Prothrombin Complex Concentrate (Human) [(Factors II, VII, IX, X), Protein C, and Protein S]
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- 4 Factor PCC
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- Beriplex P/N
- Four-Factor PCC
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- PCC (Caution: Confusion-prone synonym)
- Prothrombin Complex Concentrate (Caution: Confusion-prone synonym)
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Kit, Intravenous [preservative free]:
Kcentra: ~500 units, ~1000 units [pyrogen free; contains albumin human, antithrombin iii (human), heparin]
Brand Names: U.S.
- Blood Product Derivative
- Hemostatic Agent
- Prothrombin Complex Concentrate (PCC)
Prothrombin complex concentrate provides an increase in the levels of the vitamin K-dependent coagulation factors (II, VII, IX, and X) with the addition of protein C and protein S. Coagulation factors II, IX, and X are part of the intrinsic coagulation pathway, while factor VII is part of the extrinsic coagulation pathway. In the extrinsic pathway, damaged blood vessels release endothelial tissue factor (TF) which complexes with factor VII to form TF-factor VIIa. Within the intrinsic pathway, factor IX is converted to IXa. Factor IXa (as well as TF-factor VIIa) converts factor X to factor Xa in the final common pathway of coagulation. Factor Xa activates prothrombin (factor II) into thrombin (IIa) which converts fibrinogen into fibrin resulting in clot formation. Proteins C and S are vitamin K-dependent inhibiting enzymes involved in regulating the coagulation process. Protein S serves as a cofactor for protein C which is converted to activated protein C (APC). APC is a serine protease which inactivates factors Va and VIIIa, limiting thrombotic formation.
Vdss: Factor II: 71.4 mL/kg; Factor VII: 45 mL/kg; Factor IX: 114.3 mL/kg; Factor X: 55.5 mL/kg; Protein C: 62.2 mL/kg; Protein S: 78.8 mL/kg
Onset of Action
Rapid; significant INR decline within 10 minutes
Duration of Action
~6 to 8 hours
Factor II: 48 to 60 hours; Factor VII: 1.5 to 6 hours; Factor IX: 20 to 24 hours; Factor X: 24 to 48 hours; Protein C: 1.5 to 6 hours; Protein S: 24 to 48 hours
Note: Half-lives may be significantly reduced in severe hepatocellular damage, DIC, or extended catabolic metabolism.
Use: Labeled Indications
Bleeding, treatment and prophylaxis: Urgent reversal of acquired coagulation factor deficiency induced by vitamin K antagonist (VKA) (eg, warfarin) therapy in patients with acute major bleeding or a need for an urgent surgery/invasive procedure
Off Label Uses
Life-threatening bleeding associated with non-vitamin K antagonists
Based on the Anticoagulation Forum guidance document on the reversal of direct oral anticoagulants, use of prothrombin complex concentrate (human) may be considered for the treatment of life-threatening bleeding associated with oral direct factor Xa inhibitors (apixaban, betrixaban, edoxaban, or rivaroxaban) (if andexanet alfa is unavailable) [Cuker 2019]. The American College of Cardiology expert consensus decision pathway on management of bleeding in patients on oral anticoagulants offers similar recommendations regarding reversal of direct factor Xa inhibitors [ACC [Tomaselli 2020]].
Based on the Neurocritical Care Society and Society of Critical Care Medicine guidelines for the reversal of antithrombotics in intracranial hemorrhage, use of either prothrombin complex concentrate (human) or anti-inhibitor coagulant complex (human) is suggested for patients with intracranial hemorrhage associated with dabigatran (if idarucizumab is unavailable) or intracranial hemorrhage associated with oral direct factor Xa inhibitors (eg, apixaban, edoxaban, rivaroxaban) if bleeding occurred within 3 to 5 terminal half-lives of drug exposure or if liver failure exists [NCS/SCCM [Frontera 2016]]. Clinicians should be aware that andexanet alfa was not available at the time these guidelines were written.
Reversal of factor Xa inhibitor direct oral anticoagulants in patients who require urgent procedure (if andexanet alfa unavailable)
Clinical experience suggests the utility of prothrombin complex concentrate (human) (if andexanet alfa is not available) for the reversal of factor Xa inhibitors in patients who require urgent surgical procedures when the procedure cannot safely be performed while the patient is anticoagulated or cannot be delayed [Baugh 2019].
Based on the reversal of direct oral anticoagulants: guidance from the Anticoagulation Forum, prothrombin complex concentrate (human) may be effective for the reversal of factor Xa inhibitors (if andexanet alfa is not available) in patients who require urgent surgical procedures when the procedure cannot safely be performed while the patient is anticoagulated or cannot be delayed [Cuker 2019].
Kcentra, Beriplex P/N [Canadian product]: Hypersensitivity (ie, anaphylaxis or severe systemic reaction) to prothrombin complex concentrate (PCC) or any component of the formulation including factors II, VII, IX, X, protein C and S, antithrombin III and human albumin; disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC); known heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (product contains heparin).
Octaplex [Canadian product]: Hypersensitivity to prothrombin complex concentrate (PCC) or any component of the formulation; heparin-induced thrombocytopenia type II or known allergy to heparin (product contains heparin); non-life-threatening bleeding episodes in individuals with recent myocardial infarction, high risk of thrombosis, or angina pectoris; non-life-threatening bleeding episodes in individuals with untreated disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC) who can be given fresh frozen plasma (FFP); coagulation disorders due to chronic liver disease or liver transplantation; bleeding associated with hepatic parenchyme disorders, esophageal varices, or major hepatic surgery; immunoglobulin A (IgA) deficiency, with known antibodies against IgA
Note: Prothrombin complex concentrate (human) [(factors II, VII, IX, X), protein C, protein S] contains therapeutic levels of factor VII component and should not be confused with factor IX complex (human) [factors II, IX, X] (Bebulin, Profilnine).
Kcentra, Beriplex P/N [Canadian product]: Vitamin K antagonist reversal in patients with acute major bleeding or need for an urgent surgery/invasive procedure:
Note: Dosage is expressed in units of factor IX activity. Administer concurrently with vitamin K.
Weight-based dose: IV:
Pretreatment INR: 2 to <4: Administer 25 units/kg; maximum dose: 2,500 units.
Pretreatment INR: 4 to 6: Administer 35 units/kg; maximum dose: 3,500 units.
Pretreatment INR: >6: Administer 50 units/kg; maximum dose: 5,000 units.
When using a weight-based approach, repeat dosing is not recommended (studies have not evaluated clinical outcomes).
Fixed dose: IV: Initial: 1,000 to 2,000 units once; for intracranial hemorrhage use, 1,500 to 2,000 units is recommended; repeat dosing has not been adequately studied and is not typically recommended unless INR reversal is inadequate (ACC [Tomaselli 2020]; Bitonti 2019; Fuh 2020; Gilbert 2020; Khorsand 2012; Schwebach 2019).
Octaplex [Canadian product]: Bleeding/perioperative prophylaxis of bleeding during vitamin K antagonist therapy: Individualize dosing based on severity of disorder, extent and location of bleeding, and clinical status of patient. IV: Approximate doses required for normalization of INR (≤1.2 within 1 hour); dosage is expressed in units of factor IX activity:
Pretreatment INR: 2 to 2.5: Administer 22.5 to 32.5 units/kg; maximum dose: 3,000 units (or 120 mL).
Pretreatment INR: 2.5 to 3: Administer 32.5 to 40 units/kg; maximum dose: 3,000 units (or 120 mL).
Pretreatment INR: 3 to 3.5: Administer 40 to 47.5 units/kg; maximum dose: 3,000 units (or 120 mL).
Pretreatment INR: >3.5: Administer >47.5 units/kg; maximum dose: 3,000 units (or 120 mL).
With the correction of vitamin K antagonist-induced impairment of hemostasis in patients who have been treated concomitantly with an appropriate vitamin K dose, repeat dosing with prothrombin complex concentrate is usually not necessary.
Life-threatening hemorrhage associated with non-vitamin K antagonists (off-label use): Note: Generally used for life-threatening bleeding or bleeding into a critical organ that is not controlled with maximal supportive measures (ACC [Tomaselli 2020]; Baugh 2019; Cuker 2019).
Oral direct factor Xa inhibitor mediated (apixaban, betrixaban, edoxaban, rivaroxaban [if andexanet alfa unavailable]): IV: 2,000 units once or 25 to 50 units/kg once, in addition to other supportive measures as clinically indicated (eg, activated charcoal [if ingestion is within 2 to 4 hours], antifibrinolytic agent) (ACC [Tomaselli 2020]; Baugh 2019; Cuker 2019; NCS/SCCM [Frontera 2016]).
Direct thrombin inhibitor mediated (argatroban, dabigatran, bivalirudin, desirudin [if idarucizumab or activated prothrombin complex concentrate unavailable]): IV: 50 units/kg in addition to other supportive measures as clinically indicated (eg, activated charcoal [if ingestion is within 2 to 4 hours], hemodialysis, antifibrinolytic agent) (ACC [Tomaselli 2020]; Baugh 2019; NCS/SCCM [Frontera 2016]).
Reversal of factor Xa inhibitor direct oral anticoagulants in patients who require urgent procedure (if andexanet alfa unavailable) (off-label use): Note: Reversal agent should be administered only if the procedure cannot safely be performed while the patient is anticoagulated or cannot be delayed (Cuker 2019).
IV: 2,000 units once (Cuker 2019).
Refer to adult dosing.
Octaplex [Canadian product]: Adolescents ≥17 years: Refer to adult dosing.
Kcentra, Beriplex [Canadian product]: In patients weighing >100 kg; do not exceed maximum dose recommended according to pretreatment INR.
Octaplex [Canadian product]: There are no dosage adjustments provided in the manufacturer’s labeling.
Reconstitute with 20 mL (500 unit vial) or 40 mL (1,000 unit vial) of provided diluent (SWFI). Prior to reconstitution, allow diluent (SWFI) and prothrombin complex concentrate (PCC) vials to warm to room temperature. Aseptically push the plastic spike at the blue end of the Mix2Vial transfer set through the center of the stopper of the diluent vial. After carefully removing only the clear blister package from the Mix2Vial transfer set, invert the diluent vial with the transfer set still attached and push the plastic spike through the center of the stopper of PCC vial; diluent will automatically transfer. While still attached, gently swirl PCC vial to ensure product is dissolved; do not shake. Disconnect the 2 vials; contents of PCC vial are now available for removal by screwing a syringe onto the transfer set. Inject appropriate amount of air into vial, invert vial, and withdraw amount needed. Remove syringe from transfer set and attach an administration set to the syringe. Refer to manufacturer's labeling for detailed preparation instructions.
Note: Potency on the vial label is expressed in terms of the factor IX nominal strength (500 units or 1,000 units). Consult individual vial labels for exact potency within each vial. Manufacturer’s labeling recommends the exact amount of factor IX units in each vial be used when calculating and preparing the total dose to be administered. However, the Institute for Safe Medication Practices recommends using the nominal strength as described in clinical trials (ISMP 2017).
Kcentra, Beriplex P/N [Canadian product]: IV: Administer at room temperature at a rate of 0.12 mL/kg/minute (~3 units/kg/minute); do not exceed 8.4 mL/minute (~210 units/minute). Do not allow blood to enter into syringe (fibrin clot formation may occur).
Octaplex [Canadian product]: IV: Administer at a rate of 1 mL/minute initially, followed by 2 to 3 mL/minute. Reduce infusion rate or interrupt infusion if patient’s pulse rate increases significantly.
Kcentra, Beriplex P/N [Canadian product]: Store at 2°C to 25°C (36°F to 77°F); do not freeze. Protect from light. Reconstituted product may be stored at 2°C to 25°C (36°F to 77°F) and used within 4 hours (Kcentra) or 3 hours (Beriplex P/N) following reconstitution. If cooled, warm to 20°C to 25°C (68°F to 77°F) prior to administration.
Octaplex [Canadian product]: Store at 2°C to 25°C (36°F to 77°F); do not freeze. Protect from light. Reconstituted solution should be administered immediately, but may be stored for up to 8 hours at 2°C to 25°C (36°F to 77°F) if sterility is maintained.
Antifibrinolytic Agents: May enhance the adverse/toxic effect of Prothrombin Complex Concentrate (Human) [(Factors II, VII, IX, X), Protein C, and Protein S]. Specifically, the risk for thrombosis may be increased. Avoid combination
aPTT (formulation contains heparin)
The following adverse drug reactions and incidences are derived from product labeling unless otherwise specified.
1% to 10%:
Cardiovascular: Hypotension (5% to 7%), tachycardia (3% to 5%), atrial fibrillation (4%), hypertension (1% to 3%), pulmonary embolism (≤2%), pulmonary edema (2%), cerebrovascular accident (1% to 2%), arteriovenous fistula site complication (clot, ≤1%), chest pain (1%), deep vein thrombosis (1%), venous thrombosis (calf, 1%; radial vein: ≤1%), thrombosis (microthrombosis of toes, ≤1%)
Central nervous system: Headache (1% to 8%), insomnia (1% to 5%), intracranial hemorrhage (3%), mental status changes (3%)
Endocrine & metabolic: Hypervolemia (1% to 6%), hypokalemia (2% to 5%)
Gastrointestinal: Nausea and vomiting (4% to 6%), constipation (2%), diarrhea (2%)
Hematologic and oncologic: Anemia (3% to 6%), prolonged bleeding time (skin laceration, contusion, subcutaneous hematoma, 4%)
Hepatic: Increased serum transaminases (1%)
Immunologic: Antibody development (parvovirus B19 seropositive, 3%)
Local: Burning sensation at injection site (1%)
Neuromuscular & skeletal: Arthralgia (4%)
Respiratory: Pleural effusion (4%), respiratory distress (2% to 4%), rales (1%)
Postmarketing and/or case reports: Angioedema, anxiety, arterial thrombosis, bronchospasm, disseminated intravascular coagulation, flushing, hypersensitivity reaction, myocardial infarction, peripheral ischemia, tachypnea, thromboembolic complications, thrombosis, transient ischemic attacks, urticaria, venous insufficiency, wheezing
ALERT: U.S. Boxed WarningArterial and venous thromboembolic complications:
Patients being treated with vitamin K antagonist therapy have underlying disease states that predispose them to thromboembolic events. Weigh potential benefits of reversing vitamin K antagonist against the potential risks of thromboembolic events, especially in patients with history of a thromboembolic event. Carefully consider resumption of anticoagulation as soon as the risk of thromboembolic events outweighs the risk of acute bleeding.
Both fatal and nonfatal arterial and venous thromboembolic complications have been reported with prothrombin complex concentrate in clinical trials and postmarketing surveillance. Monitor patients receiving prothrombin complex concentrate for signs and symptoms of thromboembolic events.
Prothrombin complex concentrate was not studied in subjects who had a thromboembolic event, myocardial infarction, disseminated intravascular coagulation, cerebral vascular accident, transient ischemic attack, unstable angina pectoris, or severe peripheral vascular disease within the prior 3 months. Prothrombin complex concentrate may not be suitable in patients with thromboembolic events in the prior 3 months.
Concerns related to adverse effects:
• Hypersensitivity reactions: Hypersensitivity reaction (eg, angioedema, bronchospasm, dyspnea, flushing, hypotension, nausea/vomiting, pulmonary edema, urticaria, tachycardia, tachypnea) may occur; if serious reaction occurs, discontinue administration and begin appropriate treatment.
• Thromboembolic events: [US Boxed Warning]: Because patients being treated with vitamin K antagonist (VKA) therapy have an underlying risk of or a diagnosed thromboembolic disease state, administration of prothrombin complex concentrate (PCC) may predispose the patient to a thromboembolic complication. Benefits of reversing VKA therapy should be weighed against the potential risk of a thromboembolic event. Resumption of anticoagulation should occur once the risk of thromboembolism outweighs the risk of acute bleeding. Fatal and nonfatal arterial and venous thromboembolic complications and DIC have been reported; closely monitor for thromboembolic events during and after administration. Use has not been evaluated in patients who have experienced a thromboembolic event, MI, DIC, CVA, TIA, unstable angina, or severe peripheral vascular disease within the prior 3 months.
• Hypercoagulopathy: Administration of PCC may exacerbate underlying hypercoagulable states in recipients of vitamin K antagonists.
Dosage form specific issues:
• Heparin: Formulations may contain heparin.
• Human plasma: Product of human plasma; may potentially contain infectious agents which could transmit disease. Screening of donors, as well as testing and/or inactivation or removal of certain viruses, reduces the risk. Infections thought to be transmitted by this product should be reported to the manufacturer.
• Appropriate use: Prothrombin complex concentrate (Human) [(Factors II, VII, IX, X), Protein C, Protein S] contains therapeutic levels of factor VII component and should not be confused with Factor IX complex (Human) [Factors II, IX, X] (Bebulin, Profilnine) which contains low or nontherapeutic levels of factor VII.
• Coagulation factor deficiency: Hepatic synthesis of the prothrombin complex (Factors II, VII, IX and X) coagulation factors is vitamin K dependent. Severe hepatic dysfunction, inadequate absorption of vitamin K (eg, pancreatic disorders, diarrhea) or vitamin K antagonist therapy or overdose may lead to coagulation factor deficiencies. In patients with an acquired deficiency of the vitamin K dependent coagulation factors, administer PCC only if a rapid correction (eg, emergency surgery, major bleeding) is necessary. If not indicated and caused by Vitamin K antagonist therapy, coagulation factor deficiencies may be managed by reducing or discontinuing therapy of the vitamin K antagonist and/or administration of vitamin K.
INR (baseline and at 30 minutes post dose); clinical response during and after treatment; signs of thromboembolism
This product is derived from purified human plasma.
What is this drug used for?
• It is used to undo the effects of certain blood thinners like warfarin.
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