FENSOLVI (leuprolide acetate) for injectable suspension

FENSOLVI (leuprolide acetate) for injectable suspension

Leuprolide acetate

FENSOLVI for injectable suspension is a sterile polymeric matrix formulation of leuprolide acetate, a GnRH agonist, for subcutaneous use. It is designed to deliver leuprolide acetate at a controlled rate over a six-month therapeutic period.

Leuprolide acetate is a synthetic nonapeptide analog of naturally occurring gonadotropin releasing hormone. The analog possesses greater potency than the natural hormone. The chemical name is 5-oxo-Lprolyl-L-histidyl-L-tryptophyl-L-seryl-L-tyrosyl-D-leucyl-L-leucyl-L-arginyl-N-ethyl-L-prolinamide acetate (salt).

FENSOLVI is prefilled and supplied in two separate, sterile syringes whose contents are mixed immediately prior to administration. The two syringes are joined and the single dose product is mixed until it is homogenous. FENSOLVI is administered subcutaneously, where it forms a solid drug delivery depot.

One syringe contains the ATRIGEL Delivery System and the other contains the leuprolide acetate. ATRIGEL is a polymeric (non-gelatin containing) delivery system consisting of a biodegradable poly(DL-lactide-coglycolide) (PLG) polymer formulation dissolved in the biocompatible solvent, N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone (NMP).

INDICATIONS AND USAGE

FENSOLVI is indicated for the treatment of pediatric patients 2 years of age and older with central precocious puberty (CPP).

Mechanism of Action

Leuprolide acetate, a GnRH agonist, acts as a potent inhibitor of gonadotropin secretion (LH and follicle stimulating hormone (FSH)) when given continuously in therapeutic doses. Following an initial stimulation of GnRH receptors, chronic administration of leuprolide acetate results in downregulation of GnRH receptors, reduction in release of LH, FSH and consequent suppression of ovarian and testicular production of estradiol and testosterone respectively. This inhibitory effect is reversible upon discontinuation of drug therapy.

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DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION

FENSOLVI must be administered by a healthcare professional.

The dose of FENSOLVI is 45 mg administered by subcutaneous injection once every six months.

Discontinue FENSOLVI treatment at the appropriate age of onset of puberty.

Monitoring

Monitor response to FENSOLVI with a GnRH agonist stimulation test, basal serum luteinizing hormone (LH) levels or serum concentration of sex steroid levels at 1 to 2 months following initiation of therapy and as needed to confirm adequate suppression of pituitary gonadotropins, sex steroids, and progression of secondary sexual characteristics. Measure height (for calculation of growth velocity) every 3 to 6 months and monitor bone age periodically.

Noncompliance with drug regimen or inadequate dosing may lead to gonadotropins and/or sex steroids increasing above prepubertal levels resulting in inadequate control of the pubertal process. If the dose of FENSOLVI is not adequate, switching to an alternative GnRH agonist for the treatment of CPP with the ability for dose adjustment may be necessary.

Reconstitution Instructions

Use aseptic technique including gloves for reconstitution and administration. Allow the product to reach room temperature before reconstitution to allow for easier administration. Once reconstituted, the concentration is 45 mg/0.375 mL. Administer the product within 30 minutes or discard. FENSOLVI is packaged in a carton containing two trays and this package insert:

Image: Contents of the Two Trays in the FENSOLVI Carton

CONTRAINDICATIONS

  • Hypersensitivity to GnRH, GnRH agonists or any of the components of FENSOLVI. Anaphylactic reactions to synthetic GnRH or GnRH agonists have been reported
  • Pregnancy: FENSOLVI may cause fetal harm

WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS

Initial Rise of Gonadotropins and Sex Steroid Levels: During the early phase of therapy, gonadotropins and sex steroids rise above baseline because of the initial stimulatory effect of the drug. Therefore, an increase in clinical signs and symptoms of puberty including vaginal bleeding may be observed during the first weeks of therapy or after subsequent doses. Instruct patients and caregivers to notify the physician if these symptoms continue beyond the second month after FENSOLVI administration.

Psychiatric Events: Psychiatric events have been reported in patients taking GnRH agonists, including leuprolide acetate. Postmarketing reports with this class of drugs include symptoms of emotional lability, such as crying, irritability, impatience, anger, and aggression. Monitor for development or worsening of psychiatric symptoms during treatment with FENSOLVI  

Convulsions: Postmarketing reports of convulsions have been observed in patients receiving GnRH agonists, including leuprolide acetate. These included patients with a history of seizures, epilepsy, cerebrovascular disorders, central nervous system anomalies or tumors, and patients on concomitant medications that have been associated with convulsions such as bupropion and SSRIs. Convulsions have also been reported in patients in the absence of any of the conditions mentioned above.

Pseudotumor Cerebri (Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension): Pseudotumor cerebri (idiopathic intracranial hypertension) have been reported in pediatric patients receiving

GnRH agonists, including leuprolide acetate. Monitor patients for signs and symptoms of pseudotumor cerebri, including headache, papilledema, blurred vision, diplopia, loss of vision, pain behind the eye or pain with eye movement, tinnitus, dizziness, and nausea.

USE IN SPECIFIC POPULATIONS

Pregnancy: FENSOLVI is contraindicated in pregnancy. FENSOLVI may cause fetal harm based on findings from animal studies and the drug’s mechanism of action.

Lactation: There are no data on the presence of leuprolide acetate in either animal or human milk, the effects on the breastfed infants, or the effects on milk production. The developmental and health benefits of breastfeeding should be considered along with the mother’s clinical need for FENSOLVI and any potential adverse effects on the breastfed infant from FENSOLVI or from the underlying maternal condition.

Females and Males of Reproductive Potential

Exclude pregnancy in women of reproductive potential prior to initiating FENSOLVI if clinically indicated.

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FENSOLVI may cause embryo-fetal harm when administered during pregnancy. FENSOLVI is not a contraceptive. If contraception is indicated, advise females of reproductive potential to use a non-hormonal method of contraception during treatment with FENSOLVI.

Based on its pharmacodynamic effects of decreasing secretion of gonadal steroids, fertility is expected to be decreased while on treatment with FENSOLVI. Clinical and pharmacologic studies in adults (>18 years) with leuprolide acetate and similar analogs have shown reversibility of fertility suppression when the drug is discontinued after continuous administration for periods of up to 24 weeks

Pediatric Use: The safety and effectiveness of FENSOLVI for the treatment of CPP has been established in pediatric patients 2 years of age and older. Use of FENSOLVI for this indication is supported by evidence from an adequate and uncontrolled open-label, single-arm study of 64 pediatric patients with CPP with an age range of 4 to 9 years. The safety and effectiveness of FENSOLVI have not been established in pediatric patients less than 2 years old.

OVERDOSAGE

No specific antidotes for FENSOLVI are known. Contact Poison Control (1-800-222-1222) for latest recommendations.

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