Capsule-related dysphagia and the use of netupitant/palonosetron (Akynzeo™) capsules - A report of two cases and a solution.

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J Oncol Pharm Pract


Netupitant/palonestron (NEPA, Akynzeo™) is a fixed combination of netupitant 300 mg and palonosetron 0.5 mg that is indicated for the prevention of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV). NEPA is supplied as a hard gelatin capsule and indicated to be administered whole with or without food. The efficacy of NEPA was maintained when administered as an oral dose of netupitant given concomitantly (in separate formulations after removal from the hard gelatin capsule) with a single oral dose of palonosetron. At our institution, two patients experienced difficulty swallowing the capsule leading to opening the capsule and individual administration of the medications. We observed that the efficacy was maintained when the opened NEPA capsule was administered as individual medications. We report the details of these two patient cases.