margetuximab (Rx)

Brand and Other Names:Margenza, margetuximab-cmkb

Dosing & Uses


Dosage Forms & Strengths

injection, solution concentrate

  • 250mg/10mL (25mg/mL) single-dose vial

Breast Cancer

Indicated in combination with chemotherapy for metastatic human epidermal growth factor receptor 2-positive (HER2+) breast cancer in patients who have received ≥2 anti-HER2 regimens, at least 1 of which was for metastatic disease

15 mg/kg IV q3weeks

Continue until disease progression or unacceptable toxicity

Refer to prescribing information for each therapeutic agent administered in combination therapy for dosing information

Dosage Modifications

Left ventricular dysfunction

  • Withhold dosing for ≥4 weeks
    • ≥16% absolute decrease in left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) from pretreatment levels
    • LVEF below institutional limits of normal (or 50% if no limits are available) and ≥10% absolute decrease in LVEF from pretreatment values
    • May resume if, within 8 weeks, LVEF returns to normal limits and absolute decrease from base line ≤15%
  • Permanently discontinue
    • LVEF decline persists for >8 weeks, or
    • Dosing interrupted on >3 occasions for LVEF decline

Infusion-related reactions

  • Mild or moderate: Decrease infusion rate
  • Dyspnea or clinically significant hypotension: Interrupt infusion
  • Severe or life-threatening IRRs: Permanently discontinue

Renal impairment

  • Mild-to-moderate (CrCl 30-89 mL/min): No dose adjustment needed
  • Severe (CrCl 15-29 mL/min), end-stage renal disease with or without hemodialysis) Unknown

Hepatic impairment

  • Mild (total bilirubin [TB] ULN, or TB 1-1.5 ULN and any AST): No dose adjustment needed
  • Moderate-to-severe (TB >1.5 ULN and any AST): Unknown

Dosing Considerations

Assess LVEF before initiating and regularly during treatment

Verify pregnancy status before initiating in females of reproductive potential

Safety and efficacy not established

There was a higher incidence of Grade ≥3 adverse reactions observed in patients aged ≥65 years (56%) compared with younger patients (47%), including those associated with potential cardiotoxicity (35% vs 18%)



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                    Adverse Effects


                    All Grades

                    • Increased creatinine (68%)
                    • Fatigue/asthenia (57%)
                    • Decreased hemoglobin (52%)
                    • Decreased leukocytes (40%)
                    • Decreased neutrophils (34%)
                    • Nausea (33%)
                    • Increased activated partial thromboplastin time (aPTT) (32%)
                    • Increased ALT (32%)
                    • Decreased lymphocytes (31%)
                    • Increased lipase (30%)
                    • Diarrhea (25%)
                    • Increased INR (24%)
                    • Increased AST (23%)
                    • Vomiting (21%)
                    • Increased alkaline phosphatase (21%)
                    • Pyrexia (19%)
                    • Constipation (19%)
                    • Headache (19%)
                    • Alopecia (18%)
                    • Abdominal pain (17%)
                    • Peripheral neuropathy (16%)
                    • Cough (14%)
                    • Decreased appetite (14%)
                    • Arthralgia/myalgia (14%)
                    • Palmoplantar erythrodysesthesia (13%)
                    • Dyspnea (13%)
                    • Infusion-related reaction (13%)
                    • Extremity pain (11%)


                    All Grades

                    • Dizziness (10%)
                    • Stomatitis (10%)
                    • Decreased weight (6%)
                    • Dysgeusia (6%)
                    • Rash (6%)
                    • Insomnia (6%)
                    • Hypertension (5%)
                    • Syncope (1.5%)

                    Grade 3 or 4

                    • Decreased neutrophils (9%)
                    • Fatigue (7%)
                    • Increased lipase (6%)
                    • Decreased leukocytes (5%)
                    • Decreased lymphocytes (4.4%)
                    • Increased aPTT (3.4%)
                    • Decreased hemoglobin (3.2%)
                    • Diarrhea (2.3%)
                    • Increased ALT (2%)
                    • Increased AST (2%)
                    • Abdominal pain (1.5%)
                    • Infusion-related reaction (1.5%)
                    • Increased INR (1.2%)
                    • Nausea (1.1%)
                    • Peripheral neuropathy (1.1%)
                    • Dyspnea (1.1%)


                    Grade 3 or 4

                    • Vomiting (0.8%)
                    • Constipation (0.8%)
                    • Extremity pain (0.8%)
                    • Pyrexia (0.4%)
                    • Cough (0.4%)
                    • Decreased appetite (0.4%)
                    • Arthralgia/myalgia (0.4%)
                    • Increased creatinine (0.4%)


                    Black Box Warnings

                    Left ventricular dysfunction

                    • May lead to reductions in LVEF
                    • Evaluate cardiac function before and during treatment
                    • Discontinue treatment for confirmed clinically significant decrease in left ventricular function

                    Embryofetal toxicity

                    • Exposure during pregnancy can cause embryofetal harm
                    • Advise patients of risk and use for effective contraception




                    May cause fetal harm when administered to pregnant females

                    Left ventricular dysfunction

                    • Left ventricular dysfunction may occur
                    • Not studied in patients with pretreatment LVEF <50%, history of myocardial infarction or unstable angina within 6 months, or congestive heart failure NYHA class II-IV
                    • Conduct thorough cardiac assessment (eg, history, physical examination, determination of LVEF by ECG or multiple gated acquisition (MUGA) scan
                    • Measure baseline LVEF within 4 weeks before initiation; then every 3 months during and upon completion
                    • Repeat LVEF at 4-week intervals if therapy withheld for significant left ventricular dysfunction

                    Infusion-related reactions

                    • Infusion-related reactions (IRRs) reported
                    • Symptoms may include fever, chills, arthralgia, cough, dizziness, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, headache, diaphoresis, tachycardia, hypotension, pruritus, rash, urticaria, and dyspnea
                    • Monitor for IRRs during administration and as clinically indicated after completing infusion
                    • Have medications and emergency equipment available to immediately to treat IRRs

                    Drug interaction overview

                    • Anthracyclines
                      • Avoid anthracycline-based therapy for up to 4 months after discontinuing margetuximab
                      • Patients treated with anthracyclines <4 months after discontinuing therapy may be at increased risk of cardiac dysfunction
                      • Interaction has not been studied with margetuximab
                      • Clinical data from other HER2-directed antibodies warrant consideration
                      • If use is unavoidable, closely monitor cardiac function


                    Pregnancy & Lactation


                    Based on findings in animals and mechanism of action, fetal harm may occur when administered to pregnant females

                    No data available on use in pregnant females to inform of the drug-associated risks

                    In postmarketing reports, use of a HER2- directed antibody during pregnancy resulted in cases of oligohydramnios and oligohydramnios sequence manifesting as pulmonary hypoplasia, skeletal abnormalities, and neonatal death

                    Verify pregnancy status of females of reproductive potential before initiation

                    Animal data

                    • IV administration to pregnant cynomolgus monkeys once every 3 weeks, starting at gestational day 20 until delivery, resulted in oligohydramnios and delayed infant kidney development
                    • Animal exposures were ≥3x the human exposures at the recommended dose, based on peak plasma levels
                    • Advise patients of potential risks to a fetus

                    Fetal/neonatal adverse reactions

                    • Monitor treated females during pregnancy or within 4 months before conception for oligohydramnios
                    • If oligohydramnios occurs, perform fetal testing appropriate for gestational age and consistent with community standards of care


                    • Females of reproductive potential: Use effective contraception during treatment and for 4 months following final dose


                    No information available on drug presence in human milk, effects on breastfed child, or effects on milk production

                    Published data suggest human IgG is present in human milk but does not enter neonatal or infant circulation in substantial amounts

                    Consider drug washout period of 4 months when weighing the risks versus benefits

                    Pregnancy Categories

                    A: Generally acceptable. Controlled studies in pregnant women show no evidence of fetal risk.

                    B: May be acceptable. Either animal studies show no risk but human studies not available or animal studies showed minor risks and human studies done and showed no risk.

                    C: Use with caution if benefits outweigh risks. Animal studies show risk and human studies not available or neither animal nor human studies done.

                    D: Use in LIFE-THREATENING emergencies when no safer drug available. Positive evidence of human fetal risk.

                    X: Do not use in pregnancy. Risks involved outweigh potential benefits. Safer alternatives exist.

                    NA: Information not available.



                    Mechanism of Action

                    Human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2)/neu receptor antagonist; chimeric Fc-engineered IgG1 kappa monoclonal antibody that targets HER2-expressing tumors

                    Binds to extracellular domain of HER2 protein; upon binding to HER2-expressing tumor cells, the drug inhibits tumor cell proliferation, reduces shedding of the HER2 extracellular domain, and mediates antibody-dependent cellular cytotoxicity


                    Peak plasma concentration (steady-state): 466 mcg/mL

                    AUC (steady-state): 4120 mcg⋅day/mL

                    Steady-steady is reached at 2 months

                    No clinically significant differences were observed when infusion time was reduced from 120 to 30 minutes


                    Vd (steady-state): 5.47 L


                    Expected to be metabolized into small peptides by catabolic pathways


                    Half-life: 19.2 days

                    Clearance: 0.22 L/days

                    4 months after discontinuation, concentrations decrease to ~3% of steady-state trough serum concentration



                    IV Incompatibilities


                    IV Compatibilities

                    0.9% NaCl

                    IV Preparation

                    Inspect visually for particulate matter and discoloration; solution is clear to slightly opalescent, colorless to pale yellow or pale brown; some visible, translucent, inherent proteinaceous particles may be present

                    Swirl the vial(s) gently; do not shake vial(s)

                    Calculate required volume (rounded to nearest 0.1 mL)

                    Transfer calculated dose into 100- to 250-mL 0.9% NaCl IV bag (ie, polyvinyl chloride, polyolefins [polyethylene, polypropylene], polyamide or polyolefins only, or copolymer of olefins) may be used

                    Final concentration of diluted soltuion: 0.5-7.2 mg/mL

                    Gently invert IV bag to mix diluted solution; do NOT shake

                    Discard any unused portion left in vial(s)

                    Do not mix with other drugs

                    IV Administration

                    Administer through IV line containing sterile, nonpyrogenic, low-protein-binding polyethersulfone 0.2-micron in-line or add-on filter

                    Do NOT give IV push or bolus

                    On days when administered with chemotherapy, administer margetuximab immediately after chemotherapy completion

                    Do not coadminister other drugs through same infusion line

                    Infusion rate

                    • Initial dose: Administer over 2 hr
                    • Subsequent doses: Administer over at least 30 minutes

                    Missed dose

                    • Administer scheduled dose as soon as possible
                    • Adjust schedule to maintain 3-week interval between doses


                    Does not contain a preservative

                    Unopened vials

                    • Refrigerate at 2-8ºC (36-46ºF) in original carton to protect from light
                    • Do not freeze
                    • Do not shake

                    Diluted IV solution

                    • Room temperature: Up to 4 hr
                    • Refrigerated: 2-8ºC (36-46ºF) up to 24 hr
                    • If refrigerated, allow the diluted solution to come to room temperature prior to administration
                    • Do not freeze


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