Generic Name: Idarucizumab
Class: Antihemorrhagic Agents, Miscellaneous
Chemical Name: Anti-(dabigatran) (human-Mus musculus κ-chain), anti-(dabigatran) (human-Mus musculus γ1-chain) (225→219′)-disulfide with immunoglobulin G1, 1-225-immunoglobulin G1
Molecular Formula: C2131H3299N555O671S11
CAS Number: 1362509-93-0
Uses for Praxbind
Urgent Reversal of Dabigatran Anticoagulation
Used for the urgent reversal of dabigatran anticoagulation in patients with life-threatening or uncontrolled bleeding or a need for emergency surgery/urgent procedures; designated an orphan drug by FDA for this use.1 2 3
Accelerated approval of idarucizumab for this indication based on reduction in unbound plasma dabigatran and normalization of coagulation parameters with idarucizumab treatment in healthy individuals; continued FDA approval for this indication may be contingent on results of ongoing cohort case series study.1 6
Praxbind Dosage and Administration
Dabigatran therapy can be reinitiated 24 hours after administration of idarucizumab; consider resumption of anticoagulation as soon as medically appropriate.1 7 16 (See Thromboembolic Complications under Cautions.)
Once idarucizumab is withdrawn from vial, begin administration promptly or within 1 hour.1
Do not mix or administer with any other drug.1
Rate of Administration
IV infusion and rapid IV injection: Administer as rapidly as clinically feasible.19 Some clinicians state that infusion of each vial via syringe, infusion pump, or other appropriate equipment should take no longer than 5–10 minutes.16
Urgent Reversal of Dabigatran Anticoagulation
If reappearance of clinically relevant bleeding and elevated coagulation parameters occur or patient requires second emergency surgery/urgent procedure and has elevated coagulation parameters, may administer additional 5-g dose.1 16 Safety and efficacy of repeat treatment with idarucizumab not established.1
Cautions for Praxbind
Manufacturer states none.1
Patients receiving therapy with dabigatran usually have underlying conditions that predispose them to thromboembolism; reversal of anticoagulation by idarucizumab exposes patients to their underlying thrombotic risk.1 12 Consider resumption of anticoagulant therapy as soon as medically appropriate.1
Hereditary Fructose Intolerance
Recommended 5-g dose of idarucizumab contains 4 g of sorbitol as an excipient.1
Serious adverse reactions, including death, reported in patients with hereditary fructose intolerance who received parenteral sorbitol.1 Minimum amount of sorbitol at which serious adverse reactions may occur in such patients not known.1
Potential for immunogenicity with use of all therapeutic proteins, including idarucizumab.1 16 Preexisting antibodies with cross-reactivity to idarucizumab detected in some patients in clinical trials; however, clinically important effects not observed.1 5 7
Weigh anticipated benefits of idarucizumab against risk of hypersensitivity in patients with known hypersensitivity (e.g., anaphylactoid reaction) to idarucizumab or other ingredients in formulation.1 Discontinue idarucizumab and initiate appropriate therapy if severe hypersensitivity reaction occurs.1
No adequate and well-controlled studies of idarucizumab in pregnant women.1 13 Animal reproductive and developmental studies with idarucizumab lacking.1 Use during pregnancy only when clearly needed.1 Safety and efficacy of idarucizumab during labor and delivery not established.1
Common Adverse Effects
Interactions for Praxbind
Coagulation factor concentrates (3- or 4- factor prothrombin complex concentrates [PCC], activated PCC, recombinant factor VIIa)
Inhibition of dabigatran anticoagulation not affected1
Volume-replacement preparations (crystalloids, colloids)
No differences in idarucizumab plasma concentrations when the drug was administered alone or after pretreatment with dabigatran.1
Biodegraded into peptides and amino acids.1
Initial half-life 47 minutes; terminal half-life 10.3 hours.1
2–8°C; do not freeze or shake.1
Unopened vials protected from light in original package may be kept at room temperature (25°C) for <48 hours.1
Unopened vials exposed to light may be kept at room temperature (25°C) for <6 hours.1
Does not affect activity of factor Xa inhibitors (apixaban, edoxaban, rivaroxaban), direct thrombin inhibitors (argatroban and hirudin), vitamin K antagonists (warfarin), or heparin.14
Advice to Patients
Importance of informing patients of signs and symptoms of allergic hypersensitivity reactions (e.g., anaphylaxis) that may occur during or after injection of idarucizumab.1
Importance of informing patients that reversing dabigatran therapy exposes them to thromboembolic risk of their underlying disease.1 Clinicians should consider resuming anticoagulant therapy as soon as the patient is sufficiently stable.1
Importance of advising patients to seek immediate medical attention for any signs or symptoms of bleeding.1
Importance of informing patients with hereditary fructose intolerance that idarucizumab solution for injection contains sorbitol.1 Importance of informing patients that parenteral sorbitol in patients with hereditary fructose intolerance associated with reports of hypoglycemia, metabolic acidosis, increase in uric acid, acute liver failure with breakdown of hepatic excretory and synthetic function, and death; such effects may occur during or after injection of idarucizumab.1
Importance of women informing clinicians if they are or plan to become pregnant or plan to breast-feed.1
Importance of informing clinicians of existing or contemplated concomitant therapy, including prescription and OTC drugs, as well as any concomitant illnesses.1
Importance of informing patients of other important precautionary information. (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, for IV use
50 mg/mL (2.5 g)
AHFS DI Essentials. © Copyright 2016, Selected Revisions November 10, 2016. American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Inc., 7272 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, Maryland 20814.
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