PACKAGE LABEL.PRINCIPAL DISPLAY PANEL.


PACKAGE LABEL.PRINCIPAL DISPLAY PANEL. NDC 69097-364-36Bleomycin for Injection, USP15 units per vialFor intravenous, intramuscular,subcutaneous or intrapleural use.Caution: Cytotoxic Special handling procedures.Single-dose vialCiplacipla-vial-labelNDC 69097-364-36Bleomycin for Injection, USP15 units per vialFor intravenous, intramuscular,subcutaneous or intrapleural use.Caution: Cytotoxic Special handling procedures.Single-dose vialCiplacipla-carton-label. cipla-vial-label. cipla-carton-label.

PEDIATRIC USE SECTION.


Pediatric Use. Safety and effectiveness of bleomycin in pediatric patients have not been established.

ADVERSE REACTIONS SECTION.


ADVERSE REACTIONS. Pulmonary. The most serious side effects are pulmonary adverse reactions, occurring in approximately 10% of treated patients. The most frequent presentation is pneumonitis occasionally progressing to pulmonary fibrosis. Approximately 1% of patients treated have died of pulmonary fibrosis. Pulmonary toxicity is both dose and age related, being more common in patients over 70 years of age and in those receiving over 400 units total dose. This toxicity, however, is unpredictable and has been seen in young patients receiving low doses. Some published reports have suggested that the risk of pulmonary toxicity may be increased when bleomycin is used in combination with G-CSF (filgrastim) or other cytokines. However, randomized clinical studies completed to date have not demonstrated an increased risk of pulmonary complications in patients treated with bleomycin and G-CSF.Because of lack of specificity of the clinical syndrome, the identification of patients with pulmonary toxicity due to bleomycin has been extremely difficult. The earliest symptom associated with bleomycin pulmonary toxicity is dyspnea. The earliest sign is fine rales.Radiographically, bleomycin-induced pneumonitis produces nonspecific patchy opacities, usually of the lower lung fields. The most common changes in pulmonary function tests are decrease in total lung volume and decrease in vital capacity. However, these changes are not predictive of the development of pulmonary fibrosis.The microscopic tissue changes due to bleomycin toxicity include bronchiolar squamous metaplasia, reactive macrophages, atypical alveolar epithelial cells, fibrinous edema, and interstitial fibrosis. The acute stage may involve capillary changes and subsequent fibrinous exudation into alveoli producing change similar to hyaline membrane formation and progressing to diffuse interstitial fibrosis resembling the Hamman-Rich syndrome. These microscopic findings are nonspecific; e.g., similar changes are seen in radiation pneumonitis and pneumocystic pneumonitis.To monitor the onset of pulmonary toxicity, roentgenograms of the chest should be taken every to weeks (see WARNINGS). If pulmonary changes are noted, treatment should be discontinued until it can be determined if they are drug related. Recent studies have suggested that sequential measurement of the pulmonary diffusion capacity for carbon monoxide (DLco) during treatment with bleomycin may be an indicator of subclinical pulmonary toxicity. It is recommended that the DLco be monitored monthly if it is to be employed to detect pulmonary toxicities, and thus the drug should be discontinued when the DLco falls below 30% to 35% of the pretreatment value.Because of bleomycins sensitization of lung tissue, patients who have received bleomycin are at greater risk of developing pulmonary toxicity when oxygen is administered in surgery. While long exposure to very high oxygen concentrations is known cause of lung damage, after bleomycin administration, lung damage can occur at lower concentrations that are usually considered safe.Suggested preventive measures are:Maintain FlO2 at concentrations approximating that of room air (25%) during surgery and the postoperative period.Monitor carefully fluid replacement, focusing more on colloid administration rather than crystalloid.Sudden onset of an acute chest pain syndrome suggestive of pleuropericarditis has been reported during bleomycin infusions. Although each patient must be individually evaluated, further courses of bleomycin do not appear to be contraindicated.Pulmonary adverse events which may be related to the intrapleural administration of bleomycin have been reported.. Maintain FlO2 at concentrations approximating that of room air (25%) during surgery and the postoperative period.. Monitor carefully fluid replacement, focusing more on colloid administration rather than crystalloid.. Idiosyncratic Reactions. In approximately 1% of the lymphoma patients treated with bleomycin, an idiosyncratic reaction, similar to anaphylaxis clinically, has been reported. The reaction may be immediate or delayed for several hours, and usually occurs after the first or second dose (see WARNINGS). It consists of hypotension, mental confusion, fever, chills, and wheezing. Treatment is symptomatic including volume expansion, pressor agents, antihistamines, and corticosteroids.. Integument and Mucous Membranes. These adverse reactions have been reported in approximately 50% of treated patients. They consist of erythema, rash, striae, vesiculation, hyperpigmentation, and tenderness of the skin. Hyperkeratosis, nail changes, alopecia, pruritus, and stomatitis have also been reported. It was necessary to discontinue bleomycin therapy in 2% of treated patients because of these toxicities.Scleroderma-like skin changes have been reported.Skin toxicity is relatively late manifestation usually developing in the second and third week of treatment after 150 to 200 units of bleomycin have been administered and appears to be related to the cumulative dose.Intrapleural administration of bleomycin has been associated with local pain. Hypotension possibly requiring symptomatic treatment has been reported. Death has been reported in association with bleomycin pleurodesis in seriously ill patients.. Other. Vascular toxicities coincident with the use of bleomycin in combination with other antineoplastic agents have been reported. The events are clinically heterogeneous and may include myocardial infarction, cerebrovascular accident, thrombotic microangiopathy (HUS), or cerebral arteritis. Various mechanisms have been proposed for these vascular complications. There are also reports of Raynauds phenomenon occurring in patients treated with bleomycin in combination with vinblastine with or without cisplatin or, in few cases, with bleomycin as single agent. It is currently unknown if the cause of Raynauds phenomenon in these cases is the disease, underlying vascular compromise, bleomycin, vinblastine, hypomagnesemia, or combination of any of these factors.Fever, chills, and vomiting have been reported. Anorexia and weight loss have been reported and may persist long after termination of this medication. Pain at tumor site, phlebitis, and other local reactions have been reported. Malaise has been reported.

BOXED WARNING SECTION.


WARNINGIt is recommended that bleomycin for injection be administered under the supervision of qualified physician experienced in the use of cancer chemotherapeutic agents. Appropriate management of therapy and complications is possible only when adequate diagnostic and treatment facilities are readily available.Pulmonary fibrosis is the most severe toxicity associated with bleomycin. The most frequent presentation is pneumonitis occasionally progressing to pulmonary fibrosis. Its occurrence is higher in elderly patients and in those receiving greater than 400 units total dose, but pulmonary toxicity has been observed in young patients and those treated with low doses.A severe idiosyncratic reaction consisting of hypotension, mental confusion, fever, chills, and wheezing has been reported in approximately 1% of lymphoma patients treated with bleomycin.

CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY SECTION.


CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY. Mechanism of Action. Although the exact mechanism of action of bleomycin is unknown, available evidence indicates that the main mode of action is the inhibition of DNULL synthesis with some evidence of lesser inhibition of RNULL and protein synthesis.Bleomycin is known to cause single, and to lesser extent, double-stranded breaks in DNULL. In in vitro and in vivo experiments, bleomycin has been shown to cause cell cycle arrest in G2 and in mitosis.When administered into the pleural cavity in the treatment of malignant pleural effusion, bleomycin acts as sclerosing agent.. Pharmacokinetics. AbsorptionBleomycin is rapidly absorbed following either intramuscular, subcutaneous, intraperitoneal, or intrapleural administration reaching peak plasma concentrations in 30 to 60 minutes. Systemic bioavailability of bleomycin is 100% and 70% following intramuscular and subcutaneous administrations, respectively, and 45% following both intraperitoneal and intrapleural administrations, compared to intravenous and bolus administration.Following intramuscular doses of to 10 units/m2, both peak plasma concentration and AUC increased in proportion with the increase of dose.Following intravenous bolus administration of 30 units of bleomycin to one patient with primary germ cell tumor of the brain, peak CSF level was 40% of the simultaneously-obtained plasma level and was attained in hours after drug administration. The area under the bleomycin CSF concentration time curve was 25% of the area of the bleomycin plasma concentration time curve.DistributionBleomycin is widely distributed throughout the body with mean volume of distribution of 17.5 L/m2in patients following 15 units/m2 intravenous bolus dose. Protein binding of bleomycin has not been studied.MetabolismBleomycin is inactivated by cytosolic cysteine proteinase enzyme, bleomycin hydrolase. The enzyme is widely distributed in normal tissues with the exception of the skin and lungs, both targets of bleomycin toxicity. Systemic elimination of the drug by enzymatic degradation is probably only important in patients with severely compromised renal function.ExcretionThe primary route of elimination is via the kidneys. About 65% of the administered intravenous dose is excreted in urine within 24 hours. In patients with normal renal function, plasma concentrations of bleomycin decline biexponentially with mean terminal half-life of hours following intravenous bolus administration. Total body clearance and renal clearance averaged 51 mL/min/m2 and 23 mL/min/m2, respectively.Following intrapleural administration to patients with normal renal function, lower percentage of drug (40%) is recovered in the urine, as compared to that found in the urine after intravenous administration.. Special Populations. Age, Gender, and RaceThe effects of age, gender, and race on the pharmacokinetics of bleomycin have not been evaluated.Pediatric Children of less than years of age have higher total body clearance than in adults, 71 mL/min/m2 versus 51 mL/min/m2, respectively, following intravenous bolus administration. Children of more than years of age have comparable clearance as in adults.In children with normal renal function, plasma concentrations of bleomycin decline biexponentially as in adults. The volume of distribution and terminal half-life of bleomycin in children appears comparable to that in adults.Renal InsufficiencyRenal insufficiency markedly alters bleomycin elimination. The terminal elimination half-life increases exponentially as the creatinine clearance decreases. Dosing reductions were proposed for patients with creatinine clearance values of <50 mL/min (see PRECAUTIONS and DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION).Hepatic InsufficiencyThe effect of hepatic insufficiency on the pharmacokinetics of bleomycin has not been evaluated.. Drug Interactions. Drugs that Can Affect Renal ClearanceBecause bleomycin is eliminated predominantly through renal excretion, the administration of nephrotoxic drugs with bleomycin may affect its renal clearance. Specifically, in one report of children receiving concomitant cisplatin with bleomycin, total body clearance of bleomycin decreased from 39 to 18 mL/min/m2 as the cumulative dose of cisplatin exceeded 300 mg/m2. Terminal half-life of bleomycin also increased from 4.4 to hours. Fatal bleomycin pulmonary toxicity has been reported in patient with unrecognized cisplatin-induced oliguric renal failure.. Clinical Studies. Malignant Pleural EffusionThe safety and efficacy of bleomycin 60 units and tetracycline (1 g) as treatment for malignant pleural effusion were evaluated in multicenter, randomized trial. Patients were required to have cytologically positive pleural effusion, good performance status (0, 1, 2), lung re-expansion following tube thoracostomy with drainage rates of 100 mL/24 hours or less, no prior intrapleural therapy, no prior systemic bleomycin therapy, no chest irradiation, and no recent change in systemic therapy. Overall survival did not differ between the bleomycin (n=44) and tetracycline treatment (n=41) groups. Of patients evaluated within 30 days of instillation, the recurrence rate was 36% (10/28) with bleomycin and 67% (18/27) with tetracycline (p=0.023). Toxicity was similar between groups.

CLINICAL STUDIES SECTION.


Clinical Studies. Malignant Pleural EffusionThe safety and efficacy of bleomycin 60 units and tetracycline (1 g) as treatment for malignant pleural effusion were evaluated in multicenter, randomized trial. Patients were required to have cytologically positive pleural effusion, good performance status (0, 1, 2), lung re-expansion following tube thoracostomy with drainage rates of 100 mL/24 hours or less, no prior intrapleural therapy, no prior systemic bleomycin therapy, no chest irradiation, and no recent change in systemic therapy. Overall survival did not differ between the bleomycin (n=44) and tetracycline treatment (n=41) groups. Of patients evaluated within 30 days of instillation, the recurrence rate was 36% (10/28) with bleomycin and 67% (18/27) with tetracycline (p=0.023). Toxicity was similar between groups.

CONTRAINDICATIONS SECTION.


CONTRAINDICATIONS. Bleomycin for injection is contraindicated in patients who have demonstrated hypersensitive or an idiosyncratic reaction to it.

DESCRIPTION SECTION.


DESCRIPTION. Bleomycin for injection, USP is mixture of cytotoxic glycopeptide antibiotics isolated from strain of Streptomyces verticillus. It is freely soluble in water.Bleomycin for injection, USP is provided as sterile lyophilized powder for reconstitution containing 15 units per vial which are intended for intramuscular, intravenous, subcutaneous or intrapleural administration.Its chemical name is N-[3-(dimethylsulphonio)propyl]bleomycin-amide (bleomycin A2) and N-[4-(guaniodobutyl)]bleomycin-amide (bleomycin B2).(Main component: Bleomycin A2, in which is [CH3]2S+CH2CH2CH2 -)Note: unit of bleomycin is equal to the formerly used milligram activity. The term milligram activity is misnomer and was changed to units to be more precise.. description.

DOSAGE & ADMINISTRATION SECTION.


DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION. Because of the possibility of an anaphylactoid reaction, lymphoma patients should be treated with units or less for the first doses. If no acute reaction occurs, then the regular dosage schedule may be followedThe following dose schedule is recommended: Squamous cell carcinoma, non-Hodgkins lymphoma, testicular carcinoma- 0.25 to 0.5 units/kg (10 to 20 units/m2) given intravenously, intramuscularly, or subcutaneously weekly or twice weekly.Hodgkins Disease 0.25 to 0.5 units/kg (10 to 20 units/m2) given intravenously, intramuscularly, or subcutaneously weekly or twice weekly. After 50% response, maintenance dose of unit daily or units weekly intravenously or intramuscularly should be given.Pulmonary toxicity of bleomycin for injection appears to be dose-related with striking increase when the total dose is over 400 units. Total doses over 400 units should be given with great caution.Note: When bleomycin for injection is used in combination with other antineoplastic agents, pulmonary toxicities may occur at lower doses. Improvement of Hodgkins disease and testicular tumors is prompt and noted within weeks. If no improvement is seen by this time, improvement is unlikely. Squamous cell cancers respond more slowly, sometimes requiring as long as weeks before any improvement is noted.Malignant Pleural Effusion 60 units administered as single dose bolus intrapleural injection (see ADMINISTRATION, Intrapleural).Use in Patients with Renal Insufficiency The following dosing reductions are proposed for patients with creatinine clearance (CrCL) values of less than 50 mL/min:Patient CrCL(mL/min)Bleomycin for injectionDose (%)50 and above 100 40 to 50 70 30 to 40 60 20 to 30 55 10 to 20 45 to 10 40 CrCL can be estimated from the individual patients measured serum creatinine (Scr) values using the Cockcroft and Gault formula:Males CrCL [weight (140 Age)]/(72 Scr)Females CrCL 0.85 [weight (140 Age)]/(72 Scr)Where CrCL in mL/min/1.73 m2, weight in kg, age in years, and Scr in mg/dL.

DRUG INTERACTIONS SECTION.


Drug Interactions. Drugs that Can Affect Renal ClearanceBecause bleomycin is eliminated predominantly through renal excretion, the administration of nephrotoxic drugs with bleomycin may affect its renal clearance. Specifically, in one report of children receiving concomitant cisplatin with bleomycin, total body clearance of bleomycin decreased from 39 to 18 mL/min/m2 as the cumulative dose of cisplatin exceeded 300 mg/m2. Terminal half-life of bleomycin also increased from 4.4 to hours. Fatal bleomycin pulmonary toxicity has been reported in patient with unrecognized cisplatin-induced oliguric renal failure.

GERIATRIC USE SECTION.


Geriatric Use. In clinical trials, pulmonary toxicity was more common in patients older than 70 years than in younger patients (see WARNING, WARNINGS, and ADVERSE REACTIONS, Pulmonary). Other reported clinical experience has not identified other differences in responses between elderly and younger patients, but greater sensitivity of some older individuals cannot be ruled out.Bleomycin 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.

HOW SUPPLIED SECTION.


HOW SUPPLIED. Bleomycin for injection, USP contains sterile bleomycin sulfate equivalent to 15 units of bleomycin.NDC No.: 69097-364-36, 15 units per vial, packaged individually.. Stability. The sterile powder is stable under refrigeration 2C to 8C (36F to 46F) and should not be used after the expiration date is reached.Bleomycin for injection, USP should not be reconstituted or diluted with D5W or other dextrose containing diluents. When reconstituted in D5W and analyzed by HPLC, bleomycin for injection, USP demonstrates loss of A2 and B2 potency that does not occur when bleomycin for injection, USP is reconstituted in Sodium Chloride for Injection, 0.9%, USP.Bleomycin for injection, USP is stable for 24 hours at room temperature in Sodium Chloride.This container closure is not made with natural rubber latex.

INDICATIONS & USAGE SECTION.


INDICATIONS AND USAGE. Bleomycin for injection should be considered palliative treatment. It has been shown to be useful in the management of the following neoplasms either as single agent or in proven combinations with other approved chemotherapeutic agents:Squamous Cell Carcinoma: Head and neck (including mouth, tongue, tonsil, nasopharynx, oropharynx, sinus, palate, lip, buccal mucosa, gingivae, epiglottis, skin, larynx), penis, cervix, and vulva. The response to bleomycin for injection is poorer in patients with previously irradiated head and neck cancer.Lymphomas: Hodgkins disease, non-Hodgkins lymphoma.Testicular Carcinoma: Embryonal cell, choriocarcinoma, and teratocarcinoma.Bleomycin for injection has also been shown to be useful in the management of:Malignant Pleural Effusion: Bleomycin for injection is effective as sclerosing agent for the treatment of malignant pleural effusion and prevention of recurrent pleural effusions.

MECHANISM OF ACTION SECTION.


Mechanism of Action. Although the exact mechanism of action of bleomycin is unknown, available evidence indicates that the main mode of action is the inhibition of DNULL synthesis with some evidence of lesser inhibition of RNULL and protein synthesis.Bleomycin is known to cause single, and to lesser extent, double-stranded breaks in DNULL. In in vitro and in vivo experiments, bleomycin has been shown to cause cell cycle arrest in G2 and in mitosis.When administered into the pleural cavity in the treatment of malignant pleural effusion, bleomycin acts as sclerosing agent.

NURSING MOTHERS SECTION.


Nursing Mothers. It is not known whether the drug is excreted in human milk. Because many drugs are excreted in human milk and because of the potential for serious adverse reactions in nursing infants, it is recommended that nursing be discontinued by women receiving bleomycin therapy.

PHARMACOKINETICS SECTION.


Pharmacokinetics. AbsorptionBleomycin is rapidly absorbed following either intramuscular, subcutaneous, intraperitoneal, or intrapleural administration reaching peak plasma concentrations in 30 to 60 minutes. Systemic bioavailability of bleomycin is 100% and 70% following intramuscular and subcutaneous administrations, respectively, and 45% following both intraperitoneal and intrapleural administrations, compared to intravenous and bolus administration.Following intramuscular doses of to 10 units/m2, both peak plasma concentration and AUC increased in proportion with the increase of dose.Following intravenous bolus administration of 30 units of bleomycin to one patient with primary germ cell tumor of the brain, peak CSF level was 40% of the simultaneously-obtained plasma level and was attained in hours after drug administration. The area under the bleomycin CSF concentration time curve was 25% of the area of the bleomycin plasma concentration time curve.DistributionBleomycin is widely distributed throughout the body with mean volume of distribution of 17.5 L/m2in patients following 15 units/m2 intravenous bolus dose. Protein binding of bleomycin has not been studied.MetabolismBleomycin is inactivated by cytosolic cysteine proteinase enzyme, bleomycin hydrolase. The enzyme is widely distributed in normal tissues with the exception of the skin and lungs, both targets of bleomycin toxicity. Systemic elimination of the drug by enzymatic degradation is probably only important in patients with severely compromised renal function.ExcretionThe primary route of elimination is via the kidneys. About 65% of the administered intravenous dose is excreted in urine within 24 hours. In patients with normal renal function, plasma concentrations of bleomycin decline biexponentially with mean terminal half-life of hours following intravenous bolus administration. Total body clearance and renal clearance averaged 51 mL/min/m2 and 23 mL/min/m2, respectively.Following intrapleural administration to patients with normal renal function, lower percentage of drug (40%) is recovered in the urine, as compared to that found in the urine after intravenous administration.

PRECAUTIONS SECTION.


PRECAUTIONS. General. Patients with creatinine clearance values of less than 50 mL/min should be treated with caution and their renal function should be carefully monitored during the administration of bleomycin. Lower doses of bleomycin may be required in these patients than those with normal renal function (see CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY and DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION).. Carcinogenesis, Mutagenesis, Impairment of Fertility. The carcinogenic potential of bleomycin in humans is unknown. study in F344-type male rats demonstrated an increased incidence of nodular hyperplasia after induced lung carcinogenesis by nitrosamines, followed by treatment with bleomycin. In another study where the drug was administered to rats by subcutaneous injection at 0.35 mg/kg weekly (3.82 units/m2 weekly or about 30% at the recommended human dose), necropsy findings included dose-related injection site fibrosarcomas as well as various renal tumors. Bleomycin has been shown to be mutagenic both in vitro and in vivo. The effects of bleomycin on fertility have not been studied.. Pregnancy. Pregnancy Category D (See WARNINGS.). Nursing Mothers. It is not known whether the drug is excreted in human milk. Because many drugs are excreted in human milk and because of the potential for serious adverse reactions in nursing infants, it is recommended that nursing be discontinued by women receiving bleomycin therapy.. Pediatric Use. Safety and effectiveness of bleomycin in pediatric patients have not been established.. Geriatric Use. In clinical trials, pulmonary toxicity was more common in patients older than 70 years than in younger patients (see WARNING, WARNINGS, and ADVERSE REACTIONS, Pulmonary). Other reported clinical experience has not identified other differences in responses between elderly and younger patients, but greater sensitivity of some older individuals cannot be ruled out.Bleomycin 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.

PREGNULLNCY SECTION.


Pregnancy. Pregnancy Category D (See WARNINGS.).

REFERENCES SECTION.


REFERENCES. NIOSH Alert: Preventing occupational exposures to antineoplastic and other hazardous drugs in healthcare settings. 2004. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2004-165.OSHA Technical Manual, TED 1-0.15A, Section VI: Chapter 2. Controlling occupational exposure to hazardous drugs. OSHA, 1999. http://www.osha.gov/dts/osta/otm/otmvi/otmvi2.html American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. ASHP guidelines on handling hazardous drugs. Am Health-Syst Pharm. 2006;63:1172-1193.Polovich M, White JM, Kelleher LO, eds. 2005. Chemotherapy and biotherapy guidelines and recommendations for practice. 2nd ed. Pittsburgh, PA: Oncology Nursing Society.. NIOSH Alert: Preventing occupational exposures to antineoplastic and other hazardous drugs in healthcare settings. 2004. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2004-165.. OSHA Technical Manual, TED 1-0.15A, Section VI: Chapter 2. Controlling occupational exposure to hazardous drugs. OSHA, 1999. http://www.osha.gov/dts/osta/otm/otmvi/otmvi2.html American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. ASHP guidelines on handling hazardous drugs. Am Health-Syst Pharm. 2006;63:1172-1193.. Polovich M, White JM, Kelleher LO, eds. 2005. Chemotherapy and biotherapy guidelines and recommendations for practice. 2nd ed. Pittsburgh, PA: Oncology Nursing Society.

WARNINGS SECTION.


WARNINGS. Patients receiving bleomycin must be observed carefully and frequently during and after therapy. It should be used with extreme caution in patients with significant impairment of renal function or compromised pulmonary function.Pulmonary toxicities occur in 10% of treated patients. In approximately 1%, the nonspecific pneumonitis induced by bleomycin progresses to pulmonary fibrosis and death. Although this is age and dose related, the toxicity is unpredictable. Frequent roentgenograms are recommended (see ADVERSE REACTIONS, Pulmonary).A severe idiosyncratic reaction (similar to anaphylaxis) consisting of hypotension, mental confusion, fever, chills, and wheezing has been reported in approximately 1% of lymphoma patients treated with bleomycin. Since these reactions usually occur after the first or second dose, careful monitoring is essential after these doses (see ADVERSE REACTIONS, Idiosyncratic Reactions).Renal or hepatic toxicity, beginning as deterioration in renal or liver function tests, have been reported. These toxicities may occur at any time after initiation of therapy.. Usage in Pregnancy. Pregnancy Category DBleomycin can cause fetal harm when administered to pregnant woman. It has been shown to be teratogenic in rats. Administration of intraperitoneal doses of 1.5 mg/kg/day to rats (about 1.6 times the recommended human dose on unit/m2 basis) on days to 15 of gestation caused skeletal malformations, shortened innominate artery and hydroureter. Bleomycin is abortifacient but not teratogenic in rabbits at intravenous doses of 1.2 mg/kg/day (about 2.4 times the recommended human dose on unit/m2basis) given on gestation days to 18.There have been no studies in pregnant women. If bleomycin is used during pregnancy, or if the patient becomes pregnant while receiving this drug, the patient should be apprised of the potential hazard to the fetus. Women of childbearing potential should be advised to avoid becoming pregnant during therapy with bleomycin.