Enfortumab Vedotin 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 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 was granted accelerated approval 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 platinum-based chemotherapy in the neoadjuvant/adjuvant, locally advanced, or metastatic setting.1 In the pivotal phase II trial, patients were heavily pretreated (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

PQI Process:

Upon order of enfortumab vedotin administration

  • Confirm appropriateness of enfortumab vedotin utilizing the EMR
  • Review the adverse events Table (#1) on Page 2 with the interventions suggested as needed.
  • Review Table (#2) on Page 3 for dose specific adjustments as required
  • Drug Interaction Considerations1
    • Enfortumab vedotin is metabolized via CYP 3A4, and concomitant use of an antibody-drug conjugate containing MMAE and strong CYP3A4 inhibitors should be considered. Dose adjustment is typically not required.

Table 1: Selected Adverse Events and interventions suggested

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

Topical steroids as indicated

Systemic steroids as indicated

Median time of onset for severe skin reactions was 0.8 months (range 0.2 – 5.3).1
Hyperglycemia11% (any Grade)1 regardless of known hyperglycemia at baseline.


68% of patients with baseline hyperglycemia did not experience worsening

Blood glucose test prior to infusion


(If unable: a basic metabolic panel is possible to use).


Does not need to be fasting.

BMI and elevated A1c correlated to a higher incidence of Grade 3/4 hyperglycemia.1


Patients with baseline A1c ≥ 8% were excluded from the trial.1,2


Patients with baseline A1c ≥ 6.5% should be referred to an appropriate provider for glucose management.1

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/duloxetine

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


At the last follow-up in the trial, 19% had complete resolution and 26% had partial improvement. 76% had resolution or ongoing Grade 1 neuropathy.

Diarrhea42% (any Grade)1Prepare anti-diarrheal medications for patient as needed

Table 2: Dose Adjustments for Adverse Events1

AdministrationIV infusion over 30 minutes on days 1, 8, 15 of a 28-day cycle until progression or 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 in this scenario. 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

Patient Centered Activities:

  • Advise patients that skin toxicities for enfortumab vedotin are likely to manifest as dry skin, pruritus, and/or maculopapular rash.1
    • Severe skin toxicities (10% incidence) included symmetrical drug-related intertriginous and flexural exanthema (SDRIFE), bullous dermatitis, exfoliative dermatitis, and palmar-plantar erythrodysesthesia.1
  • Advise patients to self-monitor for peripheral sensory neuropathy and motor neuropathy. Sensory neuropathy (44%) was more common than motor (14%).2
  • Enfortumab vedotin has an NCCN emetic risk category of “Moderate” on the day of treatment and patients should receive anti-emetic medications prior to infusion according to institutional standards.3


  1. Padcev (enfortumab vedotin- ejfv) [Prescribing Information]. Bothell, WA: Seattle Genetics, Inc.; December 2019.
  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. National Comprehensive Cancer Network Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology. Antiemesis. Version 1.2020. February 19, 2020.
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