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Hypersensitivity To Other A1-PI Products
Caution should be used when administering Zemaira to individuals who have experienced anaphylaxis or severe systemic reaction to another A1-PI product. IF ANAPHYLACTIC OR SEVERE ANAPHYLACTOID REACTIONS OCCUR, DISCONTINUE THE INFUSION IMMEDIATELY. Have epinephrine and other appropriate supportive therapy available for the treatment of any acute anaphylactic or anaphylactoid reaction. Zemaira is contraindicated in patients with a history of anaphylaxis or severe systemic reactions to Zemaira or A1-PI protein.
Hypersensitivity To IgA
Zemaira may contain trace amounts of IgA. Patients with selective or severe IgA deficiency can develop antibodies to IgA and, therefore, have a greater risk of developing potentially severe hypersensitivity and anaphylactic reactions. IF ANAPHYLACTIC OR SEVERE ANAPHYLACTOID REACTIONS OCCUR, DISCONTINUE THE INFUSION IMMEDIATELY. Have epinephrine and other appropriate supportive therapy available for the treatment of any acute anaphylactic or anaphylactoid reaction. Zemaira is contraindicated in IgA-deficient patients with antibodies against IgA, due to the risk of severe hypersensitivity.
Transmissible Infectious Agents
Because Zemaira is made from human plasma, it may carry a risk of transmitting infectious agents (e.g., viruses, and theoretically the Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease [CJD] agent). The risk of infectious agent transmission has been reduced by screening plasma donors for prior exposure to certain viruses, testing for the presence of certain current virus infections, and including virus inactivation/removal steps in the manufacturing process for Zemaira [see DESCRIPTION]. Despite these measures, Zemaira, like other products made from human plasma, may still potentially contain human pathogenic agents, including those not yet known or identified. Thus, the risk of transmission of infectious agents cannot be totally eliminated.
All infections thought by a physician to have been possibly transmitted by this product should be reported by the physician or other healthcare provider to the CSL Behring Pharmacovigilance Department at 1-866-915-6958 or FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or www. fda.gov/medwatch.
Carcinogenesis, Mutagenesis, Impairment Of Fertility
Long-term studies in animals to evaluate carcinogenesis, mutagenesis, or impairment of fertility have not been conducted.
Use In Specific Populations
Pregnancy Category C. Animal reproduction studies have not been conducted with Zemaira. Safety and effectiveness in pregnancy have not been established. Zemaira should be given to a pregnant woman only if clearly needed.
It is not known whether Zemaira is excreted in human milk. Use Zemaira only if clearly needed when treating nursing women.
Safety and effectiveness in the pediatric population have not been established.
The safety and efficacy of Zemaira in the geriatric population have not been established due to an insufficient number of subjects.
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