Resources for Healthcare Providers

Use the resources below to explore important information you should know about FORTEO.

LILLY MEDICAL

Find clinical information and more about FORTEO at the Lilly Medical website for healthcare professionals.

RISK EVALUATION AND MITIGATION STRATEGY (REMS)

Click the links below for information provided as part of the Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) plan for FORTEO. REMS plans have been required for certain drugs with serious risks since 2008 by the US Food and Drug Administration to ensure that the benefits of the drug outweigh the risks of the drug.

FORTEO PATIENT REGISTRY

The FORTEO Patient Registry plays an important role in monitoring the long-term safety of FORTEO, including the potential risk of osteosarcoma. Visit www.forteoregistry.org for more information.

Please educate patients about the voluntary FORTEO Patient Registry and encourage them to enroll.

OSTEOPOROSIS INFORMATION RESOURCES

National Osteoporosis Foundation

International Osteoporosis Foundation CaptureTheFracture.org

Own the Bone - American Orthopaedic Association

National Bone Health Alliance FracturePreventionCentral.org

AACE Guidelines

INDICATIONS, SAFETY INFORMATION AND BOXED WARNING

INDICATIONS AND USAGE

FORTEO is indicated for the treatment of postmenopausal women with osteoporosis at high risk for fracture, to increase bone mass in men with primary or hypogonadal osteoporosis at high risk for fracture, and for the treatment of men and women with osteoporosis associated with sustained, systemic glucocorticoid therapy (daily dosage equivalent to 5 mg or greater of prednisone) at high risk for fracture

High risk for fracture is defined as a history of osteoporotic fracture, multiple risk factors for fracture, or patients who have failed or are intolerant to other available osteoporosis therapy

FORTEO is administered as a 20-microgram once-daily dose and is available in a 2.4-mL prefilled delivery device for subcutaneous injection over 28 days.

It is not known if FORTEO reduces the risk of fracture in men. Consistent with the FORTEO Prescribing Information, fracture data in patients with glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis are not shown.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION FOR FORTEO

WARNING: POTENTIAL RISK OF OSTEOSARCOMA

In male and female rats, teriparatide caused an increase in the incidence of osteosarcoma (a malignant bone tumor) that was dependent on dose and treatment duration. The effect was observed at systemic exposures to teriparatide ranging from 3 to 60 times the exposure in humans given a 20-mcg dose. Because of the uncertain relevance of the rat osteosarcoma finding to humans, prescribe FORTEO® (teriparatide [rDNA origin] injection) only for patients for whom the potential benefits are considered to outweigh the potential risk. FORTEO should not be prescribed for patients who are at increased baseline risk for osteosarcoma (including those with Paget’s disease of bone or unexplained elevations of alkaline phosphatase, pediatric and young adult patients with open epiphyses, or prior external beam or implant radiation therapy involving the skeleton).

CONTRAINDICATIONS

Hypersensitivity to teriparatide or to any of its excipients. Reactions have included angioedema and anaphylaxis.

WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS

  • The following categories of patients have increased baseline risk of osteosarcoma and therefore should not be treated with FORTEO: Paget’s disease of bone, pediatric populations and young adults with open epiphyses, or prior external beam or implant radiation therapy.
  • Patients should be encouraged to enroll in the voluntary FORTEO Patient Registry, which is designed to collect information about any potential risk of osteosarcoma in patients who have taken FORTEO. Enrollment information can be obtained by calling 1-866-382-6813, or by visiting www.forteoregistry.rti.org.
  • Cases of bone tumor and osteosarcoma have been reported rarely in people taking FORTEO in the post-marketing period. The causality to FORTEO use is unclear.
  • The safety and efficacy of FORTEO have not been evaluated beyond 2 years of treatment. The use of FORTEO for more than 2 years during a patient’s lifetime is, therefore, not recommended.
  • Patients with the following conditions also should not receive FORTEO: bone metastases or a history of skeletal malignancies, metabolic bone diseases other than osteoporosis, or hypercalcemic disorders.
  • FORTEO may increase serum calcium, urinary calcium, and serum uric acid.
  • Use with caution in patients with active or recent urolithiasis because of risk of exacerbation. If active urolithiasis or pre-existing hypercalciuria are suspected, measurement of urinary calcium excretion should be considered.
  • Transient orthostatic hypotension may occur with initial doses of FORTEO. In short-term clinical pharmacology studies, transient episodes of symptomatic orthostatic hypotension were observed in 5% of patients. FORTEO should be administered initially under circumstances where the patient can sit or lie down if symptoms of orthostatic hypotension occur.
  • Patients receiving digoxin should use FORTEO with caution because FORTEO may transiently increase serum calcium and hypercalcemia may predispose patients to digitalis toxicity.

ADVERSE REACTIONS

The most common adverse reactions in clinical trials include: arthralgia (10.1% FORTEO vs. 8.4% placebo), pain (21.3% FORTEO vs. 20.5% placebo), and nausea (8.5% FORTEO vs. 6.7% placebo). Other adverse reactions include: dizziness, leg cramps, joint aches, and injection site reactions.

USE IN PREGNANCY/NURSING MOTHERS

  • FORTEO should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus. Based on animal studies, FORTEO may cause fetal harm.
  • It is not known whether teriparatide is excreted in human milk. Breastfeeding mothers should discontinue nursing or FORTEO, taking into account the importance of treatment to the mother.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR FORTEO USE

FORTEO is provided as a fixed-dose, prefilled delivery device that can be used for up to 28 days, including the first injection. The delivery device contains 28 daily doses of 20 mcg each. Do not transfer the contents of the delivery device into a syringe. The FORTEO Delivery Device should be stored under refrigeration at 36° to 46° F (2° to 8° C) at all times. Do not use FORTEO if it has been frozen.

TE HCP ISI 24SEP2012

For more safety information, please see Medication Guide and Prescribing Information, including Boxed Warning regarding osteosarcoma. See User Manual that accompanies the delivery device.

INDICATIONS, SAFETY INFORMATION AND BOXED WARNING

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INDICATIONS AND USAGE

FORTEO is indicated for the treatment of postmenopausal women with osteoporosis at high risk for fracture, to increase bone mass in men with primary or hypogonadal osteoporosis at high risk for fracture, and for the treatment of men and women with osteoporosis associated with sustained, systemic glucocorticoid therapy (daily dosage equivalent to 5 mg or greater of prednisone) at high risk for fracture

High risk for fracture is defined as a history of osteoporotic fracture, multiple risk factors for fracture, or patients who have failed or are intolerant to other available osteoporosis therapy

FORTEO is administered as a 20-microgram once-daily dose and is available in a 2.4-mL prefilled delivery device for subcutaneous injection over 28 days.

It is not known if FORTEO reduces the risk of fracture in men. Consistent with the FORTEO Prescribing Information, fracture data in patients with glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis are not shown.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION FOR FORTEO

WARNING: POTENTIAL RISK OF OSTEOSARCOMA

In male and female rats, teriparatide caused an increase in the incidence of osteosarcoma (a malignant bone tumor) that was dependent on dose and treatment duration. The effect was observed at systemic exposures to teriparatide ranging from 3 to 60 times the exposure in humans given a 20-mcg dose. Because of the uncertain relevance of the rat osteosarcoma finding to humans, prescribe FORTEO® (teriparatide [rDNA origin] injection) only for patients for whom the potential benefits are considered to outweigh the potential risk. FORTEO should not be prescribed for patients who are at increased baseline risk for osteosarcoma (including those with Paget’s disease of bone or unexplained elevations of alkaline phosphatase, pediatric and young adult patients with open epiphyses, or prior external beam or implant radiation therapy involving the skeleton).

CONTRAINDICATIONS

Hypersensitivity to teriparatide or to any of its excipients. Reactions have included angioedema and anaphylaxis.

WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS

The following categories of patients have increased baseline risk of osteosarcoma and therefore should not be treated with FORTEO: Paget’s disease of bone, pediatric populations and young adults with open epiphyses, or prior external beam or implant radiation therapy.

Patients should be encouraged to enroll in the voluntary FORTEO Patient Registry, which is designed to collect information about any potential risk of osteosarcoma in patients who have taken FORTEO. Enrollment information can be obtained by calling 1-866-382-6813, or by visiting www.forteoregistry.rti.org.

Cases of bone tumor and osteosarcoma have been reported rarely in people taking FORTEO in the post-marketing period. The causality to FORTEO use is unclear.

The safety and efficacy of FORTEO have not been evaluated beyond 2 years of treatment. The use of FORTEO for more than 2 years during a patient’s lifetime is, therefore, not recommended.

Patients with the following conditions also should not receive FORTEO: bone metastases or a history of skeletal malignancies, metabolic bone diseases other than osteoporosis, or hypercalcemic disorders.

FORTEO may increase serum calcium, urinary calcium, and serum uric acid.

Use with caution in patients with active or recent urolithiasis because of risk of exacerbation. If active urolithiasis or pre-existing hypercalciuria are suspected, measurement of urinary calcium excretion should be considered.

Transient orthostatic hypotension may occur with initial doses of FORTEO. In short-term clinical pharmacology studies, transient episodes of symptomatic orthostatic hypotension were observed in 5% of patients. FORTEO should be administered initially under circumstances where the patient can sit or lie down if symptoms of orthostatic hypotension occur.

Patients receiving digoxin should use FORTEO with caution because FORTEO may transiently increase serum calcium and hypercalcemia may predispose patients to digitalis toxicity.

ADVERSE REACTIONS

The most common adverse reactions in clinical trials include: arthralgia (10.1% FORTEO vs. 8.4% placebo), pain (21.3% FORTEO vs. 20.5% placebo), and nausea (8.5% FORTEO vs. 6.7% placebo). Other adverse reactions include: dizziness, leg cramps, joint aches, and injection site reactions.

USE IN PREGNANCY/NURSING MOTHERS

FORTEO should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus. Based on animal studies, FORTEO may cause fetal harm.

It is not known whether teriparatide is excreted in human milk. Breastfeeding mothers should discontinue nursing or FORTEO, taking into account the importance of treatment to the mother.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR FORTEO USE

FORTEO is provided as a fixed-dose, prefilled delivery device that can be used for up to 28 days, including the first injection. The delivery device contains 28 daily doses of 20 mcg each. Do not transfer the contents of the delivery device into a syringe. The FORTEO Delivery Device should be stored under refrigeration at 36° to 46° F (2° to 8° C) at all times. Do not use FORTEO if it has been frozen.

TE HCP ISI 24SEP2012

For more safety information, please see Medication Guide and Prescribing Information, including Boxed Warning regarding osteosarcoma. See User Manual that accompanies the delivery device.