17. PATIENT COUNSELING INFORMATION
Hepatotoxicity, Including Hepatic Veno-occlusive Disease (VOD) (also known as Sinusoidal Obstruction Syndrome)
Inform patients that liver problems, including severe, life-threatening, or fatal VOD, and increases in liver tests may develop during BESPONSA treatment. Inform patients that they should seek immediate medical advice if they experience symptoms of VOD, which may include elevated bilirubin, rapid weight gain, and abdominal swelling that may be painful. Inform patients that they should carefully consider the benefit/risk of BESPONSA treatment if they have a prior history of VOD or serious ongoing liver disease [see Warnings and Precautions (5.1)].
Increased Risk of Post-HSCT Non-Relapse Mortality
Inform patients that there is an increased risk of post-HSCT non-relapse mortality after receiving BESPONSA, that the most common causes of post-HSCT non-relapse mortality included infection and VOD. Advise patients to report signs and symptoms of infection [see Warnings and Precautions (5.2)].
Inform patients that decreased blood counts, which may be life-threatening, may develop during BESPONSA treatment and that complications associated with decreased blood counts may include infections, which may be life-threatening or fatal, and bleeding/hemorrhage events. Inform patients that signs and symptoms of infection, bleeding/hemorrhage, or other effects of decreased blood counts should be reported during treatment with BESPONSA [see Warnings and Precautions (5.3)].
Infusion Related Reactions
Advise patients to contact their health care provider if they experience symptoms such as fever, chills, rash, or breathing problems during the infusion of BESPONSA [see Warnings and Precautions (5.4)].
QT Interval Prolongation
Inform patients of symptoms that may be indicative of significant QTc prolongation including dizziness, lightheadedness, and syncope. Advise patients to report these symptoms and the use of all medications to their healthcare provider [see Warnings and Precautions (5.5)].
Advise males and females of reproductive potential to use effective contraception during BESPONSA treatment and for at least 5 and 8 months after the last dose, respectively [see Use in Specific Populations (8.3)]. Advise females of reproductive potential to avoid becoming pregnant while receiving BESPONSA. Advise women to contact their healthcare provider if they become pregnant, or if pregnancy is suspected, during treatment with BESPONSA. Inform the patient of the potential risk to the fetus [see Warnings and Precautions (5.7), Use in Specific Populations (8.1)].
Advise women against breastfeeding while receiving BESPONSA and for 2 months after the last dose [see Use in Specific Populations (8.2)].