Bioavailability of IgG administered by the subcutaneous route.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

PURPOSE: US licensing studies of subcutaneous IgG (SCIG) calculate dose adjustments necessary to achieve area under the curve (AUC) of serum IgG vs. time on SCIG that is non-inferior to that on intravenous IgG (IVIG), within the FDA-set limit of ±20%. The results are interpreted as showing that different SCIGs differ in bioavailability. We used three approaches to determine if the bioavailabilities were actually different. METHODS: Dose adjustments and AUCs from published licensing studies were used to calculate bioavailabilities using the formula: Bioavailability (% of IVIG) = AUC(SCIG) ÷ AUC(IVIG) x 1/Dose Adjustment. We also compared the increment in serum IgG concentration achieved with varying doses of SCIG in recent meta-analyses with the increment with different doses of IVIG, and determined the serum IgG concentrations when patients switched SCIG products at the same dose. RESULTS: The actual bioavailabilities were: Gamunex® 65.0%, Hizentra® 65.5%, Gammagard® 67.2%, Vivaglobin® 69.0%. Regression analyses of serum IgG vs. dose showed that the mean increase in serum IgG resulting from a 100 mg/kg/month increment in SCIG dosing was 69.4% of the increase with the same increment in IVIG dosing (84 mg/dL vs. 121 mg/dL). Patients switching SCIG preparations at the same dose had no change in serum IgG levels, confirming that bioavailabilities of the SCIG preparations did not differ. CONCLUSIONS: Decreased bioavailability appears to be a basic property of SCIG and not a result of any manufacturing process or concentration. Because serum IgG levels do not vary with different SCIG products at the same dose, adjustments are not necessary when switching products.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Berger, M; Jolles, S; Orange, JS; Sleasman, JW

Published Date

  • July 2013

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 33 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 984 - 990

PubMed ID

  • 23456255

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC3682093

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1573-2592

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s10875-013-9876-3


  • eng

Conference Location

  • Netherlands