Generic Name: Pegloticase
Class: Antigout Agents
VA Class: MS400
Chemical Name: Amide with α-carboxy-ω-methoxypoly(oxy-1,2-ethanediyl), urate (synthetic Sus scrofa variant pigKS-DN subunit), oxidase, homotetramer
Molecular Formula: C1549H2430N408O448S8
CAS Number: 885051-90-1
- Anaphylaxis and Infusion Reactions
Anaphylaxis and infusion reactions reported during and after administration.1 (See Sensitivity Reactions under Cautions.)
Administer in a healthcare setting by healthcare providers prepared to manage anaphylaxis and infusion reactions.1
Premedicate patients with antihistamines and corticosteroids.1
Closely monitor for anaphylaxis for an appropriate period of time after administration.1
Determine serum uric acid concentration prior to each infusion and consider discontinuing treatment if concentrations rise above 6 mg/dL, particularly if 2 consecutive measurements exceed 6 mg/dL.1
FDA approved a REMS for pegloticase to ensure that the benefits outweigh the risks. The REMS may apply to one or more preparations of pegloticase and consists of the following: communication plan. See the FDA REMS page () or the ASHP REMS Resource Center ().
Uses for Krystexxa
Management of chronic gout that is refractory to conventional therapy (i.e., chronic gout in patients in whom maximum recommended dosages of xanthine oxidase inhibitors have failed to normalize serum uric acid concentrations and to adequately control clinical manifestations of the disease or in whom these drugs are contraindicated).1 3 4 7 8 11 12 15 16 Designated an orphan drug by FDA for this use.14
Not recommended for treatment of asymptomatic hyperuricemia.1
Krystexxa Dosage and Administration
Premedication for Sensitivity Reactions
Administer antihistamines and corticosteroids before each infusion to minimize risk of anaphylaxis and infusion reactions.1 Closely monitor patient for an appropriate period of time after administration.1 (See Sensitivity Reactions under Cautions.)
Measure uric acid concentration before each infusion; risk of anaphylaxis or infusion reactions is higher in patients who have lost therapeutic response to the drug.1
Gout Flare Prophylaxis
Initiate gout flare prophylaxis with an NSAIA or colchicine at least 1 week prior to initiation of pegloticase and continue for ≥6 months unless contraindicated or not tolerated.1 (See Gout Flares under Cautions.)
Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) required and approved by FDA.5
Goal is to inform healthcare providers and patients about serious risks associated with pegloticase, including risk of anaphylaxis and infusion reactions and the contraindication to use in patients with glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G-6-PD) deficiency.5 (See Cautions.)
Program consists of a medication guide that must be dispensed with every prescription and a communication plan that includes initial and periodic communications targeting selected groups of healthcare providers.5
For solution compatibility information, see Compatibility under Stability.
May administer via gravity feed, syringe pump, or infusion pump.1
Pegloticase injection concentrate must be diluted prior to IV administration.1
Withdraw 1 mL of pegloticase injection concentrate from a vial containing 8 mg/mL of uricase protein.1 Inject into 250-mL bag containing 0.45 or 0.9% sodium chloride injection.1 Discard any unused portion.1 Invert the infusion bag a number of times to mix thoroughly; do not shake.1
Do not mix or dilute with any other drugs.1
Refrigerate diluted solution, protect from light, and use within 4 hours of dilution.1 Allow diluted solution to reach room temperature before administration,1 but do not subject to heating (e.g., hot water, microwave).1
Rate of Administration
Infuse over at least 120 minutes.1
If infusion reaction occurs, slow rate of infusion, temporarily stop and then restart infusion at a slower rate, or discontinue infusion, depending on severity of reaction.1
Dosage expressed in terms of the amount of uricase protein.1
8 mg (of uricase protein) every 4 weeks also effective in controlling plasma uric acid concentrations, but associated with increased frequency of anaphylaxis and infusion reactions and reduced efficacy in resolving tophi.1
Consider discontinuing therapy if uric acid concentration rises above 6 mg/dL, particularly if 2 consecutive measurements exceed 6 mg/dL.1 (See Sensitivity Reactions under Cautions.)
No specific dosage recommendations; not specifically studied in hepatic impairment.1
No dosage adjustment required in renal impairment.1
No dosage adjustment required based on age.1
Cautions for Krystexxa
Anaphylaxis reported despite pretreatment with oral antihistamine, IV corticosteroid, and/or acetaminophen in 6.5% of patients receiving recommended pegloticase dosage.1 (See Boxed Warning.) Manifestations included wheezing, perioral or lingual edema, or hemodynamic instability, with or without rash or urticaria.1 Pretreatment may have blunted symptoms or signs of anaphylaxis; therefore, reported frequency may underestimate drug's potential to cause such reactions.1
Administer in a healthcare setting by healthcare providers prepared to manage anaphylaxis.1 Pretreat patients with antihistamines and corticosteroids.1 Monitor closely for an appropriate period of time after administration.1
Risk of anaphylaxis is higher in patients whose uric acid concentration rises above 6 mg/dL, particularly when 2 consecutive concentrations exceed 6 mg/dL.1 Determine serum uric acid prior to each infusion and consider discontinuing treatment if concentrations rise above 6 mg/dL.1
Infusion reactions (e.g., urticaria, dyspnea, chest discomfort or pain, erythema, pruritus) reported despite pretreatment with oral antihistamine, IV corticosteroid, and/or acetaminophen in 26% of patients receiving recommended pegloticase dosage.1 (See Boxed Warning.) Pretreatment may have blunted symptoms or signs of infusion reactions; therefore, reported frequency may underestimate drug's potential to cause such reactions.1
Administer in a healthcare setting by healthcare providers prepared to manage infusion reactions.1 Pretreat patients with antihistamines and corticosteroids.1 Monitor for approximately 1 hour after administration.1 Infuse slowly over at least 120 minutes.1
Higher risk of infusion reaction in patients whose uric acid concentration rises above 6 mg/dL, particularly when 2 consecutive concentrations exceed 6 mg/dL.1 Determine serum uric acid prior to each infusion and consider discontinuing treatment if concentration rises above 6 mg/dL.1
Increase in gout flares frequently observed upon initiation of antihyperuricemic therapy.1 Gout flares reported during first 3 months of therapy despite prophylaxis in 74% of patients receiving recommended pegloticase dosage.1
Initiate prophylaxis with an NSAIA or colchicine 1 week before initiation of pegloticase and continue for 6 months unless contraindicated or not tolerated.1
Discontinuance of pegloticase due to gout flare unnecessary.1
Congestive Heart Failure
Retreatment with Pegloticase
Safety and efficacy of resuming pegloticase after treatment interruption of >4 weeks not established in controlled clinical trials.1 Possible increased risk of anaphylaxis and infusion reactions; closely monitor patients reinitiating treatment after a drug-free interval.1
High antibody titer associated with reduced serum concentrations of the drug and failure to maintain pegloticase-induced normalization of serum uric acid.1 10 Higher incidence of infusion reactions in patients with high antipegloticase antibody titer.1 10
Not known whether pegloticase is distributed into milk; do not use in nursing women.1
Safety and efficacy not established in children <18 years of age.1
No substantial differences in safety and efficacy relative to younger adults, but increased sensitivity cannot be ruled out.1
Not studied in patients with hepatic impairment.1
Common Adverse Effects
Interactions for Krystexxa
No formal drug interaction studies to date.1
Antipegloticase antibodies appear to bind to the PEG portion of pegloticase; potential for binding with other pegylated drugs.1 Effect of antibodies on efficacy of other PEG-containing drugs is not known.1
Pharmacokinetics in adults not affected by age, sex, weight, or Clcr.1
For information on systemic interactions resulting from concomitant use, see Interactions.
Sodium chloride 0.45 or 0.9%1
Maintaining serum urate concentration below the saturation point for monosodium urate (e.g., maintaining concentrations at ≤6 mg/dL) may prevent crystal formation and promote resolution of tophaceous crystal deposits, thus preventing long-term joint, bone, cartilage, and tissue destruction.7 8 18
Advice to Patients
Pegloticase medication guide must be provided to the patient each time the drug is administered (see REMS Program under Dosage and Administration);5 importance of patient reading the medication guide before initiating therapy and before each subsequent infusion.1 2
Importance of informing patients that anaphylaxis and infusion reactions can occur with any infusion.1 Importance of informing patients of the signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis (e.g., wheezing, swelling of the throat or tongue, throat tightness, hoarseness, difficulty swallowing, dizziness, fainting, fast or weak heartbeat, feelings of nervousness, rash, itching, urticaria)1 2 and infusion reactions (e.g., urticaria, erythema, difficulty breathing, flushing, chest discomfort or pain, rash).1
Advise patients to seek medical care immediately if they experience any symptoms of an allergic reaction during or at any time after an infusion of pegloticase.1 Counsel patients on the importance of adhering to therapy prescribed to prevent or lessen the severity of these reactions.1
Importance of informing patients that gout flares may initially increase when starting treatment with pegloticase and that medications to help reduce flares may be taken regularly for the first few months after initiation.1 Advise patients that they should not discontinue pegloticase if flares occur.1
Importance of informing clinicians of existing or contemplated concomitant therapy, including prescription and OTC drugs and herbal or dietary supplements, as well as any concomitant conditions (e.g., heart failure, G-6-PD deficiency).1 2
Importance of informing patients of other important precautionary information.1 (See Cautions.)
Excipients in commercially available drug preparations may have clinically important effects in some individuals; consult specific product labeling for details.
Please refer to the ASHP Drug Shortages Resource Center for information on shortages of one or more of these preparations.
Injection, concentrate, for IV infusion
8 mg/mL (of uricase protein)
AHFS DI Essentials. © Copyright, 2016, American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Inc., 7272 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, Maryland 20814.
Date published: June 27, 2011
Last reviewed: February 23, 2015
Date modified: February 08, 2016
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