ACYCLOVIR - acyclovir injection, solution 
Zydus Pharmaceuticals (USA) Inc.

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Acyclovir Sodium Injection

FOR INTRAVENOUS INFUSION ONLY

DESCRIPTION

Acyclovir Sodium Injection is a synthetic nucleoside analogue, active against herpes viruses. It is a sterile, aqueous solution for intravenous infusion, containing 50 mg acyclovir per mL in Water for Injection, USP. The concentration is equivalent to 54.9 mg of acyclovir sodium per mL in Water for Injection, USP. The sodium content is approximately 5.1 mg/mL. The pH range of the solution is 10.85 to 11.50. Acyclovir Sodium Injection contains Sodium Hydroxide, NF as inactive ingredient. Further dilution of Acyclovir Sodium Injection in an appropriate intravenous solution must be performed before infusion (see DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION, Administration).

The chemical name of acyclovir sodium is 9-[(2-Hydroxyethoxy)methyl] guanine, and has the following structural formula:

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Acyclovir, USP is a white to off-white, crystalline powder. Acyclovir sodium is the sodium salt of acyclovir, which is formed in situ, with the molecular formula C8H10N5NaO3 and a molecular weight of 247.19. The maximum solubility in water at 25°C exceeds 100 mg/mL. At physiologic pH, acyclovir sodium exists as the unionized form with a molecular weight of 225 and a maximum solubility in water at 37°C of 2.5 mg/mL. The pka's of acyclovir are 2.27 and 9.25.

VIROLOGY

Mechanism of Antiviral Action

Acyclovir is a synthetic purine nucleoside analogue with in vitro and in vivo inhibitory activity against herpes simplex virus types 1 (HSV-1), 2 (HSV-2) and varicella-zoster virus (VZV).

The inhibitory activity of acyclovir is highly selective due to its affinity for the enzyme thymidine kinase (TK) encoded by HSV and VZV. This viral enzyme converts acyclovir into acyclovir monophosphate, a nucleotide analogue. The monophosphate is further converted into diphosphate by cellular guanylate kinase and into triphosphate by a number of cellular enzymes. In vitro, acyclovir triphosphate stops replication of herpes viral DNA. This is accomplished in 3 ways: 1) competitive inhibition of viral DNA polymerase, 2) incorporation into and termination of the growing viral DNA chain, and 3) inactivation of the viral DNA polymerase.

The greater antiviral activity of acyclovir against HSV compared with VZV is due to its more efficient phosphorylation by the viral TK.

Antiviral Activities

The quantitative relationship between the in vitro susceptibility of herpes viruses to antivirals and the clinical response to therapy has not been established in humans, and virus sensitivity testing has not been standardized. Sensitivity testing results, expressed as the concentration of drug required to inhibit by 50% the growth of virus in cell culture (IC50), vary greatly depending upon a number of factors. Using plaque-reduction assays, the IC50 against herpes simplex virus isolates ranges from 0.02 to 13.5 mcg/mL for HSV-1 and from 0.01 to 9.9 mcg/mL for HSV-2. The IC50 for acyclovir against most laboratory strains and clinical isolates of VZV ranges from 0.12 to 10.8 mcg/mL. Acyclovir also demonstrates activity against the Oka vaccine strain of VZV with a mean IC50 of 1.35 mcg/mL.

Drug Resistance

Resistance of HSV and VZV to acyclovir can result from qualitative and quantitative changes in the viral TK and/or DNA polymerase. Clinical isolates of HSV and VZV with reduced susceptibility to acyclovir have been recovered from immunocompromised patients, especially with advanced HIV infection. While most of the acyclovir-resistant mutants isolated thus far from such patients have been found to be TK-deficient mutants, other mutants involving the viral TK gene (TK partial and TK altered) and DNA polymerase have been isolated. TK-negative mutants may cause severe disease in infants and immunocompromised adults. The possibility of viral resistance to acyclovir should be considered in patients who show poor clinical response during therapy.

CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY

Pharmacokinetics

The pharmacokinetics of acyclovir after intravenous administration have been evaluated in adult patients with normal renal function during Phase 1/2 studies after single doses ranging from 0.5 mg/kg to 15 mg/kg and after multiple doses ranging from 2.5 to 15 mg/kg every 8 hours. Proportionality between dose and plasma levels is seen after single doses or at steady state after multiple dosing. Average steady-state peak and trough concentrations from 1-hour infusions administered every 8 hours are given in Table 1.

Table 1 Acyclovir Peak and Trough Concentrations at Steady State
Dosage Regimen
CSSmax
CSStrough
5 mg/kg q 8 h
(n=8)
9.8 mcg/mL
range: 5.5 to 13.8
0.7 mcg/mL
range: 0.2 to 1
10 mg/kg q 8 h
(n=7)
22.9 mcg/mL
range: 14.1 to 44.1
1.9 mcg/mL
range: 0.5 to 2.9

Concentrations achieved in the cerebrospinal fluid are approximately 50% of plasma values. Plasma protein binding is relatively low (9% to 33%) and drug interactions involving binding site displacement are not anticipated.

Renal excretion of unchanged drug is the major route of acyclovir elimination accounting for 62% to 91% of the dose. The only major urinary metabolite detected is 9-carboxymethoxymethylguanine accounting for up to 14.1% of the dose in patients with normal renal function.

The half-life and total body clearance of acyclovir are dependent on renal function as shown in Table 2.

Table 2 Acyclovir Half-life and Total Body Clearance


Total Body Clearance
Creatinine Clearance (mL/min/1.73 m2 )
Half-Life (h)

(mL/min/1.73 m2)
(mL/min/kg)
> 80
2.5
327
5.1
50 to 80
3
248
3.9
15 to 50
3.5
190
3.4
0 (Anuric)
19.5
29
0.5

Special Populations

Adults with Impaired Renal Function

Acyclovir was administered at a dose of 2.5 mg/kg to 6 adult patients with severe renal failure. The peak and trough plasma levels during the 47 hours preceding hemodialysis were 8.5 mcg/mL and 0.7 mcg/mL, respectively.

Consult DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION section for recommended adjustments in dosing based upon creatinine clearance.

Pediatrics

Acyclovir pharmacokinetics were determined in 16 pediatric patients with normal renal function ranging in age from 3 months to 16 years at doses of approximately 10 mg/kg and 20 mg/kg every 8 hours (Table 3). Concentrations achieved at these regimens are similar to those in adults receiving 5 mg/kg and 10 mg/kg every 8 hours, respectively (Table 1). Acyclovir pharmacokinetics were determined in 12 patients ranging in age from birth to 3 months at doses of 5 mg/kg, 10 mg/kg, and 15 mg/kg every 8 hours (Table 3).

Table 3 Acyclovir Pharmacokinetics in Pediatric Patients (Mean ± SD)
Parameter
Aged from Birth to 3 Months
(n=12)
Aged 3 Months to 12 Years (n=16)
CL (mL/min/kg)
4.46 ± 1.61
8.44 ± 2.92
VDSS (L/kg)
1.08 ± 0.35
1.01 ± 0.28
Elimination half-life (hours)
3.80 ± 1.19
2.36 ± 0.97

Acyclovir pharmacokinetic samples were collected in full-term and pre-term neonates with normal renal function who received varying dosing regimens of acyclovir for the treatment of suspected neonatal HSV infection. Model-predicted pharmacokinetic parameters stratified by post-menstrual age (PMA) are summarized in Table 4.

Table 4 Acyclovir Pharmacokinetics in Neonates Aged from Birth to 3 Months
*
Administered over 1 hour.

Post-Menstrual
Age (PMA)
n

IV Dose*
Parameter (Median [Range])
Cminss (mg/L)
Cmaxss (mg/L)
CL
(L/h/kg)
V
(L/kg)
< 30 Weeks
13
500 mg/m2 every 8 h
or
3.92
(2.38 to 39.3)
10.3
(4.59 to 110)
0.21
(0.10 to 0.31)
2.88
(0.65 to 5.30)
10 mg/kg or 20 mg/kg every 12 h
30 to < 36 Weeks
9
500 mg/m2 every 8 h
or
5.10
(2.54 to 9.62)
8.83
(5.44 to 29.8)
0.45
(0.30 to 0.81)
4.49
(1.87 to 10.85)
10 mg/kg or 20 mg/kg every 12 h
or
20 mg/kg every 8 h
36 to 41 Weeks
6
500 mg/m2 every 8 h
2.90
(2.19 to 7.46)
12.4
(10.8 to 86.1)
0.59
(0.13 to 0.77)
2.55
(0.29 to 4.09)
Overall
28

4.15
11.1
0.28
3.34
(2.19 to 39.3)
(4.59 to 110)
(0.10 to 0.81)
(0.29 to 10.9)

Geriatrics

Acyclovir plasma concentrations are higher in geriatric patients compared with  younger adults, in part due to age-related changes in renal function. Dosage reduction may be required in geriatric patients with underlying renal impairment (see PRECAUTIONS:Geriatric Use).

Drug Interactions

Coadministration of probenecid with acyclovir has been shown to increase the mean acyclovir half-life and the area under the concentration-time curve. Urinary excretion and renal clearance were correspondingly reduced.

CLINICAL TRIALS

Herpes Simplex Infections in Immunocompromised Patients

A multicenter trial of acyclovir at a dose of 250 mg/m2 every 8 hours (750 mg/m2/day) for 7 days was conducted in 98 immunocompromised patients (73 adults and 25 children) with orofacial, esophageal, genital and other localized infections (52 treated with acyclovir and 46 with placebo). Acyclovir decreased virus excretion, reduced pain, and promoted healing of lesions.

Initial Episodes of Herpes Genitalis

In placebo-controlled trials, 58 patients with initial genital herpes were treated with intravenous acyclovir 5 mg/kg or placebo (27 patients treated with acyclovir and 31 treated with placebo) every 8 hours for 5 days. Acyclovir decreased the duration of viral excretion, new lesion formation, duration of vesicles, and promoted healing of lesions.

Herpes Simplex Encephalitis

Sixty-two patients aged 6 months to 79 years with brain biopsy-proven herpes simplex encephalitis were randomized to receive either acyclovir (10 mg/kg every 8 hours) or vidarabine (15 mg/kg/day) for 10 days (28 were treated with acyclovir and 34 with vidarabine). Overall mortality at 12 months for patients treated with acyclovir was 25% compared with 59% for patients treated with vidarabine. The proportion of patients treated with acyclovir functioning normally or with only mild sequelae (e.g., decreased attention span) was 32% compared with 12% of patients treated with vidarabine.

Patients younger than 30 years and those who had the least severe neurologic involvement at time of entry into study had the best outcome with treatment with acyclovir. An additional controlled study performed in Europe demonstrated similar findings.

Neonatal Herpes Simplex Virus Infection

The safety and efficacy of acyclovir was evaluated for the treatment of herpes simplex virus infection in neonates and infants. In one study (Study 1), Acyclovir Sodium Injection 10 mg/kg every 8 hours (30 mg/kg/day) was compared with vidarabine. In a follow-up study, (Study 2), Acyclovir Sodium Injection 20 mg/kg every 8 hours (60 mg/kg/day) was compared with Acyclovir Sodium Injection 15 mg/kg every 8 hours (45 mg/kg/day).

Study 2 was an open-label clinical trial with an objective of establishing the safety and efficacy of Acyclovir Sodium Injection 15 mg/kg every 8 hours (45 mg/kg/day) or 20 mg/kg every 8 hours (60 mg/kg/day) administered to neonates ≤ 28 days old with suspected HSV infection. Neonates aged ≤ 28 days with suspected HSV infection were eligible for enrollment. In total, 88 neonates were enrolled in the trial and received IV acyclovir for 21 days. Of the 88 subjects, 69 had confirmed systemic disease, 10 had confirmed localized disease, and 9 had suspected but unconfirmed infection. Among the 79 subjects with confirmed infection, 13 subjects received 45 mg/kg/day and 66 subjects received 60 mg/kg/day. The mean gestational ages (GA) were 37.5 and 37.9 weeks for the 45 mg/kg/day and 60 mg/kg/day doses, respectively. The number of premature infants (≤ 37 weeks GA) receiving 45 mg/kg/day and 60 mg/kg/day were 7 (54%) and 22 (33%), respectively.

Among 69 patients with proven systemic (disseminated or CNS) herpes infection, 57 were randomized to receive acyclovir (20 mg/kg every 8 hours) while the remaining 12 patients received a lower dose of acyclovir every 8 hours. Overall, the mortality among patients treated with acyclovir 20 mg/kg every 8 hours was lower compared with patients who received a lower dose of acyclovir.

Varicella-Zoster Infections in Immunocompromised Patients

A multicenter trial of acyclovir at a dose of 500 mg/m2 every 8 hours for 7 days was conducted in immunocompromised patients with zoster infections (shingles). Ninety-four (94) patients were evaluated (52 patients were treated with acyclovir and 42 with placebo).

Acyclovir was superior to placebo as measured by reductions in cutaneous dissemination and visceral dissemination.

INDICATIONS AND USAGE

Herpes Simplex Infections in Immunocompromised Patients

Acyclovir Sodium Injection is indicated for the treatment of initial and recurrent mucosal and cutaneous herpes simplex (HSV-1 and HSV-2) in immunocompromised patients.

Initial Episodes of Herpes Genitalis

Acyclovir Sodium Injection is indicated for the treatment of severe initial clinical episodes of herpes genitalis in immunocompetent patients.

Herpes Simplex Encephalitis

Acyclovir Sodium Injection is indicated for the treatment of herpes simplex encephalitis.

Neonatal Herpes Simplex Virus Infection

Acyclovir Sodium Injection is indicated for the treatment of neonates and infants with herpes simplex infections.

Varicella-Zoster Infections in Immunocompromised Patients

Acyclovir Sodium Injection is indicated for the treatment of varicella-zoster (shingles) infections in immunocompromised patients.

CONTRAINDICATIONS

Acyclovir Sodium Injection is contraindicated for patients who develop hypersensitivity to acyclovir or valacyclovir.

WARNINGS

Acyclovir Sodium Injection is intended for intravenous infusion only, and should not be administered topically, intramuscularly, orally, subcutaneously, or in the eye. Intravenous infusions must be given over a period of at least 1 hour to reduce the risk of renal tubular damage (see PRECAUTIONS and DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION).

Renal failure, in some cases resulting in death, has been observed with acyclovir therapy (see ADVERSE REACTIONS: Observed During Clinical Practice and OVERDOSAGE). Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura/hemolytic uremic syndrome (TTP/HUS), which has resulted in death, has occurred in immunocompromised patients receiving acyclovir therapy.

PRECAUTIONS

General

Precipitation of acyclovir crystals in renal tubules can occur if the maximum solubility of free acyclovir (2.5 mg/mL at 37°C in water) is exceeded or if the drug is administered by bolus injection. Ensuing renal tubular damage can produce acute renal failure.

Abnormal renal function (decreased creatinine clearance) can occur as a result of acyclovir administration and depends on the state of the patient's hydration, other treatments, and the rate of drug administration. Concomitant use of other nephrotoxic drugs, pre-existing renal disease, and dehydration make further renal impairment with acyclovir more likely. Administration of acyclovir by intravenous infusion must be accompanied by adequate hydration.

When dosage adjustments are required, they should be based on estimated creatinine clearance (see DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION).

Approximately 1% of patients receiving intravenous acyclovir have manifested encephalopathic changes characterized by either lethargy, obtundation, tremors, confusion, hallucinations, agitation, seizures, or coma. Acyclovir should be used with caution in those patients who have underlying neurologic abnormalities and those with serious renal, hepatic, or electrolyte abnormalities, or significant hypoxia.

Carcinogenesis, Mutagenesis, Impairment of Fertility

The data presented below include references to peak steady-state plasma acyclovir concentrations observed in humans treated with 30 mg/kg/day (10 mg/kg every 8 hours, dosing appropriate for treatment of herpes zoster or herpes encephalitis), or 15 mg/kg/day (5 mg/kg every 8 hours, dosing appropriate for treatment of primary genital herpes or herpes simplex infections in immunocompromised patients). Plasma drug concentrations in animal studies are expressed as multiples of human exposure to acyclovir at the higher and lower dosing schedules (see CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY: Pharmacokinetics).

Acyclovir was tested in lifetime bioassays in rats and mice at single daily doses of up to 450 mg/kg administered by gavage. There was no statistically significant difference in the incidence of tumors between treated and control animals, nor did acyclovir shorten the latency of tumors. At 450 mg/kg/day, plasma concentrations in both the mouse and rat bioassay were lower than concentrations in humans.

Acyclovir was tested in 16 in vitro and in vivo genetic toxicity assays. Acyclovir was positive in 5 of the assays.

Acyclovir did not impair fertility or reproduction in mice (450 mg/kg/day, p.o.) or in rats (25 mg/kg/day, s.c.). In the mouse study, plasma levels were the same as human levels, while in the rat study, they were 1 to 2 times human levels. At higher doses (50 mg/kg/day, s.c.) in rats and rabbits (1 to 2 and 1 to 3 times human levels, respectively) implantation efficacy, but not litter size, was decreased. In a rat peri- and post-natal study at 50 mg/kg/day, s.c., there was a statistically significant decrease in group mean numbers of corpora lutea, total implantation sites, and live fetuses.

No testicular abnormalities were seen in dogs given 50 mg/kg/day IV for 1 month (1 to 3 times human levels) or in dogs given 60 mg/kg/day orally for 1 year (the same as human levels). Testicular atrophy and aspermatogenesis were observed in rats and dogs at higher dose levels.

Pregnancy

Teratogenic Effects 

Acyclovir administered during organogenesis was not teratogenic in the mouse (450 mg/kg/day, p.o.), rabbit (50 mg/kg/day, s.c. and IV) or rat (50 mg/kg/day, s.c.). These exposures resulted in plasma levels the same as, 4 and 9, and 1 and 2 times, respectively, human levels.

There are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women. A prospective epidemiologic registry of acyclovir use during pregnancy was established in 1984 and completed in April 1999. There were 749 pregnancies followed in women exposed to systemic acyclovir during the first trimester of pregnancy resulting in 756 outcomes. The occurrence rate of birth defects approximated that found in the general population. However, the small size of the registry was insufficient to evaluate the risk for less common defects or to permit reliable or definitive conclusions regarding the safety of acyclovir in pregnant women and their developing fetuses. Acyclovir should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus.

Nursing Mothers

Acyclovir concentrations have been documented in breast milk in 2 women following oral administration of acyclovir and ranged from 0.6 to 4.1 times corresponding plasma levels. These concentrations would potentially expose the nursing infant to a dose of acyclovir up to 0.3 mg/kg/day. Acyclovir should be administered to a nursing mother with caution and only when indicated.

Pediatric Use

The safety and efficacy of Acyclovir Sodium Injection for Injection has been evaluated in pediatric patients, including neonates (see CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY, CLINICAL TRIALS, INDICATIONS AND USAGE, ADVERSE REACTIONS and DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION).

Geriatric Use

Clinical studies of acyclovir did not include sufficient numbers of patients aged 65 and older to determine whether they respond differently from younger patients. Other reported clinical experience has identified differences in the severity of CNS adverse events between elderly and younger patients (see ADVERSE REACTIONS: Observed During Clinical Practice). In general, dose selection for an elderly patient should be cautious, reflecting the greater frequency of decreased renal function, and of concomitant disease or other drug therapy. This drug is known to be substantially excreted by the kidney, and the risk of toxic reactions to this drug may be greater in patients with impaired renal function. Because elderly patients are more likely to have decreased renal function, care should be taken in dose selection, and it may be useful to monitor renal function.

ADVERSE REACTIONS

Adult and Pediatric Clinical Trials

The adverse reactions listed below have been observed in controlled and uncontrolled clinical trials in approximately 700 patients who received acyclovir at ~5 mg/kg (250 mg/m2) 3 times daily, and approximately 300 patients who received ~10 mg/kg (500 mg/m2) 3 times daily.

The most frequent adverse reactions reported during administration of acyclovir were inflammation or phlebitis at the injection site in approximately 9% of the patients, and transient elevations of serum creatinine or BUN in 5% to 10% (the higher incidence occurred usually following rapid [less than 10 minutes] intravenous infusion). Nausea and/or vomiting occurred in approximately 7% of the patients (the majority occurring in non-hospitalized patients who received 10 mg/kg). Itching, rash, or hives occurred in approximately 2% of patients. Elevation of transaminases occurred in 1% to 2% of patients.

The following hematologic abnormalities occurred at a frequency of less than 1%: anemia, neutropenia, thrombocytopenia, thrombocytosis, leukocytosis, and neutrophilia. In addition, anorexia and hematuria were observed.

Neonatal Clinical Trial

In Study 2, 72 of the 88 enrolled neonates received 60 mg/kg/day. Among subjects with recorded normal baseline values, the following laboratory abnormalities were reported: 6% (4/64) with Grade 3 or 4 increase in creatinine; 4% (2/52) with total bilirubin Grade 3 or 4 toxicity; 13% (8/64) with hemoglobin < 8 gram%; 16% (10/64) and 3% (2/64) with absolute neutrophil count 500 to 1,000 cells/mm3 and < 500 cells/mm3, respectively; 10% (6/63) and 5% (3/63) with platelet count 50,000 to 100,000 and < 50,000, respectively.

Observed During Clinical Practice

In addition to adverse events reported from clinical trials, the following events have been identified during post-approval use of Acyclovir Sodium Injection in clinical practice. Because they are reported voluntarily from a population of unknown size, estimates of frequency cannot be made. These events have been chosen for inclusion due to either their seriousness, frequency of reporting, potential causal connection to acyclovir, or a combination of these factors.

General: Anaphylaxis, angioedema, fatigue, fever, headache, pain, peripheral edema.

Digestive: Abdominal pain, diarrhea, gastrointestinal distress, nausea.

Cardiovascular: Hypotension.

Hematologic and Lymphatic: Disseminated intravascular coagulation, hemolysis, leukocytoclastic vasculitis, leukopenia, lymphadenopathy.

Hepatobiliary Tract and Pancreas: Elevated liver function tests, hepatitis, hyperbilirubinemia, jaundice.

Musculoskeletal: Myalgia.

Nervous: Aggressive behavior, agitation, ataxia, coma, confusion, delirium, dizziness, dysarthria, encephalopathy, hallucinations, obtundation, paresthesia, psychosis, seizure, somnolence, tremor. These symptoms may be marked, particularly in older adults (see PRECAUTIONS).

Skin: Alopecia, erythema multiforme, photosensitive rash, pruritus, rash, Stevens-Johnson syndrome, toxic epidermal necrolysis, urticaria. Severe local inflammatory reactions, including tissue necrosis, have occurred following infusion of acyclovir into extravascular tissues.

Special Senses: Visual abnormalities.

Urogenital: Renal failure, elevated blood urea nitrogen, elevated creatinine (see WARNINGS).

OVERDOSAGE

Overdoses involving ingestions of up to 20 g have been reported. Adverse events that have been reported in association with overdosage include agitation, coma, seizures, and lethargy. Precipitation of acyclovir in renal tubules may occur when the solubility (2.5 mg/mL) is exceeded in the intratubular fluid. Overdosage has been reported following bolus injections or inappropriately high doses and in patients whose fluid and electrolyte balance were not properly monitored. This has resulted in elevated BUN and serum creatinine and subsequent renal failure. In the event of acute renal failure and anuria, the patient may benefit from hemodialysis until

renal function is restored (see DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION).

DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION

CAUTION - RAPID OR BOLUS INTRAVENOUS INJECTION MUST BE AVOIDED (see WARNINGS and PRECAUTIONS).

INTRAMUSCULAR OR SUBCUTANEOUS INJECTION MUST BE AVOIDED (see WARNINGS).

Therapy should be initiated as early as possible following onset of signs and symptoms of herpes infections. A maximum dose equivalent to 20 mg/kg every 8 hours should not be exceeded for any patient.

Dosage

1.         Herpes Simplex Infections: Mucosal and Cutaneous Herpes Simplex (HSV-1 and HSV-2) Infections in Immunocompromised Patients:

2.         Severe Initial Clinical Episodes of Herpes Genitalis:

3.         Herpes Simplex Encephalitis:

4.         Neonatal Herpes Simplex Virus Infections:

In neonates with ongoing medical conditions affecting their renal function beyond the effect of prematurity, the doses recommended should be used with caution.

5.         Varicella Zoster Infections: Zoster in Immunocompromised Patients:

6.         Patients with Acute or Chronic Renal Impairment (Older than 3 Months): Refer to DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION section for recommended doses and adjust the dosing interval as indicated in Table 6.

Table 6 Dosage Adjustments for Patients with Renal Impairment
Creatinine Clearance
(mL/min/1.73 m2)
Percent of Recommended Dose
Dosing Interval (hours)
> 50
100%
8
>25 to 50
100%
12
>10 to 25
100%
24
≤ 10
50%
24

Hemodialysis

For patients who require dialysis, the mean plasma half-life of acyclovir during hemodialysis is approximately 5 hours. This results in a 60% decrease in plasma concentrations following a 6-hour dialysis period. Therefore, the patient's dosing schedule should be adjusted so that an additional dose is administered after each dialysis.

Peritoneal Dialysis

No supplemental dose appears to be necessary after adjustment of the dosing interval.

Administration

The calculated dose should then be removed and added to any appropriate intravenous solution at a volume selected for administration during each 1 hour infusion. Infusion concentrations of approximately 7 mg/mL or lower are recommended. In clinical studies, the average 70 kg adult received between 60 and 150 mL of fluid per dose. Higher concentrations (e.g., 10 mg/mL) may produce phlebitis or inflammation at the injection site upon inadvertent extravasation. Standard, commercially available electrolyte and glucose solutions are suitable for intravenous administration; biologic or colloidal fluids (e.g., blood products, protein solutions, etc.) are not recommended.

Once diluted for administration, each dose should be used within 24 hours.

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

HOW SUPPLIED

Acyclovir Sodium Injection is available as:

NDC
Acyclovir Sodium Injection50 mg/mL
Packaging
68382-048-10
10 mL
10  vials packed in a carton
68382-049-10
20 mL
10  vials packed in a carton

Storage

Store at 20°C to 25°C (68°F to 77°F) [see USP Controlled Room Temperature].

Discard unused portion.

This container closure is not made with natural rubber latex.

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

Manufactured by:

Cadila Healthcare Ltd.

Ahmedabad, India

Distributed by:

Zydus Pharmaceuticals (USA) Inc.

Pennington, NJ 08534

Rev.: 06/21

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ACYCLOVIR 
acyclovir injection, solution
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Product TypeHUMAN PRESCRIPTION DRUGItem Code (Source)NDC:68382-048
Route of AdministrationINTRAVENOUS
Active Ingredient/Active Moiety
Ingredient NameBasis of StrengthStrength
ACYCLOVIR SODIUM (UNII: 927L42J563) (ACYCLOVIR - UNII:X4HES1O11F) ACYCLOVIR50 mg  in 1 mL
Inactive Ingredients
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ACYCLOVIR 
acyclovir injection, solution
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Route of AdministrationINTRAVENOUS
Active Ingredient/Active Moiety
Ingredient NameBasis of StrengthStrength
ACYCLOVIR SODIUM (UNII: 927L42J563) (ACYCLOVIR - UNII:X4HES1O11F) ACYCLOVIR50 mg  in 1 mL
Inactive Ingredients
Ingredient NameStrength
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Cadila Healthcare Limited918596198MANUFACTURE(68382-048, 68382-049) , ANALYSIS(68382-048, 68382-049)
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NameAddressID/FEIBusiness Operations
Cadila Healthcare Limited873671928MANUFACTURE(68382-048, 68382-049) , ANALYSIS(68382-048, 68382-049)

Revised: 6/2021
Document Id: 0f52a0ef-e0e9-4283-8458-18a17adec8e0
Set id: 69a98000-adef-4323-89a7-09e035a257d4
Version: 6
Effective Time: 20210609
 
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