Sandoz generic injectable acetaminophen immediately available to US patients, strategically building hospital portfolio offering
- Acetaminophen injection used in patients 2 years and older to treat mild to moderate pain, moderate to severe pain in conjunction with opioid analgesics, or to reduce fever1
- Provides US healthcaresystem a more affordable treatment option for a key medicine stocked in every US hospital and clinic
- Launch aligns with Sandoz strategy, expanding injectables portfolio and bringing affordable, high-quality medicines to US patients in hospitals
Princeton, December 8, 2020 — Sandoz Inc. today announced the immediate availability in the US of its generic acetaminophen injection, used in adult and pediatric patients two years and older to relieve mild to moderate pain and to treat moderate to severe pain in conjunction with opioid analgesics. It can also be used to reduce fever.
Acetaminophen is the most commonly taken pain medicine worldwide and is recommended by the World Health Organization as first line-therapy in pain conditions.
“At Sandoz, we are continuously growing our injectable medicines portfolio to ensure patients across the US have access to important medicines when they need them, especially in the hospital setting,” said Carol Lynch, President, Sandoz Inc. “Through the launch of our generic injectable acetaminophen, we are offering a high-quality, affordable alternative to opioids, helping to mitigate our country’s opioid addiction crisis.”
Sandoz is commercializing its generic injectable acetaminophen, available as 100 mL glass vial containing 1,000 mg acetaminophen (10 mg/mL), which was developed by Milla Pharmaceuticals, member of the Alter Pharma Group. Alter Pharma is a Belgian group of pharmaceutical companies that distributes a wide range of pharmaceutical products to pharmacies, wholesalers, hospitals and retirement homes.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
WARNING: RISK OF MEDICATION ERRORS AND HEPATOTOXICITY
See full prescribing information for complete boxed warning
Take care when prescribing, preparing, and administering acetaminophen injection to avoid dosing errors which could result in accidental overdose and death.
Acetaminophen injection contains acetaminophen. Acetaminophen has been associated with cases of acute liver failure, at times resulting in liver transplant and death. Most of the cases of liver injury are associated with the use of acetaminophen at doses that exceed the recommended maximum daily limits, and often involve more than one acetaminophen-containing product.
Acetaminophen is contraindicated:
- In patients with known hypersensitivity to acetaminophen or to any of the excipients in the IV formulation.
- In patients with severe hepatic impairment or severe active liver disease.
WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS
- Administration of acetaminophen in doses higher than recommended (by all routes of administration and from all acetaminophen-containing products including combination products) may result in hepatic injury, including the risk of liver failure and death.
- Use caution when administering acetaminophen in patients with the following conditions: hepatic impairment or active hepatic disease, in cases of alcoholism, chronic malnutrition, severe hypovolemia, or severe renal impairment (creatinine clearance £30 mL/min).
- Discontinue acetaminophen immediately at the first appearance of skin rash and if symptoms associated with allergy or hypersensitivity occur. Do not use in patients with acetaminophen allergy.
- Take care when prescribing, preparing, and administering acetaminophen injection to avoid dosing errors which could result in accidental overdose and death.
The most common adverse reactions in patients treated with acetaminophen were nausea, vomiting, headache, and insomnia in adult patients; nausea, vomiting, constipation, and pruritus in pediatric patients.
- Substances that induce or regulate hepatic cytochrome enzyme CYP2E1 may alter the metabolism of acetaminophen and increase its hepatotoxic potential.
- Chronic oral acetaminophen use at a dose of 4000 mg/day has been shown to cause an increase in international normalized ratio (INR) in some patients who have been stabilized on sodium warfarin as an anticoagulant.
USE IN SPECIFIC POPULATIONS
- Pediatric Use: The effectiveness of acetaminophen for the treatment of acute pain in pediatric patients younger than 2 years of age has not been established. The safety and effectiveness of acetaminophen in pediatric patients is supported by evidence from adequate and well controlled studies in adults with additional safety and pharmacokinetic data for this age group.
- Geriatric Use: No overall differences in safety or effectiveness were observed between geriatric and younger subjects.
- Hepatic Impairment: Acetaminophen is contraindicated in patients with severe hepatic impairment or severe active liver disease and should be used with caution in patients with hepatic impairment or active liver disease.
- Renal Impairment: In cases of severe renal impairment, longer dosing intervals and a reduced total daily dose of acetaminophen may be warranted.
Please see full Prescribing Information for additional safety information.
Acetaminophen injection is indicated for the
- Management of mild to moderate pain in adult and pediatric patients 2 years and older
- Management of moderate to severe pain with adjunctive opioid analgesics in adult and pediatric patients 2 years and older
- Reduction of fever in adult and pediatric patients
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- Acetaminophen Injection. Prescribing information. Available at: https://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/drugInfo.cfm?setid=3b4ab1cf-8642-44f5-b3a2-3f1f7c620ce9
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