Use in Specific Populations

Use in Specific Populations

Pregnancy1

There are limited and incomplete human data from clinical trials and post marketing reports on use of KALYDECO in pregnant women. Placental transfer of ivacaftor was observed in pregnant rats and rabbits. In animal reproduction studies, oral administration of ivacaftor to pregnant rats and rabbits during organogenesis demonstrated no teratogenicity or adverse effects on fetal development at doses that produced maternal exposures up to approximately 5 (rats) and 11 (rabbits) times the exposure at the maximum recommended human dose (MRHD).

KALYDECO should be used in pregnant women only if clearly needed.

Lactation1

There is no information regarding the presence of ivacaftor in human milk, the effects on the breastfed infant, or the effects on milk production. Ivacaftor is excreted into the milk of lactating rats. The developmental and health benefits of breastfeeding should be considered along with the mother's clinical need for KALYDECO, and any potential effects on the breastfed child from KALYDECO or from the underlying maternal condition.

Caution should be exercised when KALYDECO is administered to a nursing woman.

Pediatric use1

KALYDECO is indicated for the treatment of CF in pediatric patients 1 to 17 years of age who have 1 mutation in the CFTR gene that is responsive to ivacaftor potentiation based on clinical and/or in vitro assay data.

Placebo-controlled clinical trials included the following CF patients:

  • 6 to 17 years of age with a G551D, G1244E, G1349D, G178R, G551S, S1251N, S1255P, S549N, S549R, R117H mutation in the CFTR gene
  • 12 to 17 years of age who are heterozygous for the F508del mutation and a second mutation predicted to be responsive to ivacaftor

The efficacy of KALYDECO in children 1 year to less than 6 years of age was extrapolated from efficacy in patients 6 years of age and older with support from population pharmacokinetic analyses showing similar drug exposure levels in adults and children 1 year to less than 6 years of age.

The safety of KALYDECO in children 2 years to less than 6 years of age was derived from a 24-week, open-label, clinical trial in 34 patients ages 2 to less than 6 years (mean age 3 years) administered either 50 mg or 75 mg of ivacaftor oral granules twice daily (Trial 6). The type and frequency of adverse reactions in this trial were similar to those in patients 6 years and older. Transaminase elevations were more common in patients who had abnormal transaminases at baseline.

Safety of KALYDECO in this children age 1 year to less than 2 years was derived from a cohort of 19 patients aged age 1 year to less than 2 years (mean age 15.2 months at baseline) in a 24‑week, open label, clinical study, administered either 50 mg or 75 mg of ivacaftor oral granules twice daily (Trial 8). The safety profile of patients in this trial is similar to that observed in patients 2 years and older.

The safety and efficacy of KALYDECO in patients with CF younger than 1 year have not been established. The use of KALYDECO in children under the age of 1 year is not recommended.

Geriatric use1

CF is largely a disease of children and young adults. Clinical trials of KALYDECO did not include sufficient numbers of patients 65 years of age and over to determine whether they respond differently from younger patients.

Hepatic impairment1

No dose adjustment is necessary for patients with mild hepatic impairment (Child-Pugh Class A). Reductions in dose are recommend for patients with moderate (Child-Pugh Class B) and severe hepatic impairment (Child-Pugh Class C).

See table on Dose Adjustments page for recommended dosage adjustments.

Renal impairment1

KALYDECO has not been studied in patients with mild, moderate, or severe renal impairment or in patients with end‑stage renal disease. No dose adjustment is necessary for patients with mild to moderate renal impairment; however, caution is recommended while using KALYDECO in patients with severe renal impairment (creatinine clearance less than or equal to 30 mL/min) or end‑stage renal disease.

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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

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