Sun Pharma Launches Ezallor Sprinkle (Rosuvastatin) in the United States for People Who Have Difficulty Swallowing
Sun Pharmaceutical Industries recently announced the US launch of Ezallor Sprinkle (rosuvastatin) capsules for the treatment of three types of elevated lipid disorders in people who have difficulty swallowing, a problem that is estimated to affect approximately 30% to 35% of long term care residents.
Ezallor Sprinkle is indicated as an adjunct to diet for the treatment of adult patients with hypertriglyceridemia, as an adjunct to diet for the treatment of adult patients with primary dysbetalipoproteinemia (type III hyperlipoproteinemia), and as an adjunct to other lipid-lowering treatments (eg, LDL apheresis) or as monotherapy if such treatments are unavailable, to reduce LDL-C, total cholesterol, and ApoB in adult patients with homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia. Ezallor Sprinkle has not been studied in Fredrickson type I and V dyslipidemias.
“With the introduction of Ezallor Sprinkle, Sun Pharma continues our commitment of providing a portfolio of alternative formulation products to address the needs of people who have difficulty swallowing, which is especially prevalent among residents in long term care facilities,” says Abhay Gandhi, CEO of Sun Pharma North America. “These patients often encounter more medication errors and challenges with medication administration as compared to long term care residents who do not have difficulty swallowing.”
“The risk of medication errors increases when people have difficulty swallowing, due to crushing of medicines that shouldn’t be crushed, or from residual medication left over in crushing devices,” says Dr. Chris Chappel, certified medical director at Chappel Senior Care and Chappel Group Research. “This formulation will help in administering medication for patients with common types of elevated lipid disorders, especially in the geriatric population.”
Ezallor Sprinkle is formulated as extended-release-coated pellets that may be sprinkled over soft food such as applesauce, can be swallowed whole, or administered via a nasogastric tube to facilitate long-term, once-daily administration. Ezallor Sprinkle joins Kapspargo Sprinkle (metoprolol succinate) extended-release capsules as the second product in the Sun Pharma portfolio designed for individuals in long term care.
Ezallor Sprinkle is contraindicated in patients with any known hypersensitivity to rosuvastatin, which may include rash, pruritus, urticaria, and angioedema; patients with active liver disease, which may include unexplained persistent elevations of hepatic transaminase levels, and females who are pregnant or breastfeeding. In the controlled clinical trials database, the most common adverse reactions with rosuvastatin were headache, myalgia, abdominal pain, asthenia, and nausea.
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About Ezallor Sprinkle (Rosuvastatin) Capsules
• an adjunct to diet for the treatment of adult patients with hypertriglyceridemia;
• an adjunct to diet for the treatment of adult patients with primary dysbetalipoproteinemia (type III hyperlipoproteinemia); and
• an adjunct to other lipid-lowering treatments (eg, LDL apheresis), or as monotherapy if such treatments are unavailable, to reduce LDL-C, total cholesterol, and ApoB in adult patients with homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia.
Ezallor Sprinkle capsules are available in 5 mg, 10 mg, 20 mg, and 40 mg dose strengths. The dose range is 5 mg to 40 mg once daily; the 40 mg dose is only for patients not reaching their LDL-C goal with a 20 mg dose. The product can be taken with or without food, at any time of day.
Limitations and Use
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
• Patients with active liver disease, which may include unexplained persistent elevations of hepatic transaminase levels.
• Pregnancy: Advise females of reproductive potential to use effective contraception during treatment with Ezallor Sprinkle.
• Lactation: Limited data indicate that rosuvastatin is present in human milk. Because statins have the potential for serious adverse reactions in nursing infants, women who require Ezallor Sprinkle treatment should not breastfeed their infants.
Warnings & Precautions
• Liver Enzyme Abnormalities: It is recommended that liver enzyme tests be performed before the initiation of Ezallor Sprinkle, and if signs or symptoms of liver injury occur. There have been rare post marketing reports of fatal and nonfatal hepatic failure in patients taking statins, including rosuvastatin. If serious liver injury with clinical symptoms and/or hyperbilirubinemia or jaundice occurs during treatment with Ezallor Sprinkle, promptly interrupt therapy. If an alternate etiology is not found, do not restart Ezallor Sprinkle. Ezallor Sprinkle should be used with caution in patients who consume substantial quantities of alcohol and/or have a history of chronic liver disease. Active liver disease, which may include unexplained persistent transaminase elevations, is a contraindication to the use of Ezallor Sprinkle.
• Concomitant Coumarin Anticoagulants: Caution should be exercised when anticoagulants are given in conjunction with Ezallor Sprinkle because of its potentiation of the effect of coumarin-type anticoagulants in prolonging the prothrombin time/international normalized ratio (INR). In patients taking coumarin anticoagulants and Ezallor Sprinkle concomitantly, INR should be determined before starting Ezallor Sprinkle and frequently enough during early therapy to ensure that no significant alteration of INR occurs.
• Proteinuria and Hematuria: Dipstick-positive proteinuria and microscopic hematuria were observed among patients treated with CRESTOR. These findings were more frequent in patients taking rosuvastatin 40 mg, though it was generally transient and was not associated with worsening renal function. Although the clinical significance of this finding is unknown, dose reduction should be considered for patients on Ezallor Sprinkle therapy with unexplained persistent proteinuria and/or hematuria during routine urinalysis testing.
• Endocrine Effects: Increases in HbA1c and fasting serum glucose levels have been reported with statins, including rosuvastatin. Based on clinical trial data with rosuvastatin, in some instances these increases may exceed the threshold for the diagnosis of diabetes mellitus.
See full prescribing information at www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2018/208647s000lbl.pdf.
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Source: Sun Pharmaceutical Industries