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Important Safety Information: Hypersensitivity reactions, including anaphylaxis, have occurred. The most serious adverse reactions in patients treated with VPRIV (velaglucerase alfa for injection) were hypersensitivity reactions. Read more Important Safety Information

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Studied in 4 trials, including one phase III open-label long-term extension trial (n=99), VPRIV has been studied in both adult and pediatric patients (aged 4 and older).1-4


Study 032 was a 12-month, parallel-dose-group study.

  • Treatment-naïve patients administered VPRIV 60 U/kg every other week showed improvements vs baseline in hemoglobin concentration, platelet count, and spleen volume (n=12)1,5


Study 039 was a 9-month, active-controlled study in treatment-naïve patients.

  • VPRIV 60 U/kg every other week was non-inferior to imiglucerase 60 U/kg in hemoglobin concentration from baseline (n=17)1


Study 034 was a 12-month open-label study of patients switching from imiglucerase to VPRIV.

  • Safety results demonstrated that patients can be safely transitioned from imiglucerase to VPRIV6
  • Hemoglobin concentration and platelet count in patients administered VPRIV 15-60 U/kg every other week* remained stable on average through 12 months of treatment (N=40)1


Study 044 was an open-label extension study spanning up to 5 years.

  • Safety profile was consistent with previous clinical trial results, and no new safety signals were observed (N=95)3
  • Treatment-naïve patients administered VPRIV 60 U/kg every other week continued to show improvements vs baseline in hemoglobin concentration, platelet count, and spleen and liver volumes (N=39)2
  • Patients previously treated with imiglucerase administered VPRIV 15-60 U/kg every other week* maintained stability vs baseline in hemoglobin concentration, platelet count, and spleen and liver volumes (N=38)3
  • Pediatric patients comprised 25% of this study’s population4
*Patients who had previously been receiving imiglucerase treatment were administered VPRIV every other week at the same dose as their previous imiglucerase dose (15-60 U/kg).


VPRIV® (velaglucerase alfa for injection) is indicated for long-term enzyme replacement therapy (ERT) for patients with type 1 Gaucher disease.

Important Safety Information

Hypersensitivity reactions, including anaphylaxis, have occurred. The most serious adverse reactions in patients treated with VPRIV (velaglucerase alfa for injection) were hypersensitivity reactions.

Hypersensitivity reactions were the most commonly observed adverse reactions in patients treated with VPRIV in clinical studies. Patients were not routinely pre-medicated prior to infusion of VPRIV. The most commonly observed symptoms of hypersensitivity reactions were: headache, dizziness, hypotension, hypertension, nausea, fatigue/asthenia, and pyrexia. Hypersensitivity reactions in the clinical trials include any event considered related to and occurring within up to 24 hours of VPRIV infusion, including one case of anaphylaxis. Generally the reactions were mild and, in treatment-naïve patients, onset occurred mostly during the first 6 months of treatment and tended to occur less frequently with time. Additional hypersensitivity reactions of chest discomfort, dyspnea, pruritus and vomiting have been reported in post-marketing experience. In some cases vomiting can be serious, requiring hospitalization and/or drug discontinuation.

As with any intravenous protein product, hypersensitivity reactions are possible, therefore appropriate medical support, including personnel adequately trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitative measures and access to emergency measures should be readily available when VPRIV is administered. If anaphylactic or other acute reactions occur, immediately discontinue the infusion of VPRIV and initiate the appropriate medical treatment.

Management of hypersensitivity reactions should be based on severity of the reaction, such as slowing the infusion rate, treatment with medications such as antihistamines, antipyretics and/or corticosteroids, and/or stopping and resuming treatment with increased infusion time. In cases where patients have exhibited symptoms of hypersensitivity to the active ingredient or excipients in the drug product or to other enzyme replacement therapy, pre-treatment with antihistamines and/or corticosteroids may prevent subsequent reactions.

The most common adverse reactions during clinical studies (in ≥10% of patients) were hypersensitivity reactions, headache, dizziness, abdominal pain, nausea, back pain, joint pain, prolonged activated partial thromboplastin time (aPTT), fatigue/asthenia, and pyrexia. In clinical studies, the overall frequency of adverse events was generally higher in the population naïve to enzyme replacement therapy (ERT) than in the population switched from imiglucerase to VPRIV.

There are no adequate and well controlled studies with VPRIV in pregnant women and there is limited experience in pregnant women. VPRIV should be used during pregnancy only if clearly needed. The safety and efficacy profiles were similar in pediatric (ages 4 to 17) and adult patients. The safety of VPRIV has not been established in patients under 4 years of age. Adverse reactions more commonly seen in pediatric patients compared to adult patients include (>10% difference): rash, aPTT prolonged, and pyrexia.

The adverse reaction profile in elderly patients was consistent with that previously observed across pediatric and adult patients. In general, dose selection for an elderly patient should be approached cautiously, considering comorbid conditions. As with all therapeutic proteins, there is a potential for immunogenicity. In clinical studies, 1 of 54 enzyme treatment-naïve patients treated with VPRIV developed IgG class antibodies (neutralizing in an in vitro assay). It is unknown if the presence of IgG antibodies to VPRIV is associated with a higher risk of infusion reactions. Patients with an immune response to other enzyme replacement therapies who are switching to VPRIV should continue to be monitored for antibodies to VPRIV.

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  1. VPRIV [prescribing information]. Lexington, MA: Shire.
  2. Hughes DA, Gonzalez DE, Lukina EA, et al. Velaglucerase alfa (VPRIV) enzyme replacement therapy in patients with Gaucher disease: long-term data from phase III clinical trials. Am J Hematol. 2015;90(7):584-591, e1-e3.
  3. Data on file. Largest and most comprehensive clinical trial registration programme for ERT in type 1 GD, including 94 patients treated with VPRIV. Shire; Lexington, MA.
  4. Smith L, Rhead W, Charrow J, et al. Long-term velaglucerase alfa treatment in children with Gaucher disease type 1 naïve to enzyme replacement therapy or previously treated with imiglucerase. Mol Genet Metab. 2016;117(2):154-171.
  5. Gonzalez DE, Ben Turkia H, Lukina EA, et al. Enzyme replacement therapy with velaglucerase alfa in Gaucher disease: results from a randomized, double-blind, multinational, phase 3 study. Am J Hematol. 2013;88(3):166-171.
  6. Zimran A, Pastores GM, Tylki-Szymanska A, et al. Safety and efficacy of velaglucerase alfa in Gaucher disease type 1 patients previously treated with imiglucerase. Am J Hematol. 2013;88(3):172-178.