Label: PHEXXI- lactic acid, l-, citric acid monohydrate, and potassium bitartrate gel
- NDC Code(s): 69751-100-01, 69751-100-12
- Packager: Evofem, Inc.
- Category: HUMAN PRESCRIPTION DRUG LABEL
- DEA Schedule: None
- Marketing Status: New Drug Application
Updated July 16, 2020
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PHEXXI (lactic acid, citric acid, and potassium bitartrate) vaginal gel
Initial U.S. Approval: 2020
INDICATIONS AND USAGE
PHEXXI is a combination of lactic acid, citric acid, and potassium bitartrate indicated for the prevention of pregnancy in females of reproductive potential for use as an on-demand method of contraception. (1)
Limitations of Use: PHEXXI is not effective for the prevention of pregnancy when administered after intercourse.
DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION
DOSAGE FORMS AND STRENGTHS
Each pre-filled single-dose vaginal applicator delivers 5 grams of gel containing lactic acid (1.8%), citric acid (1%), and potassium bitartrate (0.4%). (3)
WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS
- Cystitis and Pyelonephritis: Avoid use in women with a history of recurrent UTI or urinary tract abnormalities (5.1)
Most common adverse reactions (≥2%) were vulvovaginal burning sensation, vulvovaginal pruritus, vulvovaginal mycotic infection, urinary tract infection, vulvovaginal discomfort, bacterial vaginosis, vaginal discharge, genital discomfort, dysuria, and vulvovaginal pain. (6.1)
To report SUSPECTED ADVERSE REACTIONS, contact Evofem at toll-free phone 1-833-EVFMBIO or FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or www.fda.gov/medwatch.
See 17 for PATIENT COUNSELING INFORMATION.
Table of Contents
FULL PRESCRIBING INFORMATION: CONTENTS*
- Sections or subsections omitted from the full prescribing information are not listed.
1 INDICATIONS AND USAGE
PHEXXI is indicated for the prevention of pregnancy in females of reproductive potential for use as an on-demand method of contraception.
Limitations of Use
PHEXXI is not effective for the prevention of pregnancy when administered after intercourse [see Dosage and Administration (2.1)].
2 DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION
2.1 Recommended Dosage
Administer one pre-filled applicator of PHEXXI (5 grams) vaginally immediately before or up to one hour before each act of vaginal intercourse. If more than one act of vaginal intercourse occurs within one hour, an additional dose must be applied. Five grams of PHEXXI contains 90 mg of lactic acid, 50 mg of citric acid, and 20 mg of potassium bitartrate.
2.2 Timing of PHEXXI Use
May use PHEXXI during any part of the menstrual cycle. May use PHEXXI as soon as it is safe to resume vaginal intercourse after childbirth, abortion, or miscarriage.
2.3 Use of PHEXXI with Other Contraceptive Methods
PHEXXI may be used concomitantly with hormonal contraceptives; latex, polyurethane, and polyisoprene condoms; and vaginal diaphragms. Avoid PHEXXI use with vaginal rings.
- 3 DOSAGE FORMS AND STRENGTHS
5 WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS
5.1 Cystitis and Pyelonephritis
Among 2804 subjects who received PHEXXI in Studies 1 and 2, 0.36% (n=10) reported adverse reactions of cystitis, pyelonephritis, or other upper urinary tract infection (UTI). Of these, one case of pyelonephritis was considered serious and required hospitalization. Avoid use of PHEXXI in females of reproductive potential with a history of recurrent urinary tract infection or urinary tract abnormalities.
6 ADVERSE REACTIONS
The following clinically significant adverse reactions are described elsewhere in the labeling:
- Cystitis and Pyelonephritis [see Warnings and Precautions (5.1)]
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.
The safety of PHEXXI (pre-filled applicator with 5-gram dose) has been evaluated in two clinical trials (Study 1 and Study 2) in 2804 subjects (over 19,000 cycles of exposure). The racial/ethnic distribution was 66% White, 27% Black or African American, 2% Asian, 1% American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.3% Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and 5% other; 32% of the study population was Hispanic. Study 1 included a one-year extension phase where 342 U.S. subjects were exposed to PHEXXI for 13 cycles.
Of the 2804 PHEXXI-treated subjects in Studies 1 and 2, one subject reported a suspected drug hypersensitivity. Avoid PHEXXI use in females of reproductive potential with suspected hypersensitivity to the ingredients in PHEXXI.
The most common adverse reactions (≥10%) in the U.S. population in Studies 1 and 2 (n = 2480) were: vulvovaginal burning sensation (18.0%) and vulvovaginal pruritis (14.5%). The majority of these adverse reactions were mild and few led to discontinuation. Table 1 summarizes the most common adverse reactions (≥2%) reported by subjects using PHEXXI in the U.S.
Table 1. Adverse Reactions that Occurred in ≥ 2% of Subjects Who Used PHEXXI to Prevent Pregnancy (Studies 1 and 2 – U.S. population only) Adverse Reaction PHEXXI
- Includes preferred terms (PT) vulvovaginal mycotic infection and vulvovaginal candidiasis.
- Includes PTs urinary tract infection, streptococcal urinary tract infection, Escherichia urinary tract infection, and urinary tract infection bacterial.
- Does not include PTs cystitis, kidney infection, and pyelonephritis [see Warnings and Precautions (5.1)].
Vulvovaginal Burning Sensation 18.0 Vulvovaginal Pruritus 14.5 Vulvovaginal Mycotic Infection* 9.1 Urinary Tract Infection†,‡ 9.0 Vulvovaginal Discomfort 9.0 Bacterial Vaginosis 8.4 Vaginal Discharge 5.5 Genital Discomfort 4.1 Dysuria 3.1 Vulvovaginal pain 2.1
Among subjects who used PHEXXI in Studies 1 and 2, 1.6% discontinued from the clinical trials due to an adverse reaction. The most common adverse reactions leading to study discontinuation were vulvovaginal burning sensation (0.7%); and vulvovaginal pruritus and vulvovaginal discomfort (0.1% each).
Adverse Reactions in Male Partners
Among male partners of subjects who used PHEXXI for contraception in Study 2, 9.8% (131 of 1330) reported symptoms of local discomfort (burning, itching, pain, and "other"). Of these local discomfort symptoms, 74.7% were mild, 21.4% were moderate, and 3.9% were severe. Two subjects discontinued participation in the study due to male partner symptoms.
8 USE IN SPECIFIC POPULATIONS
There is no use for PHEXXI in pregnancy; therefore, discontinue PHEXXI during pregnancy. There are no data with the use of PHEXXI in pregnant women or animals. In the U.S. general population, the estimated background risk of major birth defects and miscarriage in clinically recognized pregnancies is 2 to 4 percent and 15 to 20 percent, respectively.
PHEXXI (lactic acid, citric acid, and potassium bitartrate) is a vaginal gel.
PHEXXI is off-white to tan in color gel of uniform consistency, containing three active ingredients: lactic acid, citric acid, and potassium bitartrate.
The structural formula for lactic acid is:
Lactic acid is designated chemically as 2-hydroxypropanoic acid with an empirical formula of C3H6O3 and a molecular weight of 90.08 g/mol.
The structural formula for citric acid is:
Citric acid is designated chemically as 2-hydroxypropane-1,2,3-tricarboxylic acid with an empirical formula of C6H8O7 and a molecular weight of 192.124 g/mol.
The structural formula for potassium bitartrate is:
Potassium bitartrate is designated chemically as potassium; (2R, 3R)-2,3,4-trihydroxy-4-oxobutanoate with an empirical formula of KC4H5O6 and a molecular weight of 188.177 g/mol.
Each 5 gram dose is provided in a pre-filled single-dose applicator containing lactic acid USP (1.8% w/w), citric acid USP (1% w/w), and potassium bitartrate USP (0.4% w/w). Inactive ingredients present in the gel are: glycerin, alginic acid, xanthan gum, sodium hydroxide, benzoic acid, and purified water.
12 CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY
12.1 Mechanism of Action
In vitro studies showed that a pH lowering effect and sperm motility reduction contribute to the activity of PHEXXI in the vagina.
Pharmacokinetic studies in humans have not been performed. Systemic exposures of lactic acid, citric acid, and potassium bitartrate following vaginal administration of PHEXXI are not expected to lead to safety concerns.
In vitro studies with commonly used vaginal preparations (miconazole, metronidazole, tioconazole, and a product for maintaining normal vaginal pH) showed no significant effect on the pH or buffering capacity of PHEXXI.
13 NONCLINICAL TOXICOLOGY
13.1 Carcinogenesis, Mutagenesis, Impairment of Fertility
14 CLINICAL STUDIES
The efficacy of PHEXXI for the prevention of pregnancy was evaluated in a multi-center, open-label, single-arm clinical trial in the United States (AMP002; NCT03243305). The study enrolled females of reproductive potential 18 to 35 years of age with regular menstrual cycles (21 to 35 days). The median age was 27.8 years. The racial distribution was 70.6% White, 23.7% Black or African American, 2.5% Asian, 0.4% American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.2% Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and 2.7% other. Subjects agreed to engage in at least 3 acts of heterosexual, vaginal intercourse per cycle. Subjects self-administered a 5 gram dose of PHEXXI intravaginally up to one hour before each episode of intercourse for up to 7 cycles.
The primary efficacy endpoint was the 7-cycle typical use cumulative pregnancy rate as derived by Kaplan-Meier life-table analysis. A total of 101 on-treatment pregnancies occurred in 1183 subjects contributing 4769 evaluable natural cycles. The 7-cycle cumulative pregnancy rate was 13.7% (95% CI: 10.0%, 17.5%), excluding cycles with back-up contraception, cycles <21 days or >35 days in length and cycles in which no intercourse was reported. The estimated Pearl Index, calculated based on data from the 7-cycle study, was 27.5 (95% CI: 22.4%, 33.5%).
16 HOW SUPPLIED/STORAGE AND HANDLING
PHEXXI (lactic acid, citric acid, and potassium bitartrate) vaginal gel is off-white to tan color gel of uniform consistency containing lactic acid (1.8%), citric acid (1%), and potassium bitartrate (0.4%), supplied as individually wrapped 5 gram pre-filled single-dose vaginal applicators in sealed foil pouches along with a plunger, and are available as follows:
- NDC 69751-100-12
Box of 12 units
17 PATIENT COUNSELING INFORMATION
Advise the patient to read the Patient Information and FDA-approved patient labeling (Instructions for Use). Advise the patient:
- To intravaginally administer the contents of one pre-filled single-dose applicator of PHEXXI before each episode of vaginal intercourse and to administer an additional dose if intercourse does not occur within one hour of administration [see Dosage and Administration (2.1)].
- To consult their healthcare provider for severe or prolonged genital irritation [see Adverse Reactions (6.1)].
- To discontinue PHEXXI if they develop a local hypersensitivity reaction [see Adverse Reactions (6.1)].
- To contact their health care provider if experiencing urinary tract symptoms [see Warnings and Precautions (5.1)].
- That PHEXXI does not protect against HIV infection and other sexually transmitted infections.
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INGREDIENTS AND APPEARANCE
lactic acid, l-, citric acid monohydrate, and potassium bitartrate gel
Product Information Product Type HUMAN PRESCRIPTION DRUG Item Code (Source) NDC:69751-100 Route of Administration VAGINAL Active Ingredient/Active Moiety Ingredient Name Basis of Strength Strength LACTIC ACID, L- (UNII: F9S9FFU82N) (LACTIC ACID, L- - UNII:F9S9FFU82N) LACTIC ACID, L- 90 mg in 5 g CITRIC ACID MONOHYDRATE (UNII: 2968PHW8QP) (ANHYDROUS CITRIC ACID - UNII:XF417D3PSL) ANHYDROUS CITRIC ACID 50 mg in 5 g potassium bitartrate (UNII: NPT6P8P3UU) (TARTARIC ACID - UNII:W4888I119H) potassium bitartrate 20 mg in 5 g Product Characteristics Color WHITE (off-white to tan) Score Shape Size Flavor Imprint Code Contains Packaging # Item Code Package Description Marketing Start Date Marketing End Date 1 NDC:69751-100-12 12 in 1 BOX 09/01/2020 1 NDC:69751-100-01 5 g in 1 APPLICATOR; Type 2: Prefilled Drug Delivery Device/System (syringe, patch, etc.) Marketing Information Marketing Category Application Number or Monograph Citation Marketing Start Date Marketing End Date NDA NDA208352 08/01/2020 Labeler - Evofem, Inc. (832466119)