Hemophilia A is his condition.
Helixate® FS is his connection.
Helixate® FS, Antihemophilic Factor (Recombinant), is a recombinant factor VIII indicated for:
- Control and prevention of bleeding episodes in adults and children with hemophilia A.
- Surgical prophylaxis in adults and children with hemophilia A.
- Routine prophylactic treatment to prevent or reduce the frequency of bleeding episodes in children with hemophilia A and to reduce the risk of joint damage in children without pre-existing joint damage.
- Routine prophylactic treatment to prevent or reduce the frequency of bleeding episodes in adults with hemophilia A.
Helixate FS is not indicated for the treatment of von Willebrand disease.
Important Safety Information
Helixate FS is contraindicated in patients who have life-threatening hypersensitivity reactions, including anaphylaxis to mouse or hamster protein or other constituents of the product.
Hypersensitivity reactions, including anaphylaxis have been reported with Helixate FS. Reported symptoms included facial swelling, flushing, hives, decrease in blood pressure, nausea, rash, restlessness, shortness of breath, tachycardia, tightness of the chest, tingling, urticaria, and vomiting. Discontinue Helixate FS if symptoms occur and seek immediate emergency treatment.
Neutralizing antibodies (inhibitors) have been reported following administration of Helixate FS predominately in previously untreated patients. Carefully monitor patients for the development of factor VIII inhibitors, using appropriate clinical observations and laboratory tests. If expected plasma factor VIII activity levels are not attained, or if bleeding is not controlled with an expected dose, perform an assay that measures factor VIII inhibitor concentration.
Hemophilic patients with cardiovascular risk factors or diseases may be at the same risk to develop cardiovascular events as non-hemophilic patients when clotting has been normalized by treatment with factor VIII.
Serious adverse reactions seen with Helixate FS are systemic hypersensitivity reactions including bronchospastic reactions and/or hypotension and anaphylaxis, and the development of high-titer inhibitors necessitating alternative treatments to factor VIII.
The most common adverse reactions (≥4%) observed in clinical trials were inhibitor formation in previously untreated and minimally treated patients, skin-related hypersensitivity reactions, infusion site reactions, and central venous access device (CVAD) associated infections.
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