Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP Last updated on RxList: 11/18/2021
Drug Description

What is Refacto and how is it used?

Refacto is a prescription medicine used to treat the symptoms of Congenital and Acquired Hemophilia A. Refacto may be used alone or with other medications.

Refacto belongs to a class of drugs called Coagulation Factors; Hemostatics.

What are the possible side effects of Refacto?

Refacto may cause serious side effects including:

  • hives,
  • difficulty breathing,
  • swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat,
  • itching,
  • rash,
  • numbness or tingling,
  • fever,
  • dizziness,
  • nausea,
  • fast heartbeats,
  • chest tightness,
  • wheezing,
  • pale skin,
  • cold sweat,
  • lightheadedness,
  • fainting,
  • increased bleeding episodes,
  • any bleeding that will not stop, and
  • chest pain

Get medical help right away, if you have any of the symptoms listed above.

The most common side effects of Refacto include:

  • nose bleeds,
  • nausea,
  • vomiting,
  • diarrhea,
  • headache,
  • dizziness,
  • muscle or joint pain,
  • rash,
  • flushing (sudden warmth, redness, or tingly feeling),
  • fever,
  • chills,
  • cough,
  • weakness, and
  • pain, swelling, itching, or redness where the injection was given

Tell the doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.

These are not all the possible side effects of Refacto. For more information, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.


ReFacto® Antihemophilic Factor (Recombinant) is a purified protein produced by recombinant DNA technology for use in therapy of factor VIII deficiency. ReFacto (antihemophilic factor) is a glycoprotein with an approximate molecular mass of 170 kDa consisting of 1438 amino acids. It has an amino acid sequence that is comparable to the 90 + 80 kDa form of factor VIII, and post-translational modifications that are similar to those of the plasma-derived molecule. ReFacto (antihemophilic factor) has in vitro functional characteristics comparable to those of endogenous factor VIII.

ReFacto (antihemophilic factor) is produced by a genetically engineered Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cell line. The CHO cell line secretes B-domain deleted recombinant factor VIII into a defined cell culture medium that contains human serum albumin and recombinant insulin, but does not contain any proteins derived from animal sources. The protein is purified by a chromatography purification process that yields a high-purity, active product. The potency expressed in international units (IU) is determined using the European Pharmacopoeial chromogenic assay against the WHO standard. The specific activity of ReFacto (antihemophilic factor) is 9110-13700 IU per milligram of protein. ReFacto (antihemophilic factor) is not purified from human blood and contains no preservatives or added human or animal components in the final formulation.

ReFacto (antihemophilic factor) is formulated as a sterile, nonpyrogenic, lyophilized powder preparation for intravenous (IV) injection. It is available in single-use vials containing the labeled amount of factor VIII activity (IU). Each vial contains nominally 250, 500, 1000 or 2000 IU of ReFacto (antihemophilic factor) per vial. The formulated product is a clear colorless solution upon reconstitution and contains sodium chloride, sucrose, L-histidine, calcium chloride, and polysorbate 80.



ReFacto® Antihemophilic Factor (Recombinant) is indicated for the control and prevention of hemorrhagic episodes and for surgical prophylaxis in patients with hemophilia A (congenital factor VIII deficiency or classic hemophilia).

ReFacto (antihemophilic factor) is indicated for short-term routine prophylaxis to reduce the frequency of spontaneous bleeding episodes. The effect of regular routine prophylaxis on long-term morbidity and mortality is unknown.

ReFacto (antihemophilic factor) can be of a significant therapeutic value for treatment of hemophilia A in certain patients with inhibitors to factor VIII11. In clinical studies of ReFacto (antihemophilic factor) , study subjects who developed inhibitors on study continued to manifest a clinical response when inhibitor titers were < 10 BU. When an inhibitor is present, the dosage requirement of factor VIII is variable. The dosage can be determined only by a clinical response and by monitoring of circulating factor VIII levels after treatment (see DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION).

ReFacto (antihemophilic factor) does not contain von Willebrand factor and therefore is not indicated in von Willebrand's disease.


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Treatment with ReFacto® Antihemophilic Factor (Recombinant) should be initiated under the supervision of a physician experienced in the treatment of hemophilia A.

The labeled potency of ReFacto (antihemophilic factor) is based on the European Pharmacopoeial chromogenic substrate assay, whereas other factor VIII products are labeled based on the one-stage clotting assay. With recombinant factor VIII products, the chromogenic assay typically yields results which are higher than the results obtained with the one-stage clotting assay. When switching between products it is important to individually titrate each patient's dose in order to ensure an adequate therapeutic response (see PRECAUTIONS, General). Results of a comparative study that evaluated the effect of phospholipids on the one-stage clotting and chromogenic assays showed that the one-stage clotting assay gave results that were approximately 50% of the values obtained with the chromogenic assay (see CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY). In addition, in clinical trials of ReFacto (antihemophilic factor) use in the surgical setting in which multiple laboratories were used for plasma sample analysis, the ratio of factor VIII activity results as measured by a local laboratory one-stage clotting assay and the central laboratory chromogenic substrate assay was 0.8 (0.2-3.0).

When monitoring patients' factor VIII activity levels during treatment, the available clinical data suggest that either assay may be used. Most patients in clinical trials were monitored with the one-stage clotting assay (see CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY). It is necessary to adhere to the incubation/activation times and other test conditions as specified by the assay manufacturers.

Dosage and duration of treatment depend on the severity of the factor VIII deficiency, the location and extent of bleeding, and the patient's clinical condition. Doses administered should be titrated to the patient's clinical response. In the presence of an inhibitor, higher doses may be required.

Precise monitoring of the replacement therapy by means of coagulation analysis (plasma factor VIII activity) is recommended, particularly for surgical intervention.

One international unit (IU) of factor VIII activity corresponds approximately to the quantity of factor VIII in one mL of normal human plasma. The calculation of the required dosage of factor VIII is based upon the empirical finding that, on average, 1 IU of factor VIII per kg body weight raises the plasma factor VIII activity by approximately 2 IU/dL per IU/kg administered. The required dosage is determined using the following formula:

Required units = body weight (kg)
x desired factor VIII rise (IU/dL or % of normal)

x 0.5 (IU/kg per IU/dL)

The following chart can be used to guide dosing in bleeding episodes and surgery:

Type of Hemorrhage Factor VIII Level Required (IU/dL or % of normal) Frequency of Doses (h)/ Duration of Therapy (d)
  Early hemarthrosis, minor muscle or oral bleeds. 20–40 Repeat every 12 to 24 hours as necessary until resolved. At least 1 day, depending upon the severity of the hemorrhage.
  Hemorrhages into muscles. Mild trauma capitis. Minor operations including tooth extraction. Hemorrhages into the oral cavity. 30–60 Repeat infusion every 12–24 hours for 3–4 days or until adequate local hemostasis is achieved. For tooth extraction a single infusion plus oral antifibrinolytic therapy within 1 hour may be sufficient.
  Gastrointestinal bleeding. Intracranial, intra-abdominal or intrathoracic hemorrhages. Fractures. Major operations. 60–100 Repeat infusion every 8–24 hours until threat is resolved or in the case of surgery, until adequate local hemostasis is achieved.

For short-term routine prophylaxis to prevent or reduce the frequency of spontaneous musculoskeletal hemorrhage in patients with hemophilia A, ReFacto (antihemophilic factor) should be given at least twice a week. In some cases, especially pediatric patients, shorter dosage intervals or higher doses may be necessary. Pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic modeling, based on pharmacokinetic data from 185 infusions in 102 PTPs, predicts that routine prophylactic dosing 3 times per week may be associated with a lower bleeding risk than with dosing twice weekly. No randomized comparison of different doses or frequency regimens of ReFacto (antihemophilic factor) for routine prophylaxis has been performed. In clinical studies in PTPs (ages 8-73 years) and PUPs (ages < 1-52 months), the mean dose used per infusion for routine prophylaxis was 29 ± 11 IU/kg and 53 ± 22 IU/kg, respectively.

Patients using ReFacto (antihemophilic factor) should be monitored for the development of factor VIII inhibitors. If expected factor VIII activity plasma levels are not attained, or if bleeding is not controlled with an appropriate dose, an assay should be performed to determine if a factor VIII inhibitor is present. If the inhibitor is present at levels less than 10 Bethesda Units, administration of additional antihemophilic factor may neutralize the inhibitor.

ReFacto (antihemophilic factor) is administered by IV infusion after reconstitution of the lyophilized powder with Sodium Chloride Diluent (provided).

ReFacto (antihemophilic factor) , when reconstituted, contains polysorbate-80, which is known to increase the rate of di-(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP) extraction from polyvinyl chloride (PVC). This should be considered during the preparation and administration of ReFacto (antihemophilic factor) , including storage time elapsed in a PVC container following reconstitution. It is important that the recommendations in DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION be followed closely.

Instructions for Use

Patients should follow the specific reconstitution and administration procedures provided by their physicians. The procedures below are provided as general guidelines for the reconstitution and administration of ReFacto (antihemophilic factor) .


Always wash your hands before performing the following procedures. Aseptic technique (meaning clean and germ free) should be used during the reconstitution procedure. All components used in the reconstitution and administration of this product should be used as soon as possible after opening their sterile containers to minimize unnecessary exposure to the atmosphere.

ReFacto® Antihemophilic Factor (Recombinant) is administered by intravenous (IV) infusion after reconstitution with the supplied diluent (0.9% Sodium Chloride Diluent, 4 mL disposable syringe for drug diluent use with ReFacto Antihemophilic Factor [Recombinant]) syringe.

1. Allow the vials of lyophilized ReFacto (antihemophilic factor) and the pre-filled diluent syringe to reach room temperature.

2. Remove the plastic flip-top cap from the ReFacto (antihemophilic factor) vial to expose the central portions of the rubber stopper.

Instructions for Use - Illustration 1

3. Wipe the top of the vial with the alcohol swab provided, or use another antiseptic solution, and allow to dry. After cleaning, do not touch the rubber stopper with your hand or allow it to touch any surface.

4. Peel back the cover from the clear plastic vial adapter package. Do not remove the adapter from the package.

5. While holding the adapter package, place the vial adapter over the vial and press down firmly on the package until the adapter spike penetrates the vial stopper.

Instructions for Use - Illustration 2

6. Grasp the plunger rod per the diagram. Avoid contact with the shaft of the plunger rod. Attach the threaded end of the plunger rod to the diluent syringe plunger by pushing and turning firmly.

Instructions for Use - Illustration 3

7. Break off the tamper-resistant plastic tip cap from the diluent syringe by snapping the perforation of the cap. Do not touch the inside of the cap or the syringe tip. Place the cap on its top on a clean surface in a spot where it would be least likely to become environmentally contaminated. The cap may need to be replaced (if not administering reconstituted ReFacto (antihemophilic factor) immediately).

Instructions for Use - Illustration 4

8. Lift the package away from the adapter and discard the package.

Instructions for Use - Illustration 5

9. Place the vial on a flat surface. Connect the diluent syringe to the vial adapter by inserting the tip into the adapter opening while firmly pushing and turning the syringe clockwise until secured.

Instructions for Use - Illustration 6

10. Slowly depress the plunger rod to inject all the diluent into the ReFacto (antihemophilic factor) vial.

Instructions for Use - Illustration 7

11. Without removing the syringe, gently swirl the contents of the vial until the powder is dissolved.

12. Inspect the final solution for specks before administration. The solution should appear clear and colorless.

Note: If you use more than one vial of ReFacto (antihemophilic factor) per infusion, reconstitute each vial as per the previous instructions.

13. Invert the vial and slowly draw the solution into the syringe.

Instructions for Use - Illustration 8

Note: If you prepared more than one vial of ReFacto (antihemophilic factor) , remove the diluent syringe from the vial adapter, leaving the vial adapter attached to the vial. Quickly attach a separate large luer lock syringe and draw back the reconstituted contents as instructed above. Repeat this procedure with each vial in turn. Do not detach the diluent syringes or the large luer lock syringe until you are ready to attach the large luer lock syringe to the next vial adapter.

14. Detach the syringe from the vial adapter by gently pulling and turning the syringe counter-clockwise. Discard the vial with the adapter attached. Note: If the solution is not to be used immediately, the syringe cap should be carefully replaced. Do not touch the syringe tip or the inside of the cap.

ReFacto (antihemophilic factor) should be administered within 3 hours after reconstitution. The reconstituted solution may be stored at room temperature prior to administration.

Administration (Intravenous Injection)

ReFacto® Antihemophilic Factor (Recombinant) should be administered using the tubing provided in this kit, and the pre-filled diluent syringe provided or a single sterile disposable plastic syringe. In addition, the solution should be withdrawn from the vial using the vial adapter.

1. Attach the syringe to the luer end of the infusion set tubing provided and perform venipuncture as instructed by your physician. In the absence of incompatibility studies, reconstituted ReFacto (antihemophilic factor) should not be administered in the same tubing or container with other medicinal products. In vitro studies suggest that factor VIII may adsorb to the internal surfaces of some infusion equipment.

After reconstitution, ReFacto (antihemophilic factor) should be injected intravenously over several minutes. The rate of administration should be determined by the patient's comfort level.

Following completion of ReFacto (antihemophilic factor) treatment, remove the infusion set and discard. The amount of drug product remaining in the infusion set is not clinically significant.

Dispose of all unused solution, the empty vial(s), and the used needles and syringes in an appropriate container for throwing away waste that might hurt others if not handled properly.


Product as packaged for sale: ReFacto® Antihemophilic Factor (Recombinant) should be stored under refrigeration at a temperature of 2° to 8°C (36° to 46°F). ReFacto (antihemophilic factor) may also be stored at room temperature not to exceed 25°C (77°F) for up to 3 months, until the expiration date. The patient should write in the space provided on the outer carton the date the product was placed at room temperature. At the end of the 3-month period, the product should not be put back into the refrigerator, but should be used immediately or discarded. Freezing should be avoided to prevent damage to the pre-filled diluent syringe. During storage, avoid prolonged exposure of ReFacto® (antihemophilic factor) vial to light. Do not use ReFacto (antihemophilic factor) after the expiry date on the label.

Product after reconstitution: The product does not contain a preservative and should be used within 3 hours.


ReFacto® Antihemophilic Factor (Recombinant) is supplied in kits that include single-use (4 mL size, dried) vials which contain nominally 250, 500, 1000 or 2000 IU per vial:

250 IU Kit: NDC 58394–007–04
500 IU Kit
: NDC 58394–006–04
1000 IU Kit
: NDC 58394–005–04
2000 IU Kit
: NDC 58394–011–04

Actual factor VIII activity in IU is stated on the label of each ReFacto® Antihemophilic Factor (Recombinant) vial.

In addition, each ReFacto® Antihemophilic Factor (Recombinant) kit contains: one pre-filled diluent syringe containing 4 mL 0.9% Sodium Chloride with plunger rod for assembly, one vial adapter, one sterile infusion set, two alcohol swabs, one bandage, one gauze, and one package insert.


11. Kessler CM. An Introduction to Factor VIII Inhibitors: The Detection and Quantitation. American Journal of Medicine. 1991;91(Supplement 5A):1S-5S.

This product's label may have been updated. For current package insert and further product information, please visit or call our medical communications department toll-free at 1-800-934-5556. Manufactured and Distributed by: Wyeth Pharmaceuticals Inc. Philadelphia, PA 19101. Rev 12/07.

Side Effects & Drug Interactions


In phase 3 clinical studies of ReFacto (antihemophilic factor) involving a total of 218 study subjects (113 PTPs, 101 PUPs, and 4 PTPs who participated in the surgery study only), more than 138 million IU were administered during a total of 75,757 exposure days. The 113 PTPs in the long-term PTP study were given a median of 327 injections (range 4-1769 injections) over a median of 313 exposure days (range 4-1312 days). The 101 PUPs in the long-term PUP study were given a median of 218 injections (range 1-1476 injections) over a median of 197 exposure days (range 1-1466 days).

As with the intravenous administration of any protein product, the following reactions may be observed after administration: headache, fever, chills, flushing, nausea, vomiting, lethargy, or manifestations of allergic reactions. During phase 3 clinical studies with ReFacto® Antihemophilic Factor (Recombinant), 278 adverse reactions were probably or possibly related or of unknown relation to therapy with 80,370 infusions (0.35% of infusions) in 109 of 218 study subjects (50%).

Adverse reactions reported by ≥ 1% of study subjects are presented in Tables 2 and 3 for PTPs and PUPs, respectively. One of 218 subjects experienced hypotension that was mild in severity and considered probably related to the administration of ReFacto (antihemophilic factor) as noted in Table 3.


Body system No. of Events No. of Subjects
Eventa n=145 n=113
n (%) n (%)
Body as a whole
  Asthenia 2 (1.4) 2 (1.8)
  Chills 2 (1.4) 2 (1.8)
  Headache 5 (3.4) 4 (3.5)
  Injection site pain 5 (3.4) 2 (1.8)
Cardiovascular system
  Hemorrhage 2 (1.4) 2 (1.8)
Digestive system
  Nausea 25 (17.2) 5 (4.4)
Hemic and lymphatic system
  FVIII AB lab increase (ELISA) 4 (2.8) 4 (3.5)
  CHO AB lab increase (ELISA) 19 (13.1) 16 (14.2)
  Mouse IgG AB lab increase (ELISA) 4 (2.8) 4 (3.5)
Nervous system
  Dizziness 4 (2.8) 4 (3.5)
Respiratory system
  Dyspnea 6 (4.1) 2 (1.8)
Skin and appendages
  Pruritus 34 (23.4) 2 (1.8)
Special senses
  Taste perversion 3 (2.1) 3 (2.7)
a: Includes events for 113 PTPs during their participation in the long-term study and surgery study. The 4 PTPs who participated in the surgery study only had no adverse events that were study-drug related.


Body system No. of Events No. of Subjects
Eventa n=133 n=101
n (%) n (%)
Body as a whole
  Abdominal pain 1 (0.8) 1 (1.0)
  Anaphylactoid reaction 1 (0.8) 1 (1.0)
  Asthenia 1 (0.8) 1 (1.0)
  Catheter infection 1 (0.8) 1 (1.0)
  Catheter misc 1 (0.8) 1 (1.0)
  Catheter thrombosis 2 (1.5) 2 (2.0)
  Edema 1 (0.8) 1 (1.0)
  Fever 6 (4.5) 6 (5.9)
  Infection 1 (0.8) 1 (1.0)
  Injection site reaction 1 (0.8) 1 (1.0)
  Pain 2 (1.5) 2 (2.0)
Cardiovascular system
  Hemorrhage 1 (0.8) 1 (1.0)
  Hypotension 1 (0.8) 1 (1.0)
  Vasodilatation 1 (0.8) 1 (1.0)
Digestive system
  Anorexia 1 (0.8) 1 (1.0)
  Diarrhea 1 (0.8) 1 (1.0)
  Gastrointestinal hemorrhage 1 (0.8) 1 (1.0)
  Nausea 1 (0.8) 1 (1.0)
Hemic and lymphatic system
  FVIII inhibitor 32 (24.1) 32 (31.7)
  FVIII AB lab increase (ELISA) 31 (23.3) 26 (25.7)
  CHO AB lab increase (ELISA) 20 (15.0) 17 (16.8)
  Mouse IgG AB lab increase (ELISA) 17 (12.8) 12 (11.9)
Metabolic and nutritional disorders
  SGOT increased 1 (0.8) 1 (1.0)
Musculoskeletal system
  Arthralgia 1 (0.8) 1 (1.0)
Nervous system
  Somnolence 1 (0.8) 1 (1.0)
Respiratory system
  Rhinitis 1 (0.8) 1 (1.0)
Skin and appendages
  Rash 1 (0.8) 1 (1.0)
  Urticaria 1 (0.8) 1 (1.0)
Urogenital system
  Urinary tract infection 2 (1.5) 1 (1.0)
a: Includes events for 101 PUPs during their participation in the long-term study and surgery study.

If any adverse reaction takes place that is thought to be related to administration of ReFacto (antihemophilic factor) , the rate of infusion should be decreased or stopped.

Inhibitor development is a known adverse event associated with the treatment of patients with hemophilia A. In addition to the one report of a high-titer inhibitor in the clinical study of PTPs (see CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY), there have been reports of high-titer inhibitors in PTPs in the post-marketing setting. High- and low-titer inhibitors have been reported in PUPs in both clinical trials and the post-marketing setting (see PRECAUTIONS, General).

Other adverse experiences that were reported during the clinical trials, but which were assessed by both the investigator and the sponsor as “unlikely” to be related to ReFacto (antihemophilic factor) administration included: dyspnea (3), rash (2), pruritus (1), neuropathy (1), arm weakness (1), and thrombophlebitis of upper arm (1).


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Warnings & Precautions


As with any intravenous protein product, allergic type hypersensitivity reactions are possible. Patients should be informed of the early signs of hypersensitivity reactions including hives, generalized urticaria, tightness of the chest, wheezing, hypotension, and anaphylaxis. Patients should be advised to discontinue use of the product and contact their physicians if these symptoms occur.



Activity-neutralizing antibodies (inhibitors) have been detected in patients receiving factor VIII-containing products. Low-titer inhibitors are common in previously untreated patients and in previously treated patients on factor VIII products, as are high-titer inhibitors in previously untreated patients. High-titer inhibitors, which are generally rare in previously treated patients, have been reported in previously treated patients on ReFacto (antihemophilic factor) . As with all coagulation factor VIII products, patients should be monitored for the development of inhibitors that should be titrated in Bethesda Units using appropriate biological testing.

Reports of less than expected or lack of effect following infusion of ReFacto (antihemophilic factor) , mainly in prophylaxis patients, have been received during the clinical trials and in the post-marketing setting. The reported less than expected or lack of effect has been described as unexpected bleeding into target joints, bleeding into new joints or a subjective feeling by the patient of new onset bleeding. Less than expected or lack of effect and/or low factor VIII recovery has been reported in patients with inhibitors but also in patients who had no evidence of inhibitors. When switching to ReFacto (antihemophilic factor) it is important to closely monitor each patient's clinical hemostatic response and plasma FVIII:C activity following administration of the product and to titrate the dose accordingly in order to ensure an adequate therapeutic response (see DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION). Monitoring plasma FVIII:C activity is particularly important in the setting of surgical prophylaxis and major bleeds.

Formation of Antibodies to Mouse and Hamster Protein

As Antihemophilic Factor (Recombinant), ReFacto (antihemophilic factor) contains trace amounts of mouse protein (maximum of 5 ng/1000 IU) and hamster protein (maximum of 30 ng/1000 IU), the remote possibility exists that patients treated with this product may develop hypersensitivity to these non-human mammalian proteins.

Carcinogenicity, Mutagenicity, Impairment of Fertility

ReFacto® Antihemophilic Factor (Recombinant) has been shown to be nonmutagenic in the mouse micronucleus assay. No other mutagenicity studies and no investigations on carcinogenesis or impairment of fertility have been conducted.

Pregnancy Category C

Animal reproduction and lactation studies have not been conducted with ReFacto® Antihemophilic Factor (Recombinant). It is not known whether ReFacto (antihemophilic factor) can affect reproductive capacity or cause fetal harm when given to pregnant women. ReFacto (antihemophilic factor) should be administered to pregnant and lactating women only if clearly indicated.

Pediatric Use

ReFacto® Antihemophilic Factor (Recombinant) is appropriate for use in children of all ages, including newborns. Safety and efficacy studies have been performed both in previously treated children and adolescents (n=31, ages 5-18 years) and in previously untreated neonates, infants, and children (n=101, ages < 1-52 months) (see CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY and PRECAUTIONS).

Geriatric Use

Clinical studies of ReFacto (antihemophilic factor) did not include sufficient numbers of subjects aged 65 and over to determine whether they respond differently from younger subjects. Other reported clinical experience has not identified differences in responses between the elderly and younger patients. As with any patient receiving ReFacto (antihemophilic factor) , dose selection for an elderly patient should be individualized.

Overdosage & Contraindications


No information provided.


Known hypersensitivity to mouse or hamster proteins may be a contraindication to the use of ReFacto® Antihemophilic Factor (Recombinant).

Clinical Pharmacology


Factor VIII is the specific clotting factor deficient in patients with hemophilia A (classical hemophilia). The administration of ReFacto® (antihemophilic factor) Antihemophilic Factor (Recombinant) increases plasma levels of factor VIII activity and can temporarily correct the in vitro coagulation defect in these patients.

Activated factor VIII acts as a cofactor for activated factor IX accelerating the conversion of factor X to activated factor X. Activated factor X converts prothrombin into thrombin. Thrombin then converts fibrinogen into fibrin and a clot is formed. Factor VIII activity is greatly reduced in patients with hemophilia A and therefore replacement therapy is necessary.

In a crossover pharmacokinetic study of eighteen (18) previously treated patients using the chromogenic assay, the circulating mean half-life for ReFacto (antihemophilic factor) was 14.8 ± 5.6 hours (range 7.6-28.5 hours), which was not statistically significantly different from plasma-derived Antihemophilic Factor (Human) (pdAHF), which had a mean half-life of 13.7 ± 3.7 hours (range 8.8-25.1 hours). Mean incremental recovery (K-value) of ReFacto (antihemophilic factor) in plasma was 2.4 ± 0.4 IU/dL per IU/kg (range 1.9-3.3 IU/dL per IU/kg). This was comparable to the mean incremental recovery observed in plasma for pdAHF which was 2.3 ± 0.3 IU/dL per IU/kg (range 1.7-2.9 IU/dL per IU/kg). Results of a comparative study that evaluated the effect of phospholipids on the one-stage clotting and chromogenic assays showed that the one-stage clotting assay gave results that were approximately 50% of the values obtained with the chromogenic assay (see DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION).

In 2 additional clinical studies, pharmacokinetic parameters were evaluated for previously treated patients [PTPs] and previously untreated patients [PUPs]. In PTPs (n=101; median age 26 ± 12 years) ReFacto (antihemophilic factor) had a mean incremental recovery at Week 0 of 2.4 ± 0.4 IU/dL per IU/kg (range 1.1-3.8 IU/dL per IU/kg). In measurements over 4 years of use (Month 3 [n=90], Month 6 [n=87], Month 12 [n=88], Month 24 [n=70], Month 36 [n=64], and Month 48 [n=52]), mean incremental recovery was reproducible and ranged from 2.3 to 2.5 IU/dL per IU/kg. A subset of 37 study subjects had evaluable pharmacokinetic profiles at both baseline and Month 12 (Table 1). The 90% confidence intervals for the ratios of the mean values of Month 12-to-baseline AUCT, AUC, and K-value were well within the bioequivalence window of 80% to 125%, demonstrating the stability of these pharmacokinetic parameters over 1 year. In PUPs (n=59; median age 10 ± 8.3 months) ReFacto (antihemophilic factor) had a lower mean incremental recovery at Week 0 of 1.5 ± 0.6 IU/dL per IU/kg (range 0.2-2.8 IU/dL per IU/kg) as compared to PTPs. The mean incremental recovery for PUPs was stable over time (5 visits during a 2-year period) and ranged from 1.5 to 1.8 IU/dL per IU/kg of ReFacto (antihemophilic factor) . Population pharmacokinetic modeling using data from 44 PUPs led to a mean estimated half-life of ReFacto (antihemophilic factor) in PUPs of 8.0 ± 2.2 hours.


Parameter Cmax
Half- life
Residence Time
  Mean 1.17 13.6 10.6 15.4 3.53 15.0 50.9 2.34
  SD 0.24 3.4 2.5 4.5 1.03 3.4 13.0 0.49
  Min 0.55 6.0 6.8 7.6 1.78 9.8 36.9 1.10
  Max 1.90 21.1 17.2 28.1 6.60 24.7 99.0 3.80
Parameter Cmax
Half-life (hr) AUC
Mean Residence Time(hr) Vss (mL/kg) K-value
Month 12
  Mean 1.20 14.0 11.4 16.5 3.37 16.1 51.1 2.40
  SD 0.29 4.7 3.5 5.7 1.08 4.6 11.4 0.58
  Min 0.84 7.8 6.6 8.8 1.49 9.7 21.3 1.67
  Max 2.31 32.4 20.1 33.5 5.66 27.8 83.2 4.61

The efficacy of ReFacto (antihemophilic factor) was evaluated in uncontrolled phase 3 studies of 113 PTPs and 101 PUPs who received ReFacto (antihemophilic factor) for on-demand treatment, routine prophylaxis, and/or surgical prophylaxis and were followed for up to 6 years. Hemostatic efficacy was rated on an ordinal scale of excellent, good, fair, and none.

In 112 of 113 PTPs treated on demand, a total of 10,882 bleeding episodes were reported, with a median of 77.5 bleeding episodes per study subject. Of these, the hemostatic efficacy of ReFacto (antihemophilic factor) was assessed following the first infusion for treatment of 10,445 bleeding episodes: 9944 (95%) were rated excellent or good in their response to treatment, 429 (4%) were rated fair, and 72 (0.7%) were rated as having no response; 4% (437/10,882) of the bleeding episodes were not rated. Of the 10,882 bleeding episodes, 7981 (73%) were managed with a single infusion, 1612 (15%) required 2 infusions, 623 (6%) required 3 infusions, and 666 (6%) required 4 or more infusions for satisfactory resolution. The mean dose per infusion was 31 IU/kg.

In 100 of 101 PUPs treated on demand, a total of 2715 bleeding episodes were reported with a median of 19.5 bleeding episodes per study subject. Of these, the hemostatic efficacy of ReFacto (antihemophilic factor) was assessed following the first infusion for treatment of 2604 bleeding episodes: 2459 (94%) were rated excellent or good in their response to treatment, 142 (5%) were rated fair, and 3 (0.1%) were rated as having no response; 4% (111/2,715) of the bleeding episodes were not rated. Of the 2715 bleeding episodes, 1794 (66%) were managed with a single infusion, 502 (19%) required 2 infusions, 229 (8%) required 3 infusions, and 190 (7%) required 4 or more infusions for satisfactory resolution. The mean dose per infusion was 51 IU/kg.

All were treated successfully on an on-demand basis or for the reduction of bleeding episodes except for one PTP and two PUPs who discontinued ReFacto (antihemophilic factor) treatment and switched to another product after the development of inhibitors. Bleeding episodes included hemarthroses, and bleeding in soft tissue, muscle, and other anatomical sites.

One of 113 previously treated patients (PTPs) who were evaluated for efficacy in bleeding episodes developed a high titer inhibitor. The patient was noted initially at a local laboratory to have a treatment-emergent low titer inhibitor (1.2 BU) at 98 exposure days which was confirmed at 2 BU at the central laboratory at 113 exposure days. After 18 months on continued treatment with ReFacto (antihemophilic factor) , the inhibitor level rose to nearly 13 BU and a bleeding episode failed to respond to ReFacto (antihemophilic factor) treatment. In this study the incidence of inhibitor development to factor VIII using ReFacto (antihemophilic factor) is similar to that reported for other factor VIII products1-4.

ReFacto (antihemophilic factor) has been studied in short-term routine prophylaxis. In uncontrolled phase 3 clinical trials, a mean dose of 27 ± 11 IU/kg per infusion in PTPs (n=85) and a mean dose of 49 ± 17 IU/kg per infusion in PUPs (n=45) was given repeatedly at variable intervals (for PTPs: median 94 weeks, range 3-296 weeks; for PUPs: median 61 weeks, range 2-222 weeks). In PTPs and PUPs, the mean rate of spontaneous musculoskeletal bleeding episodes was lower during periods of routine prophylaxis. PTPs (n=85) had a mean of 10 bleeding episodes (spontaneous and injury-related) per year during the prophylactic periods compared to a mean of 25 bleeding episodes per year during on-demand periods. PUPs (n=45) had a mean of 6 bleeding episodes (spontaneous and injury-related) per year during the prophylactic periods compared to a mean of 11 bleeding episodes per year during the on-demand periods. These non-randomized trial results should be interpreted with caution, as the investigators exercised their own discretion in deciding when and in whom prophylaxis was to be initiated and terminated.

Management of hemostasis was evaluated in the surgical setting where 51 surgical procedures were performed in 39 study subjects. Procedures included orthopedic procedures (eg, total knee and hip replacements, removal of a left elbow pseudotumor, and arthroscopic synovectomy of the knee), inguinal hernia repair, epidural hematoma evacuation, ulnar nerve transposition, tonsillectomy, cholecystectomy with extirpation of hepatic abscess, and other minor procedures (eg, venous access catheter placement and explantation, and toenail removal). Of the 51 surgical procedures, 44 procedures were performed in 32 PTPs and 7 procedures were performed in 7 PUPs. In PTPs, the mean total dose for each of the 44 procedures was 104,064 IU administered over a mean of 22.1 exposure days; the mean dose per infusion (peri- and postoperative) was 37.4 IU/kg. In PUPs, the mean total dose for each of the 7 procedures was 21,766 IU administered over a mean of 12.4 exposure days; the mean dose per infusion (peri- and postoperative) was 93.5 IU/kg. Factor VIII activity levels were monitored at the local laboratory using a one-stage assay in 40 procedures and a chromogenic assay in 11 procedures. Circulatory factor VIII levels targeted to restore and maintain hemostasis were achieved regardless of which assay was used. For 50 of 51 rated surgical procedures, hemostatic efficacy was assessed as excellent or good in 99.6% (494/496) of assessments.

The occurrence of neutralizing antibody (inhibitors) is well known in the treatment of patients with hemophilia A5,6,7. Thirty-two out of 101 PUPs (32%) developed an inhibitor: 16 out of 101 (16%) with a high titer ( > 5 BU) (12 of the 16 patients had peak values ≥ 10 BU) and 16 out of 101 (16%) with a low titer ( ≤ 5 BU). In this study the incidence of inhibitor development to factor VIII using ReFacto (antihemophilic factor) is similar to that reported for other factor VIII products5-10.


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