Forteo

Forteo

teriparatide

Manufacturer:

Eli Lilly

Distributor:

Zuellig Pharma
Full Prescribing Info
Contents
Teriparatide (rDNA origin).
Description
One pre-filled pen of 2.4 mL contains 600 micrograms of teriparatide (corresponding to 250 micrograms per mL). Each dose contains 20 micrograms of teriparatide. The pre-filled pen is intended for 28 days of dosing.
Teriparatide, rhPTH (1-34), (FORTEO), produced in E. coli, using recombinant DNA technology, is identical to the 34 N-terminal amino acid sequence of endogenous human parathyroid hormone.
Excipients/Inactive Ingredients: Glacial acetic acid, Sodium acetate (anhydrous), Mannitol, Metacresol (preservative), Hydrochloric acid, Sodium hydroxide, Water for injections.
Hydrochloric acid and/or sodium hydroxide solution may be added to adjust the pH.
Action
Pharmaco-therapeutic group: calcium homeostasis. ATC code: H05 AA02.
Pharmacology: Pharmacodynamics: Mechanism of action: Endogenous 84-amino-acid parathyroid hormone (PTH) is the primary regulator of calcium and phosphate metabolism in bone and kidney. FORTEO (rhPTH (1-34)) is the active fragment (1-34) of endogenous human parathyroid hormone. Physiological actions of PTH include stimulation of bone formation by direct effects on bone forming cells (osteoblasts) indirectly increasing the intestinal absorption of calcium and increasing the tubular re-absorption of calcium and excretion of phosphate by the kidney.
Pharmacodynamic Effects: FORTEO is a bone formation agent to treat osteoporosis. The skeletal effects of FORTEO depend upon the pattern of systemic exposure. Once-daily administration of FORTEO increases apposition of new bone on trabecular and cortical bone surfaces by preferential stimulation of osteoblastic activity over osteoclastic activity.
Clinical Efficacy: Risk Factors: Independent risk factors, for example, low BMD, age, the existence of previous fracture, family history of hip fractures, high bone turnover and low body mass index should be considered in order to identify women and men at increased risk of osteoporotic fractures who could benefit from treatment.
Premenopausal women with glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis should be considered at high risk for fracture if they have a prevalent fracture or a combination of risk factors that place them at high risk for fracture (e.g., low bone density [e.g., T score ≤−2], sustained high dose glucocorticoid therapy [e.g., ≥7.5 mg/day for at least 6 months], high underlying disease activity, low sex steroid levels).
Postmenopausal women: Postmenopausal women: The pivotal study included 1637 postmenopausal women (mean age 69.5 years). At baseline, ninety percent of the patients had one or more vertebral fractures and on average, vertebral BMD was 0.82 g/cm2 (equivalent to a T-score = -2.6). All patients were offered 1000 mg calcium per day and at least 400 IU vitamin D per day. Results from up to 24 months (median: 19 months) treatment with FORTEO demonstrate statistically significant fracture reduction (Table 1). To prevent one or more new vertebral fractures, 11 women had to be treated for a median of 19 months. (See Table 1.)

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After 19 months (median) treatment, bone mineral density (BMD) had increased in the lumbar spine and total hip, respectively, by 9% and 4% compared with placebo (p<0.001).
Post-treatment management: Following treatment with FORTEO, 1262 postmenopausal women from the pivotal trial enrolled in a post-treatment follow-up study. The primary objective of the study was to collect safety data of FORTEO. During this observational period, other osteoporosis treatments were allowed and additional assessment of vertebral fractures was performed.
During a median of 18 months following discontinuation of FORTEO, there was a 41% reduction (p=0.004) compared with placebo in the number of patients with a minimum of one new vertebral fracture.
Male osteoporosis: 437 patients (mean age 58.7 years) were enrolled in a clinical trial for men with hypogonadal (defined as low monitoring free testosterone or an elevated FSH or LH) or idiopathic osteoporosis. Baseline spinal and femoral neck bone mineral density mean T-scores were -2.2 and -2.1, respectively. At baseline, 35% of patients had a vertebral fracture and 59% had a non-vertebral fracture.
All patients were offered 1000 mg calcium per day and at least 400 IU vitamin D per day. Lumbar spine BMD significantly increased by 3 months. After 12 months, BMD had increased in the lumbar spine and total hip by 5% and 1%, respectively, compared with placebo. However, no significant effect on fracture rates was demonstrated.
Glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis: The efficacy of FORTEO in men and women (N=428) receiving sustained systemic glucocorticoid therapy (equivalent to 5 mg or greater of prednisone for at least 3 months) was demonstrated in an 18-month, randomised, double-blind, comparator-controlled study (alendronate 10 mg/day). Twenty-eight percent of patients had one or more radiographic vertebral fractures at baseline. All patients were offered 1000 mg calcium per day and 800 IU vitamin D per day.
This study included postmenopausal women (N=277), premenopausal women (N=67), and men (N=83). At baseline, the postmenopausal women had a mean age of 61 years, mean lumbar spine BMD T score of -2.7, median prednisone equivalent dose of 7.5 mg/day, and 34% had one or more radiographic vertebral fractures; premenopausal women had a mean age of 37 years, mean lumbar spine BMD T score of -2.5, median prednisone equivalent dose of 10 mg/day, and 9% had one or more radiographic vertebral fractures; and men had a mean age of 57 years, mean lumbar spine BMD T score of -2.2, median prednisone equivalent dose of 10 mg/day, and 24% had one or more radiographic vertebral fractures.
Sixty-nine percent of patients completed the 18-month study. At endpoint, FORTEO significantly increased lumbar spine BMD (7.2%) compared with alendronate (3.4%) (p<0.001). FORTEO increased BMD at the total hip (3.6%) compared with alendronate (2.2%) (p<0.01), as well as at the femoral neck (3.7%) compared with alendronate (2.1%) (p<0.05).
A preliminary analysis of 336 spinal X-rays showed that 10 patients in the alendronate group (6.1%)had experienced a new vertebral fracture compared with 1 patient in the FORTEO group (0.6%). In addition, 9 patients in the alendronate group (4.2%) had experienced a nonvertebral fracture compared with 12 patients in the FORTEO group (5.6%).
In premenopausal women, the increase in BMD from baseline to endpoint was significantly greater in the FORTEO group compared with the alendronate group at the lumbar spine (4.2% versus -1.9%; p<0.001) and total hip (3.8% versus 0.9%; p=0.005). However, no significant effect on fracture rates was demonstrated.
Pharmacokinetics: FORTEO is eliminated through hepatic and extra-hepatic clearance (approximately 62 l/hr in women and 94 l/hr in men). After subcutaneous injection, teriparatide has an absolute bioavailability of 95%. The volume of distribution is approximately 1.7 l/kg. The half-life of FORTEO is approximately 1 hour when administered subcutaneously, which reflects the time required for absorption from the injection site. No metabolism or excretion studies have been performed with FORTEO but the peripheral metabolism of parathyroid hormone is believed to occur predominantly in liver and kidney.
Patient characteristics: Geriatrics: No differences in FORTEO pharmacokinetics were detected with regard to age (range 31 to 85 years). Dosage adjustment based on age is not required.
Gender: Systemic exposure to teriparatide is approximately 20% to 30% lower in men than in women. There were, however, no gender differences with respect to safety, tolerability, or pharmacodynamic responses. Dosage adjustment based upon gender is not required.
Renal Impairment: No clinically relevant pharmacokinetic or safety differences were identified in patients with mild, moderate, or severe chronic renal insufficiency administered a single dose of teriparatide. Patients with renal impairment had reduced calcemic and calciuric responses to teriparatide. Dosage adjustment based on renal function is not required. Long-term safety and efficacy have not been evaluated in patients with significant renal impairment.
Heart Failure: No clinically relevant pharmacokinetic, blood pressure, pulse rate, or other safety differences were identified in patients with stable heart failure (New York Heart Association Class I to III and additional evidence of cardiac dysfunction) after the administration of two 20 micrograms doses of teriparatide. Dosage adjustment based on the presence of mild or moderate heart failure is not required.
Toxicology: Preclinical safety data: Teriparatide was not genotoxic in a standard battery of tests. It produced no teratogenic effects in rats, mice or rabbits.
Rats treated with near-life time daily injections had dose-dependent exaggerated bone formation and increased incidence of osteosarcoma most probably due to an epigenitic mechanism. Teriparatide did not increase the incidence of any other type of neoplasia in rats. Due to the differences in bone physiology in rats and humans, the clinical relevance of these findings is probably minor. No bone tumors were observed in ovariectomised monkeys treated for 18 months. In addition, no osteosarcomas have been observed in clinical trials or during the post treatment follow-up study.
Animal studies have shown that severely reduced hepatic blood flow decreases exposure of PTH to the principal cleavage system (Kupffer cells) and consequently clearance of PTH (1-84).
Indications/Uses
Treatment of osteoporosis in postmenopausal women and in men at increased risk of fracture (see Pharmacology: Pharmacodynamics under Actions). In postmenopausal women, a significant reduction in the incidence of vertebral and non-vertebral fractures but not hip fractures has been demonstrated.
Treatment of osteoporosis associated with sustained systemic glucocorticoid therapy in women and men at increased risk for fracture (see Pharmacology: Pharmacodynamics under Actions).
Dosage/Direction for Use
The recommended dose of FORTEO is 20 micrograms administered once daily by subcutaneous injection in the thigh or abdomen.
Patients must be trained to use the proper injection techniques (see Cautions For Usage). A User Manual is also available to instruct patients on the correct use of the pen.
Data support continuous treatment with FORTEO for 18 up to 24 months (see Precautions).
Patients should receive supplemental calcium and vitamin D supplements if dietary intake is inadequate.
Following cessation of FORTEO therapy, patients can be treated with other osteoporosis therapies to maintain or further increase bone mineral density (see Pharmacology: Pharmacodynamics under Actions).
Use in renal impairment: FORTEO should not be used in patients with severe renal impairment (see Contraindications). In patients with moderate renal impairment, Forteo should be used with caution.
Use in hepatic impairment: No data are available in patients with impaired hepatic function (see Pharmacology: Toxicology: Pre-Clinical Safety Data under Actions).
Specific populations: Children: There is no experience in children. FORTEO should not be used in paediatric patients or young adults with open epiphyses.
Elderly patients: Dosage adjustment based on age is not required (See Pharmacology: Pharmacokinetics under Actions).
Overdosage
Signs and symptoms: No cases of overdose were reported during clinical trials. FORTEO has been administered in single doses of up to 100 micrograms and in repeated doses of up to 60 micrograms/day for 6 weeks.
The effects of overdose that might be expected include delayed hypercalcaemia and risk of orthostatic hypotension. Nausea, vomiting, dizziness, and headache can also occur.
Overdose experience based on post-marketing spontaneous reports:In postmarketing spontaneous reports, there have been cases of medication error in which the entire contents (up to 800 mcg) of the teriparatide pen have been administered as a single dose. Transient events reported have included nausea, weakness/lethargy and hypotension. In some cases, no adverse events occurred as a result of the overdose. No fatalities associated with overdose have been reported.
Overdose management: There is no specific antidote for FORTEO. Treatment of suspected overdose should include transitory discontinuation of FORTEO, monitoring of serum calcium, and implementation of appropriate supportive measures, such as hydration.
Contraindications
Hypersensitivity to the active substance or to any of its excipients.
Pregnancy and lactation (see Precautions and Use in Pregnancy & Lactation).
Pre-existing hypercalcemia.
Severe renal impairment.
Metabolic bone diseases other than primary osteoporosis (including hyperparathyroidism and Paget's disease of the bone).
Unexplained elevations of alkaline phosphatase.
Prior external beam or implant radiation therapy to the skeleton.
Patients with skeletal malignancies or bone metastases should be excluded from treatment with teriparatide.
Special Precautions
In normocalcemic patients, slight and transient elevations of serum calcium concentrations have been observed following teriparatide injection. Serum calcium concentrations reach a maximum between 4 and 6 hours and return to baseline by 16 to 24 hours after each dose of teriparatide.
Therefore if any blood samples are taken from a patient, this should be done at least 16 hours after the most recent FORTEO injection.
FORTEO may cause small increases in urinary calcium excretion, but the incidence of hypercalciuria did not differ from that in the placebo-treated patients in clinical trials.
FORTEO has not been studied in patients with active urolithiasis. FORTEO should be used with caution in patients with active or recent urolithiasis because of the potential to exacerbate this condition.
In short-term clinical studies with FORTEO, isolated episodes of transient orthostatic hypotension were observed. Typically, an event began within 4 hours of dosing and spontaneously resolved within a few minutes to a few hours. When transient orthostatic hypotension occurred, it happened within the first several doses, was relieved by placing subjects in a reclining position, and did not preclude continued treatment.
Caution should be exercised in patients with moderate renal impairment.
Experience in the younger adult population, including premenopausal women, is limited (see Pharmacology: Pharmacodynamics under Actions). Treatment should only be initiated if the benefit clearly outweighs risks in this population. Women of childbearing potential should use effective methods of contraception during use of FORTEO. If pregnancy occurs, FORTEO should be discontinued.
Studies in rats indicate an increased incidence of osteosarcoma with long-term administration of teriparatide (see Pharmacology: Toxicology: Preclinical safety data under Actions). Until further clinical data become available, the recommended treatment time of 24 month should not be exceeded.
Effects on ability to drive and use machines: No studies on the effects on the ability to drive and use machines have been performed. However, transient, orthostatic hypotension or dizziness was observed in some patients. These patients should refrain from driving or the use of machines until symptoms have subsided.
Use In Pregnancy & Lactation
General recommendation: Studies in rabbits have shown reproductive toxicity (see Pharmacology: Toxicology: Preclinical safety data under Actions). The effect of teriparatide on human foetal development has not been studied. The potential risk for humans is unknown.
It is not known whether teriparatide is excreted in human milk.
FORTEO is contraindicated for use during pregnancy or breast-feeding.
Women of childbearing potential/Contraception in females: Women of childbearing potential should use effective methods of contraception during use of FORTEO. If pregnancy occurs, FORTEO should be discontinued.
Adverse Reactions
Of patients in the teriparatide trials, 82.8% of the FORTEO patients and 84.5% of the placebo patients reported at least 1 adverse event.
The most commonly reported adverse events in patients treated with FORTEO are nausea, pain in limb, headache and dizziness.
The following table of adverse reactions is observed from clinical trials and post-marketing spontaneous reports.
Frequency estimate: 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 2.)

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FORTEO increases serum uric acid concentrations. In clinical trials, 2.8% of FORTEO patients had serum uric acid concentrations above the upper limit of normal compared with 0.7% of placebo patients. However, the hyperuricemia did not result in an increase in gout, arthralgia, or urolithiasis.
In a large clinical trial, antibodies that cross-reacted with teriparatide were detected in 2.8% of women receiving FORTEO. Generally, antibodies were first detected following 12 months of treatment and diminished after withdrawal of therapy. There was no evidence of hypersensitivity reactions, allergic reactions, effects on serum calcium, or effects on BMD response.
Drug Interactions
FORTEO has been evaluated in pharmacodynamic interaction studies with hydrochlorothiazide. No clinically significant interactions were noted.
Co-administration of raloxifene or hormone replacement therapy with FORTEO did not alter the effects of FORTEO on serum or urine calcium or on clinical adverse events.
In a study of 15 healthy subjects administered digoxin daily to steady state, a single FORTEO dose did not alter the cardiac effect of digoxin. However, sporadic case reports have suggested that hypercalcemia may predispose patients to digitalis toxicity. Because FORTEO transiently increases serum calcium, FORTEO should be used with caution in patients taking digitalis.
Laboratory Values: Serum Calcium: Teriparatide can induce small, transient increases in serum calcium. If serum calcium is to be assessed, blood samples should be obtained at least 16 hrs after the most recent teriparatide injection to allow waning of the effects of administered teriparatide.
Urinary Calcium: Teriparatide may cause small increases in urinary calcium excretion, but the incidence of hypercalciuria did not differ from that in the placebo-treated patients in clinical trials.
Caution For Usage
Incompatibilities: In the absence of compatibility studies, this medicinal product must not be mixed with other medicinal products.
Instruction for use and handling:
Forteo is a pre-filled pen and is intended for single patient use only. A new, sterile needle must be used for every injection. Each FORTEO pack is provided with a user manual that fully describes the use of the pen. No needles are supplied with the product. The device can be used with insulin pen injection needles (Becton Dickinson). After each injection, the FORTEO pen should be returned to the refrigerator.
To prevent the possible transmission of disease, each pen must be used by one patient only, even if the needle is changed.
Forteo should not be used if the solution is cloudy, coloured or contains particles.
Refer to the user manual for instructions on how to use the pen.
Storage
Special precautions for storage: Store in a refrigerator (2°C-8°C) at all times. The pen should be returned to the refrigerator immediately after use. Do not freeze.
Do not store the injection device with the needle attached.
Shelf-Life: 2 years.
Chemical, physical and microbiological in-use stability has been demonstrated for 28 days at 2-8°C. Once opened, the product may be stored for a maximum of 28 days at 2°C to 8°C. Other in-use storage times and conditions are the responsibility of the user.
ATC Classification
H05AA02 - teriparatide ; Belongs to the class of parathyroid hormones and analogues. Used in the management of calcium homeostasis.
Presentation/Packing
Soln for inj (pre-filled pen) 20 mcg/dose (colourless, clear) x 28 doses. 600 mcg/2.4 mL (colourless, clear) x 1's.
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