CSL Behring Study Shows Kcentra® Superior to Plasma for Warfarin Reversal in
Patients Requiring an Urgent Surgical Procedure
Data Presented at the American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting
NEW ORLEANS, Dec. 9, 2013
NEW ORLEANS, Dec. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Data presented today by CSL Behring
at the 55th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Hematology (ASH) showed
Kcentra^® (Prothrombin Complex Concentrate [Human]) was superior to plasma,
the current standard of care in the U.S., in adult patients taking vitamin K
antagonist therapy (VKA; e.g., warfarin) who required warfarin reversal prior
to an urgent surgery or invasive procedure. Kcentra, the first non-activated
4-factor prothrombin complex concentrate (4F-PCC), was approved by the FDA in
April 2013 for the urgent reversal of warfarin therapy in adult patients with
acute major bleeding. Kcentra is not indicated for urgent reversal of VKA
anticoagulation in patients without acute major bleeding and is not indicated
for use in patients on VKA therapy requiring an urgent surgery or invasive
procedure as evaluated in this study.
The Phase IIIb study showed that Kcentra was superior to plasma in achieving
effective hemostasis (89.7 percent of patients on Kcentra versus 75.3 percent
of patients treated with plasma) and early International Normalized Ratio
(INR) reduction to less than or equal to 1.3 at 30 minutes after the end of
infusion (55.2 percent of patients treated with Kcentra versus 9.9 percent of
patients treated with plasma).
"The data demonstrated a strong benefit for Kcentra over plasma for patients
on VKAs requiring an urgent surgery or invasive procedure," said Majed Refaai,
M.D., Associate Professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine,
University of Rochester Medical Center. "These data suggest that Kcentra may
offer a valuable advance to help physicians and other healthcare professionals
rapidly restore coagulation factors and help prevent excessive bleeding in
patients on warfarin who require an urgent surgery or intervention, a
population highly susceptible to serious and life-threatening bleeds."
The study also found that Kcentra was well-tolerated and that the incidences
of adverse events, serious adverse events, thromboembolic events, and deaths
were similar between the Kcentra and plasma groups. Additionally, there were
no treatment-related fluid overload events in patients receiving Kcentra;
fluid overload events occurred significantly more frequently in the plasma
group than in the Kcentra group.
Warfarin is used each year by approximately three to four million people in
the U.S. to prevent blood clots from forming following a stroke, heart attack,
heart valve surgery, deep vein thrombosis/pulmonary embolism, or certain types
of irregular heartbeat, such as atrial fibrillation.^1,2 Due to the deficiency
in blood clotting factors induced by warfarin treatment, patients are at
increased risk of bleeding, especially if undergoing an urgent surgery or
"The results of this study demonstrate the efficacy and safety profiles of
Kcentra in helping physicians treat their patients on warfarin therapy when
faced with an urgent bleeding threat," said Russell Basser, M.D., Senior Vice
President, Global Clinical R&D, CSL Behring. "As a global leader in
coagulation therapies, CSL Behring has a long history of developing innovative
treatments that address the unmet needs of people with hereditary and acquired
bleeding disorders. We are proud to be at the forefront of clinical research
that may offer a step forward in treating patients on warfarin therapy who
need to undergo an urgent surgery or invasive procedure."
About the Urgent Surgery/Invasive Procedures Clinical Trial
The prospective, randomized, Phase IIIb study included 168 evaluable patients
on Vitamin K antagonist therapy who required urgent replacement of their
Vitamin K-dependent clotting factors prior to undergoing an urgent surgery or
invasive procedure. The doses of Kcentra (25 units/kg, 35 units/kg, or 50
units/kg) based on nominal Factor IX content and plasma (10 mL/kg, 12 mL/kg,
or 15 mL/kg) were calculated according to the patient's baseline INR (2-<4,
4-6, >6, respectively) and body weight.
The primary endpoints included hemostatic efficacy for the time period from
the start of infusion of Kcentra or plasma until the end of the urgent
surgery/invasive procedure and the proportion of patients that achieved INR of
less than or equal to 1.3 at 30 minutes after the end of infusion of Kcentra
Kcentra contains four vitamin K-dependent factors: Factor II (prothrombin),
Factor VII, Factor IX and Factor X, as well as antithrombotic Proteins C and
S. In more than 25 countries, CSL Behring markets Kcentra as Beriplex^® or
In December 2012, the FDA granted Orphan Drug Designation for Kcentra for the
treatment of patients needing urgent reversal of Vitamin K antagonist therapy
due to major bleeding and/or surgical procedures. The FDA's Orphan Drug
Designation program provides orphan status to unique drugs and biologics
defined as those intended for the safe and effective treatment or prevention
of rare diseases that affect fewer than 200,000 people in the U.S. Orphan
designation qualifies the sponsor of the product for important tax credits,
elimination of FDA license application fees and certain marketing incentives.
Important Safety Information
Kcentra^®, Prothrombin Complex Concentrate (Human), is indicated for the
urgent reversal of acquired coagulation factor deficiency induced by Vitamin K
antagonist (VKA -- e.g., warfarin) therapy in adult patients with acute major
bleeding. Kcentra is not indicated for urgent reversal of VKA anticoagulation
in patients without acute major bleeding. Kcentra is for intravenous use only.
WARNING: ARTERIAL AND VENOUS THROMBOEMBOLIC COMPLICATIONS
Patients being treated with Vitamin K antagonist therapy have underlying
disease states that predispose them to thromboembolic events. Potential
benefits of reversing VKA should be weighed against the risk of thromboembolic
events, especially in patients with history of such events. Resumption of
anticoagulation therapy should be carefully considered once the risk of
thromboembolic events outweighs the risk of acute bleeding. Both fatal and
nonfatal arterial and venous thromboembolic complications have been reported
in clinical trials and postmarketing surveillance. Monitor patients receiving
Kcentra, and inform them of signs and symptoms of thromboembolic events.
Kcentra was not studied in subjects who had a thromboembolic event, myocardial
infarction, disseminated intravascular coagulation, cerebral vascular
accident, transient ischemic attack, unstable angina pectoris, or severe
peripheral vascular disease within the prior 3 months. Kcentra might not be
suitable for patients with thromboembolic events in the prior 3 months.
Kcentra is contraindicated in patients with known anaphylactic or severe
systemic reactions to Kcentra or any of its components (including heparin,
Factors II, VII, IX, X, Proteins C and S, Antithrombin III and human albumin).
Kcentra is also contraindicated in patients with DIC. Because Kcentra contains
heparin, it is contraindicated in patients with heparin-induced
Hypersensitivity reactions to Kcentra may occur. If patient experiences severe
allergic or anaphylactic type reactions, discontinue administration and
institute appropriate treatment.
In clinical trials, the most frequent (greater than or equal to 2.8%) adverse
reactions observed in subjects receiving Kcentra were headache,
nausea/vomiting, arthralgia, and hypotension. The most serious adverse
reactions were thromboembolic events, including stroke, pulmonary embolism and
deep vein thrombosis.
Kcentra is derived from human plasma. The risk of transmission of infectious
agents, including viruses and, theoretically, the Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease
(CJD) agent, cannot be completely eliminated.
The safety and efficacy of Kcentra in pediatric use have not been studied, and
Kcentra should be used in women who are pregnant or nursing only if clearly
For more information about Kcentra, including full prescribing information,
please visit www.kcentra.com/prescribing-information.aspx or call toll-free
About CSL Behring
CSL Behring is a leader in the plasma protein therapeutics industry. Committed
to saving lives and improving the quality of life for people with rare and
serious diseases, the company manufactures and markets a range of
plasma-derived and recombinant therapies worldwide.
CSL Behring therapies are used around the world to treat coagulation disorders
including hemophilia and von Willebrand disease, primary immune deficiencies,
hereditary angioedema and inherited respiratory disease, and neurological
disorders in certain markets. The company's products are also used in cardiac
surgery, organ transplantation, burn treatment and to prevent hemolytic
diseases in the newborn. CSL Behring operates one of the world's largest
plasma collection networks, CSL Plasma. CSL Behring is a subsidiary of CSL
Limited (ASX:CSL), a biopharmaceutical company headquartered in Melbourne,
Australia. For more information, visit www.cslbehring.com.
Senior Manager, Public Relations & Communications
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^2 Raife TJ, Rose JS, Lentz SR. Bleeding from acquired coagulation defects and
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