Generic Name and Formulations:
Belatacept 250mg/vial; lyophilized pwd for IV infusion after reconstitution.
Indications for NULOJIX:
Organ rejection prophylaxis in patients receiving a kidney transplant, in combination with basiliximab induction, mycophenolate mofetil, and corticosteroids.
Limitations Of use:
Use only in patients who are EBV seropositive. Not established for prophylaxis of organ rejection in transplanted organs other than kidney.
See full labeling. Administering higher than the recommended doses or more frequent dosing: not recommended. Base total infusion dose on patient's body wt. at the time of transplantation. The prescribed dose must be evenly divisible by 12.5mg for accurate reconstitution. Give as IV infusion over 30 mins. Initial phase (Day 1 [day of transplantation, prior to implantation]; Day 5 [approx. 96 hours after Day 1 dose]; end of Weeks 2, 4, 8, 12 after transplantation): 10mg/kg. Maintenance phase (end of Week 16 after transplantation and every 4 weeks±3 days) thereafter: 5mg/kg.
<18yrs: not established.
Transplant recipients who are Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) seronegative or with unknown EBV serostatus.
Post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorder. Other malignancies. Serious infections.
Liver transplant patients: not recommended. Increased risk of post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorder (PTLD) or progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML); monitor for new or worsening neurological, cognitive, or behavioral signs/symptoms. Increased risk of other malignancies (eg, skin); limit sun and UV exposure. Increased risk of bacterial, viral (eg, CMV, herpes), fungal, protozoal, and opportunistic infections. Evaluate and treat latent TB infection prior to initiating therapy. Prophylaxis for CMV or pneumocystis after transplantation. Monitor for polyoma virus nephropathy (PVAN). Acute rejection and graft loss with corticosteroid minimization: utilization should be consistent with clinical trial experience (see full labeling). Pregnancy. Nursing mothers.
Selective T-cell costimulation blocker.
Concomitant live vaccines: not recommended. Concomitant mycophenolate mofetil: may possibly affect mycophenolic acid exposure after crossover to/from cyclosporine. Concomitant anti-thymocyte globulin (at the same or nearly the same time): risk for venous thrombosis of the renal allograft; separate doses by a 12hr interval.
Anemia, diarrhea, urinary tract infection, peripheral edema, constipation, hypertension, pyrexia, graft dysfunction, cough, nausea, vomiting, headache, hypokalemia, hyperkalemia, leukopenia.