INDICATIONS & USAGE SECTION.


1 INDICATIONS AND USAGE Azelastine hydrochloride nasal spray is an H1-receptor antagonist indicated for the relief of the symptoms of:oSeasonal allergic rhinitis in patients years of age and older. (1.1)oPerennial allergic rhinitis in patients years of age and older. (1.1).. oSeasonal allergic rhinitis in patients years of age and older. (1.1). oPerennial allergic rhinitis in patients years of age and older. (1.1).. 1.1 Allergic Rhinitis Azelastine hydrochloride nasal spray is indicated for the relief of the symptoms of seasonal allergic rhinitis in patients years of age and older and perennial allergic rhinitis in patients years of age and older.

INFORMATION FOR PATIENTS SECTION.


17 PATIENT COUNSELING INFORMATION See FDA-approved patient labeling (Patient Information and Instructions for Use).Activities Requiring Mental AlertnessSomnolence has been reported in some patients taking azelastine hydrochloride nasal spray. Caution patients against engaging in hazardous occupations requiring complete mental alertness and motor coordination such as driving or operating machinery after administration of azelastine hydrochloride nasal spray [see Warnings and Precautions (5.1) ].Concurrent Use of Alcohol and other Central Nervous System DepressantsAvoid concurrent use of azelastine hydrochloride nasal spray with alcohol or other central nervous system depressants because additional reductions in alertness and additional impairment of central nervous system performance may occur [see Warnings and Precautions (5.1) ].Common Adverse ReactionsInform patients that the treatment with azelastine hydrochloride nasal spray may lead to adverse reactions, most common of which include pyrexia, dysgeusia, nasal discomfort, epistaxis, headache, sneezing, fatigue, somnolence, upper respiratory infection, cough, rhinalgia, vomiting, otitis media, contact dermatitis, and oropharyngeal pain [see Adverse Reactions (6.1)].PrimingInstruct patients to prime the pump before initial use and when azelastine hydrochloride nasal spray has not been used for or more days [see Dosage and Administration (2.3) ].Keep Spray Out of EyesInstruct patients to avoid spraying azelastine hydrochloride nasal spray into their eyes.Keep Out of Childrens ReachInstruct patients to keep azelastine hydrochloride nasal spray out of the reach of children. If child accidentally ingests azelastine hydrochloride nasal spray, seek medical help or call poison control center immediately.Manufactured by:Hi-Tech Pharmacal Co., Inc.Amityville, NY 11701Rev.942:01 01/20PATIENT INFORMATIONULLzelastine Hydrochloride Nasal Spray, 0.15%(a zel as teen)Important: For use in your nose only.What is Azelastine Hydrochloride Nasal SprayoAzelastine Hydrochloride Nasal Spray is prescription medicine used to treat symptoms of seasonal allergic rhinitis in patients years of age and older and year-round allergic rhinitis in people age years and older.oAzelastine Hydrochloride Nasal Spray may help to reduce your nasal symptoms including stuffy nose, runny nose, itching and sneezing.It is not known if Azelastine Hydrochloride Nasal Spray is safe and effective in children under years of age.What should tell my healthcare provider before using Azelastine Hydrochloride Nasal SprayBefore using Azelastine Hydrochloride Nasal Spray, tell your healthcare provider if you are:oallergic to any of the ingredients in Azelastine Hydrochloride Nasal Spray. See the end of this leaflet for complete list of ingredients in Azelastine Hydrochloride Nasal Spray.opregnant, or plan to become pregnant.obreastfeeding, or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if Azelastine Hydrochloride passes into your breast milk. You and your healthcare provider should decide if you will use Azelastine Hydrochloride Nasal Spray if you plan to breastfeed.Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Azelastine Hydrochloride Nasal Spray and other medicines may affect each other, causing side effects.How should use Azelastine Hydrochloride Nasal SprayoRead the Instructions for Use at the end of this leaflet for information about the right way to use AzelastineHydrochloride Nasal Spray.oAn adult should help young child use Azelastine Hydrochloride Nasal Spray.oSpray Azelastine Hydrochloride Nasal Spray in your nose only. Do not spray it into your eyes or mouth.oUse Azelastine Hydrochloride Nasal Spray exactly as your healthcare provider tells you to use it.o Do not use more than your healthcare provider tells you.oThrow away your Azelastine Hydrochloride Nasal Spray, 0.15% bottle after using 200 sprays. Even though the bottle may not be completely empty, you may not get the correct dose of medicine.oIf you use too much or child accidentally swallows Azelastine Hydrochloride, call your healthcare provider or go to the nearest hospital emergency room right away.What should avoid while using Azelastine Hydrochloride Nasal SprayAzelastine Hydrochloride Nasal Spray can cause sleepiness:oDo not drive, operate machinery, or do other dangerous activities until you know how Azelastine Hydrochloride Nasal Spray affects you.oDo not drink alcohol or take other medicines that may cause you to feel sleepy while using Azelastine Hydrochloride Nasal Spray. It may make your sleepiness worse.What are the possible side effects of Azelastine Hydrochloride Nasal SprayThe most common side effects of Azelastine Hydrochloride Nasal Spray include:ofeverounusual tasteonose pain or discomfortonosebleedsoheadacheosneezingofatigueo sleepinessoupper respiratory tract infectionsocoughovomitingomiddle ear infectionoskin rashosore throatTell your healthcare provider if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.These are not all of the possible side effects of Azelastine Hydrochloride Nasal Spray. For more information, ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist.Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.How should store Azelastine Hydrochloride Nasal SprayoKeep Azelastine Hydrochloride Nasal Spray upright at 68F to 77F (20C to 25C).oDo not freeze Azelastine Hydrochloride Nasal Spray.oDo not use Azelastine Hydrochloride Nasal Spray after the expiration date EXP on the medicine label and box.Keep Azelastine Hydrochloride Nasal Spray and all medicines out of reach of children.General information about the safe and effective use of Azelastine Hydrochloride Nasal Spray.Medicines are sometimes prescribed for conditions other than those listed in Patient Information leaflet. Do not use Azelastine Hydrochloride Nasal Spray for condition for which it was not prescribed. Do not give Azelastine Hydrochloride Nasal Spray to other people, even if they have the same symptoms that you have. It may harm them.This Patient Information leaflet summarizes the most important information about Azelastine Hydrochloride Nasal Spray. If you would like more information, talk with your healthcare provider. You can ask your pharmacist or healthcare provider for information about Azelastine Hydrochloride Nasal Spray that is written for health professionals.For more information, call 1-800-262-9010.What are the ingredients in Azelastine Hydrochloride Nasal SprayActive ingredient: azelastine hydrochlorideInactive ingredients: sorbitol, sucralose, hypromellose, sodium citrate, edetate disodium, benzalkonium chloride, and purified water.Manufactured by:Hi-Tech Pharmacal Co., Inc.Amityville, NY 11701Rev.942:01 01/20Instructions for UseAzelastine Hydrochloride Nasal Spray, 0.15%(a zel as teen)Important: For use in your nose only.For the correct dose of medicine:oKeep your head tilted downward when spraying into your nostril.oChange nostrils each time you use the spray.oBreathe gently and do not tip your head back after using the spray. This will keep the medicine from running down into your throat. You may get bitter taste in your mouth.Figure identifies the parts of your Azelastine Hydrochloride Nasal Spray pumpBefore you use Azelastine Hydrochloride Nasal Spray for the first time, you will need to prime the bottle.For use in young children: An adult should help young child use Azelastine Hydrochloride Nasal Spray. (See Using your Azelastine Hydrochloride Nasal Spray Steps through 8).Priming your Azelastine Hydrochloride Nasal SprayRemove the clear dust cover over the tip of the bottle and the white safety clip just under the shoulders of the bottle (See Figure B).oHold the bottle upright with fingers on the shoulders of the spray pump unit and put your thumb on the bottom of the bottle. Press upward with your thumb and release for the pumping action. Repeat this until you see fine mist (See Figure C).oTo get fine mist you must pump the spray fast and use firm pressure against the bottom of the bottle. If you see stream of liquid, the pump is not working correctly and you may have nasal discomfort.oThis should happen in sprays or less.Now your pump is primed and ready to use.oDo not use Azelastine Hydrochloride Nasal Spray unless you see fine mist after you do the priming sprays. If you do not see fine mist, clean the tip of the spray nozzle. See the Cleaning the Spray Tip of your Azelastine Hydrochloride Nasal Spray section below.oIf you do not use Azelastine Hydrochloride Nasal Spray for or more days, you will need to prime the pump with sprays or until you see fine mist.Using your Azelastine Hydrochloride Nasal SprayFor use in young children: An adult should help young child use Azelastine Hydrochloride Nasal Spray (See Steps through 8).Step 1. Blow your nose to clear your nostrils.Step 2. Keep your head tilted downward toward your toes.Step 3. Place the spray tip about 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch into nostril. Hold bottle upright and aim the spray tip toward the back of your nose (See Figure D).Step 4. Close your other nostril with finger. Press the pump time and sniff gently at the same time, keeping your head tilted forward and down (See Figure E).Step 5. Repeat Step and Step in your other nostril.Step 6. If your healthcare provider tells you to use sprays in each nostril, repeat Steps through above for the second spray in each nostril.Step 7. Breathe in gently, and do not tilt your head back after using Azelastine Hydrochloride Nasal Spray. This will help to keep the medicine from going into your throat.Step 8. When you finish using your Azelastine Hydrochloride Nasal Spray, wipe the spray tip with clean tissue or cloth. Put the safety clip and dust cover back on the bottle.Cleaning the Spray Tip of your Azelastine Hydrochloride Nasal SprayoIf the spray tip opening is clogged, do not use pin or pointed object to unclog the tip. Unscrew the spray pump unit from the bottle by turning it to the left (counter-clockwise) (See Figure F).oSoak only the spray pump unit in warm water. Squirt the spray unit several times while holding it under water. Use the pumping action to clear the opening in the tip (See Figure G).oLet the spray pump unit air dry. Make sure it is dry before you put it back onto the bottle.oPut the spray pump unit back into the open bottle and tighten it by turning clockwise (to the right).oTo keep the medicine from leaking out, use firm pressure when you put the pump back onto the bottle.oAfter cleaning, follow the instructions for priming.This Patient Information and Instructions for Use has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.Manufactured by:Hi-Tech Pharmacal Co., Inc.Amityville, NY 11701Rev.942:01 01/20. oAzelastine Hydrochloride Nasal Spray is prescription medicine used to treat symptoms of seasonal allergic rhinitis in patients years of age and older and year-round allergic rhinitis in people age years and older.. oAzelastine Hydrochloride Nasal Spray may help to reduce your nasal symptoms including stuffy nose, runny nose, itching and sneezing.. oallergic to any of the ingredients in Azelastine Hydrochloride Nasal Spray. See the end of this leaflet for complete list of ingredients in Azelastine Hydrochloride Nasal Spray.. opregnant, or plan to become pregnant.. obreastfeeding, or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if Azelastine Hydrochloride passes into your breast milk. You and your healthcare provider should decide if you will use Azelastine Hydrochloride Nasal Spray if you plan to breastfeed.. oRead the Instructions for Use at the end of this leaflet for information about the right way to use AzelastineHydrochloride Nasal Spray.. oAn adult should help young child use Azelastine Hydrochloride Nasal Spray.. oSpray Azelastine Hydrochloride Nasal Spray in your nose only. Do not spray it into your eyes or mouth.. oUse Azelastine Hydrochloride Nasal Spray exactly as your healthcare provider tells you to use it.. Do not use more than your healthcare provider tells you.. oThrow away your Azelastine Hydrochloride Nasal Spray, 0.15% bottle after using 200 sprays. Even though the bottle may not be completely empty, you may not get the correct dose of medicine.. oIf you use too much or child accidentally swallows Azelastine Hydrochloride, call your healthcare provider or go to the nearest hospital emergency room right away.. oDo not drive, operate machinery, or do other dangerous activities until you know how Azelastine Hydrochloride Nasal Spray affects you.. oDo not drink alcohol or take other medicines that may cause you to feel sleepy while using Azelastine Hydrochloride Nasal Spray. It may make your sleepiness worse.. ofever. ounusual taste. onose pain or discomfort. onosebleeds. oheadache. osneezing. ofatigue. sleepiness. oupper respiratory tract infections. ocough. ovomiting. omiddle ear infection. oskin rash. osore throat. oKeep Azelastine Hydrochloride Nasal Spray upright at 68F to 77F (20C to 25C).. oDo not freeze Azelastine Hydrochloride Nasal Spray.. oDo not use Azelastine Hydrochloride Nasal Spray after the expiration date EXP on the medicine label and box.. oKeep your head tilted downward when spraying into your nostril.. oChange nostrils each time you use the spray.. oBreathe gently and do not tip your head back after using the spray. This will keep the medicine from running down into your throat. You may get bitter taste in your mouth.. oHold the bottle upright with fingers on the shoulders of the spray pump unit and put your thumb on the bottom of the bottle. Press upward with your thumb and release for the pumping action. Repeat this until you see fine mist (See Figure C).. oTo get fine mist you must pump the spray fast and use firm pressure against the bottom of the bottle. If you see stream of liquid, the pump is not working correctly and you may have nasal discomfort.. oThis should happen in sprays or less.. oDo not use Azelastine Hydrochloride Nasal Spray unless you see fine mist after you do the priming sprays. If you do not see fine mist, clean the tip of the spray nozzle. See the Cleaning the Spray Tip of your Azelastine Hydrochloride Nasal Spray section below.. oIf you do not use Azelastine Hydrochloride Nasal Spray for or more days, you will need to prime the pump with sprays or until you see fine mist.. oIf the spray tip opening is clogged, do not use pin or pointed object to unclog the tip. Unscrew the spray pump unit from the bottle by turning it to the left (counter-clockwise) (See Figure F).. oSoak only the spray pump unit in warm water. Squirt the spray unit several times while holding it under water. Use the pumping action to clear the opening in the tip (See Figure G).. oLet the spray pump unit air dry. Make sure it is dry before you put it back onto the bottle.. oPut the spray pump unit back into the open bottle and tighten it by turning clockwise (to the right).. oTo keep the medicine from leaking out, use firm pressure when you put the pump back onto the bottle.. oAfter cleaning, follow the instructions for priming.. Figure A. Figure B. Figure C. Figure D. Figure E. Figures and G.

LACTATION SECTION.


8.2 Lactation Risk SummaryThere are no data on the presence of azelastine hydrochloride in human milk, the effects on the breastfed infant, or the effects on milk production following use of azelastine hydrochloride. Because many drugs are excreted in human milk, caution should be exercised when azelastine hydrochloride is administered to nursing woman.The developmental and health benefits of breastfeeding should be considered along with the mothers clinical need for azelastine hydrochloride and any potential adverse effects on the breastfed infant from azelastine hydrochloride or from the underlying maternal condition.

ADVERSE REACTIONS SECTION.


6 ADVERSE REACTIONS Use of azelastine hydrochloride has been associated with somnolence [see Warnings and Precautions (5.1) ].. The most common adverse reactions (>=2% incidence) are: pyrexia, dysgeusia, nasal discomfort, epistaxis, headache, sneezing, fatigue, somnolence, upper respiratory infection, cough, rhinalgia, vomiting, otitis media, contact dermatitis, and oropharyngeal pain. (6.1)To report SUSPECTED ADVERSE REACTIONS, contact Hi-Tech Pharmacal Co., Inc. at 1-800-262-9010 or FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or www.fda.gov/medwatch. 6.1 Clinical Trials Experience Because clinical trials are conducted under widely varying conditions, adverse reaction rates observed in clinical trials of drug cannot be directly compared to rates in the clinical trials of another drug and may not reflect rates observed in practice. Azelastine Hydrochloride Nasal Spray, 0.15%The safety data described below reflect exposure to azelastine hydrochloride nasal spray, 0.15% in 2114 patients (6 months of age and older) with season or perennial allergic rhinitis from 10 clinical trials of weeks to 12 months duration. In double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trials of to weeks duration, 1703 patients (646 males and 1059 females) with seasonal or perennial allergic rhinitis were treated with azelastine hydrochloride 0.15% one or two sprays per nostril once or twice daily. In the 12 month open-label, active-controlled clinical trial, 466 patients (156 males and 310 females) with perennial allergic rhinitis were treated with azelastine hydrochloride 0.15% two sprays per nostril twice daily. Of these 466 patients, 152 had participated in the 4-week placebo-controlled perennial allergic rhinitis clinical trials. In 4-week, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial, 161 patients (87 males and 74 females) ages to 11 years of age with perennial allergic rhinitis, with or without concomitant seasonal allergic rhinitis, were treated with azelastine hydrochloride 0.15% one spray per nostril twice daily. In 4-week clinical trial, 95 patients (59 males and 36 females) ages months to years of age with seasonal and/ or perennial allergic rhinitis were treated with azelastine hydrochloride 0.15% one spray per nostril twice daily. The racial distribution for the 10 clinical trials was 79% white, 14% black, 2% Asian, and 5% other.Adults and Adolescents 12 Years of Age and OlderIn the placebo controlled clinical trials of to week duration, 2343 patients with seasonal allergic rhinitis and 540 patients with perennial allergic rhinitis were treated with two sprays per nostril of either azelastine hydrochloride 0.15% or placebo once or twice daily. Overall, adverse reactions were more common in the azelastine hydrochloride 0.15% treatment groups (16 to 31%) than in the placebo groups (11 to 24%). Overall, less than 2% of patients discontinued due to adverse reactions and withdrawal due to adverse reactions was similar among the treatment groups.Table contains adverse reactions reported with frequencies greater than or equal to 2% and more frequently than placebo in patients treated with azelastine hydrochloride 0.15% in the seasonal and perennial allergic rhinitis controlled clinical trials.Table 3. Adverse Reactions with >=2% Incidence in Placebo-Controlled Trials of to WeeksDuration with Azelastine Hydrochloride 0.15% in Adult and Adolescent Patients With Seasonal orPerennial Allergic Rhinitis2 Sprays Twice Daily2 Sprays Once DailyAzelastine Hydrochloride 0.15%(N=523)Vehicle Placebo(N=523)Azelastine Hydrochloride 0.15%(N=1021)Vehicle Placebo(N=816)Bitter Taste31 (6%)5 (1%)38 (4%)2 (<1%)Nasal Discomfort18 (3%)12 (2%)37 (4%)7 (1%)Epistaxis5 (1%)7 (1%)21 (2%)14 (2%)Sneezing9 (2%)1 (<1%)14 (1%)0 (0%)In the above trials, somnolence was reported in <1% of patients treated with azelastine hydrochloride 0.15% (11 of 1544) or vehicle placebo (1 of 1339).Long-Term (12 Month) Safety Trial:In the 12 month, open-label, active-controlled, long-term safety trial, 466 patients (12 years of age and older) with perennial allergic rhinitis were treated with azelastine hydrochloride 0.15% two sprays per nostril twice daily and 237 patients were treated with mometasone nasal spray two sprays per nostril once daily. The most frequently reported adverse reactions (>5%) with azelastine hydrochloride 0.15% were bitter taste, headache, sinusitis, and epistaxis. Focused nasal examinations were performed and no nasal ulcerations or septal perforations were observed. In each treatment group, approximately 3% of patients had mild epistaxis. No patients had reports of severe epistaxis. Fifty-four patients (12%) treated with azelastine hydrochloride 0.15% and 17 patients (7%) treated with mometasone nasal spray discontinued from the trial due to adverse events.. 6.2 Postmarketing Experience During the post approval use of azelastine hydrochloride 0.15%, the following adverse reactions have been identified. Because these reactions are reported voluntarily from population of uncertain size, it is not always possible to reliably estimate their frequency or establish causal relationship to drug exposure. Adverse reactions reported include: abdominal pain, atrial fibrillation, blurred vision, chest pain, confusion, disturbance or loss of sense of smell and/or taste, dizziness, dyspnea, facial swelling, hypertension, involuntary muscle contractions, nasal burning, nausea, nervousness, palpitations, paresthesia, parosmia, pruritus, rash, sneezing, insomnia, sweet taste, tachycardia, and throat irritation.Additionally, the following adverse reactions have been identified during the post approval use of the Astelin brand of azelastine hydrochloride 0.1% nasal spray (total daily dose 0.55 mg to 1.1 mg). Because these reactions are reported voluntarily from population of uncertain size, it is not always possible to reliably estimate their frequency or establish causal relationship to drug exposure. Adverse reactions reported include the following: anaphylactoid reaction, application site irritation, facial edema, paroxysmal sneezing, tolerance, urinary retention, and xerophthalmia.

MECHANISM OF ACTION SECTION.


12.1 Mechanism of Action Azelastine hydrochloride, phthalazinone derivative, exhibits histamine H1-receptor antagonist activity in isolated tissues, animal models, and humans. Azelastine hydrochloride is administered as racemic mixture with no difference in pharmacologic activity noted between the enantiomers in in vitro studies. The major metabolite, desmethylazelastine, also possesses H1-receptor antagonist activity.

CARCINOGENESIS & MUTAGENESIS & IMPAIRMENT OF FERTILITY SECTION.


13.1 Carcinogenesis, Mutagenesis, Impairment of Fertility Two-year carcinogenicity studies in Crl:CD(SD)BR rats and NMRI mice were conducted to assess the carcinogenic potential of azelastine hydrochloride. No evidence of tumorigenicity was observed in rats at doses up to 30 mg/kg day (approximately 180 and 160 times the MRHDID for adults and children, respectively, on mg/m2 basis). No evidence for tumorigenicity was observed in mice at doses up to 25 mg/kg (approximately 75 and 65 times the MRHDID for adults and children, respectively, on mg/m2 basis).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.There were no effects on male or female fertility and reproductive performance in male and female rats at oral doses up to 30 mg/kg (approximately 180 times the MRHDID in adults on mg/m2 basis). At 68.6 mg/kg (approximately 410 times the MRHDID on mg/m2 basis), the duration of estrous cycles was prolonged and copulatory activity and the number of pregnancies were decreased. The numbers of corpora lutea and implantations were decreased; however, preimplantation loss was not increased.

CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY SECTION.


12 CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY 12.1 Mechanism of Action Azelastine hydrochloride, phthalazinone derivative, exhibits histamine H1-receptor antagonist activity in isolated tissues, animal models, and humans. Azelastine hydrochloride is administered as racemic mixture with no difference in pharmacologic activity noted between the enantiomers in in vitro studies. The major metabolite, desmethylazelastine, also possesses H1-receptor antagonist activity.. 12.2 Pharmacodynamics Cardiac Effects:In placebo-controlled trial (95 patients with allergic rhinitis), there was no evidence of an effect of azelastine hydrochloride nasal spray (2 sprays per nostril twice daily for 56 days) on cardiac repolarization as represented by the corrected QT interval (QTc) of the electrocardiogram. Following multiple dose oral administration of azelastine mg or mg twice daily, the mean change in QTc was 7.2 msec and 3.6 msec, respectively.Interaction studies investigating the cardiac repolarization effects of concomitantly administered oral azelastine hydrochloride and erythromycin or ketoconazole were conducted. Oral erythromycin had no effect on azelastine pharmacokinetics or QTc based on analysis of serial electrocardiograms. Ketoconazole interfered with the measurement of azelastine plasma levels; however, no effects on QTc were observed [see Drug Interactions (7.2) ].. 12.3 Pharmacokinetics Absorption:After intranasal administration of sprays per nostril (822 mcg total dose) of azelastine hydrochloride 0.15%, the mean azelastine peak plasma concentration (Cmax) is 409 pg/mL, the mean extent of systemic exposure (AUC) is 9312 pgohr/mL and the median time to reach Cmax (tmax) is hours. The systemic bioavailability of azelastine hydrochloride is approximately 40% after intranasal administration.Distribution:Based on intravenous and oral administration, the steady-state volume of distribution of azelastine is 14.5 L/kg. In vitro studies with human plasma indicate that the plasma protein binding of azelastine and its metabolite, desmethylazelastine, are approximately 88% and 97%, respectively.Metabolism:Azelastine is oxidatively metabolized to the principal active metabolite, desmethylazelastine, by the cytochrome P450 enzyme system. The specific P450 isoforms responsible for the biotransformation of azelastine have not been identified. After single-dose, intranasal administration of azelastine hydrochloride 0.15% (822 mcg total dose), the mean desmethylazelastine Cmax is 38 pg/mL, the AUC is 3824 pgohr/mL and the median tmax is 24 hours. After intranasal dosing of azelastine to steady-state, plasma concentrations of desmethylazelastine range from 20 to 50% of azelastine concentrations.Elimination:Following intranasal administration of azelastine hydrochloride 0.15%, the elimination half-life of azelastine is 25 hours while that of desmethylazelastine is 57 hours. Approximately 75% of an oral dose of radiolabeled azelastine hydrochloride was excreted in the feces with less than 10% as unchanged azelastine.Special Populations:Hepatic Impairment: Following oral administration, pharmacokinetic parameters were not influenced by hepatic impairment.Renal Impairment: Based on oral, single-dose studies, renal insufficiency (creatinine clearance <50 mL/min) resulted in 70 to 75% higher Cmax and AUC compared to healthy subjects. Time to maximum concentration was unchanged.Age: Following oral administration, pharmacokinetic parameters were not influenced by age.Gender: Following oral administration, pharmacokinetic parameters were not influenced by gender.Race: The effect of race has not been evaluated.Drug-Drug Interactions:Erythromycin: Co-administration of orally administered azelastine (4 mg twice daily) with erythromycin (500 mg three times daily for days) resulted in Cmax of 5.36 +- 2.6 ng/mL and AUC of 49.7 +- 24 ngoh/mL for azelastine, whereas, administration of azelastine alone resulted in Cmax of 5.57 +- 2.7 ng/mL and AUC of 48.4 +- 24 ngoh/mL for azelastine [see Drug Interactions (7.2)].Cimetidine and Ranitidine: In multiple-dose, steady-state drug interaction trial in healthy subjects, cimetidine (400 mg twice daily) increased orally administered mean azelastine (4 mg twice daily) concentrations by approximately 65%. Co-administration of orally administered azelastine (4 mg twice daily) with ranitidine hydrochloride (150 mg twice daily) resulted in Cmax of 8.89 +- 3.28 ng/mL and AUC of 88.22 +- 40.43 ngoh/mL for azelastine, whereas, administration of azelastine alone resulted in Cmax of 7.83 +- 4.06 ng/mL and AUC of 80.09 +- 43.55 ngoh/mL for azelastine [see Drug Interactions (7.3) ].Theophylline: No significant pharmacokinetic interaction was observed with the co-administration of an oral mg dose of azelastine hydrochloride twice daily and theophylline 300 mg or 400 mg twice daily.

CLINICAL STUDIES SECTION.


14 CLINICAL STUDIES 14.1 Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis Azelastine Hydrochloride 0.15% Nasal SprayThe efficacy and safety of azelastine hydrochloride 0.15% in seasonal allergic rhinitis was evaluated in five randomized, multicenter, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trials in 2499 adult and adolescent patients 12 years and older with symptoms of seasonal allergic rhinitis (Trials 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6). The population of the trials was 12 to 83 years of age (64% female, 36% male, 81% white, 12% black, <2% Asian, 5% other; 23% Hispanic, 77% non-Hispanic). Assessment of efficacy was based on the rTNSS, iTNSS as described above, and other supportive secondary efficacy variables. The primary efficacy endpoint was the mean change from baseline in rTNSS over weeks.Two 2-week seasonal allergic rhinitis trials evaluated the efficacy of azelastine hydrochloride nasal spray, 0.15% dosed at sprays twice daily. The first trial (Trial 2) compared the efficacy of azelastine hydrochloride 0.15% and Astelin (azelastine hydrochloride) Nasal Spray to vehicle placebo. The other trial (Trial 3) compared the efficacy of azelastine hydrochloride 0.15% to vehicle placebo. In these two trials, azelastine hydrochloride 0.15% demonstrated greater decreases in rTNSS than placebo and the differences were statistically significant (Table 4).Three 2-week seasonal allergic rhinitis trials evaluated the efficacy of azelastine hydrochloride, 0.15% dosed at sprays once daily compared to the vehicle placebo. Trial demonstrated greater decrease in rTNSS than placebo and the difference was statistically significant (Table 4). Trial and Trial were conducted in patients with Texas mountain cedar allergy. In Trial and Trial 6, azelastine hydrochloride 0.15% demonstrated greater decrease in rTNSS than placebo and the differences were statistically significant (Trials and 6; Table 4). Instantaneous TNSS results for the once daily dosing regimen of azelastine hydrochloride 0.15% are shown in Table 5. In Trials and 6, azelastine hydrochloride 0.15% demonstrated greater decrease in iTNSS than placebo and the differences were statistically significant.Table 4. Mean Change from Baseline in Reflective TNSS over Weeks in Adults and Children >= 12 years with Seasonal Allergic RhinitisTreatment(sprays pernostril)nBaselineLS MeanChangefromBaselineDifference From PlaceboLS Mean 95% CI valueTrial 2Two sprays twice dailyAzelastine Hydrochloride 0.15%Astelin Nasal SprayVehicle Placebo15315315318.217.918.1-4.3-3.9-3.0-1.2-0.9-2.1, -0.3-1.8, 0.10.010.07Trial 3Two sprays twice dailyAzelastine Hydrochloride 0.15%Vehicle Placebo17717717.717.7-5.1-2.1-3.0-3.9, -2.1<0.001Trial 4Two sprays once dailyAzelastine Hydrochloride 0.15%Vehicle Placebo23824217.417.4-3.4-2.4-1.0-1.7, -0.30.008Trial 5Two sprays once dailyAzelastine Hydrochloride 0.15%Vehicle Placebo26626618.518.0-3.3-1.9-1.4-2.1, -0.8<0.001Trial 6Two sprays once dailyAzelastine Hydrochloride 0.15%Vehicle Placebo25125418.518.8-3.4-2.0-1.4-2.1, -0.7<0.001Sum of AM and PM rTNSS for each day (Maximum score=24) and averaged over the 14 day treatment periodTable 5. Mean Change from Baseline AM Instantaneous TNSS over Weeks in Adults and Children >= 12 years with Seasonal Allergic RhinitisTreatment(sprays per nostril once daily)nBaselineLS MeanChangefromBaselineDifference From PlaceboLS 95% CI valueMeanTrial 4Two sprays once dailyAzelastine Hydrochloride 0.15%Vehicle Placebo2382428.18.3-1.3-1.1-0.2-0.6, 0.10.15Trial 5Two sprays once dailyAzelastine Hydrochloride 0.15%Vehicle Placebo2662668.78.3-1.4-0.7-0.7-1.0, -0.4<0.001Trial 6Two sprays once dailyAzelastine Hydrochloride 0.15%Vehicle Placebo2512548.98.9-1.4-0.8-0.6-0.9, -0.3<0.001AM iTNSS for each day (Maximum score=12) and averaged over the 14 day treatment periodAzelastine hydrochloride 0.15% at dose of spray twice daily was not studied. The azelastine hydrochloride 0.15% spray twice daily dosing regimen is supported by previous findings of efficacy for Astelin (azelastine hydrochloride) Nasal Spray and favorable comparison of azelastine hydrochloride 0.15% to Astelin Nasal Spray (Table 4).The efficacy and safety of azelastine hydrochloride 0.15% in children to 11 years of age with seasonal allergic rhinitis was evaluated in clinical study that enrolled pediatric patients with perennial allergic rhinitis, with or without concomitant seasonal allergic rhinitis (described below in Section 14.2).. 14.2 Perennial Allergic Rhinitis Azelastine Hydrochloride 0.15% Nasal SprayThe efficacy and safety of azelastine hydrochloride 0.15% in perennial allergic rhinitis was evaluated in one randomized, multicenter, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial in 578 adult and adolescent patients 12 years and older with symptoms of perennial allergic rhinitis. The population of the trial was 12 to 84 years of age (68% female, 32% male; 85% white, 11% black, 1% Asian, 3% other; 17% Hispanic, 83% non-Hispanic).Assessment of efficacy was based on the 12-hour reflective total nasal symptom score (rTNSS) assessed daily in the morning and evening, the instantaneous total nasal symptom score (iTNSS), and other supportive secondary efficacy variables. The primary efficacy endpoint was the mean change from baseline rTNSS over weeks. The one 4-week perennial allergic rhinitis trial evaluated the efficacy of azelastine hydrochloride 0.15%, and vehicle placebo dosed at sprays per nostril twice daily. In this trial, azelastine hydrochloride 0.15% demonstrated greater decrease in rTNSS than placebo and the difference was statistically significant (Table 6).Table 6. Mean Change from Baseline in Reflective TNSS over Weeks in Adults and Children >= 12 years with Perennial Allergic RhinitisTreatment (sprays pernostril twice daily)nBaselineLS MeanChangefromBaselineDifference From PlaceboLS 95% CI valueMeanTwo sprays twice dailyAzelastine Hydrochloride 0.15%Vehicle Placebo19219215.814.7-4.0-3.1-0.9-1.7, -0.10.03Sum of AM and PM rTNSS for each day (Maximum score=24) and averaged over the 28 day treatment periodThe efficacy and safety of azelastine hydrochloride 0.15% in pediatric patients to 11 years of age with perennial allergic rhinitis, with or without concomitant seasonal allergic rhinitis, was evaluated in randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial in 486 patients. All patients received one spray per nostril twice daily. The study population was 58% males and 42% females; 78% white, 13% black, 3% Asian, and 6% other.Assessment of efficacy was based on the 12-hour reflective total nasal symptom score (rTNSS) assessed daily in the morning and evening. The primary efficacy endpoint was the mean change from baseline rTNSS over weeks (Table 7). Both active treatments demonstrated statistically significant decreases in rTNSS compared to placebo. There was no statistically significant difference between the two active-treatment groups. There was also no difference in treatment effect between patients with perennial allergic rhinitis only compared to those with perennial allergic rhinitis and concomitant seasonal allergic rhinitis.Table 7. Mean Change from Baseline in Reflective TNSS over Weeks in Children to 11 years with Perennial Allergic RhinitisTreatment (sprays per nostril twice daily)nBaselineLS MeanChange fromBaselineDifference From PlaceboLS 95% CI valueMeanOne spray twice dailyAzelastine Hydrochloride 0.15%Vehicle Placebo15916116.616.1-3.5-1.0-1.7, -0.30.005Sum of AM and PM rTNSS for each day (Maximum score=24) and averaged over the 28 day treatment periodThe efficacy of azelastine hydrochloride nasal spray, 0.15%, in children months to years of age with allergic rhinitis was explored in clinical study (described above in Section 14.1).

CONTRAINDICATIONS SECTION.


4 CONTRAINDICATIONS None.. None. (4).

DESCRIPTION SECTION.


11 DESCRIPTION Azelastine Hydrochloride 0.15% Nasal Spray is an antihistamine (H1-receptor antagonist) formulated as metered-spray solution for intranasal administration.Azelastine hydrochloride occurs as white, almost odorless, crystalline powder with bitter taste. It has molecular weight of 418.37. It is sparingly soluble in water, methanol, and propylene glycol and slightly soluble in ethanol, octanol, and glycerine. It has melting point of about 225C and the pH of saturated solution is between 5.0 and 5.4. Its chemical name is (+-)-1-(2H)-phthalazinone,4-[(4-chlorophenyl) methyl]-2-(hexahydro-1-methyl-1H-azepin-4-yl)-, monohydrochloride. Its molecular formula is C22H24 ClN3 OoHCl with the following chemical structure:Azelastine Hydrochloride 0.15% Nasal Spray contains 0.15% azelastine hydrochloride in an isotonic aqueous solution containing sorbitol, sucralose, hypromellose, sodium citrate, edetate disodium, benzalkonium chloride (125 mcg/mL), and purified water (pH 6.4). After priming [see Dosage and Administration (2.3) ], each metered spray delivers 0.137 mL mean volume containing 205.5 mcg of azelastine hydrochloride (equivalent to 187.6 mcg of azelastine base). The 30-mL (net weight 30 gm of solution) bottle provides 200 metered sprays.. chemical structure.

DOSAGE & ADMINISTRATION SECTION.


2 DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION o For intranasal use only. (2.3)o Seasonal allergic rhinitis:o6 to 11 years: Azelastine hydrochloride 0.15%: spray per nostril twice daily. (2.1)oAdults and adolescents 12 years of age and older: Azelastine hydrochloride 0.15%: or sprays per nostril twice daily (2.1), or sprays per nostril once daily. (2.1) Perennial allergic rhinitis:o6 to 11 years: Azelastine hydrochloride 0.15%: spray per nostril twice daily. (2.2)oAdults and adolescents 12 years of age and older: Azelastine hydrochloride 0.15%: sprays per nostril twice daily. (2.2)oPrime azelastine hydrochloride nasal spray before initial use and when it has not been used for or more days. (2.3). o6 to 11 years: Azelastine hydrochloride 0.15%: spray per nostril twice daily. (2.1). oAdults and adolescents 12 years of age and older:. o6 to 11 years: Azelastine hydrochloride 0.15%: spray per nostril twice daily. (2.2). oAdults and adolescents 12 years of age and older: Azelastine hydrochloride 0.15%: sprays per nostril twice daily. (2.2). oPrime azelastine hydrochloride nasal spray before initial use and when it has not been used for or more days. (2.3). 2.1 Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis Children to 11 years of age: Azelastine hydrochloride nasal spray, 0.15%, spray per nostril twice daily.Adults and adolescents 12 years of age and older: Azelastine hydrochloride nasal spray, 0.15%, or sprays per nostril twice daily. Azelastine hydrochloride nasal spray 0.15% may also be administered as sprays per nostril once daily.. 2.2 Perennial Allergic Rhinitis Children to 11 years of age: Azelastine hydrochloride nasal spray, 0.15%, spray per nostril twice daily.Adults and adolescents 12 years of age and older: Azelastine hydrochloride nasal spray, 0.15%, sprays per nostril twice daily.. 2.3 Important Administration Instructions Administer azelastine hydrochloride nasal spray by the intranasal route only.Priming: Prime azelastine hydrochloride nasal spray before initial use by releasing sprays or until fine mist appears. When azelastine hydrochloride nasal spray has not been used for or more days, reprime with sprays or until fine mist appears.Avoid spraying azelastine hydrochloride nasal spray into the eyes.

DOSAGE FORMS & STRENGTHS SECTION.


3 DOSAGE FORMS AND STRENGTHS Azelastine hydrochloride is nasal solution:Each spray of azelastine hydrochloride nasal spray, 0.15% delivers volume of 0.137 mL solution containing 205.5 mcg of azelastine hydrochloride.. Nasal spray solution available in one dosage strength:oAzelastine hydrochloride nasal spray, 0.15%: 205.5 mcg of azelastine hydrochloride in each 0.137 mL spray. (3). oAzelastine hydrochloride nasal spray, 0.15%: 205.5 mcg of azelastine hydrochloride in each 0.137 mL spray. (3).

DRUG INTERACTIONS SECTION.


7 DRUG INTERACTIONS 7.1 Central Nervous System Depressants Concurrent use of azelastine hydrochloride nasal spray with alcohol or other central nervous system depressants should be avoided because reductions in alertness and impairment of central nervous system performance may occur [see Warnings and Precautions (5.1)].. 7.2 Erythromycin and Ketoconazole Interaction studies investigating the cardiac effects, as measured by the corrected QT interval (QTc), of concomitantly administered oral azelastine hydrochloride and erythromycin or ketoconazole were conducted. Oral erythromycin (500 mg three times daily for days) had no effect on azelastine pharmacokinetics or QTc based on analyses of serial electrocardiograms. Ketoconazole (200 mg twice daily for days) interfered with the measurement of azelastine plasma concentrations on the analytic HPLC; however, no effects on QTc were observed [see Clinical Pharmacology (12.2) and (12.3)].. 7.3 Cimetidine Cimetidine (400 mg twice daily) increased the mean Cmax and AUC of orally administered azelastine hydrochloride (4 mg twice daily) by approximately 65% [see Clinical Pharmacology (12.3) ].

GERIATRIC USE SECTION.


8.5 Geriatric Use Clinical trials of azelastine hydrochloride did not include sufficient numbers of patients 65 years of age and older to determine whether they respond differently from younger patients. Other reported clinical experience has not identified differences in responses between the elderly and younger patients. In general, dose selection for an elderly patient should be cautious, usually starting at the low end of the dosing range, reflecting the greater frequency of decreased hepatic, renal, or cardiac function, and of concomitant disease or other drug therapy.

HOW SUPPLIED SECTION.


16 HOW SUPPLIED/STORAGE AND HANDLING Azelastine Hydrochloride 0.15% Nasal Spray is supplied as 30-mL package (NDC 50383-942-30) delivering 200 metered sprays in high-density polyethylene (HDPE) bottle fitted with metered-dose spray pump unit. The spray pump unit consists of nasal spray pump fitted with white safety clip and clear plastic dust cover. The net content of the bottle is 30 mL (net weight 30 gm of solution). The 30-mL bottle contains 45 mg (1.5 mg/mL) of azelastine hydrochloride. After priming [see Dosage and Administration (2.3) ], each spray delivers fine mist containing mean volume of 0.137 mL solution containing 205.5 mcg of azelastine hydrochloride. The correct amount of medication in each spray cannot be assured before the initial priming and after 200 sprays for the 30-mL bottle have been used, even though the bottle is not completely empty. The bottle should be discarded after 200 sprays have been used.Azelastine Hydrochloride Nasal Spray should not be used after the expiration date EXP printed on the medicine label and carton.StorageStore upright at controlled room temperature 20 to 25C (68 to 77F). Protect from freezing.

NONCLINICAL TOXICOLOGY SECTION.


13 NONCLINICAL TOXICOLOGY 13.1 Carcinogenesis, Mutagenesis, Impairment of Fertility Two-year carcinogenicity studies in Crl:CD(SD)BR rats and NMRI mice were conducted to assess the carcinogenic potential of azelastine hydrochloride. No evidence of tumorigenicity was observed in rats at doses up to 30 mg/kg day (approximately 180 and 160 times the MRHDID for adults and children, respectively, on mg/m2 basis). No evidence for tumorigenicity was observed in mice at doses up to 25 mg/kg (approximately 75 and 65 times the MRHDID for adults and children, respectively, on mg/m2 basis).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.There were no effects on male or female fertility and reproductive performance in male and female rats at oral doses up to 30 mg/kg (approximately 180 times the MRHDID in adults on mg/m2 basis). At 68.6 mg/kg (approximately 410 times the MRHDID on mg/m2 basis), the duration of estrous cycles was prolonged and copulatory activity and the number of pregnancies were decreased. The numbers of corpora lutea and implantations were decreased; however, preimplantation loss was not increased.

OVERDOSAGE SECTION.


10 OVERDOSAGE There have been no reported overdosages with azelastine hydrochloride nasal spray. Acute overdosage by adults with this dosage form is unlikely to result in clinically significant adverse events, other than increased somnolence, since one 30-mL bottle of azelastine hydrochloride nasal spray, 0.15% contains up to 45 mg of azelastine hydrochloride. Clinical trials in adults with single doses of the oral formulation of azelastine hydrochloride (up to 16 mg) have not resulted in increased incidence of serious adverse events. General supportive measures should be employed if overdosage occurs. There is no known antidote to azelastine hydrochloride. Oral ingestion of antihistamines has the potential to cause serious adverse effects in children. Accordingly, azelastine hydrochloride nasal spray should be kept out of the reach of children.

PACKAGE LABEL.PRINCIPAL DISPLAY PANEL.


Package/Label Display Panel AKORNNDC 50383-942-30Azelastine Hydrochloride Nasal Spray, 0.15%205.5 mcg per SprayFOR INTRANULLSAL USE ONLYDO NOT SPRAY IN EYESRx only 30 mL. Carton.

PEDIATRIC USE SECTION.


8.4 Pediatric Use The safety and effectiveness of azelastine hydrochloride 0.15% have been established for seasonal allergic rhinitis in pediatric patients to 17 years of age and perennial allergic rhinitis in pediatric patients to 17 years of age [see Clinical Studies (14)]. The safety and effectiveness of azelastine hydrochloride 0.15% in pediatric patients below years of age have not been established.

PHARMACODYNULLMICS SECTION.


12.2 Pharmacodynamics Cardiac Effects:In placebo-controlled trial (95 patients with allergic rhinitis), there was no evidence of an effect of azelastine hydrochloride nasal spray (2 sprays per nostril twice daily for 56 days) on cardiac repolarization as represented by the corrected QT interval (QTc) of the electrocardiogram. Following multiple dose oral administration of azelastine mg or mg twice daily, the mean change in QTc was 7.2 msec and 3.6 msec, respectively.Interaction studies investigating the cardiac repolarization effects of concomitantly administered oral azelastine hydrochloride and erythromycin or ketoconazole were conducted. Oral erythromycin had no effect on azelastine pharmacokinetics or QTc based on analysis of serial electrocardiograms. Ketoconazole interfered with the measurement of azelastine plasma levels; however, no effects on QTc were observed [see Drug Interactions (7.2) ].

PHARMACOKINETICS SECTION.


12.3 Pharmacokinetics Absorption:After intranasal administration of sprays per nostril (822 mcg total dose) of azelastine hydrochloride 0.15%, the mean azelastine peak plasma concentration (Cmax) is 409 pg/mL, the mean extent of systemic exposure (AUC) is 9312 pgohr/mL and the median time to reach Cmax (tmax) is hours. The systemic bioavailability of azelastine hydrochloride is approximately 40% after intranasal administration.Distribution:Based on intravenous and oral administration, the steady-state volume of distribution of azelastine is 14.5 L/kg. In vitro studies with human plasma indicate that the plasma protein binding of azelastine and its metabolite, desmethylazelastine, are approximately 88% and 97%, respectively.Metabolism:Azelastine is oxidatively metabolized to the principal active metabolite, desmethylazelastine, by the cytochrome P450 enzyme system. The specific P450 isoforms responsible for the biotransformation of azelastine have not been identified. After single-dose, intranasal administration of azelastine hydrochloride 0.15% (822 mcg total dose), the mean desmethylazelastine Cmax is 38 pg/mL, the AUC is 3824 pgohr/mL and the median tmax is 24 hours. After intranasal dosing of azelastine to steady-state, plasma concentrations of desmethylazelastine range from 20 to 50% of azelastine concentrations.Elimination:Following intranasal administration of azelastine hydrochloride 0.15%, the elimination half-life of azelastine is 25 hours while that of desmethylazelastine is 57 hours. Approximately 75% of an oral dose of radiolabeled azelastine hydrochloride was excreted in the feces with less than 10% as unchanged azelastine.Special Populations:Hepatic Impairment: Following oral administration, pharmacokinetic parameters were not influenced by hepatic impairment.Renal Impairment: Based on oral, single-dose studies, renal insufficiency (creatinine clearance <50 mL/min) resulted in 70 to 75% higher Cmax and AUC compared to healthy subjects. Time to maximum concentration was unchanged.Age: Following oral administration, pharmacokinetic parameters were not influenced by age.Gender: Following oral administration, pharmacokinetic parameters were not influenced by gender.Race: The effect of race has not been evaluated.Drug-Drug Interactions:Erythromycin: Co-administration of orally administered azelastine (4 mg twice daily) with erythromycin (500 mg three times daily for days) resulted in Cmax of 5.36 +- 2.6 ng/mL and AUC of 49.7 +- 24 ngoh/mL for azelastine, whereas, administration of azelastine alone resulted in Cmax of 5.57 +- 2.7 ng/mL and AUC of 48.4 +- 24 ngoh/mL for azelastine [see Drug Interactions (7.2)].Cimetidine and Ranitidine: In multiple-dose, steady-state drug interaction trial in healthy subjects, cimetidine (400 mg twice daily) increased orally administered mean azelastine (4 mg twice daily) concentrations by approximately 65%. Co-administration of orally administered azelastine (4 mg twice daily) with ranitidine hydrochloride (150 mg twice daily) resulted in Cmax of 8.89 +- 3.28 ng/mL and AUC of 88.22 +- 40.43 ngoh/mL for azelastine, whereas, administration of azelastine alone resulted in Cmax of 7.83 +- 4.06 ng/mL and AUC of 80.09 +- 43.55 ngoh/mL for azelastine [see Drug Interactions (7.3) ].Theophylline: No significant pharmacokinetic interaction was observed with the co-administration of an oral mg dose of azelastine hydrochloride twice daily and theophylline 300 mg or 400 mg twice daily.

PREGNULLNCY SECTION.


8.1 Pregnancy Risk Summary Limited data from postmarketing experience over decades of use with azelastine hydrochloride in pregnant women have not identified any drug associated risks of miscarriage, birth defects, or other adverse maternal or fetal outcomes. In animal reproduction studies, there was no evidence of fetal harm at oral doses approximately times the clinical daily dose. Oral administration of azelastine hydrochloride to pregnant mice, rats, and rabbits, during the period of organogenesis, produced developmental toxicity that included structural abnormalities, decreased embryo-fetal survival, and decreased fetal body weights at doses 180 times and higher than the maximum recommended human daily intranasal dose (MRHDID) of 1.644 mg. However, the relevance of these findings in animals to pregnant women was considered questionable based upon the high animal to human dose multiple.The estimated background risk of major birth defects and miscarriage for the indicated populations is unknown. All pregnancies have background risk of birth defect, loss, or other adverse outcomes. In the U.S. general population, the estimated background risk of major birth defects and miscarriage in clinically recognized pregnancies is to 4% and 15 to 20%, respectively.DataAnimal DataIn an embryo-fetal development study in mice dosed during the period of organogenesis, azelastine hydrochloride caused embryo-fetal death, structural abnormalities (cleft palate; short or absent tail; fused, absent or branched ribs), delayed ossification, and decreased fetal weight at approximately 200 times the maximum recommended human daily intranasal dose (MRHDID) in adults (on mg/m2 basis at maternal oral dose of 68.6 mg/kg/day), which also caused maternal toxicity as evidenced by decreased maternal body weight. Neither fetal nor maternal effects occurred in mice at approximately times the MRHDID in adults (on mg/m2 basis at maternal oral dose of mg/kg/day).In an embryo-fetal development study in pregnant rats dosed during the period of organogenesis from gestation days to 17, azelastine hydrochloride caused structural abnormalities (oligo-and brachydactylia), delayed ossification, and skeletal variations, in the absence of maternal toxicity, at approximately 180 times the MRHDID in adults (on mg/m2 basis at maternal oral dose of 30 mg/kg/day). Azelastine hydrochloride caused embryo-fetal death and decreased fetal weight and severe maternal toxicity at approximately 410 times the MRHDID (on mg/m2 basis at maternal oral dose of 68.6 mg/ kg/day). Neither fetal nor maternal effects occurred at approximately 10 times the MRHDID (on mg/m2 basis at maternal oral dose of mg/kg/day).In an embryo-fetal development study in pregnant rabbits dosed during the period of organogenesis from gestation days to 18, azelastine hydrochloride caused abortion, delayed ossification and decreased fetal weight and severe maternal toxicity at approximately 360 times the MRHDID in adults (on mg/m2 basis at maternal oral dose of 30 mg/kg/day). Neither fetal nor maternal effects occurred at approximately times the MRHDID (on mg/m2 basis at maternal oral dose of 0.3 mg/kg/day).In prenatal and postnatal development study in pregnant rats dosed from late in the gestation period and through the lactation period from gestation day 17 through lactation day 21, azelastine hydrochloride produced no adverse developmental effects on pups at maternal doses up to approximately 180 times the MRHDID (on mg/m2 basis at maternal dose of 30 mg/kg/day).

SPL UNCLASSIFIED SECTION.


1.1 Allergic Rhinitis Azelastine hydrochloride nasal spray is indicated for the relief of the symptoms of seasonal allergic rhinitis in patients years of age and older and perennial allergic rhinitis in patients years of age and older.

USE IN SPECIFIC POPULATIONS SECTION.


8 USE IN SPECIFIC POPULATIONS 8.1 Pregnancy Risk Summary Limited data from postmarketing experience over decades of use with azelastine hydrochloride in pregnant women have not identified any drug associated risks of miscarriage, birth defects, or other adverse maternal or fetal outcomes. In animal reproduction studies, there was no evidence of fetal harm at oral doses approximately times the clinical daily dose. Oral administration of azelastine hydrochloride to pregnant mice, rats, and rabbits, during the period of organogenesis, produced developmental toxicity that included structural abnormalities, decreased embryo-fetal survival, and decreased fetal body weights at doses 180 times and higher than the maximum recommended human daily intranasal dose (MRHDID) of 1.644 mg. However, the relevance of these findings in animals to pregnant women was considered questionable based upon the high animal to human dose multiple.The estimated background risk of major birth defects and miscarriage for the indicated populations is unknown. All pregnancies have background risk of birth defect, loss, or other adverse outcomes. In the U.S. general population, the estimated background risk of major birth defects and miscarriage in clinically recognized pregnancies is to 4% and 15 to 20%, respectively.DataAnimal DataIn an embryo-fetal development study in mice dosed during the period of organogenesis, azelastine hydrochloride caused embryo-fetal death, structural abnormalities (cleft palate; short or absent tail; fused, absent or branched ribs), delayed ossification, and decreased fetal weight at approximately 200 times the maximum recommended human daily intranasal dose (MRHDID) in adults (on mg/m2 basis at maternal oral dose of 68.6 mg/kg/day), which also caused maternal toxicity as evidenced by decreased maternal body weight. Neither fetal nor maternal effects occurred in mice at approximately times the MRHDID in adults (on mg/m2 basis at maternal oral dose of mg/kg/day).In an embryo-fetal development study in pregnant rats dosed during the period of organogenesis from gestation days to 17, azelastine hydrochloride caused structural abnormalities (oligo-and brachydactylia), delayed ossification, and skeletal variations, in the absence of maternal toxicity, at approximately 180 times the MRHDID in adults (on mg/m2 basis at maternal oral dose of 30 mg/kg/day). Azelastine hydrochloride caused embryo-fetal death and decreased fetal weight and severe maternal toxicity at approximately 410 times the MRHDID (on mg/m2 basis at maternal oral dose of 68.6 mg/ kg/day). Neither fetal nor maternal effects occurred at approximately 10 times the MRHDID (on mg/m2 basis at maternal oral dose of mg/kg/day).In an embryo-fetal development study in pregnant rabbits dosed during the period of organogenesis from gestation days to 18, azelastine hydrochloride caused abortion, delayed ossification and decreased fetal weight and severe maternal toxicity at approximately 360 times the MRHDID in adults (on mg/m2 basis at maternal oral dose of 30 mg/kg/day). Neither fetal nor maternal effects occurred at approximately times the MRHDID (on mg/m2 basis at maternal oral dose of 0.3 mg/kg/day).In prenatal and postnatal development study in pregnant rats dosed from late in the gestation period and through the lactation period from gestation day 17 through lactation day 21, azelastine hydrochloride produced no adverse developmental effects on pups at maternal doses up to approximately 180 times the MRHDID (on mg/m2 basis at maternal dose of 30 mg/kg/day).. 8.2 Lactation Risk SummaryThere are no data on the presence of azelastine hydrochloride in human milk, the effects on the breastfed infant, or the effects on milk production following use of azelastine hydrochloride. Because many drugs are excreted in human milk, caution should be exercised when azelastine hydrochloride is administered to nursing woman.The developmental and health benefits of breastfeeding should be considered along with the mothers clinical need for azelastine hydrochloride and any potential adverse effects on the breastfed infant from azelastine hydrochloride or from the underlying maternal condition.. 8.4 Pediatric Use The safety and effectiveness of azelastine hydrochloride 0.15% have been established for seasonal allergic rhinitis in pediatric patients to 17 years of age and perennial allergic rhinitis in pediatric patients to 17 years of age [see Clinical Studies (14)]. The safety and effectiveness of azelastine hydrochloride 0.15% in pediatric patients below years of age have not been established.. 8.5 Geriatric Use Clinical trials of azelastine hydrochloride did not include sufficient numbers of patients 65 years of age and older to determine whether they respond differently from younger patients. Other reported clinical experience has not identified differences in responses between the elderly and younger patients. In general, dose selection for an elderly patient should be cautious, usually starting at the low end of the dosing range, reflecting the greater frequency of decreased hepatic, renal, or cardiac function, and of concomitant disease or other drug therapy.

WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS SECTION.


5 WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS oSomnolence: Avoid engaging in hazardous occupations requiring complete mental alertness such as driving or operating machinery when taking azelastine hydrochloride. (5.1)oAvoid concurrent use of alcohol or other central nervous system (CNS) depressants with azelastine hydrochloride because further decreased alertness and impairment of CNS performance may occur. (5.1). oSomnolence: Avoid engaging in hazardous occupations requiring complete mental alertness such as driving or operating machinery when taking azelastine hydrochloride. (5.1). oAvoid concurrent use of alcohol or other central nervous system (CNS) depressants with azelastine hydrochloride because further decreased alertness and impairment of CNS performance may occur. (5.1). 5.1 Activities Requiring Mental Alertness In clinical trials, the occurrence of somnolence has been reported in some patients taking azelastine hydrochloride [see Adverse Reactions (6.1) ]. Patients should be cautioned against engaging in hazardous occupations requiring complete mental alertness and motor coordination such as operating machinery or driving motor vehicle after administration of azelastine hydrochloride. Concurrent use of azelastine hydrochloride with alcohol or other central nervous system depressants should be avoided because additional reductions in alertness and additional impairment of central nervous system performance may occur [see Drug Interactions (7.1) ].