Dosing & Uses
Dosage Forms & Strengths
solution for injection
- 30mg/mL (300mg/10mL single-dose vial)
Indicated for adults with relapsing or primary progressive forms of multiple sclerosis
Initial 2 doses: 300 mg IV once; repeat this dose 2 wk later
Subsequent doses: 600 mg IV every 6 months
Also see Administration for instructions regarding premedication, dose dilution, infusion rate, and missed doses
- Dose modifications in response to infusion reactions depends on the severity
- Immediately stop and permanently discontinue ocrelizumab if there are signs of a life-threatening or disabling infusion reaction
- Immediately interrupt the infusion and administer appropriate supportive treatment, as necessary
- Restart the infusion only after all symptoms have resolved
- When restarting, begin at half of the infusion rate at the time of onset of the infusion reaction
- If this rate is tolerated, may increase the rate (see Administration)
- Reduce the infusion rate to half the rate at the onset of the infusion reaction and maintain the reduced rate for at least 30 min
- If this rate is tolerated, may increase the rate (see Administration)
- Perform Hepatitis B virus (HBV) screening before initiating ocrelizumab
- Contraindicated with active HBV infection confirmed by positive results for HBsAg and anti-HBV tests
- For patients who are negative for surface antigen [HBsAg] and positive for HB core antibody [HBcAb+] or are carriers of HBV [HBsAg+], consult liver disease experts before starting and during treatment
- Vaccination with live-attenuated or live vaccines is not recommended during treatment and after discontinuation until B-cell repletion
- Administer all necessary immunizations according to immunization guidelines at least 6 weeks before initiating ocrelizumab
Safety and efficacy not established
Serious - Use Alternative
Significant - Monitor Closely
Upper respiratory tract infections (40-49%)
Infusion-related reactions (34-40%)
Skin infections (14%)
Decreased neutrophil counts (13%)
Lower respiratory tract infections (8-10%)
Depression (8%) Cough (7%)
Back pain (6%)
Herpes virus-associated infections (5-6%)
Peripheral edema (6%)
Pain in extremity (5%)
Active HBV infection
History of life-threatening infusion reaction to ocrelizumab
Can cause infusion reactions that include pruritus, rash, urticaria, erythema, bronchospasm, throat irritation, oropharyngeal pain, dyspnea, pharyngeal or laryngeal edema, flushing, hypotension, pyrexia, fatigue, headache, dizziness, nausea, and tachycardia; monitor for reaction during the infusion and for at least 1 hr; permanently discontinue for a life-threatening reaction (also see Dosage Modifications and Administration)
May increase risk for malignancy
- In clinical trials, a higher proportion of ocrelizumab-treated patients experienced infections (eg, respiratory tract, herpes) compared with interferon-beta1a or placebo
- HBV reactivation: Fulminant hepatitis, hepatic failure, and death caused by HBV reactivation have occurred in patients treated with other anti-CD20 antibodies
- Progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML)
- PML is an opportunistic viral infection of the brain caused by the John Cunningham (JC) virus
- PML has been observed in patients treated with other anti-CD20 antibodies and other multiple sclerosis therapies and has also been associated with some risk factors (eg, immunocompromised patients, polytherapy with immunosuppressants)
- At the first sign or symptom suggestive of PML, withhold drug and perform an appropriate diagnostic evaluation
- MRI findings may be apparent before clinical signs or symptoms
Drug interaction overview
- Coadministration with immunosuppressants may increase risk for immunosuppressive effects
- Vaccination with live or live-attenuated vaccines is not recommended during ocrelizumab treatment and until B-cell repletion; administer all immunizations according to guidelines at least 6 wk before starting ocrelizumab
No data available to assess risk in pregnant women
However, transient peripheral B-cell depletion and lymphocytopenia have been reported in infants born to mothers exposed to other anti-CD20 antibodies during pregnancy
- Women of childbearing potential should use contraception while receiving ocrelizumab and for 6 months after the last infusion
Unknown if distributed in human breast milk
Consider the developmental and health benefits of breastfeeding along with the mother’s clinical need for the drug, and any potential adverse effects on the breastfed infant from the drug or from the underlying maternal condition
A:Generally acceptable. Controlled studies in pregnant women show no evidence of fetal risk.
B:May be acceptable. Either animal studies show no risk but human studies not available or animal studies showed minor risks and human studies done and showed no risk.
C:Use with caution if benefits outweigh risks. Animal studies show risk and human studies not available or neither animal nor human studies done.
D:Use in LIFE-THREATENING emergencies when no safer drug available. Positive evidence of human fetal risk.
X:Do not use in pregnancy. Risks involved outweigh potential benefits. Safer alternatives exist.
NA:Information not available.
Mechanism of Action
Humanized monoclonal antibody designed to selectively target CD20, a cell surface antigen present on pre-B and mature B lymphocytes
Following cell surface binding to B lymphocytes, ocrelizumab results in antibody-dependent cellular cytolysis and complement-mediated lysis
Peak plasma concentration: 212 mcg/mL (600 mg); 141 mcg/mL (300 mg)
AUC: 3510 mcg·mL/day
- Central volume distribution: 2.78 L
- Peripheral volume compartment: 2.68 L/day
- Intercompartment: 0.29 L/day
Terminal half-life: 26 days
Constant clearance: 0.17 L/day
Initial time-dependent clearance: 0.05 L/day (declines with a half-life of 33 wk)
Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) bags and IV sets
Polyolefin (PO) bags and IV sets
Visually inspect vial for particulate matter and discoloration; do not use if solution is discolored or contains discrete foreign particulate matter
Do not shake vial
Using aseptic technique, withdraw dose and further dilute into 0.9% NaCl infusion bag to final concentration of ~1.2 mg/mL (ie, 300 mg in 250-mL bag, 600 mg in 500-mL bag)
Product contains no preservative and is intended for single use only
Before starting the IV infusion, the content of the infusion bag should be at room temperature
Use the prepared infusion solution immediately or refrigerate (see Storage)
Administer the diluted infusion solution through a dedicated line using an infusion set with a 0.2 or 0.22 micron inline filter
Observe patient for infusion reactions during the infusion and for at least 1 hr after completion of the infusion; inform patients that infusion reactions can occur up to 24 hr after the infusion
See Dosage Modifications for instructions if infusion reaction occurs
- Before every infusion, determine whether there is an active infection
- In case of active infection, delay infusion until the infection resolves
- Methylprednisolone 100 mg IV (or an equivalent corticosteroid): Premedicate ~30 min before each ocrelizumab infusion to reduce the frequency and severity of infusion reactions
- Antihistamine (eg, diphenhydramine): Premedicate ~30-60 min before each ocrelizumab infusion to further reduce the frequency and severity of infusion reactions
- Antipyretic (eg, acetaminophen): Addition to the above medications may be considered
- Initial dose (first 2 IV infusions)
- Dilute 300 mg in 250 mL 0.9% NaCl to final concentration of ~1.2 mg/mL
- Start IV at 30 mL/hr
- Increase by 30 mL/hr q30min
- Maximum rate: 180 mL/hr
- Infusion duration: ≥2.5 hr
- Subsequent doses
- Dilute 600 mg in 500 mL 0.9% NaCl to final concentration of ~1.2 mg/mL
- Start IV at 40 mL/hr
- Increase by 40 mL/hr q30min
- Maximum rate: 200 mL/hr
- Infusion duration: ≥3.5 hr
Delayed or missed dose
- If a planned infusion is missed, administer as soon as possible; do not wait until the next scheduled dose
- Reset the dose schedule to administer the next sequential dose 6 months after the missed dose is administered
- Doses must be separated by at least 5 months
- Refrigerate at 2-8°C (36-46°F) in the outer carton to protect from light
- Do not freeze
- Do not shake
- Refrigerated at 2-8°C (36-46°F): Up to 24 hr
- Room temperature up to 25°C (77°F): 8 hr (including infusion time)
- In the event an IV infusion cannot be completed the same day, discard the remaining solution
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