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ACTION AND CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY
Cytogam®, Cytomegalovirus Immune Globulin Intravenous (Human) (CMV-IGIV),
contains IgG antibodies representative of the large number of normal persons who
contributed to the plasma pools from which the product was derived. The globulin
contains a relatively high concentration of antibodies directed against Cytomegalovirus
(CMV). In the case of persons who may be exposed to CMV, Cytogam® can raise the
relevant antibodies to levels sufficient to attenuate or reduce the incidence of serious
In two separate clinical trials, Cytogam® was shown to provide effective prophylaxis in
renal transplant recipients at risk for primary CMV disease. In the first randomized trial,1
the incidence of virologically confirmed CMV-associated syndromes was reduced from
60% in controls (n=35) to 21% in recipients of CMV immune globulin (n=24) (P <0.01);
marked leukopenia was reduced from 37% in controls to 4% in globulin recipients (P
<0.01); and fungal or parasitic superinfections were not seen in globulin recipients but
occurred in 20% of controls (P=0.05). Serious CMV disease was reduced from 46% to
13%. There was a concomitant but not statistically significant reduction in the incidence
of CMV pneumonia (17% of controls as compared with 4% of globulin recipients).
There was no effect on rates of viral isolation or seroconversion although the rate of
viremia was less in Cytogam® recipients. In a subsequent non-randomized trial in renal
transplant recipients (n=36),2 the incidence of virologically confirmed CMV-associated
syndrome was reduced to 36% in the globulin recipients in comparison to a 60%
incidence in control patients (n=35) in the randomized trial. The rates of CMV-
associated pneumonia, CMV-associated hepatitis, and concomitant fungal and parasitic
superinfection were similar to those in the first trial.
INDICATIONS AND CLINICAL USE
Cytomegalovirus Immune Globulin Intravenous (Human) is indicated for the attenuation
of primary (1°) Cytomegalovirus disease associated with kidney transplantation.
Specifically, the product is indicated for kidney transplant recipients who are
seronegative for CMV and who receive a kidney from a CMV seropositive donor. In a
population of seronegative recipients of seropositive kidneys approximately 75% of the
untreated recipients would be expected to develop CMV disease.3,4 Clinical studies
have shown a 50% reduction in 1° CMV disease in renal transplant patients given
Cytomegalovirus Immune Globulin Intravenous (Human).1,2,5
Cytogam®, Cytomegalovirus Immune Globulin Intravenous (Human), should not be
used in individuals with a history of a prior severe reaction associated with the
administration of this or other human immunoglobulin preparations. Persons with
selective immunoglobulin A deficiency have the potential for developing antibodies to
immunoglobulin A and could have anaphylactic reactions to subsequent administration
of blood products that contain immunoglobulin A, including Cytogam®.
Cytogam®, Cytomegalovirus Immune Globulin Intravenous (Human) is made from
human plasma and, like other plasma products, carries the possibility for transmission
of blood-borne viral agents, and theoretically, the Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD)
agent. The risk of transmission of recognized blood-borne viruses is considered to be
low because of the viral inactivation and removal properties in the Cohn-Oncley cold
ethanol precipitation procedure used for purification of immune globulin products.13-15
Until 1993, cold ethanol manufactured immune globulins licensed in the United States
had not been documented to transmit any viral agent. However, during a brief period in
late 1993 to early 1994, intravenous immune globulin made by one U.S. manufacturer
was associated with transmission of Hepatitis C virus.16 To further guard against
possible transmission of blood-borne viruses, including Hepatitis C, CMV-IGIV is treated
with a solvent detergent viral inactivation procedure17 known to inactivate a wide
spectrum of lipid enveloped viruses, including HIV-1, HIV-2, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis
C.18 However, because new blood-borne viruses may yet emerge, some of which may
not be inactivated by the manufacturing process or by solvent detergent treatment,
CMV-IGIV, like any other blood product, should be given only if a benefit is expected.
Immune Globulin Intravenous (Human) products have been reported to be associated
with renal dysfunction, acute renal failure, osmotic nephrosis and death.6-8 Patients
predisposed to acute renal failure include patients with any degree of pre-existing renal
insufficiency, diabetes mellitus, age greater than 65, volume depletion, sepsis,
paraproteinemia or patients receiving known nephrotoxic drugs. Especially in such
patients, IGIV products should be administered at the minimum concentrations available
and the minimum rate of infusion practical. While these reports of renal dysfunction and
acute renal failure have been associated with the use of many IGIV products, those
containing sucrose as a stabilizer (and given at daily doses of 350 mg/kg or greater)
account for a disproportionate share of the total number. Cytogam® contains sucrose
as a stabilizer. See PRECAUTIONS and DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION sections
for important information intended to reduce the risk of acute renal failure.
During administration, the patient’s vital signs should be monitored continuously and
careful observation made for any symptoms throughout the infusion. Epinephrine
should be available for the treatment of an acute anaphylactic reaction (see
Cytogam® does not contain a preservative. The vial should be entered only once for
administration purposes and the infusion should begin within 6 hours. The infusion
schedule should be adhered to closely (see INFUSION section). Do not use if the
Although systemic allergic reactions are rare (see ADVERSE REACTIONS section),
epinephrine and diphenhydramine should be available for treatment of acute allergic
symptoms. If hypotension or anaphylaxis occur, the administration of the
immunoglobulin should be discontinued immediately and an antidote should be given as
Assure that patients are not volume depleted prior to the initiation of IGIV. Periodic
monitoring of renal function tests and urine output is particularly important in patients
judged to have a potential increased risk for developing acute renal failure. Renal
function, including the measurement of blood urea nitrogen (BUN) or serum creatinine
should be assessed prior to the initial infusion of Cytogam® and again at appropriate
intervals thereafter. If renal function deteriorates, discontinuation of the product should
be considered. For patients judged to be at risk for developing renal dysfunction, it may
be prudent to reduce the amount of product infused per unit time. The recommended
rate of Cytogam® infusion for prophylaxis of CMV disease in kidney transplant patients
should NOT EXCEED 60 mg Ig/kg/hr (see DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION).
Aseptic Meningitis Syndrome:
An aseptic meningitis syndrome (AMS) has been reported to occur infrequently in
association with Immune Globulin Intravenous (Human) (IGIV) treatment.9-12 The
syndrome usually begins within several hours to two days following IGIV treatment. It is
characterized by symptoms and signs including severe headache, nuchal rigidity,
drowsiness, fever, photophobia, painful eye movements, and nausea and vomiting.
Cerebrospinal fluid studies are frequently positive with pleocytosis up to several
thousand cells/mm3, predominantly from the granulocytic series, and elevated protein
levels up to several hundred mg/dl. Patients exhibiting such symptoms and signs
should receive a thorough neurological examination, including CSF studies, to rule out
other causes of meningitis. AMS may occur more frequently in association with high
dose (2 g/kg) IGIV treatment. Discontinuation of IGIV treatment has resulted in
remission of AMS within several days without sequelae.
Immune Globulin Intravenous (Human) (IGIV) products can contain blood group
antibodies which may act as hemolysins and induce in vivo coating of red blood cells
with immunoglobulin, causing a positive direct antiglobulin reaction and, rarely,
hemolysis.19-21 Hemolytic anemia can develop subsequent to IGIV therapy due to
enhanced RBC sequestration22 [See ADVERSE REACTIONS]. IGIV recipients should
be monitored for clinical signs and symptoms of hemolysis [See PRECAUTIONS:
Transfusion-Related Acute Lung Injury (TRALI):
There have been reports of noncardiogenic pulmonary edema [Transfusion-Related
Acute Lung Injury (TRALI)] in patients administered IGIV.23 TRALI is characterized by
severe respiratory distress, pulmonary edema, hypoxemia, normal left ventricular
function, and fever and typically occurs within 1-6 hours after transfusion. Patients with
TRALI may be managed using oxygen therapy with adequate ventilatory support.
IGIV recipients should be monitored for pulmonary adverse reactions. If TRALI is
suspected, appropriate tests should be performed for the presence of anti-neutrophil
antibodies in both the product and patient serum [See PRECAUTIONS: Laboratory
Thrombotic events have been reported in association with IGIV24-26 (See ADVERSE
REACTIONS). Patients at risk may include those with a history of atherosclerosis,
multiple cardiovascular risk factors, advanced age, impaired cardiac output, and/or
known or suspected hyperviscosity. The potential risks and benefits of IGIV should be
weighed against those of alternative therapies for all patients for whom IGIV
administration is being considered. Baseline assessment of blood viscosity should be
considered in patients at risk for hyperviscosity, including those with cryoglobulins,
fasting chylomicronemia/ markedly high triacylglycerols (triglycerides), or monoclonal
gammopathies [See PRECAUTIONS: Laboratory Tests].
If signs and/or symptoms of hemolysis are present after IGIV infusion, appropriate
confirmatory laboratory testing should be done [See PRECAUTIONS].
If TRALI is suspected, appropriate tests should be performed for the presence of anti-
neutrophil antibodies in both the product and patient serum [See PRECAUTIONS].
Because of the potentially increased risk of thrombosis, baseline assessment of blood
viscosity should be considered in patients at risk for hyperviscosity, including those with
cryoglobulins, fasting chylomicronemia/markedly high triacylglycerols (triglycerides), or
monoclonal gammopathies [See PRECAUTIONS].
Antibodies present in immune globulin preparations may interfere with the immune
response to live virus vaccines such as measles, mumps, and rubella; therefore,
vaccination with live virus vaccines should be deferred until approximately three months
after administration of Cytogam®. If such vaccinations were given shortly after
Cytogam®, a revaccination may be necessary. Admixtures of Cytogam® with other
drugs have not been evaluated. It is recommended that Cytogam® be administered
separately from other drugs or medications which the patient may be receiving (see
Pregnancy Category C:
Animal reproduction studies have not been conducted with Cytomegalovirus Immune
Globulin Intravenous (Human). It is also not known whether Cytomegalovirus Immune
Globulin Intravenous (Human) can cause fetal harm when administered to a pregnant
woman or can affect reproduction capacity. Cytomegalovirus Immune Globulin
Intravenous (Human) should be given to a pregnant woman only if clearly needed.
Minor reactions such as flushing, chills, muscle cramps, back pain, fever, nausea,
vomiting, arthralgia, and wheezing were the most frequent adverse reactions observed
during the clinical trials of Cytogam®, Cytomegalovirus Immune Globulin Intravenous
(Human). The incidence of these reactions during the clinical trials was less than 6.0%
of all infusions and were most often related to infusion rates. If a patient develops a
minor side effect, slow the rate immediately or temporarily interrupt the infusion.
Increases in serum creatinine and blood urea nitrogen (BUN) have been observed as
soon as one to two days following IGIV infusion. Progression to oliguria or anuria
requiring dialysis has been observed. Types of severe renal adverse events that have
been seen following IGIV therapy include acute renal failure, acute tubular necrosis,
proximal tubular nephropathy and osmotic nephrosis.6-9
Severe reactions such as angioneurotic edema and anaphylactic shock, although not
observed during clinical trials, are a possibility. Clinical anaphylaxis may occur even
when the patient is not known to be sensitized to immune globulin products. A reaction
may be related to the rate of infusion; therefore, carefully adhere to the infusion rates as
outlined under “DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION”. If anaphylaxis or drop in blood
pressure occurs, discontinue infusion and use antidote such as diphenhydramine and
In addition to adverse events reported during clinical trials, the following events have
been reported during the post-approval use of Cytogam®: Acute Respiratory Distress
Syndrome (ARDS), cyanosis, pulmonary edema, dyspnea, cardiac arrest, circulatory
collapse, hypotension, convulsions, bullous dermatitis, hemolysis, hepatic failure, and
In addition to the adverse reactions seen with the use of Cytogam®, the following
adverse reactions have been identified and reported during the post-approval use of
Respiratory: Apnea, Transfusion Associated Lung Injury (TRALI), hypoxemia, Cardiovascular: Thromboembolism Neurological: Coma, loss of consciousness, tremor Integumentary: Stevens-Johnson syndrome, epidermolysis, erythema multiforme Hematologic: Pancytopenia, leukopenia, positive direct antiglobulin (Coombs) test
Because postmarketing reporting of these reactions is voluntary and the at-risk
populations are of uncertain size, it is not always possible to reliably estimate the
frequency of the reaction or establish a causal relationship to exposure to the product.
Such is also the case with literature reports authored independently.
SYMPTOMS OF OVERDOSAGE
Although little data are available, clinical experience with other immunoglobulin
preparations suggests that the major manifestations would be those related to volume
DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION
The maximum recommended total dosage per infusion is 150 mg Ig/kg, administered
Within 72 hours of transplant: 150 mg/kg
Preparation for Administration. Remove the tab portion of the vial cap and clean the
rubber stopper with 70% alcohol or equivalent. DO NOT SHAKE VIAL; AVOID
Parenteral drug products should be inspected visually for particulate matter and
discoloration prior to administration whenever solution and container permit. Infuse the
solution only if it is colorless, free of particulate matter and not turbid. Cytogam®,
Cytomegalovirus Immune Globulin Intravenous (Human), does not contain a
preservative. The vial should be entered only once for administration purposes.
Infusion should begin within 6 hours after entering the vial and should be complete
within 12 hours of entering the vial. Vital signs should be taken pre-infusion, mid-way
and post-infusion as well as before any rate increase. Cytogam® should be
administered through an intravenous line using an administration set that contains an in-
line filter (pore size 15µ) and a constant infusion pump (i.e., IVAC pump or equivalent).
A smaller in-line filter (0.2µ) is also acceptable. Pre-dilution of Cytogam® before
infusion is not recommended. Cytogam® should be administered through a separate
intravenous line. If this is not possible, Cytogam® may be "piggybacked" into a pre-
existing line if that line contains either Sodium Chloride, Injection, USP, or one of the
following dextrose solutions (with or without NaCl added): 2.5% dextrose in water, 5%
dextrose in water, 10% dextrose in water, 20% dextrose in water. If a pre-existing line
must be used, the Cytogam® should not be diluted more than 1:2 with any of the above-
named solutions. Admixtures of Cytogam® with any other solutions have not been
Initial Dose. Administer intravenously at 15 mg Ig per kg body weight per hour. If no
adverse reactions occur after 30 minutes, the rate may be increased to 30 mg Ig/kg/hr;
if no adverse reactions occur after a subsequent 30 minutes, then the infusion may be
increased to 60 mg Ig/kg/hr (volume not to exceed 75 mL/hour). DO NOT EXCEED
THIS RATE OF ADMINISTRATION. The patient should be monitored closely during
Subsequent Doses. Administer at 15 mg Ig/kg/hr for 15 minutes. If no adverse
reactions occur, increase to 30 mg Ig/kg/hr for 15 minutes and then increase to a
maximum rate of 60 mg Ig/kg/hr (volume not to exceed 75 mL/hour). DO NOT
EXCEED THIS RATE OF ADMINISTRATION. The patient should be monitored closely
Cytogam® should be used with caution in patients with pre-existing renal insufficiency
and in patients judged to be at increased risk of developing renal insufficiency
(including, but not limited to those with diabetes mellitus, age greater than 65, volume
depletion, paraproteinemia, sepsis and patients receiving known nephrotoxic drugs). In
these cases especially, it is important to assure that patients are not volume depleted
prior to Cytogam® infusion. While most cases of renal insufficiency have occurred in
patients receiving total doses of 350 mg Ig/kg or greater, no prospective data are
presently available to identify a maximum safe dose, concentration or rate of infusion in
patients determined to be at increased risk of acute renal failure. In the absence of
prospective data, recommended doses should not be exceeded and the concentration
and infusion rate selected should be the minimum practicable.
Potential adverse reactions are: flushing, chills, muscle cramps, back pain, fever,
nausea, vomiting, wheezing, drop in blood pressure. Minor adverse reactions have
been infusion rate related - if the patient develops a minor side effect (i.e., nausea, back
pain, flushing), slow the rate or temporarily interrupt the infusion. If anaphylaxis or drop
in blood pressure occurs, discontinue infusion and use antidote such as
To prevent the transmission of hepatitis viruses or other infectious agents from one
person to another, sterile disposable syringes and needles should be used. The
syringes and needles should not be reused.
Cytogam®, Cytomegalovirus Immune Globulin Intravenous (Human), is an
immunoglobulin G (IgG) product containing a standardized amount of antibody to
Cytomegalovirus (CMV). Cytogam® is formulated in final vial as a sterile liquid. The
globulin is stabilized with 5% sucrose and 1% Albumin (Human). Cytogam® contains no
preservative. The purified immunoglobulin is derived from pooled adult human plasma
selected for high titers of antibody for Cytomegalovirus (CMV).3 Source material for
fractionation may be obtained from another U.S. licensed manufacturer. Pooled plasma
was fractionated by ethanol precipitation of the proteins according to Cohn Methods 6
and 9, modified to yield a product suitable for intravenous administration.
A widely utilized solvent-detergent viral inactivation process is also used.14 Certain
manufacturing operations may be performed by other firms. Each milliliter contains: 50
± 10 mg of immunoglobulin, primarily IgG, and trace amounts of IgA and IgM; 50 mg of
sucrose; 10 mg of Albumin (Human). The sodium content is 20-30 mEq per liter; i.e.
1.0-1.5 mEq per 50 mL. The solution should appear colorless and translucent.
Cytogam® is supplied in a single use vial and therefore, any product remaining after
Stability and Recommendations. Cytogam® should be stored between 2-8°C (36-46°F)
and used within 6 hours after entering the vial. The product is stable up to the
expiration date which is stamped on the outer carton and vial label. It should not be
AVAILABILITY OF DOSAGE FORMS
Cytogam®, Cytomegalovirus Immune Globulin Intravenous (Human), is supplied in a
single use vial containing 2500 mg ± 500 mg of immunoglobulin. DIN 02231962.
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