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Ganirelix

Last reviewed on RxList: 1/4/2018
Drug Description

Ganirelix Acetate Injection

FOR SUBCUTANEOUS USE ONLY

DESCRIPTION

Ganirelix Acetate Injection (ganirelix) is a synthetic decapeptide with high antagonistic activity against naturally occurring gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH). Ganirelix Acetate is derived from native GnRH with substitutions of amino acids at positions 1, 2, 3, 6, 8, and 10 to form the following molecular formula of the peptide: N-acetyl-3-(2-naphthyl)-D-alanyl-4-chloro-D­phenylalanyl-3-(3-pyridyl)-D-alanyl-L-seryl-L-tyrosyl-N9,N10-diethyl-D-homoarginyl-L-leucyl­N9,N10-diethyl-L-homoarginyl-L-prolyl-D-alanylamide acetate. The molecular weight for Ganirelix Acetate is 1570.4 as an anhydrous free base. The structural formula is as follows:

Ganirelix Acetate Structural Formula Illustration

Ganirelix Acetate Injection (ganirelix) is supplied as a colorless, sterile, ready-to-use, aqueous solution intended for SUBCUTANEOUS administration only. Each sterile, prefilled syringe contains 250 µg/0.5 mL of Ganirelix Acetate, 0.1 mg glacial acetic acid, 23.5 mg mannitol, and water for injection adjusted to pH 5.0 with acetic acid, NF and/or sodium hydroxide, NF.

Indications & Dosage

INDICATIONS

Ganirelix Acetate Injection (ganirelix) is indicated for the inhibition of premature LH surges in women undergoing controlled ovarian hyperstimulation.

DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION

After initiating FSH therapy on Day 2 or 3 of the cycle, Ganirelix Acetate Injection (ganirelix) 250 µg may be administered subcutaneously once daily during the mid to late portion of the follicular phase. By taking advantage of endogenous pituitary FSH secretion, the requirement for exogenously administered FSH may be reduced. Treatment with Ganirelix Acetate should be continued daily until the day of hCG administration. When a sufficient number of follicles of adequate size are present, as assessed by ultrasound, final maturation of follicles is induced by administering hCG. The administration of hCG should be withheld in cases where the ovaries are abnormally enlarged on the last day of FSH therapy to reduce the chance of developing OHSS (Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome).

Directions for Using Ganirelix Acetate Injection

  1. Ganirelix Acetate Injection (ganirelix) is supplied in a sterile, prefilled syringe and is intended for SUBCUTANEOUS administration only.
  2. Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water.
  3. The most convenient sites for SUBCUTANEOUS injection are in the abdomen around the navel or upper thigh.
  4. The injection site should be swabbed with a disinfectant to remove any surface bacteria. Clean about two inches around the point where the needle will be inserted and let the disinfectant dry for at least one minute before proceeding.
  5. With syringe held upward, remove needle cover.
  6. Pinch up a large area of skin between the finger and thumb. Vary the injection site a little with each injection.
  7. The needle should be inserted at the base of the pinched-up skin at an angle of 45-the skin surface.
  8. When the needle is correctly positioned, it will be difficult to draw back on the plunger. If any blood is drawn into the syringe, the needle tip has penetrated a vein or artery. If this happens, withdraw the needle slightly and reposition the needle without removing it from the skin. Alternatively, remove the needle and use a new, sterile, prefilled syringe. Cover the injection site with a swab containing disinfectant and apply pressure; the site should stop bleeding within one or two minutes.
  9. Once the needle is correctly placed, depress the plunger slowly and steadily, so the solution is correctly injected and the skin is not damaged.
  10. Pull the syringe out quickly and apply pressure to the site with a swab containing disinfectant. 11. Use the sterile, prefilled syringe only once and dispose of it properly.

HOW SUPPLIED

Ganirelix Acetate Injection (ganirelix) is supplied in:

Disposable, sterile, prefilled 1 mL glass syringes containing 250 µg/0.5 mL of Ganirelix Acetate. Each Ganirelix Acetate sterile, prefilled syringe is affixed with a 27 gauge x ½­inch needle and is blister-packed.

Single syringe..............NDC 0052-0301-51

Storage

Store at 25° C (77° F); excursions permitted to 15-30° C (59-86° F) [see USP Controlled Room Temperature]. Protect from light.

Manufactured for Organon USA Inc. Roseland, NJ 07068 by Vetter Pharma-Fertigung GmbH & Co. KG Ravensburg, Germany and packaged by Organon (Ireland) Ltd. Swords, Co. Dublin, Ireland. FDA Rev date: 06/30/08

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Side Effects & Drug Interactions

SIDE EFFECTS

The safety of Ganirelix Acetate Injection (ganirelix) was evaluated in two randomized, parallel-group, multicenter controlled clinical studies. Treatment duration for Ganirelix Acetate ranged from 1 to 14 days. Table IV represents adverse events (AEs) from first day of Ganirelix Acetate administration until confirmation of pregnancy by ultrasound at an incidence of ≥ 1% in Ganirelix Acetate-treated subjects without regard to causality.

TABLE IV: Incidence of common adverse events (Incidence ≥ 1% in Ganirelix Acetate-treated subjects). Completed controlled clinical studies (All-subjects-treated group).

Adverse Events Occurring in ≥ 1% Ganirelix Acetate N=794
% (n)
Abdominal Pain (gynecological) 4.8 (38)
Death Fetal 3.7 (29)
Headache 3.0 (24)
Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome 2.4 (19)
Vaginal Bleeding 1.8 (14)
Injection Site Reaction 1.1 (9)
Nausea 1.1 (9)
Abdominal Pain (gastrointestinal) 1.0 (8)

During post-marketing surveillance, rare cases of hypersensitivity reactions, including anaphylactoid reactions with the first dose, have been reported (see PRECAUTIONS).

Congenital Anomalies

Ongoing clinical follow-up studies of 283 newborns of women administered Ganirelix Acetate Injection (ganirelix) were reviewed. There were three neonates with major congenital anomalies and 18 neonates with minor congenital anomalies. The major congenital anomalies were: hydrocephalus/meningocele, omphalocele, and Beckwith-Wiedemann Syndrome. The minor congenital anomalies were: nevus, skin tags, sacral sinus, hemangioma, torticollis/asymmetric skull, talipes, supernumerary digit finger, hip subluxation, torticollis/high palate, occiput/abnormal hand crease, hernia umbilicalis, hernia inguinalis, hydrocele, undescended testis, and hydronephrosis. The causal relationship between these congenital anomalies and Ganirelix Acetate is unknown. Multiple factors, genetic and others (including, but not limited to ICSI, IVF, gonadotropins, progesterone) may confound ART (Assisted Reproductive Technology) procedures.

DRUG INTERACTIONS

No formal drug-drug interaction studies have been performed.

Warnings & Precautions

WARNINGS

Ganirelix Acetate Injection (ganirelix) should be prescribed by physicians who are experienced in infertility treatment. Before starting treatment with Ganirelix Acetate, pregnancy must be excluded. Safe use of Ganirelix Acetate during pregnancy has not been established (see CONTRAINDICATIONS and PRECAUTIONS).

PRECAUTIONS

General

Cases of hypersensitivity reactions, including anaphylactoid reactions with the first dose, have been reported during post-marketing surveillance (see ADVERSE REACTIONS).

The packaging of this product contains natural rubber latex which may cause allergic reactions.

Laboratory Tests

A neutrophil count ≥ 8.3 ( x 109/L) was noted in 11.9% (up to 16.8 x 109/L) of all subjects treated within the adequate and well-controlled clinical trials. In addition, downward shifts within the Ganirelix Acetate Injection (ganirelix) group were observed for hematocrit and total bilirubin. The clinical significance of these findings was not determined.

Carcinogenesis and Mutagenesis, Impairment of Fertility

Long-term toxicity studies in animals have not been performed with Ganirelix Acetate Injection to evaluate the carcinogenic potential of the drug. Ganirelix Acetate did not induce a mutagenic response in the Ames test (S. typhimurium and E. coli) or produce chromosomal aberrations in in vitro assay using Chinese Hamster Ovary cells.

Pregnancy

Pregnancy Category X

Ganirelix Acetate Injection (ganirelix) is contraindicated in pregnant women. When administered from Day 7 to near term to pregnant rats and rabbits at doses up to 10 and 30 µg/day (approximately 0.4 to 3.2 times the human dose based on body surface area), Ganirelix Acetate increased the incidence of litter resorption. There was no increase in fetal abnormalities. No treatment-related changes in fertility, physical, or behavioral characteristics were observed in the offspring of female rats treated with Ganirelix Acetate during pregnancy and lactation.

The effects on fetal resorption are logical consequences of the alteration in hormonal levels brought about by the antigonadotrophic properties of this drug and could result in fetal loss in humans. Therefore, this drug should not be used in pregnant women (see CONTRAINDICATIONS).

Nursing Mothers

Ganirelix Acetate Injection (ganirelix) should not be used by lactating women. It is not known whether this drug is excreted in human milk.

Geriatric Use

Clinical studies with Ganirelix Acetate Injection (ganirelix) did not include a sufficient number of subjects aged 65 and over.

Overdosage & Contraindications

OVERDOSE

There have been no reports of overdosage with Ganirelix Acetate Injection (ganirelix) in humans.

CONTRAINDICATIONS

Ganirelix Acetate Injection (ganirelix) is contraindicated under the following conditions:

  • Known hypersensitivity to Ganirelix Acetate or to any of its components.
  • Known hypersensitivity to GnRH or any other GnRH analog.
  • Known or suspected pregnancy (see PRECAUTIONS).
Clinical Pharmacology

CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY

The pulsatile release of GnRH stimulates the synthesis and secretion of luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH). The frequency of LH pulses in the mid and late follicular phase is approximately 1 pulse per hour. These pulses can be detected as transient rises in serum LH. At midcycle, a large increase in GnRH release results in an LH surge. The midcycle LH surge initiates several physiologic actions including: ovulation, resumption of meiosis in the oocyte, and luteinization. Luteinization results in a rise in serum progesterone with an accompanying decrease in estradiol levels.

Ganirelix Acetate acts by competitively blocking the GnRH receptors on the pituitary gonadotroph and subsequent transduction pathway. It induces a rapid, reversible suppression of gonadotropin secretion. The suppression of pituitary LH secretion by Ganirelix Acetate is more pronounced than that of FSH. An initial release of endogenous gonadotropins has not been detected with Ganirelix Acetate, which is consistent with an antagonist effect. Upon discontinuation of Ganirelix Acetate, pituitary LH and FSH levels are fully recovered within 48 hours.

Pharmacokinetics

The pharmacokinetic parameters of single and multiple injections of Ganirelix Acetate Injection in healthy adult females are summarized in Table I. Steady-state serum concentrations are reached after 3 days of treatment. The pharmacokinetics of Ganirelix Acetate are dose-proportional in the dose range of 125 to 500 µg.

TABLE I: Mean (SD) pharmacokinetic parameters of 250 µg of Ganirelix Acetate following a single subcutaneous (SC) injection (n=15) and daily SC injections (n=15) for seven days.

  tmax h t1/2 h Cmax
ng/mL
AUC
ng•h/mL
CL/F L/h Vd/F L
Ganirelix Acetate single dose 1.1 (0.3) 12.8 (4.3) 14.8 (3.2) 96 (12) 2.4 (0.2) 43.7 (11.4)
Ganirelix Acetate multiple dose 1.1 (0.2) 16.2 (1.6) 11.2 (2.4) 77.1 (9.8) 3.3 (0.4) 76.5 (10.3)
tmax Time to maximum concentration
t1/2 Elimination half-life
Cmax Maximum serum concentration
AUC Area under the curve; Single dose: AUC0-&inifn;; multiple dose: AUC0-24
Vd Volume of distribution
Based on intravenous administration CL Clearance = Dose/AUC0-&inifn;
F Absolute bioavailability

Absorption

Ganirelix Acetate is rapidly absorbed following subcutaneous injection with maximum serum concentrations reached approximately one hour after dosing. The mean absolute bioavailability of Ganirelix Acetate following a single 250 µg subcutaneous injection to healthy female volunteers is 91.1%

Distribution

The mean (SD) volume of distribution of Ganirelix Acetate in healthy females following intravenous administration of a single 250 µg dose is 43.7 (11.4) liters (L). In vitro protein binding to human plasma is 81.9%.

Metabolism

Following single dose intravenous administration of radiolabeled Ganirelix Acetate to healthy female volunteers, Ganirelix Acetate is the major compound present in the plasma (50-70% of total radioactivity in the plasma) up to 4 hours and urine (17.1-18.4% of administered dose) up to 24 hours. Ganirelix Acetate is not found in the feces. The 1-4 peptide and 1-6 peptide of Ganirelix Acetate are the primary metabolites observed in the feces.

Excretion

On average, 97.2% of the total radiolabeled Ganirelix Acetate dose is recovered in the feces and urine (75.1% and 22.1%, respectively) over 288 h following intravenous single dose administration of 1 mg [14C]-Ganirelix Acetate. Urinary excretion is virtually complete in 24 h, whereas fecal excretion starts to plateau 192 h after dosing.

Special Populations

The pharmacokinetics of Ganirelix Acetate Injection (ganirelix) has not been determined in special populations such as geriatric, pediatric, renally impaired and hepatically impaired patients (see PRECAUTIONS).

Drug-Drug Interactions

Formal in vivo or in vitro drug-drug interaction studies have not been conducted (see PRECAUTIONS). Since Ganirelix Acetate can suppress the secretion of pituitary gonadotropins, dose adjustments of exogenous gonadotropins may be necessary when used during controlled ovarian hyperstimulation (COH).

Clinical Studies

The efficacy of Ganirelix Acetate Injection (ganirelix) was established in two adequate and well-controlled clinical studies which included women with normal endocrine and pelvic ultrasound parameters. The studies intended to exclude subjects with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and subjects with low or no ovarian reserve. One cycle of study medication was administered to each randomized subject. For both studies, the administration of exogenous recombinant FSH [Follistim® (follitropin beta for injection)] 150 IU daily was initiated on the morning of Day 2 or 3 of a natural menstrual cycle. Ganirelix Acetate Injection (ganirelix) was administered on the morning of Day 7 or 8 (Day 6 of recombinant FSH administration). The dose of recombinant FSH administered was adjusted according to individual responses starting on the day of initiation of Ganirelix Acetate. Both recombinant FSH and Ganirelix Acetate were continued daily until at least three follicles were 17 mm or greater in diameter at which time hCG [Pregnyl® (chorionic gonadotropin for injection, USP)] was administered. Following hCG administration, Ganirelix Acetate and recombinant FSH administration were discontinued. Oocyte retrieval, followed by in vitro fertilization (IVF) or intracytoplasmatic sperm injection (ICSI), was subsequently performed.

In a multicenter, double-blind, randomized, dose-finding study, the safety and efficacy of Ganirelix Acetate Injection (ganirelix) were evaluated for the prevention of LH surges in women undergoing COH with recombinant FSH. Ganirelix Acetate Injection doses ranging from 62.5 µg to 2000 µg and recombinant FSH were administered to 332 patients undergoing COH for IVF (see TABLE II). Median serum LH on the day of hCG administration decreased with increasing doses of Ganirelix Acetate. Median serum E2 (17β-estradiol) on the day of hCG administration was 1475, 1110, and 1160 pg/mL for the 62.5, 125, and 250 µg doses, respectively. Lower peak serum E2 levels of 823, 703, and 441 pg/mL were seen at higher doses of Ganirelix Acetate 500, 1000, and 2000 µg, respectively. The highest pregnancy and implantation rates were achieved with the 250 µg dose of Ganirelix Acetate Injection as summarized in Table II.

TABLE II: Results from the multicenter, double-blind, randomized, dose-finding study to assess the efficacy of Ganirelix Acetate Injection (ganirelix) to prevent premature LH surges in women undergoing COH with recombinant FSH.

  Daily dose (µg) of Ganirelix Acetate Injection
62.5 µg 125 µg 250 µg 500 µg 1000 µg 2000 µg
No. subjects receiving Ganirelix Acetate 31 66 70 69 66 30
No. subjects with ET 27 61 62 54 61 27
No. of subjects with LH rise ≥ 10 mIU/mL* 4 6 1 0 0 0
Serum LH (mIU/mL) on day of hCG
5 th-95th percentiles
3.6
0.6-19.9
2.5
0.6-11.4
1.7
<0.25-6.4
1.0
0.4-4.7
0.6
<0.25-2.2
0.3
<0.25-0.8
Serum E2 (pg/mL) on day of hCG
5th-95th percentiles
1475
645-3720
1110
424-3780
1160
384-3910
823
279-2720
703
284-2360
441
166-1940
Vital pregnancy rate Ω            
  per attempt, n (%) 7 (22.6) 17 (25.8) 25 (35.7) 8 (11.6) 9 (13.6) 2 (6.7)
  per transfer, n (%) 7 (25.9) 17 (27.9) 25 (40.3) 8 (14.8) 9 (14.8) 2 (7.4)
  Implantation rate (%)γ 14.2 (26.8) 16.3 (30.5) 21.9 (30.6) 9.0 (23.7) 8.5 (21.7) 4.9 (20.1)
(Protocol 38602)
* Following initiation of Ganirelix Acetate therapy. Includes subjects who have complied with daily injections
Median values
γMean (standard deviation)
ET: Embryo Transfer
ΩAs evidenced by ultrasound at 5-6 weeks following ET

Transient LH rises alone were not deleterious to achieving pregnancy with Ganirelix Acetate at doses of 125 µg (3/6 subjects) and 250 µg (1/1 subjects). In addition, none of the subjects with LH rises ≥ 10 mIU/mL had premature luteinization indicated by a serum progesterone above 2 ng/mL.

A multicenter, open-label, randomized study was conducted to assess the efficacy and safety of Ganirelix Acetate Injection (ganirelix) in women undergoing COH. Follicular phase treatment with Ganirelix Acetate 250 µg was studied using a luteal phase GnRH agonist as a reference treatment. A total of 463 subjects were treated with Ganirelix Acetate by subcutaneous injection once daily starting on Day 6 of recombinant FSH treatment. Recombinant FSH was maintained at 150 IU for the first 5 days of ovarian stimulation and was then adjusted by the investigator on the sixth day of gonadotropin use according to individual responses. The results for the Ganirelix Acetate arm are summarized in Table III.

TABLE III: Results from the multicenter, open-label, randomized study to assess the efficacy and safety of Ganirelix Acetate Injection (ganirelix) in women undergoing COH.

  Ganirelix Acetate 250 µg
No. subjects treated 463
Duration of GnRH analog (days)§¥ 5.4 (2.0)
Duration of recombinant FSH (days)§¥ 9.6 (2.0)
Serum E2 (pg/mL) on day of hCG 1190
5th-95th percentiles 373-3105
Serum LH (mIU/mL) on day of hCG 1.6
5th-95th percentiles 0.6-6.9
No. of subjects with LH rise ≥ 10 mIU/mL* 13
No. of follicles > 11 mm§¥ 10.7 (5.3)
No. of subjects with oocyte retrieval 440
No. of oocytes¥ 8.7 (5.6)
Fertilization rate 62.1%
No. subjects with ET 399
No. of embryos transferred¥ 2.2 (0.6)
No. of embryos¥ 6.0 (4.5)
Ongoing pregnancy rateΩ§  
  per attempt, n (%)λ 94 (20.3)
  per transfer, n (%) 93 (23.3)
Implantation rate (%)¥ 15.7 (29)
(Protocol 38607)
*Following initiation of Ganirelix Acetate therapy
Median values
§Restricted to subjects with hCG injection
¥Mean (standard deviation)
ET: Embryo Transfer
ΩAs evidenced by ultrasound at 12-16 weeks following ET
λIncludes one patient who achieved pregnancy with intrauterine induction

Some centers were limited to the transfer of ≥ 2 embryos based on local practice standards The mean number of days of Ganirelix Acetate treatment was 5.4 (2-14).

LH Surges

The midcycle LH surge initiates several physiologic actions including: ovulation, resumption of meiosis in the oocyte, and luteinization. In 463 subjects administered Ganirelix Acetate Injection (ganirelix) 250 µg, a premature LH surge prior to hCG administration, (LH rise ≥ 10 mIU/mL with a significant rise in serum progesterone > 2 ng/mL, or a significant decline in serum estradiol) occurred in less than 1% of subjects.

Medication Guide

PATIENT INFORMATION

Prior to therapy with Ganirelix Acetate Injection (ganirelix) , patients should be informed of the duration of treatment and monitoring procedures that will be required. The risk of possible adverse reactions should be discussed (see ADVERSE REACTIONS).

Ganirelix Acetate should not be prescribed if the patient is pregnant.

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