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GlaxoSmithKline (Ireland) Ltd

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Summary of Product Characteristics last updated on medicines.ie: 12/07/2017
SPC AVAMYS 27.5 micrograms/spray nasal spray suspension

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Updated on 12/07/2017 and displayed until Current
Reasons for adding or updating:
  • Change to section 4.4 - Special warnings and precautions for use
  • Change to section 4.8 - Undesirable effects
  • Change to section 10 - Date of revision of the text
Date of revision of text on the SPC:   16-Jun-2017
Legal Category:   Product subject to medical prescription which may be renewed (B)

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Update to section 4.4 and 4.8 to include warnings and adverse event related to blurred vision following PRAC recommendation.
Updated on 07/06/2017 and displayed until 12/07/2017
Reasons for adding or updating:
  • Change to section 4.5 - Interaction with other medicinal products and other forms of interaction
  • Change to section 10 - Date of revision of the text
Date of revision of text on the SPC:   24-May-2017
Legal Category:   Product subject to medical prescription which may be renewed (B)

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SmPC section 4.5: text updated to incorporate PRAC recommendations for the interaction of corticosteroids with cobicistat into the Avamys labelling. Approved heading text corrected and a redundant cross reference to SmPC 4.4 removed.
Updated on 04/01/2016 and displayed until 07/06/2017
Reasons for adding or updating:
  • Change to section 4.2 - Posology and method of administration
  • Change to section 4.4 - Special warnings and precautions for use
  • Change to section 10 - Date of revision of the text
Date of revision of text on the SPC:   17-Dec-2015
Legal Category:   Product subject to medical prescription which may be renewed (B)

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Section 4.2 – removal of hepatic impairment dosing information
Section 4.4 – removal of hepatic impairment warning information
Section 10 – date of revision updated
Updated on 04/11/2015 and displayed until 04/01/2016
Reasons for adding or updating:
  • Change to section 4.8 - Undesirable effects
  • Change to Section 4.8 – Undesirable effects - how to report a side effect
  • Change to section 10 - Date of revision of the text
Date of revision of text on the SPC:   22-Oct-2015
Legal Category:   Product subject to medical prescription which may be renewed (B)

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Section 4.8 – addition of Nasal septum perforation to adverse event table with a frequency classification of very rare

Updated on 10/04/2015 and displayed until 04/11/2015
Reasons for adding or updating:
  • Change to section 4.2 - Posology and method of administration
  • Change to section 4.4 - Special warnings and precautions for use
  • Change to section 4.5 - Interaction with other medicinal products and other forms of interaction
  • Change to Section 4.8 – Undesirable effects - how to report a side effect
  • Change to section 5.2 - Pharmacokinetic properties
  • Change to section 10 - Date of revision of the text
  • Correction of spelling/typing errors
Date of revision of text on the SPC:   26-Mar-2015
Legal Category:   Product subject to medical prescription which may be renewed (B)

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Description of change to SPC:

Section 4.2 – amendment to hepatic impairment dose recommendations

Section 4.4 – typographical change

Section 4.5 – typographical change

Section 4.8 – typographical change

Section 5.2 – amendment to hepatic impairment information

Updated on 09/01/2014 and displayed until 10/04/2015
Reasons for adding or updating:
  • Change to section 4.8 - Undesirable effects
  • Change to section 5.1 - Pharmacodynamic properties
  • Change to section 6.1 - List of excipients
Date of revision of text on the SPC:   21-Nov-2013
Legal Category:   Product subject to medical prescription which may be renewed (B)

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Change to:

 

 

Section 4.8 - Undesirable effects,
Section 5.1 - Pharmacodynamic properties,
Section 6.1 - List of excipients

 

Updated on 09/07/2013 and displayed until 09/01/2014
Reasons for adding or updating:
  • Change to section 6.5 - Nature and contents of container
Date of revision of text on the SPC:   18-Jun-2013
Legal Category:   Product subject to medical prescription which may be renewed (B)

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Change to:

Section 6.5 with the addition of the new Type III bottle
Updated on 17/05/2013 and displayed until 09/07/2013
Reasons for adding or updating:
  • Change to section 7 - Marketing authorisation holder
Date of revision of text on the SPC:   18-Apr-2013
Legal Category:   Product subject to medical prescription which may be renewed (B)

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Change to:

Section 7 - MARKETING AUTHORISATION HOLDER

Updated on 18/02/2013 and displayed until 17/05/2013
Reasons for adding or updating:
  • Change to section 1 - Name of medicinal product
  • Change to section 2 - Qualitative and quantitative composition
  • Change to section 4.1 - Therapeutic indications
  • Change to section 4.2 - Posology and method of administration
  • Change to section 4.3 - Contraindications
  • Change to section 4.4 - Special warnings and precautions for use
  • Change to section 4.5 - Interaction with other medicinal products and other forms of interaction
  • Change to section 4.6 - Pregnancy and lactation
  • Change to section 4.7 - Effects on ability to drive and use machines
  • Change to section 5.1 - Pharmacodynamic properties
  • Change to section 5.2 - Pharmacokinetic properties
  • Change to section 6.4 - Special precautions for storage
  • Change to section 6.5 - Nature and contents of container
Date of revision of text on the SPC:   17-Jan-2013
Legal Category:   Product subject to medical prescription which may be renewed (B)

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AVAMYS 27.5 micrograms/spray nasal spray suspension

 

Summary of Changes further to the approval on 17/12/2012 of the MA Renewal (EMEA/H/C/770/R/0014) with updates to the SPC, PIL and Labelling regarding:

·             Warnings & Precaution, Adverse Reactions, Clinical Studies and GPL: Possible side effects – Details: Addition of findings from a one-year paediatric growth study.

·             Warnings & Precaution and Clinical Studies – Details: Addition of findings from a two-year ocular safety study in adults/adolescents.

 

 

SPC UPDATES

 

Minor editorial updates to sections 1, 2, 4.2, 4.3, 4.9, 5.1 and 5.2

 

4.1     Therapeutic indications

Indication updated to specify minimum age of 6 years (previously 11 years), i.e. to read:

Avamys is indicated in adults, adolescents and children (6 years and over)

 

4.2       Posology and method of administration

Section updated and rearranged under two sub-headings ‘Posology’ and ‘Method of administration’.

 

Under the sub-headings ‘Posology/Children under 6 years of age’, revised the wording to read:

The safety and efficacy of Avamys in children under the age of 6 years has not been established. Currently available data are described in section 5.1 and 5.2 but no recommendation on a posology can be made.

 

Under the sub-headings ‘Posology/Hepatic Impairment’ added the warning:

Caution should be exercised when dosing patients with severe hepatic impairment as patients with hepatic impairment may be more at risk of systemic adverse reactions associated with corticosteroids.

 

4.4       Special warnings and precautions for use

The following statements were deleted:

As with other intranasal corticosteroids, physicians should be alert to potential systemic steroid effects including ocular changes (see Pharmacodynamic properties).

 

Avamys contains benzalkonium chloride. It may cause irritation of the nasal mucosa.

 

The following new sub-headings were added ‘Systemic corticosteroid effects’, ‘Eye disorders’, ‘Growth retardation’, ‘Patients on ritonavir’, and ‘Patients with hepatic impairment’, and the relevant paragraphs have been moved under these.

 

4.5       Interaction with other medicinal products and other forms of interaction

Added the sub-heading ‘Interaction with CYP3A4 inhibitors’; no changes to text.

 

4.6       Fertility, pregnancy and lactation

Section updated and rearranged under three sub-headings ‘Pregnancy’, ‘Breast-feeding’ and ‘Fertility’, with the following text added under ‘Fertility’:

There are no fertility data in humans.

 

4.7       Effects on ability to drive and use machines

Updated the statement to read:

Avamys has no or negligible influence on the ability to drive and use machines.

 

5.1       Pharmacodynamic properties

Added the description ‘nasal preparations’ to the Pharmacotherapeutic group

 

6.4       Special precautions for storage

Added the following instructions:

Store upright.

Always keep the cap on.

 

6.5       Nature and contents of container

Updated the description to remove details on the plastic device, and added the description of the volume of the product, to read:

14.2 ml suspension in a Type I amber bottle (glass) fitted with a metering spray pump.

Updated on 24/09/2012 and displayed until 18/02/2013
Reasons for adding or updating:
  • Change to section 4.4 - Special warnings and precautions for use
  • Change to section 4.8 - Undesirable effects
  • Change to section 5.1 - Pharmacodynamic properties
Date of revision of text on the SPC:   20-Jul-2012
Legal Category:   Product subject to medical prescription which may be renewed (B)

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SPC UPDATES

 

4.4       Special warnings and precautions for use

The following warning was added regarding a reduction in growth rate in children and the potential systemic steroid effects including ocular changes

A reduction in growth velocity has been observed in children treated with fluticasone furoate 110 micrograms daily for one year (see Undesirable Effects and Pharmacodynamic properties). Therefore, children should be maintained on the lowest possible efficacious dose which delivers adequate symptom control (see Posology and method of administration). As with other intranasal corticosteroids, physicians should be alert to potential systemic steroid effects including ocular changes (see Pharmacodynamic properties).

 

4.8       Undesirable effects

Added the following undesirable effects with the frequency ‘not known’:

Transient ocular changes

Growth retardation

 

Regarding the undesirable effect ‘Growth retardation’ the following explanatory note was added

In a one-year clinical study assessing growth in pre-pubescent children receiving 110 micrograms of fluticasone furoate once daily, an average treatment difference of -0.27 cm per year in growth velocity was observed compared to placebo (see Clinical experience).

 

 

5.1       Pharmacodynamic properties

Under the subheading ‘Perennial Allergic Rhinitis in adults and adolescents’, the following was added:

In a two-year study designed to assess the ocular safety of fluticasone furoate (110 micrograms once daily intranasal spray), adults and adolescents with perennial allergic rhinitis received either fluticasone furoate (n=367) or placebo (n=181). The primary outcomes [time to increase in posterior subcapsular opacity (³0.3 from baseline in Lens Opacities Classification System, Version III (LOCS III grade)) and time to increase in intraocular pressure (IOP; ³7 mmHg from baseline)] were not statistically significant between the two groups. Increases in posterior subscapsular opacity (³0.3 from baseline) were more frequent in subjects treated with fluticasone furoate 110 micrograms [14 (4%)] versus placebo [4 (2%)] and were transient in nature for ten subjects in the fluticasone furoate group and two subjects in the placebo group. Increases in IOP (³7 mmHg from baseline) were more frequent in subjects treated with fluticasone furoate 110 micrograms: 7 (2%) for fluticasone furoate 110 micrograms once daily and 1 (<1%) for placebo. These events were transient in nature for six subjects in the fluticasone furoate group and one placebo subject. At weeks 52 and 104, 95% of subjects in both treatment groups had posterior subcapsular opacity values within ± 0.1 of baseline values for each eye and, at week 104, ≤1% of subjects in both treatment groups had ³0.3 increase from baseline in posterior subcapsular opacity.  At weeks 52 and 104, the majority of subjects (>95%) had IOP values of within ± 5mmHg of the baseline value.  Increases in posterior subcapsular opacity or IOP were not accompanied by any adverse events of cataracts or glaucoma.

 

Under the subheading ‘Seasonal and perennial allergic rhinitis in children’ replaced the following statement regarding growth rate:

Results from a placebo-controlled knemometry study of fluticasone furoate nasal spray 110 micrograms once daily revealed no clinically relevant effects on short-term lower leg growth rate in children (6 to 11 years).

 

With the following:

A randomised, double-blind, parallel-group, multicenter, one-year placebo-controlled clinical growth study evaluated the effect of fluticasone furoate nasal spray 110 micrograms daily on growth velocity in 474 prepubescent children (5 to 7.5 years of age for girls and 5 to 8.5 years of age for boys) with stadiometry. Mean growth velocity over the 52-week treatment period was lower in the patients receiving fluticasone furoate (5.19 cm/year) compared to placebo (5.46 cm/year). The mean treatment difference was -0.27 cm per year [95% CI -0.48 to -0.06].

 

Updated on 01/06/2012 and displayed until 24/09/2012
Reasons for adding or updating:
  • Change to section 4.8 - Undesirable effects
Date of revision of text on the SPC:   15-May-2012
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Change to:

 

 

Section 4.8 - Undesirable effects

 

Updated on 30/11/2011 and displayed until 01/06/2012
Reasons for adding or updating:
  • Change to section 4.4 - Special warnings and precautions for use
  • Change to section 4.8 - Undesirable effects
Date of revision of text on the SPC:   10-Nov-2011
Legal Category:   Product subject to medical prescription which may be renewed (B)

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Revision to Section 4.4 & 4.8
Updated on 26/03/2010 and displayed until 30/11/2011
Reasons for adding or updating:
  • Change to section 4.8 - Undesirable effects
Date of revision of text on the SPC:   31-Dec-2009
Legal Category:   Product subject to medical prescription which may be renewed (B)

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4.8       Undesirable effects

 

Data from large clinical trials were used to determine the frequency of adverse reactions.

The following convention has been used for the classification of frequencies: Very common 1/10; Common 1/100 to <1/10; Uncommon 1/1000 to <1/100; Rare 1/10,000 to <1/1000; Very rare <1/10,000.

 

Immune system disorders

Rare

Hypersensitivity reactions including anaphylaxis, angioedema, rash, and urticaria.

Respiratory, thoracic and mediastinal disorders

Very common

*Epistaxis

Common

Nasal ulceration

 

*Epistaxis was generally mild to moderate in intensity. In adults and adolescents, the incidence of epistaxis was higher in longer-term use (more than 6 weeks) than in short-term use (up to 6 weeks). In paediatric clinical studies of up to 12 weeks duration the incidence of epistaxis was similar between patients receiving fluticasone furoate and patients receiving placebo.

 

Systemic effects of nasal corticosteroids may occur, particularly when prescribed at high doses for prolonged periods.

 

Updated on 20/07/2009 and displayed until 26/03/2010
Reasons for adding or updating:
  • Change to section 4.2 - Posology and method of administration
  • Change to section 4.4 - Special warnings and precautions for use
  • Change to section 4.8 - Undesirable effects
Date of revision of text on the SPC:   01-Jun-2009
Legal Category:   Product subject to medical prescription which may be renewed (B)

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AVAMYS 27.5 micrograms/spray

nasal spray suspension

 

4.2     Posology and method of administration

 

Avamys nasal spray is for administration by the intranasal route only.

 

For full therapeutic benefit regular, scheduled usage is recommended. Onset of action has been observed as early as 8 hours after initial administration. However, it may take several days of treatment to achieve maximum benefit, and the patient should be informed that their symptoms will improve with continuous regular use (see section 5.1). The duration of treatment should be restricted to the period that corresponds to allergenic exposure.

 

 

Adults and Adolescents (12 years and over)

The recommended starting dose is two spray actuations (27.5 micrograms of fluticasone furoate per spray actuation) in each nostril once daily (total daily dose, 110 micrograms).

 

Once adequate control of symptoms is achieved, dose reduction to one spray actuation in each nostril (total daily dose 55 micrograms) may be effective for maintenance.

 

The dose should be titrated to the lowest dose at which effective control of symptoms is maintained.

 

Children (6 to 11 years of age)

The recommended starting dose is one spray actuation (27.5 micrograms of fluticasone furoate per spray actuation) in each nostril once daily (total daily dose, 55 micrograms).

 

Patients not adequately responding to one spray actuation in each nostril once daily (total daily dose, 55 micrograms) may use two spray actuations in each nostril once daily (total daily dose, 110 micrograms).

Once adequate control of symptoms is achieved, dose reduction to one spray actuation in each nostril once daily (total daily dose, 55 micrograms) is recommended.

 

Children under 6 years of age: The experience in children under the age of 6 years is limited (see section 5.1 and 5.2). Safety and efficacy in this group has not been well established.

 

Elderly Patients: No dose adjustment is required in this population (see section 5.2).

 

Renal Impaired Patients: No dose adjustment is required in this population (see section 5.2).

 

Hepatic Impaired Patients: No dose adjustment is required in mild to moderate hepatic impairment. There are no data in patients with severe hepatic impairment (see section 4.4 and 5.2).

 

The intranasal device should be shaken before use. The device is primed by pressing the mist release button for at least six spray actuations (until a fine mist is seen), whilst holding the device upright. Re-priming (approximately 6 sprays until a fine mist is seen) is only necessary if the cap is left off for 5 days or the intranasal device has not been used for 30 days or more.

The device should be cleaned after each use and the cap replaced.

 

 

 

4.4     Special warnings and precautions for use

 

Avamys undergoes extensive first-pass metabolism, therefore the systemic exposure of intranasal fluticasone furoate in patients with severe liver disease is likely to be increased. This may result in a higher frequency of systemic adverse events (see section 4.2 and 5.2). Caution is advised when treating these patients.

 

Ritonavir

Concomitant administration with ritonavir is not recommended because of the risk of increased systemic exposure of fluticasone furoate (see section 4.5).

 

Systemic effects of nasal corticosteroid may occur, particularly at high doses prescribed for prolonged periods. These effects vary between patients and different corticosteroids (see section 5.2).

 

Treatment with higher than recommended doses of nasal corticosteroids may result in clinically significant adrenal suppression. If there is evidence for higher than recommended doses being used, then additional systemic corticosteroid cover should be considered during periods of stress or elective surgery. Fluticasone furoate 110 micrograms once daily was not associated with hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis suppression in adult, adolescent or paediatric subjects. However the dose of intranasal fluticasone furoate should be reduced to the lowest dose at which effective control of the symptoms of rhinitis is maintained. As with all intranasal corticosteroids, the total systemic burden of corticosteroids should be considered whenever other forms of corticosteroid treatment are prescribed concurrently.

 

Growth retardation has been reported in children receiving some nasal corticosteroids at licensed doses. It is recommended that the height of children receiving prolonged treatment with nasal corticosteroids is regularly monitored. If growth is slowed, therapy should be reviewed with the aim of reducing the dose of nasal corticosteroid if possible, to the lowest dose at which effective control of symptoms is maintained. In addition, consideration should be given to referring the patient to a paediatric specialist (see section 5.1).

 

If there is any reason to believe that adrenal function is impaired, care must be taken when transferring patients from systemic steroid treatment to fluticasone furoate.

 

Nasal and inhaled corticosteroids may result in the development of glaucoma and/or cataracts. Therefore close monitoring is warranted in patients with a change in vision or with a history of increased intraocular pressure, glaucoma and/or cataracts.

 

Avamys contains benzalkonium chloride. It may cause irritation of the nasal mucosa.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.8     Undesirable effects

 

Data from large clinical trials were used to determine the frequency of adverse reactions.

The following convention has been used for the classification of frequencies: Very common 1/10; Common 1/100 to <1/10; Uncommon 1/1000 to <1/100; Rare 1/10,000 to <1/1000; Very rare <1/10,000.

 

Respiratory, thoracic and mediastinal disorders

 

 

Very common

Epistaxis

Common

Nasal ulceration

 

Epistaxis was generally mild to moderate in intensity. In adults and adolescents, the incidence of epistaxis was higher in longer-term use (more than 6 weeks) than in short-term use (up to 6 weeks). In paediatric clinical studies of up to 12 weeks duration the incidence of epistaxis was similar between patients receiving fluticasone furoate and patients receiving placebo.

 

Systemic effects of nasal corticosteroids may occur, particularly when prescribed at high doses for prolonged periods.

 

 

Updated on 05/03/2008 and displayed until 20/07/2009
Reasons for adding or updating:
  • New SPC for new product

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Active Ingredients

 
   Fluticasone furoate