Drug Safety-related Labeling Changes (SrLC)

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AUSTEDO (NDA-208082)


Safety-related Labeling Changes Approved by FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER)

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07/15/2019 (SUPPL-4)

Approved Drug Label (PDF)

5 Warnings and Precautions

5.6 Parkinsonism

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AUSTEDO may cause parkinsonism in patients with Huntington’s disease or tardive dyskinesia. Parkinsonism has also been observed with other VMAT2 inhibitors.

rigidity can develop as part of the underlying disease process in Huntington’s disease, it may be difficult to distinguish between potential drug-induced parkinsonism and progression of underlying Huntington’s disease. Drug-induced parkinsonism has the potential to cause more functional disability than untreated chorea for some patients with Huntington’s disease.

Postmarketing cases of parkinsonism in patients treated with AUSTEDO for tardive dyskinesia have been reported. Signs and symptoms in reported cases have included bradykinesia, gait disturbances, which led to falls in some cases, and the emergence or worsening of tremor. In most cases, the development of parkinsonism occurred within the first two weeks after starting or increasing the dose of AUSTEDO. In cases in which follow-up clinical information was available, parkinsonism was reported to resolve following discontinuation of AUSTEDO therapy.

If a patient develops parkinsonism during treatment with AUSTEDO, the AUSTEDO dose should be reduced; some patients may require discontinuation of therapy.

17 PCI/PI/MG (Patient Counseling Information/Patient Information/Medication Guide)


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What are the possible side effects of AUSTEDO?

 AUSTEDO can cause serious side effects, including:

  • Parkinsonism. Symptoms of parkinsonism include: slight shaking, body stiffness, trouble moving, trouble keeping your balance, or falls.


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Inform patients that AUSTEDO may cause Parkinson-like symptoms, which could be severe. Advise patients to consult their healthcare provider if they experience slight shaking, body stiffness, trouble moving, trouble keeping their balance, or falls.

06/06/2018 (SUPPL-2)

Approved Drug Label (PDF)

Boxed Warning

Additions and/or warnings underlined:

AUSTEDO can increase the risk of depression …

4 Contraindications

Additions and/or warnings underlined:

  • With Huntington’s disease who are suicidal …

  • Taking tetrabenazine (XENAZINE®) or valbenazine

5 Warnings and Precautions

Additions and/or warnings underlined:

5.1 Depression and Suicidality in Patients with Huntington’s Disease

Patients with Huntington’s disease are at increased risk for depression, and suicidal ideation or behaviors (suicidality) …

5.2 Clinical Worsening and Adverse Events in Patients with Huntington’s Disease

Huntington’s disease is a progressive disorder …

5.3 QTc Prolongation

Tetrabenazine, a closely related VMAT2 inhibitor, causes an increase (about 8 msec) in the corrected QT (QTc) interval.

A clinically relevant QT prolongation may occur …

For patients who are CYP2D6 poor metabolizers or are taking a strong CYP2D6 inhibitor, dose reduction may be necessary. The use of AUSTEDO in combination with other drugs that are known to prolong QTc may result in clinically significant QT prolongations.

For patients requiring AUSTEDO doses greater than 24 mg per day who are using AUSTEDO with other drugs known to prolong QTc, assess the QTc interval before and after increasing the dose of AUSTEDO or other medications that are known to prolong QTc.

AUSTEDO should also be avoided in patients with congenital long QT syndrome …

5.5 Akathisia, Agitation, and Restlessness

AUSTEDO may increase the risk of akathisia, agitation, and restlessness in patients with Huntington’s disease and tardive dyskinesia.

In a 12-week, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial in Huntington’s disease patients, akathisia, agitation, or restlessness was reported by 4% of patients treated with AUSTEDO, compared to 2% of patients on placebo; in patients with tardive dyskinesia, 2% of patients treated with AUSTEDO and 1% of patients on placebo experienced these events

5.6 Parkinsonism in Patients with Huntington’s Disease

5.7 Sedation and Somnolence

… In a 12-week, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial examining patients with Huntington’s disease, 11% of AUSTEDO- treated patients …

6 Adverse Reactions

Additions and/or revisions underlined:

  • Depression and Suicidality in Patients with Huntington’s disease

  • Parkinsonism in Patients with Huntington’s disease

6.1 Clinical Trials Experience

Patients with Huntington’s Disease

Study 1 was a randomized, 12-week, placebo-controlled study …

Table 2: Adverse Reactions in Patients with Huntington’s Disease (Study 1) Experienced by at Least 4% of Patients on AUSTEDO and with a Greater Incidence than on Placebo

Addition of the following:

Patients with Tardive Dyskinesia

The data described below reflect 410 tardive dyskinesia patients participating in clinical trials. AUSTEDO was studied primarily in two 12-week, placebo-controlled trials (fixed dose, dose escalation). The population was 18 to 80 years of age, and had tardive dyskinesia and had concurrent diagnoses of mood disorder (33%) or schizophrenia/schizoaffective disorder (63%). In these studies, AUSTEDO was administered in doses ranging from 12-48 mg per day. All patients continued on previous stable regimens of antipsychotics; 71% and 14% respective atypical and typical antipsychotic medications at study entry.

The most common adverse reactions occurring in greater than 3% of AUSTEDO-treated patients and greater than placebo were nasopharyngitis and insomnia. The adverse reactions occurring in

>2% or more patients treated with AUSTEDO (12-48 mg per day) and greater than in placebo patients in two double-blind, placebo-controlled studies in patients with tardive dyskinesia (Study 1 and Study 2) are summarized in Table 3.

Table 3: Adverse Reactions in 2 Placebo-Controlled Tardive Dyskinesia Studies (Study 1 and Study 2) of 12-week Treatment on AUSTEDO Reported in at Least 2% of Patients and Greater than Placebo Please see label for complete information.

One or more adverse reactions resulted in a reduction of the dose of study medication in 4% of AUSTEDO-treated patients and in 2% of placebo-treated patients.

7 Drug Interactions

7.3 Reserpine

Additions and/or revisions underlined:

… Prescribers should wait for chorea or dyskinesia to reemerge …

7.7 Concomitant Tetrabenazine or Valbenazine

Additions and/or revisions underlined:

AUSTEDO is contraindicated in patients currently taking tetrabenazine or valbenazine.

17 PCI/PI/MG (Patient Counseling Information/Patient Information/Medication Guide)


Additions and/or revisions underlined:

Risk of Depression and Suicide in Patients with Huntington’s Disease

Addition of the following:

Prolongation of the QTc Interval

Inform patients to consult their physician immediately if they feel faint, lose consciousness, or have heart palpitations. Advise patients to inform physicians that they are taking AUSTEDO before any new drug is taken.

Questions related to the drug data in these files should be directed to the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, Division of Drug Information

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