Rapilysin (reteplase) – Summary of product characteristics - B01AD08

Updated on site: 09-Oct-2017

Medication nameRapilysin
ATC CodeB01AD08
ManufacturerActavis Group PTC ehf


Rapilysin 10 U powder and solvent for solution for injection.


1 vial contains 10 U* reteplase ** in 0.56 g powder

1 prefilled syringe contains 10 ml water for injections.

The reconstituted solution contains 1 U reteplase per ml.

For the full list of excipients, see section 6.1.

*Potency of reteplase is expressed in units (U) by using a reference standard which is specific for reteplase and is not comparable with units used for other thrombolytic agents.

**Recombinant plasminogen activator produced in Escherichia coli by recombinant DNA technology.


Powder and solvent for solution for injection.

White powder and clear colourless liquid (water for injections).


4.1Therapeutic indications

Rapilysin is indicated for the thrombolytic treatment of suspected myocardial infarction with persistent ST elevation or recent left Bundle Branch Block within 12 hours after the onset of acute myocardial infarction AMI symptoms.

4.2Posology and method of administration

Treatment with reteplase should be initiated as soon as possible after the onset of AMI symptoms.

Rapilysin should be prescribed by physicians experienced in the use of thrombolytic treatment and with the facilities to monitor its use.


Dosage of Rapilysin

Rapilysin is administered as a 10 U bolus dose followed by a second 10 U bolus dose 30 minutes later (double bolus).

Each bolus is administered as a slow intravenous injection within 2 minutes. Ensure that the injection is not mistakenly given paravenously.

Heparin and acetylsalicylic acid should be administered before and following the administration of Rapilysin to reduce the risk of re-thrombosis.

Dosage of Heparin

The recommended dose of heparin is 5000 I.U. given as a bolus injection prior to reteplase therapy followed by an infusion of 1000 I.U. per hour starting after the second reteplase bolus. Heparin should

be administered for at least 24 hours, preferably for 48 – 72 hours, aiming to keep aPTT values 1.5 to 2 times normal.

Dosage of Acetylsalicylic Acid

The initial dose of acetylsalicylic acid prior to thrombolysis should be at least 250 mg (250 – 350 mg) followed by 75 – 150 mg/day at least until discharge.

Paediatric population

No data are available.

Method of administration

Reteplase is supplied as a freeze-dried substance in vials. The lyophilisate is reconstituted with the contents of the accompanying syringe. For instructions on reconstitution of the medicinal product before administration, see section 6.6.

Rapilysin should be injected preferably through an intravenous line whose sole purpose is the injection of Rapilysin. No other medicines should be injected through the line reserved for Rapilysin, neither at the same time, nor prior to, nor following Rapilysin injection. This applies to all products including heparin, and acetylsalicylic acid, which should be administered before and following the administration of reteplase to reduce the risk of re-thrombosis.

In those patients where the same line has to be used, this line (including Y-line) must be flushed thoroughly with 0.9 % sodium chloride or 5 % glucose solution prior to and following the Rapilysin injection.


Hypersensitivity to the active substance or to any of the excipients listed in section 6.1.

Because thrombolytic therapy increases the risk of bleeding, reteplase is contra-indicated in the following situations:

-known haemorrhagic diathesis

-patients with current concomitant therapy with oral anticoagulants (e.g. warfarin sodium)

-intracranial neoplasm, arteriovenous malformation or aneurysm

-neoplasm with increased bleeding risk

-history of cerebrovascular accident

-recent (< 10 days) prolonged and vigorous external heart massage

-severe uncontrolled hypertension

-active peptic ulceration

-portal hypertension (oesophageal varices)

-severe liver or renal dysfunction

-acute pancreatitis, pericarditis, bacterial endocarditis

-within 3 months of severe bleeding, major trauma or major surgery (e.g. coronary artery bypass graft, intracranial or intraspinal surgery or trauma), obstetrical delivery, organ biopsy, previous puncture of non-compressible vessels.

4.4Special warnings and precautions for use

Each patient being considered for therapy with reteplase should be carefully evaluated. For information on product incompatibilities see section 6.2.


The most common complication encountered during reteplase therapy is bleeding. In the following conditions the risks of reteplase therapy may be increased and should be weighed against the anticipated benefits:

-cerebrovascular disease

-systolic blood pressure at entry > 160 mmHg

-recent gastrointestinal or genitourinary bleeding (within 10 days)

-high likelihood of left heart thrombus, e.g. mitral stenosis with atrial fibrillation

-septic thrombophlebitis or occluded arteriovenous cannula at seriously infected site

-age over 75 years

-any other condition in which bleeding constitutes a significant hazard or would be particularly difficult because of its location

The concomitant use of heparin anticoagulation may contribute to bleeding. As fibrin is lysed during reteplase therapy, bleeding from recent puncture sites may occur. Therefore, thrombolytic therapy requires careful attention to all possible bleeding sites (including catheter insertion sites, arterial and venous puncture sites, cut down sites and needle puncture sites). The use of rigid catheter as well as intramuscular injections and nonessential handling of the patient should be avoided during treatment with reteplase.

Caution should be employed when used with other medicinal products affecting haemostasis such as heparin, low-molecular-weight heparins, heparinoids, oral anticoagulants and antiplatelet agents other than acetylsalicylic acid, such as dipyridamole, ticlopidine, clopidogrel or glycoprotein IIb/IIIa receptor antagonists.

Should serious bleeding, in particular cerebral haemorrhage, occur any concomitant heparin should be terminated immediately. In addition, the second bolus of reteplase should not be given if the serious bleeding occurs before it is administered. In general, however, it is not necessary to replace the coagulation factors because of the relatively short half-life of reteplase. Most patients who have bleeding can be managed by interruption of thrombolytic and anticoagulant therapy, volume replacement and manual pressure applied to an incompetent vessel. Protamine should be considered if heparin has been administered within 4 hours of the onset of bleeding. In the patients who fail to respond to these conservative measures, judicious use of transfusion products may be indicated. Transfusions of cryoprecipitate, fibrinogen, fresh frozen plasma and platelets should be considered with clinical and laboratory reassessment after each administration. A target fibrinogen level of 1 g/l is desirable with cryoprecipitate or fibrinogen infusion.

At present, insufficient data in patients with a diastolic blood pressure > 100 mmHg prior to thrombolytic therapy are available for reteplase.


Coronary thrombolysis may result in arrhythmias associated with reperfusion. It is strongly recommended that antiarrhythmic therapy for bradycardia and/or ventricular tachyarrhythmias (e.g. ventricular tachycardia or fibrillation) be available when reteplase is administered.


Since at present there is no experience with readministration of reteplase, the readministration is not recommended. However, no antibody formation to the reteplase molecule has been observed.

If an anaphylactoid reaction occurs, the injection should be discontinued immediately and appropriate therapy should be initiated.

4.5Interaction with other medicinal products and other forms of interaction

No interaction studies have been performed. Retrospective analyses of clinical studies did not reveal any clinically relevant interactions with medicinal product used concomitantly with reteplase in patients with acute myocardial infarction. Heparin, vitamin K antagonists and medicinal product that alter platelet function (such as acetylsalicylic acid, dipyridamole and abciximab) may increase the risk of bleeding if administered prior to, during or after reteplase therapy.

Attention should be paid to this effect especially during periods of low plasma fibrinogen (up to about 2 days after fibrinolytic therapy of AMI).

For information on product incompatibilities see section 4.2.

4.6Fertility, pregnancy and lactation


There are no adequate data on the use of reteplase in pregnant women. The only relevant available animal data refer to studies performed in rabbits, which showed vaginal bleedings associated with abortions (see section 5.3). The potential risk for humans is unknown.

Except in life-threatening situations, Rapilysin should not be used in pregnant women.


It is not known whether reteplase is excreted into breast milk. Breast milk should be discarded within the first 24 hours after thrombolytic therapy.

4.7Effects on ability to drive and use machines

Not relevant.

4.8Undesirable effects

Summary of the safety profile

The most commonly reported adverse drug reaction associated with reteplase treatment is haemorrhage, predominantly at the injection site. Local reactions at injection site can also occur.

As with other thrombolytic agents, recurrent ischaemia/angina, hypotension and heart failure/pulmonary oedema have been reported frequently as sequelae of myocardial infarction and/or thrombolytic administration.


The most frequent adverse drug reaction associated with reteplase treatment is haemorrhage.

Reports of intracranial bleeding, many of which are fatal, are of particular concern.

Systolic blood pressure over 160 mmHg before thrombolysis with reteplase was associated with greater risk for cerebral bleeding. The risk of intracranial bleeding and fatal intracranial bleeding increases with increasing age. Blood transfusions were rarely required. Death and permanent disability are not uncommonly reported in patients who have experienced stroke (including intracranial bleeding) and other serious bleeding episodes.

Tabulated list of adverse reactions

The frequency of adverse reactions reported is listed in the following table. Frequencies are defined as very common (≥ 1/10), common (≥ 1/100 to < 1/10), uncommon (≥ 1/1,000 to < 1/100), rare (≥ 1/10,000 to < 1/1,000), very rare (< 1/10,000) and not known (cannot be estimated from the available data).

System Organ Class


Adverse reactions seen with reteplase

Immune system


Hypersensitivity reactions (e.g. allergic





Very rare

Serious anaphylaxis/anaphylactoid




Nervous system


Cerebral haemorrhage2


Very rare

Events related to the nervous system




(e.g. epileptic seizure, convulsion,



aphasia, speech disorder, delirium,



acute brain syndrome, agitation,



confusion, depression, psychosis)

Cardiac disorders3

Very common

Recurrent ischaemia/angina,



hypotension and heart



failure/pulmonary oedema



Arrhythmias (e.g. AV block, atrial



fibrillation/flutter, ventricular






electromechanical dissociation (EMD)),



cardiac arrest, cardiogenic shock and






Mitral regurgitation, pulmonary



embolism, other systemic



embolism/cerebral embolism and



ventricular septal defect

Vascular disorders


Gastrointestinal haemorrhage



(haematemesis, melena), gingival or



genitourinary bleeding



Haemopericardium, retroperitoneal



bleeding, cerebral haemorrhage,



epistaxis, haemoptysis, eye



haemorrhage and ecchymosis

General disorders and

Very common

Haemorrhage at the injection site (e.g.

administration site


haematoma), a local reaction at



injection site, for example a burning




Injury, poisoning and

Not known

Fat embolism, which may lead to



corresponding consequences in the


organs concerned4

1.Available evidence on reteplase does not indicate an antibody-mediated origin of these hypersensitivity reactions.

2.Ischaemic or haemorrhagic cerebrovascular events may be contributing or underlying conditions.

3.As with other thrombolytic agents these cardiovascular events have been reported as sequelae of myocardial infarction and/or thrombolytic administration. These events can be life-threatening and may lead to death.

4.This event has been reported for the therapeutic class of thrombolytic agents.

Reporting of suspected adverse reactions

Reporting suspected adverse reactions after authorisation of the medicinal product is important. It allows continued monitoring of the benefit/risk balance of the medicinal product. Healthcare professionals are asked to report any suspected adverse reactions via the national reporting system listed in Appendix V.


In the event of overdosage one might expect depletion of fibrinogen and other blood coagulation components (e.g. coagulation factor V) with a consequent risk of bleeding.

For further information see section 4.4, section bleeding.


5.1Pharmacodynamic properties

Pharmacotherapeutic group: antithrombotic agent, ATC Code: B01AD07

Mechanism of action

Reteplase is a recombinant plasminogen activator that catalyzes the cleavage of endogenous plasminogen to generate plasmin. This plasminogenolysis occurs preferentially in the presence of fibrin. Plasmin in turn degrades fibrin, which is the main component of the matrix of thrombi, thereby exerting its thrombolytic action.

Reteplase (10+10 U) dose-dependently reduces plasma fibrinogen levels by about 60 to 80 %. The fibrinogen level normalises within 2 days. As with other plasminogen activators a rebound phenomenon then occurs during which fibrinogen levels reach a maximum within 9 days and remain elevated for up to 18 days.

Reductions of plasma levels of plasminogen and 2-antiplasmin normalise within 1 to 3 days. Coagulation factor V, clotting factor VIII, 2-macroglobulin, and C1-esterase inhibitor are only slightly reduced and normalise within 1 to 2 days. Plasminogen activator inhibitor 1 (PAI-1) activity can be reduced to around zero, but rapidly normalises within two hours showing a rebound phenomenon. Prothrombin activation fragment 1 levels and thrombin-antithrombin III-complexes increase during thrombolysis indicating thrombin production of which the clinical relevance is unknown.

Clinical efficacy and safety

A large comparative mortality trial (INJECT) in approx. 6000 patients showed that reteplase reduced the incidence of heart failure (secondary efficacy criterion) in a significant manner and was at least equally effective in terms of reducing mortality (primary efficacy criterion) when compared to streptokinase. In two clinical trials aiming primarily at coronary artery patency (RAPID I and II) reteplase was associated with higher early patency rates (primary efficacy criterion), as well as with a lower incidence of heart failure (secondary efficacy criterion) than alteplase (3 hour and "accelerated" dosage regimens). A clinical trial in approximately 15 000 patients comparing reteplase with the

accelerated dose regimen of alteplase (GUSTO III) (2:1 randomisation reteplase: alteplase) did not show statistically different results for the primary endpoint of 30-day mortality (reteplase: 7.47 %, alteplase 7.23 %, p = 0.61) or for the combined endpoint of 30-day mortality and non-fatal disabling stroke (reteplase: 7.89 %, alteplase 7.88 %, p = 0.99). Overall stroke rates were 1.64 % in the reteplase and 1.79 % in the alteplase group. In the reteplase group, 49.4 % of these strokes were fatal and

27.1 % were disabling. In the alteplase group 33.0 % were fatal and 39.8 % were disabling.

5.2Pharmacokinetic properties


Following intravenous bolus injection of 10 + 10 U in patients with acute myocardial infarction reteplase antigen is distributed in plasma with a dominant half-life (t1/2 ) of 18 5 min and eliminated with a terminal half-life (t1/2ß) of 5.5 hours 12.5 min at a clearance rate of 121 25 ml/min. Reteplase activity is cleared from the plasma at a rate of 283 101 ml/min, resulting in a dominant half-life

(t1/2 ) of 14.6 6.7 min and a terminal half-life (t1/2ß) of 1.6 hours 39 min. Only minor amounts of reteplase were immunologically detected in the urine. Exact data on the main elimination routes for reteplase in humans are not available and the consequences of hepatic or renal insufficiency are not known. Experiments in rats indicate that the liver and the kidneys are the main organs of active uptake and lysosomal degradation.

Additional studies in human plasma samples in vitro suggest that complexation with C1-inactivator, 2-antiplasmin and 2-antitrypsin contributes to the inactivation of reteplase in plasma. The relative contribution of the inhibitors to inactivation of reteplase decreases as follows: C1-inactivator > 2- antiplasmin > 2-antitrypsin.

The half-life of reteplase was increased in patients with AMI as compared to healthy volunteers. An additional increase of half-life of activity in patients with myocardial infarction and severely impaired liver and renal function cannot be excluded, but no clinical data of pharmacokinetics of reteplase in these patients are available. Animal data show that in case of severely impaired renal function with a pronounced increase in serum creatinine and serum urea an increase in half-life of reteplase has to be expected. Mild impairment of renal function did not significantly affect the pharmacokinetic properties of reteplase.

5.3Preclinical safety data

Acute toxicity studies were performed in rats, rabbits and monkeys Subacute toxicity studies were performed in rats, dogs and monkeys. The predominant acute symptom after single high doses of reteplase in rats and rabbits was transient apathy shortly after injection. In cynomolgus monkeys, the sedative effect ranged from slight apathy to unconsciousness, caused by a reversible dose-related drop in blood pressure. There was increased local haemorrhage at the injection site.

Subacute toxicity studies did not reveal any unexpected adverse events. In dogs repeated dosing of the human peptide reteplase led to immunologic-allergic reactions. Genotoxicity of reteplase was excluded by a complete battery of tests at different genetic end points in vitro and in vivo.

Reproductive toxicity studies were performed in rats (fertility and embryo-foetotoxicity study including a littering phase) and in rabbits (embryo-foetotoxicity study, dose-range finding only). In rats, a species insensitive to the pharmacological effects of reteplase, there were no adverse effects on fertility, embryo-foetal development and offspring. In rabbits, vaginal bleedings and abortions possibly associated to prolonged haemostasis, but no foetal abnormalities were noted. A pre- and postnatal toxicity study was not performed with reteplase.


6.1List of excipients


Tranexamic acid

di potassium-hydrogen phosphate phosphoric acid

sucrose Polysorbate 80


Water for injections


This medicinal product should not be mixed with Heparin and/or acetylsalicylic acid.

In the absence of compatibility studies, this medicinal product must not be mixed with other medicinal products.

Heparin and Rapilysin are incompatible when combined in solution. Other incompatibilities may also exist. No other medicines should be added to the injection solution.

6.3Shelf life

Shelf-life as package for sale: 3 years.

Reconstituted product:

Chemical and physical in-use stability has been demonstrated for 8 hours between 2° and 30 °C after dissolving with water for injection.

From a microbiological point of view, the product should be used immediately. If not used immediately, in-use storage times and conditions prior to use are the responsibility of the user.

6.4Special precautions for storage

Do not store above 25 °C.

Keep the vial in the outer carton in order to protect from light.

For storage conditions after reconstitution of the medicinal product, see section 6.3.

6.5Nature and contents of container

Each pack contains:

2 colourless glass vials (type I) with a rubber (butyl) closure and an aluminium flip-off cap, containing 0.56 mg of powder.

2 pre-filled glass syringes (borosilicate, type I) for single use, with a bromobutyl plunger stopper and a bromobutyl rubber tip cap, containing 10 ml of solvent.

2 reconstitution spikes

2 needles 19 G1

6.6Special precautions for disposal and other handling

Incompatibility of some prefilled glass syringes (including Rapilysin) with certain needle free connectors has been reported. Therefore, the compatibility of the glass syringe and intravenous access should be ensured before use. In case of incompatibility an adaptor can be used and removed together with the glass syringe immediately after administration

Use aseptic technique throughout.

1.Remove the protective flip-cap from the vial of Rapilysin 10 U and clean the rubber closure with an alcohol wipe.

2.Open the package containing the reconstitution spike, remove both protective caps from the reconstitution spike.

3.Insert the spike through the rubber closure into the vial of Rapilysin 10 U.

4.Take the 10 ml syringe out of the package. Remove the tip cap from the syringe. Connect the syringe to the reconstitution spike and transfer the 10 ml of solvent into the vial of Rapilysin 10 U.

5.With the reconstitution spike and syringe still attached to the vial, swirl the vial gently to dissolve the Rapilysin 10 U powder. DO NOT SHAKE.

6.The reconstituted preparation results in a clear, colourless solution. If the solution is not clear and colourless it should be discarded.

7.Withdraw 10 ml of Rapilysin 10 U solution back into the syringe. A small amount of solution may remain in the vial due to overfill.

8.Disconnect the syringe from the reconstitution spike. The dose is now ready for intravenous administration

9.The reconstituted solution must be used immediately. Visual inspection of the solution is necessary after reconstitution. Only clear, colourless solutions should be injected. If the solution is not clear and colourless it should be discarded.

10.No other medicines should be injected through the line reserved for Rapilysin either at the same time, or prior to, or following Rapilysin injection. This applies to all products including heparin and acetylsalicylic acid, which should be administered before and following the administration of reteplase to reduce the risk of re-thrombosis

11.In those patients where the same line has to be used, this line (including Y-line) must be flushed thoroughly with a 0.9 % sodium chloride or 5 % glucose solution prior to and following the Rapilysin injection (see section 4.2 Posology and method of administration).

Any unused medicinal product or waste material should be disposed of in accordance with local requirements.


Actavis Group PTC ehf Reykjavíkurvegi 76-78 220 Hafnarfjordur Iceland.




Date of first authorisation: 29 August 1996

Date of last renewal: 29 August 2006


Detailed information on this medicinal product is available on the website of the European Medicines Agency http://www.ema.europa.eu.


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