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Aralast NP

[Alpha1 Proteinase Inhibitor (Human)]


ARALAST NP contains approximately 2% Alpha1-PI with truncated C-terminal lysine (removal of Lys394), whereas ARALAST contains approximately 67% Alpha1-PI with the C-terminal lysine truncation.8 No known data suggest influence of these structural modifications on the functional activity and immunogenicity of Alpha1-PI.9

ARALAST NP is a sterile, lyophilized preparation of purified human alpha1-proteinase inhibitor (Alpha1-PI), also known as alpha1-antitrypsin (AAT). ARALAST NP is a similar product to ARALAST, containing the same active components of plasma Alpha1-PI with identical formulations.

ARALAST NP is prepared from large pools of human plasma by using the cold ethanol fractionation process, followed by purification steps including polyethylene glycol and zinc chloride precipitations and ion exchange chromatography.

To reduce the risk of viral transmission, the manufacturing process includes treatment with a solvent detergent (S/D) mixture [tri-n-butyl phosphate and polysorbate 80] to inactivate enveloped viral agents such as human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), hepatitis B (HBV), and hepatitis C (HCV). In addition, a nanofiltration step is incorporated into the manufacturing process to reduce the risk of transmission of enveloped and non-enveloped viral agents. Based on in vitro studies, the process used to produce ARALAST NP has been shown to inactivate and/or partition various viruses as shown in Table 3 below.

Table 3 : Virus Log Reduction in ARALAST NP Manufacturing Process

Processing Step Virus Log Reduction Factors
Cold ethanol fractionation 4.6 1.4 2.1 1.4 ≤ 1.0a
Solvent Detergent-treatment > 5.8 > 6.0 > 5.5 N/A N/A
15 N nanofiltration > 5.3 > 6.0 > 5.6 > 5.1 4.9
Overall reduction factor > 15.7 > 13.4 > 13.2 > 6.5 4.9
aHIV-1: Human Immunodeficiency Virus-1; BVDV: Bovine Viral Diarrhea Virus, model for Hepatitis C Virus and other lipid enveloped RNA viruses; PRV: Pseudorabies Virus, model for lipid-enveloped DNA viruses, to which Hepatitis B also belongs; HAV: Hepatitis A Virus; MMV: Mice Minute Virus, model for small non-lipid-enveloped DNA viruses

Reduction factors < 1.0 are not used for calculation of the overall reduction factor

N/A - Not applicable; study did not test for virus indicated

The unreconstituted, lyophilized cake should be white or off-white to slightly yellow-green or yellow in color. When reconstituted as directed, the concentration of functionally active Alpha1-PI is ≥ 16 mg/mL and the specific activity is ≥ 0.55 mg active Alpha1-PI/mg total protein. The composition of the reconstituted product is as follows:

Component Quantity/mL
Elastase Inhibitory Activity ≥ 400 mg Active Alpha1-PI/0.5 g viala ≥ 800 mg Active Alpha1-PI/1.0 g vialb
Albumin ≤ 5 mg/mL
Polyethylene Glycol ≤ 112 mcg/mL
Polysorbate 80 ≤ 50 mcg/mL
Sodium ≤ 230 micromol/mL
Tri-n-butyl Phosphate ≤ 1.0 mcg/mL
Zinc ≤ 3 mg/L
aReconstitution volume: 25 mL/0.5 g vial
bReconstitution volume: 50 mL/1.0 g vial

Each vial of ARALAST NP has the functional activity, as determined by inhibition of porcine pancreatic elastase, stated on the label. The formulation contains no preservative. The pH of the solution ranges from 7.2 to 7.8. Product must only be administered intravenously.

Last reviewed on RxList: 11/9/2016
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.

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