Label: MULTIHANCE- gadobenate dimeglumine injection, solution
- NDC Code(s): 0270-5264-16, 0270-5264-17
- Packager: BRACCO DIAGNOSTICS INC
- Category: HUMAN PRESCRIPTION DRUG LABEL
- DEA Schedule: None
- Marketing Status: New Drug Application
Updated July 24, 2013
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WARNING: NEPHROGENIC SYSTEMIC FIBROSIS
Gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCAs) increase the risk for NSF among patients with impaired elimination of the drugs. Avoid use of GBCAs in these patients unless the diagnostic information is essential and not available with non-contrasted MRI or other modalities. NSF may result in fatal or debilitating systemic fibrosis affecting the skin, muscle and internal organs.
- The risk for NSF appears highest among patients with:
- chronic, severe kidney disease (GFR <30 mL/min/1.73m2), or
- acute kidney injury.
- Screen patients for acute kidney injury and other conditions that may reduce renal function. For patients at risk for chronically reduced renal function (e.g. age > 60 years, hypertension or diabetes), estimate the glomerular filtration rate (GFR) through laboratory testing.
- For patients at highest risk for NSF, do not exceed the recommended MultiHance dose and allow a sufficient period of time for elimination of the drug from the body prior to re-administration. [see Warnings and Precautions (5.1)]
- The risk for NSF appears highest among patients with:
- HIGHLIGHTS OF PRESCRIBING INFORMATION
These highlights do not include all the information needed to use MultiHance safely and effectively. See full prescribing information for MultiHance.
MultiHance (gadobenate dimeglumine) Injection
Initial U.S. Approval: 2004
WARNING: NEPHROGENIC SYSTEMIC FIBROSIS
See full prescribing information for complete boxed warning
Gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCAs) increase the risk for NSF among patients with impaired elimination of the drugs. Avoid use of GBCAs in these patients unless the diagnostic information is essential and not available with non-contrasted MRI or other modalities.
- The risk for NSF appears highest among patients with:
- chronic, severe kidney disease (GFR <30 mL/min/1.73m2), or
- acute kidney injury.
- Screen patients for acute kidney injury and other conditions that may reduce renal function. For patients at risk for chronically reduced renal function (e.g. age > 60 years, hypertension or diabetes), estimate the glomerular filtration rate (GFR) through laboratory testing (5.1).
RECENT MAJOR CHANGES
INDICATIONS AND USAGE
MultiHance is a gadolinium-based contrast agent indicated for intravenous use in:
- magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the central nervous system (CNS) in adults and children over 2 years of age to visualize lesions with abnormal blood brain barrier or abnormal vascularity of the brain, spine, and associated tissues (1.1)
- magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) to evaluate adults with known or suspected renal or aorto-ilio-femoral occlusive vascular disease. (1.2)
DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION
PHARMACY BULK PACKAGE – NOT FOR DIRECT INFUSION
The recommended dose of MultiHance is 0.1 mmol/kg (0.2 mL/kg) administered as a rapid bolus intravenous injection. To ensure complete injection of the contrast medium, follow the injection with a saline flush of at least 5 mL in MRI of the CNS and at least 20 mL in MRA. (2)
DOSAGE FORMS AND STRENGTHS
Each mL of MultiHance Injection contains 529 mg gadobenate dimeglumine. (3)
MultiHance is contraindicated in patients with known allergic or hypersensitivity reactions to gadolinium-based contrast agents. (4)
WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS
- Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis has occurred in patients with impaired elimination of GBCAs. Higher than recommended dosing or repeated dosing appears to increase the risk (5.1)
- Hypersensitivity: anaphylactic/anaphylactoid reactions with cardiovascular, respiratory and cutaneous manifestations, ranging from mild to severe reactions including shock can occur. Monitor patients closely for need of emergency cardiorespiratory support. (5.2)
The most commonly reported adverse reactions are nausea (1.3%) and headache (1.2%). (6)
To report SUSPECTED ADVERSE REACTIONS, contact Bracco Diagnostics Inc. at 1-800-257-5181 or FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or www.fda.gov/medwatch
See 17 for PATIENT COUNSELING INFORMATION.
- The risk for NSF appears highest among patients with:
- FULL PRESCRIBING INFORMATION: CONTENTS*
- Sections or subsections omitted from the full prescribing information are not listed.
- 1 INDICATIONS AND USAGE
1.1 MRI of the Central Nervous System (CNS)
MultiHance is indicated for intravenous use in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the central nervous system (CNS) in adults and children over 2 years of age to visualize lesions with abnormal blood brain barrier or abnormal vascularity of the brain, spine, and associated tissues.
- 2 DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION
2.1 Dosing and Imaging Instructions
2.1.1 MRI of the CNS
The recommended dose of MultiHance for MRI of the CNS is 0.1 mmol/kg (0.2 mL/kg) administered as a rapid bolus intravenous injection. To ensure complete injection of the contrast medium, follow the injection with a saline flush of at least 5 mL. Imaging of the CNS can be performed starting immediately after the bolus injection of MultiHance.
2.2 Dosing Table
TABLE 1: WEIGHT-BASED DOSING VOLUMES FOR: CNS IMAGING (ADULTS AND PEDIATRICS ≥2 YEARS OF AGE) AND MRA IMAGING (ADULTS ONLY) Volume Kilograms (Kg) Pounds (lb) Milliliters (mL) 5 11 1.0 10 22 2.0 15 33 3.0 20 44 4.0 25 55 5.0 30 66 6.0 35 77 7.0 40 88 8.0 45 99 9.0 50 110 10.0 55 121 11.0 60 132 12.0 65 143 13.0 70 154 14.0 75 165 15.0 80 176 16.0 85 187 17.0 90 198 18.0 95 209 19.0 100 220 20.0 105 231 21.0 110 242 22.0 115 253 23.0 120 264 24.0 125 275 25.0 130 286 26.0 135 297 27.0 140 308 28.0 145 319 29.0 150 330 30.0
Inspect the MultiHance bottle visually for particulate matter and discoloration prior to administration. Do not use the solution if it is discolored or particulate matter is present. Draw MultiHance into a syringe and inject using sterile technique.
2.4 Directions for Proper Use of MultiHance Multipack
- The transferring of MultiHance (gadobenate dimeglumine) injection from the Pharmacy Bulk Package should be performed in a suitable work area, such as a laminar flow hood, utilizing aseptic technique.
- The container closure may be penetrated only one time, utilizing a suitable transfer device. Once the pharmacy bulk package is punctured, it should not be removed from the aseptic work area during the entire period of use.
- The withdrawal of container contents should be accomplished without delay. However, should this not be possible, a maximum time of 8 hours from initial closure entry is permitted to complete fluid transfer operation. Any unused MultiHance Multipack injection must be discarded 8 hours after initial puncture of the bulk package.
- Temperature of container after the closure has been entered should not exceed 25°C (77°F).
- 3 DOSAGE FORMS AND STRENGTHS
- 4 CONTRAINDICATIONS
- 5 WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS
5.1 Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis (NSF)
Gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCAs) increase the risk for nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (NSF) among patients with impaired elimination of the drugs. Avoid use of GBCAs among these patients unless the diagnostic information is essential and not available with non-contrast enhanced MRI or other modalities. The GBCA-associated NSF risk appears highest for patients with chronic, severe kidney disease (GFR <30 mL/min/1.73m2) as well as patients with acute kidney injury. The risk appears lower for patients with chronic, moderate kidney disease (GFR 30-59 mL/min/1.73m2) and little, if any, for patients with chronic, mild kidney disease (GFR 60-89 mL/min/1.73m2). NSF may result in fatal or debilitating fibrosis affecting the skin, muscle and internal organs. Report any diagnosis of NSF following MultiHance administration to Bracco Diagnostics (1-800-257-5181) or FDA (1-800-FDA-1088 or www.fda.gov/medwatch).
Screen patients for acute kidney injury and other conditions that may reduce renal function. Features of acute kidney injury consist of rapid (over hours to days) and usually reversible decrease in kidney function, commonly in the setting of surgery, severe infection, injury or drug-induced kidney toxicity. Serum creatinine levels and estimated GFR may not reliably assess renal function in the setting of acute kidney injury. For patients at risk for chronically reduced renal function (e.g., age > 60 years, diabetes mellitus or chronic hypertension), estimate the GFR through laboratory testing.
Among the factors that may increase the risk for NSF are repeated or higher than recommended doses of a GBCA and the degree of renal impairment at the time of exposure. Record the specific GBCA and the dose administered to a patient. For patients at highest risk for NSF, do not exceed the recommended MultiHance dose and allow a sufficient period of time for elimination of the drug prior to re-administration. For patients receiving hemodialysis, physicians may consider the prompt initiation of hemodialysis following the administration of a GBCA in order to enhance the contrast agent’s elimination. The usefulness of hemodialysis in the prevention of NSF is unknown [see Dosage and Administration (2) and Clinical Pharmacology (12)].
5.2 Hypersensitivity Reactions
Anaphylactic and anaphylactoid reactions have been reported, involving cardiovascular, respiratory, and/or cutaneous manifestations. Some patients experienced circulatory collapse and died. In most cases, initial symptoms occurred within minutes of MultiHance administration and resolved with prompt emergency treatment.
5.3 Acute Renal Failure
In patients with renal insufficiency, acute renal failure requiring dialysis or worsening renal function have occurred with the use of gadolinium-based contrast agents. The risk of renal failure may increase with increasing dose of the contrast agent. Screen all patients for renal dysfunction by obtaining a history and/or laboratory tests. Consider follow-up renal function assessments for patients with a history of renal dysfunction.
5.4 Extravasation and Injection Site Reactions
Extravasation of MultiHance may lead to injection site reactions, characterized by local pain or burning sensation, swelling, blistering, and necrosis. In animal experiments, local reactions including eschar and necrosis were noted even on Day 8 post perivenous injection of MultiHance. Exercise caution to avoid local extravasation during intravenous administration of MultiHance. If extravasation occurs, evaluate and treat as necessary if local reactions develop.
5.5 Cardiac Arrhythmias
Cardiac arrhythmias have been observed in patients receiving MultiHance in clinical trials [see Adverse Reactions (6.1)]. Assess patients for underlying conditions or medications that predispose to arrhythmias.
A double-blind, placebo-controlled, 24-hour post dose continuous monitoring, crossover study in 47 subjects evaluated the effect of 0.2 mmol/kg MultiHance on ECG intervals, including QTc. The average changes in QTc values compared with placebo were minimal (< 5 msec). QTc prolongation between 30 and 60 msec were noted in 20 subjects who received MultiHance vs. 11 subjects who received placebo. Prolongations ≥ 61 msec were noted in 6 subjects who received MultiHance and in 3 subjects who received placebo. None of these subjects had associated malignant arrhythmias. The effects on QTc by MultiHance dose, other drugs, and medical conditions were not systematically studied.
5.6 Interference with Visualization of Certain Lesions
- 6 ADVERSE REACTIONS
- Nephrogenic systemic fibrosis [see Warnings and Precautions (5.1)]
- Hypersensitivity reactions [see Warnings and Precautions (5.2)]
6.1 Clinical Trials Experience
Because clinical trials are conducted under widely varying conditions, adverse reaction rates observed in the clinical trials of a drug cannot be directly compared to rates in the clinical trials of another drug and may not reflect the rates observed in practice.
In all clinical trials with MultiHance, a total of 4967 adult subjects (137 healthy volunteers and 4830 patients) received MultiHance at doses ranging from 0.005 to 0.4 mmol/kg. There were 2838 (57%) men and 2129 (43%) women with a mean age of 56.5 years (range 18 to 93 years). A total of 4403 (89%) subjects were Caucasian, 134 (3%) Black, 275 (6%) Asian, 40 (1%) Hispanic, 70 (1%) in other racial groups, and for 45 (1%) subjects, race was not reported.
The most commonly reported adverse reactions in adult subjects who received MultiHance were nausea (1.3%) and headache (1.2%). Most adverse reactions were mild to moderate in intensity. One subject experienced a serious anaphylactoid reaction with laryngeal spasm and dyspnea [see Warnings and Precautions (5.2)]. Serious adverse reactions consisting of convulsions, pulmonary edema, acute necrotizing pancreatitis, and anaphylactoid reactions were reported in 0.1% of subjects in clinical trials.
TABLE 2: ADVERSE REACTIONS REPORTED IN ≥ 0.5% OF ADULT SUBJECTS WHO RECEIVED MULTIHANCE IN CLINICAL TRIALS Number of subjects dosed 4967 Number of subjects with any adverse reaction 517 (10.4%) Gastrointestinal Disorders Nausea 67 (1.3%) General Disorders and Administration Site Disorders Feeling Hot 49 (1.0%) Injection Site Reaction 58 (1.2%) Nervous System Disorders Headache 60 (1.2%) Dysgeusia 33 (0.7%) Paresthesia 24 (0.5%) Dizziness 24 (0.5%)
The following adverse reactions occurred in less than 0.5% of the 4967 adult subjects who received MultiHance. Serious adverse reactions described above are not repeated below.
Blood and Lymphatic System Disorders: Basophilia;
Cardiac Disorders: Atrioventricular block first degree;
Eye Disorders: Eye pruritus, eye swelling, ocular hyperemia, visual disturbance;
Gastrointestinal Disorders: Abdominal pain or discomfort diarrhea, dry mouth, lip swelling, paraesthesia oral, tongue edema, vomiting;
General Disorders and Administration Site Conditions: Chest pain or discomfort, chills, malaise;
Immune System Disorders: Hypersensitivity;
Investigations: Nonspecific changes in laboratory tests (including hematology, blood chemistry, liver enzymes and urinalysis), blood pressure and electrocardiogram parameters (including PR, QRS and QT intervals and ST-T segment changes).
Musculoskeletal and Connective Tissue Disorders: Myalgia;
Nervous System Disorders: Parosmia, tremor;
Respiratory, Thoracic and Mediastinal Disorders: Dyspnea, laryngospasm, nasal congestion, sneezing, wheezing;
Skin and Subcutaneous Tissue Disorders: Hyperhidrosis, pruritus, rash, swelling face, urticaria.
In clinical trials of MultiHance in MRI of the CNS, 217 pediatric subjects received MultiHance at a dose of 0.1 mmol/kg. A total of 112 (52%) subjects were male and the overall mean age was 8.3 years (range 4 days to 17 years). A total of 168 (77%) subjects were Caucasian, 12 (6%) Black, 12 (6%) Asian, 24 (11%), Hispanic, and 1 (<1%) in other racial groups.
Adverse reactions were reported for 14 (6.5%) of the subjects. The frequency and the nature of the adverse reactions were similar to those seen in the adult patients. The most commonly reported adverse reactions were vomiting (1.4%), pyrexia (0.9%), and hyperhidrosis (0.9%). No subject died during study participation. A serious adverse reaction of worsening of vomiting was reported for one (0.5%) patient with a brain tumor (glioma) for which a causal relationship to MultiHance could not be excluded.
6.2 Post-marketing Experience
The following adverse reactions have been identified during post approval use of MultiHance. Because these reactions are reported voluntarily from a population of uncertain size, it is not always possible to reliably estimate their frequency or establish a causal relationship to drug exposure.
Anaphylactic, anaphylactoid and hypersensitivity reactions manifested with various degrees of severity up to anaphylactic shock, loss of consciousness and death. The reactions generally involved signs or symptoms of respiratory, cardiovascular, and/or mucocutaneous abnormalities.
Extravasation of MultiHance may lead to injection site reactions, characterized by local pain or burning sensation, swelling, blistering, and necrosis [see Warnings and Precautions (5.4)].
- 7 DRUG INTERACTIONS
7.1 Transporter-Based Drug-Drug Interactions
MultiHance and other drugs may compete for the canalicular multispecific organic anion transporter (MOAT also referred to as MRP2 or ABCC2). Therefore MultiHance may prolong the systemic exposure of drugs such as cisplatin, anthracyclines (e.g. doxorubicin, daunorubicin), vinca alkaloids (e.g. vincristine), methotrexate, etoposide, tamoxifen, and paclitaxel. In particular, consider the potential for prolonged drug exposure in patients with decreased MOAT activity (e.g. Dubin Johnson syndrome).
- 8 USE IN SPECIFIC POPULATIONS
MultiHance has been shown to be teratogenic in rabbits when given intravenously administered at 2 mmol/kg/day (6 times the human dose based on body surface area) during organogenesis (day 6 to 18) inducing microphthalmia/small eye and/or focal retinal fold in 3 fetuses from 3 separate litters. In addition, MultiHance intravenously administered at 3 mmol/kg/day (10 times the human dose based on body surface area) has been shown to increase intrauterine deaths in rabbits. There was no evidence that MultiHance induced teratogenic effects in rats at doses up to 2 mmol/kg/day (3 times the human dose based on body surface area), however, rat dams exhibited no systemic toxicity at this dose. There were no adverse effects on the birth, survival, growth, development and fertility of the F1 generation at doses up to 2 mmol/kg in a rat peri- and post-natal (Segment III) study. There are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women. MultiHance should be used during pregnancy only if potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus.
8.3 Nursing Mothers
It is not known to what extent gadobenate dimeglumine is excreted in human milk. It is known from rat experiments that less than 0.5% of the administered dose is transferred via milk from mother to neonates. Breast-feeding should be discontinued prior to the administration of MultiHance and should not be restarted until at least 24 hours after the administration of MultiHance.
8.4 Pediatric Use
A total of 217 pediatric subjects (93% of subjects aged 2 years and above) were studied in clinical trials of MultiHance in MRI of the CNS. No overall differences in safety or effectiveness were observed between these pediatric subjects and the adult subjects. The safety and efficacy of MultiHance in neonates and infants (ages 0-2 years) have not been established. The risk of NSF related to gadolinium may be increased in these patients due to their immature kidney function.
8.5 Geriatric Use
Of the total number of 4967 adult subjects in clinical studies of MultiHance, 33% were 65 and over. No overall differences in safety or effectiveness were observed between these elderly subjects and the younger subjects.
The drug is known to be substantially excreted by the kidney, and the risk of toxic reactions to MultiHance may be greater in patients with impaired renal function. Because elderly patients are more likely to have decreased renal function it may be useful to monitor renal function.
- 10 OVERDOSAGE
Clinical consequences of overdosage with MultiHance have not been reported. Treatment of an overdosage should be directed toward support of vital functions and prompt institution of symptomatic therapy. In a Phase 1 clinical study, doses up to 0.4 mmol/kg were administered to patients. MultiHance has been shown to be dialyzable [see Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)].Close
- 11 DESCRIPTION
MultiHance injection is supplied as a sterile, nonpyrogenic, clear, colorless to slightly yellow aqueous solution intended for intravenous use only. Each mL of MultiHance contains 529 mg gadobenate dimeglumine and water for injection. MultiHance contains no preservatives.
Gadobenate dimeglumine is chemically designated as (4RS)-[4-carboxy-5,8,11-tris(carboxymethyl)- 1-phenyl-2-oxa-5,8,11-triazatridecan-13-oato(5-)] gadolinate(2-) dihydrogen compound with 1-deoxy-1-(methylamino)-D-glucitol (1:2) with a molecular weight of 1058.2 and an empirical formula of C22H28GdN3O11 • 2C7H17NO5. The structural formula is as follows:
Osmolality 1.970 osmol/kg @ 37°C Viscosity 5.3 mPas @ 37°C Density 1.220 g/mL @ 20°C
- 12 CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY
12.1 Mechanism of Action
Gadobenate dimeglumine is a paramagnetic agent and, as such, develops a magnetic moment when placed in a magnetic field. The large magnetic moment produced by the paramagnetic agent results in a large local magnetic field, which can enhance the relaxation rates of water protons in its vicinity leading to an increase of signal intensity (brightness) of tissue.
In magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), visualization of normal and pathological tissue depends in part on variations in the radiofrequency signal intensity that occur with 1) differences in proton density; 2) differences of the spin-lattice or longitudinal relaxation times (T1); and 3) differences in the spin-spin or transverse relaxation time (T2). When placed in a magnetic field, gadobenate dimeglumine decreases the T1 and T2 relaxation time in target tissues. At recommended doses, the effect is observed with greatest sensitivity in the T1-weighted sequences.
Unlike other tested paramagnetic contrast agents (See Table 3), MultiHance demonstrates weak and transient interactions with serum proteins that causes slowing in the molecular tumbling dynamics, resulting in strong increases in relaxivity in solutions containing serum proteins. The improved relaxation effect can contribute to increased contrast-to-noise ratio and lesion-to-brain ratio, which may improve visualization.
TABLE 3: RELAXIVITY (mM-1s-1) OF GADOLINIUM CHELATES r1 and r2 relaxivities indicate the efficiency in shortening T1 and T2 relaxation times, respectively.
1 In heparinized human plasma, at 39°C.
2 In citrated human plasma, at 37°C.
-- Not available
Human plasma r1 r2 Gadobenate 9.71 12.51 Gadopentetate 4.91 6.31 Gadodiamide 5.42 -- Gadoteridol 5.42 --
MultiHance injection does not cross the intact blood-brain barrier and, therefore, does not enhance normal brain or lesions that have a normal blood-brain barrier, e.g., cysts, mature post-operative scars. However, disruption of the blood-brain barrier or abnormal vascularity allows enhancement by MultiHance of lesions such as neoplasms, abscesses, and infarcts. Uptake of MultiHance into hepatocytes has been demonstrated.
Three single-dose intravenous studies were conducted in 32 healthy male subjects to assess the pharmacokinetics of gadobenate dimeglumine. The doses administered in these studies ranged from 0.005 to 0.4 mmol/kg. Upon injection, the meglumine salt is completely dissociated from the gadobenate dimeglumine complex. Thus, the pharmacokinetics is based on the assay of gadobenate ion, the MRI contrast effective ion in gadobenate dimeglumine. Data for plasma concentration and area under the curve demonstrated linear dependence on the administered dose. The pharmacokinetics of gadobenate ion following intravenous administration can be best described using a two-compartment model.
Gadobenate ion has a rapid distribution half-life (reported as mean ± SD) of 0.084 ± 0.012 to 0.605 ± 0.072 hours. Volume of distribution of the central compartment ranged from 0.074 ± 0.017 to 0.158 ± 0.038 L/kg, and estimates of volume of distribution by area ranged from 0.170 ± 0.016 to 0.282 ± 0.079 L/kg. These latter estimates are approximately equivalent to the average volume of extracellular body water in man. In vitro studies showed no appreciable binding of gadobenate ion to human serum proteins.
Gadobenate ion is eliminated predominately via the kidneys, with 78% to 96% of an administered dose recovered in the urine. Total plasma clearance and renal clearance estimates of gadobenate ion were similar, ranging from 0.093 ± 0.010 to 0.133 ± 0.270 L/hr/kg and 0.082 ± 0.007 to 0.104 ± 0.039 L/hr/kg, respectively. The clearance is similar to that of substances that are subject to glomerular filtration. The mean elimination half-life ranged from 1.17 ± 0.26 to 2.02 ± 0.60 hours. A small percentage of the administered dose (0.6% to 4%) is eliminated via the biliary route and recovered in feces.
There was no detectable biotransformation of gadobenate ion. Dissociation of gadobenate ion in vivo has been shown to be minimal, with less than 1% of the free chelating agent being recovered alone in feces.
Renal Impairment: A single intravenous dose of 0.2 mmol/kg of MultiHance was administered to 20 subjects with impaired renal function (6 men and 3 women with moderate renal impairment [urine creatinine clearance >30 to <60 mL/min] and 5 men and 6 women with severe renal impairment [urine creatinine clearance >10 to <30 mL/min]). Mean estimates of the elimination half-life were 6.1 ± 3.0 and 9.5 ± 3.1 hours for the moderate and severe renal impairment groups, respectively as compared with 1.0 to 2.0 hours in healthy volunteers.
Hemodialysis: A single intravenous dose of 0.2 mmol/kg of MultiHance was administered to 11 subjects (5 males and 6 females) with end-stage renal disease requiring hemodialysis to determine the pharmacokinetics and dialyzability of gadobenate. Approximately 72% of the dose was recovered by hemodialysis over a 4-hour period. The mean elimination half-life on dialysis was 1.21 ± 0.29 hours as compared with 42.4 ± 24.4 hours when off dialysis.
Hepatic Impairment: A single intravenous dose of 0.1 mmol/kg of MultiHance was administered to 11 subjects (8 males and 3 females) with impaired liver function (Class B or C modified Child-Pugh Classification). Hepatic impairment had little effect on the pharmacokinetics of MultiHance with the parameters being similar to those calculated for healthy subjects.
Gender, Age, Race: A multiple regression analysis performed using pooled data from several pharmacokinetic studies found no significant effect of sex upon the pharmacokinetics of gadobenate. Clearance appeared to decrease slightly with increasing age. Since variations due to age appeared marginal, dosage adjustment for geriatric population is not recommended. Pharmacokinetic differences due to race have not been systematically studied.
Pediatric: A population pharmacokinetic analysis incorporated data from 25 healthy subjects (14 males and 11 females) and 15 subjects undergoing MR imaging of the central nervous system (7 males and 8 females) between ages of 2 and 16 years. The subjects received a single intravenous dose of 0.1 mmol/kg of MultiHance. The geometric mean Cmax was 62.3 μg/mL (n=16) in children 2 to 5 years of age, and 64.2 μg/mL (n=24) in children older than 5 years. The geometric mean AUC 0-∞ was 77.9 μg-h/mL in children 2-5 years of age (n=16) and 82.6 μg-h/mL in children older than 5 years (n=24). The geometric mean half-life was 1.2 hours in children 2 to 5 years of age and 0.93 hours in children older than 5 years. There was no significant gender-related difference in the pharmacokinetic parameters in the pediatric patients. Over 80% of the dose was recovered in urine after 24 hours.
- 13 NONCLINICAL TOXICOLOGY
13.1 Carcinogenesis, Mutagenesis, Impairment of Fertility
The results for MultiHance were negative in the following genetic toxicity studies: 1) in vitro bacteria reverse mutation assays, 2) an in vitro gene mutation assay in mammalian cells, 3) an in vitro chromosomal aberration assay, 4) an in vitro unscheduled DNA synthesis assay, and 5) an in vivo micronucleus assay in rats.
MultiHance had no effect on fertility and reproductive performance at IV doses of up to 2 mmol/kg/day (3 times the human dose on body surface basis) for 13 weeks in male rats and for 32 days in female rats. However, vacuolation in testes and abnormal spermatogenic cells were observed when MultiHance was intravenously administered to male rats at 3 mmol/kg/day (5 times the human dose on body surface basis) for 28 days. The effects were not reversible following 28-day recovery period. The effects were not reported in dog and monkey studies (at doses up to about 11 and 10 times the human dose on body surface basis for dogs (28 days dosing) and monkeys (14 days dosing), respectively).
- 14 CLINICAL STUDIES
14.1 MRI of the CNS
MultiHance was evaluated in 426 adult patients in 2 controlled clinical trials of the central nervous system (Study A and Study B), enrolling 217 men and 209 women with a mean age of 52 years (range 18 to 88 years). The racial and ethnic representations were 88% Caucasian, 6% Black, 4% Hispanic, 1% Asian, and 1% other racial or ethnic groups. These trials were designed to compare MultiHance contrast MRI to non-contrast MRI alone. In Study A, patients highly suspected of having a lesion(s) of the CNS based on nuclear medicine imaging, computed tomography (CT), contrast CT, MRI, contrast- MRI, or angiography were randomized to receive two MRI evaluations with 0.05 mmol/kg (n=140) or 0.1 mmol/kg (n=136) of MultiHance. In Study B, patients with known metastatic disease to the CNS were randomized to receive two MRI evaluations with 0.05 mmol/kg (n=74) or 0.1 mmol/kg (n=76) of MultiHance. MRI scans were performed pre-contrast and within 5 minutes after each injection. The studies were designed to evaluate the effect of MultiHance MRI compared to the non-contrast MRI on a lesion level. Pre-contrast, post-contrast, and pre-plus-post contrast images (paired images) were independently evaluated by three blinded readers. The images were evaluated for the following endpoints using a scale from 0 to 4: the degree of lesion border delineation, the degree of visualization of lesion internal morphology, and the degree of lesion contrast enhancement. Lesion counting was also performed for the pre-contrast and paired image sets.
The 0.1 mmol/kg dose of MultiHance demonstrated consistently better visualization for all readers for all visualization endpoints. However, the 0.05 mmol/kg dose of MultiHance provided inconsistent visualization results between readers.
Comparison of pre-contrast versus post-contrast (0.1 mmol/kg) images showed that the mean score differences were significant and favored contrast for subjects in Study B (all subjects with known metastatic lesions) and for subjects with known tumors in Study A. However, the mean score differences between the pre-contrast and post-contrast images were not significant for non-tumor patients in Study A. These negative results may be attributed to a lack of lesion enhancement in non-tumor CNS disease.
Table 4 shows a comparison of paired images (pre-and post-contrast) versus pre-contrast images with respect to the difference in the mean score and with respect to the proportion of lesions read as better, worse, or the same as the pre-contrast MRI images. Table 4 shows that based on a lesion-level analysis 0.1 mmol/kg MultiHance provided a statistically significant improvement for the three structural parameters evaluated. Also, more lesions were seen in the paired images than in the pre-contrast images alone.
Table 4: LESION LEVEL RESULTS OF MRI CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM ADULT STUDIES WITH 0.1 mmol/kg MULTIHANCE (a) Difference of means = (paired mean) - (pre mean)
(b) Worse = paired score is less than the pre score
Same = paired score is the same as the pre score
Better = paired score is greater than the pre score
* Statistically significant for the mean (paired t test)
Study A Study B Reader 1 Reader 2 Reader 3 Reader 1 Reader 2 Reader 3 Endpoints N = 395 N = 384 N = 299 N = 245 N = 275 N = 254 Border Delineation: Difference of Means (a) 0.8* 0.6* 0.8* 1.8* 1.5* 1.9* Worse (b)
Internal Morphology: Difference of Means 0.8* 0.6* 0.7* 1.7* 1.4* 2.1* Worse
Contrast Enhancement: Difference of Means 0.7* 0.5* 0.8* 1.9* 1.3* 1.9* Worse
The efficacy and safety of MultiHance were evaluated in 92 pediatric patients with known or highly suspected disease of the central nervous system. MRI scans were performed pre-contrast and within 3 to 10 minutes following the administration of MultiHance 0.1 mmol/kg. Pre-contrast, post-contrast, and pre-plus-post contrast images (paired images) were independently evaluated by three blinded readers on a lesion level. The images were evaluated for the same endpoints as in the adult central nervous system trials using a scale from 0 to 4: the degree of lesion border delineation, the degree of visualization of lesion internal morphology, and the degree of lesion contrast enhancement. Lesion counting was also performed for the pre-contrast and paired image sets. The pre-contrast versus the paired image set was the primary comparison. Forty-nine percent of study subjects were male and the overall mean age was 10.6 years (range 2 to 17 years). The racial and ethnic representations were 77% Caucasian, 13% Asian, 5% Black, and 4% other racial or ethnic groups. MultiHance increased lesion border delineation, lesion internal morphology, and lesion contrast enhancement relative to non-contrast and these results were comparable to those seen in adults.
14.2 MRA of Renal and Aorto-ilio-femoral Vessels
TABLE 5. PERFORMANCE CHARACTERISTICS OF MULTIHANCE-MRA AND NON-CONTRAST MRA * (Based on General Delta Method) READER SENSITIVITY SPECIFICITY AORTO-ILIO-FEMERAL ARTERIES MultiHance
[A] – [B]
[A] – [B]
1 77.8% 73.7% 4.5
88.1% 78.5% 10.0
2 65.2% 52.5% 12.6
94.2% 89.4% 4.9
3 69.0% 59.1% 10.0
90.0% 75.3% 14.9
RENAL ARTERIES SENSITIVITY SPECIFICITY MultiHance
[A] – [B]
[A] – [B]
1 67.8% 47.0% 20.8
94.0% 86.1% 8.3
2 62.4% 46.7% 16.2
94.0% 83.5% 10.3
3 65.5% 39.6% 25.3
94.7% 87.3% 8.0
- 16 HOW SUPPLIED/STORAGE AND HANDLING
MultiHance Multipack (gadobenate dimeglumine) injection is a clear, colorless to slightly yellow solution containing 529 mg gadobenate dimeglumine per mL. MultiHance Multipack is supplied in glass bottles; each multidose bottle is rubber stoppered with an aluminum seal and the contents are sterile. MultiHance is supplied in boxes of:
Storage and HandlingClose
Inspect the MultiHance bottle visually for particulate matter and discoloration prior to administration. Do not use the solution if it is discolored or particulate matter is present. Do not mix intravenous medications or parenteral nutrition solutions with MultiHance. Do not administer other medications in the same intravenous line with MultiHance because of the potential for chemical incompatibility.
- 17 PATIENT COUNSELING INFORMATION
17.1 Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis
- have a history of kidney and/or liver disease, or
- have recently received a GBCA.
- Describe the clinical manifestations of NSF
- Describe procedures to screen for the detection of renal impairment.
Instruct the patients to contact their physician if they develop signs or symptoms of NSF following MultiHance administration, such as burning, itching, swelling, scaling, hardening and tightening of the skin; red or dark patches on the skin; stiffness in joints with trouble moving, bending or straightening the arms, hands, legs or feet; pain in the hip bones or ribs; or muscle weakness.
17.2 Common Adverse Reactions
- reactions along the venous injection site, such as mild and transient burning or pain or feeling of warmth or coldness at the injection site
- side effects of feeling hot, nausea, and headache.
17.3 General Precautions
- are pregnant or breast feeding
- have a history of renal disease, heart disease, seizure, asthma or allergic respiratory diseases
- are taking any medications
- have any allergies to any of the ingredients of MultiHance.
- PRINCIPAL DISPLAY PANEL
- INGREDIENTS AND APPEARANCE
gadobenate dimeglumine injection, solution
Product Information Product Type HUMAN PRESCRIPTION DRUG Item Code (Source) NDC:0270-5264 Route of Administration INTRAVENOUS DEA Schedule Active Ingredient/Active Moiety Ingredient Name Basis of Strength Strength gadobenate dimeglumine (UNII: 3Q6PPC19PO) (GADOLINIUM CATION (3+) - UNII:AZV954TZ9N) gadobenate dimeglumine 529 mg in 1 mL Packaging # Item Code Package Description Marketing Start Date Marketing End Date 1 NDC:0270-5264-16 5 in 1 BOX 1 50 mL in 1 BOTTLE, GLASS 2 NDC:0270-5264-17 5 in 1 BOX 2 100 mL in 1 BOTTLE, GLASS Marketing Information Marketing Category Application Number or Monograph Citation Marketing Start Date Marketing End Date NDA NDA021358 11/23/2004 Labeler - BRACCO DIAGNOSTICS INC (849234661) Registrant - BRACCO DIAGNOSTICS INC (849234661) Establishment Name Address ID/FEI Business Operations BRACCO IMAGING SPA 543024777 API MANUFACTURE(0270-5264) Establishment Name Address ID/FEI Business Operations Nycomed GmbH 313042392 ANALYSIS(0270-5264) Establishment Name Address ID/FEI Business Operations PATHEON ITALIA SPA 434078638 ANALYSIS(0270-5264) , MANUFACTURE(0270-5264) Establishment Name Address ID/FEI Business Operations BIPSO GmbH 342104149 MANUFACTURE(0270-5264)