Enfortumab Vedotin-ejfv (Padcev®) Management for Advanced or Metastatic Urothelial Carcinoma

Written by: Andrew Ruplin, PharmD, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
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The purpose of this PQI is to understand the management techniques and interventions when utilizing enfortumab vedotin.


Enfortumab vedotin is a nectin-4 targeting antibody conjugated to the microtubule inhibitor monomethyl auristatin E (MMAE).1 Enfortumab vedotin is approved by the FDA for the treatment of advanced or metastatic urothelial carcinoma in patients who have previously received a programmed death receptor (PD-1) or programmed death receptor (PD-L1) inhibitor and a cisplatin-containing chemotherapy in the neoadjuvant/adjuvant, locally advanced, or metastatic setting.1 More recently, the FDA expanded that approval to include patients who are cisplatin-ineligible and have received at least one prior line of systemic treatment.1 In cohort 1 of the pivotal open-label phase II trial EV-201, patients were heavily pretreated and all had prior cisplatin treatment (50% received ≥3 prior treatments), and the objective response rate was 44%, including 12% complete responses.2 Adverse effects were common, and 54% of patients had a grade ≥ 3 treatment-related adverse event, but these adverse events were manageable and no single grade ≥ 3 adverse event occurred in more than 10% of patients.2 Treatment-related adverse effects led to dose reduction in 32% of patients and discontinuation in 12% of patients.2 Cohort 2 of EV-201, published later, demonstrated the benefit of enfortumab vedotin specifically in patients who had not received cisplatin prior, with 52% of patients achieving an objective response and 20% with complete response.3 The phase III EV-301 trial confirmed the benefit of enfortumab vedotin compared to chemotherapy after treatment with cisplatin followed by immunotherapy (median overall survival, 12.88 vs. 8.97 months; hazard ratio for death, 0.70; 95% confidence interval, 0.56 to 0.89; P=0.001 with comparable incidence of treatment-emergent adverse events (93.9% in the enfortumab vedotin group and 91.8% in the chemotherapy group).4

PQI Process: Upon order of enfortumab vedotin administration

  • Confirm appropriateness of enfortumab vedotin utilizing the EMR
  • Review adverse events and interventions suggested as needed (see Supplemental Information: Table 1)
  • Review dose specific adjustments as required (see Supplemental Information: Table 2)
  • Drug interaction considerations1
    • Enfortumab vedotin is metabolized via CYP3A4, and concomitant use of an antibody-drug conjugate containing MMAE and strong CYP3A4 inhibitors should be considered. Dose adjustment is typically not required

Patient Centered Activities:

  • Advise patients that skin toxicities for enfortumab vedotin are likely to manifest as dry skin, pruritus, and/or maculopapular rash1
    • Severe skin toxicities (10% incidence) included symmetrical drug-related intertriginous and flexural exanthema (SDRIFE), bullous dermatitis, exfoliative dermatitis, and palmar-plantar erythrodysesthesia1
    • Boxed warning for Stevens-Johnson Syndrome and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis in first cycle
  • Advise patients to self-monitor for peripheral sensory neuropathy and motor neuropathy. Sensory neuropathy (44%) was more common than motor (14%)1,2
  • Patient Assistance: NCODA Financial Assistance Tool

Supplemental Information:

Table 1: Selected Adverse Events and Suggested Interventions

EventSeverity/IncidenceSuggested InterventionComments
Skin Reactions54% (any grade)1Fragrance-free moisturizers/ointments

Topical steroids and antihistamines as indicated

Systemic steroids as indicated

Median time of onset for severe skin reactions was 0.8 months (range 0.2 – 5.3)1

Patients in EV-301 with grade 3 rash did not require treatment interruption if symptoms were manageable4

11% (any grade)1 regardless
of known hyperglycemia
at baseline68% of patients with
baseline hyperglycemia
did not experience
Blood glucose test prior to infusion – a basic metabolic panel suffices

Does not need to be fasting

BMI and elevated A1c correlated to a higher incidence of grade 3/4 hyperglycemia1

Patients with baseline A1c ≥ 8% were excluded from EV-2012

Patients with baseline A1c ≥ 6.5% should be referred to an appropriate provider for glucose management1

Ocular ToxicityOcular disorders including blurred vision – 46%1


Dry eye symptoms – 36%1


Consider prophylactic artificial tears1


Consider topical ophthalmic steroids after ophthalmic exams1

Median time to onset for ocular disorders was 1.9 months (range 0.3 – 6.2)1
Neuropathy49% (any grade).1

Peripheral sensory neuropathy was the most common reason for dose reduction

Recommend dose reduction as initial strategy


Consider use of gabapentin or duloxetine

The median time to onset of grade ≥ 2 was 3.8 months (range: 0.6 – 9.2)


At the last follow-up in EV-201, 19% had complete resolution and 26% had partial improvement. 76% had resolution or ongoing grade 1 neuropathy2

Diarrhea42% (any grade)1Recommend anti-diarrheal medications for patient as requiredGrade 4 diarrhea that resolves to grade ≤2 within 72 hours with supportive management does not require treatment interruption4

Table 2: Dose Adjustments for Adverse Events1

IV infusion over 30 minutes on days 1, 8, 15 of a 28-day cycle until progression/toxicity
Starting dose1.25 mg/kg up to 125 mg*
First dose reduction1 mg/kg up to 100 mg*
Second dose reduction0.75 mg/kg up to 75 mg*
Third dose reduction0.5 mg/kg up to 50 mg*
Renal/hepatic dysfunction considerationsNo dose adjustment is required for renal dysfunction

No current studies in moderate to severe hepatic dysfunction – consider avoiding use Mild hepatic dysfunction does not require an upfront dose reduction

Adverse EventGrade/SeverityDose Modification
HyperglycemiaBlood glucose

> 250 mg/dL

Withhold until ≤ 250 mg/dL, then resume at same dose level
Peripheral neuropathy2Withhold until grade ≤ 1, then resume at same dose level. If recurrence, withhold until Grade ≤ 1, then resume and reduce one dose level
≥ 3Permanently discontinue
Skin reactions3Withhold until grade ≤ 1, then resume at same dose level or consider reducing by one dose level
4 or recurrent 3Permanently discontinue
Other non-hematologic toxicities3Withhold until grade ≤ 1, then resume at same dose level or consider reducing by one dose level
4Permanently discontinue
Hematologic toxicity3 or Grade 2 thrombocytopeniaWithhold until grade ≤ 1, then resume at same dose level or consider reducing by one dose level
4Withhold until grade ≤ 1, then resume and reduce one dose level or discontinue treatment

*Based on actual body weight. Dose is capped for patients ≥100 kg


  1. Padcev® (enfortumab vedotin- ejfv) [Prescribing Information]. Bothell, WA: Seattle Genetics, Inc.; March 2021.
  2. Rosenberg JE, O’donnell PH, Balar AV, et al. Pivotal Trial of Enfortumab Vedotin in Urothelial Carcinoma After Platinum and Anti-Programmed Death 1/Programmed Death Ligand 1 Therapy. J Clin Oncol. 2019;37(29):2592-2600.
  3. Balar AV, McGregor BA, Rosenberg JE, et al. EV-201 Cohort 2: Enfortumab vedotin in cisplatin-ineligible patients with locally advanced or metastatic urothelial cancer who received prior PD-1/PD-L1 inhibitors. JCO. 2021;39(6_suppl):394-394.
  4. Powles T, Rosenberg JE, Sonpavde GP, et al. Enfortumab Vedotin in Previously Treated Advanced Urothelial Carcinoma. N Engl J Med. 2021;384(12):1125-1135.
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