Label: MOLNUPIRAVIR capsule

  • NDC Code(s): 0006-5055-06, 0006-5055-07
  • Packager: Merck Sharp & Dohme LLC
  • Category: HUMAN PRESCRIPTION DRUG LABEL
  • DEA Schedule: None

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Updated May 23, 2022

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    FACT SHEET FOR HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS: EMERGENCY USE AUTHORIZATION FOR MOLNUPIRAVIR

    HIGHLIGHTS OF EMERGENCY USE AUTHORIZATION (EUA)
    These highlights of the EUA do not include all the information needed to use molnupiravir under the EUA. See the FULL FACT SHEET FOR HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS for molnupiravir.

    MOLNUPIRAVIR capsules, for oral use
    Original EUA Authorized Date: 12/23/2021
    Revised EUA Authorized Date: 02/2022

    MANDATORY REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMINISTRATION OF MOLNUPIRAVIR UNDER EMERGENCY USE AUTHORIZATION

    Refer to FULL FACTSHEET for details.

    --------------RECENT MAJOR CHANGES-----------

    Mandatory Requirements Box: Revised requirements pertaining to other therapeutics   02/2022

    Emergency Use Authorization (Section 1): Updates on available alternatives to molnupiravir                                                                                                                      02/2022

    Warnings and Precautions (Sections 5.2 and 17): addition of hypersensitivity including anaphylaxis                                                                                                                        02/2022

    Adverse Reactions (Section 6.2): addition of post-authorization experience section       02/2022

    ------------EUA FOR MOLNUPIRAVIR-----------

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an EUA for the emergency use of the unapproved molnupiravir, a nucleoside analogue that inhibits SARS-CoV-2 replication by viral mutagenesis for the treatment of mild-to-moderate coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in adults with positive results of direct SARS-CoV-2 viral testing who are at high risk for progression to severe COVID-19, including hospitalization or death, and for whom alternative COVID-19 treatment options approved or authorized by FDA are not accessible or clinically appropriate. Molnupiravir is not FDA-approved for any use including for use for the treatment of COVID-19. Prior to initiating treatment with molnupiravir, carefully consider the known and potential risks and benefits. (1)


    LIMITATIONS OF AUTHORIZED USE (1)

    • Molnupiravir is not authorized
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      for use in patients less than 18 years of age (5.3)
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      for initiation of treatment in patients requiring hospitalization due to COVID-19. Benefit of treatment with molnupiravir has not been observed in subjects when treatment was initiated after hospitalization due to COVID-19. (2.1)
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      for use for longer than 5 consecutive days.
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      for pre-exposure or post-exposure prophylaxis for prevention of COVID-19.

    Molnupiravir may only be prescribed for an individual patient by physicians, advanced practice registered nurses, and physician assistants that are licensed or authorized under state law to prescribe drugs in the therapeutic class to which molnupiravir belongs (i.e., anti-infectives).


    Molnupiravir is authorized only for the duration of the declaration that circumstances exist justifying the authorization of the emergency use of molnupiravir under section 564(b)(1) of the Act, 21 U.S.C. § 360bbb-3(b)(1), unless the authorization is terminated or revoked sooner.


    See the box in the beginning of the Full Fact Sheet for details on mandatory requirements for administration of molnupiravir under emergency use authorization.


    See Full Fact Sheet for Healthcare Providers for the justification for emergency use of drugs during the COVID-19 pandemic, information on available alternatives, and additional information on COVID-19.

    ------DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION------

    • 800 mg (four 200 mg capsules) taken orally every 12 hours for 5 days, with or without food. (2.1)
    • Take molnupiravir as soon as possible after a diagnosis of COVID-19 has been made, and within 5 days of symptom onset. (2.1)
    • Completion of the full 5-day treatment course and continued isolation in accordance with public health recommendations are important to maximize viral clearance and minimize transmission of SARS-CoV-2. (2.1)
    • Molnupiravir is not authorized for use for longer than 5 consecutive days because the safety and efficacy have not been established. (2.1)

    -----DOSAGE FORMS AND STRENGTHS-----

    Capsules: 200 mg (3)

    ------------CONTRAINDICATIONS------------

    No contraindications have been identified based on the limited available data on the emergency use of molnupiravir authorized under this EUA. (4)

    ------WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS------

    • Embryo-Fetal Toxicity: Molnupiravir is not recommended for use during pregnancy. (5.1, 8.1, 8.3)
    • Hypersensitivity reactions, including anaphylaxis have been reported with molnupiravir. If signs and symptoms of a clinically significant hypersensitivity reaction or anaphylaxis occur, immediately discontinue molnupiravir. (5.2)
    • Bone and Cartilage Toxicity: Molnupiravir is not authorized for use in patients less than 18 years of age because it may affect bone and cartilage growth. (5.3, 8.4, 13.2)

    -----------ADVERSE REACTIONS-----------

    Most common adverse reactions (incidence ≥ 1%) are diarrhea, nausea, and dizziness. (6.1)


    You or your designee must report all SERIOUS ADVERSE EVENTS or MEDICATION ERRORS potentially related to molnupiravir (1) by submitting FDA Form 3500 online, (2) by downloading this form and then submitting by mail or fax, or (3) contacting the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 to request this form. Please also provide a copy of this form to Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp., a subsidiary of Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, NJ USA at 1-800-672-6372 or Fax 215-616-5677 (6.4)

    -------------DRUG INTERACTIONS--------------

    No drug interactions have been identified based on the limited available data on the emergency use of molnupiravir authorized under this EUA. (7)

    ----------USE IN SPECIFIC POPULATIONS---------

    • Pregnancy: The use of molnupiravir is not recommended during pregnancy. Advise individuals of childbearing potential to use effective contraception correctly and consistently, as applicable, for the duration of treatment and for 4 days after the last dose of molnupiravir. (8.1, 8.3)
    • Lactation: Breastfeeding is not recommended during treatment and for 4 days after the last dose of molnupiravir. A lactating individual may consider interrupting breastfeeding and may consider pumping and discarding breast milk during treatment and for 4 days after the last dose of molnupiravir. (8.2)

        See FACT SHEET FOR PATIENTS AND CAREGIVERS.

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    MANDATORY REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMINISTRATION OF MOLNUPIRAVIR UNDER EMERGENCY USE AUTHORIZATION

    In order to mitigate the risks of using this unapproved product under the EUA and to optimize the potential benefit of molnupiravir, the following steps are required. Use of molnupiravir under this EUA is limited to the following (all requirements must be met):

    1. Treatment of mild-to-moderate COVID-19 in adults with a positive result of direct severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) viral testing, who are at high risk for progression to severe COVID-19, including hospitalization or death and for whom alternative COVID-19 treatment options approved or authorized by FDA are not accessible or clinically appropriate [see Limitations of Authorized Use (1)].
    2. As the prescribing healthcare provider, review the information contained within the “Fact Sheet for Patients and Caregivers” with your patient or caregiver prior to the patient receiving molnupiravir. Healthcare providers must provide the patient/caregiver with an electronic or hard copy of the “Fact Sheet for Patients and Caregivers” prior to the patient receiving molnupiravir and must document that the patient/caregiver has been given an electronic or hard copy of the “Fact Sheet for Patients and Caregivers”.
    3. The prescribing healthcare providers must inform the patient/caregiver that:
      1. Molnupiravir is an unapproved drug that is authorized for use under this Emergency Use Authorization.
      2. Other therapeutics are currently approved or authorized for the same use as molnupiravir. [see Emergency Use Authorization (1) - Information Regarding Available Alternatives for the EUA Authorized Use].
      3. There are benefits and risks of taking molnupiravir as outlined in the “Fact Sheet for Patients and Caregivers.”
      4. Merck Sharp & Dohme has established a pregnancy surveillance program.
      5. Females of childbearing potential should use a reliable method of contraception correctly and consistently, as applicable, for the duration of treatment and for 4 days after the last dose of molnupiravir.
      6. Males of reproductive potential who are sexually active with females of childbearing potential should use a reliable method of contraception correctly and consistently during treatment and for at least 3 months after the last dose.
    4. The prescribing healthcare provider must assess whether a female of childbearing potential is pregnant or not, if clinically indicated [see Warnings and Precautions (5.1) and Use in Specific Populations (8.3)].
    5. Based on findings from animal reproduction studies, molnupiravir may cause fetal harm when administered to pregnant individuals. If molnupiravir is used during pregnancy, prescribing healthcare providers must communicate to the patient the known and potential benefits and the potential risks of molnupiravir use during pregnancy, as outlined in the “Fact Sheet for Patients and Caregivers” [see Warnings and Precautions (5.1, 5.3), Use in Specific Populations (8.1, 8.3) and Nonclinical Toxicology (13.1)].
    6. If the decision is made to use molnupiravir during pregnancy, the prescriber must document that the known and potential benefits and the potential risks of molnupiravir use during pregnancy, as outlined in the “Fact Sheet for Patients and Caregivers,” were discussed with the patient.
    7. The prescribing healthcare provider must document that a pregnant individual was made aware of Merck Sharp & Dohme’s pregnancy surveillance program at 1-877-888-4231 or pregnancyreporting.msd.com.
      1. If the pregnant individual agrees to participate in the pregnancy surveillance program and allows the prescribing healthcare provider to disclose patient specific information to Merck Sharp & Dohme, the prescribing healthcare provider must provide the patient’s name and contact information to Merck Sharp & Dohme.
    8. The prescribing healthcare provider and/or the provider’s designee is/are responsible for mandatory reporting of all medication errors and serious adverse events potentially related to molnupiravir within 7 calendar days from the healthcare provider’s awareness of the event [see Adverse Reactions (6.4)].

    For information on clinical studies of molnupiravir and other therapies for the treatment of COVID-19, see www.clinicaltrials.gov.

  • 1 EMERGENCY USE AUTHORIZATION

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) to permit the emergency use of the unapproved product molnupiravir for treatment of mild-to-moderate COVID-19 in adults:

    • with positive results of direct SARS-CoV-2 viral testing, and
    • who are at high risk for progression to severe COVID-19, including hospitalization or death. Refer to CDC website1 for additional details, and for
    • whom alternative COVID-19 treatment options approved or authorized by FDA are not accessible or clinically appropriate.

    LIMITATIONS OF AUTHORIZED USE

    • Molnupiravir is not authorized for use in patients who are less than 18 years of age [see Warnings and Precautions (5.3)].
    • Molnupiravir is not authorized for initiation of treatment in patients hospitalized due to COVID-192. Benefit of treatment with molnupiravir has not been observed in subjects when treatment was initiated after hospitalization due to COVID-19 [see Dosing and Administration (2.1)].
    • Molnupiravir is not authorized for use for longer than 5 consecutive days.
    • Molnupiravir is not authorized for pre-exposure or post-exposure prophylaxis for prevention of COVID-19.

    Molnupiravir may only be prescribed for an individual patient by physicians, advanced practice registered nurses, and physician assistants that are licensed or authorized under state law to prescribe drugs in the therapeutic class to which molnupiravir belongs (i.e., anti-infectives).

    Molnupiravir is not approved for any use, including for use for the treatment of COVID-19.

    Prior to initiating treatment with molnupiravir, carefully consider the known and potential risks and benefits [see Warnings and Precautions (5.1, 5.3), Use in Specific Populations (8.1, 8.3) and Nonclinical Toxicology (13.1)].

    Molnupiravir is authorized only for the duration of the declaration that circumstances exist justifying the authorization of the emergency use of molnupiravir under section 564(b)(1) of the Act, 21 U.S.C. § 360bbb-3(b)(1), unless the authorization is terminated or revoked sooner.

    Justification for Emergency Use of Drugs During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    There is currently an outbreak of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by SARS-CoV-2, a novel coronavirus. The Secretary of HHS has declared that:

    • A public health emergency related to COVID-19 has existed since January 27, 2020.
    • Circumstances exist justifying the authorization of emergency use of drugs and biological products during the COVID-19 pandemic (March 27, 2020 declaration).

    An EUA is a FDA authorization for the emergency use of an unapproved product or unapproved use of an approved product (i.e., drug, biological product, or device) in the United States under certain circumstances including, but not limited to, when the Secretary of HHS declares that there is a public health emergency that affects the national security or the health and security of United States citizens living abroad, and that involves biological agent(s) or a disease or condition that may be attributable to such agent(s). Criteria for issuing an EUA include:

    • The biological agent(s) can cause a serious or life-threatening disease or condition;
    • Based on the totality of the available scientific evidence (including data from adequate and well-controlled clinical trials, if available), it is reasonable to believe that
      • the product may be effective in diagnosing, treating, or preventing the serious or life-threatening disease or condition; and
      • the known and potential benefits of the product - when used to diagnose, prevent, or treat such disease or condition - outweigh the known and potential risks of the product, taking into consideration the material threat posed by the biological agent(s);
    • There is no adequate, approved, and available alternative to the product for diagnosing, preventing, or treating the serious or life-threatening disease or condition.

    Information Regarding Available Alternatives for the EUA Authorized Use

    Veklury (remdesivir) is FDA-approved for the treatment of COVID-19 in adults and pediatric patients (12 years of age and older weighing at least 40 kg) with positive results of direct SARS-CoV-2 viral testing, who are not hospitalized and have mild-to-moderate COVID-19, and who are at high risk for progression to severe COVID-19, including hospitalization or death. Veklury is administered via intravenous infusion for a total treatment duration of 3 days.

    Although Veklury is an approved alternative treatment of mild-to-moderate COVID-19 in adults with positive results of direct SARS-CoV-2 viral testing, and who are at high risk for progression to severe COVID-19, including hospitalization or death, FDA does not consider Veklury to be an adequate alternative to molnupiravir for this authorized use because it may not be feasible or practical for certain patients (e.g., it requires a 3-day treatment duration).

    Other therapeutics are currently authorized for the same use as molnupiravir. For additional information on all products authorized for treatment or prevention of COVID-19, please see https://www.fda.gov/emergency-preparedness-and-response/mcm-legal-regulatory-and-policy-framework/emergency-use-authorization.


    1
    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/people-with-medical-conditions.html. Healthcare providers should consider the benefit-risk for an individual patient.
    2
    Should a patient require hospitalization after starting treatment with molnupiravir, the patient may complete the full 5 day treatment course per the healthcare provider’s discretion.
  • 2 DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION

    2.1 Dosage for Emergency Use of Molnupiravir in Adult Patients

    The dosage in adult patients is 800 mg (four 200 mg capsules) taken orally every 12 hours for 5 days, with or without food [see Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)]. Take molnupiravir as soon as possible after a diagnosis of COVID-19 has been made, and within 5 days of symptom onset [see Emergency Use Authorization (1) and Clinical Studies (14)].

    Completion of the full 5-day treatment course and continued isolation in accordance with public health recommendations are important to maximize viral clearance and minimize transmission of SARS-CoV-2 [see Patient Counseling Information (17)].

    Molnupiravir is not authorized for use for longer than 5 consecutive days because the safety and efficacy have not been established.

    If the patient misses a dose of molnupiravir within 10 hours of the time it is usually taken, the patient should take it as soon as possible and resume the normal dosing schedule. If the patient misses a dose by more than 10 hours, the patient should not take the missed dose and instead take the next dose at the regularly scheduled time. The patient should not double the dose to make up for a missed dose.

    Should a patient require hospitalization after starting treatment with molnupiravir, the patient may complete the full 5 day treatment course per the healthcare provider’s discretion.

    2.2 Dosage Adjustments in Specific Populations

    No dosage adjustment is recommended based on renal or hepatic impairment or in geriatric patients [see Use in Specific Populations (8.5, 8.6, 8.7)].

  • 3 DOSAGE FORMS AND STRENGTHS

    Capsules: 200 mg, Swedish Orange opaque size 0 capsules. The capsules have the corporate logo and “82” printed in white ink.

  • 4 CONTRAINDICATIONS

    No contraindications have been identified based on the limited available data on the emergency use of molnupiravir authorized under this EUA.

  • 5 WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS

    There are limited clinical data available for molnupiravir. Serious and unexpected adverse events may occur that have not been previously reported with molnupiravir use.

    5.1 Embryo-Fetal Toxicity

    Based on findings from animal reproduction studies, molnupiravir may cause fetal harm when administered to pregnant individuals. There are no available human data on the use of molnupiravir in pregnant individuals to evaluate the risk of major birth defects, miscarriage or adverse maternal or fetal outcomes; therefore, molnupiravir is not recommended for use during pregnancy. When considering molnupiravir for a pregnant individual, the prescribing healthcare provider must communicate the known and potential benefits and the potential risks of using molnupiravir during pregnancy to the pregnant individual. Molnupiravir is authorized to be prescribed to a pregnant individual only after the healthcare provider has determined that the benefits would outweigh the risks for that individual patient. If the decision is made to use molnupiravir during pregnancy, the prescribing healthcare provider must document that the known and potential benefits and the potential risks of using molnupiravir during pregnancy were communicated to the pregnant individual.

    Advise individuals of childbearing potential of the potential risk to a fetus and to use an effective method of contraception correctly and consistently, as applicable, during treatment with molnupiravir and for 4 days after the final dose [see Use in Specific Populations (8.1, 8.3 and Nonclinical Toxicology (13.1)].

    Prior to initiating treatment with molnupiravir, assess whether an individual of childbearing potential is pregnant or not, if clinically indicated. Pregnancy status does not need to be confirmed in patients who have undergone permanent sterilization, are currently using an intrauterine system or contraceptive implant, or in whom pregnancy is not possible. In all other patients, assess whether the patient is pregnant based on the first day of last menstrual period in individuals who have regular menstrual cycles, is using a reliable method of contraception correctly and consistently or have had a negative pregnancy test. A pregnancy test is recommended if the individual has irregular menstrual cycles, is unsure of the first day of last menstrual period or is not using effective contraception correctly and consistently [see Box].

    5.2 Hypersensitivity Including Anaphylaxis

    Hypersensitivity reactions, including anaphylaxis, have been reported with molnupiravir. If signs and symptoms of a clinically significant hypersensitivity reaction or anaphylaxis occur, immediately discontinue molnupiravir and initiate appropriate medications and/or supportive care.

    5.3 Bone and Cartilage Toxicity

    Molnupiravir is not authorized for use in patients less than 18 years of age because it may affect bone and cartilage growth. Bone and cartilage toxicity was observed in rats after repeated dosing [see Nonclinical Toxicity (13.2)]. The safety and efficacy of molnupiravir have not been established in pediatric patients [see Use in Specific Populations (8.4)].

  • 6 ADVERSE REACTIONS

    6.1 Adverse Reactions from Clinical Studies

    The following adverse reactions have been observed in the clinical study of molnupiravir that supported the EUA. The adverse reaction rates observed in these clinical trials cannot be directly compared to rates in the clinical trials of another drug and may not reflect the rates observed in practice. Additional adverse events associated with molnupiravir may become apparent with more widespread use.

    Overall, more than 900 subjects have been exposed to molnupiravir 800 mg twice daily in clinical trials. The safety assessment of molnupiravir is primarily based on an analysis from subjects followed through Day 29 in the Phase 3 study in non-hospitalized subjects with COVID-19 (MOVe-OUT) [see Clinical Studies (14)].

    The safety of molnupiravir was evaluated based on an analysis of a Phase 3 double-blind trial (MOVe-OUT) in which 1,411 non-hospitalized subjects with COVID-19 were randomized and treated with molnupiravir (N=710) or placebo (N=701) for up to 5 days. Adverse events were those reported while subjects were on study intervention or within 14 days of study intervention completion/discontinuation.

    Discontinuation of study intervention due to an adverse event occurred in 1% of subjects receiving molnupiravir and 3% of subjects receiving placebo. Serious adverse events occurred in 7% of subjects receiving molnupiravir and 10% receiving placebo; most serious adverse events were COVID-19 related. Adverse events leading to death occurred in 2 (<1%) subjects receiving molnupiravir and 12 (2%) of subjects receiving placebo.

    The most common adverse reactions in the molnupiravir treatment group in MOVe-OUT are presented in Table 1, all of which were Grade 1 (mild) or Grade 2 (moderate).

    Table 1: Adverse Reactions Occurring in Greater Than or Equal to 1% of Subjects Receiving Molnupiravir in MOVe-OUT*
    Molnupiravir
    N=710
    Placebo
    N=701
    *
    Frequencies of adverse reactions are based on all adverse events attributed to study intervention by the investigator.
    Diarrhea2%2%
    Nausea1%1%
    Dizziness1%1%

    Laboratory Abnormalities

    Selected Grade 3 and 4 laboratory abnormalities in chemistry (alanine aminotransferase, aspartate aminotransferase, creatinine, and lipase) and hematology (hemoglobin, platelets, and leukocytes) parameters all occurred at a rate of less than or equal to 2% and occurred at a similar rate across arms in MOVe-OUT.

    6.2 Post-Authorization Experience

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

    Immune System Disorders

    hypersensitivity, anaphylaxis, angioedema [see Warnings and Precautions (5.2)]

    Skin and Subcutaneous Tissue Disorders

    erythema, rash, urticaria

    6.4 Required Reporting for Serious Adverse Events and Medication Errors

    The prescribing healthcare provider and/or the provider’s designee is/are responsible for mandatory reporting of all serious adverse events* and medication errors potentially related to molnupiravir within 7 calendar days from the healthcare provider’s awareness of the event, using FDA Form 3500 (for information on how to access this form, see below). The FDA requires that such reports, using FDA Form 3500, include the following:

    • Patient demographics and baseline characteristics (e.g., patient identifier, age or date of birth, gender, weight, ethnicity, and race)
    • A statement "Molnupiravir use for COVID-19 under Emergency Use Authorization (EUA)” under the “Describe Event, Problem, or Product Use/Medication Error” heading
    • Information about the serious adverse event or medication error (e.g., signs and symptoms, test/laboratory data, complications, timing of drug initiation in relation to the occurrence of the event, duration of the event, treatments required to mitigate the event, evidence of event improvement/disappearance after stopping or reducing the dosage, evidence of event reappearance after reintroduction, clinical outcomes).
    • Patient’s preexisting medical conditions and use of concomitant products
    • Information about the product (e.g., dosage, route of administration, NDC #).

    Submit adverse event and medication error reports, using Form 3500, to FDA MedWatch using one of the following methods:

    In addition, please provide a copy of all FDA MedWatch forms to:
    Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp., a subsidiary of Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, NJ USA
    Fax: 215-616-5677
    E-mail: dpoc.usa@msd.com

    The prescribing healthcare provider and/or the provider’s designee is/are responsible for mandatory responses to requests from FDA for information about adverse events and medication errors following receipt of molnupiravir.

    *Serious adverse events are defined as:

    • Death;
    • A life-threatening adverse event;
    • Inpatient hospitalization or prolongation of existing hospitalization;
    • A persistent or significant incapacity or substantial disruption of the ability to conduct normal life functions;
    • A congenital anomaly/birth defect;
    • Other important medical event, which may require a medical or surgical intervention to prevent death, a life-threatening event, hospitalization, disability, or congenital anomaly.

    6.5 Other Reporting Requirements

    Healthcare facilities and providers will report therapeutics information and utilization data as directed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

  • 7 DRUG INTERACTIONS

    No drug interactions have been identified based on the limited available data on the emergency use of molnupiravir authorized under this EUA. No clinical drug-drug interaction trials of molnupiravir with concomitant medications, including other treatments for mild-to-moderate COVID-19, have been conducted [see Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)].

  • 8 USE IN SPECIFIC POPULATIONS

    8.1 Pregnancy

    Pregnancy Surveillance Program

    There is a pregnancy surveillance program that monitors pregnancy outcomes in individuals exposed to molnupiravir during pregnancy. The prescribing healthcare provider must document that a pregnant individual was made aware of Merck Sharp & Dohme’s pregnancy surveillance program at 1-877-888-4231 or pregnancyreporting.msd.com. If the pregnant individual agrees to participate in the pregnancy surveillance program and allows the prescribing healthcare provider to disclose patient specific information to Merck Sharp & Dohme, the prescribing healthcare provider must provide the patient’s name and contact information to Merck Sharp & Dohme. Pregnant individuals exposed to molnupiravir can also report the exposure by contacting Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp., a subsidiary of Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, NJ USA at 1-877-888-4231 or pregnancyreporting.msd.com.

    Risk Summary

    Based on animal data, molnupiravir may cause fetal harm when administered to pregnant individuals. There are no available human data on the use of molnupiravir in pregnant individuals to evaluate the risk of major birth defects, miscarriage or adverse maternal or fetal outcomes; therefore, molnupiravir is not recommended during pregnancy [see Box and Warnings and Precautions (5.1)]. In an animal reproduction study, oral administration of molnupiravir to pregnant rats during the period of organogenesis resulted in embryofetal lethality and teratogenicity at 8 times the human NHC (N4-hydroxycytidine) exposures at the recommended human dose (RHD) and reduced fetal growth at ≥ 3 times the human NHC exposure at the RHD. Oral administration of molnupiravir to pregnant rabbits during the period of organogenesis resulted in reduced fetal body weights at 18 times the human NHC exposure at the RHD (see Data). When considering molnupiravir for a pregnant individual, the prescribing healthcare provider must communicate the known and potential benefits and the potential risks of using molnupiravir during pregnancy to the pregnant individual. Molnupiravir may only be prescribed to a pregnant individual after the prescribing healthcare provider has determined that the benefits would outweigh the risks for that individual patient. If the decision is made to use molnupiravir during pregnancy, the prescribing healthcare provider must document that the known and potential benefits and potential risks of using molnupiravir during pregnancy were communicated to the pregnant individual [see Box]. There are maternal and fetal risks associated with untreated COVID-19 in pregnancy (see Clinical Considerations).

    The estimated background risk of major birth defects and miscarriage for the indicated population is unknown. All pregnancies have a background risk of birth defect, loss, or other adverse outcomes. In the U.S. general population, the estimated background risk of major birth defects and miscarriage in clinically recognized pregnancies is 2 to 4% and 15 to 20%, respectively.

    Clinical Considerations

    Disease-associated maternal and/or embryo/fetal risk

    COVID-19 in pregnancy is associated with adverse maternal and fetal outcomes, including preeclampsia, eclampsia, preterm birth, premature rupture of membranes, venous thromboembolic disease, and fetal death.

    Data

    Animal Data

    In an embryofetal development (EFD) study in rats, molnupiravir was administered orally to pregnant rats at 0, 100, 250, or 500 mg/kg/day from gestation days (GDs) 6 to 17. Molnupiravir was also administered orally to pregnant rats at up to 1,000 mg/kg/day from GDs 6 to 17 in a preliminary EFD study. Developmental toxicities included post-implantation losses, malformations of the eye, kidney, and axial skeleton, and rib variations at 1,000 mg/kg/day (8 times the human NHC exposure at the RHD) and decreased fetal body weights and delayed ossification at ≥500 mg/kg/day (3 times the human NHC exposure at the RHD). There were no developmental toxicities at ≤250 mg/kg/day (less than the human NHC exposure at the RHD). Maternal toxicities included decreased food consumption and body weight losses, resulting in the early sacrifice of two of sixteen animals at 1,000 mg/kg/day, and decreased body weight gain at 500 mg/kg/day.

    In an EFD study in rabbits, molnupiravir was administered orally to pregnant rabbits at 0, 125, 400, or 750 mg/kg/day from GDs 7 to 19. Developmental toxicity was limited to reduced fetal body weights at 750 mg/kg/day (18 times the human NHC exposures at the RHD). There was no developmental toxicity at ≤400 mg/kg/day (7 times the human NHC exposures at the RHD). Maternal toxicities included reduced food consumption and body weight gains, and abnormal fecal output at 750 mg/kg/day.

    In a pre- and post-natal developmental study, molnupiravir was administered orally to female rats at doses up to 500 mg/kg/day (similar to the human NHC exposure at the RHD) from GD6 through lactation day 20. No effects were observed in offspring.

    8.2 Lactation

    Risk Summary

    There are no data on the presence of molnupiravir or its metabolites in human milk. NHC was detected in the plasma of nursing pups from lactating rats administered molnupiravir (see Data). It is unknown whether molnupiravir has an effect on the breastfed infant or effects on milk production.

    Based on the potential for adverse reactions in the infant from molnupiravir, breastfeeding is not recommended during treatment with molnupiravir and for 4 days after the final dose. A lactating individual may consider interrupting breastfeeding and may consider pumping and discarding breast milk during treatment and for 4 days after the last dose of molnupiravir [see Warnings and Precautions (5.1, 5.3)].

    Data

    When molnupiravir was administered to lactating rats at ≥250 mg/kg/day in the pre- and post-natal development study, NHC was detected in plasma of nursing pups.

    8.3 Females and Males of Reproductive Potential

    Based on animal studies, molnupiravir may cause fetal harm when administered to a pregnant individual.

    Pregnancy Testing

    Prior to initiating treatment with molnupiravir, assess whether an individual of childbearing potential is pregnant or not, if clinically indicated [see Warnings and Precautions (5.1)].

    Contraception

    Females

    Advise individuals of childbearing potential to use a reliable method of contraception correctly and consistently, as applicable for the duration of treatment and for 4 days after the last dose of molnupiravir [see Warnings and Precautions (5.1)].

    Males

    While the risk is regarded as low, nonclinical studies to fully assess the potential for molnupiravir to affect offspring of treated males have not been completed. Advise sexually active individuals with partners of childbearing potential to use a reliable method of contraception correctly and consistently during treatment and for at least 3 months after the last dose of molnupiravir.
    The risk beyond three months after the last dose of molnupiravir is unknown. Studies to understand the risk beyond three months are ongoing.

    Molnupiravir was equivocal (neither clearly positive nor negative) in one in vivo mutagenicity assay of reticulocytes and RBCs which are used to reflect prior effects on hematopoietic stem cells in bone marrow. Molnupiravir was not mutagenic when assessed in a second in vivo assay of liver (somatic cells) and bone marrow (somatic cells and stem cells) from transgenic rats administered molnupiravir for 28 days. In contrast to somatic cells, germ cells (eggs and sperm) pass genetic information from generation to generation. A planned study of male testicular germ cells from transgenic rats will assess the potential for molnupiravir to affect offspring of treated males [see Nonclinical Toxicology (13.1)].

    8.4 Pediatric Use

    Molnupiravir is not authorized for use in patients less than 18 years of age.
    Bone and cartilage toxicity were observed in a 3-month, repeat-dose toxicology study in rats. The safety and efficacy of molnupiravir have not been established in pediatric patients [see Warnings and Precautions (5.3) and Nonclinical Toxicology (13.2)].

    8.5 Geriatric Use

    In MOVe-OUT, there was no difference in safety and tolerability between patients ≥65 years of age and younger patients who were treated with molnupiravir. No dosage adjustment is recommended based on age. The PK of NHC was similar in geriatric patients compared to younger patients [see Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)].

    8.6 Renal Impairment

    No dosage adjustment in patients with any degree of renal impairment is recommended. Renal clearance is not a meaningful route of elimination for NHC. Mild or moderate renal impairment did not have a meaningful impact on the PK of NHC. While the PK of NHC has not been evaluated in patients with eGFR less than 30 mL/min/1.73m2 or on dialysis, severe renal impairment, and end-stage renal disease (ESRD) are not expected to have a significant effect on NHC exposure [see Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)].

    8.7 Hepatic Impairment

    No dosage adjustment in patients with hepatic impairment is recommended. Preclinical data indicate that hepatic elimination is not expected to be a major route of NHC elimination therefore, hepatic impairment is unlikely to affect NHC exposure [see Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)].

  • 10 OVERDOSAGE

    There is no human experience of overdosage with molnupiravir. Treatment of overdose with molnupiravir should consist of general supportive measures including the monitoring of the clinical status of the patient. Hemodialysis is not expected to result in effective elimination of NHC.

  • 11 DESCRIPTION

    Molnupiravir is a nucleoside analogue that inhibits SARS-CoV-2 replication by viral mutagenesis and is the 5´-isobutyrate ester of the ribonucleoside analog N4-hydroxycytidine (NHC).

    The chemical name for molnupiravir is {(2R,3S,4R,5R)-3,4-Dihydroxy-5-[(4Z)-4-(hydroxyimino)-2-oxo-3,4-dihydropyrimidin-1(2H)-yl]oxolan-2-yl}methyl 2-methylpropanoate. It has an empirical formula of C13H19N3O7 and its molecular weight is 329.31 g/mol. Its structural formula is:

    Molnupiravir structure

    Molnupiravir is a white to off-white powder that is soluble in water.

    Each molnupiravir capsule, for oral use, contains 200 mg of molnupiravir and the following inactive ingredients: croscarmellose sodium, hydroxypropyl cellulose, magnesium stearate and microcrystalline cellulose and purified water. The capsule shell is made of hypromellose, red iron oxide and titanium dioxide. The capsule is printed with white ink made of butyl alcohol, dehydrated alcohol, isopropyl alcohol, potassium hydroxide, propylene glycol, purified water, shellac, strong ammonia solution and titanium dioxide.

  • 12 CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY

    12.1 Mechanism of Action

    Molnupiravir is a prodrug with antiviral activity against SARS-CoV-2. It is metabolized to the cytidine nucleoside analogue, NHC which distributes into cells where NHC is phosphorylated to form the pharmacologically active ribonucleoside triphosphate (NHC-TP). NHC-TP incorporation (as NHC-monophosphate [NHC-MP]) into SARS-CoV-2 RNA by the viral RNA polymerase (nsp12) results in an accumulation of errors in the viral genome leading to inhibition of replication. The mechanism of action (known as viral error catastrophe or viral lethal mutagenesis) is supported by biochemical and cell culture data, studies of SARS-CoV-2 infection in animal models, and analyses of SARS-CoV-2 genome sequences in human subjects treated with molnupiravir.

    12.2 Pharmacodynamics

    The relationship between NHC and intracellular NHC-TP with antiviral efficacy has not been evaluated clinically.

    12.3 Pharmacokinetics

    Molnupiravir is a 5´-isobutyrate prodrug of NHC that is hydrolyzed during or after absorption. NHC, the primary circulating analyte, is taken up by cells and anabolized to NHC-TP. NHC is eliminated by metabolism to uridine and/or cytidine through the same pathways involved in endogenous pyrimidine metabolism. NHC pharmacokinetics are shown in Table 2.

    Table 2: Pharmacokinetics of NHC After Multiple Oral Administration of 800 mg Molnupiravir Every 12 Hours
    NHC Geometric Mean (%CV)
    Values were obtained from a Phase 1 study of healthy subjects, unless otherwise indicated.
    *
    Values were obtained from population PK analysis.
    Median [min - max]
    Pharmacokinetics in Patients
    AUC0-12hr (ng*hr/mL)*8260 (41.0)
    Cmax (ng/mL)*2330 (36.9)
    C12hr (ng/mL)*31.1 (124)
    Pharmacokinetics in Healthy Subjects
    AUC0-12hr (ng*hr/mL)8330 (17.9)
    Cmax (ng/mL)2970 (16.8)
    C12hr (ng/mL)16.7 (42.8)
    AUC Accumulation Ratio1.09 (11.8)
    Absorption
    Tmax (hr)1.50 [1.00 – 2.02]
    Effect of Food35% reduction in Cmax, no effect on AUC
    Distribution
    Plasma Protein Binding (in vitro)0%
    Apparent Volume of Distribution (L)*142
    Elimination
    Effective t1/2 (hr)3.3
    Apparent Clearance (L/hr)*76.9
    Fraction of dose excreted in urine over the time interval of 0-12 hours3% (81.6%)

    Specific Populations

    Population PK analysis results indicated that age, sex, race, ethnicity, or disease severity do not meaningfully influence the PK of NHC.

    Pediatric Patients

    Molnupiravir has not been studied in pediatric patients.

    Patients with Renal Impairment

    Renal clearance is not a meaningful route of elimination for NHC. In a population PK analysis, mild or moderate renal impairment did not have a meaningful impact on the PK of NHC. The PK of molnupiravir and NHC has not been evaluated in patients with eGFR less than 30 mL/min/1.73m2 or on dialysis.

    Patients with Hepatic Impairment

    The PK of molnupiravir and NHC has not been evaluated in patients with moderate and severe hepatic impairment. Preclinical data indicate that hepatic elimination is not expected to be a major route of NHC elimination; therefore, hepatic impairment is unlikely to affect NHC exposure.

    Drug Interaction Studies

    In vitro study results indicated that molnupiravir and NHC are not substrates of CYP enzymes or human P-gp and BCRP transporters. In vitro study results also indicated that molnupiravir and NHC are not inhibitors of CYP1A2, 2B6, 2C8, 2C9, 2C19, 2D6, and 3A4 or inhibitors of OATP1B1, OATP1B3, OCT1, OCT2, OAT1, OAT3, MATE1, MATE2K, MRP2, MDR1 and BCRP or inducers of CYP1A2, 2B6, and 3A4. The interaction between molnupiravir with concomitant medications, including other treatments for mild-to-moderate COVID-19, has not been evaluated.

    12.4 Microbiology

    Antiviral Activity

    NHC, the nucleoside analogue metabolite of molnupiravir, was active in cell culture assays against SARS-CoV-2 with 50% effective concentrations (EC50 values) ranging between 0.67 to 2.66 µM in A-549 cells and 0.32 to 2.03 µM in Vero E6 cells. NHC had similar activity against SARS-CoV-2 variants Alpha (B.1.1.7), Beta (B.1.351), Gamma (P.1), and Delta (B.1.617.2) with EC50 values of 1.59, 1.77 and 1.32 and 1.68 µM, respectively. NHC had non-antagonistic antiviral activity with remdesivir against SARS-CoV-2 in cell culture.

    Resistance

    No amino acid substitutions in SARS-CoV-2 associated with resistance to NHC have been identified in Phase 2 clinical trials evaluating molnupiravir for the treatment of COVID-19. Studies to evaluate selection of resistance to NHC with SARS-CoV-2 in cell culture have not been completed. Resistance selection studies have been conducted with other coronaviruses (MHV and MERS-CoV) and showed a low likelihood of resistance development to NHC. Following 30 passages in cell culture, only a 2-fold decrease in susceptibility was observed and no NHC resistance-associated amino acid substitutions were identified. NHC retained activity in cell culture against virus with polymerase (nsp 12) substitutions (e.g., F480L, V557L and E802D) associated with decreased remdesivir sensitivity, indicating a lack of cross-resistance.

    In clinical trials, encoded amino acid changes (substitutions, deletions or insertions) were more likely to be detected in viral sequences in subjects treated with molnupiravir compared to placebo. In a small number of subjects amino acid changes in the spike protein occurred at positions targeted by monoclonal antibodies and vaccines. The clinical and public health significance of these changes are unknown.

    Activity against SARS-CoV-2 in animal models

    The antiviral activity of molnupiravir has been demonstrated in mouse, hamster, and ferret models of SARS-CoV-2 infection when dosing was administered prior to or within 1-2 days after viral challenge. In SARS-CoV-2 infected ferrets, molnupiravir significantly reduced SARS-CoV-2 viral titers in the upper respiratory tract and completely inhibited viral spread to untreated contact animals. In SARS-CoV-2 infected Syrian hamsters, molnupiravir reduced viral RNA and infectious virus titers in the lungs of animals. Histopathological analysis of lung tissue harvested after infection showed significantly reduced SARS-CoV-2 viral antigen levels and a lower abundance of pulmonary lesions in molnupiravir-treated animals compared with controls.

    In Vitro Cytotoxicity

    NHC, the nucleoside analogue metabolite of molnupiravir, had variable cytotoxicity against different mammalian cell types with CC50 values ranging from 7.5 µM (human lymphoid CEM cell line) to >100 µM, in 3-day exposure assays. Molnupiravir inhibited the proliferation of human bone marrow progenitor cells with CC50 values of 24.9 µM and 7.7 µM for erythroid and myeloid progenitor proliferation, respectively, in 14-day colony formation assays.

  • 13 NONCLINICAL TOXICOLOGY

    13.1 Carcinogenesis, Mutagenesis, Impairment of Fertility

    Carcinogenesis

    A mouse carcinogenicity study with molnupiravir is ongoing.

    Mutagenesis

    Molnupiravir and NHC were positive in the in vitro bacterial reverse mutation assay (Ames assay) with and without metabolic activation. Molnupiravir was studied in two in vivo rodent mutagenicity models. The in vivo Pig-a mutagenicity assay gave equivocal results. Molnupiravir was negative in the in vivo Big Blue® (cII Locus) transgenic rodent mutagenicity assay. Molnupiravir was negative for induction of chromosomal damage in in vitro micronucleus (with and without metabolic activation) and in vivo rat micronucleus assays. To assess effects on germ cells, a transgenic rodent male germ cell mutagenicity assay is planned.

    Based on the totality of the available genotoxicity data and the duration of treatment (5 days), molnupiravir is low risk for genotoxicity.

    Impairment of Fertility

    There were no effects on fertility, mating performance or early embryonic development when molnupiravir was administered to female or male rats at NHC exposures approximately 2 and 6 times, respectively, the human NHC exposure at the RHD.

    13.2 Animal Toxicology and/or Pharmacology

    Bone and cartilage toxicity changes resulting in impaired transformation of growth cartilage into new bone were observed in the femur and tibia of rats in a 3-month toxicity study at ≥ 500 mg/kg/day (5 times the human NHC exposure at the RHD). There was no bone or cartilage toxicity in a 1-month toxicity study in rats up to 500 mg/kg/day (4 and 8 times the human NHC exposure at the RHD in females and males, respectively), in dogs dosed for 14 days up to 50 mg/kg/day (similar to the human NHC exposure at the RHD), or in a 1-month toxicity study in mice up to 2,000 mg/kg/day (19 times the human NHC exposure at the RHD).

    Growth cartilage is not present in mature skeletons, therefore the bone and cartilage findings are not relevant for adult humans but may be relevant for pediatric patients [see Warnings and Precautions (5.3) and Use in Specific Populations (8.4)].

    Reversible, dose-related bone marrow toxicity affecting all hematopoietic cell lines was observed in dogs at ≥17 mg/kg/day (less than the human NHC exposure at the RHD). Mild decreases in peripheral blood cell and platelet counts were seen after 7 days of molnupiravir treatment progressing to more severe hematological changes after 14 days of treatment. Neither bone marrow nor hematological toxicity was observed in a 1-month toxicity study in mice up to 2,000 mg/kg/day (19 times the human NHC exposure at the RHD) and a 3-month toxicity study in rats up to 1,000 mg/kg/day (9 and 15 times the human NHC exposure at the RHD in females and males, respectively).

  • 14 CLINICAL STUDIES

    Clinical data supporting this EUA are based on data from 1,433 randomized subjects in the Phase 3 MOVe-OUT trial (NCT04575597). MOVe-OUT is a randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind clinical trial studying molnupiravir for the treatment of non-hospitalized patients with mild-to-moderate COVID-19 who are at risk for progressing to severe COVID-19 and/or hospitalization. Eligible subjects were 18 years of age and older and had one or more pre-defined risk factors for disease progression: over 60 years of age, diabetes, obesity (BMI ≥30), chronic kidney disease, serious heart conditions, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or active cancer. The study included symptomatic subjects not vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2 and who had laboratory confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection and symptom onset within 5 days of randomization. Subjects were randomized 1:1 to receive 800 mg of molnupiravir or placebo orally twice daily for 5 days.

    At baseline, in all randomized subjects, the median age was 43 years (range:18 to 90); 17% of subjects were over 60 years of age and 3% were 75 years of age or older; 49% of subjects were male; 57% were White, 5% Black or African American, 3% Asian, 50% Hispanic or Latino. The majority of subjects were enrolled from sites in Latin America (46%) and Europe (33%); 12% were enrolled in Africa, 6% were enrolled in North America and 3% were enrolled in Asia. Forty-eight percent of subjects received molnupiravir or placebo within 3 days of COVID-19 symptom onset. The most common risk factors were obesity (74%), over 60 years of age (17%), and diabetes (16%). Among 792 subjects (55% of total randomized population) with available baseline SARS-CoV-2 variant/clade identification results, 58% were infected with Delta (B.1.617.2 and AY lineages), 20% were infected with Mu (B.1.621), 11% were infected with Gamma (P.1), and the remainder were infected with other variants/clades. Overall, baseline demographic and disease characteristics were well balanced between the treatment arms.

    Table 3 provides the results of the primary endpoint (the percentage of subjects who were hospitalized or died through Day 29 due to any cause). The efficacy results are based on unvaccinated adults who were 18 years of age and older and had one or more pre-defined risk factors for disease progression: over 60 years of age, diabetes, obesity (BMI ≥30), chronic kidney disease, serious heart conditions, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or active cancer. Please refer to Figure 1 for results by certain subgroups. These subgroup analyses are considered exploratory. Data are not available in certain subgroups of subjects who are at high risk for progression to severe COVID-19 as defined by CDC.

    Table 3. Efficacy Results in Non-Hospitalized Adults with COVID-19*
    Molnupiravir
    (N=709)

    n (%)
    Placebo
    (N=699)

    n (%)
    Adjusted Risk Difference
    % (95% CI)
    Adjusted relative risk reduction of molnupiravir compared to placebo for all randomized subjects was 30% (95% CI: 1%, 51%).
    Analyses are adjusted by the stratification factor of time of COVID-19 symptom onset (≤3 days vs. >3 [4-5] days).
    *
    The determination of primary efficacy was based on a planned interim analysis of 762 subjects. At the interim analysis, 7.3% of patients who received molnupiravir were either hospitalized or died through Day 29 (28/385), compared with 14.1% of placebo-treated patients (53/377). The adjusted risk difference was -6.8% with a 95% CI of (-11.3%, -2.4%) and 2-sided p-value = 0.0024.
    All-cause hospitalization ≥24 hours for acute care or death through Day 29
    48 (6.8%)68 (9.7%)-3.0% (-5.9%, -0.1%)
    All-cause mortality through Day 29
    1 (0.1%)9 (1.3%)
    Figure 1. Subgroup Efficacy Results in Non-Hospitalized Adults with COVID-19 - All-Randomized Subjects
    The corresponding confidence interval is based on Miettinen & Nurminen method.
    The modified intent-to-treat population is the efficacy analysis population.
    Baseline serum samples were evaluated with the Roche Elecsys anti-N assay to test for the presence of antibodies (IgM, IgG and IgA) against the SARS-CoV-2 nucleocapsid protein.
    The findings of these subgroup analyses are considered exploratory.
    Figure 1
  • 16 HOW SUPPLIED/STORAGE AND HANDLING

    How Supplied

    Molnupiravir capsules are supplied as follows:

    ContentsDescriptionHow SuppliedNDC
    200 mg molnupiravirSwedish Orange opaque capsules with corporate logo and “82” printed in white ink40 count bottlesNDC-0006-5055-06
    NDC-0006-5055-07

    Storage and Handling

    Store molnupiravir capsules at 20° to 25°C (68° to 77°F); excursions permitted between 15° to 30°C (59° to 86°F) [see USP Controlled Room Temperature].

  • 17 PATIENT COUNSELING INFORMATION

    As a prescribing healthcare practitioner, you must communicate to the patient and/or caregiver information consistent with the “FACT SHEET FOR PATIENTS AND CAREGIVERS” and document that information was provided. A copy of this Fact Sheet should be provided to the patient and/or caregiver prior to receiving molnupiravir [see Box].

    Hypersensitivity Reactions

    Inform patients that hypersensitivity reactions have been reported, even following a single dose of molnupiravir, and to discontinue the drug and to inform their healthcare provider at the first sign of a skin rash, hives or other skin reactions, a rapid heartbeat, difficulty in swallowing or breathing, any swelling suggesting angioedema (for example, swelling of the lips, tongue, face, tightness of the throat, hoarseness), or other symptoms of an allergic reaction [see Warnings and Precautions (5.2)].

    Risk of Fetal Toxicity

    Advise patients that molnupiravir is not recommended for use in pregnancy because it may cause fetal harm. Advise individuals of childbearing potential to inform their healthcare provider of a known or suspected pregnancy [see Box, Warnings and Precautions (5.1) and Use in Specific Populations (8.1)].

    Advise individuals of childbearing potential to use effective contraception correctly and consistently while taking molnupiravir and for 4 days after the last dose.

    While the risk is regarded as low, nonclinical studies to fully assess the potential for molnupiravir to affect offspring of treated males have not been completed. Advise sexually active individuals with partners of childbearing potential to use a reliable method of contraception consistently and correctly while taking molnupiravir and for at least 3 months after the last dose of molnupiravir. The risk beyond 3 months after the last dose of molnupiravir is unknown. Studies to understand the risk beyond three months are ongoing [see Use in Specific Populations (8.3)].

    Risk of Bone and Cartilage Toxicity

    Molnupiravir is not authorized for use in patients less than 18 year of age as it may affect bone growth and cartilage formation [see Warnings and Precautions (5.3) and Use in Specific Populations (8.4)].

    Pregnancy Surveillance Program

    There is a pregnancy surveillance program that monitors pregnancy outcomes in individuals exposed to molnupiravir during pregnancy. Encourage participation and advise patients about how they may enroll in the pregnancy surveillance program. Advise patients who have taken molnupiravir during pregnancy to report their pregnancy to Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp., a subsidiary of Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, NJ USA at 1-877-888-4231 or pregnancyreporting.msd.com [see Use in Specific Populations (8.1)].

    Lactation

    Breastfeeding is not recommended while taking molnupiravir and for 4 days after the last dose of molnupiravir. Advise lactating individuals to consider interrupting breastfeeding and to consider pumping and discarding breast milk during treatment and for 4 days after the last dose of molnupiravir [see Use in Specific Populations (8.2)].

    Administration Instructions

    Inform patients to take molnupiravir with or without food. Advise patients to swallow molnupiravir capsules whole, and to not open, break, or crush the capsules. Instruct patients that if they miss a dose of molnupiravir and it is within 10 hours of the time it is usually taken, the patient should take it as soon as possible and resume the normal dosing schedule. If the patient misses a dose by more than 10 hours, the patient should not take the missed dose and instead take the next dose at the regularly scheduled time. Advise the patient to not double the dose to make up for a missed dose [see Dosage and Administration (2.2)].

    Alert the patient of the importance of completing the full 5-day treatment course and to continuing isolation in accordance with public health recommendations to maximize viral clearance and minimize transmission of SARS-CoV-2 [see Dosage and Administration (2.2)].

  • 18 MANUFACTURER INFORMATION

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    If you have questions, please contact
    1-800-672-6372

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  • SPL UNCLASSIFIED SECTION

    Fact Sheet for Patients And Caregivers
    Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) Of Molnupiravir For Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

    What is the most important information I should know about molnupiravir?

    Molnupiravir may cause serious side effects, including:

    • Molnupiravir may cause harm to your unborn baby. It is not known if molnupiravir will harm your baby if you take molnupiravir during pregnancy.
      • Molnupiravir is not recommended for use in pregnancy.
      • Molnupiravir has not been studied in pregnancy. Molnupiravir was studied in pregnant animals only. When molnupiravir was given to pregnant animals, molnupiravir caused harm to their unborn babies.
      • You and your healthcare provider may decide that you should take molnupiravir during pregnancy if there are no other COVID-19 treatment options approved or authorized by the FDA that are accessible or clinically appropriate for you.
      • If you and your healthcare provider decide that you should take molnupiravir during pregnancy, you and your healthcare provider should discuss the known and potential benefits and the potential risks of taking molnupiravir during pregnancy.

    For individuals who are able to become pregnant:

    • You should use a reliable method of birth control (contraception) consistently and correctly during treatment with molnupiravir and for 4 days after the last dose of molnupiravir. Talk to your healthcare provider about reliable birth control methods.
    • Before starting treatment with molnupiravir your healthcare provider may do a pregnancy test to see if you are pregnant before starting treatment with molnupiravir.
    • Tell your healthcare provider right away if you become pregnant or think you may be pregnant during treatment with molnupiravir.

    Pregnancy Surveillance Program:

    • There is a pregnancy surveillance program for individuals who take molnupiravir during pregnancy. The purpose of this program is to collect information about the health of you and your baby. Talk to your healthcare provider about how to take part in this program.
    • If you take molnupiravir during pregnancy and you agree to participate in the pregnancy surveillance program and allow your healthcare provider to share your information with Merck Sharp & Dohme, then your healthcare provider will report your use of molnupiravir during pregnancy to Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. by calling 1-877-888-4231 or pregnancyreporting.msd.com.

    For individuals who are sexually active with partners who are able to become pregnant:

    • It is not known if molnupiravir can affect sperm. While the risk is regarded as low, animal studies to fully assess the potential for molnupiravir to affect the babies of males treated with molnupiravir have not been completed. A reliable method of birth control (contraception) should be used consistently and correctly during treatment with molnupiravir and for at least 3 months after the last dose. The risk to sperm beyond 3 months is not known. Studies to understand the risk to sperm beyond 3 months are ongoing. Talk to your healthcare provider about reliable birth control methods. Talk to your healthcare provider if you have questions or concerns about how molnupiravir may affect sperm.

    You are being given this fact sheet because your healthcare provider believes it is necessary to provide you with molnupiravir for the treatment of adults with mild-to-moderate coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) with positive results of direct SARS-CoV-2 viral testing, and who are at high risk for progression to severe COVID-19 including hospitalization or death, and for whom other COVID-19 treatment options approved or authorized by the FDA are not accessible or clinically appropriate.

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) to make molnupiravir available during the COVID-19 pandemic (for more details about an EUA please see “What is an Emergency Use Authorization?” at the end of this document). Molnupiravir is not an FDA-approved medicine in the United States. Read this Fact Sheet for information about molnupiravir. Talk to your healthcare provider about your options if you have any questions. It is your choice to take molnupiravir.

    What is COVID-19?

    COVID-19 is caused by a virus called a coronavirus. You can get COVID-19 through close contact with another person who has the virus.

    COVID-19 illnesses have ranged from very mild-to-severe, including illness resulting in death. While information so far suggests that most COVID-19 illness is mild, serious illness can happen and may cause some of your other medical conditions to become worse. Older people and people of all ages with severe, long lasting (chronic) medical conditions like heart disease, lung disease and diabetes, for example seem to be at higher risk of being hospitalized for COVID-19.

    What is molnupiravir?

    Molnupiravir is an investigational medicine used to treat mild-to-moderate COVID-19 in adults:

    • with positive results of direct SARS-CoV-2 viral testing, and
    • who are at high risk for progression to severe COVID-19 including hospitalization or death, and for whom other COVID-19 treatment options approved or authorized by the FDA are not accessible or clinically appropriate.

    The FDA has authorized the emergency use of molnupiravir for the treatment of mild-to-moderate COVID-19 in adults under an EUA. For more information on EUA, see the “What is an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA)?” section at the end of this Fact Sheet.

    Molnupiravir is not authorized:

    • for use in people less than 18 years of age.
    • for prevention of COVID-19.
    • for people needing hospitalization for COVID-19.
    • for use for longer than 5 consecutive days.

    What should I tell my healthcare provider before I take molnupiravir?

    Tell your healthcare provider if you:

    • Have any allergies
    • Are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed
    • Have any serious illnesses
    • Are taking any medicines (prescription, over-the-counter, vitamins, or herbal products).

    How do I take molnupiravir?

    • Take molnupiravir exactly as your healthcare provider tells you to take it.
    • Take 4 capsules of molnupiravir every 12 hours (for example, at 8 am and at 8 pm)
    • Take molnupiravir for 5 days. It is important that you complete the full 5 days of treatment with molnupiravir. Do not stop taking molnupiravir before you complete the full 5 days of treatment, even if you feel better.
    • Take molnupiravir with or without food.
    • You should stay in isolation for as long as your healthcare provider tells you to. Talk to your healthcare provider if you are not sure about how to properly isolate while you have COVID-19.
    • Swallow molnupiravir capsules whole. Do not open, break, or crush the capsules. If you cannot swallow capsules whole, tell your healthcare provider.
    • What to do if you miss a dose:
      • If it has been less than 10 hours since the missed dose, take it as soon as you remember
      • If it has been more than 10 hours since the missed dose, skip the missed dose and take your dose at the next scheduled time.
    • Do not double the dose of molnupiravir to make up for a missed dose.

    What are the important possible side effects of molnupiravir?

    • See, “What is the most important information I should know about molnupiravir?”
    • Allergic Reactions. Allergic reactions can happen in people taking molnupiravir, even after only 1 dose. Stop taking molnupiravir and call your healthcare provider right away if you get any of the following symptoms of an allergic reaction:
      • hives
      • rapid heartbeat
      • trouble swallowing or breathing
      • swelling of the mouth, lips, or face
      • throat tightness
      • hoarseness
      • skin rash

    The most common side effects of molnupiravir are:

    • diarrhea
    • nausea
    • dizziness

    These are not all the possible side effects of molnupiravir. Not many people have taken molnupiravir. Serious and unexpected side effects may happen. This medicine is still being studied, so it is possible that all of the risks are not known at this time.

    What other treatment choices are there?

    Like molnupiravir, FDA may allow for the emergency use of other medicines to treat people with COVID-19. Go to https://www.fda.gov/emergency-preparedness-and-response/mcm-legal-regulatory-and-policy-framework/emergency-use-authorization for more information.

    It is your choice to be treated or not to be treated with molnupiravir. Should you decide not to take it, it will not change your standard medical care.

    What if I am breastfeeding?

    Breastfeeding is not recommended during treatment with molnupiravir and for 4 days after the last dose of molnupiravir. If you are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed, talk to your healthcare provider about your options and specific situation before taking molnupiravir.

    How do I report side effects with molnupiravir?

    Contact your healthcare provider if you have any side effects that bother you or do not go away.

    Report side effects to FDA MedWatch at www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088).

    How should I store molnupiravir?

    • Store molnupiravir capsules at room temperature between 68°F to 77°F (20°C to 25°C).
    • Keep molnupiravir and all medicines out of the reach of children and pets.

    How can I learn more about COVID-19?

    • Ask your healthcare provider.
    • Visit www.cdc.gov/COVID19
    • Contact your local or state public health department.
    • Call Merck Sharp & Dohme at 1-800-672-6372 (toll free in the U.S.)
    • Visit www.molnupiravir.com

    What Is an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA)?

    The United States FDA has made molnupiravir available under an emergency access mechanism called an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) The EUA is supported by a Secretary of Health and Human Service (HHS) declaration that circumstances exist to justify emergency use of drugs and biological products during the COVID-19 pandemic.
    Molnupiravir for the treatment of mild-to-moderate COVID-19 in adults with positive results of direct SARS-CoV-2 viral testing, who are at high risk for progression to severe COVID-19, including hospitalization or death, and for whom alternative COVID-19 treatment options approved or authorized by FDA are not accessible or clinically appropriate, has not undergone the same type of review as an FDA-approved product. In issuing an EUA under the COVID-19 public health emergency, the FDA has determined, among other things, that based on the total amount of scientific evidence available including data from adequate and well-controlled clinical trials, if available, it is reasonable to believe that the product may be effective for diagnosing, treating, or preventing COVID-19, or a serious or life-threatening disease or condition caused by COVID-19; that the known and potential benefits of the product, when used to diagnose, treat, or prevent such disease or condition, outweigh the known and potential risks of such product; and that there are no adequate, approved, and available alternatives.

    All of these criteria must be met to allow for the product to be used in the treatment of patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. The EUA for molnupiravir is in effect for the duration of the COVID-19 declaration justifying emergency use of molnupiravir, unless terminated or revoked (after which molnupiravir may no longer be used under the EUA).

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  • PRINCIPAL DISPLAY PANEL

    PRINCIPAL DISPLAY PANEL - 200 mg Capsules Bottle Label

    NDC 0006-5055-06

    molnupiravir
    capsules

    200 mg

    For use under Emergency
    Use Authorization (EUA)

    Each capsule contains 200 mg molnupiravir.

    Store at 20°C to 25°C (68°F to 77°F), excursions
    permitted to 15°C to 30°C (59°F to 86°F).

    Dispense in original container.

    Scan QR code or go to www.molnupiravir.com
    to access the
    FDA-authorized
    Fact Sheet for dosage
    and administration.

    Rx only
    40 Capsules

    molnupiravir Bottle Label
  • INGREDIENTS AND APPEARANCE
    MOLNUPIRAVIR 
    molnupiravir capsule
    Product Information
    Product TypeHUMAN PRESCRIPTION DRUGItem Code (Source)NDC:0006-5055
    Route of AdministrationORAL
    Active Ingredient/Active Moiety
    Ingredient NameBasis of StrengthStrength
    MOLNUPIRAVIR (UNII: YA84KI1VEW) (MOLNUPIRAVIR - UNII:YA84KI1VEW) MOLNUPIRAVIR200 mg
    Inactive Ingredients
    Ingredient NameStrength
    HYDROXYPROPYL CELLULOSE, UNSPECIFIED (UNII: 9XZ8H6N6OH)  
    MICROCRYSTALLINE CELLULOSE (UNII: OP1R32D61U)  
    CROSCARMELLOSE SODIUM (UNII: M28OL1HH48)  
    WATER (UNII: 059QF0KO0R)  
    MAGNESIUM STEARATE (UNII: 70097M6I30)  
    FERRIC OXIDE RED (UNII: 1K09F3G675)  
    TITANIUM DIOXIDE (UNII: 15FIX9V2JP)  
    HYPROMELLOSE, UNSPECIFIED (UNII: 3NXW29V3WO)  
    Product Characteristics
    Colororange (Swedish orange opaque) Scoreno score
    Shapecapsule (Swedish orange opaque size 0) Size22mm
    FlavorImprint Code logo;82
    Contains    
    Packaging
    #Item CodePackage DescriptionMarketing Start DateMarketing End Date
    1NDC:0006-5055-0640 in 1 BOTTLE, PLASTIC; Type 0: Not a Combination Product12/23/2021
    2NDC:0006-5055-0740 in 1 BOTTLE, PLASTIC; Type 0: Not a Combination Product12/23/2021
    Marketing Information
    Marketing CategoryApplication Number or Monograph CitationMarketing Start DateMarketing End Date
    Emergency Use Authorization12/23/2021
    Labeler - Merck Sharp & Dohme LLC (118446553)