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octaplasLG, solution for infusion
ABO-blood group specific human plasma proteins
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start using this medicine because it contains
important information for you.
- Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
- If you have any further questions, ask your doctor.
- This medicine has been prescribed for you. Do not pass it on to others. It may harm them, even
if their symptoms are the same as yours.
- If you get any side effects talk to your doctor. This includes any possible side effects not listed in
this leaflet. See section 4.
What is in this leaflet:
1. What octaplasLG is and what it is used for
2. What you need to know before you use octaplasLG
3. How to use octaplasLG
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store octaplasLG
6. Contents of the pack and other information
1. What octaplasLG is and what it is used for
octaplasLG is human plasma pooled and treated for virus inactivation. Human plasma is the fluid
part of human blood that carries the cells. It contains human plasma proteins which are important
to maintain normal clotting characteristics and is used the same way as normal fresh-frozen
plasma (FFP).
octaplasLG helps in case of complex deficiencies of coagulation factors which can be caused by
severe failure of the liver or massive transfusion. octaplasLG may also be given in emergency
situations when a coagulation factor concentrate (such as Factor V or Factor XI) is not available or
a necessary laboratory diagnosis is not possible.
It may also be given to rapidly reverse the effects of oral anticoagulants (coumarin or indanedione
type), when vitamin K is insufficient due to impaired liver function or in emergency situations.
octaplasLG can be given to patients who undergo plasma exchange in order to restore the balance
of the coagulation factors.
2. What you need to know before you use octaplasLG
Do not use octaplasLG:
- if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to human plasma proteins or any of the other ingredients of
this medicine (listed in section 6).
- if you know you have antibodies against the immunoglobulin called IgA.
- if you had previous reactions to any preparation of human plasma or FFP.
- if you know you have a low level of protein S (a Vitamin K dependent protein in your blood).
Warnings and precautions
Talk to your doctor before using octaplasLG.
Tell your doctor if you have any other illnesses.
Take special care with octaplasLG:
- if you have a low level of immunoglobulin A.
- if you had previous reactions to plasma protein including FFP.
- if you are suffering from heart failure or fluid in the lungs (pulmonary oedema).
- if you have known risks for blood clotting (thrombotic) complications because of the potential
increased risk of venous thromboembolism (clots forming in your veins).
- in case of increased inhibition of coagulation (fibrinolysis).
octaplasLG is not generally recommended for the treatment of von Willebrand’s Disease.
Virus safety
When medicines are made from human blood or plasma, certain measures are put in place to
prevent infections being passed on to patients. These include careful selection of the blood and
plasma donors to make sure those at risk of carrying infections are excluded, and the testing of
each donation and pools of plasma for signs of virus/infections. Manufacturers of these products
also include steps in the processing of the blood or plasma that can inactivate or remove the
viruses. Despite these measures, when medicines prepared from human blood or plasma are
administrated, the possibility of passing on infection cannot be totally excluded. This also applies

to any unknown or emerging viruses or other types of infections.
The measures taken are considered effective for enveloped viruses such as human immunodeficiency
virus (HIV), hepatitis B virus and hepatitis C virus.
The measures taken may be of limited value against certain non-enveloped viruses such as
hepatitis A virus, hepatitis E virus and Parvovirus B19.
It is strongly recommended that every time you receive a dose of octaplasLG the name and batch
number of the product are recorded in order to maintain a record of the batch used.
Your doctor may recommend that you consider vaccination against hepatitis A and B viruses if you
regularly/repeatedly receive human plasma-derived products.
The experience in children is limited.
Other medicines and octaplasLG
During clinical trials, octaplasLG has been administered in combination with various other
medications, and no interactions have been identified.
octaplasLG may not be mixed with other intravenous fluids or medicines except red blood cells
and blood platelets.
To avoid the possibility of blood clots, solutions containing calcium must not be administered by
the same intravenous pathway as octaplasLG.
There are no known reactions with other drugs.
Tell your doctor if you are taking, have recently taken any other medicines, including medicines
obtained without a prescription.
octaplasLG with food and drink
No effects have been observed.
Pregnancy, breast-feeding and fertility
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be pregnant or are planning to have a baby,
ask your doctor for advice before taking this medicine.
You will only be given octaplasLG if your doctor considers it important for you.
Driving and using machines
No effect has been observed upon the ability to drive or operate machinery. You alone are
responsible to decide if you are in a fit condition to drive a motor vehicle or perform other tasks
that demand increased concentration.
Important information about some of the ingredients of octaplasLG
Not applicable. For a list of ingredients please refer to section 6.
3. How to use octaplasLG
octaplasLG will be given to you by a doctor or nurse. It is given by an infusion into your veins.
Your dosage depends upon your clinical situation and your body weight. Your doctor will determine
the appropriate amount that you should receive.
- Before octaplasLG can be given to you by infusion an ABO-blood group compatibility test must
be performed.
- In emergency cases, octaplasLG blood group AB can be given to all patients.
It is important that the infusion rate should not exceed 1 mL octaplasLG per kg of your body weight
per minute. Calcium gluconate may be given into another vein to minimise the negative effects of
the citrate contained in octaplasLG.
You should be observed during and at least for 20 minutes after the administration in case you
develop an allergic reaction (anaphylactic reaction) or shock, in which case the infusion must be
stopped immediately.
If you use more octaplasLG than you should
High dosages may lead to fluid overload, fluid in lungs and/or heart problems.
If you forget to use octaplasLG
Your doctor is responsible to supervise administration and to keep your laboratory values within
the specified range.
If you stop using octaplasLG
Based on laboratory values your doctor decides when to stop administration of octaplasLG and
will assess possible risks.
Do not use after the expiry date given on the label.

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There are several options for thawing frozen octaplasLG:
- Water bath:
Thaw in the outer wrapper for not less than 30 minutes in a circulating water bath at +30°C to
+37°C. An overwrap bag may be used to provide further protection of contents if appropriate.
Prevent water from contaminating the entry port. The minimum thawing time is 30 minutes at
37°C. Temperature in the water bath must never exceed +37 °C and should not be lower than
+30 °C.
The thawing time depends on the number of bags in the water bath. If more plasma bags
are thawed in parallel, the thawing time can be prolonged, but should not be longer than 60
- Using a dry tempering system such as the SAHARA-III:
Place the octaplasLG bags on the agitation plate according to the manufacturer instructions and
thaw plasma using the fast tempering function. When a +37°C blood component temperature
is indicated on the temperature display, terminate the tempering process and remove the bags.
During thawing of octaplasLG using a dry tempering system, it is recommended to use the
protocol printer to record the course of the blood component temperature and error messages
in event of failure.
- Others:
Other thawing systems for frozen octaplasLG can be used on the condition that the methods
are validated for that purpose.
Allow the content of the bag to warm to approximately +37 °C before infusion. The temperature
of octaplasLG must not exceed +37 °C. Remove the outer wrapper and examine the bag for cracks
or leaks.
Avoid shaking.
After thawing the solution is clear to slightly opalescent and free of solid or gelatinous particles.
Do not use solutions which are cloudy or have deposits and/or discoloration.
Thawed octaplasLG must not be refrozen. Unused product must be discarded.
Any unused medicinal product or waste material should be disposed of in accordance with local
4. Possible side effects
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
These may include: fatigue, tingling feelings (paraesthesia), tremor, flushing, chills (shivering with
or without fever), nausea, vomiting, local swelling (oedema), fever, abnormal symptoms in the
lungs and low calcium levels.
Some patients may have allergic type reactions such as: rash, fever, chills, nausea, vomiting, and
abdominal or back pain. Rarely, the infusion of human plasma may cause anaphylactic shock (an
immediate serious allergic reaction which produces a flushing of the skin; drop in blood pressure;
difficulty in breathing and collapse). High infusion rates may cause circulatory disorders especially
in patients with liver function abnormalities.
octaplasLG may increase the risk of blood clots in veins of the:
• limbs, causing pain and swelling of limbs;
• lung, causing chest pain and breathlessness;
• brain, causing weakness and / or loss of sensation down one side of the body;
• heart, causing chest pain;
In all patients at risk for increased clotting of the blood special caution should be exercised and
appropriate measures should be considered.
Rarely, incompatibility between antibodies in octaplasLG and antigens in your blood can result in
haemolytic transfusion reactions; chills; fever; a non-productive cough; difficulty in breathing; rash;
and bleeding within the body.
Infusion of octaplasLG may give rise to specific coagulation factor antibodies.
High dosages or infusion rates may induce increased blood volume; oedema in the lungs and/or
cardiac failure.
Depending on type and severity of adverse reactions, the infusion rate must be reduced or the
administration must be stopped. Appropriate action will be taken by your doctor.
If any of the side effects gets serious, or if you notice any side effects not listed in this leaflet,
please tell your doctor.
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor. This includes any possible side effects not listed in
this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the national reporting system. By reporting
side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.

5. How to store octaplasLG
Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children.
Do not use this medicine after the expiry date which is stated on the label after the abbreviation
Store and transport frozen (at ≤ -18°C).
Store in the original package in order to protect from light.
After thawing, chemical and physical in-use stability has been demonstrated for 24 hours at 2-8°C
or 8 hours at room temperature (20-25°C).
From a microbiological point of view, unless the method of opening precludes the risk of microbial
contamination, the product should be used immediately. If not used immediately, in-use storage
times and conditions are the responsibility of the user.
Do not use this medicine if you notice that the solution is cloudy or contains deposits and/or
Do not throw away any medicines via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how
to throw away medicines you no longer use. These measures will help to protect the environment.
6. Contents of the pack and other information
What octaplasLG contains
- The active substance are ABO-blood group specific human plasma proteins. A 200 ml bag
contains 9 – 14 g (45 - 70 mg/mL).
- The other ingredients are:
Sodium citrate dihydrate, Sodium dihydrogenphosphate dihydrate and Glycine
What octaplasLG looks like and contents of the pack
octaplasLG is presented as a solution for infusion.
200 ml in bag.
Pack size of 1 and 10.
The frozen solution is (slightly) yellow.

Marketing Authorisation Holder:
Octapharma Limited
The Zenith Building
26 Spring Gardens
M2 1AB
United Kingdom
Tel: 01618373770
Fax: 01618373799
Octapharma Pharmazeutika Produktionsges.m.b.H
Oberlaaer Str. 235
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Octapharma AB
SE-112 75 Stockholm, Sweden
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The following information is intended for healthcare professionals only:
Dosage and administration
The dosage depends upon the clinical situation and underlying disorder, but 12-15 mL octaplasLG/kg body
weight is a generally accepted starting dose. This should increase the patient’s plasma coagulation factor levels
by approximately 25%.
It is important to monitor the response, both clinically and with measurement of e.g. activated partial
thromboplastin time (aPTT), prothrombin time (PT), and/or specific coagulation factor assays.
Dosage for coagulation factor deficiencies:
An adequate haemostatic effect in minor and moderate haemorrhages or surgery in coagulation factor deficient
patients is normally achieved after the infusion of 5-20 mL octaplasLG/kg body weight. This should increase the
patient’s plasma coagulation factor levels by approximately 10-33 %. In the event of major haemorrhage or
surgery, the expert advice of a haematologist should be sought.
Dosage for TTP and haemorrhages in intensive plasma exchange:
For therapeutic plasma exchange procedures, the expert advice of a haematologist should be sought.
In TTP patients the whole plasma volume exchanged should be replaced with octaplasLG.

Method of administration
Administration of octaplasLG is to be performed blood-group specifically. In emergency cases, octaplasLG blood
group AB can be regarded as universal plasma since it can be given to all patients regardless of blood group.
After thawing, octaplasLG is to be infused intravenously using infusion equipment with filters. An aseptic
technique must be used throughout the infusion.
Due to the risk of citrate toxicity, the infusion rate should not exceed 0.020-0.025 mmol citrate/kg body mass/
minute - equal to ≤1 mL octaplasLG/kg body mass/minute. Toxic effects of citrate can be minimised by giving
calcium gluconate intravenously into another vein
Warnings and precautionary measures for the administration:
In case of anaphylactic reaction or shock, the infusion must be stopped immediately. Treatment should follow
the guidelines for shock therapy.
Patients should be observed for at least 20 minutes after the administration.
- octaplasLG product can be mixed with red blood cells and platelets if ABO compatibility of both preparations
is respected.
- octaplasLG must not be mixed with other medicinal products, as inactivation and precipitation may occur.
- To avoid the possibility of clot formation, solutions containing calcium must not be administered by the same
intravenous line as octaplasLG.
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