Ipsen Announces Second Resupply of Increlex® (mecasermin [rDNA origin] Injection) in the U.S. in 2014
- In collaboration with the FDA, Ipsen will release a second batch of Increlex® in September 2014
- Ipsen continues to work with the FDA to release future batches of Increlex®
BASKING RIDGE, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Ipsen N.A. (Euronext: IPN; ADR: IPSEY) today announced that a new supply of Increlex® will be available starting in September 2014. In collaboration with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Ipsen is releasing a second batch of Increlex® in 2014. The first batch was made available for distribution in June of 2014.
“These children depend on this product for the treatment of this rare and debilitating condition.”
“We are pleased that an additional supply of Increlex® has been released for distribution to treat pediatric patients with severe primary IGF-1 deficiency, a condition which can cause permanent short stature,” said Cynthia Schwalm, President and CEO of Ipsen N.A. “These children depend on this product for the treatment of this rare and debilitating condition.”
Ipsen is committed to working closely with regulators with the goal of ensuring that additional lots of Increlex® are made available on a timely basis.
Increlex® is used to treat children who are very short for their age because their bodies do not make enough IGF-1. This condition is called severe primary IGF-1 deficiency. Increlex® should not be used for other causes of growth failure and should not be used instead of growth hormone.
Increlex® is indicated for the treatment of growth failure in children with severe primary IGF-1 deficiency (IGFD), or with growth hormone (GH) gene deletion, who have developed neutralizing antibodies to GH. Severe primary IGFD is defined by height standard deviation score ≤ -3.0 and basal IGF-1 standard deviation score ≤ -3.0 and normal or elevated growth hormone (GH).
Increlex® is not intended for use in subjects with secondary forms of IGF-1 deficiency, such as GH deficiency, malnutrition, hypothyroidism, or chronic treatment with pharmacologic doses of anti-inflammatory steroids. Thyroid and nutritional deficiencies should be corrected before initiating Increlex® treatment. Increlex® is not a substitute to GH for approved GH indications. Increlex® has not been studied in children < 2 years of age.
Important Safety Information about Increlex® for Patients and Caregivers
Who should not use Increlex®?
Your child should not take Increlex® if your child: has finished growing (the growth plates at the end of the bones are closed), has cancer, OR is allergic to mecasermin or any of the inactive ingredients in Increlex®. Increlex® has not been studied in children under 2 years of age and should never be used in newborns. Your child should never receive Increlex® through a vein.
Before your child takes Increlex®, you should tell your child's doctor about:
All of your child's health conditions, including: diabetes, kidney problems, liver problems, allergies, scoliosis (curved spine), pregnancy, or breast-feeding.
All the medicines (prescription and nonprescription), vitamins, and herbal supplements your child takes, especially insulin or other anti-diabetes medicines; some medicines may require dose adjustments.
What are possible side effects of Increlex® (some of which can be serious)?
Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). Only give your child Increlex® right before or right after (20 minutes on either side of) a snack or meal to reduce the chances of hypoglycemia. Signs include dizziness, tiredness, restlessness, hunger, irritability, trouble concentrating, sweating, nausea, and fast or irregular heartbeat. Do not give your child Increlex® if your child is sick or cannot eat. Severe hypoglycemia may cause unconsciousness, seizures, or death. People taking Increlex® should avoid participating in high risk activities (such as driving) within 2 to 3 hours after an Increlex® injection.
Allergic reactions. Your child may have a mild or serious allergic reaction with Increlex®. Call your child's doctor right away if your child gets a rash or hives. If hives do occur, they generally appear minutes to hours after the injection as an itchy, raised skin reaction, pale in the middle with a red rim around them, and may sometimes occur at numerous places on the skin. Get medical help immediately if your child has trouble breathing or goes into shock, with symptoms like dizziness, pale, clammy skin, and/or passing out.
Increased pressure in the brain (intracranial hypertension). Increlex®, like growth hormone, can sometimes cause a temporary increase in pressure within the brain. Symptoms include persistent headache, blurred vision, and nausea with vomiting.
Enlarged tonsils. Signs include: snoring, difficulty breathing or swallowing, sleep apnea (a condition where breathing stops briefly during sleep), or fluid in the middle ear.
A bone problem called slipped capital femoral epiphysis. This happens when the top of the upper leg (femur) slips apart from the rest of the bone. Seek immediate medical attention if your child develops a limp or has hip or knee pain.
Worsened scoliosis (caused by rapid growth).
Injection site reactions including: swelling, loss of fat, increase of fat, pain, redness, or bruising. This can be avoided by changing/rotating the injection site at each injection.
Your child's doctor is your primary source of information about treatment. For more information, please talk to your doctor.
Patient Information for Increlex® available at http://increlex.com/pdf/patient-full-prescribing-information.pdf
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch, or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
Important Safety Information about Increlex® for Healthcare Professionals
- Presence of active or suspected malignancy
- Hypersensitivity to mecasermin (rhIGF-1) or any of the inactive ingredients in Increlex®
- Intravenous administration
- Closed epiphyses
Warnings and Precautions:
- Hypoglycemic effects: Increlex® should be administered 20 minutes before or after a meal or snack, and should not be administered when the meal or snack is omitted.
- Hypersensitivity: Allergic reactions have been reported, including anaphylaxis requiring hospitalization.
- Intracranial hypertension: Funduscopic examination is recommended at the initiation of and periodically during the course of therapy.
- Tonsillar/adenoidal hypertrophy: Patients should have periodic examinations to rule out potential complications.
- Slipped capital femoral epiphysis: Evaluate any child with onset of limp or hip/knee pain.
- Progression of scoliosis: Monitor any child with scoliosis.
Common adverse reactions include: hypoglycemia, local and systemic hypersensitivity, and tonsillar hypertrophy.
Please see the full Prescribing Information for Increlex® available at http://increlex.com/pdf/hcp-full-prescribing-information.pdf
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