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These highlights do not include all the information needed to use Tretinoin Gel safely and effectively. See full prescribing information for Tretinoin Gel. Tretinoin Gel, 0.05%For topical useInitial U.S. Approval: 1973 | Tretinoin [Oceanside Pharmaceuticals] | BioPortfolio

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Tretinoin Gel is indicated for topical treatment of acne vulgaris.

For topical use only. Not for ophthalmic, oral, or intravaginal use.

Tretinoin Gel should be applied once daily, before bedtime, to the skin where acne lesions appear, using a thin layer to cover the entire affected area. Tretinoin Gel should be kept away from the eyes, the mouth, paranasal creases, and mucous membranes. Application of excessive amounts of gel will not provide incremental efficacy.

Patients treated with Tretinoin Gel may use cosmetics, but the areas to be treated should be cleansed thoroughly before the medication is applied.

When treating with Tretinoin Gel, caution should be exercised with the use of concomitant topical over-the-counter preparations, topical medications, medicated or abrasive soaps and cleansers, products that have strong drying effect, and products with high concentrations of alcohol, astringents, spices, or lime. Particular caution should be exercised with acne preparations containing benzoyl peroxide, sulfur, resorcinol, or salicylic acid. Allow the effects of such preparations to subside before use of Tretinoin Gel has begun.

Gel, 0.05%

Each gram of Tretinoin Gel contains 0.5 mg (0.05%) tretinoin in a translucent to opaque, pale yellow topical gel.

None.

The skin of certain individuals may become dry, red, or exfoliated while using Tretinoin Gel. If the degree of irritation warrants, patients should be directed to temporarily reduce the amount or frequency of application of the medication, discontinue use temporarily, or discontinue use all together. Efficacy at reduced frequencies of application has not been established. If a reaction suggesting sensitivity occurs, use of the medication should be discontinued. Mild to moderate skin dryness may also be experienced; if so, use of an appropriate moisturizer during the day may be helpful.

Tretinoin has been reported to cause severe irritation on eczematous or sunburned skin and should be used with caution in patients with these conditions.

To help limit skin irritation, patients must:

Unprotected exposure to sunlight, including sunlamps, should be minimized during the use of Tretinoin Gel. Patients who normally experience high levels of sun exposure, and those with inherent sensitivity to sun, should be warned to exercise caution. Use of sunscreen products of at least SPF 15 and protective clothing over treated areas is recommended when exposure cannot be avoided.

Weather extremes, such as wind or cold, also may be irritating to tretinoin-treated skin.

Tretinoin Gel contains soluble fish proteins and should be used with caution in patients with known sensitivity or allergy to fish. Patients who develop pruritus or urticaria should contact their healthcare provider.

Because clinical trials are conducted under prescribing 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 two randomized, controlled trials, 674 subjects received treatment for up to 12 weeks with Tretinoin Gel [see Clinical Studies (14) ]. In these studies, 50% of the subjects who were treated with Tretinoin Gel reported one or more adverse reactions; 30% of the subjects reported treatment-related adverse reactions. In the vehicle group, 29% of the 487 randomized subjects reported at least one adverse reaction; 5% of the subjects reported events that were treatment-related. There were no serious, treatment-related adverse reactions reported by subjects in any of the treatment groups.

Selected adverse reactions that occurred in at least 1% of subjects in the two trials combined are shown in Table 1 (below). Most skin-related adverse reactions first appear during the first two weeks of treatment with Tretinoin Gel, and the incidence rate for skin-related reactions peaks around the second and third week of treatment. In some subjects, the skin-related adverse reactions persist throughout the treatment period.

Table 1: Number of Subjects with Selected Adverse Reactions (Occurring in at Least 1% of Subjects)
Event Tretinoin Gel
(n = 674)
Vehicle Gel
(n = 487)
Dry Skin 109 (16%) 8 (2%)
Peeling/Scaling/Flaking Skin 78 (12%) 7 (1%)
Skin Burning Sensation 53 (8%) 8 (2%)
Erythema 47 (7%) 1 (<1%)
Pruritus 11 (2%) 3 (1%)
Pain of Skin 7 (1%) 0 (0%)
Sunburn 7 (1%) 3 (1%)

The following adverse reactions have been identified during post-approval use of Tretinoin Gel. Because these reactions are reported voluntarily from a population of uncertain size, it is not always possible to reliably estimate their frequency or establish a causal relationship to drug exposure.

Temporary hyper- or hypopigmentation has been reported with repeated application of tretinoin.

Pregnancy Category C

There are no well-controlled trials in pregnant women treated with Tretinoin Gel. Tretinoin Gel should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus.

Tretinoin Gel at doses of 0.1, 0.3 and 1 g/kg/day was tested for maternal and developmental toxicity in pregnant Sprague-Dawley rats by dermal application. The dose of 1 g/kg/day was approximately 4 times the clinical dose assuming 100% absorption and based on body surface area comparison. Possible tretinoin-associated teratogenic effects (craniofacial abnormalities (hydrocephaly), asymmetrical thyroids, variations in ossification, and increased supernumerary ribs) were noted in the fetuses of Tretinoin Gel treated animals. These findings were not observed in control animals. Other maternal and reproductive parameters in the Tretinoin Gel treated animals were not different from control. For purposes of comparison of the animal exposure to human exposure, the clinical dose is defined as 2 g of Tretinoin Gel applied daily to a 50 kg person.

Oral tretinoin has been shown to be teratogenic in rats, mice, rabbits, hamsters and nonhuman primates. Tretinoin was teratogenic in Wistar rats when given orally in doses greater than 1 mg/kg/day (approximately 8 times the clinical dose based on body surface area comparison). In the cynomolgus monkey, fetal malformations were reported for doses of 10 mg/kg/day, but none were observed at 5 mg/kg/day (approximately 80 times the clinical dose based on body surface area comparison), although increased skeletal variations were observed at all doses. Dose-related increases in embryolethality and abortion also were reported. Similar results have also been reported in pigtail macaques.

Topical tretinoin in a different formulation has generated equivocal results in animal teratogenicity tests. There is evidence for teratogenicity (shortened or kinked tail) of topical tretinoin in Wistar rats at doses greater than 1 mg/kg/day (approximately 8 times the clinical dose assuming 100% absorption and based on body surface area comparison). Anomalies (humerus: short 13%, bent 6%, os parietal incompletely ossified 14%) have also been reported when 10 mg/kg/day (approximately 160 times the clinical dose assuming 100% absorption and based on body surface area comparison) was topically applied. Supernumerary ribs have been a consistent finding in rats when dams were treated topically or orally with retinoids.

With widespread use of any drug, a small number of birth defect reports associated temporally with the administration of the drug would be expected by chance alone. Cases of temporally associated congenital malformations have been reported with use of other topical tretinoin products. The significance of these spontaneous reports in terms of risk to the fetus is not known.

Nonteratogenic effects on fetuses: Oral tretinoin has been shown to be fetotoxic in rats when administered in doses 20 times the clinical dose based on body surface area comparison. Topical tretinoin has been shown to be fetotoxic in rabbits when administered in doses 8 times the clinical dose based on body surface area comparison.

It is not known whether this drug is excreted in human milk. Because many drugs are excreted in human milk, caution should be exercised when Tretinoin Gel is administered to a nursing woman.

Safety and effectiveness in children below the age of 10 have not been established.

A total of 381 pediatric subjects (aged 10 to 16 years) treated with Tretinoin Gel were enrolled into the two clinical studies. Across these two studies, comparable safety and efficacy were observed between pediatric and adult subjects.

Safety and effectiveness in a geriatric population have not been established. Clinical studies of Tretinoin Gel did not include any subjects over age 65 to determine whether they respond differently from younger subjects.

Tretinoin Gel, 0.05% is a translucent to opaque, pale yellow gel containing 0.05% tretinoin, by weight for topical administration.

Chemically, tretinoin is all-trans-retinoic acid, also known as (all-E)-3,7-dimethyl-9-(2,6,6-trimethyl-1-cyclohexen-1-yl)-2,4,6,8-nonatetraenoic acid. It is a member of the retinoid class of compounds, and a metabolite of Vitamin A. Tretinoin has a molecular weight of 300.44, a molecular formula of CHO and the following structure:

Each gram of Tretinoin Gel, 0.05% contains 0.5 mg of tretinoin.

Other components of this formulation are benzyl alcohol, butylparaben, butylated hydroxytoluene, carbomer homopolymer Type C, ethylparaben, fish collagen hydrolyzates, glycerin, isobutylparaben, methylparaben, octoxynol 9, phenoxyethanol, propylparaben, purified water, sodium hyaluronate, and trolamine. The contribution to efficacy of individual components of the vehicle has not been evaluated.

Tretinoin is a metabolite of Vitamin A that binds with high affinity to specific retinoic acid receptors located in both the cytosol and nucleus, but cutaneous levels of tretinoin in excess of physiologic concentrations occur following application of a tretinoin-containing topical drug product.

Although tretinoin activates three members of the retinoid acid (RAR) nuclear receptors (RARα, RARβ, and RARγ) which act to modify gene expression, subsequent protein synthesis, and epithelial cell growth and differentiation, it has not been established whether the clinical effects of tretinoin are mediated through activation of retinoic acid receptors, other mechanisms, or both.

Although the exact mode of action of tretinoin is unknown, current evidence suggests that topical tretinoin decreases cohesiveness of follicular epithelial cells with decreased microcomedo formation. Additionally, tretinoin stimulates mitotic activity and increased turnover of follicular epithelial cells causing extrusion of the comedones.

In two (2) studies, the plasma levels of tretinoin and its major metabolites (13-cis-retinoic acid and 4-oxo-13-cis-retinoic acid) were investigated in a total of 14 patients (age: 13 – 25 years) with severe acne, who applied 4 g ± 0.5 g (range 3.5 g – 4.5 g) of Tretinoin Gel once daily to face, back and chest, as compared to a mean of 0.71 g (range of 0.07 – 3.71 g) applied in the controlled clinical trials. Blood samples were taken at baseline and immediately prior to treatment on days 1, 5, 10 and 14. On Day 14, the final study day, samples also were taken 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 16, and 24 hours, post-treatment.

The plasma concentrations of tretinoin and its metabolites could be measured (LOQ = 0.5 ng/mL for all three analytes) in all patients at all time points. The range of plasma concentrations of tretinoin and its metabolites, 13-cis-retinoic acid and all-trans-4-oxo-retinoic acid at baseline and after multiple once daily applications of Tretinoin Gel for 14 days are given in Table 2 (below). Although some patients had increased concentrations of tretinoin or its metabolites over baseline values, no consistent increase in these concentrations were observed across patients.

Table 2: Concentrations of Active and Metabolites at Baseline and at Day 14 After Exposure to Tretinoin Gel 0.05%
Compound Baseline Concentration
Range (ng/mL)
Day 14 Concentration
Range (ng/mL)
Tretinoin 0.68-1.62 0.69-2.88
13-cis-retinoic acid 0.67-1.79 0.51-2.26
4-oxo-13-cis-retinoic acid 0.82-5.92 0.59-6.96

A 2-year dermal mouse carcinogenicity study was initiated with topical administration of 0.005%, 0.025% and 0.05% Tretinoin Gel. Although no drug-related tumors were observed in surviving animals, the irritating nature of the drug product precluded daily dosing, confounding data interpretation and reducing the biological significance of these results.

Studies in hairless albino mice with a different formulation suggest that concurrent exposure to tretinoin may enhance the tumorigenic potential of carcinogenic doses of UVB and UVA light from a solar simulator. This effect was confirmed in a later study in pigmented mice, and dark pigmentation did not overcome the enhancement of photocarcinogenesis by 0.05% tretinoin. Although the significance of these studies to humans is not clear, patients should minimize exposure to sunlight or artificial ultraviolet irradiation sources.

The genotoxic potential of tretinoin was evaluated in an in vitro bacterial reversion test, an in vitro chromosomal aberration assay in human lymphocytes and an in vivo rat micronucleus assay. All tests were negative.

In dermal fertility studies of another tretinoin formulation in rats, slight (not statistically significant) decreases in sperm count and motility were seen at 0.5 mg/kg/day (3 mg/m, approximately 4 times the clinical dose based on body surface area comparison), and slight (not statistically significant) increases in the number and percent of nonviable embryos in females treated with 0.25 mg/kg/day and above (1.5 mg/m, approximately 2 times the clinical dose based on body surface area comparison) were observed.

The safety and efficacy of Tretinoin Gel used once daily before bedtime for the treatment of mild to moderate acne vulgaris were assessed in two 12-week prospective, multi-center, randomized, controlled trials. Subjects in these two trials ranged from 10 to 65 years of age, were approximately 52% female, 48% male, and were 74% Caucasian, 15% Black or African American, 3% Asian, and 8% Other.

Efficacy results at Week 12 are presented in Table 3. Success on the 6-point Global Severity Score is defined as a score of 0 (clear) or 1 (very mild). In Trial 2, subjects were also required to have at least two grades reduction from baseline for success. 'Very mild' acne is defined as: skin almost clear; rare non-inflammatory lesions present, with rare non-inflamed papules (papules may be hyperpigmented, though not pink-red, less than 4 lesions). The database was not large enough to assess whether there were differences in effects in age, gender, or race subgroups.

Table 3: Efficacy Results at Week 12 in Trials 1 and 2
Trial 1 Tretinoin Gel
N=375
Vehicle
N=185
Global Severity Score Success Success was defined as 0 (clear) or 1 (very mild) 78 (21%) 23 (12%)
Non-Inflammatory Facial Lesions
  Mean Baseline Count 50.7 52.4
  Mean Absolute Reduction 21.8 10.3
  Mean Percent Reduction 43% 21%
Inflammatory Facial Lesions
  Mean Baseline Count 23.4 23.9
  Mean Absolute Reduction 9.7 5.8
  Mean Percent Reduction 41% 26%
Total Facial Lesions
  Mean Baseline Count 74.1 76.3
  Mean Absolute Reduction 31.4 16.1
  Mean Percent Reduction 43% 22%
Trial 2 Tretinoin Gel
N=299
Vehicle
N=302
Global Severity Score Success Success was defined as 0 (clear) or 1 (very mild) with at least 2 grades reduction from baseline 69 (23%) 42 (14%)
Non-Inflammatory Facial Lesions
  Mean Baseline Count 51.9 52.7
  Mean Absolute Reduction 18.7 10.8
  Mean Percent Reduction 37% 20%
Inflammatory Facial Lesions
  Mean Baseline Count 22.9 23.4
  Mean Absolute Reduction 7.0 4.0
  Mean Percent Reduction 30% 17%
Total Facial Lesions
  Mean Baseline Count 74.8 76.1
  Mean Absolute Reduction 25.7 14.7
  Mean Percent Reduction 35% 19%

Tretinoin Gel, 0.05% is a translucent to opaque, pale yellow topical gel and available as:

Storage and Handling: Store at controlled room temperature 20° to 25°C (68° to 77°F) with excursions permitted between 15° to 30°C (59° to 86°F). Protect from freezing. Keep out of reach of children.

See FDA-Approved Patient Labeling (Patient Information)

Instruct patients to clean the affected areas with an appropriate cleanser before applying Tretinoin Gel.

Patients may use moisturizers that are noncomedogenic and should avoid products that could be drying or irritating.

Patients may also wear cosmetics while being treated with Tretinoin Gel; however, they should be instructed to remove the cosmetics and clean the area thoroughly before applying Tretinoin Gel.

Warn patients of the drying and irritation effects often seen during treatment. Continue use of the medication if these effects are tolerable.

Caution patients against application of Tretinoin Gel around the eyes, mouth, paranasal creases, and mucous membranes as the skin is especially prone to irritation.

Minimize exposure to sunlight, including sunlamps. Recommend the use of sunscreen products and protective apparel (e.g., hat) when exposure cannot be avoided.

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Manufactured for: Oceanside Pharmaceuticals, a division ofValeant Pharmaceuticals North America LLCBridgewater, NJ 08807 USA

By: Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc.Laval, Quebec H7L 4A8, Canada ©Valeant Pharmaceuticals North America LLCProduct/brand names are trademarks of their respective owners.

9571700Rev. 07/2016

Patient Information Tretinoin Gel, 0.05% For topical use

Important information: Tretinoin Gel is for use on skin only. Do not get Tretinoin Gel in your mouth, eyes, vagina, or the corners of your nose.

What is Tretinoin Gel?

Tretinoin Gel is a prescription medicine used on the skin (topical) to treat acne. Acne is a condition in which the skin has blackheads, whiteheads, and other pimples.

It is not known if Tretinoin Gel is safe and effective in children under 10 years of age.

What should I tell my healthcare provider before using Tretinoin Gel?

Before using Tretinoin Gel, tell your healthcare provider about all of your medical conditions, including if you:

Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, herbal supplements, and any skin products that you use.

Especially tell your healthcare provider if you use any other medicines to treat your acne, including medicated cleansers or soaps. Using other topical acne products may increase the irritation of your skin when used with Tretinoin Gel.

How should I use Tretinoin Gel?

What should I avoid while using Tretinoin Gel?

What are the possible side effects of Tretinoin Gel?

Tretinoin Gel may cause skin irritation, including: skin dryness, burning, redness, excessive flaking or peeling. If you develop these symptoms, your healthcare provider may tell you to stop using Tretinoin Gel for a while, decrease the number of times you apply Tretinoin Gel, or completely stop treatment with Tretinoin Gel. It is not known if Tretinoin Gel is effective when used less than 1 time a day.

Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away. These are not all of the side effects possible with Tretinoin Gel.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

How should I store Tretinoin Gel?

Keep Tretinoin Gel and all medicines out of the reach of children.

General information about the safe and effective use of Tretinoin Gel

Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes other than those listed in a Patient Information leaflet. Do not use Tretinoin Gel for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Do not give Tretinoin Gel to other people, even if they have the same symptoms you have. It may harm them.

You can ask your pharmacist or healthcare provider for information about Tretinoin Gel that is written for health professionals.

What are the ingredients of Tretinoin Gel?

Active ingredient: tretinoin Inactive ingredients: benzyl alcohol, butylparaben, butylated hydroxytoluene, carbomer homopolymer Type C, ethylparaben, fish collagen hydrolyzates, glycerin, isobutylparaben, methylparaben, octoxynol 9, phenoxyethanol, propylparaben, purified water, sodium hyaluronate, and trolamine.

Manufactured for: Oceanside Pharmaceuticals, a division of Valeant Pharmaceuticals North America LLC Bridgewater, NJ 08807 USA

By: Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc.Laval, Quebec H7L 4A8, Canada

For more information, call 1-800-321-4576.

©Valeant Pharmaceuticals North America LLC

Product/brand names are trademarks of their respective owners. This Patient Information has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

9571700

Rev. 07/2016

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