04 March 2016
U.S. FDA Approves CSL Behring’s IDELVION® -- The First and Only Hemophilia B Therapy with Up to 14-day Dosing Intervals
CSL Behring announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved IDELVION®
[Coagulation Factor IX (Recombinant), Albumin Fusion Protein], its novel, long-acting albumin fusion protein linking recombinant coagulation factor IX with recombinant albumin for the treatment of hemophilia B. IDELVION
is the first and only factor IX therapy that delivers high-level protection with up to 14-day dosing in appropriate patients. This dosing interval has been achieved while maintaining high levels of factor activity, above 5 percent over 14 days at 75 IU/kg. This reduces the monthly number of units needed for prophylaxis therapy.
23 February 2016
First Export of Privigen® From New Manufacturing Facility in Broadmeadows, Melbourne, Australia
Global biotherapeutics leader CSL Behring today announced an increase in the global supply of Privigen®
as the first export has been shipped from a new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Broadmeadows, Melbourne, Australia. The new Turner Privigen Facility, named for Mr. Peter J. Turner, former President of CSL Behring and former Chief Operating Officer of CSL group, will substantially increase CSL Behring’s total immunoglobulin (Ig) therapy production capabilities.
07 December 2015
CSL Behring Presents Phase III Data for Its Long-Acting Recombinant Factor IX Albumin Fusion Protein for Hemophilia B at the 57th ASH Annual Meeting & Exposition
Global biotherapeutics leader CSL Behring today presented data from its Phase III PROLONG-9FP clinical program evaluating the efficacy and long-term safety of its investigational long-acting fusion protein linking recombinant coagulation factor IX with recombinant albumin (rIX-FP). The data, from an ongoing extension study and two pivotal Phase III studies, assessed rIX-FP for routine prophylaxis in previously-treated adults with hemophilia B, at dosing intervals of up to 14 days. The findings were presented during an oral presentation at the American Society of Hematology’s (ASH) 57th ASH Annual Meeting and Exposition in Orlando, along with a second abstract reporting efficacy and safety results of rIX-FP in patients undergoing surgical procedures.
02 December 2015
CSL Behring to Present New Data for rIX-FP and rVIII-SingleChain at the 57th ASH Annual Meeting & Exposition
CSL Behring announced today that it will present several abstracts from its recombinant coagulation factor development programs at the American Society of Hematology’s (ASH) 57th ASH Annual Meeting in Orlando, December 5-8. An oral presentation will focus on the pivotal trial for CSL Behring’s novel, long-acting albumin fusion protein linking recombinant coagulation factor IX with recombinant albumin (rIX-FP) for the treatment of hemophilia B.
08 September 2015
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Extends New Technology Add-On Payment for CSL Behring’s Kcentra® for Third Year
CSL Behring today announced that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) again extended the new technology add-on payment (NTAP) for Kcentra®
(Prothrombin Complex Concentrate [Human]). The NTAP for Kcentra
is available through September 2016 for eligible Medicare beneficiaries treated in the inpatient hospital setting. Kcentra
is the first and only non-activated 4-factor prothrombin complex concentrate (4F-PCC) approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the urgent reversal of acquired coagulation factor deficiency induced by Vitamin K antagonist (VKA, e.g., warfarin) therapy in adult patients with acute major bleeding or in need of an urgent surgery or invasive procedure. Kcentra
, first approved for use in the U.S. in April 2013, received its NTAP designation effective October 1, 2013.
Important Safety Information for Hizentra
Immune Globulin Subcutaneous (Human), Hizentra®, treats various forms of primary immunodeficiency (PI) in patients age 2 and over.
WARNING: Thrombosis (blood clotting) can occur with immune globulin products, including Hizentra. Risk factors can include: advanced age, prolonged immobilization, a history of blood clotting or hyperviscosity (blood thickness), use of estrogens, installed vascular catheters, and cardiovascular risk factors.
If you are at high risk of thrombosis, your doctor will prescribe Hizentra at the minimum dose and infusion rate practicable and will monitor you for signs of thrombosis and hyperviscosity. Always drink sufficient fluids before administration.
Tell your doctor if you have had a serious reaction to other immune globulin medicines or have been told you also have a deficiency of the immunoglobulin called IgA, as you might not be able to take Hizentra. You should not take Hizentra if you know you have hyperprolinemia (too much proline in your blood).
Infuse Hizentra under your skin only; do not inject into a blood vessel.
Allergic reactions can occur with Hizentra. If your doctor suspects you are having a bad allergic reaction or are going into shock, treatment will be discontinued. Immediately tell your doctor or go to the emergency room if you have signs of such a reaction, including hives, trouble breathing, wheezing, dizziness, or fainting.
Tell your doctor about any side effects that concern you. Immediately report symptoms that could indicate a blood clot, including pain and/or swelling of an arm or leg, with warmth over affected area; discoloration in arm or leg; unexplained shortness of breath; chest pain or discomfort that worsens with deep breathing; unexplained rapid pulse; and numbness or weakness on one side of the body. Your doctor will also monitor symptoms that could indicate hemolysis (destruction of red blood cells), and other potentially serious reactions that have been seen with Ig treatment, including aseptic meningitis syndrome (brain swelling); kidney problems; and transfusion-related acute lung injury.
The most common drug-related adverse reactions in the clinical trial for Hizentra were swelling, pain, redness, heat or itching at the site of injection; headache; back pain; diarrhea; tiredness; cough; rash; itching; nausea and vomiting.
Hizentra is made from components of human blood. The risk of transmission of infectious agents, including viruses and, theoretically, the Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) agent, cannot be completely eliminated.
Before being treated with Hizentra, inform your doctor if you are pregnant, nursing or plan to become pregnant. Vaccines (such as measles, mumps and rubella) might not work well if you are using Hizentra. Before receiving any vaccine, tell the healthcare professional you are being treated with Hizentra.
Please see full prescribing information for Hizentra, including boxed warning and the patient product information.
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch, or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
Important Safety Information for Kcentra
Kcentra®, Prothrombin Complex Concentrate (Human), is a blood coagulation factor replacement product indicated for the urgent reversal of acquired coagulation factor deficiency induced by Vitamin K antagonist (VKA—eg, warfarin) therapy in adult patients with acute major bleeding or the need for urgent surgery or other invasive procedure. Kcentra is for intravenous use only.
WARNING: ARTERIAL AND VENOUS THROMBOEMBOLIC COMPLICATIONS
Patients being treated with Vitamin K antagonist therapy have underlying disease states that predispose them to thromboembolic events. Potential benefits of reversing VKA should be weighed against the risk of thromboembolic events, especially in patients with history of such events. Resumption of anticoagulation therapy should be carefully considered once the risk of thromboembolic events outweighs the risk of acute bleeding. Both fatal and nonfatal arterial and venous thromboembolic complications have been reported in clinical trials and postmarketing surveillance. Monitor patients receiving Kcentra, and inform them of signs and symptoms of thromboembolic events. Kcentra was not studied in subjects who had a thromboembolic event, myocardial infarction, disseminated intravascular coagulation, cerebral vascular accident, transient ischemic attack, unstable angina pectoris, or severe peripheral vascular disease within the prior 3 months. Kcentra might not be suitable for patients with thromboembolic events in the prior 3 months.
Kcentra is contraindicated in patients with known anaphylactic or severe systemic reactions to Kcentra or any of its components (including heparin, Factors II, VII, IX, X, Proteins C and S, Antithrombin III and human albumin). Kcentra is also contraindicated in patients with disseminated intravascular coagulation. Because Kcentra contains heparin, it is contraindicated in patients with heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT).
Hypersensitivity reactions to Kcentra may occur. If patient experiences severe allergic or anaphylactic type reactions, discontinue administration and institute appropriate treatment.
In clinical trials, the most frequent (≥2.8%) adverse reactions observed in subjects receiving Kcentra were headache, nausea/vomiting, hypotension, and anemia. The most serious adverse reactions were thromboembolic events, including stroke, pulmonary embolism and deep vein thrombosis.
Kcentra is derived from human plasma. The risk of transmission of infectious agents, including viruses and, theoretically, the Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) agent, cannot be completely eliminated.
The safety and efficacy of Kcentra in pediatric use have not been studied, and Kcentra should be used in women who are pregnant or nursing only if clearly needed.
Please see full prescribing information for Kcentra.