Written informed consent must be obtained prior to any screening procedures.
Patients eligible for inclusion must meet all following criteria prior to receiving study treatment:
1. Male or female ≥ 18-years-old 2. Documented genotype testing confirming homozygous for the C282Y mutation (C282Y/C282Y) 3. Transferrin saturation ≥ 45% (at either screening visit) 4. Serum ferritin (SF) ≥ 500 μg/L (at either screening visit)
Medical conditions that preclude inclusion:
Iron overload not due to HH
Condition which might significantly alter the absorption, distribution, metabolism or excretion of oral deferasirox
Systemic disease which prevents taking study treatment or any contraindication to phlebotomy
Inflammatory condition or immunological disease which may interfere with the SF interpretation, such as an active infection, collagen vascular disorders, irritable bowel syndrome, lupus, or immune thrombocytopenia
Significantly impaired gastrointestinal function or disease that may significantly alter the absorption of oral deferasirox, e.g. ulcerative diseases, uncontrolled nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, malabsorption syndrome, or small bowel resection.
Psychiatric or addictive disorder which prevent giving informed consent or undergoing any of the treatment options or unwilling or unable to comply with the protocol
Uncontrolled or significant cardiac disease or symptomatic cardiac arrhythmias, e.g., sustained ventricular tachycardia and clinically significant second or third degree AV block without a pacemaker.
Illicit drug use and/or alcohol use, defined as an average alcohol consumption greater than one standard drink a day for women or two standard drinks a day for men within the 12 months prior to enrolment. A standard drink is generally considered to be 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine, or 1.5 ounces of 80-proof distilled spirits
Cirrhosis, including Child-Pugh class A, B, and C, diagnosed by liver biopsy, elastography, radiologic exams, or clinical criteria
Active hepatitis B or C (hepatitis B carrier will be allowed)
History of HIV seropositivity (ELISA or Western blot)
Organ transplant recipient
Malignancy of any organ system, treated or untreated, within the past 5 years whether or not there is evidence of local recurrence or metastases, except localized basal cell carcinoma of the skin, or any history of hepatocellular carcinoma
Concomitant therapy that precludes enrollment:
Prior iron chelation therapy
Prohibited concomitant medications with deferasirox
Abnormal Laboratory Values:
Significant anemia that contraindicates phlebotomy (males with hemoglobin < 130g/L, females with hemoglobin < 120g/L) in both screening visit samples
Platelets ≤ 50 x 109/L in both screening visit samples
Urine protein/urine creatinine ratio > 1.0 mg/mg in both non-first void urine screening visit samples
Creatinine clearance ≤ 40 ml/min, or use the locally approved contraindication limit in prescribing information if it is stricter, in both screening visit samples
Serum creatinine > 1.5 x ULN in both screening visit samples
ALT ≥ 5 x ULN in both screening visit samples
Total bilirubin > 1.5 x ULN in both screening visit samples
Participation in an investigational study:
Observational registry study is allowable
Within 30 days prior to enrollment or within 5-half-lives of an investigational product, whichever is longer
Treatment with a systemic investigational drug within 4 weeks or topical investigational drug within 7 days of starting the study
Pregnancy and contraception:
Pregnant or nursing (lactating) women
Women of child-bearing potential, defined as all women physiologically capable of becoming pregnant, unless using basic methods of contraception, such as:
Total abstinence Periodic abstinence (calendar, ovulation, symptothermal, post-ovulation methods) and withdrawal are unacceptable methods.
Female sterilization (bilateral oophorectomy with or without hysterectomy), total hysterectomy, or tubal ligation at least six weeks before taking study treatment. If oophorectomy alone, hormone levels must confirm menopause.
Male sterilization (at least 6 months prior to screening). The vasectomized male must be the sole partner.
Barrier methods of contraception: condom or occlusive cap For UK: spermicidal foam/gel/film/cream/vaginal suppository
Placement of an intrauterine device or intrauterine system
Women considered as post-menopausal and not of childbearing potential are allowed to be enrolled in the trial if they have had 12 months of natural (spontaneous) amenorrhea with an expected clinical profile, e.g., age appropriate and history of vasomotor symptoms.
Other protocol-defined inclusion/exclusion may apply. -