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Restasis

Pronunciation

Generic Name: cyclosporine
Dosage Form: ophthalmic emulsion

1       INDICATIONS AND USAGE

Restasis® ophthalmic emulsion is indicated to increase tear production in patients whose tear production is presumed to be suppressed due to ocular inflammation associated with keratoconjunctivitis sicca. Increased tear production was not seen in patients currently taking topical anti-inflammatory drugs or using punctal plugs.

2       DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION

Invert the unit dose vial a few times to obtain a uniform, white, opaque emulsion before using. Instill one drop of Restasis® ophthalmic emulsion twice a day in each eye approximately 12 hours apart. Restasis® can be used concomitantly with lubricant eye drops, allowing a 15-minute interval between products. Discard vial immediately after use.

3       DOSAGE FORMS AND STRENGTHS

Ophthalmic emulsion containing cyclosporine 0.5 mg/mL

4       CONTRAINDICATIONS

Restasis® is contraindicated in patients with known or suspected hypersensitivity to any of the ingredients in the formulation.

5       WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS

5.1       Potential for Eye Injury and Contamination

 Be careful not to touch the vial tip to your eye or other surfaces to avoid potential for eye injury and contamination.

5.2 Use with Contact Lenses

Restasis® should not be administered while wearing contact lenses. Patients with decreased tear production typically should not wear contact lenses. If contact lenses are worn, they should be removed prior to the administration of the emulsion. Lenses may be reinserted 15 minutes following administration of Restasis® ophthalmic emulsion.

6       ADVERSE REACTIONS

The following serious adverse reactions are described elsewhere in the labeling:

  • Potential for Eye Injury and Contamination [see Warnings and Precautions (5.1)]

6.1       Clinical Trials Experience

Because clinical trials are conducted under widely varying conditions, adverse reaction rates observed in the clinical trials of a drug cannot be directly compared to rates in the clinical trials of another drug and may not reflect the rates observed in practice.

In clinical trials, the most common adverse reaction following the use of Restasis® was ocular burning (17%).

Other reactions reported in 1% to 5% of patients included conjunctival hyperemia, discharge, epiphora, eye pain, foreign body sensation, pruritus, stinging, and visual disturbance (most often blurring).

6.2       Post-marketing Experience

The following adverse reactions have been identified during post approval use of Restasis®. Because these reactions are reported voluntarily from a population of uncertain size, it is not always possible to reliably estimate their frequency or establish a causal relationship to drug exposure.

Reported reactions have included: hypersensitivity (including eye swelling, urticaria, rare cases of severe angioedema, face swelling, tongue swelling, pharyngeal edema, and dyspnea); and superficial injury of the eye (from the vial tip touching the eye during administration). 

8       USE IN SPECIFIC POPULATIONS

8.1       Pregnancy

Risk Summary

Clinical administration of cyclosporine ophthalmic emulsion 0.05% is not detected systemically following topical ocular administration [see Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)], and maternal use is not expected to result in fetal exposure to the drug. Oral administration of cyclosporine to pregnant rats or rabbits did not produce teratogenicity at clinically relevant doses [see Data].

Data

Animal Data

At maternally toxic doses (30 mg/kg/day in rats and 100 mg/kg/day in rabbits), cyclosporine oral solution (USP) was teratogenic as indicated by increased pre- and postnatal mortality, reduced fetal weight and skeletal retardations. These doses (normalized to body surface area) are 5,000 and 32,000 times greater, respectively, than the daily recommended human dose of one drop (approximately 28 mcL) of cyclosporine ophthalmic emulsion 0.05% twice daily into each eye of a 60 kg person (0.001 mg/kg/day), assuming that the entire dose is absorbed. No evidence of embryofetal toxicity was observed in rats or rabbits receiving cyclosporine during organogenesis at oral doses up to 17 mg/kg/day or 30 mg/kg/day, respectively. These doses in rats and rabbits are approximately 3,000 and 10,000 times greater, respectively, than the daily recommended human dose.

An oral dose of 45 mg/kg/day cyclosporine administered to rats from Day 15 of pregnancy until Day 21 postpartum produced maternal toxicity and an increase in postnatal mortality in offspring. This dose is 7,000 times greater than the daily recommended human dose. No adverse effects in dams or offspring were observed at oral doses up to 15 mg/kg/day (2,000 times greater than the daily recommended human dose).

8.2 Lactation

Risk Summary

Cyclosporine is known to appear in human milk following systemic administration, but its presence in human milk following topical treatment has not been investigated. Although blood concentrations are undetectable following topical administration of Restasis® ophthalmic emulsion [see Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)], caution should be exercised when Restasis® is administered to a nursing woman. The developmental and health benefits of breastfeeding should be considered along with the mother’s clinical need for Restasis® and any potential adverse effects on the breast-fed child from cyclosporine.

8.4       Pediatric Use

Safety and efficacy have not been established in pediatric patients below the age of 16.

8.5       Geriatric Use

No overall difference in safety or effectiveness has been observed between elderly and younger patients.

11       DESCRIPTION

Restasis® (cyclosporine ophthalmic emulsion) 0.05% contains a topical calcineurin inhibitor immunosuppressant with anti-inflammatory effects. Cyclosporine’s chemical name is Cyclo[[(E)-(2S,3R,4R)-3-hydroxy-4-methyl-2-(methylamino)-6-octenoyl]-L-2-aminobutyryl-N-methylglycyl-N-methyl-L-leucyl-L-valyl-N-methyl-L-leucyl-L-alanyl-D-alanyl-N-methyl-L-leucyl-N-methyl-L-leucyl-N-methyl-L-valyl] and it has the following structure:

Structural Formula

Formula: C62H111N11O12 Mol. Wt.: 1202.6

Cyclosporine is a fine white powder. Restasis® appears as a white opaque to slightly translucent homogeneous emulsion. It has an osmolality of 230 to 320 mOsmol/kg and a pH of 6.5-8.0. Each mL of Restasis® ophthalmic emulsion contains: Active: cyclosporine 0.05%. Inactives: glycerin; castor oil; polysorbate 80; carbomer copolymer type A; purified water; and sodium hydroxide to adjust pH.

12       CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY

12.1       Mechanism of Action

Cyclosporine is an immunosuppressive agent when administered systemically.

In patients whose tear production is presumed to be suppressed due to ocular inflammation associated with keratoconjunctivitis sicca, cyclosporine emulsion is thought to act as a partial immunomodulator. The exact mechanism of action is not known.

12.3       Pharmacokinetics

Blood cyclosporine A concentrations were measured using a specific high pressure liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry assay. Blood concentrations of cyclosporine, in all the samples collected, after topical administration of Restasis® 0.05%, twice daily, in humans for up to 12 months, were below the quantitation limit of 0.1 ng/mL. There was no detectable drug accumulation in blood during 12 months of treatment with Restasis® ophthalmic emulsion.

13       NONCLINICAL TOXICOLOGY

13.1       Carcinogenesis, Mutagenesis, Impairment of Fertility

Carcinogenesis 

Systemic carcinogenicity studies were conducted in male and female mice and rats. In the 78-week oral (diet) mouse study, at doses of 1, 4, and 16 mg/kg/day, evidence of a statistically significant trend was found for lymphocytic lymphomas in females, and the incidence of hepatocellular carcinomas in mid-dose males significantly exceeded the control value.

In the 24-month oral (diet) rat study, conducted at 0.5, 2, and 8 mg/kg/day, pancreatic islet cell adenomas significantly exceeded the control rate in the low dose level. The hepatocellular carcinomas and pancreatic islet cell adenomas were not dose related. The low doses in mice and rats are approximately 80 times greater (normalized to body surface area) than the daily recommended human dose of one drop (approximately 28 mcL) of 0.05% Restasis® twice daily into each eye of a 60 kg person (0.001 mg/kg/day), assuming that the entire dose is absorbed.

Mutagenesis

Cyclosporine has not been found to be mutagenic/genotoxic in the Ames Test, the V79-HGPRT Test, the micronucleus test in mice and Chinese hamsters, the chromosome-aberration tests in Chinese hamster bone-marrow, the mouse dominant lethal assay, and the DNA-repair test in sperm from treated mice. A study analyzing sister chromatid exchange (SCE) induction by cyclosporine using human lymphocytes in vitro gave indication of a positive effect (i.e., induction of SCE).

Impairment of Fertility

No impairment in fertility was demonstrated in studies in male and female rats receiving oral doses of cyclosporine up to 15 mg/kg/day (approximately 2,000 times the human daily dose of 0.001 mg/kg/day normalized to body surface area) for 9 weeks (male) and 2 weeks (female) prior to mating.

14       CLINICAL STUDIES 

Four multicenter, randomized, adequate and well-controlled clinical studies were performed in approximately 1,200 patients with moderate to severe keratoconjunctivitis sicca. Restasis® demonstrated statistically significant increases in Schirmer wetting of 10 mm versus vehicle at six months in patients whose tear production was presumed to be suppressed due to ocular inflammation. This effect was seen in approximately 15% of Restasis® ophthalmic emulsion-treated patients versus approximately 5% of vehicle-treated patients. Increased tear production was not seen in patients currently taking topical anti-inflammatory drugs or using punctal plugs.

No increase in bacterial or fungal ocular infections was reported following administration of Restasis®.

16       HOW SUPPLIED/STORAGE AND HANDLING

Restasis® ophthalmic emulsion is packaged in sterile, preservative-free single-use vials. Each vial contains 0.4 mL fill in a 0.9 mL LDPE vial; 30 or 60 vials are packaged in a polypropylene tray with an aluminum peelable lid. The entire contents of each tray (30 vials or 60 vials) must be dispensed intact.

30 Vials 0.4 mL each - NDC 0023-9163-30

60 Vials 0.4 mL each - NDC 0023-9163-60

Storage: Store at 15°-25°C (59°-77°F).

17       PATIENT COUNSELING INFORMATION

Handling the Container

Advise patients to not allow the tip of the vial to touch the eye or any surface, as this may contaminate the emulsion. Advise patients to not touch the vial tip to their eye to avoid the potential for injury to the eye [see Warnings and Precautions (5.1)].

Use with Contact Lenses

Restasis® should not be administered while wearing contact lenses. Patients with decreased tear production typically should not wear contact lenses. Advise patients that if contact lenses are worn, they should be removed prior to the administration of the emulsion. Lenses may be reinserted 15 minutes following administration of Restasis® ophthalmic emulsion [see Warnings and Precautions (5.2)].

Administration

Advise patients that the emulsion from one individual single-use vial is to be used immediately after opening for administration to one or both eyes, and the remaining contents should be discarded immediately after administration.

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PRINCIPAL DISPLAY PANEL

NDC 0023-9163-60 
No. 94529

Restasis® 
(Cyclosporine Ophthalmic Emulsion) 0.05%

60 Single-Use Vials (0.4 mL each) One Month Supply Sterile, Preservative-Free

Restasis 
cyclosporine emulsion
Product Information
Product Type HUMAN PRESCRIPTION DRUG LABEL Item Code (Source) NDC:0023-9163
Route of Administration OPHTHALMIC DEA Schedule     
Active Ingredient/Active Moiety
Ingredient Name Basis of Strength Strength
CYCLOSPORINE (CYCLOSPORINE) CYCLOSPORINE 0.5 mg  in 1 mL
Inactive Ingredients
Ingredient Name Strength
GLYCERIN  
CASTOR OIL  
POLYSORBATE 80  
CARBOMER COPOLYMER TYPE A  
WATER  
SODIUM HYDROXIDE  
Packaging
# Item Code Package Description
1 NDC:0023-9163-12 5 VIAL, SINGLE-USE in 1 CARTON
1 0.4 mL in 1 VIAL, SINGLE-USE
2 NDC:0023-9163-30 30 VIAL, SINGLE-USE in 1 TRAY
2 0.4 mL in 1 VIAL, SINGLE-USE
3 NDC:0023-9163-60 60 VIAL, SINGLE-USE in 1 TRAY
3 0.4 mL in 1 VIAL, SINGLE-USE
Marketing Information
Marketing Category Application Number or Monograph Citation Marketing Start Date Marketing End Date
NDA NDA050790 04/01/2003
Labeler - Allergan, Inc. (144796497)
Establishment
Name Address ID/FEI Operations
Allergan, Inc. 362898611 MANUFACTURE(0023-9163)
Revised: 07/2017
 
Allergan, Inc.
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