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Cemiplimab use while Breastfeeding

Drugs containing Cemiplimab: Libtayo

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Oct 1, 2020.

Cemiplimab Levels and Effects while Breastfeeding

Summary of Use during Lactation

No information is available on the clinical use of cemiplimab during breastfeeding. Because cemiplimab is a large protein molecule with a molecular weight of about 146,000 Da, the amount in milk is likely to be very low and absorption is unlikely because it is probably destroyed in the infant's gastrointestinal tract. The manufacturer recommends that breastfeeding be discontinued during cemiplimab therapy and for 4 months after the last dose.

Cemiplimab is a human immunoglobulin G4 (IgG4) antibody. Holder pasteurization (62.5 degrees C for 30 minutes) decreases the concentration of endogenous immunoglobulin G by up to 79%.[1,2] A study of 67 colostrum samples that underwent Holder pasteurization found that IgG amounts decreased by 34 to 40%. Specific IgG subclasses decreased by different amounts, with Holder pasteurization having little effect on IgG4 activity.[3] None of the studies measured IgG activity.

Drug Levels

Maternal Levels. Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.

Infant Levels. Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.

Effects in Breastfed Infants

Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.

Effects on Lactation and Breastmilk

Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.

References

1.
Koenig A, de Albuquerque Diniz EM, Barbosa SF, et al. Immunologic factors in human milk: The effects of gestational age and pasteurization. J Hum Lact. 2005;21:439–43. [PubMed: 16280560]
2.
Adhisivam B, Vishnu Bhat B, Rao K, et al. Effect of Holder pasteurization on macronutrients and immunoglobulin profile of pooled donor human milk. J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med. 2019;32:3016–9. [PubMed: 29587541]
3.
Rodríguez-Camejo C, Puyol A, Fazio L, et al. Antibody profile of colostrum and the effect of processing in human milk banks: Implications in immunoregulatory properties. J Hum Lact. 2018;34:137–47. [PubMed: 28586632]

Substance Identification

Substance Name

Cemiplimab

CAS Registry Number

1801342-60-8

Drug Class

Breast Feeding

Lactation

Antibodies, Monoclonal

Antineoplastic Agents

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