Data from FDA - Curated by EPG Health - Last updated 17 March 2018


CLINICAL STUDIES In one 12-week multicenter, randomized, evaluator-blind, vehicle-controlled, parallel comparison clinical trial in which patients used CLINDAGEL (clindamycin phosphate topical gel, 1%) once daily or the vehicle gel once daily, in the treatment of acne vulgaris of mild to moderate severity, CLINDAGEL applied once daily was more effective than the vehicle applied once daily. The mean percent reductions in lesion counts at the end of treatment in this study are shown in the following table: Lesions CLINDAGEL QD N=162 Vehicle Gel QD N=82 Inflammatory 51% 40%P<0.05 Noninflammatory 25% 12% Total 38% 27% There was a trend in the investigator's global assessment of the results, which favored CLINDAGEL QD over the vehicle QD. In a contact sensitization study, four of the 200 subjects appeared to develop suggestive evidence of allergic contact sensitization to CLINDAGEL. There was no signal for contact sensitization in the clinical trials under normal use conditions.

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Advisory information

CONTRAINDICATIONS CLINDAGEL is contraindicated in individuals with a history of hypersensitivity to preparations containing clindamycin or lincomycin, a history of regional enteritis or ulcerative colitis, or a history of antibiotic-associated colitis.
Special warnings and precautions
PRECAUTIONS General: CLINDAGEL should be prescribed with caution in atopic individuals. Drug Interactions: Clindamycin has been shown to have neuromuscular blocking properties that may enhance the action of other neuromuscular blocking agents. Therefore, it should be used with caution in patients receiving such agents. Carcinogenesis, Mutagenesis, Impairment of Fertility: The carcinogenicity of a 1% clindamycin phosphate gel similar to CLINDAGEL was evaluated by daily application to mice for 2 years. The daily doses used in this study were approximately 3 and 15 times higher than the human dose of clindamycin phosphate from 5 mL of CLINDAGEL , assuming complete absorption and based on a body surface area comparison. No significant increase in tumors was noted in the treated animals. A 1% clindamycin phosphate gel similar to CLINDAGEL caused a statistically significant shortening of the median time to tumor onset in a study in hairless mice in which tumors were induced by exposure to simulated sunlight. Genotoxicity tests performed included a rat micronucleus test and an Ames Salmonella reversion test. Both tests were negative. Reproduction studies in rats using oral doses of clindamycin hydrochloride and clindamycin palmitate hydrochloride have revealed no evidence of impaired fertility. Pregnancy: Teratogenic Effects: Reproduction studies have been performed in rats and mice using subcutaneous and oral doses of clindamycin phosphate, clindamycin hydrochloride, and clindamycin palmitate hydrochloride. These studies revealed no evidence of fetal harm. The highest dose used in the rat and mouse teratogenicity studies was equivalent to a clindamycin phosphate dose of 432 mg/kg. For a rat, this dose is 84- fold higher and for a mouse, 42-fold higher than the anticipated human dose of clindamycin phosphate from CLINDAGEL based on a mg/m2 comparison. There are, however, no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women. Because animal reproduction studies are not always predictive of human response, this drug should be used during pregnancy only if clearly needed. Nursing Mothers: It is not known whether clindamycin is excreted in human milk following use of CLINDAGEL . However, orally and parenterally administered clindamycin has been reported to appear in breast milk. Because of the potential for serious adverse reactions in nursing infants, a decision should be made whether to discontinue nursing or to discontinue the drug, taking into account the importance of the drug to the mother. Pediatric Use: Safety and effectiveness in children under the age of 12 have not been established. Geriatric Use: The clinical study with CLINDAGEL did not include sufficient numbers of patients aged 65 and over to determine if they respond differently than younger patients.
Adverse reactions
ADVERSE REACTIONS In the one well-controlled clinical study comparing CLINDAGEL and its vehicle, the incidence of skin and appendages adverse events occurring in ≥1% of the patients in either group is presented below: Number (%) of Patients Body System/Adverse Event CLINDAGELQD N=168 Vehicle Gel QD N=84 Skin and appendages disorders Dermatitis 0 (0.0) 1 (1.2) Dermatitis contact 0 (0.0) 1 (1.2) Dermatitis fungal 0 (0.0) 1 (1.2) Folliculitis 0 (0.0) 1 (1.2) Photosensitivity reaction 0 (0.0) 1 (1.2) Pruritus 1 (0.6) 1 (1.2) Rash erythematous 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0) Skin dry 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0) Peeling 1 (0.6) 0 (0.0) Orally and parenterally administered clindamycin has been associated with severe colitis, which may end fatally. Cases of diarrhea, bloody diarrhea, and colitis (including pseudomembranous colitis) have been reported as adverse reactions in patients treated with oral and parenteral formulations of clindamycin and rarely with topical clindamycin (see WARNINGS). Abdominal pain and gastrointestinal disturbances, as well as gram-negative folliculitis, have also been reported in association with the use of topical formulations of clindamycin. To report SUSPECTED ADVERSE REACTIONS, contact Valeant Pharmaceuticals North America LLC at 1-800-321-4576 or FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or

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Dosing and administration
DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION Apply a thin film of CLINDAGEL once daily to the skin where acne lesions appear. Use enough to cover the entire affected area lightly. Keep container tightly closed.

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Authorisation number NDA050782
Agency product number EH6D7113I8
Orphan designation No
Product NDC 16781-462
Date Last Revised 01-11-2017
RXCUI 309332
Marketing authorisation holder Onset Dermatologics LLC