lanthanum carbonate




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Full Prescribing Info
Lanthanum carbonate.
Each chewable tablet contains lanthanum carbonate hydrate corresponding to 500 mg lanthanum.
Chewable tablets also contain on average 1066 mg of dextrates, containing glucose.
Excipients/Inactive Ingredients: Dextrates (hydrated), Colloidal anhydrous silica, Magnesium stearate.
Pharmacotherapeutic group: Drugs for treatment of hyperkalaemia and hyperphosphataemia. ATC code: V03A E03.
Pharmacology: Pharmacodynamics: Fosrenol contains lanthanum carbonate hydrate. The activity of lanthanum carbonate hydrate as a phosphate binder is dependent on the high affinity of lanthanum ions, which are released from the carbonate salt in the acid environment of the stomach, for dietary phosphate. Insoluble lanthanum phosphate is formed which reduces the absorption of phosphate from the gastro-intestinal tract.
A total of 1130 patients with chronic renal failure treated with maintenance haemodialysis or CAPD were studied in two phase II and two phase III studies. Three studies were placebo controlled (1 fixed dose and 2 titrated dose designs) and one included calcium carbonate as an active comparator. During these studies, 1016 patients received lanthanum carbonate, 267 received calcium carbonate and 176 received placebo.
Two placebo-controlled, randomised studies enrolled patients on dialysis after a washout from previous phosphate binders. After titration of lanthanum carbonate to achieve a serum phosphate level between 1.3 and 1.8mmol/L in one study (doses up to 2250mg/day), or ≤1.8mmol/L in a second study (doses up to 3000mg/day), patients were randomised to lanthanum carbonate or placebo as maintenance treatment. After the 4-week randomised placebo-controlled phase, the serum phosphate concentration rose between 0.5 and 0.6mmol/L in the placebo group, in both studies, relative to patients who remained on lanthanum carbonate therapy. There were 61% patients on lanthanum carbonate who maintained their response, compared to 23% on placebo.
The active comparator study demonstrated that serum phosphate levels were reduced to target levels of 1.8mmol/l at the end of the 5 week titration period, in 51% of the lanthanum group compared with 57% of the calcium carbonate group. At week 25 the percentage of randomised patients showing controlled serum phosphate levels was similar in the two treatment groups, 29% on lanthanum and 30% on calcium carbonate (using a missing=failure approach). Mean serum phosphate levels were reduced by a similar amount in both treatment groups.
Further long-term extension studies have demonstrated maintenance of phosphate reduction for some patients following continued administration of at least 2 years of lanthanum carbonate.
Hypercalcaemia was reported in 0.4% of patients with Fosrenol compared with 20.2% on calcium-based binders in comparative studies. Serum PTH concentrations may fluctuate depending on a patient's serum calcium, phosphate and vitamin D status. Fosrenol has not been shown to have any direct effects on serum PTH concentrations.
In the long-term bone studies a trend towards increasing bone lanthanum concentrations with time in the control population was observed from the averaged data, the median rising 3-fold from a baseline of 53 μg/kg at 24 months. In patients treated with lanthanum carbonate, the bone lanthanum concentration increased during the first 12 months of lanthanum carbonate treatment up to a median of 1328μg/kg (range 122-5513μg/kg). Median and range concentrations at 18 and 24 months were similar to 12 months. The median at 54 months was 4246μg/kg (range 1673-9792μg/kg).
Paired bone biopsies (at baseline and at one or two years) in patients randomised to either Fosrenol or calcium carbonate in one study and patients randomised to either Fosrenol or alternative therapy in a second study, showed no differences in the development of mineralization defects between the groups.
Paediatric population: The European Medicines Agency has deferred the obligation to submit the results of studies with Fosrenol in one or more subsets of the paediatric population in treatment of hyperphosphataemia. See Dosage & Administration for information on paediatric use.
Pharmacokinetics: As binding between lanthanum and dietary phosphorus occurs in the lumen of the stomach and upper small intestine, the therapeutic effectiveness of Fosrenol is not dependent on levels of lanthanum in the plasma.
Lanthanum is present in the environment. Measurement of background levels in non-lanthanum carbonate hydrate-treated chronic renal failure patients during Phase III clinical trials revealed concentrations of <0.05 to 0.90 ng/mL in plasma, and <0.006 to 1.0 μg/g in bone biopsy samples.
Absorption: Lanthanum carbonate hydrate has low aqueous solubility (<0.01 mg/mL at pH 7.5) and is minimally absorbed following oral administration. Absolute oral bioavailability is estimated to be <0.002% in humans.
In healthy subjects, plasma AUC and Cmax increased as a function of dose, but in a less than proportional manner, after single oral doses of 250 to 1000 mg lanthanum, consistent with dissolution-limited absorption. The apparent plasma elimination half-life in healthy subjects was 36 hours.
In renal dialysis patients dosed for 10 days with 1000 mg lanthanum 3 times daily, the mean (± sd) peak plasma concentration was 1.06 (± 1.04) ng/mL, and mean AUClast was 31.1 (± 40.5) ng·h/mL. Regular blood level monitoring in 1707 renal dialysis patients taking lanthanum carbonate hydrate for up to 2 years showed no increase in plasma lanthanum concentrations over this time period.
Distribution: Lanthanum does not accumulate in plasma in patients or in animals after repeated oral administration of lanthanum carbonate hydrate. The small fraction of orally administered lanthanum absorbed is extensively bound to plasma proteins (>99.7%) and in animal studies, was widely distributed to systemic tissues, predominantly bone, liver and the gastrointestinal tract, including the mesenteric lymph nodes. In long-term animal studies, lanthanum concentrations in several tissues, including the gastrointestinal tract, bone and liver increased over time to levels several orders of magnitude above those in plasma. An apparent steady-state level of lanthanum was attained in some tissues, e.g. the liver whereas levels in gastrointestinal tract increased with duration of treatment. Changes in tissue lanthanum levels after withdrawal of treatment varied between tissues. A relatively high proportion of lanthanum was retained in tissues for longer than 6 months after cessation of dosing (median % retained in bone ≤100% (rat) and ≤87% (dog), and in the liver ≤6% (rat) and ≤82 % (dog). No adverse effects were associated with the tissue deposition of lanthanum seen in long-term animal studies with high oral doses of lanthanum carbonate (see Toxicology: Preclinical safety data as follows). (See Pharmacodynamics as previously mentioned for information regarding changes in lanthanum concentrations in bone biopsies taken from renal dialysis patients after one year of treatment with lanthanum containing versus calcium containing phosphate binders).
Metabolism: Lanthanum is not metabolised.
Studies in chronic renal failure patients with hepatic impairment have not been conducted. In patients with co-existing hepatic disorders at the time of entry into Phase III clinical studies, there was no evidence of increased plasma exposure to lanthanum or worsening hepatic function after treatment with Fosrenol for periods up to 2 years.
Elimination: Lanthanum is excreted mainly in the faeces with only around 0.000031% of an oral dose excreted via the urine in healthy subjects (renal clearance approximately 1mL/min, representing <2% of total plasma clearance).
After intravenous administration to animals, lanthanum is excreted mainly in the faeces (74% of the dose), both via the bile and direct transfer across the gut wall. Renal excretion was a minor route.
Toxicology: Preclinical safety data: Preclinical data reveal no special hazards for humans based on conventional studies of safety pharmacology, repeated dose toxicity or genotoxicity.
Lanthanum carbonate hydrate reduced gastric acidity in the rat in a safety pharmacology study.
In rats administered high doses of lanthanum carbonate hydrate from day 6 of gestation to day 20 post partum there were no maternal effects, but reduced pup weight and delays in some developmental markers (eye and vaginal opening) were seen. In rabbits given high daily doses of lanthanum carbonate hydrate during gestation, maternal toxicity with reduced maternal food intake and body weight gain, increased pre- and post-implantation losses and decreased pup weight were seen.
Lanthanum carbonate hydrate was not carcinogenic in mice or rats. In mice, an increase in gastric glandular adenomas was seen in the high-dose group (1500 mg/kg/day). The neoplastic response in the mouse is considered to be related to an exacerbation of spontaneous pathological stomach changes and to be of little clinical significance.
Studies in animals have shown deposition of lanthanum in tissues, mainly the gastrointestinal tract, mesenteric lymph nodes, liver and bone (see Pharmacokinetics as previously mentioned). However, life-time studies in healthy animals do not indicate a hazard for man from the use of Fosrenol. Specific immunotoxicity studies have not been performed.
Fosrenol is indicated in adult patients as a phosphate binding agent for use in the control of hyperphosphataemia in chronic renal failure patients on haemodialysis or continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD). Fosrenol is also indicated in adult patients with chronic kidney disease not on dialysis with serum phosphate levels ≥1.78 mmol/L in whom a low phosphate diet alone is insufficient to control serum phosphate levels.
Dosage/Direction for Use
Fosrenol is for oral administration.
The tablets must be chewed completely and not swallowed whole. To aid with chewing the tablets may be crushed.
Adults, including elderly (> 65 years): Fosrenol should be taken with or immediately after food, with the daily dose divided between meals. Patients should adhere to recommended diets in order to control phosphate and fluid intake. Fosrenol is presented as a chewable tablet therefore avoiding the need to take additional fluid. Serum phosphate levels should be monitored and the dose of Fosrenol titrated every 2-3 weeks until an acceptable serum phosphate levels is reached, with regular monitoring thereafter.
Control of serum phosphate level has been demonstrated at doses starting from 750 mg per day. The maximum dose studied in clinical trials, in a limited number of patients, is 3750mg. Patients who respond to lanthanum therapy, usually achieve acceptable serum phosphate levels at doses of 1500-3000 mg lanthanum per day.
Paediatric population: The safety and efficacy of Fosrenol in children and adolescents below the age of 18 years has not been established (see Precautions).
Hepatic impairment: The effect of hepatic impairment on Fosrenol pharmacokinetics has not been assessed. Due to its mechanism of action and the lack of liver metabolism doses in hepatic impairment should not be modified, but patients should be monitored carefully (see Precautions and Pharmacology: Pharmacokinetics under Actions).
No case of overdose has been reported. The highest daily dose of lanthanum administered to healthy volunteers during Phase I studies was 4718mg given for 3 days. The adverse events seen were mild to moderate and included nausea and headache.
Hypersensitivity to the active substance or to any of the excipients listed in Description. Hypophosphataemia.
Special Precautions
Tissue deposition of lanthanum has been shown with Fosrenol in animal studies. In 105 bone biopsies from patients treated with Fosrenol, some for up to 4.5 years, rising levels of lanthanum were noted over time (see Pharmacology: Pharmacodynamics under Actions). No clinical data are available on deposition of lanthanum in other human tissues. The use of Fosrenol in clinical studies beyond 2 years is currently limited. However, treatment of subjects with Fosrenol for up to 6 years has not demonstrated a change in the benefit/risk profile.
There have been cases of gastrointestinal obstruction, ileus, subileus, and gastrointestinal perforation reported in association with lanthanum, some requiring surgery or hospitalisation (see Adverse Reactions).
Exercise caution in all patients predisposed to gastrointestinal obstruction, ileus, subileus and perforation; for example those with altered gastrointestinal anatomy (e.g., diverticular disease, peritonitis, history of gastrointestinal surgery, gastrointestinal cancer and gastrointestinal ulceration), hypomotility disorders (e.g., constipation, diabetic gastroparesis). Patients with acute peptic ulcer, ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease or bowel obstruction were not included in clinical studies with Fosrenol.
Fosrenol tablets must be chewed completely and not swallowed whole to reduce the risk of serious adverse gastrointestinal complications (see Dosage & Administration).
Patients with renal insufficiency may develop hypocalcaemia. Fosrenol does not contain calcium. Serum calcium levels should therefore be monitored at regular time intervals for this patient population and appropriate supplements given.
Lanthanum is not metabolised by liver enzymes but it is most likely excreted in the bile. Conditions resulting in a marked reduction of bile flow may be associated with incrementally slower elimination of lanthanum, which may result in higher plasma levels and increased tissue deposition of lanthanum (see Pharmacology: Pharmacodynamics and Pharmacokinetics under Actions). As the liver is the principal organ of elimination of absorbed lanthanum monitoring of liver function tests is recommended.
Effects on ability to drive and use machines: Fosrenol may induce dizziness and vertigo, which may impair the ability to drive and use machinery.
Use in Children: Safety and efficacy of Fosrenol have not been established in children and adolescents; use in children and adolescents is not recommended (see Dosage & Administration).
Fosrenol should be discontinued if hypophosphataemia develops.
Abdominal x-rays of patients taking Lanthanum Carbonate may have a radio-opaque appearance typical of an imaging agent.
Patients with rare glucose-galactose malabsorption should not take this medicine.
Use In Pregnancy & Lactation
Pregnancy: There are no adequate data from the use of Fosrenol in pregnant women.
One study in rats showed reproductive foetotoxicity (delayed eye opening and sexual maturation) and reduced pup weights at high doses (see Pharmacology: Toxicology: Preclinical safety data under Actions). The potential risk for humans is unknown. Fosrenol is not recommended for use during pregnancy.
Breast-feeding: It is unknown whether lanthanum is excreted in human breast milk. The excretion of lanthanum in milk has not been studied in animals. Caution should be used in taking a decision whether to continue/discontinue breast feeding or to continue/discontinue therapy with Fosrenol, taking into account the potential benefit of breast feeding to the child and the potential benefit of Fosrenol therapy to the nursing mother.
Fertility: There are no fertility data available on lanthanum carbonate in humans. In rat toxicology studies, lanthanum carbonate had no adverse effects on fertility.
Adverse Reactions
The most commonly reported adverse drug reactions, with the exception of headache and allergic skin reactions, are gastrointestinal in nature; these are minimized by taking Fosrenol with food and generally abated with time with continued dosing (see Dosage & Administration).
The following convention was used for frequency of adverse drug reactions: Very common (≥1/10); Common (≥1/100 to < 1/10); Uncommon (≥ 1/1,000 to < 1/100); Rare (≥1/10,000 to < 1/1,000); Very rare (< 1/10,000), not known (cannot be estimated from the available data). (See table.)

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Post marketing experience: During post-approval use of Fosrenol, cases of allergic skin reactions (including skin rashes, urticaria and pruritus) have been reported which show a close temporal relationship to lanthanum carbonate therapy. In clinical trials, allergic skin reactions were seen in both Fosrenol and placebo/active comparator groups at a frequency of very common (≥1/10).
Although there have been a number of additional isolated reactions reported, none of these reactions are considered unexpected in this patient population.
Transient QT changes have been observed but these were not associated with an increase of cardiac adverse events.
Drug Interactions
Lanthanum carbonate hydrate may increase gastric pH. It is recommended that compounds, which are known to interact with antacids, should not be taken within 2 hours of dosing with Fosrenol (e.g. chloroquine, hydroxychloroquine and ketoconazole).
In healthy subjects, the absorption and pharmacokinetics of lanthanum were not affected by co-administration of citrate.
Serum levels of fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K, were not affected by Fosrenol administration in clinical studies.
Human volunteer studies have shown that co-administration of Fosrenol with digoxin, warfarin or metoprolol does not produce clinically-relevant changes in the pharmacokinetic profiles of these drugs.
In simulated gastric juice, lanthanum carbonate hydrate did not form insoluble complexes with warfarin, digoxin, furosemide, phenytoin, metoprolol or enalapril, suggesting a low potential to affect the absorption of these drugs.
However, interactions with drugs such as tetracycline and doxycycline are theoretically possible and if these compounds are to be co-administered, it is recommended that they are not to be taken within 2 hours of dosing with Fosrenol.
The bioavailability of oral ciprofloxacin was decreased by approximately 50% when taken with Fosrenol in a single dose study in healthy volunteers. It is recommended that oral floxacin formulations are taken at least 2 hours before or 4 hours after Fosrenol.
Phosphate binders (including Fosrenol) have been shown to reduce the absorption of levothyroxine. Consequently, thyroid hormone replacement therapy should not be taken within 2 hours of dosing with Fosrenol and closer monitoring of TSH levels is recommended in patients receiving both medicinal products.
Lanthanum carbonate hydrate is not a substrate for cytochrome P450 and does not significantly inhibit the activities of the major human cytochrome P450 isoenzymes, CYP1A2, CYP2D6, CYP3A4, CYP2C9 or CYP2C19 in vitro.
Caution For Usage
Special precautions for disposal: No special requirements.
Incompatibilities: Not applicable.
Shelf-life: 3 years.
MIMS Class
Antidotes & Detoxifying Agents
ATC Classification
V03AE03 - lanthanum carbonate ; Belongs to the class of drugs used in the treatment of hyperkalemia and hyperphosphatemia.
Fosrenol chewable tab 500 mg
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