20 May 2014
CSL Behring Launches Hizentra® Co-Pay Relief Program
People managing primary immunodeficiency (PI) with CSL Behring’s Hizentra® (Immune Globulin Subcutaneous [Human]) may now be eligible for financial support through the Hizentra® Co-Pay Relief Program. The new program offers eligible U.S. patients up to $4,000 per year to be applied toward Hizentra co-payments, deductibles and coinsurance. Out-of-pocket therapy costs will be processed seamlessly through the electronic billing systems of specialty pharmacies and physician offices, which means no paperwork is required for the patient, pharmacist or physician.
07 May 2014
Feature Story: A Mother's Health
Learning you have a rare, chronic medical condition can be unsettling, frustrating and downright scary. For primary immunodeficiency (PI) patient Rebecca Johnson, 33, it also made her question whether she could realize her dream of becoming a mother.
01 March 2014
Patient Satisfaction and Convenience Increased with Current Hereditary Angioedema Treatment Options, According to Study Findings
Findings announced by CSL Behring today show that current hereditary angioedema (HAE) treatment options, such as C1 Esterase Inhibitor (C1-INH) concentrate, are allowing for greater patient satisfaction, higher rates of home treatment and a decrease in the number of hospitalizations and visits to the emergency room. HAE is a rare, potentially fatal swelling disorder caused by a deficiency of C1-INH. Until recently, only limited therapeutic options were available for patients in the U.S. with the condition. Today, HAE patients can choose from multiple options to address their condition. The 46-question online survey of physicians, which was conducted between March and June 2013, closely patterned after an initial survey conducted between October 2009 and February 2010. The data were presented at the 2014 American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) Annual Meeting.
13 December 2013
Kcentra®, from CSL Behring, Receives FDA Approval for Use in Warfarin Reversal in Patients Undergoing Surgery
CSL Behring today announced that Kcentra
® (Prothrombin Complex Concentrate [Human]) has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for an expanded indication -- urgent reversal of acquired coagulation factor deficiency induced by vitamin K antagonist (VKA, e.g., warfarin) therapy in adult patients needing an urgent surgery or other invasive procedure. Kcentra
, approved by the FDA in April 2013 for the urgent reversal of warfarin therapy in adult patients with acute major bleeding, is the only non-activated 4-factor prothrombin complex concentrate (4F-PCC) indicated in the U.S. for these uses.
09 December 2013
CSL Behring Study Shows Kcentra® Superior to Plasma for Warfarin Reversal in Patients Requiring an Urgent Surgical Procedure
Data presented today by CSL Behring at the 55th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Hematology (ASH) showed Kcentra® (Prothrombin Complex Concentrate [Human]) was superior to plasma, the current standard of care in the U.S., in adult patients taking vitamin K antagonist therapy (VKA; e.g., warfarin) who required warfarin reversal prior to an urgent surgery or invasive procedure. Kcentra, the first non-activated 4-factor prothrombin complex concentrate (4F-PCC), was approved by the FDA in April 2013 for the urgent reversal of warfarin therapy in adult patients with acute major bleeding. Kcentra is not indicated for urgent reversal of VKA anticoagulation in patients without acute major bleeding and is not indicated for use in patients on VKA therapy requiring an urgent surgery or invasive procedure as evaluated in this study.
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.