Label Changes for:

Ontak (denileukin difttox) Solution for Intravenous Use

October 2008

Changes have been made to the BOXED WARNING, WARNINGS, PRECAUTIONS and ADVERSE REACTIONS sections of the safety label.

Detailed View: Safety Labeling Changes Approved By FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) -- October 2008

 

The detailed view includes drug products with safety labeling changes to the BOXED WARNING, CONTRAINDICATIONS, WARNINGS, PRECAUTIONS, ADVERSE REACTIONS, or PATIENT PACKAGE INSERT/MEDICATION GUIDE sections. Deletions or editorial revisions made to these sections are not included in this summary. Read about the new physician labeling format.


Summary View

 

Sections Modified

Summary of Changes to Contraindications and Warnings

BOXED WARNING

  • WARNING: SERIOUS INFUSION REACTIONS, CAPILLARY LEAK SYNDROME AND LOSS OF VISUAL ACUITY.

WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS

  • Infusion Reactions
  • Capillary Leak Syndrome
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ADVERSE REACTIONS

  • Clinical Studies Experience
    • Initial Section
    • Table 1 (new)
    • Hepatobiliary Disorders
  • Immunogenicity

USE IN SPECIFIC POPULATIONS

  • Nursing Mothers
  • Geriatric Use

PATIENT COUNSELING INFORMATION (new)

BOXED WARNING

WARNING: SERIOUS INFUSION REACTIONS, CAPILLARY LEAK SYNDROME AND LOSS OF VISUAL ACUITY.
The following adverse reactions have been reported:

  • Serious and fatal infusion reactions. Administer Ontak in a facility equipped and staffed for cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Immediately stop and permanently discontinue Ontak for serious infusion reactions [see Warnings and Precautions (5.1)].
  • Capillary leak syndrome resulting in death. Monitor weight, edema, blood pressure and serum albumin levels prior to and during Ontak treatment [see Warnings and Precautions (5.2)].
  • Loss of visual acuity and color vision [see Warnings and Precautions (5.3)].

WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS

Infusion Reactions:

Infusion reactions, defined as symptoms occurring within 24 hours of infusion and resolving within 48 hours of the last infusion in that course, were reported in 70.5% (165/234) of Ontak-treated patients across 3 clinical studies utilizing the approved doses and schedule. Serious infusion reactions were reported in 8.1% (19/234) of Ontak-treated patients. There have been post-marketing reports of infusion reactions resulting in death.

For patients completing at least 4 courses of Ontak treatment in Study 1 [see Clinical Studies (14.1)], the incidence of infusion reactions was lower in the 3rd and 4th cycles as compared to the 1st and 2nd cycles of Ontak.

Resuscitative equipment should be available during Ontak administration. Immediately stop and permanently discontinue Ontak for serious infusion reactions.

Capillary Leak Syndrome:

Capillary leak syndrome was defined as the occurrence of at least 2 of the following 3 symptoms (hypotension, edema, serum albumin <3.0 g/dL) at any time during Ontak therapy. These symptoms were not required to occur simultaneously to be characterized as capillary leak syndrome. As defined, capillary leak syndrome was reported in 32.5% (76/234) of Ontak-treated patients. Among these 76 patients with capillary leak syndrome, one-third required hospitalization or medical intervention to prevent hospitalization. There have been post-marketing reports of capillary leak syndrome resulting in death.

The onset of symptoms in patients with capillary leak syndrome may be delayed, occurring up to 2 weeks following infusion. Symptoms may persist or worsen after the cessation of Ontak.

Regularly assess patients for weight gain, new onset or worsening edema, hypotension (including orthostatic changes) and monitor serum albumin levels prior to the initiation of each course of therapy and more often as clinically indicated. Withhold Ontak for serum albumin levels of less than 3.0 g/dL [see Warnings and Precautions (5.5)].

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