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1. NAME OF THE MEDICINAL PRODUCT
Solution for injection for subcutaneous or intramuscular administration
2. QUALITATIVE AND QUANTITATIVE COMPOSITION
Active ingredient: Human normal Immunoglobulin.
1 ml contains:
Human protein 160 mg
Thereof immunoglobulins G at least 95%
Distribution of IgG subclasses:
ca. 61 %
ca. 28 %
ca. 5 %
ca. 6 %
IgA max. 1.7 mg
Antibodies to hepatitis A virus at least 100 I.U.
Sodium (as chloride and hydroxide): 0.8 to 1.6 mg/ml.
For a full list of excipients, see 6.1
3. PHARMACEUTICAL FORM
Solution for injection for subcutaneous or intramuscular administration.
Beriglobin P is a clear solution. The colour can vary from colourless to pale-yellow up to light brown
during shelf life.
4. CLINICAL PARTICULARS
4.1 Therapeutic indications
a) Primary antibody deficiency syndromes resulting from defective antibody synthesis.
b) Protracted transitory hypogammaglobulinaemia especially in premature infants
Prophylaxis of hepatitis A
- Before exposure
- Within 2 weeks after exposure
4.2 POSOLOGY AND METHOD OF ADMINISTRATION
The dosage and intervals of infusion are dependent on the indication.
Substitution in antibody deficiency syndrome
The product should be administered via the subcutaneous route.
The dosage may need to be individualised for each patient dependent on the pharmacokinetic and
clinical response. The following dosage regimens are given as a guideline
The dosage regimen using the subcutaneous route should achieve a sustained plasma level of IgG. A
loading dose of at least 0.2 to 0.5 g/kg (1.3 to 3.1 ml/kg) body weight - divided over several days with
a maximal daily dose of 0.1 to 0.15 g/kg body weight and as indicated by the treating physician - may
be required. After steady state IgG levels have been attained, maintenance doses are administered
at repeated intervals, ideally weekly, to reach a cumulative monthly dose of about 0.4 to 0.8 g/kg (2.5
to 5 ml/kg) body weight.
Trough levels of IgG should be measured in order to adjust the dose and dosage interval.
Hepatitis A prophylaxis
Short-term prophylaxis in travelers who present less than 2 weeks before possible exposure:
For stays in endemic areas of less than 3 months, a dose of 0.003 to 0.004 g/kg (0.02 ml/kg)
body weight is recommended to be administered intramuscularly. Beriglobin P can be given in
combination with Hepatitis A vaccine, but at different sites of the body.
Hepatitis A prophylaxis in persons exposed less than 2 weeks previously: 0.003 to 0.004 g/kg (0.02
ml/kg) body weight administered intramuscularly
Method of Administration
Beriglobin P is already for use and should be administered at body temperature.
Do not use solutions which are cloudy or have deposits.
Depending on the indication, Beriglobin P should be administered via the subcutaneous or
Subcutaneous infusion should be initiated and monitored by a physician experienced in the treatment
of immunodeficiencies and in the guidance of patients for home treatment. The patient will be
instructed in the use of syringe driver, infusion techniques, the keeping of a treatment diary and
measures to be taken in case of severe adverse events. The recommended infusion rate is 22 ml/
hour. In a clinical study with 53 patients evaluated, during the training phase under supervision of
a physician, the infusion rate was increased from initially 10 ml to 22 ml/hour. The product should
preferably be administered in the abdominal wall, thigh and/or buttocks. No more than 15 ml should
be injected into a single site. Doses over 15 ml should be divided and injected into 2 or more sites.
Intramuscular injection must be given by a physician or nurse.
Beriglobin P should preferably be administered ventrogluteally with the patient lying down.
If larger doses are required, it is advisable to administer them in divided fractions. This applies in the
case of doses above 2 ml in children of up to 20 kg of body weight and doses above 5 ml for persons
above 20 kg body weight.
Do not inject intravenously! Note that there is an increased risk of inadvertent intravascular injection
in patients who have repeatedly received intramuscular injections.
See sections 3. “Pharmaceutical form” and 6.6 “Special precautions for disposal and other handling”
for further information regarding method of administration.
Hypersensitivity to any of the components of the product.
Do not inject intravascularly!
Beriglobin P must not be administered intramuscularly in cases of disorders of haemostasis.
4.4 Special warnings and precautions for use
Do not inject intravascularly! If Beriglobin P is accidentally administered into a blood vessel, patients
could develop shock or thromboembolic events. When administering intramuscularly it is recommended
to ensure by aspiration that no vessel has been penetrated.
The recommended infusion rate stated under section “4.2 Method of administration” should be
Patients should be closely monitored and carefully observed for any adverse event throughout the
Certain adverse reactions may occur more frequently in patients who receive human normal
immunoglobulin for the first time or, in rare cases, when the product is switched or when treatment has
been paused for more than eight weeks.
True hypersensitivity reactions are rare. They can occur in the very rare cases of IgA deficiency with
anti-IgA antibodies and these patients should be treated with caution.
Rarely, Beriglobin P can induce a fall in blood pressure with anaphylactic reaction, even in patients
who had tolerated previous treatment with normal human immunoglobulin.
Potential complications can often be avoided by ensuring that
patients are not sensitive to human normal immunoglobulin by first injecting the product slowly (see
also section 4.2 “Method of administration”);
patients are carefully monitored for any symptoms throughout the infusion period. In particular,
patients should be monitored during the first infusion and for the first hour thereafter, in order to
detect potential adverse reactions in the following situations:
patients naïve to human normal immunoglobulin,
patients switched from an alternative product, or
when there has been a long interval since the previous infusion.
All other patients should be observed for at least 20 minutes after administration.
On suspicion of an allergic or anaphylactic reaction the administration has to be discontinued
immediately. In case of shock the current medical standards for shock treatment have to be applied.
Thromboembolic Events associated with subcutaneous substitution therapy
The subcutaneous use of high doses of immunoglobulins for substitution therapy (e.g. primary
immunodeficiency syndrome) have been associated with arterial and venous thromboembolic events
including myocardial infarction, stroke, deep venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolism. Caution
should be exercised in prescribing Beriglobin for subcutaneous substitution therapy in such patients
with pre-existing risk factors for thrombotic events (such as advanced age, hypertension, diabetes
mellitus and a history of vascular disease or thrombotic episodes, patients with acquired or inherited
thrombophilic disorders, patients with prolonged periods of immobilization, severely hypovolemic
patients, patients with diseases which increase blood viscosity). These patients should be informed
about first symptoms of thromboembolic events including shortness of breath, pain and swelling of
a limb, focal neurological deficits and chest pain and should be advised to contact their physician
immediately upon onset of symptoms. Such patients should be sufficiently hydrated before use of
Important information about some special excipients of Beriglobin P
This medicine contains up to 110 mg sodium per dose (body weight 75 kg) if the maximal daily dose
(11.25 g = 70.3 ml) is applied. To be taken into consideration in patients on a controlled sodium diet.
Standard measures to prevent infections resulting from the use of medicinal products prepared from
human blood or plasma include selection of donors, screening of individual donations and plasma
pools for specific markers of infection and the inclusion of effective manufacturing steps for the
inactivation/removal of viruses. Despite this, when medicinal products prepared from human blood
or plasma are administered, the possibility of transmitting infective agents cannot be totally excluded.
This also applies to unknown or emerging viruses and other pathogens.
The measures taken are considered effective for enveloped viruses such as HIV, HBV and HCV, and
for the non-enveloped viruses HAV and parvovirus B19.
There is reassuring clinical experience regarding the lack of hepatitis A or parvovirus B19 transmission
with immunoglobulins and it is also assumed that the antibody content makes an important contribution
to the virus safety.
In the interest of patients, it is strongly recommended that every time that Beriglobin P is administered
to them, the name and batch number of the product are recorded in order to maintain a link between
the patient and the batch of the product.
4.5 Interactions with other medicinal products and other forms of interactions
Live attenuated virus vaccines
Immunoglobulin administration may impair for a period of at least six weeks and up to three months
the efficacy of live attenuated virus vaccines such as measles, rubella, mumps, and varicella vaccines.
After administration of Beriglobin P, an interval of at least three months should elapse before
vaccination with live attenuated virus vaccines.
In the case of measles, this impairment may persist for up to one year. Therefore patients receiving
measles vaccine should have their antibody status checked.
Interference with serological testing
It has to be considered that when serological test results are interpreted, the transitory rise of passively
transferred antibodies after immunoglobulin injection may result in misleading positive test results.
Passive transmission of antibodies to erythrocyte antigens, e.g., A, B and D, may interfere with some
serological tests for red cell allo-antibodies (e.g. Coombs test).
4.6 Pregnancy and lactation
There are no controlled clinical trials on the use in human pregnancy. Therefore, the administration of
this medicinal product to pregnant women or breast-feeding mothers should be carefully considered.
Clinical experience with immunoglobulins suggests that no harmful effects on the course of pregnancy
or on the foetus and the neonate are to be expected.
4.7 Effects on ability to drive and use machines
There are no indications that Beriglobin P may impair the ability to drive or use machines.
4.8 Undesirable effects
In a clinical study with s.c. administration in 60 patients the following undesirable effects have been
The following standard categories of frequency are used:
≥ 1/100 and < 1/10
≥ 1/1,000 and < 1/100
≥ 1/10,000 and < 1/1,000
< 1/10,000 (including reported single cases)
Local reactions at the injection/infusion site
Very common: swelling, soreness, redness, induration, local heat, itching, bruising or rash.
The frequency declined very rapidly within the first ten infusions, when patients became used
to the subcutaneous form of treatment. (In study patients who were treated with subcutaneous
immunoglobulin for years before the trial, injection site reactions were not reported.)
Immune system disorders
In single cases: Allergic reactions including fall in blood pressure
In single cases: Generalized reactions such as chills, fever, headache, malaise, moderate back
pain, syncope, dizziness, rash, bronchospasm.
Adverse reactions reported from post marketing surveillance are similar to the reactions which
have also been observed during the clinical trials. In addition, the following have also been reported
during post marketing surveillance:
Immune system disorders
reaching as far as anaphylactic shock, even when the patient has shown no hypersensitivity to
Generalized reactions such as nausea, vomiting, arthralgia
Cardiovascular reactions particularly if the product has been inadvertently injected intravascularly.
Vascular disorders associated with subcutaneous substitution therapy
There are reports from patients being treated subcutaneously with high doses of immunoglobulins
thromboembolic events including myocardial infarction, stroke, deep venous thrombosis and
For information on infectious disease risk see section 4.4. subheading “Virus safety”
Consequences of an overdose are not known.
5. PHARMACOLOGICAL PROPERTIES
5.1 Pharmacodynamic properties
Pharmacotherapeutic group: immune sera and immunoglobulins, immunoglobulins, normal human for
ATC code: J06B A01
Normal human immunoglobulin contains mainly immunoglobulin G (IgG) having a broad spectrum of
antibodies against various infectious agents.
Beriglobin P contains the immunoglobulin G antibodies present in the healthy population. It is usually
prepared from pooled plasma of at least 1,000 donors. It has a distribution of immunoglobulin G
subclasses closely proportional to that in native human plasma. Adequate doses of this medicinal
product may restore abnormally low immunoglobulin G levels to the normal range.
5.2 Pharmacokinetic properties
With subcutaneous administration of human normal immunoglobulin, peak levels are achieved in the
recipient’s circulation after approximately 2 days.
Data from a clinical study (n=60) show that trough levels of approximately 8 to 9 g/l (n=53) in the plasma
can be maintained by weekly doses between 0.05 and 0.15 g (0.3 to 0.9 ml) Beriglobin P per kg body
weight. This is commensurate to a monthly cumulative dosage of 0.2 to 0.6 g per kg body weight.
With intramuscular administration Beriglobin P is bioavailable in the recipient’s circulation after a delay
of approximately 2 to 3 days
IgG and IgG-complexes are broken down in cells of the reticuloendothelial system.
5.3 Preclinical safety data
There are no preclinical data considered relevant to clinical safety beyond data included in other
sections of the SPC.
6. PHARMACEUTICAL PARTICULARS
6.1 List of excipients
Aminoacetic acid (glycine), sodium chloride, hydrochloric acid or sodium hydroxide (in small
amounts for pH adjustment), water for injections
In the absence of compatibility studies this medicinal product must not be mixed with other medicinal
products, solvents or diluents.
6.3 Shelf life
Beriglobin P must not be used after the expiry date given on the pack and container.
Once the container has been opened its contents are to be used immediately.
6.4 Special precautions for storage
Store in a refrigerator (+2°C to +8°C) in the outer carton in order to protect from light. Do not freeze!
Keep out of the reach and sight of children!
6.5 Nature and contents of container
Pack with 1 ampoule of 2 ml
Pack with 1 prefilled syringe of 2 ml
Pack with 1 ampoule of 5 ml
Pack with 1 prefilled syringe of 5 ml
Not all pack sizes may be marketed.
6.6 Special precautions for disposal and other handling
Beriglobin P is a ready-for use solution and should be administered at body temperature.
Do not use solutions that are cloudy or have deposits. The product must be inspected visually prior to
administration and should not be used if there is any variation of physical appearance (see also section
3. “Pharmaceutical form”).
Any unused product or waste material should be disposed of in accordance with local requirements.
CSL Behring GmbH
35041 Marburg, Germany
8. REGISTRATION HOLDER
Genmedix, 12 Beit Harishonim St. Emek-Hefer 38777
9. REGISTRATION NUMBER: 125 38 29064
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approved in November 2011.
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If Beriglobin P is accidentally administered into a blood vessel, patients could
develop shock or thromboembolic events.
Thromboembolic Events associated with subcutaneous substitution
The subcutaneous use of high doses of immunoglobulins for substitution
therapy (e.g. primary immunodeficiency syndrome) have been associated
with arterial and venous thromboembolic events including myocardial
infarction, stroke, deep venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolism.
Caution should be exercised in prescribing Beriglobin for subcutaneous
substitution therapy in such patients with pre-existing risk factors for
thrombotic events (such as advanced age, hypertension, diabetes mellitus
and a history of vascular disease or thrombotic episodes, patients with
acquired or inherited thrombophilic disorders, patients with prolonged
periods of immobilization, severely hypovolemic patients, patients with
diseases which increase blood viscosity). These patients should be
informed about first symptoms of thromboembolic events including
shortness of breath, pain and swelling of a limb, focal neurological
deficits and chest pain and should be advised to contact their physician
immediately upon onset of symptoms. Such patients should be
sufficiently hydrated before use of
Vascular disorders associated with subcutaneous
There are reports from patients being treated
subcutaneously with high doses of immunoglobulins for
substitution therapy (e.g. primary immunodeficiency
syndrome) of arterial and venous thromboembolic events
including myocardial infarction, stroke, deep venous
thrombosis and pulmonary embolism.