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CASPOFUNGIN PANPHARMA 50 MG POWDER FOR CONCENTRATE FOR SOLUTION FOR INFUSION

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PACKAGE LEAFLET

Package Leaflet: Information for the user
Caspofungin Panpharma 50 mg powder for concentrate for solution for infusion
Caspofungin
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you or your child are given this medicine because
it contains important information for you.
• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
• If you have further questions, please ask your doctor, nurse or pharmacist.
• If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist. This includes any
possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. See section 4.
What is in this leaflet
1.
What Caspofungin Panpharma is and what it is used for
2.
What you need to know before you are given Caspofungin Panpharma
3.
How to use Caspofungin Panpharma
4.
Possible side effects
5.
How to store Caspofungin Panpharma
6.
Contents of the pack and other information

1.

What Caspofungin Panpharma is and what it is used for

What Caspofungin Panpharma is
Caspofungin Panpharma contains a medicine called caspofungin. This belongs to a group of
medicines called antifungals.
What Caspofungin Panpharma is used for
Caspofungin is used to treat the following infections in children, adolescents and adults:

serious fungal infections in your tissues or organs (called 'invasive candidiasis'). This infection
is caused by fungal (yeast) cells called Candida.

People who might get this type of infection include those who have just had an operation or
those whose immune systems are weak. Fever and chills that do not respond to an antibiotic
are the most common signs of this type of infection.

fungal infections in your nose, nasal sinuses or lungs (called 'invasive aspergillosis') if other
anti-fungal treatments have not worked or have caused side effects. This infection is caused by
a mould called Aspergillus.

People who might get this type of infection include those having chemotherapy, those who
have had a transplant and those whose immune systems are weak.

suspected fungal infections if you have a fever and a low white cell count that have not
improved on treatment with an antibiotic. People who are at risk of getting a fungal infection
include those who have just had an operation or those whose immune systems are weak.
How Caspofungin Panpharma works
This medicine makes fungal cells fragile and stops the fungus from growing properly. This stops
the infection from spreading and gives the body's natural defences a chance to completely get rid of
the infection.
2.

What you need to know before you are given Caspofungin Panpharma

Do not use Caspofungin Panpharma

if you are allergic to caspofungin or any of the other ingredients of this medicine (listed in
Section 6).
If you are not sure, talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before you are given your medicine.

Warnings and precautions
Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before you are given this medicine if:
• you are allergic to any other medicines
• you have ever had liver problems - you might need a different dose of this medicine
• you are already taking cyclosporin (used to help prevent organ transplant rejection
or to suppress your immune system) – as your doctor may need to run extra blood tests
during your treatment
• if you have ever had any other medical problem.
If any of the above applies to you (or you are not sure), talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before
you are given this medicine.
Other medicines and Caspofungin Panpharma
Please tell your doctor, nurse or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken or might take
any other medicines. This includes medicines obtained without a prescription, including herbal
medicines. This is because this medicine can affect the way some other medicines work. Also some
other medicines can affect the way Caspofungin works.
Tell your doctor, nurse or pharmacist if you are taking any of the following medicines:
• cyclosporin or tacrolimus (used to help prevent organ transplant rejection or to suppress your
immune system) as your doctor may need to run extra blood tests during your treatment
• some HIV medicines such as efavirenz or nevirapine
• phenytoin or carbamazepine (used for the treatment of seizures)
• dexamethasone (a steroid)
• rifampicin (an antibiotic).
If any of the above apply to you (or you are not sure), talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before
you are given this medicine.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be pregnant or are planning to have a baby, ask
your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking this medicine.
• this medicine has not been studied in pregnant women. It should be used in pregnancy only
if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the unborn baby.
• Women given this medicine should not breast-feed.
Driving and using machines
There is no information to suggest that this medicine affects your ability to drive or operate machinery.

3.

How to use Caspofungin Panpharma

This medicine will always be prepared and given to you by a healthcare
professional. You will be given this medicine:

once each day

by slow injection into a vein (intravenous infusion)

over about 1 hour.
Your doctor will determine the duration of your treatment and how much Caspofungin you will be
given each day. Your doctor will monitor how well the medicine works for you. If you weigh
more than 80 kg, you may need a different dose.
Children and adolescents
The dose for children and adolescents may differ from the adult dose.
If you have been given more Caspofungin Panpharma than you should
Your doctor will decide how much Caspofungin you need and for how long each day.

If you are worried that you may have been given too much Caspofungin, tell your doctor or nurse
straight away. If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your doctor, nurse or
pharmacist.

4.

Possible side effects

Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
Tell your doctor or nurse straight away if you notice any of the following side effects – you may
need urgent medical treatment:
• rash, itching, feeling warm, swelling of your face, lips or throat or difficulty breathing – you may be
having a histamine reaction to the medicine
• difficulty breathing with wheezing or a rash that gets worse – you may be having an allergic reaction
to the medicine
• cough, serious breathing difficulties - if you are an adult and have invasive aspergillosis you may be
experiencing a serious respiratory problem that could result in respiratory failure.
As with any prescription medicine, some side effects may be serious. Ask your doctor for
more information.
Other side effects in adults include
Common: may affect up to 1 in 10 people:
• Decreased haemoglobin (decreased oxygen carrying substance in the blood), decreased white blood
cells
• Decreased blood albumin (a type of protein) in your blood, decreased potassium or low potassium
levels in the blood.
• Headache
• Inflammation of the vein
• Shortness of breath
• Diarrhoea, nausea or vomiting
• Changes in some laboratory blood tests (including increased values of some liver tests)
• Itching, rash, skin redness or sweating more than usual
• Joint pain
• Chills, fever
• Itching at the injection site.
Uncommon: may affect up to 1 in 100 people:
• Changes in some laboratory blood tests (including disease of blood clotting, platelets, red blood cells
and white blood cells).
• Loss of appetite, increase in amount of body fluid, imbalance of salt in the body, high sugar level in
the blood, low calcium level in the blood, low magnesium level in the blood, increase in acid level in
the blood
• Disorientation, feeling nervous, being unable to sleep
• Feeling dizzy, decreased feeling or sensitivity (especially in the skin), shaking, feeling sleepy,
change in the way things taste, tingling or numbness
• Blurred vision, increase in tears, swollen eyelid, yellowing of the whites of the eyes
• Sensation of fast or irregular heart beats, rapid heart beat, irregular heart beat, abnormal heart
rhythm, heart failure
• Flushing, hot flush, high blood pressure, low blood pressure, redness along a vein which is
extremely tender when touched
• Tightening of the bands of muscle around the airways (bronchospasm) resulting in wheezing or
coughing, fast breathing rate, shortness of breath that wakes you up, shortage of oxygen in the
blood, abnormal breath sounds, crackling sounds in the lungs, wheezing, nasal congestion, cough,
throat pain
• Belly pain, upper belly pain, bloating, constipation, difficulty swallowing, dry mouth, indigestion,









passing gas, stomach discomfort, swelling due to build-up of fluid around the belly
Decreased flow of bile, enlarged liver, yellowing of the skin and/or whites of the eyes (jaundice),
liver injury caused by a drug or chemical, liver disorder
Abnormal skin tissue, generalised itching, hives, rash of varying appearance, abnormal skin, red
often itchy spots on your arms and legs and sometimes on the face and the rest of the body
Back pain, pain in an arm or leg, bone pain, muscle pain, muscle weakness
Loss of kidney function, sudden loss of kidney function
Catheter site pain, injection site complaints (redness, hard lump, pain, swelling, irritation, rash,
hives, leaking of fluid from the catheter into the tissue), inflammation of vein at injection site
Increased blood pressure and alterations in some laboratory blood tests (including kidney electrolyte
and clotting tests), increased levels of the medicines you are taking that weaken the immune system
Chest discomfort, chest pain, feeling of body temperature change, generally feeling unwell, general
pain, swelling of the face, swelling of the ankles, hands or feet, swelling, tenderness, feeling tired.

Side effects in children and adolescents
Very common: may affect more than 1 in 10 people:
• Fever
Common: may affect up to 1 in 10 people:
• Headache
• Fast heart beat
• Flushing, low blood pressure
• Changes in some laboratory blood tests (increased values of some liver tests)
• Itching, rash
• Catheter site pain
• Chills
• Changes in some laboratory blood tests.
Other side effects reported since this medicine has been on the market
Not known: frequency cannot be estimated:
• Liver problems
• Swelling of the ankles, hands or feet
• Increased calcium levels in the blood have been reported.
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible side
effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme
at: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard.
By reporting side information on the safety of this medicine.

5.

How to store Caspofungin Panpharma

Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children.
Do not use this medicine after the expiry date which is stated on the carton and the vial as EXP.
The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
Store in a refrigerator (2°C to 8°C).
Once this medicine has been prepared, it should be used straight away. This is because it does not
contain any ingredients to stop the growth of bacteria. Only a trained healthcare professional who
has read the complete directions should prepare the medicine (please see below “Instructions of how
to reconstitute and dilute this drug product”).
Do not throw away any medicines via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to
throw away medicines you no longer use. These measures will help to protect the environment.

6.

Contents of the pack and other information What Caspofungin Panpharma contains

• The active substance is caspofungin. Each vial of Caspofungin Panpharma contains 50 mg of
caspofungin.
• The other ingredients are sucrose, mannitol, succinic acid and sodium hydroxide (please
see section 2. What you need to know before you are given Caspofungin Panpharma).

What Caspofungin Panpharma looks like and contents of the pack
This medicine is a sterile, white to off-white compact powder in 10 ml colourless glass vial.
Box of 1 vial of 10 ml.

Marketing Authorisation Holder and Manufacturer
Marketing Authorisation Holder
PANMEDICA
69/71, avenue Pierre Grenier
92100 Boulogne Billancourt
France
Distributor
Panpharma UK Ltd
Cotton Exchange
Bixteth Street
Liverpool
L3 9LQ, UK
Manufacturer
Xellia Pharmaceuticals Ltd
Szállás u. 3
1107 Budapest
Hungary

This medicinal product is authorised in the Member States of the EEA under the following
names:
Austria:
Germany:
France:
United Kingdom:

CASPOFUNGIN PANPHARMA 50 mg Pulver für ein Konzentrat zur
Herstellung einer Infusionslösung
CASPOFUNGIN ROTEXMEDICA 50 mg Pulver für ein Konzentrat zur
Herstellung einer Infusionslösung
CASPOFUNGINE PANPHARMA, 50 mg, poudre pour solution à diluer
pour perfusion
CASPOFUNGIN PANPHARMA, 50 mg, powder for concentrate for solution
for infusion

This leaflet was last revised in: May 2016

The following information is intended for medical or healthcare professionals only:
Instructions of how to reconstitute and dilute this drug product:
Reconstitution of caspofungin drug product
DO NOT USE ANY DILUENTS CONTAINING GLUCOSE as this medicine is not stable in diluents
containing glucose. DO NOT MIX OR CO-INFUSE this medicine WITH ANY OTHER

MEDICINES, as there are no data available on the compatibility of this drug product with other
intravenous substances, additives, or medicinal products. Visually inspect the infusion solution for
particulate matter or discolouration.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE IN ADULT PATIENTS
Step 1 Reconstitution of conventional vials
To reconstitute the powder bring the vial to room temperature and aseptically add 10.5 ml of water for
injection. The concentrations of the reconstituted vials will be 5.2 mg/ml.
The white to off-white compact lyophilised powder will dissolve completely. Mix gently until a clear
solution is obtained. Reconstituted solutions should be visually inspected for particulate matter or
discolouration. This reconstituted solution may be stored for up to 24 hours at or below 25°C.
Step 2 Addition of reconstituted this medicine to patient infusion solution
Diluents for the final solution for infusion are: sodium chloride solution for injection, or lactated
Ringer’s solution. The solution for infusion is prepared by aseptically adding the appropriate amount
of reconstituted concentrate (as shown in the table below) to a 250 ml infusion bag or bottle. Reduced
volume infusions in 100 ml may be used, when medically necessary, for 50 mg or 35 mg daily doses.
Do not use if the solution is cloudy or has precipitated.
PREPARATION OF THE SOLUTION FOR INFUSION IN ADULTS

DOSE*

50 mg
50 mg at reduced
volume
35 mg for moderate
hepatic impairment
(from one 50 mg vial)
35 mg for moderate
hepatic
impairment
(from one 50 mg vial) at
reduced volume

Volume of reconstituted
caspofungin
drug
product for
transfer to intravenous
bag or bottle

Standard
preparation
(reconstituted caspofungin
drug product added to
250 ml) final concentration

Reduced volume
i nfusion (reconstituted
caspofungin
drug
product added to 100
ml) final concentration

10 ml

0.20 mg/ml

-

10 ml

-

0.47 mg/ml

7 ml

0.14 mg/ml

-

7 ml

-

0.34 mg/ml

* 10.5 ml should be used for reconstitution of all vials
INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE IN PAEDIATRIC PATIENTS
Calculation of Body Surface Area (BSA) for paediatric dosing
Before preparation of infusion, calculate the body surface area (BSA) of the patient using the
following formula: (Mosteller Formula)1
1 Mosteller RD: Simplified Calculation of Body Surface Area. N Engl J Med 1987 Oct 22;317(17):
1098 (letter)

Preparation of the 70 mg/m2 infusion for paediatric patients >3 months of age (using a 50-mg vial)
1.
Determine the actual loading dose to be used in the paediatric patient by using the
patient's BSA (as calculated above) and the following equation:
BSA (m2) X 70 mg/m2 = Loading Dose

2.
3.
4.

The maximum loading dose on Day 1 should not exceed 70 mg regardless of the
patient's calculated dose.
Equilibrate the refrigerated vial of caspofungin drug product to room temperature.
Aseptically add 10.5 ml water for injection.a This reconstituted solution may be stored
for up to 24 hours at or below 25°C.b This will give a final caspofungin
concentration in the vial of 5.2 mg/ml.
Remove the volume of medicine equal to the calculated loading dose (Step 1)
from the vial. Aseptically transfer this volume (ml)c of reconstituted caspofungin
drug product to an IV bag (or bottle) containing 250 ml of 0.9 %, 0.45 %, or 0.225
% Sodium Chloride Injection, or Lactated Ringers Injection. Alternatively, the
volume (ml)c of reconstituted caspofungin drug product can be added to a reduced
volume of 0.9 %, 0.45 %, or 0.225 % Sodium Chloride Injection or Lactated
Ringers Injection, not to exceed a final concentration of 0.5 mg/ml. This infusion
solution must be used within 24 hours if stored at or below 25°C or within 48 hours
if stored refrigerated at 2 to 8°C.

Preparation of the 50 mg/m2 infusion for paediatric patients >3 months of age (using a 50-mg vial)
1.
Determine the actual daily maintenance dose to be used in the paediatric patient
by using the patient's BSA (as calculated above) and the following equation:
BSA (m2) X 50 mg/m2 = Daily Maintenance Dose
The daily maintenance dose should not exceed 70 mg regardless of the patient's calculated
dose.
2.
Equilibrate the refrigerated vial of caspofungin drug product to room temperature.
Aseptically add 10.5 ml of water for injection.aThis reconstituted solution may be stored for
up to 24 hours at or below 25°C.bThis will give a final caspofungin concentration in the
vial of
5.2 mg/ml.
Remove the volume of medicine equal to the calculated daily maintenance dose (Step
1) from the vial. Aseptically transfer this volume (ml)c of reconstituted caspofungin
drug product to an IV bag (or bottle) containing 250 ml of 0.9 %, 0.45 %, or 0.225
% Sodium Chloride Injection, or Lactated Ringers Injection. Alternatively, the
volume (ml)c of reconstituted caspofungin drug product can be added to a reduced
volume of 0.9 %, 0.45 %, or 0.225 % Sodium Chloride Injection or Lactated Ringers
Injection, not to exceed a final concentration of 0.5 mg/ml. This infusion solution
must be used within 24 hours if stored at or below 25°C or within 48 hours if stored
refrigerated at 2 to 8°C.

3.

Preparation notes:
a The

white to off-white cake will dissolve completely. Mix gently until a clear solution is obtained.

b

Visually inspect the reconstituted solution for particulate matter or discolouration during
reconstitution and prior to infusion. Do not use if the solution is cloudy or has precipitated.

c

This medicine is formulated to provide the full labeled vial dose (50 mg) when 10 ml is
withdrawn from the vial.

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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