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Voxelotor (Oxbryta®) is used to treat sickle cell disease.

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Page 1 VOXELOTOR ORAL CHEMOTHERAPY EDUCATION Name of your medication Generic name voxelotor (vox EL oh tor) Brand name Oxbryta® (ox brye ta) Approved uses Voxelotor is used to treat sickle cell disease. Dose and schedule Taking voxelotor as instructed is important to allow your treatment to be as effective as possible, so here are some key points to remember. Your dose may vary, but the usual dose of voxelotor is 1,500 milligrams (1,500 mg) to be taken by mouth at a scheduled time once a day. Voxelotor can be taken with or without food, but at the same time each day. Voxelotor should be taken whole and not crushed, cut, or dissolved. If you are unable to swallow voxelotor, talk to your care provider or pharmacist for possible options. If you miss a dose of voxelotor, do not take an extra dose or two doses at one time. Simply take your next dose at the regularly scheduled time. Be sure to write down if you miss a dose, and let your care provider know about any missed doses. Drug and food interactions Voxelotor has many drug interactions. Please inform your care providers of all prescription medications, over the counter medications, vitamins, and herbal products. Voxelotor may affect the results of some blood tests (HbA, HbS, and HbF). Make sure your care team knows you are on voxelotor. Grapefruit or grapefruit juice may interact with voxelotor; avoid eating or drinking this during treatment with voxelotor. Talk with your care provider or pharmacist before taking new medications or supplements, or receiving any vaccines. Storage and handling Handle voxelotor with care. Just like when chemotherapy is given into the vein, this drug can be toxic, and exposure of the drug to others should be limited. Store voxelotor at room temperature (68°F–77°F) in a dry location away from light. Keep voxelotor out of reach of children and pets. Leave voxelotor in the provided packaging until it is ready to be taken. Whenever possible, you should give voxelotor to yourself and follow the steps below. If a family member, friend, or caregiver needs to give the voxelotor to you, they also need to follow these steps. 1. Wash hands with soap and water. 2. Put on gloves to avoid touching the medication. (Gloves are not necessary if you give the drug to yourself.) 3. Gently transfer the voxelotor from its package to a small medicine or other disposable cup. VOXELOTOR ORAL CHEMOTHERAPY EDUCATION Page 2 4. Administer the medicine immediately by mouth with water. 5. Remove gloves and do not use them for anything else. 6. Throw gloves and medicine cup in household trash. 7. Wash hands with soap and water. If a daily pill box or pill reminder is used, contact your care team before using. The person filling the box or reminder should wear gloves (gloves are not necessary if you are filling the box or reminder). When empty, the box or reminder should be washed with soap and water before refilling. Be sure to wash hands with soap and water after the task is complete, whether or not gloves are worn. Side Effects of Voxelotor Below are common side effects that have been known to happen in about one third or more of patients taking voxelotor; these are listed on the left side of this table. You MAY NOT experience these side effects. Options to help manage any side effects that do occur are included on the right side of this table. These should be discussed with your care provider. If you experience any side effect you cannot manage or that is not listed here, contact your care provider. Possible Side Effect Management Headache Ask your provider what you may use to help with this discomfort. Contact your provider right away if your headache has any of the following characteristics: Follows a head injury Is severe or starts suddenly Does not go away after 3 days Is associated with vomiting, visual disturbance, neck stiffness, drowsiness, confusion, rash, weakness in an arm or leg, or numbness, or is made worse by coughing or lowering the head Serious side effects Severe allergic reactions are a serious side effect of voxelotor. Immediately seek medical attention if you notice difficulty breathing, swelling of the mouth or tongue, or a serious rash. If you experience ANY uncontrolled side effect, call your physician or healthcare center immediately: (INSTITUTIONAL CONTACT INFO) Handling body fluids and waste Since voxelotor remains in your body for several days after it is taken, some of the drug may be present in urine, stool, sweat, or vomit. Once you have started to take voxelotor, it is important to adhere to the following instructions every day for as long as your treatment lasts. This is to keep yourself, loved ones, and the environment as safe as possible. VOXELOTOR ORAL CHEMOTHERAPY EDUCATION Page 3 Pregnant women should avoid touching anything that may be soiled with body fluids from the patient. Toilet and septic systems You may use the same toilet, septic tank, and/or sewer that you usually use. If you have a low flow toilet, close the lid and flush twice to ensure that all waste has been discarded. If the toilet or toilet seat becomes soiled with urine, stool, or vomit, clean the surfaces before other people use the toilet. Wash hands with soap and water after using the toilet. If you need a bedpan, be sure your caregiver knows to wear gloves to assist with cleanup and to wash the bedpan with soap and water every day. If you do not have good control of bladder or bowels, use a disposable pad with a plastic back, a diaper, or a sheet to absorb body waste. Wash any skin that has been exposed to body waste or voxelotor with soap and water. Linens or clothing that are soiled with body fluids or body waste should be washed separately from other linens and clothing. If you do not have a washer, place the soiled linens in a plastic bag until they can be washed. Wash hands with soap and water after touching linens or clothing that may be soiled with body fluids. Pregnancy, sexual activity, and contraception The effect of voxelotor on pregnancy is unknown. Please inform your care provider if you are considering trying to become pregnant or if you become pregnant. Effective contraception could include condoms and/or oral contraceptives as prescribed. Breastfeeding is not recommended during treatment with voxelotor and for at least 2 weeks after the last dose of voxelotor. It is safe to hug and kiss. Special precautions may be needed for sexual activity while on oral chemotherapy, and you are encouraged to ask your care team for assistance. Obtaining medication Talk with your care provider about the process for obtaining your voxelotor. (PHARMACY OR SPECIALTY PHARMACY CONTACT INFO) Additional resources Product website: Product prescribing information: docs/ label/2019/213137s000lbl.pdf Product resources: support VOXELOTOR ORAL CHEMOTHERAPY EDUCATION Page 4 Updated – January 30, 2020 Additional instructions Important notice: The Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC), Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association (HOPA), National Community Oncology Dispensing Association, Inc. (NCODA), and Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) have collaborated in gathering information for and developing this patient education guide. This guide represents a brief summary of the medication derived from information provided by the drug manufacturer and other resources. This guide does not cover all existing information related to the possible uses, directions, doses, precautions, warnings, interactions, adverse effects, or risks associated with this medication and should not substitute for the advice of a qualified healthcare professional. Provision of this guide is for informational purposes only and does not constitute or imply endorsement, recommendation, or favoring of this medication by ACCC, HOPA, NCODA, or ONS, who assume no liability for and cannot ensure the accuracy of the information presented. The collaborators are not making any representations with respect to the medications whatsoever, and any and all decisions, with respect to such medications, are at the sole risk of the individual consuming the medication. All decisions related to taking this medication should be made with the guidance and under the direction of a qualified healthcare professional. Permission: Oral Chemotherapy Education (OCE) sheets are provided as a free educational resource for patients with cancer in need of concise, easy to understand information about oral cancer drugs. Healthcare providers are permitted to copy and distribute the sheets to patients as well as direct patients to the OCE website for information. However, commercial reproduction or reuse, as well as rebranding or reposting of any type, are strictly prohibited without permission of the copyright holder. Please email permission requests and licensing inquiries to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Copyright © 2020 by Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association. All rights reserved.

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