Label: PIPERACILLIN AND TAZOBACTAM- piperacillin sodium and tazobactam sodium injection, powder, lyophilized, for solution

  • NDC Code(s): 61990-0110-1, 61990-0110-2, 61990-0120-1, 61990-0120-2, view more
    61990-0130-1, 61990-0130-2
  • Packager: Apollo Pharmaceuticals Inc.
  • Category: HUMAN PRESCRIPTION DRUG LABEL
  • DEA Schedule: None
  • Marketing Status: Abbreviated New Drug Application

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Updated August 28, 2020

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  • HIGHLIGHTS OF PRESCRIBING INFORMATION
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    PIPERACILLIN and TAZOBACTAM for Injection, for intravenous use.

    Initial U.S. approval: 1993

    RECENT MAJOR CHANGES

    Indications and Usage (1)05/2020
    Dosage and Administraton (2)05/2020
    Warnings and Precautions, Central Nervous System,
    Adverse Reactions (5.4)
    05/2020

    INDICATIONS AND USAGE

    Piperacillin and tazobactam for injection is a combination of piperacillin, a penicillin-class antibacterial and tazobactam, beta-lactamase inhibitor, indicated for treatment of:

    • Intra-abdominal infections in adults and pediatric patients 2 months of age and older (1.1)

    • Nosocomial pneumonia in adult and pediatric patients 2 months of age and older (1.2)

    • Skin and skin structure infections in adults (1.3)

    • Female pelvic infections in adults (1.4)

    • Community-acquired pneumonia (1.5)

    To reduce the development of drug-resistant bacteria and maintain the effectiveness of piperacillin and tazobactam for injection and other antibacterial drugs, piperacillin and tazobactam for injection should be used only to treat or prevent infections that are proven or strongly suspected to be caused by bacteria.(1.6)

    DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION

    • Adult Patients With Indications Other Than Nosocomial Pneumonia: The usual daily dosage of piperacillin and tazobactam for injection for adults is 3.375 g every siz hours totaling 13.5 g (12.0 g piperacillin/1.5 g tazobactam). (2.1)
    • Adult Patients With Nosocomial pnuemonia: Initial presumptive treatment of patients with nosocomial pneumonia should start with piperacillin and tazobactam for injection at a dosageof 4.5 g every six hours plus an aminoglycoside, totaling 18.0 g (16.0 g piperacillin/2.0 g tazobactam). (2.2)
    • Adult Patients With Renal Impairment: Dosage in patients with renal impairment (creatinine clearance ≤40 mL/min) and dialysis patients should be reduced, based on the degree of renal impairment. (2.3)
    • Pediatric Patients by Indication and Age: See Table below (2.4)
      Recommended Dosage of Piperacillin and Tazobactam for Injection for Pediatric Patients 2 months of Age and Older, Weighing up to 40 Kg and with Normal Renal Function
      AgeAppendicitis and/or PeritonitisNosocomial Pneumonia

      2 months to 9 months
      90 mg/kg (80 mg piperacillin/10 mg tazobactam) every 8 (eight) hours90 mg/kg (80 mg piperacillin/10 mg tazobactam) every 6 (six) hours

      Older than 9 months
      112.5 mg/kg (100 mg piperacillin/12.5 mg tazobactam) every 8 (eight) hours112.5 mg/kg (100 mg piperacillin/12.5 mg tazobactam) every 6 (six) hours
    • Administer piperacillin and tazobactam for injection by intravenous infusion over 30 minutes to both adult and pediatric patients. (2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4)
    • Piperacillin and tazobactam for injection and aminoglycosides should be reconstituted, diluted, and administered separately. Co-administeration via Y-site can be done under certain conditions. (2.7)
    • See the full prescribing information for the preparation and administeration instructions for piperacillin and tazobactam for injection single-dose vials.

    DOSAGE FORMS AND STRENGTHS

    Piperacillin and Tazobactam for Injection: 2.25 g, 3.375 g, and 4.5 g lyophilized powder for reconstitution in single-dose vials. (3)

    CONTRAINDICATIONS

    Patients with a history of allergic reactions to any of the penicillins, cephalosporins, or beta-lactamase inhibitors. (4)

    WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS

    • Serious hypersensitivity reactions (anaphylactic/anaphylactoid) reactions have been reported in patients receiving piperacillin and tazobactam for injection. Discontinue piperacillin and tazobactam for injection if a reaction occurs. (5.1)

    • Piperacillin and tazobactam for injection may cause severe cutaneous adverse reactions, such as Stevens-Johnson syndrome, toxic epidermal necrolysis, drug reaction with eosinophilia and systemic symptoms, and acute generalized exanthematous pustulosis. Discontinue piperacillin and tazobactam for injection for progressive rashes. (5.2)

    • Hematological effects (including bleeding, leukopenia and neutropenia) have occurred. Monitor hematologic tests during prolonged therapy. (5.3)

    • As with other penicillins, piperacillin and tazobactam for injection may cause neuromuscular excitability or seizures. Patients receiving higher doses, especially in the presence of renal impairment maybe at greater risk. Closely monitor patients with renal impairment or seizure disorders for signs and sumptoms of neuromuscular excitability or seizures. (5.4)

    • Nephrotoxicity in critically ill patients has been observed; the use of piperacillin and tazobactam for injection was found to be an independent risk factor for renal failure and was associated with delayed recovery of renal function as compared to other beta-lactam antibacterial drugs in a randomized, multicenter, controlled trial in critically ill patients. Based on this study, alternative treatment options should be considered in the critically ill population. If alternative treatment options are inadequate or unavailable, monitor renal function during treatment with piperacillin and tazobactam for injection. (5.5)

    • Clostridioides difficile-associated diarrhea: evaluate patients if diarrhea occurs. (5.7)

    ADVERSE REACTIONS

    The most common adverse reactions (incidence >5%) are diarrhea, constipation, nausea, headache, and insomnia. (6.1)

    To report SUSPECTED ADVERSE REACTIONS, contact Apollo Pharmaceuticals USA Inc. at 1-833-727-6556 or FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or www.fda.gov/medwatch.

    DRUG INTERACTIONS

    • Piperacillin and tazobactam for injection administration can significantly reduce tobramycin concentrations in hemodialysis patients. Monitor tobramycin concentrations in these patients. (7.1)
    • Probenecid prolongs the half-lives of piperacillin and tazobactam and should not be co-administered with piperacillin and tazobactam for injection unless the benefit outweighs the risk. (7.2)
    • Co-administration of piperacillin and tazobactam for injection with vancomycin may increase the incidence of acute kidney injury. Monitor kidney function in patients receiving piperacillin and tazobactam for injection and vancomycin. (7.3)
    • Monitor coagulation parameters in patients receiving piperacillin and tazobactam for injection and heparin or oral anticoagulants. (7.4)
    • Piperacillin and tazobactam for injection may prolong the neuromuscular blockade of vecuronium and other non-depolarizing muscle relaxants. Monitor for adverse reactions related to neuromuscular blockade. (7.5)

    USE IN SPECIFIC POPULATIONS

    Dosage in patients with renal impairment (creatinine clearance ≤40 mL/min) should be reduced based on the degree of renal impairment. (2.3, 8.6)

    See 17 for PATIENT COUNSELING INFORMATION.

    Revised: 8/2020

  • Table of Contents

    FULL PRESCRIBING INFORMATION: CONTENTS*

    1 INDICATIONS AND USAGE

    1.1 Intra-abdominal Infections

    1.2 Nosocomial Pneumonia

    1.3 Skin and Skin Structure Infections

    1.4 Female Pelvic Infections

    1.5 Community-acquired Pneumonia

    1.6 Usage

    2 DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION

    2.1 Dosage in Adult Patients With Indications Other Than Nosocomial Pneumonia

    2.2 Dosage in Adult Patients With Nosocomial Pneumonia

    2.3 Dosage in Adult Patients With Renal Impairment

    2.4 Dosage in Pediatric Patients With Appendicitis/Peritonitis or Nosocomial Pnuemonia

    2.5 Reconstitutionn and Dilution of Powder Formulations

    2.7 Compatibility with Aminoglycosides

    3 DOSAGE FORMS AND STRENGTHS

    4 CONTRAINDICATIONS

    5 WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS

    5.1 Hypersensitivity Adverse Reactions

    5.2 Severe Cutaneous Adverse Reactions

    5.3 Hematologic Adverse Reactions

    5.4 Central Nervous System Adverse Recations

    5.5 Nephrotoxicity in Critically Ill Patients

    5.6 Electrolyte Effects

    5.7 Clostridioides difficle-Associated Diarrhea

    5.8 Development of Drug-Resistant Bacteria

    6 ADVERSE REACTIONS

    6.1 Clinical Trials Experience

    6.2 Postmarketing Experience

    6.3 Aditional Experience with Piperacillin

    7 DRUG INTERACTIONS

    7.1 Aminoglycosides

    7.2 Probenecid

    7.3 Vancomycin

    7.4 Anticoagulants

    7.5 Vecuronium

    7.6 Methotrexate

    7.7 Effects on Laboratory Tests

    8 USE IN SPECIFIC POPULATIONS

    8.1 Pregnancy

    8.2 Lactation

    8.4 Pediatric Use

    8.5 Geriatric Use

    8.6 Renal Impairment

    8.7 Hepatic Impairment

    8.8 Patients with Cystic Fibrosis

    10 OVERDOSAGE

    11 DESCRIPTION

    12 CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY

    12.1 Mechanism of Action

    12.2 Pharmacodynamics

    12.3 Pharmacokinetics

    12.4 Microbiology

    13 NONCLINICAL TOXICOLOGY

    13.1 Carcinogenesis, Mutagenesis, Impairment of Fertility

    15 REFERENCES

    16 HOW SUPPLIED/STORAGE AND HANDLING

    17 PATIENT COUNSELING INFORMARTION

    *
    Sections or subsections omitted from the full prescribing information are not listed.
  • 1 INDICATIONS AND USAGE

    1.1 Intra-abdominal Infections



    Piperacillin and tazobactam for injection is indicated in adults and pediatric patients (2 months of age and older) for the treatment of appendicitis (complicated by rupture or abscess) and peritonitis caused by beta-lactamase producing isolates of Escherichia coli or the following members of the Bacteroides fragilis group: B. fragilis, B. ovatus, B. thetaiotaomicron, or B. vulgatus.

    1.2 Nosocomial Pneumonia

    Piperacillin and tazobactam for injection is indicated in adults and pediatric patients (2 months of age and older) for the treatment of nosocomial pneumonia (moderate to severe) caused by beta-lactamase producing isolates of Staphylococcus aureus and by piperacillin/tazobactam-susceptible Acinetobacter baumannii, Haemophilis influenzae, Klebsiella pneumoniae, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa (Nosocomial pneumonia caused by P. aeruginosa should be treated in combination with an aminoglycoside) [see Dosage and Administration (2)].

    1.3 Skin and Skin Structure Infections

    Piperacillin and tazobactam for injection is indicated in adults for the treatment of uncomplicated and complicated skin and skin structure infections, including cellulitis, cutaneous abscesses and ischemic/diabetic foot infections caused by beta-lactamase producing isolates of Staphylococcus aureus.

    1.4 Female Pelvic Infections

    Piperacillin and tazobactam for injection is indicated in adults for the treatment of postpartum endometritis or pelvic inflammatory disease caused by beta-lactamase producing isolates of Escherichia coli.

    1.5 Community-acquired Pneumonia

    Piperacillin and tazobactam for injection is indicated in adults for the treatment of community-acquired pneumonia (moderate severity only) caused by beta-lactamase producing isolates of Haemophilus influenzae.

    1.6 Usage

    To reduce the development of drug-resistant bacteria and maintain the effectiveness of piperacillin and tazobactam for injection and other antibacterial drugs, piperacillin and tazobactam for injection should be used only to treat or prevent infections that are proven or strongly suspected to be caused by bacteria. When culture and susceptibility information are available, they should be considered in selecting or modifying antibacterial therapy. In the absence of such data, local epidemiology and susceptibility patterns may contribute to the empiric selection of therapy.

  • 2 DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION

    2.1 Dosage in Adult Patients With Indications Other Than Nosocomial Pneumonia

    The usual total daily dosage of piperacillin and tazobactam for injection for adult patients with indications other than nosocomial pneumonia is 3.375 g every six hours [totaling 13.5 g (12.0 g piperacillin/1.5 g tazobactam)], to be administered by intravenous infusion over 30 minutes. The usual duration of piperacillin and tazobactam for injection treatment is from 7 to 10 days.

    2.2 Dosage in Adult Patients With Nosocomial Pneumonia

    Initial presumptive treatment of adult patients with nosocomial pneumonia should start with piperacillin and tazobactam for injection at a dosage of 4.5 g every six hours plus an aminoglycoside, [totaling 18.0 g (16.0 g piperacillin/2.0 g tazobactam)], administered by intravenous infusion over 30 minutes. The recommended duration of piperacillin and tazobactam for injection treatment for nosocomial pneumonia is 7 to 14 days. Treatment with the aminoglycoside should be continued in patients from whom P. aeruginosa is isolated.

    2.3 Dosage in Adult Patients With Renal Impairment

    In adult patients with renal impairment (creatinine clearance ≤ 40 mL/min) and dialysis patients (hemodialysis and CAPD), the intravenous dose of piperacillin and tazobactam for injection should be reduced based on the degree of renal impairment. The recommended daily dosage of piperacillin and tazobactam for injection for patients with renal impairment administered by intravenous infusion over 30 minutes is described in Table 1.

    Table 1: Recommended Dosing of Piperacillin and Tazobactam for Injection in Patients with Normal Renal Function and Renal-Impairment (As total grams piperacillin/tazobactam)*
    Creatinine clearance,
    mL/min
    All Indications
    (except nosocomial pneumonia)
    Nosocomial Pneumonia
    Greater than 40 mL/min 3.375 every 6 hours4.5 every 6 hours
    20-40 mL/mina 2.25 every 6 hours3.375 every 6 hours
     Less than 20 mL/mina 2.25 every 8 hours 2.25 every 6 hours
    Hemodialysisb2.25 every 12 hours2.25 every 8 hours
    CAPD2.25 every 12 hours 2.25 every 8 hours

    * Administer piperacillin and tazobactam for injection by intravenous infusion over 30 minutes.
    a Creatinine clearance for patients not receiving hemodialysis.

    b 0.75 g (0.67 g piperacillin/0.08 g tazobactam) should be administered following each hemodialysis session on hemodialysis days.

    For patients on hemodialysis, the maximum dose is 2.25 g every twelve hours for all indications other than nosocomial pneumonia and 2.25 g every eight hours for nosocomial pneumonia. Since hemodialysis removes 30% to 40% of the administered dose, an additional dose of 0.75 g piperacillin and tazobactam for injection (0.67 g piperacillin/0.08 g tazobactam) should be administered following each dialysis period on hemodialysis days. No additional dosage of piperacillin and tazobactam for injection is necessary for CAPD patients.

    2.4 Dosage in Pediatric Patients With Appendicitis/Peritonitis or Nosocomial Pnuemonia

    The recommended dosage for pediatric patients with appendicitis and/or peritonitis or nosocomial pneumonia aged 2 months of age and older, weighing up to 40 kg, and with normal renal function, is described in Table 2 [see Use in Specific Populations (8.4) and Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)].

    Table 2: Recommended Dosage of Piperacillin and Tazobactam for Injection in Pediatric Patients 2 Months of Age and Older, Weighing Up to 40 kg, and With Normal Renal Function*
    AgeAppendicitis and/or PeritonitisNosocomial Pneumonia
    2 months to 9 months90 mg/kg
    (80 mg piperacillin/10 mg tazobactam)
    every 8 (eight) hours
    90 mg/kg
    (80 mg piperacillin/10 mg tazobactam)
    every 6 (six) hours
    Older than 9 months of age112.5 mg/kg
    (100 mg piperacillin/12.5 mg tazobactam)
    every 8 (eight) hours
    112.5 mg/kg
    (100 mg piperacillin/12.5 mg tazobactam)
    every 6 (six) hours

    * Administer piperacillin and tazobactam for injection by intravenous infusion over 30 minutes

    Pediatric patients weighing over 40 kg and with normal renal function should receive the adult dose [see Dosage and Administration (2.1, 2.2)].

    Dosage of piperacillin and tazobactam for injection in pediatric patients with renal impairment has not been determined.

    2.5 Reconstitutionn and Dilution of Powder Formulations

    Single dose vials

    Reconstitute piperacillin and tazobactam for injection vials with a compatible reconstitution diluent from the list provided below.

    2.25 g, 3.375 g, and 4.5 g piperacillin and tazobactam for injection should be reconstituted with 10 mL, 15 mL, and 20 mL, respectively. Swirl until dissolved.

    Compatible Reconstitution Diluents for Single Dose Vials

    0.9% Sodium Chloride for Injection
    Sterile Water for Injection
    Dextrose 5%
    Bacteriostatic Saline/Parabens
    Bacteriostatic Water/Parabens
    Bacteriostatic Saline/Benzyl Alcohol
    Bacteriostatic Water/Benzyl Alcohol

    Reconstituted piperacillin and tazobactam for injection solutions for single dose vials should be further diluted (recommended volume per dose of 50 mL to 150 mL) in a compatible intravenous solution listed below. Administer by infusion over a period of at least 30 minutes. During the infusion it is desirable to discontinue the primary infusion solution.

    Compatible Intravenous Solutions for Single Dose Vials

    0.9% Sodium Chloride for Injection
    Sterile Water for Injection
    Dextran 6% in Saline
    Dextrose 5%

    Maximum recommended volume per dose of sterile water for injection is 50 mL.

    LACTATED RINGER’S SOLUTION IS NOT COMPATIBLE WITH THIS PIPERACILLIN AND TAZOBACTAM FOR INJECTION.

    Piperacillin and tazobactam for injection should not be mixed with other drugs in a syringe or infusion bottle since compatibility has not been established.

    Piperacillin and tazobactam for injection is not chemically stable in solutions that contain only sodium bicarbonate and solutions that significantly alter the pH.

    Piperacillin and tazobactam for injection should not be added to blood products or albumin hydrolysates. Parenteral drug products should be inspected visually for particulate matter or discoloration prior to administration, whenever solution and container permit.

    Stability of Piperacillin and Tazobactam for Injection Powder Formulations Following Reconstitution

    Piperacillin and tazobactam for injection reconstituted from single dose vials is stable in glass and plastic containers (plastic syringes, I.V. bags and tubing) when used with compatible diluents. The vial should NOT be frozen after reconstitution. Discard unused portions after storage for 24 hours at room temperature or after storage for 48 hours at refrigerated temperature (2°C to 8°C [36°F to 46°F]).

    Single dose vials should be used immediately after reconstitution. Discard any unused portion after 24 hours if stored at room temperature (20°C to 25°C [68°F to 77°F]), or after 48 hours if stored at refrigerated temperature (2°C to 8°C [36°F to 46°F]). Vials should not be frozen after reconstitution.

    Stability studies in the I.V. bags have demonstrated chemical stability (potency, pH of reconstituted solution and clarity of solution) for up to 24 hours at room temperature and up to one week at refrigerated temperature. Piperacillin and tazobactam for injection contains no preservatives. Appropriate consideration of aseptic technique should be used.

    Piperacillin and tazobactam for injection reconstituted from single dose vials can be used in ambulatory intravenous infusion pumps. Stability of piperacillin and tazobactam for injection in an ambulatory intravenous infusion pump has been demonstrated for a period of 12 hours at room temperature. Each dose was reconstituted and diluted to a volume of 37.5 mL or 25 mL. One-day supplies of dosing solution were aseptically transferred into the medication reservoir (I.V. bags or cartridge). The reservoir was fitted to a preprogrammed ambulatory intravenous infusion pump per the manufacturer's instructions. Stability of piperacillin and tazobactam for injection is not affected when administered using an ambulatory intravenous infusion pump.

    2.7 Compatibility with Aminoglycosides

    Due to the in vitro inactivation of aminoglycosides by piperacillin, piperacillin and tazobactam for injection and aminoglycosides are recommended for separate administration. Piperacillin and tazobactam for injection and aminoglycosides should be reconstituted, diluted, and administered separately when concomitant therapy with aminoglycosides is indicated [see Drug Interactions (7.1)].

    Piperacillin and tazobactam for injection is not compatible with tobramycin for simultaneous co-administration via Y-site infusion. Compatibility of piperacillin and tazobactam for injection with other aminoglycosides has not been established.

    Parenteral drug products should be inspected visually for particulate matter and discoloration prior to administration, whenever solution and container permit.

  • 3 DOSAGE FORMS AND STRENGTHS

    Piperacillin and Tazobactam for Injection is supplied as a white to off-white powder in vials of the following sizes:

    Each Piperacillin and Tazobactam for Injection 2.25 g single-dose vial provides piperacillin sodium equivalent to 2 grams of piperacillin and tazobactam sodium equivalent to 0.25 g of tazobactam.

    Each Piperacillin and Tazobactam for Injection 3.375 g single-dose vial provides piperacillin sodium equivalent to 3 grams of piperacillin and tazobactam sodium equivalent to 0.375 g of tazobactam.

    Each Piperacillin and Tazobactam for Injection 4.5 g single-dose vial provides piperacillin sodium equivalent to 4 grams of piperacillin and tazobactam sodium equivalent to 0.5 g of tazobactam.

  • 4 CONTRAINDICATIONS

    Piperacillin and tazobactam for injection is contraindicated in patients with a history of allergic reactions to any of the penicillins, cephalosporins, or beta-lactamase inhibitors.

  • 5 WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS

    5.1 Hypersensitivity Adverse Reactions

    Serious and occasionally fatal hypersensitivity (anaphylactic/anaphylactoid) reactions (including shock) have been reported in patients receiving therapy with piperacillin and tazobactam for injection. These reactions are more likely to occur in individuals with a history of penicillin, cephalosporin, or carbapenem hypersensitivity or a history of sensitivity to multiple allergens. Before initiating therapy with piperacillin and tazobactam for injection, careful inquiry should be made concerning previous hypersensitivity reactions. If an allergic reaction occurs, piperacillin and tazobactam for injection should be discontinued and appropriate therapy instituted.

    5.2 Severe Cutaneous Adverse Reactions

    ​Piperacillin and tazobactam for injection may cause severe cutaneous adverse reactions, such as Stevens-Johnson syndrome, toxic epidermal necrolysis, drug reaction with eosinophilia and systemic symptoms, and acute generalized exanthematous pustulosis. If patients develop a skin rash they should be monitored closely and piperacillin and tazobactam for injection discontinued if lesions progress.

    5.3 Hematologic Adverse Reactions

    ​Bleeding manifestations have occurred in some patients receiving beta-lactam drugs, including piperacillin. These reactions have sometimes been associated with abnormalities of coagulation tests such as clotting time, platelet aggregation and prothrombin time, and are more likely to occur in patients with renal failure. If bleeding manifestations occur, piperacillin and tazobactam for injection should be discontinued and appropriate therapy instituted.

    The leukopenia/neutropenia associated with piperacillin and tazobactam for injection administration appears to be reversible and most frequently associated with prolonged administration.

    Periodic assessment of hematopoietic function should be performed, especially with prolonged therapy, ie, ≥ 21 days [see Adverse Reactions (6.1)].

    5.4 Central Nervous System Adverse Recations

    As with other penicillins, piperacillin and tazobactam for injection may cause neuromuscular excitability or seizures. Patients receiving higher doses, especially patients with renal impairment may be at greater risk for central nervous system adverse reactions. Closely monitor patients with renal impairment or seizure disorders for signs and symptoms of neuromuscular excitability or seizures [see Adverse Reactions (6.2)].

    5.5 Nephrotoxicity in Critically Ill Patients

    The use of piperacillin and tazobactam for injection was found to be an independent risk factor for renal failure and was associated with delayed recovery of renal function as compared to other beta-lactam antibacterial drugs in a randomized, multicenter, controlled trial in critically ill patients [see Adverse Reactions (6.1)]. Based on this study, alternative treatment options should be considered in the critically ill population. If alternative treatment options are inadequate or unavailable, monitor renal function during treatment with piperacillin and tazobactam for injection [see Dosage and Administration (2.3)].

    Combined use of piperacillin/tazobactam and vancomycin may be associated with an increased incidence of acute kidney injury [see Drug Interactions (7.3)].

    5.6 Electrolyte Effects

    Piperacillin and tazobactam for injection contains a total of 2.43 mEq (56 mg) of Na+ (sodium) per gram of piperacillin in the combination product. This should be considered when treating patients requiring restricted salt intake. Periodic electrolyte determinations should be performed in patients with low potassium reserves, and the possibility of hypokalemia should be kept in mind with patients who have potentially low potassium reserves and who are receiving cytotoxic therapy or diuretics.

    5.7 Clostridioides difficle-Associated Diarrhea

    Clostridioides difficile-associated diarrhea (CDAD) has been reported with use of nearly all antibacterial agents, including piperacillin and tazobactam for injection, and may range in severity from mild diarrhea to fatal colitis. Treatment with antibacterial agents alters the normal flora of the colon leading to overgrowth of C. difficile.

    C. difficile produces toxins A and B which contribute to the development of CDAD. Hypertoxin producing strains of C. difficile cause increased morbidity and mortality, as these infections can be refractory to antimicrobial therapy and may require colectomy. CDAD must be considered in all patients who present with diarrhea following antibacterial drug use. Careful medical history is necessary since CDAD has been reported to occur over two months after the administration of antibacterial agents.

    If CDAD is suspected or confirmed, ongoing antibacterial drug use not directed against C. difficile may need to be discontinued. Appropriate fluid and electrolyte management, protein supplementation, antibacterial treatment of C. difficile, and surgical evaluation should be instituted as clinically indicated.

    5.8 Development of Drug-Resistant Bacteria

    ​Prescribing piperacillin and tazobactam for injection in the absence of a proven or strongly suspected bacterial infection is unlikely to provide benefit to the patient and increases the risk of development of drug-resistant bacteria.

  • 6 ADVERSE REACTIONS

    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.

    Clinical Trials in Adult Patients
    During the initial clinical investigations, 2621 patients worldwide were treated with piperacillin and tazobactam for injection in phase 3 trials. In the key North American monotherapy clinical trials (n=830 patients), 90% of the adverse events reported were mild to moderate in severity and transient in nature. However, in 3.2% of the patients treated worldwide, piperacillin and tazobactam for injection was discontinued because of adverse events primarily involving the skin (1.3%), including rash and pruritus; the gastrointestinal system (0.9%), including diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting; and allergic reactions (0.5%).

    Table 3: Adverse Reactions from Piperacillin and Tazobactam for Injection Monotherapy Clinical Trials

     System Organ Class

       Adverse reaction

     Gastrointestinal disorders

       Diarrhea (11.3%)

       Constipation (7.7%)

       Nausea (6.9%)

       Vomiting (3.3%)

       Dyspepsia (3.3%)

       Abdominal pain (1.3%)

     General disorders and administration site conditions

       Fever (2.4%)

       Injection site reaction (≤1%)

       Rigors (≤1%)

     Immune system disorders

       Anaphylaxis (≤1%)

     Infections and infestations

       Candidiasis (1.6%)

       Pseudomembranous colitis (≤1%)

     Metabolism and nutirtion disorders

       Hypoglycemia (≤1%)

     Musculoskeletal and connective tissue disorders

       Myalgia (≤1%)
       Arthralgia (≤1%)

     Nervous System Disorders

       Headache (7.7%)

     Psychiatric disorders

       Insomnia (6.6%)

     Skin and subcutaneous tissue disorders

       Rash (4.2%, including maculopapular, bullous, and urticarial)

       Pruritus (3.1%)

       Purpura (≤1%)

     Vascular disorders

       Phlebitis (1.3%)

       Thrombophlebitis (≤1%)

       Hypotension (≤1%)

       Flushing (≤1%)

     Repiratory, thoracic and mediastinal disorders

       Epistaxis (≤1%)

    Nosocomial Pneumonia Trials

    Two trials of nosocomial lower respiratory tract infections were conducted. In one study, 222 patients were treated with piperacillin and tazobactam for injection in a dosing regimen of 4.5 g every 6 hours in combination with an aminoglycoside and 215 patients were treated with imipenem/cilastatin (500 mg/500 mg every 6 hours) in combination with an aminoglycoside. In this trial, treatment-emergent adverse events were reported by 402 patients, 204 (91.9%) in the piperacillin/tazobactam group and 198 (92.1%) in the imipenem/cilastatin group. Twenty-five (11.0%) patients in the piperacillin/tazobactam group and 14 (6.5%) in the imipenem/cilastatin group (p > 0.05) discontinued treatment due to an adverse event.

    The second trial used a dosing regimen of 3.375 g given every 4 hours with an aminoglycoside.

    Table 4: Adverse Reactions from Piperacillin and Tazobactam for Injection Plus Aminoglycoside Clinical Trialsa

    a For adverse drug reactions that appeared in both studies the higher frequency is presented.

    System Organ Class

       Adverse Reaction      

     Blood and Lymphatic system disorders

       Thrombocythemia (1.4%)

       Anemia (≤1%)

       Thrombocytopenia (≤1%)

       Eosinophilia (≤1%)

     Gastrointestinal disorders

       Diarrhea (20%)

       Constipation (8.4%)

       Nausea (5.8%)

       Vomiting (2.7%)

       Dyspepsia (1.9%)

       Abdominal pain (1.8%)

       Stomatitis (≤1%)

    General disorders and administration site conditions

       Fever (3.2%)

       Injection site reaction (≤1%)

    Infections and infestations

       Oral candidiasis (3.9%)

       Candidiasis (1.8%)

     Investigations

       BUN increased (1.8%)

       Blood creatinine increased (1.8%)

       Liver function test abnormal (1.4%)

       Alkaline phosphatase increased (≤1%)

       Aspartate aminotransferase increased (≤1%)

       Alanine aminotransferase increased (≤1%)

    Metabolism and nutrition disorders

       Hypoglycemia (≤1%)

       Hypokalemia (≤1%)

    Nervous System Disorders

       Headache (4.5%)

     Psychiatric disorders

       Insomnia (4.5%)

    Renal and urinary disorders

       Renal failure (≤1%)

    Skin and subcutaneous tissue disorders

       Rash (3.9%)

       Pruritus (3.2%)

     Vascular disorders

       Thrombophlebitis (1.3%)

       Hypotension (1.3%)

    Other trials: Nephrotoxicity

    In a randomized, multicenter, controlled trial in 1200 adult critically ill patients, piperacillin/tazobactam was found to be a risk factor for renal failure (odds ratio 1.7, 95% CI 1.18 to 2.43), and associated with delayed recovery of renal function as compared to other beta-lactam antibacterial drugs.1 [see Warnings and Precautions (5.5)].

    Adverse Laboratory Events (Seen During Clinical Trials)

    Of the trials reported, including that of nosocomial lower respiratory tract infections in which a higher dose of piperacillin and tazobactam for injection was used in combination with an aminoglycoside, changes in laboratory parameters include:

    Hematologic - decreases in hemoglobin and hematocrit, thrombocytopenia, increases in platelet count, eosinophilia, leukopenia, neutropenia. These patients were withdrawn from therapy; some had accompanying systemic symptoms (e.g., fever, rigors, chills).

    Coagulation - positive direct Coombs' test, prolonged prothrombin time, prolonged partial thromboplastin time

    Hepatic - transient elevations of AST (SGOT), ALT (SGPT), alkaline phosphatase, bilirubin

    Renal - increases in serum creatinine, blood urea nitrogen

    Additional laboratory events include abnormalities in electrolytes (i.e., increases and decreases in sodium, potassium, and calcium), hyperglycemia, decreases in total protein or albumin, blood glucose decreased, gamma-glutamyltransferase increased, hypokalemia, and bleeding time prolonged.


    Clinical Trials in Pediatric Patients

    Clinical studies of piperacillin and tazobactam for injection in pediatric patients suggest a similar safety profile to that seen in adults.

    In a prospective, randomized, comparative, open-label clinical trial of pediatric patients, 2 to 12 years of age, with intra-abdominal infections (including appendicitis and/or peritonitis), 273 patients were treated with piperacillin and tazobactam for injection 112.5 mg/kg given IV every 8 hours and 269 patients were treated with cefotaxime (50 mg/kg) plus metronidazole (7.5 mg/kg) every 8 hours. In this trial, treatment-emergent adverse events were reported by 146 patients, 73 (26.7%) in the piperacillin and tazobactam for injection group and 73 (27.1%) in the cefotaxime/metronidazole group. Six patients (2.2%) in the piperacillin and tazobactam for injection group and 5 patients (1.9%) in the cefotaxime/metronidazole group discontinued due to an adverse event.

    In a retrospective, cohort study, 140 pediatric patients 2 months to less than 18 years of age with nosocomial pneumonia were treated with piperacillin and tazobactam for injection and 267 patients were treated with comparators (which included ticarcillin-clavulanate, carbapenems, ceftazidime, cefepime, or ciprofloxacin). The rates of serious adverse reactions were generally similar between the piperacillin and tazobactam for injection and comparator groups, including patients aged 2 months to 9 months treated with piperacillin and tazobactam for injection 90 mg/kg IV every 6 hours and patients older than 9 months and less than 18 years of age treated with piperacillin and tazobactam 112.5 mg/kg IV every 6 hours.

    6.2 Postmarketing Experience

    In addition to the adverse drug reactions identified in clinical trials in Table 3 and Table 4, the following adverse reactions have been identified during post-approval use of piperacillin and tazobactam for injection. 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.

    Hepatobiliary – hepatitis, jaundice

    Hematologic – hemolytic anemia, agranulocytosis, pancytopenia

    Immune – hypersensitivity reactions, anaphylactic/anaphylactoid reactions (including shock)

    Renal – interstitial nephritis

    Nervous system disorders – seizure

    Psychiatric disorders – delirium

    Respiratory – eosinophilic pneumonia

    Skin and Appendages – erythema multiforme, Stevens-Johnson syndrome, toxic epidermal necrolysis, drug reaction with eosinophilia and systemic symptoms, (DRESS), acute generalized exanthematous pustulosis (AGEP), dermatitis exfoliative

    Postmarketing experience with piperacillin and tazobactam for injection in pediatric patients suggests a similar safety profile to that seen in adults.

    6.3 Aditional Experience with Piperacillin

    The following adverse reaction has also been reported for piperacillin for injection:

    Skeletal – prolonged muscle relaxation [see Drug Interactions (7.5)].

  • 7 DRUG INTERACTIONS

    7.1 Aminoglycosides

    Piperacillin may inactivate aminoglycosides by converting them to microbiologically inert amides.

    In vivo inactivation:

    When aminoglycosides are administered in conjunction with piperacillin to patients with end-stage renal disease requiring hemodialysis, the concentrations of the aminoglycosides (especially tobramycin) may be significantly reduced and should be monitored.

    Sequential administration of piperacillin and tazobactam for injection and tobramycin to patients with either normal renal function or mild to moderate renal impairment has been shown to modestly decrease serum concentrations of tobramycin but no dosage adjustment is considered necessary.

    In vitro Inactivation:

    Due to the in vitro inactivation of aminoglycosides by piperacillin, piperacillin and tazobactam for injection and aminoglycosides are recommended for separate administration. Piperacillin and tazobactam for injection and aminoglycosides should be reconstituted, diluted, and administered separately when concomitant therapy with aminoglycosides is indicated. Piperacillin and tazobactam for injection is not compatible with tobramycin for simultaneous Y-site infusion [see Dosage and Administration (2.7)].

    7.2 Probenecid

    Probenecid administered concomitantly with piperacillin and tazobactam for injection prolongs the half-life of piperacillin by 21% and that of tazobactam by 71% because probenecid inhibits tubular renal secretion of both piperacillin and tazobactam. Probenecid should not be co-administered with piperacillin and tazobactam for injection unless the benefit outweighs the risk.

    7.3 Vancomycin

    Studies have detected an increased incidence of acute kidney injury in patients concomitantly administered piperacillin/tazobactam and vancomycin as compared to vancomycin alone [see Warnings and Precautions (5.5)].

    Monitor kidney function in patients concomitantly administered with piperacillin/tazobactam and vancomycin.

    No pharmacokinetic interactions have been noted between piperacillin/tazobactam and vancomycin.

    7.4 Anticoagulants

    Coagulation parameters should be tested more frequently and monitored regularly during simultaneous administration of high doses of heparin, oral anticoagulants, or other drugs that may affect the blood coagulation system or the thrombocyte function. [see Warnings and Precautions (5.3)]

    7.5 Vecuronium

    Piperacillin when used concomitantly with vecuronium has been implicated in the prolongation of the neuromuscular blockade of vecuronium. Piperacillin and tazobactam for injection could produce the same phenomenon if given along with vecuronium. Due to their similar mechanism of action, it is expected that the neuromuscular blockade produced by any of the non-depolarizing muscle relaxants could be prolonged in the presence of piperacillin. Monitor for adverse reactions related to neuromuscular blockade (see package insert for vecuronium bromide).

    7.6 Methotrexate

    Limited data suggests that co-administration of methotrexate and piperacillin may reduce the clearance of methotrexate due to competition for renal secretion. The impact of tazobactam on the elimination of methotrexate has not been evaluated. If concurrent therapy is necessary, serum concentrations of methotrexate as well as the signs and symptoms of methotrexate toxicity should be frequently monitored.

    7.7 Effects on Laboratory Tests

    There have been reports of positive test results using the Bio-Rad Laboratories Platelia Aspergillus EIA test in patients receiving piperacillin/tazobactam injection who were subsequently found to be free of Aspergillus infection. Cross-reactions with non-Aspergillus polysaccharides and polyfuranoses with the Bio-Rad Laboratories Platelia Aspergillus EIA test have been reported. Therefore, positive test results in patients receiving piperacillin/tazobactam should be interpreted cautiously and confirmed by other diagnostic methods.

    As with other penicillins, the administration of piperacillin and tazobactam for injection may result in a false-positive reaction for glucose in the urine using a copper-reduction method (CLINITEST®). It is recommended that glucose tests based on enzymatic glucose oxidase reactions be used.

  • 8 USE IN SPECIFIC POPULATIONS

    8.1 Pregnancy

    Risk Summary

    Piperacillin and tazobactam cross the placenta in humans. However, there are insufficient data with piperacillin and/or tazobactam in pregnant women to inform a drug-associated risk for major birth defects and miscarriage. No fetal structural abnormalities were observed in rats or mice when piperacillin/tazobactam was administered intravenously during organogenesis at doses 1 to 2 times and 2 to 3 times the human dose of piperacillin and tazobactam, respectively, based on body-surface area (mg/m2). However, fetotoxicity in the presence of maternal toxicity was observed in developmental toxicity and peri/postnatal studies conducted in rats (intraperitoneal administration prior to mating and throughout gestation or from gestation day 17 through lactation day 21) at doses less than the maximum recommended human daily dose based on body-surface area (mg/m2) [see Data].

    The background risk of major birth defects and miscarriage for the indicated population is unknown. In the U.S. general population, the estimated background risk of major birth defects and miscarriage in clinically recognized pregnancies is 2-4% and 15-20%, respectively.


    Data

    Animal Data

    In embryo-fetal development studies in mice and rats, pregnant animals received intravenous doses of piperacillin/tazobactam up to 3000/750 mg/kg/day during the period of organogenesis. There was no evidence of teratogenicity up to the highest dose evaluated, which is 1 to 2 times and 2 to 3 times the human dose of piperacillin and tazobactam, in mice and rats respectively, based on body-surface area (mg/m2). Fetal body weights were reduced in rats at maternally toxic doses at or above 500/62.5 mg/kg/day, minimally representing 0.4 times the human dose of both piperacillin and tazobactam based on body-surface area (mg/m2).

    A fertility and general reproduction study in rats using intraperitoneal administration of tazobactam or the combination piperacillin/tazobactam prior to mating and through the end of gestation, reported a decrease in litter size in the presence of maternal toxicity at 640 mg/kg/day tazobactam (4 times the human dose of tazobactam based on body-surface area), and decreased litter size and an increase in fetuses with ossification delays and variations of ribs, concurrent with maternal toxicity at ≥640/160 mg/kg/day piperacillin/tazobactam (0.5 times and 1 times the human dose of piperacillin and tazobactam, respectively, based on body-surface area).

    Peri/postnatal development in rats was impaired with reduced pup weights, increased stillbirths, and increased pup mortality concurrent with maternal toxicity after intraperitoneal administration of tazobactam alone at doses ≥320 mg/kg/day (2 times the human dose based on body surface area) or of the combination piperacillin/tazobactam at doses ≥640/160 mg/kg/day (0.5 times and 1 times the human dose of piperacillin and tazobactam, respectively, based on body-surface area) from gestation day 17 through lactation day 21.

    8.2 Lactation

    Risk Summary

    Piperacillin is excreted in human milk; tazobactam concentrations in human milk have not been studied. No information is available on the effects of piperacillin and tazobactam on the breastfed child or on milk production. The developmental and health benefits of breastfeeding should be considered along with the mother’s clinical need for piperacillin and tazobactam for injection and any potential adverse effects on the breastfed child from piperacillin and tazobactam for injection or from the underlying maternal condition.

    8.4 Pediatric Use

    The safety and effectiveness of piperacillin and tazobactam for injection for intra-abdominal infections, and nosocomial pneumonia have been established in pediatric patients 2 months of age and older.

    Use of piperacillin and tazobactam for injection in pediatric patients 2 months of age or older with intra-abdominal infections including appendicitis and/or peritonitis is supported by evidence from well-controlled studies and pharmacokinetic studies in adults and in pediatric patients. This includes a prospective, randomized, comparative, open-label clinical trial with 542 pediatric patients 2 to12 years of age with intra-abdominal infections (including appendicitis and/or peritonitis), in which 273 pediatric patients received piperacillin/tazobactam [see Adverse Reactions (6.1) and Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)].

    Use of piperacillin and tazobactam for injection in pediatric patients 2 months of age and older with nosocomial pneumonia is supported by evidence from well-controlled studies in adults with nosocomial pneumonia, a simulation study performed with a population pharmacokinetic model, and a retrospective, cohort study of pediatric patients with nosocomial pneumonia in which 140 pediatric patients were treated with piperacillin and tazobactam for injection and 267 patients treated with comparators (which included ticarcillin-clavulanate, carbapenems, ceftazidime, cefepime, or ciprofloxacin) [see Adverse Reactions (6.1) and Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)].

    The safety and effectiveness of piperacillin and tazobactam for injection have not been established in pediatric patients less than 2 months of age [see Clinical Pharmacology (12) and Dosage and Administration (2)].

    Dosage of piperacillin and tazobactam for injection in pediatric patients with renal impairment has not been determined.

    8.5 Geriatric Use

    Patients over 65 years are not at an increased risk of developing adverse effects solely because of age. However, dosage should be adjusted in the presence of renal impairment [see Dosage and Administration (2)].

    In general, dose selection for an elderly patient should be cautious, usually starting at the low end of the dosing range, reflecting the greater frequency of decreased hepatic, renal, or cardiac function, and of concomitant disease or other drug therapy.

    Piperacillin and tazobactam for injection contains 56 mg (2.43 mEq) of sodium per gram of piperacillin in the combination product. At the usual recommended doses, patients would receive between 672 and 896 mg/day (29.16 and 38.88 mEq) of sodium. The geriatric population may respond with a blunted natriuresis to salt loading. This may be clinically important with regard to such diseases as congestive heart failure.

    This drug is known to be substantially excreted by the kidney, and the risk of toxic reactions to this drug may be greater in patients with impaired renal function. Because elderly patients are more likely to have decreased renal function, care should be taken in dose selection, and it may be useful to monitor renal function.

    8.6 Renal Impairment

    In patients with creatinine clearance ≤ 40 mL/min and dialysis patients (hemodialysis and CAPD), the intravenous dose of piperacillin and tazobactam for injection should be reduced to the degree of renal function impairment [see Dosage and Administration (2)].

    8.7 Hepatic Impairment

    Dosage adjustment of piperacillin and tazobactam for injection is not warranted in patients with hepatic cirrhosis [see Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)].

    8.8 Patients with Cystic Fibrosis

    As with other semisynthetic penicillins, piperacillin therapy has been associated with an increased incidence of fever and rash in cystic fibrosis patients.

  • 10 OVERDOSAGE

    There have been postmarketing reports of overdose with piperacillin/tazobactam. The majority of those events experienced, including nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, have also been reported with the usual recommended dosages. Patients may experience neuromuscular excitability or seizures if higher than recommended doses are given intravenously (particularly in the presence of renal failure) [see Warnings and Precautions (5.4)].

    Treatment should be supportive and symptomatic according the patient's clinical presentation. Excessive serum concentrations of either piperacillin or tazobactam may be reduced by hemodialysis. Following a single 3.375 g dose of piperacillin/tazobactam, the percentage of the piperacillin and tazobactam dose removed by hemodialysis was approximately 31% and 39%, respectively [see Clinical Pharmacology (12)].

  • 11 DESCRIPTION

    Piperacillin and Tazobactam for Injection is an injectable antibacterial combination product consisting of the semisynthetic antibacterial piperacillin sodium and the beta-lactamase inhibitor tazobactam sodium for intravenous administration.

    Piperacillin sodium is derived from D(-)-α-aminobenzyl-penicillin. The chemical name of piperacillin sodium is sodium(2S,5R,6R)-6-[(R)-2-(4-ethyl-2,3-dioxo-1-piperazinecarboxamido)-2-phenylacetamido]-3,3-dimethyl-7-oxo-4-thia-1-azabicyclo[3.2.0]heptane-2-carboxylate. The chemical formula is C23H26N5NaO7S and the molecular weight is 539.5. The chemical structure of piperacillin sodium is:

    pip-structure

    Tazobactam sodium, a derivative of the penicillin nucleus, is a penicillanic acid sulfone. Its chemical name is sodium(2S,3S,5R)-3-methyl-7-oxo-3-(1H-1,2,3-triazol-1-ylmethyl)-4-thia-1-azabicyclo[3.2.0]heptane-2-carboxylate-4,4-dioxide. The chemical formula is C10H11N4NaO5S and the molecular weight is 322.3. The chemical structure of tazobactam sodium is:

    taz-structure

    Piperacillin and Tazobactam for Injection contains a total of 2.43 mEq (56 mg) of sodium (Na+) per gram of piperacillin in the combination product.

    Piperacillin and Tazobactam for Injection is a white to off-white sterile powder consisting of piperacillin and tazobactam as their sodium salts packaged in glass vials.

    Each Piperacillin and Tazobactam for Injection 2.25 g single dose vial contains an amount of drug sufficient for withdrawal of piperacillin sodium equivalent to 2 grams of piperacillin and tazobactam sodium equivalent to 0.25 g of tazobactam.

    Each Piperacillin and Tazobactam for Injection 3.375 g single dose vial contains an amount of drug sufficient for withdrawal of piperacillin sodium equivalent to 3 grams of piperacillin and tazobactam sodium equivalent to 0.375 g of tazobactam.

    Each Piperacillin and Tazobactam for Injection 4.5 g single dose vial contains an amount of drug sufficient for withdrawal of piperacillin sodium equivalent to 4 grams of piperacillin and tazobactam sodium equivalent to 0.5 g of tazobactam.

  • 12 CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY

    12.1 Mechanism of Action

    Piperacillin and tazobactam for injection is an antibacterial drug [see Microbiology (12.4)].

    12.2 Pharmacodynamics

    The pharmacodynamic parameter for piperacillin/tazobactam that is most predictive of clinical and microbiological efficacy is time above MIC.

    12.3 Pharmacokinetics

    The mean and coefficients of variation (CV%) for the pharmacokinetic parameters of piperacillin and tazobactam for injection after multiple intravenous doses are summarized in Table 6.

    Piperacillin and tazobactam were given in combination, infused over 30 minutes.
    b Numbers in [] parentheses are coefficients of variation (CV%)
    Cmax: maximum observed concentration, AUC: Area under the curve, CL: clearance, CLR: Renal clearance V: volume of distribution, T1/2: elimination half-life 
    Table 6: Mean (CV%) Piperacillin and Tazobactam for Injection PK Parameters
      Piperacillin
    Piperacillin/Tazobactam
    Dosea
     Cmax

    (mcg/mL)

     AUCb

    (mcg•h/mL)

     CL

    (mL/min)

    V

    (L)

     T1/2

    (h)

     CLR

    (mL/min)

    2.25 g 134 131 [14] 257 17.4 0.79 -
    3.375 g 242 242 [10] 207 15.1 0.84 140
    4.5 g 298 322 [16] 210 15.4 0.84 -
    Tazobactam   
    Piperacillin/Tazobactam
    Dosea
     Cmax

    (mcg/mL)

     AUCb

    (mcg•h/mL)

     CL

    (mL/min)

    V

    (L)

     T1/2

    (h)

     CLR

    (mL/min)

    2.25 g 15 16.0 [21] 258 17.0 0.77 -
    3.375 g 24 25.0 [8] 251 14.8 0.68 166
    4.5 g 34 39.8 [15] 206 14.7 0.82 -

    Peak plasma concentrations of piperacillin and tazobactam are attained immediately after completion of an intravenous infusion of piperacillin and tazobactam for injection. Piperacillin plasma concentrations, following a 30-minute infusion of piperacillin and tazobactam for injection, were similar to those attained when equivalent doses of piperacillin were administered alone. Steady-state plasma concentrations of piperacillin and tazobactam were similar to those attained after the first dose due to the short half-lives of piperacillin and tazobactam.


    Distribution

    Both piperacillin and tazobactam are approximately 30% bound to plasma proteins. The protein binding of either piperacillin or tazobactam is unaffected by the presence of the other compound. Protein binding of the tazobactam metabolite is negligible.

    Piperacillin and tazobactam are widely distributed into tissues and body fluids including intestinal mucosa, gallbladder, lung, female reproductive tissues (uterus, ovary, and fallopian tube), interstitial fluid, and bile. Mean tissue concentrations are generally 50% to 100% of those in plasma. Distribution of piperacillin and tazobactam into cerebrospinal fluid is low in subjects with non-inflamed meninges, as with other penicillins (see Table 7).

    Table 7: Piperacillin/Tazobactam Concentrations in Selected Tissues abnd Fluids after Single 4 g/0.5 g 30-min IV Infusion of Piperacillin and Tazobactam for Injection
    a Each subject provided a single sample.
    b Time from the start of the infusion

    Tissue or

    Fluid

    NaSampling periodb (h)Mean PIP Concentration Range
    (mg/L)
     Tissue: Plasma RangeTazo Concentration Range
    (mg/L)
    Tazo Tissue: Plasma Range
    Skin    35 0.5-4.5 34.8-94.2 0.60-1.1 4.0-7.7 0.49-0.93
    Fatty Tissue 37 0.5-4.5 4.0-10.1 0.097-0.115 0.7-1.5 0.10-0.13
    Muscle 36 0.5-4.5 9.4-23.3 0.29-0.18 1.4-2.7 0.18-0.30

    Proximal

    Intestinal

    Mucosa

     7 1.5-2.5 31.4 0.55 10.3 1.15

    Distal

    Intestinal

    Mucosa

     7 1.5-2.5 31.2 0.59 14.5 2.1
    Appendix 22 0.5-2.5 26.5-64.1 0.43-0.53 9.1-18.6 0.80-1.35

    Metabolism

    Piperacillin is metabolized to a minor microbiologically active desethyl metabolite. Tazobactam is metabolized to a single metabolite that lacks pharmacological and antibacterial activities.


    Excretion

    Following single or multiple piperacillin and tazobactam for injection doses to healthy subjects, the plasma half-life of piperacillin and of tazobactam ranged from 0.7 to 1.2 hours and was unaffected by dose or duration of infusion.

    Both piperacillin and tazobactam are eliminated via the kidney by glomerular filtration and tubular secretion. Piperacillin is excreted rapidly as unchanged drug with 68% of the administered dose excreted in the urine. Tazobactam and its metabolite are eliminated primarily by renal excretion with 80% of the administered dose excreted as unchanged drug and the remainder as the single metabolite. Piperacillin, tazobactam and desethyl piperacillin are also secreted into the bile.


    Specific Populations

    Renal Impairment

    After the administration of single doses of piperacillin/tazobactam to subjects with renal impairment, the half-life of piperacillin and of tazobactam increases with decreasing creatinine clearance. At creatinine clearance below 20 mL/min, the increase in half-life is twofold for piperacillin and fourfold for tazobactam compared to subjects with normal renal function. Dosage adjustments for piperacillin and tazobactam for injection are recommended when creatinine clearance is below 40 mL/min in patients receiving the usual recommended daily dose of piperacillin and tazobactam for injection. See Dosage and Administration (2) for specific recommendations for the treatment of patients with renal impairment.

    Hemodialysis removes 30% to 40% of a piperacillin/tazobactam dose with an additional 5% of the tazobactam dose removed as the tazobactam metabolite. Peritoneal dialysis removes approximately 6% and 21% of the piperacillin and tazobactam doses, respectively, with up to 16% of the tazobactam dose removed as the tazobactam metabolite. For dosage recommendations for patients undergoing hemodialysis [see Dosage and Administration (2)].

    Hepatic Impairment

    The half-life of piperacillin and of tazobactam increases by approximately 25% and 18%, respectively, in patients with hepatic cirrhosis compared to healthy subjects. However, this difference does not warrant dosage adjustment of piperacillin and tazobactam for injection due to hepatic cirrhosis.

    Pediatrics

    Piperacillin and tazobactam pharmacokinetics were studied in pediatric patients 2 months of age and older. The clearance of both compounds is slower in the younger patients compared to older children and adults.

    In a population PK analysis, estimated clearance for 9 month-old to 12 year-old patients was comparable to adults, with a population mean (SE) value of 5.64 (0.34) mL/min/kg. The piperacillin clearance estimate is 80% of this value for pediatric patients 2-9 months old. In patients younger than 2 months of age, clearance of piperacillin is slower compared to older children; however, it is not adequately characterized for dosing recommendations. The population mean (SE) for piperacillin volume of distribution is 0.243 (0.011) L/kg and is independent of age.

    Geriatrics

    The impact of age on the pharmacokinetics of piperacillin and tazobactam was evaluated in healthy male subjects, aged 18-35 years (n=6) and aged 65 to 80 years (n=12). Mean half-life for piperacillin and tazobactam was 32% and 55% higher, respectively, in the elderly compared to the younger subjects. This difference may be due to age-related changes in creatinine clearance.

    Race

    The effect of race on piperacillin and tazobactam was evaluated in healthy male volunteers. No difference in piperacillin or tazobactam pharmacokinetics was observed between Asian (n=9) and Caucasian (n=9) healthy volunteers who received single 4/0.5 g doses.

    Drug Interactions

    The potential for pharmacokinetic drug interactions between piperacillin and tazobactam for injection and aminoglycosides, probenecid, vancomycin, heparin, vecuronium, and methotrexate has been evaluated [see Drug Interactions (7)].

    12.4 Microbiology

    Mechanism of Action
    Piperacillin sodium exerts bactericidal activity by inhibiting septum formation and cell wall synthesis of susceptible bacteria. In vitro, piperacillin is active against a variety of Gram-positive and Gram-negative aerobic and anaerobic bacteria. Tazobactam sodium has little clinically relevant in vitro activity against bacteria due to its reduced affinity to penicillin-binding proteins. It is, however, a beta-lactamase inhibitor of the Molecular class A enzymes, including Richmond-Sykes Class III (Bush class 2b & 2b') penicillinases and cephalosporinases. It varies in its ability to inhibit class II and IV (2a & 4) penicillinases. Tazobactam does not induce chromosomally-mediated beta-lactamases at tazobactam concentrations achieved with the recommended dosage regimen.


    Antimicrobial Activity
    Piperacillin and tazobactam for injection has been shown to be active against most isolates of the following microorganisms both in vitro and in clinical infections [see Indications and Usage (1)]:

       

    Aerobic bacteria
    Gram-positive bacteria
    Staphylococcus aureus (methicillin susceptible isolates only)

    Gram-negative bacteria:
    Acinetobacter baumannii
    Escherichia coli
    Haemophilus influenzae (excluding beta-lactamase negative, ampicillin-resistant isolates)
    Klebsiella pneumoniae
    Pseudomonas aeruginosa (given in combination with an aminoglycoside to which the isolate is susceptible)


    Anaerobic bacteria:
    Bacteroides fragilis group (B. fragilis, B. ovatus, B. thetaiotaomicron, and B. vulgatus)

    The following in vitro data are available, but their clinical significance is unknown. At least 90 percent of the following bacteria exhibit an in vitro minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) less than or equal to the susceptible breakpoint for piperacillin/tazobactam against isolates of similar genus or organism group.

    However, the efficacy of piperacillin and tazobactam for injection in treating clinical infections caused by these bacteria have not been established in adequate and well-controlled clinical trials.

       

    Aerobic bacteria
    Gram-positive bacteria:
    Enterococcus faecalis (ampicillin or penicillin-susceptible isolates only)
    Staphylococcus epidermidis (methicillin susceptible isolates only)
    Streptococcus agalactiae
    Streptococcus pneumoniae (penicillin-susceptible isolates only)
    Streptococcus pyogenes
    Viridans group streptococci

    Gram-negative bacteria
    Citrobacter koseri
    Moraxella catarrhalis
    Morganella morganii
    Neisseria gonorrhoeae
    Proteus mirabilis
    Proteus vulgaris
    Serratia marcescens
    Providencia stuartii
    Providencia rettgeri
    Salmonella enterica


    Anaerobic bacteria
    Clostridium perfringens
    Bacteroides distasonis
    Prevotella melaninogenica

    These are not beta-lactamase producing bacteria and, therefore, are susceptible to piperacillin alone.


    Susceptibility Testing

    For specific information regarding susceptibility test interpretive criteria and associated test methods and quality control standards recognized by FDA for this drug, please see: https://www.fda.gov/STIC.

  • 13 NONCLINICAL TOXICOLOGY

    13.1 Carcinogenesis, Mutagenesis, Impairment of Fertility

    Carcinogenesis
    Long-term carcinogenicity studies in animals have not been conducted with piperacillin/tazobactam, piperacillin, or tazobactam.


    Mutagenesis
    Piperacillin/tazobactam was negative in microbial mutagenicity assays, the unscheduled DNA synthesis (UDS) test, a mammalian point mutation (Chinese hamster ovary cell HPRT) assay, and a mammalian cell (BALB/c-3T3) transformation assay. In vivo, piperacillin/tazobactam did not induce chromosomal aberrations in rats.


    Fertility
    Reproduction studies have been performed in rats and have revealed no evidence of impaired fertility when piperacillin/tazobactam is administered intravenously up to a dose of 1280/320 mg/kg piperacillin/tazobactam, which is similar to the maximum recommended human daily dose based on body-surface area (mg/m2).

  • 15 REFERENCES

    1. Jensen J-US, Hein L, Lundgren B, et al. BMJ Open 2012; 2:e000635. doi:10.1136.

    CLINITEST® is a registered trademark of Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics Inc.

  • 16 HOW SUPPLIED/STORAGE AND HANDLING

    Piperacillin and Tazobactam for Injection, USP are supplied as single-dose vials in the following sizes:

    • Each Piperacillin and Tazobactam for Injection, USP 2.25 g vial provides piperacillin sodium equivalent to 2 grams of piperacillin and tazobactam sodium equivalent to 0.25 g of tazobactam. Each vial contains 4.86 mEq (112 mg) of sodium. Supplied 10 per box-NDC 61990-0110-2
    • Each Piperacillin and Tazobactam for Injection, USP 3.375 g vial provides piperacillin sodium equivalent to 3 grams of piperacillin and tazobactam sodium equivalent to 0.375 g of tazobactam. Each vial contains 7.29 mEq (168 mg) of sodium. Supplied 10 per box-NDC 61990-0120-2
    • Each Piperacillin and Tazobactam for Injection, USP 4.5 g vial provides piperacillin sodium equivalent to 4 grams of piperacillin and tazobactam sodium equivalent to 0.5 g of tazobactam. Each vial contains 9.72 mEq (224 mg) of sodium. Supplied 10 per box-NDC 61990-0130-2

    Piperacillin and Tazobactam for Injection, USP vials should be stored at controlled room temperature (20°C to 25°C [68°F to 77°F]) prior to reconstitution.

  • 17 PATIENT COUNSELING INFORMARTION

    Serious Hypersensitivity Reactions

    Advise patients, their families, or caregivers that serious hypersensitivity reactions, including serious allergic cutaneous reactions, could occur that require immediate treatment. Ask them about any previous hypersensitivity reactions to piperacillin and tazobactam for injection, other beta-lactams (including cephalosporins), or other allergens [see Warnings and Precautions (5.2)].

    Diarrhea

    Advise patients, their families, or caregivers that diarrhea is a common problem caused by antibacterial drugs which usually ends when the drug is discontinued. Sometimes after starting treatment with antibacterial drugs, patients can develop watery and bloody stools (with or without stomach cramps and fever) even as late as two or more months after having taken the last dose of the drug. If this occurs, patients should contact their physician as soon as possible.

    Antibacterial Resistance

    Counsel patients that antibacterial drugs including piperacillin and tazobactam for injection should only be used to treat bacterial infections. They do not treat viral infections (e.g., the common cold). When piperacillin and tazobactam for injection is prescribed to treat a bacterial infection, patients should be told that although it is common to feel better early in the course of therapy, the medication should be taken exactly as directed. Skipping doses or not completing the full course of therapy may (1) decrease the effectiveness of the immediate treatment and (2) increase the likelihood that bacteria will develop resistance and will not be treatable by piperacillin and tazobactam for injection or other antibacterial drugs in the future.

    Counsel patients that piperacillin and tazobactam for injection can cross the placenta in humans and is excreted in human milk.

  • SPL UNCLASSIFIED SECTION

    For all questions concerning adverse reactions associated with the use of this product or for inquiries concerning our products, please contact 1-833-727-6556.


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    Apollo Pharmaceuticals USA Inc.
    Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410


    Revised 08/2020

    AP-N1AA000.03

  • PRINCIPAL DISPLAY PANEL - 2.25 GRAMS SINGLE DOSE VIAL

    NDC 61990-0110-1   Rx Only

    Piperacillin and Tazobactam for Injection, USP

    2.25 grams per vial

    Single-Dose Vial   Sterile

    For Intravenous Use Only

    Preservative Free

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  • PRINCIPAL DISPLAY PANEL - 3.375 GRAMS SINGLE DOSE VIAL

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    3.375 grams per vial

    Single-Dose Vial    Sterile

    For Intravenous Use Only

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  • PRINCIPAL DISPLAY PANEL - 4.5 GRAMS SINGLE DOSE VIAL

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    Piperacillin and Tazobactam for Injection, USP

    4.5 grams per vial

    Single-Dose Vial    Sterile

    For Intravenous Use Only

    Preservative Free

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  • INGREDIENTS AND APPEARANCE
    PIPERACILLIN AND TAZOBACTAM 
    piperacillin sodium and tazobactam sodium injection, powder, lyophilized, for solution
    Product Information
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    Route of AdministrationINTRAVENOUS
    Active Ingredient/Active Moiety
    Ingredient NameBasis of StrengthStrength
    PIPERACILLIN SODIUM (UNII: M98T69Q7HP) (PIPERACILLIN ANHYDROUS - UNII:9I628532GX) PIPERACILLIN ANHYDROUS2 g  in 10 mL
    TAZOBACTAM SODIUM (UNII: UXA545ABTT) (TAZOBACTAM - UNII:SE10G96M8W) TAZOBACTAM0.25 g  in 10 mL
    Packaging
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    1NDC:61990-0110-210 in 1 CARTON08/01/2019
    1NDC:61990-0110-110 mL in 1 VIAL, SINGLE-DOSE; Type 0: Not a Combination Product
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    ANDAANDA20784708/01/2019
    PIPERACILLIN AND TAZOBACTAM 
    piperacillin sodium and tazobactam sodium injection, powder, lyophilized, for solution
    Product Information
    Product TypeHUMAN PRESCRIPTION DRUGItem Code (Source)NDC:61990-0120
    Route of AdministrationINTRAVENOUS
    Active Ingredient/Active Moiety
    Ingredient NameBasis of StrengthStrength
    PIPERACILLIN SODIUM (UNII: M98T69Q7HP) (PIPERACILLIN ANHYDROUS - UNII:9I628532GX) PIPERACILLIN ANHYDROUS3 g  in 15 mL
    TAZOBACTAM SODIUM (UNII: UXA545ABTT) (TAZOBACTAM - UNII:SE10G96M8W) TAZOBACTAM0.375 g  in 15 mL
    Packaging
    #Item CodePackage DescriptionMarketing Start DateMarketing End Date
    1NDC:61990-0120-210 in 1 CARTON08/01/2019
    1NDC:61990-0120-115 mL in 1 VIAL, SINGLE-DOSE; Type 0: Not a Combination Product
    Marketing Information
    Marketing CategoryApplication Number or Monograph CitationMarketing Start DateMarketing End Date
    ANDAANDA20784708/01/2019
    PIPERACILLIN AND TAZOBACTAM 
    piperacillin sodium and tazobactam sodium injection, powder, lyophilized, for solution
    Product Information
    Product TypeHUMAN PRESCRIPTION DRUGItem Code (Source)NDC:61990-0130
    Route of AdministrationINTRAVENOUS
    Active Ingredient/Active Moiety
    Ingredient NameBasis of StrengthStrength
    PIPERACILLIN SODIUM (UNII: M98T69Q7HP) (PIPERACILLIN ANHYDROUS - UNII:9I628532GX) PIPERACILLIN ANHYDROUS4 g  in 20 mL
    TAZOBACTAM SODIUM (UNII: UXA545ABTT) (TAZOBACTAM - UNII:SE10G96M8W) TAZOBACTAM0.5 g  in 20 mL
    Packaging
    #Item CodePackage DescriptionMarketing Start DateMarketing End Date
    1NDC:61990-0130-210 in 1 CARTON08/01/2019
    1NDC:61990-0130-120 mL in 1 VIAL, SINGLE-DOSE; Type 0: Not a Combination Product
    Marketing Information
    Marketing CategoryApplication Number or Monograph CitationMarketing Start DateMarketing End Date
    ANDAANDA20784708/01/2019
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