PIOGLITAZONEHYDROCHLORIDE- pioglitazone hydrochloride tablet 
Torrent Pharmaceuticals Limited

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HIGHLIGHTS OF PRESCRIBING INFORMATION

These highlights do not include all the information needed to use pioglitazone hydrochloride safely and effectively. See full prescribing information for pioglitazone hydrochloride.

Pioglitazone Tablets, USP for oral use
Initial U.S. Approval: 1999

WARNING: CONGESTIVE HEART FAILURE

See full prescribing information for complete boxed warning.

  • Thiazolidinediones, including pioglitazone hydrochloride, cause or exacerbate congestive heart failure in some patients. (5.1)  
  • After initiation of pioglitazone hydrochloride, and after dose increases, monitor patients carefully for signs and symptoms of heart failure (e.g., excessive, rapid weight gain, dyspnea, and/or edema). If heart failure develops, it should be managed according to current standards of care and discontinuation or dose reduction of pioglitazone hydrochloride must be considered. (5.1)  
  • Pioglitazone hydrochloride is not recommended in patients with symptomatic heart failure. (5.1)   
  • Initiation of pioglitazone hydrochloride in patients with established New York Heart Association (NYHA) Class III or IV heart failure is contraindicated. (4, 5.1) 

INDICATIONS AND USAGE

Pioglitazone tablets, USP are a thiazolidinedione and an agonist for peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor (PPAR) gamma indicated as an adjunct to diet and exercise to improve glycemic control in adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus in multiple clinical settings. (1, 14) (1)

Important Limitation of Use: (1)

  •   Not for treatment of type 1 diabetes or diabetic ketoacidosis. (1)

DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION

  •   Initiate pioglitazone tablets at 15 mg or 30 mg once daily. Limit initial dose to 15 mg once daily in patients with NYHA Class I or II heart failure. (2.1)
  •   If there is inadequate glycemic control, the dose can be increased in 15 mg increments up to a maximum of 45 mg once daily. (2.1)
  •   Obtain liver tests before starting pioglitazone tablets. If abnormal, use caution when treating with pioglitazone tablets, investigate the probable cause, treat (if possible) and follow appropriately. Monitoring liver tests while on pioglitazone tablets is not recommended in patients without liver disease. (5.3)

DOSAGE FORMS AND STRENGTHS

Tablets: 15 mg, 30 mg, and 45 mg (3) (3)

CONTRAINDICATIONS

  •   Initiation in patients with established New York Heart Association    (NYHA) Class III or IV heart failure [see Boxed Warning] . (4)
  •   Use in patients with known hypersensitivity to pioglitazone or any other component of pioglitazone hydrochloride. (4)

WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS

  • Congestive heart failure: Fluid retention may occur and can exacerbate or lead to congestive heart failure. Combination use with insulin and use in congestive heart failure NYHA Class I and II may increase risk. Monitor patients for signs and symptoms. (5.1)
  • Hypoglycemia: When used with insulin or an insulin secretagogue, a lower dose of the insulin or insulin secretagogue may be needed to reduce the risk of hypoglycemia. (5.2)
  • Hepatic effects: Postmarketing reports of hepatic failure, sometimes fatal. Causality cannot be excluded. If liver injury is detected, promptly interrupt pioglitazone hydrochloride and assess patient for probable cause, then treat cause if possible, to resolution or stabilization. Do not restart pioglitazone hydrochloride if liver injury is confirmed and no alternate etiology can be found. (5.3)
  • Bladder cancer: Preclinical and clinical trial data, and results from an observational study suggest an increased risk of bladder cancer in pioglitazone users. The observational data further suggest that the risk increases with duration of use. Do not use in patients with active bladder cancer. Use caution when using in patients with a prior history of bladder cancer (5.4)
  • Edema: Dose-related edema may occur. (5.5)
  • Fractures: Increased incidence in female patients. Apply current standards of care for assessing and maintaining bone health. (5.6)
  • Macular edema: Postmarketing reports. Recommend regular eye exams in all patients with diabetes according to current standards of care with prompt evaluation for acute visual changes. (5.7)
  • Macrovascular outcomes: There have been no clinical studies establishing conclusive evidence of macrovascular risk reduction with pioglitazone hydrochloride or any other antidiabetic drug. (5.9)

ADVERSE REACTIONS

Most common adverse reactions (≥5%) are upper respiratory tract infection, headache, sinusitis, myalgia, and pharyngitis. (6.1) (6)

To report SUSPECTED ADVERSE REACTIONS, contact Torrent Pharma Inc. at 1-269-544-2299 or FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or www.fda.gov/medwatch. (6)

DRUG INTERACTIONS

  • Strong CYP2C8 inhibitors (e.g., gemfibrozil) increase pioglitazone concentrations. Limit pioglitazone hydrochloride dose to 15 mg daily. (2.3, 7.1)
  • CYP2C8 inducers (e.g., rifampin) may decrease pioglitazone concentrations. (7.2)

USE IN SPECIFIC POPULATIONS

  • Nursing mothers: Discontinue drug or nursing, taking into consideration the importance of the drug to the mother (8.3)
  • Pediatrics: Not recommended for use in pediatric patients. (8.4)

See 17 for PATIENT COUNSELING INFORMATION.

Revised: 1/2014

FULL PRESCRIBING INFORMATION: CONTENTS*

WARNING: CONGESTIVE HEART FAILURE

1. INDICATIONS AND USAGE

2. DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION

2.1 Recommendations for All Patients

2.2 Concomitant Use with an Insulin Secretagogue or Insulin

2.3 Concomitant Use with Strong CYP2C8 Inhibitors

3. DOSAGE FORMS AND STRENGTHS

4. CONTRAINDICATIONS

5. WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS

5.1 Congestive Heart Failure

5.2 Hypoglycemia

5.3 Hepatic Effects

5.4 Urinary Bladder Tumors

5.5 Edema

5.6 Fractures

5.7 Macular Edema

5.8 Ovulation

5.9 Macrovascular Outcomes

6. ADVERSE REACTIONS

6.1 Clinical Trials Experience

6.2 Postmarketing Experience

7. DRUG INTERACTIONS

7.1 Strong CYP2C8 Inhibitors

7.2 CYP2C8 Inducers

8. USE IN SPECIFIC POPULATIONS

8.1 Pregnancy

8.3 Nursing Mothers

8.4 Pediatric Use

8.5 Geriatric Use

10. OVERDOSAGE

11. DESCRIPTION

12. CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY

12.1 Mechanism of Action

12.2 Pharmacodynamics

12.3 Pharmacokinetics

13. NONCLINICAL TOXICOLOGY

13.1 Carcinogenesis, Mutagenesis, Impairment of Fertility

13.2 Animal Toxicology and/or Pharmacology

14. CLINICAL STUDIES

14.1 Monotherapy

14.2 Combination Therapy

16. HOW SUPPLIED/STORAGE AND HANDLING

17. PATIENT COUNSELING INFORMATION

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Sections or subsections omitted from the full prescribing information are not listed.

FULL PRESCRIBING INFORMATION

WARNING: CONGESTIVE HEART FAILURE

  •   Thiazolidinediones, including pioglitazone hydrochloride, cause or exacerbate congestive heart failure in some patients [see Warnings and Precautions (5.1)] .  
  •   After initiation of pioglitazone hydrochloride, and after dose increases, monitor patients carefully for signs and symptoms of heart failure (e.g., excessive, rapid weight gain, dyspnea, and/or edema). If heart failure develops, it should be managed according to current standards of care and discontinuation or dose reduction of pioglitazone hydrochloride must be considered.  
  •   Pioglitazone hydrochloride is not recommended in patients with symptomatic heart failure.  
  •   Initiation of pioglitazone hydrochloride in patients with established New York Heart Association (NYHA) Class III or IV heart failure is contraindicated [see Contraindications (4) and Warnings and Precautions (5.1)] . 

1. INDICATIONS AND USAGE

Monotherapy and Combination Therapy

Pioglitazone tablets, USP are indicated as an adjunct to diet and exercise to improve glycemic control in adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus in multiple clinical settings [see Clinical Studies (14)].

Important Limitation of Use

Pioglitazone tablets, USP exert its antihyperglycemic effect only in the presence of endogenous insulin. Pioglitazone tablets, USP should not be used to treat type 1 diabetes or diabetic ketoacidosis, as it would not be effective in these settings.

Use caution in patients with liver disease [see Warnings and Precautions (5.3)].

2. DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION

2.1 Recommendations for All Patients

Pioglitazone tablets should be taken once daily and can be taken without regard to meals.

The recommended starting dose for patients without congestive heart failure is 15 mg or 30 mg once daily.

The recommended starting dose for patients with congestive heart failure (NYHA Class I or II) is 15 mg once daily.

The dose can be titrated in increments of 15 mg up to a maximum of 45 mg once daily based on glycemic response as determined by HbA1c.

After initiation of pioglitazone tablets or with dose increase, monitor patients carefully for adverse reactions related to fluid retention such as weight gain, edema, and signs and symptoms of congestive heart failure [see Boxed Warning and Warnings and Precautions (5.5)].

Liver tests (serum alanine and aspartate aminotransferases, alkaline phosphatase, and total bilirubin) should be obtained prior to initiating pioglitazone tablets. Routine periodic monitoring of liver tests during treatment with pioglitazone tablets is not recommended in patients without liver disease. Patients who have liver test abnormalities prior to initiation of pioglitazone tablets or who are found to have abnormal liver tests while taking pioglitazone tablets should be managed as described under Warnings and Precautions [see Warnings and Precautions (5.3) and Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)].

2.2 Concomitant Use with an Insulin Secretagogue or Insulin

If hypoglycemia occurs in a patient co-administered pioglitazone tablets and an insulin secretagogue (e.g., sulfonylurea), the dose of the insulin secretagogue should be reduced.

If hypoglycemia occurs in a patient co-administered pioglitazone tablets and insulin, the dose of insulin should be decreased by 10% to 25%. Further adjustments to the insulin dose should be individualized based on glycemic response.

2.3 Concomitant Use with Strong CYP2C8 Inhibitors

Coadministration of pioglitazone tablets and gemfibrozil, a strong CYP2C8 inhibitor, increases pioglitazone exposure approximately 3-fold. Therefore, the maximum recommended dose of pioglitazone tablets is 15 mg daily when used in combination with gemfibrozil or other strong CYP2C8 inhibitors [see Drug Interactions (7.1) and Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)].

3. DOSAGE FORMS AND STRENGTHS

Round tablet contains pioglitazone as follows:

  • 15 mg: White to off-white, round, flat faced beveled edge, uncoated tablets debossed with '140' on one side and '15' on other side
  • 30 mg: White to off-white, round, flat faced beveled edge, uncoated tablets debossed with '1119' on one side and plain on other side
  • 45 mg: White to off-white, round, flat faced beveled edge, uncoated tablets debossed with '1120' on one side and plain on other side

4. CONTRAINDICATIONS

  •   Initiation in patients with established NYHA Class III or IV heart failure [see  Boxed Warning] .
  •   Use in patients with known hypersensitivity to pioglitazone or any other component of pioglitazone hydrochloride.

5. WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS

5.1 Congestive Heart Failure

Pioglitazone hydrochloride, like other thiazolidinediones, can cause dose-related fluid retention when used alone or in combination with other antidiabetic medications and is most common when pioglitazone hydrochloride is used in combination with insulin. Fluid retention may lead to or exacerbate congestive heart failure. Patients should be observed for signs and symptoms of congestive heart failure. If congestive heart failure develops, it should be managed according to current standards of care and discontinuation or dose reduction of pioglitazone hydrochloride must be considered [see Boxed Warning, Contraindications (4), and Adverse Reactions (6.1)].

5.2 Hypoglycemia

Patients receiving pioglitazone hydrochloride in combination with insulin or other antidiabetic medications (particularly insulin secretagogues such as sulfonylureas) may be at risk for hypoglycemia. A reduction in the dose of the concomitant antidiabetic medication may be necessary to reduce the risk of hypoglycemia [see Dosage and Administration (2.2)].

5.3 Hepatic Effects

There have been postmarketing reports of fatal and non-fatal hepatic failure in patients taking pioglitazone hydrochloride, although the reports contain insufficient information necessary to establish the probable cause. There has been no evidence of drug-induced hepatotoxicity in the pioglitazone hydrochloride controlled clinical trial database to date [see Adverse Reactions (6.1)].

Patients with type 2 diabetes may have fatty liver disease or cardiac disease with episodic congestive heart failure, both of which may cause liver test abnormalities, and they may also have other forms of liver disease, many of which can be treated or managed. Therefore, obtaining a liver test panel (serum alanine aminotransferase [ALT], aspartate aminotransferase [AST], alkaline phosphatase, and total bilirubin) and assessing the patient is recommended before initiating pioglitazone hydrochloride therapy. In patients with abnormal liver tests, pioglitazone hydrochloride should be initiated with caution.

Measure liver tests promptly in patients who report symptoms that may indicate liver injury, including fatigue, anorexia, right upper abdominal discomfort, dark urine or jaundice. In this clinical context, if the patient is found to have abnormal liver tests (ALT greater than 3 times the upper limit of the reference range), pioglitazone hydrochloride treatment should be interrupted and investigation done to establish the probable cause. Pioglitazone hydrochloride should not be restarted in these patients without another explanation for the liver test abnormalities.

Patients who have serum ALT greater than three times the reference range with serum total bilirubin greater than two times the reference range without alternative etiologies are at risk for severe drug-induced liver injury, and should not be restarted on pioglitazone hydrochloride. For patients with lesser elevations of serum ALT or bilirubin and with an alternate probable cause, treatment with pioglitazone hydrochloride can be used with caution.

5.4 Urinary Bladder Tumors

Tumors were observed in the urinary bladder of male rats in the two-year carcinogenicity study [see Nonclinical Toxicology (13.1)]. In two 3-year trials in which pioglitazone hydrochloride was compared to placebo or glyburide, there were 16/3656 (0.44%) reports of bladder cancer in patients taking pioglitazone hydrochloride compared to 5/3679 (0.14%) in patients not taking pioglitazone hydrochloride. After excluding patients in whom exposure to study drug was less than one year at the time of diagnosis of bladder cancer, there were six (0.16%) cases on pioglitazone hydrochloride and two (0.05%) cases on placebo.

A five-year interim report of an ongoing 10-year observational cohort study found a non significant increase in the risk for bladder cancer in subjects ever exposed to pioglitazone hydrochloride, compared to subjects never exposed to pioglitazone hydrochloride (HR 1.2 [95% CI 0.9 – 1.5]). Compared to never exposure, a duration of pioglitazone hydrochloride therapy longer than 12 months was associated with an increase in risk (HR 1.4 [95% CI 0.9 – 2.1]), which reached statistical significance after more than 24 months of pioglitazone hydrochloride use (HR 1.4 [95% CI 1.03 – 2.0]). Interim results from this study suggested that taking pioglitazone hydrochloride longer than 12 months increased the relative risk of developing bladder cancer in any given year by 40% which equates to an absolute increase of three  cases in 10,000 (from approximately seven in 10,000 [without pioglitazone hydrochloride] to approximately 10 in 10,000 [with pioglitazone hydrochloride]).

There are insufficient data to determine whether pioglitazone is a tumor promoter for urinary bladder tumors. Consequently, pioglitazone hydrochloride should not be used in patients with active bladder cancer and the benefits of glycemic control versus unknown risks for cancer recurrence with pioglitazone hydrochloride should be considered in patients with a prior history of bladder cancer.

5.5 Edema

In controlled clinical trials, edema was reported more frequently in patients treated with pioglitazone hydrochloride than in placebo-treated patients and is dose-related [see Adverse Reactions (6.1)]. In postmarketing experience, reports of new onset or worsening edema have been received.

Pioglitazone hydrochloride should be used with caution in patients with edema. Because thiazolidinediones, including pioglitazone hydrochloride, can cause fluid retention, which can exacerbate or lead to congestive heart failure, pioglitazone hydrochloride should be used with caution in patients at risk for congestive heart failure. Patients treated with pioglitazone hydrochloride should be monitored for signs and symptoms of congestive heart failure [see Boxed Warning, Warnings and Precautions (5.1) and Patient Counseling Information (17)].

5.6 Fractures

In PROactive (the Prospective Pioglitazone Clinical Trial in Macrovascular Events), 5238 patients with type 2 diabetes and a history of macrovascular disease were randomized to pioglitazone hydrochloride (N=2605), force-titrated up to 45 mg daily or placebo (N=2633) in addition to standard of care. During a mean follow-up of 34.5 months, the incidence of bone fracture in females was 5.1% (44/870) for pioglitazone hydrochloride versus 2.5% (23/905) for placebo. This difference was noted after the first year of treatment and persisted during the course of the study. The majority of fractures observed in female patients were nonvertebral fractures including lower limb and distal upper limb. No increase in the incidence of fracture was observed in men treated with pioglitazone hydrochloride (1.7%) versus placebo (2.1%). The risk of fracture should be considered in the care of patients, especially female patients, treated with pioglitazone hydrochloride and attention should be given to assessing and maintaining bone health according to current standards of care.

5.7 Macular Edema

Macular edema has been reported in postmarketing experience in diabetic patients who were taking pioglitazone hydrochloride or another thiazolidinedione. Some patients presented with blurred vision or decreased visual acuity, but others were diagnosed on routine ophthalmologic examination.

Most patients had peripheral edema at the time macular edema was diagnosed. Some patients had improvement in their macular edema after discontinuation of the thiazolidinedione.

Patients with diabetes should have regular eye exams by an ophthalmologist according to current standards of care. Patients with diabetes who report any visual symptoms should be promptly referred to an ophthalmologist, regardless of the patient's underlying medications or other physical findings [see Adverse Reactions (6.1)].

5.8 Ovulation

Therapy with pioglitazone hydrochloride, like other thiazolidinediones, may result in ovulation in some premenopausal anovulatory women. As a result, these patients may be at an increased risk for pregnancy while taking pioglitazone hydrochloride [see Use in Specific Populations (8.1)]. This effect has not been investigated in clinical trials, so the frequency of this occurrence is not known. Adequate contraception in all premenopausal women treated with pioglitazone hydrochloride is recommended.

5.9 Macrovascular Outcomes

There have been no clinical studies establishing conclusive evidence of macrovascular risk reduction with pioglitazone hydrochloride or any other antidiabetic drug.

6. ADVERSE REACTIONS

The following serious adverse reactions are discussed elsewhere in the labeling:

  •   Congestive heart failure [see Boxed Warning and Warnings and Precautions (5.1)] 
  •   Edema [see Warnings and Precautions (5.5)] 
  •   Fractures [see Warnings and Precautions (5.6)] 

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.

Over 8500 patients with type 2 diabetes have been treated with pioglitazone hydrochloride in randomized, double-blind, controlled clinical trials, including 2605 patients with type 2 diabetes and macrovascular disease treated with pioglitazone hydrochloride in the PROactive clinical trial. In these trials, over 6000 patients have been treated with pioglitazone hydrochloride for six  months or longer, over 4500 patients have been treated with pioglitazone hydrochloride for one year or longer, and over 3000 patients have been treated with pioglitazone hydrochloride for at least two  years.

In six pooled 16- to 26-week placebo-controlled monotherapy and 16- to 24-week add-on combination therapy trials, the incidence of withdrawals due to adverse events was 4.5% for patients treated with pioglitazone hydrochloride and 5.8% for comparator-treated patients. The most common adverse events leading to withdrawal were related to inadequate glycemic control, although the incidence of these events was lower (1.5%) with pioglitazone hydrochloride than with placebo (3.0%).

In the PROactive trial, the incidence of withdrawals due to adverse events was 9.0% for patients treated with pioglitazone hydrochloride and 7.7% for placebo-treated patients. Congestive heart failure was the most common serious adverse event leading to withdrawal occurring in 1.3% of patients treated with pioglitazone hydrochloride and 0.6% of patients treated with placebo.

Common Adverse Events: 16- to 26-Week Monotherapy Trials

A summary of the incidence and type of common adverse events reported in three pooled 16- to 26-week placebo-controlled monotherapy trials of pioglitazone hydrochloride is provided in Table 1. Terms that are reported represent those that occurred at an incidence of >5% and more commonly in patients treated with pioglitazone hydrochloride than in patients who received placebo. None of these adverse events were related to pioglitazone hydrochloride dose.

Table 1Three Pooled 16to 26-Week Placebo-Controlled Clinical Trials of Pioglitazone Hydrochloride MonotherapyAdverse Events Reported at an Incidence 5and More 
Commonly in Patients Treated with Pioglitazone Hydrochloride than in Patients Treated with Placebo
(% of Patients)

Placebo
N=259
Pioglitazone Hydrochloride
N=606
Upper Respiratory Tract Infection
8.5
13.2
Headache
6.9
9.1
Sinusitis
4.6
6.3
Myalgia
2.7
5.4
Pharyngitis
0.8
5.1

Common Adverse Events: 16- to 24-Week Add-on Combination Therapy Trials

A summary of the overall incidence and types of common adverse events reported in trials of pioglitazone hydrochloride add-on to sulfonylurea is provided in Table 2. Terms that are reported represent those that occurred at an incidence of >5% and more commonly with the highest tested dose of pioglitazone hydrochloride.

Note: The preferred terms of edema peripheral, generalized edema, pitting edema and fluid retention were combined to form the aggregate term of “edema.”

Table 216to 24-Week Clinical Trials of Pioglitazone Hydrochloride Add-on to Sulfonylurea

16-Week Placebo-Controlled Trial Adverse Events Reported in 5of Patients and More Commonly in Patients Treated with 
Pioglitazone Hydrochloride 30 mg Sulfonylurea than in Patients Treated with Placebo Sulfonylurea

of Patients

Placebo Sulfonylurea
N=187
Pioglitazone Hydrochloride 15 mg +
Sulfonylurea
N=184
Pioglitazone Hydrochloride 30 mg +
Sulfonylurea
N=189
Edema 
2.1
1.6
12.7
Headache 
3.7
4.3
5.3
Flatulence 
0.5
2.7
6.3
Weight Increased 
0
2.7
5.3

24-Week Non-Controlled Double-Blind Trial Adverse Events Reported in 5of Patients and More Commonly in Patients Treated 
with Pioglitazone Hydrochloride 45 mg Sulfonylurea than in Patients Treated with Pioglitazone Hydrochloride 30 mg Sulfonylurea

of Patients

PioglitazoneHydrochloride 30 mg Sulfonylurea 
N=351
Pioglitazone Hydrochloride 45 mg Sulfonylurea 
N=351
Hypoglycemia 
13.4
15.7
Edema 
10.5
23.1
Upper Respiratory Tract Infection 
12.3
14.8
Weight Increased 
9.1
13.4
Urinary Tract Infection 
5.7
6.8

A summary of the overall incidence and types of common adverse events reported in trials of pioglitazone hydrochloride add-on to metformin is provided in Table 3. Terms that are reported represent those that occurred at an incidence of >5% and more commonly with the highest tested dose of pioglitazone hydrochloride.

Note: The preferred terms of edema peripheral, generalized edema, pitting edema and fluid retention were combined to form the aggregate term of “edema.”

Table 316to 24-Week Clinical Trials of Pioglitazone Hydrochloride Add-on to Metformin

16-Week Placebo-Controlled Trial Adverse Events Reported in 5of Patients and More Commonly in Patients Treated 
with Pioglitazone Hydrochloride Metformin than in Patients Treated with Placebo Metformin

of Patients

Placebo Metformin 
N=160
Pioglitazone Hydrochloride30 mg Metformin 
N=168
Edema 
2.5
6.0
Headache 
1.9
6.0

24-Week Non-Controlled Double-Blind Trial Adverse Events Reported in 5of Patients and More Commonly in Patients 
Treated with Pioglitazone Hydrochloride 45 mg Metformin than in Patients Treated with Pioglitazone Hydrochloride 30 mg Metformin

of Patients

Pioglitazone Hydrochloride 30 mg Metformin 
N=411
Pioglitazone Hydrochloride 45 mg Metformin
N=416
Upper Respiratory Tract Infection 
12.4
13.5
Edema 
5.8
13.9
Headache 
5.4
5.8
Weight Increased 
2.9
6.7

Table 4 summarizes the incidence and types of common adverse events reported in trials of pioglitazone hydrochloride add-on to insulin. Terms that are reported represent those that occurred at an incidence of >5% and more commonly with the highest tested dose of pioglitazone hydrochloride.

Note: The preferred terms of edema peripheral, generalized edema, pitting edema and fluid retention were combined to form the aggregate term of “edema.”

Table 416to 24-Week Clinical Trials of Pioglitazone Hydrochloride Add-on to Insulin

16-Week Placebo-Controlled Trial Adverse Events Reported in 5of Patients and More Commonly in Patients Treated 
with Pioglitazone Hydrochloride 30 mg Insulin than in Patients Treated with Placebo Insulin

of Patients

Placebo +Insulin 
N=187
Pioglitazone Hydrochloride 15 mg 
Insulin 
N=191
Pioglitazone Hydrochloride 30 mg 
Insulin 
N=188
Hypoglycemia 
4.8
7.9
15.4
Edema 
7.0
12.6
17.6
Upper Respiratory Tract Infection 
9.6
8.4
14.9
Headache 
3.2
3.1
6.9
Weight Increased 
0.5
5.2
6.4
Back Pain 
4.3
2.1
5.3
Dizziness 
3.7
2.6
5.3
Flatulence 
1.6
3.7
5.3

24-Week Non-Controlled Double-Blind Trial Adverse Events Reported in 5of Patients and More Commonly in Patients 
Treated with Pioglitazone Hydrochloride 45 mg Insulin than in Patients Treated with Pioglitazone Hydrochloride 30 mg Insulin

of Patients

Pioglitazone Hydrochloride 30 mg Insulin 
N=345
Pioglitazone Hydrochloride 45 mg Insulin 
N=345
Hypoglycemia 
43.5
47.8
Edema 
22.0
26.1
Weight Increased 
7.2
13.9
Urinary Tract Infection 
4.9
8.7
Diarrhea 
5.5
5.8
Back Pain 
3.8
6.4
Blood Creatine Phosphokinase Increased 
4.6
5.5
Sinusitis 
4.6
5.5
Hypertension 
4.1
5.5

A summary of the overall incidence and types of common adverse events reported in the PROactive trial is provided in Table 5. Terms that are reported represent those that occurred at an incidence of >5% and more commonly in patients treated with pioglitazone hydrochloride than in patients who received placebo.

Mean duration of patient follow-up was 34.5 months.

Table 5.  PROactive TrialIncidence and Types of Adverse Events Reported in 5of Patients Treated with Pioglitazone Hydrochloride and More Commonly than Placebo

of Patients

Placebo 
N=2633
Pioglitazone Hydrochloride 
N=2605
Hypoglycemia 
18.8
27.3
Edema 
15.3
26.7
Cardiac Failure 
6.1
8.1
Pain in Extremity 
5.7
6.4
Back Pain 
5.1
5.5
Chest Pain 
5.0
5.1

Congestive Heart Failure

A summary of the incidence of adverse events related to congestive heart failure is provided in Table 6 for the 16- to 24-week add-on to sulfonylurea trials, for the 16- to 24-week add-on to insulin trials, and for the 16- to 24-week add-on to metformin trials. None of the events were fatal.

Table 6Treatment-Emergent Adverse Events of Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)
Patients Treated with Pioglitazone Hydrochloride or Placebo Added on to Sulfonylurea 

Number (%) of Patients

Placebo-Controlled Trial
(16 weeks)
Non-Controlled Double-Blind Trial 
(24 weeks)

Placebo +
Sulfonylurea
N=187
Pioglitazone Hydrochloride 
15 mg 
Sulfonylurea
N=184
Pioglitazone Hydrochloride 
30 mg 
Sulfonylurea
N=189
Pioglitazone Hydrochloride 
30 mg 
Sulfonylurea
N=351
Pioglitazone Hydrochloride 
45 mg +
Sulfonylurea
N=351
At least one congestive heart failure event 
2 (1.1%)
0
0
1 (0.3%)
6 (1.7%)
Hospitalized 
2 (1.1%)
0
0
0
2 (0.6%)
Patients Treated with Pioglitazone Hydrochloride or Placebo Added on to Insulin 

Number (%) of Patients

Placebo-Controlled Trial 
(16 weeks)
Non-Controlled DoubleBlind Trial 
(24 weeks)

Placebo Insulin 
N=187
Pioglitazone Hydrochloride 
15 mg 
Insulin 
N=191
Pioglitazone Hydrochloride 
30 mg 
Insulin 
N=188
Pioglitazone Hydrochloride
 30 mg 
Insulin 
N=345
Pioglitazone Hydrochloride
 45 mg 
Insulin 
N=345
At least one congestive heart failure event 
0
2 (1.0%)
2 (1.1%)
3 (0.9%)
5 (1.4%)
Hospitalized 
0
2 (1.0%)
1 (0.5%)
1 (0.3%)
3 (0.9%)
Patients Treated with Pioglitazone Hydrochloride or Placebo 
Added on to Metformin 

Number (%) of Patients

Placebo-Controlled Trial
(16 weeks)
Non-Controlled Double-Blind Trial 
(24 weeks)

Placebo 
Metformin 
N=160
Pioglitazone Hydrochloride 
30 mg 
Metformin 
N=168
Pioglitazone Hydrochloride 
30 mg 
Metformin
N=411
Pioglitazone 
Hydrochloride
 45 mg 
Metformin 
N=416
At least one congestive heart failure event 
0
1 (0.6%)
0
1 (0.2%)
Hospitalized 
0
1 (0.6%)
0
1 (0.2%)

Patients with type 2 diabetes and NYHA class II or early class III congestive heart failure were randomized to receive 24 weeks of double-blind treatment with either pioglitazone hydrochloride at daily doses of 30 mg to 45 mg (n=262) or glyburide at daily doses of 10 mg to 15 mg (n=256). A summary of the incidence of adverse events related to congestive heart failure reported in this study is provided in Table 7.

Table 7TreatmentEmergent Adverse Events of Congestive Heart Failure (CHFin Patients with NYHA Class II or III Congestive Heart Failure 
Treated with Pioglitazone Hydrochloride or Glyburide

Number (%) of Subjects

Pioglitazone Hydrochloride
N=262
Glyburide
N=256
Death due to cardiovascular causes (adjudicated) 
5 (1.9%)
6 (2.3%)
Overnight hospitalization for worsening CHF (adjudicated) 
26 (9.9%)
12 (4.7%)
Emergency room visit for CHF (adjudicated) 
4 (1.5%)
3 (1.2%)
Patients experiencing CHF progression during study 
35 (13.4%)
21 (8.2%)

Congestive heart failure events leading to hospitalization that occurred during the PROactive trial are summarized in Table 8.

Table 8TreatmentEmergent Adverse Events of Congestive Heart Failure (CHFin PROactive Trial

Number (%) of Patients

Placebo
N=2633
Pioglitazone Hydrochloride
N=2605
At least one hospitalized congestive heart failure event 
108 (4.1%)
149 (5.7%)
Fatal 
22 (0.8%)
25 (1.0%)
Hospitalized, nonfatal 
86 (3.3%)
124 (4.7%)

Cardiovascular Safety

 In the PROactive trial, 5238 patients with type 2 diabetes and a history of macrovascular disease were randomized to pioglitazone hydrochloride (N=2605), force-titrated up to 45 mg daily or placebo (N=2633) in addition to standard of care. Almost all patients (95%) were receiving cardiovascular medications (beta blockers, ACE inhibitors, angiotensin II receptor blockers, calcium channel blockers, nitrates, diuretics, aspirin, statins and fibrates). At baseline, patients had a mean age of 62 years, mean duration of diabetes of 9.5 years, and mean HbA1c of 8.1%. Mean duration of follow-up was 34.5 months.

The primary objective of this trial was to examine the effect of pioglitazone hydrochloride on mortality and macrovascular morbidity in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus who were at high risk for macrovascular events. The primary efficacy variable was the time to the first occurrence of any event in a cardiovascular composite endpoint that included all-cause mortality, nonfatal myocardial infarction (MI) including silent MI, stroke, acute coronary syndrome, cardiac intervention including coronary artery bypass grafting or percutaneous intervention, major leg amputation above the ankle, and bypass surgery or revascularization in the leg. A total of 514 (19.7%) patients treated with pioglitazone hydrochloride and 572 (21.7%) placebo-treated patients experienced at least one event from the primary composite endpoint (hazard ratio 0.90; 95% Confidence Interval: 0.80, 1.02; p=0.10).

Although there was no statistically significant difference between pioglitazone hydrochloride and placebo for the three- year incidence of a first event within this composite, there was no increase in mortality or in total macrovascular events with pioglitazone hydrochloride. The number of first occurrences and total individual events contributing to the primary composite endpoint is shown in Table 9.

CABG = coronary artery bypass grafting; PCI = percutaneous intervention

Table 9PROactiveNumber of First and Total Events for Each Component within the Cardiovascular Composite Endpoint
Cardiovascular Events 
Placebo
N=2633
Pioglitazone Hydrochloride 
N=2605

First Events
n (%)
Total events 
n
First Events 
n (%)
Total events 
n
Any event 
572 (21.7)
900
514 (19.7)
803
All-cause mortality 
122 (4.6)
186
110 (4.2)
177
Nonfatal myocardial infarction (MI) 
118 (4.5)
157
105 (4.0)
131
Stroke 
96 (3.6)
119
76 (2.9)
92
Acute coronary syndrome 
63 (2.4)
78
42 (1.6)
65
Cardiac intervention (CABG/PCI) 
101 (3.8)
240
101 (3.9)
195
Major leg amputation 
15 (0.6)
28
9 (0.3)
28
Leg revascularization 
57 (2.2)
92
71 (2.7)
115

Weight Gain

 Dose-related weight gain occurs when pioglitazone hydrochloride is used alone or in combination with other antidiabetic medications. The mechanism of weight gain is unclear but probably involves a combination of fluid retention and fat accumulation.

Tables 10 and 11 summarize the changes in body weight with pioglitazone hydrochloride and placebo in the 16- to 26-week randomized, double-blind monotherapy and 16- to 24-week combination add-on therapy trials and in the PROactive trial.

Table 10Weight Changes (kgfrom Baseline During
RandomizedDouble-Blind Clinical Trials

Control Group
(Placebo)
Pioglitazone Hydrochloride
15 mg
Pioglitazone Hydrochloride
30 mg
Pioglitazone Hydrochloride
45 mg

Median
(25th/75th percentile)
Median
(25th/75th percentile)
Median
(25th/75th percentile)
Median
(25th/75th percentile)
Monotherapy
(16 to 26
 weeks)




-1.4 (-2.7/0.0)
N=256

0.9 (-0.5/3.4)
N = 79

1.0 (-0.9/3.4)
N=188

2.6 (0.2/5.4)
N = 79

Combination
Therapy

Sulfonylurea

-0.5
(-1.8/0.7)
N=187

2.0 (0.2/3.2)
N=183

3.1 (1.1/5.4)
N=528

4.1 (1.8/7.3)
N=333

(16 to 24
 weeks)

Metformin

-1.4
(-3.2/0.3)
N=160

N/A


0.9 (-1.3/3.2)
N=567

1.8 (-0.9/5.0)
N=407




Insulin

0.2
(-1.4/1.4)
N=182

2.3 (0.5/4.3)
N=190

3.3 (0.9/6.3)
N=522

4.1 (1.4/6.8)
N=338

Note: Median exposure for both pioglitazone hydrochloride and Placebo was 2.7 years.

Table 11Median Change in Body Weight in Patients Treated with Pioglitazone Hydrochloride Versus Patients Treated with Placebo During the Double-Blind Treatment Period in the PROactive Trial

Placebo
Pioglitazone Hydrochloride

Median
(25th/75th percentile)
Median
(25th/75th percentile)
Change from baseline to final visit (kg) 
-0.5 
(-3.3, 2.0)
N=2581
+3.6 
(0.0, 7.5)
N=2560

Edema

 Edema induced from taking pioglitazone hydrochloride is reversible when pioglitazone hydrochloride is discontinued. The edema usually does not require hospitalization unless there is coexisting congestive heart failure. A summary of the frequency and types of edema adverse events occurring in clinical investigations of pioglitazone hydrochloride is provided in Table 12.

Note: The preferred terms of edema peripheral, generalized edema, pitting edema and fluid retention were combined to form the aggregate term of “edema.”

Table 12Adverse Events of Edema in Patients Treated with Pioglitazone Hydrochloride

Number (%) of Patients

Placebo
Pioglitazone Hydrochloride 
15 mg
Pioglitazone Hydrochloride 
30 mg
Pioglitazone Hydrochloride 
45 mg
Monotherapy 
(16 to 26 weeks) 
3 (1.2%)
N=259
2(2.5%) 
N= 81
13 (4.7%) 
N= 275
11 (6.5%)
N=169
Combined Therapy 
Sulfonylurea 
4 (2.1%)
N=187
3(1.6%) 
N=184
61 (11.3%)
N=540
81 (23.1%)
N=351
(16 to 24 weeks) 
Metformin 
4 (2.5%)
N=160
N/A
34 (5.9%)
N=579
58 (13.9%)
N=416

Insulin 
13(7.0%)
N=187
24(12.6%)
N=191
109(20.5%)
N=533
90 (26.1%)
N=345

Note: The preferred terms of edema peripheral, generalized edema, pitting edema and fluid retention were combined to form the aggregate term of “edema.”

Table 13Adverse Events of Edema in Patients in the PROactive Trial
Number (%) of Patients
Placebo 
N=2633
Pioglitazone Hydrochloride 
N=2605
419 (15.9%)
712 (27.3%)

Hepatic Effects 

There has been no evidence of induced hepatotoxicity with pioglitazone hydrochloride in the pioglitazone hydrochloride controlled clinical trial database to date. One randomized, double-blind 3-year trial comparing pioglitazone hydrochloride to glyburide as add-on to metformin and insulin therapy was specifically designed to evaluate the incidence of serum ALT elevation to greater than three times the upper limit of the reference range, measured every eight weeks for the first 48 weeks of the trial then every 12 weeks thereafter. A total of 3/1051 (0.3%) patients treated with pioglitazone hydrochloride and 9/1046 (0.9%) patients treated with glyburide developed ALT values greater than three times the upper limit of the reference range. None of the patients treated with pioglitazone hydrochloride in the pioglitazone hydrochloride controlled clinical trial database to date have had a serum ALT greater than three times times the upper limit of the reference range and a corresponding total bilirubin greater than two times the upper limit of the reference range, a combination predictive of the potential for severe drug-induced liver injury.

Hypoglycemia 

In the pioglitazone hydrochloride clinical trials, adverse events of hypoglycemia were reported based on clinical judgment of the investigators and did not require confirmation with fingerstick glucose testing.

In the 16-week add-on to sulfonylurea trial, the incidence of reported hypoglycemia was 3.7% with pioglitazone hydrochloride 30 mg and 0.5% with placebo. In the 16-week add-on to insulin trial, the incidence of reported hypoglycemia was 7.9% with pioglitazone hydrochloride 15 mg, 15.4% with pioglitazone hydrochloride 30 mg, and 4.8% with placebo.

The incidence of reported hypoglycemia was higher with pioglitazone hydrochloride 45 mg compared to pioglitazone hydrochloride 30 mg in both the 24-week add-on to sulfonylurea trial (15.7% vs. 13.4%) and in the 24-week add-on to insulin trial (47.8% vs. 43.5%).

Three patients in these four trials were hospitalized due to hypoglycemia. All three patients were receiving pioglitazone hydrochloride 30 mg (0.9%) in the 24-week add-on to insulin trial. An additional 14 patients reported severe hypoglycemia (defined as causing considerable interference with patient's usual activities) that did not require hospitalization. These patients were receiving pioglitazone hydrochloride 45 mg in combination with sulfonylurea (n=2) or pioglitazone hydrochloride 30 mg or 45 mg in combination with insulin (n=12).

Urinary Bladder Tumors 

Tumors were observed in the urinary bladder of male rats in the two-year carcinogenicity study [see Nonclinical Toxicology (13.1)]. In two 3-year trials in which pioglitazone hydrochloride was compared to placebo or glyburide, there were 16/3656 (0.44%) reports of bladder cancer in patients taking pioglitazone hydrochloride compared to 5/3679 (0.14%) in patients not taking pioglitazone hydrochloride. After excluding patients in whom exposure to study drug was less than one year at the time of diagnosis of bladder cancer, there were six (0.16%) cases on pioglitazone hydrochloride and two (0.05%) cases on placebo. There are too few events of bladder cancer to establish causality.

Laboratory Abnormalities

Hematologic Effects

Pioglitazone hydrochloride may cause decreases in hemoglobin and hematocrit. In placebo-controlled monotherapy trials, mean hemoglobin values declined by 2% to 4% in patients treated with pioglitazone hydrochloride compared with a mean change in hemoglobin of -1% to +1% in placebo-treated patients. These changes primarily occurred within the first 4 to 12 weeks of therapy and remained relatively constant thereafter. These changes may be related to increased plasma volume associated with pioglitazone hydrochloride therapy and are not likely to be associated with any clinically significant hematologic effects.

Creatine Phosphokinase

During protocol-specified measurement of serum creatine phosphokinase (CPK) in pioglitazone hydrochloride clinical trials, an isolated elevation in CPK to greater than 10 times the upper limit of the reference range was noted in nine (0.2%) patients treated with pioglitazone hydrochloride (values of 2150 to 11400 IU/L) and in no comparator-treated patients. Six of these nine patients continued to receive pioglitazone hydrochloride, two patients were noted to have the CPK elevation on the last day of dosing and one patient discontinued pioglitazone hydrochloride due to the elevation. These elevations resolved without any apparent clinical sequelae. The relationship of these events to pioglitazone hydrochloride therapy is unknown.

6.2 Postmarketing Experience

The following adverse reactions have been identified during post-approval use of pioglitazone hydrochloride. Because these reactions are reported voluntarily from a population of uncertain size, it is generally not possible to reliably estimate their frequency or establish a causal relationship to drug exposure.

  • New onset or worsening diabetic macular edema with decreased visual acuity [see Warnings and Precautions (5.7)] .
  • Fatal and nonfatal hepatic failure [see Warnings and Precautions (5.3)] .

Postmarketing reports of congestive heart failure have been reported in patients treated with pioglitazone hydrochloride, both with and without previously known heart disease and both with and without concomitant insulin administration.

In postmarketing experience, there have been reports of unusually rapid increases in weight and increases in excess of that generally observed in clinical trials. Patients who experience such increases should be assessed for fluid accumulation and volume-related events such as excessive edema and congestive heart failure [see Boxed Warning and Warnings and Precautions (5.1)].

7. DRUG INTERACTIONS

7.1 Strong CYP2C8 Inhibitors

An inhibitor of CYP2C8 (e.g., gemfibrozil) significantly increases the exposure (area under the serum concentration-time curve or AUC) and half-life (t½) of pioglitazone. Therefore, the maximum recommended dose of pioglitazone hydrochloride is 15 mg daily if used in combination with gemfibrozil or other strong CYP2C8 inhibitors [see Dosage and Administration (2.3) and Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)].

7.2 CYP2C8 Inducers

An inducer of CYP2C8 (e.g., rifampin) may significantly decrease the exposure (AUC) of pioglitazone. Therefore, if an inducer of CYP2C8 is started or stopped during treatment with pioglitazone hydrochloride, changes in diabetes treatment may be needed based on clinical response without exceeding the maximum recommended daily dose of 45 mg for pioglitazone hydrochloride [see Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)].

8. USE IN SPECIFIC POPULATIONS

8.1 Pregnancy

Pregnancy Category C. 

There are no adequate and well-controlled studies of pioglitazone hydrochloride in pregnant women. Animal studies show increased rates of post-implantation loss, delayed development, reduced fetal weights, and delayed parturition at doses 10 to 40 times the maximum recommended human dose. Pioglitazone hydrochloride should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus.

Clinical Considerations

Abnormal blood glucose concentrations during pregnancy are associated with a higher incidence of congenital anomalies, as well as increased neonatal morbidity and mortality. Most experts recommend the use of insulin during pregnancy to maintain blood glucose concentrations as close to normal as possible for patients with diabetes.

Animal Data

 In animal reproductive studies, pregnant rats and rabbits received pioglitazone at doses up to approximately 17 (rat) and 40 (rabbit) times the maximum recommended human oral dose (MRHD) based on body surface area (mg/m2); no teratogenicity was observed. Increases in embryotoxicity (increased postimplantation losses, delayed development, reduced fetal weights, and delayed parturition) occurred in rats that received oral doses approximately 10 or more times the MRHD (mg/m2 basis). No functional or behavioral toxicity was observed in rat offspring. When pregnant rats received pioglitazone during late gestation and lactation, delayed postnatal development, attributed to decreased body weight, occurred in rat offspring at oral maternal doses approximately two or more times the MRHD (mg/m2 basis). In rabbits, embryotoxicity occurred at oral doses approximately 40 times the MRHD (mg/m2 basis).

8.3 Nursing Mothers

It is not known whether pioglitazone hydrochloride is secreted in human milk. Pioglitazone is secreted in the milk of lactating rats. Because many drugs are excreted in human milk, and because of the potential for pioglitazone hydrochloride to cause serious adverse reactions in nursing infants, a decision should be made to discontinue nursing or discontinue pioglitazone hydrochloride, taking into account the importance of pioglitazone hydrochloride to the mother.

8.4 Pediatric Use

Safety and effectiveness of pioglitazone hydrochloride in pediatric patients have not been established.

 Pioglitazone hydrochloride is not recommended for use in pediatric patients based on adverse effects observed in adults, including fluid retention and congestive heart failure, fractures, and urinary bladder tumors [see Warnings and Precautions (5.1, 5.4, 5.5 and 5.6)].

8.5 Geriatric Use

A total of 92 patients (15.2%) treated with pioglitazone hydrochloride in the three pooled 16- to 26-week double-blind, placebo-controlled, monotherapy, trials were ≥65 years old and two patients (0.3%) were ≥75 years old. In the two pooled 16- to 24-week add-on to sulfonylurea trials, 201 patients (18.7%) treated with pioglitazone hydrochloride were ≥ 65 years old and 19 (1.8%) were ≥ 75 years old. In the two pooled 16- to 24-week add-on to metformin trials, 155 patients (15.5%) treated with pioglitazone hydrochloride were ≥65 years old and 19 (1.9%) were ≥75 years old. In the two pooled 16- to 24-week add-on to insulin trials, 272 patients (25.4%) treated with pioglitazone hydrochloride were ≥65 years old and 22 (2.1%) were ≥75 years old.

In PROactive, 1068 patients (41.0%) treated with pioglitazone hydrochloride were ≥65 years old and 42 (1.6%) were ≥75 years old.

In pharmacokinetic studies with pioglitazone, no significant differences were observed in pharmacokinetic parameters between elderly and younger patients [see Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)].

Although clinical experiences have not identified differences in effectiveness and safety between the elderly (≥65 years) and younger patients, these conclusions are limited by small sample sizes for patients ≥75 years old.

10. OVERDOSAGE

During controlled clinical trials, one case of overdose with pioglitazone hydrochloride was reported. A male patient took 120 mg per day for four days, then 180 mg per day for seven days. The patient denied any clinical symptoms during this period.

In the event of overdosage, appropriate supportive treatment should be initiated according to the patient's clinical signs and symptoms.

11. DESCRIPTION

Pioglitazone tablets, USP are a thiazolidinedione and an agonist for peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor (PPAR) gamma that contains an oral antidiabetic medication: pioglitazone.

Pioglitazone [(±)-5-[[4-[2-(5-ethyl-2-pyridinyl) ethoxy] phenyl] methyl]-2,4-] thiazolidinedione monohydrochloride contains one asymmetric carbon, and the compound is synthesized and used as the racemic mixture. The two enantiomers of pioglitazone interconvert in vivo. No differences were found in the pharmacologic activity between the two enantiomers. The structural formula is as shown:

structure

Pioglitazone hydrochloride, USP is an odorless white crystalline powder that has a molecular formula of C19H20N2O3S•HCl and a molecular weight of 392.90 daltons. It is soluble in N,N dimethylformamide, slightly soluble in anhydrous ethanol, very slightly soluble in acetone and acetonitrile, practically insoluble in water, and insoluble in ether.

Pioglitazone hydrochloride, USP is available as a tablet for oral administration containing 15 mg, 30 mg, or 45 mg of pioglitazone (as the base) formulated with the following excipients: carboxymethylcellulose calcium, hydroxypropylcellulose, lactose monohydrate, and magnesium stearate.

12. CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY

12.1 Mechanism of Action

Pioglitazone hydrochloride is a thiazolidinedione that depends on the presence of insulin for its mechanism of action. Pioglitazone hydrochloride decreases insulin resistance in the periphery and in the liver resulting in increased insulin-dependent glucose disposal and decreased hepatic glucose output. Pioglitazone is not an insulin secretagogue. Pioglitazone is an agonist for peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-gamma (PPARĪ³). PPAR receptors are found in tissues important for insulin action such as adipose tissue, skeletal muscle, and liver. Activation of PPARĪ³ nuclear receptors modulates the transcription of a number of insulin responsive genes involved in the control of glucose and lipid metabolism.

In animal models of diabetes, pioglitazone reduces the hyperglycemia, hyperinsulinemia, and hypertriglyceridemia characteristic of insulin-resistant states such as type 2 diabetes. The metabolic changes produced by pioglitazone result in increased responsiveness of insulin-dependent tissues and are observed in numerous animal models of insulin resistance.

Because pioglitazone enhances the effects of circulating insulin (by decreasing insulin resistance), it does not lower blood glucose in animal models that lack endogenous insulin.

12.2 Pharmacodynamics

Clinical studies demonstrate that pioglitazone hydrochloride improves insulin sensitivity in insulin-resistant patients. Pioglitazone hydrochloride enhances cellular responsiveness to insulin, increases insulin-dependent glucose disposal and improves hepatic sensitivity to insulin. In patients with type 2 diabetes, the decreased insulin resistance produced by pioglitazone hydrochloride results in lower plasma glucose concentrations, lower plasma insulin concentrations, and lower HbA1c values. In controlled clinical trials, pioglitazone hydrochloride had an additive effect on glycemic control when used in combination with a sulfonylurea, metformin, or insulin [see Clinical Studies (14.2)].

Patients with lipid abnormalities were included in clinical trials with pioglitazone hydrochloride. Overall, patients treated with pioglitazone hydrochloride had mean decreases in serum triglycerides, mean increases in HDL cholesterol, and no consistent mean changes in LDL and total cholesterol. There is no conclusive evidence of macrovascular benefit with pioglitazone hydrochloride or any other antidiabetic medication [see Warnings and Precautions (5.9) and Adverse Reactions (6.1)].

In a 26-week, placebo-controlled, dose-ranging monotherapy study, mean serum triglycerides decreased in the 15 mg, 30 mg, and 45 mg pioglitazone hydrochloride dose groups compared to a mean increase in the placebo group. Mean HDL cholesterol increased to a greater extent in patients treated with pioglitazone hydrochloride than in the placebo-treated patients. There were no consistent differences for LDL and total cholesterol in patients treated with pioglitazone hydrochloride compared to placebo (see Table 14).

* Adjusted for baseline, pooled center, and pooled center by treatment interaction

†p < 0.05 versus placebo

Table 14Lipids in 26-Week Placebo-Controlled Monotherapy Dose-Ranging Study

Placebo
Pioglitazone Hydrochloride 15 mg 
Once Daily
Pioglitazone Hydrochloride 30 mg 
Once Daily
Pioglitazone Hydrochloride 45 mg 
Once Daily
Triglycerides (mg/dL
N=79
N=79
N=84
N=77
Baseline (mean) 
263
284
261
260
Percent change from baseline (adjusted mean*) 
4.8%
-9.0%
-9.6%
-9.3%
HDL Cholesterol (mg/dL
N=79
N=79
N=83
N=77
Baseline (mean) 
42
40
41
41
Percent change from baseline (adjusted mean*) 
8.1%
14.1%
12.2%
19.1%
LDL Cholesterol (mg/dL
N=65
N=63
N=74
N=62
Baseline (mean) 
139
132
136
127
Percent change from baseline (adjusted mean*) 
4.8%
7.2%
5.2%
6.0%
Total Cholesterol (mg/dL
N=79
N=79
N=84
N=77
Baseline (mean) 
225
220
223
214
Percent change from baseline (adjusted mean*) 
4.4%
4.6%
3.3%
6.4%

In the two other monotherapy studies (16 weeks and 24 weeks) and in combination therapy studies with sulfonylurea (16 weeks and 24 weeks), metformin (16 weeks and 24 weeks) or insulin (16 weeks and 24 weeks), the results were generally consistent with the data above.

12.3 Pharmacokinetics

Following once-daily administration of pioglitazone hydrochloride, steady-state serum concentrations of both pioglitazone and its major active metabolites, M-III (keto derivative of pioglitazone) and M-IV (hydroxyl derivative of pioglitazone), are achieved within seven days. At steady-state, M-III and M -IV reach serum concentrations equal to or greater than that of pioglitazone. At steady-state, in both healthy volunteers and patients with type 2 diabetes, pioglitazone comprises approximately 30% to 50% of the peak total pioglitazone serum concentrations (pioglitazone plus active metabolites) and 20% to 25% of the total AUC.

 Cmax, AUC, and trough serum concentrations (Cmin) for pioglitazone and M-III and M-IV, increased proportionally with administered doses of 15 mg and 30 mg per day.

Absorption

Following oral administration of pioglitazone, Tmax of pioglitazone was within two hours. Food delays the Tmax to three to four hours but does not alter the extent of absorption (AUC).

Distribution

The mean apparent volume of distribution (Vd/F) of pioglitazone following single-dose administration is 0.63 ± 0.41 (mean ± SD) L/kg of body weight. Pioglitazone is extensively protein bound (> 99%) in human serum, principally to serum albumin. Pioglitazone also binds to other serum proteins, but with lower affinity. M-III and M-IV are also extensively bound            (> 98%) to serum albumin.

Metabolism

Pioglitazone is extensively metabolized by hydroxylation and oxidation; the metabolites also partly convert to glucuronide or sulfate conjugates. Metabolites M-III and M-IV are the major circulating active metabolites in humans.

In vitro data demonstrate that multiple CYP isoforms are involved in the metabolism of pioglitazone, which include CYP2C8 and, to a lesser degree, CYP3A4 with additional contributions from a variety of other isoforms including the mainly extrahepatic CYP1A1. In vivo study of pioglitazone in combination with gemfibrozil, a strong CYP2C8 inhibitor, showed that pioglitazone is a CYP2C8 substrate [see Dosage and Administration (2.3) and Drug Interactions (7)]. Urinary 6ß-hydroxycortisol/cortisol ratios measured in patients treated with pioglitazone hydrochloride showed that pioglitazone is not a strong CYP3A4 enzyme inducer.

Excretion and Elimination

Following oral administration, approximately 15% to 30% of the pioglitazone dose is recovered in the urine. Renal elimination of pioglitazone is negligible, and the drug is excreted primarily as metabolites and their conjugates. It is presumed that most of the oral dose is excreted into the bile either unchanged or as metabolites and eliminated in the feces.

The mean serum half-life  (t1/2) of pioglitazone and its metabolites (M-III and M-IV) range from three to seven hours and 16 to 24 hours, respectively. Pioglitazone has an apparent clearance, CL/F, calculated to be five to seven L/hr.

Renal Impairment

The serum elimination half-life of pioglitazone, M-III, and M-IV remains unchanged in patients with moderate (creatinine clearance [CLcr]  30 to 50 mL/min) and severe (CLcr < 30 mL/min) renal impairment when compared to subjects with normal renal function. Therefore, no dose adjustment in patients with renal impairment is required.

Hepatic Impairment

Compared with healthy controls, subjects with impaired hepatic function (Child-Turcotte-Pugh Grade B/C) have an approximate 45% reduction in pioglitazone and total pioglitazone (pioglitazone, M-III and M-IV) mean  Cmax but no change in the mean AUC values. Therefore, no dose adjustment in patients with hepatic impairment is required.

There are postmarketing reports of liver failure with pioglitazone hydrochloride and clinical trials have generally excluded patients with serum ALT >2.5 times the upper limit of the reference range. Use caution in patients with liver disease [see Warnings and Precautions (5.3)].

Geriatric Patients

In healthy elderly subjects, Cmax of pioglitazone was not significantly different, but AUC values were approximately 21% higher than those achieved in younger subjects. The mean t1/2 of pioglitazone was also prolonged in elderly subjects (about ten hours) as compared to younger subjects (about seven hours). These changes were not of a magnitude that would be considered clinically relevant.

Pediatric Patients

Safety and efficacy of pioglitazone in pediatric patients have not been established. Pioglitazone hydrochloride is not recommended for use in pediatric patients [see Use in Specific Populations (8.4)].

Gender

The mean Cmax and AUC values of pioglitazone were increased 20% to 60% in women compared to men. In controlled clinical trials, HbA1c decreases from baseline were generally greater for females than for males (average mean difference in HbA1c 0.5%). Because therapy should be individualized for each patient to achieve glycemic control, no dose adjustment is recommended based on gender alone.

Ethnicity

Pharmacokinetic data among various ethnic groups are not available.

Drug-Drug Interactions

*Daily for 7 days unless otherwise noted

% change (with/without coadministered drug and no change = 0%); symbols of ↑ and ↓ indicate the exposure increase and decrease, respectively

Pioglitazone had no clinically significant effect on prothrombin time

Table 15Effect of Pioglitazone Coadministration on Systemic Exposure of Other Drugs
                                                                        Coadministered Drug
Pioglitazone Dosage Regimen (mg)*
Name and Dose Regimens
Change in AUC
Change in Cmax
45 mg 
Warfarin 
(N = 12)
Daily loading then maintenance doses based PT and INR values 
R-Warfarin 
↓3%
R-Warfarin 
↓2%

Quick's Value = 35 ± 5% 
S-Warfarin 
↓1%
S-Warfarin 
↑ 1%
45 mg 
Digoxin 
(N = 12)
0.200 mg twice daily (loading dose) then 0.250 mg daily (maintenance dose, 7 days) 
↑15%
↑17%
45 mg daily 
Oral Contraceptive 

[Ethinyl Estradiol (EE) 0.035 mg 
EE
↓11%
EE
↓13%
for 21 days (N = 35)
plus Norethindrone (NE) 1 mg] for 21 days 
NE
↑3%
NE
↓7%
45 mg 
Fexofenadine 
(N = 23)
60 mg twice daily for 7 days 
↑30%
↑37%
45 mg 
(N = 14)
Glipizide 

5 mg daily for 7 days 
↓3%
↓8%
45 mg daily 
Metformin 
for 8 days (N = 16)
1000 mg single dose on Day 8 
↓3%
↓5%
45 mg 
Midazolam 
(N = 21)
7.5 mg single dose on Day 15
↓26%
↓26%
45 mg 
Ranitidine 
(N = 24)
150 mg twice daily for 7 days 
↑1%
↓1%
45 mg daily 
for 4 days 
Nifedipine ER 
(N = 24)
30 mg daily for 4 days 
↓13%
↓17%
45 mg 
Atorvastatin Ca 
(N = 25)
80 mg daily for 7 days 
↓14%
↓23%
45 mg 
(N = 22)
Theophylline 

400 mg twice daily for 7 days 
↑2%
↑5%

*Daily for 7 days unless otherwise noted

Mean ratio (with/without coadministered drug and no change = 1-fold) % change (with/without coadministered drug and no change = 0%); symbols of ↑ and ↓ indicate the exposure increase and decrease, respectively

‡The half-life of pioglitazone increased from 8.3 hours to 22.7 hours in the presence of gemfibrozil [see Dosage and Administration (2.3) and Drug Interactions (7)]


Table 16Effect of Coadministered Drugs on Pioglitazone 
Systemic Exposure

Pioglitazone
Coadministered Drug and Dosage Regimen
Dose Regimen (mg)*
Change 
in AUC
Change 
in Cmax 
Gemfibrozil 600 mg twice daily for 2 days 
(N = 12)
15 mg single dose
↑ 3.2-fold
↑ 6%
Ketoconazole 200 mg twice daily for 7 days 
(N = 28)
45 mg
↑34%
↑14%
Rifampin 600 mg daily for 5 days 
(N = 10)
30 mg single dose
↓ 54%
↓ 5%
Fexofenadine 60 mg twice daily for 7 days 
(N = 23)
45 mg
↑ 1%
0%
Ranitidine 150 mg twice daily for 4 days 
(N = 23)
45 mg
↓ 13%
↓ 16%
Nifedipine ER 30 mg daily for 7 days 
(N = 23)
45 mg
↑ 5%
↑ 4%
Atorvastatin Ca 80 mg daily for 7 days 
(N = 24)
45 mg
↓ 24%
↓ 31%
Theophylline 400 mg twice daily for 7 days 
(N = 22)
45 mg
↓ 4%
↓ 2%

13. NONCLINICAL TOXICOLOGY

13.1 Carcinogenesis, Mutagenesis, Impairment of Fertility

A two-year carcinogenicity study was conducted in male and female rats at oral doses up to 63 mg/kg (approximately 14 times the maximum recommended human oral dose of 45 mg based on mg/ m2). Drug-induced tumors were not observed in any organ except for the urinary bladder of male rats. Benign and/or malignant transitional cell neoplasms were observed in male rats at 4 mg/kg/day and above (approximately equal to the maximum recommended human oral dose based on mg/m2). Urinary calculi with subsequent irritation and hyperplasia were postulated as the mechanism for bladder tumors observed in male rats. A two-year mechanistic study in male rats utilizing dietary acidification to reduce calculi formation was completed in 2009. Dietary acidification decreased but did not abolish the hyperplastic changes in the bladder. The presence of calculi exacerbated the hyperplastic response to pioglitazone but was not considered the primary cause of the hyperplastic changes.

The relevance to humans of the bladder findings in the male rat cannot be excluded.

A two-year carcinogenicity study was also conducted in male and female mice at oral doses up to 100 mg/kg/day (approximately 11 times the maximum recommended human oral dose based on mg/ m2). No drug-induced tumors were observed in any organ.

Pioglitazone hydrochloride was not mutagenic in a battery of genetic toxicology studies, including the Ames bacterial assay, a mammalian cell forward gene mutation assay (CHO/HPRT and AS52/XPRT), an in vitro cytogenetics assay using CHL cells, an unscheduled DNA synthesis assay, and an in vivo micronucleus assay.

No adverse effects upon fertility were observed in male and female rats at oral doses up to 40 mg/kg pioglitazone hydrochloride daily prior to and throughout mating and gestation (approximately nine  times the maximum recommended human oral dose based on mg/m2).

13.2 Animal Toxicology and/or Pharmacology

Heart enlargement has been observed in mice (100 mg/kg), rats (4 mg/kg and above) and dogs  (3 mg/kg) treated orally with pioglitazone hydrochloride (approximately 11, 1, and 2 times the maximum recommended human oral dose for mice, rats, and dogs, respectively, based on mg/m2). In a one-year rat study, drug-related early death due to apparent heart dysfunction occurred at an oral dose of 160 mg/kg/day (approximately 35 times the maximum recommended human oral dose based on mg/m2). Heart enlargement was seen in a 13-week study in monkeys at oral doses of 8.9 mg/kg and above (approximately four times the maximum recommended human oral dose based on mg/m2), but not in a 52-week study at oral doses up to 32 mg/kg (approximately 13 times the maximum recommended human oral dose based on mg/m2).

14. CLINICAL STUDIES

14.1 Monotherapy

Three randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trials with durations from 16 to 26 weeks were conducted to evaluate the use of pioglitazone hydrochloride as monotherapy in patients with type 2 diabetes. These trials examined pioglitazone hydrochloride at doses up to 45 mg or placebo once daily in a total of 865 patients.

In a 26-week dose-ranging monotherapy trial, 408 patients with type 2 diabetes were randomized to receive 7.5 mg, 15 mg, 30 mg, or 45 mg of pioglitazone hydrochloride, or placebo once daily. Therapy with any previous antidiabetic agent was discontinued eight weeks prior to the double-blind period. Treatment with 15 mg, 30 mg, and 45 mg of pioglitazone hydrochloride produced statistically significant improvements in HbA1c and fasting plasma glucose (FPG) at endpoint compared to placebo (see Figure 1, Table 17).

Figure 1 shows the time course for changes in HbA1c in this 26-week study.

Figure 1. Mean Change from Baseline for HbA1c in a 26-Week Placebo-Controlled     Dose-Ranging Study (Observed Values)

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* Adjusted for baseline, pooled center, and pooled center by treatment interaction

†p ≤ 0.05 vs. placebo

Table 17Glycemic Parameters in 26-Week Placebo-Controlled
Dose-Ranging Monotherapy Trial

Placebo
Pioglitazone Hydrochloride 15 mg 
Once Daily
Pioglitazone Hydrochloride 30 mg 
Once Daily
Pioglitazone Hydrochloride 45 mg 
Once Daily
Total Population




HbA1c (%) 
N=79
N=79
N=85
N=76
Baseline (mean) 
10.4
10.2
10.2
10.3
Change from baseline (adjusted mean*) 
0.7
-0.3
-0.3
-0.9
Difference from placebo (adjusted mean*) 95% Confidence Interval 

-1.0 
(-1.6, -0.4)
-1.0 
(-1.6, -0.4)
-1.6 
(-2.2, -1.0)
Fasting Plasma Glucose (mg/dL
N=79
N=79
N=84
N=77
Baseline (mean) 
268
267
269
276
Change from baseline (adjusted mean*) 
9
-30
-32
-56
Difference from placebo (adjusted mean*) 95% Confidence Interval 

-39 
(-63, -16)
-41 
(-64, -18)
-65 
(-89, -42)

In a 24-week placebo-controlled monotherapy trial, 260 patients with type 2 diabetes were randomized to one of two forced-titration pioglitazone hydrochloride treatment groups or a mock-titration placebo group. Therapy with any previous antidiabetic agent was discontinued six weeks prior to the double-blind period. In one pioglitazone hydrochloride treatment group, patients received an initial dose of 7.5 mg once daily. After four weeks, the dose was increased to 15 mg once daily and after another four weeks, the dose was increased to 30 mg once daily for the remainder of the trial (16 weeks). In the second pioglitazone hydrochloride treatment group, patients received an initial dose of 15 mg once daily and were titrated to 30 mg once daily and  45 mg once daily in a similar manner. Treatment with pioglitazone hydrochloride, as described, produced statistically significant improvements in HbA1c and FPG at endpoint compared to placebo (see Table 18).

* Final dose in forced titration

Adjusted for baseline, pooled center, and pooled center by treatment interaction

‡p ≤ 0.05 vs. placebo

Table 18Glycemic Parameters in 24-Week Placebo-Controlled 
Forced-Titration Monotherapy Trial

Placebo
Pioglitazone Hydrochloride 
30 mg
Once Daily
Pioglitazone Hydrochloride 
45 mg
Once Daily
Total Population
HbA1c (%) 
N=83
N=85
N=85
Baseline (mean) 
10.8
10.3
10.8
Change from baseline (adjusted mean
0.9
-0.6
-0.6
Difference from placebo (adjusted mean) 95% Confidence Interval 

-1.5 
(-2.0, -1.0)
-1.5 
(-2.0, -1.0)
Fasting Plasma Glucose (mg/dL
N=78
N=82
N=85
Baseline (mean) 
279
268
281
Change from baseline (adjusted mean
18
-44
-50
Difference from placebo (adjusted mean) 95% Confidence Interval

-62 (-82, -0.41) 
-68
 (-88, -0.48) 

In a 16-week monotherapy trial, 197 patients with type 2 diabetes were randomized to treatment with 30 mg of pioglitazone hydrochloride or placebo once daily. Therapy with any previous antidiabetic agent was discontinued six weeks prior to the double-blind period. Treatment with    30 mg of pioglitazone hydrochloride produced statistically significant improvements in HbA1c and FPG at endpoint compared to placebo (see Table 19).

* Adjusted for baseline, pooled center, and pooled center by treatment interaction

†p ≤ 0.050 vs. placebo

Table 19Glycemic Parameters in 16-Week Placebo-Controlled Monotherapy Trial

Placebo
Pioglitazone Hydrochloride 30 mg 
Once Daily
Total Population
HbA1c (%) 
N=93
N=100
Baseline (mean) 
10.3
10.5
Change from baseline (adjusted mean*) 
0.8
-0.6
Difference from placebo (adjusted mean*) 95% Confidence Interval 

-1.4 
(-1.8, -0.9)
Fasting Plasma Glucose (mg/dL
N=91
N=99
Baseline (mean) 
270
273
Change from baseline (adjusted mean*) 
8
-50
Difference from placebo (adjusted mean*) 95% Confidence Interval 

-58 
(-77, -38)

14.2 Combination Therapy

Three 16-week, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trials were conducted to evaluate the effects of pioglitazone hydrochloride (15 mg and/or 30 mg) on glycemic control in patients with type 2 diabetes who were inadequately controlled (HbA1c ≥8%) despite current therapy with a sulfonylurea, metformin, or insulin. In addition, three 24-week randomized, double-blind clinical trials were conducted to evaluate the effects of pioglitazone hydrochloride 30 mg vs. pioglitazone hydrochloride 45 mg on glycemic control in patients with type 2 diabetes who were inadequately controlled (HbA1c ≥8%) despite current therapy with a sulfonylurea, metformin, or insulin. Previous diabetes treatment may have been monotherapy or combination therapy.

Add-on to Sulfonylurea Trials

Two clinical trials were conducted with pioglitazone hydrochloride in combination with a sulfonylurea. Both studies included patients with type 2 diabetes on any dose of a sulfonylurea, either alone or in combination with another antidiabetic agent. All other antidiabetic agents were withdrawn at least three  weeks prior to starting study treatment.

In the first study, 560 patients were randomized to receive 15 mg or 30 mg of pioglitazone hydrochloride or placebo once daily for 16 weeks in addition to their current sulfonylurea regimen. Treatment with pioglitazone hydrochloride as add-on to sulfonylurea produced statistically significant improvements in HbA1c and FPG at endpoint compared to placebo add-on to sulfonylurea (see Table 20).

*Adjusted for baseline, pooled center, and pooled center by treatment interaction

†p ≤ 0.05 vs. placebo + sulfonylurea

Table 20Glycemic Parameters in 16-Week Placebo-ControlledAdd-on to Sulfonylurea Trial

Placebo Sulfonylurea
Pioglitazone Hydrochloride 15 mg Sulfonylurea
Pioglitazone Hydrochloride 30 mg Sulfonylurea
Total Population 
HbA1c (%) 
N=181
N=176
N=182
Baseline (mean) 
9.9
10.0
9.9
Change from baseline (adjusted mean*) 
0.1
-0.8
-1.2
Difference from placebo + sulfonylurea (adjusted mean*) 95% Confidence Interval 

-0.9 
(-1.2, -0.6)
-1.3 
(-1.6, -1.0)
Fasting Plasma Glucose (mg/dL
N=182
N=179
N=186
Baseline (mean) 
236
247
239
Change from baseline (adjusted mean*) 
6
-34
-52
Difference from placebo + sulfonylurea (adjusted mean*) 95% Confidence Interval 

-39 
(-52, -27)
-58 
(-70, -46)

In the second trial, 702 patients were randomized to receive 30 mg or 45 mg of pioglitazone hydrochloride once daily for 24 weeks in addition to their current sulfonylurea regimen. The mean reduction from baseline at Week 24 in HbA1c was 1.6% for the 30 mg dose and 1.7% for the 45 mg dose (see Table 21). The mean reduction from baseline at Week 24 in FPG was 52 mg/dL for the 30 mg dose and 56 mg/dL for the 45 mg dose.

The therapeutic effect of pioglitazone hydrochloride in combination with sulfonylurea was observed in patients regardless of the sulfonylurea dose.

95% CI = 95% confidence interval

* Adjusted for baseline, pooled center, and pooled center by treatment interaction

Table 21Glycemic Parameters in 24-Week Add-on to Sulfonylurea Trial

Pioglitazone Hydrochloride 30 mg Sulfonylurea
Pioglitazone Hydrochloride 45 mg Sulfonylurea
Total Population 
HbA1c (%) 
N=340
N=332
Baseline (mean) 
9.8
9.9
Change from baseline (adjusted mean*) 
-1.6
-1.7
Difference from 30 mg daily pioglitazone hydrochloride + sulfonylurea (adjusted mean*) (95% CI) 

- 0.1 
(-0.4, 0.1)
Fasting Plasma Glucose (mg/dL
N=338
N=329
Baseline (mean) 
214
217
Change from baseline (adjusted mean*) 
-52
-56
Difference from 30 mg daily pioglitazone hydrochloride + sulfonylurea (adjusted mean*) (95% CI) 

-5
(-12, 3)

Add-on to Metformin Trials

 Two clinical trials were conducted with pioglitazone hydrochloride in combination with metformin. Both trials included patients with type 2 diabetes on any dose of metformin, either alone or in combination with another antidiabetic agent. All other antidiabetic agents were withdrawn at least three weeks prior to starting study treatment.

In the first trial, 328 patients were randomized to receive either 30 mg of pioglitazone hydrochloride or placebo once daily for 16 weeks in addition to their current metformin regimen. Treatment with pioglitazone hydrochloride as add-on to metformin produced statistically significant improvements in HbA1c and FPG at endpoint compared to placebo add-on to metformin (see Table 22).

*Adjusted for baseline, pooled center, and pooled center by treatment interaction

p ≤ 0.05 vs. placebo + metformin

Table 22Glycemic Parameters in 16-Week Placebo-ControlledAdd-on to Metformin Trial

Placebo Metformin
Pioglitazone Hydrochloride 30 mg Metformin
Total Population 
HbA1c (%) 
N=153
N=161
Baseline (mean) 
9.8
9.9
Change from baseline (adjusted mean*) 
0.2
-0.6
Difference from placebo + metformin (adjusted mean*) 95% Confidence Interval 

-0.8 
(-1.2, -0.5)
Fasting Plasma Glucose (mg/dL
N=157
N=165
Baseline (mean) 
260
254
Change from baseline (adjusted mean*) 
-5
-43
Difference from placebo + metformin (adjusted mean*) 95% Confidence Interval 

-38 
(-49, -26)

In the second trial, 827 patients were randomized to receive either 30 mg or 45 mg of pioglitazone hydrochloride once daily for 24 weeks in addition to their current metformin regimen. The mean reduction from baseline at Week 24 in HbA1c was 0.8% for the 30 mg dose and 1.0% for the 45 mg dose (see Table 23). The mean reduction from baseline at Week 24 in FPG was 38 mg/dL for the 30 mg dose and 51 mg/dL for the 45 mg dose.

95% CI = 95% confidence interval

*Adjusted for baseline, pooled center, and pooled center by treatment interaction

†p ≤ 0.05 vs. 30 mg daily pioglitazone hydrochloride + metformin

Table 23Glycemic Parameters in 24-Week Add-on to Metformin Study

Pioglitazone Hydrochloride 30 mg Metformin
Pioglitazone Hydrochloride 45 mg Metformin
Total Population 
HbA1C (%) 
N=400
N=398
Baseline (mean) 
9.9
9.8
Change from baseline (adjusted mean*) 
-0.8
-1.0
Difference from 30 mg daily pioglitazone hydrochloride + Metformin (adjusted mean*) (95% CI) 

-0.2
(-0.5, 0.1)
Fasting Plasma Glucose (mg/dL
N=398
N=399
Baseline (mean) 
233
232
Change from baseline (adjusted mean*) 
-38
-51
Difference from 30 mg daily pioglitazone hydrochloride + Metformin (adjusted mean*) (95% CI) 

-12†
(-21, -4)

The therapeutic effect of pioglitazone hydrochloride in combination with metformin was observed in patients regardless of the metformin dose.

Add-on to Insulin Trials

 Two clinical trials were conducted with pioglitazone hydrochloride in combination with insulin. Both trials included patients with type 2 diabetes on insulin, either alone or in combination with another antidiabetic agent. All other antidiabetic agents were withdrawn prior to starting study treatment. In the first trial, 566 patients were randomized to receive either 15 mg or 30 mg of pioglitazone hydrochloride or placebo once daily for 16 weeks in addition to their insulin regimen. Treatment with pioglitazone hydrochloride as add-on to insulin produced statistically significant improvements in HbA1c and FPG at endpoint compared to placebo add-on to insulin (see Table 24). The mean daily insulin dose at baseline in each treatment group was approximately 70 units. The majority of patients (75% overall, 86% treated with placebo, 77% treated with pioglitazone hydrochloride 15 mg, and 61% treated with pioglitazone hydrochloride 30 mg) had no change in their daily insulin dose from baseline to the final study visit. The mean change from baseline in daily dose of insulin (including patients with no insulin dose modifications) was -3 units in the patients treated with pioglitazone hydrochloride 15 mg, -8 units in the patients treated with pioglitazone hydrochloride 30 mg, and -1 unit in patients treated with placebo.

*Adjusted for baseline, pooled center, and pooled center by treatment interaction

†p ≤ 0.05 vs. placebo + insulin

Table 24Glycemic Parameters in 16-Week Placebo-ControlledAdd-on to Insulin Trial

Placebo Insulin
Pioglitazone Hydrochloride 15 mg Insulin
Pioglitazone Hydrochloride 30 mg Insulin
Total Population 
HbA1C (%) 
N=177
N=177
N=185
Baseline (mean) 
9.8
9.8
9.8
Change from baseline (adjusted mean*) 
-0.3
-1.0
-1.3
Difference from placebo + Insulin (adjusted mean*) 95% Confidence Interval 

-0.7 
(-1.0, -0.5)
-1.0 
(-1.3, -0.7)
Fasting Plasma Glucose (mg/dL
N=179
N=183
N=184
Baseline (mean) 
221
222
229
Change from baseline (adjusted mean*) 
1
-35
-48
Difference from placebo + Insulin (adjusted mean*) 95% Confidence Interval 

-35 
(-51, -19)
-49 
(-65, -33)

In the second trial, 690 patients receiving a median of 60 units per day of insulin were randomized to receive either 30 mg or 45 mg of pioglitazone hydrochloride once daily for 24 weeks in addition to their current insulin regimen. The mean reduction from baseline at Week 24 in HbA1c was 1.2% for the 30 mg dose and 1.5% for the 45 mg dose. The mean reduction from baseline at Week 24 in FPG was 32 mg/dL for the 30 mg dose and 46 mg/dL for the 45 mg dose (see Table 25). The mean daily insulin dose at baseline in both treatment groups was approximately 70 units. The majority of patients (55% overall, 58% treated with pioglitazone hydrochloride 30 mg, and 52% treated with pioglitazone hydrochloride 45 mg) had no change in their daily insulin dose from baseline to the final study visit. The mean change from baseline in daily dose of insulin (including patients with no insulin dose modifications) was -5 units in the patients treated with pioglitazone hydrochloride 30 mg and -8 units in the patients treated with pioglitazone hydrochloride 45 mg.

The therapeutic effect of pioglitazone hydrochloride in combination with insulin was observed in patients regardless of the insulin dose.

95% CI = 95% confidence interval

* Adjusted for baseline, pooled center, and pooled center by treatment interaction

†p ≤ 0.05 vs. 30 mg daily pioglitazone hydrochloride + insulin

Table 25Glycemic Parameters in 24-Week Add-on to Insulin Trial

Pioglitazone Hydrochloride 30 mg Insulin
Pioglitazone Hydrochloride 45 mg Insulin
Total Population 
HbA1c (%) 
N=328
N=328
Baseline (mean) 
9.9
9.7
Change from baseline (adjusted mean*) 
-1.2
-1.5
Difference from 30 mg daily pioglitazone hydrochloride + Insulin (adjusted mean*) (95% CI) 

-0.3 
(-0.5, -0.1)
Fasting Plasma Glucose (mg/dL
N=325
N=327
Baseline (mean) 
202
199
Change from baseline (adjusted mean*) 
-32
-46
Difference from 30 mg daily pioglitazone hydrochloride + Insulin (adjusted mean*) (95% CI) 

-14 
(-25, -3)

16. HOW SUPPLIED/STORAGE AND HANDLING

Pioglitazone hydrochloride, USP is available in 15 mg, 30 mg, and 45 mg tablets as follows:

15 mg Tablet: White to off-white, round, flat faced beveled edge, uncoated tablets debossed with '140' on one side and '15' on other side, available in:

Bottles of 30                             NDC 13668-140-30

Bottles of 90                             NDC 13668-140-90

Bottles of 500                           NDC 13668-140-05

Bottles of 9000                         NDC 13668-140-53

100 Unit Dose Tablets             NDC 13668-140-74

30 mg Tablet: White to off-white, round, flat faced beveled edge, uncoated tablets debossed with '1119' on one side and plain on other side, available in:

Bottles of 30                             NDC 13668-119-30

Bottles of 90                             NDC 13668-119-90

Bottles of 500                           NDC 13668-119-05

Bottles of 7000                         NDC 13668-119-52

100 Unit Dose Tablets              NDC 13668-119-74

45 mg Tablet: White to off-white, round, flat faced beveled edge, uncoated tablets debossed with '1120' on one side and plain on other side, available in:

Bottles of 30                            NDC 13668-120-30

Bottles of 90                            NDC 13668-120-90

Bottles of 500                          NDC 13668-120-05

Bottles of 5000                        NDC 13668-120-51

100 Unit Dose Tablets             NDC 13668-120-74

Storage

Store at 20°-25°C (68°-77°F); excursions permitted to 15-30°C (59°-86°F) [see USP Controlled Room Temperature]. Keep container tightly closed, and protect from moisture.

17. PATIENT COUNSELING INFORMATION

See FDA-Approved Patient Labeling (Medication Guide).

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    8044139                                                                               Revised December 2013

MEDICATION GUIDE

Pioglitazone Tablets, USP

Read this Medication Guide carefully before you start taking pioglitazone tablets and each time you get a refill. There may be new information. This information does not take the place of talking with your doctor about your medical condition or your treatment. If you have any questions about pioglitazone tablets, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

What is the most important information I should know about pioglitazone tablets?

Pioglitazone tablets can cause serious side effects, including new or worse heart failure.

  • Pioglitazone tablets can cause your body to keep extra fluid (fluid retention), which leads to swelling (edema) and weight gain. Extra body fluid can make some heart problems worse or lead to heart failure. Heart failure means your heart does not pump blood well enough
  • Do not take pioglitazone tablets if you have severe heart failure
  • If you have heart failure with symptoms (such as shortness of breath or swelling), even if these symptoms are not severe, pioglitazone tablets may not be right for you

Call your doctor right away if you have any of the following:

  • swelling or fluid retention, especially in the ankles or legs
  • shortness of breath or trouble breathing, especially when you lie down
  • an unusually fast increase in weight
  • unusual tiredness

Pioglitazone tablets can have other serious side effects. See "What are the possible side effect of pioglitazone tablets?"

What are pioglitazone tablets?

Pioglitazone tablets are a prescription medicine used with diet and exercise to improve blood sugar (glucose) control in adults with type 2 diabetes. Pioglitazone tablets are a diabetes medicine called pioglitazone that may be taken alone or with other diabetes medicines.

It is not known if pioglitazone tablets are safe and effective in children under the age of 18.

Pioglitazone is not recommended for use in children.

Pioglitazone is not for people with type 1 diabetes.

Pioglitazone is not for people with diabetic ketoacidosis (increased ketones in your blood or urine).

Who should not take pioglitazone tablets?

See "What is the most important information I should know about pioglitazone tablets?"

Do not take pioglitazone tablets if you:

  • have severe heart failure
  • are allergic to any of the ingredients in pioglitazone tablets. See the end of this Medication Guide for a complete list of ingredients in pioglitazone tablets

Talk to your doctor before taking pioglitazone tablets if you have either of these conditions.

What should I tell my doctor before taking pioglitazone tablets?

Before you  take pioglitazone tablets, tell your doctor if you:

  • have heart failure  
  • have type 1 ("juvenile") diabetes or had diabetic ketoacidosis  
  • have a type of diabetic eye disease that causes swelling in the back of the eye (macular edema)  
  • have liver problems  
  • have or have had cancer of the bladder  
  • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if pioglitazone tablets will harm your unborn baby. Talk to your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant about the best way to control your blood glucose levels while pregnant
  • are a premenopausal woman (before the "change of life") who does not have periods regularly or at all. Pioglitazone tablets may increase your chance of becoming pregnant. Talk to your doctor about birth control choices while taking pioglitazone tablets. Tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant while taking pioglitazone tablets
  • are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if pioglitazone hydrochloride passes into your milk and if it can harm your baby. You should not take pioglitazone tablets if you breastfeed your baby. Talk to your doctor about the best way to control your blood glucose levels while breastfeeding

Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take including prescription and over the counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

Pioglitazone tablets and some of your other medicines can affect each other. You may need to have your dose of pioglitazone tablets or certain other medicines changed.

Know the medicines you take. Keep a list of your medicines and show it to your doctor and pharmacist before you start a new medicine. They will tell you if it is okay to take pioglitazone tablets with other medicines.

How should I take pioglitazone tablets?

  • Take pioglitazone tablets exactly as your doctor tells you to take it
  • Your doctor may change your dose of pioglitazone tablets. Do not change your pioglitazone tablets dose unless your doctor tells you to
  • Pioglitazone tablets may be prescribed alone or with other diabetes medicines. This will depend on how well your blood sugar is controlled
  • Take pioglitazone tablets one time each day, with or without food
  • If you miss a dose of pioglitazone tablets, take your next dose as prescribed unless your doctor tells you differently. Do not take two doses at one time the next day
  • If you take too much pioglitazone tablets, call your doctor or go to the nearest hospital emergency room right away
  • If your body is under stress such as from a fever, infection, accident, or surgery the dose of your diabetes medicines may need to be changed. Call your doctor right away
  • Stay on your diet and exercise programs and test your blood sugar regularly while taking pioglitazone tablets
  • Your doctor should do certain blood tests before you start and while you take pioglitazone tablets
  • Your doctor should also do hemoglobin A1C testing to check how well your blood sugar is controlled with pioglitazone tablets
  • Your doctor should check your eyes regularly while you take pioglitazone tablets

What are the possible side effects of pioglitazone tablets?

Pioglitazone tablets may cause serious side effects including:

  • See " What is the most important information I should know about pioglitazone tablets?"  
  • low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). This can happen if you skip meals, if you also use another medicine that lowers blood sugar, or if you have certain medical problems. Lightheadedness, dizziness, shakiness, or hunger may happen if your blood sugar is too low. Call your doctor if low blood sugar levels are a problem for you
  • liver problems . Call your doctor right away if you have:

        o nausea or vomiting

        o stomach pain

        o unusual or unexplained tiredness

        o loss of appetite

        o dark urine

        o yellowing of your skin or the whites of your eyes

  • bladder cancer. There may be an increased chance of having bladder cancer when you take pioglitazone tablets. You should not take pioglitazone tablets if you are receiving treatment for bladder cancer. Tell your doctor right away if you have any of the following symptoms of bladder cancer:

      o blood or a red color in your urine

      o an increased need to urinate

      o pain while you urinate

  • broken bones (fractures). Usually in the hand, upper arm, or foot in women. Talk to your doctor for advice on how to keep your bones healthy.
  • diabetic eye disease with swelling in the back of the eye (macular edema) . Tell your doctor right away if you have any changes in your vision. Your doctor should check your eyes regularly
  • release of an egg from an ovary in a woman (ovulation) leading to pregnancy. Ovulation may happen when premenopausal women who do not have regular monthly periods take pioglitazone tablets. This can increase your chance of getting pregnant

The most common side effects of pioglitazone tablets include:

  • cold-like symptoms ( upper respiratory tract infection)
  • headache
  • sinus infection
  • muscle pain
  • sore throat

Tell your doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away. These are not all the side effects of pioglitazone tablets. For more information, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1 800-FDA-1088.

How should I store pioglitazone tablets?

  • Store pioglitazone tablets at 20°-25°C (68°-77°F); excursions permitted to 15°-30°C (59°-86°F) [see USP Controlled Room Temperature]. Keep pioglitazone tablets in the original container to protect from light
  • Keep the pioglitazone tablets bottle tightly closed and keep tablets dry
  • Keep pioglitazone tablets and all medicines out of the reach of children

General information about the safe and effective use of pioglitazone tablets 

Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes other than those listed in a Medication Guide. Do not use pioglitazone tablets for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Do not give pioglitazone tablets to other people, even if they have the same symptoms you have. It may harm them.

This Medication Guide summarizes the most important information about pioglitazone tablets. If you would like more information, talk with your doctor. You can ask your doctor or pharmacist for information about pioglitazone tablets that is written for healthcare professionals. For more information call 1-269-544-2299.

What are the ingredients in pioglitazone tablets?

Active Ingredient: pioglitazone hydrochloride, USP

Inactive Ingredients: carboxymethylcellulose calcium, hydroxypropylcellulose, lactose monohydrate, and magnesium stearate.

This Medication Guide has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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Manufactured by:

TORRENT PHARMACEUTICALS LTD., Indrad-382 721, Dist. Mehsana, INDIA.

For:

TORRENT PHARMA INC., 150 Allen Road, Suite 102, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920

    8044140                                                                              Revised December 2013

PACKAGE LABEL.PRINCIPAL DISPLAY PANEL

Pioglitazone Tablets 15mg

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PACKAGE LABEL.PRINCIPAL DISPLAY PANEL

Pioglitazone Tablets 30mg

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PACKAGE LABEL.PRINCIPAL DISPLAY PANEL

Pioglitazone Tablets 45mg

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PIOGLITAZONEHYDROCHLORIDE 
pioglitazonehydrochloride tablet
Product Information
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Route of AdministrationORALDEA Schedule    
Active Ingredient/Active Moiety
Ingredient NameBasis of StrengthStrength
PIOGLITAZONE HYDROCHLORIDE (PIOGLITAZONE) PIOGLITAZONE15 mg
Inactive Ingredients
Ingredient NameStrength
CARBOXYMETHYLCELLULOSE CALCIUM 
HYDROXYPROPYL CELLULOSE 
LACTOSE MONOHYDRATE 
MAGNESIUM STEARATE 
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ColorWHITE (white to off-white) Scoreno score
ShapeROUNDSize5mm
FlavorImprint Code 140;15
Contains    
Packaging
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1NDC:13668-140-3030 in 1 BOTTLE
2NDC:13668-140-9090 in 1 BOTTLE
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4NDC:13668-140-539000 in 1 BOTTLE
5NDC:13668-140-74100 in 1 CARTON
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ANDAANDA09129802/13/2013
PIOGLITAZONEHYDROCHLORIDE 
pioglitazonehydrochloride tablet
Product Information
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Route of AdministrationORALDEA Schedule    
Active Ingredient/Active Moiety
Ingredient NameBasis of StrengthStrength
PIOGLITAZONE HYDROCHLORIDE (PIOGLITAZONE) PIOGLITAZONE30 mg
Inactive Ingredients
Ingredient NameStrength
CARBOXYMETHYLCELLULOSE CALCIUM 
HYDROXYPROPYL CELLULOSE 
LACTOSE MONOHYDRATE 
MAGNESIUM STEARATE 
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ColorWHITE (white to off-white) Scoreno score
ShapeROUNDSize7mm
FlavorImprint Code 1119
Contains    
Packaging
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2NDC:13668-119-9090 in 1 BOTTLE
3NDC:13668-119-05500 in 1 BOTTLE
4NDC:13668-119-527000 in 1 BOTTLE
5NDC:13668-119-74100 in 1 CARTON
Marketing Information
Marketing CategoryApplication Number or Monograph CitationMarketing Start DateMarketing End Date
ANDAANDA09129802/13/2013
PIOGLITAZONEHYDROCHLORIDE 
pioglitazonehydrochloride tablet
Product Information
Product TypeHUMAN PRESCRIPTION DRUG LABELItem Code (Source)NDC:13668-120
Route of AdministrationORALDEA Schedule    
Active Ingredient/Active Moiety
Ingredient NameBasis of StrengthStrength
PIOGLITAZONE HYDROCHLORIDE (PIOGLITAZONE) PIOGLITAZONE45 mg
Inactive Ingredients
Ingredient NameStrength
CARBOXYMETHYLCELLULOSE CALCIUM 
HYDROXYMETHYL CELLULOSE 
LACTOSE MONOHYDRATE 
MAGNESIUM STEARATE 
Product Characteristics
ColorWHITE (white to off-white) Scoreno score
ShapeROUNDSize8mm
FlavorImprint Code 1120
Contains    
Packaging
#Item CodePackage DescriptionMarketing Start DateMarketing End Date
1NDC:13668-120-3030 in 1 BOTTLE
2NDC:13668-120-9090 in 1 BOTTLE
3NDC:13668-120-05500 in 1 BOTTLE
4NDC:13668-120-515000 in 1 BOTTLE
5NDC:13668-120-74100 in 1 CARTON
Marketing Information
Marketing CategoryApplication Number or Monograph CitationMarketing Start DateMarketing End Date
ANDAANDA09129802/13/2013
Labeler - Torrent Pharmaceuticals Limited (916488547)
Registrant - Torrent Pharma, Inc. (790033935)
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