Dosage and Administration

Dosage and Administration

Recommended dose of KALYDECO tablets1

KALYDECO 150 mg tablets, the first cystic fibrosis treatment for patients who have a G551D mutation

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  • KALYDECO is supplied as tablets (150 mg) for patients 6 years and older
  • The recommended dose of KALYDECO for patients age 6 years and older is one 150 mg tablet taken orally every 12 hours (300 mg total daily dose) with fat-containing food
    • Food containing grapefruit or Seville oranges may increase exposure of ivacaftor and should be avoided during treatment with KALYDECO
    • Fat-containing food enhanced absorption 2- to 4-fold; therefore, KALYDECO should be taken with fat-containing food
  • Patients should continue taking their prescribed CF therapies with KALYDECO1

Recommended dose of KALYDECO oral granules1

KALYDECO is supplied as oral granules (50 mg and 75 mg packets) for people 1 to less than 6 years of age.

KALYDECO granules are supplied as small, white to off-white granules, and enclosed in unit dose packets.

Each carton contains 4 cards, which comprise 56 unit doses. Each card contains 14 packets (14 doses) of KALYDECO granules.

The dose strengths of the KALYDECO granules are identified by “50 mg” (printed on a purple field) or “75 mg” (printed on a teal field).

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The recommended dose of KALYDECO oral granules for patients age 1 to less than 6 years is weight based according to the table below:

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a14 kg ≈ 31 lbs.

How to take KALYDECO oral granules (patients 1 to less than 6 years of age)1

One packet of KALYDECO oral granules should be taken every 12 hours with fat-containing food or as directed by the healthcare provider.1

How to administer KALYDECO oral granules—3 steps1

STEP 1: PREPARATION

  • Caregiver should hold the packet with the perforation on top, shake the packet gently to settle the granules, and tear or cut the packet open along the perforation
  • Caregiver should mix all granules into 1 teaspoon (5 mL) of soft food or liquid
  • Food or liquid should be at or below room temperature

    EXAMPLES OF SOFT FOODS OR LIQUIDS INCLUDE:

    Pureed fruits, vegetables, or applesauce

    Milk or juice

STEP 2: ADMINISTRATION

  • After mixing, caregiver should give entire mixture to patient within 1 hour
  • Caregiver should make sure the child finishes the dose completely

STEP 3: GIVE WITH FAT-CONTAINING FOOD

  • Food that contains fat must be taken just before or after the oral granules dose

EXAMPLES OF FAT-CONTAINING FOOD INCLUDE:

  • Avocado
  • Cheese pizza
  • Peanut butter
  • Butter
  • Eggs
  • Whole-milk dairy products (eg, whole milk, cheese, and yogurt)

Dosing information in pediatric patients less than 1 year

A safe and efficacious dose of KALYDECO for pediatric patients less than 1 year of age has not been established. The use of KALYDECO (oral granules) in children under the age of 1 year is not recommended.1

Dose adjustments for KALYDECO tablets and granules

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Important Safety Information

Transaminase (ALT or AST) Elevations

  • Elevated transaminases have been reported in patients with CF receiving KALYDECO. Transaminase elevations were more common in patients with a history of transaminase elevations or in patients who had abnormal transaminases

Indications and Usage

KALYDECO® (ivacaftor) is a cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) potentiator indicated for the treatment of cystic fibrosis (CF) in patients age 12 months and older who have one mutation in the CFTR gene that is responsive to ivacaftor potentiation based on clinical and/or in vitro assay data.

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Indications and Usage

KALYDECO® (ivacaftor) is a cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) potentiator indicated for the treatment of cystic fibrosis (CF) in patients age 12 months and older who have one mutation in the CFTR gene that is responsive to ivacaftor potentiation based on clinical and/or in vitro assay data.

If the patient's genotype is unknown, an FDA-cleared CF mutation test should be used to detect the presence of a CFTR mutation followed by verification with bi-directional sequencing when recommended by the mutation test instructions for use.

Important Safety Information

Transaminase (ALT or AST) Elevations

  • Elevated transaminases have been reported in patients with CF receiving KALYDECO. Transaminase elevations were more common in patients with a history of transaminase elevations or in patients who had abnormal transaminases at baseline. It is recommended that ALT and AST be assessed prior to initiating KALYDECO, every 3 months during the first year of treatment, and annually thereafter. For patients with a history of transaminase elevations, more frequent monitoring of liver function tests should be considered
  • Patients who develop increased transaminase levels should be closely monitored until the abnormalities resolve. Dosing should be interrupted in patients with ALT or AST of greater than 5 times the upper limit of normal (ULN). Following resolution of transaminase elevations, consider the benefits and risks of resuming KALYDECO dosing

Concomitant Use With CYP3A Inducers

  • Use of KALYDECO with strong CYP3A inducers, such as rifampin, substantially decreases the exposure of ivacaftor, which may reduce the therapeutic effectiveness of KALYDECO. Co-administration of KALYDECO with strong CYP3A inducers, such as rifampin, rifabutin, phenobarbital, carbamazepine, phenytoin, and St. John’s wort is not recommended

Cataracts

  • Cases of non-congenital lens opacities/cataracts have been reported in pediatric patients treated with KALYDECO. Baseline and follow-up ophthalmological examinations are recommended in pediatric patients initiating KALYDECO treatment

Pediatric Use

  • The safety and efficacy of KALYDECO in patients with CF younger than 12 months of age have not been studied. The use of KALYDECO in children under the age of 12 months is not recommended

Serious Adverse Reactions

  • Serious adverse reactions, whether considered drug-related or not by the investigators, which occurred more frequently in patients treated with KALYDECO included abdominal pain, increased hepatic enzymes, and hypoglycemia

Adverse Reactions

  • The most common adverse reactions in patients with a G551D mutation in the CFTR gene (Trials 1 and 2) with an incidence of ≥8% and at a higher incidence for patients treated with KALYDECO (N=109) than for placebo (N=104) were headache, oropharyngeal pain, upper respiratory tract infection, nasal congestion, abdominal pain, nasopharyngitis, diarrhea, rash, nausea, and dizziness
  • The safety profiles for patients with additional approved mutations enrolled in Trials 4, 5, and 7; and for patients ages 2 to less than 6 years enrolled in Trial 6; and for patients aged 12 months to less than 24 months enrolled in Trial 8; were similar to that observed in Trials 1 and 2

Click here to access full Prescribing Information for KALYDECO (ivacaftor).

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