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Taliglucerase Alfa

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on July 5, 2020.

Pronunciation

(tal i GLOO ser ase AL fa)

Dosage Forms

Excipient information presented when available (limited, particularly for generics); consult specific product labeling.

Solution Reconstituted, Intravenous [preservative free]:

Elelyso: 200 units (1 ea) [contains polysorbate 80]

Brand Names: U.S.

  • Elelyso

Pharmacologic Category

  • Enzyme

Pharmacology

Taliglucerase alfa is an analogue of glucocerebrosidase; it is produced by recombinant DNA technology using plant (carrot) cell culture. Glucocerebrosidase is an enzyme deficient in Gaucher's disease. It is needed to catalyze the hydrolysis of glucocerebroside to glucose and ceramide, thereby reducing liver and spleen size and improving anemia and thrombocytopenia.

Distribution

Distribution: Vss: Pediatric patients: 8.8 to 14.9 L; Adults: 10.7 to 11.7 L

Half-Life Elimination

Pediatric patients: 33 to 37 minutes; Adults: 19 to 29 minutes (dose-dependent; increased with higher doses)

Use: Labeled Indications

Gaucher disease: Treatment of adult and pediatric patients ≥4 years of age with a confirmed diagnosis of type 1 Gaucher disease.

Contraindications

There are no contraindications listed in the US labeling.

Canadian labeling: Severe hypersensitivity to taliglucerase alfa or any component of the formulation.

Dosing: Adult

Note: Pretreatment with antihistamines and/or corticosteroids can be considered for prevention of subsequent infusion reactions in patients with an infusion reaction requiring symptomatic treatment; during clinical studies, patients were not routinely premedicated prior to infusion.

Gaucher disease (type 1): IV: 60 units/kg every 2 weeks; dosing is individualized based on disease severity.

Conversion from imiglucerase: Initiate taliglucerase alfa using the patient’s same previous imiglucerase dose and administer every 2 weeks. Note: Conversion to taliglucerase alfa is based on a single study of patients stabilized on a biweekly imiglucerase dose for ≥6 months

Dosing: Geriatric

Refer to adult dosing.

Dosing: Pediatric

Note: Pretreatment with antihistamines, antipyretics, and/or corticosteroids can be considered for prevention of subsequent infusion reactions in patients with an infusion reaction requiring symptomatic treatment; during clinical studies, patients were not routinely premedicated prior to infusion.

Gaucher disease (type 1): Children ≥4 years and Adolescents: IV: 60 units/kg/dose every 2 weeks

Conversion from imiglucerase: Initiate taliglucerase alfa using the patient’s same previous imiglucerase dose and administer every 2 weeks; doses may be adjusted if needed to achieve and maintain therapeutic goals. Note: Conversion to taliglucerase alfa is based on a single study of patients stabilized on a biweekly imiglucerase dose for ≥6 months.

Reconstitution

Calculate the necessary dose; round up to the next whole vial when determining the number of vials needed. Reconstitute each vial with 5.1 mL of SWFI; mix gently; do not shake. Solution should be clear and colorless. Withdraw 5 mL of reconstituted solution from each vial (reconstituted vials contain 5.3 mL) and further dilute in NS to a final volume of 100 to 200 mL. For pediatric patients, use a final volume of 100 to 120 mL; for adults, a final volume of 130 to 150 mL may be used. Final volume should not exceed 200 mL for adults using ≥130 to 150 mL or more of reconstituted product. Slight flocculation may occur following dilution; this is acceptable for administration. Discard any unused product.

Administration

IV: Administer IV over a minimum infusion time of 60 minutes (usual infusion time: 60 to 120 minutes). Administer using a low protein-binding infusion set with a 0.2 micron in-line filter.

Initiate infusion at a rate of 1.2 mL/minute; rate may be increased, but not exceed 2.2 mL/minute based on patient tolerance.

Storage

Store intact vials at 2°C to 8°C (36°F to 46°F); protect from light. Do not freeze. If not used immediately, the reconstituted solution may be stored at 2°C to 8°C (36°F to 46°F) for ≤24 hours (protect from light) or at 20°C to 25°C (68°F to 77°F) for ≤4 hours (without protection from light). The solution diluted in NS for infusion may be stored at 2°C to 8°C (36°F to 46°F) for ≤24 hours; protect from light. In total, the reconstituted and diluted products can be stored for ≤24 hours. Do not freeze.

Drug Interactions

There are no known significant interactions.

Adverse Reactions

The following adverse drug reactions and incidences are derived from product labeling unless otherwise specified.

>10%:

Central nervous system: Headache (13% to 19%)

Hypersensitivity: Hypersensitivity reaction (≤29%; increased risk in antibody-positive patients; patients switching from imiglucerase: 6%)

Immunologic: Antibody formation (≤53%; neutralizing 63%)

Neuromuscular & skeletal: Arthralgia (13%), limb pain (10%)

1% to <10%:

Cardiovascular: Flushing (6%)

Central nervous system: Dizziness (9%), fatigue (9%)

Dermatologic: Pruritus (6%), urticaria (6%)

Gastrointestinal: Nausea (9%), vomiting (≥6%), abdominal pain (6%)

Hypersensitivity: Anaphylaxis (3%)

Frequency not defined:

Hypersensitivity: Angioedema

Postmarketing: Back pain, diarrhea, fixed drug eruption (type III immune-mediated)

Warnings/Precautions

Concerns related to adverse effects:

• Antibody formation: The development of IgG anti-drug antibodies (ADA) has been reported; the clinical significance is unknown. Patients who develop immune or infusion reactions to taliglucerase alfa or who have had an immune response to other enzyme replacement therapies and who are switching to taliglucerase alfa should be monitored for antibody development; it is unknown if presence of antibodies is related to a higher risk of infusion reactions.

• CNS effects: Dizziness and fatigue have been observed with therapy; caution patients about performing dangerous tasks (eg, driving, operating machinery).

• Hypersensitivity/anaphylactoid reactions: Serious hypersensitivity reactions, including anaphylaxis, may occur; these reactions have occurred up to 3 hours after start of infusion. Appropriate medical support should be readily available. Base management of reaction on severity; may include slowing or temporary interruption of infusion and/or premedication (eg, antihistamine, antipyretics, corticosteroids) for mild reactions. Pretreatment may prevent subsequent reactions. Observe patient during and after infusion. If severe reactions occur, immediately discontinue infusion and initiate appropriate treatment; rechallenge with caution.

Monitoring Parameters

Hemoglobin, platelet count, angiotensin converting enzyme, tartrate-resistant acid phosphatase, chitotriosidase, IgG anti-drug antibody formation (in patients who experience, or previously experienced, immune or infusion reactions to enzyme replacement therapy); liver volume, spleen volume; bone density; ECG, echocardiogram, chest x-ray

Pregnancy Considerations

Adverse effects were not observed in animal reproduction studies. Pregnancy may exacerbate existing type I Gaucher disease or result in new symptoms. Women with type I Gaucher disease have an increased risk of spontaneous abortion if disease is not well controlled. Adverse pregnancy outcomes, including hepatosplenomegaly and thrombocytopenia (which may result in increased bleeding and postpartum hemorrhage requiring transfusion), may occur.

Patient Education

What is this drug used for?

• It is used to treat Gaucher disease.

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:

• Headache

• Joint pain

• Loss of strength and energy

• Abdominal pain

• Painful extremities

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:

• Severe dizziness

• Passing out

• Flushing

• Cough

• Nausea

• Vomiting

• Throat irritation

• Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Note: This is not a comprehensive list of all side effects. Talk to your doctor if you have questions.

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