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DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION
Each UVADEX® (methoxsalen) treatment involves collection of leukocytes, photoactivation, and reinfusion of photo activated cells. UVADEX® (methoxsalen) Sterile Solution is supplied in 10 ml vials containing 200 mcg of methoxsalen (concentration of 20 mcg/ml), During each photopheresis treatment performed with the UVAR® Photopheresis System,10 ml (200mcg) of UVADEX® (methoxsalen) is injected directly into the photoactivation bag during the first buffy coat collection cycle, At the end of six cycles, a total of 740 ml (240 ml of buffy coat, 300 ml of plasma, and 200 ml of normal saline priming fluid) will be collected and mixed with the 200 mcg of UVADEX® (methoxsalen) present in the photoactivation bag. The UVAR® Photopheresis System Operator's Manual should be consulted before using this product.
During treatment with the UVAR® XTS™ System, the dosage of UVADEX® (methoxsalen) for each treatment will be calculated according to the treatment volume (displayed on the XTS display panel).
- The prescribed amount of UVADEX® (methoxsalen) will be injected into the recirculation bag prior to the Photactivation Phase using the formula:
TREATMENT VOLUME X 0.017 = ml of UVADEX (methoxsalen) for each treatment
Example: Treatment volume of 240 ml X 0.017 = 4.1 ml of UVADEX (methoxsalen)
Frequency/Schedule of Treatment : Normal Treatment Schedule:
Treatment is given on two consecutive days every four weeks for a minimum of seven treatment cycles (six months).
Accelerated Treatment Schedule
If the assessment of the patient during the fourth treatment cycle (approximately three months) reveals an increased skin score from the baseline score, the frequency of treatment may be increased to two consecutive treatment severy two weeks. If a 25% improvement in the skin score is attained after four consecutive weeks, the regular treatment schedule may resume. Patients who are maintained in the accelerated treatment schedule may receive a maximum of 20 cycles. There is no clinical evidence to show that treatment with UVADEX® (methoxsalen) beyond six months or using a different schedule provides additional benefit. In study CTCL3, 15 of the 17 responses were seen within six months of treatment and only two patients responded to treatment after six months.
UVAOEX® (methoxsalen) Sterile Solution 20 mcg/mL in 10 mL vials (NDC 64067-216-01), and cartons of 12 vials (NDC 64067-216-01). The drug product must be stored between 59°F (15 °C) and 86°F (30 °C).
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Manufactured by: Ben Venue Laboratories, Bedford, OH44146-0568. For Therakos, A Johnson & Johnson Company, Exton, PA19341. FDA Rev date: 2/25/1999
Last reviewed on RxList: 12/2/2008
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