Ca-DTPA (Pentetate Calcium Trisodium Inj)
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Ca-DTPA (Pentetate Calcium Trisodium Inj)

Ca-DTPA
(pentetate calcium trisodium) Injection 1000 mg

For Intravenous or Inhalation Administration

DRUG DESCRIPTION

Pentetate calcium trisodium injection contains the sodium salt of calcium diethylenetriaminepenta-acetate. Pentetate calcium trisodium is also known as trisodium calcium diethylenetriaminepenta-acetate and is commonly referred to as Ca-DTPA (pentetate calcium trisodium inj) . It has a molecular formula of Na3CaC14H18N3O10 and a molecular weight of 497.4 Daltons. It is represented by the following structural formula:

Pentetate Calcium
  Trisodium Structural Formula Illustration

Ca-DTPA (pentetate calcium trisodium inj) is supplied as a clear, colorless, hyperosmolar (1260 mOsmol/kg) solution in a colorless ampoule containing 5 mL. The ampoule contents are sterile, non-pyrogenic and suitable for intravenous administration. Each mL of solution contains the equivalent of 200 mg pentetate calcium trisodium (obtained from 158.17 mg pentetic acid, 40.24 mg calcium carbonate and NaOH) in water for injection, USP. The pH of the solution is adjusted with NaOH and is between 7.3 - 8.3.

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INDICATIONS

Ca-DTPA (pentetate calcium trisodium inj) is indicated for treatment of individuals with known or suspected internal contamination with plutonium, americium, or curium to increase the rates of elimination.

DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION

Chelation treatment is most effective if administered within the first 24 hours after internal contamination and should be started as soon as possible after suspected or known internal contamination. However, even when treatment cannot be started right away, individuals should be given chelation treatment as soon as it becomes available. Chelation treatment is still effective even after time has elapsed following internal contamination however, the chelating effects of Ca-DTPA (pentetate calcium trisodium inj) are greatest when radiocontaminants are still circulating or are in interstitial fluids. The effectiveness of chelation decreases with time following internal contamination as the radiocontaminants become sequestered in liver and bone.

Individuals should drink plenty of fluids and void frequently to promote dilution of the radioactive chelate in the urine and minimize radiation exposure directly to the bladder.

If internal contamination with radiocontaminants other than plutonium, americium, or curium, or unknown radiocontaminants is suspected, additional therapies may be needed (e.g., Prussian blue, potassium iodide).

Initial Dose

Adults and Adolescents: A single 1.0 gram initial dose of Ca-DTPA (pentetate calcium trisodium inj) administered intravenously.

Pediatrics (less than 12 years of age): A single initial dose of 14 mg/kg administered intravenously not exceed 1.0 gram.

Renally impaired patients: No dose adjustment is needed. However, renal impairment may reduce the rate at which chelators remove radiocontami-nants from the body. In heavily contaminated patients with renal impairment, dialysis may be used to increase the rate of elimination. High efficiency high flux dialysis is recommended. Because dialysis fluid will become radioactive, radiation precautions must be taken to protect personnel, other patients, and the general public. If Ca-DTPA (pentetate calcium trisodium inj) is not available, proceed with treatment with Zn-DTPA as initial therapy.

Maintenance Treatment

AFTER THE INITIAL DOSE, ON THE NEXT DAY, IF ADDITIONAL CHELATION THERAPY IS INDICATED, IT IS PREFERABLE TO SWITCH TO ZN-DTPA, IF AVAILABLE (SEE ZN-DTPA LABELING) DUE TO THE SAFETY CONCERNS ASSOCIATED WITH PROLONGED CA-DTPA (pentetate calcium trisodium inj) USE. IF ZN-DTPA IS NOT AVAILABLE, TREATMENT MAY CONTINUE WITH CA-DTPA (pentetate calcium trisodium inj) , HOWEVER MINERAL SUPPLEMENTS CONTAINING ZINC SHOULD BE GIVEN CONCOMITANTLY, AS APPROPRIATE.

Adults and Adolescents: The recommended maintenance dose of Ca-DTPA (pentetate calcium trisodium inj) is 1.0 gram once a day administered intravenously.

Pediatrics (less than 12 years of age): The recommended maintenance dose of Ca-DTPA (pentetate calcium trisodium inj) is 14 mg/kg once a day administered intravenously. The maximum daily dose should not exceed 1.0 gram per day.

Renally impaired patients: No dose adjustment is needed. The duration of chelation treatment depends on the amount of internal contamination and individual response to treatment. (See Monitoring)

Methods of Administration

Intravenous administration of Ca-DTPA (pentetate calcium trisodium inj) is recommended and should be used if the route of internal contamination is not known or if multiple routes of internal contamination are likely. Ca-DTPA (pentetate calcium trisodium inj) solution (1 gram in 5 mL) should be administered either with a slow intravenous push over a period of 3-4 minutes or by intravenous infusion diluted in 100-250 mL of 5% dextrose in water (D5W), Ringers Lactate, or Normal Saline.

In individuals whose internal contamination is only by inhalation within the preceding 24 hours, Ca-DTPA (pentetate calcium trisodium inj) can be administered by nebulized inhalation as an alternative route of administration. Ca-DTPA (pentetate calcium trisodium inj) should be diluted for neb-ulization at a 1:1 ratio with sterile water or saline. After nebulization, individuals should be encouraged to avoid swallowing any expectorant. Some individuals may experience respiratory adverse events after inhalation therapy. (See WARNINGS) The safety and effectiveness of the nebulized route of administration has not been established in the pediatric population.

The safety and effectiveness of the intramuscular route of injection have not been established. (See OVERDOSE)

Handling

OPC ampoule: to open, turn so that the point faces upward and break off the neck with a downward movement.

Parenteral drug products should be inspected visually for particulate matter and discoloration prior to administration, whenever solution and container permit. The product may be filtered using a sterile filter if particles are seen subsequent to opening of the ampoule.

Monitoring

When possible, obtain baseline blood and urine samples (CBC with differential, BUN, serum chemistries and electrolytes, urinalysis, and blood and urine radioassays) before initiating treatment.

Ca-DTPA (pentetate calcium trisodium inj) must be given with very careful monitoring of serum zinc and complete blood counts. When appropriate, vitamin or mineral supplements that contain zinc should be administered. (See WARNINGS)

To establish an elimination curve, a quantitative baseline estimate of the total internalized transuranium element(s) and measures of elimination of radioactivity should be obtained by appropriate whole-body counting, by bioassay (e.g., biodosimetry), or fecal/urine sample whenever possible.

During Treatment

  • Measure the radioactivity in blood, urine, and fecal samples weekly to monitor the radioactive contaminant elimination rate.
  • Monitor CBC with differential, BUN, serum chemistries and electrolytes, and urinalysis regularly. If the individual is receiving more than one dose of Ca-DTPA (pentetate calcium trisodium inj) , these laboratory tests should be very carefully monitored and consider mineral supplementation as appropriate. (See CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY, Pharmacodynamics, Adverse Metabolic Effects)
  • Record any adverse events from Ca-DTPA (pentetate calcium trisodium inj) .

HOW SUPPLIED

Ca-DTPA (pentetate calcium trisodium inj) is supplied as a sterile solution in 5 mL single-use clear glass ampoules at a concentration of 200 mg/mL for intravenous use. Each ampoule contains the equivalent of 1000 mg of pentetate calcium trisodium.

NDC 52919-001-03, 5 mL single-use ampoules, package of 10.

Storage

Store between 15 - 30°C (59 - 86°F).

COLLECTION OF PATIENT TREATMENT DATA

To develop long-term response data and information on the risk of developing late malignancy detailed information on patient treatment should be provided to the manufacturer (see attached Pad of Patient Treatment Data Form. In the case you need additional forms, please see the following web-site: www.ca-dtpa (pentetate calcium trisodium inj) .com). These data should include a record of the radioactive body burden and bioassay results at defined time intervals, a description of measurement methods to facilitate analysis of data, and adverse events.

Questions regarding the use of Ca-DTPA (pentetate calcium trisodium inj) for the treatment of internal contamination with transuranium elements may be referred to:

hameln pharmaceuticals gmbh, Langes Feld 13, 31789 Hameln, Germany. Tel.: +49-5151-581-0. Fax.: +49-5151-581-258. e-mail: welcome@hm-ph.com
Contact person: Dr. Mathias Dewald, Tel.: +49-5151-581-214, Fax.: +49-5151-581-581, e-mail: m.dewald@hm-ph.com.

Ca-DTPA (pentetate calcium trisodium inj)

Patient treatment Data

Send to: hameln pharmaceuticals gmbh Langes Feld 13, 31789 Hameln, Germany

Date of report:

Unique patient identifier

Patient ID

Name:

Date of birth:

Sex: Male Female

Address:

Phone:

Hospitalization: No Yes Where?

Criteria for Diagnosis

Date/time of exposure:

Geographic location/details of exposure:

Lab/field confirmed exposure; method:

Symptoms of Acute Radiation Syndrome:

Contamination

Transuranium element(s) confirmed suspected; list element(s):

Route (check all that apply): Skin Inhalation Wound Burn Ingestion

Anatomic area affected:

Initial radioactivity measurement:

How measured:

Decontamination

External: Skin washed with:

Wound excised/washed:

Contraindications to aerosolized treatment

(h/o lung disease, cough, dyspnea, chest tightness, wheezing)?

Internal:

Ca-DTPA (pentetate calcium trisodium inj) Date/time of initial dose:

Amount:

Total doses:

Route:

Adverse Reaction to Treatment

Adverse Reaction(s) to treatment?

No / Yes; provide details:

Vital signs: Baseline Stable Unstable: Subsequent (if abnormal):

Disposition of patient/outcome of treatment:

Treatment Team Data

Report completed by:

Title:
Organization/affiliation:
Phone:
Email:

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Hameln Pharmaceuticals. Disributed by: AKORN, INC. Buffalo Grove, IL 60089. FOR PRODUCT INQUIRY: 1-800-93AKORN (1-800-932-5676). FDA Rev date: 3/15/2005

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SIDE EFFECTS

In the U.S. Registry, a total of 646 individuals received at least one dose of either Ca-DTPA (pentetate calcium trisodium inj) or Zn-DTPA. Of these, 632 received Ca-DTPA (pentetate calcium trisodium inj) by one or more routes of administration. Three hundred and twenty-six individuals were dosed by inhalation, 293 by intravenous injection, and 60 by other or unknown routes of administration.

Of the individuals that received Ca-DTPA (pentetate calcium trisodium inj) , 393/632 (62%) received one dose and 65 (10%) received two doses. The remaining 174 individuals received three or more doses. The largest number of Ca-DTPA (pentetate calcium trisodium inj) doses to a single individual was 338 delivered over 6.5 years. Overall, the presence or absence of adverse events was recorded in 310/646 individuals. Of these 19 (6.1%) individuals reported at least one adverse event. The total number of recorded adverse events was 20. Of the 20 adverse events, 18 adverse events occurred after treatment with Ca-DTPA (pentetate calcium trisodium inj) . Adverse events included headache, lightheadedness, chest pain, allergic reaction, dermatitis, metallic taste, nausea and diarrhea, and injection site reactions.

Cough and/or wheezing were experienced by 2 individuals receiving nebu-lized Ca-DTPA (pentetate calcium trisodium inj) , one of whom had a history of asthma.

In the literature, prolonged treatment with Ca-DTPA (pentetate calcium trisodium inj) resulted in depletion of zinc, magnesium, manganese and possibly metalloproteinases.(See WARNINGS)

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DRUG INTERACTIONS

Drug-Drug Interactions

Adequate and well-controlled drug-drug interaction studies in humans were not identified in the literature. When an individual is contaminated with multiple radiocontaminants, or when the radiocontaminants are unknown, additional therapies may be needed (e.g., Prussian blue, potassium iodide).

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WARNINGS

Ca-DTPA (pentetate calcium trisodium inj) is associated with depletion of endogenous trace metals (e.g., zinc, magnesium, manganese). The magnitude of depletion increases with split daily dosing, with increasing dose, and with increased treatment duration. (See CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY, Pharmacodynamics, Adverse Metabolic Effects). Only a single initial dose of Ca-DTPA (pentetate calcium trisodium inj) is recommended. After the initial single dose of Ca-DTPA (pentetate calcium trisodium inj) , if additional chelation therapy is indicated, it is recommended that therapy be continued with Zn-DTPA. (See Zn-DTPA labeling) If Zn-DTPA is not available, chelation therapy may continue with Ca-DTPA (pentetate calcium trisodium inj) but mineral supplements containing zinc should be given concomitantly, as appropriate.

Ca-DTPA (pentetate calcium trisodium inj) should be used with caution in individuals with severe hemochromatosis. Deaths have been reported in patients with severe hemochromatosis that received up to 4 times the recommended daily dose, for more than 1 day, by IM injection. Causal association with these events and drug has not been established. (See OVERDOSE).

Nebulized chelation therapy may be associated with exacerbation of asthma. Caution should be exercised when administering Ca-DTPA by the inhalation route. (See ADVERSE REACTIONS)

PRECAUTIONS

Laboratory Tests

Serum electrolytes and essential metals should be closely monitored during Ca-DTPA (pentetate calcium trisodium inj) treatment. Mineral or vitamin plus mineral supplements that contain zinc should be given as appropriate. (See WARNINGS)

Carcinogenesis, Mutagenesis, Impairment of Fertility

Studies with Ca-DTPA (pentetate calcium trisodium inj) to evaluate carcinogenesis, mutagenesis, and impairment of fertility have not been performed. Data for Ca-DTPA (pentetate calcium trisodium inj) effects on spermatogenesis are not available.

Teratogenic Effects: Pregnancy Category C

There are no human pregnancy outcome data from which to assess the risk of Ca-DTPA (pentetate calcium trisodium inj) exposure on fetal development. Ca-DTPA (pentetate calcium trisodium inj) is believed to be teratogenic based on animal data and because chelation therapy results in the depletion of body stores of zinc which is known to affect DNA and RNA synthesis in humans. There are no animal or human data evaluating the teratogenic effect of the administration of a single dose of Ca-DTPA (pentetate calcium trisodium inj) . Based on its mechanism of action, the likelihood that a single dose or multiple doses of Ca-DTPA (pentetate calcium trisodium inj) is teratogenic in humans cannot be ruled out. In mice, Ca-DTPA (pentetate calcium trisodium inj) has been shown to be teratogenic and embryocidal following five daily injections of 720-2880 µmol Ca-DTPA (pentetate calcium trisodium inj) /kg [2- 8 times the recommended daily human dose of 1 gram based on body surface area (BSA) adjusted dose] given during any period of gestation. The frequency of gross malformations (e.g., exencephaly, spina bifida, and cleft palate) increased with dose, with higher susceptibility in early and mid gestation. Five daily doses of 360 µmol Ca-DTPA (pentetate calcium trisodium inj) /kg in mice, approximately equivalent to the recommended daily human dose (based on BSA) produced no harmful effects. Studies of 2 pregnant dogs given daily injections of 30 µmol Ca-DTPA (pentetate calcium trisodium inj) /kg (approximately half the recommended daily human dose based on BSA) from implantation until parturition showed severe teratogenic effects (especially brain damage).

Multiple doses of Ca-DTPA (pentetate calcium trisodium inj) could result in an increased risk for adverse reproductive outcomes and thus are not recommended during pregnancy. Therefore, treatment of pregnant women should begin and continue with Zn-DTPA, if available, except in cases of high internal radioactive contamination. In these cases, the risk of immediate and delayed radiation-induced toxicity to both the mother and the fetus should be considered in comparison to the risk of Ca-DTPA (pentetate calcium trisodium inj) toxicity. Also, because Ca-DTPA (pentetate calcium trisodium inj) is more effective than Zn-DTPA in the first 24 hours after internal contamination, it may be appropriate to use a single dose of Ca-DTPA (pentetate calcium trisodium inj) with vitamin or mineral supplements that contain zinc as the initial treatment.

Nursing Mothers

Studies to determine if Ca-DTPA (pentetate calcium trisodium inj) is excreted in breast milk have not been conducted. Radiocontaminants are known to be excreted in breast milk. Women with known or suspected internal contamination with radiocontaminants should not breast feed, whether or not they are receiving chelation therapy. Precautions should be taken when discarding breast milk. (See PRECAUTIONS, Information for Patients)

Pediatric Use

The safety and effectiveness of Ca-DTPA (pentetate calcium trisodium inj) was established in the adult population and efficacy was extrapolated to the pediatric population for the intravenous route based on the comparability of pathophysiologic mechanisms. The dose is based on body size adjustment for an intravenous drug that is renally cleared. The safety and effectiveness of the nebulized route of administration has not been established in the pediatric population.

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OVERDOSE

In previous clinical studies, three deaths were reported in patients with severe hemochromatosis who were treated with daily IM Ca-DTPA (pentetate calcium trisodium inj) dosed up to 4 gram per day to reduce iron stores. One patient became comatose and died after receiving a total of 14 gram Ca-DTPA (pentetate calcium trisodium inj) , and the other two died after two weeks of daily treatment. Causal association with these events and the drug has not been established. (See WARNINGS)

CONTRAINDICATIONS

None known.

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CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY

General

Ca-DTPA (pentetate calcium trisodium inj) forms stable chelates with metal ions by exchanging calcium for a metal of greater binding capacity. The radioactive chelates are then excreted by glomerular filtration into the urine. In animal studies, Ca-DTPA (pentetate calcium trisodium inj) forms less stable chelates with uranium and neptunium in vivo resulting in the deposition of these elements in tissues including the bone. Ca-DTPA (pentetate calcium trisodium inj) treatments are not expected to be effective for uranium and neptunium. Radioactive iodine is not bound by DTPA.

Pharmacodynamics

In a study of rodents internally contaminated with plutonium, the rate of plutonium elimination was measured after treatment with Ca-DTPA (pentetate calcium trisodium inj) and Zn-DTPA given intravenously as a single dose of 10 to 1,000 µmol/kg (0.54 –54 x maximum human dose, MHD). When treated within one hour of internal contamination, Ca-DTPA (pentetate calcium trisodium inj) resulted in about a 10-fold higher rate of elimination of plutonium in the urine as compared to Zn-DTPA. The chelating capacity of Ca-DTPA (pentetate calcium trisodium inj) is greatest immediately and up to approximately 24 hours after internal contamination when the radiocontaminant is still circulating and readily available for chelation. After the first dose of Ca-DTPA (pentetate calcium trisodium inj) , maintenance treatment with either Ca-DTPA (pentetate calcium trisodium inj) or Zn-DTPA resulted in similar rates of elimination of radioactivity. However, at comparable doses, Ca-DTPA (pentetate calcium trisodium inj) had more toxicity (e.g., more depletion of trace metals, higher rate of mortality, the presence of kidney and liver vacuolization, and small bowel hemorrhagic lesions).

In another study, rodents contaminated with aerosolized plutonium and americium were treated with Ca-DTPA (pentetate calcium trisodium inj) and Zn-DTPA. The treatment schedule involved inhalation of Ca-DTPA (pentetate calcium trisodium inj) 2 µmol/kg (0.11 MHD) 30 minutes after contamination followed by inhalation of Zn-DTPA 2 µmol/kg at approximately 6 hours, 1, 2, 3, and 6 days, then twice weekly to day 26 or day 27. The treatment regime reduced the lung deposit of plutonium and americium to 1-2% of that in untreated animals. Systemic deposit in liver and skeleton were reduced by half.

Literature and U.S. Registry data in humans indicate that intravenous administration of Ca-DTPA (pentetate calcium trisodium inj) forms chelates with radioactive contaminants found in the circulation, interstitial fluid, and tissues. When Ca-DTPA (pentetate calcium trisodium inj) is administered by inhalation within 24 hours of internal radioactive contamination, it can chelate transuranium elements. Expectoration is expected to decrease the amount of radioactive contaminant available for systemic absorption.

The effectiveness of chelation decreases with time after internal contamination because the transuranium elements become incorporated into the tissues. Chelation treatment should be given as soon as possible after known or suspected internal contamination with transuranium elements has occurred. (See DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION)

Pharmacokinetics

Plasma retention and urinary excretion data were obtained in 2 subjects that received 750 kBq of 14C-DTPA. As shown in Figure 1, the radiolabeled DTPA was rapidly distributed throughout the extracellular fluid space and was cleared by glomerular filtration. The plasma retention up to 7 hours post dosing was expressed by the sum of three exponential components with average half-lives of 1.4 min, 14.5 min, and 94.4 min. The level of activity in the plasma was below the limit of detection 24 hours after injection. During the study, no detectable activity was exhaled or excreted in the feces. By 24 hours, cumulative urinary excretion was more than 99% of the injected dose.

Figure 1: Percent of 14C-DTPA Distribution

Percent of 14C-DTPA Distribution - Illustration

Absorption

Ca-DTPA (pentetate calcium trisodium inj) is poorly absorbed in the GI tract. In animal studies, after oral administration, absorption was approximately 5%. In a U.S. Registry of 18 patients who received a single inhaled or intravenous dose of 1 gram, urine data indicate that the inhaled product was absorbed and resulted in a comparable elimination of the radiocontaminant. One study of 2 human subjects that received Ca-DTPA (pentetate calcium trisodium inj) with 14C-DTPA by inhalation revealed approximately 20% absorption from the lungs. Human or animal bioavailability comparisons for Ca-DTPA (pentetate calcium trisodium inj) are not available after administration by inhalation and intravenous injection. (See CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY, Clinical Trials)

Distribution

Following intravenous administration, Ca-DTPA (pentetate calcium trisodium inj) is rapidly distributed throughout the extracellular fluid space. No significant amount of Ca-DTPA (pentetate calcium trisodium inj) penetrates into erythrocytes or other cells. No accumulation of Ca-DTPA (pentetate calcium trisodium inj) in specific organs has been observed. There is little or no binding of the chelating agent by the renal parenchyma.

Metabolism

Ca-DTPA (pentetate calcium trisodium inj) undergoes a minimal amount of metabolic change in the body.

Adverse Metabolic Effects: Studies in animals and humans showed that Ca-DTPA (pentetate calcium trisodium inj) binds endogenous metals of the body (i.e., zinc (Zn), magnesium (Mg) and manganese (Mn)). In an animal study, high doses of Ca-DTPA (pentetate calcium trisodium inj) led to the loss of zinc and manganese mainly from the small intestine, skeleton, pancreas, and testes. Dosing over several days resulted in mobilization or binding of endogenous metals in exchange for calcium and a consequent impairment of metal-controlled or activated systems. The rate and amount of endogenous metal depletion increased with split daily dosing and with the length of treatment. Depletion of these endogenous metals can interfere with necessary mitotic cellular processes. Over longer time periods, depletion of zinc due to Ca-DTPA (pentetate calcium trisodium inj) therapy may result in transient inhibition of a metal-loenzyme–aminolevulinic acid dehydrase (ALAD) in the blood and suppressed hematopoiesis.

Elimination

Ca-DTPA (pentetate calcium trisodium inj) is cleared from the plasma in the first few hours after dosing through urinary excretion by glomerular filtration. Renal tubular excretion has not been documented. In stool samples tested, only a very small amount of radioactivity ( < 3%) was detected.

Renal Impaired and/or Compromised Liver Function Patients

Adequate and well-controlled pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic studies in renally impaired and/or hepatically impaired patients were not identified in the literature. Both Ca-DTPA (pentetate calcium trisodium inj) and its radioactive chelates are excreted by glomerular filtration. Impaired renal function may decrease their rates of elimination and increase the serum half-life of Ca-DTPA (pentetate calcium trisodium inj) .

Clinical Trials

All clinical data has come from the treatment of individuals who were accidentally contaminated. Observational data were maintained in a U.S. Registry of individuals with internal radioactive contamination primarily from acute occupational contamination with plutonium, americium, and curium.

In 286 individuals, bioassays were available to measure urinary radioactivity elimination after chelation therapy. Of these 286 individuals, 18 had matched pre- and post-chelator urine radioactivity bioassay results available.

Seventeen of these individuals received 1 gram of Ca-DTPA (pentetate calcium trisodium inj) as the first dose. Of these, 9 individuals received the first dose by nebulization (1:1 Ca-DTPA (pentetate calcium trisodium inj) and saline) and 8 received Ca-DTPA (pentetate calcium trisodium inj) intravenously. The elimination of radio-contaminants was measured using the ratio of the urine radioactivity before treatment to the maximum urine radioactivity after treatment (the excretion enhancement factor, EEF). As shown in Table 1, after one dose, the mean EEF was 25.7. The descriptive results and variability for the intravenous, inhaled, and combined routes are considered to be similar.

Table 1 : Urine Excretion Enhancement Factor (EEF) of Transuranium Elements after an Initial Dose of 1g Ca-DTPA (pentetate calcium trisodium inj) , N=17

Results Intravenous Inhaled Combined Routes
Mean 25.9 25.4 25.7
Median 12.5 19.3 12.8
SD 33.8 28.2 30.1
Range 1.1-396.1 0.5-80.0 0.5-396.1

After initial treatment with Ca-DTPA (pentetate calcium trisodium inj) , maintenance treatment was continued with 1 gram Zn-DTPA doses over a period of days, months or years, depending upon the extent of internal contamination and individual response to therapy. Most patients received a single dose of Ca-DTPA (pentetate calcium trisodium inj) . The longest treatment duration was approximately 6.5 years. Similar increases in urinary radioactivity elimination following chelator administration were supported by data from the remaining 268 individuals in the U.S. Registry and from the literature.

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PATIENT INFORMATION

Radioactive metals are known to be excreted in the urine, feces, and breast milk. In individuals with recent internal contamination with plutonium, americium, or curium, Ca-DTPA (pentetate calcium trisodium inj) treatment increases excretion of radioactivity in the urine. Appropriate safety measures should be taken to minimize contamination of others. When possible, a toilet should be used instead of a urinal, and it should be flushed several times after each use. Spilled urine or feces should be cleaned up completely and patients should wash their hands thoroughly. If blood or urine comes in contact with clothing or linens, they should be washed separately. Patients should drink plenty of fluids and void frequently. If patients are coughing, any expectorant should be disposed of carefully. Swallowing the expectorant should be avoided if possible. Parents and child-care givers should take extra precaution in handling the urine, feces, and expectorants of children to avoid any additional exposure to either the care-giver or to the child. Nursing mothers should take extra precaution in disposing of breast milk. (See PRECAUTIONS, Nursing Mothers)

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PATIENT INFORMATION

Radioactive metals are known to be excreted in the urine, feces, and breast milk. In individuals with recent internal contamination with plutonium, americium, or curium, Ca-DTPA (pentetate calcium trisodium inj) treatment increases excretion of radioactivity in the urine. Appropriate safety measures should be taken to minimize contamination of others. When possible, a toilet should be used instead of a urinal, and it should be flushed several times after each use. Spilled urine or feces should be cleaned up completely and patients should wash their hands thoroughly. If blood or urine comes in contact with clothing or linens, they should be washed separately. Patients should drink plenty of fluids and void frequently. If patients are coughing, any expectorant should be disposed of carefully. Swallowing the expectorant should be avoided if possible. Parents and child-care givers should take extra precaution in handling the urine, feces, and expectorants of children to avoid any additional exposure to either the care-giver or to the child. Nursing mothers should take extra precaution in disposing of breast milk. (See PRECAUTIONS, Nursing Mothers)

Last reviewed on RxList: 1/7/2009
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.

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