Levetiracetam Hospira

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This is a summary of the European public assessment report (EPAR) for Levetiracetam Hospira. It explains how the Agency assessed the medicine to recommend its authorisation in the EU and its conditions of use. It is not intended to provide practical advice on how to use Levetiracetam Hospira.

For practical information about using Levetiracetam Hospira, patients should read the package leaflet or contact their doctor or pharmacist.

What is Levetiracetam Hospira and what is it used for?

Levetiracetam Hospira is an anti-epileptic medicine that contains the active substance levetiracetam. It can be used on its own in patients from 16 years of age with newly diagnosed epilepsy, to treat partial-onset seizures (fits) with or without secondary generalisation. This is a type of epilepsy where too much electrical activity in one side of the brain causes symptoms such as sudden, jerky movements of one side of the body, distorted hearing, sense of smell or vision, numbness, or a sudden sense of fear. Secondary generalisation occurs when the overactivity later reaches the whole brain.

Levetiracetam Hospira can also be used as an add-on to other anti-epileptic medicines to treat:

  • partial-onset seizures with or without generalisation in patients from four years of age;
  • myoclonic seizures (short, shock-like jerks of a muscle or a group of muscles) in patients from 12 years of age with juvenile myoclonic epilepsy;
  • primary generalised tonic-clonic seizures (major fits, including loss of consciousness) in patients from 12 years of age with idiopathic generalised epilepsy (the type of epilepsy that is thought to have a genetic cause).

Levetiracetam Hospira is a ‘generic medicine’. This means that Levetiracetam Hospira is similar to a ‘reference medicine’ already authorised in the European Union (EU) called Keppra.

How is Levetiracetam Hospira used?

Levetiracetam Hospira can only be obtained with a prescription and is available as a concentrate (100 mg/ml) that is made up into a solution for infusion (drip) into a vein.

When Levetiracetam Hospira is used on its own, the starting dose is 250 mg twice a day, increasing two weeks later to 500 mg twice a day. The dose can be further increased at two-week intervals according to the patient’s response, to a maximum dose of 1,500 mg twice a day.

When Levetiracetam Hospira is added to another anti-epileptic treatment, the starting dose in patients over 12 years weighing 50 kg or more is 500 mg twice a day. The daily dose can be increased up to 1,500 mg twice a day. In patients aged between four and 17 years weighing less than 50 kg, the starting dose is 10 mg per kilogram body weight twice a day, which can be increased up to 30 mg/kg twice a day.

Lower doses are used in patients who have reduced kidney function.

Levetiracetam Hospira infusion should only be used temporarily, while treatment by mouth is not feasible.

How does Levetiracetam Hospira work?

The active substance in Levetiracetam Hospira, levetiracetam, is an anti-epileptic medicine. Epilepsy is caused by excessive electrical activity in the brain. The exact way in which levetiracetam works is still unclear but it seems to interfere with a protein called synaptic vesicle protein 2A, which is found in the spaces between nerves and is involved in the release of chemical messengers from nerve cells. This helps Levetiracetam Hospira to stabilise electrical activity in the brain and prevent seizures.

How has Levetiracetam Hospira been studied?

The company provided data from the published literature on levetiracetam. No additional studies were needed as Levetiracetam Hospira is a generic medicine that is given by infusion and contains the same active substance as the reference medicine, Keppra.

What are the benefits and risks of Levetiracetam Hospira?

Because Levetiracetam Hospira is a generic medicine and is bioequivalent to the reference medicine, its benefits and risks are taken as being the same as the reference medicine’s.

Why is Levetiracetam Hospira approved?

The Agency’s Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) concluded that, in accordance with EU requirements, Levetiracetam Hospira has been shown to have comparable quality and to be bioequivalent to Keppra. Therefore, the CHMP’s view was that, as for Keppra, the benefit outweighs the identified risk. The Committee recommended that Levetiracetam Hospira be approved for use in the EU.

What measures are being taken to ensure the safe and effective use of Levetiracetam Hospira?

A risk management plan has been developed to ensure that Levetiracetam Hospira is used as safely as possible. Based on this plan, safety information has been included in the summary of product characteristics and the package leaflet for Levetiracetam Hospira, including the appropriate precautions to be followed by healthcare professionals and patients.

Other information about Levetiracetam Hospira

The European Commission granted a marketing authorisation valid throughout the European Union for Levetiracetam Hospira on the 8 January 2014.

For more information about treatment with Levetiracetam Hospira, read the package leaflet (also part of the EPAR) or contact your doctor or pharmacist.

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Levetiracetam Hospira : EPAR - Summary for the public BG = bălgarski 2014-01-20  
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Levetiracetam Hospira : EPAR - Summary for the public HR = Hrvatski 2014-01-20  

This EPAR was last updated on 09/03/2017 .

Authorisation details

Product details

Product details for Levetiracetam Hospira
NameLevetiracetam Hospira
Agency product numberEMEA/H/C/002783
Active substance

levetiracetam

International non-proprietary name (INN) or common name

levetiracetam

Therapeutic area Epilepsy
Anatomical therapeutic chemical (ATC) code N03AX14
Generic

A generic medicine is a medicine which is similar to a medicine that has already been authorised (the 'reference medicine'). A generic medicine contains the same quantity of active substance(s) as the reference medicine. Generic and reference medicines are used at the same dose to treat the same disease, and they are equally safe and effective.

Publication details

Publication details for Levetiracetam Hospira
Marketing-authorisation holder

Hospira UK Limited

Revision6
Date of issue of marketing authorisation valid throughout the European Union08/01/2014

Contact address:

Hospira UK Limited
Horizon Honey Lane
Hurley
Maidenhead
SL6 6RJ
United Kingdom

Product information

Product information

16/02/2017  Levetiracetam Hospira -EMEA/H/C/002783 -N/0015

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Levetiracetam Hospira : EPAR - Product Information HR = Hrvatski 2014-01-20 2017-03-09
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Levetiracetam Hospira : EPAR - Product Information HR = Hrvatski 2014-01-20 2017-03-09
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Levetiracetam Hospira : EPAR - Product Information HR = Hrvatski 2014-01-20 2017-03-09
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Levetiracetam Hospira : EPAR - Product Information HR = Hrvatski 2014-01-20 2017-03-09

Contents

  • Annex I - Summary of product characteristics
  • Annex IIA - Manufacturing-authorisation holder responsible for batch release
  • Annex IIB - Conditions of the marketing authorisation
  • Annex IIIA - Labelling
  • Annex IIIB - Package leaflet

Please note that the size of the above document can exceed 50 pages.

You are therefore advised to be selective about which sections or pages you wish to print.


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Levetiracetam Hospira : EPAR - All Authorised presentations HR = Hrvatski 2014-01-20 2014-04-29
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Levetiracetam Hospira : EPAR - All Authorised presentations HR = Hrvatski 2014-01-20 2014-04-29
Levetiracetam Hospira : EPAR - All Authorised presentations HR = Hrvatski 2014-01-20 2014-04-29
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Levetiracetam Hospira : EPAR - All Authorised presentations HR = Hrvatski 2014-01-20 2014-04-29
Levetiracetam Hospira : EPAR - All Authorised presentations HR = Hrvatski 2014-01-20 2014-04-29
Levetiracetam Hospira : EPAR - All Authorised presentations HR = Hrvatski 2014-01-20 2014-04-29
Levetiracetam Hospira : EPAR - All Authorised presentations HR = Hrvatski 2014-01-20 2014-04-29
Levetiracetam Hospira : EPAR - All Authorised presentations HR = Hrvatski 2014-01-20 2014-04-29
Levetiracetam Hospira : EPAR - All Authorised presentations HR = Hrvatski 2014-01-20 2014-04-29
Levetiracetam Hospira : EPAR - All Authorised presentations HR = Hrvatski 2014-01-20 2014-04-29
Levetiracetam Hospira : EPAR - All Authorised presentations HR = Hrvatski 2014-01-20 2014-04-29
Levetiracetam Hospira : EPAR - All Authorised presentations HR = Hrvatski 2014-01-20 2014-04-29

Pharmacotherapeutic group

Antiepileptics

Therapeutic indication

Levetiracetam Hospira is indicated as monotherapy in the treatment of partial onset seizures with or without secondary generalisation in adults and adolescents from 16 years of age with newly diagnosed epilepsy.

Levetiracetam Hospira is indicated as adjunctive therapy

  • in the treatment of partial onset seizures with or without secondary generalisation in adults, adolescents and children from 4 years of age with epilepsy.
  • in the treatment of myoclonic seizures in adults and adolescents from 12 years of age with Juvenile Myoclonic Epilepsy.
  • in the treatment of primary generalised tonic-clonic seizures in adults and adolescents from 12 years of age with Idiopathic Generalised Epilepsy.

Levetiracetam Hospira concentrate is an alternative for patients when oral administration is temporarily not feasible.

Assessment History

Changes since initial authorisation of medicine

Name Language First published Last updated
Levetiracetam Hospira : EPAR - Procedural steps taken and scientific information after authorisation HR = Hrvatski 2014-04-29 2017-03-09

Initial marketing-authorisation documents

Name Language First published Last updated
Levetiracetam Hospira : EPAR - Public assessment report HR = Hrvatski 2014-01-20  
CHMP summary of positive opinion for Levetiracetam Hospira HR = Hrvatski 2013-10-25  

Authorised

This medicine is approved for use in the European Union

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