Efficacy and safety of a new immunoglobulin G product, Gammaplex®, in primary immunodeficiency diseases

Authors


C. H. Dash, Bio Products Laboratory, Dagger Lane, Elstree, Hertfordshire WD6 3BX, UK.
E-mail: clive.dash@bpl.co.uk

Summary

This open-label multi-centre study evaluated a new intravenous immunoglobulin, Gammaplex®, in the treatment of 50 patients with primary immunodeficiency and significant hypogammglobulinaemia. Patients treated previously with other intravenous immunoglobulins received Gammaplex® on their same infusion schedule for 1 year; 22 were on a 21-day and 28 on a 28-day regimen (300–800 mg/kg/infusion). There were no serious, acute bacterial infections, whereas six subjects (12·0%) had at least one such infection in the 6 months before enrolment. Forty subjects (80·0%) had at least one non-serious infection; the median number of infective episodes per subject per year was 3·07. Antibiotics were taken by 38 subjects therapeutically and prophylactically by 16 at some time. Fewer than half (46·0%) missed any time off work or school because of infection or other illness. Trough immunoglobulin (Ig)G levels were above 6·00 g/l in all subjects at all assessments after 15 weeks with two exceptions. Overall, 21·2% of infusions were associated with an adverse event up to 72 h after infusion. The frequency of adverse events increased with infusion rate. Headache was the most common product-related adverse event (7·5% of 703 infusions). In conclusion, Gammaplex® is effective in primary immunodeficiency and is well tolerated.

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