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Medically reviewed by Fedorchenko Olga Valeryevna, Pharmacy-Provisor. Last updated on 2020.02.22

Name of the medicinal product

Admelog

Qualitative and quantitative composition

Insulin Lispro

Pharmaceutical form

Capsule; Injection

Therapeutic indications

The information provided in Therapeutic indications of Admelog is based on data of another medicine with exactly the same composition as the Admelog of the medicine (Insulin Lispro). Be careful and be sure to specify the information on the section Therapeutic indications in the instructions to the drug Admelog directly from the package or from the pharmacist at the pharmacy.
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For the treatment of adults and children with diabetes mellitus who require insulin for the maintenance of normal glucose homeostasis. Admelog 100 units/ml Junior KwikPen is also indicated for the initial stabilisation of diabetes mellitus.

Dosage (Posology) and method of administration

The information provided in Dosage (Posology) and method of administration of Admelog is based on data of another medicine with exactly the same composition as the Admelog of the medicine (Insulin Lispro). Be careful and be sure to specify the information on the section Dosage (Posology) and method of administration in the instructions to the drug Admelog directly from the package or from the pharmacist at the pharmacy.
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Posology

The dosage should be determined by the physician, according to the requirement of the patient.

Admelog 100 units/ml Junior KwikPen is suitable for patients who may benefit from finer insulin dose adjustments.

Admelog may be given shortly before meals. When necessary Admelog can be given soon after meals.

Admelog takes effect rapidly and has a shorter duration of activity (2 to 5 hours) given subcutaneously as compared with soluble insulin. This rapid onset of activity allows a Admelog injection (or, in the case of administration by continuous subcutaneous infusion, a Admelog bolus) to be given very close to mealtime. The time course of action of any insulin may vary considerably in different individuals or at different times in the same individual. The faster onset of action compared to soluble human insulin is maintained regardless of injection site. As with all insulin preparations, the duration of action of Admelog is dependent on dose, site of injection, blood supply, temperature, and physical activity.

Admelog can be used in conjunction with a longer-acting insulin or oral sulphonylurea agents, on the advice of a physician.

Admelog 100 units/ml KwikPen, Admelog 200 units/ml KwikPen and Admelog 100 units/ml Junior KwikPen

Admelog KwikPen is available in two strengths. The Admelog 100 units/ml KwikPen and the Admelog 200 units/ml KwikPen deliver 1 - 60 units in steps of 1 unit in a single injection. The Admelog 100 units/ml Junior KwikPen delivers 0.5 - 30 units in steps of 0.5 units in a single injection. The number of insulin units is shown in the dose window of the pen regardless of strength and no dose conversion should be done when transferring a patient to a new strength or pen with a different dose step.

Special populations

Renal impairment

Insulin requirements may be reduced in the presence of renal impairment.

Hepatic impairment

Insulin requirements may be reduced in patients with hepatic impairment due to reduced capacity for gluconeogenesis and reduced insulin breakdown; however, in patients with chronic hepatic impairment, an increase in insulin resistance may lead to increased insulin requirements.

Paediatric population

Admelog can be used in adolescents and children.

Method of administration

Admelog preparations should be given by subcutaneous injection and may, although not recommended, also be given by intramuscular injection.

The Junior KwikPen is only suitable for subcutaneous injections. Admelog 100 units/ml is available in vials if administration of intravenous injection or infusion pump is necessary.

Subcutaneous administration should be in the upper arms, thighs, buttocks, or abdomen. Use of injection sites should be rotated so that the same site is not used more than approximately once a month.

When administered subcutaneously care should be taken when injecting Admelog to ensure that a blood vessel has not been entered. After injection, the site of injection should not be massaged. Patients must be educated to use the proper injection techniques.

Contraindications

The information provided in Contraindications of Admelog is based on data of another medicine with exactly the same composition as the Admelog of the medicine (Insulin Lispro). Be careful and be sure to specify the information on the section Contraindications in the instructions to the drug Admelog directly from the package or from the pharmacist at the pharmacy.
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Hypoglycaemia.

Special warnings and precautions for use

The information provided in Special warnings and precautions for use of Admelog is based on data of another medicine with exactly the same composition as the Admelog of the medicine (Insulin Lispro). Be careful and be sure to specify the information on the section Special warnings and precautions for use in the instructions to the drug Admelog directly from the package or from the pharmacist at the pharmacy.
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Transferring a patient to another type or brand of insulin

Transferring a patient to another type or brand of insulin should be done under strict medical supervision. Changes in strength, brand (manufacturer), type (soluble, isophane (NPH), lente, etc.), species (animal, human, human insulin analogue), and/or method of manufacture (recombinant DNA versus animal-source insulin) may result in the need for a change in dosage. For fast-acting insulins, any patient also on basal insulin must optimise dosage of both insulins to obtain glucose control across the whole day, particularly nocturnal/fasting glucose control.

Hypoglycaemia and hyperglycaemia

Conditions which may make the early warning symptoms of hypoglycaemia different or less pronounced include long duration of diabetes, intensified insulin therapy, diabetic nerve disease or medications such as beta-blockers.

A few patients who have experienced hypoglycaemic reactions after transfer from animal-source insulin to human insulin have reported that the early warning symptoms of hypoglycaemia were less pronounced or different from those experienced with their previous insulin. Uncorrected hypoglycaemic or hyperglycaemic reactions can cause loss of consciousness, coma, or death.

The use of dosages which are inadequate or discontinuation of treatment, especially in insulin-dependent diabetics, may lead to hyperglycaemia and diabetic ketoacidosis; conditions which are potentially lethal.

Insulin requirements and dosage adjustment

Insulin requirements may be increased during illness or emotional disturbances.

Adjustment of dosage may also be necessary if patients undertake increased physical activity or change their usual diet. Exercise taken immediately after a meal may increase the risk of hypoglycaemia. A consequence of the pharmacodynamics of rapid-acting insulin analogues is that if hypoglycaemia occurs, it may occur earlier after an injection when compared with soluble human insulin.

Combination of Admelog with pioglitazone:

Cases of cardiac failure have been reported when pioglitazone was used in combination with insulin, especially in patients with risk factors for development of cardiac heart failure. This should be kept in mind, if treatment with the combination of pioglitazone and Admelog is considered. If the combination is used, patients should be observed for signs and symptoms of heart failure, weight gain and oedema. Pioglitazone should be discontinued, if any deterioration in cardiac symptoms occurs.

Instructions for use and handling

To prevent the possible transmission of disease, each pen must be used by one patient only, even if the needle is changed.

Avoidance of medication errors

Patients must be instructed to always check the insulin label before each injection to avoid accidental mix-ups between the two different strengths of Admelog KwikPen as well as other insulin products.

Patients must visually verify the dialled units on the dose counter of the pen. Therefore, the requirement for patients to self-inject is that they can read the dose counter on the pen. Patients who are blind or have poor vision must be instructed to always get help/assistance from another person who has good vision and is trained in using the insulin device.

Excipients

This medicinal product contains less than 1 mmol sodium (23 mg) per dose, i.e., essentially “sodium-free”.

Effects on ability to drive and use machines

The information provided in Effects on ability to drive and use machines of Admelog is based on data of another medicine with exactly the same composition as the Admelog of the medicine (Insulin Lispro). Be careful and be sure to specify the information on the section Effects on ability to drive and use machines in the instructions to the drug Admelog directly from the package or from the pharmacist at the pharmacy.
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The patient's ability to concentrate and react may be impaired as a result of hypoglycaemia. This may constitute a risk in situations where these abilities are of special importance (e.g. driving a car or operating machinery).

Patients should be advised to take precautions to avoid hypoglycaemia whilst driving, this is particularly important in those who have reduced or absent awareness of the warning signs of hypoglycaemia or have frequent episodes of hypoglycaemia. The advisability of driving should be considered in these circumstances.

Undesirable effects

The information provided in Undesirable effects of Admelog is based on data of another medicine with exactly the same composition as the Admelog of the medicine (Insulin Lispro). Be careful and be sure to specify the information on the section Undesirable effects in the instructions to the drug Admelog directly from the package or from the pharmacist at the pharmacy.
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Summary of safety profile

Hypoglycaemia is the most frequent undesirable effect of insulin therapy that a patient with diabetes may suffer. Severe hypoglycaemia may lead to loss of consciousness, and in extreme cases, death. No specific frequency for hypoglycaemia is presented, since hypoglycaemia is a result of both the insulin dose and other factors e.g. a patient`s level of diet and exercise.

Tabulated list of adverse reactions

The following related adverse reactions from clinical trials are listed below as MedDRA preferred term by system organ class and in order of decreasing incidence (very common: > 1/10; common: > 1/100 to < 1/10; uncommon: > 1/1,000 to < 1/100; rare: > 1/10,000 to < 1/1,000; very rare: < 1/10,000).

Within each frequency grouping, adverse reactions are presented in order of decreasing seriousness.

MedDRA system organ classes

Very common

Common

Uncommon

Rare

Very rare

Immune system disorders

Local allergy

X

Systemic allergy

X

Skin and subcutaneous tissue disorders

Lipodystrophy

X

Description of selected adverse reactions

Local allergy

Local allergy in patients is common. Redness, swelling, and itching can occur at the site of insulin injection. This condition usually resolves in a few days to a few weeks. In some instances, this condition may be related to factors other than insulin, such as irritants in the skin cleansing agent or poor injection technique.

Systemic allergy

Systemic allergy, which is rare but potentially more serious, is a generalised allergy to insulin. It may cause a rash over the whole body, shortness of breath, wheezing, reduction in blood pressure, fast pulse, or sweating. Severe cases of generalised allergy may be life-threatening.

Lipodystrophy

Lipodystrophy at the injection site is uncommon.

Oedema

Cases of oedema have been reported with insulin therapy, particularly if previous poor metabolic control is improved by intensified insulin therapy.

Reporting of suspected adverse reactions

Reporting suspected adverse reactions after authorisation of the medicinal product is important. It allows continued monitoring of the benefit/risk balance of the medicinal product. Healthcare professionals are asked to report any suspected adverse reactions via Ireland: HPRA Pharmacovigilance, Earlsfort Terrace, IRL - Dublin 2, Tel: +353 1 6764971, Fax: +353 1 6762517, website: www.hpra.ie, e-mail: medsafety@hpra.ie, or United Kingdom: Yellow Card Scheme, website: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard or search for MHRA Yellow Card in the Google Play or Apple App Store.

Overdose

The information provided in Overdose of Admelog is based on data of another medicine with exactly the same composition as the Admelog of the medicine (Insulin Lispro). Be careful and be sure to specify the information on the section Overdose in the instructions to the drug Admelog directly from the package or from the pharmacist at the pharmacy.
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Insulins have no specific overdose definitions because serum glucose concentrations are a result of complex interactions between insulin levels, glucose availability and other metabolic processes. Hypoglycaemia may occur as a result of an excess of insulin activity relative to food intake and energy expenditure.

Hypoglycaemia may be associated with listlessness, confusion, palpitations, headache, sweating and vomiting.

Mild hypoglycaemic episodes will respond to oral administration of glucose or other sugar or saccharated products.

Correction of moderately severe hypoglycaemia can be accomplished by intramuscular or subcutaneous administration of glucagon, followed by oral carbohydrate when the patient recovers sufficiently. Patients who fail to respond to glucagon must be given glucose solution intravenously.

If the patient is comatose, glucagon should be administered intramuscularly or subcutaneously. However, glucose solution must be given intravenously if glucagon is not available or if the patient fails to respond to glucagon. The patient should be given a meal as soon as consciousness is recovered.

Sustained carbohydrate intake and observation may be necessary because hypoglycaemia may recur after apparent clinical recovery.

Pharmacodynamic properties

The information provided in Pharmacodynamic properties of Admelog is based on data of another medicine with exactly the same composition as the Admelog of the medicine (Insulin Lispro). Be careful and be sure to specify the information on the section Pharmacodynamic properties in the instructions to the drug Admelog directly from the package or from the pharmacist at the pharmacy.
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Pharmacotherapeutic group : Drugs used in diabetes, insulins and analogues for injection, fast-acting, ATC code: A10AB04

The primary activity of insulin lispro is the regulation of glucose metabolism.

In addition, insulins have several anabolic and anti-catabolic actions on a variety of different tissues. Within muscle tissue this includes increasing glycogen, fatty acid, glycerol and protein synthesis and amino acid uptake, while decreasing glycogenolysis, gluconeogenesis, ketogenesis, lipolysis, protein catabolism and amino acid output.

Insulin lispro has a rapid onset of action (approximately 15 minutes), thus allowing it to be given closer to a meal (within zero to 15 minutes of the meal) when compared to soluble insulin (30 to 45 minutes before). Insulin lispro takes effect rapidly and has a shorter duration of activity (2 to 5 hours) when compared to soluble insulin.

Clinical trials in patients with type 1 and type 2 diabetes have demonstrated reduced postprandial hyperglycaemia with insulin lispro compared to soluble human insulin.

As with all insulin preparations, the time course of insulin lispro action may vary in different individuals or at different times in the same individual and is dependent on dose, site of injection, blood supply, temperature and physical activity. The typical activity profile following subcutaneous injection is illustrated below.

The above representation reflects the relative amount of glucose over time required to maintain the subject's whole blood glucose concentrations near fasting levels and is an indicator of the effect of these insulins on glucose metabolism over time.

Clinical trials have been performed in children (61 patients aged 2 to 11) and children and adolescents (481 patients aged 9 to 19 years), comparing insulin lispro to human soluble insulin. The pharmacodynamic profile of insulin lispro in children is similar to that seen in adults.

When used in subcutaneous infusion pumps, treatment with insulin lispro has been shown to result in lower glycosylated haemoglobin levels compared to soluble insulin. In a double-blind, crossover study, the reduction in glycosylated haemoglobin levels after 12 weeks dosing was 0.37 percentage points with insulin lispro, compared to 0.03 percentage points for soluble insulin (p = 0.004).

In patients with type 2 diabetes on maximum doses of sulphonyl urea agents, studies have shown that the addition of insulin lispro significantly reduces HbA1c compared to sulphonyl urea alone. The reduction of HbA1c would also be expected with other insulin products e.g. soluble or isophane insulins.

Clinical trials in patients with type 1 and type 2 diabetes have demonstrated a reduced number of episodes of nocturnal hypoglycaemia with insulin lispro compared to soluble human insulin. In some studies, reduction of nocturnal hypoglycaemia was associated with increased episodes of daytime hypoglycaemia.

The glucodynamic response to insulin lispro is not affected by renal or hepatic function impairment. Glucodynamic differences between insulin lispro and soluble human insulin, as measured during a glucose clamp procedure, were maintained over a wide range of renal function.

Insulin lispro has been shown to be equipotent to human insulin on a molar basis but its effect is more rapid and of a shorter duration.

Pharmacokinetic properties

The information provided in Pharmacokinetic properties of Admelog is based on data of another medicine with exactly the same composition as the Admelog of the medicine (Insulin Lispro). Be careful and be sure to specify the information on the section Pharmacokinetic properties in the instructions to the drug Admelog directly from the package or from the pharmacist at the pharmacy.
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The pharmacokinetics of insulin lispro reflect a compound that is rapidly absorbed, and achieves peak blood levels 30 to 70 minutes following subcutaneous injection. When considering the clinical relevance of these kinetics, it is more appropriate to examine the glucose utilisation curves (as discussed in 5.1).

Insulin lispro maintains more rapid absorption when compared to soluble human insulin in patients with renal impairment. In patients with type 2 diabetes over a wide range of renal function the pharmacokinetic differences between insulin lispro and soluble human insulin were generally maintained and shown to be independent of renal function. Insulin lispro maintains more rapid absorption and elimination when compared to soluble human insulin in patients with hepatic impairment.

Preclinical safety data

The information provided in Preclinical safety data of Admelog is based on data of another medicine with exactly the same composition as the Admelog of the medicine (Insulin Lispro). Be careful and be sure to specify the information on the section Preclinical safety data in the instructions to the drug Admelog directly from the package or from the pharmacist at the pharmacy.
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In in vitro tests, including binding to insulin receptor sites and effects on growing cells, insulin lispro behaved in a manner that closely resembled human insulin. Studies also demonstrate that the dissociation of binding to the insulin receptor of insulin lispro is equivalent to human insulin. Acute, one month and twelve month toxicology studies produced no significant toxicity findings.

Insulin lispro did not induce fertility impairment, embryotoxicity or teratogenicity in animal studies.

Incompatibilities

The information provided in Incompatibilities of Admelog is based on data of another medicine with exactly the same composition as the Admelog of the medicine (Insulin Lispro). Be careful and be sure to specify the information on the section Incompatibilities in the instructions to the drug Admelog directly from the package or from the pharmacist at the pharmacy.
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This medicinal product should not be mixed with any other insulin or any other medicinal product.

Special precautions for disposal and other handling

The information provided in Special precautions for disposal and other handling of Admelog is based on data of another medicine with exactly the same composition as the Admelog of the medicine (Insulin Lispro). Be careful and be sure to specify the information on the section Special precautions for disposal and other handling in the instructions to the drug Admelog directly from the package or from the pharmacist at the pharmacy.
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Instructions for use and handling

To prevent the possible transmission of disease, each pen must be used by one patient only, even if the needle is changed.

The Admelog solution should be clear and colourless. Admelog should not be used if it appears cloudy, thickened, or slightly coloured or if solid particles are visible.

Handling of the pre-filled pen

Before using the Junior KwikPen the user manual included in the package leaflet must be read carefully. The Junior KwikPen has to be used as recommended in the user manual.

The Junior KwikPen should not be used if any part looks broken or damaged.

Any unused product or waste material should be disposed of in accordance with local requirements.

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