Recombinant factor VIIa analog in the management of hemophilia with inhibitors: Results from a multicenter, randomized, controlled trial of vatreptacog alfa

S. R. Lentz, S. Ehrenforth, F. Abdul Karim, T. Matsushita, K. N. Weldingh, J. Windyga, J. N. Mahlangu, A. Weltermann, E. de Paula, M. Cerqueira, S. Zupancic-Salek, O. Katsarou, M. Economou, L. Nemes, Z. Boda, E. Santagostino, G. Tagariello, H. Hanabusa, K. Fukutake, M. TakiM. Shima, M. Gorska-Kosicka, M. Serban, T. Andreeva, A. Savic, I. Elezovic, J. Mahlangu, W. Tsay, M. Shen, A. Chuansumrit, P. Angchaisuksiri, K. Kavakli, A. Kupesiz, I. Sasmaz, B. Madan, S. Rangarajan, P. Giangrande, K. Saxena, S. Lentz, M. Recht, C. Kempton, J. Barrett, G. Young, D. Quon, A. Stopeck, J. Lin, Afshin Ameri, S. Kaicker, P. Kuriakose, D. Obzut, M. Wang, I. Ortiz, A. Sori

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Background: Vatreptacog alfa, a recombinant factor VIIa (rFVIIa) analog with three amino acid substitutions and 99% identity to native FVIIa, was developed to improve the treatment of hemophilic patients with inhibitors. Objectives: To confirm the safety and assess the efficacy of vatreptacog alfa in treating bleeding episodes in hemophilic patients with inhibitors. Patients and methods: In this international, multicenter, randomized, double-blind, active-controlled, crossover, confirmatory phase III trial (adept2) in patients with hemophilia A or B and inhibitors, bleeds were randomized 3 2 to treatment with vatreptacog alfa (one to three doses at 80 μg kg-1) or rFVIIa (one to three doses at 90 μg kg-1). Treatment failures after three doses of trial product (TP) were managed according to the local standard of care. Results: In the 72 patients enrolled, 567 bleeds were treated with TP. Both vatreptacog alfa and rFVIIa gave 93% effective bleeding control at 12 h. Vatreptacog alfa was superior to rFVIIa in secondary efficacy outcomes, including the number of doses used to treat a bleed and sustained bleeding control 24-48 h after the first dose. Eight patients (11%) developed antibodies against vatreptacog alfa, including four with cross-reactivity against rFVIIa and one with an in vitro neutralizing effect to vatreptacog alfa. Conclusions: This large randomized controlled trial confirmed the well-established efficacy and safety profile of rFVIIa, and showed that vatreptacog alfa had similar or better efficacy than rFVIIa. However, because of the development of anti-drug antibodies, a positive benefit-risk profile is unlikely to be achieved with vatreptacog alfa.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1244-1253
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis
Issue number8
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014


  • Antibodies
  • Clinical trial, phase III
  • Hemophilia
  • Inhibitors
  • Recombinant factor VIIa

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hematology


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