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Ertugliflozin Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Warnings

Ertugliflozin is also known as: Steglatro

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Aug 30, 2018.

Ertugliflozin Pregnancy Warnings

Animal studies have revealed evidence of adverse renal changes. Rats receiving doses approximately 13 times the maximum clinical dose during a period of renal development (corresponding to late second and third trimester of human pregnancy) experienced renal pelvic and tubule dilations and renal mineralization that were not fully reversible. At maternally toxic doses, reduced fetal viability, and a higher incidence of visceral malformation (membranous ventricular septal defect) were observed. Poorly controlled diabetes during pregnancy is associated with increased risk for major birth defects, still birth, and macrosomia related mortality. There are no controlled data in human pregnancy.

AU TGA pregnancy category D: Drugs which have caused, are suspected to have caused or may be expected to cause, an increased incidence of human fetal malformations or irreversible damage. These drugs may also have adverse pharmacological effects. Accompanying texts should be consulted for further details.

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.

Not recommended during the second and third trimesters of pregnancy

AU TGA pregnancy category: D
US FDA pregnancy category: Not Assigned

Risk Summary: Animal data has shown adverse renal effects with administration during the renal development period which corresponds to the late second and third trimesters of human pregnancy; poorly controlled diabetes during pregnancy increases maternal and fetal risks of adverse outcomes.

Comments: Insulin is generally considered the drug of choice for diabetes management during pregnancy.

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Ertugliflozin Breastfeeding Warnings

Not recommended

Excreted into human milk: Unknown
Excreted into animal milk: Yes

Comment: Women should be advised to avoid breastfeeding because of the potential for this drug to affect postnatal renal development.

While it is unknown if this drug is excreted into human milk, there is potential for serious harm to the developing kidney if the breastfed infant is exposed. Human kidney maturation occurs in utero and during the first 2 years of life. This drug was found in rat milk. An increased risk to the developing kidney (persistent increased organ weight, renal mineralization, renal pelvic and tubular dilations) has been observed in juvenile rats directly exposed to this drug during a developmental period corresponding to human kidney maturation.

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References for pregnancy information

  1. Cerner Multum, Inc. "UK Summary of Product Characteristics." O 0
  2. Cerner Multum, Inc. "Australian Product Information." O 0
  3. "Product Information. Steglatro (ertugliflozin)." Merck & Company Inc, Whitehouse Station, NJ.

References for breastfeeding information

  1. Cerner Multum, Inc. "Australian Product Information." O 0
  2. Cerner Multum, Inc. "UK Summary of Product Characteristics." O 0
  3. "Product Information. Steglatro (ertugliflozin)." Merck & Company Inc, Whitehouse Station, NJ.

Further information

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