Label: NEXHA- hyaluronate sodium solution

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

Drug Label Information

Updated December 13, 2021

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  • SPL UNCLASSIFIED SECTION

    Injectable Solution 10 mg/mL
    For Intravenous Use In Horses Only

  • WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS

    CAUTION: Federal law restricts this drug to use by or on the order of a licensed veterinarian.

  • DESCRIPTION

    DESCRIPTION: NexHA™ (hyaluronate sodium) injectable solution is a clear, colorless solution of low viscosity. NexHA™ injectable solution is pyrogen free, sterile and does not contain a preservative. It is administered by intravenous injection. Hyaluronic acid, the conjugate acid of hyaluronate sodium, is extracted from the capsule of Streptococcus spp. and purified, resulting in a form which is essentially free of protein and nucleic acids. NexHA™ injectable solution is supplied in 4 mL (40 mg) vials. Each mL contains 10 mg hyaluronate sodium, 8.5 mg sodium chloride, 0.223 mg sodium phosphate dibasic acid and 0.04 mg sodium phosphate monobasic. The pH is adjusted to between 6.5 and 8.0 with sodium hydroxide or hydrochloric acid.

  • MECHANISM OF ACTION

    CHEMISTRY: Hyaluronic acid, a glycosaminoglycan, can exist in the following forms depending upon the chemical environment in which it is found: as the acid, hyaluronic acid; as the sodium salt, sodium hyaluronate (hyaluronate sodium); or as the hyaluronate anion. These terms may be used interchangeably but in all cases, reference is made to the glycosaminoglycan composed of repeating subunits of D-glucuronic acid and N-acetyl-Dglucosamine linked together by glycosidic bonds. Since this product originates from a microbial source, there is no potential for contamination with dermatan or chondroitin sulfate or any other glycosaminoglycan.

  • CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY

    CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY: Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance present in connective tissue, skin, vitreous humor and the umbilical cord in all mammals. High concentrations of hyaluronic acid are also found in the synovial fluid. It also constitutes the major component of the capsule of certain microorganisms. The hyaluronic acid produced by bacteria is the same structure and configuration as that found in mammals.

    The actual mechanism of action for hyaluronate sodium in the healing of degenerative joint disease is not completely understood. One major function appears to be the regulation of normal cellular constituents. This effect decreases the impact of exudation, enzyme release and subsequent degradation of joint integrity. Additionally, hyaluronate sodium exerts an anti-inflammatory action by inhibiting the movement of granulocytes and macrophages.1

    Hyaluronate molecules are long chains which form a filter network interspersed with normal cellular fluids. It is widely accepted that injection directly into the joint pouch enhances the healing of inflamed synovium by restoring lubrication of the joint fluid. This further supplements the visco-elastic properties of normal joint fluid.

  • VETERINARY INDICATIONS

    INDICATIONS: NexHA™ (hyaluronate sodium) injectable solution is indicated in the treatment of joint dysfunction of the carpus or fetlock in horses due to non-infectious synovitis associated with equine osteoarthritis.

  • DOSAGE & ADMINISTRATION

    DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION: 4 mL (40 mg) injected intravenously. Treatment may be repeated at weekly intervals for a total of three treatments. Use aseptic technique and inject slowly into the jugular vein. Horses should be given stall rest after treatment before gradually resuming normal activity.

    Discard any unused portion of the drug and the empty vial after opening.

  • CONTRAINDICATIONS

    CONTRAINDICATIONS: There are no known contraindications for the use of NexHA™ (hyaluronate sodium) injectable solution in horses.

  • WARNINGS

    WARNING: Do not use in horses intended for human consumption.

  • USER SAFETY WARNINGS

    HUMAN WARNINGS: Not for use in humans. Keep this and all other drugs out of reach of children.

  • GENERAL PRECAUTIONS

    ANIMAL SAFETY WARNING: Not for intra-articular use.

  • PRECAUTIONS

    PRECAUTIONS: Radiographic evaluation should be carried out in cases of acute lameness to ensure that the joint is free from serious fractures.

    The safety of NexHA™ injectable solution has not been evaluated in breeding stallions or in breeding, pregnant or lactating mares.

  • ADVERSE REACTIONS

    ADVERSE REACTIONS: No local or systemic side effects were observed in the clinical field studies using hyaluronate sodium injectable solution.

  • OTHER SAFETY INFORMATION

    POST-APPROVAL EXPERIENCE: While all adverse reactions are not reported, the following adverse reactions are based on voluntary post-approval reporting for hyaluronate sodium injectable solution: Occasional depression, lethargy, and fever.

    For medical emergencies or to report adverse reactions, call 1-800-835-9496.

  • PHARMACODYNAMICS

    EFFECTIVENESS: Forty-six horses with lameness in either the carpal or fetlock joints were treated intravenously or intra-articularly with hyaluronate sodium injectable solution in a well controlled clinical field trial conducted at four locations. One, two or three injections were given based on clinical improvement. Overall clinical improvement was judged as excellent or good in 90% of the cases treated intravenously and 96% of those treated intra-articularly with hyaluronate sodium injectable solution.

  • ANIMAL PHARMACOLOGY & OR TOXICOLOGY

    ANIMAL SAFETY: Hyaluronate sodium injectable solution was administered to normal horses at one, three and five times the recommended intra-articular dosage of 20 mg and the intravenous dosage of 40 mg. Treatments were given once weekly for nine consecutive weeks (three times the maximum duration). No systemic clinical signs were observed nor were there any adverse effects upon hematology or clinical chemistry parameters. A transient, slight to mild post-injection swelling of the joint capsule occurred in some of the animals treated intra-articularly with hyaluronate sodium injectable solution as it did in the saline treated control horses. No gross or histological lesions were observed in the soft tissues or the surface areas of the treated joint.

  • STORAGE AND HANDLING

    STORAGE: Store below 25°C (77°F).

  • HOW SUPPLIED

    HOW SUPPLIED: NexHA™ (hyaluronate sodium) injectable solution is supplied in cartons containing twelve × 4 mL (40 mg) vials.

  • REFERENCES

    REFERENCES: 1 Swanstrom, O.G. 1978. Hyaluronate (hyaluronic acid) and its use, Proc. American Assoc. Equine Pract., 24th annual convention, pp. 345-348.

  • CONTACT INFORMATION:

    Contact Vetoquinol USA, Inc. at 1-800-267-5707 for customer service or to obtain product information, including a SDS. After hours or to report adverse reactions, call 1-800-835-9496.

    For additional information about adverse drug experience reporting for animal drugs, contact FDA at 1-888-FDA-VETS or online at http://www.fda.gov/Animal-Veterinary/SafetyHealth.

  • QUESTIONS?

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    Vetoquinol USA, Inc.
    4250 N. Sylvania Ave.
    Ft. Worth, TX (USA) 76137
    www.vetoquinolusa.com

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    Made in France

    ANADA 200-432, Approved by FDA

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  • PRINCIPAL DISPLAY PANEL - 4 mL Vial Carton

    NDC 17030-098-12

    4mL
    12 vials

    NexHA™
    [HYALURONATE SODIUM]

    INJECTABLE SOLUTION 10 MG/ML
    FOR INTRAVENOUS USE
    IN HORSES ONLY

    For the treatment of joint
    dysfunction of the carpus or fetlock
    in horses due to non-infectious
    synovitis associated with equine
    osteoarthritis.

    CAUTION: Federal law restricts
    this drug to use by or on the order
    of a licensed veterinarian.

    vetoquinoL

    10
    mg/mL

    ANADA 200-432, Approved by FDA

    PRINCIPAL DISPLAY PANEL - 4 mL Vial Carton
  • INGREDIENTS AND APPEARANCE
    NEXHA 
    hyaluronate sodium solution
    Product Information
    Product TypePRESCRIPTION ANIMAL DRUGItem Code (Source)NDC:17030-098
    Route of AdministrationINTRAVENOUS
    Active Ingredient/Active Moiety
    Ingredient NameBasis of StrengthStrength
    HYALURONATE SODIUM (UNII: YSE9PPT4TH) (HYALURONIC ACID - UNII:S270N0TRQY) HYALURONATE SODIUM10 mg  in 1 mL
    Inactive Ingredients
    Ingredient NameStrength
    SODIUM CHLORIDE (UNII: 451W47IQ8X)  
    SODIUM PHOSPHATE, DIBASIC, DODECAHYDRATE (UNII: E1W4N241FO)  
    SODIUM PHOSPHATE, MONOBASIC, DIHYDRATE (UNII: 5QWK665956)  
    Packaging
    #Item CodePackage DescriptionMarketing Start DateMarketing End Date
    1NDC:17030-098-1212 in 1 CARTON
    14 mL in 1 VIAL
    Marketing Information
    Marketing CategoryApplication Number or Monograph CitationMarketing Start DateMarketing End Date
    ANADAANADA20043201/15/2020
    Labeler - Vetoquinol USA, Inc. (106824209)
    Establishment
    NameAddressID/FEIBusiness Operations
    Lifecore Biomedical LLC085358869API MANUFACTURE
    Establishment
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