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Epoetin alfa Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Warnings

Epoetin alfa is also known as: Epogen, Procrit, Retacrit

Medically reviewed on Jun 19, 2018

Epoetin alfa Pregnancy Warnings

Animal studies have revealed increased pre- and post-implantation loss, decreased live fetuses in the presence of maternal toxicity, and evidence of fetotoxicity. There are no controlled data in human pregnancy.

Women who become pregnant during treatment with this drug are encouraged to enroll in Amgen's Pregnancy Surveillance Program. Patients or their physicians should call 1-800-77-AMGEN to enroll. (US)

AU TGA pregnancy category B3: Drugs which have been taken by only a limited number of pregnant women and women of childbearing age, without an increase in the frequency of malformation or other direct or indirect harmful effects on the human fetus having been observed. Studies in animals have shown evidence of an increased occurrence of fetal damage, the significance of which is considered uncertain in humans.

US FDA pregnancy category Not Assigned: The US FDA has amended the pregnancy labeling rule for prescription drug products to require labeling that includes a summary of risk, a discussion of the data supporting that summary, and relevant information to help health care providers make prescribing decisions and counsel women about the use of drugs during pregnancy. Pregnancy categories A, B, C, D, and X are being phased out.

Use of preparations containing benzyl alcohol is contraindicated; benzyl alcohol-free preparations should be used during pregnancy only if the benefit outweighs the risk to the fetus.

AU TGA pregnancy category: B3
US FDA pregnancy category: Not assigned

Risk Summary: Benzyl alcohol has been associated with serious adverse reactions and death when administered IV to neonates and infants, and there is potential for similar risks to fetuses exposed to benzyl alcohol in utero.

Comments: This drug is not recommended in pregnant surgical patients participating in an autologous blood predonation program.

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Epoetin alfa Breastfeeding Warnings

US: Use of preparations containing benzyl alcohol is contraindicated; caution is recommended with benzyl alcohol-free preparations.
UK: A decision should be made to discontinue breastfeeding or discontinue the drug, taking into account the importance of the drug to the mother.
AU: This drug should be used only if clearly needed.

Excreted into human milk: Unknown
Excreted into animal milk: Data not available

Comments:
-This drug is not recommended in lactating surgical patients participating in an autologous blood predonation program.
-Advise lactating women not to breastfeed for at least 2 weeks after the last dose of benzyl alcohol-containing preparations of this drug.

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References for pregnancy information

  1. Cerner Multum, Inc. "Australian Product Information." O 0
  2. Cerner Multum, Inc. "UK Summary of Product Characteristics." O 0
  3. "Product Information. Epogen (epoetin alfa)." Amgen, Thousand Oaks, CA.
  4. "Product Information. Procrit (epoetin alfa)." Ortho Biotech Inc, Raritan, NJ.

References for breastfeeding information

  1. Cerner Multum, Inc. "UK Summary of Product Characteristics." O 0
  2. "Product Information. Epogen (epoetin alfa)." Amgen, Thousand Oaks, CA.
  3. Cerner Multum, Inc. "Australian Product Information." O 0
  4. "Product Information. Procrit (epoetin alfa)." Ortho Biotech Inc, Raritan, NJ.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

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