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Levofloxacin Ophthalmic Solution


Dosage Form: ophthalmic solution

Levofloxacin Ophthalmic Solution, 0.5%

Levofloxacin Ophthalmic Solution Description

Levofloxacin Ophthalmic Solution, 0.5% is a sterile topical ophthalmic solution.  Levofloxacin is a fluoroquinolone antibacterial active against a broad spectrum of Gram-positive and Gram-negative ocular pathogens.  Levofloxacin is the pure (-)-(S)-enantiomer of the racemic drug substance, ofloxacin.  It is more soluble in water at neutral pH than ofloxacin.

Chemical Name:(-)-(S)-9-fluoro-2,3-dihydro-3-methyl-10-(4-methyl-1-piperazinyl)-7-oxo-7H-pyrido [1,2,3-de]-1,4 benzoxazine-6-carboxylic acid hemihydrate. 

Levofloxacin (hemihydrate) is a light yellow powder. Each mL of Levofloxacin Ophthalmic Solution, 0.5% contains 5.12 mg of levofloxacin hemihydrate equivalent to 5 mg levofloxacin. 

Contains:  Levofloxacin 5 mg equivalent to 5.12 mg levofloxacin hemihydrate with benzalkonium chloride 0.005%, sodium chloride, water for injection, hydrochloric acid and/or sodium hydroxide (to adjust pH). 

Levofloxacin Ophthalmic Solution, 0.5% is isotonic and formulated at pH 6.5 with an osmolality of approximately 300 mOsm/kg.  Levofloxacin is a fluorinated 4-quinolone containing a six-member (pyridobenzoxazine) ring from positions 1 to 8 of the basic ring structure.

Levofloxacin Ophthalmic Solution - Clinical Pharmacology


Levofloxacin concentration in plasma was measured in 15 healthy adult volunteers at various time points during a 15-day course of treatment with Levofloxacin Ophthalmic Solution, 0.5%.  The mean levofloxacin concentration in plasma 1 hour postdose, ranged from 0.86 ng/mL on Day 1 to 2.05 ng/mL on Day 15.  The highest maximum mean levofloxacin concentration of 2.25 ng/mL was measured on Day 4 following 2 days of dosing every 2 hours for a total of 8 doses per day.  Maximum mean levofloxacin concentrations increased from 0.94 ng/mL on Day 1 to 2.15 ng/mL on Day 15, which is more than 1,000 times lower than those reported after standard Oral doses of Ievofloxacin. 

Levofloxacin concentration in tears was measured in 30 healthy adult volunteers at various time points following instillation of a single drop of Levofloxacin Ophthalmic Solution, 0.5%.  Mean Ievofloxacin concentrations in tears ranged from 34.9 to 221.1 µg/mL during the 60-minute period following the single dose.  The mean tear concentrations measured 4 and 6 hours postdose were 17.0 and 6.6 µg/mL.  The clinical significance of these concentrations is unknown.


Levofloxacin is the L-isomer of the racemate, ofloxacin, a quinolone antimicrobial agent.  The antibacterial activity of ofloxacin resides primarily in the L-isomer.  The mechanism of action of levofloxacin and other fluoroquinolone antimicrobials involves the inhibition of bacterial topoisomerase IV and DNA gyrase (both of which are type II topoisomerases), enzymes required for DNA replication, transcription, repair, and recombination. 

Levofloxacin has in vitro activity against a wide range of Gram-negative and Gram-positive microorganisms and is often bactericidal at concentrations equal to or slightly greater than inhibitory concentrations. 

Fluoroquinolones, including Ievofloxacin, differ in chemical structure and mode of action from β-lactam antibiotics and aminoglycosides, and therefore may be active against bacteria resistant to β-Iactam antibiotics and aminoglycosides.  Additionally, β-Iactam antibiotics and aminoglycosides may be active against bacteria resistant to Ievofloxacin.  

Resistance to Ievofloxacin due to spontaneous mutation in vitro is a rare occurrence (range: 10-9 to 10-10).  

Levofloxacin has been shown to be active against most strains of the following microorganisms, both in vitro and in clinical infections as described in the INDICATION AND USAGE section:


Corynebacterium species* Acinetobacter lwoffii*
Staphylococcus aureus Haemophilus influenzae
Staphylococcus epidermidis Serratia marcescens*
Streptococcus pneumoniae  
Streptococcus (Groups C/F)  
Streptococcus (Group G)  
Viridans group streptococci  
* Efficacy for this organism was studied in fewer than 10 infections.

The following in vitro data are also available, but their clinical significance in ophthalmic infections is unknown.  The safety and effectiveness of Ievofloxacin in treating ophthalmological infections due to these microorganisms have not been established in adequate and well-controlled trials. 

These organisms are considered susceptible when evaluated using systemic breakpoints.  However, a correlation between the in vitro systemic breakpoint and ophthalmological efficacy has not been established.  The list of organisms is provided as guidance only in assessing the potential treatment of conjunctival infections.  Levofloxacin exhibits in vitro minimal inhibitory concentrations (MICs) of   2 µg/mL or less (systemic susceptible breakpoint) against most (≥90%) strains of the following ocular pathogens.


Enterococcus faecalis Streptococcus agalactiae
Staphylococcus saprophyticus Streptococcus pyogenes
Acinetobacter anitratus Legionella pneumophila
Acinetobacter baumannii Moraxella catarrhalis
Citrobacter diversus Morganella morganii
Citrobacter freundii Neisseria gonorrhoeae
Enterobacter aerogenes Proteus mirabilis
Enterobacter agglomerans Proteus vulgaris
Enterobacter cloacae Providencia rettgeri
Escherichia coli Providencia stuartii
Haemophilus parainfluenzae Pseudomonas aeruginosa
Klebsiella oxytoca Pseudomonas fluorescens
Klebsiella pneumoniae  

Clinical Studies

In randomized, double-masked, multicenter controlled clinical trials where patients were dosed for 5 days, Levofloxacin Ophthalmic Solution, 0.5% demonstrated clinical cures in 79% of patients treated for bacterial conjunctivitis on the final study visit day (day 6-10).   Microbial Outcomes for the same clinical trials demonstrated an eradication rate for presumed pathogens of 90%.

Indications and Usage for Levofloxacin Ophthalmic Solution

Levofloxacin Ophthalmic Solution, 0.5% is indicated for the treatment of bacterial conjunctivitis caused by susceptible strains of the following organisms: 

Corynebacterium species* Acinetobacter lwoffii*
Staphylococcus aureus Haemophilus influenzae
Staphylococcus epidermidis Serratia marcescens*
Streptococcus pneumoniae  
Streptococcus (Groups C/F)  
Streptococcus (Group G)  
Viridans group streptococci  

*Efficacy for this organism was studied in fewer than 10 infections.



Levofloxacin Ophthalmic Solution, 0.5% is contraindicated in patients with history of hypersensitivity to levofloxacin, to other quinolones, or to any of the components in this medication.



Levofloxacin Ophthalmic Solution, 0.5% should not be injected subconjunctivally, nor should it be introduced directly into the anterior chamber of the eye. 

In patients receiving systemic quinolones, serious and occasionally fatal hypersensitivity (anaphylactic) reactions have been reported, some following the first dose.  Some reactions were accompanied by cardiovascular collapse, loss of consciousness, angioedema (including laryngeal, pharyngeal or facial edema), airway obstruction, dyspnea, urticaria, and itching.  If an allergic reaction to Ievofloxacin occurs, discontinue the drug.  Serious acute hypersensitivity reactions may require immediate emergency treatment.  Oxygen and airway management should be administered as clinically indicated.



As with other anti-infectives, prolonged use may result in overgrowth of non-susceptible organisms, including fungi.  If superinfection occurs, discontinue use and institute alternative therapy.  Whenever clinical judgment dictates, the patient should be examined with the aid of magnification, such as slit-lamp biomicroscopy, and, where appropriate, fluorescein staining. 

Patients should be advised not to wear contact lenses if they have signs and symptoms of bacterial conjunctivitis.

Information for Patients

Avoid contaminating the applicator tip with material from the eye, fingers or other source. 

Systemic quinolones have been associated with hypersensitivity reactions, even following a single dose.  Discontinue use immediately and contact your physician at the first sign of a rash or allergic reaction.

Drug Interactions

Specific drug interaction studies have not been conducted with Levofloxacin Ophthalmic Solution, 0.5%.  However, the systemic administration of some quinolones has been shown to elevate plasma concentrations of theophylline, interfere with the metabolism of caffeine, and enhance the effects of the oral anticoagulant warfarin and its derivatives, and has been associated with transient elevations in serum creatinine in patients receiving systemic cyclosporine concomitantly.

Carcinogenesis, Mutagenesis, Impairment of Fertility

ln a long term carcinogenicity study in rats, levofloxacin exhibited no carcinogenic or tumorigenic potential following daily dietary administration; the highest dose (100 mg/kg/day) was 875 times the highest recommended human ophthalmic dose. 

Levofloxacin was not mutagenic in the following assays: Ames bacterial mutation assay (S. typhimurium and E. coli), CHO/HGPRT forward mutation assay, mouse micronucleus test, mouse dominant lethal test, rat unscheduled DNA synthesis assay, and the in vivo mouse sister chromatid exchange assay.  It was positive in the in vitro chromosomal aberration (CHL cell line) and in vitro sister chromatid exchange (CHL/IU cell Iine) assays. 

Levofloxacin caused no impairment of fertility or reproduction in rats at oral doses as high as 360 mg/kg/day, corresponding to 3,150 times the highest recommended human ophthalmic dose.

Pregnancy: Teratogenic Effects: Pregnancy: Category C.

Levofloxacin at oral doses of 810 mg/kg/day in rats, which corresponds to approximately 7,000 times the highest recommended human ophthalmic dose, caused decreased fetal body weight and increased fetal mortality. 

No teratogenic effect was observed when rabbits were dosed orally as high as 50 mg/kg/day, which corresponds to approximately 400 times the highest recommended maximum human ophthalmic dose, or when dosed intravenously as high as 25 mg/kg/day, corresponding to approximately 200 times the highest recommended human ophthalmic dose. 

There are, however, no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women.  Levofloxacin should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus.

Nursing Mothers

Levofloxacin has not been measured in human milk.  Based upon data from ofloxacin, it can be presumed that levofloxacin is excreted in human milk.  Caution should be exercised when Levofloxacin Ophthalmic Solution, 0.5% is administered to a nursing mother.

Pediatric Use

Safely and effectiveness in infants below the age of one year have not been established.  Oral administration of quinolones has been shown to cause arthropathy in immature animals.  There is no evidence that the ophthalmic administration of levofloxacin has any effect on weight bearing joints.

Geriatric Use

No overall differences in safety or effectiveness have been observed between elderly and other adult patients.

Adverse Reactions

The most frequently reported adverse events in the overall study population were transient decreased vision, fever, foreign body sensation, headache, transient ocular burning, ocular pain or discomfort, pharyngitis and photophobia.  These events occurred in approximately 1-3% of patients.  Other reported reactions occurring in less than 1% of patients included allergic reactions, lid edema, ocular dryness, and ocular itching.

Levofloxacin Ophthalmic Solution Dosage and Administration

Days 1 and 2

Instill one to two drops in the affected eye(s) every 2 hours while awake, up to 8 times per day.

Days 3 through 7

Instill one to two drops in the affected eye(s) every 4 hours while awake, up to 4 times per day.

How is Levofloxacin Ophthalmic Solution Supplied

Levofloxacin Ophthalmic Solution, 0.5% is a clear light yellow solution supplied in a white opaque ophthalmic bottle with a white translucent dropper and a white opaque plastic cap with sealing tape in the following size: 

5 mL fill in 5 mL bottle – NDC 60505-0573-1 


Store at 20º - 25°C (68º - 77°F) [See USP Controlled Room Temperature].

Manufactured by:
Apotex Inc.
Toronto, Ontario
Canada  M9L 1T9
Manufactured for:
Apotex Corp.
Weston, FL


June 2007

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Levofloxacin Ophthalmic Solution


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Levofloxacin Ophthalmic Solution


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Product Information
Product Type HUMAN PRESCRIPTION DRUG LABEL Item Code (Source) NDC:60505-0573
Route of Administration OPHTHALMIC DEA Schedule     
Active Ingredient/Active Moiety
Ingredient Name Basis of Strength Strength
Inactive Ingredients
Ingredient Name Strength
# Item Code Package Description
1 NDC:60505-0573-1 1 BOTTLE, DROPPER in 1 CARTON
Marketing Information
Marketing Category Application Number or Monograph Citation Marketing Start Date Marketing End Date
ANDA ANDA078282 12/20/2010 12/21/2012
Labeler - Apotex Corp (845263701)
Registrant - Apotex Inc (209429182)
Name Address ID/FEI Operations
Apotex Inc 255092496 manufacture(60505-0573), analysis(60505-0573)
Revised: 10/2012
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