Frequently Asked Questions

What is IC-Green®?

IC-Green® is a sterile, lyophilized green powder containing 25 mg of indocyanine green with no more than 5% sodium iodide. It is packaged with Aqueous Solvent consisting of Sterile Water for Injection used to dissolve the indocyanine green. IC-Green® is to be administered intravenously.

What are the features and benefits of IC-Green®?

  • IC-Green® is indicated for ophthalmic angiography, determining cardiac output, hepatic function and liver blood flow
  • IC-Green® is a water soluble, tricarbocyanine dye with a peak spectral absorption at 800 nm
  • IC-Green® contains sodium iodide and should be used with caution in patients who have a history of allergy to iodides

What is the indication for IC-Green®?

For determining cardiac output, hepatic function and liver blood flow, and for ophthalmic angiography.

How is IC-Green® dosed and administered?

INDICATOR-DILUTION STUDIES: IC-Green® permits recording of the indicator-dilution curves for both diagnostic and research purpose independently of fluctuations in oxygen saturation. In the performance of dye dilution curves, a known amount of dye is usually injected as a single bolus as rapidly as possible via a cardiac catheter into selected sites in the vascular system. A recording instrument (oximeter or densitometer) is attached to a needle or catheter for sampling of the dye-blood mixture from a systemic arterial sampling site.

Under sterile conditions, the IC-Green® powder should be dissolved with the Aqueous Solvent provided for this product, and the solution used within 6 hours after it is prepared. If a precipitate is present, discard the solution. The amount of solvent to be used can be calculated from the dosage form which follows. It is recommended that the syringe used for injection of the dye be rinsed with this diluent. Isotonic saline should be used to flush the residual dye from the cardiac catheter into the circulation so as to avoid hemolysis. With the exception of the rinsing of the dye injection syringe, saline is used in all other parts of the catheterization procedure.

This matter of rinsing the dye syringe with distilled water may not be critical, since it is known that an amount of sodium chloride sufficient to make an isotonic solution may be added to dye that has first been dissolved in distilled water. This procedure has been used for constant-rate injection techniques without precipitation of the dye.

The usual doses of IC-Green® which have been used for dilution curves are as follows:

               Adults – 5.0 mg

              Children – 2.5 mg

              Infants – 1.25 mg

These doses of the dye are usually injected in a mL volume. An average of five dilution curves are required in the performance of a diagnostic cardiac catheterization. The total dose of dye injected should be kept below 2 mg/kg.

Calibrating Dye Curves: To quantitate the dilution curves, standard dilutions of IC-Green® in whole blood are made as follows. It is strongly recommended that the same dye that was used for the injections be used in the preparation of these standard dilutions. The most concentrated dye solution is made by accurately diluting 1 mL of the 5 mg/mL dye with 7 mL of distilled water. This concentration is then successively halved by diluting 4 mL of the previous concentration with 4 mL of distilled water. (If a 2.5 mg/mL concentration was used for the dilution curves, 1 mL of the 2.5 mg/mL dye is added to 3 mL of distilled water to make the most concentrated “standard” solution. This concentration is then successively halved by diluting 2 mL of the previous concentration with 2 mL of distilled water.) Then 0.2 mL portions (accurately measured from a calibrated syringe) of these dye solutions are added to 5 mL aliquots of the subject’s blood, giving final concentrations of the dye in blood beginning with 24.0 mg/liter, approximately (actual concentration depends on the exact volume of dye added). This concentration is, of course, successively halved in the succeeding aliquots of the subject’s blood. These aliquots of blood containing known amounts of dye, as well as a blank sample of which 0.2 mL of saline containing no dye has been added, are then passed through the detecting instrument and a calibration curve is constructed from the deflections recorded.

HEPATIC FUNCTION STUDIES: Due to its absorption spectrum, changing concentrations of IC-Green® (indocyanine green for injection) in the blood can be monitored by ear densitometry or by obtaining blood specimens at timed intervals. The technique for both methods is as follows.

  • The patient should be studied in a fasting, basal state. The patient should be weighed and the dosage calculated on the basis of 0.5 mg/kg of body weight.
  • Under sterile conditions, the IC-Green® powder should be dissolved with the Aqueous Solvent provided. Exactly 5 mL of aqueous solvent should be added to the 25 mg vial giving 5 mg of dye per mL of solution.
  • Inject the correct amount of dye into the lumen of an arm vein as rapidly as possible, without allowing the dye to escape outside the vein. (If the photometric method is used, prior to injecting IC-Green®, withdraw 6 mL of venous blood from the patient’s arm for serum blank and standard curve construction, and through the same needle, inject the correct amount of dye.)

Ear Densitometry: Ear oximetry has also been used and makes it possible to monitor the appearance and disappearance of IC-Green® without the necessity of withdrawal and spectrophotometric analysis of blood samples for calibration. An ear densitometer which has a compensatory photo-electric cell to correct for changes in blood volume and hematocrit, and a detection photocell which registers levels has been described. This device permits simultaneous measurement of cardiac output, blood volume and hepatic clearance of IC-Green® and was found to provide a reliable index of plasma removal kinetics after single injections or continuous intrusions of IC-Green®. This technique was employed in newborn infants, healthy adults and in children and adults with liver disease. The normal subject has a removal rate of 18-24% per minute. Due to the absence of extra-hepatic removal, IC-Green® was found to be ideally suited for serial study of severe chronic liver disease and to provide a stable measurement of hepatic blood flow. In larger doses, IC-Green® has proven to be particularly valuable in detecting drug-induced alterations of hepatic function and in the detection of mild liver injury.

Using the ear densitometer, a dosage of 0.5 mg/kg in normal subjects gives the following clearance pattern.chart2
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*Dichromatic earpiece densitometer supplied by The Waters Company, Rochester, Minnesota.

 

What are the ingredients of IC-Green®?

  • Actives: Lyophilized green powder containing 25 mg of Indocyanine Green, Aqueous Solvent consisting of Sterile Water for Injection;
  • Preservative: None;
  • Inactives: Contains not more than 5.0% Sodium Iodide.

How is IC-Green® packaged?

  • IC-Green® is supplied in a kit (NDC 17478-701-02) containing six 25 mg IC-Green® vials and six 10 mL Aqueous Solvent ampules:
    • NDC 17478-701-25 IC-Green® vial. 25 mg fill in 20 mL vial.
    • NDC 17478-701-10 Aqueous Solvent ampule. 10 mL fill in 10 mL ampule.

How is IC-Green® used in specific populations?

  • Pregnancy: Teratogenic Effects: Pregnanacy Category C: Animal Reproduction studies have not been conducted with IC-Green®. It is also not known whether IC-Green® can cause fetal harm when administered to a pregnant woman or can affect reproduction capacity. IC-Green® should be given to a pregnant woman only if clearly indicated.
  • Nursing Mothers: It is not known whether this drug is excreted in human milk. Because many drugs are excreted in human milk, caution should be exercised when IC-Green® is administered to a nursing woman.
  • Pediatric Use: Safety and effectiveness in pediatric patients have been established.
  • Geriatric Use: No overall differences in safety or effectiveness have been observed between elderly and younger patients.

What important safety information should I know about IC-Green®?

IC-Green® contains sodium iodide and should be used with caution in patients who have a history of allergy to iodides.

What is the shelf life of IC-Green®?

IC-Green® has a 24-month shelf life.

What is the stability of IC-Green® after reconstitution?

After reconstitution, use within 6 hours.

How should IC-Green® be stored?

Store at 20° to 25°C (68° to 77°F)

Important Safety Information

INDICATIONS AND USAGE

For determining cardiac output, hepatic function and liver blood flow, and for ophthalmic angiography.

CONTRAINDICATIONS

IC-GREEN® contains sodium iodide and should be used with caution in patients who have a history of allergy to iodides.

WARNINGS

Anaphylactic deaths have been reported following IC-GREEN® administration during cardiac catheterization.

PRECAUTIONS

General: IC-GREEN® Powder and Solution: IC-GREEN® is unstable in aqueous solution and must be used within 6 hours. However, the dye is stable in plasma and whole blood so that samples obtained in discontinuous sampling techniques may be read hours later. Sterile techniques should be used in handling the dye solution as well as in the performance of the dilution curves.

IC-GREEN® (indocyanine green for injection) powder may cling to the vial or lump together because it is freeze-dried in the vials.

Drug Interactions: Heparin preparations containing sodium bisulfite reduce the absorption peak of IC-GREEN® in blood and, therefore, should not be used as an anticoagulant for the collection of samples for analysis.

Drug/ Laboratory Test Interactions: Radioactive iodine uptake studies should not be performed for at least a week following the use of IC-GREEN®.

Carcinogenesis, Mutagenesis, Impairment of Fertility: No studies have been performed to evaluate the carcinogenicity, mutagenicity, or impairment of fertility.

Pregnancy: Teratogenic Effects: Pregnancy Category C: Animal Reproduction studies have not been conducted with IC-GREEN®. It is also not known whether IC-GREEN® can cause fetal harm when administered to a pregnant woman or can affect reproduction capacity. IC-GREEN® should be given to a pregnant woman only if clearly indicated. Nursing Mothers: It is not known whether this drug is excreted in human milk.

Because many drugs are excreted in human milk, caution should be exercised when IC-GREEN® is administered to a nursing woman.

Pediatric Use: Safety and effectiveness in pediatric patients have been established. Geriatric Use: No overall differences in safety or effectiveness have been observed between elderly and younger patients.

ADVERSE REACTIONS

Anaphylactic or urticarial reactions have been reported in patients with or without history of allergy to iodides. If such reactions occur, treatment with the appropriate agents, e.g., epinephrine, antihistamines, and corticosteroids should be administered.

OVERDOSAGE

There are no data available describing the signs, symptoms, or laboratory findings accompanying overdosage. The LD50 after I.V. administration ranges between 60 and 80 mg/kg in mice, 50 and 70 mg/kg in rats and 50 and 80 mg/kg in rabbits.