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22 September 2021

The Australian Prescription Medicine Decision Summary provides a short overview of the TGA's evaluation process leading to the registration of a new prescription medicine on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG).

More in-depth information about the evaluation will be available in the Australian Public Assessment Report (AusPAR) for a particular prescription medicine, which can be found on the AusPAR search page once published.

Australian prescription medicine decision summary

Summary of submission

Submission type
New chemical entity
Product name
Active ingredients
ATC codes
Approved for provisional registration
Date of decision
10 September 2021
Date of entry onto ARTG
13 September 2021
Original publication date
22 September 2021
ARTG numbers
Black Triangle Scheme
Yes. As a provisionally registered product, this medicine will remain in the Black Triangle Scheme for the duration of its provisional registration.
Specialised Therapeutics Pharma Pty Ltd
Sponsor address
Level 2, 17 Cotham Road, Kew Victoria 3101
Dose forms
Powder for injection
4 mg
Other ingredients
(S)-lactic acid, sucrose and sodium hydroxide
Pack sizes
Routes of administration
Intravenous infusion

The recommended dose is 3.2 mg/m2 by intravenous infusion over 60 minutes, repeated once every 21 days until disease progression or unacceptable toxicity.

Only administer Zepzelca to patients with an absolute neutrophil count above 1.5 x 109/L, and a platelet count above 100 x 109/L.

For further information refer to the Product Information.

Pregnancy category


Drugs which have caused, are suspected to have caused or may be expected to cause, an increased incidence of human fetal malformations or irreversible damage. These drugs may also have adverse pharmacological effects. Accompanying texts should be consulted for further details.

The use of any medicine during pregnancy requires careful consideration of both risks and benefits by the treating health professional. This must not be used as the sole basis of decision making in the use of medicines during pregnancy. The TGA does not provide advice on the use of medicines in pregnancy for specific cases. More information is available from obstetric drug information services in your State or Territory.

What was approved?

Zepzelca (lurbinectedin) was approved for the following therapeutic use:

Zepzelca is indicated for the treatment of patients with metastatic small cell lung cancer (SCLC) that has progressed on or after prior platinum-containing therapy. This indication was approved via the provisional approval pathway, based on objective response rate and duration of response in a single arm trial. Continued approval for this indication depends on verification and description of clinical benefit in a confirmatory trial.

What is this medicine and how does it work?

What was the decision based on?

What steps were involved in the decision process?

What post-market commitments will the sponsor undertake?

  • Zepzelca (lurbinectedin) is to be included in the Black Triangle Scheme. The Product Information (PI) and Consumer Medicines Information (CMI) for Zepzelca must include the black triangle symbol and mandatory accompanying text for the products entire period of provisional registration.
  • The lurbinectedin core European Union (EU)-risk management plan (RMP) (version 0.2, dated 15 January 2020, data lock point 17 April 2020), with Australian specific annex (ASA) (version 0.3, dated September 2021), included with Submission PM-2020-02181-1-4, and any subsequent revisions, as agreed with the TGA will be implemented in Australia.

    An obligatory component of risk management plans is routine pharmacovigilance. Routine pharmacovigilance includes the submission of periodic safety update reports (PSURs).

    Unless agreed separately between the supplier who is the recipient of the approval and the TGA, the first report must be submitted to TGA no later than 15 calendar months after the date of the approval letter. The subsequent reports must be submitted no less frequently than annually from the date of the first submitted report until the period covered by such reports is not less than three years from the date of the approval letter, or the entire period of provisional registration, whichever is longer.

    The reports are to at least meet the requirements for PSURs as described in the European Medicines Agency's Guideline on Good Pharmacovigilance Practices (GVP) Module VII-Periodic safety update report (Rev 1), Part VII.B Structures and processes. Note that submission of a PSUR does not constitute an application to vary the registration. Each report must have been prepared within ninety calendar days of the data lock point for that report.

  • Confirmatory trial data (as identified in the sponsor's plan to submit comprehensive clinical data on the safety and efficacy of the medicine before the end of the 6 years that would start on the day that registration would commence) must be provided.

    Specifically, the sponsor must conduct studies as described in the clinical study plan in version 0.3 (September 2021) of the ASA. The following study report(s) should be submitted to TGA:

    • PM1183-C-008-21, by first quarter of 2026

    Further guidance for sponsors is available on the TGA website.

  • For all injectable products the PI must be included with the product as a package insert.

Further information

The latest Product Information (PI) and Consumer Medicines Information (CMI) can be found at: ARTG search.

Australian Public Assessment Reports (AusPARs) can be found at: AusPAR search.

The latest news and updates regarding therapeutic goods regulation can be found at: TGA news room.