Label: BLEPH-10- sulfacetamide sodium solution/ drops

  • Category: HUMAN PRESCRIPTION DRUG LABEL
  • DEA Schedule: None
  • Marketing Status: Abbreviated New Drug Application

Drug Label Information

Updated July 16, 2014

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  • DESCRIPTION

    BLEPH®-10 (sulfacetamide sodium ophthalmic solution, USP) 10% is a sterile, topical anti-bacterial agent for ophthalmic use. The active ingredient is represented by the following structural formula:

    Structural Formula

    Chemical Name:

    N-Sulfanilylacetamide monosodium salt monohydrate.

    Contains: Active: sulfacetamide sodium 10% (100 mg/mL) Preservative: benzalkonium chloride 0.005% lnactives: edetate disodium; polysorbate 80; polyvinyl alcohol 1.4%; purified water; sodium phosphate dibasic; sodium phosphate monobasic; sodium thiosulfate; hydrochloric acid and/or sodium hydroxide to adjust pH (6.8 to 7.5).

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  • CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY

    Microbiology: The sulfonamides are bacteriostatic agents and the spectrum of activity is similar for all. Sulfonamides inhibit bacterial synthesis of dihydrofolic acid by preventing the condensation of the pteridine with aminobenzoic acid through competitive inhibition of the enzyme dihydropteroate synthetase. Resistant strains have altered dihydropteroate synthetase with reduced affinity for sulfonamides or produce increased quantities of aminobenzoic acid.

    Topically applied sulfonamides are considered active against susceptible strains of the following common bacterial eye pathogens: Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus pneumoniae, Streptococcus (viridans group), Haemophilus influenzae, Klebsiella species, and Enterobacter species.

    Topically applied sulfonamides do not provide adequate coverage against Neisseria species, Serratia marcescens and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. A significant percentage of staphylococcal isolates are completely resistant to sulfa drugs.

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  • INDICATIONS AND USAGE

    BLEPH®-10 solution is indicated for the treatment of conjunctivitis and other superficial ocular infections due to susceptible microorganisms, and as an adjunctive in systemic sulfonamide therapy of trachoma: Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus pneumoniae, Streptococcus (viridans group), Haemophilus influenzae, Klebsiella species, and Enterobacter species.

    Topically applied sulfonamides do not provide adequate coverage against Neisseria species, Serratia marcescens and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. A significant percentage of staphylococcal isolates are completely resistant to sulfa drugs.

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  • CONTRAINDICATIONS

    BLEPH®-10 solution is contraindicated in individuals who have a hypersensitivity to sulfonamides or to any ingredient of the preparation.

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  • WARNINGS

    FOR TOPICAL EYE USE ONLY - NOT FOR INJECTION.

    FATALITIES HAVE OCCURRED, ALTHOUGH RARELY, DUE TO SEVERE REACTIONS TO SULFONAMIDES INCLUDING STEVENS-JOHNSON SYNDROME, TOXIC EPIDERMAL NECROLYSIS, FULMINANT HEPATIC NECROSIS, AGRANULOCYTOSIS, APLASTIC ANEMIA AND OTHER BLOOD DYSCRASIAS. Sensitizations may recur when a sulfonamide is readministered, irrespective of the route of administration. Sensitivity reactions have been reported in individuals with no prior history of sulfonamide hypersensitivity. At the first sign of hypersensitivity, skin rash or other serious reaction, discontinue use of this preparation.

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  • PRECAUTIONS

    General

    Prolonged use of topical anti-bacterial agents may give rise to overgrowth of nonsusceptible organisms including fungi. Bacterial resistance to sulfonamides may also develop.

    The effectiveness of sulfonamides may be reduced by the para-aminobenzoic acid present in purulent exudates.

    Sensitization may recur when a sulfonamide is readministered irrespective of the route of administration, and cross-sensitivity between different sulfonamides may occur.

    At the first sign of hypersensitivity, increase in purulent discharge, or aggravation of inflammation or pain, the patient should discontinue use of the medication and consult a physician (see WARNINGS).

    Information for Patients

    To avoid contamination, do not touch tip of container to the eye, eyelid or any surface.

    Drug Interactions

    Sulfacetamide preparations are incompatible with silver preparations.

    Carcinogenesis, Mutagenesis, Impairment of Fertility

    No studies have been conducted in animals or in humans to evaluate the possibility of these effects with ocularly administered sulfacetamide. Rats appear to be especially susceptible to the goitrogenic effects of sulfonamides, and long-term oral administration of sulfonamides has resulted in thyroid malignancies in these animals.

    Pregnancy

    Animal reproduction studies have not been conducted with sulfonamide ophthalmic preparations. Kernicterus may occur in the newborn as a result of treatment of a pregnant woman at term with orally administered sulfonamides. There are no adequate and well controlled studies of sulfonamide ophthalmic preparations in pregnant women and it is not known whether topically applied sulfonamides can cause fetal harm when administered to a pregnant woman. This product should be used in pregnancy only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus.

    Nursing Mothers

    Systemically administered sulfonamides are capable of producing kernicterus in infants of lactating women. Because of the potential for the development of kernicterus in neonates, a decision should be made whether to discontinue nursing or discontinue the drug taking into account the importance of the drug to the mother.

    Pediatric Use

    Safety and effectiveness in infants below the age of two months have not been established.

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  • ADVERSE REACTIONS

    Bacterial and fungal corneal ulcers have developed during treatment with sulfonamide ophthalmic preparations.

    The most frequently reported reactions are local irritation, stinging and burning. Less commonly reported reactions include non-specific conjunctivitis, conjunctival hyperemia, secondary infections and allergic reactions.

    Fatalities have occurred, although rarely, due to severe reactions to sulfonamides including Stevens-Johnson syndrome, toxic epidermal necrolysis, fulminant hepatic necrosis, agranulocytosis, aplastic anemia, and other blood dyscrasias (see WARNINGS).

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  • DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION

    For conjunctivitis and other superficial ocular infections: Instill one or two drops into the conjunctival sac(s) of the affected eye(s) every two to three hours initially. Dosages may be tapered by increasing the time interval between doses as the condition responds. The usual duration of treatment is seven to ten days.

    For trachoma: Instill two drops into the conjunctival sac(s) of the affected eye(s) every two hours. Topical administration must be accompanied by systemic administration.

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  • HOW SUPPLIED

    BLEPH®-10 (sulfacetamide sodium ophthalmic solution, USP) 10% is supplied sterile in opaque white LDPE plastic bottles and white dropper tips with white high impact polystyrene (HIPS) caps as follows:

    5 mL in 10 mL bottle - NDC 11980-011-05
    Storage: Store at 8°-25°C (46°-77°F). Protect from light. Sulfonamide solutions, on long standing, will darken in color and should be discarded.

    Revised: 09/2017

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  • PRINCIPAL DISPLAY PANEL

    ALLERGAN

    NDC 11980-011-05

    Rx only

    BLEPH®-10

    (sulfacetamide
    sodium
    ophthalmic
    solution, USP)
    10%
    sterile

    5 mL

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  • INGREDIENTS AND APPEARANCE
    BLEPH-10 
    sulfacetamide sodium solution/ drops
    Product Information
    Product Type HUMAN PRESCRIPTION DRUG Item Code (Source) NDC:11980-011
    Route of Administration OPHTHALMIC
    Active Ingredient/Active Moiety
    Ingredient Name Basis of Strength Strength
    sulfacetamide sodium (UNII: 4NRT660KJQ) (sulfacetamide - UNII:4965G3J0F5) sulfacetamide sodium 100 mg  in 1 mL
    Inactive Ingredients
    Ingredient Name Strength
    benzalkonium chloride (UNII: F5UM2KM3W7)  
    edetate disodium (UNII: 7FLD91C86K)  
    polysorbate 80 (UNII: 6OZP39ZG8H)  
    POLYVINYL ALCOHOL, UNSPECIFIED (UNII: 532B59J990)  
    water (UNII: 059QF0KO0R)  
    sodium phosphate, dibasic (UNII: GR686LBA74)  
    sodium phosphate, monobasic (UNII: 3980JIH2SW)  
    sodium thiosulfate (UNII: HX1032V43M)  
    hydrochloric acid (UNII: QTT17582CB)  
    sodium hydroxide (UNII: 55X04QC32I)  
    Packaging
    # Item Code Package Description Marketing Start Date Marketing End Date
    1 NDC:11980-011-05 1 in 1 CARTON 06/01/1971
    1 5 mL in 1 BOTTLE, PLASTIC; Type 0: Not a Combination Product
    Marketing Information
    Marketing Category Application Number or Monograph Citation Marketing Start Date Marketing End Date
    ANDA ANDA080028 06/01/1971
    Labeler - Allergan, Inc. (144796497)
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