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FREEDOM-M Trial of Oral Treprostinil in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension Meets Primary Endpoint
Date:6/6/2011

ssue diseases (19%).  It may be administered as a continuous subcutaneous infusion or continuous intravenous infusion; however, because of the risks associated with chronic indwelling central venous catheters, including serious blood stream infections, continuous intravenous infusion should be reserved for patients who are intolerant of the subcutaneous route, or in whom these risks are considered warranted.

In patients with PAH requiring transition from Flolan® (epoprostenol sodium), Remodulin is indicated to diminish the rate of clinical deterioration.  The risks and benefits of each drug should be carefully considered prior to transition.

Important Safety Information

  • Chronic intravenous infusions of Remodulin are delivered using an indwelling central venous catheter.  This route is associated with the risk of blood stream infections (BSI) and sepsis, which may be fatal.  Therefore, continuous subcutaneous infusion is the preferred mode of administration.
  • Remodulin should be used only by clinicians experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of PAH. Remodulin is a potent pulmonary and systemic vasodilator.  It lowers blood pressure, which may be further lowered by other drugs that also reduce blood pressure. Remodulin inhibits platelet aggregation and therefore, may increase the risk of bleeding, particularly in patients on anticoagulants. Remodulin dosage adjustment may be necessary if inhibitors or inducers of CYP2C8 are added or withdrawn.
  • Initiation of Remodulin must be performed in a setting with adequate personnel and equipment for physiological monitoring and emergency care.  Therapy with Remodulin may be used for prolonged periods, and the patient’s ability to administer Remodulin and care for an infusion system should be carefully considered.
  • Remodulin dosage should be increased for lack of improvement in, or worsening of, symp
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