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Nuwiq

NUWIQ®
(Antihemophilic Factor, Recombinant) for Intravenous Injection

DRUG DESCRIPTION

NUWIQ, Antihemophilic Factor (Recombinant), is a sterile, non-pyrogenic, lyophilized powder for reconstitution for intravenous injection. The product is supplied in single-use vials containing nominal Factor VIII potencies of 250, 500, 1000 or 2000 IU. When reconstituted with 2.5 mL of solvent (Sterile Water for Injection), the respective nominal concentrations are 100, 200, 400 or 800 IU/mL. The reconstituted product contains the following excipients per mL: 18 mg sodium chloride, 5.4 mg sucrose, 5.4 mg L-arginine hydrochloride, 0.3 mg calcium chloride dihydrate, 1.2 mg poloxamer 188, and 1.2 mg sodium citrate dihydrate. The concentration of each of the excipients is the same for all potencies. NUWIQ contains no preservatives. Each vial of NUWIQ is labeled with the actual Factor VIII potency expressed in IU determined using one-stage clotting assay, using a reference material calibrated against a World Health Organization (WHO) International Standard for Factor VIII concentrates. One IU, as defined by the WHO standard for human Factor VIII concentrates, is approximately equal to the level of Factor VIII activity in 1 mL of fresh pooled, normal, human plasma. The mean specific activity of NUWIQ is 8124 IU/mg total protein.

B-domain deleted recombinant coagulation Factor VIII (BDD-rFVIII) is the active ingredient in NUWIQ. BDD-rFVIII is a recombinant glycoprotein (a heterodimer) with an approximate molecular mass of 170 kDa, comprising the Factor VIII domains A1-A2 (so-called heavy chain of ~90 kDa) and A3-C1-C2 (so-called light chain of ~80 kDa), whereas the B-domain, present in the full-length plasma-derived Factor VIII, has been deleted. The purified protein consists of 1440 amino acids. The amino acid sequence is comparable to the B-domain deleted form of human plasma Factor VIII(90 + 80 kDa).

BDD-rFVIII is produced by recombinant DNA technology in genetically modified human embryonic kidney (HEK) 293F cells with no animal or human derived materials added during the manufacturing process or to the final product. As NUWIQ is produced using a human cell-line, it contains post-translational modifications comparable to human plasma-derived Factor VIII and is devoid of Neu5Gc or α-1,3-Gal epitopes[1] that may be present in products produced in animal cells. Furthermore, BDD-rFVIII is fully sulfated at Tyr1680 [1]. The active substance is concentrated and purified by a series of chromatography steps, which also includes two dedicated viral clearance steps: solvent/detergent (S/D) treatment for virus inactivation and 20 nm nanofiltration for removal of viruses.

Last reviewed on RxList: 4/8/2016
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.

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