- mycophenolate mofetil
POM: Prescription only medicine
This information is intended for use by health professionals
Use in renal transplantAdultsOral CellCept should be initiated within 72 hours following transplantation. The recommended dose in renal transplant patients is 1 g administered twice daily (2 g daily dose). Paediatric population aged 2 to 18 yearsThe recommended dose of mycophenolate mofetil is 600 mg/m2 administered orally twice daily (up to a maximum of 2 g daily). CellCept capsules should only be prescribed to patients with a body surface area of at least 1.25 m2. Patients with a body surface area of 1.25 to 1.5 m2 may be prescribed CellCept capsules at a dose of 750 mg twice daily (1.5 g daily dose). Patients with a body surface area greater than 1.5 m2 may be prescribed CellCept capsules at a dose of 1 g twice daily (2 g daily dose). As some adverse reactions occur with greater frequency in this age group (see section 4.8) compared with adults, temporary dose reduction or interruption may be required; these will need to take into account relevant clinical factors including severity of reaction.Paediatric population < 2 yearsThere are limited safety and efficacy data in children below the age of 2 years. These are insufficient to make dosage recommendations and therefore use in this age group is not recommended.
Use in cardiac transplantAdults Oral CellCept should be initiated within 5 days following transplantation. The recommended dose in cardiac transplant patients is 1.5 g administered twice daily (3 g daily dose). Paediatric populationNo data are available for paediatric cardiac transplant patients.
Use in hepatic transplantAdultsIV CellCept should be administered for the first 4 days following hepatic transplant, with oral CellCept initiated as soon after this as it can be tolerated. The recommended oral dose in hepatic transplant patients is 1.5 g administered twice daily (3 g daily dose).Paediatric populationNo data are available for paediatric hepatic transplant patients.
Use in special populations
ElderlyThe recommended dose of 1 g administered twice a day for renal transplant patients and 1.5 g twice a day for cardiac or hepatic transplant patients is appropriate for the elderly. Renal impairmentIn renal transplant patients with severe chronic renal impairment (glomerular filtration rate < 25 mL/min/1.73 m2), outside the immediate post-transplant period, doses greater than 1 g administered twice a day should be avoided. These patients should also be carefully observed. No dose adjustments are needed in patients experiencing delayed renal graft function post-operatively (see section 5.2). No data are available for cardiac or hepatic transplant patients with severe chronic renal impairment.Severe hepatic impairment No dose adjustments are needed for renal transplant patients with severe hepatic parenchymal disease. No data are available for cardiac transplant patients with severe hepatic parenchymal disease.Treatment during rejection episodesMycophenolic acid (MPA) is the active metabolite of mycophenolate mofetil. Renal transplant rejection does not lead to changes in MPA pharmacokinetics; dosage reduction or interruption of CellCept is not required. There is no basis for CellCept dose adjustment following cardiac transplant rejection. No pharmacokinetic data are available during hepatic transplant rejection.
Method of administrationOral administration
Precautions to be taken before handling or administering the medicinal product.Because mycophenolate mofetil has demonstrated teratogenic effects in rats and rabbits, CellCept capsules should not be opened or crushed to avoid inhalation or direct contact with skin or mucous membranes of the powder contained in CellCept capsules. If such contact occurs, wash thoroughly with soap and water; rinse eyes with plain water.
NeoplasmsPatients receiving immunosuppressive regimens involving combinations of medicinal products, including CellCept, are at increased risk of developing lymphomas and other malignancies, particularly of the skin (see section 4.8). The risk appears to be related to the intensity and duration of immunosuppression rather than to the use of any specific agent. As general advice to minimise the risk for skin cancer, exposure to sunlight and UV light should be limited by wearing protective clothing and using a sunscreen with a high protection factor.
InfectionsPatients treated with immunosuppressants, including CellCept, are at increased risk for opportunistic infections (bacterial, fungal, viral and protozoal), fatal infections and sepsis (see section 4.8). Such infections include latent viral reactivation, such as hepatitis B or hepatitis C reactivation and infections caused by polyomaviruses (BK virus associated nephropathy, JC virus associated progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy PML). Cases of hepatitis due to reactivation of hepatitis B or hepatitis C have been reported in carrier patients treated with immunosuppressants. These infections are often related to a high total immunosuppressive burden and may lead to serious or fatal conditions that physicians should consider in the differential diagnosis in immunosuppressed patients with deteriorating renal function or neurological symptoms.There have been reports of hypogammaglobulinaemia in association with recurrent infections in patients receiving CellCept in combination with other immunosuppressants. In some of these cases switching CellCept to an alternative immunosuppressant resulted in serum IgG levels returning to normal. Patients on CellCept who develop recurrent infections should have their serum immunoglobulins measured. In cases of sustained, clinically relevant hypogammaglobulinaemia, appropriate clinical action should be considered taking into account the potent cytostatic effects that mycophenolic acid has on T- and B-lymphocytes.There have been published reports of bronchiectasis in adults and children who received CellCept in combination with other immunosuppressants. In some of these cases switching CellCept to another immunosuppressant resulted in improvement in respiratory symptoms. The risk of bronchiectasis may be linked to hypogammaglobulinaemia or to a direct effect on the lung. There have also been isolated reports of interstitial lung disease and pulmonary fibrosis, some of which were fatal (see section 4.8). It is recommended that patients who develop persistent pulmonary symptoms, such as cough and dyspnoea, are investigated.
Blood and immune systemPatients receiving CellCept should be monitored for neutropenia, which may be related to CellCept itself, concomitant medications, viral infections, or some combination of these causes. Patients taking CellCept should have complete blood counts weekly during the first month, twice monthly for the second and third months of treatment, then monthly through the first year. If neutropenia develops (absolute neutrophil count < 1.3 x 103/µl), it may be appropriate to interrupt or discontinue CellCept.Cases of pure red cell aplasia (PRCA) have been reported in patients treated with CellCept in combination with other immunosuppressants. The mechanism for mycophenolate mofetil induced PRCA is unknown. PRCA may resolve with dose reduction or cessation of CellCept therapy. Changes to CellCept therapy should only be undertaken under appropriate supervision in transplant recipients in order to minimise the risk of graft rejection (see section 4.8).Patients receiving CellCept should be instructed to report immediately any evidence of infection, unexpected bruising, bleeding or any other manifestation of bone marrow depression.Patients should be advised that during treatment with CellCept, vaccinations may be less effective and the use of live attenuated vaccines should be avoided (see section 4.5). Influenza vaccination may be of value. Prescribers should refer to national guidelines for influenza vaccination.
Gastro-intestinalCellCept has been associated with an increased incidence of digestive system adverse events, including infrequent cases of gastrointestinal tract ulceration, haemorrhage and perforation. CellCept should be administered with caution in patients with active serious digestive system disease. CellCept is an IMPDH (inosine monophosphate dehydrogenase) inhibitor. Therefore, it should be avoided in patients with rare hereditary deficiency of hypoxanthine-guanine phosphoribosyl-transferase (HGPRT) such as Lesch-Nyhan and Kelley-Seegmiller syndrome.
InteractionsCaution should be exercised when switching combination therapy from regimens containing immunosuppressants, which interfere with MPA enterohepatic recirculation e.g. ciclosporin to others devoid of this effect e.g. sirolimus, belatacept, or vice versa, as this might result in changes of MPA exposure. Drugs of other classes which interfere with MPA's enterohepatic cycle e.g. cholestyramine should be used with caution due to their potential to reduce the plasma levels and efficacy of CellCept (see also section 4.5).It is recommended that CellCept should not be administered concomitantly with azathioprine because such concomitant administration has not been studied.The risk/benefit ratio of mycophenolate mofetil in combination with tacrolimus or sirolimus has not been established (see also section 4.5).
Special populationsElderly patients may be at an increased risk of adverse events such as certain infections (including cytomegalovirus tissue invasive disease) and possibly gastrointestinal haemorrhage and pulmonary oedema, compared with younger individuals (see section 4.8).
Teratogenic effectsMycophenolate is a powerful human teratogen. Spontaneous abortion (rate of 45-49%) and congenital malformations (estimated rate of 23-27%) have been reported following MMF exposure during pregnancy. Therefore CellCept is contraindicated in pregnancy unless there are no suitable alternative treatments to prevent transplant rejection. Female and male patients of reproductive potential should be made aware of the risks and follow the recommendations provided in section 4.6. (e.g. contraceptive methods, pregnancy testing) prior to, during, and after therapy with CellCept. Physicians should ensure that women and men taking mycophenolate understand the risk of harm to the baby, the need for effective contraception, and the need to immediately consult their physician if there is a possibility of pregnancy.
Contraception (see section 4.6)Because of the genotoxic and teratogenic potential of CellCept, women with childbearing potential should use two reliable forms of contraception simultaneously before starting CellCept therapy, during therapy, and for six weeks after stopping the therapy; unless abstinence is the chosen method of contraception (see section 4.5).Sexually active men are recommended to use condoms during treatment and for at least 90 days after cessation of treatment. Condom use applies for both reproductively competent and vasectomised men, because the risks associated with the transfer of seminal fluid also apply to men who have had a vasectomy. In addition, female partners of male patients treated with CellCept are recommended to use highly effective contraception during treatment and for a total of 90 days after the last dose of CellCept.
Educational materialsIn order to assist patients in avoiding foetal exposure to mycophenolate and to provide additional important safety information, the Marketing Authorisation holder will provide educational materials to healthcare professionals. The educational materials will reinforce the warnings about the teratogenicity of mycophenolate, provide advice on contraception before therapy is started and guidance on the need for pregnancy testing. Full patient information about the teratogenic risk and the pregnancy prevention measures should be given by the physician to women of childbearing potential and, as appropriate, to male patients. Additional precautionsPatients should not donate blood during therapy or for at least 6 weeks following discontinuation of mycophenolate. Men should not donate semen during therapy or for 90 days following discontinuation of mycophenolate.
AciclovirHigher aciclovir plasma concentrations were observed when mycophenolate mofetil was administered with aciclovir in comparison to the administration of aciclovir alone. The changes in MPAG (the phenolic glucuronide of MPA) pharmacokinetics (MPAG increased by 8%) were minimal and are not considered clinically significant. Because MPAG plasma concentrations are increased in the presence of renal impairment, as are aciclovir concentrations, the potential exists for mycophenolate mofetil and aciclovir, or its prodrugs, e.g. valaciclovir, to compete for tubular secretion and further increases in concentrations of both substances may occur.Antacids and proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) Decreased MPA exposure has been observed when antacids, such as magnesium and aluminium hydroxides, and PPIs, including lansoprazole and pantoprazole, were administered with CellCept. When comparing rates of transplant rejection or rates of graft loss between CellCept patients taking PPIs vs. CellCept patients not taking PPIs, no significant differences were seen. These data support extrapolation of this finding to all antacids because the reduction in exposure when CellCept was co-administered with magnesium and aluminium hydroxides is considerably less than when CellCept was co-administered with PPIs.
CholestyramineFollowing single dose administration of 1.5 g of mycophenolate mofetil to normal healthy subjects pre-treated with 4 g TID of cholestyramine for 4 days, there was a 40% reduction in the AUC of MPA (see section 4.4 and section 5.2). Caution should be used during concomitant administration because of the potential to reduce efficacy of CellCept.
Medicinal products that interfere with enterohepatic circulationCaution should be used with medicinal products that interfere with enterohepatic circulation because of their potential to reduce the efficacy of CellCept.
Ciclosporin ACiclosporin A (CsA) pharmacokinetics are unaffected by mycophenolate mofetil.In contrast, if concomitant ciclosporin treatment is stopped, an increase in MPA AUC of around 30% should be expected. CsA interferes with MPA enterohepatic recycling, resulting in reduced MPA exposures by 30-50% in renal transplant patients treated with CellCept and CsA compared with patients receiving sirolimus or belatacept and similar doses of CellCept (see also section 4.4). Conversely, changes of MPA exposure should be expected when switching patients from CsA to one of the immunosuppressants which does not interfere with MPA´s enterohepatic cycle.
TelmisartanConcomitant administration of telmisartan and CellCept resulted in an approximately 30% decrease of MPA concentrations. Telmisartan changes MPA's elimination by enhancing PPAR gamma (peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma) expression, which in turn results in an enhanced UGT1A9 expression and activity. When comparing rates of transplant rejection, rates of graft loss or adverse event profiles between CellCept patients with and without concomitant telmisartan medication, no clinical consequences of the pharmacokinetic drug-drug interaction were seen.
GanciclovirBased on the results of a single dose administration study of recommended doses of oral mycophenolate and IV ganciclovir and the known effects of renal impairment on the pharmacokinetics of CellCept (see section 4.2) and ganciclovir, it is anticipated that co-administration of these agents (which compete for mechanisms of renal tubular secretion) will result in increases in MPAG and ganciclovir concentration. No substantial alteration of MPA pharmacokinetics is anticipated and CellCept dose adjustment is not required. In patients with renal impairment in whom CellCept and ganciclovir or its prodrugs, e.g. valganciclovir, are co-administered, the dose recommendations for ganciclovir should be observed and patients should be monitored carefully.
Oral contraceptivesThe pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of oral contraceptives were unaffected by co-administration of CellCept (see also section 5.2).
RifampicinIn patients not also taking ciclosporin, concomitant administration of CellCept and rifampicin resulted in a decrease in MPA exposure (AUC0-12h) of 18% to 70%. It is recommended to monitor MPA exposure levels and to adjust CellCept doses accordingly to maintain clinical efficacy when rifampicin is administered concomitantly.
SevelamerDecrease in MPA Cmax and AUC (0-12h) by 30% and 25%, respectively, were observed when CellCept was concomitantly administered with sevelamer without any clinical consequences (i.e. graft rejection). It is recommended, however, to administer CellCept at least one hour before or three hours after sevelamer intake to minimise the impact on the absorption of MPA. There are no data on CellCept with phosphate binders other than sevelamer.
Trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazoleNo effect on the bioavailability of MPA was observed.
Norfloxacin and metronidazoleIn healthy volunteers, no significant interaction was observed when CellCept was concomitantly administered with norfloxacin or metronidazole separately. However, norfloxacin and metronidazole combined reduced the MPA exposure by approximately 30% following a single dose of CellCept.
Ciprofloxacin and amoxicillin plus clavulanic acidReductions in pre-dose (trough) MPA concentrations of about 50% have been reported in renal transplant recipients in the days immediately following commencement of oral ciprofloxacin or amoxicillin plus clavulanic acid. This effect tended to diminish with continued antibiotic use and to cease within a few days of antibiotic discontinuation. The change in predose level may not accurately represent changes in overall MPA exposure. Therefore, a change in the dose of CellCept should not normally be necessary in the absence of clinical evidence of graft dysfunction. However, close clinical monitoring should be performed during the combination and shortly after antibiotic treatment.
TacrolimusIn hepatic transplant patients initiated on CellCept and tacrolimus, the AUC and Cmax of MPA, the active metabolite of CellCept, were not significantly affected by co-administration with tacrolimus. In contrast, there was an increase of approximately 20% in tacrolimus AUC when multiple doses of CellCept (1.5 g BID) were administered to hepatic transplant patients taking tacrolimus. However, in renal transplant patients, tacrolimus concentration did not appear to be altered by CellCept (see also section 4.4).
Other interactionsCo-administration of probenecid with mycophenolate mofetil in monkeys raises plasma AUC of MPAG by 3-fold. Thus, other substances known to undergo renal tubular secretion may compete with MPAG, and thereby raise plasma concentrations of MPAG or the other substance undergoing tubular secretion.
Live vaccinesLive vaccines should not be given to patients with an impaired immune response. The antibody response to other vaccines may be diminished (see also section 4.4).
Paediatric populationInteraction studies have only been performed in adults.
Contraception in males and femalesCellCept is contraindicated in women of childbearing potential who are not using highly effective contraception.Because of the genotoxic and teratogenic potential of CellCept, women with childbearing potential should use two reliable forms of contraception simultaneously before starting CellCept therapy, during therapy, and for six weeks after stopping the therapy; unless abstinence is the chosen method of contraception (see section 4.5).Sexually active men are recommended to use condoms during treatment and for at least 90 days after cessation of treatment. Condom use applies for both reproductively competent and vasectomised men, because the risks associated with the transfer of seminal fluid also apply to men who have had a vasectomy. In addition, female partners of male patients treated with CellCept are recommended to use highly effective contraception during treatment and for a total of 90 days after the last dose of CellCept.
PregnancyCellCept is contraindicated during pregnancy unless there is no suitable alternative treatment to prevent transplant rejection. Treatment should not be initiated without providing a negative pregnancy test result to rule out unintended use in pregnancy. Female and male patients of reproductive potential must be made aware of the increased risk of pregnancy loss and congenital malformations at the beginning of the treatment and must be counselled regarding pregnancy prevention and planning.Before starting CellCept treatment, women of child bearing potential should have a pregnancy test in order to exclude unintended exposure of the embryo to mycophenolate. Two serum or urine pregnancy tests with a sensitivity of at least 25 mIU/mL are recommended; the second test should be performed 8 10 days after the first one and immediately before starting mycophenolate mofetil. Pregnancy tests should be repeated as clinically required (e.g. after any gap in contraception is reported). Results of all pregnancy tests should be discussed with the patient. Patients should be instructed to consult their physician immediately should pregnancy occur.Mycophenolate is a powerful human teratogen, with an increased risk of spontaneous abortions and congenital malformations in case of exposure during pregnancy; Spontaneous abortions have been reported in 45 to 49% of pregnant women exposed to mycophenolate mofetil, compared to a reported rate of between 12 and 33% in solid organ transplant patients treated with immunosuppressants other than mycophenolate mofetil. Based on literature reports, malformations occurred in 23 to 27% of live births in women exposed to mycophenolate mofetil during pregnancy (compared to 2 to 3 % of live births in the overall population and approximately 4 to 5% of live births in solid organ transplant recipients treated with immunosuppressants other than mycophenolate mofetil).Congenital malformations, including reports of multiple malformations, have been observed post-marketing in children of patients exposed to CellCept in combination with other immunosuppressants during pregnancy. The following malformations were most frequently reported: Abnormalities of the ear (e.g. abnormally formed or absent external/middle ear), external auditory canal atresia; Congenital heart disease such as atrial and ventricular septal defects; Facial malformations such as cleft lip, cleft palate, micrognathia and hypertelorism of the orbits; Abnormalities of the eye (e.g. coloboma); Malformations of the fingers (e.g. polydactyly, syndactyly); Tracheo-Oesophageal malformations (e.g. oesophageal atresia); Nervous system malformations such as spina bifida; Renal abnormalities.In addition there have been isolated reports of the following malformations: Microphthalmia; congenital choroid plexus cyst; septum pellucidum agenesis; olfactory nerve agenesis.Studies in animals have shown reproductive toxicity (see section 5.3).
Breast-feedingMycophenolate mofetil has been shown to be excreted in the milk of lactating rats. It is not known whether this substance is excreted in human milk. Because of the potential for serious adverse reactions to mycophenolate mofetil in breast-fed infants, CellCept is contraindicated in nursing mothers (see section 4.3).
The following undesirable effects cover adverse reactions from clinical trialsThe principal adverse reactions associated with the administration of CellCept in combination with ciclosporin and corticosteroids include diarrhoea, leucopenia, sepsis and vomiting, and there is evidence of a higher frequency of certain types of infections (see section 4.4).
MalignanciesPatients receiving immunosuppressive regimens involving combinations of medicinal products, including CellCept, are at increased risk of developing lymphomas and other malignancies, particularly of the skin (see section 4.4). Lymphoproliferative disease or lymphoma developed in 0.6% of patients receiving CellCept (2 g or 3 g daily) in combination with other immunosuppressants in controlled clinical trials of renal (2 g data), cardiac and hepatic transplant patients followed for at least 1 year. Non-melanoma skin carcinomas occurred in 3.6% of patients; other types of malignancy occurred in 1.1% of patients. Three-year safety data in renal and cardiac transplant patients did not reveal any unexpected changes in incidence of malignancy compared to the 1-year data. Hepatic transplant patients were followed for at least 1 year, but less than 3 years.
Opportunistic infectionsAll transplant patients are at increased risk of opportunistic infections; the risk increased with total immunosuppressive load (see section 4.4). The most common opportunistic infections in patients receiving CellCept (2 g or 3 g daily) with other immunosuppressants in controlled clinical trials of renal (2 g data), cardiac and hepatic transplant patients followed for at least 1 year were candida mucocutaneous, CMV viraemia/syndrome and Herpes simplex. The proportion of patients with CMV viraemia/syndrome was 13.5%.
Paediatric populationThe type and frequency of adverse reactions in a clinical study, which recruited 92 paediatric patients aged 2 to 18 years who were given 600 mg/m2 mycophenolate mofetil orally twice daily, were generally similar to those observed in adult patients given 1 g CellCept twice daily. However, the following treatment-related adverse events were more frequent in the paediatric population, particularly in children under 6 years of age, when compared to adults: diarrhoea, sepsis, leucopenia, anaemia and infection. Elderly:Elderly patients (≥ 65 years) may generally be at increased risk of adverse reactions due to immunosuppression. Elderly patients receiving CellCept as part of a combination immunosuppressive regimen may be at increased risk of certain infections (including cytomegalovirus tissue invasive disease) and possibly gastrointestinal haemorrhage and pulmonary oedema, compared to younger individuals.
Other adverse reactionsAdverse reactions, probably or possibly related to CellCept, reported in ≥1/10 and in ≥1/100 to<1/10 of patients treated with CellCept in the controlled clinical trials of renal (2 g data), cardiac and hepatic transplant patients are listed in the following table. Adverse Reactions, Probably or Possibly Related to CellCept, Reported in Patients Treated with CellCept in Renal, Cardiac and Hepatic Clinical Trials when Used in Combination with Ciclosporin and CorticosteroidsWithin the system organ classes, undesirable effects are listed under headings of frequency, using the following categories: very common (≥1/10); common (≥1/100 to <1/10); uncommon (≥1/1,000 to <1/100); rare (≥1/10,000 to <1/1,000); very rare (<1/10,000), not known (cannot be estimated from the available data). Within each frequency grouping, undesirable effects are presented in order of decreasing seriousness.
|System organ class||Adverse drug reactions|
|Infections and infestations||Very common||Sepsis, gastrointestinal candidiasis, urinary tract infection, herpes simplex, herpes zoster|
|Common||Pneumonia, influenza, respiratory tract infection, respiratory moniliasis, gastrointestinal infection, candidiasis, gastroenteritis, infection, bronchitis, pharyngitis, sinusitis, fungal skin infection, skin candida, vaginal candidiasis, rhinitis|
|Neoplasms benign, malignant and unspecified (incl cysts and polyps)||Very common||-|
|Common||Skin cancer, benign neoplasm of skin|
|Blood and lymphatic system disorders||Very common||Leucopenia, thrombocytopenia, anaemia|
|Metabolism and nutrition disorders||Very common||-|
|Common||Acidosis, hyperkalaemia, hypokalaemia, hyperglycaemia, hypomagnesaemia, hypocalcaemia, hypercholesterolaemia, hyperlipidaemia, hypophosphataemia, hyperuricaemia, gout, anorexia|
|Psychiatric disorders||Very common||-|
|Common||Agitation, confusional state, depression, anxiety, thinking abnormal, insomnia|
|Nervous system disorders||Very common||-|
|Common||Convulsion, hypertonia, tremor, somnolence, myasthenic syndrome, dizziness, headache, paraesthesia, dysgeusia|
|Cardiac disorders||Very common||-|
|Vascular disorders||Very common||-|
|Common||Hypotension, hypertension, vasodilatation|
|Respiratory, thoracic and mediastinal disorders||Very common||-|
|Common||Pleural effusion, dyspnoea, cough|
|Gastrointestinal disorders||Very common||Vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhoea, nausea|
|Common||Gastrointestinal haemorrhage, peritonitis, ileus, colitis, gastric ulcer, duodenal ulcer, gastritis, oesophagitis, stomatitis, constipation, dyspepsia, flatulence, eructation|
|Hepatobiliary disorders||Very common||-|
|Common||Hepatitis, jaundice, hyperbilirubinaemia|
|Skin and subcutaneous tissue disorders||Very common||-|
|Common||Skin hypertrophy, rash, acne, alopecia,|
|Musculoskeletal and connective Tissue disorders||Very common||-|
|Renal and urinary disorders||Very common||-|
|General disorders and administration site conditions||Very common||-|
|Common||Oedema, pyrexia, chills, pain, malaise, asthenia,|
|Common||Hepatic enzyme increased, blood creatinine increased, blood lactate dehydrogenase increased, blood urea increased, blood alkaline phosphatase increased, weight decreased|
The following undesirable effects cover adverse reactions from post-marketing experienceThe types of adverse reactions reported during post-marketing with CellCept are similar to those seen in the controlled renal, cardiac and hepatic transplant studies. Additional adverse reactions reported during post-marketing are described below with the frequencies reported within brackets if known.
GastrointestinalGingival hyperplasia (≥1/100 to <1/10), colitis including cytomegalovirus colitis, (≥1/100 to <1/10), pancreatitis, (≥1/100 to <1/10) and intestinal villous atrophy.
InfectionsSerious life-threatening infections including meningitis, endocarditis, tuberculosis and atypical mycobacterial infection. Cases of BK virus associated nephropathy, as well as cases of JC virus associated progressive multifocal leucoencephalopathy (PML), have been reported in patients treated with immunosuppressants, including CellCept. Agranulocytosis (≥1/1000 to <1/100) and neutropenia have been reported; therefore, regular monitoring of patients taking CellCept is advised (see section 4.4). There have been reports of aplastic anaemia and bone marrow depression in patients treated with CellCept, some of which have been fatal.
Blood and lymphatic system disorderCases of pure red cell aplasia (PRCA) have been reported in patients treated with CellCept (see section 4.4).Isolated cases of abnormal neutrophil morphology, including the acquired Pelger-Huet anomaly, have been observed in patients treated with CellCept. These changes are not associated with impaired neutrophil function. These changes may suggest a 'left shift' in the maturity of neutrophils in haematological investigations, which may be mistakenly interpreted as a sign of infection in immunosuppressed patients such as those that receive CellCept.
HypersensitivityHypersensitivity reactions, including angioneurotic oedema and anaphylactic reaction, have been reported.
Pregnancy, puerperium and perinatal conditionsCases of spontaneous abortions have been reported in patients exposed to mycophenolate mofetil, mainly in the first trimester, see section 4.6.
Congenital disordersCongenital malformations have been observed post-marketing in children of patients exposed to CellCept in combination with other immunosuppressants, see section 4.6.
Respiratory, thoracic and mediastinal disordersThere have been isolated reports of interstitial lung disease and pulmonary fibrosis in patients treated with CellCept in combination with other immunosuppressants, some of which have been fatal. There have also been reports of bronchiectasis in children and adults (frequency not known).
Immune system disordersHypogammaglobulinaemia has been reported in patients receiving CellCept in combination with other immunosuppressants (frequency not known).
Reporting of suspected adverse reactionsReporting suspected adverse reactions after authorisation of the medicinal product is important. It allows continued monitoring of the benefit/risk balance of the medicinal product. Healthcare professionals are asked to report any suspected adverse reactions (see details below).
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Mechanism of actionMycophenolate mofetil is the 2-morpholinoethyl ester of MPA. MPA is a potent, selective, uncompetitive and reversible inhibitor of inosine monophosphate dehydrogenase, and therefore inhibits the de novo pathway of guanosine nucleotide synthesis without incorporation into DNA. Because T- and B-lymphocytes are critically dependent for their proliferation on de novo synthesis of purines whereas other cell types can utilise salvage pathways, MPA has more potent cytostatic effects on lymphocytes than on other cells.
AbsorptionFollowing oral administration, mycophenolate mofetil undergoes rapid and extensive absorption and complete presystemic metabolism to the active metabolite, MPA. As evidenced by suppression of acute rejection following renal transplantation, the immunosuppressant activity of CellCept is correlated with MPA concentration. The mean bioavailability of oral mycophenolate mofetil, based on MPA AUC, is 94% relative to IV mycophenolate mofetil. Food had no effect on the extent of absorption (MPA AUC) of mycophenolate mofetil when administered at doses of 1.5 g BID to renal transplant patients. However, MPA Cmax was decreased by 40% in the presence of food. Mycophenolate mofetil is not measurable systemically in plasma following oral administration.
DistributionAs a result of enterohepatic recirculation, secondary increases in plasma MPA concentration are usually observed at approximately 6 12 hours post-dose. A reduction in the AUC of MPA of approximately 40% is associated with the co-administration of cholestyramine (4 g TID), indicating that there is a significant amount of enterohepatic recirculation. MPA at clinically relevant concentrations is 97% bound to plasma albumin.
BiotransformationMPA is metabolised principally by glucuronyl transferase (isoform UGT1A9) to form the inactive phenolic glucuronide of MPA (MPAG). In vivo, MPAG is converted back to free MPA via enterohepatic recirculation. A minor acylglucuronide (AcMPAG) is also formed. AcMPAG is pharmacologically active and is suspected to be responsible for some of MMF´s side effects (diarrhoea, leucopenia).
EliminationA negligible amount of substance is excreted as MPA (< 1% of dose) in the urine. Oral administration of radiolabelled mycophenolate mofetil results in complete recovery of the administered dose with 93% of the administered dose recovered in the urine and 6% recovered in the faeces. Most (about 87%) of the administered dose is excreted in the urine as MPAG.At clinically encountered concentrations, MPA and MPAG are not removed by haemodialysis. However, at high MPAG plasma concentrations (> 100µg/mL), small amounts of MPAG are removed. By interfering with enterohepatic circulation of the drug, bile acid sequestrants such as cholestyramine, reduce MPA AUC (see section 4.9).MPA's disposition depends on several transporters. Organic anion-transporting polypeptides (OATPs) and multidrug resistance-associated protein 2 (MRP2) are involved in MPA's disposition; OATP isoforms, MRP2 and breast cancer resistance protein (BCRP) are transporters associated with the glucuronides' biliary excretion. Multidrug resistance protein 1 (MDR1) is also able to transport MPA, but its contribution seems to be confined to the absorption process. In the kidney MPA and its metabolites potently interact with renal organic anion transporters.In the early post-transplant period (< 40 days post-transplant), renal, cardiac and hepatic transplant patients had mean MPA AUCs approximately 30% lower and Cmax approximately 40% lower compared to the late post-transplant period (3 6 months post-transplant).
Renal impairmentIn a single dose study (6 subjects/group), mean plasma MPA AUC observed in subjects with severe chronic renal impairment (glomerular filtration rate < 25 mL/min/1.73 m2) were 28 75% higher relative to the means observed in normal healthy subjects or subjects with lesser degrees of renal impairment. However, the mean single dose MPAG AUC was 3 6-fold higher in subjects with severe renal impairment than in subjects with mild renal impairment or normal healthy subjects, consistent with the known renal elimination of MPAG. Multiple dosing of mycophenolate mofetil in patients with severe chronic renal impairment has not been studied. No data are available for cardiac or hepatic transplant patients with severe chronic renal impairment.
Delayed renal graft functionIn patients with delayed renal graft function post-transplant, mean MPA AUC (012h) was comparable to that seen in post-transplant patients without delayed graft function. Mean plasma MPAG AUC (0-12h) was 2 3-fold higher than in post-transplant patients without delayed graft function. There may be a transient increase in the free fraction and concentration of plasma MPA in patients with delayed renal graft function. Dose adjustment of CellCept does not appear to be necessary.
Hepatic impairmentIn volunteers with alcoholic cirrhosis, hepatic MPA glucuronidation processes were relatively unaffected by hepatic parenchymal disease. Effects of hepatic disease on this process probably depend on the particular disease. However, hepatic disease with predominantly biliary damage, such as primary biliary cirrhosis, may show a different effect.
Paediatric populationPharmacokinetic parameters were evaluated in 49 paediatric renal transplant patients (aged 2 to 18 years) given 600 mg/m2 mycophenolate mofetil orally twice daily. This dose achieved MPA AUC values similar to those seen in adult renal transplant patients receiving CellCept at a dose of 1 g bid in the early and late post-transplant period. MPA AUC values across age groups were similar in the early and late post-transplant period.Elderly:Pharmacokinetic behaviour of CellCept in the elderly (≥ 65 years) has not been formally evaluated.
Patients taking oral contraceptivesThe pharmacokinetics of oral contraceptives were unaffected by co-administration of CellCept (see also section 4.5). A study of the co-administration of CellCept (1 g bid) and combined oral contraceptives containing ethinylestradiol (0.02 mg to 0.04 mg) and levonorgestrel (0.05 mg to 0.15 mg), desogestrel (0.15 mg) or gestodene (0.05 mg to 0.10 mg) conducted in 18 non-transplant women (not taking other immunosupressants) over 3 consecutive menstrual cycles showed no clinically relevant influence of CellCept on the ovulation suppressing action of the oral contraceptives. Serum levels of LH, FSH and progesterone were not significantly affected.
CellCept capsulespregelatinised maize starchcroscarmellose sodiumpolyvidone (K-90)magnesium stearate
Capsule shellsgelatinindigo carmine (E132)yellow iron oxide (E172)red iron oxide (E172)titanium dioxide (E171)black iron oxide (E172)potassium hydroxideshellac.
|CellCept 250 mg capsules:||1 carton contains 100 capsules (in blister packs of 10) 1 carton contains 300 capsules (in blister packs of 10)|
|EU/1/96/005/001 CellCept EU/1/96/005/003 CellCept||(100 capsules) (300 capsules)|
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