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Recombinate (Antihemophilic Factor) - Warnings and Precautions

 
 



WARNINGS

General

The clinical response to RECOMBINATE may vary. If bleeding is not controlled with the recommended dose, the plasma level of factor VIII should be determined and a sufficient dose of RECOMBINATE should be administered to achieve a satisfactory clinical response. If the patient’s plasma factor VIII level fails to increase as expected or if bleeding is not controlled after the expected dose, the presence of an inhibitor (neutralizing antibodies) should be suspected and appropriate testing performed. (see PRECAUTIONS - Monitoring Laboratory Tests ).

Anaphylaxis and Severe Hypersensitivity Reactions

Allergic type hypersensitivity reactions, including anaphylaxis, have been reported with RECOMBINATE and have been manifested as dizziness pruritus, rash, urticaria, flushing, angioedema/face swelling, laryngeal edema, dyspnea, pallor, pyrexia, nausea, paresthesia, hypotension, and loss of consciousness. Discontinue RECOMBINATE if symptoms occur and seek immediate emergency treatment. RECOMBINATE contains trace amounts of bovine proteins, mouse immunoglobulin G (MuIgG), and hamster (CHO) proteins. Patients treated with this product may develop hypersensitivity to these non-human mammalian proteins.

Neutralizing Antibodies

Patients treated with antihemophilic factor (AHF) products should be carefully monitored for the development of factor VIII inhibitors by appropriate clinical observations and laboratory tests. Inhibitors have been reported following administration of RECOMBINATE predominantly in previously untreated and minimally treated patients. The risk of developing inhibitors is highest during the first 20 exposure days. If expected plasma factor VIII activity levels are not attained, or if bleeding is not controlled with an expected dose, an assay that measures factor VIII inhibitor concentration should be performed (see PRECAUTIONS - Monitoring Laboratory Tests).

PRECAUTIONS

General

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Identification of the clotting defect as a Factor VIII deficiency is essential before the administration of RECOMBINATE [Antihemophilic Factor (Recombinant)] is initiated. No benefit may be expected from this product in treating other deficiencies.


Formation of Antibodies to Mouse, Hamster or Bovine Protein

As RECOMBINATE contains trace amounts of mouse protein (maximum of 0.1 ng/IU RECOMBINATE), hamster protein (maximum of 1.5 ng CHO protein/IU RECOMBINATE), and bovine protein (maximum of 1 ng BSA/IU RECOMBINATE), the remote possibility exists that patients treated with this product may develop hypersensitivity to these non-human mammalian proteins.

Information for Patients

The patient and physician should discuss the risks and benefits of this product.

Allergic type hypersensitivity reactions have been observed with RECOMBINATE. Patients should be informed of the early signs of hypersensitivity reactions including hives, generalized urticaria, tightness of the chest, wheezing, hypotension, symptoms of laryngeal edema, and anaphylaxis. Patients should be advised to discontinue use of the product and contact their physician if these symptoms occur.

Monitoring Laboratory Tests

  • Monitor plasma factor VIII activity levels by the one-stage clotting assay to confirm the adequate factor VIII levels have been achieved and maintained, when clinically indicated. (see DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION ).
  • Monitor for development of factor VIII inhibitors. Perform assay to determine if factor VIII inhibitor is present if expected factor VIII activity plasma levels are not attained, or if bleeding is not controlled with the expected dose of RECOMBINATE. Use Bethesda Units (BU) to titer inhibitors.
  • If the inhibitor is less than 10 BU per mL, the administration of additional RECOMBINATE concentrate may neutralize the inhibitor, and may permit an appropriate hemostatic response.
  • Adequate hemostasis may not be achieved if Inhibitor titers are above 10 BU per mL. The inhibitor titer may rise following RECOMBINATE infusion as a result of an anamnestic response to factor VIII. The treatment or prevention of bleeding in such patients requires the use of alternative therapeutic approaches and agents.

Carcinogenesis, Mutagenesis, Impairment of Fertility

RECOMBINATE was tested for mutagenicity at doses considerably exceeding plasma concentrations of Factor VIII in vitro and at doses up to ten times the expected maximum clinical dose in vivo, and did not cause reverse mutations, chromosomal aberrations, or an increase in micronuclei in bone marrow polychromatic erythrocytes. Long-term studies in animals have not been performed to evaluate carcinogenic potential.

Pediatric Use

RECOMBINATE is appropriate for use in children of all ages, including the newborn. Safety and efficacy studies have been performed in both previously treated (n=23) and previously untreated (n=75) children. (See CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY and PRECAUTIONS).

Pregnancy

Pregnancy Category C. Animal reproduction studies have not been conducted with RECOMBINATE. The safety of RECOMBINATE for use in pregnant women has not been established. It is not known whether RECOMBINATE can cause fetal harm when administered to a pregnant woman or can affect reproductive capacity. Physicians should carefully consider the potential risks and benefits for each specific patient before prescribing RECOMBINATE. RECOMBINATE should be given to a pregnant woman only if clearly needed.

Nursing Mother

It is not known whether this drug is excreted into human milk. Because many drugs are excreted into human milk, caution should be exercised if RECOMBINATE is administered to nursing mothers. RECOMBINATE should be given to nursing mothers only if clinically needed.

Page last updated: 2010-05-26

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