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1 INDICATIONS AND USAGE
Asclera(R) (polidocanol) is indicated to sclerose uncomplicated spider veins (varicose veins less than or equal to 1 mm in diameter) and uncomplicated reticular veins (varicose veins 1 to 3 mm in diameter) in the lower extremity. Asclera has not been studied in varicose veins more than 3 mm in diameter.
2 DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION
For intravenous use only. Parenteral drug products should be inspected visually for particulate matter and discoloration prior to administration, whenever solution and container permit. Do not use if particulate matter is seen or if the contents of the vial are discolored or of the vial is damaged in any way.
For spider veins (varicose veins less than or equal to 1 mm in diameter), use Asclera 0.5%. For reticular veins (varicose veins 1 to 3 mm in diameter), use Asclera 1%. Use 0.1 to 0.3 mL per injection and no more than 10 mL per session.
Use a syringe (glass or plastic) with a fine needle (typically, 26 or 30 gauge). Insert the needle tangentially into the vein and inject the solution slowly while the needle is still in the vein. Apply only gentle pressure during injection to prevent vein rupture. After the needle has been removed and the injection site has been covered, apply compression in the form of a stocking or bandage. After the treatment session, encourage the patient to walk for 15 to 20 minutes. Keep the patient under observation to detect any anaphylactic or allergic reaction (see Warnings and Precautions ).
Maintain compression for 2 to 3 days after treatment of spider veins and 5 to 7 days for reticular veins. For extensive varicosities, longer compression treatment with compression bandages or a gradient compression stocking of a higher compression class is recommended. Post-treatment compression is necessary to reduce the risk of deep vein thrombosis.
Repeat treatments may be necessary if the extent of the varicose veins require more than 10 mL. These treatments should be separated by 1 to 2 weeks.
Small intravaricose blood clots (thrombi) that develop may be removed by stab incision and thrombus expression (microthrombectomy).
Asclera is contraindicated for patients with known allergy (anaphylaxis) to polidocanol and patients with acute thromboembolic diseases.
5 WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS
Severe allergic reactions have been reported following polidocanol use, including anaphylactic reactions, some them fatal. Severe reactions are more frequent with use of larger volumes (greater than 3 mL). The dose of polidocanol should therefore be minimized. Be prepared to treat anaphylaxis appropriately.
Severe adverse local effects, including tissue necrosis, may occur following extravasation; therefore, care should be taken in intravenous needle placement and the smallest effective volume at each injection site should be used.
After the injection session is completed, apply compression with a stocking or bandage, and have the patient walk for 15-20 minutes. Keep the patient under supervision during this period to treat any anaphylactic or allergic reaction (see Dosage and Administration ).
5.2 Accidental Intra-arterial Injection
Intra-arterial injection can cause severe necrosis, ischemia or gangrene. If this occurs consult a vascular surgeon immediately.
5.3 Inadvertent Perivascular Injection
Inadvertent perivascular injection of Asclera can cause pain. If pain is severe, a local anesthetic (without adrenaline) may be injected.
6 ADVERSE REACTIONS
6.1 Clinical Study 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.
In 5 controlled randomized clinical trials, Asclera has been administered to 401 patients with small or very small varicose veins (reticular and spider veins) and compared with another sclerosing agent and with placebo. Patients were 18 to 70 years old. The patient population was predominantly female and consisted of Caucasian and Asian patients.
Table 1 shows adverse events more common with Asclera or sodium tetradecyl sulfate (STS) 1% than with placebo by at least 3% in the placebo-controlled EASI study (see Clinical Studies ). All of these were injection site reactions and most were mild.
Table 1: Adverse Reactions in EASI-study
6.2 Post-marketing Safety Experience
The following adverse reactions have been reported during the use of polidocanol in world-wide experience; in some of these cases these adverse events have been serious or troublesome. Because these reactions are reported voluntarily from a population of uncertain size without a control group, it is not possible to estimate their frequency reliably or to establish a causal relationship to drug exposure.
Immune system disorders: Anaphylactic shock, angioedema, urticaria generalized, asthma
Nervous system disorders: Cerebrovascular accident, migraine, paresthesia (local), loss of consciousness, confusional state, dizziness
Cardiac disorders: Cardiac arrest, palpitations
Vascular disorders: Deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, syncope vasovagal, circulatory collapse, vasculitis
Respiratory, thoracic and mediastinal disorders: Dyspnea
General disorders and injection site conditions: Injection site necrosis, pyrexia, hot flush
Injury, poisoning and procedural complications: Nerve injury
8 USE IN SPECIFIC POPULATIONS
Developmental reproductive toxicity testing was performed in rats and rabbits with intravenous administration. Polidocanol induced maternal and fetal toxicity in rabbits, including reduced mean fetal weight and reduced fetal survival, when administered during gestation days 6-20 at doses 4 and 10 mg/kg, but it did not cause skeletal or visceral abnormalities. No adverse maternal or fetal effects were observed in rabbits at a dose of 2 mg/kg. No evidence of teratogenicity or fetal toxicity was observed in rats dosed during gestation days 6-17 with doses up to 10 mg/kg. Polidocanol did not affect the ability of rats to deliver and rear pups when administered intermittently by intravenous injection from gestation day 17 to post-partum day 21 at doses up to 10 mg/kg.
There are no adequate and well-controlled studies on the use of Asclera in pregnant women.
The effects of Asclera on labor and delivery in pregnant women are unknown.
8.3 Nursing Mothers
It is not known whether polidocanol is excreted in human milk. Because many drugs are excreted in human milk and because of the potential for serious adverse reactions in nursing infants, avoid administering to a nursing woman.
8.4 Pediatric Use
The safety and effectiveness of Asclera in pediatric patients have not been established.
8.5 Geriatric Use
Clinical studies of Asclera did not include sufficient numbers of subjects aged 65 and over to determine whether they respond differently from younger subjects.
12 CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY
13 NONCLINICAL TOXICOLOGY
13.1 Carcinogenesis, Mutagenesis, Impairment of Fertility
Long-term studies to evaluate carcinogenic potential have not been conducted with polidocanol. Poliodocanol was negative in bacterial reverse mutation assays in Salmonella and E. Coli, and in micronucleus assay conducted in mice. Polidocanol induced numerical chromosonal aberrations in cultured newborn Chinese hamster lung fibroblasts in the absence of metabolic activation.
Polidocanol did not affect reproductive performance (fertility) of rats when administered intermittently at dosages up to 10 mg/kg (approximately equal to the maximum human dose on the basis of body surface area).
14 CLINICAL STUDIES
Asclera was evaluated in a multicenter, randomized, double-blind, placebo and comparator controlled trial (EASI-study) in patients with spider or reticular varicose veins. A total of 338 patients were treated with Asclera [0.5% for spider veins (n=94), 1% for reticular veins (n=86)], sodium tetradecyl sulfate (STS) 1% (n=105), or placebo (0.9% isotonic saline solution) (n=53) for either spider or reticular veins. Patients were predominantly female, ranging in age from 19 to 70 years old. All of them received an intravenous injection in the first treatment session; repeat injections were given three to six weeks later if the previous injection was evaluated as unsuccessful (defined as 1, 2, or 3 on a 5-point scale, see below). Patients returned at 12 and 26 weeks after the last injection for final assessments.
The primary effectiveness endpoint was improvement of veins judges by a blinded panel. Digital images of the selected treatment area were taken prior to injection, compared with those taken at 12 weeks post-treatment, and rated on a 5-point scale (1 = worse than before, 2 = same as before, 3 = moderate improvement, 4 = good improvement, 5 = complete treatment success_; results are shown in Table 2.
Table 2: Improvement of veins in digital photographs after 12 weeks and 26
The secondary efficacy criterion was the rate of treatment success, pre-defined as a score of 4 or 5 with patients scoring 1, 2, or 3 considered treatment failures; results are shown in Table 3.
Table 3: Treatment success rates at 12 weeks and 26 weeks
At 12 and 26 weeks, patients' judgement of the results was assessed by showing them the digital images of their treatment area taken at baseline and asking them to rate their satisfaction with their treatment using a verbal rating scale (1 = very unsatisfied, 2 = somewhat satisfied, 3 = slightly satisfied, 4 = satisfied, and 5 = very satisfied); results are shown in Table 4.
Table 4: Patient satisfaction after 12 weeks and 26 weeks
16 HOW SUPPLIED/STORAGE AND HANDLING
Asclera is supplied in single use, preservative free ampules in the following packages:NDC 46783-121-52 Five 0.5% ampules (2 mL)
NDC 46783-221-52 Five 1.0% ampules (2 mL)
Each ampule is intended for immediate use in a single patient. Each unopened ampule is stable up to three years.
Store at 15-30 degrees Celsius; (59-86 degrees Fahrenheit).
17 PATIENT COUNSELING INFORMATION
Advise patient to wear compression stockings or support hose on the treated legs continuously for 2 to 3 days and for 2 to 3 weeks during the daytime. Compression stockings or support hose should be thigh or knee high depending on the area treated in order to provide adequate coverage.
For two to three days following treatment, advise the patient to avoid heavy exercise, sunbathing, long plane flights, and hot baths or sauna.
Revised: 01/2011 Merz Aesthetics, Inc.
Reproduced with permission of U.S. National Library of Medicine
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