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RINVOQ(upadacitinib) 15 mg prolonged-release tablets; 30 mg prolonged-release tablets. 

Refer to Summary of Product Characteristics (SmPC) for full prescribing information.

PRESENTATION: Each tablet contains upadacitinib hemihydrate, equivalent to 15 mg upadacitinib in the 15 mg tablet, 30 mg in 30 mg tablet.

INDICATION: Treatment of moderate to severe active rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and active psoriatic arthritis (PsA) in adult patients who have responded inadequately to, or who are intolerant to one or more disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs). RINVOQ may be used as monotherapy or in combination with methotrexate. Treatment of active ankylosing spondylitis (AS) in adult patients who have responded inadequately to conventional therapy. Treatment of moderate to severe atopic dermatitis (AD) in adults and adolescents 12 years and older who are candidates for systemic therapy.

DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION: Inttended for use under guidance and supervision of a physician experienced in diagnosis and treatment of RA, PsA, AS and AD. Dosage: The recommended dose is 15mg once daily for RA, PsA and AS. Consideration should be given to discontinuing treatment in patients with AS who have shown no clinical response after 16 weeks of treatment. Some patients with initial partial response may subsequently improve with continued treatment beyond 16 weeks. AD: 15mg or 30mg based on individual patient presentation (see SmPC for details). The lowest effective dose for maintenance should be considered. Patients ≥ 65 years of age, the recommended dose is 15 mg once daily. Adolescents 12-17 years weighing at least 30 kg; 15mg once daily. Consideration should be given to discontinuing treatment in any patient who shows no evidence of therapeutic benefit after 12 weeks of treatment. Avoid food/drink containing grapefruit. Special Populations: Elderly: patients ≥ 65 years of age, the recommended dose is 15 mg once daily, for AD patients a dose higher than 15mg is not recommended, limited data for patients aged 75 and older. Renal: No dose adjustment required in mild-moderate renal impairment, use 15mg dose with caution, 30mg dose is not recommended in patients with severe renal impairment. Upadacitinib has not been studied in subjects with end stage renal disease. Hepatic impairment: Should not be used in patients with severe Child Pugh C impairment.  Paediatric Population: No data available. For AD safety and efficacy are not established in children under 12. No clinical exposure data are available in adolescents < 40 kg.

CONTRAINDICATIONS: Hypersensitivity to active substance or excipients. Active TB or active serious infections. Severe hepatic impairment. Pregnancy. 

Immunosuppression: Combination use, with immunosuppressants e.g. azathioprine, ciclosporin, tacrolimus, and biologic DMARDs or other Janus kinase (JAK) inhibitors has not been evaluated in clinical studies and is not recommended as the risk of additive immunosuppression cannot be excluded. Serious infections: Serious and fatal infections have been reported. Caution when treating patients ≥ 65 years. Frequently reported – pneumonia and cellulitis. Bacterial meningitis has been reported. Opportunistic infections reported – multidermatomal, tuberculosis, herpes zoster, oral/oesophageal candidiasis, and cryptococcosis. Do not initiate treatment in patients with active infection or underlying conditions that may predispose patients to infection. Consider the risk/benefit of treatment in patients with; chronic or recurrent infection, history of serious or opportunistic infection, those exposed to tuberculosis (TB), those who have resided or travelled in areas of endemic TB or endemic mycoses. Closely monitor patients and interrupt treatment if there are signs and symptoms of infection pre and post treatment. If infection is controlled, resume treatment following risk/benefit consideration. Tuberculosis: Pre-screen patients for active or latent TB. RINVOQ should not be given to patients with active TB. Consider anti-TB therapy in patients with previously untreated latent TB and consult with a physician with experience in TB therapy and whether initiating anti-TB therapy is appropriate for an individual patient. Monitor patients for the development of signs and symptoms of TB, including patients who tested negative for latent TB infection prior to initiating therapy. Viral reactivation: Cases of herpes virus reactivation have been reported e.g., herpes zoster. If herpes zoster is reactivated, consider interruption of therapy until the episode resolves. Screen pre-therapy for viral hepatitis and monitor regularly for reactivation. Patients, positive for hepatitis C antibody/hepatitis C virus RNA and hepatitis B surface antigen/hepatitis B virus DNA were excluded from clinical studies. If hepatitis B is detected while receiving therapy, a liver specialist should be consulted. Vaccination: Use of live, attenuated vaccines during or immediately prior to therapy is not recommended. It is recommended that patients be brought up to date with all immunisations, including prophylactic zoster vaccinations prior to starting therapy, in agreement with current immunisation guidelines.  Malignancy: Immunomodulatory therapies may increase the risk of malignancies including lymphoma and non-melanoma skin cancer in RA patients. Malignancies were observed in clinical studies (see SmPC). Haematological abnormalities: Do not start therapy if Absolute Neutrophil Count < 1,000 cells/mm3, Absolute Lymphocyte Count < 500 cells/mm3 and Hb < 8 g/dL. Monitor patients and temporarily stop therapy if abnormal haematological parameters as specified are detected during routine patient management. Diverticulitis: Diverticulitis may cause gastrointestinal perforation. Use with caution in patients with diverticular disease and especially when chronically treated with concomitant medications associated with an increased risk of diverticulitis: NSAIDs, corticosteroids and opioids. Patients presenting with new onset abdominal signs and symptoms should be evaluated promptly for early identification to prevent gastrointestinal perforation. Cardiovascular Risk: RA patients have an increased risk for cardiovascular disorders. Manage patient’s risk factors for e.g. hypertension, hyperlipidaemia as per usual standard or care. Lipids: Monitor total cholesterol, LDL and HDL at 12 weeks and thereafter according to international guidelines. Elevated LDL in clinical trials decreased to pre-treatment levels in response to statin therapy, although evidence is limited. The effect of these lipid parameter elevations on cardiovascular morbidity and mortality has not been determined. Hepatic transaminase elevations: Monitor liver enzymes at baseline and thereafter according to routine patient management. Prompt investigation of the cause of liver enzyme elevation is recommended to identify potential cases of drug-induced liver injury. In such cases therapy should be interrupted until this diagnosis is excluded. Venous thromboembolism: Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE) have been reported in patients receiving JAKi. Use therapy with caution in patients at high risk for DVT/PE. Risk factors should be determined by patients age, obesity and medical history of DVT/PE, patients undergoing major surgery and prolonged immobilisation. If clinical features of DVT/PE occur discontinue therapy and evaluate promptly.  

ADVERSE REACTIONS: Refer to SmPC for full details on adverse reactions.

Very common adverse reactions (≥1/10): Upper respiratory tract infections and acne. Common adverse reactions (≥1/100 to <1/10): Bronchitis, Herpes zoster, Herpes simplex, folliculitis, influenza, urinary tract infection, anaemia, neutropaenia, hypercholesterolaemia, cough, abdominal pain, nausea, urticaria, fatigue, pyrexia, increased blood CPK/ALT/AST, increased weight and headache. Serious adverse reactions: Please see above. 


FURTHER INFORMATION: available from AbbVie Ltd, Maidenhead, SL6 4UB, UK

MARKETING AUTHORISATION NUMBERS/ PRESENTATIONS/NHS LIST PRICE: Great Britain (GB) PLGB 41042/0042, Northern Ireland (NI) EU/1/19/1404/001: RINVOQ 15 mg prolonged-release tablets in cartons of 28 tablets: £805.56. GB PLGB 41042/0044, NI EU/1/19/1404/006 RINVOQ 30 mg prolonged-release tablets in cartons of 28 tablets: £1281.54



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UK-UPAD-220175. Date of preparation: June 2022