"The U.S. Food and Drug Administration yesterday approved Rixubis [Coagulation Factor IX (Recombinant)] for use in people with hemophilia B who are 16 years of age and older. Rixubis is indicated for the control and prevention of bleeding episodes"...
Kcentra has not been studied in patients with congenital factor deficiencies.
Mechanism of Action
Kcentra contains the Vitamin K-dependent coagulation Factors II (FII), VII (FVII), IX (FIX), and X (FX), together known as the Prothrombin Complex, and the antithrombotic Protein C and Protein S. If the patient has an acquired coagulation factor deficiency where one or more of the Vitamin K-dependent coagulation factors are deficient, bleeding may occur.
The coagulation cascade is a series of pro-coagulant and antithrombotic reactions involving the activation of zymogens. The vascular endothelium provides a protective barrier separating blood cells and plasma factors from subendothelial vessel wall reactive adhesive proteins and tissue factor (TF). The latter proteins trigger blood coagulation. Thrombin converts fibrinogen to fibrin for clot formation.
A dose-dependent acquired deficiency of the Vitamin K-dependent coagulation factors occurs during Vitamin K antagonist treatment. Vitamin K antagonists exert anticoagulant effects by blocking carboxylation of glutamic acid residues of the Vitamin K-dependent coagulation factors during hepatic synthesis, lowering both factor synthesis and function. The administration of Kcentra rapidly increases plasma levels of the Vitamin K-dependent coagulation Factors II, VII, IX, and X as well as the anti-thrombotic Proteins C and S.
Coagulation Factor II
Factor II (prothrombin) is converted to thrombin by activated FX (FXa) in the presence of Ca2+, FV, and phospholipids.
Coagulation Factor VII
Factor VII (proconvertin) is converted to the activated form (FVIIa) by splitting of an internal peptide link. The FVIIa-TF complex activates Factor IX and initiates the primary coagulation pathway by activating FX in the presence of phospholipids and calcium ions.
Coagulation Factor IX
Factor IX (antihemophilic globulin B, or Christmas factor) is activated by the FVIIa-TF complex and by FXIa. Factor IXa in the presence of FVIIIa activates FX to FXa.
Coagulation Factor X
Factor X (Stuart-Prower factor) activation involves the cleavage of a peptide bond by the FVIIIa-Factor IXa complex or the TF-FVIIa complex. Factor Xa forms a complex with activated FV (FVa) that converts prothrombin to thrombin in the presence of phospholipids and calcium ions.
Protein C, when activated by thrombin, exerts an antithrombotic effect by inhibiting FVa and FVIIIa leading to a decrease in thrombin formation, and has indirect profibrinolytic activity by inhibiting plasminogen activator inhibitor-1.
Protein S exists in a free form (40%) and in a complex with C4b-binding protein (60%). Protein S (free form) functions as a cofactor for activated Protein C in the inactivation of FVa and FVIIIa, leading to antithrombotic activity.
International Normalized Ratio (INR)
In the plasma-controlled RCT in acute major bleeding, the INR was determined at varying time points after the start or end of infusion, depending upon study design. The median INR was above 3.0 prior to the infusion and dropped to a median value of 1.20 by the 30 minute time point after start of Kcentra infusion. By contrast, the median value for plasma was 2.4 at 30 minutes after the start of infusion. The INR differences between Kcentra and plasma were statistically significant in randomized plasma-controlled trial in bleeding up to 12 hours after start of infusion [see Table 9].
The relationship between these or other INR values and clinical hemostasis in patients has not been established [see Clinical Studies].
Table 9: Median INR after Start of Infusion
|Study||Treat- ment||Baseline||30 min||1 hr||2-3 hr||6-8 hr||12 hr||24 hr|
|Acute Major Bleeding Study||Kcentra
(N = 98)
|3.90 (1.8- 20.0)||1.20* (0.9- 6.7)||1.30* (0.9- 5.4)||1.30* (0.9- 2.5)||1.30* (0.9- 2.1)||1.20* (0.9- 2.2)||1.20 (0.9- 3.8)|
(N = 104)
|3.60 (1.9- 38.9)||2.4 (1.4- 11.4)||2.1 (1.0- 11.4)||1.7 (1.1- 4.1)||1.5 (1.0- 3.0)||1.4 (1.0- 3.0)||1.3 (1.0- 2.9)|
|*Statistically significant difference compared to plasma
by 2-sided Wilcoxon test in Study 3002
INR = international normalized ratio.
Pharmacokinetic (PK) parameters were obtained in healthy subjects. PK parameters obtained from data derived from the study of healthy subjects may not be directly applicable to those with acute major bleeding and INR elevation due to VKA anticoagulation therapy.
Fifteen healthy subjects received 50 units/kg of Kcentra. No subjects were receiving VKA therapy or were experiencing acute bleeding. A single intravenous Kcentra infusion produced a rapid and sustained increase in plasma concentration of Factors II, VII, IX and X. Concentrations of Proteins C and S also increased rapidly and substantially. The PK analysis [see Table 10 and Table 11] shows that factor II had the longest half-life (59.7 hours) and factor VII the shortest (4.2 hours) in healthy subjects. The mean residence time (MRT) was longest for factor II (81.7 hours) and shortest for factor VII (6.1 hours).
Table 10: Vitamin K-Dependent Coagulation Factor
Pharmacokinetics after a Single Kcentra Infusion in Healthy Subjects (n=15)
|Parameter||Factor IX||Factor II||Factor VII||Factor X|
|Terminal half-life (h)||16.7 (14.267.7)||59.7 (45.565.9)||4.2 (3.9-6.6)||30.7 ( 23.741.4)|
|IVR (%/units/kg bw)†||1.57 (1.381.90)||2.11 ( 1.952.45)||2.43 (2.332.77)||2.08 (1.942.39)|
|AUC (IU/dL x h)||1490 (1 1532376)||6577 (58707912)||424 (331-742)||6707(5234-8577)|
|Clearance (mL/ kg x h)||3.63 (2.274.68)||0.97 (0.811.09)||7.06 (4.049.05)||1.25 (0.981.60)|
|MRT (h)‡||21.6 (17.183.8)||81.7 (62.087.6)||6.1 (5.6-9.5)||44.3 (34.259.8)|
|Vdss (mL/kg)§||92.4 (76.2182.2)||71.0 (61.278.9)||41.8 (39.352.5)||56.1 (52.960.1)|
|* IQR: Interquartile Range
† IVR: In Vivo Recovery
‡ MRT: Mean Residence Time
§ Vdss: Volume of Distribution at steady state
Table 11: Antithrombotic Proteins C and S
Pharmacokinetics after a Single Kcentra Infusion in Healthy Subjects- PK Study
in Healthy Subjects (n=15) Median (Min – Max)
|Parameter||Protein C||Protein S|
|Terminal half-life (h)||47.2 (9.3-121.7)||49.1 (33.1-83.3)|
|IVR (%/units/kg bw)*||2.76 (2.16-3.31)||2.02(1.46-2.70)|
|AUC (IU/dL x h)||5,276 (1,772-10,444)||3,667 (2,218-3,667)|
|Clearance (mL/ kg x h)||1.1 (0.6-3.3)||1.1 (0.7-1.8)|
|MRT (h)†||57.0-13.4-161.4)||69.2 (45.3-1 13.5)|
|Vdss (mL/kg)‡||62.9 (43.9-109.3)||76.6 (61.9-105.0)|
|* IVR: In Vivo Recovery
† MRT: Mean Residence Time
‡ Vdss: Volume of Distribution at steady state
Plasma levels of Coagulation Factors II, VII, IX, X, and Antithrombotic Proteins C and S were measured after the infusion of Kcentra or plasma in studies of subjects requiring urgent reversal due to acquired deficiency of Vitamin K-dependent coagulation factors. In randomized, plasma-controlled study in acute major bleeding, the mean duration of Kcentra infusion was 24 minutes (+/- 32 minutes) and the mean duration of infusion for plasma was 169 minutes (+/-143 minutes). The mean infusion volume of Kcentra was 105 mL +/-37 mL and the mean infusion volume of plasma was 865 mL +/- 269 mL.
The increase in mean factor levels over time following Kcentra and plasma administration in the plasma-controlled RCT in acute major bleeding is shown in Figure 9 below. Levels of some factors continued to increase at later time points, consistent with the effect of concomitant Vitamin K treatment. Formal pharmacokinetic parameters were not derived because of the effect of Vitamin K on factor levels at time points required for pharmacokinetic profiling.
Figure 9: Mean Factor Levels (Factors II, VII, IX, X,
Proteins C & S) over 24 Hours
Time axis is scheduled measuring time: hours after start of infusion (P=pre-infusion)
The mean in vivo recovery (IVR) of infused factors was calculated in subjects who received Kcentra. The IVR is the increase in measurable factor levels in plasma (units/dL) that may be expected following an infusion of factors (units/kg) administered as a dose of Kcentra. The in vivo recovery ranged from 1.29 (Factor IX) to 2.4 (Protein S) [see Table 12 and Table 13].
Table 12: In vivo Recovery (Single-Arm European Study
in Bleeding and Surgery, ITT*, N=43)
|Analyte||Incremental (units/dL per units/kg b.w.)|
|Mean (SD)||95% CI†|
|Factor IX||1.37 (0.50)||(1.21-1.53)|
|Factor II||1.91 (0.52)||(1.75-2.08)|
|Factor VII||1.60 (0.54)||(1.43-1.77)|
|Factor X||1.93 (0.47)||(1.78-2.07)|
|Protein C||2.07 (0.44)||(1.94-2.21)|
|Protein S||2.44 (0.82)||(2.18-2.69)|
|* ITT: Intention to Treat
† CI: Confidence Interval
Table 13: In vivo Recovery (Plasma-Controlled RCT in
Acute Major Bleeding, Kcentra, N=98*)
|Parameter||Incremental (units/dL per units/kg b.w.)|
|Mean (SD)||95% CI†|
|Factor IX||1.29 (0.71)||(1.14-1.43)|
|Factor II||2.00 (0.88)||(1.82-2.18)|
|Factor VII||2.15 (2.96)||(1.55-2.75)|
|Factor X||1.96 (0.87)||(1.79-2.14)|
|Protein C||2.04 (0.96)||(1.85-2.23)|
|Protein S||2.17 (1.66)||(1.83-2.50)|
|* ITT-E: Intention to Treat – Efficacy Population
† CI: Confidence Interval
The efficacy of Kcentra has been evaluated in a prospective, open-label, (blinded assessor), active-controlled, non-inferiority, multicenter RCT in subjects who had been treated with VKA therapy and who required urgent replacement of their Vitamin K-dependent clotting factors to treat acute major bleeding. A total of 216 subjects with acquired coagulation factor deficiency due to oral Vitamin K antagonist therapy were randomized to a single dose of Kcentra or plasma. Two hundred twelve (212) subjects received Kcentra or plasma for acute major bleeding in the setting of a baseline INR ≥ 2.0 and recent use of a VKA anticoagulant. The doses of Kcentra (25 units/kg, 35 units/kg, or 50 units/kg) based on nominal Factor IX content and plasma (10 mL/kg, 12 mL/kg, or 15 mL/kg) were calculated according to the subject's baseline INR (2- < 4, 4-6, > 6, respectively). The observation period lasted for 90 days after the infusion of Kcentra or plasma. The modified efficacy (ITT-E) population for Kcentra included 98 subjects and for plasma included 104 subjects. Additionally, intravenous Vitamin K was administered.
The efficacy endpoint was hemostatic efficacy for the time period from the start of infusion of Kcentra or plasma until 24 hours. Efficacy was adjudicated as “effective” or “not effective” by a blinded, independent Endpoint Adjudication Board for all subjects who received study product. Criteria for effective hemostasis were based upon standard clinical assessments including vital signs, hemoglobin measurements, and CT assessments at predefined time points, as relevant to the type of bleeding (i.e., gastrointestinal, intracranial hemorrhage, visible, musculoskeletal, etc.). The proportion of subjects with effective hemostasis was 72.4% in the Kcentra group and 65.4% in the plasma group. The lower limit of the 95% confidence interval (CI) for the difference in proportions of Kcentra minus plasma was -5.8%, which exceeded -10% and thereby demonstrated the non-inferiority of Kcentra versus plasma (the study's primary objective) [see Table 14]. Because the lower limit of the CI was not greater than zero, the prospectively defined criterion for superiority of Kcentra for hemostatic efficacy (a secondary objective) was not met.
Table 14: Rating of Hemostatic Efficacy in Subjects
with Acute Major Bleeding
|Rating||No. (%) of subjects [95% CI]||Difference Kcentra - plasma (%) [95% CI]*|
(N = 98)
(N = 104)
|“Effective” hemostasis||71 (72.4%) [62.3; 82.6]||68 (65.4%) [54.9; 75.8]||(7.1%) [-5.8; 19.9]|
|Kcentra non-inferior to plasma if lower limit of 95% CI
> –10%; Kcentra superior to plasma if lower limit of 95% CI > 0.
CI = confidence interval; N = number of subjects
Results of a post-hoc analysis of hemostatic efficacy stratified by actual dose of Kcentra or plasma administered are presented in Table 15.
Table 15: Primary Rating of Hemostatic Efficacy
Stratified by Actual Dose of Kcentra or Plasma (Number and % of Subjects rated
“Effective” in Acute Major Bleeding RCT
|Low Dose||Mid Dose||High Dose|
|N = 49 (K)||N = 22 (K)||N = 26|
|N = 55 (P)||N = 18 (P)||N = 31|
|Kcentra||36 (74.5%)||16 (72.7%)||18 (69.2%)|
|Plasma||38 (69.1%)||11 (61.1%)||19 (61.3%)|
|95% CI K- P||-13.2 - 21.9||-17.4 - 40.6||-17.0 - 32.9|
|* Kcentra minus Plasma|
An additional endpoint was the reduction of INR to ≤ 1.3 at 30 minutes after the end of infusion of Kcentra or plasma for all subjects that received study product. The proportion of subjects with this decrease in INR was 62.2% in the Kcentra group and 9.6% in the plasma group. The 95% confidence interval for the difference in proportions of Kcentra minus plasma was 39.4% to 65.9%. The lower limit of the 95% CI of 39.4% demonstrated superiority of Kcentra versus plasma for this endpoint [see Table 16].
Table 16: Decrease of INR (1.3 or Less at 30 Minutes
after End of Infusion)
|Rating||No. (%) of subjects [95% CI]||Difference Kcentra -plasma (%) [95% CI]*|
(N = 98)
(N = 104)
|Decrease of||61 (62.2%)||10 (9.6%)||(52.6%)|
|INR to ≤ 1.3 at 30 min||[52.6; 71.8]||[3.9; 15.3]||[39.4; 65.9]|
|* Kcentra non-inferior to plasma if lower limit of 95% CI
> –10%; Kcentra superior to plasma if lower limit of 95% CI > 0.
CI = confidence interval; INR = international normalized ratio; N = total subjects
The Bleeding and Surgical Study – European Study was an open-label, single-arm, multicenter study.1 Forty-three (43) subjects who were receiving VKA were treated with Kcentra, because they either (1) required a surgical or an invasive diagnostic intervention (26 subjects), or (2) experienced an acute bleeding event (17 subjects). The dose of Kcentra (25 units/kg, 35 units/kg, or 50 units/kg) based on nominal Factor IX content was calculated according to the subject's baseline INR value (2- < 4, 4-6, > 6). The endpoint was the decrease of the INR to ≤ 1.3 within 30 minutes after end of Kcentra infusion in subjects who received any portion of study product.
Of the 17 evaluable subjects receiving Kcentra for acute bleeding, 16 subjects (94%) experienced a decrease in INR to ≤ 1.3 within 30 minutes after the end of the Kcentra infusion.
1. Pabinger I, Brenner B, Kalina U, et al. Prothrombin complex concentrate (Beriplex P/N) for emergency anticoagulation reversal: a prospective multinational clinical trial. Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis 2008; 6: 622-631.
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