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1. Name of the medicinal product

Octaplex 500 IU powder and solvent for solution for infusion

2. Qualitative and quantitative composition

Octaplex is presented as a powder and solvent for solution for infusion containing human prothrombin complex. Octaplex nominally contains:

Name of ingredient


Quantity per vial



Quantity after reconstitution with 20ml of Water for Injections


Active substances

Human coagulation factor II

280 - 760

14 - 38

Human coagulation factor VII

180 - 480

9 - 24

Human coagulation factor IX



Human coagulation factor X

360 - 600

18 - 30

Further active ingredients

Protein C

260 - 620

13 - 31

Protein S

240 - 640

12 - 32

The total protein content per vial is 260 - 820 mg. The specific activity of the product is ≥ 0.6 IU/mg proteins, expressed as factor IX activity.

Excipients known to have a recognised action or effect: sodium (75 - 125 mg per vial), heparin (100 - 250 IU per vial, corresponding to 0.2 - 0.5 IU/IU FIX)).

For the full list of excipients, see section 6.1.

3. Pharmaceutical form

Powder and solvent for solution for infusion.

The powder is of bluish-white colour.

The solvent is a clear and colourless liquid.

4. Clinical particulars
4.1 Therapeutic indications

Treatment of bleeding and perioperative prophylaxis of bleeding in acquired deficiency of the prothrombin complex coagulation factors, such as deficiency caused by treatment with vitamin K antagonists, or in case of overdose of vitamin K antagonists, when rapid correction of the deficiency is required.

Treatment of bleeding and perioperative prophylaxis in congenital deficiency of the vitamin K dependent coagulation factors II and X when purified specific coagulation factor product is not available.

4.2 Posology and method of administration


Only general dosage guidelines are given below. Treatment should be initiated under the supervision of a physician experienced in the treatment of coagulation disorders. The dosage and duration of the substitution therapy depend on the severity of the disorder, on the location and extent of the bleeding and on the patient's clinical condition.

The amount and the frequency of administration should be calculated on an individual patient basis. Dosage intervals must be adapted to the different circulating half-life of the different coagulation factors in the prothrombin complex (see section 5.2). Individual dosage requirements can only be identified on the basis of regular determinations of the individual plasma levels of the coagulation factors of interest, or on global tests of the prothrombin complex levels (prothrombin time, INR), and continuous monitoring of the clinical condition of the patient.

In case of major surgical interventions precise monitoring of the substitution therapy by means of coagulation assays is essential (specific coagulation factor assays and/or global tests for prothrombin complex levels).

Bleeding and perioperative prophylaxis of bleeding during vitamin K antagonist treatment:

The dose will depend on the INR before treatment and the targeted INR. In the following table approximate doses (ml/kg body weight of the reconstituted product) required for normalisation of INR (≤ 1.2 within 1 hour) at different initial INR levels are given.

Initial INR

2 – 2.5

2.5 – 3

3 – 3.5

> 3.5

Approximate dose*

(ml Octaplex/kg body weight)

0.9 –1.3

1.3 – 1.6

1.6 – 1.9

> 1.9

*The single dose should not exceed 3000 IU (120 ml Octaplex).

The correction of the vitamin K antagonist induced impairment of haemostasis persists for approximately 6-8 hours. However, the effects of vitamin K, if administered simultaneously, are usually achieved within 4-6 hours. Thus, repeated treatment with human prothrombin complex is not usually required when vitamin K has been administered.

As these recommendations are empirical and recovery and the duration of effect may vary, monitoring of INR during treatment is mandatory.

Bleeding and perioperative prophylaxis in congenital deficiency of the vitamin K dependent coagulation factors II and X when specific coagulation factor product is not available:

The calculated required dosage for treatment is based on the empirical finding that approximately 1 IU of factor II or X per kg body weight raises the plasma factor II or X activity by 0.02 and 0.017 IU/ml, respectively.

The dose of a specific factor administered is expressed in International Units (IU), which are related to the current WHO standard for each factor. The activity in plasma of a specific coagulation factor is expressed either as a percentage (relative to normal plasma) or in International Units (relative to the international standard for the specific coagulation factor).

One International Unit (IU) of a coagulation factor activity is equivalent to the quantity in one ml of normal human plasma.

For example, the calculation of the required dosage of factor X is based on the empirical finding that 1 International Unit (IU) of factor X per kg body weight raises the plasma factor X activity by 0.017 IU/ml. The required dosage is determined using the following formula:

Required units = body weight (kg) x desired factor X rise (IU/ml) x 59

where 59 (ml/kg) is the reciprocal of the estimated recovery.

Required dosage for factor II:

Required units = body weight (kg) x desired factor II rise (IU/ml) x 50

If the individual recovery is known that value should be used for calculation.

Method of administration

For instructions on reconstitution of the medicinal product before administration, see section 6.6. Octaplex should be administered intravenously. The infusion should start at a speed of 1 ml per minute, followed by 2-3 ml per minute, using an aseptic technique.

4.3 Contraindications

Hypersensitivity to the active substance or to any of the excipients listed in section 6.1.

Known allergy to heparin or history of heparin induced thrombocytopenia.

4.4 Special warnings and precautions for use

The advice of a specialist experienced in the management of coagulation disorders should be sought.

In patients with acquired deficiency of the vitamin K dependent coagulation factors (e.g. as induced by treatment with vitamin K antagonists), Octaplex should only be used when rapid correction of prothrombin complex levels is necessary, such as major bleeding or emergency surgery. In other cases, reduction of the dose of the vitamin K antagonist and/or administration of vitamin K is usually sufficient.

Patients receiving a vitamin K antagonist may have an underlying hypercoaguable state and infusion of prothrombin complex concentrate may exacerbate this.

In congenital deficiency of any of the vitamin K dependent factors, specific coagulation factor product should be used when available.

If allergic or anaphylactic-type reactions occur, the infusion should be stopped immediately. In case of shock, standard medical treatment for shock should be implemented.

Standard measures to prevent infections resulting from the use of medicinal products prepared from human blood or plasma include selection of donors, screening of individual donations and plasma pools for specific markers of infection and the inclusion of effective manufacturing steps for the inactivation/removal of viruses.

Despite this, when medicinal products prepared from human blood or plasma are administered, the possibility of transmitting infective agents cannot be totally excluded. This also applies to unknown or emerging viruses and other pathogens.

The measures taken are considered effective for enveloped viruses such as HIV, HBV and HCV. The measures taken may be of limited value against non-enveloped viruses such as HAV and parvovirus B19. Parvovirus B19 infection may be serious for pregnant women (foetal infection) and for individuals with immunodeficiency or increased erythropoiesis (e.g. haemolytic anaemia).

It is strongly recommended that every time Octaplex is administered to a patient, the name and batch number of the product are recorded in order to maintain a link between the patient and the batch of the product.

Appropriate vaccination (hepatitis A and B) is recommended for patients in regular/repeated receipt of human plasma-derived prothrombin complex products.

There is a risk of thrombosis or disseminated intravascular coagulation when patients, with either congenital or acquired deficiency are treated with human prothrombin complex particularly with repeated dosing. Patients given human prothrombin complex should be observed closely for signs or symptoms of intravascular coagulation or thrombosis. Because of the risk of thromboembolic complications, close monitoring should be exercised when administering human prothrombin complex to patients with a history of coronary heart disease, to patients with liver disease, to peri- or postoperative patients, to neonates, or to patients at risk of thromboembolic events or disseminated intravascular coagulation. In each of these situations, the potential benefit of treatment should be weighed against the risk of these complications.

No data are available regarding the use of Octaplex in case of perinatal bleeding due to vitamin K deficiency in the new-born.

Octaplex contains 75 - 125 mg sodium per vial. To be taken into consideration by patients on a controlled sodium diet.

4.5 Interaction with other medicinal products and other forms of interaction

Human prothrombin complex products neutralise the effect of vitamin K antagonist treatment, but no interactions with other medicinal products are known.

Interference with biological testing:

When performing clotting tests which are sensitive to heparin in patients receiving high doses of human prothrombin complex, the heparin as a constituent of the administered product must be taken into account.

4.6 Fertility, pregnancy and lactation

The safety of human prothrombin complex for use in human pregnancy and during lactation has not been established.

Animal studies are not suitable to assess the safety with respect to pregnancy, embryonal/foetal development, parturition or postnatal development. Therefore, human prothrombin complex should be used during pregnancy and lactation only if clearly indicated.

4.7 Effects on ability to drive and use machines

No studies on the effects on the ability to drive and use machines have been performed.

4.8 Undesirable effects

Immune system disorders:

Replacement therapy may rarely (≥ 1/10,000 to < 1/1,000) lead to the formation of circulating antibodies inhibiting one or more of the human prothrombin complex factors. If such inhibitors occur, the condition will manifest itself as a poor clinical response.

Allergic or anaphylactic-type reactions and an increase in body temperature have not been observed in clinical studies with Octaplex but may rarely occur (≥ 1/10,000 to < 1/1,000).

General disorders and administration site conditions:

Increase in body temperature has not been observed but may rarely occur (≥ 1/10,000 to < 1/1,000).

Vascular disorders:

There is a risk of thromboembolic episodes following the administration of human prothrombin complex (see section 4.4).

Nervous system disorders:

Headache may rarely occur (≥ 1/10,000 to < 1/1,000).


A transient increase in liver transaminases has been rarely observed (≥ 1/10,000 to < 1/1,000).


Octaplex contains heparin. Therefore, a sudden, allergy induced reduction of the blood platelet count below 100,000/µl or 50 % of the starting count may be rarely observed (thrombocytopenia type II). In patients not previously hypersensitive to heparin, this decrease in thrombocytes may occur 6 - 14 days after the start of treatment. In patients with previous heparin hypersensitivity this reduction may happen within a few hours.

The treatment with Octaplex must be stopped immediately in patients showing this allergic reaction. These patients must not receive heparin containing medicinal products in the future.

For safety with respect to transmissible agents, see 4.4.

Reporting of suspected adverse reactions

Reporting suspected adverse reactions after authorisation of the medicinal product is important. It allows continued monitoring of the benefit/risk balance of the medicinal product. Healthcare professionals are asked to report any suspected adverse reactions via

4.9 Overdose

The use of high doses of human prothrombin complex products has been associated with instances of myocardial infarction, disseminated intravascular coagulation, venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolism. Therefore, in case of overdose, the risk of development of thromboembolic complications or disseminated intravascular coagulation is enhanced.

5. Pharmacological properties
5.1 Pharmacodynamic properties

Pharmacotherapeutic group: antihemorrhagics, blood coagulation factors IX, II, VII, and X in combination, ATC code: B02BD01.

The coagulation factors II, VII, IX and X, which are synthesised in the liver with the help of vitamin K , are commonly called the Prothrombin Complex.

Factor VII is the zymogen of the active serine protease factor VIla by which the extrinsic pathway of blood coagulation is initiated. The tissue factor-factor VIla complex activates coagulation factors X and IX, whereby factor IXa and Xa are formed. With further activation of the coagulation cascade prothrombin (factor II) is activated and transformed to thrombin. By the action of thrombin, fibrinogen is converted to fibrin, which results in clot formation. The normal generation of thrombin is also of vital importance for platelet function as a part of the primary haemostasis.

Isolated severe deficiency of factor VII leads to reduced thrombin formation and a bleeding tendency due to impaired fibrin formation and impaired primary haemostasis. Isolated deficiency of factor IX is one of the classical haemophilias (haemophilia B). Isolated deficiency of factor II or factor X is very rare but in severe form they cause a bleeding tendency similar to that seen in classical haemophilia.

Acquired deficiency of the vitamin K dependent coagulation factors occurs during treatment with vitamin K antagonists. If the deficiency becomes severe, a severe bleeding tendency results, characterised by retroperitoneal or cerebral bleeds rather than muscle and joint haemorrhage. Severe hepatic insufficiency also results in markedly reduced levels of the vitamin K dependent coagulation factors and a clinical bleeding tendency which, however, is often complex due to a simultaneous ongoing low-grade intravascular coagulation, low platelet levels, deficiency of coagulation inhibitors and disturbed fibrinolysis.

The administration of human prothrombin complex provides an increase in plasma levels of the vitamin K dependent coagulation factors, and can temporarily correct the coagulation defect of patients with deficiency of one or several of these factors.

5.2 Pharmacokinetic properties

The plasma half-life ranges are:

Coagulation factor


Factor II

48 - 60 hours

Factor VII

1.5- 6 hours

Factor IX

20 - 24 hours

Factor X

24 - 48 hours

Octaplex is administered intravenously and therefore immediately available in the organism.

5.3 Preclinical safety data

There are no preclinical data considered relevant to clinical safety beyond data included in other sections of the SPC.

6. Pharmaceutical particulars
6.1 List of excipients


Heparin: 0.2 – 0.5 IU/IU FIX

Tri-sodium citrate dihydrate


Water for Injections

6.2 Incompatibilities

This medicinal product must not be mixed with other medicinal products.

6.3 Shelf life

2 years

Chemical and physical in-use stability has been demonstrated for up to 8 hours at +2°C to +25°C.

From a microbiological point of view, the product should be used immediately. If not used immediately, in-use storage times and conditions prior to use are the responsibility of the user and would normally not be longer than 24 hours at 2 to 8°C, unless reconstitution has taken place in controlled and validated aseptic conditions.

6.4 Special precautions for storage

Do not store above 25°C.

Do not freeze.

Store in the original package in order to protect from light.

For storage conditions after reconstitution of the medicinal product, see section 6.3.

6.5 Nature and contents of container

One package of Octaplex contains:

• Powder in a vial (type I glass) with a stopper (halobutyl rubber) and a flip off cap (aluminium)

• 20 ml of Water for Injections in a vial (type I or type II glass) with a stopper (halobutyl rubber) and a flip off cap (aluminium)

• 1 transfer set Mix2Vial™.

6.6 Special precautions for disposal and other handling

Please read all the instructions and follow them carefully

During the procedure described below, aseptic technique must be maintained

The product reconstitutes quickly at room temperature.

The solution should be clear or slightly opalescent. Do not use solutions that are cloudy or have deposits. Reconstituted products should be inspected visually for particulate matter and discoloration prior to administration.

After reconstitution the solution must be used immediately.

Any unused product or waste material should be disposed of in accordance with local requirements.

Instructions for reconstitution:

1. If necessary, allow the solvent (Water for Injections) and the powder in the closed vials to reach room temperature. This temperature should be maintained during reconstitution.

If a water bath is used for warming, care must be taken to avoid water coming into contact with the rubber stoppers or the caps of the vials. The temperature of the water bath should not exceed 37°C.

2. Remove the caps from the powder vial and the water vial and clean the rubber stoppers with an alcohol swab.

3. The Mix2vial™ is depicted in Fig. 1. Peel away the lid of the outer package of the Mix2Vial™. Place the solvent vial on an even surface and hold it firmly. Place the blue part of the Mix2Vial™ on top of the solvent vial and press firmly down until it snaps (Fig. 1). While holding onto the solvent vial, carefully remove the outer package from the Mix2Vial™, being careful to leave the Mix2Vial™ attached firmly to the solvent vial (Fig. 2).

4. Place the powder vial on an even surface and hold it firmly. Take the solvent vial with the attached Mix2Vial™ and turn it upside down. Place the transparent part on top of the powder vial and press firmly down until it snaps (Fig. 3). The solvent flows automatically into the powder vial.

5. With both vials still attached, gently swirl the powder vial until the product is dissolved.

Octaplex dissolves quickly at room temperature to a colourless to slightly blue solution. Unscrew the Mix2Vial™ into two parts (Fig. 4).

Dispose the empty solvent vial with the blue part of the Mix2Vial™.

If the powder fails to dissolve completely or an aggregate is formed, do not use the preparation.

Instructions for infusion:

As a precautionary measure, the patients pulse rate should be measured before and during the infusion. If a marked increase in the pulse rate occurs the infusion speed must be reduced or the administration must be interrupted.

1. Attach a 20 ml syringe to the transparent part of the Mix2Vial™. Turn the vial upside down and draw the solution into the syringe. Once the solution has been transferred, firmly hold the plunger of the syringe (keeping it facing down) and remove the syringe from the Mix2Vial™. Dispose the Mix2Vial™ and the empty vial.

2. Disinfect the intended injection site with an alcohol swab.

3. Inject the solution intravenously at a slow speed: Initially 1 ml per minute, not faster than 2 - 3 ml per minute.

No blood must flow into the syringe due to the risk of formation of fibrin clots. The Mix2Vial™ is for single use only.

7. Marketing authorisation holder

Octapharma Limited

The Zenith Building

26 Spring Gardens

Manchester M2 1AB

United Kingdom

8. Marketing authorisation number(s)

PL 10673/0027

9. Date of first authorisation/renewal of the authorisation

Date of first authorisation: 20/07/2006

Date of renewal of the authorisation: 27/07/2008

10. Date of revision of the text

September 2014

Company contact details

Octapharma Limited

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The Zenith Building, 26 Spring Gardens, Manchester, Lancashire, M2 1AB


+44 (0)161 837 3799

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Medical Information Direct Line

0845 1300 522

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Active ingredients

human coagulation factor II, human coagulation factor IX, human coagulation factor VII, human coagulation factor X, protein c, protein s

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