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Berinert® Alternatives

Berinert®(C1 esterase inhibitor)
Kalbitor®(ecallantide)
Prescription Only
Berinert is a synthetic version of a protein naturally found in the bloodstream, which plays a role in regulating swelling within the body. Individuals with hereditary angioedema...
Prescription Only
Kalbitor is employed to manage hereditary angioedema attacks, an immune system disorder. It is suitable for adults and children aged 12 years and older. It's important to note...
Dosage & Administration
Administration
Intravenous. Learn more.
Subcutaneous. Learn more.
Dosing
Administer 20 International Units per kg body weight.. Learn more.
30 mg (3 mL), administered subcutaneously in three 10 mg (1 mL) injections. If an attack persists, an additional dose of 30 mg may be administered within a 24 hour period. . Learn more.
Latin Shorthand
Administer 20 IU/kg BW.. Learn more.
30 mg (3 mL), administered SC in three 10 mg (1 mL) injections. If the attack persists, an additional 30 mg dose can be given within 24 hours.. Learn more.
Financial Assistance
Out-Of-Pocket Costs With Copay Card
Annual Cap
Assistance Expiration
Generics
No lower-cost generic available
No lower-cost generic available
Physician Advisory
Adverse Reactions
The most serious adverse reaction reported in subjects who received BERINERT was an increase in the severity of pain associated with HAE. •The most common adverse reaction reported in greater than 4% of the subjects and greater than placebo among subjects who received BERINERT in the placebo-controlled clinical trial was dysgeusia.. Learn more.
The most common adverse reactions occurring in ≥3% of KALBITOR-treated patients and greater than placebo are headache, nausea, diarrhea, pyrexia, injection site reactions, and nasopharyngitis.. Learn more.
Mechanism of Actions (MoA)
Drugs used in Hereditary Angioedema. Learn more.
Drugs used in Hereditary Angioedema. Learn more.
Special Populations
1. Is it safe to use KALBITOR during pregnancy?

Available data from the pharmacovigilance database for KALBITOR have not indicated a drug-associated risk of major birth defects, miscarriage, or adverse maternal or fetal outcomes. Animal studies showed some effects on fetal development in rats at higher doses, but no such effects were observed in rabbits. The estimated background risk of major birth defects and miscarriage in the general population is 2% to 4% and 15% to 20%, respectively.

2. What do we know about KALBITOR use during lactation?

There is no data available on the presence of ecallantide (KALBITOR) in human milk, its effects on the breastfed infant, or its impact on milk production. When considering the use of KALBITOR, the potential benefits of breastfeeding for the infant's development and health should be weighed against the mother's clinical need for KALBITOR, while also assessing potential adverse effects on the breastfed child from KALBITOR or the maternal condition.

3. Is KALBITOR safe for use in pediatric patients?

The safety and effectiveness of KALBITOR have been established in patients aged 12 to 17 years. The safety profile observed in pediatric patients aged 12-17 years was similar to the adverse reactions observed in the overall clinical trial population. However, the safety and effectiveness of KALBITOR have not been established in patients less than 12 years of age.

4. Is KALBITOR suitable for use in geriatric patients?

Clinical trials of KALBITOR did not include sufficient numbers of subjects aged 65 and over to determine whether they respond differently from younger subjects. In general, dose selection for an elderly patient should be cautious, usually starting at the low end of the dosing range, taking into account the higher likelihood of decreased hepatic, renal, or cardiac function, and the presence of concomitant diseases or other drug therapy.