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Recarbrio

Last reviewed on RxList: 6/15/2020
Drug Description

What is Recarbrio and how is it used?

Recarbrio (imipenem, cilastatin, and relebactam) is a combination of a penem antibacterial, a renal dehydropeptidase inhibitor, and a beta¬ lactamase inhibitor, indicated in patients 18 years of age and older who have limited or no alternative treatment options, for the treatment of the following infections caused by susceptible gram-negative bacteria: complicated urinary tract infections, including pyelonephritis (cUTI) and complicated intra-abdominal infections (cIAI).

What are side effects of Recarbrio?

Common side effects of Recarbrio include:

DESCRIPTION

RECARBRIO (imipenem, cilastatin, and relebactam) for injection is an antibacterial combination product consisting of imipenem, a carbapenem antibacterial drug, cilastatin, a renal dehydropeptidase inhibitor, and relebactam, a diazabicyclooctane beta lactamase inhibitor, for intravenous administration.

Imipenem

Imipenem is a beta lactam antibacterial drug. Imipenem (N-formimidoylthienamycin monohydrate) is a crystalline derivative of thienamycin, which is produced by Streptomyces cattleya. The chemical name is (5R,6S)-3-[[2-(formimidoylamino)ethyl]thio]-6-[(R)-1-hydroxyethyl]-7-oxo-1-azabicyclo[3.2.0]hept-2-ene-2carboxylic acid monohydrate. It is an off-white, nonhygroscopic crystalline compound, sparingly soluble in water. The empirical formula is C12H17N3O4S.H2O and the molecular weight is 317.37.

Figure 1: Chemical structure of imipenem

Imipenem Structural Formula  - Illustration

Cilastatin

Cilastatin sodium is the sodium salt of a derivatized heptenoic acid. The chemical name is sodium (Z)-7[[(R)-2-amino-2-carboxyethyl]thio]-2-[(S)-2,2-dimethylcyclopropanecarboxamido]-2-heptenoate. It is an off-white to white, hygroscopic, amorphous compound, very soluble in water. The empirical formula is C16H25N2NaO5S and the molecular weight is 380.44.

Figure 2: Chemical structure of cilastatin sodium

Cilastatin sodium Structural Formula  - Illustration

Relebactam

Relebactam is a beta lactamase inhibitor. It is a crystalline monohydrate. The chemical name is (1R,2S,5R)7-oxo-2-(piperidin-1-ium-4-ylcarbamoyl)-1,6-diazabicyclo[3.2.1]octan-6-yl sulfate hydrate. It is a white to off-white powder, soluble in water. The empirical formula is C12H20N4O6S.H2O and the molecular weight is 366.39.

Figure 3: Chemical structure of relebactam

Relebactam Structural Formula  - Illustration

RECARBRIO is supplied as a white to light yellow sterile powder for constitution in a single-dose vial containing 500 mg imipenem (equivalent to 530 mg imipenem monohydrate), 500 mg cilastatin (equivalent to 531 mg cilastatin sodium), and 250 mg relebactam (equivalent to 263 mg relebactam monohydrate). Each vial of RECARBRIO is buffered with 20 mg sodium bicarbonate to provide solutions in the pH range of 6.5 to 7.6. The total sodium content of the mixture in the vial is 37.5 mg (1.6 mEq). Solutions of RECARBRIO range from colorless to yellow. Variations of color within this range do not affect the potency of the product.

Indications

INDICATIONS

Complicated Urinary Tract Infections (cUTI), Including Pyelonephritis

RECARBRIO™ is indicated in patients 18 years of age and older who have limited or no alternative treatment options, for the treatment of complicated urinary tract infections (cUTI), including pyelonephritis, caused by the following susceptible gram-negative microorganisms: Enterobacter cloacae, Escherichia coli, Klebsiella aerogenes, Klebsiella pneumoniae, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

Approval of this indication is based on limited clinical safety and efficacy data for RECARBRIO [see Clinical Studies].

Complicated Intra-abdominal Infections (cIAI)

RECARBRIO is indicated in patients 18 years of age and older who have limited or no alternative treatment options for the treatment of complicated intra-abdominal infections (cIAI) caused by the following susceptible gram-negative microorganisms: Bacteroides caccae, Bacteroides fragilis, Bacteroides ovatus, Bacteroides stercoris, Bacteroides thetaiotaomicron, Bacteroides uniformis, Bacteroides vulgatus, Citrobacter freundii, Enterobacter cloacae, Escherichia coli, Fusobacterium nucleatum, Klebsiella aerogenes, Klebsiella oxytoca, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Parabacteroides distasonis, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

Approval of this indication is based on limited clinical safety and efficacy data for RECARBRIO [see Clinical Studies].

Usage

To reduce the development of drug-resistant bacteria and maintain the effectiveness of RECARBRIO and other antibacterial drugs, RECARBRIO should be used only to treat or prevent infections that are proven or strongly suspected to be caused by susceptible bacteria. When culture and susceptibility information are available, they should be considered in selecting or modifying antibacterial therapy. In the absence of such data, local epidemiology and susceptibility patterns may contribute to the empiric selection of therapy.

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Dosage

DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION

Recommended Dosage In Adults

The recommended dosage of RECARBRIO is 1.25 grams (imipenem 500 mg, cilastatin 500 mg, and relebactam 250 mg) administered by intravenous (IV) infusion over 30 minutes every 6 hours in patients 18 years of age and older with creatinine clearance (CLcr) of 90 mL/min or greater. A dose reduction is recommended for patients with CLcr less than 90 mL/min (Table 1) [see DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION].

The severity and location of infection, as well as clinical response should guide the duration of therapy. The recommended duration of treatment with RECARBRIO is 4 days to 14 days.

Dosage Adjustments In Patients With Renal Impairment

Dosage adjustment is recommended in patients with renal impairment. Patients who have a CLcr less than 90 mL/min require dosage reduction of RECARBRIO (Table 1). For patients with fluctuating renal function, CLcr should be monitored.

Table 1: Dosage of RECARBRIO for Adult Patients with Renal Impairment

Estimated CLcr (mL/min)a Recommended Dosage of RECARBRIO (imipenem/cilastatin and relebactam) (mg)b Dosing Interval
60 to 89 1 gram (imipenem 400 mg, cilastatin 400 mg, and relebactam 200 mg) Every 6 hours
30 to 59 0.75 grams (imipenem 300 mg, cilastatin 300 mg, and relebactam 150 mg) Every 6 hours
15 to 29 0.5 grams (imipenem 200 mg, cilastatin 200 mg, and relebactam 100 mg) Every 6 hours
End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) on Hemodialysisc 0.5 grams (imipenem 200 mg, cilastatin 200 mg, and relebactam 100 mg) Every 6 hours
aCLcr calculated using the Cockroft-Gault formula
bAdminister by IV over 30 minutes.
cAdministration should be timed to follow hemodialysis.
RECARBRIO is provided as a single vial in a fixed-dose combination; the dose for each component will be adjusted equally during preparation [see Preparation of RECARBRIO Solution for Intravenous Administration in Patients with Renal Impairment].

Patients with CLcr less than 15 mL/min should not receive RECARBRIO unless hemodialysis is instituted within 48 hours. There is inadequate information to recommend usage of RECARBRIO for patients undergoing peritoneal dialysis.

Imipenem, cilastatin, and relebactam are cleared from the circulation during hemodialysis. For patients maintained on hemodialysis, administer RECARBRIO after hemodialysis and at intervals timed from the end of that hemodialysis session.

Preparation Of RECARBRIO Solution For Intravenous Administration

RECARBRIO is supplied as a dry powder in a single-dose vial that must be constituted and further diluted using aseptic technique prior to intravenous infusion. To prepare the infusion solution, contents of the vial must be constituted with the appropriate diluent as instructed below. A list of appropriate diluents is as follows:

  • 0.9 % Sodium Chloride Injection, USP
  • 5 % Dextrose Injection, USP
  • 5 % Dextrose Injection, USP + 0.9 % Sodium Chloride Injection, USP
  • 5 % Dextrose Injection, USP + 0.45 % Sodium Chloride Injection, USP
  • 5 % Dextrose Injection, USP + 0.225 % Sodium Chloride Injection, USP

RECARBRIO has low aqueous solubility. To ensure complete dissolution of RECARBRIO it is important to adhere to the following instructions:

Step 1) For diluents available in 100 mL prefilled infusion bags, proceed to step 2. For diluents not available in 100 mL prefilled infusion bags, aseptically withdraw 100 mL of the desired diluent and transfer it to an empty infusion bag, then proceed to step 2.

Step 2) Withdraw 20 mL (as two 10 mL aliquots) of diluent from the appropriate infusion bag and constitute the vial with one 10 mL aliquot of the diluent. The constituted suspension is for intravenous infusion only after dilution in an appropriate infusion solution.

Step 3) After constitution, shake vial well and transfer resulting suspension into the remaining 80 mL of the infusion bag.

Step 4) Add the second 10 mL aliquot of infusion diluent to the vial and shake well to ensure complete transfer of vial contents; repeat transfer of the resulting suspension to the infusion solution before administering. Agitate the resulting mixture until clear.

Constituted solutions of RECARBRIO range from colorless to yellow. Variations of color within this range do not affect the potency of the product.

Parenteral drug products should be inspected visually for particulate matter and discoloration prior to administration, whenever solution and container permit. Discard if discoloration or visible particles are observed.

The above instructions for preparation of RECARBRIO solution for intravenous administration must be followed for all patients, irrespective of the intended patient's renal function. The volume of this prepared RECARBRIO solution to be administered to patients is determined based on renal function [see Preparation of RECARBRIO Solution for Intravenous Administration in Patients with Renal Impairment].

Preparation Of RECARBRIO Solution For Intravenous Administration In Patients With Renal Impairment

For patients with renal impairment, prepare a reduced dose of RECARBRIO (1 gram, 0.75 grams, or 0.5 grams) [see Dosage Adjustments in Patients with Renal Impairment] by preparing a 100 mL solution containing 1.25 grams (as described above in Section 2.3) then withdrawing and discarding the excess according to Table 2.

Table 2: Preparation of Reduced RECARBRIO Doses for Intravenous Administration in Patients with Renal Impairment

Creatinine Clearance (mL/min) Dosage of RECARBRIO (imipenem /cilastatin /relebactam) After preparation as instructed above, remove from the 100 mL prepared bag the volume indicated below and discard Resulting volume that provides the indicated reduced dose
60 to 89 1 gram (imipenem 400 mg, cilastatin 400 mg, and relebactam 200 mg) 20 mL 80 mL
30 to 59 0.75 grams (imipenem 300 mg, cilastatin 300 mg, and relebactam 150 mg) 40 mL 60 mL
15 to 29 or ESRD on hemodialysis 0.5 grams (imipenem 200 mg, cilastatin 200 mg, and relebactam 100 mg) 60 mL 40 mL

Storage Of Constituted Solution

RECARBRIO, as supplied in single-dose glass vials upon constitution with the appropriate diluent and following further dilution in the infusion bag, maintains satisfactory potency for at least 2 hours at room temperature (up to 30 °C) or for at least 24 hours under refrigeration at 2 °C to 8 °C (36 °F to 46 °F). Do not freeze solutions of RECARBRIO.

Incompatible Injectable Drug Products

RECARBRIO for injection for intravenous infusion is physically incompatible with propofol in 5 % Dextrose USP or 0.9 % Sodium Chloride USP.

HOW SUPPLIED

Dosage Forms And Strengths

RECARBRIO (imipenem, cilastatin, and relebactam) for injection, 1.25 grams is supplied as a white to light yellow sterile powder for constitution in a single-dose glass vial containing imipenem 500 mg (equivalent to 530 mg imipenem monohydrate), cilastatin 500 mg (equivalent to 531 mg cilastatin sodium), and relebactam 250 mg (equivalent to 263 mg relebactam monohydrate).

Storage And Handling

RECARBRIO (imipenem, cilastatin, and relebactam) for injection, 1.25 grams is supplied as a white to light yellow sterile powder for constitution in a single-dose glass vial containing imipenem 500 mg (equivalent to 530 mg imipenem monohydrate), cilastatin 500 mg (equivalent to 531 mg cilastatin sodium), and relebactam 250 mg (equivalent to 263 mg relebactam monohydrate).

The vials are supplied as a single-dose glass vial (NDC 0006-3856-01) and in cartons containing 25 vials (NDC 0006-3856-02).

Store RECARBRIO vials at 20 °C to 25 °C (68°F to 77°F), excursions permitted between 15 °C to 30 °C (between 59 °F to 86 °F) [See USP Controlled Room Temperature]. Keep vials in the carton.

Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp., a subsidiary of MERCK & CO., INC., Whitehouse Station, NJ 08889, USA. Revised: Jul 2019

Side Effects

SIDE EFFECTS

The following serious adverse reactions are described in greater detail in the Warnings and Precautions section.

Clinical Trials Experience

Because clinical trials are conducted under widely varying conditions, adverse reaction rates observed in the clinical trials of a drug cannot be directly compared to rates in the clinical trials of another drug and may not reflect the rates observed in practice.

Overview Of The Safety Evaluation Of RECARBRIO

Safety was primarily evaluated in two active-controlled, double-blind dose-ranging trials (Trials 1 and 2). In the cUTI trial (Trial 1, NCT01505634) and cIAI trial (Trial 2, NCT01506271), patients in the treatment arms were treated with either imipenem 500 mg/cilastatin 500 mg and relebactam 250 mg or imipenem 500 mg/cilastatin 500 mg and relebactam 125 mg (not an approved dose), and patients in the control arm were treated with imipenem 500 mg/cilastatin 500 mg plus placebo (IV normal saline). Across Trials 1 and 2, the mean duration of IV therapy in patients treated with imipenem/cilastatin plus relebactam 250 mg was approximately 7 days.

Clinical Trial Experience In Patients With cUTI Including pyelonephritis

Trial 1 included 198 adult patients treated with imipenem/cilastatin and relebactam (99 patients each with imipenem 500 mg/cilastatin 500 mg plus relebactam 125 mg or relebactam 250 mg) and 100 patients treated with imipenem 500 mg/cilastatin 500 mg, administered intravenously over 30 minutes every 6 hours. After a minimum of 4 days of IV therapy, patients could be switched to oral ciprofloxacin (500 mg daily every 12 hours) to complete the treatment course of 4 to 14 days total (IV plus oral), at the discretion of the investigator. The mean age was 56.4 years, 40.3 % of patients were 65 years of age and older, 16.1 % were 75 years of age and older, 50 % were female, and approximately 17.8 % had moderate to severe renal impairment.

Clinical Trial Experience In Patients With Ciai

Trial 2 included 233 adult patients treated with imipenem/cilastatin plus relebactam (116 subjects with imipenem 500 mg/cilastatin 500 mg and relebactam 125 mg and 117 subjects with imipenem 500 mg/cilastatin 500 mg plus relebactam 250 mg), and 114 patients treated with imipenem 500 mg/cilastatin 500 mg, administered intravenously over 30 minutes every 6 hours for 4 to 14 days, at the discretion of the investigator. The mean age was 49.1 years, 22.8 % of the patients were 65 years of age and older, 9.8 % were 75 years of age and older, and 42.1 % were female.

Serious Adverse Reactions And Adverse Reactions Leading To Discontinuation

In Trials 1 and 2, serious adverse reactions occurred in 3.2 % (7/216) of patients receiving imipenem 500 mg/cilastatin 500 mg plus relebactam 250 mg and 5.1 % (11/214) of patients receiving imipenem 500 mg/cilastatin 500 mg. There were no deaths reported in patients receiving imipenem 500 mg/cilastatin 500 mg plus relebactam 250 mg or imipenem 500 mg/cilastatin 500 mg alone. Deaths were reported in 1.4 % (3/215) of patients receiving imipenem 500 mg/cilastatin 500 mg plus relebactam 125 mg (not an approved dose).

Adverse reactions leading to discontinuation occurred in 1.9 % (4/216) of patients receiving imipenem 500 mg/cilastatin 500 mg plus relebactam 250 mg and 2.3 % (5/214) of patients receiving imipenem 500 mg/cilastatin 500 mg.

Common Adverse Reactions

In Trials 1 and 2, adverse reactions occurred during the protocol-specified follow-up period, which was IV therapy plus 14 days following completion of therapy, in 39 % (85/216) of patients receiving imipenem 500 mg/cilastatin 500 mg plus relebactam 250 mg and 36 % (77/214) of patients receiving imipenem 500 mg/cilastatin 500 mg. Table 3 lists the most common adverse reactions occurring in ≥1 % of patients receiving imipenem 500 mg/cilastatin 500 mg plus relebactam 250 mg or imipenem 500 mg/cilastatin 500 mg in Trials 1 and 2.

Table 3: Adverse Reactions Occurring in Greater Than or Equal to 1% of Patients Receiving Imipenem/Cilastatin plus Relebactam 250 mg or Imipenem/Cilastatin in Trials 1 and 2

  Imipenem/Cilastatin and Relebactam 250 mga
(N=216)
N (%)
IMI + Placebob
(N=214)
N (%)
Blood and lymphatic system disorders
Anemiac 2 (1%) 4 (2%)
Gastrointestinal disorders
Diarrhea 12 (6%) 9 (4%)
Nausea 12 (6%) 12 (6%)
Vomiting 7 (3%) 4 (2%)
General disorders and administration site conditions
Phlebitis/Infusion site reactionsd 5 (2%) 3 (1%)
Pyrexia 5 (2%) 3 (1%)
Laboratory Investigations
Alanine aminotransferase increased 7 (3%) 4 (2%)
Aspartate aminotransferase increased 6 (3%) 3 (1%)
Lipase increased 3 (1%) 4 (2%)
Blood creatinine increased 1 (<1%) 3 (1%)
Nervous system disorders
Headache 9 (4%) 5 (2%)
Central nervous system adverse reactionse 2 (1%) 5 (2%)
Vascular disorders
Hypertensionf 4 (2%) 6 (3%)
aImipenem/Cilastatin (500 mg/500 mg) + Relebactam (250 mg), IV every 6 hours.
bImipenem/Cilastatin (500 mg/500 mg) + Placebo, IV every 6 hours.
cAnemia includes anemia and hemoglobin decreased.
dInfusion site reactions include infusion site phlebitis, infusion site erythema, and infusion site pain.
eCentral nervous system adverse reactions include agitation, apathy, confusional states, delirium, disorientation, slow speech, and somnolence.
fHypertension includes hypertension and blood pressure increased.

Other Adverse Reactions Associated With Imipenem/Cilastatin

Adverse reactions reported with imipenem/cilastatin in clinical studies or during post-marketing experience, that are not listed above for patients treated with imipenem 500 mg/cilastatin 500 mg plus relebactam 250 mg in Trials 1 and 2 are listed below:

Blood and Lymphatic System Disorders: agranulocytosis, increased eosinophils, hemolytic anemia

Nervous System Disorders: seizure

Hepatobiliary Disorders: hepatic failure, jaundice

Skin and Subcutaneous Tissue Disorders: rash

Laboratory Investigations: blood lactate dehydrogenase increased, coombs test positive, eosinophil count increased

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Drug Interactions

DRUG INTERACTIONS

Ganciclovir

Generalized seizures have been reported in patients who received ganciclovir concomitantly with imipenem/cilastatin, a component of RECARBRIO. Ganciclovir should not be used concomitantly with RECARBRIO unless the potential benefits outweigh the risks.

Valproic Acid

Based on case reports in the literature concomitant use of carbapenems, including imipenem/cilastatin (components of RECARBRIO) with valproic acid or divalproex sodium may decrease valproic acid concentrations which may increase the risk of breakthrough seizures [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS]. Although the mechanism of this interaction is unknown, data from in vitro and animal studies suggest that carbapenems may inhibit the hydrolysis of valproic acid's glucuronide metabolite (VPA-g) back to valproic acid, thus decreasing the serum concentrations of valproic acid. Avoid concomitant use of RECARBRIO with valproic acid or divalproex sodium. Consider alternative antibacterials other than carbapenems to treat infections in patients whose seizures are well controlled on valproic acid or divalproex sodium.

Warnings & Precautions

WARNINGS

Included as part of the PRECAUTIONS section.

PRECAUTIONS

Hypersensitivity Reactions

Serious and occasionally fatal hypersensitivity (anaphylactic) reactions have been reported in patients receiving therapy with beta lactams. Before initiating therapy with RECARBRIO, careful inquiry should be made concerning previous hypersensitivity reactions to carbapenems, penicillins, cephalosporins, other beta lactams, and other allergens. If a hypersensitivity reaction to RECARBRIO occurs, discontinue the therapy immediately.

RECARBRIO is contraindicated in patients with a history of severe hypersensitivity to any component of RECARBRIO [See CONTRAINDICATIONS].

Seizures And Other Central Nervous System (CNS) Adverse Reactions

CNS adverse reactions, such as seizures, confusional states, and myoclonic activity, have been reported during treatment with imipenem/cilastatin, a component of RECARBRIO, especially when recommended dosages of imipenem were exceeded. These have been reported most commonly in patients with CNS disorders (e.g., brain lesions or history of seizures) and/or compromised renal function.

Anticonvulsant therapy should be continued in patients with known seizure disorders. If CNS adverse reactions including seizures occur, patients should undergo a neurological evaluation to determine whether RECARBRIO should be discontinued.

Increased Seizure Potential Due To Interaction With Valproic Acid

Concomitant use of RECARBRIO, with valproic acid or divalproex sodium may increase the risk of breakthrough seizures. Avoid concomitant use of RECARBRIO with valproic acid or divalproex sodium or consider alternative antibacterial drugs other than carbapenems [See DRUG INTERACTIONS].

Clostridium Difficile-Associated Diarrhea (CDAD)

Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea (CDAD) has been reported with use of nearly all antibacterial agents, including imipenem/cilastatin plus relebactam, and may range in severity from mild diarrhea to fatal colitis. Treatment with antibacterial agents alters the normal flora of the colon leading to overgrowth of C. difficile.

C. difficile produces toxins A and B which contribute to the development of CDAD. Hypertoxin producing strains of C. difficile cause increased morbidity and mortality, as these infections can be refractory to antimicrobial therapy and may require colectomy. CDAD must be considered in all patients who present with diarrhea following antibacterial drug use. Careful medical history is necessary since CDAD has been reported to occur over two months after the administration of antibacterial agents.

If CDAD is suspected or confirmed, ongoing antibacterial drug use not directed against C. difficile may need to be discontinued. Appropriate fluid and electrolyte management, protein supplementation, antibacterial drug treatment of C. difficile, and surgical evaluation should be instituted as clinically indicated.

Development Of Drug-Resistant Bacteria

Prescribing RECARBRIO in the absence of a proven or strongly suspected bacterial infection or prophylactic indication is unlikely to provide benefit to the patient and increases the risk of the development of drug-resistant bacteria.

Nonclinical Toxicology

Carcinogenesis, Mutagenesis, Impairment Of Fertility

Carcinogenesis

Carcinogenicity studies with imipenem/cilastatin or relebactam have not been conducted.

Mutagenesis

Genotoxicity studies were performed in a variety of bacterial and mammalian tests in vivo and in vitro. None of these tests showed any evidence of genetic damage.

The tests conducted with imipenem, cilastatin, or imipenem/cilastatin included: V79 mammalian cell mutagenesis assay (imipenem, cilastatin), Ames test (imipenem, cilastatin), unscheduled DNA synthesis assay (imipenem/cilastatin), and in vivo mouse cytogenetics test (imipenem/cilastatin).

The tests conducted with relebactam included: Ames test, in vitro chromosomal aberration in Chinese Hamsters Ovary (CHO) cells, and in vivo rat micronucleus test.

Impairment Of Fertility

No adverse effects on fertility, reproductive performance, fetal viability, growth or postnatal development were observed in male and female rats given imipenem/cilastatin at intravenous doses up to 80 mg/kg/day and at a subcutaneous dose of 320 mg/kg/day. In rats, a dose of 320 mg/kg was approximately double the MRHD based on body surface area. Slight decreases in live fetal body weight were restricted to the highest dosage level.

In fertility studies, relebactam was administered in intravenous doses of 50, 150, and 450 mg/kg/day to male rats beginning 15 days before mating, through mating, and for an additional 3 weeks and to female rats beginning 15 days before mating, through mating, and until gestation day (GD) 7. Relebactam did not impair fertility, reproductive performance or spermatogenesis in males or fertility, reproductive performance, or early embryonic development in females at doses up to 450 mg/kg/day corresponding to plasma AUC exposures of approximately 8 times in males and 7 times in females the plasma AUC exposure in humans at the MRHD.

Use In Specific Populations

Pregnancy

Risk Summary

Embryonic loss was observed in monkeys treated with imipenem/cilastatin, and fetal abnormalities were observed in relebactam-treated mice; therefore, advise pregnant women of the potential risks to pregnancy and the fetus. There are insufficient human data to establish whether there is a drug-associated risk for major birth defects, miscarriage, or adverse maternal or fetal outcomes with RECARBRIO, imipenem, cilastatin, or relebactam in pregnant women.

Developmental toxicity studies with imipenem and cilastatin (alone or in combination) administered parenterally during organogenesis to mice, rats, rabbits, and monkeys at doses 1 to 5 times the maximum recommended human dose (MRHD of imipenem 500 mg/ cilastatin 500 mg every 6 hours for total daily doses of imipenem 2000 mg/cilastatin 2000 mg) based on body surface area comparison, showed no drug-induced fetal malformations. Embryofetal development studies with imipenem/cilastatin administered to cynomolgus monkeys at doses similar to the MRHD (based on body surface area comparison) showed an increase in embryonic loss. In an embryofetal study, parental administration of relebactam to pregnant mice during the period of organogenesis was associated with a non-dose responsive increase in the litter incidence of cleft palate at a plasma relebactam exposure approximately equal to the human exposure at the MRHD (250 mg every 6 hours for a daily dose of 1000 mg) and an increased percent litter incidence of total skeletal malformations at a plasma exposure approximately 6 times the human exposure at the MRHD. Reproductive studies with relebactam administered parenterally to pregnant rats and rabbits during the period of organogenesis at plasma exposures up to 7 and 24 times, respectively, the plasma exposure in humans at the MRHD showed no adverse effects on pregnancy or embryofetal development. Relebactam administered to rats during gestation through lactation was not associated with fetal toxicity, developmental delays, or impaired reproduction in first generation offspring at plasma exposures equivalent to 8 times the human exposure at the MRHD (see Data).

The background risk of major birth defects and miscarriage for the indicated populations is unknown. All pregnancies have a background risk of birth defect, loss, or other adverse outcomes. The estimated background risk of major birth defects is 2 to 4 % and miscarriage is 15 to 20 % of clinically recognized pregnancies within the U.S. general population.

Data

Animal Data

Imipenem And Cilastatin

Reproductive toxicity studies with imipenem and cilastatin (alone or in combination) administered parenterally to mice, rats, and rabbits showed no evidence of effects on embryofetal (mice, rats, and rabbits) or pre/postnatal (rats) development. In embryofetal development studies, imipenem was administered intravenously to rats (gestation days (GD) 7 to 17), and rabbits (GD 6 to 18), at doses up to 900 and 60 mg/kg/day, respectively, approximately 4 and 0.6 times the MRHD (based on body surface area comparison). Cilastatin was administered subcutaneously to rats (GD 6 to 17) and intravenously to rabbits (GD 6 to 18) at doses up to 1000 and 300 mg/kg/day, respectively, approximately 5 and 3 times the MRHD (based on body surface area comparison). Imipenem/cilastatin was administered intravenously to mice at doses up to 320 mg/kg/day (GD 6 to 15) which is approximately equivalent to the MRHD based on body surface area comparison, and to rats at intravenous doses up to 80 mg/kg/day and a subcutaneous dose of 320 mg/kg/day (GD 6 to 17). In a separate pre-postnatal development study, rats were administered subcutaneous imipenem/cilastatin at doses up to 320 mg/kg/day (GD 15 to day 21 postpartum). The subcutaneous dose of 320 mg/kg/day in rats is approximately double the MRHD based on body surface area comparison.

Imipenem/cilastatin administered intravenously to pregnant cynomolgus monkeys during organogenesis (GD 21 to 50) at 100 mg/kg/day, a dose approximately equivalent to the MRHD (based on body surface area comparison), at an infusion rate mimicking human clinical use was not associated with fetal malformations, but there was an increase in embryonic loss relative to controls. Imipenem/cilastatin administered to pregnant cynomolgus monkeys during organogenesis at 40 mg/kg/day by bolus intravenous injection caused significant maternal toxicity including death and embryofetal loss.

Relebactam

In an embryofetal development study in pregnant mice, relebactam administered subcutaneously in doses of 80, 200, and 450 mg/kg/day during the period of organogenesis (GD 6 to 17) was not associated with maternal toxicity at doses up to 450 mg/kg/day. However, although individual skeletal malformations appeared only as single occurrences in the high dose group, the percent litter incidence of total skeletal malformations (skull and vertebral) was increased in the high-dose group (21 % litter incidence) compared to the concurrent control value (5.3 % litter incidence). The plasma relebactam exposure for the high dose associated with increased skeletal malformations was approximately 6 times greater than the human plasma exposure at the MRHD based on AUC comparison. Also, mice receiving the lowest administered dose of relebactam, 80 mg/kg/day, exhibited a higher percent litter incidence (15 % litter incidence) of cleft palate (a rare malformation in mice) compared to the concurrent control value (0 % litter incidence) and historical control values (up to 11 % litter incidence). This finding did not increase in a dose-dependent manner with percent litter incidences of 0 % and 5.3 % in the mid-and high-dose groups respectively. The plasma AUC exposure for the low dose of relebactam associated with increased cleft palate was approximately equivalent to the human plasma AUC at the MRHD. In embryofetal development studies in rats and rabbits, intravenous relebactam was administered to rats in doses of 50, 150, and 450 mg/kg/day and rabbits in doses of 35, 275, and 450 mg/kg/day. In these studies, relebactam administered during the period of organogenesis to pregnant rats (GD 6 to 20) and rabbits (GD 7 to 20) was not associated with maternal or embryofetal toxicity at doses up to 450 mg/kg/day corresponding to plasma AUC exposures of approximately 7 and 24 times, respectively, the human plasma AUC at the MRHD.

In a pre-postnatal development study, relebactam administered intravenously in doses of 65, 200, and 450 mg/kg/day to rats from GD 6 to lactation day (LD) 20 produced no maternal toxicity and did not impair the physical and behavioral development or reproduction in first generation offspring at doses up to 450 mg/kg/day corresponding to a plasma AUC exposure of approximately 8 times the plasma AUC exposure in humans at the MRHD.

Studies in pregnant rats and rabbits showed that relebactam is transferred to the fetus through the placenta, with fetal plasma concentrations up to 5 % to 6 % of maternal concentrations observed on GD 20.

Lactation

Risk Summary

There are insufficient data on the presence of imipenem/cilastatin and relebactam in human milk, and no data on the effects on the breastfed child, or the effects on milk production. Relebactam is present in the milk of lactating rats (see Data).

The developmental and health benefits of breastfeeding should be considered along with the mother’s

clinical need for RECARBRIO and any potential adverse effects on the breastfed child from RECARBRIO or from the underlying maternal condition.

Data

Relebactam administered intravenously to lactating rats at a dose of 450 mg/kg/day (GD 6 to LD 14), was excreted into the milk with concentrations of approximately 5 % that of maternal plasma concentrations.

Pediatric Use

The safety and efficacy of RECARBRIO in patients younger than 18 years of age have not been established.

Geriatric Use

Of the 216 patients treated with imipenem/cilastatin plus relebactam 250 mg in Trials 1 and 2, 67 (31.0 %) were 65 years of age or older, including 25 (11.6 %) patients 75 years of age and older.

RECARBRIO is known to be substantially excreted by the kidney, and the risk of adverse reactions to this drug may be greater in patients with impaired renal function. Because elderly patients are more likely to have decreased renal function, care should be taken in dose selection, and it may be useful to monitor renal function. No dosage adjustment is required based on age. Dosage adjustment for elderly patients should be based on renal function [see DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION and CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY].

Renal Impairment

Reduce RECARBRIO dosage in patients with a CLcr less than 90 mL/min [see DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION and CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY].

Overdosage & Contraindications

OVERDOSE

In the event of overdose, discontinue RECARBRIO, treat symptomatically, and institute general supportive treatment. Imipenem, cilastatin, and relebactam can be removed by hemodialysis [see CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY]. No clinical information is available on the use of hemodialysis to treat overdosage.

CONTRAINDICATIONS

RECARBRIO is contraindicated in patients with a history of known severe hypersensitivity (severe systemic allergic reaction such as anaphylaxis) to any component of RECARBRIO.

Clinical Pharmacology

CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY

Mechanism Of Action

RECARBRIO is an antibacterial drug [see Microbiology].

Pharmacodynamics

For imipenem, the % time of dosing interval that unbound plasma concentrations of imipenem exceed the imipenem/relebactam minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) (% fT > MIC) against the infecting organism best correlates with antibacterial activity in animal and in vitro models of infection. For relebactam the ratio of the 24-hour unbound plasma relebactam AUC to imipenem/relebactam MIC (fAUC 0 – 24 hr/MIC) best predicts the activity of relebactam in animal and in vitro models of infection.

Cardiac Electrophysiology

At a dose 4.6 times the recommended dose, relebactam does not prolong the QTc interval to a clinically relevant extent.

Pharmacokinetics

The steady-state pharmacokinetic parameters of imipenem, cilastatin, and relebactam in patients with active bacterial infection with CLcr 90 mL/min or greater following administration of the recommended dosage are summarized in Table 4. Pharmacokinetic parameters were similar for single-and multiple-dose administration due to minimal accumulation.

Table 4: Population Pharmacokinetic Model Based Steady State Mean (±SD) Plasma Pharmacokinetic Parameters of Imipenem 500 mg/Cilastatin 500 mg plus Relebactam 250 mg After Multiple Intravenous Infusions Every 6 Hours in Patients with CLcr 90 mL/min or Greater

  Imipenem Relebactam
AUC0-24hr (μM-hr) 573.9 (321.2) 427.3 (190.3)
Cmax (μM) 104.3 (61.4) 64.0 (27.3)
CL (L/hr) 15.3 (8.3) 8.0 (3.6)
AUC0-24hr=area under the concentration time curve from 0 to 24 hours
Cmax=maximum concentration
CL=plasma clearance

Distribution

The binding of imipenem and cilastatin to human plasma proteins is approximately 20 % and 40 %, respectively. The binding of relebactam to human plasma proteins is approximately 22 % and is independent of concentration at a range of 5 to 50 μM.

The steady-state volume of distribution of imipenem, cilastatin, and relebactam is 24.3 L, 13.8 L, and 19.0 L, respectively, in subjects following multiple doses infused over 30 minutes every 6 hours.

Elimination

Imipenem and relebactam are eliminated from the body by the kidneys with a mean (± SD) half-life of 1 (± 0.5) hour and 1.2 (± 0.7) hours, respectively.

Metabolism

Imipenem, when administered alone, is metabolized in the kidneys by dehydropeptidase, resulting in low levels of imipenem recovered in human urine. Cilastatin, an inhibitor of this enzyme, effectively prevents renal metabolism so that when imipenem and cilastatin are given concomitantly, adequate concentrations of imipenem are achieved in the urine to enable antibacterial activity.

Relebactam is minimally metabolized. Unchanged relebactam was the only drug-related component detected in human plasma.

Excretion

Imipenem, cilastatin, and relebactam are mainly excreted by the kidneys.

Following multiple-dose administration of imipenem 500 mg, cilastatin 500 mg, and relebactam 250 mg to healthy male subjects, approximately 63 % of the administered imipenem dose, and 77 % of the administered cilastatin dose are recovered as unchanged parent drugs in the urine. The renal excretion of imipenem and cilastatin involves both glomerular filtration and active tubular secretion. Greater than 90 % of the administered relebactam dose was excreted unchanged in human urine. The unbound renal clearance of relebactam is greater than the glomerular filtration rate, suggesting that in addition to glomerular filtration, active tubular secretion is involved in the renal elimination, accounting for ~ 30 % of the total clearance.

Specific Populations

No clinically significant differences in the pharmacokinetics of imipenem, cilastatin, or relebactam were observed based on age, gender, or race/ethnicity.

Patients With Renal Impairment

In a single-dose trial evaluating the effect of renal impairment on the PK of relebactam 125 mg co-infused with imipenem/cilastatin 250 mg (half the recommended dose in patients with normal renal function), mean AUC was higher in subjects with CLcr 60-89, 30-59, and 15-29 mL/min, respectively, compared to healthy subjects with CLcr 90 mL/min or greater (Table 5). In subjects with end stage renal disease (ESRD) on hemodialysis, imipenem, cilastatin, and relebactam are efficiently removed by hemodialysis, with extraction coefficients of 66 % to 87 % for imipenem, 46 % to 56 % for cilastatin and 67 % to 87 % for relebactam.

Table 5: Mean AUC Increase in Subjects with Renal Impairment Compared to Subjects with CLcr 90 mL/min or Greater

Estimated CLcr (mL/min) Imipenem Cilastatin Relebactam
60 to 89 1.1-fold 1.2-fold 1.2-fold
30 to 59 1.7-fold 2.0-fold 2.2-fold
15 to 29 2.6-fold 5.5-fold 4.7-fold

To maintain systemic exposures similar to patients with normal renal function, dose adjustment is recommended for patients with renal impairment [see DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION]. ESRD patients on hemodialysis should receive RECARBRIO after hemodialysis session [see DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION].

Patients With Hepatic Impairment

Imipenem, cilastatin, and relebactam are primarily cleared renally; therefore, hepatic impairment is not likely to have any effect on RECARBRIO exposures.

Drug Interaction Studies

Clinical Studies

No drug-drug interaction was observed among imipenem, cilastatin, and relebactam in a clinical study in healthy subjects.

No clinically significant differences in the pharmacokinetics of imipenem or relebactam were observed when RECARBRIO was used concomitantly with probenecid (Organic Anion Transporter 3 (OAT3) inhibitor).

In Vitro Studies

CYP Enzymes

Relebactam does not inhibit CYP1A2, CYP2B6, CYP2C8, CYP2C9, CYP2C19, CYP2D6, or CYP3A4 or induce CYP1A2, CYP2B6, or CYP3A4 in human hepatocytes.

Transporter Systems

Relebactam does not inhibit OATP1B1, OATP1B3, OAT1, OAT3, OCT2, P-gp, BCRP, MATE1, MATE2K, or BSEP.

Relebactam is not a substrate of OAT1, OCT2, P-gp, BCRP, MRP2, or MRP4 transporters, but is a substrate of OAT3, OAT4, MATE1, and MATE2K transporters.

The following antibacterial and antifungal drugs (piperacillin/tazobactam, ciprofloxacin, fluconazole, ampicillin, levofloxacin, metronidazole, vancomycin, linezolid, daptomycin, and cefazolin) did not significantly inhibit OAT3-mediated relebactam uptake.

Microbiology

Mechanism Of Action

RECARBRIO is a combination of imipenem/cilastatin and relebactam. Imipenem is a penem antibacterial drug, cilastatin sodium is a renal dehydropeptidase inhibitor, and relebactam is a beta lactamase inhibitor. Cilastatin limits the renal metabolism of imipenem and does not have antibacterial activity. The bactericidal activity of imipenem results from binding to PBP 2 and PBP 1B in Enterobacteriaceae and Pseudomonas aeruginosa and the subsequent inhibition of penicillin binding proteins (PBPs). Inhibition of PBPs leads to the disruption of bacterial cell wall synthesis. Imipenem is stable in the presence of some beta lactamases. Relebactam has no intrinsic antibacterial activity. Relebactam protects imipenem from degradation by certain serine beta lactamases such as Sulhydryl Variable (SHV), Temoneira (TEM), Cefotaximase-Munich  (CTX-M), Enterobacter cloacae P99 (P99), Pseudomonas-derived cephalosporinase (PDC), and Klebsiella-pneumoniae carbapenemase (KPC).

Resistance

Clinical isolates may produce multiple beta lactamases, express varying levels of beta lactamases, have amino acid sequence variations, or have other resistance mechanisms that have not yet been identified. Culture and susceptibility information and local epidemiology should be considered in selecting or modifying antibacterial therapy.

Mechanisms of beta lactam resistance in gram-negative organisms include the production of betalactamases, up-regulation of efflux pumps, and loss of outer membrane porins. Imipenem/relebactam retains activity in the presence of the tested efflux pumps. Imipenem/relebactam has shown activity against some isolates of P. aeruginosa and Enterobacteriaceae that produce relebactam-susceptible beta-lactamases concomitant with loss of entry porins. Imipenem/relebactam is not active against most isolates containing metallo-beta-lactamases (MBLs), some oxacillinases with carbapenemase activity, as well as certain alleles of GES.

Imipenem/relebactam demonstrated in vitro activity against some Enterobacteriaceae isolates genotypically characterized for some beta-lactamases and extended-spectrum beta-lactamases (ESBLs) of the following groups: KPC, TEM, SHV, CTX-M, CMY, DHA, and ACT/MIR. Many of the Enterobacteriaceae isolates that were not susceptible to imipenem-relebactam were genotypically characterized and the genes encoding MBLs or certain oxacillinases were present.

Imipenem/relebactam demonstrated in vitro activity against genotypically characterized P. aeruginosa isolates containing certain known resistance factors: some chromosomal PDC alleles with ESBLs, and those with loss of outer membrane porin (OprD) that co-expressed up-regulated efflux pumps (MexAB, MexCD, MexJK, and MexXY). Genotypically characterized P. aeruginosa isolates that were not susceptible to imipenem/relebactam encoded some MBL, KPC, PER, GES, VEB, and PDC alleles.

Methicillin-resistant staphylococci should be considered resistant to imipenem. Imipenem is inactive in vitro against Enterococcus faecium, Stenotrophomonas maltophilia, and some isolates of Burkholderia cepacia.

No cross-resistance with other classes of antimicrobials has been identified. Some isolates resistant to carbapenems (including imipenem) and to cephalosporins may be susceptible to RECARBRIO.

Interaction With Other Antimicrobials

In vitro studies have demonstrated no antagonism between imipenem/relebactam and amikacin, azithromycin, aztreonam, colistin, gentamicin, levofloxacin, linezolid, tigecycline, tobramycin, or vancomycin.

Activity Against Imipenem-Nonsusceptible Bacteria In Animal Infection Models

Relebactam restored activity of imipenem/cilastatin in animal models of infection (e.g., mouse disseminated infection, mouse thigh infection, and mouse pulmonary infection) caused by imipenem-nonsusceptible KPC-producing Enterobacteriaceae and imipenem-nonsusceptible P. aeruginosa (imipenem-nonsusceptible due to production of chromosomal PDC and loss of OprD porin).

Antimicrobial Activity

RECARBRIO has been shown to be active against most isolates of the following bacteria, both in vitro and in clinical infections [see INDICATIONS AND USAGE].

Complicated Urinary Tract Infections (cUTI)

Aerobic Bacteria

Gram-negative Bacteria

  • Klebsiella aerogenes
  • Enterobacter cloacae
  • Escherichia coli
  • Klebsiella pneumoniae
  • Pseudomonas aeruginosa

Complicated Intra-abdominal Infections (cIAI)

Aerobic Bacteria

Gram-negative Bacteria

  • Citrobacter freundii
  • Klebsiella aerogenes
  • Enterobacter cloacae
  • Escherichia coli
  • Klebsiella oxytoca
  • Klebsiella pneumoniae
  • Pseudomonas aeruginosa

Anaerobic Bacteria

Gram-negative Bacteria

  • Bacteroides caccae
  • Bacteroides fragilis
  • Bacteroides ovatus
  • Bacteroides stercoris
  • Bacteroides thetaiotaomicron
  • Bacteroides uniformis
  • Bacteroides vulgatus
  • Fusobacterium nucleatum
  • Parabacteroides distasonis

The following in vitro data are available, but their clinical significance is unknown. At least 90 percent of the following bacteria exhibit an in vitro (MIC) less than or equal to the susceptible breakpoint for RECARBRIO against isolates of similar genus or organism group. However, the efficacy of RECARBRIO in treating clinical infections due to these bacteria has not been established in adequate and well-controlled clinical trials.

Aerobic Bacteria

Gram-positive Bacteria

  • Enterococcus faecalis
  • Methicillin-susceptible Staphylococcus aureus
  • Streptococcus anginosus
  • Streptococcus constellatus

Gram-negative Bacteria

  • Citrobacter koseri
  • Enterobacter asburiae

Anaerobic Bacteria

Gram-positive Bacteria

  • Eggerthella lenta
  • Parvimonas micra
  • Peptoniphilus harei
  • Peptostreptococcus anaerobius

Gram-negative Bacteria

  • Fusobacterium necrophorum
  • Fusobacterium varium
  • Parabacteroides goldsteinii
  • Parabacteroides merdae
  • Prevotella bivia
  • Veillonella parvula
Susceptibility Test Methods

For specific information regarding susceptibility testing methods, interpretive criteria, and associated test methods and quality control standards recognized by FDA for RECARBRIO, please see: https://www.fda.gov/STIC.

Animal Toxicology And/Or Pharmacology

Relebactam given as a single entity caused renal tubular degeneration in monkeys at AUC exposure 7-fold the human AUC exposure at the MRHD. Renal tubular degeneration was shown to be reversible after dose discontinuation. There was no evidence of nephrotoxicity at AUC exposures less than or equal to 3-fold the human AUC exposure at the MRHD.

Clinical Studies

The determination of efficacy and safety of RECARBRIO was supported in part by the previous findings of the efficacy and safety of imipenem/cilastatin for the treatment of cIAI and cUTI. The contribution of relebactam to RECARBRIO was primarily established in vitro and in animal models of infection [see Microbiology]. Imipenem/cilastatin plus relebactam was studied in cIAI and cUTI including pyelonephritis in randomized, blinded, active-controlled, multicenter trials. These trials provided only limited efficacy and safety information.

Medication Guide

PATIENT INFORMATION

Serious Allergic Reactions

Advise patients, their families, or caregivers that allergic reactions, including serious allergic reactions, could occur that require immediate treatment. Ask them about any previous hypersensitivity reactions to RECARBRIO (imipenem, cilastatin, and relebactam), carbapenems, penicillins, cephalosporins, other beta lactams, or other allergens [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS].

Seizures And Central Nervous System Reactions

Counsel patients, their families, or caregivers to inform a healthcare provider if they have central nervous system disorders, such as stroke or history of seizures. Seizures have been reported during treatment with imipenem especially when recommended dosages were exceeded and with closely related antibacterial drugs [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS].

Drug Interaction With Valproic Acid

Counsel patients, their families, or caregivers to inform a healthcare provider if they are taking valproic acid or divalproex sodium. If treatment with RECARBRIO is necessary, supplemental anti-convulsant medication to prevent and/or treat seizures may be needed [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS].

Potentially Serious Diarrhea

Advise patients, their families, or caregivers that diarrhea is a common problem caused by antibacterial drugs, including RECARBRIO and usually resolves when the drug is discontinued. Sometimes, frequent watery or bloody diarrhea may occur and may be a sign of a more serious intestinal infection that may require treatment. If severe watery or bloody diarrhea develops, tell the patient to contact his or her healthcare provider [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS].

Antibacterial Resistance

Patients should be counseled that antibacterial drugs, including RECARBRIO, should only be used to treat bacterial infections. They do not treat viral infections (e.g., the common cold). When RECARBRIO is prescribed to treat a bacterial infection, patients should be told that although it is common to feel better early in the course of therapy, the medication should be taken exactly as directed. Skipping doses or not completing the full course of therapy may (1) decrease the effectiveness of the immediate treatment and (2) increase the likelihood that bacteria will develop resistance and will not be treatable by RECARBRIO or other antibacterial drugs in the future [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS].

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