Betibeglogene autotemcel - injection
Betibeglogene autotemcel - injection
Betibeglogene autotemcel is used to treat a certain inherited blood disorder (beta thalassemia). In this condition, your body does not make enough of a certain protein (hemoglobin) that is needed to carry oxygen to many parts of your body. This type of treatment is known as gene therapy. Your betibeglogene autotemcel is made from your own blood stem cells and is given only to you. The blood stem cells have been changed to have genes that work properly so that you can make increased amounts of hemoglobin. This may allow you to make enough hemoglobin to stop receiving regular blood transfusions.
Read the Patient Information Leaflet if available from your pharmacist before you receive this product. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Your doctor will give you other medications (such as chemotherapy) before treatment with this product to prepare your body.
This product is given by slow injection into a vein as directed by your doctor. To decrease the risk of side effects, your doctor may also give you other medications before injecting betibeglogene autotemcel. The dosage is based on your medical condition and weight.
After you receive this product, you will stay in the hospital for about 3 to 6 weeks so your doctor can check to see if your treatment is working and help you manage any side effects.
Pain in the abdomen, arms, or legs may occur. If this effect lasts or gets worse, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
Remember that this medication has been prescribed because your doctor has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
Treatment with this product may lead to a low number of blood cells such as red cells, white cells, and platelets. This effect can cause anemia, decrease your body's ability to fight an infection, or cause easy bruising/bleeding. Tell your doctor right away if you develop any of the following symptoms:
This product may rarely increase your risk of developing blood cancer. Your doctor should do regular blood tests for at least 15 years to monitor for any changes to your blood.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including:
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
In the US -
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or at www.fda.gov/medwatch.
In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
Before receiving betibeglogene autotemcel, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of:
This product can make you more likely to get infections or may make current infections worse. Stay away from anyone who has an infection that may easily spread (such as chickenpox, COVID-19, measles, flu). Talk to your doctor if you have been exposed to an infection or for more details.
Tell your health care professional that you have received this product before having any immunizations/vaccinations. Avoid contact with people who have recently received live vaccines (such as flu vaccine inhaled through the nose).
To lower the chance of getting cut, bruised, or injured, use caution with sharp objects like razors and nail cutters, and avoid activities such as contact sports.
Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products).
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. You should not become pregnant while using betibeglogene autotemcel. This medication may harm an unborn baby. Your doctor should order a pregnancy test before you start this medication. Men and women using this medication should ask about reliable forms of birth control during treatment and for at least 6 months after the last dose. If you or your partner becomes pregnant, talk to your doctor right away about the risks and benefits of this medication.
It is unknown if this medication passes into breast milk. Breast-feeding while using this drug is not recommended. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval.
Certain medications (such as anti-retroviral drugs, hydroxyurea) may interfere with how this product is made. If you are using any of these, your doctor may have you stop taking them for at least 1 month before receiving this product.
This medication may interfere with certain lab tests (such as some HIV tests), possibly causing false test results. Make sure lab personnel and all your doctors know you use this drug.
If someone has overdosed and has serious symptoms such as passing out or trouble breathing, call 911. Otherwise, call a poison control center right away. US residents can call their local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. Canada residents can call a provincial poison control center.
Lab and/or medical tests (such as complete blood counts) should be done before and after you receive this product. Keep all medical and lab appointments.
After receiving this treatment, do not donate blood, organs, tissues, or cells.
Not applicable. This product is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.
Your condition can cause complications in a medical emergency. For information about enrolling in MedicAlert, call 1-888-633-4298 (US) or 1-800-668-1507 (Canada).
HOW TO USE THIS INFORMATION: This is a summary and does NOT have all possible information about this product. This information does not assure that this product is safe, effective, or appropriate for you. This information is not individual medical advice and does not substitute for the advice of your health care professional. Always ask your health care professional for complete information about this product and your specific health needs.
Information last revised March 2023.
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Selected from NATIONAL DRUG DATA FILE (NDDF) data included with permission and copyrighted by First Databank, Inc., 2019. This copyrighted material has been downloaded from a licensed data provider.
The above information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your health care professional. You should consult your health care professional before taking any drug, changing your diet, or commencing or discontinuing any course of treatment.