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Tisagenlecleucel

Generic name:
Tisagenlecleucel
Brand name(s), other common name(s):
Kymriah™
Drug type:
immunotherapy
How the drug is given:
intravenous infusion

Indications and Usage

Tisagenlecleucel is a CD19-directed genetically modified autologous T cell immunotherapy indicated for the treatment of patients up to 25 years of age with B-cell precursor acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) that is refractory or in second or later relapse.

Side effects needing medical attention

Cytokine release syndrome, hypogammaglobulinemia, infections-pathogen unspecified, pyrexia (fever), decreased appetite, headache, encephalopathy, hypotension (low blood pressure), bleeding episodes, tachycardia (rapid heart rate), nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, viral infectious disorders, hypoxia (deprivation of oxygen to the brain), fatigue, acute kidney injury, and delirium.

 

WARNING:

Cytokine release syndrome and neurological toxicities

 See full prescribing information for complete boxed warning.

• Cytokine Release Syndrome (CRS), including fatal or life-threatening reactions, occurred in patients receiving Kymriah. Do not administer Kymriah to patients with active infection or inflammatory disorders. Treat severe or life-threatening CRS with tocilizumab.  

• Neurological toxicities, which may be severe or life-threatening, can occur following treatment with Kymriah, including concurrently with CRS. Monitor for neurological events after treatment with Kymriah. Provide supportive care as needed.  

• Kymriah is available only through a restricted program under a Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) called the Kymriah REMS.

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