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Anaphylaxis And Allergic Reactions

Anaphylaxis and severe allergic reactions have been observed in patients during and up to 24 hours after NAGLAZYME infusion. Some of the reactions were life-threatening and included anaphylaxis, shock, respiratory distress, dyspnea, bronchospasm, laryngeal edema, and hypotension. If anaphylaxis or other severe allergic reactions occur, NAGLAZYME should be immediately discontinued, and appropriate medical treatment should be initiated. In patients who have experienced anaphylaxis or other severe allergic reactions during infusion with NAGLAZYME, caution should be exercised upon rechallenge; appropriately trained personnel and equipment for emergency resuscitation (including epinephrine) should be available during infusion [see ADVERSE REACTIONS].

Immune-mediated Reactions

Type III immune complex-mediated reactions, including membranous glomerulonephritis have been observed with NAGLAZYME, as with other enzyme replacement therapies. If immune-mediated reactions occur, discontinuation of the administration of NAGLAZYME should be considered, and appropriate medical treatment initiated. The risks and benefits of re-administering NAGLAZYME following an immune-mediated reaction should be considered. Some patients have successfully been rechallenged and have continued to receive NAGLAZYME under close clinical supervision [see ADVERSE REACTIONS].

Risk Of Acute Cardiorespiratory Failure

Caution should be exercised when administering NAGLAZYME to patients susceptible to fluid volume overload; such as in patients weighing 20 kg or less, patients with acute underlying respiratory illness, or patients with compromised cardiac and/or respiratory function, because congestive heart failure may result. Appropriate medical support and monitoring measures should be readily available during NAGLAZYME infusion, and some patients may require prolonged observation times that should be based on the individual needs of the patient [see ADVERSE REACTIONS].

Acute Respiratory Complications Associated With Administration

Sleep apnea is common in MPS VI patients and antihistamine pretreatment may increase the risk of apneic episodes. Evaluation of airway patency should be considered prior to initiation of treatment. Patients using supplemental oxygen or continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) during sleep should have these treatments readily available during infusion in the event of an infusion reaction, or extreme drowsiness/sleep induced by antihistamine use.

Consider delaying NAGLAZYME infusions in patients who present with an acute febrile or respiratory illness because of the possibility of acute respiratory compromise during infusion of NAGLAZYME.

Infusion Reactions

Because of the potential for infusion reactions, patients should receive antihistamines with or without antipyretics prior to infusion. Despite routine pretreatment with antihistamines, infusion reactions, some severe, occurred in 33 of 59 (56%) patients treated with NAGLAZYME. Serious adverse reactions during infusion included laryngeal edema, apnea, pyrexia, urticaria, respiratory distress, angioedema, and anaphylactoid reaction. Severe adverse reactions included urticaria, chest pain, rash, dyspnea, apnea, laryngeal edema, and conjunctivitis [see ADVERSE REACTIONS].

The most common symptoms of drug-related infusion reactions were pyrexia, chills, rash, urticaria, dyspnea, nausea, vomiting, pruritis, erythema, abdominal pain, hypertension, and headache. Respiratory distress, chest pain, hypotension, angioedema, conjunctivitis, tremor, and cough were also reported. Infusion reactions began as early as Week 1 and as late as Week 146 of NAGLAZYME treatment. Twenty-three of 33 patients (70%) experienced recurrent infusion reactions during multiple infusions though not always in consecutive weeks.

Symptoms typically abated with slowing or temporary interruption of the infusion and administration of additional antihistamines, antipyretics, and occasionally corticosteroids. Most patients were able to complete their infusions. Subsequent infusions were managed with a slower rate of NAGLAZYME administration, treatment with additional prophylactic antihistamines, and, in the event of a more severe reaction, treatment with prophylactic corticosteroids.

If severe infusion reactions occur, immediately discontinue the infusion of NAGLAZYME and initiate appropriate treatment. The risks and benefits of re-administering NAGLAZYME following a severe reaction should be considered.

No factors were identified that predisposed patients to infusion reactions. There was no association between severity of infusion reactions and titer of anti-galsulfase antibodies.

Spinal Or Cervical Cord Compression

Spinal or cervical cord compression (SCC) with resultant myelopathy is a known and serious complication of MPS VI. SCC is expected to occur in the natural history of the disease, including in patients on NAGLAZYME. There have been post-marketing reports of patients treated with NAGLAZYME who experienced the onset or worsening of SCC requiring decompression surgery. Patients with MPS VI should be monitored for signs and symptoms of spinal/cervical cord compression (including back pain, paralysis of limbs below the level of compression, urinary and fecal incontinence) and given appropriate clinical care.

Nonclinical Toxicology

Carcinogenesis, Mutagenesis, Impairment Of Fertility

Long-term studies in animals to evaluate carcinogenic potential or studies to evaluate mutagenic potential have not been performed with galsulfase.

Galsulfase at intravenous doses up to 3.0 mg/kg (about 0.5 times the recommended human dose of 1 mg/kg based on body surface area) was found to have no effect on the fertility and reproductive performance of male and female rats.

Use In Specific Populations


Pregnancy Category B

Adequate and well-controlled studies have not been conducted with NAGLAZYME in pregnant women. Reproduction studies have been performed in rats at intravenous doses up to 3 mg/kg/day (about 0.5 times the recommended human dose of 1 mg/kg based on the body surface area) and in rabbits at intravenous doses up to 3 mg/kg/day (about 0.97 times the recommended human dose of 1 mg/kg based on the body surface area) and have revealed no evidence of impaired fertility or harm to the fetus due to NAGLAZYME. NAGLAZYME should be used during pregnancy only if clearly needed.

Pregnant women with MPS VI who are treated with NAGLAZYME should be encouraged to enroll in the MPS VI Clinical Surveillance Program at 800-983-4587 [see PATIENT INFORMATION].

Nursing Mothers

It is not known whether NAGLAZYME is excreted in human milk. Because many drugs are excreted in human milk, caution should be exercised when NAGLAZYME is administered to a nursing mother. Nursing mothers with MPS VI who are treated with NAGLAZYME should be encouraged to enroll in the MPS VI Clinical Surveillance Program at 800-983-4587 [see PATIENT INFORMATION].

Pediatric Use

Clinical studies with NAGLAZYME were conducted in 56 patients, ages 5 to 29 years, with the majority of these patients in the pediatric age group [see Clinical Studies]. In addition, an open-label study was conducted in four infants (3 months to 12.7 months) treated with 1 mg/kg (n = 2) or 2 mg/kg (n = 2) of NAGLAZYME. Safety results in infants were consistent with results observed in patients 5 to 29 years old [see ADVERSE REACTIONS].

Geriatric Use

Clinical studies of NAGLAZYME did not include patients older than 29 years of age. It is not known whether older patients respond differently from younger patients.

This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.

Last reviewed on RxList: 12/1/2014


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