The MONALEESA-3 Study: FASLODEX in combination with KISQALI® (ribociclib)

FASLODEX is a prescription medicine used to treat postmenopausal women with HR-positive, HER2-negative advanced breast cancer or breast cancer that has spread to other parts of the body (metastatic), in combination with KISQALI, a CDK4/6 inhibitor, as initial endocrine-based therapy or in women whose disease has progressed after endocrine therapy.

MONALEESA-3 studied FASLODEX with KISQALI

Drugs like FASLODEX are tested in clinical studies to see how well they work before they are approved for use. These studies are also referred to as clinical trials.

MONALEESA-3 is a clinical trial that studied how well FASLODEX with KISQALI worked vs FASLODEX with placebo in postmenopausal women with HR-positive, HER2-negative advanced or metastatic breast cancer, and examined what types of side effects women in the study experienced. The study included both patients who were newly diagnosed and those whose disease had progressed during or after endocrine therapy for early or metastatic breast cancer.

Based on the results of MONALEESA-3, FASLODEX with KISQALI is an option for treating HR-positive, HER2-negative advanced or metastatic breast cancer in postmenopausal women who have not been previously treated with endocrine therapy, as well as those whose disease has progressed after prior treatment with endocrine therapy.

Your doctor will consider many factors when choosing a treatment plan for your advanced or metastatic breast cancer. Understanding this study may help you discuss FASLODEX with your doctor and what the MONALEESA-3 study results may mean for you.

FASLODEX MONALEESA-3 Study

Patients in the study

726 women who had been through menopause and had HR-positive, HER2-negative advanced or metastatic breast cancer took part in the MONALEESA-3 study. The women had been newly diagnosed with advanced breast cancer or had relapsed during or after endocrine therapy for early or metastatic breast cancer.

Metastatic Breast Cancer Prior Treatment

Prior treatment

Half of women in the study (50.6%) had received no prior treatment for their metastatic breast cancer while the others (47.5%) had received one prior endocrine therapy.*

FASLODEX MONALEESA-3 clinical study results

MONALEESA-3 study results

FASLODEX in combination with KISQALI significantly extended the length of time during and after treatment that patients lived without their cancer getting worse, compared to FASLODEX with placebo. This measure is known as progression-free survival (PFS), and is one way to demonstrate how well a treatment works.

Median progression-free survival time for FASLODEX with KISQALI was 20.5 months vs 12.8 months for FASLODEX with placebo, a 60% improvement.

These results were shown to be statistically significant, meaning that it is highly likely that the results were related to the effects of treatment rather than something else.

*Due to missing data or failing to meet study criteria, prior treatment information was unknown for 14 patients.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION ABOUT FASLODEX® (fulvestrant) injection

    You should not receive FASLODEX if you have had an allergic reaction to fulvestrant or any of the ingredients in FASLODEX. Talk to your health care provider if you experience symptoms of an allergic reaction to FASLODEX, which may include itching or hives; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat; and trouble breathing.

    Before receiving FASLODEX, tell your health care provider about all of your medical conditions, including if you:

  • Have a low level of platelets in your blood or bleed easily. Especially, tell your health care provider if you take a blood thinner medicine (anticoagulant)
  • Have liver problems
  • Are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, because FASLODEX can harm your unborn baby. Your health care provider may perform a pregnancy test within 7 days before starting FASLODEX. Women who are able to become pregnant should use effective birth control during treatment with FASLODEX and for 1 year after the last dose. Tell your health care provider right away if you become pregnant or think you are pregnant while on FASLODEX
  • Are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if FASLODEX passes into breast milk. Do not breastfeed during treatment with FASLODEX and for 1 year after the final dose. Talk to your health care provider about the best way to feed your baby during this time

Tell your health care provider about all of the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. FASLODEX may affect the way other medicines work, and other medicines may affect how FASLODEX works.

FASLODEX is administered by your health care provider as an injection into the muscle of each buttock. Your health care provider may change your dose of FASLODEX if needed.

FASLODEX may cause serious side effects, including injection site–related nerve damage. Call your health care provider if you develop any of the following symptoms in your legs following a FASLODEX injection: numbness, tingling, or weakness.

Common side effects of FASLODEX include injection site pain; nausea; muscle, joint, and bone pain; headache; back pain; tiredness; pain in arms, hands, legs or feet; hot flashes; vomiting; loss of appetite; weakness; cough; shortness of breath; constipation; increased liver enzymes; and diarrhea.

Tell your health care provider if you have any side effect that bothers you or does not go away. These are not all of the possible side effects with FASLODEX. For more information, ask your health care provider or pharmacist. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-10881-800-FDA-1088.

Approved Uses for FASLODEX

FASLODEX is a prescription medicine used to treat advanced breast cancer or breast cancer that has spread to other parts of the body (metastatic).

FASLODEX may be used alone, if you have gone through menopause, and your advanced breast cancer is:

  • hormone receptor (HR)-positive and human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2)-negative and has not been previously treated with endocrine therapy

or

  • HR-positive and has progressed after endocrine therapy

FASLODEX may be used in combination with ribociclib, if you have gone through menopause, and your advanced or metastatic breast cancer is HR-positive and HER2-negative, and has not been previously treated with endocrine therapy or has progressed after endocrine therapy.

FASLODEX may be used in combination with palbociclib or abemaciclib if your advanced or metastatic breast cancer is HR-positive and HER2-negative, and has progressed after endocrine therapy.

When FASLODEX is used in combination with palbociclib, abemaciclib or ribociclib, also read the Patient Information for the prescribed product.

It is not known if FASLODEX is safe and effective in children or in people with severe liver problems.

Please see FASLODEX Prescribing Information with Patient Information.

 
 
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IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION ABOUT FASLODEX® (fulvestrant) injection

    You should not receive FASLODEX if you have had an allergic reaction to fulvestrant or any of the ingredients in FASLODEX. Talk to your health care provider if you experience symptoms of an allergic reaction to FASLODEX, which may include itching or hives; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat; and trouble breathing.

    Before receiving FASLODEX, tell your health care provider about all of your medical conditions, including if you:

  • Have a low level of platelets in your blood or bleed easily. Especially, tell your health care provider if you take a blood thinner medicine (anticoagulant)
  • Have liver problems
  • Are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, because FASLODEX can harm your unborn baby. Your health care provider may perform a pregnancy test within 7 days before starting FASLODEX. Women who are able to become pregnant should use effective birth control during treatment with FASLODEX and for 1 year after the last dose. Tell your health care provider right away if you become pregnant or think you are pregnant while on FASLODEX
  • Are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if FASLODEX passes into breast milk. Do not breastfeed during treatment with FASLODEX and for 1 year after the final dose. Talk to your health care provider about the best way to feed your baby during this time

Tell your health care provider about all of the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. FASLODEX may affect the way other medicines work, and other medicines may affect how FASLODEX works.

FASLODEX is administered by your health care provider as an injection into the muscle of each buttock. Your health care provider may change your dose of FASLODEX if needed.

FASLODEX may cause serious side effects, including injection site–related nerve damage. Call your health care provider if you develop any of the following symptoms in your legs following a FASLODEX injection: numbness, tingling, or weakness.

Common side effects of FASLODEX include injection site pain; nausea; muscle, joint, and bone pain; headache; back pain; tiredness; pain in arms, hands, legs or feet; hot flashes; vomiting; loss of appetite; weakness; cough; shortness of breath; constipation; increased liver enzymes; and diarrhea.

Tell your health care provider if you have any side effect that bothers you or does not go away. These are not all of the possible side effects with FASLODEX. For more information, ask your health care provider or pharmacist. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-10881-800-FDA-1088.

Approved Uses for FASLODEX

FASLODEX is a prescription medicine used to treat advanced breast cancer or breast cancer that has spread to other parts of the body (metastatic).

FASLODEX may be used alone, if you have gone through menopause, and your advanced breast cancer is:

  • hormone receptor (HR)-positive and human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2)-negative and has not been previously treated with endocrine therapy

or

  • HR-positive and has progressed after endocrine therapy

FASLODEX may be used in combination with ribociclib, if you have gone through menopause, and your advanced or metastatic breast cancer is HR-positive and HER2-negative, and has not been previously treated with endocrine therapy or has progressed after endocrine therapy.

FASLODEX may be used in combination with palbociclib or abemaciclib if your advanced or metastatic breast cancer is HR-positive and HER2-negative, and has progressed after endocrine therapy.

When FASLODEX is used in combination with palbociclib, abemaciclib or ribociclib, also read the Patient Information for the prescribed product.

It is not known if FASLODEX is safe and effective in children or in people with severe liver problems.

Please see FASLODEX Prescribing Information with Patient Information.