Label: FEBUXOSTAT tablet, coated

  • NDC Code(s): 62332-190-08, 62332-190-10, 62332-190-30, 62332-190-31, view more
    62332-190-91, 62332-191-06, 62332-191-10, 62332-191-30, 62332-191-31, 62332-191-91
  • Packager: Alembic Pharmaceuticals Inc.
  • Category: HUMAN PRESCRIPTION DRUG LABEL
  • DEA Schedule: None
  • Marketing Status: Abbreviated New Drug Application

Drug Label Information

Updated July 2, 2019

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  • HIGHLIGHTS OF PRESCRIBING INFORMATION
    These highlights do not include all the information needed to use FEBUXOSTAT TABLETS safely and effectively. See full prescribing information for FEBUXOSTAT TABLETS.

    FEBUXOSTAT tablets, for oral use
    Initial U.S. Approval: 2009


    WARNING: CARDIOVASCULAR DEATH
    See full prescribing information for complete boxed warning.

    • Gout patients with established cardiovascular (CV) disease treated with febuxostat tablets had a higher rate of CV death compared to those treated with allopurinol in a CV outcomes study. (5.1)
    • Consider the risks and benefits of febuxostat tablets when deciding to prescribe or continue patients on febuxostat tablets. Febuxostat tablets should only be used in patients who have an inadequate response to a maximally titrated dose of allopurinol, who are intolerant to allopurinol, or for whom treatment with allopurinol is not advisable. (1)

    RECENT MAJOR CHANGES

    Boxed Warning                                              2/2019
    Indications and Usage                                   2/2019
    Warnings and Precautions
         Cardiovascular Death (5.1)                      2/2019

    INDICATIONS AND USAGE

    Febuxostat tablets are xanthine oxidase (XO) inhibitor indicated for the chronic management of hyperuricemia in adult patients with gout who have an inadequate response to a maximally titrated dose of allopurinol, who are intolerant to allopurinol, or for whom treatment with allopurinol is not advisable. (1) (1)

    For the safe and effective use of allopurinol, see allopurinol prescribing information. (1)


    Limitations of Use: (1)

    Febuxostat tablets are not recommended for the treatment of asymptomatic hyperuricemia. (1) (1)

    DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION

    • Recommended febuxostat tablet dosage is 40 mg or 80 mg once daily. The recommended starting dose is 40 mg once daily. For patients who do not achieve a serum uric acid (sUA) less than 6 mg/dL after 2 weeks, the recommended dosage is 80 mg once daily. (2.1)
    • Can be administered without regard to food or antacid use. (2.1)
    • Limit the dosage of febuxostat tablet to 40 mg once daily in patients with severe renal impairment. (2.2, 8.6)

    DOSAGE FORMS AND STRENGTHS

    Tablet: 40 mg, 80 mg. (3) (3)

    CONTRAINDICATIONS

    Febuxostat tablets are contraindicated in patients being treated with azathioprine or mercaptopurine. (4) (4)

    WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS

    • Cardiovascular Death: In a CV outcomes study, there was a higher rate of CV death in patients treated with febuxostat tablets compared to allopurinol; in the same study febuxostat tablets was non-inferior to allopurinol for the primary endpoint of major adverse cardiovascular events (MACE). Consider the risks and benefits of febuxostat tablets when deciding to prescribe or continue patients on febuxostat tablets. (1, 5.1)
    • Gout Flares: An increase in gout flares is frequently observed during initiation of anti-hyperuricemic agents, including febuxostat tablets. If a gout flare occurs during treatment, febuxostat tablets need not be discontinued. Prophylactic therapy (i.e., non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug [NSAID] or colchicine upon initiation of treatment) may be beneficial for up to six months. (2.4, 5.2)
    • Hepatic Effects: Postmarketing reports of hepatic failure, sometimes fatal. Causality cannot be excluded. If liver injury is detected, promptly interrupt febuxostat tablets and assess patient for probable cause, then treat cause if possible, to resolution or stabilization. Do not restart febuxostat tablets if liver injury is confirmed and no alternate etiology can be found. (5.3)
    • Serious Skin Reactions: Postmarketing reports of serious skin and hypersensitivity reactions, including Stevens-Johnson Syndrome, drug reaction with eosinophilia and systemic symptoms (DRESS) and toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN) have been reported in patients taking febuxostat tablets. Discontinue febuxostat tablets if serious skin reactions are suspected. (5.4)

    ADVERSE REACTIONS

    Adverse reactions occurring in at least 1% of patients treated with febuxostat tablets, and at least 0.5% greater than placebo, are liver function abnormalities, nausea, arthralgia, and rash. (6.1)

    To report SUSPECTED ADVERSE REACTIONS, contact Alembic Pharmaceuticals Limited at 1-866-210-9797 or FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or www.fda.gov/medwatch. (6)


    DRUG INTERACTIONS

    Concomitant administration of febuxostat tablets with XO substrate drugs, azathioprine or mercaptopurine could increase plasma concentrations of these drugs resulting in severe toxicity. (7) (7)

    USE IN SPECIFIC POPULATIONS

    • No studies have been conducted in patients with severe hepatic impairment. Caution should be exercised in these patients. (8.7)
    • No studies have been conducted in patients with secondary hyperuricemia(including patients being treated for Lesch-Nyhan syndrome or malignant disease, or in organ transplant recipients); therefore, febuxostat tablets are not recommended for use in these patients. (8.8)

    See 17 for PATIENT COUNSELING INFORMATION and FDA-approved patient labeling.

    Revised: 7/2019

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  • BOXED WARNING (What is this?)

    WARNING: CARDIOVASCULAR DEATH

    Gout patients with established cardiovascular (CV) disease treated with febuxostat tablets had a higher rate of CV death compared to those treated with allopurinol in a CV outcomes study [see Warnings and Precautions (5.1)].
    Consider the risks and benefits of febuxostat tablets when deciding to prescribe or continue patients on febuxostat tablets. Febuxostat tablets should only be used in patients who have an inadequate response to a maximally titrated dose of allopurinol, who are intolerant to allopurinol, or for whom treatment with allopurinol is not advisable [see Indications and Usage (1)].

  • 1 INDICATIONS AND USAGE


    Febuxostat tablets are xanthine oxidase (XO) inhibitor indicated for the chronic management of hyperuricemia in adult patients with gout who have an inadequate response to a maximally titrated dose of allopurinol, who are intolerant to allopurinol, or for whom treatment with allopurinol is not advisable.

    For the safe and effective use of allopurinol, see allopurinol prescribing information.

    Limitations of Use:

    Febuxostat tablets are not recommended for the treatment of asymptomatic hyperuricemia.

  • 2 DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION

    2.1 Recommended Dose

    The recommended febuxostat tablet dosage is 40 mg or 80 mg once daily.

    The recommended starting dosage of febuxostat tablet is 40 mg once daily. For patients who do not achieve a serum uric acid (sUA) less than 6 mg/dL after two weeks, the recommended febuxostat tablet dosage is 80 mg once daily.

    Febuxostat tablets can be taken without regard to food or antacid use [see Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)].

    2.2 Dosage Recommendations in Patients with Renal Impairment and Hepatic Impairment

    No dose adjustment is necessary when administering febuxostat tablets in patients with mild or moderate renal impairment.

    The recommended dosage of febuxostat tablet is limited to 40 mg once daily in patients with severe renal impairment [see Use in Specific Populations (8.6) and Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)].

    No dose adjustment is necessary in patients with mild to moderate hepatic impairment [see Use in Specific Populations (8.7) and Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)].


    2.3 Uric Acid Level

    Testing for the target serum uric acid level of less than 6 mg/dL may be performed as early as two weeks after initiating febuxostat tablets therapy.

    2.4 Recommended Prophylaxis for Gout Flares

    Gout flares may occur after initiation of febuxostat tablets due to changing serum uric acid levels resulting in mobilization of urate from tissue deposits. Flare prophylaxis with a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) or colchicine is recommended upon initiation of febuxostat tablets. Prophylactic therapy may be beneficial for up to six months [see Clinical Studies (14.1)].

    If a gout flare occurs during febuxostat tablets treatment, febuxostat tablets need not be discontinued. The gout flare should be managed concurrently, as appropriate for the individual patient [see Warnings and Precautions (5.2)].

  • 3 DOSAGE FORMS AND STRENGTHS

    • 40 mg tablets, light green to green, round, biconvex, film-coated tablets debossed with L440 on one side and plain on other side
    • 80 mg tablets, light green to green, tear drop shaped, biconvex film-coated tablets debossed with L441 on one side and plain on other side.
  • 4 CONTRAINDICATIONS

    Febuxostat tablets are contraindicated in patients being treated with azathioprine or mercaptopurine [see Drug Interactions (7)].

  • 5 WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS

    5.1 Cardiovascular Death

    In a cardiovascular (CV) outcome study (ClinicalTrials.gov identifier NCT01101035), gout patients with established CV disease treated with febuxostat tablets had a higher rate of CV death compared to those treated with allopurinol. The CV outcomes study in patients with gout (CARES) was a randomized, double-blinded, allopurinol-controlled, non-inferiority study conducted to evaluate the risk of major adverse cardiovascular events (MACE) in patients with gout who were treated with febuxostat tablets. The study enrolled patients who had a history of major CV disease, cerebrovascular disease or diabetes mellitus with micro-and/or macrovascular disease. The primary endpoint was the time to first occurrence of MACE defined as the composite of CV death, nonfatal MI, nonfatal stroke, or unstable angina with urgent coronary revascularization. The study was designed to exclude a prespecified risk margin of 1.3 for the hazard ratio of MACE. Results showed that febuxostat tablets was non-inferior to allopurinol for the primary endpoint of MACE [Hazard Ratio: 1.03, 95% Confidence Interval (CI): 0.89, 1.21]. However, there was a significant increase in CV deaths in patients treated with febuxostat tablets (134 [1.5 per 100 patient-years]) compared to patients treated with allopurinol (100 [1.1 per 100 patient-years]) [Hazard Ratio: 1.34, 95% CI: 1.03, 1.73]. Sudden cardiac death was the most common cause of adjudicated CV deaths in the febuxostat tablets group (83 of 3,098; 2.7%) as compared to the allopurinol group (56 of 3,092; 1.8%). Febuxostat tablets were similar to allopurinol for nonfatal MI, nonfatal stroke and unstable angina with urgent coronary revascularization [see Clinical Studies (14.2)].

    Because of the increased risk of CV death, febuxostat tablets should only be used in patients who have an inadequate response to a maximally titrated dose of allopurinol, who are intolerant to allopurinol, or for whom treatment with allopurinol is not advisable [see Indications and Usage(1)].

    Consider the risks and benefits of febuxostat tablets when deciding to prescribe or continue patients on febuxostat tablets [see Indications and Usage (1)]. Consider use of prophylactic low-dose aspirin therapy in patients with a history of CV disease. Physicians and patients should remain alert for the development of adverse CV event signs and symptoms. Patients should be informed about the symptoms of serious CV events and the steps to take if they occur.


    5.2 Gout Flares

    After initiation of febuxostat tablets, an increase in gout flares is frequently observed. This increase is due to reduction in serum uric acid levels, resulting in mobilization of urate from tissue deposits.

    In order to prevent gout flares when febuxostat tablets are initiated, concurrent prophylactic treatment with an NSAID or colchicine is recommended [see Dosage and Administration (2.4)].


    5.3 Hepatic Effects

    There have been postmarketing reports of fatal and nonfatal hepatic failure in patients taking febuxostat tablets, although the reports contain insufficient information necessary to establish the probable cause. During randomized controlled studies, transaminase elevations greater than three times the upper limit of normal (ULN) were observed (AST: 2%, 2%, and ALT: 3%, 2% in febuxostat tablets and allopurinol-treated patients, respectively). No dose-effect relationship for these transaminase elevations was noted [see Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)].

    Obtain a liver test panel (serum alanine aminotransferase [ALT], aspartate aminotransferase [AST], alkaline phosphatase, and total bilirubin) as a baseline before initiating febuxostat tablets.

    Measure liver tests promptly in patients who report symptoms that may indicate liver injury, including fatigue, anorexia, right upper abdominal discomfort, dark urine or jaundice. In this clinical context, if the patient is found to have abnormal liver tests (ALT greater than three times the upper limit of the reference range), febuxostat tablets treatment should be interrupted and investigation done to establish the probable cause. Febuxostat tablets should not be restarted in these patients without another explanation for the liver test abnormalities.

    Patients who have serum ALT greater than three times the reference range with serum total bilirubin greater than two times the reference range without alternative etiologies are at risk for severe drug-induced liver injury and should not be restarted on febuxostat tablets. For patients with lesser elevations of serum ALT or bilirubin and with an alternate probable cause, treatment with febuxostat tablets can be used with caution.

    5.4 Serious Skin Reactions

    Postmarketing reports of serious skin and hypersensitivity reactions, including Stevens-Johnson Syndrome, drug reaction with eosinophilia and systemic symptoms (DRESS) and toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN) have been reported in patients taking febuxostat tablets. Discontinue febuxostat tablets if serious skin reactions are suspected [see Patient Counseling Information (17)]. Many of these patients had reported previous similar skin reactions to allopurinol. Febuxostat tablets should be used with caution in these patients.

  • 6 ADVERSE REACTIONS

    The following serious adverse reactions are described elsewhere in the prescribing information:

    • Cardiovascular Death [see Warnings and Precautions (5.1)]
    • Hepatic Effects [see Warnings and Precautions (5.3)]
    • Serious Skin Reactions [see Warnings and Precautions (5.4)]

    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.

    In Phase 2 and 3 clinical studies, a total of 2757 patients with hyperuricemia and gout were treated with febuxostat tablets 40 mg or 80 mg daily. For febuxostat tablets 40 mg, 559 patients were treated for ≥6 months. For febuxostat tablets 80 mg, 1377 patients were treated for ≥6 months, 674 patients were treated for ≥1 year and 515 patients were treated for ≥2 years. In the CARES study, a total of 3098 patients were treated with febuxostat tablets 40 mg or 80 mg daily; of these, 2155 patients were treated for ≥1 year and 1539 were treated for ≥2 years [see Clinical Studies (14.2)].

    Most Common Adverse Reactions

    In three randomized, controlled clinical studies (Studies 1, 2 and 3), which were six to 12 months in duration, the following adverse reactions were reported by the treating physician as related to study drug. Table 1 summarizes adverse reactions reported at a rate of at least 1% in febuxostat tablets treatment groups and at least 0.5% greater than placebo.

    Table 1: Adverse Reactions Occurring in 1% of Patients Treated with Febuxostat Tablets and at Least 0.5% Greater than Seen in Patients Receiving Placebo in Controlled Studies
    Adverse Reactions
    Placebo
    Febuxostat Tablets
    allopurinol*
    (N=134)
    40 mg daily (N=757)
    80 mg daily (N=1279)
    N=1277
    Liver Function Abnormalities
    0.7%
    6.6%
    4.6%
    4.2%
    Nausea
    0.7%
    1.1%
    1.3%
    0.8%
    Arthralgia
    0%
    1.1%
    0.7%
    0.7%
    Rash
    0.7%
    0.5%
    1.6%
    1.6%

     * Of the patients who received allopurinol, 10 received 100 mg, 145 received 200 mg, and 1122 received 300 mg, based on level of renal impairment.

    The most common adverse reaction leading to discontinuation from therapy was liver function abnormalities in 1.8% of febuxostat tablets 40 mg, 1.2% of febuxostat tablets 80 mg, and in 0.9% of patients treated with allopurinol.

    In addition to the adverse reactions presented in Table 1, dizziness was reported in more than 1% of patients treated with febuxostat tablets although not at a rate more than 0.5% greater than placebo.

    In the CARES study, liver function abnormalities and diarrhea were reported in more than 1% of patients treated with febuxostat tablets, although not at a rate more than 0.5% greater than allopurinol.


    Less Common Adverse Reactions

    In clinical studies the following adverse reactions occurred in less than 1% of patients and in more than one subject treated with doses ranging from 40 mg to 240 mg of febuxostat tablets. This list also includes adverse reactions (less than 1% of patients) associated with organ systems from Warnings and Precautions.

    Blood and Lymphatic System Disorders: anemia, idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, leukocytosis/leukopenia, neutropenia, pancytopenia, splenomegaly, thrombocytopenia.
    Cardiac Disorders: angina pectoris, atrial fibrillation/flutter, cardiac murmur, ECG abnormal, palpitations, sinus bradycardia, tachycardia.
    Ear and Labyrinth Disorders: deafness, tinnitus, vertigo.
    Eye Disorders: vision blurred.

    Gastrointestinal Disorders: abdominal distention, abdominal pain, constipation, dry mouth, dyspepsia, flatulence, frequent stools, gastritis, gastroesophageal reflux disease, gastrointestinal discomfort, gingival pain, haematemesis, hyperchlorhydria, hematochezia, mouth ulceration, pancreatitis, peptic ulcer, vomiting.

    General Disorders and Administration Site Conditions: asthenia, chest pain/discomfort, edema, fatigue, feeling abnormal, gait disturbance, influenza-like symptoms, mass, pain, thirst.

    Hepatobiliary Disorders: cholelithiasis/cholecystitis, hepatic steatosis, hepatitis, hepatomegaly.
    Immune System Disorder: hypersensitivity.
    Infections and Infestations: herpes zoster.
    Procedural Complications: contusion

    Metabolism and Nutrition Disorders: anorexia, appetite decreased/increased, dehydration, diabetes mellitus, hypercholesterolemia, hyperglycemia, hyperlipidemia, hypertriglyceridemia, hypokalemia, weight decreased/increased.

    Musculoskeletal and Connective Tissue Disorders: arthritis, joint stiffness, joint swelling, muscle spasms/twitching/tightness/weakness, musculoskeletal pain/stiffness, myalgia.

    Nervous System Disorders: altered taste, balance disorder, cerebrovascular accident, Guillain-Barré syndrome, headache, hemiparesis, hypoesthesia, hyposmia, lacunar infarction, lethargy, mental impairment, migraine, paresthesia, somnolence, transient ischemic attack, tremor.

    Psychiatric Disorders: agitation, anxiety, depression, insomnia, irritability, libido decreased, nervousness, panic attack, personality change.

    Renal and Urinary Disorders: hematuria, nephrolithiasis, pollakiuria, proteinuria, renal failure, renal insufficiency, urgency, incontinence.

    Reproductive System and Breast Changes: breast pain, erectile dysfunction, gynecomastia.

    Respiratory, Thoracic and Mediastinal Disorders: bronchitis, cough, dyspnea, epistaxis, nasal dryness, paranasal sinus hypersecretion, pharyngeal edema, respiratory tract congestion, sneezing, throat irritation, upper respiratory tract infection.

    Skin and Subcutaneous Tissue Disorders: alopecia, angio-edema, dermatitis, dermographism, ecchymosis, eczema, hair color changes, hair growth abnormal, hyperhidrosis, peeling skin, petechiae, photosensitivity, pruritus, purpura, skin discoloration/altered pigmentation, skin lesion, skin odor abnormal, urticaria.

    Vascular Disorders: flushing, hot flush, hypertension, hypotension.

    Laboratory Parameters: activated partial thromboplastin time prolonged, creatine increased, bicarbonate decreased, sodium increased, EEG abnormal, glucose increased, cholesterol increased, triglycerides increased, amylase increased, potassium increased, TSH increased, platelet count decreased, hematocrit decreased, hemoglobin decreased, MCV increased, RBC decreased, creatinine increased, blood urea increased, BUN/creatinine ratio increased, creatine phosphokinase (CPK) increased, alkaline phosphatase increased, LDH increased, PSA increased, urine output increased/decreased, lymphocyte count decreased, neutrophil count decreased, WBC increased/decreased, coagulation test abnormal, low density lipoprotein (LDL) increased, prothrombin time prolonged, urinary casts, urine positive for white blood cells and protein.

    6.2 Postmarketing Experience

    The following adverse reactions have been identified during postapproval use of febuxostat tablets. 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.

    Blood and Lymphatic System Disorders: agranulocytosis, eosinophilia.

    Hepatobiliary Disorders: hepatic failure (some fatal), jaundice, serious cases of abnormal liver function test results, liver disorder.

    Immune System Disorders: anaphylaxis, anaphylactic reaction.

    Musculoskeletal and Connective Tissue Disorders: rhabdomyolysis.

    Psychiatric Disorders: psychotic behavior including aggressive thoughts.

    Renal and Urinary Disorders: tubulointerstitial nephritis.

    Skin and Subcutaneous Tissue Disorders: generalized rash, Stevens-Johnson Syndrome, hypersensitivity skin reactions, erythema multiforme, drug reaction with eosinophilia and systemic symptoms, toxic epidermal necrolysis.

  • 7 DRUG INTERACTIONS

    7.1 Xanthine Oxidase Substrate Drugs

    Febuxostat is an XO inhibitor. Based on a drug interaction study in healthy patients, febuxostat altered the metabolism of theophylline (a substrate of XO) in humans [see Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)]. Therefore, use with caution when coadministering febuxostat tablets with theophylline.


    Drug interaction studies of febuxostat tablets with other drugs that are metabolized by XO (e.g., mercaptopurine and azathioprine) have not been conducted. Inhibition of XO by febuxostat tablets may cause increased plasma concentrations of these drugs leading to toxicity [see Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)]. Febuxostat tablets are contraindicated in patients being treated with azathioprine or mercaptopurine [see Contraindications (4)].


    7.2 Cytotoxic Chemotherapy Drugs

    Drug interaction studies of febuxostat tablets with cytotoxic chemotherapy have not been conducted. No data are available regarding the safety of febuxostat tablets during cytotoxic chemotherapy.

    7.3 In Vivo Drug Interaction Studies

    Based on drug interaction studies in healthy patients, febuxostat tablets do not have clinically significant interactions with colchicine, naproxen, indomethacin, hydrochlorothiazide, warfarin or desipramine [see Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)]. Therefore, febuxostat tablets may be used concomitantly with these medications.

  • 8 USE IN SPECIFIC POPULATIONS

    8.1 Pregnancy

    Risk Summary  

    Limited available data with febuxostat tablets use in pregnant women are insufficient to inform a drug associated risk of adverse developmental outcomes. No adverse developmental effects were observed in embryo-fetal development studies with oral administration of febuxostat to pregnant rats and rabbits during organogenesis at doses that produced maternal exposures up to 40 and 51 times, respectively, the exposure at the maximum recommended human dose (MRHD). No adverse developmental effects were observed in a pre-and postnatal development study with administration of febuxostat to pregnant rats from organogenesis through lactation at an exposure approximately 11 times the MRHD (see Data).


    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 US 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.


    Data  

    Animal Data  

    In an embryo-fetal development study in pregnant rats dosed during the period of organogenesis from gestation Days 7 to 17, febuxostat was not teratogenic and did not affect fetal development or survival at exposures up to approximately 40 times the MRHD (on an AUC basis at maternal oral doses up to 48 mg/kg/day). In an embryo-fetal development study in pregnant rabbits dosed during the period of organogenesis from gestation Days 6 to 18, febuxostat was not teratogenic and did not affect fetal development at exposures up to approximately 51 times the MRHD (on an AUC basis at maternal oral doses up to 48 mg/kg/day).


    In a pre-and postnatal development study in pregnant female rats dosed orally from gestation Day 7 through lactation Day 20, febuxostat had no effects on delivery or growth and development of offspring at a dose approximately 11 times the MRHD (on an AUC basis at a maternal oral dose of 12 mg/kg/day). However, increased neonatal mortality and a reduction in neonatal body weight gain were observed in the presence of maternal toxicity at a dose approximately 40 times the MRHD (on an AUC basis at a maternal oral dose of 48 mg/kg/day).

    Febuxostat crossed the placental barrier following oral administration to pregnant rats and was detected in fetal tissues.

    8.2 Lactation

    Risk Summary

    There are no data on the presence of febuxostat in human milk, the effects on the breastfed infant, or the effects on milk production. Febuxostat is present in rat milk. The developmental and health benefits of breastfeeding should be considered along with the mother’s clinical need for febuxostat and any potential adverse effects on the breastfed child from febuxostat or from the underlying maternal condition.

    Data  

    Animal Data  

    Orally administered febuxostat was detected in the milk of lactating rats at up to approximately 7 times the plasma concentration.

    8.4 Pediatric Use

    Safety and effectiveness of febuxostat tablets in pediatric patients have not been established.

    8.5 Geriatric Use

    No dose adjustment is necessary in elderly patients. Of the total number of patients in Studies 1, 2, and 3 (clinical studies of febuxostat tablets in the treatment of gout) [see Clinical Studies (14.1)], 16% were 65 and over, while 4% were 75 and over. Comparing patients in different age groups, no clinically significant differences in safety or effectiveness were observed but greater sensitivity of some older individuals cannot be ruled out. The Cmax and AUC24 of febuxostat following multiple oral doses of febuxostat tablets in geriatric patients (≥65 years) were similar to those in younger patients (18 to 40 years) [see Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)].

    8.6 Renal Impairment

    No dose adjustment is necessary in patients with mild to moderate renal impairment (Clcr 30 to 89 mL/min). For patients with severe renal impairment (Clcr 15 to 29 mL/min), the recommended dosage of febuxostat tablet is limited to 40 mg once daily [see Dosage and Administration (2.2) and Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)].

    8.7 Hepatic Impairment

    No dose adjustment is necessary in patients with mild or moderate hepatic impairment (Child-Pugh Class A or B). No studies have been conducted in patients with severe hepatic impairment (Child-Pugh Class C); therefore, caution should be exercised in these patients [see Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)].

    8.8 Secondary Hyperuricemia

    No studies have been conducted in patients with secondary hyperuricemia (including organ transplant recipients); febuxostat tablets are not recommended for use in patients whom the rate of urate formation is greatly increased (e.g., malignant disease and its treatment, Lesch-Nyhan syndrome). The concentration of xanthine in urine could, in rare cases, rise sufficiently to allow deposition in the urinary tract.

  • 10 OVERDOSAGE

    Febuxostat tablets were studied in healthy patients in doses up to 300 mg daily for seven days without evidence of dose-limiting toxicities. No overdose of febuxostat tablets were reported in clinical studies. Patients should be managed by symptomatic and supportive care should there be an overdose.

  • 11 DESCRIPTION

    Febuxostat is a xanthine oxidase inhibitor. The active ingredient in febuxostat tablet is 2-[3-cyano-­4-(2-methylpropoxy) phenyl]-4-methylthiazole-5-carboxylic acid, with a molecular weight of 316.38. The empirical formula is C16H16N2O3S.

    The chemical structure is:
    Structure


    Febuxostat is a non-hygroscopic, white to off white powder that is freely soluble in N,N-dimethylformamide; soluble in dimethyl sulfoxide; sparingly soluble in ethanol; slightly soluble in methanol and acetonitrile; and practically insoluble in water. The melting range is 201°C to 208°C. 
    Febuxostat tablets for oral use contain the active ingredient, febuxostat, and are available in two dosage strengths, 40 mg and 80 mg. Inactive ingredients include: lactose monohydrate, microcrystalline cellulose, hydroxypropyl cellulose, croscarmellose sodium, colloidal silicon dioxide, magnesium stearate and polyvinyl alcohol, talc, polyethylene glycol 3000, titanium dioxide, D&C yellow No. 10 aluminum Lake, FD&C blue No. 1 aluminum lake and FD&C blue No. 2 aluminum lake.

  • 12 CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY

    12.1 Mechanism of Action

    Febuxostat tablet, a xanthine oxidase inhibitor, achieves its therapeutic effect by decreasing serum uric acid. Febuxostat tablet is not expected to inhibit other enzymes involved in purine and pyrimidine synthesis and metabolism at therapeutic concentrations.

    12.2 Pharmacodynamics

    Effect on Uric Acid and Xanthine Concentrations 

    In healthy patients, febuxostat tablets resulted in a dose dependent decrease in 24 hour mean serum uric acid concentrations and an increase in 24 hour mean serum xanthine concentrations. In addition, there was a decrease in the total daily urinary uric acid excretion. Also, there was an increase in total daily urinary xanthine excretion. Percent reduction in 24 hour mean serum uric acid concentrations was between 40% and 55% at the exposure levels of 40 mg and 80 mg daily doses.

    Effect on Cardiac Repolarization 

    The effect of febuxostat tablets on cardiac repolarization as assessed by the QTc interval was evaluated in normal healthy patients and in patients with gout. Febuxostat tablets in doses up to 300 mg daily (3.75 times the maximum recommended daily dosage), at steady-state, did not demonstrate an effect on the QTc interval.

    12.3 Pharmacokinetics

    In healthy patients, maximum plasma concentrations (Cmax) and AUC of febuxostat increased in a dose proportional manner following single and multiple doses of 10 mg (0.25 times the lowest recommended dosage) to 120 mg (1.5 times the maximum recommended dosage). There is no accumulation when therapeutic doses are administered every 24 hours. Febuxostat has an apparent mean terminal elimination half-life (t1/2) of approximately 5 to 8 hours. Febuxostat pharmacokinetic parameters for patients with hyperuricemia and gout estimated by population pharmacokinetic analyses were similar to those estimated in healthy patients.

    Absorption

    The absorption of radiolabeled febuxostat following oral dose administration was estimated to be at least 49% (based on total radioactivity recovered in urine). Maximum plasma concentrations of febuxostat occurred between 1 and 1.5 hours postdose. After multiple oral 40 mg and 80 mg once daily doses, Cmax is approximately 1.6 ± 0.6 mcg/mL (N=30), and 2.6 ± 1.7 mcg/mL (N=227), respectively. Absolute bioavailability of the febuxostat tablet has not been studied.

    Following multiple 80 mg once daily doses with a high fat meal, there was a 49% decrease in Cmax and an 18% decrease in AUC, respectively. However, no clinically significant change in the percent decrease in serum uric acid concentration was observed (58% fed vs 51% fasting). Thus, febuxostat may be taken without regard to food.

    Concomitant ingestion of an antacid containing magnesium hydroxide and aluminum hydroxide with an 80 mg single dose of febuxostat tablet has been shown to delay absorption of febuxostat (approximately one hour) and to cause a 31% decrease in Cmax and a 15% decrease in AUC. As AUC rather than Cmax was related to drug effect, change observed in AUC was not considered clinically significant. Therefore, febuxostat tablets may be taken without regard to antacid use.

    Distribution

    The mean apparent steady state volume of distribution (Vss/F) of febuxostat was approximately 50 L (CV ~40%). The plasma protein binding of febuxostat is approximately 99.2% (primarily to albumin), and is constant over the concentration range achieved with 40 mg and 80 mg doses.

    Metabolism

    Febuxostat is extensively metabolized by both conjugation via uridine diphosphate glucuronosyltransferase (UGT) enzymes including UGT1A1, UGT1A3, UGT1A9, and UGT2B7 and oxidation via cytochrome P450 (CYP) enzymes including CYP1A2, 2C8 and 2C9 and non-P450 enzymes. The relative contribution of each enzyme isoform in the metabolism of febuxostat is not clear. The oxidation of the isobutyl side chain leads to the formation of four pharmacologically active hydroxy metabolites, all of which occur in plasma of humans at a much lower extent than febuxostat.

    In urine and feces, acyl glucuronide metabolites of febuxostat (~35% of the dose), and oxidative metabolites, 67M-1 (~10% of the dose), 67M-2 (~11% of the dose), and 67M-4, a secondary metabolite from 67M-1 (~14% of the dose), appeared to be the major metabolites of febuxostat in vivo.

    Elimination 

    Febuxostat is eliminated by both hepatic and renal pathways. Following an 80 mg oral dose of 14C-labeled febuxostat, approximately 49% of the dose was recovered in the urine as unchanged febuxostat (3%), the acyl glucuronide of the drug (30%), its known oxidative metabolites and their conjugates (13%), and other unknown metabolites (3%). In addition to the urinary excretion, approximately 45% of the dose was recovered in the feces as the unchanged febuxostat (12%), the acyl glucuronide of the drug (1%), its known oxidative metabolites and their conjugates (25%), and other unknown metabolites (7%).

    The apparent mean terminal elimination half-life (t1/2) of febuxostat was approximately 5 to 8 hours.
    Specific Populations

    Geriatric Patients

    The Cmax and AUC of febuxostat and its metabolites following multiple oral doses of febuxostat tablets in geriatric patients (≥65 years) were similar to those in younger patients (18 to 40 years). In addition, the percent decrease in serum uric acid concentration was similar between elderly and younger patients. No dose adjustment is necessary in geriatric patients [see Use in Specific Populations (8.5)].

    Patients with Renal Impairment

    In a dedicated phase I pharmacokinetics study, following multiple 80 mg doses of febuxostat tablets in healthy patients with mild (Clcr 50 to 80 mL/min), or  moderate (Clcr 30 to 49 mL/min) or severe renal impairment (Clcr 10 to 29 mL/min), the Cmax of febuxostat did not change relative to patients with normal renal function (Clcr greater than 80 mL/min). AUC and half-life of febuxostat increased in patients with renal impairment in comparison to patients with normal renal function, but values were similar among three renal impairment groups. Mean febuxostat AUC values were up to 1.8 times higher in patients with renal impairment compared to those with normal renal function. Mean Cmax and AUC values for three active metabolites increased up to two-and four-fold, respectively. However, the percent decrease in serum uric acid concentration for patients with renal impairment was comparable to those with normal renal function (58% in normal renal function group and 55% in the severe renal function group).

    Based on population pharmacokinetic analysis, following multiple 40 mg or 80 mg doses of febuxostat tablets, the mean oral clearance (CL/F) values of febuxostat in patients with gout and mild (n=334), moderate (n=232) or severe (n=34) renal impairment were decreased by 14%,  34%, and 48%, respectively, compared to patients with normal (n=89) renal function. The corresponding median AUC values of febuxostat at steady-state in patients with renal impairment were increased by 18%, 49%, and 96% after 40 mg dose, and 7%, 45%  and 98% after 80 mg dose, respectively, compared to patients with normal renal function.

    Febuxostat tablets have not been studied in end stage renal impairment patients who are on dialysis.


    Patients with Hepatic Impairment

    Following multiple 80 mg doses of febuxostat tablets in patients with mild (Child-Pugh Class A) or moderate (Child-Pugh Class B) hepatic impairment, an average of 20% to 30% increase was observed for both Cmax and AUC24 (total and unbound) in hepatic impairment groups compared to patients with normal hepatic function. In addition, the percent decrease in serum uric acid concentration was comparable between different hepatic groups (62% in healthy group, 49% in mild hepatic impairment group, and 48% in moderate hepatic impairment group). No dose adjustment is necessary in patients with mild or moderate hepatic impairment. No studies have been conducted in patients with severe hepatic impairment (Child-Pugh Class C); caution should be exercised in those patients [see Use in Specific Populations (8.7)].


    Male and Female Patients

    Following multiple oral doses of febuxostat tablets, the Cmax and AUC24 of febuxostat were 30% and 14% higher in females than in males, respectively. However, weight-corrected Cmax and AUC were similar between the genders. In addition, the percent decrease in serum uric acid concentrations was similar between genders. No dose adjustment is necessary based on gender.

    Racial Groups

    No specific pharmacokinetic study was conducted to investigate the effects of race.

    Drug Interaction Studies

    Effect of Febuxostat Tablets on Other Drugs

    Xanthine Oxidase Substrate Drugs-Azathioprine, Mercaptopurine, and Theophylline
    Febuxostat is an XO inhibitor. A drug-drug interaction study evaluating the effect of febuxostat tablets upon the pharmacokinetics of theophylline (an XO substrate) in healthy patients showed that coadministration of febuxostat with theophylline resulted in an approximately 400-fold increase in the amount of 1-methylxanthine, one of the major metabolites of theophylline, excreted in the urine. Since the long-term safety of exposure to 1-methylxanthine in humans is unknown, use with caution when coadministering febuxostat with theophylline.

    Drug interaction studies of febuxostat tablets with other drugs that are metabolized by XO (e.g., mercaptopurine and azathioprine) have not been conducted. Inhibition of XO by febuxostat tablets may cause increased plasma concentrations of these drugs leading to toxicity. Febuxostat tablets arecontraindicated in patients being treated with azathioprine or mercaptopurine [see Contraindications (4) and Drug Interactions (7)].

    Azathioprine and mercaptopurine undergo metabolism via three major metabolic pathways, one of which is mediated by XO. Although febuxostat tablets drug interaction studies with azathioprine and mercaptopurine have not been conducted, concomitant administration of allopurinol [a xanthine oxidase inhibitor] with azathioprine or mercaptopurine has been reported to substantially increase plasma concentrations of these drugs. Because febuxostat tablet is a xanthine oxidase inhibitor, it could inhibit the XO-mediated metabolism of azathioprine and mercaptopurine leading to increased plasma concentrations of azathioprine or mercaptopurine that could result in severe toxicity.

    P450 Substrate Drugs

    In vitro studies have shown that febuxostat does not inhibit P450 enzymes CYP1A2, 2C9, 2C19, 2D6, or 3A4 and it also does not induce CYP1A2, 2B6, 2C9, 2C19, or 3A4 at clinically relevant concentrations. As such, pharmacokinetic interactions between febuxostat tablets and drugs metabolized by these CYP enzymes are unlikely.

    Effect of Other Drugs on Febuxostat Tablets  

    Febuxostat is metabolized by conjugation and oxidation via multiple metabolizing enzymes. The relative contribution of each enzyme isoform is not clear. Drug interactions between febuxostat tablets and a drug that inhibits or induces one particular enzyme isoform is in general not expected.

    In Vivo Drug Interaction Studies

    Theophylline
    No dose adjustment is necessary for theophylline when coadministered with febuxostat tablets. Administration of febuxostat tablets (80 mg once daily) with theophylline resulted in an increase of 6% in Cmax and 6.5% in AUC of theophylline. These changes were not considered statistically significant. However, the study also showed an approximately 400-fold increase in the amount of 1-­methylxanthine (one of the major theophylline metabolites) excreted in urine as a result of XO inhibition by febuxostat tablets. The safety of long-term exposure to 1-methylxanthine has not been evaluated. This should be taken into consideration when deciding to coadminister febuxostat tablets and theophylline.

    Colchicine

    No dose adjustment is necessary for either febuxostat tablet or colchicine when the two drugs are coadministered. Administration of febuxostat tablet (40 mg once daily) with colchicine (0.6 mg twice daily) resulted in an increase of 12% in Cmax and 7% in AUC24 of febuxostat. In addition, administration of colchicine (0.6 mg twice daily) with febuxostat tablets (120 mg daily) resulted in a less than 11% change in Cmax or AUC of colchicine for both AM and PM doses. These changes were not considered clinically significant.

    Naproxen

    No dose adjustment is necessary for febuxostat tablets or naproxen when the two drugs are coadministered. Administration of febuxostat tablet (80 mg once daily) with naproxen (500 mg twice daily) resulted in a 28% increase in Cmax and a 40% increase in AUC of febuxostat. The increases were not considered clinically significant. In addition, there were no significant changes in the Cmax or AUC of naproxen (less than 2%)

    Indomethacin

    No dose adjustment is necessary for either febuxostat tablets or indomethacin when these two drugs are coadministered. Administration of febuxostat tablet (80 mg once daily) with indomethacin (50 mg twice daily) did not result in any significant changes in Cmax or AUC of febuxostat or indomethacin (less than 7%).

    Hydrochlorothiazide

    No dose adjustment is necessary for febuxostat tablets when coadministered with hydrochlorothiazide. Administration of febuxostat tablet (80 mg) with hydrochlorothiazide (50 mg) did not result in any clinically significant changes in Cmax or AUC of febuxostat (less than 4%), and serum uric acid concentrations were not substantially affected.

    Warfarin

    No dose adjustment is necessary for warfarin when coadministered with febuxostat tablets. Administration of febuxostat tablet (80 mg once daily) with warfarin had no effect on the pharmacokinetics of warfarin in healthy patients. INR and Factor VII activity were also not affected by the coadministration of febuxostat tablets.

    Desipramine

    Coadministration of drugs that are CYP2D6 substrates (such as desipramine) with febuxostat tablets are not expected to require dose adjustment. Febuxostat was shown to be a weak inhibitor of CYP2D6 in vitro and in vivo. Administration of febuxostat tablet (120 mg once daily) with desipramine (25 mg) resulted in an increase in Cmax (16%) and AUC (22%) of desipramine, which was associated with a 17% decrease in the 2-hydroxydesipramine to desipramine metabolic ratio (based on AUC).

  • 13 NONCLINICAL TOXICOLOGY

    13.1 Carcinogenesis, Mutagenesis,Impairment of Fertility

    Two year carcinogenicity studies were conducted in F344 rats and B6C3F1 mice. Increased transitional cell papilloma and carcinoma of the urinary bladder was observed at 24 mg/kg (25 times the MRHD on an AUC basis) and 18.75 mg/kg (12.5 times the MRHD on an AUC basis) in male rats and female mice, respectively. The urinary bladder neoplasms were secondary to calculus formation in the kidney and urinary bladder.

    Febuxostat showed a positive clastogenic response in a chromosomal aberration assay in a Chinese hamster lung fibroblast cell line with and without metabolic activation in vitro. Febuxostat was negative in the following genotoxicity assays: the in vitro Ames assay, in vitro chromosomal aberration assay in human peripheral lymphocytes, the L5178Y mouse lymphoma cell line assay the, in vivo mouse micronucleus assay, and the, rat unscheduled DNA synthesis assay. Fertility and reproductive performance were unaffected in male or female rats that received febuxostat at oral doses up to 48 mg/kg/day (approximately 31 and 40 times the MRHD on an AUC basis in males and females respectively). 

    13.2 Animal Toxicology

    A 12 month toxicity study in beagle dogs showed deposition of xanthine crystals and calculi in kidneys at 15 mg/kg (approximately 4 times the MRHD on an AUC basis). A similar effect of calculus formation was noted in rats in a six month study due to deposition of xanthine crystals at 48 mg/kg (approximately 31 and 40 times the MRHD on an AUC basis in males and females respectively).

  • 14 CLINICAL STUDIES

    A serum uric acid level of less than 6 mg/dL is the goal of antihyperuricemic therapy and has been established as appropriate for the treatment of gout.

    14.1 Management of Hyperuricemia in Gout

    The efficacy of febuxostat tablets were demonstrated in three randomized, double-blind, controlled trials in patients with hyperuricemia and gout. Hyperuricemia was defined as a baseline serum uric acid level ≥8 mg/dL.


    Study 1 (ClinicalTrials.gov identifier NCT00430248) randomized patients to: febuxostat tablet 40 mg daily, febuxostat tablet 80 mg daily, or allopurinol (300 mg daily for patients with estimated creatinine clearance (Clcr) ≥60 mL/min or 200 mg daily for patients with estimated Clcr ≥30 mL/min and ≤59 mL/min). The duration of Study 1 was six months.


    Study 2 (ClinicalTrials.gov identifier NCT00174915) randomized patients to: placebo, febuxostat tablet 80 mg daily, febuxostat tablets 120 mg daily, febuxostat tablets 240 mg daily or allopurinol (300 mg daily for patients with a baseline serum creatinine ≤1.5 mg/dL or 100 mg daily for patients with a baseline serum creatinine greater than 1.5 mg/dL and ≤2 mg/dL). The duration of Study 2 was six months.

    Study 3 (ClinicalTrials.gov identifier NCT00102440), a one year study, randomized patients to: febuxostat tablet 80 mg daily, febuxostat tablets 120 mg daily, or allopurinol 300 mg daily. Patients who completed Study 2 and Study 3 were eligible to enroll in a Phase 3 long-term extension study in which patients received treatment with febuxostat tablets for over three years.


    In all three studies, patients received naproxen 250 mg twice daily or colchicine 0.6 mg once or twice daily for gout flare prophylaxis. In Study 1 the duration of prophylaxis was six months; in Study 2 and Study 3 the duration of prophylaxis was eight weeks.


    The efficacy of febuxostat tablets were also evaluated in a four week dose ranging study which randomized patients to: placebo, febuxostat tablet 40 mg daily, febuxostat tablet 80 mg daily, or febuxostat tablets 120 mg daily. Patients who completed this study were eligible to enroll in a long-term extension study in which patients received treatment with febuxostat tablets for up to five years.


    Patients in these studies were representative of the patient population for which febuxostat use is intended. Table 2 summarizes the demographics and baseline characteristics for the patients enrolled in the studies.



    Table 2: Patient Demographics and Baseline Characteristics in Study 1, Study 2, and Study 3
    Male
    95%
    Race: Caucasian
              African American
    80%
    10%
    Ethnicity: Hispanic or Latino
    7%
    Alcohol User
    67%
    Mild to Moderate Renal Insufficiency
    [percent with estimated Clcr less than 90 mL per min]
    59%
    History of Hypertension
    49%
    History of Hyperlipidemia
    38%
    BMI ≥ 30 kg/m2
    63%
    Mean BMI
    33 kg/m2
    Baseline sUA ≥ 10 mg/dL
    36%
    Mean baseline sUA
    9.7 mg/dL
    Experienced a gout flare in previous year
    85%

    Serum Uric Acid Level less than 6 mg/dL at Final Visit
    Febuxostat tablets 80 mg were superior to allopurinol in lowering serum uric acid to less than 6 mg/dL at the final visit. Febuxostat tablet 40 mg daily, although not superior to allopurinol, was effective in lowering serum uric acid to less than 6 mg/dL at the final visit (Table 3).

    Table 3: Proportion of Patients with Serum Uric Acid Levels Less Than 6 mg/dL at Final Visit
    Study*
    Febuxostat Tablets 40 mg daily
    Febuxostat Tablets 80 mg daily
    allopurinol
    Placebo
    Difference in Proportion
    (95% CI)
    Febuxostat Tablets 40 mg
    vs
    allopurinol
    Febuxostat Tablets 80 mg
    vs
    allopurinol
    Study 1
    (6 months) (N=2268)
    45%
    67%
    42%
    3%
    (-2%, 8%)
    25%
    (20%, 30%)
    Study 2
    (6 months) (N=643)
    72%
    39%
    1%
    33%
    (26%, 42%)
    Study 3
    (12 months) (N=491)
    74%
    36%
    38%
    (30%, 46%)

    *Randomization was balanced between treatment groups, except in Study 2 in which twice as many patients were randomized to each of the active treatment groups compared to placebo.


    In 76% of febuxostat tablets 80 mg patients, reduction in serum uric acid levels to less than 6 mg/dL was noted by the Week 2 visit. Average serum uric acid levels were maintained at 6 mg/dL or below throughout treatment in 83% of these patients.

    In all treatment groups, fewer patients with higher baseline serum urate levels (≥10 mg/dL) and/or tophi achieved the goal of lowering serum uric acid to less than 6 mg/dL at the final visit; however, a higher proportion achieved a serum uric acid less than 6 mg/dL with febuxostat tablets 80 mg than with febuxostat tablets  40 mg or allopurinol.

    Study 1 evaluated efficacy in patients with mild to moderate renal impairment (i.e., baseline estimated Clcr less than 90 mL/min). The results in this subgroup of patients are shown in Table 4.

    Table 4: Proportion of Patients with Serum Uric Acid Levels less than 6 mg/dL in Patients with Mild or Moderate Renal Impairment at Final Visit
    Febuxostat Tablets
    40 mg daily
    (N=479)
    Febuxostat Tablets
    80 mg daily
    (N=503)
    allopurinol *
    300 mg daily
    (N=501)
    Difference in Proportion (95% CI)
    Febuxostat Tablets
     40 mg
    vs
    allopurinol
    Febuxostat Tablets
    80 mg
    vs
    allopurinol
    50%
    72%
    42%
    7%
    (1%, 14%)
    29%
    (23%, 35%)

    *Allopurinol patients (n=145) with estimated Clcr ≥30 mL/min and Clcr ≤59 mL/min were dosed at 200 mg daily.

    14.2 Cardiovascular Safety Study

    A randomized, double-blind, allopurinol-controlled CV outcomes study (CARES) was conducted to evaluate the CV risk of febuxostat tablets. The study compared the risk of MACE between patients treated with febuxostat tablets (N=3098) and allopurinol-treated patients (N=3092). The primary endpoint was the time to first occurrence of a MACE defined as the composite of CV death, nonfatal MI, nonfatal stroke, or unstable angina with urgent coronary revascularization. The study was designed to exclude a prespecified risk margin of 1.3 for the hazard ratio of MACE. An independent committee conducted a blinded evaluation of serious CV adverse events according to predefined criteria (adjudication) for determination of MACE. The study was event driven and patients were followed until a sufficient number of primary outcome events accrued. The median on-study follow-up time was 2.6 years.


    Patients randomized to febuxostat tablets initially received 40 mg once daily which was increased to 80 mg once daily, if their sUA was ≥6mg/dL at Week 2. For patients randomized to allopurinol, those who had normal renal function or mild renal impairment (estimated creatinine clearance (eClcr) ≥60 to ˂90 mL/minute) initially received 300 mg once daily with 100 mg/day dose increments monthly until either sUA ˂6mg/dL or an allopurinol dosage of 600 mg once daily was achieved; those who had moderate renal impairment (eClcr ≥30 to ˂60 mL/minute) initially received 200 mg once daily with 100 mg/day dose increments monthly until either a sUA ˂6 mg/dL or an allopurinol dosage of 400 mg once daily was achieved.


    The mean age of the population was 65 years (range: 44 to 93 years). Most patients were male (84%) and Caucasian (69%). Patients had a diagnosis of gout for approximately 12 years, a mean baseline sUA of 8.7 mg/dL, and 90% had experienced at least one gout flare in the past year. CV history included MI (39%), hospitalization for unstable angina (28%), cardiac revascularization (37%), and stroke (14%). The most prevalent comorbid conditions were hypertension (92%), hyperlipidemia (87%), diabetes mellitus (55%), diabetes mellitus with micro-or macrovascular disease (39%), and renal impairment [92% with an eClcr 30 to 89 mL/minute]. The use of CV disease medication was balanced across treatment groups. Baseline CV disease medications included: ACE inhibitors or ARBs (70%), lipid modifying agents (74%), aspirin (62%), beta-blockers (59%), calcium channel blockers (26%), and nonaspirin antiplatelet medications (31%).


    Table 5 shows the study results for the primary MACE composite endpoint and its individual components. For the composite primary endpoint, the febuxostat tablets group was non-inferior compared with the allopurinol group. The rates of nonfatal MI, stroke, and unstable angina with urgent coronary revascularization were similar. There was a higher rate of CV deaths in patients treated with febuxostat tablets (134 CV deaths; 1.5 per 100 PY) than in allopurinol-treated patients (100 CV deaths; 1.1 per 100 PY). Sudden cardiac death was the most common cause of adjudicated CV deaths in the febuxostat tablets group (83 of 3,098; 2.7%) as compared to the allopurinol group (56 of 3,092; 1.8%). The biological plausibility of CV death associated with febuxostat tablets is unclear.


    All-cause mortality was higher in the febuxostat tablets group (243 deaths [7.8%]; 2.6 per 100 PY) than the allopurinol group (199 deaths [6.4%]; 2.2 per 100 PY) [Hazard Ratio: 1.22, 95% CI: 1.01, 1.47], due to a higher rate of CV deaths.

    Table 5: Patients with MACE in CARES (Cardiovascular Outcomes Study in Patients with Gout)
    Febuxostat Tablets
    N=3098
    Allopurinol
    N=3092
    Hazard Ratio
    Number of Patients with Event (%)
    Rate per 100 PY*
    Number of Patients with Event (%)
    Rate per 100 PY*
    95% CI
     
    Composite of primary endpoint MACE
    335 (10.8)
    3.8
    321 (10.4)
    3.7
    1.03 (0.89, 1.21)
    Cardiovascular Death
    134 (4.3)
    1.5
    100 (32)
    1.1
    1.34 (1.03, 1.73)
    Nonfatal MI
    111 (3.6)
    1.2
    118 (3.8)
    1.3
    0.93 (0.72, 1.21)
    Nonfatal stroke
    71 (2.3)
    0.8
    70 (2.3)
    0.8
    1.01 (0.73, 1.41)
    Unstable angina with urgent coronary revascularization
    49 (1.6)
    0.5
    56 (1.8)
    0.6
    0.86 (0.59, 1.26)

    * Patient Years (PY)

  • 16 HOW SUPPLIED/STORAGE AND HANDLING

    Febuxostat tablets are available in two strengths as 40 mg and 80 mg. 


    40 mg: Light green to green, round, biconvex, film-coated tablets debossed with L440 on one side and plain on other side. They are supplied as:


    NDC 62332-190-30    bottle of 30 units

    NDC 62332-190-31    bottle of 100 units

    NDC 62332-190-91    bottle of 1000 units

    NDC 62332-190-08    80 Tablets Carton of 80 (10 x 8) Unit-Dose Tablets 

    NDC 62332-190-10    100 Tablets Carton of 100 (10 x 10) Unit-Dose Tablets 


    80 mg: Light green to green, tear drop shaped, biconvex film coated tablets debossed with L441 on one side and plain on other side and supplied as:


    NDC 62332-191-30    bottle of 30 units

    NDC 62332-191-31    bottle of 100 units

    NDC 62332-191-91    bottle of 1000 units

    NDC 62332-191-06    60 Tablets Carton of 60 (10 x 6) Unit-Dose Tablets 

    NDC 62332-191-10    100 Tablets Carton of 100 (10 x 10) Unit-Dose Tablets 


    Protect from light. Store at 25°C (77°F); excursions permitted to 15° to 30°C (59° to 86°F). [See USP Controlled Room Temperature].



  • 17 PATIENT COUNSELING INFORMATION

    Advise the patient to read the FDA-approved patient labeling (Medication Guide)

    CV Death

    Inform patients that gout patients with established CV disease treated with febuxostat tablets had a higher rate of CV death compared to those treated with allopurinol in a CV outcomes study. Inform all patients of the higher rate of CV death with febuxostat tablets compared to allopurinol. Instruct all patients (those with and without CV disease) to be alert for the development of signs and symptoms of CV events [see Warnings and Precautions (5.1)].


    Gout Flares

    Inform patients that after initiation of febuxostat tablets there was an increased frequency of gout flares. Instruct patients that it is recommended to initiate and continue gout prophylaxis therapy for six months while taking febuxostat tablets [see Warnings and Precautions (5.2)].


    Hepatic Effects

    Inform patients that hepatic effects have occurred in patients treated with febuxostat tablets and instruct them to inform their healthcare provider if they experience liver injury symptoms [see Warnings and Precautions (5.3)].


    Serious Skin Reactions

    Inform patients that serious skin and hypersensitivity reactions have occurred in patients treated with febuxostat tablets. Instruct patients to discontinue febuxostat tablets if they develop symptoms of these reactions [see Warnings and Precautions (5.4)].

  • Medication Guide


    Febuxostat (feb-UX-oh-stat) Tablets


    Read the Medication Guide that comes with febuxostat tablets before you start taking it and each time you get a refill. There may be new information. The Medication Guide does not take the place of talking with your doctor about your medical condition or your treatment.

    What is the most important information that I should know about febuxostat tablets?

    Febuxostat tablets may cause serious side effects, including:

    Heart-related deaths.

    Call your doctor or get emergency medical help right away if you have any of the following symptoms, especially if they are new, worse, or worry you:

    •chest pain
    •numbness or weakness in one side of your body
    •shortness of breath or trouble breathing
    •slurring of speech
    •dizziness, fainting or feeling lightheaded
    •sudden blurry vision or sudden severe headache
    •rapid or irregular heartbeat
     

    What are febuxostat tablets?

    Febuxostat tablets are a prescription medicine called a xanthine oxidase (XO) inhibitor, used to lower blood uric acid levels in adult patients with gout when allopurinol has not worked well enough or when allopurinol is not right for you. Febuxostat tablets are not for use in people who do not have symptoms of high blood uric acid levels.


    It is not known if febuxostat tablets are safe and effective in children.


    Who should not take febuxostat tablets?

    Do not take febuxostat tablets if you:

    • take azathioprine (Azasan, Imuran)
    • take mercaptopurine (Purinethol, Purixan)

    What should I tell my doctor before taking febuxostat tablets?

    Before taking febuxostat tablets tell your doctor about all of your medical conditions, including if you:

    • have taken allopurinol and what happened to you while you were taking it.
    • have a history of heart disease or stroke.
    • have liver or kidney problems.
    • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if febuxostat tablets will harm your unborn baby. Talk with your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.
    • are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if febuxostat passes into your breast milk. You and your doctor should decide if you should take febuxostat tablets while breastfeeding.

    Tell your doctor  about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Febuxostat tablets may affect the way other medicines work, and other medicines may affect how febuxostat tablets works.


    Know the medicines you take. Keep a list of them to show your doctor and pharmacist when you get a new medicine.


    How should I take febuxostat tablets?

    • Take febuxostat tablets exactly as your doctor tells you to take it.
    • Febuxostat tablets can be taken with or without food.
    • Febuxostat tablets can be taken with antacids.
    • Your gout may get worse (flare) when you start taking febuxostat tablets. Do not stop taking febuxostat tablets because you have a flare.

    Your doctor may do certain tests while you take febuxostat tablets.

    What are the possible side effects of febuxostat tablets?

    Febuxostat tablets may cause serious side effects, including:

    • Heart problems. See “What is the most important information I should know about febuxostat tablets?”
    • Gout Flares. Gout flares can happen when you start taking febuxostat tablets. Your doctor may give you other medicines to help prevent your gout flares.
    • Liver problems. Liver problems can happen in people who take febuxostat tablets. Your doctor may do blood tests to check how well your liver is working before and during your treatment with febuxostat tablets. Tell your doctor if you get any of the following signs or symptoms of liver problems:

    o  fatigue
    o  dark or "tea-colored" urine
    o  loss of appetite for several days or longer
    o  your skin or the white part of your eyes turns yellow (jaundice)
    o  pain, aching, or tenderness on the right side of your stomach-area
     

    • Severe skin and allergic reactions. Serious skin and allergic reactions that may affect different parts of the body such as your liver, kidneys, heart or lungs, can happen in people who take febuxostat tablets. Call your doctor right away or get emergency medical help if you have any of the following symptoms:
    o  rash
    o  sores around the lips, eyes or mouth
    o  red and painful skin
    o  swollen face, lips, mouth, tongue or throat
    o  severe skin blisters
    o  flu-like symptoms
    o  peeling skin
     

    The most common side effects of febuxostat tablets include:

    •abnormal liver function tests
    •joint pain
    •nausea
    •rash

    These are not all of the possible side effects of febuxostat tablets.

    Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

    How should I store febuxostat tablets?

    • Store febuxostat tablets at 25°C (77°F); excursions permitted to 15° to 30°C (59° to 86°F).
    • Keep febuxostat tablets out of the light.

    Keep febuxostat tablets and all medicines out of the reach of children.

    General information about the safe and effective use of febuxostat tablets

    Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes other than those listed in a Medication Guide. Do not use febuxostat tablets for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Do not give febuxostat tablets to other people, even if they have the same symptoms that you have. It may harm them.

    You can ask your doctor or pharmacist for information about febuxostat tablets that is written for health professionals.

    For more information call Alembic Pharmaceuticals Limited at 1-866-210-9797.


    What are the ingredients in febuxostat tablets?

    Active ingredient: febuxostat

    Inactive ingredients: lactose monohydrate, microcrystalline cellulose, hydroxypropyl cellulose, croscarmellose sodium, colloidal silicon dioxide, magnesium stearate and polyvinyl alcohol, talc, polyethylene glycol 3000, titanium dioxide, D&C yellow No. 10 aluminum Lake, FD&C blue No. 1 aluminum lake and FD&C blue No. 2 aluminum lake.


    This Medication Guide has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration


    Medication Guide available at http://www.alembicusa.com/medicationguide.aspx or call 1-866-210-9797.


    Manufactured by:

    Alembic Pharmaceuticals Limited

    (Formulation Division),

    Panelav 389350, Gujarat, India


    Manufactured for:

    Alembic Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

    750 Route 202, Bridgewater, NJ 08807

    USA


    Revised: 05/2019

  • PACKAGE LABEL.PRINCIPAL DISPLAY PANEL - 40 mg

    NDC 62332-190-30
    Febuxostat Tablets
    40 mg
    PHARMACIST: Dispense the accompanying 
    Medication Guide to each patient.
    Rx only
    30 Tablets
    Alembic


    febuxostat-40mg.jpg

  • PACKAGE LABEL.PRINCIPAL DISPLAY PANEL - 80 mg

    NDC 62332-191-30
    Febuxostat Tablets
    80 mg
    PHARMACIST: Dispense the accompanying
    Medication Guide to each patient.
    Rx only
    30 Tablets
    Alembic


    febuxostat-80mg.jpg
  • INGREDIENTS AND APPEARANCE
    FEBUXOSTAT 
    febuxostat tablet, coated
    Product Information
    Product TypeHUMAN PRESCRIPTION DRUGItem Code (Source)NDC:62332-190
    Route of AdministrationORAL
    Active Ingredient/Active Moiety
    Ingredient NameBasis of StrengthStrength
    FEBUXOSTAT (UNII: 101V0R1N2E) (FEBUXOSTAT - UNII:101V0R1N2E) FEBUXOSTAT40 mg
    Inactive Ingredients
    Ingredient NameStrength
    LACTOSE MONOHYDRATE (UNII: EWQ57Q8I5X)  
    MICROCRYSTALLINE CELLULOSE (UNII: OP1R32D61U)  
    HYDROXYPROPYL CELLULOSE (90000 WAMW) (UNII: UKE75GEA7F)  
    CROSCARMELLOSE SODIUM (UNII: M28OL1HH48)  
    SILICON DIOXIDE (UNII: ETJ7Z6XBU4)  
    MAGNESIUM STEARATE (UNII: 70097M6I30)  
    POLYVINYL ALCOHOL, UNSPECIFIED (UNII: 532B59J990)  
    TALC (UNII: 7SEV7J4R1U)  
    POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3000 (UNII: SA1B764746)  
    TITANIUM DIOXIDE (UNII: 15FIX9V2JP)  
    D&C YELLOW NO. 10 (UNII: 35SW5USQ3G)  
    FD&C BLUE NO. 1 (UNII: H3R47K3TBD)  
    FD&C BLUE NO. 2 (UNII: L06K8R7DQK)  
    Product Characteristics
    ColorGREEN (Light green to green) Scoreno score
    ShapeROUND (Biconvex) Size9mm
    FlavorImprint Code L440
    Contains    
    Packaging
    #Item CodePackage DescriptionMarketing Start DateMarketing End Date
    1NDC:62332-190-3030 in 1 BOTTLE; Type 0: Not a Combination Product07/01/2019
    2NDC:62332-190-31100 in 1 BOTTLE; Type 0: Not a Combination Product07/01/2019
    3NDC:62332-190-911000 in 1 BOTTLE; Type 0: Not a Combination Product07/01/2019
    4NDC:62332-190-0880 in 1 CARTON; Type 0: Not a Combination Product07/01/2019
    5NDC:62332-190-10100 in 1 CARTON; Type 0: Not a Combination Product07/01/2019
    Marketing Information
    Marketing CategoryApplication Number or Monograph CitationMarketing Start DateMarketing End Date
    ANDAANDA20542107/01/2019
    FEBUXOSTAT 
    febuxostat tablet, coated
    Product Information
    Product TypeHUMAN PRESCRIPTION DRUGItem Code (Source)NDC:62332-191
    Route of AdministrationORAL
    Active Ingredient/Active Moiety
    Ingredient NameBasis of StrengthStrength
    FEBUXOSTAT (UNII: 101V0R1N2E) (FEBUXOSTAT - UNII:101V0R1N2E) FEBUXOSTAT80 mg
    Inactive Ingredients
    Ingredient NameStrength
    LACTOSE MONOHYDRATE (UNII: EWQ57Q8I5X)  
    MICROCRYSTALLINE CELLULOSE (UNII: OP1R32D61U)  
    HYDROXYPROPYL CELLULOSE (90000 WAMW) (UNII: UKE75GEA7F)  
    CROSCARMELLOSE SODIUM (UNII: M28OL1HH48)  
    SILICON DIOXIDE (UNII: ETJ7Z6XBU4)  
    MAGNESIUM STEARATE (UNII: 70097M6I30)  
    POLYVINYL ALCOHOL, UNSPECIFIED (UNII: 532B59J990)  
    TALC (UNII: 7SEV7J4R1U)  
    POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3000 (UNII: SA1B764746)  
    TITANIUM DIOXIDE (UNII: 15FIX9V2JP)  
    D&C YELLOW NO. 10 (UNII: 35SW5USQ3G)  
    FD&C BLUE NO. 1 (UNII: H3R47K3TBD)  
    FD&C BLUE NO. 2 (UNII: L06K8R7DQK)  
    Product Characteristics
    ColorGREEN (Light green to green) Scoreno score
    ShapeTEAR (Biconvex) Size14mm
    FlavorImprint Code L441
    Contains    
    Packaging
    #Item CodePackage DescriptionMarketing Start DateMarketing End Date
    1NDC:62332-191-3030 in 1 BOTTLE; Type 0: Not a Combination Product07/01/2019
    2NDC:62332-191-31100 in 1 BOTTLE; Type 0: Not a Combination Product07/01/2019
    3NDC:62332-191-911000 in 1 BOTTLE; Type 0: Not a Combination Product07/01/2019
    4NDC:62332-191-0660 in 1 CARTON; Type 0: Not a Combination Product07/01/2019
    5NDC:62332-191-10100 in 1 CARTON; Type 0: Not a Combination Product07/01/2019
    Marketing Information
    Marketing CategoryApplication Number or Monograph CitationMarketing Start DateMarketing End Date
    ANDAANDA20542107/01/2019
    Labeler - Alembic Pharmaceuticals Inc. (079288842)
    Establishment
    NameAddressID/FEIBusiness Operations
    Alembic Pharmaceuticals Limited650574671MANUFACTURE(62332-190, 62332-191)