XOLAIR Indication and Important Safety Information
XOLAIR®(omalizumab) for subcutaneous use IS INDICATED FOR adults and adolescents (12 years of age and above) with moderate to severe persistent asthma who have a positive skin test or in vitro reactivity to a perennial aeroallergen and whose symptoms are inadequately controlled with inhaled corticosteroids.
XOLAIR has been shown to decrease the incidence of asthma exacerbations in these patients.
Important Limitations of Use
- XOLAIR is not indicated for treatment of other allergic conditions
- XOLAIR is not indicated for the relief of acute bronchospasm or status asthmaticus
- XOLAIR is not indicated for use in pediatric patients less than 12 years of age
Important Safety Information
WARNING: Anaphylaxis Anaphylaxis presenting as bronchospasm, hypotension, syncope, urticaria, and/or angioedema of the throat or tongue, has been reported to occur after administration of XOLAIR. Anaphylaxis has occurred as early as after the first dose of XOLAIR, but also has occurred beyond 1 year after beginning regularly administered treatment. Because of the risk of anaphylaxis, observe patients closely for an appropriate period of time after XOLAIR administration. Health care providers administering XOLAIR should be prepared to manage anaphylaxis that can be life-threatening. Inform patients of the signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis and instruct them to seek immediate medical care should symptoms occur (see Warnings and Precautions: Anaphylaxis).
- Malignant neoplasms were observed in 20 of 4127 (0.5%) XOLAIR-treated patients compared with 5 of 2236 (0.2%) control patients in clinical studies of asthma and other allergic disorders.
- In patients ≥12 years of age, the most commonly observed adverse reactions (≥1% more frequent in XOLAIR-treated patients) from 4 placebo-controlled asthma studies were arthralgia (8%), pain (general) (7%), leg pain (4%), fatigue (3%), dizziness (3%), fracture (2%), arm pain (2%), pruritus (2%), dermatitis (2%), and earache (2%).
- The adverse events most frequently resulting in clinical intervention (e.g., discontinuation of XOLAIR, or the need for concomitant medication to treat an adverse event), in either placebo-controlled or other controlled asthma studies, were injection site reaction (45%), viral infections (23%), upper respiratory tract infection (20%), sinusitis (16%), headache (15%), and pharyngitis (11%). These events were observed at similar rates in XOLAIR-treated patients and control patients.
You may report side effects to the FDA at (800) FDA-1088 or www.fda.gov/medwatch. You may also report side effects to Genentech at (888) 835-2555.
Please see full Prescribing Information, including Boxed WARNING and Medication Guide, for additional important safety information.