XACIATO: Package Insert and Label Information

XACIATO- clindamycin phosphate gel
Daré Bioscience, Inc.


1.1. Bacterial Vaginosis

XACIATO is indicated for the treatment of bacterial vaginosis in females 12 years and older [see Use in Specific Populations (8.1) and Clinical Studies (14)].


The recommended dosage of XACIATO is one applicatorful (5 g of vaginal gel containing 100 mg of clindamycin) administered once intravaginally as a single dose at any time of the day [see Clinical Studies (14)]. Place the used tube with any remaining gel and used applicator in the container box and deposit in a trash container after use [see Instructions for Use].

XACIATO is not for ophthalmic, dermal, or oral use.


Vaginal gel: 2% clindamycin (present as clindamycin phosphate) as a clear, colorless, viscous gel in a 25 g tube. One user-filled single-dose disposable applicator delivers 5 g of gel containing 100 mg of clindamycin.


4.1. Hypersensitivity

XACIATO is contraindicated in individuals with a history of hypersensitivity to clindamycin or lincomycin. [see Adverse Reactions (6.2)] .


5.1. Clostridioides difficile -Associated Diarrhea (CDAD)

Clostridioides difficile -associated diarrhea (CDAD) has been reported with use of nearly all antibacterial agents, including clindamycin, and may range in severity from mild diarrhea to fatal colitis. Treatment with antibacterial agents alters the normal flora of the colon which can lead to overgrowth of C. difficile.

C. difficile produces toxins A and B which contribute to the development of CDAD. Hypertoxin producing strains of C. difficile cause increased morbidity and mortality, as these infections can be refractory to antimicrobial therapy and may require colectomy. CDAD must be considered in all patients who present with diarrhea following antibacterial use. Careful medical history is necessary since CDAD has been reported to occur over two months after the administration of antibacterial agents. Patients with inflammatory bowel disease, including ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, have a higher risk of developing CDAD.

If CDAD is suspected or confirmed, ongoing antibacterial use not directed against C. difficile may need to be discontinued. Appropriate fluid and electrolyte management, protein supplementation, antibacterial treatment of C. difficile , and surgical evaluation should be instituted as clinically indicated [see Adverse Reactions (6.2)] .

5.2. Use with Polyurethane Condoms

XACIATO is not compatible with and may weaken polyurethane condoms; therefore, their use is not recommended during treatment with XACIATO or for 7 days following treatment. During this time period, polyurethane condoms may not be reliable for preventing pregnancy or for protecting against transmission of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. Latex or polyisoprene condoms should be used [see Use in Specific Populations (8.3)].

5.3. Vaginal Candida Infections

XACIATO may result in the overgrowth of Candida spp. in the vagina resulting in vulvovaginal candidiasis which may require antifungal treatment [see Adverse Reactions (6.1)].


The following clinically significant adverse reactions are described elsewhere in the labeling:

  • Clostridioides difficile -Associated Diarrhea (CDAD) [see Warnings and Precautions (5.1)]
  • Use with Polyurethane Condoms [see Warnings and Precautions (5.2)]
  • Vaginal Candida Infections [see Warnings and Precautions (5.3)]

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 to rates in the clinical trials of another drug and may not reflect the rates observed in practice.

In the placebo-controlled trial (Trial 1), 202 patients with bacterial vaginosis were treated with a single dose of XACIATO, and 103 patients were treated with a single dose of placebo gel. The median age of the patients in the trial was 35 years (range 15-59 years). The population was 56% Black or African American and 41% White. Persons of Hispanic or Latino ethnicity made up 25% of the population. A history of prior bacterial vaginosis was noted in 89% of the population.

Most Common Adverse Reactions

Adverse reactions were reported by 76/202 (38%) of patients who received XACIATO and 28/103 (27%) of patients who received placebo in Trial 1. Table 1 displays the most common adverse reactions (occurring in >2% of patients and at a higher rate in the XACIATO group than in the placebo group) in Trial 1.

Table 1: Adverse Reactions Occurring in >2% of Patients Receiving XACIATO in Trial 1
Vulvovaginal discomfort includes the terms vulvovaginal pruritus, vulvovaginal burning sensation, vulvovaginal erythema, vulvovaginal dryness, and vulvovaginal discomfort.

Adverse Reaction



n (%)



n (%)

Vulvovaginal candidiasis

35 (17)

4 (4)

Vulvovaginal discomfort *

13 (6)

5 (5)

6.2. Other Clindamycin Formulations

XACIATO affords low peak serum levels and systemic exposure of clindamycin compared to an oral or intravenous dose of clindamycin [see Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)]. Data from well-controlled trials directly comparing clindamycin administered orally to clindamycin administered vaginally are not available.

The following additional adverse reactions and altered laboratory tests have been reported with the oral or parenteral use of clindamycin:

Gastrointestinal: Abdominal pain, esophagitis, nausea, Clostridioides difficile -associated diarrhea [see Warnings and Precautions (5.1)].

Hematopoietic: Transient neutropenia (leukopenia), eosinophilia, agranulocytosis, and thrombocytopenia have been reported. No direct etiologic relationship to concurrent clindamycin therapy could be made in any of these reports.

Hypersensitivity Reactions: Maculopapular rash, vesiculobullous rash, and urticaria have been observed during drug therapy. Generalized mild to moderate morbilliform-like skin rashes are the most frequently reported of all adverse reactions. Cases of erythema multiforme, some resembling Stevens-Johnson syndrome, have been associated with clindamycin. A few cases of anaphylactoid reactions have been reported.

Liver: Jaundice and abnormalities in liver function tests have been observed during clindamycin therapy.

Musculoskeletal: Cases of polyarthritis have been reported.

Renal: Acute kidney injury.


7.1. Neuromuscular Blocking Agents

Systemic clindamycin has neuromuscular blocking properties that may enhance the action of other neuromuscular blocking agents. Therefore, it should be used with caution in patients receiving such agents.


8.1 Pregnancy

Risk Summary

Other clindamycin vaginal products have been used to treat pregnant women during the second and third trimester. XACIATO has not been studied in pregnant women. However, based on the low systemic absorption of XACIATO following the intravaginal route of administration in nonpregnant women, maternal use is not likely to result in significant fetal exposure to the drug [see Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)]. Available data from published observational studies, based on first trimester exposure to oral and IV clindamycin, did not identify consistent increases in the rate of major birth defects. Available data from published observational studies and randomized controlled trials, based on second and third trimester exposure to oral and IV clindamycin, did not identify an increased risk of miscarriage or other adverse maternal or fetal outcomes. Most of the reported exposures to clindamycin occurred during the second and third trimesters of the pregnancy.

In animal reproduction studies, no adverse developmental outcomes were observed when XACIATO was vaginally administered to pregnant rats and rabbits during organogenesis at doses approximately equivalent to the recommended human dose. No evidence of any adverse developmental outcomes was observed when oral or subcutaneous doses of clindamycin were administered to pregnant rats and mice during organogenesis at doses 9 to 58 times the recommended human dose based on body surface area comparison (see Data).

The estimated background risk of major birth defects and miscarriage for the indicated population is unknown. All pregnancies have a background risk of birth defect, loss, or other adverse outcomes. In the U.S. general population, the estimated background risk of major birth defects and miscarriage in clinically recognized pregnancies is 2% to 4% and 15% to 20%, respectively.


Animal Data Reproduction studies performed during organogenesis in pregnant rats (gestational days 6-17) and rabbits (gestational days 7-19) administered vaginal XACIATO at 0.1 g and 1 g/day (2 mg and 20 mg clindamycin phosphate/day) showed no evidence of developmental toxicity. These doses are approximately equivalent to the applied recommended clinical dose based on g/cm2 vaginal surface area and body surface area (BSA) comparisons.

Reproduction studies performed during organogenesis (gestational days 6-15) in pregnant rats and mice that were administered oral doses of clindamycin up to 600 mg/kg/day (58 and 29 times, respectively, the recommended human dose based on a body surface area comparison) or subcutaneous doses of clindamycin up to 250 mg/kg/day (24- and 12-times, respectively, the MRHD based on BSA comparisons) revealed no evidence of teratogenicity.

Vaginal administration of XACIATO to pregnant/lactating female rats during a pre- and postnatal development (gestation day 6 through gestation day 21) study at 2 mg clindamycin phosphate/day had no adverse effects on dams or their offspring.

8.2. Lactation

Risk Summary

Systemic absorption following intravaginal administration of clindamycin is low; therefore, transfer of clindamycin into breastmilk is likely to be low and adverse effects on the breastfed infant are not expected [see Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)]. There are no data on the effect of clindamycin on milk production.

The developmental and health benefits of breastfeeding should be considered along with the mother’s clinical need for clindamycin and any potential adverse effects on the breastfed child from clindamycin or from the underlying maternal condition.

8.3. Males and Females of Reproductive Potential


XACIATO is not compatible with and may weaken polyurethane condoms; therefore, use of polyurethane condoms is not recommended during and for 7 days following treatment with XACIATO. Advise patients to use latex or polyisoprene condoms for contraception during and for 7 days following treatment with XACIATO [see Warnings and Precautions (5.2)].

8.4 Pediatric Use

The safety and effectiveness of XACIATO have been established in females aged 12 years and older for the treatment of bacterial vaginosis. Use of XACIATO for this indication is supported by the extrapolation of clinical trial data from adequate and well controlled clinical studies in adult women. The safety and effectiveness of XACIATO have not been established in pediatric patients younger than 12 years of age for the treatment of bacterial vaginosis.

8.5 Geriatric Use

Clinical studies with XACIATO did not include any subjects 65 years of age or older to determine whether they respond differently than younger subjects.


XACIATO vaginal gel contains clindamycin phosphate, a lincosamide antibacterial. The chemical name for clindamycin phosphate is methyl 7-chloro- 6,7,8-trideoxy-6-(1-methyl- trans-4-propyl-L-2-pyrrolidinecarboxamido)-1-thio-L- threo-(alpha)-D-galacto- octopyranoside 2-(dihydrogenphosphate). It has a molecular weight of 504.95, and the molecular formula is C18 H34 ClN2 O8 PS. The structural formula is represented below:

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XACIATO is a clear, colorless, viscous gel, which contains clindamycin at a concentration of 2%. A single-dose user-filled disposable applicator delivers 5 g of vaginal gel containing 100 mg of clindamycin (present as 119 mg of clindamycin phosphate). The gel also contains benzyl alcohol, citric acid monohydrate, poloxamer 407, purified water, sodium citrate dihydrate, and xanthan gum.


12.1 Mechanism of Action

Clindamycin is an antibacterial drug [See Microbiology (12.4)].

12.3. Pharmacokinetics

Clindamycin phosphate is a water-soluble ester prodrug of clindamycin. Biologically inactive clindamycin phosphate is converted to active clindamycin. Following a single intravaginal dose of 100 mg of XACIATO administered to 21 healthy female subjects, the arithmetic mean (range) peak plasma concentration was 69.2 ng/mL (3.8 to 236 ng/mL). The median (range) tmax occurred at 6 hours (4 to 96 hours). The mean Cmax of clindamycin for XACIATO was approximately 0.5% of that observed after the IV infusion of Clindamycin Phosphate in 0.9% Sodium Chloride, 900 mg clindamycin, every 8 hours.

12.4. Microbiology

Mechanism of Action

Clindamycin inhibits bacterial protein synthesis by binding to the 23S RNA of the 50S subunit of the ribosome. Clindamycin is predominantly bacteriostatic. Although clindamycin phosphate is inactive in vitro, rapid in vivo hydrolysis converts it to active clindamycin.


Resistance to clindamycin is most often caused by modification of the target site on the ribosome, usually by chemical modification of RNA bases by point mutations in RNA or occasionally in proteins. Cross resistance has been demonstrated between lincosamides, macrolides and streptogramins B in some organisms. Cross resistance has been demonstrated between clindamycin and lincomycin.

Antibacterial Activity

Culture and sensitivity testing of bacteria are not routinely performed to establish the diagnosis of bacterial vaginosis [see Clinical Studies (14)]. Standard methodology for the susceptibility testing of the potential bacterial pathogens, Gardnerella vaginalis , Mobiluncus spp., or Mycoplasma hominis , has not been defined.

The following in vitro data are available, but their clinical significance is unknown. Clindamycin is active in vitro against most isolates of the following organisms reported to be associated with bacterial vaginosis:

Bacteroides spp.

Gardnerella vaginalis

Mobiluncus spp.

Mycoplasma hominis

Peptostreptococcus spp.

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