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Haemophilia. 2013 Jan;19(1):82-8. doi: 10.1111/hae.12005. Epub 2012 Sep 7.

Efficacy and safety during formulation switch of a pasteurized VWF/FVIII concentrate: results from an Italian prospective observational study in patients with von Willebrand disease.

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San Bortolo Hospital, Vicenza, Italy.


Von Willebrand disease (VWD) is an inherited bleeding disorder caused by the quantitative or qualitative deficiency of von Willebrand factor (VWF). Replacement therapy with plasma-derived VWF/factor VIII (FVIII) concentrates is required in patients unresponsive to desmopressin. To assess the efficacy, safety and ease of use of a new, volume-reduced (VR) formulation of VWF/FVIII concentrate Haemate(®) P in patients requiring treatment for bleeding or prophylaxis for recurrent bleeding or for invasive procedures. Pharmacoeconomic variables were also recorded. Data were analysed using descriptive statistics. This was a multicentre, prospective, observational study. Consecutively enrolled patients received Haemate(®) P VR according to their needs, and were followed for 24 months. Of the 121 patients enrolled, 25.6% had type 3 VWD and more than 40% had severe disease. All patients were followed for 2 years, for a total of 521 visits. On-demand treatment was given to 61.9% of patients, secondary long-term prophylaxis to 25.6% and prophylaxis for surgery, dental or invasive procedures to 45.5%. The response to treatment was rated as good to excellent in >93-99% of interventions. The new formulation was well tolerated by all patients with no report of drug-related adverse events. The switch to volume-reduced Haemate(®) P was easy to perform and infusion duration was decreased twofold compared with the previous formulation. Volume-reduced Haemate(®) P was at least as effective and well-tolerated as the previous formulation.

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