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1 Indications And Usage
Omega-3-acid ethyl esters capsules are indicated as an adjunct to diet to reduce triglyceride (TG) levels in adult patients with severe (greater than or equal to 500 mg per dL) hypertriglyceridemia (HTG). Usage Considerations: Patients should be placed on an appropriate lipid-lowering diet before receiving omega-3-acid ethyl esters capsules and should continue this diet during treatment with omega-3-acid ethyl esters capsules.
Laboratory studies should be done to ascertain that the lipid levels are consistently abnormal before instituting therapy with omega-3-acid ethyl esters capsules. Every attempt should be made to control serum lipids with appropriate diet, exercise, weight loss in obese patients, and control of any medical problems such as diabetes mellitus and hypothyroidism that are contributing to the lipid abnormalities. Medications known to exacerbate hypertriglyceridemia (such as beta blockers, thiazides, estrogens) should be discontinued or changed if possible prior to consideration of triglyceride-lowering drug therapy. Limitations of Use:The effect of omega-3-acid ethyl esters capsules on the risk for pancreatitis has not been determined. The effect of omega-3-acid ethyl esters capsules on cardiovascular mortality and morbidity has not been determined.
2 Dosage And Administration
- Assess triglyceride levels carefully before initiating therapy. Identify other causes (e.g., diabetes mellitus, hypothyroidism, or medications) of high triglyceride levels and manage as appropriate
- Indications and Usage (1)]
- Patients should be placed on an appropriate lipid-lowering diet before receiving omega-3-acid ethyl esters capsules, and should continue this diet during treatment with omega-3-acid ethyl esters capsules. In clinical studies, omega-3-acid ethyl esters capsules were administered with meals. The daily dose of omega-3-acid ethyl esters capsules is 4 grams per day. The daily dose may be taken as a single 4-gram dose (4 capsules) or as two 2-gram doses (2 capsules given twice daily). Patients should be advised to swallow omega-3-acid ethyl esters capsules whole. Do not break open, crush, dissolve, or chew omega-3-acid ethyl esters capsules.
3 Dosage Forms And Strengths
Omega-3-acid ethyl esters capsules, USP are supplied as 1 gram transparent, soft-gelatin capsules filled with light-yellow oil and imprinted with “AN34”.
Omega-3-acid ethyl esters capsules are contraindicated in patients with known hypersensitivity (e.g., anaphylactic reaction) to omega-3-acid ethyl esters or any of its components.
5.1 Monitoring: Laboratory Tests
In patients with hepatic impairment, alanine aminotransferase (ALT) and aspartate aminotransferase (AST) levels should be monitored periodically during therapy with omega-3-acid ethyl esters. In some patients, increases in ALT levels without a concurrent increase in AST levels were observed. In some patients, omega-3-acid ethyl esters increase low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) levels. LDL-C levels should be monitored periodically during therapy with omega-3-acid ethyl esters. Laboratory studies should be performed periodically to measure the patient’s TG levels during therapy with omega-3-acid ethyl esters.
5.2 Fish Allergy
Omega-3-acid ethyl esters capsules contain ethyl esters of omega-3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA) obtained from the oil of several fish sources. It is not known whether patients with allergies to fish and/or shellfish, are at increased risk of an allergic reaction to omega-3-acid ethyl esters. Omega-3-acid ethyl esters should be used with caution in patients with known hypersensitivity to fish and/or shellfish.
5.3 Recurrent Atrial Fibrillation (Af) Or Flutter
In a double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of 663 subjects with symptomatic paroxysmal AF (n=542) or persistent AF (n=121), recurrent AF or flutter was observed in subjects randomized to omega-3-acid ethyl esters who received 8 grams per day for 7 days and 4 grams per day thereafter for 23 weeks at a higher rate relative to placebo. Subjects in this trial had median baseline triglycerides of 127 mg per dL, had no substantial structural heart disease, were taking no anti-arrhythmic therapy (rate control permitted), and were in normal sinus rhythm at baseline. At 24 weeks, in the paroxysmal AF stratum, there were 129 (47%) first recurrent symptomatic AF or flutter events on placebo and 141 (53%) on omega-3-acid ethyl esters (primary endpoint, HR 1.19; 95% CI: 0.93, 1.35). In the persistent AF stratum, there were 19 (35%) events on placebo and 34 (52%) events on omega-3-acid ethyl esters (HR 1.63; 95% CI: 0.91, 2.18). For both strata combined, the HR was 1.25; 95% CI: 1, 1.4. Although the clinical significance of these results is uncertain, there is a possible association between omega-3-acid ethyl esters and more frequent recurrences of symptomatic atrial fibrillation or flutter in patients with paroxysmal or persistent atrial fibrillation, particularly within the first 2 to 3 months of initiating therapy. Omega-3-acid ethyl esters are not indicated for the treatment of AF or flutter.
6.1 Clinical Trials Experience
Because clinical trials are conducted under widely varying conditions, adverse reaction rates observed in the clinical trials of a drug cannot be directly compared with rates in the clinical trials of another drug and may not reflect the rates observed in practice. Adverse reactions reported in at least 3% of subjects treated with omega-3-acid ethyl esters and at a greater rate than placebo based on pooled data across 23 clinical trials are listed in Table 1. Table 1. Adverse Reactions Occurring at Incidence ≥3% and Greater than Placebo in Clinical Trials of Omega-3-acid ethyl esters
Omega-3-acid ethyl esters(n = 655)
Placebo(n = 370)
% Eructation 29 4 5 1 Dyspepsia 22 3 6 2 Taste perversion 27 4 1 <1a Trials included subjects with HTG and severe HTG.
Additional adverse reactions from clinical trials are listed below: Digestive SystemConstipation, gastrointestinal disorder, and vomiting. Metabolic and Nutritional DisordersIncreased ALT and increased AST. SkinPruritus and rash.
6.2 Postmarketing Experience
In addition to adverse reactions reported from clinical trials, the events described below have been identified during post-approval use of omega-3-acid ethyl esters. Because these events are reported voluntarily from a population of unknown size, it is not possible to reliably estimate their frequency or to always establish a causal relationship to drug exposure. The following events have been reported: anaphylactic reaction, hemorrhagic diathesis, urticaria.
7.1 Anticoagulants Or Other Drugs Affecting Coagulation
Some trials with omega-3-acids demonstrated prolongation of bleeding time. The prolongation of bleeding time reported in these trials has not exceeded normal limits and did not produce clinically significant bleeding episodes. Clinical trials have not been done to thoroughly examine the effect of omega-3-acid ethyl esters and concomitant anticoagulants. Patients receiving treatment with omega-3-acid ethyl esters and an anticoagulant or other drug affecting coagulation (e.g., anti-platelet agents) should be monitored periodically.
Pregnancy Category C: There are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women. It is unknown whether omega-3-acid ethyl esters can cause fetal harm when administered to a pregnant woman or can affect reproductive capacity. Omega-3-acid ethyl esters should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit to the patient justifies the potential risk to the fetus. Animal DataOmega-3-acid ethyl esters have been shown to have an embryocidal effect in pregnant rats when given in doses resulting in exposures 7 times the recommended human dose of 4 grams per day based on a body surface area comparison. In female rats given oral gavage doses of 100, 600, and 2,000 mg per kg per day beginning 2 weeks prior to mating and continuing through gestation and lactation, no adverse effects were observed in the high-dose group (5 times human systemic exposure following an oral dose of 4 grams per day based on body surface area comparison). In pregnant rats given oral gavage doses of 1,000, 3,000, and 6,000 mg per kg per day from gestation Day 6 through 15, no adverse effects were observed (14 times human systemic exposure following an oral dose of 4 grams per day based on a body surface area comparison). In pregnant rats given oral gavage doses of 100, 600, and 2,000 mg per kg per day from gestation Day 14 through lactation Day 21, no adverse effects were seen at 2,000 mg per kg per day (5 times the human systemic exposure following an oral dose of 4 grams per day based on a body surface area comparison). However, decreased live births (20% reduction) and decreased survival to postnatal Day 4 (40% reduction) were observed in a dose-ranging study using higher doses of 3,000 mg per kg per day (7 times the human systemic exposure following an oral dose of 4 grams per day based on a body surface area comparison). In pregnant rabbits given oral gavage doses of 375, 750, and 1,500 mg per kg per day from gestation Day 7 through 19, no findings were observed in the fetuses in groups given 375 mg per kg per day (2 times human systemic exposure following an oral dose of 4 grams per day based on a body surface area comparison). However, at higher doses, evidence of maternal toxicity was observed (4 times human systemic exposure following an oral dose of 4 grams per day based on a body surface area comparison).
8.3 Nursing Mothers
Studies with omega-3-acid ethyl esters have demonstrated excretion in human milk. The effect of this excretion on the infant of a nursing mother is unknown; caution should be exercised when omega-3-acid ethyl esters are administered to a nursing mother. An animal study in lactating rats given oral gavage
14C-ethyl EPA demonstrated that drug levels were 6 to 14 times higher in milk than in plasma.
8.4 Pediatric Use
Safety and effectiveness in pediatric patients have not been established.
8.5 Geriatric Use
A limited number of subjects older than 65 years were enrolled in the clinical trials of omega-3-acid ethyl esters. Safety and efficacy findings in subjects older than 60 years did not appear to differ from those of subjects younger than 60 years.
9 Drug Abuse And Dependence
Omega-3-acid ethyl esters do not have any known drug abuse or withdrawal effects.
Omega-3-acid ethyl esters, USP, a lipid-regulating agent, are supplied as a liquid-filled gel capsule for oral administration. Each 1 gram capsule of omega-3-acid ethyl esters, USP contains at least 900 mg of the ethyl esters of omega-3 fatty acids sourced from fish oils. These are predominantly a combination of ethyl esters of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA - approximately 465 mg) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA - approximately 375 mg).The empirical formula of EPA ethyl ester is C
2, and the molecular weight of EPA ethyl ester is 330.51. The structural formula of EPA ethyl ester is:
The empirical formula of DHA ethyl ester is C
2, and the molecular weight of DHA ethyl ester is 356.55. The structural formula of DHA ethyl ester is:
Omega-3-acid ethyl esters capsules, USP also contain the following inactive ingredients: alpha-tocopherol, gelatin, glycerin and purified water (components of the capsule shell).
12.1 Mechanism Of Action
The mechanism of action of omega-3-acid ethyl esters is not completely understood. Potential mechanisms of action include inhibition of acyl-CoA:1,2-diacylglycerol acyltransferase, increased mitochondrial and peroxisomal β-oxidation in the liver, decreased lipogenesis in the liver, and increased plasma lipoprotein lipase activity. Omega-3-acid ethyl esters may reduce the synthesis of triglycerides in the liver because EPA and DHA are poor substrates for the enzymes responsible for TG synthesis, and EPA and DHA inhibit esterification of other fatty acids.
AbsorptionIn healthy volunteers and in subjects with hypertriglyceridemia, EPA and DHA were absorbed when administered as ethyl esters orally. Omega-3-acids administered as ethyl esters (omega-3-acid ethyl esters capsules) induced significant dose-dependent increases in serum phospholipid EPA content, though increases in DHA content were less marked and not dose-dependent when administered as ethyl esters. Specific PopulationsAge: Uptake of EPA and DHA into serum phospholipids in subjects treated with omega-3-acid ethyl esters was independent of age (younger than 49 years versus 49 years and older).
Male and Female Patients: Females tended to have more uptake of EPA into serum phospholipids than males. The clinical significance of this is unknown.
Pediatric Patients: Pharmacokinetics of omega-3-acid ethyl esters have not been studied.
Patients with Renal or Hepatic Impairment: Omega-3-acid ethyl esters have not been studied in patients with renal or hepatic impairment.
Drug Interaction Studies
Simvastatin: In a 14-day trial of 24 healthy adult subjects, daily co-administration of simvastatin 80 mg with omega-3-acid ethyl esters 4 grams did not affect the extent (AUC) or rate (C
max) of exposure to simvastatin or the major active metabolite, beta-hydroxy simvastatin, at steady-state.
Atorvastatin: In a 14-day trial of 50 healthy adult subjects, daily co-administration of atorvastatin 80 mg with omega-3-acid ethyl esters 4 grams did not affect AUC or C
max of exposure to atorvastatin, 2-hydroxyatorvastatin, or 4-hydroxyatorvastatin at steady-state.
Rosuvastatin: In a 14-day trial of 48 healthy adult subjects, daily co-administration of rosuvastatin 40 mg with omega-3-acid ethyl esters 4 grams did not affect AUC or C
max of exposure to rosuvastatin at steady-state.
In vitro studies using human liver microsomes indicated that clinically significant cytochrome P450-mediated inhibition by EPA/DHA combinations are not expected in humans.
13.1 Carcinogenesis, Mutagenesis, Impairment Of Fertility
In a rat carcinogenicity study with oral gavage doses of 100, 600, and 2,000 mg per kg per day, males were treated with omega-3-acid ethyl esters for 101 weeks and females for 89 weeks without an increased incidence of tumors (up to 5 times human systemic exposures following an oral dose of 4 grams per day based on a body surface area comparison). Standard lifetime carcinogenicity bioassays were not conducted in mice. Omega-3-acid ethyl esters were not mutagenic or clastogenic with or without metabolic activation in the bacterial mutagenesis (Ames) test with
Salmonella typhimurium and
Escherichia coli or in the chromosomal aberration assay in Chinese hamster V79 lung cells or human lymphocytes. Omega-3-acid ethyl esters were negative in the
in vivo mouse micronucleus assay.
In a rat fertility study with oral gavage doses of 100, 600, and 2,000 mg per kg per day, males were treated for 10 weeks prior to mating and females were treated for 2 weeks prior to and throughout mating, gestation, and lactation. No adverse effect on fertility was observed at 2,000 mg per kg per day (5 times human systemic exposure following an oral dose of 4 grams per day based on a body surface area comparison).
14.1 Severe Hypertriglyceridemia
The effects of omega-3-acid ethyl esters 4 grams per day were assessed in 2 randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind, parallel-group trials of 84 adult subjects (42 on omega-3-acid ethyl esters, 42 on placebo) with very high triglyceride levels. Subjects whose baseline triglyceride levels were between 500 and 2,000 mg per dL were enrolled in these 2 trials of 6 and 16 weeks’ duration. The median triglyceride and LDL-C levels in these subjects were 792 mg per dL and 100 mg per dL, respectively. Median high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) level was 23 mg per dL. The changes in the major lipoprotein lipid parameters for the groups receiving omega-3-acid ethyl esters or placebo are shown in Table 2. Table 2. Median Baseline and Percent Change from Baseline in Lipid Parameters in Subjects with Severe Hypertriglyceridemia (≥500 mg per dL)
Omega-3-acid ethyl estersn = 42
Placebon = 42
% Change TG 816 -44.9 788 +6.7 -51.6 Non-HDL-C 271 -13.8 292 -3.6 -10.2 TC 296 -9.7 314 -1.7 -8 VLDL-C 175 -41.7 175 -0.9 -40.8 HDL-C 22 +9.1 24 0 +9.1 LDL-C 89 +44.5 108 -4.8 +49.3BL = Baseline (mg per dL); % Change = Median Percent Change from Baseline; Difference = Omega-3-acid ethyl esters Median % Change – Placebo Median % Change. VLDL-C = Very-low density lipoprotein (VLDL) cholesterol.Omega-3-acid ethyl esters 4 grams per day reduced median TG, VLDL-C, and non-HDL-C levels and increased median HDL-C from baseline relative to placebo. Treatment with omega-3-acid ethyl esters to reduce very high TG levels may result in elevations in LDL-C and non-HDL-C in some individuals. Patients should be monitored to ensure that the LDL-C level does not increase excessively. The effect of omega-3-acid ethyl esters on the risk of pancreatitis has not been determined. The effect of omega-3-acid ethyl esters on cardiovascular mortality and morbidity has not been determined.
16 How Supplied/Storage And Handling
Omega-3-acid ethyl esters capsules USP, are supplied as 1 gram, transparent, soft-gelatin capsules filled with light-yellow oil and imprinted with “AN34”. They are available as follows:Bottles of 60: NDC 65162-034-06Bottles of 120: NDC 65162-034-16Bottles of 360: NDC 65162-034-32 Store at 20° to 25°C (68° to 77°F); excursions permitted between 15° to 30°C (59° to 86°F) [see USP Controlled Room Temperature]. Do not freeze. Dispense in a tight, light-resistant container. Protect from light. Keep out of reach of children.
17 Patient Counseling Information
- Advise the patient to read the FDA-approved patient labeling (Patient Information)
- . Information for PatientsOmega-3-acid ethyl esters should be used with caution in patients with known sensitivity or allergy to fish and/or shellfish
- Warnings and Precautions (5.2)]
- Advise patients that use of lipid-regulating agents does not reduce the importance of adhering to diet
- Dosage and Administration (2)]
- Advise patients not to alter omega-3-acid ethyl esters capsules in any way and to ingest intact capsules only
- Dosage and Administration (2)]
- Instruct patients to take omega-3-acid ethyl esters as prescribed. If a dose is missed, advise patients to take it as soon as they remember. However, if they miss one day of omega-3-acid ethyl esters, they should not double the dose when they take it. Distributed by:Amneal Pharmaceuticals LLCBridgewater, NJ 08807Rev. 04-2019-01
- Omega-3-Acid Ethyl Esters (oh-MAY-ga 3 AS-id eth-il es-ters) CapsulesWhat are omega-3-acid ethyl esters? Omega-3-acid ethyl esters is a prescription medicine used along with a low-fat and low-cholesterol diet to lower very high triglyceride (fat) levels in adults. It is not known if omega-3-acid ethyl esters changes your risk of having inflammation of your pancreas (pancreatitis). It is not known if omega-3-acid ethyl esters prevents you from having a heart attack or stroke. It is not known if omega-3-acid ethyl esters are safe and effective in children. Who should not take omega-3-acid ethyl esters? Do not take omega-3-acid ethyl esters if you are allergic to omega-3-acid ethyl esters or any of the ingredients in omega-3-acid ethyl esters capsules. See the end of this leaflet for a complete list of ingredients in omega-3-acid ethyl esters capsules.
- Before taking omega-3-acid ethyl esters, tell your healthcare provider about all of your medical conditions, including if you: have diabetes. have a low thyroid problem (hypothyroidism). have a liver problem. have a pancreas problem. have a certain heart rhythm problem called atrial fibrillation or flutter. are allergic to fish or shellfish. It is not known if people who are allergic to fish or shellfish are also allergic to omega-3-acid ethyl esters. are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if omega-3-acid ethyl esters will harm your unborn baby. are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. Omega-3-acid ethyl esters can pass into your breast milk. Talk to your healthcare provider about the best way to feed your baby if you take omega-3-acid ethyl esters. Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
- Omega-3-acid ethyl esters can interact with certain other medicines that you are taking. Using omega-3-acid ethyl esters with medicines that affect blood clotting (anticoagulants or blood thinners) may cause serious side effects. How should I take omega-3-acid ethyl esters? Take omega-3-acid ethyl esters exactly as your healthcare provider tells you to take it. You should not take more than 4 capsules of omega-3-acid ethyl esters each day. Either take all 4 capsules at one time or 2 capsules two times a day. Do not change your dose or stop omega-3-acid ethyl esters without talking to your healthcare provider. Take omega-3-acid ethyl esters capsules with food. Take omega-3-acid ethyl esters capsules whole. Do not break, open, crush, dissolve, or chew omega-3-acid ethyl esters capsules before swallowing. If you cannot swallow omega-3-acid ethyl esters capsules whole, tell your healthcare provider. You may need a different medicine. If you miss a dose of omega-3-acid ethyl esters, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If you miss one day of omega-3-acid ethyl esters,
- Do not double your dose the next time you take it.
- Your healthcare provider may start you on a cholesterol-lowering diet before giving you omega-3-acid ethyl esters. Stay on this diet while taking omega-3-acid ethyl esters. Your healthcare provider should do blood tests to check your triglyceride, bad cholesterol (LDL-C), and liver function (ALT and AST) levels while you take omega-3-acid ethyl esters. What are the possible side effects of omega-3-acid ethyl esters? Omega-3-acid ethyl esters may cause serious side effects, including: changes in certain blood tests. Omega-3-acid ethyl esters may cause an increase in the results of blood tests used to check your liver function and your bad cholesterol levels.
- Increased risk of a heart rhythm problem in people who have a heart rhythm problem. Omega-3-acid ethyl esters may cause an increase in the frequency of a heart rhythm problem (atrial fibrillation or flutter), especially in the first few months of taking omega-3-acid ethyl esters, if you already have a heart rhythm problem.
- The most common side effects of omega-3-acid ethyl esters include: burping upset stomach a change in your sense of taste These are not all the possible side effects of omega-3-acid ethyl esters. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. How should I store omega-3-acid ethyl esters capsules? Store omega-3-acid ethyl esters capsules at room temperature between 68°F to 77°F (20°C to 25°C). Do not freeze omega-3-acid ethyl esters capsules.
- Protect from light. Safely throw away medicine that is out of date or no longer needed. Keep omega-3-acid ethyl esters capsules and all medicines out of the reach of children. General information about the safe and effective use of omega-3-acid ethyl estersMedicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes other than those listed in a Patient Information leaflet. Do not use omega-3-acid ethyl esters for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Do not give omega-3-acid ethyl esters to other people, even if they have the same symptoms you have. It may harm them. You can ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist for information about omega-3-acid ethyl esters that is written for health professionals. For more information go to www.amneal.com or call 1-877-835-5472. What are the ingredients in omega-3-acid ethyl esters capsules? Active Ingredient: omega-3-acid ethyl esters, mostly EPA and DHA Inactive Ingredients: alpha-tocopherol, gelatin, glycerin, purified water. This Patient Information has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Distributed by:Amneal Pharmaceuticals LLCBridgewater, NJ 08807Rev. 04-2019-01
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