(Ribavirin for Inhalation Solution, USP)
Virazole® is a brand name for ribavirin, a synthetic nucleoside with antiviral activity. VIRAZOLE for inhalation solution is a sterile, lyophilized powder to be reconstituted for aerosol administration. Each 100 mL glass vial contains 6 grams of ribavirin, and when reconstituted to the recommended volume of 300 mL with sterile water for injection or sterile water for inhalation (no preservatives added), will contain 20 mg of ribavirin per mL, pH approximately 5.5. Aerosolization is to be carried out in a Small Particle Aerosol Generator (SPAG-2) nebulizer only.
VIRAZOLE is indicated for the treatment of hospitalized infants and young children with severe lower respiratory tract infections due to respiratory syncytial virus. Treatment early in the course of severe lower respiratory tract infection may be necessary to achieve efficacy.
Only severe RSV lower respiratory tract infection should be treated with VIRAZOLE. The vast majority of infants and children with RSV infection have disease that is mild, self-limited, and does not require hospitalization or antiviral treatment. Many children with mild lower respiratory tract involvement will require shorter hospitalization than would be required for a full course of VIRAZOLE aerosol (3 to 7 days) and should not be treated with the drug. Thus the decision to treat with VIRAZOLE should be based on the severity of the RSV infection.
The presence of an underlying condition such as prematurity, immunosuppression or cardiopulmonary disease may increase the severity of clinical manifestations and complications of RSV infection.
Use of aerosolized VIRAZOLE in patients requiring mechanical ventilator assistance should be undertaken only by physicians and support staff familiar with this mode of administration and the specific ventilator being used (see WARNINGS, and DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION).
RSV infection should be documented by a rapid diagnostic method such as demonstration of viral antigen in respiratory tract secretions by immunofluorescence3,4 or ELISA5 before or during the first 24 hours of treatment. Treatment may be initiated while awaiting rapid diagnostic test results. However, treatment should not be continued without documentation of RSV infection.
Non-culture antigen detection techniques may have false positive or false negative results. Assessment of the clinical situation, the time of year and other parameters may warrant reevaluation of the laboratory diagnosis.
: In two placebo controlled trials in infants hospitalized with RSV lower respiratory tract infection, aerosolized VIRAZOLE treatment had a therapeutic effect, as judged by the reduction in severity of clinical manifestations of disease by treatment day 3.3,4 Treatment was most effective when instituted within the first 3 days of clinical illness. Virus titers in respiratory secretions were also significantly reduced with VIRAZOLE in one of these original studies.4 Additional controlled studies conducted since these initial trials of aerosolized VIRAZOLE in the treatment of RSV infection have supported these data.
: A randomized, double-blind, placebo controlled evaluation of aerosolized VIRAZOLE at the recommended dose was conducted in 28 infants requiring mechanical ventilation for respiratory failure caused by documented RSV infection.6 Mean age was 1.4 months (SD, 1.7 months). Seven patients had underlying diseases predisposing them to severe infection and 21 were previously normal. Aerosolized VIRAZOLE treatment significantly decreased the duration of mechanical ventilation required (4.9 vs. 9.9 days, p=0.01) and duration of required supplemental oxygen (8.7 vs 13.5 days, p=0.01). Intensive patient management and monitoring techniques were employed in this study. These included endotracheal tube suctioning every 1 to 2 hours; recording of proximal airway pressure, ventilatory rate, and F1 O2 every hour; and arterial blood gas monitoring every 2 to 6 hours. To reduce the risk of VIRAZOLE precipitation and ventilator malfunction, heated wire tubing, two bacterial filters connected in series in the expiratory limb of the ventilator (with filter changes every 4 hours), and water column pressure release valves to monitor internal ventilator pressures were used in connecting ventilator circuits to the SPAG-2.
Employing these techniques, no technical difficulties with VIRAZOLE administration were encountered during the study. Adverse events consisted of bacterial pneumonia in one case, staphyloccus bacteremia in one case and two cases of post-extubation stridor. None were felt to be related to VIRAZOLE administration.
Media Articles Related to Virazole (Ribavirin)
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Published Studies Related to Virazole (Ribavirin)
The combination of MK-5172, peginterferon, and ribavirin is effective in
treatment-naive patients with hepatitis C virus genotype 1 infection without
without cirrhosis... CONCLUSIONS: Once-daily MK-5172 (100 mg) with PR for 24 or 48 weeks was highly
[Efficacy and safety of ribavirin aerosol in children with hand-foot-mouth
disease]. [Article in Chinese] 
with hand-foot-mouth disease (HFMD)... CONCLUSIONS: Ribavirin aerosol can be effectively and safely used for treating
Antiviral activity of danoprevir (ITMN-191/RG7227) in combination with pegylated interferon alpha-2a and ribavirin in patients with hepatitis C. [2011.08.15]
BACKGROUND: Current therapy options for patients with chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection genotype 1 are effective in <50%. Danoprevir (ITMN-191/RG7227) is a potent, selective, and orally active inhibitor of the HCV NS3/4A serine protease... CONCLUSIONS: Our study showed substantial antiviral efficacy of danoprevir in combination with pegylated interferon alpha-2a and ribavirin. Exploration of the safety and antiviral efficacy of danoprevir in longer clinical studies is warranted.
High-dose pegylated interferon-alpha and ribavirin in nonresponder hepatitis C patients and relationship with IL-28B genotype (SYREN trial). [2011.07]
BACKGROUND & AIMS: In patients with chronic hepatitis C who failed to respond to standard therapy, high-dose pegylated interferon (IFN)-alpha and/or ribavirin could induce a stronger antiviral response and prevent treatment failure and HCV resistance when combined with direct-acting antivirals. The influence of genetic determinants in this context remains unknown... CONCLUSIONS: High-dose pegylated IFN-alpha with standard or high doses of ribavirin induces a potent antiviral response in a substantial number of patients who did not respond to standard therapy. The IL-28B genotype is an independent predictor of the antiviral response. High-dose pegylated IFN-alpha in combination with ribavirin and protease inhibitors appears as an attractive option for future study in this population. Copyright (c) 2011 AGA Institute. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Twice-weekly pegylated interferon-alpha-2a and ribavirin results in superior viral kinetics in HIV/hepatitis C virus co-infected patients compared to standard therapy. [2011.06.01]
CONCLUSION: Our results, when confirmed in larger randomized clinical trials, may provide a novel therapeutic approach to improve SVR among HIV/HCV co-infected patients, especially African-American patients.
Clinical Trials Related to Virazole (Ribavirin)
Peg-Ifn Dose Evaluations for Previously Untreated Subjects With Chronic Hepatitis C Infected With Genotype 1 (Study P03471AM1)(COMPLETED) [Completed]
The objective is to compare the safety and efficacy of the following three treatment regimens
in previously untreated adult subjects with chronic hepatitis C infected with Genotype 1: (1)
PEG-Intron 1. 5 µg/kg/wk in combination with weight based REBETOL (800-1400 mg/day); (2)
PEG-Intron 1µg/kg/wk in combination with weight based REBETOL (800-1400 mg/day); and (3)
PEGASYS 180 µg/wk plus COPEGUS 1000-1200 mg/day.
Ribavirin for Hemorrhagic Fever With Renal Syndrome in Germany [Not yet recruiting]
This is a treatment protocol using IND Ribavirin-there is no control group. Hemorrhagic
Fever with Renal Syndrome (HFRS) is caused by a virus acquired by contact with chronically
infected rodent hosts. HFRS is present throughout Europe and caused mainly by Puumala and
Dobrava viruses. Treatment consists mainly of supportive care with careful attention to
control of blood pressure and fluid balance and/or dialysis. Early initiation of IND
Intravenous Ribavirin has been shown to be an effective treatment for HFRS and may prevent
the need for dialysis. It is important to initiate therapy based on a diagnosis consistent
with HFRS and a history that makes exposure likely. This study will monitor the clinical
events that occur with HFRS as well as the safety and efficacy of Ribavirin.
PEG-Interferon a-2b + Ribavirin for Treatment of Patients With Chronic Hepatitis C Who Have Previously Failed to Achieve a Sustained Virologic Response Following Interferon Alfa or Interferon a-2b + Ribavirin Therapy [Completed]
HRN-003 STUDY SYNOPSIS
OBJECTIVE: To compare the Sustained Virologic Response (SVR) of PEGIntron plus ribavirin
among patients receiving a fixed dose of PEGIntron versus weighted-adjusted dosing.
OVERVIEW OF STUDY DESIGN: This is a multi-center, randomized, open-label clinical trial using
PEGIntron weight-adjusted dose by subcutaneous injection weekly + ribavirin by mouth twice
daily for 48 weeks OR PEGIntron fixed dose by subcutaneous injection weekly + ribavirin by
mouth twice daily for 48 weeks.
STUDY POPULATION: 600 Adult patients with chronic hepatitis C virus infection who have
previously failed to achieve a sustained virologic response following interferon alfa or
interferon alfa-2b plus ribavirin therapy.
DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION: Eligible participants will be randomized to receive PEGIntron
weight-adjusted dose (1. 5 mg/kg) by subcutaneous injection weekly + ribavirin 400 mg by mouth
twice daily for 48 weeks OR PEGIntron fixed dose (150 mg if weight > than 80 kg or 100 mg if
weight < 80 KG) by subcutaneous injection weekly + ribavirin 400 mg by mouth twice daily for
EFFICACY EVALUATIONS: Laboratory analysis, quality of life assessments, and change in study
medication doses will be obtained.
SAFETY EVALUATIONS: Assessment of laboratory evaluations, vital signs, incidence and severity
of adverse experiences and progression of disease, as measured by HCV viral load.
This is a treatment protocol to evaluate the antiviral efficacy, safety and tolerability
polyethylene glycol (PEG) conjugated interferon alfa-2b (PEGIntron) for the treatment of
chronic hepatitis C virus infection in patients who have previously failed to achieve a
sustained virologic response following interferon alfa or interferon alfa-2b plus ribavirin
therapy. Patients will be stratified according to their response to the previous course of
therapy (i. e. non-reponse or relapse virologic pattern
This is a multi-center, randomized, open-label clinical trial that will involve approximately
25 sites with an anticipated enrollment of 600 patients over a six-month period.
Eligible participants will be randomized to receive PEGIntron weight-adjusted dose (1. 5
mg/kg) by subcutaneous injection weekly + ribavirin 400 mg by mouth twice daily for 48 weeks
OR PEGIntron fixed dose (150 mg if weight > than 80 kg or 100 mg if weight < 80 KG) by
subcutaneous injection weekly + ribavirin 400 mg by mouth twice daily for 48 weeks.
- Group A: PEGIntron weight -adjusted dose (1. 5 mg/kg) by subcutaneous injection weekly
+ ribavirin 400 mg by mouth twice daily for 48 weeks (Total therapy x 48weeks).
- Group B: PEGIntron fixed dose (150 mg if weight > than 80 kg or 100 mg if weight < 80
KG) by subcutaneous injection weekly + ribavirin 400 mg by mouth twice daily for an
additional 48 weeks (Total therapy x 48 weeks).
Peginterferon Alfa-2a and Ribavirin for Genotype 2 Chronic Hepatitis C: Duration and Ribavirin Dose Stratified by RVR [Recruiting]
Treatment with peginterferon plus daily low dose (800 mg) or weight-based ribavirin
(800-1400 mg) for 24 to 48 weeks has achieved 70-93% sustained virologic response (SVR)
rates in patients with genotype 2 or 3 chronic hepatitis C (CHC). Recently, a large
randomized study has shown that patients with genotype 2 or 3 CHC have comparable SVR rates
for those who received peginterferon for 24 or 48 weeks, and who received daily low dose
(800 mg) or standard dose (1000-1200 mg) ribavirin. Therefore, the currently recommended
treatment for these patients is 24 weeks of peginterferon plus low dose ribavirin. Because
of the high response rates, several studies have shown that when these patients had rapid
virologic response (RVR), defined as undetectable hepatitis C virus (HCV) ribonucleic acid
(RNA) levels, at week 4 of peginterferon plus weight-based ribavirin, 12-16 weeks of
treatment could have 82-94% SVR rates. However, treatment with peginterferon plus low dose
ribavirin for 24 weeks showed significantly higher SVR rates than that for 16 weeks (85%
versus 79%) in these patients who achieved RVR. While studies showed concordant results in
SVR rates for patients with genotype 3 CHC who received peginterferon plus low dose or
weight-based ribavirin for 16 or 24 weeks, the SVR rates stratified by RVR showed great
differences in patients with genotype 2 CHC who received such treatment. Currently, there
are no studies on the direct comparison of low dose versus weight-based ribavirin, and of 16
to 24 weeks of treatment stratified by RVR for patients with genotype 2 CHC. The
investigators aimed to conduct a randomized trial to determine the optimal ribavirin dose
and treatment duration of peginterferon plus ribavirin for patients with genotype 2 CHC
based on RVR studies.
Combination Therapy With Pegylated Interferon and Ribavirin in Patients With Chronic Hepatitis C Genotype 2 or 3 Infection Who Previously Have Relapsed After Therapy With Pegylated Interferon and Ribavirin [Recruiting]
To evaluate the efficacy of pegylated interferon alfa-2a 40 kD (PEGASYS) combination therapy
with ribavirin (Copegus)given for 24 or 48 weeks in patients with chronic hepatitis C (CHC)
virus infection genotype 2 or 3 who responded during (i. e. had HCV-RNA <50 IU/mL at the end
of previous therapy), but relapsed after (i. e. had detectable HCV-RNA after the end of prior
treatment) previous therapy with pegylated interferon and ribavirin given for at least 12
weeks and at most 24 weeks.