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Indication(s)

INDICATIONS AND USAGE Colistimethate for Injection, USP is indicated for the treatment of acute or chronic infections due to sensitive strains of certain gram-negative bacilli. It is particularly indicated when the infection is caused by sensitive strains of Pseudomonas aeruginosa. This antibiotic is not indicated for infections due to Proteus or Neisseria. Colistimethate for Injection, USP has proven clinically effective in treatment of infections due to the following gram-negative organisms: Enterobacter aerogenes, Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Colistimethate for Injection, USP may be used to initiate therapy in serious infections that are suspected to be due to gram-negative organisms and in the treatment of infections due to susceptible gram-negative pathogenic bacilli. To reduce the development of drug-resistant bacteria and maintain the effectiveness of Colistimethate for Injection, USP and other antibacterial drugs, Colistimethate for Injection, USP should be used only to treat or prevent infections that are proven or strongly suspected to be caused by susceptible bacteria. When culture and susceptibility information are available, they should be considered in selecting or modifying antibacterial therapy. In the absence of such data, local epidemiology and susceptibility patterns may contribute to the empiric selection of therapy.

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contraindications
CONTRAINDICATIONS The use of Colistimethate for Injection, USP is contraindicated for patients with a history of sensitivity to the drug or any of its components.
Special warnings and precautions
PRECAUTIONS General Since Colistimethate for Injection, USP is eliminated mainly by renal excretion, it should be used with caution when the possibility of impaired renal function exists. The decline in renal function with advanced age should be considered. When actual renal impairment is present, Colistimethate for Injection, USP may be used, but the greatest caution should be exercised and the dosage should be reduced in proportion to the extent of the impairment. Administration of amounts of Colistimethate for Injection, USP in excess of renal excretory capacity will lead to high serum levels and can result in further impairment of renal function, initiating a cycle which, if not recognized, can lead to acute renal insufficiency, renal shutdown, and further concentration of the antibiotic to toxic levels in the body. At this point, interference of nerve transmission at neuromuscular junctions may occur and result in muscle weakness and apnea (see OVERDOSAGE section). Signs indicating the development of impaired renal function include: diminishing urine output, rising BUN and serum creatinine and decreased creatinine clearance. Therapy with Colistimethate for Injection, USP should be discontinued immediately if signs of impaired renal function occur. However, if it is necessary to reinstate the drug, dosing should be adjusted accordingly after drug plasma levels have fallen (see DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION section). Prescribing Colistimethate for Injection, USP in the absence of a proven or strongly suspected bacterial infection or a prophylactic indication is unlikely to provide benefit to the patient and increases the risk of the development of drug-resistant bacteria. Drug Interactions Certain other antibiotics (aminoglycosides and polymyxin) have also been reported to interfere with the nerve transmission at the neuromuscular junction. Based on this reported activity, they should not be given concomitantly with Colistimethate for Injection, USP except with the greatest caution. Curariform muscle relaxants (e.g., tubocurarine) and other drugs, including ether, succinylcholine, gallamine, decamethonium and sodium citrate, potentiate the neuromuscular blocking effect and should be used with extreme caution in patients being treated with Colistimethate for Injection, USP. Sodium cephalothin may enhance the nephrotoxicity of Colistimethate for Injection, USP. The concomitant use of sodium cephalothin and Colistimethate for Injection, USP should be avoided. Carcinogenesis, Mutagenesis, Impairment of Fertility Long-term animal carcinogenicity studies and genetic toxicology studies have not been performed with colistimethate sodium. There were no adverse effects on fertility or reproduction in rats at doses of 9.3 mg/kg/day (0.30 times the maximum daily human dose when based on mg/m2). Pregnancy Teratogenic Effects Pregnancy Category C: Colistimethate sodium given intramuscularly during organogenesis to rabbits at 4.15 and 9.3 mg/kg resulted in talipes varus in 2.6% and 2.9% of fetuses, respectively. These doses are 0.25 and 0.55 times the maximum daily human dose based on mg/m2. In addition, increased resorption occurred at 9.3 mg/kg. Colistimethate sodium was not teratogenic in rats at 4.15 or 9.3 mg/kg. These doses are 0.13 and 0.30 times the maximum daily human dose based on mg/m2. There are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women. Since colistimethate sodium is transferred across the placental barrier in humans, it should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus. Nursing Mothers It is not known whether colistimethate sodium is excreted in human breast milk. However, colistin sulphate is excreted in human breast milk. Therefore, caution should be exercised when colistimethate sodium is administered to nursing women. Geriatric Use Clinical studies of colistimethate sodium did not include sufficient numbers of subjects aged 65 and over to determine whether they respond differently from younger subjects. Other reported clinical experience has not identified differences in responses between the elderly and younger patients. In general, dose selection for an elderly patient should be cautious, usually starting at the low end of the dosing range, reflecting the greater frequency of decreased hepatic, renal, or cardiac function, and of concomitant disease or other drug therapy. This drug is known to be substantially excreted by the kidney, and the risk of toxic reactions to this drug may be greater in patients with impaired renal function. Because elderly patients are more likely to have decreased renal function, care should be taken in dose selection, and it may be useful to monitor renal function. Pediatric Use In clinical studies, colistimethate sodium was administered to the pediatric population (neonates, infants, children and adolescents). Although adverse reactions appear to be similar in the adult and pediatric populations, subjective symptoms of toxicity may not be reported by pediatric patients. Close clinical monitoring of pediatric patients is recommended. Information for Patients Patients should be counseled that antibacterial drugs including Colistimethate for Injection, USP should only be used to treat bacterial infections. They do not treat viral infections (e.g., the common cold). When Colistimethate for Injection, USP is prescribed to treat a bacterial infection, patients should be told that although it is common to feel better early in the course of therapy, the medication should be taken exactly as directed. Skipping doses or not completing the full course of therapy may (1) decrease the effectiveness of the immediate treatment and (2) increase the likelihood that bacteria will develop resistance and will not be treatable by Colistimethate for Injection, USP or other antibacterial drugs in the future. Diarrhea is a common problem caused by antibiotics which usually ends when the antibiotic is discontinued. Sometimes after starting treatment with antibiotics, patients can develop watery and bloody stools (with or without stomach cramps and fever) even as late as two or more months after having taken the last dose of the antibiotic. If this occurs, patients should contact their physician as soon as possible.
Adverse reactions
ADVERSE REACTIONS The following adverse reactions have been reported: Gastrointestinal: gastrointestinal upset Nervous System: tingling of extremities and tongue, slurred speech, dizziness, vertigo, paresthesia, and seizures Integumentary: generalized itching, urticaria and rash Body as a Whole: fever and anaphylaxis Laboratory Deviations: increased blood urea nitrogen (BUN), elevated creatinine and decreased creatinine clearance Respiratory System: respiratory distress and apnea Renal System: nephrotoxicity and decreased urine output To report SUSPECTED ADVERSE REACTIONS, contact Heritage Pharmaceuticals Inc. at 1-866-901-DRUG (3784) or MEDWATCH at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088) or http://www.fda.gov/medwatch/.

Usage information

Dosing and administration
DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION Important: Colistimethate for Injection, USP is supplied in vials containing colistimethate sodium equivalent to 150 mg colistin base activity per vial. Reconstitution for Intravenous or Intramuscular Administration: The 150 mg vial should be reconstituted with 2 mL Sterile Water for Injection, USP. The reconstituted solution provides colistimethate sodium at a concentration equivalent to 75 mg/mL colistin base activity. During reconstitution swirl gently to avoid frothing. Parenteral drug products should be inspected visually for particulate matter and discoloration prior to administration, whenever solution and container permit. If these conditions are observed, the product should not be used. Dosage Adults and Pediatric Patients—Intravenous or Intramuscular Administration: The dose of Colistimethate for Injection, USP should be 2.5 to 5 mg/kg per day of colistin base in 2 to 4 divided doses for patients with normal renal function, depending on the severity of the infection. In obese individuals, dosage should be based on ideal body weight. The daily dose and frequency should be reduced for the patients with renal impairment. Suggested modifications of dosage schedule for patients with renal impairment are presented in Table 1. TABLE 1. Suggested Modification of Dosage Schedules of Colistimethate for Injection, USP for Adults with Impaired Renal Function Degree of Renal Impairment Normal Mild Moderate Severe Creatinine Clearance (mL/min) ≥80 50-79 30-49 10-29 Dosage Schedule 2.5 – 5 mg/kg, divided into 2 to 4 doses per day 2.5 – 3.8 mg/kg, divided into 2 doses per day 2.5 mg/kg, once daily or divided into 2 doses per day 1.5 mg/kg every 36 hours Note: The suggested total daily dose is calculated from colistin base activity. INTRAVENOUS ADMINISTRATION 1. Direct Intermittent Administration - Slowly inject one-half of the total daily dose over a period of 3 to 5 minutes every 12 hours. 2. Continuous Infusion - Slowly inject one-half of the total daily dose over 3 to 5 minutes. Add the remaining half of the total daily dose of Colistimethate for Injection, USP to one of the following: 0.9% NaCl 5% Dextrose in 0.9% NaCl 5% Dextrose in water 5% Dextrose in 0.45% NaCl 5% Dextrose in 0.225% NaCl Lactated Ringer's solution 10% invert sugar solution There are not sufficient data to recommend usage of Colistimethate for Injection, USP with other drugs or other than the above listed infusion solutions. Administer the second half of the total daily dose by slow intravenous infusion, starting 1 to 2 hours after the initial dose, over the next 22 to 23 hours. In the presence of impaired renal function, reduce the infusion rate depending on the degree of renal impairment. The choice of intravenous solution and the volume to be employed are dictated by the requirements of fluid and electrolyte management. Any final intravenous infusion solution containing colistimethate sodium should be freshly prepared and used for no longer than 24 hours . INTRAMUSCULAR ADMINISTRATION 1. For Intramuscular Injection, administer by deep intramuscular injection into a large muscle mass (such as the gluteal muscles or lateral part of the thigh). Store reconstituted solution for intramuscular injection in a refrigerator 2 ° to 8 ° C ( 36 ° to 46 ° F ) or between 20 ° to 25 ° C ( 68 ° to 77 ° F ) and use within 7 days .
Pregnancy and lactation
Nursing Mothers It is not known whether colistimethate sodium is excreted in human breast milk. However, colistin sulphate is excreted in human breast milk. Therefore, caution should be exercised when colistimethate sodium is administered to nursing women.

Interactions

Drug Interactions Certain other antibiotics (aminoglycosides and polymyxin) have also been reported to interfere with the nerve transmission at the neuromuscular junction. Based on this reported activity, they should not be given concomitantly with Colistimethate for Injection, USP except with the greatest caution. Curariform muscle relaxants (e.g., tubocurarine) and other drugs, including ether, succinylcholine, gallamine, decamethonium and sodium citrate, potentiate the neuromuscular blocking effect and should be used with extreme caution in patients being treated with Colistimethate for Injection, USP. Sodium cephalothin may enhance the nephrotoxicity of Colistimethate for Injection, USP. The concomitant use of sodium cephalothin and Colistimethate for Injection, USP should be avoided.

More information

Category Value
Authorisation number ANDA202359
Agency product number XW0E5YS77G
Orphan designation No
Product NDC 23155-193
Date Last Revised 27-04-2017
Type HUMAN PRESCRIPTION DRUG
Marketing authorisation holder Heritage Pharmaceuticals Inc.