Velaglucerase alfa

Generic Medicine Info
Indications and Dosage
Gaucher disease type 1
Adult: As long-term enzyme replacement therapy (ERT): Initially, 60 units/kg every other week via infusion through an in-line low protein-binding filter (0.2 micrometre) over 60 minutes. Usual dosage range: 15-60 units/kg every other week. Dosage is individualised based on disease severity, achievement and maintenance of therapeutic goals and adjusted according to response.
Child: 4-17 years Same as adult dose.
Reconstitute vial labelled as containing 400 units with 4.3 mL of sterile water for injection to provide a solution containing 100 units/mL. Gently swirl or rotate to mix. Do not shake or agitate. Further dilute with 100 mL of NaCl 0.9% solution.
Special Precautions
Patient with immune response to other ERTs. Children. Pregnancy and lactation.
Adverse Reactions
Significant: Immunogenicity, hypersensitivity reactions (e.g. anaphylaxis).
Cardiac disorders: Tachycardia.
Gastrointestinal disorders: Abdominal pain, nausea.
General disorders and administration site conditions: Infusion-related reaction, asthenia, fatigue, weakness, fever, pyrexia, chest discomfort.
Investigations: Prolonged aPTT.
Musculoskeletal and connective tissue disorders: Arthralgia, back pain, bone pain.
Nervous system disorders: Headache, dizziness.
Vascular disorders: Hypertension, hypotension, flushing.
Monitoring Parameters
Assess history of response/reactions to other ERT prior to initiation of treatment. Monitor CBC, LFT, IgG antibodies, MRI or CT scan of liver and spleen, and bone density.
Description: Velaglucerase alfa is a biosynthetic form of human β-glucocerebrosidase, an enzyme that catalyses the hydrolysis of glucocerebroside to glucose and ceramide. It is used to replace glucocerebrosidase enzyme that is deficient in Gaucher’s disease.
Absorption: Rapidly absorbed. Time to peak plasma concentration: Between 40-60 minutes.
Distribution: Volume of distribution: 0.08-0.11 L/kg.
Excretion: Elimination half-life: 5-12 minutes.
Store between 2-8°C. Protect from light. Do not freeze.
MIMS Class
Other Agents Affecting Metabolism
ATC Classification
A16AB10 - velaglucerase alfa ; Belongs to the class of enzymes. Used in the treatment of alimentary tract and metabolism problems.
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