj Pharma group relative to the tamoxifen group.
In the whole study population, a statistically significant 14% reduction in the risk of dying (hazard ratio for OS 0.86; Wald chi square test: p = 0.0257) was observed for Exemestane Taj Pharma compared with tamoxifen when adjusting for the pre-specified prognostic factors (i.e., ER status, nodal status, prior chemotherapy, use of HRT and use of bisphosphonates).
A lower incidence of other second (non-breast) primary cancers was observed in Exemestane Taj Pharma-treated patients compared with tamoxifen only-treated patients (9.9% versus. 12.4%).
In the main study, which had a median follow-up in all participants of 119 months (0 – 163.94) and median duration of Exemestane Taj Pharma treatment of 30 months (0 – 40.41), the incidence of bone fractures was reported on 169 (7.3%) patients in the Exemestane Taj Pharma group compared with 122 (5.2%) patients in the tamoxifen group (p=0.004).
Efficacy Results From IES in Postmenopausal Women With Early Breast Cancer (ITT) No. of Events Hazard Ratio Exemestane Taj Pharma Tamoxifen Hazard Ratio p-value 30-Month Median Treatment and 34.5-Month Median Follow-Up Disease-free survivala 213 306 0.69 (95% CI: 0.58-0.82) 0.00003 Breast cancer-free survivalb 171 262 0.65 (95% CI: 0.54-0.79) <0.00001 Contralateral breast cancer 8 25 0.32 (95% CI: 0.15-0.72) 0.00340 Distant recurrence-free survivalc 142 204 0.70 (95% CI: 0.56-0.86) 0.00083 Overall survivald 116 137 0.86 (95% CI: 0.67-1.10) 0.22962 30-Month Median Treatment and 52-Month Median Follow-Up Disease-free survivala 354 453 0.77 (95% CI: 0.67-0.88) 0.00015 Breast cancer-free survivalb 289 373 0.76 (95% CI: 0.65-0.89) 0.00041 Contralateral breast cancer 20 35 0.57 (95% CI: 0.33-0.99) 0.04158 Distant recurrence-free survivalc 248 297 0.83 (95% CI: 0.70-0.98) 0.02621 Overall survivald 222 262 0.85 (95% CI: 0.71-1.02) 0.07362 30-Month Median Treatment and 87-Month Median Follow-Up Disease-free survivala 552 641 0.84 (95% CI: 0.75-0.94) 0.002 Breast cancer-free survivalb 434 513 0.82 (95% CI: 0.72-0.94) 0.00263 Contralateral breast cancer 43 58 0.74 (95% CI: 0.50-1.10) 0.12983 Distant recurrence-free survivalc 353 409 0.85 ((95% CI: 0.74-0.98) 0.02425 Overall survivald 373 420 0.89 (95% CI: 0.77-1.02) 0.08972 30-Month Median Treatment and 119-Month Median Follow-Up Disease-free survivala 672 761 0.86 (95% CI: 0.77-0.95) 0.00393 Breast cancer-free survivalb 517 608 0.83 (95% CI: 0.74-0.93) 0.00152 Contralateral breast cancer 57 75 0.75 (95% CI: 0.53-1.06) 0.10707 Distant recurrence-free survivalc 411 472 0.86 (95% CI: 0.75-0.98) 0.02213 Overall survivald 467 510 0.91 (95% CI: 0.81-1.04) 0.15737
CI = confidence interval; IES = Intergroup Exemestane Taj Pharma Study; ITT = intention-to-treat.
a.Disease-free survival is defined as the first occurrence of local or distant recurrence, contralateral breast cancer or death from any cause.
b.Breast cancer-free survival is defined as the first occurrence of local or distant recurrence, contralateral breast cancer or breast cancer death.
c.Distant recurrence-free survival is defined as the first occurrence of distant recurrence or breast cancer death.
d.Overall survival is defined as occurrence of death from any cause.
Treatment of Advanced Breast Cancer
In a randomised peer reviewed controlled clinical trial, Exemestane Taj Pharma at the daily dose of 25mg has demonstrated statistically significant prolongation of survival, Time to Progression (TTP), Time to Treatment Failure (TTF) as compared to a standard hormonal treatment with megestrol acetate in postmenopausal patients with advanced breast cancer that had progressed following, or during, treatment with tamoxifen either as adjuvant therapy or as first-line treatment for advanced disease.
- Pharmacokinetic properties
After oral administration of Exemestane Taj Pharma tablets, Exemestane Taj Pharma is absorbed rapidly. The fraction of the dose absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract is high. The absolute bioavailability in humans is unknown, although it is anticipated to be limited by an extensive first pass effect. A similar effect resulted in an absolute bioavailability in rats and dogs of 5%. After a single dose of 25mg, maximum plasma levels of 18 ng/ml are reached after 2 hours. Concomitant intake with food increases the bioavailability by 40%.
The volume of distribution of Exemestane Taj Pharma, not corrected for the oral bioavailability, is ca 20000 l. The kinetics is linear and the terminal elimination half-life is 24 h. Binding to plasma proteins is 90% and is concentration independent. Exemestane Taj Pharma and its metabolites do not bind to red blood cells.
Exemestane Taj Pharma does not accumulate in an unexpected way after repeated dosing.
Exemestane Taj Pharma is metabolised by oxidation of the methylene moiety on the 6 position by CYP 3A4 isoenzyme and/or reduction of the 17-keto group by aldoketoreductase followed by conjugation. The clearance of Exemestane Taj Pharma is ca 500 l/h, not corrected for the oral bioavailability.
The metabolites are inactive or the inhibition of aromatase is less than the parent compound.
The amount excreted unchanged in urine is 1% of the dose. In urine and faeces equal amounts (40%) of 14C-labeled Exemestane Taj Pharma were eliminated within a week.
No significant correlation between the systemic exposure of Exemestane Taj Pharma and the age of subjects has been observed.
In patients with severe renal impairment (CLcr < 30 ml/min) the systemic exposure to Exemestane Taj Pharma was 2 times higher compared with healthy volunteers.
Given the safety profile of Exemestane Taj Pharma, no dose adjustment is considered to be necessary.
In patients with moderate or severe hepatic impairment the exposure of Exemestane Taj Pharma is 2-3 fold higher compared with healthy volunteers. Given the safety profile of Exemestane Taj Pharma, no dose adjustment is considered to be necessary.
- Preclinical safety data
Toxicological studies: Findings in the repeat dose toxicology studies in rat and dog were generally attributable to the pharmacological activity of Exemestane Taj Pharma, such as effects on reproductive and accessory organs. Other toxicological effects (on liver, kidney or central nervous system) were observed only at exposures considered sufficiently in excess of the maximum human exposure indicating little relevance to clinical use.
Mutagenicity: Exemestane Taj Pharma was not genotoxic in bacteria (Ames test), in V79 Chinese hamster cells, in rat hepatocytes or in the mouse micronucleus assay. Although Exemestane Taj Pharma was clastogenic in lymphocytes in vitro, it was not clastogenic in two in vivo studies.
Reproductive toxicology: Exemestane Taj Pharma was embryotoxic in rats and rabbits at systemic exposure levels similar to those obtained in humans at 25mg/day. There was no evidence of teratogenicity.
Carcinogenicity: In a two-year carcinogenicity study in female rats, no treatment-related tumors were observed. In male rats the study was terminated on week 92, because of early death by chronic nephropathy. In a two-year carcinogenicity study in mice, an increase in the incidence of hepatic neoplasms in both genders was observed at the intermediate and high doses (150 and 450mg/kg/day). This finding is considered to be related to the induction of hepatic microsomal enzymes, an effect observed in mice but not in clinical studies. An increase in the incidence of renal tubular adenomas was also noted in male mice at the high dose (450mg/kg/day). This change is considered to be species- and gender-specific and occurred at a dose which represents 63-fold greater exposure than occurs at the human therapeutic dose. None of these observed effects is considered to be clinically relevant to the treatment of patients with Exemestane Taj Pharma.
- Pharmaceutical particulars
- List of excipients
Mannitol, Cellulose Microcrystalline, Crospovidone, Sodium starch Glycolate , Hypromellose, Polysorbate 80, Colloidal Anhydrous Silica, Magnesium stearate, Hypromellose , Macrogol, Titanium dioxide
- Shelf life
- Special precautions for storage
This medicinal product does not require any special storage conditions.
- Nature and contents of container
Exemestane Taj Pharma 25mg Tablets are packed in White opaque PVC/PVdC-Alu blister.
15, 20, 28 30,60, 90, 98, 100 and 120 tablets in blister packs
Not all pack sizes may be marketed.
- Special precautions for disposal and other handling
Any unused product or waste material should be disposed of in accordance with local requirements.
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- Contents of the pack and other information
- What Exemestane Taj Pharma tablet is and what it is used for
Exemestane Taj Pharma belongs to a group of medicines known as aromatase inhibitors. These medicines interfere with a substance called aromatase, which is needed to make the female sex hormones, oestrogens, especially in postmenopausal women. Reduction in oestrogen levels in the body is a way of treating hormone dependent breast cancer.
Exemestane Taj Pharma is used to treat hormone dependent early breast cancer in postmenopausal women after they have completed 2-3 years of treatment with the medicine tamoxifen.
Exemestane Taj Pharma is also used to treat hormone dependent advanced breast cancer in postmenopausal women when a different hormonal drug treatment has not worked well enough.
- What you need to know before you take Exemestane Taj Pharma tablets Do not take Exemestane Taj Pharma tablets
- if you are or have previously been allergic to Exemestane Taj Pharma or any of the other ingredients of this medicine (listed in section 6).
- if you have not already been through ‘the menopause’, e. you are still having your monthly period,
- if you are pregnant, likely to be pregnant or
Warnings and precautions
Talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse before taking Exemestane Taj Pharma tablets.
- Before treatment with Exemestane Taj Pharma, your doctor may want to take blood samples to make sure you have reached the
- Routine checking of your viatamin D level will also be made before treatment, as your level may be very low in the early stages of breast You will be given vitamin D supplement if your levels are below normal.
- Before taking Exemestane Taj Pharma, tell your doctor if you have problems with your liver or
- Tell your doctor if you have a history or are suffering from any condition which affects the strength of your Your doctor may want to measure your bone density before and during the treatment of Exemestane Taj Pharma. This is because medicinesof this class lower the levels of female hormones and this may lead to a loss of the mineral content of bones, which might decrease their strength.
Other medicines and Exemestane Taj Pharma Tablets
Please tell your doctor if you are taking or have recently taken or might take any other medicines, including medicines obtained without a prescription.
Exemestane Taj Pharma tablets should not be given at the same time as hormone replacement therapy (HRT).
The following medicines should be used cautiously when taking Exemestane Taj Pharma tablets. Let your doctor know if you are taking medicines such as:
- rifampicin (an antibiotic),
- carbamazepine or phenytoin (anticonvulsants used to treat epilepsy),
- the herbal remedy St John’s Wort, (Hypericum perforatum), or preparations containing
Exemestane Taj Pharma Tablets with food, drink and alcohol
Exemestane Taj Pharma Tablets should be taken after a meal at approximately the same time each day.
Pregnancy, breast-feeding and fertility
Do not take Exemestane Taj Pharma tablets if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. If you are pregnant or think you might be, tell your doctor.
Discuss contraception with your doctor if there is any possibility that you may become pregnant. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking any medicine.
Driving and using machines
If you feel drowsy, dizzy or weak whilst taking Exemestane Taj Pharma tablets, you should not attempt to drive or operate machinery.
- How to take Exemestane Taj Pharma tablets
Adults and the elderly
Always take this medicine exactly as your doctor has told you. Check with your doctor if you are not sure.
Exemestane Taj Pharma tablets should be taken by mouth after meal at approximately the same time each day. Your doctor will tell you how to take Exemestane Taj Pharma tablets and for how long.
The recommended dose is one 25mg tablet daily.
If you need to go to the hospital whilst taking Exemestane Taj Pharma tablets, let the medical staff know what medication you are taking.
Use in children
Exemestane Taj Pharma tablets is not suitable for use in children.
If you take more Exemestane Taj Pharma Tablets than you should
If too many tablets are taken by accident, contact your doctor at once or go straight to the nearest hospital casualty department. Show them the pack of Exemestane Taj Pharma tablets.
If you forget to take Exemestane Taj Pharma Tablets
Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten tablet.
If you forget to take your tablet, take it as soon as you remember. If it is nearly time for the next dose, take it at the usual time.
If you stop taking Exemestane Taj Pharma Tablets
Do not stop taking your tablets even if you are feeling well, unless your doctor tells you.
If you have any further questions on the use of medicine, ask your doctor , pharmacist or nurse.
- Possible side effects
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
Exemestane Taj Pharma tablets is well tolerated and the following side effects observed in patients treated with Exemestane Taj Pharma tablets are mainly mild or moderate in nature. Most of the side effects are associated with a shortage of oestrogen (e.g. hot flushes).”
Hypersensitivity, inflammation of the liver (hepatitis) and inflammation of the bile ducts of the liver which cause yellowing of the skin (cholestatic hepatitis) may occur. Symptoms include feeling generally unwell, nausea, jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes), itching, right sided abdominal pain and loss of appetite. Contact your doctor promptly to seek urgent medical advice if you think you have any of these symptoms.
Very common side effects (may affect more than 1 in 10 people):
- Difficulty sleeping
- Hot flushes
- Feeling sick
- Increased sweating
- Muscle and joint pain (including osteoarthritis, back pain, arthritis and joint stiffness)
- A reduction in the number of white blood cells
- Abdominal pain
- Elevated level of liver enzymes
- Elevated level of a haemoglobin breakdown in the blood
- Elevated level of a blood enzyme in the blood due to liver damage
Common side effects (may affect up to 1 in 10 people):
- Loss of appetite Carpal tunnel syndrome (a combinations of pins and needles, numbness and pain affecting all of the hand except the little finger) or tingling/ prickling of the skin
- Stomach ache ,vomiting (being sick), constipation, indigestion, diarrhoea
- Hair loss
- Skin rash, hives and itchiness
- Thinning of bones which might decrease their strength (osteoporosis), leading to bone fractures (breaks or cracks) in some cases
- Pain, swollen hands and feet
- A reduction in the number of platelets in the blood
- Muscle weakness
Uncommon side effects (may affect up to 1 in 100 people):
Rare side effects (may affect up to 1 in 1, 000 people):
- A breakout of small blisters on an area of the skin in a rash
- Inflammation of the liver
- Inflammation of the bile ducts of the liver which cause yellowing of the skin
Not Known (frequency cannot be estimated from the available data)
- Low level of certain white blood cells in the blood
Changes in the amount of certain blood cells (lymphocytes) and platelets circulating in your blood, especially in patients with a pre-existing lymphopenia (reduced lymphocytes in the blood) may also be seen.
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet.
- How to store Exemestane Taj Pharma Tablets
- Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of
- Do not use this medicine after the expiry date which is stated on the outer carton and blister after EXP. The expiry date refers to the last day of that
- This medicine does not require any special storage
- Do not throw away any medicines via wastewater or household Ask your pharmacist how to throw away medicines you no longer use. These measures will help protect the environment.
- Contents of the pack and other information
What Exemestane Taj Pharma Tablets contains
The active substance is Exemestane Taj Pharma. Each film-coated tablet contains Exemestane Taj Pharma 25mg
The other ingredients are:
Mannitol, cellulose microcrystalline, crospovidone, sodium starch glycolate , hypromellose, polysorbate 80, colloidal anhydrous silica, magnesium stearate, Hypromellose 6cp titanium dioxide macrogol
What Exemestane Taj Pharma tablets looks like and contents of the pack
Exemestane Taj Pharma 25mg Tablets are available in the White opaque PVC/PVdC-Alu blister packs of 15, 20, 28, 30, 60, 90, 98, 100 and 120 tablets.
Not all pack sizes may be marketed.
Manufactured in India By:
TAJ PHARMACEUTICALS LIMITED
at SURVEY NO.188/1 TO 189/1,190/1 TO 4,
ATHIYAWAD, DABHEL, DAMAN- 396210 (INDIA)
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