ADVERSE REACTIONS SECTION.


ADVERSE REACTIONS. In controlled multiple-dose studies where patients were treated for up to 56 days, the most frequently reported adverse reactions were transient eye burning/stinging (approximately 30%), headaches (approximately 15%) and bitter taste (approximately 10%). The occurrence of these events was generally mild. The following events were reported in to 10% of patients: asthma, conjunctivitis, dyspnea, eye pain, fatigue, influenza-like symptoms, pharyngitis, pruritus, rhinitis and temporary blurring. Some of these events were similar to the underlying disease being studied.

CARCINOGENESIS & MUTAGENESIS & IMPAIRMENT OF FERTILITY SECTION.


Carcinogenesis, Mutagenesis, Impairment of Fertility. Azelastine hydrochloride administered orally for 24 months was not carcinogenic in rats and mice at doses up to 30 mg/kg/day and 25 mg/kg/day, respectively. Based on 30 uL drop size, these doses were approximately 25,000 and 21,000 times higher than the maximum recommended ocular human use level of 0.001 mg/kg/day for 50 kg adult. Azelastine hydrochloride showed no genotoxic effects in the Ames test, DNULL repair test, mouse lymphoma forward mutation assay, mouse micronucleus test, or chromosomal aberration test in rat bone marrow. Reproduction and fertility studies in rats showed no effects on male or female fertility at oral doses of up to 25,000 times the maximum recommended ocular human use level. At 68.6 mg/kg/day (57,000 times the maximum recommended ocular human use level), the duration of the estrous cycle was prolonged and copulatory activity and the number of pregnancies were decreased. The numbers of corpora lutea and implantations were decreased; however, the implantation ratio was not affected.

CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY SECTION.


CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY. Azelastine hydrochloride is relatively selective histamine H1 antagonist and an inhibitor of the release of histamine and other mediators from cells (e.g. mast cells) involved in the allergic response. Based on in vitro studies using human cell lines, inhibition of other mediators involved in allergic reactions (e.g. leukotrienes and PAF) has been demonstrated with azelastine hydrochloride. Decreased chemotaxis and activation of eosinophils has also been demonstrated.. Pharmacokinetics and Metabolism. Absorption of azelastine following ocular administration was relatively low. study in symptomatic patients receiving one drop of azelastine hydrochloride ophthalmic solution in each eye two to four times day (0.06 to 0.12 mg azelastine hydrochloride) demonstrated plasma concentrations of azelastine hydrochloride to generally be between 0.02 and 0.25 ng/mL after 56 days of treatment. Three of nineteen patients had quantifiable amounts of N-desmethylazelastine that ranged from 0.25 0.87 ng/mL at Day 56. Based on intravenous and oral administration, the elimination half-life, steady-state volume of distribution and plasma clearance were 22 hours, 14.5 L/kg and 0.5 L/h/kg, respectively. Approximately 75% of an oral dose of radiolabeled azelastine hydrochloride was excreted in the feces with less than 10% as unchanged azelastine. Azelastine hydrochloride is oxidatively metabolized to the principal metabolite, N-desmethylazelastine, by the cytochrome P450 enzyme system. In vitro studies in human plasma indicate that the plasma protein binding of azelastine and N-desmethylazelastine are approximately 88% and 97% respectively.. Clinical Trials. In conjunctival antigen challenge study, azelastine hydrochloride ophthalmic solution was more effective than its vehicle in preventing itching associated with allergic conjunctivitis. Azelastine hydrochloride ophthalmic solution had rapid (within minutes) onset of effect and duration of effect of approximately hours for the prevention of itching.In environmental studies, adult and pediatric, patients with seasonal allergic conjunctivitis were treated with azelastine hydrochloride ophthalmic solution for two to eight weeks. In these studies, azelastine hydrochloride ophthalmic solution was more effective than its vehicle in relieving itching associated with allergic conjunctivitis.

CONTRAINDICATIONS SECTION.


CONTRAINDICATIONS. Azelastine hydrochloride ophthalmic solution is contraindicated in persons with known or suspected hypersensitivity to any of its components.

DESCRIPTION SECTION.


DESCRIPTION. Azelastine Hydrochloride Ophthalmic Solution USP, 0.05% is sterile ophthalmic solution containing azelastine hydrochloride, relatively selective H1-receptor antagonist for topical administration to the eyes. Azelastine hydrochloride is white crystalline powder with molecular weight of 418.37. Azelastine hydrochloride is sparingly soluble in water, methanol and propylene glycol, and slightly soluble in ethanol, octanol, and glycerine. Azelastine hydrochloride is racemic mixture with melting point of 225C. The chemical name for azelastine hydrochloride is (+-)-1-(2H)-phthalazinone,4-[(4-chlorophenyl) methyl]-2-(hexahydro-1-methyl-1H-azepin-4-yl)-, monohydrochloride and is represented by the following chemical structure:Each mL of azelastine hydrochloride ophthalmic solution contains: Active: 0.5 mg azelastine hydrochloride, equivalent to 0.457 mg of azelastine base; Preservative: 0.125 mg benzalkonium chloride; Inactives: disodium edetate dihydrate, hydroxypropylmethylcellulose, sodium hydroxide, sorbitol solution and water for injection. It has pH of approximately 5.0 to 6.5 and an osmolality of approximately 265 to 375 mOsmol/kg.

DOSAGE & ADMINISTRATION SECTION.


DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION. The recommended dose is one drop instilled into each affected eye twice day.

GERIATRIC USE SECTION.


Geriatric Use. No overall differences in safety or effectiveness have been observed between elderly and younger adult patients.

HOW SUPPLIED SECTION.


HOW SUPPLIED. Azelastine Hydrochloride Ophthalmic Solution USP, 0.05% is supplied as follows: mL (NDC 60505-0578-4) solution in translucent 11 mL HDPE container with LDPE dropper tip, and white HDPE screw cap.StorageStore UPRIGHT at 20oC to 25oC (68oF to 77oF) [See USP Controlled Room Temperature].Azelastine Hydrochloride Ophthalmic Solution, USP0.05%Manufactured by: Manufactured for:Apotex Inc. Apotex Corp.Toronto, Ontario Weston, FL Canada M9L 1T9 33326 July 2019.

INDICATIONS & USAGE SECTION.


INDICATIONS AND USAGE. Azelastine hydrochloride ophthalmic solution is indicated for the treatment of itching of the eye associated with allergic conjunctivitis.

INFORMATION FOR PATIENTS SECTION.


Information for Patients. To prevent contaminating the dropper tip and solution, care should be taken not to touch any surface, the eyelids, or surrounding areas with the dropper tip of the bottle. Keep bottle tightly closed when not in use. This product is sterile when packaged. Patients should be advised not to wear contact lens if their eye is red. Azelastine hydrochloride ophthalmic solution should not be used to treat contact lens related irritation. The preservative in azelastine hydrochloride ophthalmic solution, benzalkonium chloride, may be absorbed by soft contact lenses. Patients who wear soft contact lenses and whose eyes are not red, should be instructed to wait at least ten minutes after instilling azelastine hydrochloride ophthalmic solution before they insert their contact lenses.

NURSING MOTHERS SECTION.


Nursing Mothers. It is not known whether azelastine hydrochloride is excreted in human milk. Because many drugs are excreted in human milk, caution should be exercised when azelastine hydrochloride ophthalmic solution is administered to nursing woman.

PACKAGE LABEL.PRINCIPAL DISPLAY PANEL.


PRINCIPAL DISPLAY PANEL 0.05% BOTTLE LABEL. APOTEX CORP. NDC 60505-0578-4AZELASTINE HYDROCHLORIDE OPHTHALMIC SOLUTION0.05%Rx only6 mL.

PEDIATRIC USE SECTION.


Pediatric Use. Safety and effectiveness in pediatric patients below the age of years have not been established.

PRECAUTIONS SECTION.


PRECAUTIONS. Information for Patients. To prevent contaminating the dropper tip and solution, care should be taken not to touch any surface, the eyelids, or surrounding areas with the dropper tip of the bottle. Keep bottle tightly closed when not in use. This product is sterile when packaged. Patients should be advised not to wear contact lens if their eye is red. Azelastine hydrochloride ophthalmic solution should not be used to treat contact lens related irritation. The preservative in azelastine hydrochloride ophthalmic solution, benzalkonium chloride, may be absorbed by soft contact lenses. Patients who wear soft contact lenses and whose eyes are not red, should be instructed to wait at least ten minutes after instilling azelastine hydrochloride ophthalmic solution before they insert their contact lenses.. Carcinogenesis, Mutagenesis, Impairment of Fertility. Azelastine hydrochloride administered orally for 24 months was not carcinogenic in rats and mice at doses up to 30 mg/kg/day and 25 mg/kg/day, respectively. Based on 30 uL drop size, these doses were approximately 25,000 and 21,000 times higher than the maximum recommended ocular human use level of 0.001 mg/kg/day for 50 kg adult. Azelastine hydrochloride showed no genotoxic effects in the Ames test, DNULL repair test, mouse lymphoma forward mutation assay, mouse micronucleus test, or chromosomal aberration test in rat bone marrow. Reproduction and fertility studies in rats showed no effects on male or female fertility at oral doses of up to 25,000 times the maximum recommended ocular human use level. At 68.6 mg/kg/day (57,000 times the maximum recommended ocular human use level), the duration of the estrous cycle was prolonged and copulatory activity and the number of pregnancies were decreased. The numbers of corpora lutea and implantations were decreased; however, the implantation ratio was not affected.. Pregnancy . Teratogenic Effects: Pregnancy Category C.. Azelastine hydrochloride has been shown to be embryotoxic, fetotoxic, and teratogenic (external and skeletal abnormalities) in mice at an oral dose of 68.6 mg/kg/day (57,000 times the recommended ocular human use level). At an oral dose of 30 mg/kg/day (25,000 times the recommended ocular human use level), delayed ossification (undeveloped metacarpus), and the incidence of 14th rib were increased in rats. At 68.6 mg/kg/day (57,000 times the maximum recommended ocular human use level) azelastine hydrochloride caused resorption and fetotoxic effects in rats. The relevance to humans of these skeletal findings noted at only high drug exposure levels in unknown. There are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women. Azelastine hydrochloride ophthalmic solution should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus.. Nursing Mothers. It is not known whether azelastine hydrochloride is excreted in human milk. Because many drugs are excreted in human milk, caution should be exercised when azelastine hydrochloride ophthalmic solution is administered to nursing woman.. Pediatric Use. Safety and effectiveness in pediatric patients below the age of years have not been established.. Geriatric Use. No overall differences in safety or effectiveness have been observed between elderly and younger adult patients.

PREGNULLNCY SECTION.


Pregnancy . Teratogenic Effects: Pregnancy Category C.. Azelastine hydrochloride has been shown to be embryotoxic, fetotoxic, and teratogenic (external and skeletal abnormalities) in mice at an oral dose of 68.6 mg/kg/day (57,000 times the recommended ocular human use level). At an oral dose of 30 mg/kg/day (25,000 times the recommended ocular human use level), delayed ossification (undeveloped metacarpus), and the incidence of 14th rib were increased in rats. At 68.6 mg/kg/day (57,000 times the maximum recommended ocular human use level) azelastine hydrochloride caused resorption and fetotoxic effects in rats. The relevance to humans of these skeletal findings noted at only high drug exposure levels in unknown. There are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women. Azelastine hydrochloride ophthalmic solution should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus.

SPL UNCLASSIFIED SECTION.


azelastine-structure. azelastine-bottle-label.

WARNINGS SECTION.


WARNINGS. Azelastine hydrochloride ophthalmic solution is for ocular use only and not for injection or oral use.