Back to Journals » Journal of Blood Medicine » Volume 11

Pharmacokinetics, Efficacy and Safety of a Plasma-Derived VWF/FVIII Concentrate (Formulation V) in Pediatric Patients with von Willebrand Disease (SWIFTLY-VWD Study)

Authors Auerswald G, Djambas Khayat C, Stasyshyn O, Iosava G, Romashevskaya I, López MJ, Seifert W, Rogosch T

Received 31 October 2019

Accepted for publication 18 March 2020

Published 22 June 2020 Volume 2020:11 Pages 213—225


Checked for plagiarism Yes

Review by Single-blind

Peer reviewer comments 2

Editor who approved publication: Dr Martin H. Bluth

Guenter Auerswald,1 Claudia Djambas Khayat,2 Oleksandra Stasyshyn,3 Genadi Iosava,4 Irina Romashevskaya,5 Marta Julia López,6 Wilfried Seifert,7 Tobias Rogosch7

1Hess Kinderklinik, Klinikum Bremen-Mitte, Bremen, Germany; 2Hotel Dieu de France Hospital, St Joseph University, Beirut, Lebanon; 3Institute of Blood Pathology and Transfusion Medicine, Academy of Medical Sciences of Ukraine, Lviv, Ukraine; 4Institute for Hematology and Transfusiology, Tbilisi, Georgia; 5Republican Research Centre for Radiation Medicine and Human Ecology, Gomel, Belarus; 6Hematology, Hospital Roosevelt, Guatemala, Guatemala; 7Clinical Development, CSL Behring, Marburg, Germany

Correspondence: Guenter Auerswald
Hess Kinderklinik, Klinikum Bremen-Mitte, Bremen, Germany
Tel +49 176-10113362

Purpose: Formulation V (VONCENTO®) is a plasma-derived high-concentration/low-volume, high-purity von Willebrand factor (VWF)/factor VIII (FVIII) concentrate, originally indicated for von Willebrand disease (VWD) in adults and adolescents. This multicenter, open-label study (SWIFTLY-VWD) evaluated the pharmacokinetics (PK), as well as hemostatic efficacy and safety, of Formulation V in pediatric patients (< 12 years) with severe VWD requiring treatment or prophylaxis of bleedings.
Methods: PK investigations were performed following one dose of Formulation V at Day 1 and 180. Nonsurgical bleeds were analyzed, while hemostatic efficacy was graded as excellent/good/moderate/none. Safety assessments included adverse events, and presence of VWF and/or FVIII inhibitors.
Results: Formulation V was administered as on-demand (N=13) or prophylaxis therapy (N=4) for 12 months (< 6 years, N=9; 6 to < 12 years, N=8). PK parameters for VWF markers were generally comparable to adults but showed lower VWF:ristocetin cofactor (RCo) exposure. Incidence of major bleeds was lower for prophylaxis (3.3%) than on-demand therapy (27.1%); joint bleeds were also lower (3.3% vs 11.5%, respectively). Investigator-reported excellent/good hemostatic efficacy against nonsurgical bleeds was 100%. No clinically relevant differences in PK, hemostatic efficacy, or safety were observed between age-groups (< 6 years and 6 to < 12 years). Formulation V was well tolerated. Adverse events were mild–moderate and consistent with the adult safety profile. No cases of anaphylactic reactions or angioedema, development of FVIII/VWF inhibitors, thromboembolic events, or viral infections were reported.
Conclusion: This study provides evidence for use of Formulation V to treat and prevent bleeding in pediatric patients with severe VWD, and led to the European approval of Formulation V in children.

Keywords: von Willebrand disease, clinical trial, pediatrics, prophylaxis, von Willebrand factor-factor VIII concentrate

Creative Commons License This work is published and licensed by Dove Medical Press Limited. The full terms of this license are available at and incorporate the Creative Commons Attribution - Non Commercial (unported, v3.0) License. By accessing the work you hereby accept the Terms. Non-commercial uses of the work are permitted without any further permission from Dove Medical Press Limited, provided the work is properly attributed. For permission for commercial use of this work, please see paragraphs 4.2 and 5 of our Terms.

Download Article [PDF]  View Full Text [HTML][Machine readable]