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Important Safety Information for BAVENCIO® (avelumab)

BAVENCIO® (avelumab) is a medicine that may treat certain cancers by working with your immune system. BAVENCIO can cause your immune system to attack normal organs and tissues in any area of your body and can affect the way they work. These problems can sometimes become severe or life-threatening and can lead to death. You can have more than one of these problems at the same time. These problems may happen anytime during treatment or even after your treatment has ended.

Getting medical treatment right away may help keep these problems from becoming more serious. Your healthcare provider will check you for these problems during your treatment with BAVENCIO. Your healthcare provider may treat you with corticosteroids or hormone replacement medicines. Your healthcare provider may also need to delay or completely stop treatment with BAVENCIO if you have severe side effects.

BAVENCIO can cause serious side effects. Call or see your healthcare provider right away if you get any new or worsening signs or symptoms, including:

Lung problems

  • cough
  • shortness of breath
  • chest pain

Intestinal problems

  • diarrhea (loose stools) or more frequent bowel movements than usual
  • stools that are black, tarry, sticky, or have blood or mucus
  • severe stomach-area (abdomen) pain or tenderness

Liver problems

  • yellowing of your skin or the whites of your eyes
  • severe nausea or vomiting
  • pain on the right side of your stomach area (abdomen)
  • dark urine (tea colored)
  • bleeding or bruising more easily than normal

Hormone gland problems

  • headache that will not go away or unusual headaches
  • eye sensitivity to light
  • eye problems
  • rapid heartbeat
  • increased sweating
  • extreme tiredness
  • weight gain or weight loss
  • feeling more hungry or thirsty than usual
  • urinating more often than usual
  • hair loss
  • feeling cold
  • constipation
  • your voice gets deeper
  • dizziness or fainting
  • changes in mood or behavior, such as decreased sex drive, irritability, or forgetfulness

Kidney problems

  • decrease in your amount of urine
  • blood in your urine
  • swelling of your ankles
  • loss of appetite

Skin problems

  • rash
  • itching
  • skin blistering or peeling
  • painful sores or ulcers in mouth or nose, throat, or genital area
  • fever or flu-like symptoms
  • swollen lymph nodes

Problems can also happen in other organs and tissues. These are not all of the signs or symptoms of immune system problems that can happen with BAVENCIO. Call or see your healthcare provider right away for any new or worsening signs or symptoms, which may include:

  • Chest pain, irregular heartbeat, shortness of breath or swelling of ankles
  • Confusion, sleepiness, memory problems, changes in mood or behavior, stiff neck, balance problems, tingling or numbness of the arms or legs
  • Double vision, blurry vision, sensitivity to light, eye pain, changes in eye sight
  • Persistent or severe muscle pain or weakness, muscle cramps
  • Low red blood cells, bruising

Infusion-related reactions can sometimes be severe or life-threatening. Signs and symptoms of infusion-related reactions may include:

  • chills or shaking
  • hives
  • flushing
  • shortness of breath or wheezing
  • dizziness
  • feel like passing out
  • fever
  • back pain
  • stomach-area (abdomen) pain

Complications, including graft-versus-host-disease (GVHD), in people who have received a bone marrow (stem cell) transplant that uses donor stem cells (allogeneic). These complications can be serious and can lead to death. These complications may happen if you underwent transplantation either before or after being treated with BAVENCIO. Your healthcare provider will monitor you for these complications.

Before you receive BAVENCIO, tell your healthcare provider about all of your medical conditions, including if you:

  • have immune system problems such as Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, or lupus
  • have received an organ transplant
  • have received or plan to receive a stem cell transplant that uses donor stem cells (allogeneic)
  • have a condition that affects your nervous system, such as myasthenia gravis or Guillain-Barré syndrome
  • have heart problems or high blood pressure
  • have a high cholesterol level in your blood
  • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. BAVENCIO can harm your unborn baby
    Females who are able to become pregnant:
    • You should use an effective method of birth control during your treatment and for at least 1 month after the last dose of BAVENCIO. Talk to your healthcare provider about birth control methods that you can use during this time
  • are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if BAVENCIO passes into your breast milk. Do not breastfeed during treatment and for at least 1 month after the final dose of BAVENCIO

Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

The most common side effects of BAVENCIO in people with Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) include:

  • feeling tired
  • muscle and bone pain
  • diarrhea
  • nausea
  • infusion-related reactions including chills, fever, and back pain
  • rash
  • decreased appetite
  • swelling in your hands, feet, or ankles

The most common side effects of BAVENCIO as maintenance treatment in people with UC whose cancer responded or stabilized after platinum-containing chemotherapy as first treatment include:

  • feeling tired
  • muscle and bone pain
  • urinary tract infection
  • rash

The most common side effects of BAVENCIO in people with UC after platinum-containing chemotherapy that did not work, or is no longer working, include:

  • feeling tired
  • infusion-related reactions including chills, fever, back pain, redness, and shortness of breath
  • muscle and bone pain
  • nausea
  • decreased appetite
  • urinary tract infection

These are not all the possible side effects of BAVENCIO. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or www.fda.gov/medwatch.

Please see full Prescribing Information, including Medication Guide for patients.