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Tanzeum

TANZEUM
(albiglutide) Pen for Injection for Subcutaneous Use

WARNING

RISK OF THYROID C-CELL TUMORS

  • Carcinogenicity of albiglutide could not be assessed in rodents, but other glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonists have caused thyroid C-cell tumors in rodents at clinically relevant exposures. Human relevance of GLP-1 receptor agonist induced C-cell tumors in rodents has not been determined. It is unknown whether TANZEUM™ causes thyroid C-cell tumors, including medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC), in humans [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS, Nonclinical Toxicology].
  • TANZEUM is contraindicated in patients with a personal or family history of MTC or in patients with Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia syndrome type 2 (MEN 2). Counsel patients regarding the potential risk of MTC with the use of TANZEUM and inform them of the symptoms of thyroid tumors (e.g., mass in the neck, dysphagia, dyspnea, persistent hoarseness). Routine monitoring of serum calcitonin or using thyroid ultrasound monitoring is of uncertain value for early detection of MTC in patients treated with TANZEUM [see CONTRAINDICATIONS, WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS].

DRUG DESCRIPTION

TANZEUM is a GLP-1 receptor agonist, a recombinant fusion protein comprised of 2 tandem copies of modified human GLP-1 genetically fused in tandem to human albumin. The human GLP-1 fragment sequence 7 – 36 has been modified with a glycine substituted for the naturally- occurring alanine at position 8 in order to confer resistance to dipeptidylpeptidase IV (DPP-IV) mediated proteolysis. The human albumin moiety of the recombinant fusion protein, together with the DPP-IV resistance, extends the half-life allowing once-weekly dosing. TANZEUM has a molecular weight of 72,970 Daltons.

TANZEUM is produced by a strain of Saccharomyces cerevisiae modified to express the therapeutic protein.

TANZEUM 30-mg Pen for injection (for subcutaneous use) contains 40.3 mg lyophilized albiglutide and 0.65 mL Water for Injection diluent designed to deliver a dose of 30 mg in a volume of 0.5 mL after reconstitution.

TANZEUM 50-mg Pen for injection (for subcutaneous use) contains 67 mg lyophilized albiglutide and 0.65 mL Water for Injection diluent designed to deliver a dose of 50 mg in a volume of 0.5 mL after reconstitution.

The lyophilized powder of both dose strengths is white to yellow in color and the solvent is a clear and colorless solution. The reconstituted solution is yellow in color.

Inactive ingredients include 153 mM mannitol, 0.01% (w/w) polysorbate 80, 10 mM sodium phosphate, and 117 mM trehalose dihydrate. TANZEUM does not contain a preservative.

Last reviewed on RxList: 4/20/2015
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.

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