UDENYCA- pegfilgrastim injection, solution
Coherus BioSciences Inc
UDENYCA is indicated to decrease the incidence of infection, as manifested by febrile neutropenia, in patients with non-myeloid malignancies receiving myelosuppressive anti-cancer drugs associated with a clinically significant incidence of febrile neutropenia [see Clinical Studies (14)].
Limitations of Use
UDENYCA is not indicated for the mobilization of peripheral blood progenitor cells for hematopoietic stem cell transplantation.
The recommended dosage of UDENYCA is a single subcutaneous injection of 6 mg administered once per chemotherapy cycle. For dosing in pediatric patients weighing less than 45 kg, refer to Table 1. Do not administer UDENYCA between 14 days before and 24 hours after administration of cytotoxic chemotherapy.
UDENYCA is administered subcutaneously via a single-dose prefilled syringe for manual use.
Prior to use‚ remove the carton from the refrigerator and allow the UDENYCA prefilled syringe to reach room temperature for a minimum of 30 minutes. Discard any prefilled syringe left at room temperature for greater than 48 hours.
Visually inspect parenteral drug products (prefilled syringe) for particulate matter and discoloration prior to administration, whenever solution and container permit. Do not administer UDENYCA if discoloration or particulates are observed.
The needle cap on the prefilled syringe is not made with natural rubber latex.
Pediatric Patients Weighing Less than 45 kg
The UDENYCA prefilled syringe is not designed to allow for direct administration of doses less than 0.6 mL (6 mg). The syringe does not bear graduation marks which are necessary to accurately measure doses of UDENYCA less than 0.6 mL (6 mg) for direct administration to patients. Thus, the direct administration to patients requiring dosing of less than 0.6 mL (6 mg) is not recommended due to the potential for dosing errors. Refer to Table 1.
|Body Weight||UDENYCA Dose||Volume to Administer|
|Less than 10 kg *||See below *||See below *|
|10 — 20 kg||1.5 mg||0.15 mL|
|21 — 30 kg||2.5 mg||0.25 mL|
|31 — 44 kg||4 mg||0.4 mL|
Injection: 6 mg/0.6 mL clear, colorless, preservative-free solution in a single-dose prefilled syringe for manual use only.
UDENYCA is contraindicated in patients with a history of serious allergic reactions to pegfilgrastim products or filgrastim products. Reactions have included anaphylaxis [see Warnings and Precautions (5.3)].
Splenic rupture, including fatal cases, can occur following the administration of pegfilgrastim products. Evaluate for an enlarged spleen or splenic rupture in patients who report left upper abdominal or shoulder pain after receiving UDENYCA.
Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) can occur in patients receiving pegfilgrastim products. Evaluate patients who develop fever and lung infiltrates or respiratory distress after receiving UDENYCA for ARDS. Discontinue UDENYCA in patients with ARDS.
Serious allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis, can occur in patients receiving pegfilgrastim products. The majority of reported events occurred upon initial exposure. Allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis, can recur within days after the discontinuation of initial anti-allergic treatment. Permanently discontinue UDENYCA in patients with serious allergic reactions. Do not administer UDENYCA to patients with a history of serious allergic reactions to pegfilgrastim products or filgrastim products.
Severe and sometimes fatal sickle cell crises can occur in patients with sickle cell disorders receiving pegfilgrastim products. Discontinue UDENYCA if sickle cell crisis occurs.
Glomerulonephritis has occurred in patients receiving pegfilgrastim products. The diagnoses were based upon azotemia, hematuria (microscopic and macroscopic), proteinuria, and renal biopsy. Generally, events of glomerulonephritis resolved after dose reduction or discontinuation of pegfilgrastim products. If glomerulonephritis is suspected, evaluate for cause. If causality is likely, consider dose-reduction or interruption of UDENYCA.
White blood cell (WBC) counts of 100 x 109 /L or greater have been observed in patients receiving pegfilgrastim products. Monitoring of complete blood count (CBC) during UDENYCA therapy is recommended.
Capillary leak syndrome has been reported after G-CSF administration, including pegfilgrastim products, and is characterized by hypotension, hypoalbuminemia, edema, and hemoconcentration. Episodes vary in frequency, severity and may be life-threatening if treatment is delayed. Patients who develop symptoms of capillary leak syndrome should be closely monitored and receive standard symptomatic treatment, which may include a need for intensive care.
The granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF) receptor through which pegfilgrastim products and filgrastim products act has been found on tumor cell lines. The possibility that pegfilgrastim products act as a growth factor for any tumor type, including myeloid malignancies and myelodysplasia, diseases for which pegfilgrastim products are not approved, cannot be excluded.
Aortitis has been reported in patients receiving pegfilgrastim products. It may occur as early as the first week after start of therapy. Manifestations may include generalized signs and symptoms such as fever, abdominal pain, malaise, back pain, and increased inflammatory markers (e.g., c-reactive protein and white blood cell count). Consider aortitis in patients who develop these signs and symptoms without known etiology. Discontinue UDENYCA if aortitis is suspected.
Increased hematopoietic activity of the bone marrow in response to growth factor therapy has been associated with transient positive bone imaging changes. This should be considered when interpreting bone imaging results.
The following serious adverse reactions are discussed in greater detail in other sections of the labeling:
- Splenic Rupture [see Warnings and Precautions (5.1)]
- Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome [see Warnings and Precautions (5.2)]
- Serious Allergic Reactions [see Warnings and Precautions (5.3)]
- Use in Patients with Sickle Cell Disorders [see Warnings and Precautions (5.4)]
- Glomerulonephritis [see Warnings and Precautions (5.5)]
- Leukocytosis [see Warnings and Precautions (5.6)]
- Capillary Leak Syndrome [see Warnings and Precautions (5.7)]
- Potential for Tumor Growth Stimulatory Effects on Malignant Cells [see Warnings and Precautions (5.8)]
- Aortitis [see Warnings and Precautions (5.9)]
- Nuclear Imaging [see Warnings and Precautions (5.10)]
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