POSACONAZOLE: Package Insert and Label Information

POSACONAZOLE- posaconazole tablet, delayed release
Lannett Company Inc.


1.1 Prophylaxis of Invasive Aspergillus and Candida Infections

Posaconazole delayed-release tablets are indicated for prophylaxis of invasive Aspergillus and Candida infections in patients who are at high risk of developing these infections due to being severely immunocompromised, such as hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT) recipients with graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) or those with hematologic malignancies with prolonged neutropenia from chemotherapy.
Posaconazole delayed-release tablets 100 mg are indicated in patients 13 years of age and older.


2.1 Important Administration Instructions for Posaconazole Delayed-Release Tablets

Posaconazole delayed-release tablets and oral suspension are not to be used interchangeably due to thedifferences in the dosing of each formulation [see Dosage and Administration (2.3), (2.5)].

  • Swallow tablets whole. Do not divide, crush, or chew.
  • Administer with food [see Dosage and Administration (2.3) and Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)].
  • Patients who have severe diarrhea or vomiting should be monitored closely for breakthrough fungal infections when receiving posaconazole delayed-release tablets.

2.3 Dosage and Administration Instructions for Posaconazole Delayed-Release Tablets


Table 4: Dosage for Posaconazole Delayed-Release Tablets
Indication Dose and Duration of Therapy
Prophylaxis of invasive Aspergillus and

Candida infections

Loading dose: 300 mg (three 100 mg delayed-release tablets) twice a day on the first day.

Maintenance dose: 300 mg (three 100 mg delayed-release tablets) once a day, starting on the second day. Duration of therapy is based on recovery from neutropenia or immunosuppression.

A d m inistration Instructions for Posaconazole Delayed-Release Tablets:

  • Swallow tablets whole. Do not divide, crush, or chew.
  • Administer posaconazole delayed-release tablets with food to enhance the oral absorption of posaconazole and optimize plasma concentrations [see Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)].
  • Posaconazole delayed-release tablets should be used only for the prophylaxis indication.
  • Posaconazole delayed-release tablets generally provide higher plasma drug exposures than posaconazole oral suspension under both fed and fasted conditions, and therefore is the preferred oral formulation for the prophylaxis indication.

2.5 Non-Interchangeability between posaconazole delayed-release tablets and posaconazole oral suspension

Posaconazole delayed-release tablets and oral suspension are not to be used interchangeably due to the differences in the dosing of each formulation. Therefore, follow the specific dosage recommendations for each of the formulations [see Dosage and Administration (2.3)].

2.6 Dosage Adjustments in Patients with Renal Impairment

The pharmacokinetics of posaconazole delayed-release tablets is not significantly affected by renal impairment. Therefore, no adjustment is necessary for oral dosing in patients with mild to severe renal impairment.


Posaconazole delayed-release tablets are available as yellow, coated, oblong tablets, debossed with “100” on one side containing 100 mg of posaconazole.


4.1 Hypersensitivity

Posaconazole is contraindicated in persons with known hypersensitivity to posaconazole or other azole antifungal agents.

4.2 Use with Sirolimus

Posaconazole is contraindicated with sirolimus. Concomitant administration of posaconazole with sirolimus increases the sirolimus blood concentrations by approximately 9-fold and can result in sirolimus toxicity [see Drug Interactions (7.1) and Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)].

4.3 QT Prolongation with Concomitant Use with CYP3A4 Substrates

Posaconazole is contraindicated with CYP3A4 substrates that prolong the QT interval. Concomitant administration of posaconazole with the CYP3A4 substrates, pimozide and quinidine may result in increased plasma concentrations of these drugs, leading to QTc prolongation and cases of torsades de pointes [see Warnings and Precautions (5.2) and Drug Interactions (7.2)].

4.4 HMG-CoA Reductase Inhibitors Primarily Metabolized Through CYP3A4

Coadministration with the HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors that are primarily metabolized through CYP3A4 (e.g., atorvastatin, lovastatin, and simvastatin) is contraindicated since increased plasma concentration of these drugs can lead to rhabdomyolysis [see Drug Interactions (7.3) and Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)].

4.5 Use with Ergot Alkaloids

Posaconazole may increase the plasma concentrations of ergot alkaloids (ergotamine and dihydroergotamine) which may lead to ergotism [see Drug Interactions (7.4)].


5.1 Calcineurin-Inhibitor Drug Interactions

Concomitant administration of posaconazole with cyclosporine or tacrolimus increases the whole blood trough concentrations of these calcineurin-inhibitors [see Drug Interactions (7.1) and Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)]. Nephrotoxicity and leukoencephalopathy (including deaths) have been reported in clinical efficacy studies in patients with elevated cyclosporine or tacrolimus concentrations. Frequent monitoring of tacrolimus or cyclosporine whole blood trough concentrations should be performed during and at discontinuation of posaconazole treatment and the tacrolimus or cyclosporine dose adjusted accordingly.

5.2 Arrhythmias and QT Prolongation

Some azoles, including posaconazole, have been associated with prolongation of the QT interval on the electrocardiogram. In addition, cases of torsades de pointes have been reported in patients taking posaconazole.
Results from a multiple time-matched ECG analysis in healthy volunteers did not show any increase in the mean of the QTc interval. Multiple, time-matched ECGs collected over a 12-hour period were recorded at baseline and steady-state from 173 healthy male and female volunteers (18 to 85 years of age) administered posaconazole oral suspension 400 mg BID with a high-fat meal. In this pooled analysis, the mean QTc (Fridericia) interval change from baseline was –5 msec following administration of the recommended clinical dose. A decrease in the QTc(F) interval (–3 msec) was also observed in a small number of subjects (n=16) administered placebo. The placebo-adjusted mean maximum QTc(F) interval change from baseline was <0 msec (–8 msec). No healthy subject administered posaconazole had a
QTc(F) interval ≥500 msec or an increase ≥60 msec in their QTc(F) interval from baseline.
Posaconazole should be administered with caution to patients with potentially proarrhythmic conditions. Do not administer with drugs that are known to prolong the QTc interval and are metabolized through CYP3A4 [see Contraindications (4.3) and Drug Interactions (7.2)].

5.3 Electrolyte Disturbances

Electrolyte disturbances, especially those involving potassium, magnesium or calcium levels, should be monitored and corrected as necessary before and during posaconazole therapy.

5.4 Hepatic Toxicity

Hepatic reactions (e.g., mild to moderate elevations in alanine aminotransferase (ALT), aspartate aminotransferase (AST), alkaline phosphatase, total bilirubin, and/or clinical hepatitis) have been reported in clinical trials. The elevations in liver function tests were generally reversible on discontinuation of therapy, and in some instances these tests normalized without drug interruption. Cases of more severe hepatic reactions including cholestasis or hepatic failure including deaths have been reported in patients with serious underlying medical conditions (e.g., hematologic malignancy) during treatment with posaconazole. These severe hepatic reactions were seen primarily in subjects receiving the posaconazole oral suspension 800 mg daily (400 mg BID or 200 mg QID) in clinical trials.Liver function tests should be evaluated at the start of and during the course of posaconazole therapy. Patients who develop abnormal liver function tests during posaconazole therapy should be monitored for the development of more severe hepatic injury. Patient management should include laboratory evaluation of hepatic function (particularly liver function tests and bilirubin). Discontinuation of posaconazole must be considered if clinical signs and symptoms consistent with liver disease develop that may be attributable to posaconazole.

5.5 Renal Impairment

Due to the variability in exposure with posaconazole delayed-release tablets, patients with severe renal impairment should be monitored closely for breakthrough fungal infections [see Dosage and Administration (2.6) and Use in Specific Populations (8.6)].

5.6 Use with Midazolam

Concomitant administration of posaconazole with midazolam increases the midazolam plasma concentrations by approximately 5-fold. Increased plasma midazolam concentrations could potentiate and prolong hypnotic and sedative effects. Patients must be monitored closely for adverse effects associated with high plasma concentrations of midazolam and benzodiazepine receptor antagonists must be available to reverse these effects [see Drug Interactions (7.5) and Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)].

5.7 Vincristine Toxicity

Concomitant administration of azole antifungals, including posaconazole, with vincristine has been associated with neurotoxicity and other serious adverse reactions, including seizures, peripheral neuropathy, syndrome of inappropriate antidiuretic hormone secretion, and paralytic ileus. Reserve azole antifungals, including posaconazole, for patients receiving a vinca alkaloid, including vincristine, who have no alternative antifungal treatment options [see Drug Interactions (7.10)].


The following serious and otherwise important adverse reactions are discussed in detail in another section of the labeling:

  • Hypersensitivity [see Contraindications (4.1)]
  • Arrhythmias and QT Prolongation [see Warnings and Precautions (5.2)]
  • Hepatic Toxicity [see Warnings and Precautions (5.4)]

6.1 Clinical Trials Experience

Because clinical trials are conducted under widely varying conditions, adverse reaction rates observed in clinical trials of posaconazole cannot be directly compared to rates in the clinical trials of another drug and may not reflect the rates observed in practice. In clinical trials, the type of adverse reactions reported for posaconazole injection and posaconazole delayed-release tablets were generally similar to that reported in trials of posaconazole oral suspension.

The safety of posaconazole delayed-release tablets has been assessed in 230 patients in clinical trials. Patients were enrolled in a non-comparative pharmacokinetic and safety trial of posaconazole delayed-release tablets when given as antifungal prophylaxis (Delayed-Release Tablet Study 1). Patients were immunocompromised with underlying conditions including hematological malignancy, neutropenia post-chemotherapy, GVHD, and post HSCT. This patient population was 62% male, had a mean age of 51 years (range 19 to 78 years, 17% of patients were ≥65 years of age), and were 93% white and 16% Hispanic. Posaconazole therapy was given for a median duration of 28 days. Twenty patients received 200 mg daily dose and 210 patients received 300 mg daily dose (following twice daily dosing on Day 1 in each cohort). Table 7 presents treatment-emergent adverse reactions observed in patients treated with 300 mg daily dose at an incidence of ≥10% in posaconazole delayed-release tablet study.

Table 7: Posaconazole Delayed-Release Tablet Study 1: Number (%) of Subjects Treated with 300 mg Daily Dose Reporting Treatment-Emergent Adverse Reactions: Frequency of at Least 10%
Body System Preferred Term Posaconazole delayed-release tablet (300 mg)(n=210)
Subjects Reporting any Adverse Reaction 201 (99)
Blood and Lymphatic System Disorder
Anemia 22 (10)
Thrombocytopenia 29 (14)
Gastrointestinal Disorders
Abdominal Pain 23 (11)
Constipation 20 (10)
Diarrhea 61 (29)
Nausea 56 (27)
Vomiting 28 (13)
General Disorders and Administration Site Conditions
Asthenia 20 (10)
Chills 22 (10)
Mucosal Inflammation 29 (14)
Edema Peripheral 33 (16)
Pyrexia 59 (28)
Metabolism and Nutrition Disorders
Hypokalemia 46 (22)
Hypomagnesemia 20 (10)
Nervous System Disorders
Headache 30 (14)
Respiratory, Thoracic and Mediastinal Disorders
Cough 35 (17)
Epistaxis 30 (14)
Skin and Subcutaneous Tissue Disorders
Rash 34 (16)
Vascular Disorders
Hypertension 23 (11)

The most frequently reported adverse reactions (>25%) with posaconazole delayed-release tablets 300 mg once daily were diarrhea, pyrexia, and nausea.

The most common adverse reaction leading to discontinuation of posaconazole delayed-release tablets 300 mg once daily was nausea (2%).

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