AZACITIDINE AZACITIDINE- azacitidine injection, powder, lyophilized, for solution
Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Inc.



1.1 Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS)

Azacitidine for injection is indicated for treatment of patients with the following French-American-British (FAB) myelodysplastic syndrome subtypes: refractory anemia (RA) or refractory anemia with ringed sideroblasts (if accompanied by neutropenia or thrombocytopenia or requiring transfusions), refractory anemia with excess blasts (RAEB), refractory anemia with excess blasts in transformation (RAEB-T), and chronic myelomonocytic leukemia (CMMoL).


2.1 First Treatment Cycle

The recommended starting dose for the first treatment cycle, for all patients regardless of baseline hematology laboratory values, is 75 mg/m2 subcutaneously or intravenously, daily for 7 days. Premedicate patients for nausea and vomiting.

Obtain complete blood counts, liver chemistries and serum creatinine prior to the first dose.

2.2 Subsequent Treatment Cycles

Repeat cycles every 4 weeks. The dose may be increased to 100 mg/m2 if no beneficial effect is seen after 2 treatment cycles and if no toxicity other than nausea and vomiting has occurred. It is recommended that patients be treated for a minimum of 4 to 6 cycles. However, complete or partial response may require additional treatment cycles. Treatment may be continued as long as the patient continues to benefit.

Monitor patients for hematologic response and renal toxicities [see Warnings and Precautions (5.3)], and delay or reduce dosage if necessary as described below.

2.3 Dosage Adjustment Based on Hematology Laboratory Values

  • For patients with baseline (start of treatment) WBC ≥3.0 x109 /L, ANC ≥1.5 x 109 /L, and platelets ≥75.0 x109 /L, adjust the dose as follows, based on nadir counts for any given cycle:
Nadir Counts % Dose in the NextCourse
ANC ( x10 9 / L ) Platelets ( x10 9 / L )
<0.5 <25.0 50%
0.5 –1.5 25.0-50.0 67%
>1.5 >50.0 100%
  • For patients whose baseline counts are WBC <3.0 x109 /L, ANC<1.5 x109 /L, or platelets <75.0 x109 /L, base dose adjustments on nadir counts and bone marrow biopsy cellularity at the time of the nadir as noted below, unless there is clear improvement in differentiation (percentage of mature granulocytes is higher and ANC is higher than at onset of that course) at the time of the next cycle, in which case continue the current dose.
Bone Marrow Biopsy Cellularity at Time of Nadir (%)
WBC or Platelet Nadir % decrease incounts from baseline 30-60 15-30 <15
% Dose in the Next Course
50-75 100 50 33
>75 75 50 33

If a nadir as defined in the table above has occurred, give the next course 28 days after the start of the preceding course, provided that both the WBC and the platelet counts are >25% above the nadir and rising. If a >25% increase above the nadir is not seen by day 28, reassess counts every 7 days. If a 25% increase is not seen by day 42, reduce the scheduled dose by 50%.

2.4 Dosage Adjustment Based on Serum Electrolytes and Renal Toxicity

If unexplained reductions in serum bicarbonate levels to <20 mEq/L occur, reduce the dosage by 50% for the next course. Similarly, if unexplained elevations of BUN or serum creatinine occur, delay the next cycle until values return to normal or baseline and reduce the dose by 50% for the next course [see Warnings and Precautions (5.3)].

2.5 Use in Geriatric Patients

Azacitidine and its metabolites are known to be substantially excreted by the kidney, and the risk of toxic reactions to this drug may be greater in patients with impaired renal function. Because elderly patients are more likely to have decreased renal function, select the dose carefully and monitor renal function [see Warnings and Precautions (5.3) and Use in Specific Populations (8.5)].

2.6 Preparation of Azacitidine for Injection

Azacitidine for injection is a cytotoxic drug. Follow applicable special handling and disposal procedures.1

The Azacitidine for injection vial is single-dose and does not contain any preservatives. Discard unused portions of each vial properly [see How Supplied/Storage and Handling (16)]. Do not save any unused portions for later administration.

2.7 Instructions for Subcutaneous Administration

Reconstitute Azacitidine for injection aseptically with 4 mL sterile water for injection. Inject the diluent slowly into the vial. Vigorously shake or roll the vial until a uniform suspension is achieved. The suspension will be cloudy. The resulting suspension will contain Azacitidine 25 mg/mL. Do not filter the suspension after reconstitution. Doing so could remove the active substance.

Preparation for Immediate Subcutaneous Administration: Doses greater than 4 mL should be divided equally into 2 syringes. The product may be held at room temperature for up to 1 hour, but must be administered within 1 hour after reconstitution.

Preparation for Delayed Subcutaneous Administration: The reconstituted product may be kept in the vial or drawn into a syringe. Doses greater than 4 mL should be divided equally into 2 syringes. The product must be refrigerated immediately. When Azacitidine for injection is reconstituted using water for injection that has not been refrigerated, the reconstituted product may be held under refrigerated conditions (2ºC-8ºC, 36ºF-46ºF) for up to 8 hours. When azacitidine for injection is reconstituted using refrigerated (2ºC-8ºC, 36ºF-46ºF) water for injection, the reconstituted product may be stored under refrigerated conditions (2ºC-8ºC, 36ºF-46ºF) for up to 22 hours. After removal from refrigerated conditions, the suspension may be allowed to equilibrate to room temperature for up to 30 minutes prior to administration.

Subcutaneous Administration

To provide a homogeneous suspension, the contents of the dosing syringe must be re-suspended immediately prior to administration. To re-suspend, vigorously roll the syringe between the palms until a uniform, cloudy suspension is achieved.

Azacitidine for injection suspension is administered subcutaneously. Doses greater than 4 mL should be divided equally into 2 syringes and injected into 2 separate sites. Rotate sites for each injection (thigh, abdomen, or upper arm). New injections should be given at least one inch from an old site and never into areas where the site is tender, bruised, red, or hard.

Suspension Stability: Azacitidine for injection reconstituted with non-refrigerated water for injection for subcutaneous administration may be stored for up to 1 hour at 25°C (77°F) or for up to 8 hours between 2°C and 8°C (36°F and 46°F); when reconstituted with refrigerated (2ºC — 8ºC, 36ºF — 46ºF) water for injection, it may be stored for 22 hours between 2°C and 8°C (36°F and 46°F).

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