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Makena helps reduce the risk of preterm birth in the indicated patient population.
Makena is a progestin indicated to reduce the risk of preterm birth in women with a singleton pregnancy who have a history of singleton spontaneous preterm birth. The effectiveness of Makena is based on improvement in the proportion of women who delivered <37 weeks of gestation. There are no controlled trials demonstrating a direct clinical benefit such as improvement in neonatal mortality and morbidity.
Limitation of use: While there are many risk factors for preterm birth, safety and efficacy of Makena has been demonstrated only in women with a prior spontaneous singleton preterm birth. It is not intended for use in women with multiple gestations or other risk factors for preterm birth.
Important Safety Information for Makena® (hydroxyprogesterone caproate injection)
- Do not use Makena (hydroxyprogesterone caproate injection) in women with any of the following conditions:
- Current or history of thrombosis or thromboembolic disorders
- Known or suspected breast cancer, other hormone-sensitive cancer, or history of these conditions
- Undiagnosed abnormal vaginal bleeding unrelated to pregnancy
- Cholestatic jaundice of pregnancy
- Liver tumors, benign or malignant, or active liver disease
- Uncontrolled hypertension
- Makena should be discontinued if thrombosis or thromboembolism occurs
- Allergic reactions, including urticaria, pruritus and angioedema, have been reported with use of Makena or with other products containing castor oil.
- Women receiving Makena should be monitored if they:
- Are prediabetic or diabetic
- Have conditions that may be affected by fluid retention, such as preeclampsia, epilepsy, cardiac or renal dysfunction
- Develop jaundice: consider whether benefit of use warrants continuation
- Develop hypertension
Certain pregnancy-related fetal and maternal complications or events were numerically increased in Makena-treated subjects as compared to placebo subjects, including miscarriage (2.4% vs. 0%) and stillbirth (2% vs. 1.3%), admission for preterm labor (16% vs. 13.8%), preeclampsia or gestational hypertension (8.8% vs. 4.6%), gestational diabetes (5.6% vs. 4.6%), and oligohydramnios (3.6% vs. 1.3%).
In a study where the Makena intramuscular injection was compared with placebo, the most common adverse reactions reported with Makena intramuscular injection (reported incidence in ≥2% of subjects and higher than in the control group) were: injection site reactions (pain [35%], swelling [17%], pruritus [6%], nodule [5%]), urticaria (12%), pruritus (8%), nausea (6%), and diarrhea (2%)
In studies where the Makena subcutaneous injection using auto-injector was compared with Makena intramuscular injection, the most common adverse reaction reported with Makena Auto-Injector use (and higher than with Makena intramuscular injection) was injection site pain (10% in one study and 34% in another)
Please see Patient Information for Makena.
Indication and Dosing
Feraheme is indicated for the treatment of iron deficiency anemia (IDA) in adult patients:
- who have intolerance to oral iron or have had unsatisfactory response to oral iron or
- who have chronic kidney disease (CKD).
The recommended dose of Feraheme is an initial 510 mg dose followed by a second 510 mg dose 3 to 8 days later, each dose infused over at least 15 minutes while the patient is in a reclined or semi-reclined position.
Feraheme® (ferumoxytol injection) Important Safety Information
Fatal and serious hypersensitivity reactions including anaphylaxis have occurred in patients receiving Feraheme. Initial symptoms may include hypotension, syncope, unresponsiveness, cardiac/cardiorespiratory arrest.
- Only administer Feraheme as an intravenous infusion over at least 15 minutes and only when personnel and therapies are immediately available for the treatment of anaphylaxis and other hypersensitivity reactions.
- Observe for signs or symptoms of hypersensitivity reactions during and for at least 30 minutes following Feraheme infusion including monitoring of blood pressure and pulse during and after Feraheme administration.
- Hypersensitivity reactions have occurred in patients in whom a previous Feraheme dose was tolerated.
Feraheme is contraindicated in patients with known hypersensitivity to Feraheme or any of its components or a history of allergic reaction to any intravenous iron product.
Warnings and Precautions
Hypersensitivity: In addition to the fatal and serious adverse reactions in the Boxed Warning, other adverse reactions associated with hypersensitivity have occurred (pruritus, rash, urticaria, and wheezing). Allergic reactions have occurred following the first dose or subsequent doses in patients in whom a previous dose was tolerated. Patients with a history of multiple drug allergies may have a greater risk of anaphylaxis with parenteral iron products. Carefully consider the potential risks and benefits before administering Feraheme to these patients. Elderly patients with multiple or serious co-morbidities who experience hypersensitivity reactions and/or hypotension following administration of Feraheme may have more severe outcomes.
Hypotension: Feraheme may cause clinically significant hypotension. Monitor patients for signs and symptoms of hypotension following each Feraheme administration.
Iron Overload: Excessive therapy with parenteral iron can lead to excess storage of iron with the possibility of iatrogenic hemosiderosis. Regularly monitor the hematologic response during parenteral iron therapy. Do not administer Feraheme to patients with iron overload.
Magnetic Resonance (MR) Imaging Test Interference: Administration of Feraheme may transiently affect the diagnostic ability of MR imaging. Alteration of MR imaging studies may persist for up to 3 months following the last Feraheme dose. Maximum alteration of vascular MR imaging is anticipated to be evident for 1 – 2 days following Feraheme administration.
The most common adverse reactions (≥ 2%) are diarrhea, headache, nausea, dizziness, hypotension, constipation, and peripheral edema.
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