Label: RECARBRIO- imipenem anhydrous, cilastatin, and relebactam anhydrous injection, powder, for solution

  • NDC Code(s): 0006-3856-01, 0006-3856-02
  • Packager: Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.
  • Category: HUMAN PRESCRIPTION DRUG LABEL
  • DEA Schedule: None
  • Marketing Status: New Drug Application

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Updated June 4, 2020

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  • HIGHLIGHTS OF PRESCRIBING INFORMATION
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    RECARBRIO™ (imipenem, cilastatin, and relebactam) for injection, for intravenous use
    Initial U.S. Approval: 2019

    RECENT MAJOR CHANGES

    Indications and Usage, Hospital-acquired Bacterial Pneumonia and Ventilator-associated Bacterial Pneumonia (HABP/VABP) (1.1)6/2020
    Dosage and Administration, Compatible Injectable
    Drug Products (2.6) 6/2020

    INDICATIONS AND USAGE

    RECARBRIO is a combination of imipenem, a penem antibacterial, cilastatin, a renal dehydropeptidase inhibitor, and relebactam, a beta-lactamase inhibitor, indicated in patients 18 years of age and older for the treatment of the following infections caused by susceptible gram-negative microorganisms:

    • Hospital-acquired bacterial pneumonia and ventilator-associated bacterial pneumonia (HABP/VABP) (1.1)
    • Complicated urinary tract infections, including pyelonephritis (cUTI) in patients who have limited or no alternative treatment options (1.2)
    • Complicated intra-abdominal infections (cIAI) in patients who have limited or no alternative treatment options (1.3)

    Approval of the cUTI and cIAI indications is based on limited clinical safety and efficacy data for RECARBRIO. (1.2, 1.3, 14)

    To reduce the development of drug-resistant bacteria and maintain the effectiveness of RECARBRIO and other antibacterial drugs, RECARBRIO should be used only to treat or prevent infections that are proven or strongly suspected to be caused by bacteria. (1.3)

    DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION

    • Administer RECARBRIO 1.25 grams (imipenem 500 mg, cilastatin 500 mg, relebactam 250 mg) by intravenous (IV) infusion over 30 minutes every 6 hours in patients 18 years of age and older with creatinine clearance (CLcr) 90 mL/min or greater. (2.1)
    • Dosage adjustment in patients with renal impairment. (2.2)
    Estimated Creatinine Clearance (mL/min)*Recommended Dose of RECARBRIO (imipenem/cilastatin/relebactam) (mg) administered by IV infusion over 30 minutes every 6 hours
    *
    CLcr calculated using the Cockcroft-Gault formula.
    60 to 891 gram (imipenem 400 mg, cilastatin 400 mg, and relebactam 200 mg
    30 to 590.75 grams (imipenem 300 mg, cilastatin 300 mg, and relebactam 150 mg
    15 to 290.5 grams (imipenem 200 mg, cilastatin 200 mg, and relebactam 100 mg
    End Stage Renal Disease on Hemodialysis0.5 grams (imipenem 200 mg, cilastatin 200 mg, and relebactam 100 mg
    • Patients with CLcr less than 15 mL/min should not receive RECARBRIO unless hemodialysis is instituted within 48 hours. (2.2)
    • See Full Prescribing Information for instructions for constituting supplied dry powder and subsequent required dilution. (2.3, 2.4)
    • See Full Prescribing Information for drug compatibilities and incompatibilities. (2.6, 2.7)

    DOSAGE FORMS AND STRENGTHS

    RECARBRIO 1.25 grams for injection is supplied as sterile powder for constitution in a single-dose vial containing imipenem 500 mg (anhydrate equivalent), cilastatin 500 mg (free acid equivalent), and relebactam 250 mg (anhydrate equivalent). (3)

    CONTRAINDICATIONS

    RECARBRIO is contraindicated in patients with a history of known severe hypersensitivity to any component of RECARBRIO. (4)

    WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS

    • Hypersensitivity Reactions: Hypersensitivity reactions have been reported in patients receiving beta lactam drugs. Discontinue RECARBRIO immediately if a hypersensitivity reaction occurs. (5.1)
    • Seizures and Central Nervous System Adverse Reactions: CNS adverse reactions such as seizures have been reported with imipenem/cilastatin, a component of RECARBRIO. If focal tremors, myoclonus, or seizures occur, evaluate patients, to determine whether RECARBRIO should be discontinued. (5.2)
    • Increased Seizure Potential Due to Interaction with Valproic Acid: Concomitant use of RECARBRIO with valproic acid or divalproex sodium may reduce the serum concentration of valproic acid which may increase the risk of breakthrough seizures. Avoid concomitant use or consider alternative antibacterial drugs other than carbapenems. (5.3, 7.2)
    • Clostridioides difficile-Associated Diarrhea (CDAD): Has been reported with RECARBRIO. Evaluate if diarrhea occurs. (5.4)

    ADVERSE REACTIONS

    • HABP/VABP Patients: The most frequently reported adverse reactions occurring in greater than or equal to 5% of patients treated with RECARBRIO were alanine aminotransferase increased, aspartate aminotransferase increased, anemia, diarrhea, hypokalemia, and hyponatremia. (6)
    • cUTI and cIAI Patients: The most frequently reported adverse reactions occurring in greater than or equal to 2% of patients treated with imipenem/cilastatin plus relebactam 250 mg, the components of RECARBRIO, were diarrhea, nausea, headache, vomiting, alanine aminotransferase increased, aspartate aminotransferase increased, phlebitis/infusion site reactions, pyrexia, and hypertension. (6)

    To report SUSPECTED ADVERSE REACTIONS, contact Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp., a subsidiary of Merck & Co., Inc., at 1-877-888-4231 or FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or www.fda.gov/medwatch.

    DRUG INTERACTIONS

    • Ganciclovir: Avoid concomitant use. (7.1)
    • Valproic Acid or Divalproex Sodium: Avoid concomitant use. (7.2)

    See 17 for PATIENT COUNSELING INFORMATION.

    Revised: 6/2020

  • Table of Contents

    FULL PRESCRIBING INFORMATION: CONTENTS*

    1 INDICATIONS AND USAGE

    1.1 Hospital-acquired Bacterial Pneumonia and Ventilator-associated Bacterial Pneumonia (HABP/VABP)

    1.2 Complicated Urinary Tract Infections (cUTI), including Pyelonephritis

    1.3 Complicated Intra-abdominal Infections (cIAI)

    1.4 Usage

    2 DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION

    2.1 Recommended Dosage in Adults

    2.2 Dosage Adjustments in Patients with Renal Impairment

    2.3 Preparation of RECARBRIO Solution for Intravenous Administration

    2.4 Preparation of RECARBRIO Solution for Intravenous Administration in Patients with Renal Impairment

    2.5 Storage of Constituted Solution

    2.6 Compatible Injectable Drug Products

    2.7 Incompatible Injectable Drug Products

    3 DOSAGE FORMS AND STRENGTHS

    4 CONTRAINDICATIONS

    5 WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS

    5.1 Hypersensitivity Reactions

    5.2 Seizures and Other Central Nervous System (CNS) Adverse Reactions

    5.3 Increased Seizure Potential Due to Interaction with Valproic Acid

    5.4 Clostridioides difficile-Associated Diarrhea (CDAD)

    5.5 Development of Drug-Resistant Bacteria

    6 ADVERSE REACTIONS

    6.1 Clinical Trials Experience

    7 DRUG INTERACTIONS

    7.1 Ganciclovir

    7.2 Valproic Acid

    8 USE IN SPECIFIC POPULATIONS

    8.1 Pregnancy

    8.2 Lactation

    8.4 Pediatric Use

    8.5 Geriatric Use

    8.6 Renal Impairment

    10 OVERDOSAGE

    11 DESCRIPTION

    12 CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY

    12.1 Mechanism of Action

    12.2 Pharmacodynamics

    12.3 Pharmacokinetics

    12.4 Microbiology

    13 NONCLINICAL TOXICOLOGY

    13.1 Carcinogenesis, Mutagenesis, Impairment of Fertility

    13.2 Animal Toxicology and/or Pharmacology

    14 CLINICAL STUDIES

    14.1 Hospital-acquired Bacterial Pneumonia and Ventilator-associated Bacterial Pneumonia

    14.2 Complicated Urinary Tract Infections, including Pyelonephritis and Complicated Intra-abdominal Infections

    16 HOW SUPPLIED/STORAGE AND HANDLING

    17 PATIENT COUNSELING INFORMATION

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

    1.1 Hospital-acquired Bacterial Pneumonia and Ventilator-associated Bacterial Pneumonia (HABP/VABP)

    RECARBRIO™ is indicated for the treatment of patients 18 years of age and older with hospital-acquired bacterial pneumonia and ventilator-associated bacterial pneumonia, caused by the following susceptible gram-negative microorganisms: Acinetobacter calcoaceticus-baumannii complex, Enterobacter cloacae, Escherichia coli, Haemophilus influenzae, Klebsiella aerogenes, Klebsiella oxytoca, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Serratia marcescens.

    1.2 Complicated Urinary Tract Infections (cUTI), including Pyelonephritis

    RECARBRIO is indicated in patients 18 years of age and older who have limited or no alternative treatment options, for the treatment of complicated urinary tract infections (cUTI), including pyelonephritis, caused by the following susceptible gram-negative microorganisms: Enterobacter cloacae, Escherichia coli, Klebsiella aerogenes, Klebsiella pneumoniae, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

    Approval of this indication is based on limited clinical safety and efficacy data for RECARBRIO [see Clinical Studies (14.2)].

    1.3 Complicated Intra-abdominal Infections (cIAI)

    RECARBRIO is indicated in patients 18 years of age and older who have limited or no alternative treatment options for the treatment of complicated intra-abdominal infections (cIAI) caused by the following susceptible gram-negative microorganisms: Bacteroides caccae, Bacteroides fragilis, Bacteroides ovatus, Bacteroides stercoris, Bacteroides thetaiotaomicron, Bacteroides uniformis, Bacteroides vulgatus, Citrobacter freundii, Enterobacter cloacae, Escherichia coli, Fusobacterium nucleatum, Klebsiella aerogenes, Klebsiella oxytoca, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Parabacteroides distasonis, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

    Approval of this indication is based on limited clinical safety and efficacy data for RECARBRIO [see Clinical Studies (14.2)].

    1.4 Usage

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

  • 2 DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION

    2.1 Recommended Dosage in Adults

    The recommended dosage of RECARBRIO is 1.25 grams (imipenem 500 mg, cilastatin 500 mg, and relebactam 250 mg) administered by intravenous (IV) infusion over 30 minutes every 6 hours in patients 18 years of age and older with creatinine clearance (CLcr) of 90 mL/min or greater. A dose reduction is recommended for patients with CLcr less than 90 mL/min (Table 1) [see Dosage and Administration (2.2)]. The severity and location of infection, as well as clinical response should guide the duration of therapy. The recommended duration of treatment with RECARBRIO is 4 days to 14 days.

    2.2 Dosage Adjustments in Patients with Renal Impairment

    Dosage adjustment is recommended in patients with renal impairment. Patients who have a CLcr less than 90 mL/min require dosage reduction of RECARBRIO (Table 1). For patients with fluctuating renal function, CLcr should be monitored.

    Table 1: Dosage of RECARBRIO for Adult Patients with Renal Impairment
    Estimated CLcr (mL/min)*Recommended Dosage of RECARBRIO (imipenem/cilastatin and relebactam) (mg)Dosing Interval
    RECARBRIO is provided as a single vial in a fixed-dose combination; the dose for each component will be adjusted equally during preparation [see Dosage and Administration (2.4)].
    *
    CLcr calculated using the Cockcroft-Gault formula
    Administer by IV over 30 minutes.
    Administration should be timed to follow hemodialysis.
    60 to 891 gram (imipenem 400 mg, cilastatin 400 mg, and relebactam 200 mg)Every 6 hours
    30 to 590.75 grams (imipenem 300 mg, cilastatin 300 mg, and relebactam 150 mg)Every 6 hours
    15 to 290.5 grams (imipenem 200 mg, cilastatin 200 mg, and relebactam 100 mg)Every 6 hours
    End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) on Hemodialysis0.5 grams (imipenem 200 mg, cilastatin 200 mg, and relebactam 100 mg)Every 6 hours

    Patients with CLcr less than 15 mL/min should not receive RECARBRIO unless hemodialysis is instituted within 48 hours. There is inadequate information to recommend usage of RECARBRIO for patients undergoing peritoneal dialysis.

    Imipenem, cilastatin, and relebactam are cleared from the circulation during hemodialysis. For patients maintained on hemodialysis, administer RECARBRIO after hemodialysis and at intervals timed from the end of that hemodialysis session.

    2.3 Preparation of RECARBRIO Solution for Intravenous Administration

    RECARBRIO is supplied as a dry powder in a single-dose vial that must be constituted and further diluted using aseptic technique prior to intravenous infusion. To prepare the infusion solution, contents of the vial must be constituted with the appropriate diluent as instructed below. A list of appropriate diluents is as follows:

    • 0.9% Sodium Chloride Injection, USP
    • 5% Dextrose Injection, USP
    • 5% Dextrose Injection, USP + 0.9% Sodium Chloride Injection, USP
    • 5% Dextrose Injection, USP + 0.45% Sodium Chloride Injection, USP
    • 5% Dextrose Injection, USP + 0.225% Sodium Chloride Injection, USP

    RECARBRIO has low aqueous solubility. To ensure complete dissolution of RECARBRIO it is important to adhere to the following instructions:

     
    Step 1) For diluents available in 100 mL prefilled infusion bags, proceed to step 2. For diluents not available in 100 mL prefilled infusion bags, aseptically withdraw 100 mL of the desired diluent and transfer it to an empty infusion bag, then proceed to step 2.
     
    Step 2) Withdraw 20 mL (as two 10 mL aliquots) of diluent from the appropriate infusion bag and constitute the vial with one 10 mL aliquot of the diluent. The constituted suspension is for intravenous infusion only after dilution in an appropriate infusion solution.
     
    Step 3) After constitution, shake vial well and transfer resulting suspension into the remaining 80 mL of the infusion bag.
     
    Step 4) Add the second 10 mL aliquot of infusion diluent to the vial and shake well to ensure complete transfer of vial contents; repeat transfer of the resulting suspension to the infusion solution before administering. Agitate the resulting mixture until clear.

    Constituted solutions of RECARBRIO range from colorless to yellow. Variations of color within this range do not affect the potency of the product.

    Parenteral drug products should be inspected visually for particulate matter and discoloration prior to administration, whenever solution and container permit. Discard if discoloration or visible particles are observed.

    The above instructions for preparation of RECARBRIO solution for intravenous administration must be followed for all patients, irrespective of the intended patient's renal function. The volume of this prepared RECARBRIO solution to be administered to patients is determined based on renal function [see Dosage and Administration (2.4)].

    2.4 Preparation of RECARBRIO Solution for Intravenous Administration in Patients with Renal Impairment

    For patients with renal impairment, prepare a reduced dose of RECARBRIO (1 gram, 0.75 grams, or 0.5 grams) [see Dosage and Administration (2.2)] by preparing a 100 mL solution containing 1.25 grams (as described above in Section 2.3) then withdrawing and discarding the excess according to Table 2.

    Table 2: Preparation of Reduced RECARBRIO Doses for Intravenous Administration in Patients with Renal Impairment
    Creatinine Clearance (mL/min)Dosage of RECARBRIO (imipenem/cilastatin/relebactam)After preparation as instructed above, remove from the 100 mL prepared bag the volume indicated below and discardResulting volume that provides the indicated reduced dose
    60 to 891 gram (imipenem 400 mg, cilastatin 400 mg, and relebactam 200 mg)20 mL80 mL
    30 to 590.75 grams (imipenem 300 mg, cilastatin 300 mg, and relebactam 150 mg)40 mL60 mL
    15 to 29 or ESRD on hemodialysis0.5 grams (imipenem 200 mg, cilastatin 200 mg, and relebactam 100 mg)60 mL40 mL

    2.5 Storage of Constituted Solution

    RECARBRIO, as supplied in single-dose glass vials upon constitution with the appropriate diluent and following further dilution in the infusion bag, maintains satisfactory potency for at least 2 hours at room temperature (up to 30°C) or for at least 24 hours under refrigeration at 2°C to 8°C (36°F to 46°F). Do not freeze solutions of RECARBRIO.

    2.6 Compatible Injectable Drug Products

    Compatible Drug Products

    The physical compatibility of RECARBRIO with selected injectable drug products was evaluated in two commonly available diluents. Compatible drugs with the corresponding compatible diluent (i.e., 5% Dextrose Injection, USP or 0.9% Sodium Chloride Injection, USP) are listed below. RECARBRIO should not be co-administered through the same intravenous line (or cannula), with other drug products not listed below, as no compatibility data are available. Refer to the respective prescribing information of the co-administered drug(s) to confirm compatibility of simultaneous co-administration.

    List of Compatible Injectable Drugs for use with 5% Dextrose USP or 0.9% Sodium Chloride USP Injection as Diluents

    • dexmedetomidine
    • dopamine
    • epinephrine
    • fentanyl
    • heparin
    • midazolam
    • norepinephrine
    • phenylephrine

    2.7 Incompatible Injectable Drug Products

    RECARBRIO for injection for intravenous infusion is physically incompatible with propofol in 5% Dextrose USP or 0.9% Sodium Chloride USP.

  • 3 DOSAGE FORMS AND STRENGTHS

    RECARBRIO (imipenem, cilastatin, and relebactam) for injection, 1.25 grams is supplied as a white to light yellow sterile powder for constitution in a single-dose glass vial containing imipenem 500 mg (equivalent to 530 mg imipenem monohydrate), cilastatin 500 mg (equivalent to 531 mg cilastatin sodium), and relebactam 250 mg (equivalent to 263 mg relebactam monohydrate).

  • 4 CONTRAINDICATIONS

    RECARBRIO is contraindicated in patients with a history of known severe hypersensitivity (severe systemic allergic reaction such as anaphylaxis) to any component of RECARBRIO.

  • 5 WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS

    5.1 Hypersensitivity Reactions

    Serious and occasionally fatal hypersensitivity (anaphylactic) reactions have been reported in patients receiving therapy with beta lactams. Before initiating therapy with RECARBRIO, careful inquiry should be made concerning previous hypersensitivity reactions to carbapenems, penicillins, cephalosporins, other beta lactams, and other allergens. If a hypersensitivity reaction to RECARBRIO occurs, discontinue the therapy immediately.

    RECARBRIO is contraindicated in patients with a history of severe hypersensitivity to any component of RECARBRIO [see Contraindications (4)].

    5.2 Seizures and Other Central Nervous System (CNS) Adverse Reactions

    CNS adverse reactions, such as seizures, confusional states, and myoclonic activity, have been reported during treatment with imipenem/cilastatin, a component of RECARBRIO, especially when recommended dosages of imipenem were exceeded. These have been reported most commonly in patients with CNS disorders (e.g., brain lesions or history of seizures) and/or compromised renal function.

    Anticonvulsant therapy should be continued in patients with known seizure disorders. If CNS adverse reactions including seizures occur, patients should undergo a neurological evaluation to determine whether RECARBRIO should be discontinued.

    5.3 Increased Seizure Potential Due to Interaction with Valproic Acid

    Concomitant use of RECARBRIO, with valproic acid or divalproex sodium may increase the risk of breakthrough seizures. Avoid concomitant use of RECARBRIO with valproic acid or divalproex sodium or consider alternative antibacterial drugs other than carbapenems [See Drug Interactions (7.2)].

    5.4 Clostridioides difficile-Associated Diarrhea (CDAD)

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

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

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

    5.5 Development of Drug-Resistant Bacteria

    Prescribing RECARBRIO in the absence of a proven or strongly suspected bacterial infection or prophylactic indication is unlikely to provide benefit to the patient and increases the risk of the development of drug-resistant bacteria.

  • 6 ADVERSE REACTIONS

    The following serious adverse reactions are described in greater detail in the Warnings and Precautions section.

    6.1 Clinical Trials Experience

    Because clinical trials are conducted under widely varying conditions, adverse reaction rates observed in the clinical trials of a drug cannot be directly compared to rates in the clinical trials of another drug and may not reflect the rates observed in practice.

    Overview of the Safety Evaluation of RECARBRIO

    Safety was primarily evaluated in three active-controlled, double-blind trials in HABP/VABP, cUTI, and cIAI (Trials 1, 2, and 3, respectively).

    In the HABP/VABP trial (Trial 1), patients were treated with either RECARBRIO or piperacillin and tazobactam (4.5 grams).

    In the cUTI trial (Trial 2) and cIAI trial (Trial 3), patients in the treatment arms were treated with either imipenem 500 mg/cilastatin 500 mg and relebactam 250 mg or imipenem 500 mg/cilastatin 500 mg and relebactam 125 mg (not an approved dose), and patients in the control arm were treated with imipenem 500 mg/cilastatin 500 mg plus placebo (IV normal saline). Across Trials 2 and 3, the mean duration of IV therapy in patients treated with imipenem/cilastatin plus relebactam 250 mg was approximately 7 days.

    Clinical Trial Experience in Patients with HABP/VABP

    Trial 1 included 266 adult patients treated with RECARBRIO and 269 patients treated with piperacillin and tazobactam (4.5 grams) administered intravenously over 30 minutes every 6 hours. The mean age was 60 years, 43% of patients were 65 years of age and older, 31% were female and 22% had polymicrobial infection. The mean Acute Physiology and Chronic Health Evaluation (APACHE) II score was 15 and 48% of patients had an APACHE II score greater than or equal to 15 at baseline. Overall, 260 (49%) patients were ventilated at enrollment, including 194 (36%) patients with VABP and 66 (12%) patients with ventilated HABP.

    Clinical Trial Experience in Patients with cUTI including, Pyelonephritis

    Trial 2 included 198 adult patients treated with imipenem/cilastatin and relebactam (99 patients each with imipenem 500 mg/cilastatin 500 mg plus relebactam 125 mg or relebactam 250 mg) and 100 patients treated with imipenem 500 mg/cilastatin 500 mg, administered intravenously over 30 minutes every 6 hours. After a minimum of 4 days of IV therapy, patients could be switched to oral ciprofloxacin (500 mg daily every 12 hours) to complete the treatment course of 4 to 14 days total (IV plus oral), at the discretion of the investigator. The mean age was 56 years, 40% of patients were 65 years of age and older, 16% were 75 years of age and older, 50% were female, and approximately 18% had moderate to severe renal impairment.

    Clinical Trial Experience in Patients with cIAI

    Trial 3 included 233 adult patients treated with imipenem/cilastatin plus relebactam (116 subjects with imipenem 500 mg/cilastatin 500 mg and relebactam 125 mg and 117 subjects with imipenem 500 mg/cilastatin 500 mg plus relebactam 250 mg), and 114 patients treated with imipenem 500 mg/cilastatin 500 mg, administered intravenously over 30 minutes every 6 hours for 4 to 14 days, at the discretion of the investigator. The mean age was 49 years, 23% of the patients were 65 years of age and older, 9.8% were 75 years of age and older, and 42% were female.

    Serious Adverse Reactions and Adverse Reactions Leading to Discontinuation

    In Trial 1, serious adverse reactions occurred in 27% (71/266) of patients receiving RECARBRIO and 32% (86/269) of patients receiving piperacillin and tazobactam. Adverse reactions leading to death were reported in 15% (40/266) of patients receiving RECARBRIO and 21% (57/269) of patients receiving piperacillin and tazobactam.

    Adverse reactions leading to discontinuation occurred in 5.6% (15/266) of patients receiving imipenem 500 mg/cilastatin 500 mg/relebactam 250 mg and 8.2% (22/269) of patients receiving piperacillin and tazobactam.

    In Trials 2 and 3, serious adverse reactions occurred in 3.2% (7/216) of patients receiving imipenem 500 mg/cilastatin 500 mg plus relebactam 250 mg and 5.1% (11/214) of patients receiving imipenem 500 mg/cilastatin 500 mg. There were no deaths reported in patients receiving imipenem 500 mg/cilastatin 500 mg plus relebactam 250 mg or imipenem 500 mg/cilastatin 500 mg alone. Deaths were reported in 1.4% (3/215) of patients receiving imipenem 500 mg/cilastatin 500 mg plus relebactam 125 mg (not an approved dose).

    Adverse reactions leading to discontinuation occurred in 1.9% (4/216) of patients receiving imipenem 500 mg/cilastatin 500 mg plus relebactam 250 mg and 2.3% (5/214) of patients receiving imipenem 500 mg/cilastatin 500 mg.

    Common Adverse Reactions

    In Trial 1, adverse reactions occurred during the protocol-specified follow-up period, which was IV therapy plus 14 days following completion of therapy, in 85% (226/266) of patients receiving RECARBRIO and 87% (233/269) of patients receiving piperacillin and tazobactam. Table 3 lists the most common adverse reactions occurring in ≥4% of patients receiving imipenem 500 mg/cilastatin 500 mg/relebactam 250 mg or piperacillin and tazobactam in Trial 1.

    Table 3: Adverse Reactions Occurring in Greater Than or Equal to 4% of HABP/VABP Patients Receiving RECARBRIO in Trial 1
    Adverse ReactionRECARBRIO*
    (N=266)
    N (%)
    Piperacillin/Tazobactam
    (N=269)
    N (%)
    *
    RECARBRIO, IV every 6 hours.
    Piperacillin 4000 mg and Tazobactam 500 mg (4.5 grams), IV every 6 hours.
    Hypokalemia includes hypokalemia and blood potassium decreased.
    §
    Hyponatremia includes hyponatremia and blood sodium decreased.
    Rash includes rash, rash erythematous, and rash generalized.
    Blood and lymphatic system disorders
        Anemia 28 (10.5%)27 (10.0%)
    Gastrointestinal disorders
        Constipation11 (4.1%)3 (1.1%)
        Diarrhea 21 (7.9%)30 (11.2%)
    General disorders and administration site conditions
        Pyrexia 11 (4.1%)20 (7.4%)
    Laboratory investigations
        Alanine aminotransferase increased26 (9.8%)19 (7.1%)
        Aspartate aminotransferase increased31 (11.7%)20 (7.4%)
    Metabolism and nutrition disorders
        Hypokalemia21 (7.9%)26 (9.7%)
        Hyponatremia§17 (6.4%)3 (1.1%)
    Skin and subcutaneous tissue disorders
        Rash11 (4.1%)5 (1.9%)

    Less Common Adverse Reactions Reported in Trial 1

    The following selected adverse reaction was reported in RECARBRIO-treated subjects at a rate of less than 4%:

    Blood and lymphatic system disorders: thrombocytopenia

    In Trials 2 and 3, adverse reactions occurred during the protocol-specified follow-up period, which was IV therapy plus 14 days following completion of therapy, in 39% (85/216) of patients receiving imipenem 500 mg/cilastatin 500 mg plus relebactam 250 mg and 36% (77/214) of patients receiving imipenem 500 mg/cilastatin 500 mg. Table 4 lists the most common adverse reactions occurring in ≥1% of patients receiving imipenem 500 mg/cilastatin 500 mg plus relebactam 250 mg or imipenem 500 mg/cilastatin 500 mg in Trials 2 and 3.

    Table 4: Adverse Reactions Occurring in Greater Than or Equal to 1% of cUTI and cIAI Patients Receiving Imipenem/Cilastatin plus Relebactam 250 mg or Imipenem/Cilastatin in Trials 2 and 3
    Adverse ReactionImipenem/Cilastatin and Relebactam 250 mg*
    (N=216)
    N (%)
    IMI + Placebo
    (N=214)
    N (%)
    *
    Imipenem/Cilastatin (500 mg/500 mg) + Relebactam (250 mg), IV every 6 hours.
    Imipenem/Cilastatin (500 mg/500 mg) + Placebo, IV every 6 hours.
    Anemia includes anemia and hemoglobin decreased.
    §
    Infusion site reactions include infusion site phlebitis, infusion site erythema, and infusion site pain.
    Central nervous system adverse reactions include agitation, apathy, confusional states, delirium, disorientation, slow speech, and somnolence.
    #
    Hypertension includes hypertension and blood pressure increased.
    Blood and lymphatic system disorders
      Anemia2 (1%)4 (2%)
    Gastrointestinal disorders
      Diarrhea12 (6%)9 (4%)
      Nausea12 (6%)12 (6%)
      Vomiting7 (3%)4 (2%)
    General disorders and administration site conditions
      Phlebitis/Infusion site reactions§5 (2%)3 (1%)
      Pyrexia5 (2%)3 (1%)
    Laboratory Investigations
      Alanine aminotransferase increased7 (3%)4 (2%)
      Aspartate aminotransferase increased6 (3%)3 (1%)
      Lipase increased3 (1%)4 (2%)
      Blood creatinine increased1 (<1%)3 (1%)
    Nervous system disorders
      Headache9 (4%)5 (2%)
      Central nervous system adverse reactions2 (1%)5 (2%)
    Vascular disorders
      Hypertension#4 (2%)6 (3%)

    Other Adverse Reactions Associated with Imipenem/Cilastatin

    Adverse reactions reported with imipenem/cilastatin, a component of RECARBRIO, in clinical studies or during post-marketing experience are listed below. These adverse reactions are not listed above for patients treated with RECARBRIO in Trial 1 or imipenem 500 mg/cilastatin 500 mg plus relebactam 250 mg in Trials 2 and 3.

    Blood and Lymphatic System Disorders: agranulocytosis, increased eosinophils, hemolytic anemia

    Nervous System Disorders: seizure

    Hepatobiliary Disorders: hepatic failure, jaundice

    Laboratory Investigations: blood lactate dehydrogenase increased, coombs test positive, eosinophil count increased

  • 7 DRUG INTERACTIONS

    7.1 Ganciclovir

    Generalized seizures have been reported in patients who received ganciclovir concomitantly with imipenem/cilastatin, a component of RECARBRIO. Ganciclovir should not be used concomitantly with RECARBRIO unless the potential benefits outweigh the risks.

    7.2 Valproic Acid

    Based on case reports in the literature concomitant use of carbapenems, including imipenem/cilastatin, components of RECARBRIO, with valproic acid or divalproex sodium may decrease valproic acid concentrations which may increase the risk of breakthrough seizures [see Warnings and Precautions (5.3)]. Although the mechanism of this interaction is unknown, data from in vitro and animal studies suggest that carbapenems may inhibit the hydrolysis of valproic acid's glucuronide metabolite (VPA-g) back to valproic acid, thus decreasing the serum concentrations of valproic acid. Avoid concomitant use of RECARBRIO with valproic acid or divalproex sodium. Consider alternative antibacterials other than carbapenems to treat infections in patients whose seizures are well controlled on valproic acid or divalproex sodium.

  • 8 USE IN SPECIFIC POPULATIONS

    8.1 Pregnancy

    Risk Summary

    Embryonic loss was observed in monkeys treated with imipenem/cilastatin, and fetal abnormalities were observed in relebactam-treated mice; therefore, advise pregnant women of the potential risks to pregnancy and the fetus. There are insufficient human data to establish whether there is a drug-associated risk for major birth defects, miscarriage, or adverse maternal or fetal outcomes with RECARBRIO, imipenem, cilastatin, or relebactam in pregnant women.

    Developmental toxicity studies with imipenem and cilastatin (alone or in combination) administered parenterally during organogenesis to mice, rats, rabbits, and monkeys at doses 1 to 5 times the maximum recommended human dose (MRHD of imipenem 500 mg/cilastatin 500 mg every 6 hours for total daily doses of imipenem 2000 mg/cilastatin 2000 mg) based on body surface area comparison, showed no drug-induced fetal malformations. Embryofetal development studies with imipenem/cilastatin administered to cynomolgus monkeys at doses similar to the MRHD (based on body surface area comparison) showed an increase in embryonic loss. In an embryofetal study, parental administration of relebactam to pregnant mice during the period of organogenesis was associated with a non-dose responsive increase in the litter incidence of cleft palate at a plasma relebactam exposure approximately equal to the human exposure at the MRHD (250 mg every 6 hours for a daily dose of 1000 mg) and an increased percent litter incidence of total skeletal malformations at a plasma exposure approximately 6 times the human exposure at the MRHD. Reproductive studies with relebactam administered parenterally to pregnant rats and rabbits during the period of organogenesis at plasma exposures up to 7 and 24 times, respectively, the plasma exposure in humans at the MRHD showed no adverse effects on pregnancy or embryofetal development. Relebactam administered to rats during gestation through lactation was not associated with fetal toxicity, developmental delays, or impaired reproduction in first generation offspring at plasma exposures equivalent to 8 times the human exposure at the MRHD (see Data).

    The background risk of major birth defects and miscarriage for the indicated populations is unknown. All pregnancies have a background risk of birth defect, loss, or other adverse outcomes. The estimated background risk of major birth defects is 2 to 4% and miscarriage is 15 to 20% of clinically recognized pregnancies within the U.S. general population.

    Data

    Animal Data

    Imipenem and Cilastatin

    Reproductive toxicity studies with imipenem and cilastatin (alone or in combination) administered parenterally to mice, rats, and rabbits showed no evidence of effects on embryofetal (mice, rats, and rabbits) or pre/postnatal (rats) development. In embryofetal development studies, imipenem was administered intravenously to rats (gestation days (GD) 7 to 17), and rabbits (GD 6 to 18), at doses up to 900 and 60 mg/kg/day, respectively, approximately 4 and 0.6 times the MRHD (based on body surface area comparison). Cilastatin was administered subcutaneously to rats (GD 6 to 17) and intravenously to rabbits (GD 6 to 18) at doses up to 1000 and 300 mg/kg/day, respectively, approximately 5 and 3 times the MRHD (based on body surface area comparison). Imipenem/cilastatin was administered intravenously to mice at doses up to 320 mg/kg/day (GD 6 to 15) which is approximately equivalent to the MRHD based on body surface area comparison, and to rats at intravenous doses up to 80 mg/kg/day and a subcutaneous dose of 320 mg/kg/day (GD 6 to 17). In a separate pre-postnatal development study, rats were administered subcutaneous imipenem/cilastatin at doses up to 320 mg/kg/day (GD 15 to day 21 postpartum). The subcutaneous dose of 320 mg/kg/day in rats is approximately double the MRHD based on body surface area comparison.

    Imipenem/cilastatin administered intravenously to pregnant cynomolgus monkeys during organogenesis (GD 21 to 50) at 100 mg/kg/day, a dose approximately equivalent to the MRHD (based on body surface area comparison), at an infusion rate mimicking human clinical use was not associated with fetal malformations, but there was an increase in embryonic loss relative to controls. Imipenem/cilastatin administered to pregnant cynomolgus monkeys during organogenesis at 40 mg/kg/day by bolus intravenous injection caused significant maternal toxicity including death and embryofetal loss.

    Relebactam

    In an embryofetal development study in pregnant mice, relebactam administered subcutaneously in doses of 80, 200, and 450 mg/kg/day during the period of organogenesis (GD 6 to 17) was not associated with maternal toxicity at doses up to 450 mg/kg/day. However, although individual skeletal malformations appeared only as single occurrences in the high dose group, the percent litter incidence of total skeletal malformations (skull and vertebral) was increased in the high-dose group (21% litter incidence) compared to the concurrent control value (5.3% litter incidence). The plasma relebactam exposure for the high dose associated with increased skeletal malformations was approximately 6 times greater than the human plasma exposure at the MRHD based on AUC comparison. Also, mice receiving the lowest administered dose of relebactam, 80 mg/kg/day, exhibited a higher percent litter incidence (15% litter incidence) of cleft palate (a rare malformation in mice) compared to the concurrent control value (0% litter incidence) and historical control values (up to 11% litter incidence). This finding did not increase in a dose-dependent manner with percent litter incidences of 0% and 5.3% in the mid- and high-dose groups respectively. The plasma AUC exposure for the low dose of relebactam associated with increased cleft palate was approximately equivalent to the human plasma AUC at the MRHD. In embryofetal development studies in rats and rabbits, intravenous relebactam was administered to rats in doses of 50, 150, and 450 mg/kg/day and rabbits in doses of 35, 275, and 450 mg/kg/day. In these studies, relebactam administered during the period of organogenesis to pregnant rats (GD 6 to 20) and rabbits (GD 7 to 20) was not associated with maternal or embryofetal toxicity at doses up to 450 mg/kg/day corresponding to plasma AUC exposures of approximately 7 and 24 times, respectively, the human plasma AUC at the MRHD.

    In a pre-postnatal development study, relebactam administered intravenously in doses of 65, 200, and 450 mg/kg/day to rats from GD 6 to lactation day (LD) 20 produced no maternal toxicity and did not impair the physical and behavioral development or reproduction in first generation offspring at doses up to 450 mg/kg/day corresponding to a plasma AUC exposure of approximately 8 times the plasma AUC exposure in humans at the MRHD.

    Studies in pregnant rats and rabbits showed that relebactam is transferred to the fetus through the placenta, with fetal plasma concentrations up to 5% to 6% of maternal concentrations observed on GD 20.

    8.2 Lactation

    Risk Summary

    There are insufficient data on the presence of imipenem/cilastatin and relebactam in human milk, and no data on the effects on the breastfed child, or the effects on milk production. Relebactam is present in the milk of lactating rats (see Data).

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

    Data

    Relebactam administered intravenously to lactating rats at a dose of 450 mg/kg/day (GD 6 to LD 14), was excreted into the milk with concentrations of approximately 5% that of maternal plasma concentrations.

    8.4 Pediatric Use

    The safety and efficacy of RECARBRIO in patients younger than 18 years of age have not been established.

    8.5 Geriatric Use

    Of the 266 patients treated with RECARBRIO in Trial 1, 113 (42.5%) were 65 years of age or older, including 55 (20.7%) patients 75 years of age and older. Of the 216 patients treated with imipenem/cilastatin plus relebactam 250 mg in Trials 2 and 3, 67 (31.0%) were 65 years of age or older, including 25 (11.6%) patients 75 years of age and older. No overall differences in safety or effectiveness were observed between these patients and younger patients, and other reported clinical experience has not identified differences in responses between the elderly and younger patients, but greater sensitivity of some older individuals cannot be ruled out.

    RECARBRIO is known to be substantially excreted by the kidney, and the risk of adverse reactions to this drug may be greater in patients with impaired renal function. Because elderly patients are more likely to have decreased renal function, care should be taken in dose selection, and it may be useful to monitor renal function. No dosage adjustment is required based on age. Dosage adjustment for elderly patients should be based on renal function [see Dosage and Administration (2.2) and Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)].

    8.6 Renal Impairment

    Reduce RECARBRIO dosage in patients with a CLcr less than 90 mL/min [see Dosage and Administration (2.2) and Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)].

  • 10 OVERDOSAGE

    In the event of overdose, discontinue RECARBRIO, treat symptomatically, and institute general supportive treatment. Imipenem, cilastatin, and relebactam can be removed by hemodialysis [see Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)]. No clinical information is available on the use of hemodialysis to treat overdosage.

  • 11 DESCRIPTION

    RECARBRIO (imipenem, cilastatin, and relebactam) for injection is an antibacterial combination product consisting of imipenem, a carbapenem antibacterial drug, cilastatin, a renal dehydropeptidase inhibitor, and relebactam, a diazabicyclooctane beta-lactamase inhibitor, for intravenous administration.

    Imipenem

    Imipenem is a beta lactam antibacterial drug. Imipenem (N-formimidoylthienamycin monohydrate) is a crystalline derivative of thienamycin, which is produced by Streptomyces cattleya. The chemical name is (5R,6S)-3-[[2-(formimidoylamino)ethyl]thio]-6-[(R)-1-hydroxyethyl]-7-oxo-1-azabicyclo[3.2.0]hept-2-ene-2-carboxylic acid monohydrate. It is an off-white, non-hygroscopic crystalline compound, sparingly soluble in water. The empirical formula is C12H17N3O4S∙H2O and the molecular weight is 317.37.

    Figure 1: Chemical structure of imipenem

    Chemical Structure

    Cilastatin

    Cilastatin sodium is the sodium salt of a derivatized heptenoic acid. The chemical name is sodium (Z)-7-[[(R)-2-amino-2-carboxyethyl]thio]-2-[(S)-2,2-dimethylcyclopropanecarboxamido]-2-heptenoate. It is an off-white to white, hygroscopic, amorphous compound, very soluble in water. The empirical formula is C16H25N2NaO5S and the molecular weight is 380.44.

    Figure 2: Chemical structure of cilastatin sodium

    Chemical Structure

    Relebactam

    Relebactam is a beta-lactamase inhibitor. It is a crystalline monohydrate. The chemical name is (1R,2S,5R)-7-oxo-2-(piperidin-1-ium-4-ylcarbamoyl)-1,6-diazabicyclo[3.2.1]octan-6-yl sulfate hydrate. It is a white to off-white powder, soluble in water. The empirical formula is C12H20N4O6S∙H2O and the molecular weight is 366.39.

    Figure 3: Chemical structure of relebactam

    Chemical Structure

    RECARBRIO is supplied as a white to light yellow sterile powder for constitution in a single-dose vial containing 500 mg imipenem (equivalent to 530 mg imipenem monohydrate), 500 mg cilastatin (equivalent to 531 mg cilastatin sodium), and 250 mg relebactam (equivalent to 263 mg relebactam monohydrate). Each vial of RECARBRIO is buffered with 20 mg sodium bicarbonate to provide solutions in the pH range of 6.5 to 7.6. The total sodium content of the mixture in the vial is 37.5 mg (1.6 mEq). Solutions of RECARBRIO range from colorless to yellow. Variations of color within this range do not affect the potency of the product.

  • 12 CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY

    12.1 Mechanism of Action

    RECARBRIO is an antibacterial drug [see Microbiology (12.4)].

    12.2 Pharmacodynamics

    For imipenem, the % time of dosing interval that unbound plasma concentrations of imipenem exceed the imipenem/relebactam minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) (%fT>MIC) against the infecting organism best correlates with antibacterial activity in animal and in vitro models of infection. For relebactam the ratio of the 24-hour unbound plasma relebactam AUC to imipenem/relebactam MIC (fAUC0–24hr/MIC) best predicts the activity of relebactam in animal and in vitro models of infection.

    Cardiac Electrophysiology

    At a dose 4.6 times the recommended dose, relebactam does not prolong the QTc interval to a clinically relevant extent.

    12.3 Pharmacokinetics

    The steady-state pharmacokinetic parameters of imipenem and relebactam in patients with active bacterial infection with CLcr 90 mL/min or greater following administration of the recommended dosage are summarized in Table 5.

    Table 5: Population Pharmacokinetic Model-Based Steady State Mean (±SD) Plasma Pharmacokinetic Parameters of Imipenem and Relebactam After Multiple 30 Minute Intravenous Infusions* of Imipenem 500 mg/Cilastatin 500 mg and Relebactam 250 mg Every 6 Hours in Patients with CLcr 90 mL/min or Greater
    PK ParameterscUTI/cIAI PatientsHABP/VABP Patients
    AUC0-24hr=area under the concentration time curve from 0 to 24 hours
    Cmax=maximum concentration
    CL=plasma clearance
    *
    Imipenem/cilastatin and relebactam were administered either as separate infusions given concurrently or as the fixed dose combination (RECARBRIO).
      ImipenemAUC0-24hr (µM-hr)570.6 (253.3)771 (342.3)
    Cmax (µM)116.1 (52.4)122.7 (56.8)
    CL (L/hr)14 (6.1)10.4 (4.5)
      RelebactamAUC0-24hr (µM-hr)415.8 (212.6)692.9 (354.3)
    Cmax (µM)62.1 (24.7)80 (33.3)
    CL (L/hr)8.7 (4.5)5.2 (2.7)

    Distribution

    The binding of imipenem and cilastatin to human plasma proteins is approximately 20% and 40%, respectively. The binding of relebactam to human plasma proteins is approximately 22% and is independent of concentration at a range of 5 to 50 µM.

    The penetration of imipenem and relebactam into pulmonary epithelial lining fluid is similar, with concentrations around 55% and 54% of unbound plasma concentrations of imipenem and relebactam, respectively.

    The steady-state volume of distribution of imipenem, cilastatin, and relebactam is 24.3 L, 13.8 L, and 19.0 L, respectively, in subjects following multiple doses infused over 30 minutes every 6 hours.

    Elimination

    Imipenem and relebactam are eliminated from the body by the kidneys with a mean (±SD) half-life of 1 (±0.5) hour and 1.2 (±0.7) hours, respectively.

    Metabolism

    Imipenem, when administered alone, is metabolized in the kidneys by dehydropeptidase, resulting in low levels of imipenem recovered in human urine. Cilastatin, an inhibitor of this enzyme, effectively prevents renal metabolism so that when imipenem and cilastatin are given concomitantly, adequate concentrations of imipenem are achieved in the urine to enable antibacterial activity.

    Relebactam is minimally metabolized. Unchanged relebactam was the only drug-related component detected in human plasma.

    Excretion

    Imipenem, cilastatin, and relebactam are mainly excreted by the kidneys.

    Following multiple-dose administration of imipenem 500 mg, cilastatin 500 mg, and relebactam 250 mg to healthy male subjects, approximately 63% of the administered imipenem dose, and 77% of the administered cilastatin dose are recovered as unchanged parent drugs in the urine. The renal excretion of imipenem and cilastatin involves both glomerular filtration and active tubular secretion. Greater than 90% of the administered relebactam dose was excreted unchanged in human urine. The unbound renal clearance of relebactam is greater than the glomerular filtration rate, suggesting that in addition to glomerular filtration, active tubular secretion is involved in the renal elimination, accounting for ~30% of the total clearance.

    Specific Populations

    No clinically significant differences in the pharmacokinetics of imipenem, cilastatin, or relebactam were observed based on age, gender, or race/ethnicity.

    Patients with Renal Impairment

    In a single-dose trial evaluating the effect of renal impairment on the PK of relebactam 125 mg co-infused with imipenem/cilastatin 250 mg (half the recommended dose in patients with normal renal function), mean AUC was higher in subjects with CLcr 60-89, 30-59, and 15-29 mL/min, respectively, compared to healthy subjects with CLcr 90 mL/min or greater (Table 6). In subjects with end stage renal disease (ESRD) on hemodialysis, imipenem, cilastatin, and relebactam are removed by hemodialysis, with extraction coefficients of 66% to 87% for imipenem, 46% to 56% for cilastatin, and 67% to 87% for relebactam.

    Table 6: Mean AUC Increase in Subjects with Renal Impairment Compared to Subjects with CLcr 90 mL/min or Greater
    Estimated CLcr (mL/min)ImipenemCilastatinRelebactam
    60 to 89 1.1-fold1.2-fold1.2-fold
    30 to 59 1.7-fold2.0-fold2.2-fold
    15 to 29 2.6-fold5.5-fold4.7-fold

    To maintain systemic exposures similar to patients with normal renal function, dose adjustment is recommended for patients with renal impairment [see Dosage and Administration (2.2)]. ESRD patients on hemodialysis should receive RECARBRIO after hemodialysis session [see Dosage and Administration (2.2)].

    Patients with Hepatic Impairment

    Imipenem, cilastatin, and relebactam are primarily cleared renally; therefore, hepatic impairment is not likely to have any effect on RECARBRIO exposures.

    Drug Interaction Studies

    Clinical Studies

    No drug-drug interaction was observed among imipenem, cilastatin, and relebactam in a clinical study in healthy subjects.

    No clinically significant differences in the pharmacokinetics of imipenem or relebactam were observed when RECARBRIO was used concomitantly with probenecid (Organic Anion Transporter 3 (OAT3) inhibitor).

    In Vitro Studies

    CYP Enzymes

    Relebactam does not inhibit CYP1A2, CYP2B6, CYP2C8, CYP2C9, CYP2C19, CYP2D6, or CYP3A4 or induce CYP1A2, CYP2B6, or CYP3A4 in human hepatocytes.

    Transporter Systems

    Relebactam does not inhibit OATP1B1, OATP1B3, OAT1, OAT3, OCT2, P-gp, BCRP, MATE1, MATE2K, or BSEP.

    Relebactam is not a substrate of OAT1, OCT2, P-gp, BCRP, MRP2, or MRP4 transporters, but is a substrate of OAT3, OAT4, MATE1, and MATE2K transporters.

    The following antibacterial and antifungal drugs (piperacillin/tazobactam, ciprofloxacin, fluconazole, ampicillin, levofloxacin, metronidazole, vancomycin, linezolid, daptomycin, and cefazolin) did not significantly inhibit OAT3-mediated relebactam uptake.

    12.4 Microbiology

    Mechanism of Action

    RECARBRIO is a combination of imipenem/cilastatin and relebactam. Imipenem is a penem antibacterial drug, cilastatin sodium is a renal dehydropeptidase inhibitor, and relebactam is a beta-lactamase inhibitor. Cilastatin limits the renal metabolism of imipenem and does not have antibacterial activity. The bactericidal activity of imipenem results from binding to PBP 2 and PBP 1B in Enterobacteriaceae and Pseudomonas aeruginosa and the subsequent inhibition of penicillin binding proteins (PBPs). Inhibition of PBPs leads to the disruption of bacterial cell wall synthesis. Imipenem is stable in the presence of some beta-lactamases. Relebactam has no intrinsic antibacterial activity. Relebactam protects imipenem from degradation by certain serine beta-lactamases such as Sulfhydryl Variable (SHV), Temoneira (TEM), Cefotaximase-Munich (CTX-M), Enterobacter cloacae P99 (P99), Pseudomonas-derived cephalosporinase (PDC, AmpC-type), and Klebsiella-pneumoniae carbapenemase (KPC).

    Resistance

    Clinical isolates may produce multiple beta-lactamases, express varying levels of beta-lactamases, have amino acid sequence variations, or have other resistance mechanisms that have not yet been identified. Culture and susceptibility information and local epidemiology should be considered in selecting or modifying antibacterial therapy.

    Mechanisms of beta lactam resistance in gram-negative organisms include the production of beta-lactamases, up-regulation of efflux pumps, and loss of outer membrane porins. Imipenem/relebactam retains activity in the presence of the tested efflux pumps. Imipenem/relebactam has shown activity against some isolates of P. aeruginosa and Enterobacteriaceae that produce relebactam-susceptible beta-lactamases concomitant with loss of entry porins. Imipenem/relebactam is not active against most isolates containing metallo-beta-lactamases (MBLs), some oxacillinases with carbapenemase activity, as well as certain alleles of GES.

    Imipenem/relebactam demonstrated in vitro activity against some Enterobacteriaceae isolates genotypically characterized for some beta-lactamases and extended-spectrum beta-lactamases (ESBLs) of the following groups: KPC, TEM, SHV, CTX-M, CMY, DHA, and ACT/MIR. Many of the Enterobacteriaceae isolates that were not susceptible to imipenem-relebactam were genotypically characterized and the genes encoding MBLs or certain oxacillinases were present.

    Imipenem/relebactam demonstrated in vitro activity against genotypically characterized P. aeruginosa isolates containing certain known resistance factors: some chromosomal PDC alleles with ESBLs, and some with loss of outer membrane porin (OprD) with or without co-expression of up-regulated efflux pumps (MexAB, MexCD, MexJK, and MexXY). Genotypically characterized P. aeruginosa isolates that were not susceptible to imipenem/relebactam encoded some MBL, KPC, PER, GES, VEB, and PDC alleles.

    Methicillin-resistant staphylococci should be considered resistant to imipenem. Imipenem is inactive in vitro against Enterococcus faecium, Stenotrophomonas maltophilia, and some isolates of Burkholderia cepacia.

    No cross-resistance with other classes of antimicrobials has been identified. Some isolates resistant to carbapenems (including imipenem) and to cephalosporins may be susceptible to RECARBRIO.

    Interaction with Other Antimicrobials

    In vitro studies have demonstrated no antagonism between imipenem/relebactam and amikacin, azithromycin, aztreonam, colistin, gentamicin, levofloxacin, linezolid, tigecycline, tobramycin, or vancomycin.

    Activity against Imipenem-Nonsusceptible Bacteria in Animal Infection Models

    Relebactam restored activity of imipenem/cilastatin in animal models of infection (e.g., mouse disseminated infection, mouse thigh infection, and mouse pulmonary infection) caused by imipenem-nonsusceptible KPC-producing Enterobacteriaceae and imipenem-nonsusceptible P. aeruginosa (imipenem-nonsusceptible due to production of chromosomal PDC and loss of OprD porin).

    Antimicrobial Activity

    RECARBRIO has been shown to be active against most isolates of the following bacteria, both in vitro and in clinical infections [see Indications and Usage (1.1) and (1.2)].

    Hospital-acquired Bacterial Pneumonia and Ventilator-associated Bacterial Pneumonia (HABP/VABP)

     
    Aerobic Bacteria
     
    Gram-negative Bacteria
    • Acinetobacter calcoaceticus-baumannii complex
    • Enterobacter cloacae
    • Escherichia coli
    • Haemophilus influenzae
    • Klebsiella aerogenes
    • Klebsiella oxytoca
    • Klebsiella pneumoniae
    • Pseudomonas aeruginosa
    • Serratia marcescens

    Complicated Urinary Tract Infections (cUTI)

     
    Aerobic Bacteria
     
    Gram-negative Bacteria
    • Klebsiella aerogenes
    • Enterobacter cloacae
    • Escherichia coli
    • Klebsiella pneumoniae
    • Pseudomonas aeruginosa

    Complicated Intra-abdominal Infections (cIAI)

     
    Aerobic Bacteria
     
    Gram-negative Bacteria
    • Citrobacter freundii
    • Klebsiella aerogenes
    • Enterobacter cloacae
    • Escherichia coli
    • Klebsiella oxytoca
    • Klebsiella pneumoniae
    • Pseudomonas aeruginosa
     
    Anaerobic Bacteria
     
    Gram-negative Bacteria
    • Bacteroides caccae
    • Bacteroides fragilis
    • Bacteroides ovatus
    • Bacteroides stercoris
    • Bacteroides thetaiotaomicron
    • Bacteroides uniformis
    • Bacteroides vulgatus
    • Fusobacterium nucleatum
    • Parabacteroides distasonis

    The following in vitro data are available, but their clinical significance is unknown. At least 90% of the following bacteria exhibit an in vitro MIC less than or equal to the susceptible breakpoint for RECARBRIO against isolates of similar genus or organism group. However, the efficacy of RECARBRIO in treating clinical infections due to these bacteria has not been established in adequate and well-controlled clinical trials.

     
    Aerobic Bacteria
     
    Gram-positive Bacteria
    • Enterococcus faecalis
    • Methicillin-susceptible Staphylococcus aureus
    • Streptococcus anginosus
    • Streptococcus constellatus
    • Streptococcus pneumoniae
     
    Gram-negative Bacteria
    • Citrobacter koseri
    • Enterobacter asburiae
     
    Anaerobic Bacteria
     
    Gram-positive Bacteria
    • Eggerthella lenta
    • Parvimonas micra
    • Peptoniphilus harei
    • Peptostreptococcus anaerobius
     
    Gram-negative Bacteria
    • Fusobacterium necrophorum
    • Fusobacterium varium
    • Parabacteroides goldsteinii
    • Parabacteroides merdae
    • Prevotella bivia
    • Veillonella parvula

    Susceptibility Test Methods

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

  • 13 NONCLINICAL TOXICOLOGY

    13.1 Carcinogenesis, Mutagenesis, Impairment of Fertility

    Carcinogenesis

    Carcinogenicity studies with imipenem/cilastatin or relebactam have not been conducted.

    Mutagenesis

    Genotoxicity studies were performed in a variety of bacterial and mammalian tests in vivo and in vitro. None of these tests showed any evidence of genetic damage.

    The tests conducted with imipenem, cilastatin, or imipenem/cilastatin included: V79 mammalian cell mutagenesis assay (imipenem, cilastatin), Ames test (imipenem, cilastatin), unscheduled DNA synthesis assay (imipenem/cilastatin), and in vivo mouse cytogenetics test (imipenem/cilastatin).

    The tests conducted with relebactam included: Ames test, in vitro chromosomal aberration in Chinese Hamsters Ovary (CHO) cells, and in vivo rat micronucleus test.

    Impairment of Fertility

    No adverse effects on fertility, reproductive performance, fetal viability, growth or postnatal development were observed in male and female rats given imipenem/cilastatin at intravenous doses up to 80 mg/kg/day and at a subcutaneous dose of 320 mg/kg/day. In rats, a dose of 320 mg/kg was approximately double the MRHD based on body surface area. Slight decreases in live fetal body weight were restricted to the highest dosage level.

    In fertility studies, relebactam was administered in intravenous doses of 50, 150, and 450 mg/kg/day to male rats beginning 15 days before mating, through mating, and for an additional 3 weeks and to female rats beginning 15 days before mating, through mating, and until gestation day (GD) 7. Relebactam did not impair fertility, reproductive performance or spermatogenesis in males or fertility, reproductive performance, or early embryonic development in females at doses up to 450 mg/kg/day corresponding to plasma AUC exposures of approximately 8 times in males and 7 times in females the plasma AUC exposure in humans at the MRHD.

    13.2 Animal Toxicology and/or Pharmacology

    Relebactam given as a single entity caused renal tubular degeneration in monkeys at AUC exposure 7-fold the human AUC exposure at the MRHD. Renal tubular degeneration was shown to be reversible after dose discontinuation. There was no evidence of nephrotoxicity at AUC exposures less than or equal to 3-fold the human AUC exposure at the MRHD.

  • 14 CLINICAL STUDIES

    14.1 Hospital-acquired Bacterial Pneumonia and Ventilator-associated Bacterial Pneumonia

    A total of 535 hospitalized adults with HABP/VABP were randomized and received trial medications in a multinational, double-blind trial (Trial 1, NCT02493764) comparing RECARBRIO 1.25 grams (imipenem 500 mg/cilastatin 500 mg/relebactam 250 mg) intravenously every 6 hours to piperacillin and tazobactam (4.5 grams) for 7 to 14 days of therapy.

    The modified intent-to-treat (MITT) population, which included all randomized patients who received at least one dose of trial treatment and did not have only gram-positive cocci on Gram stain of the baseline lower respiratory tract (LRT) specimen included 531 patients; the mean age was 60 and 43% were 65 years of age or older. The majority of patients were men (69%), white (78%), and from Europe (61%). The mean APACHE II score was 15 and 47% of the population had an APACHE II score of ≥15. At randomization, 66% of patients were admitted to the ICU, 77% had been in the hospital for ≥5 days, and 48% had a creatinine clearance of <90 mL/min. Concurrent bacteremia was present at baseline in 5.8% of patients.

    Table 7 presents the incidence of all-cause mortality through Day 28 and clinical response at the early follow-up (EFU) visit (7 to 14 days after the end of therapy) in the MITT population. Overall results are presented along with subgroup results by pneumonia diagnosis.

    Table 7: Day 28 All-Cause Mortality and Clinical Response Rates at EFU from Trial 1 of Hospital-acquired Bacterial Pneumonia and Ventilator-associated Bacterial Pneumonia (HABP/VABP) (MITT Population)
    EFU = early follow up
    *
    Treatment differences and 95% confidence intervals are based on Miettinen & Nurminen method.
    n/m = number of subjects with survival status of death or unknown / number of modified intent-to-treat subjects.
    One subject in the RECARBRIO arm had unknown mortality status at Day 28 which was counted as a death.
    §
    n/m = number of subjects with a favorable clinical response / number of modified intent-to-treat subjects.
    RECARBRIOPiperacillin/TazobactamTreatment Difference
    n/m (%) n/m (%) %*(95% CI)*
    All-Cause Mortality Through Day 28,42/264(15.9)57/267(21.3)-5.3(-11.9, 1.2)
        Non-ventilated HABP18/142(12.7)15/131(11.5)1.2(-6.8, 9.1)
        Ventilated HABP/VABP24/122(19.7)42/136(30.9)-11.2 (-21.6, -0.5)
    Clinical Response at EFU§161/264 (61.0) 149/267 (55.8) 5.0 (-3.2, 13.2)
        Non-ventilated HABP95/142(66.9)87/131(66.4)0.5 (-10.7, 11.7)
        Ventilated HABP/VABP66/122(54.1)62/136(45.6)8.5 (-3.7, 20.5)

    In the MITT population, in patients with an APACHE II score <15, Day 28 all-cause mortality rates were 17/139 (12.2%) for RECARBRIO-treated patients and 12/140 (8.6%) for piperacillin/tazobactam-treated patients, clinical cure rates were 90/139 (64.7%) and 98/140 (70%), respectively. In patients with an APACHE II score ≥15, Day 28 all-cause mortality rates were 25/125 (20%) for RECARBRIO-treated patients and 45/127 (35.4%) for piperacillin/tazobactam-treated patients, clinical cure rates were 71/125 (56.8%) and 51/127 (40.2%), respectively.

    Per pathogen favorable clinical response at EFU and Day 28 all-cause mortality were assessed in a microbiological modified intention to treat (mMITT) population, which consisted of all randomized MITT subjects who had at least one baseline LRT pathogen that was susceptible to both study treatments (Table 8).

    Table 8: Day 28 All-Cause Mortality and Favorable Clinical Response at EFU by Baseline LRT Pathogen from Trial 1 of Hospital-acquired Bacterial Pneumonia and Ventilator-associated Bacterial Pneumonia (HABP/VABP) (mMITT Population)
    Baseline LRT
    Pathogen
    Day 28 All-Cause MortalityClinical Response at EFU
    RECARBRIO
    n/m* (%)
    Piperacillin/
    Tazobactam
    n/m* (%)
    RECARBRIO
    n/m (%)
    Piperacillin/
    Tazobactam
    n/m (%)
    LRT = lower respiratory tract
    EFU = early follow-up
    *
    n/m = the number of subjects with survival status of death or unknown within each category / the number of microbiological modified intent-to-treat subjects who have the corresponding baseline pathogen from LRT culture.
    n/m = the number of subjects with a favorable clinical response within each category / the number of microbiological modified intent-to-treat subjects who have the corresponding baseline pathogen from LRT culture.
    Supportive evidence was derived from the imipenem and cilastatin prescribing information.
    §
    All H. influenzae isolates were susceptible to imipenem. The susceptible MIC breakpoint for PIP/TAZ is ≤1/4 mcg/mL. At the lowest concentration of PIP/TAZ tested (2/4 mcg/mL) there was no visible growth.
    Includes Klebsiella aerogenes, Klebsiella oxytoca, Klebsiella pneumoniae.
    Acinetobacter
    calcoaceticus-
    baumannii
    complex
    0/5 (0.0)1/10 (10.0)4/5 (80.0) 6/10 (60.0)
    Enterobacter
    cloacae
    1/7 (14.3) 3/16 (18.8) 6/7 (85.7)12/16 (75.0)
    Escherichia coli5/27(18.5)8/33 (24.2)16/27 (59.3)19/33 (57.6)
    Haemophilus
    influenzae
    §
    2/13 (15.4)3/12 (25.0)9/13 (69.2) 8/12 (66.7)
    Klebsiella spp.6/42 (14.3)8/41 (19.5)25/42 (59.5) 28/41 (68.3)
    Pseudomonas
    aeruginosa
    7/26 (26.9)5/35 (14.3)12/26 (46.2)20/35 (57.1)
    Serratia
    marcescens
    2/10 (20.0)1/4 (25.0)7/10 (70.0)3/4 (75.0)

    14.2 Complicated Urinary Tract Infections, including Pyelonephritis and Complicated Intra-abdominal Infections

    The determination of efficacy and safety of RECARBRIO was supported in part by the previous findings of the efficacy and safety of imipenem/cilastatin for the treatment of cUTI and cIAI. The contribution of relebactam to RECARBRIO was primarily established in vitro and in animal models of infection [see Microbiology (12.4)]. Imipenem/cilastatin plus relebactam was studied in cUTI including pyelonephritis (Trial 2, NCT01505634) and cIAI (Trial 3, NCT01506271) in randomized, blinded, active-controlled, multicenter trials. These trials provided only limited efficacy and safety information.

  • 16 HOW SUPPLIED/STORAGE AND HANDLING

    RECARBRIO (imipenem, cilastatin, and relebactam) for injection, 1.25 grams is supplied as a white to light yellow sterile powder for constitution in a single-dose glass vial containing imipenem 500 mg (equivalent to 530 mg imipenem monohydrate), cilastatin 500 mg (equivalent to 531 mg cilastatin sodium), and relebactam 250 mg (equivalent to 263 mg relebactam monohydrate).

    The vials are supplied as a single-dose glass vial (NDC 0006-3856-01) and in cartons containing 25 vials (NDC 0006-3856-02).

    Store RECARBRIO vials at 20°C to 25°C (68°F to 77°F), excursions permitted between 15°C to 30°C (between 59°F to 86°F) [See USP Controlled Room Temperature]. Keep vials in the carton.

  • 17 PATIENT COUNSELING INFORMATION

    Serious Allergic Reactions

    Advise patients, their families, or caregivers that allergic reactions, including serious allergic reactions, could occur that require immediate treatment. Ask them about any previous hypersensitivity reactions to RECARBRIO (imipenem, cilastatin, and relebactam), carbapenems, penicillins, cephalosporins, other beta lactams, or other allergens [see Warnings and Precautions (5.1)].

    Seizures and Central Nervous System Reactions

    Counsel patients, their families, or caregivers to inform a healthcare provider if they have central nervous system disorders, such as stroke or history of seizures. Seizures have been reported during treatment with imipenem, a component of RECARBRIO, especially when recommended dosages were exceeded and with closely related antibacterial drugs [see Warnings and Precautions (5.2)].

    Drug Interaction with Valproic Acid

    Counsel patients, their families, or caregivers to inform a healthcare provider if they are taking valproic acid or divalproex sodium. If treatment with RECARBRIO is necessary, supplemental anti-convulsant medication to prevent and/or treat seizures may be needed [see Warnings and Precautions (5.3)].

    Potentially Serious Diarrhea

    Advise patients, their families, or caregivers that diarrhea is a common problem caused by antibacterial drugs, including RECARBRIO and usually resolves when the drug is discontinued. Sometimes, frequent watery or bloody diarrhea may occur and may be a sign of a more serious intestinal infection that may require treatment. If severe watery or bloody diarrhea develops, tell the patient to contact his or her healthcare provider [see Warnings and Precautions (5.4)].

    Antibacterial Resistance

    Patients should be counseled that antibacterial drugs, including RECARBRIO, should only be used to treat bacterial infections. They do not treat viral infections (e.g., the common cold). When RECARBRIO is prescribed to treat a bacterial infection, patients should be told that although it is common to feel better early in the course of therapy, the medication should be taken exactly as directed. Skipping doses or not completing the full course of therapy may (1) decrease the effectiveness of the immediate treatment and (2) increase the likelihood that bacteria will develop resistance and will not be treatable by RECARBRIO or other antibacterial drugs in the future [see Warnings and Precautions (5.5)].

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    NDC 0006-3856-02

    Recarbrio™
    (imipenem, cilastatin, and relebactam)
    for Injection
    1.25 g per vial*

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    See enclosed package insert for preparation instructions.

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    RECARBRIO 
    imipenem anhydrous, cilastatin, and relebactam anhydrous injection, powder, for solution
    Product Information
    Product TypeHUMAN PRESCRIPTION DRUGItem Code (Source)NDC:0006-3856
    Route of AdministrationINTRAVENOUS
    Active Ingredient/Active Moiety
    Ingredient NameBasis of StrengthStrength
    IMIPENEM ANHYDROUS (UNII: Q20IM7HE75) (IMIPENEM ANHYDROUS - UNII:Q20IM7HE75) IMIPENEM ANHYDROUS500 mg  in 100 mL
    CILASTATIN (UNII: 141A6AMN38) (CILASTATIN - UNII:141A6AMN38) CILASTATIN500 mg  in 100 mL
    RELEBACTAM ANHYDROUS (UNII: 1OQF7TT3PF) (RELEBACTAM ANHYDROUS - UNII:1OQF7TT3PF) RELEBACTAM ANHYDROUS250 mg  in 100 mL
    Inactive Ingredients
    Ingredient NameStrength
    SODIUM BICARBONATE (UNII: 8MDF5V39QO) 20 mg  in 100 mL
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    FlavorImprint Code
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    Packaging
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    1NDC:0006-3856-0225 in 1 CARTON01/06/2020
    1NDC:0006-3856-0120 mL in 1 VIAL, SINGLE-DOSE; Type 0: Not a Combination Product
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