VFW Magazine April 2014 : IFC
Indication Erivedge ® (vismodegib) capsule is a prescription medicine used to treat adults with a type of skin cancer, called basal cell carcinoma, that has spread to other parts of the body or that has come back after surgery or that your healthcare provider decides cannot be treated with surgery or radiation. Important Safety Information What is the most important information I should know about Erivedge? • Erivedge can cause your baby to die before it is born (be stillborn) or cause your baby to have severe birth defects • For females who can become pregnant, talk with your healthcare provider about the risks of Erivedge to your unborn child. Your healthcare provider should do a pregnancy test within 7 days before you start taking Erivedge to ﬁ nd out if you are pregnant. Avoid pregnancy by using highly effective birth control before starting Erivedge, and continue during treatment and for 7 months after your last dose. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you have unprotected sex or think that your birth control has failed • For males, always use a condom with a spermicide during sex with female partners while you are taking Erivedge and for 2 months after your last dose, even if you have had a vasectomy • Tell your healthcare provider right away if you or your female partner could be pregnant or thinks she is pregnant while you are taking Erivedge • Before taking Erivedge, tell your healthcare provider if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant , or if you are breast-feeding or plan to breast-feed I hoped it wouldn’t come back I hoped it wouldn’t grow I know it’s time to act Exposure to Erivedge during pregnancy: Pregnant women are encouraged to participate in a program that collects information about exposure and the effects on the mother and her unborn child by calling the Genentech Adverse Event Line at (888) 835-2555. What should I avoid while taking Erivedge? Do not give blood or blood products during treatment with Erivedge and for 7 months after your last dose. Talk to your dermatologist — it’s not too late to give your advanced basal cell carcinoma some serious attention. SEND IN THE ATTACHED CARD TO GET AN ERIVEDGE INFORMATION PACKET You can also call (855) 7-ERIVEDGE (855-737-4833) or visit Erivedgesupport.com. Please see the accompanying Medication Guide on the previous page for additional important safety information. If you don’t have prescription coverage or can’t afford your medicine, we may be able to help. Visit genentech-access.com/erivedge/patients or call (888) 249-4918 to learn more. Capsule shown not actual size. What are the possible side effects of Erivedge? The most common side effects of Erivedge are: • Muscle spasms • Nausea • Hair loss • Diarrhea • Change in how things • Decreased appetite taste or loss of taste • Constipation • Weight loss • Vomiting • Tiredness • Joint aches These are not all of the possible side effects of Erivedge. For more information, ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist. Because everyone is different, it is not possible to predict what side effects any one person will have or how severe they may be. Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away. You may report side effects to the FDA at (800) FDA-1088 or www.fda.gov/medwatch. You may also report side effects to Genentech at (888) 835-2555. Please see the full Prescribing Information, including serious side effects , at Erivedge.com. © 2014 Genentech USA, Inc. All rights reserved. HED0002307400 Printed in USA.