YUTIQ by is a Prescription medication manufactured, distributed, or labeled by EyePoint Pharmaceuticals US, Inc. Drug facts, warnings, and ingredients follow.
YUTIQ contains a corticosteroid and is indicated for the treatment of chronic non-infectious uveitis affecting the posterior segment of the eye. (1)
Non-bioerodible intravitreal implant containing 0.18 mg fluocinolone acetonide in a drug delivery system. (3)
In controlled studies, the most common adverse reactions reported were cataract development and increases in intraocular pressure. (6.1)
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See 17 for PATIENT COUNSELING INFORMATION.
The intravitreal injection procedure should be carried out under aseptic conditions, which include use of sterile gloves, a sterile drape, a sterile caliper, and a sterile eyelid speculum (or equivalent). Adequate anesthesia and a broad-spectrum microbicide should be given prior to the injection.
The injection procedure for YUTIQ is as follows:
Following the injection, patients should be monitored for change in intraocular pressure and for endophthalmitis. Monitoring may consist of a check for perfusion of the optic nerve head immediately after the injection, tonometry within 30 minutes following the injection, and biomicroscopy between two and seven days following the injection. Patients should be instructed to report without delay any symptoms suggestive of endophthalmitis.
YUTIQ is contraindicated in patients with active or suspected ocular or periocular infections including most viral disease of the cornea and conjunctiva including active epithelial herpes simplex keratitis (dendritic keratitis), vaccinia, varicella, mycobacterial infections and fungal diseases.
Intravitreal injections, including those with YUTIQ, have been associated with endophthalmitis, eye inflammation, increased or decreased intraocular pressure, and choroidal or retinal detachments. Hypotony has been observed within 24 hours of injection and has resolved within 2 weeks. Patients should be monitored following the intravitreal injection [see Patient Counseling Information (17)].
Use of corticosteroids including YUTIQ may produce posterior subcapsular cataracts, increased intraocular pressure and glaucoma. Use of corticosteroids may enhance the establishment of secondary ocular infections due to bacteria, fungi, or viruses.
Corticosteroids are not recommended to be used in patients with a history of ocular herpes simplex because of the potential for reactivation of the viral infection.
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.
Adverse reactions associated with ophthalmic steroids including YUTIQ include cataract formation and subsequent cataract surgery, elevated intraocular pressure, which may be associated with optic nerve damage, visual acuity and field defects, secondary ocular infection from pathogens including herpes simplex, and perforation of the globe where there is thinning of the cornea or sclera.
Studies 1 and 2 were multicenter, randomized, sham injection-controlled, masked trials in which patients with non-infectious uveitis affecting the posterior segment of the eye were treated once with either YUTIQ or sham injection, and then received standard care for the duration of the study. Study 3 was a multicenter, randomized, masked trial in which patients with non-infectious uveitis affecting the posterior segment of the eye were all treated once with YUTIQ, administered by one of two different applicators, and then received standard care for the duration of the study.
Table 1 summarizes data available from studies 1, 2 and 3 through 12 months for study eyes treated with YUTIQ (n=226) or sham injection (n=94). The most common ocular (study eye) and non-ocular adverse reactions are shown in Table 1 and Table 2.
1. Includes cataract, cataract subcapsular and lenticular opacities in study eyes that were phakic at baseline. 113 of the 226 YUTIQ study eyes were phakic at baseline; 56 of 94 sham-controlled study eyes were phakic at baseline.
|Cataract1||63/113 (56%)||13/56 (23%)|
|Visual Acuity Reduced||33 ( 15%)||11 (12%)|
|Macular Edema||25 ( 11%)||33 (35%)|
|Uveitis||22 ( 10%)||33 (35%)|
|Conjunctival Hemorrhage||17 ( 8%)||5 ( 5%)|
|Eye Pain||17 ( 8%)||12 (13%)|
|Hypotony Of Eye||16 ( 7%)||1 ( 1%)|
|Anterior Chamber Inflammation||12 ( 5%)||6 ( 6%)|
|Dry Eye||10 ( 4%)||3 ( 3%)|
|Vitreous Opacities||9 ( 4%)||8 ( 9%)|
|Conjunctivitis||9 ( 4%)||5 ( 5%)|
|Posterior Capsule Opacification||8 ( 4%)||3 ( 3%)|
|Ocular Hyperemia||8 ( 4%)||7 ( 7%)|
|Vitreous Haze||7 ( 3%)||4 ( 4%)|
|Foreign Body Sensation In Eyes||7 ( 3%)||2 ( 2%)|
|Vitritis||6 ( 3%)||8 ( 9%)|
|Vitreous Floaters||6 ( 3%)||5 ( 5%)|
|Eye Pruritus||6 ( 3%)||5 ( 5%)|
|Conjunctival Hyperemia||5 ( 2%)||2 ( 2%)|
|Ocular Discomfort||5 ( 2%)||1 ( 1%)|
|Macular Fibrosis||5 ( 2%)||2 ( 2%)|
|Glaucoma||4 ( 2%)||1 ( 1%)|
|Photopsia||4 ( 2%)||2 ( 2%)|
|Vitreous Hemorrhage||4 ( 2%)||0|
|Iridocyclitis||3 ( 1%)||7 ( 7%)|
|Eye Inflammation||3 ( 1%)||2 ( 2%)|
|Choroiditis||3 ( 1%)||1 ( 1%)|
|Eye Irritation||3 ( 1%)||1 ( 1%)|
|Visual Field Defect||3 ( 1%)||0|
|Lacrimation Increased||3 ( 1%)||0|
|Nasopharyngitis||10 ( 5%)||5 ( 5%)|
|Hypertension||6 ( 3%)||1 ( 1%)|
|Arthralgia||5 ( 2%)||1 ( 1%)|
|IOP elevation ≥ 10 mmHg from Baseline||50 (22%)||11 (12%)|
|IOP elevation > 30 mmHg||28 (12%)||3 (3%)|
|Any IOP-lowering medication||98 (43%)||39 (41%)|
|Any surgical intervention |
for elevated IOP
|5 (2%)||2 (2%)|
Figure 1: Mean IOP During the Studies
Adequate and well-controlled studies with YUTIQ have not been conducted in pregnant women to inform drug associated risk. Animal reproduction studies have not been conducted with YUTIQ. It is not known whether YUTIQ can cause fetal harm when administered to a pregnant woman or can affect reproduction capacity. Corticosteroids have been shown to be teratogenic in laboratory animals when administered systemically at relatively low dosage levels. YUTIQ should be given to a pregnant woman only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus.
All pregnancies have a risk of birth defect, loss, or other adverse outcomes. In the United States 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.
Systemically administered corticosteroids are present in human milk and can suppress growth, interfere with endogenous corticosteroid production. Clinical or nonclinical lactation studies have not been conducted with YUTIQ. It is not known whether intravitreal treatment with YUTIQ could result in sufficient systemic absorption to produce detectable quantities of fluocinolone acetonide in human milk, or affect breastfed infants or milk production. The developmental and health benefits of breastfeeding should be considered, along with the mother's clinical need for YUTIQ and any potential adverse effects on the breastfed child from YUTIQ.
Safety and effectiveness of YUTIQ in pediatric patients have not been established.
YUTIQ is a sterile non-bioerodible intravitreal implant containing 0.18 mg fluocinolone acetonide in a 36-month sustained-release drug delivery system. YUTIQ is designed to release fluocinolone acetonide at an initial rate of 0.25 mcg/day. YUTIQ is preloaded into a single-dose applicator to facilitate injection of the implant directly into the vitreous. The drug substance is a synthetic corticosteroid, fluocinolone acetonide.
The chemical name for fluocinolone acetonide is (6α,11β, 16α)-6,9-difluoro-11,21-dihydroxy-16,17-[(1-methylethylidene)bis-(oxy)]-pregna-1,4-diene-3,20-dione. Its chemical structure is:
MW 452.50; molecular formula C24H30F206
Fluocinolone acetonide is a white or almost white, microcrystalline powder, practically insoluble in water, soluble in methanol, ethanol, chloroform and acetone, and sparingly soluble in ether.
Each YUTIQ consists of a light brown 3.5mm x 0.37mm implant containing 0.18 mg of the active ingredient fluocinolone acetonide and the following inactive ingredients: polyimide tube, polyvinyl alcohol, silicone adhesive and water for injection.
Corticosteroids inhibit inflammatory responses to a variety of inciting agents including multiple inflammatory cytokines. They inhibit edema, fibrin deposition, capillary dilation, leukocyte migration, capillary proliferation, fibroblast proliferation, deposition of collagen, and scar formation associated with inflammation.
Corticosteroids are thought to act by inhibition of phospholipase A2 via induction of inhibitory proteins collectively called lipocortins. It is postulated that these proteins control biosynthesis of potent mediators of inflammation such as prostaglandins and leukotrienes by inhibiting release of the common precursor, arachidonic acid. Arachidonic acid is released from membrane phospholipids by phospholipase A2.
Long-term animal studies have not been conducted to determine the carcinogenic potential or the effect on fertility of YUTIQ.
Fluocinolone acetonide was not genotoxic in vitro in the Ames test (S. typhimurium and E. coli) and the mouse lymphoma TK assay, or in vivo in the mouse bone marrow micronucleus assay.
The efficacy of YUTIQ was assessed in two randomized (2:1, YUTIQ: sham-injection), multi-centre, double-masked, parallel-groups studies (NCT #01694186 and #02746991) that enrolled patients with non-infectious uveitis affecting the posterior segment of the eye. The primary efficacy endpoint in both trials was the proportion of patients who experienced a recurrence of uveitis in the study eye within 6 months of follow-up; recurrence was also assessed at 12 months. Recurrence of uveitis was defined as either deterioration in visual acuity, vitreous haze attributable to non-infectious uveitis or the need for rescue medications.
|Study 1||Study 2|
N = 87
N = 42
N = 101
N = 52
|Eyes with recurrence within 6 months, n (%)||16 (18%)||33 (79%)||22 (22%)||28 (54%)|
|Difference (95% CI) in recurrence rates||60% (41%, 73%)||32% (15%, 48%)|
|P-value||< 0.01||< 0.01|
|Eyes with recurrence within 12 months, n (%)||24 (28%)||36 (86%)||33 (33%)||31 (60%)|
|Difference (95% CI) in recurrence rates||58% (40%, 70%)||27% (9%, 43%)|
Figure 2: Time to First Recurrence of Uveitis (ITT: All Randomized Patients)
YUTIQ™ (fluocinolone acetonide intravitreal implant) 0.18 mg is supplied in a sterile single-dose preloaded applicator with a 25-gauge needle, packaged in a sealed sterile foil pouch inside a sealed Tyvek pouch inside a carton box.
Advise patients that a cataract may occur after treatment with YUTIQ. If this occurs, advise patients that their vision will decrease, and they will need an operation to remove the cataract and restore their vision.
Advise patients that they may develop increased intraocular pressure with YUTIQ treatment, and the increased IOP may need to be managed with eye drops or surgery.
Intravitreal Injection-related Effects
Advise patients that in the days following intravitreal injection of YUTIQ, they are at risk for potential complications including, but not limited to, the development of endophthalmitis or changes in intraocular pressure.
When to Seek Physician Advice
Advise patients that if the eye becomes red, sensitive to light, painful, or develops a change in vision, they should seek immediate care from an ophthalmologist.
Driving and Using Machines
Inform patients that they may experience temporary visual blurring after receiving an intravitreal injection. Advise patients not to drive or use machines until this has been resolved.
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(fluocinolone acetonide intravitreal implant) 0.18 mg
One sterile intravitreal implant in a SINGLE DOSE ONLY applicator with 25 gauge needle
Each implant contains:
Active: 0.18 mg fluocinolone acetonide Inactive: polyimide tube, polyvinyl alcohol, silicone adhesive and water for injection. Do not use if inner pouch is damaged.
Dispose of the applicator
safely in biohazard
Rx Only. Store at 15° C to 30° C (59° F to 86° F). Keep out of reach of children.
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(fluocinolone acetonide intravitreal implant) 0.18 mg
Store at 15° C to 30° C (59° F to 86° F). Keep out of reach of children.
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One sterile-SINGLE DOSE ONLY Applicator
For lntravitreal Injection Use Only.
Read the package insert before use.
Do not use if inner pouch is damaged. Use applicator immediately after opening. Dispose of the applicator safely in biohazard sharps container.
fluocinolone acetonide implant
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