Label: MYCOPHENOLATE MOFETIL - mycophenolate mofetil tablet, film coated
MYCOPHENOLATE MOFETIL - mycophenolate mofetil capsule

  • NDC Code(s): 67877-225-01, 67877-225-05, 67877-225-38, 67877-225-84, view more
    67877-266-01, 67877-266-05, 67877-266-38, 67877-266-84
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Updated June 25, 2019

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    WARNING: EMBRYOFETAL TOXICITY, MALIGNANCIES, AND SERIOUS  INFECTIONS


    • Use during pregnancy is associated with increased risks of first trimester pregnancy loss and congenital malformations. Avoid if safer treatment options are available. Females of reproductive potential must be counseled regarding pregnancy prevention and planning [see Warnings and Precautions (5.1), Use in Special Populations (8.1, 8.3)].
    • Increased risk of development of lymphoma and other malignancies, particularly of the skin [see Warnings and Precautions (5.2)].

    Increased susceptibility to bacterial, viral, fungal and protozoal infections, including opportunistic infections and viral reactivation of hepatitis B and C, which may lead to hospitalizations and fatal outcomes [see Warnings and Precautions (5.3)].

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  • HIGHLIGHTS OF PRESCRIBING INFORMATION
    These highlights do not include all the information needed to use MYCOPHENOLATE MOFETIL TABLETS and MYCOPHENOLATE MOFETIL CAPSULES safely and effectively. See full prescribing information for MYCOPHENOLATE MOFETIL TABLETS and MYCOPHENOLATE MOFETIL CAPSULES
    MYCOPHENOLATE MOFETIL tablets, for oral use
    MYCOPHENOLATE MOFETIL capsules, for oral use
    Initial U.S. Approval: 1995

    WARNING:EMBRYOFETALTOXICITY,

    MALIGNANCIES AND SERIOUS INFECTIONS
    See full prescribing information for complete boxed warning

    • Use during pregnancy is associated with increased risks of first trimester pregnancy loss and congenital malformations. Avoid if safer treatment options are available. Females of reproductive potential must be counseled regarding pregnancy prevention and planning [see Warnings and Precautions (5.1)].
    • Increased risk of development of lymphoma and other malignancies, particularly of the skin [see Warnings and Precautions (5.2)].
    •  Increased susceptibility to infections, including opportunistic infections and severe infections with fatal outcomes [see Warnings and Precautions (5.3)

    RECENT MAJOR CHANGES

    Warnings and Precautions (5.1,5.8, 5.10, 5.11)     8/2018
    Warnings and Precautions (5.12, 5.13)                   2/2019

    INDICATIONS AND USAGE

    Mycophenolate mofetil is an antimetabolite immunosuppressant indicated for the prophylaxis of organ rejection in recipients of allogeneic kidney, heart or liver transplants, and should be used in combination with other immunosuppressants. (1)

    DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION


    ADULTS
    DOSING
    Kidney Transplant
    1g twice daily,orally or intravenously (IV) over no less than 2h (2.2)
    Heart Transplant
    1.5 g twice daily orally or IV, over no less than 2 h (2.3)
    Liver Transplant
    1.5 g twice daily orally OR 1 g twice daily IV over no less than 2 h (2.4)
    PEDIATRICS 
     
    Kidney Transplant
    600mg/m2 orally twice daily, up to maximum of 2 g daily (2.2)
    • Mycophenolate mofetil intravenous is an alternative when patients cannot tolerate oral medication. Administer within 24 hours following transplantation, until patients can tolerate oral medication, up to 14 days. (2.1)
    • Reduce or interrupt dosing in the event of neutropenia. (2.5)
    •  See full prescribing information (FPI) for: adjustments for renal impairment and neutropenia (2.5), preparation of oral suspension and IV solution. (2.6)

    DOSAGE FORMS AND STRENGTHS

    • Capsules: 250 mg
    • Tablets: 500 mg

    CONTRAINDICATIONS

    • Hypersensitivity to mycophenolate mofetil, MPA acid or any component of the drug product   (4)
    • Patients allergic to Polysorbate 80 (present in mycophenolate mofetil IV) (4)

    WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS

    • Blood Dyscrasias (Neutropenia, Red Blood Cell Aplasia): Monitor with blood tests; consider treatment interruption or dose reduction. (5.4)
    • Gastrointestinal Complications: Monitor for complications such as bleeding, ulceration and perforations, particularly in patients with underlying gastrointestinal disorders. (5.5)
    • Hypoxanthine-Guanine Phosphoribosyl-Transferase Deficiency: Avoid use of mycophenolate mofetil. (5.6)
    • Immunizations: Avoid live attenuated vaccines. (5.7)
    • Local Reactions with Rapid Intravenous Administration: Mycophenolate mofetil 
    •  Intravenous must not be administered by rapid or bolus intravenous injection. (5.8)
    •  Phenylketonurics: Oral suspension contains aspartame. (5.9)
    • Blood Donation: Avoid during therapy and for 6 weeks thereafter. (5.10)
    • Semen Donation: Avoid during therapy and for 90 days thereafter. (5.11)
    • Potential Impairment on Driving and Use of Machinery:  Mycophenolate mofetil  may affect ability to drive or operate machinery. (5.13)

    ADVERSE REACTIONS

    The most common adverse reactions in clinical trials (20 % or greater) include diarrhea, leukopenia, infection, vomiting, and there is evidence of a higher frequency of certain types of infections e.g., opportunistic infection. (6.1)
     To report SUSPECTED ADVERSE REACTIONS, contact Ascend Laboratories, LLC at 1-877-ASC-RX01 (877-272-7901) or FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or www.fda.gov/medwatch.

    DRUG INTERACTIONS

    • See FPI for drugs that may interfere with systemic exposure and reduce mycophenolate mofetil efficacy: antacids with magnesium or aluminum hydroxide, proton pump inhibitors, drugs that interfere with enterohepatic recirculation, telmisartan, calcium-free phosphate binders). (7.1)
    • Mycophenolate mofetil may reduce effectiveness of oral contraceptives. Use of additional barrier contraceptive methods is recommended. (7.2)
    • See FPI for other important drug interactions. (7)

    USE IN SPECIFIC POPULATIONS

    • Pediatric Use: Safety and effectiveness in allogenic heart or liver transplants has not been established (8.4)
    • Male Patients: Sexually active male patients and/or their female partners are recommended to use effective contraception during treatment of the male patient and for at least 90 days after cessation of treatment (8.3)

    See 17 for PATIENT COUNSELING INFORMATION and Medication Guide.

    Revised: 3/2019

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  • FULL PRESCRIBING INFORMATION: CONTENTS*

    WARNING: EMBRYOFETAL TOXICITY, MALIGNANCIES, AND SERIOUS  INFECTIONS

    1 INDICATIONS & USAGE

    2 DOSAGE & ADMINISTRATION

    2.1 Important Administration Instruction

    2.2 Dosing for Kidney Transplant Patients: Adults and Pediatrics

    2.3 Dosing for Heart Transplant Patients: Adults

    2.4 Dosing for Liver Transplant Patients: Adults

    2.5 Dosing Adjustments: Patients with Renal Impairment, Neutropenia

    2.6 Preparation of Oral Suspension and Intravenous for Pharmacists

    3 DOSAGE FORMS & STRENGTHS

    4 CONTRAINDICATIONS

    5 WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS

    5.1 Embryofetal Toxicity

    5.2 Lymphoma and Other Malignancies

    5.3 Serious Infections

    5.4 Blood Dyscrasias: Neutropenia and Pure Red Cell Aplasia (PRCA)

    5.5 Gastrointestinal Complications

    5.6 Patients with Hypoxanthine-Guanine Phosphoribosyl-Transferase Deficiency (HGRPT)

    5.7 Immunizations

    5.8 Local Reactions with Rapid Intravenous Administration

    5.9 Risks in Patients with Phenylketonuria

    5.10 Blood Donation

    5.11 Semen Donation

    5.12 Effect of Concomitant Medications on Mycophenolic Acid Concentrations

    5.13 Potential Impairment of Ability to Drive or Operate Machinery

    6 ADVERSE REACTIONS

    6.1 Clinical Studies Experience

    6.2 Postmarketing Experience

    7 DRUG INTERACTIONS

    7.1 Effect of Other Drugs on Mycophenolate Mofetil

    7.2 Effect of Mycophenolate Mofetil on Other Drugs

    8 USE IN SPECIFIC POPULATIONS

    8.1 Pregnancy

    8.2 Lactation

    8.3 Females and Males of Reproductive Potential

    8.4 Pediatric Use

    8.5 Geriatric Use

    8.6 Patients with Renal Impairment

    8.7 Patients with Hepatic Impairment

    10 OVERDOSAGE

    11 DESCRIPTION

    12 CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY

    12.1 Mechanism of Action

    12.2 Pharmacodynamics

    12.3 Pharmacokinetics

    13 NONCLINICAL TOXICOLOGY

    13.1 Carcinogenesis & Mutagenesis & Impairment Of Fertility

    14 CLINICAL STUDIES

    14.1 Kidney Transplantation

    14.2 Heart Transplantation

    14.3 Liver Transplantation

    15 REFERENCES

    16 HOW SUPPLIED/STORAGE AND HANDLING

    16.1 Handling and Disposal

    16.2 Mycophenolate Mofetil Capsules 250 mg

    16.3 Mycophenolate Mofetil Tablets 500 mg

    17 PATIENT COUNSELING INFORMATION

    17.1 Embryofetal Toxicity

    17.2 Development of Lymphoma and Other Malignancies

    17.3 Increased Risk of Serious Infections

    17.4 Blood Dyscrasias

    17.5 Gastrointestinal Tract Complications

    17.6 Immunizations

    17.7 Administration Instructions

    17.8 Blood Donation

    17.9 Semen Donation

    17.10 Potential to Affect Driving and Use of Machinery

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

    Mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) is indicated for the prophylaxis of organ rejection, in recipients of allogeneic kidney [see Clinical Studies (14.1)], heart [see Clinical Studies (14.2)] or liver transplants [see Clinical Studies (14.3)], in combination with other immunosuppressants.

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  • 2 DOSAGE & ADMINISTRATION

    2.1 Important Administration Instruction

    Mycophenolate Mofetil Capsules, Tablets and Oral Suspension
    Mycophenolate mofetil should not be used without the supervision of a physician with experience in immunosuppressive therapy. 

    Mycophenolate mofetil oral dosage forms (capsules, tablets or oral suspension) should not be used interchangeably with mycophenolic acid delayed-release tablets without supervision of a physician with experience in immunosuppressive therapy because the rates of absorption following the administration of mycophenolate mofetil oral dosage forms and mycophenolic acid delayed-release tablets are not equivalent.

    Mycophenolate mofetil tablets should not be crushed and mycophenolate mofetil capsules should not be opened or crushed. Patients should avoid inhalation or contact of the skin or mucous membranes with the powder contained in mycophenolate mofetil capsules and oral suspension. If such contact occurs, they must wash the area of contact thoroughly with soap and water. In case of ocular contact, rinse eyes with plain water.

    The initial oral dose of mycophenolate mofetil should be given as soon as possible following kidney, heart or liver transplant. It is recommended that mycophenolate mofetil be administered on an empty stomach. In stable transplant patients, however, mycophenolate mofetil may be administered with food if necessary [see Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)]. Once reconstituted, mycophenolate mofetil oral suspension must not be mixed with any liquids prior to dose administration. If needed, mycophenolate mofetil oral suspension can be administered via a nasogastric tube with a minimum size of 8 French (minimum 1.7 mm interior diameter).

    Patients should be instructed to take a missed dose as soon as they remember, except if it is closer than 2 hours to the next scheduled dose; in this case, they should continue to take mycophenolate mofetil at the usual times.

    2.2 Dosing for Kidney Transplant Patients: Adults and Pediatrics

    Adults

    The recommended dose for adult kidney transplant patients is 1 g orally or intravenously infused over no less than 2 hours, twice daily (daily dose of 2 g).


    Pediatrics (3 months and older)

    Pediatric dosing is based on body surface area (BSA). The recommended dose of mycophenolate mofetil oral suspension for pediatric kidney transplant patients 3 months and older is 600 mg/m2, administered twice daily (maximum daily dose of 2g or 10 mL of the oral suspension). Pediatric patients with BSA ≥ 1.25 m2 may be dosed with capsules or tablets as follows:


    Table 1.   Pediatric Dosing Using Capsules or Tablets for Pediatric Kidney Transplant

    Body Surface Area
    Dosing
    1.25 m2 to less than 1.5 m2
    Mycophenolate mofetil capsule 750 mg twice daily (1.5 g daily dose)
    ≥ 1.5 m2
    Mycophenolate mofetil capsules or tablets 1 g twice daily (2 g daily dose)

    2.3 Dosing for Heart Transplant Patients: Adults

    The recommended dose of mycophenolate mofetil for adult heart transplant patients is 1.5 g orally or intravenously infused over no less than 2 hours administered twice daily (daily dose of 3 g).

    2.4 Dosing for Liver Transplant Patients: Adults

    The recommended dose of mycophenolate mofetil for adult liver transplant patients is 1.5 g administered orally twice daily (daily dose of 3 g) or 1 g infused intravenously over no less than 2 hours, twice daily (daily dose of 2 g).

    2.5 Dosing Adjustments: Patients with Renal Impairment, Neutropenia

    Renal Impairment

    No dose adjustments are needed in kidney transplant patients with delayed graft function postoperatively [see Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)]. In kidney transplant patients with severe chronic impairment of the graft (GFR less than 25 mL/min/1.73 m2), do not administer doses of mycophenolate mofetil greater than 1 g twice a day. These patients should be carefully monitored [see Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)].


    Neutropenia

    If neutropenia develops (ANC less than 1.3 x 103/mcL), dosing with mycophenolate mofetil should be interrupted or reduced, appropriate diagnostic tests performed, and the patient managed appropriately [see Warnings and Precautions (5.4) and Adverse Reactions (6.1)].

    2.6 Preparation of Oral Suspension and Intravenous for Pharmacists

    General Preparation Instructions Before Handling the Formulations

    Mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) has demonstrated teratogenic effects in humans. Follow applicable special handling and disposal procedures.1 [see Warnings and Precautions (5.1), Adverse Reactions (6.2), Use in Specific Populations (8.1, 8.3), How Supplied/Storage and Handling (16.1)]


    Care should be taken to avoid inhalation or direct contact with skin or mucous membranes of the dry powder or the constituted suspension because MMF has demonstrated teratogenic effects in humans. Wearing disposable gloves is recommended during reconstitution and when wiping the outer surface of the bottle/cap and the table surface after reconstitution. If such contact occurs, wash hands thoroughly with soap and water; rinse eyes with water.


    Alert patients that they and others should also avoid inhalation or contact of the skin or mucous membranes with the oral suspension. Advise them to wash the area thoroughly with soap and water if such contact occurs; if ocular contact occurs, rinse eyes with plain water.


    Mycophenolate Mofetil Oral Suspension

    Mycophenolate mofetil oral suspension must be reconstituted by the pharmacist prior to dispensing to the patient. Mycophenolate mofetil oral suspension should not be mixed with any other medication. After reconstitution, the oral suspension contains 200 mg/mL MMF.


    Before proceeding with the reconstitution steps read the general preparation instructions above [see General Preparation Instructions Before Handling the Formulations]. The following are the steps for reconstitution:


    1. Tap the closed bottle several times to loosen the powder.
    2. Measure 94 mL of water in a graduated cylinder.
    3. Add approximately half the total amount of water for reconstitution to the bottle and shake the closed bottle well for about 1 minute.
    4. Add the remainder of water and shake the closed bottle well for about 1 minute.
    5. Remove the child-resistant cap and push bottle adapter into neck of bottle.
    6. Close bottle with child-resistant cap tightly. This will assure the proper seating of the bottle adapter in the bottle and child-resistant status of the cap.
    7. Write the date of expiration of the constituted suspension on the bottle label. (The shelf-life of the constituted suspension is 60 days.)
    8. Dispense with the “Instruction for Use” and oral dispensers. Alert patients to read the important handling information described in the instructions for use.

    Store reconstituted suspension at 25°C (77°F); excursions permitted to 15° to 30°C (59° to 86°F). Storage in a refrigerator at 2°C to 8°C (36°F to 46°F) is acceptable. Do not freeze. Discard any unused portion 60 days after constitution.

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  • 3 DOSAGE FORMS & STRENGTHS

    Mycophenolate mofetil is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:


    Capsules
    Blue-brown, two-piece hard gelatin capsules, printed in black with “266” on the brown body.
    Tablets
    Lavender-colored caplet shaped biconvex film coated tablets debossed with “265” on one side and plain on the other.
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  • 4 CONTRAINDICATIONS

    Allergic reactions to mycophenolate mofetil have been observed; therefore, mycophenolate mofetil is contraindicated in patients with a hypersensitivity to mycophenolate mofetil (MMF), mycophenolic acid (MPA) or any component of the drug product. Mycophenolate mofetil intravenous is contraindicated in patients who are allergic to Polysorbate 80 (TWEEN).

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  • 5 WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS

    5.1 Embryofetal Toxicity

    Use of MMF during pregnancy is associated with an increased risk of first trimester pregnancy loss and an increased risk of congenital malformations, especially external ear and other facial abnormalities including cleft lip and palate, and anomalies of the distal limbs, heart, esophagus, kidney and nervous system. Females of reproductive potential must be made aware of these risks and must be counseled regarding pregnancy prevention and planning. Avoid use of MMF during pregnancy if safer treatment options are available [see Use in Specific Populations (8.1, 8.3)].

    5.2 Lymphoma and Other Malignancies

    Patients receiving immunosuppressants, including mycophenolate mofetil, are at increased risk of developing lymphomas and other malignancies, particularly of the skin [see Adverse Reactions (6.1)]. The risk appears to be related to the intensity and duration of immunosuppression rather than to the use of any specific agent. For patients with increased risk for skin cancer, exposure to sunlight and UV light should be limited by wearing protective clothing and using a sunscreen with a high protection factor.
    Post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorder (PTLD) developed in 0.4% to 1% of patients receiving mycophenolate mofetil  (2 g or 3 g) with other immunosuppressive agents in controlled clinical trials of kidney, heart and liver transplant patients [see Adverse Reactions (6.1)]. The majority of PTLD cases appear to be related to Epstein Barr Virus (EBV) infection. The risk of PTLD appears greatest in those individuals who are EBV seronegative, a population which includes many young children. In pediatric patients, no other malignancies besides PTLD were observed in clinical trials [see Adverse Reactions (6.1)].

    5.3 Serious Infections

    Patients receiving immunosuppressants, including mycophenolate mofetil, are at increased risk of developing bacterial, fungal, protozoal and new or reactivated viral infections, including opportunistic infections. The risk increases with the total immunosuppressive load. These infections may lead to serious outcomes, including hospitalizations and death [see Adverse Reactions (6.1), (6.2)].


    • Serious viral infections reported include:
    • Polyomavirus-associated nephropathy (PVAN), especially due to BK virus infection
    • JC virus-associated progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML), and
    • Cytomegalovirus (CMV) infections: CMV seronegative transplant patients who receive an organ from a CMV seropositive donor are at highest risk of CMV viremia and CMV disease.
    • Viral reactivation in patients infected with Hepatitis B and C.

    Consider reducing immunosuppression in patients who develop new infections or reactivate viral infections, weighing the risk that reduced immunosuppression represents to the functioning allograft.

    PVAN, especially due to BK virus infection, is associated with serious outcomes, including deteriorating renal function and renal graft loss [see Adverse Reactions (6.2)]. Patient monitoring may help detect patients at risk for PVAN.

    PML, which is sometimes fatal, commonly presents with hemiparesis, apathy, confusion, cognitive deficiencies, and ataxia [see Adverse Reactions (6.2)]. In immunosuppressed patients, physicians should consider PML in the differential diagnosis in patients reporting neurological symptoms.

    The risk of CMV viremia and CMV disease is highest among transplant recipients seronegative for CMV at time of transplant who receive a graft from a CMV seropositive donor. Therapeutic approaches to limiting CMV disease exist and should be routinely provided. Patient monitoring may help detect patients at risk for CMV disease.

    Viral reactivation has been reported in patients infected with HBV or HCV. Monitoring infected patients for clinical and laboratory signs of active HBV or HCV infection is recommended.

    5.4 Blood Dyscrasias: Neutropenia and Pure Red Cell Aplasia (PRCA)

    Severe neutropenia [absolute neutrophil count (ANC) less than 0.5 x 103/mcL] developed in transplant patients receiving mycophenolate mofetil 3 g daily [see Adverse Reactions (6.1)]. Patients receiving mycophenolate mofetil should be monitored for neutropenia. Neutropenia has been observed most frequently in the period from 31 to 180 days post-transplant in patients treated for prevention of kidney, heart and liver rejection. The development of neutropenia may be related to mycophenolate mofetil itself, concomitant medications, viral infections, or a combination of these causes. If neutropenia develops (ANC less than 1.3 x 103/mcL), dosing with mycophenolate mofetil should be interrupted or the dose reduced, appropriate diagnostic tests performed, and the patient managed appropriately [see Dosage and Administration (2.5)].

    Patients receiving mycophenolate mofetil should be instructed to report immediately any evidence of infection, unexpected bruising, bleeding or any other manifestation of bone marrow depression.

    Consider monitoring with complete blood counts weekly for the first month, twice monthly for the second and third months, and monthly for the remainder of the first year.

    Cases of pure red cell aplasia (PRCA) have been reported in patients treated with mycophenolate mofetil in combination with other immunosuppressive agents. In some cases, PRCA was found to be reversible with dose reduction or cessation of mycophenolate mofetil therapy. In transplant patients, however, reduced immunosuppression may place the graft at risk.

    5.5 Gastrointestinal Complications

    Gastrointestinal bleeding requiring hospitalization, ulceration and perforations were observed in clinical trials. Physicians should be aware of these serious adverse effects particularly when administering mycophenolate mofetil to patients with a gastrointestinal disease.

    5.6 Patients with Hypoxanthine-Guanine Phosphoribosyl-Transferase Deficiency (HGRPT)

    Mycophenolate mofetil is an inosine monophosphate dehydrogenase (IMPDH) inhibitor; therefore it should be avoided in patients with hereditary deficiencies of hypoxanthine-guanine phosphoribosyl-transferase (HGPRT) such as Lesch-Nyhan and Kelley-Seegmiller syndromes because it may cause an exacerbation of disease symptoms characterized by the overproduction and accumulation of uric acid leading to symptoms associated with gout such as acute arthritis, tophi, nephrolithiasis or urolithiasis and renal disease including renal failure.

    5.7 Immunizations

    During treatment with mycophenolate mofetil, the use of live attenuated vaccines should be avoided and patients should be advised that vaccinations may be less effective. Advise patients to discuss with the physician before seeking any immunizations.

    5.8 Local Reactions with Rapid Intravenous Administration

    Mycophenolate mofetil intravenous solution must not be administered by rapid or bolus intravenous injection as rapid infusion increases the risk of local adverse reactions such as phlebitis and thrombosis [see Adverse Reactions (6.1)].

    5.9 Risks in Patients with Phenylketonuria

    Phenylalanine can be harmful to patients with phenylketonuria (PKU). Mycophenolate mofetil oral suspension contains aspartame, a source of phenylalanine (0.56 mg phenylalanine/mL suspension). Before prescribing mycophenolate mofetil oral suspension to a patient with PKU, consider the combined daily amount of phenylalanine from all sources, including mycophenolate mofetil.

    5.10 Blood Donation

    Patients should not donate blood during therapy and for at least 6 weeks following discontinuation of mycophenolate mofetil because their blood or blood products might be administered to a female of reproductive potential or a pregnant woman.

    5.11 Semen Donation

    Based on animal data, men should not donate semen during therapy and for 90 days following discontinuation of mycophenolate mofetil [see Use In Specific Populations (8.3)].

    5.12 Effect of Concomitant Medications on Mycophenolic Acid Concentrations

    A variety of drugs have potential to alter systemic MPA exposure when co-administered with mycophenolate mofetil. Therefore, determination of MPA concentrations in plasma before and after making any changes to immunosuppressive therapy, or when adding or discontinuing concomitant medications, may be appropriate to ensure MPA concentrations remain stable.

    5.13 Potential Impairment of Ability to Drive or Operate Machinery

    Mycophenolate mofetil may impact the ability to drive and use machines. Patients should avoid driving or using machines if they experience somnolence, confusion, dizziness, tremor, or hypotension during treatment with mycophenolate mofetil [see Adverse Reactions (6.1)].

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  • 6 ADVERSE REACTIONS

    The following adverse reactions are discussed in greater detail in other sections of the label:

    • Embryofetal Toxicity [see Warnings and Precautions (5.1)]
    • Lymphomas and Other Malignancies [see Warnings and Precautions (5.2)]
    • Serious Infections [see Warnings and Precautions (5.3)]
    • Blood Dyscrasias: Neutropenia, Pure Red Cell Aplasia [see Warnings and Precautions (5.4)]
    • Gastrointestinal Complications [see Warnings and Precautions (5.5)]

    6.1 Clinical Studies 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.

    The data described below primarily derive from five randomized, active-controlled double-blind 12-month trials of mycophenolate mofetil in de novo kidney (3) heart (1) and liver (1) transplant patients [see Clinical Studies (14.114.2 and 14.3)].


    An estimated total of 1557 patients received mycophenolate mofetil during pivotal clinical trials in the prevention of acute organ rejection. Of these, 991 were included in the three renal studies, 277 were included in one hepatic study, and 289 were included in one cardiac study. Patients in all study arms also received cyclosporine and corticosteroids.


    Mycophenolate Mofetil Oral 

    The incidence of adverse reactions for mycophenolate mofetil was determined in five randomized, comparative, double-blind trials in the prevention of rejection in kidney, heart and liver transplant patients (two active-and one placebo-controlled trials, one active-controlled trial, and one active-controlled trial, respectively) [see Clinical Studies (14.114.2 and 14.3)].


    The three de novo kidney studies with 12-month duration compared two dose levels of oral mycophenolate mofetil (1 g twice daily and 1.5 g twice daily) with azathioprine (2 studies) or placebo (1 study) when administered in combination with cyclosporine (Sandimmune®) and corticosteroids to prevent acute rejection episodes. One study also included anti-thymocyte globulin (ATGAM®) induction therapy.


    In the de novo heart transplantation study with 12-month duration, patients received mycophenolate mofetil 1.5 g twice daily (n=289) or azathioprine 1.5 to 3 mg/kg/day (n=289), in combination with cyclosporine (Sandimmune® or Neoral®) and corticosteroids as maintenance immunosuppressive therapy.

    In the de novo liver transplantation study with 12-month duration, patients received mycophenolate mofetil 1 g twice daily intravenously for up to 14 days followed by mycophenolate mofetil 1.5 g twice daily orally or azathioprine 1 to 2 mg/kg/day intravenously followed by azathioprine 1 to 2 mg/kg/day orally, in combination with cyclosporine (Neoral®) and corticosteroids as maintenance immunosuppressive therapy. The total number of patients enrolled was 565.

    Approximately 53% of the kidney transplant patients, 65% of the heart transplant patients, and 48% of the liver transplant patients were treated for more than 1 year. Adverse reactions reported in ≥20% of patients in the mycophenolate mofetil treatment groups are presented below. The safety data of three kidney transplantation studies are pooled together.


    Table 3. Adverse Reactions in Controlled Studies of De Novo Kidney, Heart or Liver Transplantation Reported in 20% of Patients in the Mycophenolate Mofetil Group

    Adverse drug
    reaction
    Kidney Studies
     
     
    Heart Study
     
    Liver Study
     
     
    Mycophenolate Mofetil
    2g/day
    (n=501)
    or 3g/day
    (n=490)
    AZA
    1 to 2
    mg/kg/day
    or 100 to
    150
    mg/day
    Placebo
    (n=166)
    Mycophenolate Mofetil
    3g/day
    AZA
    1.5 to 3
    mg/kg/day
    Mycophenolate Mofetil
    3g/day
    AZA
    1 to 2
    mg/kg/day
     
    (n=991)
    (n=326)
    (n=166)
    (n=289)
    (n=289)
    (n=277)
    (n=287)
     
    %
    %
    %
    %
    %
    %
    %
    Bacterial infections
    39.9
    33.7
    37.3
    -
    -
    27.4
    26.5
    Viral infections
    -a
    -
    -
    31.1
    24.9
    -
    -
    Anemia
    20.0
    23.6
    2.4
    45.0
    47.1
    43.0
    53.0
    Ecchymosis
    -
    -
    -
    20.1
    9.7
    -
    -
    Leukocytosis
    -
    -
    -
    42.6
    37.4
    22.4
    21.3
    Leukopenia
    28.6
    24.8
    4.2
    34.3
    43.3
    45.8
    39.0
    Thrombocytopenia
    -
    -
    -
    24.2
    28.0
    38.3
    42.2
    Hypercholesterolemia
    -
    -
    -
    46.0
    43.9
    -
    -
    Hyperglycemia
    -
    -
    -
    48.4
    53.3
    43.7
    48.8
    Hyperkalemia
    -
    -
    -
    -
    -
    22.0
    23.7
    Hypocalcemia
    -
    -
    -
    -
    -
    30.0
    30.0
    Hypokalemia
    -
    -
    -
    32.5
    26.3
    37.2
    41.1
    Hypomagnesemia
    -
    -
    -
    20.1
    14.2
    39.0
    37.6
    Depression
    -
    -
    -
    20.1
    15.2
    -
    -
    Insomnia
    -
    -
     
    43.3
    39.8
    52.3
    47.0
    Nervous system disorders
    Dizziness
    -
    -
    -
    34.3
    33.9
    -
    -
    Headache
    -
    -
    -
    58.5
    55.4
    53.8
    49.1
    Tremor
    -
    -
    -
    26.3
    25.6
    33.9
    35.5
    Cardiac disorders
    Tachycardia
    -
    -
    -
    22.8
    21.8
    22.0
    15.7
    Vascular disorders
    Hypertension
    27.5
    32.2
    19.3
    78.9
    74.0
    62.1
    59.6
    Hypotension
    -
    -
    -
    34.3
    40.1
    -
    -
    Respiratory, thoracic and mediastinal disorders
    Cough
    -
    -
    -
    40.5
    32.2
    -
    -
    Dyspnea
    -
    -
    -
    44.3
    44.3
    31.0
    30.3
    Pleural effusion
    -
    -
    -
    -
    -
    34.3
    35.9
    Gastrointestinal disorders
    Abdominal pain
    22.4
    23.0
    11.4
    41.9
    39.4
    62.5
    51.2
    Constipation
    -
    -
    -
    43.6
    38.8
    37.9
    38.3
    Decreased appetite
    -
    -
    -
    -
    -
    25.3
    17.1
    Diarrhea
    30.4
    20.9
    13.9
    52.6
    39.4
    51.3
    49.8
    Dyspepsia
    -
    -
    -
    22.1
    22.1
    22.4
    20.9
    Nausea
    -
    -
    -
    56.1
    60.2
    54.5
    51.2
    Vomiting
    -
    -
    -
    39.1
    34.6
    32.9
    33.4
    Hepatobiliary disorders
    Blood lactate
    dehydrogenase
    increased
    -
    -
    -
    23.5
    18.3
    -
    -
    Hepatic enzyme increased
    -
    -
    -
    -
    -
    24.9
    19.2
    Skin and subcutaneous tissues disorders
    Rash
    -
    -
    -
    26.0
    20.8
    -
    -
    Renal and urinary disorders
    Blood creatinine
    increased
    -
    -
    -
    42.2
    39.8
    -
    -
    Blood urea increased
    -
    -
    -
    36.7
    34.3
    -
    -
    General disorders and administration site conditions
    Asthenia
    -
    -
    -
    49.1
    41.2
    35.4
    33.8
    Edema b
    21.0
    28.2
    8.4
    67.5
    55.7
    48.4
    47.7
    Pain c
    24.8
    32.2
    9.6
    79.2
    77.5
    74.0
    77.5
    Pyrexia
    -
    -
    -
    56.4
    53.6
    52.3
    56.1

    a : “-” Indicates that the incidence was below the cutoff value of 20% for inclusion in the table.

    b : “Edema” includes peripheral edema, facial edema, scrotal edema.

    c : “Pain” includes musculoskeletal pain (myalgia, neck pain, back pain).


    In the three de novo kidney studies, patients receiving 2 g/day of mycophenolate mofetil had an overall better safety profile than did patients receiving 3 g/day of mycophenolate mofetil.


    Post-transplant lymphoproliferative disease (PTLD, pseudolymphoma) developed in 0.4% to 1% of patients receiving mycophenolate mofetil (2 g or 3 g daily) with other immunosuppressive agents in controlled clinical trials of kidney, heart and liver transplant patients followed for at least 1 year [see Warnings and Precautions (5.2)]. Non-melanoma skin carcinomas occurred in 1.6% to 4.2% of patients, other types of malignancy in 0.7% to 2.1% of patients. Three-year safety data in kidney and heart transplant patients did not reveal any unexpected changes in incidence of malignancy compared to the 1-year data. In pediatric patients, PTLD was observed in 1.35% (2/148) by 12 months post-transplant.


    Cytopenias, including leukopenia, anemia, thrombocytopenia and pancytopenia are a known risk associated with mycophenolate and may lead or contribute to the occurrence of infections and hemorrhages [see Warnings and Precautions (5.3)]. Severe neutropenia (ANC <0.5 x 103/μL) developed in up to 2% of kidney transplant patients, up to 2.8% of heart transplant patients and up to 3.6% of liver transplant patients receiving mycophenolate mofetil 3 g daily [see Warnings andPrecautions (5.4) and Dosage and Administration (2.5)].

    The most common opportunistic infections in patients receiving mycophenolate mofetil with other immunosuppressants were mucocutaneous candida, CMV viremia/syndrome, and herpes simplex. The proportion of patients with CMV viremia/syndrome was 13.5%. In patients receiving mycophenolate mofetil (2 g or 3 g) in controlled studies for prevention of kidney, heart or liver rejection, fatal infection/sepsis occurred in approximately 2% of kidney and heart patients and in 5% of liver patients [see Warnings and Precautions (5.3)].


    The most serious gastrointestinal disorders reported were ulceration and hemorrhage, which are known risks associated with mycophenolate mofetil. Mouth, esophageal, gastric, duodenal, and intestinal ulcers often complicated by hemorrhage, as well as hematemesis, melena, and hemorrhagic forms of gastritis and colitis were commonly reported during the pivotal clinical trials, while the most common gastrointestinal disorders were diarrhea, nausea and vomiting. Endoscopic investigation of patients with mycophenolate mofetil-related diarrhea revealed isolated cases of intestinal villous atrophy [see Warnings and Precautions (5.5)].


    The following adverse reactions were reported with 3% to <20% incidence in kidney, heart, and liver transplant patients treated with mycophenolate mofetil, in combination with cyclosporine and corticosteroids.


    Table 4. Adverse Reactions in Controlled Studies of De Novo Kidney, Heart or Liver Transplantation Reported in 3% to <20% of Patients Treated with Mycophenolate Mofetil in Combination with Cyclosporine and Corticosteroids

    System Organ Class
    Adverse Reactions    
    Body as a Whole
    cellulitis, chills, hernia, malaise
    Infections and Infestations
    fungal infections
    Hematologic and Lymphatic
    coagulation disorder, ecchymosis, pancytopenia
    Urogenital
    hematuria
    Cardiovascular
    hypotension
    Metabolic and
    Nutritional
    acidosis, alkaline phosphatase increased, hyperlipemia, hypophosphatemia, weight loss
    Digestive
    esophagitis, flatulence, gastritis, gastrointestinal hemorrhage, hepatitis, ileus, nausea and vomiting, stomach ulcer, stomatitis
    Neoplasm benign, malignant and unspecified
    neoplasm
    Skin and Appendages
    skin benign neoplasm, skin carcinoma
    Psychiatric
    confusional state
    Nervous
    hypertonia, paresthesia, somnolence
    Musculoskeletal
    arthralgia, myasthenia

    Pediatric Study

    The type and frequency of adverse events in a clinical study for prevention of kidney allograft rejection in 100 pediatric patients 3 months to 18 years of age dosed with mycophenolate mofetil oral suspension 600 mg/m2 twice daily (up to 1 g twice daily) were generally similar to those observed in adult patients dosed with mycophenolate mofetil capsules at a dose of 1 g twice daily with the exception of abdominal pain, fever, infection, pain, sepsis, diarrhea, vomiting, pharyngitis, respiratory tract infection, hypertension, leukopenia, and anemia, which were observed in a higher proportion in pediatric patients.


    Geriatrics

    Elderly patients (≥65 years), particularly those who are receiving mycophenolate mofetil as part of a combination immunosuppressive regimen, may be at increased risk of certain infections (including cytomegalovirus [CMV] tissue invasive disease) and possibly gastrointestinal hemorrhage and pulmonary edema, compared to younger individuals [see Warnings and Precautions (5.3) and Adverse Reactions (6.1)].


    Mycophenolate Mofetil Intravenous

    The safety profile of mycophenolate mofetil intravenous was determined from a single, double-blind, controlled comparative study of the safety of 2 g/day of intravenous and oral mycophenolate mofetil in kidney transplant patients in the immediate post-transplant period (administered for the first 5 days). The potential venous irritation of mycophenolate mofetil intravenous was evaluated by comparing the adverse reactions attributable to peripheral venous infusion of mycophenolate mofetil intravenous with those observed in the intravenous placebo group; patients in the placebo group received active medication by the oral route.

    Adverse reactions attributable to peripheral venous infusion were phlebitis and thrombosis, both observed at 4% in patients treated with mycophenolate mofetil intravenous.

    6.2 Postmarketing Experience

    The following adverse reactions have been identified during post-approval use of mycophenolate mofetil. 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:
    ·         Embryo-Fetal Toxicity: Congenital malformations and spontaneous abortions, mainly in the first trimester, have been reported following exposure to mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) in combination with other immunosuppressants during pregnancy [see Warnings and Precautions (5.1), and Use in Specific Populations (8.1), (8.3)]. Congenital malformations include:
    -Facial malformations: cleft lip, cleft palate, micrognathia, hypertelorism of the orbits
    -Abnormalities of the ear and eye: abnormally formed or absent external/middle ear, coloboma, microphthalmos
    -Malformations of the fingers: polydactyly, syndactyly, brachydactyly
    -Cardiac abnormalities: atrial and ventricular septal defects
    -Esophageal malformations: esophageal atresia
    -Nervous system malformations: such as spina bifida.
    ·         Cardiovascular: Venous thrombosis has been reported in patients treated with mycophenolate mofetil administered intravenously
    ·         Digestive: Colitis, pancreatitis, isolated cases of intestinal villous atrophy.
    ·         Hematologic and Lymphatic: Bone marrow failure, cases of pure red cell aplasia (PRCA) and hypogammaglobulinemia have been reported in patients treated with mycophenolate mofetil in combination with other immunosuppressive agents [see Warnings and Precautions (5.4)].
    ·         Immune: Hypersensitivity, hypogammaglobinemia.
    ·         Infections: Meningitis, infectious endocarditis, tuberculosis, atypical mycobacterial infection, progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy, BK virus infection, viral reactivation of hepatitis B and hepatitis C, protozoal infections [see Warnings and Precautions (5.3)].
    ·         Respiratory: Bronchiectasis, interstitial lung disease, fatal pulmonary fibrosis, have been reported rarely and should be considered in the differential diagnosis of pulmonary symptoms ranging from dyspnea to respiratory failure in post-transplant patients receiving mycophenolate mofetil.
    ·         Vascular: Lymphocele

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  • 7 DRUG INTERACTIONS

    7.1 Effect of Other Drugs on Mycophenolate Mofetil

    Table 5.Drug Interactions with Mycophenolate Mofetil that Affect Mycophenolic Acid (MPA) Exposure


    Antacids with Magnesium or Aluminum Hydroxide
    Clinical Impact
    Concomitant use with an antacid containing magnesium or aluminum hydroxide decreases MPA systemic exposure [see Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)], which may reduce mycophenolate mofetil efficacy.
    Prevention or Management
    Administer magnesium or aluminum hydroxide containing antacids at least 2h after mycophenolate mofetil administration.
    Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs)
    Clinical Impact
     
    Concomitant use with PPIs decreases MPA systemic exposure [see Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)], which may reduce mycophenolate mofetil efficacy
    Prevention or Management
    Monitor patients for alterations in efficacy when PPIs are co-administered with mycophenolate mofetil
    Examples
    Lansoprazole, pantoprazole
    Drugs that Interfere with Enterohepatic Recirculation
    Clinical Impact
     
    Concomitant use with drugs that directly interfere with enterohepatic recirculation, or indirectly interfere with enterohepatic recirculation by altering the gastrointestinal flora, can decrease MPA systemic exposure [see Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)], which may reduce mycophenolate mofetil efficacy.
    Prevention or Management
    Monitor patients for alterations in efficacy or mycophenolate mofetil related adverse reactions when these drugs are co-administered with mycophenolate mofetil
    Examples
    Trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole, bile acid sequestrants (cholestyramine), rifampin as well as aminoglycoside, cephalosporin, fluoroquinolone and penicillin classes of antimicrobials
    Drugs Modulating Glucuronidation
    Clinical Impact
    Concomitant use with drugs inducing glucuronidation decreases MPA systemic exposure, potentially reducing mycophenolate mofetil efficacy, while use with drugs inhibiting glucuronidation increases MPA systemic exposure [see Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)], which may increase the risk of mycophenolate mofetil related adverse reactions.
    Prevention or Management
    Examples
    Monitor patients for alterations in efficacy or mycophenolate mofetil related adverse reactions when these drugs are co-administered with  mycophenolate mofetil
    Examples
     
    Telmisartan (induces glucuronidation); isavuconazole (inhibits glucuronidation).
    Calcium Free Phosphate Binders
    Clinical Impact
    Concomitant use with calcium free phosphate binders decrease MPA systemic exposure [see Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)], which may reduce mycophenolate mofetil efficacy.
    Prevention or Management
    Administer calcium free phosphate binders at least 2 hours after mycophenolate mofetil
    Examples
    Sevelamer

    7.2 Effect of Mycophenolate Mofetil on Other Drugs

    Table 6.  Drug Interactions with Mycophenolate Mofetil that Affect Other Drugs

    Drugs that Undergo Renal Tubular Secretion
    Clinical Impact
    When concomitantly used with mycophenolate mofetil, its metabolite MPAG, may compete with drugs eliminated by renal tubular secretion which may increase plasma concentrations and/or adverse reactions associated with these drugs
    Prevention or Management
    Monitor for drug-related adverse reactions in patients with renal impairment
    Examples
    Acyclovir, ganciclovir, probenecid, valacyclovir, valganciclovir
    Combination Oral Contraceptives
    Clinical Impact
    Concomitant use with mycophenolate mofetildecreased the systemic exposure to levonorgestrel, but did not affect the systemic exposure to ethinylestradiol [see Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)], which may result in reduced combination oral contraceptive effectiveness.
    Prevention or Management
    Use additional barrier contraceptive methods.
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  • 8 USE IN SPECIFIC POPULATIONS

    8.1 Pregnancy

    Pregnancy Exposure Registry

    There is a pregnancy exposure registry that monitors pregnancy outcomes in women exposed to mycophenolate during pregnancy and those becoming pregnant within 6 weeks of discontinuing mycophenolate mofetil treatment. To report a pregnancy or obtain information about the registry, visit www.mycophenolateREMS.com or call 1-800-617-8191.


    Risk Summary

    Use of mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) during pregnancy is associated with an increased risk of first trimester pregnancy loss and an increased risk of multiple congenital malformations in multiple organ systems [see Human Data]. Oral administration of mycophenolate to rats and rabbits during the period of organogenesis produced congenital malformations and pregnancy loss at doses less than the recommended clinical dose (0.02 to 0.1 times the recommended clinical doses in kidney and heart transplant patients) [see Animal Data].

    Consider alternative immunosuppressants with less potential for embryofetal toxicity. Risks and benefits of mycophenolate mofetil should be discussed with the pregnant woman.

    The estimated background risk of pregnancy loss and congenital malformations in organ transplant populations is not clear. In the U.S. general population, the estimated background risk of major birth defects and miscarriage in clinically recognized pregnancies is 2 to 4% and 15 to 20%, respectively


    Data

    Human Data

    A spectrum of congenital malformations (including multiple malformations in individual newborns) has been reported in 23 to 27% of live births in MMF exposed pregnancies, based on published data from pregnancy registries. Malformations that have been documented include external ear, eye, and other facial abnormalities including cleft lip and palate, and anomalies of the distal limbs, heart, esophagus, kidney, and nervous system.

    Based on published data from pregnancy registries, the risk of first trimester pregnancy loss has been reported at 45 to 49% following MMF exposure.

    Animal Data

    In animal reproductive toxicology studies, there were increased rates of fetal resorptions and malformations in the absence of maternal toxicity. Oral administration of MMF to pregnant rats from Gestational Day 7 to Day 16 produced increased embryofetal lethality and fetal malformations including anophthalmia, agnathia, and hydrocephaly at doses equivalent to  0.03 and 0.02 times the recommended human doses for renal and cardiac transplant patients, respectively, when corrected for BSA. Oral administration of MMF to pregnant rabbits from Gestational Day 7 to Day 19 produced increased embryofetal lethality and fetal malformations included ectopia cordis, ectopic kidneys, diaphragmatic hernia, and umbilical hernia at dose equivalents as low as 0.1 and 0.06 times the recommended human doses for renal and cardiac transplant patients, respectively, when corrected for BSA.

    8.2 Lactation

    Risk Summary

    There are no data on the presence of mycophenolate in human milk, or the effects on milk production. There are limited data in the National Transplantation Pregnancy Registry on the effects of mycophenolate on a breastfed child [see Data]. Studies in rats treated with MMF have shown mycophenolic acid (MPA) to be present in milk. Because available data are limited, it is not possible to exclude potential risks to a breastfeeding infant.


    The developmental and health benefits of breastfeeding should be considered along with the mother’s clinical need for mycophenolate mofetil and any potential adverse effects on the breastfed infant from mycophenolate mofetil or from the underlying maternal condition.


    Data

    Limited information is available from the National Transplantation Pregnancy Registry. Of seven infants reported by the National Transplantation Pregnancy Registry to have been breastfed while the mother was taking mycophenolate, all were born at 34-40 weeks gestation, and breastfed for up to 14 months. No adverse events were reported.

    8.3 Females and Males of Reproductive Potential

    Females of reproductive potential must be made aware of the increased risk of first trimester pregnancy loss and congenital malformations and must be counseled regarding pregnancy prevention and planning.


    Pregnancy Planning

    For patients who are considering pregnancy, consider alternative immunosuppressants with less potential for embryofetal toxicity whenever possible. Risks and benefits of mycophenolate mofetil should be discussed with the patient.


    Pregnancy Testing

    To prevent unplanned exposure during pregnancy, all females of reproductive potential should have a serum or urine pregnancy test with a sensitivity of at least 25 mIU/mL immediately before starting mycophenolate mofetil. Another pregnancy test with the same sensitivity should be done 8 to 10 days later. Repeat pregnancy tests should be performed during routine follow-up visits. Results of all pregnancy tests should be discussed with the patient. In the event of a positive pregnancy test, consider alternative immunosuppressants with less potential for embryofetal toxicity whenever possible.


    Contraception

    Female Patients

    Females of reproductive potential taking mycophenolate mofetil must receive contraceptive counseling and use acceptable contraception (see Table 7 for acceptable contraception methods). Patients must use acceptable birth control during the entire mycophenolate mofetil therapy, and for 6 weeks after stopping mycophenolate mofetil, unless the patient chooses abstinence.


    Patients should be aware that mycophenolate mofetil reduces blood levels of the hormones from the oral contraceptive pill and could theoretically reduce its effectiveness [see Drug Interactions (7.2)].


    Table 7.    Acceptable Contraception Methods For Females Of Reproductive Potential

    Pick from the following birth control options:

    Option 1
    Methods to
    Use Alone
    • Intrauterine devices (IUDs)
    • Tubal sterilization
    • Patient’s partner vasectomy

    OR

    Option 2
     
    Hormone Methods
    choose 1
     
    Barrier Methods
    choose 1
    Choose One Hormone Method AND
    One Barrier Method
    Estrogen  and Progesterone
    • Oral  Contraceptive Pill
    • Transdermal patch
    •   Vaginal ring
    Progesterone-only
    • Injection
    • Implant
    AND
    • Diaphragm with spermicide
    • Cervical cap with spermicide
    • Contraceptive sponge
    • Male condom
    • Female condom

    OR

    Option 3
    Barrier Methods choose 1
     
    Barrier Methods choose 1
    Choose One Barrier Method from each column (must choose two methods
    • Diaphragm with spermicide
    • Cervical cap with spermicide
    • Contraceptive sponge
      AND
    • Male condom
    • Female condom

    Male Patients

    Genotoxic effects have been observed in animal studies at exposures exceeding the human therapeutic exposures by approximately 2.5 times. Thus, the risk of genotoxic effects on sperm cells cannot be excluded. Based on this potential risk, sexually active male patients and/or their female partners are recommended to use effective contraception during treatment of the male patient and for at least 90 days after cessation of treatment. Also, based on the potential risk of genotoxic effects, male patients should not donate sperm during treatment with mycophenolate mofetil and for at least 90 days after cessation of treatment [see Use in Special Populations (8.1), Nonclinical Toxicology (13.1), Patient Counseling Information (17.9)].

    8.4 Pediatric Use

    Safety and effectiveness of mycophenolate mofetil have been established in pediatric patients 3 months and older for the prophylaxis of kidney rejection after allogeneic kidney transplant. Use of mycophenolate mofetil in this population is supported by evidence from adequate and well-controlled studies of mycophenolate mofetil in adults with additional data from one open-label, pharmacokinetic and safety study of mycophenolate mofetil in pediatric patients after receiving allogeneic kidney transplant [see Dosage and Administration (2.2), Adverse Reactions (6.1), Clinical Pharmacology (12.3), Clinical Studies (14.1)].

    Safety and effectiveness in pediatric patients receiving allogeneic heart or liver transplants have not been established.

    8.5 Geriatric Use

    Clinical studies of mycophenolate mofetil did not include sufficient numbers of subjects aged 65 and over to determine whether they respond differently from younger subjects. Other reported clinical experience has not identified differences in responses between the elderly and younger patients. In general, dose selection for an elderly patient should take into consideration the presence of decreased hepatic, renal or cardiac function and of concomitant drug therapies. [see Adverse Reactions (6.1), Drug Interactions (7)].

    8.6 Patients with Renal Impairment

    Patients with Kidney Transplant

    No dose adjustments are needed in kidney transplant patients experiencing delayed graft function postoperatively but patients should be carefully monitored [see Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)]. In kidney transplant patients with severe chronic impairment of the graft (GFR less than 25 mL/min/1.73 m2), no dose adjustments are necessary; however, doses greater than 1 g administered twice a day should be avoided.

    Patients with Heart and Liver Transplant

    No data are available for heart or liver transplant patients with severe chronic renal impairment. Mycophenolate mofetil may be used for heart or liver transplant patients with severe chronic renal impairment if the potential benefits outweigh the potential risks.

    8.7 Patients with Hepatic Impairment

    Patients with Kidney Transplant

    No dose adjustments are recommended for kidney transplant patients with severe hepatic parenchymal disease. However, it is not known whether dose adjustments are needed for hepatic disease with other etiologies [see Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)].


    Patients with Heart Transplant

    No data are available for heart transplant patients with severe hepatic parenchymal disease.

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  • 10 OVERDOSAGE

    Possible signs and symptoms of acute overdose include hematological abnormalities such as leukopenia and neutropenia, and gastrointestinal symptoms such as abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and dyspepsia.

    The experience with overdose of mycophenolate mofetil in humans is limited. The reported effects associated with overdose fall within the known safety profile of the drug. The highest dose administered to kidney transplant patients in clinical trials has been 4 g/day. In limited experience with heart and liver transplant patients in clinical trials, the highest doses used were 4 g/day or 5 g/day. At doses of 4 g/day or 5 g/day, there appears to be a higher rate, compared to the use of 3 g/day or less, of gastrointestinal intolerance (nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea), and occasional hematologic abnormalities, particularly neutropenia [see Warnings and Precautions (5.4)].


    Treatment and Management

    MPA and the phenolic glucuronide metabolite of MPA (MPAG) are usually not removed by hemodialysis. However, at high MPAG plasma concentrations (>100 mcg/mL), small amounts of MPAG are removed. By increasing excretion of the drug, MPA can be removed by bile acid sequestrants, such as cholestyramine [see Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)].

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  • 11 DESCRIPTION

    Mycophenolate mofetil is an antimetabolite immunosuppressant. It is the 2-morpholinoethyl ester of mycophenolic acid (MPA), an immunosuppressive agent; inosine monophosphate dehydrogenase (IMPDH) inhibitor.

    The chemical name for mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) is 2-morpholinoethyl (E)-6 (1,3dihydro-4-hydroxy-6-methoxy-7-methyl-3-oxo-5-isobenzofuranyl)-4-methyl-4-hexenoate. It has an empirical formula of C23H31NO7, a molecular weight of 433.50, and the following structural formula:



    Structure

    Mycophenolate mofetil is a white to off-white crystalline powder. It is slightly soluble in water (43 mcg/mL at pH 7.4); the solubility increases in acidic medium (4.27 mg/mL at pH 3.6). It is freely soluble in acetone, soluble in methanol, and sparingly soluble in ethanol. The apparent partition coefficient in 1-octanol/water (pH 7.4) buffer solution is 238. The pKa values for MMF are 5.6 for the morpholino group and 8.5 for the phenolic group.

    Mycophenolate mofetil is available for oral administration as capsules containing 250 mg of MMF, tablets containing 500 mg of mycophenolate mofetil.

    Inactive ingredients in Mycophenolate mofetil capsules USP 250 mg include croscarmellose sodium, pregelatinized starch, povidone (K-90), isopropyl alcohol and magnesium stearate.

    The capsule shells contain gelatin, sodium lauryl sulphate, FD&C blue 2, red iron oxide, yellow iron oxide and titanium dioxide.

    The capsule is printed with edible black ink comprised of black iron oxide, butyl alcohol, dehydrated alcohol, isopropyl alcohol, potassium hydroxide, propylene glycol, shellac, strong ammonia solution.
    Inactive ingredients in mycophenolate mofetil tablets USP 500 mg include croscarmellose sodium, povidone (K-90), isopropyl alcohol, microcrystalline cellulose, magnesium stearate, hypromellose, polyethylene glycol, titanium dioxide, red iron oxide, black iron oxide, and yellow iron oxide.
    USP dissolution test is pending.


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  • 12 CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY

    12.1 Mechanism of Action

    Mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) is absorbed following oral administration and hydrolyzed to mycophenolic acid (MPA), the active metabolite. MPA is a selective, uncompetitive, and reversible inhibitor of inosine monophosphate dehydrogenase (IMPDH), and therefore inhibits the de novo pathway of guanosine nucleotide synthesis without incorporation into DNA. Because T-and B-lymphocytes are critically dependent for their proliferation on de novo synthesis of purines, whereas other cell types can utilize salvage pathways, MPA has potent cytostatic effects on lymphocytes. MPA inhibits proliferative responses of T-and B-lymphocytes to both mitogenic and allospecific stimulation. Addition of guanosine or deoxyguanosine reverses the cytostatic effects of MPA on lymphocytes. MPA also suppresses antibody formation by B-lymphocytes. MPA prevents the glycosylation of lymphocyte and monocyte glycoproteins that are involved in intercellular adhesion to endothelial cells and may inhibit recruitment of leukocytes into sites of inflammation and graft rejection. MMF did not inhibit early events in the activation of human peripheral blood mononuclear cells, such as the production of interleukin-1 (IL-1) and interleukin-2 (IL-2), but did block the coupling of these events to DNA synthesis and proliferation.

    12.2 Pharmacodynamics

    There is a lack of information regarding the pharmacodynamic effects of MMF.

    12.3 Pharmacokinetics

    Absorption

    Following oral and intravenous administration, MMF undergoes complete conversion to MPA, the active metabolite. In 12 healthy volunteers, the mean absolute bioavailability of oral MMF relative to intravenous MMF was 94%. Two 500 mg mycophenolate mofetil tablets have been shown to be bioequivalent to four 250 mg mycophenolate mofetil capsules. Five mL of the 200 mg/mL constituted mycophenolate mofetil oral suspension have been shown to be bioequivalent to four 250 mg capsules.

    The mean (±SD) pharmacokinetic parameters estimates for MPA following the administration of MMF given as single doses to healthy volunteers, and multiple doses to kidney, heart, and liver transplant patients, are shown in Table 8 The area under the plasma-concentration time curve (AUC) for MPA appears to increase in a dose-proportional fashion in kidney transplant patients receiving multiple oral doses of MMF up to a daily dose of 3 g (1.5g twice daily) (see Table 8).

    Table 8Pharmacokinetic Parameters for MPA [mean (±SD)] Following Administration of MMF to Healthy Volunteers (Single Dose), and Kidney, Heart, and Liver Transplant Patients (Multiple Doses)

    Healthy Volunteers
    Dose/Route
    Tmax (h)
    Cmax (mcg/mL)
    Total AUC (mcg•h/mL)
    Single dose

    1 g/oral
    0.80
    (±0.36)
    (n=129)

    24.5
    (±9.5)
     (n=129)
    63.9
     (±16.2)
    (n=117)

    Kidney Transplant Patients (twice daily dosing) Time After Transplantation
    Dose/Route
     
    Tmax (h)
    Cmax (mcg/mL)
    Interdosing Interval AUC(0­12h)
     (mcg•h/mL)
     
    5 days
    1 g/iv

    1.58
    (±0.46)
    (n=31)
    12.0
    (±3.82)
     (n=31)
    40.8
     (±11.4)
    (n=31)
    6 days
    1 g/oral

    1.33
     (±1.05)
    (n=31)
    10.7
    (±4.83)
     (n=31)
    32.9
    (±15.0)
    (n=31)
    Early (Less than 40 days)
    1 g/oral

    1.31
     (±0.76)
    (n=25)
    8.16
     (±4.50)
     (n=25)
    27.3
    (±10.9)
     (n=25)
    Early (Less than 40 days)
     
    1.5 g/oral

    1.21
     (±0.81)
     (n=27)
    13.5
    (±8.18)
    (n=27)
    38.4
    (±15.4)
     (n=27)
    Late (Greater than 3 months)
    1.5 g/oral
    0.90
     (±0.24)
    (n=23)
    24.1
    (±12.1)
    (n=23)
    65.3
     (±35.4)
     (n=23)
    Heart transplant Patients (twice daily dosing) Time After Transplantation
    Dose/Route
    Tmax (h)
     
    Cmax (mcg/mL)
     
    Interdosing Interval AUC(0­-12h) (mcg•h/mL)
    Early (Day before discharge)
    1.5 g/oral
    1.8
    (±1.3)
     (n=11)
    11.5
     (±6.8)
    (n=11)
    43.3
     (±20.8)
    (n=9)
    Late (Greater than 6 months)
    1.5 g/oral
    1.1
     (±0.7)
     (n=52)
    20.0
     (±9.4)
     (n=52)
    54.1a
    (±20.4)
     (n=49)
    Liver transplant Patients (twice daily dosing) Time After Transplantation
    Dose/Route
    Tmax (h)
    Cmax (mcg/mL)
    Interdosing Interval AUC(0­-12h) (mcg•h/mL)
    4 to 9 days
    1 g/iv
    1.50
     (±0.517)
    (n=22)
    17.0
     (±12.7)
    (n=22)
    34.0
     (±17.4)
     (n=22)
    Early (5 to 8 days)
    1.5 g/oral
    1.15
    (±0.432)
     (n=20)
    13.1
    (±6.76)
    (n=20)
    29.2
     (±11.9)
     (n=20)
    Late (Greater than 6 months)
     
    1.5 g/oral
     
    1.54
     (±0.51)
    (n=6)
    19.3
     (±11.7)
    (n=6)
    49.3
     (±14.8)
    (n=6)

    aAUC (0-12h) values quoted are extrapolated from data from samples collected over 4 hours.


    In the early post-transplant period (less than 40 days post-transplant), kidney, heart, and liver transplant patients had mean MPA AUCs approximately 20% to 41% lower and mean Cmax approximately 32% to 44% lower compared to the late transplant period (i.e., 3 to 6 months post-transplant) (non-stationarity in MPA pharmacokinetics).

    Mean MPA AUC values following administration of 1 g twice daily intravenous mycophenolate mofetil over 2 hours to kidney transplant patients for 5 days were about 24% higher than those observed after oral administration of a similar dose in the immediate post-transplant phase.


    In liver transplant patients, administration of 1 g twice daily intravenous mycophenolate mofetil followed by 1.5 g twice daily oral mycophenolate mofetil resulted in mean MPA AUC estimates similar to those found in kidney transplant patients administered 1 g mycophenolate mofetil twice daily.


    Effect of Food

    Food (27 g fat, 650 calories) had no effect on the extent of absorption (MPA AUC) of MMF when administered at doses of 1.5 g twice daily to kidney transplant patients. However, MPA Cmax was decreased by 40% in the presence of food [see Dosage and Administration (2.1)].


    Distribution

    The mean (±SD) apparent volume of distribution of MPA in 12 healthy volunteers was approximately 3.6 (±1.5) L/kg. At clinically relevant concentrations, MPA is 97% bound to plasma albumin. The phenolic glucuronide metabolite of MPA (MPAG) is 82% bound to plasma albumin at MPAG concentration ranges that are normally seen in stable kidney transplant patients; however, at higher MPAG concentrations (observed in patients with kidney impairment or delayed kidney graft function), the binding of MPA may be reduced as a result of competition between MPAG and MPA for protein binding. Mean blood to plasma ratio of radioactivity concentrations was approximately 0.6 indicating that MPA and MPAG do not extensively distribute into the cellular fractions of blood.


    In vitro studies to evaluate the effect of other agents on the binding of MPA to human serum albumin (HSA) or plasma proteins showed that salicylate (at 25 mg/dL with human serum albumin) and MPAG (at ≥ 460 mcg/mL with plasma proteins) increased the free fraction of MPA. MPA at concentrations as high as 100 mcg/mL had little effect on the binding of warfarin, digoxin or propranolol, but decreased the binding of theophylline from 53% to 45% and phenytoin from 90% to 87%.


    Elimination

    Mean (±SD) apparent half-life and plasma clearance of MPA are 17.9 (±6.5) hours and 193 (±48) mL/min following oral administration and 16.6 (±5.8) hours and 177 (±31) mL/min following intravenous administration, respectively.


    Metabolism

    The parent drug, MMF, can be measured systemically during the intravenous infusion; however, approximately 5 minutes after the infusion is stopped or after oral administration, MMF concentrations are below the limit of quantitation (0.4 mcg/mL).

    Metabolism to MPA occurs pre-systemically after oral dosing. MPA is metabolized principally by glucuronyl transferase to form MPAG, which is not pharmacologically active. In vivo, MPAG is converted to MPA during enterohepatic recirculation. The following metabolites of the 2-hydroxyethyl-morpholino moiety are also recovered in the urine following oral administration of MMF to healthy subjects: N-(2-carboxymethyl)-morpholine, N-(2-hydroxyethyl)-morpholine, and the N-oxide of N-(2-hydroxyethyl)-morpholine.

    Due to the enterohepatic recirculation of MPAG/MPA, secondary peaks in the plasma MPA concentration-time profile are usually observed 6 to 12 hours post-dose. Bile sequestrants, such as cholestyramine, reduce MPA AUC by interfering with this enterohepatic recirculation of the drug [see Overdose (10) and Drug Interaction Studies below].

    Excretion

    Negligible amount of drug is excreted as MPA (less than 1% of dose) in the urine. Orally administered radiolabeled MMF resulted in complete recovery of the administered dose, with 93% of the administered dose recovered in the urine and 6% recovered in feces. Most (about 87%) of the administered dose is excreted in the urine as MPAG. At clinically encountered concentrations, MPA and MPAG are usually not removed by hemodialysis. However, at high MPAG plasma concentrations (> 100 mcg/mL), small amounts of MPAG are removed.

    Increased plasma concentrations of MMF metabolites (MPA 50% increase and MPAG about a 3-fold to 6-fold increase) are observed in patients with renal insufficiency [see Specific Populations]


    Specific Populations

    Patients with Renal Impairment

    The mean (±SD) pharmacokinetic parameters for MPA following the administration of oral MMF given as single doses to non-transplant subjects with renal impairment are presented in Table 10.

    In a single-dose study, MMF was administered as a capsule or as an intravenous infusion over 40 minutes. Plasma MPA AUC observed after oral dosing to volunteers with severe chronic renal impairment (GFR less than  25 mL/min/1.73 m2) was about 75% higher relative to that observed in healthy volunteers (GFR > 80 mL/min/1.73 m2). In addition, the single-dose plasma MPAG AUC was 3-fold to 6-fold higher in volunteers with severe renal impairment than in volunteers with mild renal impairment or healthy volunteers, consistent with the known renal elimination of MPAG. No data are available on the safety of long-term exposure to this level of MPAG.


    Plasma MPA AUC observed after single-dose (1 g) intravenous dosing to volunteers (n=4) with severe chronic renal impairment (GFR less than 25 mL/min/1.73 m2) was 62.4 mcg•h/mL (±19.3). Multiple dosing of MMF in patients with severe chronic renal impairment has not been studied.


    Patients with Delayed Graft Function or Nonfunction

    In patients with delayed renal graft function post-transplant, mean MPA AUC (0-12h) was comparable to that seen in post-transplant patients without delayed renal graft function. There is a potential for a transient increase in the free fraction and concentration of plasma MPA in patients with delayed renal graft function. However, dose adjustment does not appear to be necessary in patients with delayed renal graft function. Mean plasma MPAG AUC (0-12h) was 2-fold to 3-fold higher than in post-transplant patients without delayed renal graft function [see Dosage and Administration (2.5)].

    In eight patients with primary graft non-function following kidney transplantation, plasma concentrations of MPAG accumulated about 6-fold to 8-fold after multiple dosing for 28 days. Accumulation of MPA was about 1-fold to 2-fold.

    The pharmacokinetics of MMF are not altered by hemodialysis. Hemodialysis usually does not remove MPA or MPAG. At high concentrations of MPAG (greater than 100 mcg/mL), hemodialysis removes only small amounts of MPAG.

    Patients with Hepatic Impairment

    The mean (± SD) pharmacokinetic parameters for MPA following the administration of oral MMF given as single doses to non-transplant subjects with hepatic impairment is presented in Table 9.

    In a single-dose (1 g oral) study of 18 volunteers with alcoholic cirrhosis and 6 healthy volunteers, hepatic MPA glucuronidation processes appeared to be relatively unaffected by hepatic parenchymal disease when pharmacokinetic parameters of healthy volunteers and alcoholic cirrhosis patients within this study were compared. However, it should be noted that for unexplained reasons, the healthy volunteers in this study had about a 50% lower AUC as compared to healthy volunteers in other studies, thus making comparisons between volunteers with alcoholic cirrhosis and healthy volunteers difficult. In a single-dose (1 g intravenous) study of 6 volunteers with severe hepatic impairment (aminopyrine breath test less than 0.2% of dose) due to alcoholic cirrhosis, MMF was rapidly converted to MPA. MPA AUC was 44.1 mcg•h/mL (±15.5).


    Table 9 Pharmacokinetic Parameters for MPA [mean (±SD)] Following Single Doses of MMF Capsules in Chronic Renal and Hepatic Impairment.

    Pharmacokinetic Parameters for Renal Impairment
     
     
    Dose
     
         
    Tmax (h)
    Cmax (mcg/mL)
    AUC(0-96h) (mcg•h/mL)
    Healthy Volunteers
    GFR greater than 80 mL/min/1.73 m2 (n=6)
    1 g
     
    0.75
    (±0.27)
     
    25.3
     (±7.99)
     
    45.0
    (±22.6)
     
    Mild Renal Impairment
    GFR 50 to 80 mL/min/1.73 m2
    (n=6)
    1 g
    0.75 (±0.27)
     
    26.0 (±3.82)
     
    59.9 (±12.9)
     
    Moderate Renal Impairment
    GFR 25 to 49 mL/min/1.73 m2
    (n=6)
    1 g
     
    0.75 (0.27)
     
    19.0 (±13.2)
     
    52.9 (±25.5)
     
    Pharmacokinetic Parameters for Hepatic Impairment
     
    Dose
    Tmax (h)
    Cmax (mcg/mL)
    AUC(0-48h) (mcg•h/mL)
    Healthy Volunteers (n=6)
    1 g
    0.63 (±0.14)
    24.3 (±5.73)
    29.0 (±5.78)
    Alcoholic Cirrhosis (n=18)
    1 g
    0.85 (±0.58)
    22.4 (±10.1)
    29.8 (±10.7)

    Pediatric Patients

    The pharmacokinetic parameters of MPA and MPAG have been evaluated in 55 pediatric patients (ranging from 1 year to 18 years of age) receiving mycophenolate mofetil oral suspension at a dose of 600 mg/m2 twice daily (up to a maximum of 1 g twice daily) after allogeneic kidney transplantation. The pharmacokinetic data for MPA is provided in Table 10

    Table 10.Mean (±SD) Computed Pharmacokinetic Parameters for MPA by Age and Time after Allogeneic Kidney Transplantation

    Age Group (n)
     
    Time
     
    Tmax (h)
     
    Dose Adjusteda Cmax
    (mcg/mL)
     
    Dose Adjusteda AUC 0-12 (mcg•h/mL)
    1 to less than 2 yr   (6)4
    1 to less than 6 yr   (17)
    6 to less than 12 yr (16)
    12 to 18 yr              (21)
    Early (Day 7)
    3.03   (4.70)
    1.63    (2.85)
    0.940     (0.546)
    1.16       (0.830)
    10.3      (5.80)
    13.2      (7.16)
    13.1       (6.30)
    11.7       (10.7)
    22.5    (6.66)
    27.4    (9.54)
    33.2     (12.1)
    26.3     (9.14)b
    1 to less than 2 yr  (4)d
    1 to less than 6 yr  (15)
    6 to less than 12 yr  (14)
    12 to 18 yr                 (17)
    Late (Month 3)
    0.725    (0.276)
    0.989     (0.511)
    1.21       (0.532)
    0.978     (0.484)
    23.8         (13.4)
    22.7          (10.1)
    27.8          (14.3)
    17.9          (9.57)
    47.4 (14.7)
    49.7 (18.2)
    61.9 (19.6)
    53.6 (20.3)c
    1 to less than 2 yr    (4)d
    1 to less than 6 yr   (12)
    6 to less than 12 yr  (11)
    12 to 18 yr               (14)
    Late (Month 9)
    0.604      (0.208)
    0.869     (0.479)
    1.12        (0.462)
    1.12        (0.462)
    25.6       (4.25)
    30.4       (9.16)
    29.2       (12.6)
    18.1       (7.29)
    55.8         (11.6)
    61.0         (10.7)
    66.8         (21.2)
    56.7         (14.0)

    a adjusted to a dose of 600 mg/m2

    b n=20

    c n=16

    d a subset of 1 to less than 6 yr


    The mycophenolate mofetil oral suspension dose of 600 mg/m2 twice daily (up to a maximum of 1 g twice daily) achieved mean MPA AUC values in pediatric patients similar to those seen in adult kidney transplant patients receiving mycophenolate mofetil capsules at a dose of 1 g twice daily in the early post-transplant period. There was wide variability in the data. As observed in adults, early post-transplant MPA AUC values were approximately 45% to 53% lower than those observed in the later post-transplant period (>3 months). MPA AUC values were similar in the early and late post-transplant period across the 1 to 18-year age range.


    Male and Female Patients

    Data obtained from several studies were pooled to look at any gender-related differences in the pharmacokinetics of MPA (data were adjusted to 1 g oral dose). Mean (±SD) MPA AUC (0-12h) for males (n=79) was 32.0 (±14.5) and for females (n=41) was 36.5 (±18.8) mcg•h/mL while mean (±SD) MPA Cmax was 9.96 (±6.19) in the males and 10.6 (±5.64) mcg/mL in the females. These differences are not of clinical significance.


    Geriatric Patients

    The pharmacokinetics of mycophenolate mofetil and its metabolites have not been found to be altered in elderly transplant patients when compared to younger transplant patients.


    Drug Interaction Studies

    Acyclovir

    Coadministration of MMF (1 g) and acyclovir (800 mg) to 12 healthy volunteers resulted in no significant change in MPA AUC and Cmax. However, MPAG and acyclovir plasma AUCs were increased 10.6% and 21.9%, respectively.


    Antacids with Magnesium and Aluminum Hydroxides

    Absorption of a single dose of MMF (2g) was decreased when administered to 10 rheumatoid arthritis patients also taking Maalox®TC (10 mL qid). The Cmax and AUC (0-24h) for MPA were 33% and 17% lower, respectively, than when MMF was administered alone under fasting conditions.


    Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs)

    Coadministration of PPIs (e.g., lansoprazole, pantoprazole) in single doses to healthy volunteers and multiple doses to transplant patients receiving mycophenolate mofetil has been reported to reduce the exposure to MPA. An approximate reduction of 30 to 70% in the Cmax and 25% to 35% in the AUC of MPA has been observed, possibly due to a decrease in MPA solubility at an increased gastric pH.


    Cholestyramine

    Following single-dose administration of 1.5 g MMF to 12 healthy volunteers pretreated with 4 g three times a day of cholestyramine for 4 days, MPA AUC decreased approximately 40%. This decrease is consistent with interruption of enterohepatic recirculation which may be due to binding of recirculating MPAG with cholestyramine in the intestine.


    Cyclosporine

    Cyclosporine (Sandimmune®) pharmacokinetics (at doses of 275 to 415 mg/day) were unaffected by single and multiple doses of 1.5 g twice daily of MMF in 10 stable kidney transplant patients. The mean (±SD) AUC (0-12h) and Cmax of cyclosporine after 14 days of multiple doses of MMF were 3290 (±822) ng•h/mL and 753 (±161) ng/mL, respectively, compared to 3245 (±1088) ng•h/mL and 700 (±246) ng/mL, respectively, 1 week before administration of MMF.

    Cyclosporine A interferes with MPA enterohepatic recirculation. In kidney transplant patients, mean MPA exposure (AUC (0-12h)) was approximately 30-50% greater when MMF was administered without cyclosporine compared with when MMF was coadministered with cyclosporine. This interaction is due to cyclosporine inhibition of multidrug-resistance-associated protein 2 (MRP-2) transporter in the biliary tract, thereby preventing the excretion of MPAG into the bile that would lead to enterohepatic recirculation of MPA. This information should be taken into consideration when MMF is used without cyclosporine.


    Drugs Affecting Glucuronidation

    Concomitant administration of drugs inhibiting glucuronidation of MPA may increase MPA exposure (e.g., increase of MPA AUC (0-∞) by 35% was observed with concomitant administration of isavuconazole).

    Concomitant administration of telmisartan and mycophenolate mofetil resulted in an approximately 30% decrease in MPA concentrations. Telmisartan changes MPA’s elimination by enhancing PPAR gamma (peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma) expression, which in turn results in an enhanced UGT1A9 expression and glucuronidation activity.


    Ganciclovir

    Following single-dose administration to 12 stable kidney transplant patients, no pharmacokinetic interaction was observed between MMF (1.5 g) and intravenous ganciclovir (5 mg/kg). Mean (±SD) ganciclovir AUC and Cmax (n=10) were 54.3 (±19.0) mcg•h/mL and 11.5 (±1.8) mcg/mL, respectively, after coadministration of the two drugs, compared to 51.0 (±17.0) mcg•h/mL and 10.6 (±2.0) mcg/mL, respectively, after administration of intravenous ganciclovir alone. The mean (±SD) AUC and Cmax of MPA (n=12) after coadministration were 80.9 (±21.6) mcg•h/mL and 27.8 (±13.9) mcg/mL, respectively, compared to values of 80.3 (±16.4) mcg•h/mL and 30.9 (±11.2) mcg/mL, respectively, after administration of MMF alone.

    Oral Contraceptives

    A study of coadministration of mycophenolate mofetil (1 g twice daily) and combined oral contraceptives containing ethinylestradiol (0.02 mg to 0.04 mg) and levonorgestrel (0.05 mg to 0.20 mg), desogestrel (0.15 mg) or gestodene (0.05 mg to 0.10 mg) was conducted in 18 women with psoriasis over 3 consecutive menstrual cycles. Mean serum levels of LH, FSH and progesterone were not significantly affected. Mean AUC (0-24h) was similar for ethinylestradiol and 3-keto desogestrel; however, mean levonorgestrel AUC (0-24h) significantly decreased by about 15%. There was large inter-patient variability (%CV in the range of 60% to 70%) in the data, especially for ethinylestradiol.


    Sevelamer

    Concomitant administration of sevelamer and MMF in adult and pediatric patients decreased the mean MPA Cmax and AUC (0-12h) by 36% and 26% respectively.

    Antimicrobials

    Antimicrobials eliminating beta-glucuronidase-producing bacteria in the intestine (e.g. aminoglycoside, cephalosporin, fluoroquinolone, and penicillin classes of antimicrobials) may interfere with the MPAG/MPA enterohepatic recirculation thus leading to reduced systemic MPA exposure. Information concerning antibiotics is as follows:

    • Trimethoprim/Sulfamethoxazole: Following single-dose administration of MMF (1.5 g) to 12 healthy male volunteers on day 8 of a 10-day course of trimethoprim 160 mg/sulfamethoxazole 800 mg administered twice daily, no effect on the bioavailability of MPA was observed. The mean (±SD) AUC and Cmax of MPA after concomitant administration were 75.2 (±19.8) mcg•h/mL and 34.0 (±6.6) mcg/mL, respectively, compared to 79.2 (±27.9) mcg•h/mL and 34.2 (±10.7) mcg/mL, respectively, after administration of MMF alone.
    • Norfloxacin and Metronidazole: Following single-dose administration of MMF (1 g) to 11 healthy volunteers on day 4 of a 5-day course of a combination of norfloxacin and metronidazole, the mean MPA AUC(0-48h) was significantly reduced by 33% compared to the administration of MMF alone (p less than 0.05). The mean (±SD) MPA AUC (0-48h) after coadministration of MMF with norfloxacin or metronidazole separately was 48.3 (±24) mcg·h/mL and 42.7 (±23) mcg·h/mL, respectively, compared with 56.2 (±24) mcg·h/mL after administration of MMF alone.
    • Ciprofloxacin and Amoxicillin Plus Clavulanic Acid: A total of 64 mycophenolate mofetil-treated kidney transplant recipients received either oral ciprofloxacin 500 mg twice daily or amoxicillin plus clavulanic acid 375 mg three times daily for 7 or at least 14 days, respectively. Approximately 50% reductions in median trough MPA concentrations (predose) from baseline (mycophenolate mofetil alone) were observed in 3 days following commencement of oral ciprofloxacin or amoxicillin plus clavulanic acid. These reductions in trough MPA concentrations tended to diminish within 14 days of antimicrobial therapy and ceased within 3 days of discontinuation of antibiotics.
    • Rifampin: In a single heart-lung transplant patient, after correction for dose, a 67% decrease in MPA exposure (AUC (0-12h)) has been observed with concomitant administration of MMF and rifampin.
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  • 13 NONCLINICAL TOXICOLOGY

    13.1 Carcinogenesis & Mutagenesis & Impairment Of Fertility

    In a 104-week oral carcinogenicity study in mice, MMF in daily doses up to 180 mg/kg was not tumorigenic. The highest dose tested was 0.4 times the recommended clinical dose (2 g/day) in renal transplant patients and 0.3 times the recommended clinical dose (3 g/day) in cardiac transplant patients when corrected for differences in body surface area (BSA). In a 104-week oral carcinogenicity study in rats, MMF in daily doses up to 15 mg/kg was not tumorigenic. The highest dose was 0.07 times the recommended clinical dose in kidney transplant patients and 0.05 times the recommended clinical dose in heart transplant patients when corrected for BSA. While these animal doses were lower than those given to patients, they were maximal in those species and were considered adequate to evaluate the potential for human risk [see Warnings and Precautions (5.2)].


    The genotoxic potential of MMF was determined in five assays. MMF was genotoxic in the mouse lymphoma/thymidine kinase assay and the in vivo mouse micronucleus assay. MMF was not genotoxic in the bacterial mutation assay, the yeast mitotic gene conversion assay or the Chinese hamster ovary cell chromosomal aberration assay.


    MMF had no effect on fertility of male rats at oral doses up to 20 mg/kg/day. This dose represents 0.1 times the recommended clinical dose in renal transplant patients and 0.06 times the recommended clinical dose in cardiac transplant patients when corrected for BSA. In a female fertility and reproduction study conducted in rats, oral doses of 4.5 mg/kg/day caused malformations (principally of the head and eyes) in the first generation offspring in the absence of maternal toxicity. This dose was 0.02 times the recommended clinical dose in renal transplant patients and 0.01 times the recommended clinical dose in cardiac transplant patients when corrected for BSA. No effects on fertility or reproductive parameters were evident in the dams or in the subsequent generation.

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  • 14 CLINICAL STUDIES

    14.1 Kidney Transplantation

    Adults

    The three de novo kidney transplantation studies compared two dose levels of oral mycophenolate mofetil (1 g twice daily and 1.5 g twice daily) with azathioprine (2 studies) or placebo (1 study) to prevent acute rejection episodes. One of the two studies with azathioprine (AZA®) control arm also included anti-thymocyte globulin (ATGAM) induction therapy. The geographic location of the investigational sites of these studies are included in Table 11 

    In all three de novo kidney transplantation studies, the primary efficacy endpoint was the proportion of patients in each treatment group who experienced treatment failure within the first 6 months after transplantation. Treatment failure was defined as biopsy-proven acute rejection on treatment or the occurrence of death, graft loss or early termination from the study for any reason without prior biopsy-proven rejection.

    Mycophenolate mofetil, in combination with corticosteroids and cyclosporine, reduced (statistically significant at 0.05 level) the incidence of treatment failure within the first 6 months following transplantation (Table 11. Patients who prematurely discontinued treatment were followed for the occurrence of death or graft loss, and the cumulative incidence of graft loss and patient death combined are summarized in Table 11 Patients who prematurely discontinued treatment were not followed for the occurrence of acute rejection after termination.


    Table 11. Treatment Failure in De Novo Kidney Transplantation Studies

       

    USA Studya
     (N=499 patients)
    Mycophenolate Mofetil
    g/day
    (n=167 patients)
    Mycophenolate Mofetil
    g/day
    (n=166 patients)
    AZA
    1 to 2 mg/kg/day (n=166 patients)
    All 3 groups received anti-thymocyte globulin induction, cyclosporine and corticosteroids
    All treatment failures
    31.1%
    31.3%
    47.6%
    Early termination without prior acute rejection b
    9.6%
    12.7%
    6.0%
    Biopsy-proven rejection episode on treatment
    19.8%
    17.5%
    38.0%
    Europe/Canada/ Australia Study (N=503 patients)  Mycophenolate Mofetil 2 g/day (n=173 patients)  Mycophenolate Mofetil 3 g/day (n=164 patients)  AZA 100 to 150 mg/day(n=166 patients)
     
    No induction treatment administered; all 3 groups received cyclosporine and corticosteroids.
    All treatment failures
    38.2%
    34.8%
    34.8%
    Early termination without prior acute rejectionb
    13.9%
    15.2%
    15.2%
    Biopsy-proven rejection episode on treatment
    19.7%
    15.9%
    35.5%
    Europe Studyd
    (N=491 patients)
    Mycophenolate Mofetil
    g/day
    (n=165 patients)
    Mycophenolate Mofetil
    g/day
    (n=160 patients)
    Placebo
    (n=166 patients)
    No induction treatment administered; all 3 groups received cyclosporine and corticosteroids.
    All treatment failures
    30.3%
    38.8%
    56.0%
    Early termination without prior acute rejectionb
    11.5%
    22.5%
    7.2%
    Biopsy-proven rejection episode on treatment
    17.0%
    13.8%
    46.4%

    *Does not include death and graft loss as reason for early termination


    No advantage of mycophenolate mofetil at 12 months with respect to graft loss or patient death (combined) was established (Table 12) Numerically, patients receiving mycophenolate mofetil 2 g/day and 3 g/day experienced a better outcome than controls in all three studies; patients receiving mycophenolate mofetil 2 g/day experienced a better outcome than mycophenolate mofetil 3 g/day in two of the three studies. Patients in all treatment groups who terminated treatment early were found to have a poor outcome with respect to graft loss or patient death at 1 year.


    Table 12 De Novo Kidney Transplantation Studies Cumulative Incidence of Combined Graft Loss or Patient Death at 12 Months

    Study
    Mycophenolate Mofetil
    2 g/day
    Mycophenolate Mofetil
    3 g/day
    Control
    (AZA or Placebo)
    USA
    8.5%
    11.5%
    12.2%
    Europe/Canada/Australia
    11.7%
    11.0%
    13.6%
    Europe
    8.5%
    10.0%
    11.5%

    Pediatrics-De Novo Kidney transplantation PK Study with Long Term Follow-Up

    One open-label, safety and pharmacokinetic study of mycophenolate mofetil oral suspension 600 mg/m2 twice daily (up to 1 g twice daily) in combination with cyclosporine and corticosteroids was performed at centers in the United States (9), Europe (5) and Australia (1) in 100 pediatric patients (3 months to 18 years of age) for the prevention of renal allograft rejection. Mycophenolate mofetil was well tolerated in pediatric patients [see Adverse Reactions (6.1)], and the pharmacokinetics profile was similar to that seen in adult patients dosed with 1 g twice daily mycophenolate mofetil capsules [see Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)]. The rate of biopsy-proven rejection was similar across the age groups (3 months to less than 6 years, 6 years to less than 12 years, 12 years to 18 years). The overall biopsy-proven rejection rate at 6 months was comparable to adults. The combined incidence of graft loss (5%) and patient death (2%) at 12 months post-transplant was similar to that observed in adult kidney transplant patients.

    14.2 Heart Transplantation

    A double-blind, randomized, comparative, parallel-group, multicenter study in primary de novo heart transplant recipients was performed at centers in the United States (20), in Canada (1), in Europe (5) and in Australia (2). The total number of patients enrolled (ITT population) was 650; 72 never received study drug and 578 received study drug (Safety Population). Patients received mycophenolate mofetil1.5 g twice daily (n=289) or AZA 1.5 to 3 mg/kg/day (n=289), in combination with cyclosporine (Sandimmune ® or Neoral ®) and corticosteroids as maintenance immunosuppressive therapy. The two primary efficacy endpoints were: (1) the proportion of patients who, after transplantation, had at least one endomyocardial biopsy-proven rejection with hemodynamic compromise, or were re-transplanted or died, within the first 6 months, and (2) the proportion of patients who died or were re-transplanted during the first 12 months following transplantation. Patients who prematurely discontinued treatment were followed for the occurrence of allograft rejection for up to 6 months and for the occurrence of death for 1 year.


    The analyses of the endpoints showed:

    • Rejection: No difference was established between mycophenolate mofetil and AZA with respect to biopsy-proven rejection with hemodynamic compromise
    • Survival: Mycophenolate mofetil was shown to be at least as effective as AZA in preventing death or re-transplantation at 1 year (see Table 13) 

    Table 13 De Novo Heart Transplantation Study Rejection at 6 Months/Death or Re-transplantation at 1 Year

     
    All Patients (ITT)
    Treated Patients
    AZA N = 323
    Mycophenolate Mofetil
    N = 327
    AZA N = 289
    Mycophenolate Mofetil
    N = 289
    Biopsy-proven rejection with hemodynamic compromise at 6 monthsa
    121 (38%)
    120 (37%)
    100 (35%)
    92 (32%)
    Death or re-transplantation at 1 year
    49 (15.2%)
    42 (12.8%)
    33 (11.4%)
    18 (6.2%)

    aHemodynamic compromise occurred if any of the following criteria were met: pulmonary capillary wedge pressure ≥20 mm or a 25% increase; cardiac index less than 2.0 L/min/m2 or a 25% decrease; ejection fraction ≤30%; pulmonary artery oxygen saturation ≤60% or a 25% decrease; presence of new S3 gallop; fractional shortening was ≤20% or a 25% decrease; inotropic support required to manage the clinical condition.

    14.3 Liver Transplantation

    A double-blind, randomized, comparative, parallel-group, multicenter study in primary hepatic transplant recipients was performed at centers in the United States (16), in Canada (2), in Europe (4) and in Australia (1). The total number of patients enrolled was 565. Per protocol, patients received mycophenolate mofetil 1 g twice daily intravenously for up to 14 days followed by mycophenolate mofetil 1.5 g twice daily orally or AZA 1 to 2 mg/kg/day intravenously followed by AZA 1 to 2 mg/kg/day orally, in combination with cyclosporine (Neoral®) and corticosteroids as maintenance immunosuppressive therapy. The actual median oral dose of AZA on study was 1.5 mg/kg/day (range of 0.3 to 3.8 mg/kg/day) initially and 1.26 mg/kg/day (range of 0.3 to 3.8 mg/kg/day) at 12 months. The two primary endpoints were:

    (1) the proportion of patients who experienced, in the first 6 months post-transplantation, one or more episodes of biopsy-proven and treated rejection or death or re-transplantation, and (2) the proportion of patients who experienced graft loss (death or re-transplantation) during the first 12 months post-transplantation. Patients who prematurely discontinued treatment were followed for the occurrence of allograft rejection and for the occurrence of graft loss (death or re-transplantation) for 1 year.

    In combination with corticosteroids and cyclosporine, mycophenolate mofetil demonstrated a lower rate of acute   rejection at 6 months and a similar rate of death or re-transplantation at 1 year compared to AZA (Table 14)


    Table 15. De Novo Liver Transplantation Study Rejection at 6 Months/Death or Retransplantation at 1 Year


                                              
    AZA N = 287
    Mycophenolate Mofetil
     N = 278
    Biopsy-proven, treated rejection at 6 months (includes death or re-transplantation)
    137 (47.7%)
    107 (38.5%)
    Death or re-transplantation at 1 year
    42 (14.6%)
    41 (14.7%)
     
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  • 15 REFERENCES

    1. “OSHA Hazardous Drugs.” OSHA. http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/hazardousdrugs/index.html

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  • 16 HOW SUPPLIED/STORAGE AND HANDLING

    16.1 Handling and Disposal

    Mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) has demonstrated teratogenic effects in humans [see Warnings and Precautions (5.1) and Use in Specific Populations (8.1)]. Mycophenolate mofetil tablets should not be crushed and mycophenolate mofetil capsules should not be opened or crushed. Wearing disposable gloves is recommended during reconstitution and when wiping the outer surface of the bottle/cap and the table after reconstitution. Avoid inhalation or direct contact with skin or mucous membranes of the powder contained in mycophenolate mofetil capsules, mycophenolate mofetil oral suspension (before or after constitution), or mycophenolate mofetil intravenous (during or after preparation) [see Dosage and Administration (2.6)]. Follow applicable special handling and disposal procedures1.

    16.2 Mycophenolate Mofetil Capsules 250 mg


    Capsules
    Blue-brown, two-piece hard gelatin capsules, printed in black with “266” on the brown body.
    Sizes
    Bottle of 100…………………………………………………………NDC 67877-266-01
     
    Bottle of 500…………………………………………………………NDC 67877-266-05
     
    Carton of 30 (3 x 10 unit-dose capsules) …………………………….NDC  67877-266-84
     
    Carton of 100 (10 x 10 unit-dose capsules)………………………….NDC 67877-266-38
     
    Storage
    Store at 25°C (77°F); excursions permitted to 15°C to 30°C (59°F to 86°F)

    16.3 Mycophenolate Mofetil Tablets 500 mg


    Tablets
    Lavender-colored caplet shaped biconvex film coated tablets debossed with “265” on one side and plain on the other.
    Sizes
    Bottle of 100…………………………………………………………NDC 67877-225-01
     
    Bottle of 500…………………………………………………………NDC 67877-225-05
     
    Carton of 30 (3 x 10 unit-dose tablets) ………………………………NDC  67877-225-84
     
    Carton of 100 (10 x 10 unit-dose tablets)……………………...….....NDC   67877-225-38
     
    Storage and Dispensing Information:
    • Store at 25°C (77°F); excursions permitted to 15°C to 30°C (59°F to 86°F). [See USP Controlled Room Temperature].
    • Dispense in a tight light-resistant container, as defined in the USP with a child resistant cap.
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    Information for Patients

    See FDA-approved patient labeling (Medication Guide and Instructions for Use)

    17.1 Embryofetal Toxicity

    Pregnancy loss and malformations.


    • Inform females of reproductive potential and pregnant women that use of mycophenolate mofetil during pregnancy is associated with an increased risk of first trimester pregnancy loss and an increased risk of congenital malformations. Advise that they must use an acceptable form of contraception [see Warnings and Precautions (5.1), Use in Specific Populations (8.1, 8.3)].
    • Encourage pregnant women to enroll in the Pregnancy Exposure Registry. This registry monitors pregnancy outcomes in women exposed to mycophenolate [see Use in Specific Populations (8.1)].

    Contraception

    • Discuss pregnancy testing, pregnancy prevention and planning with females of reproductive potential [see Use in Specific Populations (8.3)].
    • Females of reproductive potential must use an acceptable form of birth control during the entire mycophenolate mofetil therapy and for 6 weeks after stopping mycophenolate mofetil, unless the patient chooses abstinence. Mycophenolate mofetil may reduce effectiveness of oral contraceptives. Use of additional barrier contraceptive methods is recommended [see Use in Specific Populations (8.3)].
    • For patients who are considering pregnancy, discuss appropriate alternative immunosuppressants with less potential for embryofetal toxicity. Risks and benefits of mycophenolate mofetil should be discussed with the patient.
    • Advise sexually active male patients and/or their partners to use effective contraception during the treatment of the male patient and for at least 90 days after cessation of treatment. This recommendation is based on findings of animal studies   [see Use in Specific Populations (8.3), Nonclinical Toxicology (13.1)].

    17.2 Development of Lymphoma and Other Malignancies

    • Inform patients that they are at increased risk of developing lymphomas and other malignancies, particularly of the skin, due to immunosuppression [see Warnings and Precautions (5.2)].
    • Advise patients to limit exposure to sunlight and ultraviolet (UV) light by wearing protective clothing and use of sunscreen with high protection factor.

    17.3 Increased Risk of Serious Infections

    Inform patients that they are at increased risk of developing a variety of infections due to immunosuppression. Instruct them to contact their physician if they develop any of the signs and symptoms of infection explained in the Medication Guide.

    17.4 Blood Dyscrasias

    Inform patients that they are at increased risk for developing blood adverse effects such as anemia or low white blood cells. Advise patients to immediately contact their healthcare provider if they experience any evidence of infection, unexpected bruising, or bleeding, or any other manifestation of bone marrow suppression [see Warnings and Precautions (5.4)].

    17.5 Gastrointestinal Tract Complications

    Inform patients that mycophenolate mofetil can cause gastrointestinal tract complications including bleeding, intestinal perforations, and gastric or duodenal ulcers. Advise the patient to contact their healthcare provider if they have symptoms of gastrointestinal bleeding, or sudden onset or persistent abdominal pain [see Warnings and Precautions (5.5)].

    17.6 Immunizations

    Inform patients that mycophenolate mofetil can interfere with the usual response to immunizations. Before seeking vaccines on their own, advise patients to discuss first with their physician. [see Warnings and Precautions (5.7)].

    17.7 Administration Instructions

    • Advise patients not to crush mycophenolate mofetil tablets and not to open mycophenolate mofetil capsules.
    • Advise patients to avoid inhalation or contact of the skin or mucous membranes with the powder contained in mycophenolate mofetil capsules and with the oral suspension. If such contact occurs, they must wash the area of contact thoroughly with soap and water. In case of ocular contact, rinse eyes with plain water.
    • Advise patients to take a missed dose as soon as they remember, except if it is closer than 2 hours to the next scheduled dose; in this case they should continue to take mycophenolate mofetil at the usual times.

    17.8 Blood Donation

    Advise patients not to donate blood during therapy and for at least 6 weeks following discontinuation of mycophenolate mofetil.

    17.9 Semen Donation

    Advise males of childbearing potential not to donate semen during therapy and for 90 days following discontinuation of mycophenolate mofetil.

    17.10 Potential to Affect Driving and Use of Machinery

    Advise patients that mycophenolate mofetil can affect the ability to drive or operate machines. Patients should avoid driving or operating machines if they experience somnolence, confusion, dizziness, tremor or hypotension during treatment with mycophenolate mofetil.

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  • MEDICATION GUIDE


    Mycophenolate Mofetil (MYE-koe-FEN-oh-late MOE-fe-til) Capsules USP 250mg
    Mycophenolate Mofetil (MYE-koe-FEN-oh-late MOE-fe-til) Tablets USP 500mg
    Read the Medication Guide that comes with mycophenolate mofetil capsules or tablets before you start taking it and each time you refill your prescription. There may be new information. This Medication Guide does not take the place of talking with your doctor about your medical condition or treatment.
    What is the most important information I should know about mycophenolate mofetil?
    Mycophenolate mofetil can cause serious side effects, including:
    Increased risk of loss of a pregnancy (miscarriage) and higher risk of birth defects. Females who take mycophenolate mofetil during pregnancy have a higher risk of miscarriage during the first 3 months (first trimester), and a higher risk that their baby will be born with birth defects.
    • If you are a female who can become pregnant, your doctor must talk with you about acceptable birth control methods (contraceptive counseling) to use while taking mycophenolate mofetil. You should have 1 pregnancy test immediately before starting mycophenolate mofetil and another pregnancy test 8 to 10 days later. Pregnancy tests should be repeated during routine follow-up visits with your doctor. Talk to your doctor about the results of all of your pregnancy tests. You must use acceptable birth control during your entire mycophenolate mofetil treatment and for 6 weeks after stopping mycophenolate mofetil, unless at any time you choose to avoid sexual intercourse (abstinence) with a man completely. Mycophenolate mofetil decreases blood levels of the hormones in birth control pills that you take by mouth. Birth control pills may not work as well while you take mycophenolate mofetil, and you could become pregnant. If you take birth control pills while using mycophenolate mofetil you must also use another form of birth control. Talk to your doctor about other birth control methods that you can use while taking mycophenolate mofetil.
    • If you are a sexually active male whose female partner can become pregnant while you are taking mycophenolate mofetil, use effective contraception during treatment and for at least 90 days after stopping mycophenolate mofetil.
    • If you plan to become pregnant, talk with your doctor. Your doctor will decide if other medicines to prevent rejection may be right for you.
    • If you become pregnant while taking mycophenolate mofetil, do not stop taking mycophenolate mofetil. Call your doctor right away. You and your doctor may decide that other medicines to prevent rejection may be right for you. You and your doctor should report your pregnancy to the Mycophenolate Pregnancy Registry either:
    o By phone at 1-800-617-8191 or
    o By visiting the REMS website at:www.mycophenolateREMS.com
    The purpose of this registry is to gather information about the health of you and your baby.
    Increased risk of getting certain cancers. People who take mycophenolate mofetil have a higher risk of getting lymphoma, and other cancers, especially skin cancer. Tell your doctor if you have:
    unexplained fever, prolonged tiredness, weight loss or lymph node swelling
    • a brown or black skin lesion with uneven borders, or one part of the lesion does not look like the other
    • a change in the size and color of a mole
    • a new skin lesion or bump
    • any other changes to your health
    Increased risk of getting serious infections. Mycophenolate mofetil weakens the body’s immune system and affects your ability to fight infections. Serious infections can happen with mycophenolate mofetil and can lead to hospitalizations and death. These serious infections can include:
    • Viral infections. Certain viruses can live in your body and cause active infections when your immune system is weak. Viral infections that can happen with mycophenolate mofetil include:
    • Shingles, other herpes infections, and cytomegalovirus (CMV). CMV can cause serious tissue and blood infections.
    • BK virus. BK virus can affect how your kidney works and cause your transplanted kidney to fail.
    • Hepatitis B and C viruses. Hepatitis viruses can affect how your liver works. Talk to your doctor about how hepatitis viruses may affect you.
      • A brain infection called Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy (PML). In some patients, mycophenolate mofetil may cause an infection of the brain that may cause death. You are at risk for this brain infection because you have a weakened immune system. Call your doctor right away if you have any of the following symptoms:
        • weakness on one side of the body
        • you do not care about things you usually care about (apathy)
        • you are confused or have problems thinking
        • you cannot control your muscles
    • Fungal infections. Yeasts and other types of fungal infections can happen with mycophenolate mofetil and can cause serious tissue and blood infections (See “What are the possible side effects of mycophenolate mofetil?”).
    Call your doctor right away if you have any of the following signs and symptoms of infection:
    • temperature of 100.5°F or greater
    • cold symptoms, such as a runny nose or sore throat
    • pain during urination
    • flu symptoms, such as an upset stomach, stomach pain, vomiting or diarrhea
    • earache or headache
    • pain during urination
    • white patches in the mouth or throat
    • unexpected bruising or bleeding
    • cuts, scrapes or incisions that are red, warm and oozing pus
    See “What are the possible side effects of mycophenolate mofetil?” for information about other serious side effects.
    What is mycophenolate mofetil?
    • Mycophenolate mofetil is a prescription medicine to prevent rejection (antirejection medicine) in people who have received a kidney, heart or liver transplant. Rejection is when the body’s immune system perceives the new organ as a “foreign” threat and attacks it.
    • Mycophenolate mofetil is used with other medicines containing cyclosporine and corticosteroids.
    Who should not take mycophenolate mofetil?
    Do not take mycophenolate mofetil if you are allergic to mycophenolate mofetil or any of the ingredients in mycophenolate mofetil. See the end of this Medication Guide for a complete list of ingredients in mycophenolate mofetil.
    What should I tell my doctor before taking mycophenolate mofetil?
    Tell your doctor about all of your medical conditions, including if you:
    • have any digestive problems, such as ulcers.
    • have Phenylketonuria (PKU). Mycophenolate mofetil oral suspension contains aspartame (a source of phenylalanine).
    • have Lesch-Nyhan syndrome, Kelley-Seegmiller syndrome, or another rare inherited deficiency hypoxanthine-guanine phosphoribosyl-transferase (HGPRT). You should not take mycophenolate mofetil if you have one of these disorders.
    • plan to receive any vaccines. People taking mycophenolate mofetil should not receive live vaccines. Some vaccines may not work as well during treatment with mycophenolate mofetil
    • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. See “What is the most important information I should know about mycophenolate mofetil?”
    • are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if mycophenolate mofetil passes into breast milk. You and your doctor will decide if you will take mycophenolate mofetil or breastfeed.
    Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins and herbal supplements. Some medicines may affect the way mycophenolate mofetil works, and mycophenolate mofetil may affect how some medicines work.
     
    Especially tell your doctor if you take:
    • birth control pills (oral contraceptives). See “What is the most important information I should know about mycophenolate mofetil?”
    • sevelamer (Renagel®, Renvela®). These products should be taken at least 2 hours after taking mycophenolate mofetil.
    • acyclovir (Zovirax®), valacyclovir (Valtrex®), ganciclovir (CYTOVENE®-IV, Vitrasert®), valganciclovir (VALCYTE®).
    •  rifampin (Rifater®, Rifamate®, Rimactane®, Rifadin®).
    • antacids that contain magnesium and aluminum (mycophenolate mofetil and the antacid should not be taken at the same time).
    • proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) (Prevacid®, Protonix®).
    • sulfamethoxazole/trimethoprim (BACTRIMTM, BACTRIM DSTM).
    • norfloxacin (Noroxin®) and metronidazole (Flagyl®, Flagyl® ER, Flagyl® IV, Metro IV, Helidac®, PyleraTM).
    • ciprofloxacin (Cipro®, Cipro®XR, Ciloxan®, Proquin®XR) and amoxicillin plus clavulanic acid (Augmentin®, Augmentin XRTM).
    • azathioprine (Azasan®, Imuran®).
    • cholestyramine (Questran Light®, Questran®, Locholest Light, Locholest, Prevalite®).
     
    Know the medicines you take. Keep a list of them to show to your doctor or nurse and pharmacist when you get a new medicine. Do not take any new medicine without talking with your doctor.
    How should I take mycophenolate mofetil?
    • Take mycophenolate mofetil exactly as prescribed.
    • Do not stop taking mycophenolate mofetil or change the dose unless your doctor tells you to.
    • If you miss a dose of mycophenolate mofetil, or you are not sure when you took your last dose, take your prescribed dose of mycophenolate mofetil as soon as you remember. If your next dose is less than 2 hours away, skip the missed dose and take your next dose at your normal scheduled time. Do not take 2 doses at the same time. Call your doctor if you are not sure what to do.
    • Take mycophenolate mofetil capsules, tablets and oral suspension on an empty stomach, unless your doctor tells you otherwise.
    • Do not crush mycophenolate mofetil tablets.
    • Do not open or crush mycophenolate mofetil capsules
    • If you are not able to swallow mycophenolate mofetil tablets or capsules, your doctor may prescribe mycophenolate mofetil Oral Suspension. This is a liquid form of mycophenolate mofetil. Your pharmacist will mix the medicine before you pick it up from a pharmacy.
    • Do not mix mycophenolate mofetil Oral Suspension with any other medicine. Mycophenolate mofetil Oral Suspension should not be mixed with any type of liquids before taking the dose. See the Instructions for Use at the end of this Medication Guide for detailed instructions about how to take mycophenolate mofetil Oral Suspension the right way.
    • Do not breathe in (inhale) or let mycophenolate mofetil powder or oral suspension come in contact with your skin or mucous membranes.
      • If you accidentally get the powder or oral suspension on the skin, wash the area well with soap and water.
      • If you accidentally get the powder or oral suspension in your eyes or other mucous membranes, flush with plain water.
    • If you take too much mycophenolate mofetil, call your doctor or the poison control center right away.
    What should I avoid while taking mycophenolate mofetil?
    • Avoid becoming pregnant. See “What is the most important information I should know about mycophenolate mofetil?”
    • Limit the amount of time you spend in sunlight. Avoid using tanning beds or sunlamps. People who take mycophenolate mofetil have a higher risk of getting skin cancer (See “What is the most important information I should know about mycophenolate mofetil?”). Wear protective clothing when you are in the sun and use a sunscreen with a high protection factor. This is especially important if your skin is very fair or if you have a family history of skin cancer.
    • You should not donate blood while taking mycophenolate mofetil and for at least 6 weeks after stopping mycophenolate mofetil.
    • You should not donate sperm while taking mycophenolate mofetil and for 90 days after stopping mycophenolate mofetil.
    • Mycophenolate mofetil may influence your ability to drive and use machines (See “What are the possible side effects of mycophenolate mofetil?”. If you experience drowsiness, confusion, dizziness, tremor, or low blood pressure during treatment with mycophenolate mofetil, you should be cautious about driving or using heavy machines.
    What are the possible side effects of mycophenolate mofetil?
    mycophenolate mofetil can cause serious side effects, including:
    • See “What is the most important information I should know about mycophenolate mofetil?”
    • Low blood cell counts. People taking high doses of mycophenolate mofetil each day may have a decrease in blood counts, including:
      • white blood cells, especially neutrophils. Neutrophils fight against bacterial infections. You have a higher chance of getting an infection when your white blood cell count is low. This is most common from 1 month to 6 months after your transplant.
      • red blood cells. Red blood cells carry oxygen to your body tissues. You have a higher chance of getting severe anemia when your red blood cell count is low.
      • platelets. Platelets help with blood clotting.
    Your doctor will do blood tests before you start taking mycophenolate mofetil and during treatment with mycophenolate mofetil to check your blood cell counts.Tell your doctor right away if you have any signs of infection (See “What is the most important information I should know about mycophenolate mofetil?”), including any unexpected bruising or bleeding. Also, tell your doctor if you have unusual tiredness, lack of energy, dizziness or fainting.
    • Stomach problems. Stomach problems including intestinal bleeding, a tear in your intestinal wall (perforation) or stomach ulcers can happen in people who take mycophenolate mofetil. Bleeding can be severe and you may have to be hospitalized for treatment. Call your doctor right away if you have sudden or severe stomach-area pain or stomach-area pain that does not go away, or if you have diarrhea.
     
    The most common side effects of mycophenolate mofetil include:
    • diarrhea                                                                                                      
    • blood problems including low white and red blood cell counts
    • infections
    • blood pressure problems
    • fast heart beat
    • swelling of the lower legs, ankles and feet
    • changes in laboratory blood levels, including high levels of blood sugar (hyperglycemia)
    • stomach problems including diarrhea, constipation, nausea and vomiting
    • rash
    • nervous system problems such as headache, dizziness and tremor
    Side effects that can happen more often in children than in adults taking mycophenolate mofetil include:
    • stomach area pain
    • fever
    • infection
    • pain
    • blood infection (sepsis)
    • diarrhea
    • vomiting
    • sore throat
    • colds (respiratory tract infections)
    • high blood pressure
    • low white blood cell count
    • low red blood cell count
    These are not all of the possible side effects of mycophenolate mofetil. Tell your doctor about any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
    How should I store mycophenolate mofetil?
    • Store mycophenolate mofetil capsules and tablets at room temperature between 59oF to 86oF (15oC to 30oC).
    • Keep mycophenolate mofetil tablets in the light resistant container that it comes in.
    Keep mycophenolate mofetil and all medicines out of the reach of children.
    General Information about the safe and effective use of mycophenolate mofetil.
    Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes other than those listed in a Medication Guide. Do not use mycophenolate mofetil for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Do not give mycophenolate mofetil to other people, even if they have the same symptoms that you have. It may harm them.
    This Medication Guide summarizes the most important information about mycophenolate mofetil. If you would like more information, talk with your doctor. You can ask your doctor or pharmacist for information about mycophenolate mofetil that is written for health professionals.
    What are the ingredients in mycophenolate mofetil?
    Active Ingredient: mycophenolate mofetil
    Inactive Ingredients: Mycophenolate mofetil 250 mg capsules: croscarmellose sodium, pregelatinized starch, povidone (K-90), isopropyl alcohol, and magnesium stearate. The capsule shells contain gelatin, sodium lauryl sulphate, FD&C blue 2, red iron oxide, yellow iron oxide, and titanium dioxide. The capsule is printed with edible black ink comprised of shellac, dehydrated alcohol, isopropyl alcohol, butyl alcohol, propylene glycol, strong ammonia solution, black iron oxide, and potassium hydroxide.
    Mycophenolate mofetil 500 mg tablets: croscarmellose sodium, povidone (K-90), isopropyl alcohol, microcrystalline cellulose, magnesium stearate, hypromellose, polyethylene glycol, titanium dioxide, red iron oxide, black iron oxide, and yellow iron oxide.
     
    This Medication Guide has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration.
     
    CYTOVENE-IV and VALCYTE are registered trademarks of Hoffmann-La Roche Inc.
    BACTRIM and BACTRIM DS are trademarks of Hoffmann-La Roche Inc.
    Any other trademarks in this document are the property of their respective owners.
     
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    H.O.: Alkem House, Senapati Bapat Marg,
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  • PACKAGE LABEL.PRINCIPAL DISPLAY PANEL

    Ascend Laboratories, LLC

    NDC 67877-266-38

    Mycophenolate Mofetil Capsules, USP

    250 mg

    Caution: Special Handling and Disposal instructions see insert.

    Rx only

    100 (10X10) Unit Dose Capsules

    Mycophnolate mofetil Carton Label


    Ascend Laboratories, LLC

    NDC 67877-266-01

    Mycophenolate Mofetil Capsules, USP

    250 mg

    Caution: Special Handling and Disposal instructions see insert.

    Rx only

    100 CAPSULES
    myco-cap-250

    Ascend Laboratories, LLC

    NDC 67877-225-01

    Mycophenolate Mofetil Tablets, USP

    500 mg

    Caution: Special Handling and Disposal instructions see insert.

    Rx only

    100 TABLETS
    myco-tab500
    Ascend Laboratories, LLC

    NDC 67877-225-84

    Mycophenolate Mofetil Tablets, USP

    Caution: Special Handling and Disposal instructions see insert.

    Rx only

    30 (3X10) Unit Dose Tablets

    Mycophenolate mofetil Tablets Carton Label

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  • INGREDIENTS AND APPEARANCE
    MYCOPHENOLATE MOFETIL 
    mycophenolate mofetil tablet, film coated
    Product Information
    Product Type HUMAN PRESCRIPTION DRUG Item Code (Source) NDC:67877-225
    Route of Administration ORAL
    Active Ingredient/Active Moiety
    Ingredient Name Basis of Strength Strength
    MYCOPHENOLATE MOFETIL (UNII: 9242ECW6R0) (MYCOPHENOLIC ACID - UNII:HU9DX48N0T) MYCOPHENOLATE MOFETIL 500 mg
    Inactive Ingredients
    Ingredient Name Strength
    CROSCARMELLOSE SODIUM (UNII: M28OL1HH48)  
    MAGNESIUM STEARATE (UNII: 70097M6I30)  
    POVIDONE (UNII: FZ989GH94E)  
    CELLULOSE, MICROCRYSTALLINE (UNII: OP1R32D61U)  
    HYPROMELLOSES (UNII: 3NXW29V3WO)  
    POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL, UNSPECIFIED (UNII: 3WJQ0SDW1A)  
    ISOPROPYL ALCOHOL (UNII: ND2M416302)  
    TITANIUM DIOXIDE (UNII: 15FIX9V2JP)  
    FERRIC OXIDE RED (UNII: 1K09F3G675)  
    FERROSOFERRIC OXIDE (UNII: XM0M87F357)  
    Product Characteristics
    Color PURPLE (Lavender) Score no score
    Shape OVAL (Caplet Shaped) Size 18mm
    Flavor Imprint Code 265
    Contains     
    Packaging
    # Item Code Package Description Marketing Start Date Marketing End Date
    1 NDC:67877-225-01 100 in 1 BOTTLE; Type 0: Not a Combination Product 11/28/2011
    2 NDC:67877-225-05 500 in 1 BOTTLE; Type 0: Not a Combination Product 11/28/2011
    3 NDC:67877-225-84 3 in 1 CARTON 11/28/2011
    3 10 in 1 BLISTER PACK; Type 0: Not a Combination Product
    4 NDC:67877-225-38 10 in 1 CARTON 11/28/2011
    4 10 in 1 BLISTER PACK; Type 0: Not a Combination Product
    Marketing Information
    Marketing Category Application Number or Monograph Citation Marketing Start Date Marketing End Date
    ANDA ANDA091249 11/28/2011
    MYCOPHENOLATE MOFETIL 
    mycophenolate mofetil capsule
    Product Information
    Product Type HUMAN PRESCRIPTION DRUG Item Code (Source) NDC:67877-266
    Route of Administration ORAL
    Active Ingredient/Active Moiety
    Ingredient Name Basis of Strength Strength
    MYCOPHENOLATE MOFETIL (UNII: 9242ECW6R0) (MYCOPHENOLIC ACID - UNII:HU9DX48N0T) MYCOPHENOLATE MOFETIL 250 mg
    Inactive Ingredients
    Ingredient Name Strength
    CROSCARMELLOSE SODIUM (UNII: M28OL1HH48)  
    STARCH, CORN (UNII: O8232NY3SJ)  
    POVIDONE K90 (UNII: RDH86HJV5Z)  
    ISOPROPYL ALCOHOL (UNII: ND2M416302)  
    MAGNESIUM STEARATE (UNII: 70097M6I30)  
    GELATIN (UNII: 2G86QN327L)  
    SODIUM LAURYL SULFATE (UNII: 368GB5141J)  
    FD&C BLUE NO. 2 (UNII: L06K8R7DQK)  
    TITANIUM DIOXIDE (UNII: 15FIX9V2JP)  
    FERRIC OXIDE YELLOW (UNII: EX438O2MRT)  
    Product Characteristics
    Color BROWN (Body) , BLUE (Cap) Score no score
    Shape CAPSULE Size 19mm
    Flavor Imprint Code 266
    Contains     
    Packaging
    # Item Code Package Description Marketing Start Date Marketing End Date
    1 NDC:67877-266-01 100 in 1 BOTTLE; Type 0: Not a Combination Product 01/01/2010
    2 NDC:67877-266-05 500 in 1 BOTTLE; Type 0: Not a Combination Product 01/01/2010
    3 NDC:67877-266-84 3 in 1 CARTON 01/01/2010
    3 10 in 1 BLISTER PACK; Type 0: Not a Combination Product
    4 NDC:67877-266-38 10 in 1 CARTON 01/01/2010
    4 10 in 1 BLISTER PACK; Type 0: Not a Combination Product
    Marketing Information
    Marketing Category Application Number or Monograph Citation Marketing Start Date Marketing End Date
    ANDA ANDA200197 01/01/2010
    Labeler - Ascend Laboratories, LLC (141250469)
    Establishment
    Name Address ID/FEI Business Operations
    Alkem Laboratories Limited 677605851 MANUFACTURE(67877-225, 67877-266)
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