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invirase (saquinavir mesylatecapsule 
invirase (saquinavir mesylatetablet, film coated 
[Roche]

Product identification in this document includes: INVIRASE in reference to saquinavir mesylate; saquinavir soft gel capsules in reference to saquinavir 200 mg soft gel capsule formulation1, and saquinavir in reference to the active base.


1
The term "saquinavir soft gel capsules" used in this label refers to the drug product formerly marketed as "Fortovase" (saquinavir 200 mg soft gel capsule formulation). This formulation has been withdrawn from the market.

DESCRIPTION

INVIRASE brand of saquinavir mesylate is an inhibitor of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) protease. INVIRASE is available as light brown and green, opaque hard gelatin capsules for oral administration in a 200-mg strength (as saquinavir free base). Each capsule also contains the inactive ingredients lactose, microcrystalline cellulose, povidone K30, sodium starch glycolate, talc, and magnesium stearate. Each capsule shell contains gelatin and water with the following dye systems: red iron oxide, yellow iron oxide, black iron oxide, FD&C Blue #2, and titanium dioxide.

INVIRASE is also available as a light orange to greyish- or brownish-orange, oval cylindrical, biconvex film-coated tablet for oral administration in a 500-mg strength (as saquinavir free base). Each tablet also contains the inactive ingredients lactose, microcrystalline cellulose, povidone K30, croscarmellose sodium, and magnesium stearate. Each film coat contains hypromellose, titanium dioxide, talc, iron oxide yellow, iron oxide red, and triacetin.

The chemical name for saquinavir mesylate is N-tert-butyl-decahydro-2-[2(R)-hydroxy-4-phenyl-3(S)-[[N-(2-quinolylcarbonyl)-L-asparaginyl]amino]butyl]-(4aS,8aS)-isoquinoline-3(S)-carboxamide methanesulfonate with a molecular formula C38H50N6O5•CH4O3S and a molecular weight of 766.96. The molecular weight of the free base is 670.86. Saquinavir mesylate has the following structural formula:

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Saquinavir mesylate is a white to off-white, very fine powder with an aqueous solubility of 2.22 mg/mL at 25°C.

MICROBIOLOGY

Mechanism of Action

Saquinavir is an inhibitor of HIV protease. HIV protease is an enzyme required for the proteolytic cleavage of viral polyprotein precursors into individual functional proteins found in infectious HIV. Saquinavir is a peptide-like substrate analogue that binds to the protease active site and inhibits the activity of the enzyme. Saquinavir inhibition prevents cleavage of the viral polyproteins resulting in the formation of immature noninfectious virus particles.

Antiviral Activity

In vitro antiviral activity of saquinavir was assessed in lymphoblastoid and monocytic cell lines and in peripheral blood lymphocytes. Saquinavir inhibited HIV activity in both acutely and chronically infected cells. IC50 and IC90 values (50% and 90% inhibitory concentrations) were in the range of 1 to 30 nM and 5 to 80 nM, respectively. In the presence of 40% human serum, the mean IC50 of saquinavir against laboratory strain HIV-1 RF in MT4 cells was 37.7± 5 nM representing a 4-fold increase in the IC50 value. In cell culture, saquinavir demonstrated additive to synergistic effects against HIV-1 in combination with reverse transcriptase inhibitors (didanosine, lamivudine, nevirapine, stavudine, zalcitabine and zidovudine) without enhanced cytotoxicity.Saquinavir in combination with the protease inhibitors amprenavir, atazanavir, or lopinavir resulted in synergistic antiviral activity. Saquinavir displayed antiviral activity in vitro against HIV-1 clades A-H (IC50 ranged from 0.9 to 2.5 nM). The IC50 and IC90 values of saquinavir against HIV-2 isolates in vitro ranged from 0.25 nM to 14.6 nM and 4.65 nM to 28.6 nM, respectively.

Drug Resistance

HIV-1 mutants with reduced susceptibility to saquinavir have been selected during in vitro passage. Genotypic analyses of these isolates showed several substitutions in the HIV protease gene. Only the G48V and L90M substitutions were associated with reduced susceptibility to saquinavir, and conferred an increase in the IC50 value of 8- and 3-fold, respectively.

HIV-1 isolates with reduced susceptibility (≥4-fold increase in the IC50 value) to saquinavir emerged in some patients treated with INVIRASE. Genotypic analysis of these isolates identified resistance conferring primary mutations in the protease gene G48V and L90M, and secondary mutations L10I/R/V, I54V/L, A71V/T, G73S, V77I, V82A and I84V that contributed additional resistance to saquinavir. Forty-one isolates from 37 patients failing therapy with INVIRASE had a median decrease in susceptibility to saquinavir of 4.3-fold.

The degree of reduction in in vitro susceptibility to saquinavir of clinical isolates bearing substitutions G48V and L90M depends on the number of secondary mutations present. In general, higher levels of resistance are associated with greater number of mutations only in association with either or both of the primary mutations G48V and L90M. No data are currently available to address the development of resistance in patients receiving saquinavir/ritonavir.

Cross-resistance

Among protease inhibitors, variable cross-resistance has been observed. In one clinical study, 22 HIV-1 isolates with reduced susceptibility (>4-fold increase in the IC50 value) to saquinavir following therapy with INVIRASE were evaluated for cross-resistance to amprenavir, indinavir, nelfinavir and ritonavir. Six of the 22 isolates (27%) remained susceptible to all 4 protease inhibitors, 12 of the 22 isolates (55%) retained susceptibility to at least one of the PIs and 4 out of the 22 isolates (18%) displayed broad cross-resistance to all PIs. Sixteen (73%) and 11 (50%) of the 22 isolates remained susceptible (<4-fold) to amprenavir and indinavir, respectively. Four of 16 (25%) and nine of 21 (43%) with available data remained susceptible to nelfinavir and ritonavir, respectively.

After treatment failure with amprenavir, cross-resistance to saquinavir was evaluated. HIV-1 isolates from 22/22 patients failing treatment with amprenavir and containing one or more mutations M46L/I, I50V, I54L, V32I, I47V, and I84V were susceptible to saquinavir.

CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY

Pharmacokinetics

The pharmacokinetic properties of INVIRASE have been evaluated in healthy volunteers (n=351) and HIV-infected patients (n=270) after single- and multiple-oral doses of 25, 75, 200, and 600 mg tid and in healthy volunteers after intravenous doses of 6, 12, 36 or 72 mg (n=21). The pharmacokinetics of INVIRASE/ritonavir 400/400 mg bid and INVIRASE/ritonavir 1000/100 mg bid have also been evaluated in HIV-infected patients.

HIV-infected patients administered INVIRASE (600-mg tid) had AUC and maximum plasma concentration (Cmax) values approximately 2-2.5 times those observed in healthy volunteers receiving the same treatment regimen.

Similar bioavailability was demonstrated when INVIRASE 500 mg FCT (2 × 500 mg) and INVIRASE 200 mg capsule (5 × 200 mg) were administered with low-dose ritonavir (100 mg) under fed conditions. The ratio of mean exposures (90% confidence intervals) of tablets vs capsules were 1.10 (1.04-1.16) for AUC0-∞ and 1.19 (1.14-1.25) for Cmax.

Absorption and Bioavailability in Adults

Absolute bioavailability of saquinavir administered as INVIRASE averaged 4% (CV 73%, range: 1% to 9%) in 8 healthy volunteers who received a single 600-mg dose (3 × 200 mg) of saquinavir mesylate following a high-fat breakfast (48 g protein, 60 g carbohydrate, 57 g fat; 1006 kcal). The low bioavailability is thought to be due to a combination of incomplete absorption and extensive first-pass metabolism.

INVIRASE in combination with ritonavir at doses of 1000/100 mg bid or 400/400 mg bid provides saquinavir systemic exposures over a 24-hour period similar to or greater than those achieved with saquinavir soft gel capsules 1200 mg tid (see Table 1).

Table 1 Pharmacokinetic Parameters of Saquinavir at Steady-State After Administration of Different Regimens in HIV-Infected Patients
Dosing Regimen N AUCτ
(ng∙h/mL)
AUC24h
(ng∙h/mL)
Cmin
(ng/mL)
τ is the dosing interval (ie, 8h if tid and 12h if bid)
INVIRASE 600 mg tid (arithmetic mean, %CV) 10 866 (62) 2598 79
Saquinavir soft gel capsules 1200 mg tid (arithmetic mean) 31 7249 21747 216
INVIRASE 400 mg bid + ritonavir 400 mg bid (arithmetic mean ± SD) 7 16000 ± 8000 32000 480 ± 360
INVIRASE 1000 mg bid + ritonavir 100 mg bid (geometric mean and 95% CI) 24 14607
(10218-20882)
29214 371
(245-561)
Saquinavir soft gel capsules 1000 mg bid + ritonavir 100 mg bid (geometric mean and 95% CI) 24 19085
(13943-26124)
38170 433
(301-622)

Food Effect

No food effect data are available for INVIRASE in combination with ritonavir.

The mean 24-hour AUC after a single 600-mg oral dose (6 × 100 mg) in healthy volunteers (n=6) was increased from 24 ng∙h/mL (CV 33%), under fasting conditions, to 161 ng∙h/mL (CV 35%) when INVIRASE was given following a high-fat breakfast (48 g protein, 60 g carbohydrate, 57 g fat; 1006 kcal). Saquinavir 24-hour AUC and Cmax (n=6) following the administration of a higher calorie meal (943 kcal, 54 g fat) were on average 2 times higher than after a lower calorie, lower fat meal (355 kcal, 8 g fat). The effect of food has been shown to persist for up to 2 hours.

Saquinavir exposure was similar when saquinavir soft gel capsules plus ritonavir (1000-mg/100-mg bid) were administered following a high-fat (45 g fat) or moderate-fat (20 g fat) breakfast.

Distribution in Adults

The mean steady-state volume of distribution following intravenous administration of a 12-mg dose of saquinavir (n=8) was 700 L (CV 39%), suggesting saquinavir partitions into tissues. Saquinavir was approximately 98% bound to plasma proteins over a concentration range of 15 to 700 ng/mL. In 2 patients receiving saquinavir mesylate 600 mg tid, cerebrospinal fluid concentrations were negligible when compared to concentrations from matching plasma samples.

Metabolism and Elimination in Adults

In vitro studies using human liver microsomes have shown that the metabolism of saquinavir is cytochrome P450 mediated with the specific isoenzyme, CYP3A4, responsible for more than 90% of the hepatic metabolism. Based on in vitro studies, saquinavir is rapidly metabolized to a range of mono- and di-hydroxylated inactive compounds. In a mass balance study using 600 mg 14C-saquinavir mesylate (n=8), 88% and 1% of the orally administered radioactivity was recovered in feces and urine, respectively, within 5 days of dosing. In an additional 4 subjects administered 10.5 mg 14C-saquinavir intravenously, 81% and 3% of the intravenously administered radioactivity was recovered in feces and urine, respectively, within 5 days of dosing. In mass balance studies, 13% of circulating radioactivity in plasma was attributed to unchanged drug after oral administration and the remainder attributed to saquinavir metabolites. Following intravenous administration, 66% of circulating radioactivity was attributed to unchanged drug and the remainder attributed to saquinavir metabolites, suggesting that saquinavir undergoes extensive first-pass metabolism.

Systemic clearance of saquinavir was rapid, 1.14 L/h/kg (CV 12%) after intravenous doses of 6, 36, and 72 mg. The mean residence time of saquinavir was 7 hours (n=8).

Special Populations

Hepatic or Renal Impairment

Saquinavir pharmacokinetics in patients with hepatic or renal impairment has not been investigated (see PRECAUTIONS). Only 1% of saquinavir is excreted in the urine, so the impact of renal impairment on saquinavir elimination should be minimal.

Gender, Race, and Age

A gender difference was observed, with females showing higher saquinavir exposure than males (mean AUC increase of 56%, mean Cmax increase of 26%), in the relative bioavailability study comparing INVIRASE 500 mg film-coated tablets to the INVIRASE 200 mg capsules in combination with ritonavir. There was no evidence that age and body weight explained the gender difference in this study. A clinically significant difference in safety and efficacy between men and women has not been reported with the approved dosage regimen (saquinavir 1000-mg/ritonavir 100-mg bid).

The effect of race on the pharmacokinetics of saquinavir has not been investigated.

Pediatric Patients

The pharmacokinetics of saquinavir when administered as INVIRASE have not been sufficiently investigated in pediatric patients.

Geriatric Patients

The pharmacokinetics of saquinavir when administered as INVIRASE have not been sufficiently investigated in patients >65 years of age.

Drug Interactions

(see PRECAUTIONS: Drug Interactions)

Several drug interaction studies have been completed with both INVIRASE and the saquinavir soft gel capsule formulation. Because ritonavir is coadministered, prescribers should refer to the prescribing information for ritonavir regarding drug interactions associated with this drug.

Table 2 summarizes the effect of saquinavir soft gel capsules on the geometric mean AUC and Cmax of coadministered drugs. Table 3 summarizes the effect of coadministered drugs on the geometric mean AUC and Cmax of saquinavir.

Table 2Effect of saquinavir soft gel capsules on the Pharmacokinetics of Coadministered Drugs
Coadministered Drug Saquinavir soft gel capsules or saquinavir soft gel capsules/ritonavir N % Change for Coadministered Drug
Dose AUC (95% CI) Cmax (95% CI)
↑  Denotes an average increase in exposure by the percentage indicated.
↓  Denotes an average decrease in exposure by the percentage indicated.
↔ Denotes no statistically significant change in exposure was observed.
P   Patient
V   Healthy Volunteers
M   Methadone-dependent, HIV negative patients
NA   Not Available
*
90% Confidence Interval
Clarithromycin 500 mg bid × 7 days 1200 mg tid × 7 days 12V
  Clarithromycin ↑45% (17-81%) ↑39% (10-76%)
  14-OH clarithromycin metabolite ↓24% (5-40%) ↓34% (14-50%)
Midazolam 7.5-mg oral single dose 1000/100 mg bid × 15 days 16V ↑1144% (975-1339%)* ↑327% (264-402%)*
Ketoconazole 400 mg once daily 1200 mg tid 12V
Enfuvirtide 90 mg SC q12h (bid) for 7 days 1000/100 mg bid 12P
Nelfinavir 750-mg single dose 1200 mg tid × 4 days 14P ↑18% (5-33%)
Rifabutin 300 mg once daily 1200 mg tid 14P ↑44% ↑45%
Sildenafil 100-mg single dose 1200 mg tid × 8 days 27V ↑210% (150-300%) ↑140% (80-230%)
Efavirenz 600 mg 1200 mg tid 13V ↓12% ↓13%
Digoxin 0.5 mg single dose 1000/100 mg bid × 16 days 16V ↑49% (32-69%)* ↑27% (5-54%)*
R-Methadone 60-120 mg once daily 1000/100 mg bid × 14 days 12M ↓19% (9-29%)* NA
Table 3Effect of Coadministered Drugs on saquinavir soft gel capsules or INVIRASE Pharmacokinetics
↑ Denotes an average increase in exposure by the percentage indicated.
↓ Denotes an average decrease in exposure by the percentage indicated.
↔ Mean change <10%
P  Patient
V  Healthy Volunteers
*
Compared to standard saquinavir soft gel capsules 1200 mg tid regimen (n=33).
Did not reach statistical significance.
Compared to standard INVIRASE 600 mg tid regimen (n=114).
§
90% Confidence Interval
Coadministered Drug Saquinavir soft gel capsules N % Change for Saquinavir
Dose AUC (95% CI) Cmax (95% CI)
Clarithromycin 500 mg bid × 7 days 1200 mg tid × 7 days 12V ↑177% (108-269%) ↑187% (105-300%)
Efavirenz 600 mg 1200 mg tid 13V ↓62% ↓50%
Indinavir 800 mg q8h × 2 days 1200-mg single dose 6V ↑364% (190-644%) ↑299% (138-568%)
Ketoconazole 400 mg once daily 1200 mg tid 12V ↑190% ↑171%
Nelfinavir 750 mg × 4 days 1200-mg single dose 14P ↑392% (271-553%) ↑179% (105-280%)
Rifabutin 300 mg once daily 1200 mg tid 14P ↓47% ↓39%
Ritonavir 400 mg bid × 14 days 400 mg bid × 14 days* 8V ↑121% (7-359%) ↑64%
Lopinavir/ritonavir
Evidence from several clinical trials indicates that saquinavir concentrations achieved with saquinavir 1000 mg + lopinavir/ritonavir 400/100 mg BID are similar to those achieved following saquinavir/ritonavir 1000/100 mg BID.
Coadministered Drug INVIRASE or INVIRASE/Ritonavir N % Change for Saquinavir
Dose AUC (95% CI) Cmax (95% CI)
Atazanavir 300 mg once daily 1600 mg qd + 100 mg ritonavir qd 18P ↑60%
(16-122%)
↑42%
(10-84%)
Fosamprenavir 700 mg bid 1000 mg bid + 100 mg ritonavir bid 18P ↓15%
(-33% to 9%)
Rifabutin 150 mg every 3 days or 300 mg every 7 days 400 mg bid + 400 mg ritonavir bid 24P ↑19% ↑39%
Ritonavir 100 mg bid 1000 mg bid 24P ↑1124% ↑1325%
Tenofovir 300 mg once daily 1000 mg bid + 100 mg ritonavir bid 18P
Tipranavir 500 mg + ritonavir 200 mg bid 600 mg bid + 100 mg ritonavir bid 20P ↓76%
(68-81%)§
↓70%
(60-77%)§
Omeprazole 40 mg QD × 5 days 1000 mg/ritonavir 100 mg BID × 15 days 19V ↑82%
(37-234%)§
↑ 75%
(31-234%)§

For information regarding clinical recommendations, see PRECAUTIONS: Drug Interactions, Table 6.

INDICATIONS AND USAGE

INVIRASE in combination with ritonavir and other antiretroviral agents is indicated for the treatment of HIV infection. The twice daily administration of INVIRASE in combination with ritonavir is supported by safety data from the MaxCmin 1 study (see Table 7) and pharmacokinetic data (see Table 1). The efficacy of INVIRASE with ritonavir has not been compared against the efficacy of antiretroviral regimens currently considered standard of care.

Description of Clinical Studies

In a randomized, double-blind clinical study (NV14256) in ZDV-experienced, HIV-infected patients, INVIRASE in combination with HIVID was shown to be superior to either INVIRASE or HIVID monotherapy in decreasing the cumulative incidence of clinical disease progression to AIDS-defining events or death. Furthermore, in a randomized study (ACTG229/NV14255), patients with advanced HIV infection with history of prolonged ZDV treatment and who were given INVIRASE 600 mg tid + ZDV + HIVID experienced greater increases in CD4 cell counts as compared to those who received INVIRASE + ZDV or HIVID + ZDV. It should be noted that HIV treatment regimens that were used in these initial clinical studies of INVIRASE are no longer considered standard of care.

Saquinavir gel capsule 1000 mg bid coadministered with ritonavir 100 mg bid was studied in a heterogeneous population of 148 HIV-infected patients (MaxCmin 1 study). At baseline 42 were treatment naïve and 106 were treatment experienced (of which 52 had an HIV RNA level <400 copies/mL at baseline). Results showed that 91/148 (61%) subjects achieved and/or sustained an HIV RNA level <400 copies/mL at the completion of 48 weeks.

CONTRAINDICATIONS

INVIRASE must be used in combination with ritonavir, which significantly inhibits saquinavir's metabolism and provides increased plasma saquinavir levels.

INVIRASE is contraindicated in patients with clinically significant hypersensitivity to saquinavir or to any of the components contained in the capsule or tablet.

INVIRASE/ritonavir should not be administered concurrently with terfenadine, cisapride, astemizole, pimozide, triazolam, midazolam or ergot derivatives. Inhibition of CYP3A4 by saquinavir and ritonavir could result in elevated plasma concentrations of these drugs, potentially causing serious or life-threatening reactions, such as cardiac arrhythmias or prolonged sedation (see PRECAUTIONS: Drug Interactions).

INVIRASE/ritonavir should not be given together with rifampin, due to the risk of severe hepatocellular toxicity if the three drugs are given together (see PRECAUTIONS: Drug Interactions).

INVIRASE when administered with ritonavir is contraindicated in patients with severe hepatic impairment.

INVIRASE should not be administered concurrently with drugs listed in Table 4 (also see PRECAUTIONS: Drug Interactions, Table 5).

Table 4 Drugs That Are Contraindicated With INVIRASE/Ritonavir
Drug Class Drugs Within Class That Are Contraindicated With INVIRASE
Antiarrhythmics Amiodarone, bepridil, flecainide, propafenone, quinidine
Antihistamines Astemizole, terfenadine
Ergot Derivatives Dihydroergotamine, ergonovine, ergotamine, methylergonovine
Antimycobacterial Agents Rifampin
GI Motility Agent Cisapride
Neuroleptics Pimozide
Sedative/Hypnotics Triazolam, midazolam

WARNINGS

ALERT: Find out about medicines that should not be taken with INVIRASE. This statement is included on the product's bottle label.

Interaction with HMG-CoA Reductase Inhibitors

Concomitant use of INVIRASE with lovastatin or simvastatin is not recommended. Caution should be exercised if HIV protease inhibitors, including INVIRASE, are used concurrently with other HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors that are also metabolized by the CYP3A4 pathway (eg, atorvastatin). Since increased concentrations of statins can, in rare cases, cause severe adverse events such as myopathy including rhabdomyolysis, this risk may be increased when HIV protease inhibitors, including saquinavir, are used in combination with these drugs.

Interaction with Rifampin

Rifampin should not be administered in patients taking ritonavir-boosted INVIRASE as part of an ART regimen due to the risk of severe hepatocellular toxicity observed in a drug-drug interaction study in healthy volunteers (see PRECAUTIONS: Drug Interactions).

Interaction with St. John's Wort (hypericum perforatum)

Concomitant use of INVIRASE and St. John's wort (hypericum perforatum) or products containing St. John's wort is not recommended. Coadministration of protease inhibitors, including INVIRASE, with St. John's wort is expected to substantially decrease protease-inhibitor concentrations and may result in sub-optimal levels of INVIRASE and lead to loss of virologic response and possible resistance to INVIRASE or to the class of protease inhibitors.

Interaction with Digoxin

Caution should be exercised when INVIRASE and digoxin are coadministered; serum concentration of digoxin should be monitored and the dose of digoxin may need to be reduced (see PRECAUTIONS: Drug Interactions).

Interaction with Garlic Capsules

No data are available for the coadministration of INVIRASE/ritonavir and garlic capsules (see Table 5 Drugs That Should Not Be Coadministered With INVIRASE/Ritonavir).

Interaction with Fluticasone

A drug interaction study in healthy subjects has shown that ritonavir significantly increases plasma fluticasone propionate exposures, resulting in significantly decreased serum cortisol concentrations. Concomitant use of INVIRASE with ritonavir and fluticasone propionate is expected to produce the same effects. Systemic corticosteroid effects including Cushing's syndrome and adrenal suppression have been reported during postmarketing use in patients receiving ritonavir and inhaled or intranasally administered fluticasone propionate. Therefore, coadministration of fluticasone propionate and INVIRASE/ritonavir is not recommended unless the potential benefit to the patient outweighs the risk of systemic corticosteroid side effects (see PRECAUTIONS: Drug Interactions).

Diabetes Mellitus and Hyperglycemia

New onset diabetes mellitus, exacerbation of preexisting diabetes mellitus and hyperglycemia have been reported during postmarketing surveillance in HIV-infected patients receiving protease-inhibitor therapy. Some patients required either initiation or dose adjustments of insulin or oral hypoglycemic agents for the treatment of these events. In some cases diabetic ketoacidosis has occurred. In those patients who discontinued protease-inhibitor therapy, hyperglycemia persisted in some cases. Because these events have been reported voluntarily during clinical practice, estimates of frequency cannot be made and a causal relationship between protease-inhibitor therapy and these events has not been established.

PRECAUTIONS

General

INVIRASE must be used in combination with ritonavir.

If a serious or severe toxicity occurs during treatment with INVIRASE, INVIRASE should be interrupted until the etiology of the event is identified or the toxicity resolves. At that time, resumption of treatment with full-dose INVIRASE may be considered. For antiretroviral agents used in combination with INVIRASE, physicians should refer to the complete product information for these drugs for dose adjustment recommendations and for information regarding drug-associated adverse reactions.

Hepatic Effects

The use of INVIRASE (in combination with ritonavir) by patients with hepatic impairment has not been studied. In the absence of such studies, caution should be exercised, as increases in saquinavir levels and/or increases in liver enzymes may occur. In patients with underlying hepatitis B or C, cirrhosis, chronic alcoholism and/or other underlying liver abnormalities there have been reports of worsening liver disease.

Renal Effects

Renal clearance is only a minor elimination pathway; the principal route of metabolism and excretion for saquinavir is by the liver. Therefore, no initial dose adjustment is necessary for patients with renal impairment. However, patients with severe renal impairment have not been studied, and caution should be exercised when prescribing saquinavir in this population.

Hemophilia

There have been reports of spontaneous bleeding in patients with hemophilia A and B treated with protease inhibitors. In some patients additional factor VIII was required. In the majority of reported cases treatment with protease inhibitors was continued or restarted. A causal relationship between protease inhibitor therapy and these episodes has not been established.

Hyperlipidemia

Elevated cholesterol and/or triglyceride levels have been observed in some patients taking saquinavir in combination with ritonavir. Marked elevation in triglyceride levels is a risk factor for development of pancreatitis. Cholesterol and triglyceride levels should be monitored prior to initiating combination dosing regimen of INVIRASE with ritonavir, and at periodic intervals while on such therapy. In these patients, lipid disorders should be managed as clinically appropriate.

Lactose Intolerance

Each capsule contains lactose (anhydrous) 63.3 mg. This quantity should not induce specific symptoms of intolerance.

Fat Redistribution

Redistribution/accumulation of body fat including central obesity, dorsocervical fat enlargement (buffalo hump), facial wasting, peripheral wasting, breast enlargement, and "cushingoid appearance" have been observed in patients receiving antiretroviral therapy. A causal relationship between protease-inhibitor therapy and these events has not been established and the long-term consequences are currently unknown.

Immune Reconstitution Syndrome

Immune reconstitution syndrome has been reported in patients treated with combination antiretroviral therapy, including INVIRASE. During the initial phase of combination antiretroviral treatment, patients whose immune system responds may develop an inflammatory response to indolent or residual opportunistic infections (such as Mycobacterium avium infection, cytomegalovirus, Pneumocystis jirovecil pneumonia (PCP), or tuberculosis), which may necessitate further evaluation and treatment.

Resistance/Cross-resistance

Varying degrees of cross-resistance among protease inhibitors have been observed. Continued administration of INVIRASE therapy following loss of viral suppression may increase the likelihood of cross-resistance to other protease inhibitors (see MICROBIOLOGY).

Information for Patients

A statement to patients and health care providers is included on the product's bottle label: ALERT: Find out about medicines that should NOT be taken with INVIRASE.

INVIRASE may interact with some drugs; therefore, patients should be advised to report to their doctor the use of any other prescription, nonprescription medication, or herbal products, particularly St. John's wort.

Patients should be informed that INVIRASE is not a cure for HIV infection and that they may continue to acquire illnesses associated with advanced HIV infection, including opportunistic infections. Patients should be advised that INVIRASE must be used in combination with ritonavir, which significantly inhibits saquinavir's metabolism to provide increased plasma saquinavir levels.

Patients should be informed that redistribution or accumulation of body fat may occur in patients receiving protease inhibitors and that the cause and long-term health effects of these conditions are not known at this time.

Patients should be told that the long-term effects of INVIRASE are unknown at this time. They should be informed that INVIRASE therapy has not been shown to reduce the risk of transmitting HIV to others through sexual contact or blood contamination.

Patients should be advised that INVIRASE administered with ritonavir should be taken within 2 hours after a full meal (see CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY: Pharmacokinetics). When INVIRASE is taken without food, concentrations of saquinavir in the blood are substantially reduced and may result in no antiviral activity. Patients should be advised of the importance of taking their medication every day, as prescribed, to achieve maximum benefit. Patients should not alter the dose or discontinue therapy without consulting their physician. If a dose is missed, patients should take the next dose as soon as possible. However, the patient should not double the next dose.

Laboratory Tests

Clinical chemistry tests, viral load, and CD4 count should be performed prior to initiating INVIRASE therapy and at appropriate intervals thereafter. Elevated nonfasting triglyceride levels have been observed in patients in saquinavir trials. Triglyceride levels should be periodically monitored during therapy. For comprehensive information concerning laboratory test alterations associated with use of other antiretroviral therapies, physicians should refer to the complete product information for these drugs.

Drug Interactions

Several drug interaction studies have been completed with both INVIRASE and saquinavir soft gel capsules. Observations from drug interaction studies with saquinavir soft gel capsules may not be predictive for INVIRASE. Because ritonavir is coadministered, prescribers should also refer to the prescribing information for ritonavir regarding drug interactions associated with this agent.

The metabolism of saquinavir is mediated by cytochrome P450, with the specific isoenzyme CYP3A4 responsible for 90% of the hepatic metabolism. Additionally, saquinavir is a substrate for P-Glycoprotein (Pgp). Therefore, drugs that affect CYP3A4 and/or Pgp, may modify the pharmacokinetics of saquinavir. Similarly, saquinavir might also modify the pharmacokinetics of other drugs that are substrates for CYP3A4 or Pgp.

Drugs that are contraindicated specifically due to the expected magnitude of interaction and potential for serious adverse events are listed in Table 4 under CONTRAINDICATIONS. Additional drugs that are not recommended for coadministration with INVIRASE and ritonavir are included in Table 5. These recommendations are based on either drug interaction studies or predicted interactions due to the expected magnitude of interaction and potential for serious events or loss of efficacy.

Drug interactions that have been established based on drug interaction studies are listed with the pharmacokinetic results in Table 2, which summarizes the effect of saquinavir, administered as saquinavir soft gel capsules or INVIRASE, on the geometric mean AUC and Cmax of coadministered drugs and Table 3, which summarizes the effect of coadministered drugs on the geometric mean AUC and Cmax of saquinavir. Clinical dose recommendations can be found in Table 6. The magnitude of the interactions may be different when INVIRASE is given with ritonavir.

When coadministering INVIRASE/ritonavir with any agent having a narrow therapeutic margin, such as anticoagulants, anticonvulsants, and antiarrhythmics, special attention is warranted. With some agents, the metabolism may be induced, resulting in decreased concentrations. Examples and clinical dose recommendations can be found in Table 6.

Table 5Drugs That Should Not Be Coadministered With INVIRASE/Ritonavir
Drug Class: Drug Name Clinical Comment
*
No longer marketed in the US.
Antiarrhythmics: Amiodarone, bepridil, flecainide, propafenone, quinidine CONTRAINDICATED due to potential for serious and/or life-threatening reactions.
Antihistamines:
astemizole*, terfenadine*
CONTRAINDICATED due to potential for serious and/or life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias.
Ergot Derivatives:
Dihydroergotamine, ergonovine, ergotamine, methylergonovine
CONTRAINDICATED due to potential for serious and life-threatening reactions such as acute ergot toxicity characterized by peripheral vasospasm and ischemia of the extremities and other tissues.
Antimycobacterial Agents:
rifampin
CONTRAINDICATED since the coadministration of this product with saquinavir in an antiretroviral regimen reduces the plasma concentrations of saquinavir.

Rifampin should not be administered in patients taking ritonavir-boosted INVIRASE as part of an ART regimen due to the risk of severe hepatocellular toxicity.
Garlic Capsules No data are available for the coadministration of INVIRASE/ritonavir and garlic capsules.

WARNING coadministration of garlic capsules and saquinavir is not recommended due to the potential for garlic capsules to induce the metabolism of saquinavir which may result in sub-therapeutic saquinavir concentrations.
GI Motility Agent:
cisapride*
CONTRAINDICATED due to potential for serious and/or life-threatening reactions such as cardiac arrhythmias.
Herbal Products:
St. John's wort (hypericum perforatum)
WARNING coadministration may lead to loss of virologic response and possible resistance to INVIRASE or to the class of protease inhibitors.
HMG-CoA Reductase Inhibitors:
lovastatin, simvastatin
WARNING potential for serious reactions such as risk of myopathy including rhabdomyolysis.
Sedatives/Hypnotics:
triazolam, midazolam
CONTRAINDICATED due to potential for serious and/or life-threatening reactions such as prolonged or increased sedation or respiratory depression.
Table 6Established and Other Potentially Significant Drug Interactions: Alteration in Dose or Regimen May Be Recommended Based on Drug Interaction Studies or Predicted Interaction (Information in the table applies to INVIRASE/ritonavir)
Concomitant Drug Class:
Drug Name
Effect on Concentration of Saquinavir or Concomitant Drug Clinical Comment
*
See CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY: Pharmacokinetics, Table 2 and Table 3 for magnitude of interactions.
HIV-Antiviral Agents
Non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor:
Delavirdine
↑ Saquinavir

Effect on delavirdine is not well established

INVIRASE/ritonavir
Interaction has not been evaluated
Appropriate doses of the combination with respect to safety and efficacy have not been established.
Non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor:
Efavirenz*, nevirapine
↓ Saquinavir
↓ Efavirenz

INVIRASE/ritonavir
Interaction has not been evaluated
Appropriate doses of the combination of efavirenz or nevirapine and INVIRASE/ritonavir with respect to safety and efficacy have not been established.
HIV protease inhibitor:
Atazanavir*
INVIRASE/ritonavir
↑ Saquinavir
↑ Ritonavir
↔ Atazanavir
No data are available on the combination of INVIRASE 1000 mg/ritonavir 100 mg bid with atazanavir 300 mg qd. Appropriate dosing recommendations for this combination, with respect to efficacy and safety, have not been established.
HIV protease inhibitor:
Indinavir*
↑ Saquinavir

Effect on indinavir is not well established

INVIRASE/ritonavir
Interaction has not been evaluated
Appropriate doses of the combination of indinavir and INVIRASE/ritonavir with respect to safety and efficacy have not been established.
HIV protease inhibitor:
Nelfinavir*
↑ Saquinavir
↑ Nelfinavir


INVIRASE/ritonavir
Interaction has not been evaluated
Saquinavir 1200 mg bid with nelfinavir 1250 mg bid results in adequate plasma drug concentrations for both protease inhibitors.
HIV protease inhibitor:
Ritonavir*
↑ Saquinavir
↔ Ritonavir
The recommended dose regimen when ritonavir is given to increase saquinavir concentrations is 1000 mg saquinavir plus ritonavir 100 mg twice daily.
HIV protease inhibitor:
Lopinavir/ritonavir
(coformulated capsule)*
↔ Saquinavir
↔ Lopinavir
↓ Ritonavir
Evidence from several clinical trials indicates that saquinavir concentrations achieved with the saquinavir and lopinavir/ritonavir combination are similar to those achieved following saquinavir/ritonavir 1000/100 mg. The recommended dose for this combination is saquinavir 1000 mg plus lopinavir/ritonavir 400/100 mg bid.
HIV protease inhibitor:
Tipranavir/ritonavir
↓ Saquinavir Combining saquinavir with tipranavir/ritonavir is not recommended.
HIV fusion inhibitor:
Enfuvirtide*
Saquinavir soft gel capsules/ritonavir
↔ enfuvirtide
No clinically significant interaction was noted from a study in 12 HIV patients who received enfuvirtide concomitantly with saquinavir soft gel capsules/ritonavir 1000/100 mg bid. No dose adjustments are required.
Other Agents
Antiarrhythmics:
Lidocaine (systemic)
↑ Antiarrhythmics Caution is warranted and therapeutic concentration monitoring, if available, is recommended for antiarrhythmics given with INVIRASE/ritonavir.
Anticoagulant:
Warfarin
Concentrations of warfarin may be affected. It is recommended that INR (international normalized ratio) be monitored.
Anticonvulsants:
Carbamazepine,
phenobarbital, phenytoin
↓ Saquinavir

Effect on carbamazepine, phenobarbital, and phenytoin is not well established

INVIRASE/ritonavir
Interaction has not been evaluated
Use with caution, saquinavir may be less effective due to decreased saquinavir plasma concentrations in patients taking these agents concomitantly.
Anti-infective:
Clarithromycin*
↑ Saquinavir
↑ Clarithromycin



INVIRASE/ritonavir
Interaction has not been evaluated
Appropriate doses of the combination of clarithromycin and INVIRASE/ritonavir with respect to safety and efficacy have not been established.

Due to the known effect of ritonavir on clarithromycin concentrations, the following dose adjustments are recommended:
For patients with renal impairment, the following dosage adjustments should be considered:
  • For patients with CLCR 30 to 60 mL/min the dose of clarithromycin should be reduced by 50%.
  • For patients with CLCR <30 mL/min the dose of clarithromycin should be decreased by 75%.
No dose adjustment for patients with normal renal function is necessary.
Antifungal:
Ketoconazole*,
itraconazole
INVIRASE/ritonavir
Interaction has not been evaluated
Appropriate doses of the combination of ketoconazole or itraconazole and INVIRASE/ritonavir with respect to safety and efficacy have not been established.
Antimycobacterial:
Rifabutin*
↓ Saquinavir
↑ Rifabutin
Appropriate doses of the combination of rifabutin and INVIRASE/ritonavir with respect to safety and efficacy have not been established.
Benzodiazepines:
Alprazolam, clorazepate, diazepam, flurazepam
↑ Benzodiazepines Clinical significance is unknown; however, a decrease in benzodiazepine dose may be needed.
Calcium channel blockers:
Diltiazem, felodipine, nifedipine, nicardipine, nimodipine, verapamil, amlodipine, nisoldipine, isradipine
↑ Calcium channel blockers Caution is warranted and clinical monitoring of patients is recommended.
Corticosteroid:
Dexamethasone
↓ Saquinavir




INVIRASE/ritonavir
Interaction has not been evaluated
Use with caution, saquinavir may be less effective due to decreased saquinavir plasma concentrations in patients taking these agents concomitantly.
Digitalis Glycosides:
Digoxin
↑ Digoxin

Increases in serum digoxin concentration were greater in female subjects as compared to male subjects when digoxin was coadministered with INVIRASE/ritonavir.
Concomitant use of INVIRASE/ritonavir with digoxin results in a significant increase in serum concentrations of digoxin. Caution should be exercised when INVIRASE/ritonavir and digoxin are coadministered; serum digoxin concentrations should be monitored and the dose of digoxin may need to be reduced when coadministered with INVIRASE/ritonavir (see WARNINGS).
Inhaled/nasal steroid:
Fluticasone
INVIRASE/ritonavir
↑ Fluticasone
Concomitant use of fluticasone propionate and INVIRASE/ritonavir may increase plasma concentrations of fluticasone propionate, resulting in significantly reduced serum cortisol concentrations. Coadministration of fluticasone propionate and INVIRASE/ritonavir is not recommended unless the potential benefit to the patient outweighs the risk of systemic corticosteroid side effects (see WARNINGS).
Histamine H2-receptor antagonist:
Ranitidine
↑ Saquinavir

INVIRASE/ritonavir
Interaction has not been evaluated
Appropriate doses of the combination of ranitidine and INVIRASE/ritonavir with respect to safety has not been established.
HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors:
Atorvastatin, rosuvastatin
↑ Atorvastatin

↑Rosuvastatin
Use lowest possible dose of atorvastatin or rosuvastatin with careful monitoring, or consider other HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors such as fluvastatin in combination with Invirase/ritonavir.
Immunosuppressants:
Cyclosporine, tacrolimus, rapamycin
↑ Immunosuppressants Therapeutic concentration monitoring is recommended for immunosuppressant agents when coadministered with INVIRASE/ritonavir.
Narcotic analgesic:
Methadone
↓ Methadone Dosage of methadone may need to be increased when coadministered with INVIRASE/ritonavir.
Oral contraceptives:
Ethinyl estradiol
↓ Ethinyl estradiol Alternative or additional contraceptive measures should be used when estrogen-based oral contraceptives and INVIRASE/ritonavir are coadministered.
PDE5 inhibitors
(phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors):

Sildenafil*, vardenafil, tadalafil
↑ Sildenafil
↔ Saquinavir

↑ Vardenafil
↑ Tadalafil
Use sildenafil with caution at reduced doses of 25 mg every 48 hours with increased monitoring of adverse events when administered concomitantly with INVIRASE/ritonavir.

Use vardenafil with caution at reduced doses of no more than 2.5 mg every 72 hours with increased monitoring of adverse events when administered concomitantly with INVIRASE/ritonavir.

Use tadalafil with caution at reduced doses of no more than 10 mg every 72 hours with increased monitoring of adverse events when administered concomitantly with INVIRASE/ritonavir.
Antidepressant:
Trazodone
↑ Trazodone Concomitant use of trazodone and INVIRASE/ritonavir may increase plasma concentration of trazodone. Adverse events of nausea, dizziness, hypotension and syncope have been observed following coadministration of trazodone and ritonavir. If trazodone is used with a CYP3A4 inhibitor such as INVIRASE/ritonavir, the combination should be used with caution and lower dose of trazodone should be considered.
Tricyclic antidepressants:
Amitriptyline, imipramine
↑ Tricyclics Therapeutic concentration monitoring is recommended for tricyclic antidepressants when coadministered with INVIRASE/ritonavir.
Proton pump inhibitors:
Omeprazole
↑ Saquinavir When INVIRASE/ritonavir is co-administered with omeprazole, saquinavir concentrations are increased significantly. If omeprazole or another proton pump inhibitor is taken concomitantly with INVIRASE/ritonavir, caution is advised and monitoring for potential saquinavir toxicities is recommended, particularly gastrointestinal symptoms, increased triglycerides, and deep vein thrombosis.

Drugs That Are Mainly Metabolized by CYP3A4

Although specific studies have not been performed, coadministration with drugs that are mainly metabolized by CYP3A4 (eg, calcium channel blockers, dapsone, disopyramide, quinine, amiodarone, quinidine, warfarin, tacrolimus, cyclosporine, ergot derivatives, pimozide, carbamazepine, fentanyl, alfentanyl, alprazolam, and triazolam) may have elevated plasma concentrations when coadministered with saquinavir; therefore, these combinations should be used with caution. Since INVIRASE is coadministered with ritonavir, the ritonavir label should be reviewed for additional drugs that should not be coadministered.

Inducers of CYP3A4

Coadministration with compounds that are potent inducers of CYP3A4 (eg, phenobarbital, phenytoin, dexamethasone, carbamazepine) may result in decreased plasma levels of saquinavir.

Rifampin

In a Phase I, randomized, open-label, multiple-dose study involving 28 healthy volunteers, 11 of 17 (65%) healthy volunteers exposed concomitantly to rifampin 600 mg once daily and INVIRASE 1000 mg/ritonavir 100 mg given twice daily (ritonavir-boosted INVIRASE) developed severe hepatocellular toxicity during the 28-day study period. Therefore, rifampin should not be administered concomitantly in patients taking ritonavir-boosted INVIRASE as part of an ART regimen (see CONTRAINDICATIONS).

Carcinogenesis, Mutagenesis and Impairment of Fertility

Carcinogenesis

Carcinogenicity studies found no indication of carcinogenic activity in rats and mice administered saquinavir for approximately 2 years. Because of limited bioavailability of saquinavir in animals, the plasma exposures (AUC values) in the respective species were approximately 29% (using rat) and 65% (using mouse) of those obtained in humans at the recommended clinical dose boosted with ritonavir.

Mutagenesis

Mutagenicity and genotoxicity studies, with and without metabolic activation where appropriate, have shown that saquinavir has no mutagenic activity in vitro in either bacterial (Ames test) or mammalian cells (Chinese hamster lung V79/HPRT test). Saquinavir does not induce chromosomal damage in vivo in the mouse micronucleus assay or in vitro in human peripheral blood lymphocytes, and does not induce primary DNA damage in vitro in the unscheduled DNA synthesis test.

Impairment of Fertility

No adverse effects were reported in fertility and reproductive performance study conducted in rats. Because of limited bioavailability of saquinavir in animals, the maximal plasma exposures achieved in rats were approximately 26% of those obtained in humans at the recommended clinical dose boosted with ritonavir.

Pregnancy

Teratogenic Effects: Category B

Reproduction studies conducted with saquinavir have shown no embryotoxicity or teratogenicity in both rats and rabbits. Because of limited bioavailability of saquinavir in animals and/or dosing limitations, the plasma exposures (AUC values) in the respective species were approximately 29% (using rat) and 21% (using rabbit) of those obtained in humans at the recommended clinical dose boosted with ritonavir. Clinical experience in pregnant women is limited. Saquinavir should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus.

Antiretroviral Pregnancy Registry

To monitor maternal-fetal outcomes of pregnant women exposed to antiretroviral medications, including INVIRASE, an Antiretroviral Pregnancy Registry has been established. Physicians are encouraged to register patients by calling 1-800-258-4263.

Nursing Mothers

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that HIV-infected mothers not breast-feed their infants to avoid risking postnatal transmission of HIV. It is not known whether saquinavir is excreted in human milk. Because of both the potential for HIV transmission and the potential for serious adverse reactions in nursing infants, mothers should be instructed not to breast-feed if they are receiving antiretroviral medications, including INVIRASE.

Pediatric Use

Safety and effectiveness of INVIRASE in HIV-infected pediatric patients younger than 16 years of age have not been established.

Geriatric Use

Clinical studies of INVIRASE did not include sufficient numbers of subjects aged 65 and over to determine whether they respond differently from younger subjects. In general, caution should be taken when dosing INVIRASE in elderly patients due to the greater frequency of decreased hepatic, renal or cardiac function, and of concomitant disease or other drug therapy.

ADVERSE REACTIONS

(see PRECAUTIONS)

INVIRASE must be used in combination with ritonavir, which significantly inhibits saquinavir's metabolism to provide increased plasma saquinavir levels.

Concomitant Therapy with Ritonavir Adverse Reactions

In combination with ritonavir the recommended dose of INVIRASE is 1000 mg two times daily with ritonavir 100 mg two times daily in combination with other antiretroviral agents. Table 7 lists grade 2, 3 and 4 related adverse events that occurred in ≥2% of patients receiving saquinavir soft gel capsules with ritonavir (1000/100 mg bid).

Table 7Grade 2, 3 and 4 Related Adverse Events (All Causality) Reported in ≥2% of Adult Patients in the MaxCmin 1 Study of saquinavir soft gel capsules in Combination with Ritonavir 1000/100 mg bid
Saquinavir soft gel capsules 1000 mg plus Ritonavir 100 mg bid (48 weeks)
N=148
n (%=n/N)
Includes events with unknown relationship to study drug
Endocrine Disorders
  Diabetes mellitus/hyperglycemia 4 (2.7)
  Lipodystrophy 8 (5.4)
Gastrointestinal Disorders
  Nausea 16 (10.8)
  Vomiting 11 (7.4)
  Diarrhea 12 (8.1)
  Abdominal Pain 9 (6.1)
  Constipation 3 (2.0)
General Disorders and Administration Site Conditions
  Fatigue 9 (6.1)
  Fever 5 (3.4)
Musculoskeletal Disorders
  Back Pain 3 (2.0)
Respiratory Disorders
  Pneumonia 8 (5.4)
  Bronchitis 4 (2.7)
  Influenza 4 (2.7)
  Sinusitis 4 (2.7)
Dermatological Disorders
  Rash 5 (3.4)
  Pruritus 5 (3.4)
  Dry lips/skin 3 (2.0)
  Eczema 3 (2.0)

Limited experience is available from three studies investigating the pharmacokinetics of the INVIRASE 500 mg film-coated tablet compared to the INVIRASE 200 mg capsule in healthy volunteers (n=140). In two of these studies saquinavir was boosted with ritonavir; in the other study, saquinavir was administered as single drug. The INVIRASE tablet and the capsule formulations were similarly tolerated. The most common adverse events were gastrointestinal disorders (such as diarrhea). Similar bioavailability was demonstrated and no clinically significant differences in saquinavir exposures were seen. Thus, similar safety profiles are expected between the two INVIRASE formulations.

In a study investigating the drug-drug interaction of rifampin 600 mg/day daily and INVIRASE 1000 mg/ritonavir 100 mg twice daily (ritonavir-boosted INVIRASE) involving 28 healthy volunteers, 11 of 17 healthy volunteers (65%) exposed concomitantly to rifampin and ritonavir-boosted INVIRASE developed severe hepatocellular toxicity presented as increased hepatic transaminases. In some subjects, transaminases increased up to >20-fold the upper limit of normal and were associated with gastrointestinal symptoms, including abdominal pain, gastritis, nausea, and vomiting. Following discontinuation of all three drugs, clinical symptoms abated and the increased hepatic transaminases normalized (see CONTRAINDICATIONS).

Additional Adverse Reactions Reported with Saquinavir

Additionally, adverse experiences of any intensity, at least remotely related to saquinavir, that were reported from clinical trials using INVIRASE or saquinavir soft gel capsules with or without ritonavir, are listed below by body system:

Body as a Whole: allergic reaction, anorexia, asthenia, chest pain, drug fever, edema, fatigue, fever, intoxication, mucosa damage, parasites external, retrosternal pain, shivering, wasting syndrome, weakness generalized, weight decrease, redistribution/accumulation of body fat (see PRECAUTIONS: Fat Redistribution)

Cardiovascular: cyanosis, heart murmur, heart valve disorder, hypertension, hypotension, peripheral vasoconstriction, syncope, thrombophlebitis, vein distended

Endocrine/Metabolic: appetite decrease, appetite disturbance, dehydration, diabetes mellitus, dry eye syndrome, hypercalcemia, hyperglycemia, hyperkalemia, hypernatremia, hyperphosphatemia, hypertriglyceridemia, hypocalcemia, hypokalemia, hyponatremia, hypophosphatemia, weight increase, xerophthalmia

Gastrointestinal: ascites, abdominal discomfort, buccal mucosa ulceration, cheilitis, colic abdominal, constipation, dyspepsia, dysphagia, esophagitis, eructation, exacerbation of chronic liver disease with grade 4 LFT, feces bloodstained, feces discolored, flatulence, gastralgia, gastritis, gastrointestinal inflammation, intestinal obstruction, gingivitis, glossitis, hemorrhage rectum, hemorrhoids, hepatitis, hepatomegaly, hepatosplenomegaly, hyperbilirubinemia, infectious diarrhea, jaundice, liver enzyme disorder, melena, pain pelvic, painful defecation, pancreatitis, parotid disorder, portal hypertension, right and left upper quadrant abdominal pain, salivary glands disorder, stomach upset, stomatitis, toothache, tooth disorder, vomiting

Hematologic: anemia, bleeding dermal, hemolytic anemia, leucopenia, microhemorrhages, neutropenia, pancytopenia, splenomegaly, thrombocytopenia, thrombocytopenia leading to death

Investigations: ALT increase, AST increase, GGT increase, increased alkaline phosphatase, increased creatine phosphokinase, increased gamma GT, isolated increase in transaminase, raised amylase, raised LDH, TSH increase

Musculoskeletal: arthralgia, arthritis, back pain, cramps leg, cramps muscle, creatine phosphokinase increased, musculoskeletal disorders, musculoskeletal pain, myalgia, stiffness, tissue changes, trauma

Neoplasms benign, malignant and unspecified: acute myeloblastic leukemia

Neurological: ataxia, bowel movements frequent, confusion, convulsions, dizziness, dysarthria, dysesthesia, extremity numbness, headache, heart rate disorder, hyperesthesia, hyperreflexia, hyporeflexia, light-headed feeling, mouth dry, myelopolyradiculoneuritis, numbness face, pain facial, paresis, paresthesia, peripheral neuropathy, poliomyelitis, prickly sensation, progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy, seizures, spasms, tremor, unconsciousness

Psychological: agitation, amnesia, anxiety, anxiety attack, depression, dreaming excessive, euphoria, hallucination, insomnia, intellectual ability reduced, irritability, lethargy, libido disorder, overdose effect, psychic disorder, psychosis, somnolence, speech disorder, suicide attempt

Reproductive System: impotence, prostate enlarged, vaginal discharge

Resistance Mechanism: abscess, angina tonsillaris, candidiasis, cellulitis, herpes simplex, herpes zoster, infection bacterial, infection mycotic, infection staphylococcal, influenza, lymphadenopathy, moniliasis, tumor

Respiratory: bronchitis, cough, dyspnea, epistaxis, hemoptysis, laryngitis, pharyngitis, pneumonia, pulmonary disease, respiratory disorder, rhinitis, sinusitis, upper respiratory tract infection

Skin and Appendages: acne, alopecia, bullous skin eruption and polyarthritis, chalazion, dermatitis, dermatitis seborrheic, eczema, erythema, folliculitis, furunculosis, hair changes, hot flushes, nail disorder, night sweats, papillomatosis, photosensitivity reaction, pigment changes skin, rash maculopapular, severe cutaneous reaction associated with increased liver function tests, skin disorder, skin nodule, skin ulceration, Stevens-Johnson syndrome, sweating increased, urticaria, verruca, xeroderma

Special Senses: blepharitis, earache, ear pressure, eye irritation, hearing decreased, otitis, taste alteration, tinnitus, visual disturbance

Urinary System: micturition disorder, nephrolithiasis, renal calculus, urinary tract bleeding, urinary tract infection

Postmarketing Experience with INVIRASE

Additional adverse events that have been observed during the postmarketing period are similar to those seen in clinical trials with INVIRASE and saquinavir soft gel capsules alone or in combination with ritonavir.

OVERDOSAGE

No acute toxicities or sequelae were noted in 1 patient who ingested 8 grams of INVIRASE as a single dose. The patient was treated with induction of emesis within 2 to 4 hours after ingestion. A second patient ingested 2.4 grams of INVIRASE in combination with 600 mg of ritonavir and experienced pain in the throat that lasted for 6 hours and then resolved. In an exploratory Phase II study of oral dosing with INVIRASE at 7200 mg/day (1200 mg q4h), there were no serious toxicities reported through the first 25 weeks of treatment.

DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION

INVIRASE must be used in combination with ritonavir, because it significantly inhibits saquinavir's metabolism to provide increased plasma saquinavir levels.

Adults (Over the Age of 16 Years)

Concomitant Therapy: INVIRASE with Lopinavir/Ritonavir

When administered with lopinavir/ritonavir 400/100 mg bid, the appropriate dose of INVIRASE is 1000 mg bid (with no additional ritonavir).

Monitoring of Patients

Clinical chemistry tests, viral load, and CD4 count should be performed prior to initiating INVIRASE therapy and at appropriate intervals thereafter. For comprehensive patient monitoring recommendations for other nucleoside analogues, physicians should refer to the complete product information for these drugs.

Dose Adjustment for Combination Therapy with INVIRASE

For serious toxicities that may be associated with INVIRASE, the drug should be interrupted. INVIRASE at doses less than 1000 mg with 100 mg ritonavir bid are not recommended since lower doses have not shown antiviral activity. For recipients of combination therapy with INVIRASE and ritonavir, dose adjustments may be necessary. These adjustments should be based on the known toxicity profile of the individual agent and the pharmacokinetic interaction between saquinavir and the coadministered drug (see PRECAUTIONS: Drug Interactions). Physicians should refer to the complete product information for these drugs for comprehensive dose adjustment recommendations and drug-associated adverse reactions of nucleoside analogues.

HOW SUPPLIED

INVIRASE 200-mg capsules are light brown and green opaque capsules with ROCHE and 0245 imprinted on the capsule shell—bottles of 270 (NDC 0004-0245-15).

INVIRASE 500-mg film-coated tablets are light orange to greyish- or brownish-orange, oval cylindrical, biconvex tablets with ROCHE and SQV 500 imprinted on the tablet face—bottles of 120 (NDC 0004-0244-51).

The capsules and tablets should be stored at 25°C (77°F); excursions permitted to 15° to 30°C (59° to 86°F) [see USP Controlled Room Temperature] in tightly closed bottles.

HIVID and VERSED are registered trademarks of Hoffmann-La Roche Inc.

KALETRA is a registered trademark of Abbott Laboratories.

Capsules Manufactured by:

F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd., Basel, Switzerland

Tablets Manufactured by:

Roche Farma, S.A., Leganes, Spain

Distributed by:

Roche Pharmaceuticals
Roche Laboratories Inc.
340 Kingsland Street
Nutley, New Jersey 07110-1199

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Revised: July 2007

Copyright © 1998-2007 by Roche Laboratories Inc. All rights reserved.

Supplemental Patient Material

ALERT: Find out about medicines that should NOT be taken with INVIRASE. Please also read the section MEDICINES YOU SHOULD NOT TAKE WITH INVIRASE.

Please read this product information carefully before you start taking INVIRASE and each time you renew your prescription. There may be new information. Reading this information can help you take this medicine correctly. However, it is not a substitute for your doctor's advice about the safety and benefits of INVIRASE. You should talk to your doctor about INVIRASE as part of your long-term treatment plan for HIV before you start taking your medication and ask any questions you may have at regular checkups. Remember, you should remain under a doctor's care when using INVIRASE and should not change or stop your therapy without talking to your doctor first.

What is INVIRASE?

INVIRASE belongs to a class of anti-HIV medicines called protease (PRO-tee-ase) inhibitors. INVIRASE Capsules and Tablets in combination with other anti-HIV drugs are used for the treatment of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome).

How does INVIRASE work?

INVIRASE fights HIV as it grows inside cells by blocking an enzyme (protease) that HIV needs to reproduce.

Who should not take INVIRASE?

Anyone who has had a severe allergic reaction to INVIRASE or any of the ingredients in the capsule or tablet should not take it. The use of INVIRASE in patients under 16 years of age, over 65 years of age, or patients with severe liver problems has not been fully investigated.

How should INVIRASE/Norvir® (ritonavir) be taken?

What results have been seen with INVIRASE?

INVIRASE with ritonavir has been shown to reduce the amount of virus in the blood ("viral load") and increase CD4 (T) cells when taken with other HIV therapy.

What are the side effects of INVIRASE?

People treated with INVIRASE in combination with Norvir may have side effects. The majority of these have been described as mild. In clinical studies of patients who received saquinavir in combination with Norvir and other HIV drugs the side effects seen most often were: body fat change (5.4%), nausea (10.8%), vomiting (7.4%), diarrhea (8.1%), stomach pain (6.1%), tiredness (6.1%), and pneumonia (5.4%).

Diabetes (new onset or worsening) and increased blood sugar levels have been reported with the use of protease inhibitors. In addition, increased bleeding in patients with hemophilia has also been associated with these drugs.

When saquinavir is taken with ritonavir, some patients may experience large increases in triglyceride and lipid levels. The long-term chance of getting complications such as heart attack and stroke due to increases in triglyceride and cholesterol levels caused by protease inhibitors is not known at this time.

Changes in body fat have been seen in some patients taking anti-HIV medications. These changes may include increased amount of fat in the upper back and neck ("buffalo hump"), breasts, and around the trunk. Loss of fat from the legs and arms may also happen. The cause and long-term health effects of these conditions are not known at this time.

These are not the only side effects that can occur with INVIRASE. Your doctor can discuss with you a more complete list of side effects and laboratory abnormalities that may accompany this medication.

If any side effects or unusual symptoms do occur, contact your doctor immediately. Do not stop or decrease your dose on your own. Lowering the dose may make INVIRASE less effective in fighting HIV.

Are there other medications that I should not take with INVIRASE/Norvir (ritonavir)?

There are some drugs that should not be taken with INVIRASE. Before starting therapy with INVIRASE; be sure to tell your doctor all of the medicines—prescription medications, as well as over-the- counter drugs and nutritional supplements—that you are now taking or plan to take.

Medicines you should not take with INVIRASE
*
No longer sold in the US
Drug Class Drugs Within Class Not to Be Taken with INVIRASE/Norvir (ritonavir)
Antiarrhythmics Pacerone® (amiodarone), Tambocor® (flecainide), Rhythmol® (propafenone), bepridil, quinidine
Antihistamines Seldane® (terfenadine)*, Hismanal® (astemizole)*
Antimigraines Ergot medications (eg, Wigraine® and Cafergot®)
GI motility agents Propulsid® (cisapride)*
Sedatives, hypnotics Versed® (midazolam), Halcion® (triazolam)
Antimycobacterial agents Rifampin
Neuroleptics Pimozide

INVIRASE causes increased blood levels of these compounds. This can lead to serious or life-threatening reactions such as irregular heartbeat or prolonged sedation.

Taking INVIRASE with St. John's wort (hypericum perforatum), an herbal product sold as a dietary supplement, or products containing St. John's wort is not recommended. Talk with your doctor if you are taking or are planning to take St. John's wort. Taking St. John's wort may decrease INVIRASE levels and lead to increased viral load and possible resistance to INVIRASE or cross-resistance to other antiretroviral drugs.

No data are available for the coadministration of INVIRASE and Norvir with garlic capsules. Garlic capsules should not be used while taking saquinavir due to the potential for garlic capsules to decrease the amount of saquinavir in the blood.

Your doctor may want to change your medicine if you are taking rifampin (known as Rifadin®, Rifamate®, Rifater® or Rimactane® ) or Mycobutin® (rifabutin); these drugs substantially reduce the level of INVIRASE in the blood. Rifampin, in combination with INVIRASE and ritonavir, may also cause severe liver problems.

Caution should be exercised when taking INVIRASE with digoxin. Your doctor may want to decrease the dose of digoxin and monitor the levels of digoxin in your blood.

The following drugs increase blood levels of INVIRASE: Norvir® (ritonavir)2, Viracept® (nelfinavir)3, Rescriptor® (delavirdine)34, Nizoral® (ketoconazole), Crixivan® (indinavir)3, Biaxin® (clarithromycin) and omeprazole.

Talk to your doctor if you are taking lipid (cholesterol) lowering drugs and Viagra® (sildenafil citrate), Levitra® (vardenafil), and Cialis® (tadalafil).

Does INVIRASE cure HIV/AIDS?

INVIRASE does not cure AIDS, and it does not prevent you from getting other illnesses that result from advanced HIV infection. In addition, INVIRASE has not been shown to reduce the risk that you may transmit HIV to others through sexual contact or infected blood. You must continue to follow all of your doctor's recommendations for managing your illness.

What else should I discuss with my doctor?

Inform your doctor:

How is INVIRASE supplied?

INVIRASE is available as light brown and green capsules in a 200-mg strength. INVIRASE comes in bottles of 270 capsules.

INVIRASE is also available as light orange to greyish- or brownish-orange tablets in a 500-mg strength. INVIRASE comes in bottles of 120 tablets.

How should I store INVIRASE?

INVIRASE capsules and tablets should be stored at room temperature. The bottles should be kept tightly closed.

INVIRASE has been prescribed specifically for you, and only for a particular condition. Do not use it for anything else. Do not give it to anyone else. If you think you have taken more than your prescribed dose, seek medical attention.

Keep this medication and all other medications out of the reach of children. Do not keep medicine that is out of date or that you no longer need. Be sure that if you throw any medicine away, it is out of the reach of children.

This provides only a brief summary of product information about INVIRASE. If you have any questions about INVIRASE or HIV, talk to your doctor.

FORTOVASE and Versed are registered trademarks of Hoffmann-La Roche Inc. Norvir, Rhythmol, and Biaxin are registered trademarks of Abbott Laboratories. Halcion, Mycobutin and Rescriptor are registered trademarks of Pharmacia & Upjohn Co. Hismanal, Propulsid and Nizoral are registered trademarks of Janssen Pharmaceutica Inc. Seldane, Rifadin, Rifamate and Rifater are registered trademarks of Hoechst Marion Roussel. Rimactane and Cafergot are registered trademarks of Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation. Viracept is a registered trademark of Agouron Pharmaceuticals Inc. Crixivan is a registered trademark of Merck & Co., Inc. Viagra is a registered trademark of Pfizer, Inc. Levitra is a registered trademark of Bayer Pharmaceuticals Corp. Cialis is a registered trademark of Eli Lilly and Company. Tambocor is a registered trademark of 3M. Pacerone is a registered trademark of Upsher-Smith.

If you have any questions about INVIRASE, call toll free at 1-800-910-4687.

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Revised: July 2007

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Dosages greater than 100mg twice a day of ritonavir when taken in combination with saquinavir were associated with an increase in side effects.
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The safety and efficacy of INVIRASE in combination with these drugs has not been established. Dosage adjustments may be required.
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Use of this combination should be accompanied by close monitoring of liver enzymes.

Invirase (saquinavir mesylate)
PRODUCT INFO
Product Code 0004-0245 Dosage Form CAPSULE
Route Of Administration ORAL DEA Schedule
INGREDIENTS
Name (Active Moiety) Type Strength
saquinavir mesylate (saquinavir) Active 200 MILLIGRAM  In 1 CAPSULE
lactose Inactive  
microcrystalline cellulose Inactive  
povidone K30 Inactive  
sodium starch glycolate Inactive  
talc Inactive  
magnesium stearate Inactive  
gelatin Inactive  
water Inactive  
red iron oxide Inactive  
yellow iron oxide Inactive  
black iron oxide Inactive  
FD&C Blue #2 Inactive  
titanium dioxide Inactive  
IMPRINT INFORMATION
Characteristic Appearance Characteristic Appearance
Color BROWN (light brown) , GREEN (green) Score 1
Shape CAPSULE (CAPSULE) Symbol false
Imprint Code ROCHE;0245 Coating false
Size 22mm
PACKAGING
# NDC Package Description Multilevel Packaging
1 0004-0245-15 270 CAPSULE In 1 BOTTLE, PLASTIC None

Invirase (saquinavir mesylate)
PRODUCT INFO
Product Code 0004-0244 Dosage Form TABLET, FILM COATED
Route Of Administration ORAL DEA Schedule
INGREDIENTS
Name (Active Moiety) Type Strength
saquinavir mesylate (saquinavir) Active 500 MILLIGRAM  In 1 TABLET
lactose Inactive  
microcrystalline cellulose Inactive  
povidone K30 Inactive  
croscarmellose sodium Inactive  
magnesium stearate Inactive  
hypromellose Inactive  
titanium dioxide Inactive  
talc Inactive  
iron oxide yellow Inactive  
iron oxide red Inactive  
triacetin Inactive  
IMPRINT INFORMATION
Characteristic Appearance Characteristic Appearance
Color ORANGE (light orange to greyish-or brownish-orange) Score 1
Shape OVAL (Oval cylindrical) Symbol false
Imprint Code ROCHE;SQV;500 Coating true
Size 18mm
PACKAGING
# NDC Package Description Multilevel Packaging
1 0004-0244-51 120 TABLET In 1 BOTTLE, PLASTIC None

Revised: 01/2008Roche

Data are from FDA and U.S. National Library of Medicine.