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a semisynthetic derivative of podophyllotoxin used as the base or the phosphate salt as an antineoplastic agent in treatment of carcinoma of the testes, lung, or bladder, lymphoma, acute myelocytic leukemia, Ewing's sarcoma, and Kaposi's sarcoma; administered orally or intravenously.
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etoposide (VP-16-213)

Eposin (UK), Toposar, VePesid

etoposide phosphate


Pharmacologic class: Podophyllotoxin derivative

Therapeutic class: Antineoplastic

Pregnancy risk category D


Damages DNA before mitosis by inhibiting topoisomerase II enzyme. This action impairs DNA synthesis and inhibits selected cancer cell growth. Cell-cycle-phase specific.


Capsules: 50 mg

Injection: 20 mg/ml

Powder for injection (phosphate): 100 mg in single-dose vials

Indications and dosages

Testicular cancer

Adults: 50 to 100 mg/m2 I.V. daily for 5 days. Or 100 mg/m2 I.V. on days 1,3, and 5, with course repeated q 3 to 4 weeks.

Small-cell carcinoma of lung

Adults: 70 mg/m2 (rounded up or down to nearest 50 mg) P.O. daily for 4 days, then a maximum of 100 mg/m2 (rounded up or down to nearest 50 mg) P.O. daily for 5 days every 3 to 4 weeks. Alternatively, 35 mg/m2 I.V. daily for 4 days, then a maximum of 50 mg/m2 I.V. daily for 5 days q 3 to 4 weeks.

Dosage adjustment

• Renal impairment

Off-label uses

• AIDS-related Kaposi's sarcoma

• Wilms' tumor

• Neuroblastoma

• Malignant lymphoma

• Hodgkin's disease

• Ovarian neoplasms


• Hypersensitivity to drug or its components


Use cautiously in:

• active infections, decreased bone marrow reserve, renal or hepatic impairment

• pregnant patients and patients with childbearing potential

• breastfeeding patients

• children (safety and efficacy not established).


• For I.V. concentrations above 0.4 mg/ml, mix each 100 mg with 250 to 500 ml of dextrose 5% in water or normal saline solution, to help prevent crystallization.

• Give I.V. infusion over 30 to 60 minutes. Don't use in-line filter.

Avoid rapid infusion, which may cause severe hypotension and bronchospasm.

• Administer with antiemetics, as prescribed.

• Wear disposable gloves when handling. If drug comes into contact with skin, wash thoroughly with soap and water.

• Be aware that drug is given with other chemotherapeutic agents.

Adverse reactions

CNS: drowsiness, fatigue, headache, vertigo, peripheral neuropathy

CV: hypotension (with I.V. use), heart failure, myocardial infarction

GI: nausea, vomiting, stomatitis

GU: sterility

Hematologic: anemia, leukopenia, thrombocytopenia, bone marrow depression

Hepatic: hepatotoxicity

Metabolic: hyperuricemia

Musculoskeletal: muscle cramps

Respiratory: pulmonary edema, bronchospasm

Other: alopecia, fever, phlebitis at I.V. site, allergic reactions including anaphylaxis


Drug-drug. Live-virus vaccines: increased risk of adverse reactions

Other antineoplastics: additive bone marrow depression

Drug-diagnostic tests. Hemoglobin, neutrophils, platelets, red blood cells, white blood cells: decreased values

Uric acid: increased level

Patient monitoring

Monitor blood pressure during and after infusion. Stop infusion if severe hypotension occurs.

• With I.V. use, monitor infusion rate closely to prevent infusion reactions.

• Throughout infusion, check I.V. site for extravasation, which may cause thrombophlebitis.

Keep diphenhydramine, hydrocortisone, epinephrine, and artificial airway at hand in case anaphylaxis occurs.

• Assess for CNS adverse effects. Assist patient during ambulation as needed.

Monitor for signs and symptoms of bone marrow depression.

• Monitor CBC, liver function tests, and blood urea nitrogen and creatinine levels. Report platelet count below 50,000/mm3 or neutrophil count below 500/mm3.

Patient teaching

• Instruct patient to inspect mouth daily for ulcers and bleeding gums.

Tell patient to immediately report difficulty breathing or signs and symptoms of allergic reaction.

Caution female of childbearing age to avoid pregnancy and breastfeeding during drug therapy.

• Instruct patient to move slowly when sitting up or standing, to avoid lightheadedness or dizziness from sudden blood pressure decrease.

• Tell patient drug may cause hair loss.

• As appropriate, review all other significant and life-threatening adverse reactions and interactions, especially those related to the drugs and tests mentioned above.

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A semisynthetic derivative of podophyllotoxin that is a mitotic inhibitor used in the treatment of refractory testicular tumors and small cell lung cancer.
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Oncology A chemotherapeutic active against monocytic leukemia, CNS lymphoma, refractory small cell carcinoma, testicular CA, and KS, which may be co-administered with cyclophosphamide and doxorubicin Adverse effects BM toxicity, hair loss, nausea, incoordination, stomatitis, dyspnea, anorexia. See AIDS, ALL.
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An anticancer drug derived from a plant poison epipodophyllotoxin. It is used chiefly in the maintenance treatment of acute leukaemia after remission has been achieved and the bone marrow has recovered. It has been given by mouth to treat lung cancer. The drug is on the WHO official list. A brand name is Vepeside.
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Release date- 02092019 - Clinigen Group plc (AIM: CLIN, 'Clinigen' or the 'Group'), the global pharmaceutical and services company, and CHEPLAPHARM Arzneimittel GmbH ('CHEPLAPHARM'), the family-owned pharmaceutical company based in Germany, have signed an exclusive distribution agreement for chemotherapy products Etopophos and Vepesid in Australia and New Zealand.
Clinigen has been appointed by CHEPLAPHARM to distribute Etopophos and Vepesid via the Group's extensive infrastructure in Australia and New Zealand as part of CHEPLAPHARM'S network of exclusive cooperation partners.
Etopophos and Vepesid are etoposide products, a drug which is included on the World Health Organization Model List of Essential Medicines and is considered an essential medicine for priority diseases.
- UK-based pharmaceutical and services company Clinigen Group plc (AIM: CLIN) and German pharmaceutical company Cheplapharm Arzneimittel GmbH have signed an exclusive distribution agreement for chemotherapy products Etopophos and Vepesid in Australia and New Zealand, the companies said.
Pharmaceutical company Clinigen Group plc (AIM:CLIN) said on Sunday that it plans to distribute its chemotherapy products Etopophos and Vepesid in Australia and New Zealand under an exclusive distribution agreement with CHEPLAPHARM Arzneimittel GmbH of Germany.
Via its extensive infrastructure in Australia and New Zealand, Clinigen will distribute CHEPLAPHARM's Etopophos and Vepesid under CHEPLAPHARM'S network of exclusive cooperation partners.
Currently, both Etopophos and Vepesid are approved for the treatment of Small Cell Lung Cancer, Hodgkin's Disease, Malignant (non-Hodgkin's) lymphomas, Acute non-lymphocytic leukaemia, Testicular tumours as well as Testicular Tumours, concluded the company.
M2 PHARMA-September 2, 2019-Clinigen enters into exclusive distribution agreement with CHEPLAPHARM to distribute Etopophos and Vepesid