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Emapalumab

Last Revision: January 7, 2019.

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CASRN: 1709815-23-5

Drug Levels and Effects

Summary of Use during Lactation

No information is available on the clinical use of emapalumab during breastfeeding. Because emapalumab is a large protein molecule with a molecular weight of about 147,000, the amount in milk is likely to be very low and absorption is unlikely because it is probably destroyed in the infant's gastrointestinal tract. Until more data become available, emapalumab should be used with caution during breastfeeding, especially while nursing a newborn or preterm infant.

Emapalumab is a human immunoglobulin G1 (IgG1) antibody. Holder pasteurization (62.5 degrees C for 30 minutes) decreases the concentration of endogenous immunoglobulin G in mature milk by 60 to 79%.[1][2] A study of 67 colostrum samples that underwent Holder pasteurization found that IgG amounts decreased by 34 to 40%. Specific IgG subclasses decreased by different amounts, with IgG1 activity decreasing by about % 37%.[3] None of the studies measured IgG activity.

Drug Levels

Maternal Levels. Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.

Infant Levels. Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.

Effects in Breastfed Infants

Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.

Effects on Lactation and Breastmilk

Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.

Substance Identification

Substance Name

Emapalumab

CAS Registry Number

1709815-23-5

Drug Class

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