Voncento

human coagulation factor VIII / human von willebrand factor

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This is a summary of the European public assessment report (EPAR) for Voncento. It explains how the Agency assessed the medicine to recommend its authorisation in the EU and its conditions of use. It is not intended to provide practical advice on how to use Voncento.

For practical information about using Voncento, patients should read the package leaflet or contact their doctor or pharmacist.

What is Voncento and what is it used for?

Voncento is a medicine that contains two active substances, human coagulation factor VIII and human von Willebrand factor. It is used for treating and preventing bleeding in patients with von Willebrand disease (VWD, an inherited bleeding disorder caused by lack of von Willebrand factor) when another medicine called desmopressin is ineffective or cannot be given. It is also used for the treatment and prevention of bleeding in patients with haemophilia A (an inherited bleeding disorder caused by lack of factor VIII).

How is Voncento used?

Voncento is available as a powder and solvent that are mixed together to make a solution for injection or infusion (drip) into a vein. It can only be obtained with a prescription and treatment should be supervised by a doctor who has experience in treating bleeding disorders.

Voncento is injected or infused slowly into a vein (at a rate of up to 6 ml per minute). If side effects develop during the injection/infusion, it may need to be given more slowly or stopped.

The dose and duration of treatment depend on whether Voncento is used to treat or prevent bleeding and whether it is used in patients with haemophilia A or von Willebrand disease. The dose and duration of treatment also depend on the severity of the disease, the extent and location of the bleeding, the clinical condition of the patient and the patient’s age and bodyweight. Full details on how to calculate the doses are included in the summary of product characteristics (also part of the EPAR).

Patients or their carers may be able to administer the treatment themselves at home if their treating physician feels this is appropriate and once they have been trained appropriately. For full details, see the package leaflet.

How does Voncento work?

The active substances in Voncento, human coagulation factor VIII and human von Willebrand factor, are coagulation factors (substances that help the blood to clot). Patients with haemophilia A do not have sufficient blood levels of factor VIII and patients with von Willebrand disease do not have sufficient levels of von Willebrand factor. This causes problems with blood clotting, leading to bleeding in the joints, muscles or internal organs. Voncento is used to replace the missing coagulation factors, giving temporary control of the bleeding disorder.

What benefits of Voncento have been shown in studies?

Voncento has been studied in one main study involving 22 patients (including adolescents) with severe von Willebrand disease to assess its effects in stopping non-surgical bleeding episodes or as preventive treatment. The patients had previously been treated with desmopressin or von Willebrand factor and, in the first part of the study, received Voncento for 12 months. Voncento was not compared with another treatment. Voncento’s effectiveness in stopping bleeding was measured by using a 4-point grading scale (from excellent to no effect). Voncento’s effects were rated excellent in around 92% (371 out of 405) of the bleeding episodes and good in around 7% (27 out of 405) of episodes. The second part of this study, which lasted another 12 months, looked at the ability of Voncento to prevent bleeding episodes in 8 patients who had received Voncento during the first part of the study. This second part of the study showed that the average number of bleeding events in patients on preventive treatment was reduced to 1 to 6 events, compared with 18 to 82 events experienced by these patients during the year before the start of the preventive treatment.

The benefits of Voncento in preventing and treating bleeding episodes in haemophilia A were shown in a study of 81 patients who had previously been treated with human coagulation factor VIII. In this study, when used to treat bleeding, Voncento was rated excellent in 60.4% (396 out of 656) of the bleeding events and good in 36.0% (236 out of 656) of the bleeding events. Similar ratings were seen when Voncento was used for prevention. Among the 37 surgeries that occurred during the study, of which 12 were major, in only one case the blood loss was more than expected. Five patients in total – all of then undergoing major knee surgery – required blood transfusion.

What are the risks associated with Voncento?

Side effects with Voncento have rarely been reported (affecting less than 1 in 10,000 people) and include hypersensitivity (allergic) reactions, thromboembolic events (problems due to the formation of blood clots in the blood vessels), pyrexia (fever), headache, dysgeusia (taste disturbances) and abnormal blood levels of liver enzymes. Furthermore, patients may develop antibodies against factor VIII and von Willebrand factor. For the full list of all side effects and restrictions with Voncento, see the package leaflet.

Why is Voncento approved?

The Agency’s Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) decided that Voncento’s benefits are greater than its risks and recommended that it be approved for use in the EU. The CHMP noted that Voncento was shown to be effective in treating and preventing bleeding in patients with haemophilia A as well as in patients with von Willebrand disease. Voncento was also effective in the prevention and treatment of bleeding related to surgery. Regarding its safety, side effects were generally mild to moderate and were considered typical for this type of medicine.

What measures are being taken to ensure the safe and effective use of Voncento?

A risk management plan has been developed to ensure that Voncento is used as safely as possible. Based on this plan, safety information has been included in the summary of product characteristics and the package leaflet for Voncento, including the appropriate precautions to be followed by healthcare professionals and patients.

Other information about Voncento

The European Commission granted a marketing authorisation valid throughout the European Union for Voncento on12 August 2013.

For more information about treatment with Voncento, read the package leaflet (also part of the EPAR) or contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Name Language First published Last updated
Voncento : EPAR - Summary for the public BG = bălgarski 04/10/2013 23/09/2015
Voncento : EPAR - Summary for the public ES = español 04/10/2013 23/09/2015
Voncento : EPAR - Summary for the public CS = čeština 04/10/2013 23/09/2015
Voncento : EPAR - Summary for the public DA = dansk 04/10/2013 23/09/2015
Voncento : EPAR - Summary for the public DE = Deutsch 04/10/2013 23/09/2015
Voncento : EPAR - Summary for the public ET = eesti keel 04/10/2013 23/09/2015
Voncento : EPAR - Summary for the public EL = elliniká 04/10/2013 23/09/2015
Voncento : EPAR - Summary for the public EN = English 04/10/2013 23/09/2015
Voncento : EPAR - Summary for the public FR = français 04/10/2013 23/09/2015
Voncento : EPAR - Summary for the public IT = italiano 04/10/2013 23/09/2015
Voncento : EPAR - Summary for the public LV = latviešu valoda 04/10/2013 23/09/2015
Voncento : EPAR - Summary for the public LT = lietuvių kalba 04/10/2013 23/09/2015
Voncento : EPAR - Summary for the public HU = magyar 04/10/2013 23/09/2015
Voncento : EPAR - Summary for the public MT = Malti 04/10/2013 23/09/2015
Voncento : EPAR - Summary for the public NL = Nederlands 04/10/2013 23/09/2015
Voncento : EPAR - Summary for the public PL = polski 04/10/2013 23/09/2015
Voncento : EPAR - Summary for the public PT = português 04/10/2013 23/09/2015
Voncento : EPAR - Summary for the public RO = română 04/10/2013 23/09/2015
Voncento : EPAR - Summary for the public SK = slovenčina 04/10/2013 23/09/2015
Voncento : EPAR - Summary for the public SL = slovenščina 04/10/2013 23/09/2015
Voncento : EPAR - Summary for the public FI = suomi 04/10/2013 23/09/2015
Voncento : EPAR - Summary for the public SV = svenska 04/10/2013 23/09/2015
Voncento : EPAR - Summary for the public HR = Hrvatski 04/10/2013 23/09/2015

This EPAR was last updated on 23/09/2015 .

Authorisation details

Product details

Product details for Voncento
NameVoncento
Agency product numberEMEA/H/C/002493
Active substance

human coagulation factor VIII / human von willebrand factor

International non-proprietary name (INN) or common name

human coagulation factor VIII / human von willebrand factor

Therapeutic area von Willebrand DiseasesHemophilia A
Anatomical therapeutic chemical (ATC) code B02BD06
Additional monitoring

This medicine is under additional monitoring. This means that it is being monitored even more intensively than other medicines. For more information, see medicines under additional monitoring.

Publication details

Publication details for Voncento
Marketing-authorisation holder

CSL Behring GmbH

Revision5
Date of issue of marketing authorisation valid throughout the European Union12/08/2013

Contact address:

CSL Behring GmbH
Emil-von-Behring-Straße 76
35041 Marburg
Germany

Product information

Product information

25/06/2015  Voncento -EMEA/H/C/002493 -II/0008/G

Name Language First published Last updated
Voncento : EPAR - Product Information HR = Hrvatski 04/10/2013 23/09/2015
Voncento : EPAR - Product Information HR = Hrvatski 04/10/2013 23/09/2015
Voncento : EPAR - Product Information HR = Hrvatski 04/10/2013 23/09/2015
Voncento : EPAR - Product Information HR = Hrvatski 04/10/2013 23/09/2015
Voncento : EPAR - Product Information HR = Hrvatski 04/10/2013 23/09/2015
Voncento : EPAR - Product Information HR = Hrvatski 04/10/2013 23/09/2015
Voncento : EPAR - Product Information HR = Hrvatski 04/10/2013 23/09/2015
Voncento : EPAR - Product Information HR = Hrvatski 04/10/2013 23/09/2015
Voncento : EPAR - Product Information HR = Hrvatski 04/10/2013 23/09/2015
Voncento : EPAR - Product Information HR = Hrvatski 04/10/2013 23/09/2015
Voncento : EPAR - Product Information HR = Hrvatski 04/10/2013 23/09/2015
Voncento : EPAR - Product Information HR = Hrvatski 04/10/2013 23/09/2015
Voncento : EPAR - Product Information HR = Hrvatski 04/10/2013 23/09/2015
Voncento : EPAR - Product Information HR = Hrvatski 04/10/2013 23/09/2015
Voncento : EPAR - Product Information HR = Hrvatski 04/10/2013 23/09/2015
Voncento : EPAR - Product Information HR = Hrvatski 04/10/2013 23/09/2015
Voncento : EPAR - Product Information HR = Hrvatski 04/10/2013 23/09/2015
Voncento : EPAR - Product Information HR = Hrvatski 04/10/2013 23/09/2015
Voncento : EPAR - Product Information HR = Hrvatski 04/10/2013 23/09/2015
Voncento : EPAR - Product Information HR = Hrvatski 04/10/2013 23/09/2015
Voncento : EPAR - Product Information HR = Hrvatski 04/10/2013 23/09/2015
Voncento : EPAR - Product Information HR = Hrvatski 04/10/2013 23/09/2015
Voncento : EPAR - Product Information HR = Hrvatski 04/10/2013 23/09/2015
Voncento : EPAR - Product Information HR = Hrvatski 04/10/2013 23/09/2015
Voncento : EPAR - Product Information HR = Hrvatski 04/10/2013 23/09/2015

Contents

  • Annex I - Summary of product characteristics
  • Annex IIA - Manufacturing-authorisation holder responsible for batch release
  • Annex IIB - Conditions of the marketing authorisation
  • Annex IIIA - Labelling
  • Annex IIIB - Package leaflet

Please note that the size of the above document can exceed 50 pages.

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Name Language First published Last updated
Voncento : EPAR - All Authorised presentations HR = Hrvatski 04/10/2013  
Voncento : EPAR - All Authorised presentations HR = Hrvatski 04/10/2013  
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Voncento : EPAR - All Authorised presentations HR = Hrvatski 04/10/2013  
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Voncento : EPAR - All Authorised presentations HR = Hrvatski 04/10/2013  
Voncento : EPAR - All Authorised presentations HR = Hrvatski 04/10/2013  
Voncento : EPAR - All Authorised presentations HR = Hrvatski 04/10/2013  

Pharmacotherapeutic group

Antihaemorrhagics: Blood coagulation factors; von Willebrand factor and coagulation factor VIII in combination

Therapeutic indication

Von Willebrand disease (VWD)

Prophylaxis and treatment of haemorrhage or surgical bleeding in patients with VWD, when desmopressin (DDAVP) treatment alone is ineffective or contraindicated.

Haemophilia A (congenital factor-VIII deficiency)

Prophylaxis and treatment of bleeding in patients with haemophilia A.

Assessment History

Changes since initial authorisation of medicine

Name Language First published Last updated
Voncento : EPAR - Procedural steps taken and scientific information after authorisation HR = Hrvatski 26/05/2014 23/09/2015
Voncento : EPAR - Assessment Report - Variation HR = Hrvatski 23/09/2015  
Voncento-H-C-2493-P46-010.1 : EPAR - Assessment Report HR = Hrvatski 06/08/2015  
CHMP post-authorisation summary of positive opinion for Voncento HR = Hrvatski 26/06/2015  

Initial marketing-authorisation documents

Name Language First published Last updated
Voncento : EPAR - Public assessment report HR = Hrvatski 04/10/2013  
CHMP summary of positive opinion for Voncento HR = Hrvatski 31/05/2013  

Authorised

This medicine is approved for use in the European Union

Patient safety