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Adempas may cause fetal harm when administered during pregnancy and is contraindicated for use in women who are pregnant. In females of reproductive potential, exclude pregnancy prior to initiation of therapy, advise use of acceptable contraception and obtain monthly pregnancy tests. For females, Adempas is only available through a restricted program under the Adempas REMS Program [see DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION and Use In Specific Populations].
Adempas REMS Program
Females can only receive Adempas through the Adempas Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) Program, a restricted distribution program.
Important requirements of the Adempas REMS Program include the following:
- Prescribers must be certified with the program by enrolling and completing training.
- All females, regardless of reproductive potential, must enroll in the Adempas REMS Program prior to initiating Adempas. Male patients are not enrolled in the Adempas REMS Program.
- Female patients of reproductive potential must comply with the pregnancy testing and contraception requirements [see Use in Specific Populations].
- Pharmacies must be certified with the program and must only dispense to patients who are authorized to receive Adempas.
- Further information, including a list of certified pharmacies, is available at www.AdempasREMS.com or 1-855-4 ADEMPAS.
Adempas reduces blood pressure. Consider the potential for symptomatic hypotension or ischemia in patients with hypovolemia, severe left ventricular outflow obstruction, resting hypotension, autonomic dysfunction, or concomitant treatment with antihypertensives or strong CYP and P-gp/BCRP inhibitors [see DRUG INTERACTIONS and CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY]. Consider a dose reduction if patient develops signs or symptoms of hypotension.
In the placebo-controlled clinical trials, serious bleeding occurred in 2.4% of patients taking Adempas compared to 0% of placebo patients. Serious hemoptysis occurred in 5 (1%) patients taking Adempas compared to 0 placebo patients, including one event with fatal outcome. Serious hemorrhagic events also included 2 patients with vaginal hemorrhage, 2 with catheter site hemorrhage, and 1 each with subdural hematoma, hematemesis, and intra-abdominal hemorrhage.
Pulmonary Veno-Occlusive Disease
Pulmonary vasodilators may significantly worsen the cardiovascular status of patients with pulmonary veno-occlusive disease (PVOD). Therefore, administration of Adempas to such patients is not recommended. Should signs of pulmonary edema occur, the possibility of associated PVOD should be considered and, if confirmed, discontinue treatment with Adempas.
Patient Counseling Information
See FDA-approved patient labeling (Medication Guide).
Instruct patients on the risk of fetal harm when Adempas is used during pregnancy [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS and Use In Specific Populations]. Instruct females of reproductive potential to use effective contraception and to contact her physician immediately if they suspect they may be pregnant. Female patients must enroll in the Adempas REMS Program.
Adempas REMS Program
For female patients, Adempas is available only through a restricted program called the Adempas REMS Program [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS]. Male patients are not enrolled in the Adempas REMS Program.
Inform female patients (and their guardians, if applicable) of the following important requirements:
- All female patients must sign an enrollment form.
- Advise female patients of reproductive potential that she must comply with the pregnancy testing and contraception requirements [see Use in Specific Populations].
- Educate and counsel females of reproductive potential on the use of emergency contraception in the event of unprotected sex or contraceptive failure.
- Advise pre-pubertal females to report any changes in their reproductive status immediately to her prescriber.
Review the Medication Guide and REMS educational materials with female patients.
Other Risks Associated with Adempas
- Inform patients of the contraindication of Adempas with nitrates or nitric oxide donors or PDE-5 inhibitors.
- Advise patients about the potential risks/signs of hemoptysis and to report any potential signs of hemoptysis to their physicians.
- Instruct patients on the dosing, titration, and maintenance of Adempas.
Carcinogenesis, Mutagenesis, Impairment Of Fertility
Carcinogenicity studies of riociguat were conducted in mice and rats. In mice, oral administration of riociguat (up to 25 mg/kg/day in males and 32 mg/kg/day in females) for up to two years did not demonstrate evidence of carcinogenesis. Plasma exposure (AUC) of unbound riociguat at the highest dose was 6 times the human's exposure.
In rats, oral administration of riociguat (up to 20 mg/kg/day) for up to two years did not demonstrate evidence of carcinogenesis. Plasma exposure (AUC) of unbound riociguat at the highest dose was 7 times the human exposure.
Riociguat and M1 did not show genotoxic potential in the in vitro bacterial reverse mutation (Ames) assay, the in vitro chromosomal aberration assay in Chinese hamster V79 cells, or the in vivo micronucleus assay in the mouse.
Impairment of Fertility
In rats, no effects on male or female fertility were observed.
In male rats, oral administration of riociguat (up to 30 mg/kg/day) prior to and throughout the mating period had no effect on fertility. The no-effect dose for adverse effects is 37 times the human exposure when based on body surface area.
In female rats, oral administration of riociguat (up to 30 mg/kg/day) prior to and during mating and continuing to gestation Day 7 had no effect on fertility. The no-effect dose for adverse effects is 37 times the human exposure when based on body surface area.
Use In Specific Populations
Pregnancy Category X
Adempas may cause fetal harm when administered to a pregnant woman and is contraindicated during pregnancy. Adempas was teratogenic and embryotoxic in rats at doses with exposures to unbound drug that were approximately 8 times and 2 times, respectively, the human exposure. In rabbits, riociguat led to abortions at 4 times the human exposure and fetal toxicity with exposures approximately 13 times the human exposure. If Adempas is used in pregnancy, or if the patient becomes pregnant while taking this drug, apprise the patient of the potential hazard to the fetus [see CONTRAINDICATIONS].
In rats administered riociguat orally (1, 5, and 25 mg/kg/day) throughout organogenesis, an increased rate of cardiac ventricular-septal defect was observed at the highest dose tested. The highest dose produced evidence of maternal toxicity (reduced body weight). Post-implantation loss was statistically significantly increased from the mid-dose of 5 mg/kg/day. Plasma exposure at the lowest dose in which no adverse effects were observed is approximately 0.4 times that in humans at the maximally recommended human dose (MRHD) of 2.5 mg three times a day based on area under the time-concentration curve (AUC) for unbound drug in rat and humans. Plasma exposure at the highest dose (25 mg/kg/day) is approximately 8 times that in humans at the MRHD while exposure at the mid-dose (5 mg/kg/day) is approximately 2 times that in humans at the MRHD. In rabbits given doses of 0.5, 1.5 and 5 mg/kg/day, an increase in spontaneous abortions was observed starting at the middle dose of 1.5 mg/kg, and an increase in resorptions was observed at 5 mg/kg/day. Plasma exposures at these doses were 4 times and 13 times, respectively, the human exposure at the MRHD.
It is not known if Adempas is present in human milk. Riociguat or its metabolites were present in the milk of rats. Because many drugs are present in human milk and because of the potential for serious adverse reactions in nursing infants from riociguat, discontinue nursing or Adempas.
Safety and effectiveness of Adempas in pediatric patients have not been established [see Nonclinical Toxicology].
Of the total number of subjects in clinical studies of Adempas, 23% were 65 and over, and 6% were 75 and over [see Clinical Studies]. No overall differences in safety or effectiveness were observed between these subjects and younger subjects, and other reported clinical experience has not identified differences in responses between the elderly and younger patients, but greater sensitivity of some older individuals cannot be ruled out.
Elderly patients showed a higher exposure to Adempas [see CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY].
Females And Males Of Reproductive Potential
Female patients of reproductive potential must have a negative pregnancy test prior to starting treatment with Adempas, monthly during treatment, and one month after discontinuation of treatment with Adempas. Advise patients to contact their healthcare provider if they become pregnant or suspect they may be pregnant. Counsel patients on the risk to the fetus [see DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION].
Female patients of reproductive potential must use acceptable methods of contraception during treatment with Adempas and for 1 month after treatment with Adempas. Patients may choose one highly effective form of contraception (intrauterine devices [IUD], contraceptive implants or tubal sterilization) or a combination of methods (hormone method with a barrier method or two barrier methods). If a partner's vasectomy is the chosen method of contraception, a hormone or barrier method must be used along with this method. Counsel patients on pregnancy planning and prevention, including emergency contraception, or designate counseling by another healthcare provider trained in contraceptive counseling.
Safety and efficacy have not been demonstrated in patients with severe hepatic impairment (Child Pugh C) [see CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY].This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.
Last reviewed on RxList: 5/27/2014
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