American Regent Introduces niCARdipine Hydrochloride Injection, USP­; AP Rated and Therapeutically Equivalent to Cardene® (1, 2)

SHIRLEY, N.Y., May 11, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- American Regent announced the introduction of the only FDA approved USP standard Nicardipine Hydrochloride Injection. Nicardipine Hydrochloride is a calcium channel blocker indicated for the short-term treatment of hypertension when oral therapy is not feasible.

"American Regent is pleased to be bringing back this shortage-prone product in a USP formulation, and to offer health care providers another option for the treatment of hypertension," stated Harsher Singh, Vice President, Chief Commercial and Strategic Officer at American Regent, Inc.

This product is available for immediate shipment. Customers can order Nicardipine Hydrochloride Injection, USP through their wholesaler/distributor, or by contacting our Customer Support Group at 1-800-645-1706.

Nicardipine Hydrochloride Injection, USP is supplied as follows:

Pack NDC#


Supplied As

Shelf Pack


25 mg/10 mL (2.5 mg/mL)

10 mL Single Dose Vial


See the following Important Safety Information in addition to the product's Full Prescribing Information.

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1. Cardene® is a registered trademark of Chiesi USA, Inc.

2. Approved Drug Products with Therapeutic Equivalence Evaluations:
Accessed April 20, 2020.

niCARdipine Hydrochloride Injection, USP

For Intravenous Use


INDICATIONS AND USAGE: Nicardipine hydrochloride injection is indicated for the short-term treatment of hypertension when oral therapy is not feasible or not desirable. For prolonged control of blood pressure, transfer patients to oral medication as soon as their clinical condition permits.

Contraindications: Do not use in patients with advanced aortic stenosis.

Closely monitor response in patients not limited to those with angina, heart failure, impaired hepatic function or renal impairment and avoid too rapid or excessive blood pressure drop during treatment.

Local Irritation
To reduce the possibility of venous thrombosis, phlebitis, local irritation, swelling, extravasation, and the occurrence of vascular impairment, administer drug through large peripheral veins or central veins. To minimize the risk of peripheral venous irritation, change the site of the drug infusion every 12 hours.

Most common adverse reactions are headache (15%), hypotension (6%), tachycardia (4%) and nausea/vomiting (5%).

Because adverse reactions are reported voluntarily from a population of uncertain size, it is not always possible to estimate reliably their frequency or to establish a causal relationship to drug exposure. The following adverse reaction has been identified during post-approval use of nicardipine hydrochloride injection: decreased oxygen saturation (possible pulmonary shunting).

Pregnancy: Pregnancy Category C. Based on animal data may cause fetal harm. Nicardipine hydrochloride injection should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus.

Nursing mothers: Minimally excreted into human milk. Consider the possibility of infant exposure.

Pediatric Use: Safety and efficacy in patients under the age of 18 have not been established.

For treatment of overdosage, implement standard measures including monitoring of cardiac and respiratory functions.

For additional safety information, please see Full Prescribing Information.

You are encouraged to report Adverse Drug Events to American Regent, Inc. at 1-800-734-9236, or to the FDA by visiting or by calling 1-800-FDA-1088.

You are encouraged to report Adverse Drug Events (ADEs) to American Regent:
Email:; Fax: 1-610-650-0170;
Phone: 1-800-734-9236

ADEs may also be reported to the FDA:
1-800-FDA-1088 or to

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About American Regent
American Regent, Inc., a Daiichi Sankyo Group company, is a top-10 injectable manufacturer. For over 50 years, American Regent has been developing, manufacturing and supplying quality generic and branded injectables for healthcare providers. For nearly 20 years, we have been a leader in IV iron therapy.

American Regent is committed to US-based manufacturing. In 2018, more than 99% of units supplied were manufactured in our US-based facilities, making us uniquely positioned to quickly mobilize and respond to shortages or changes in market needs.

Speed counts. Flexibility matters. Reliability and quality are paramount. Because patients should never have to wait for the medications they need.

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About Daiichi Sankyo Group
Daiichi Sankyo Group is dedicated to the creation and supply of innovative pharmaceutical therapies to improve standards of care and address diversified, unmet medical needs of people globally by leveraging our world-class science and technology. With more than 100 years of scientific expertise and a presence in more than 20 countries, Daiichi Sankyo and its 15,000 employees around the world draw upon a rich legacy of innovation and a robust pipeline of promising new medicines to help people. In addition to a strong portfolio of medicines for cardiovascular diseases, under the Group's 2025 Vision to become a "Global Pharma Innovator with Competitive Advantage in Oncology," Daiichi Sankyo is primarily focused on providing novel therapies in oncology, as well as other research areas centered around rare diseases and immune disorders.

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Daiichi Sankyo, Inc., headquartered in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, is a member of the Daiichi Sankyo Group.
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