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EVITHROM, Thrombin, Topical (Human), is indicated as an aid to hemostasis whenever oozing blood and minor bleeding from capillaries and small venules is accessible and control of bleeding by standard surgical techniques (such as suture, ligature or cautery) is ineffective or impractical.

EVITHROM, Thrombin, Topical (Human), may be used in conjunction with an Absorbable Gelatin Sponge, USP.


The amount of EVITHROM required depends upon the area of tissue to be treated and the method of application.

Reconstitute the lyophilized human thrombin powder.

Use aseptic technique when handling vials and syringes.

Reconstituted solution is stable for up to 8 hours at room temperature and should be used within this time period.


Apply only on the surface of bleeding tissue.


EVITHROM in conjunction with Absorbable Gelatin Sponge, USP

The amount of EVITHROM required depends upon the area of tissue to be treated and the method of application. As an approximate guide, volumes up to 10 ml were used in clinical studies where EVITHROM was used in conjunction with Absorbable Gelatin Sponge, USP.

Vials are for single use only. Discard unused contents.

EVITHROM is supplied in a vial containing 2000 (1600-2400) units of lyophilized human thrombin powder for reconstitution. When reconstituted with 2ml of Water for Injection, USP, the final solution contains 1000 (800-1200) units/ml of Thrombin, Topical (Human).

The potency expressed in units is determined using a clotting assay against an internal reference standard for potency that has been calibrated against the World Health Organisation (WHO) Second International Standard for Thrombin, 01/580. Therefore, a unit used herein is equivalent to an International Unit.

Potential risk of thrombosis if absorbed systemically

Because this product is made from human plasma, it may carry a risk of transmitting infectious agents, such as viruses, and theoretically, the Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) agent. The risk of transmitting an infectious agent has been reduced by screening plasma donors for prior exposure to certain viruses, by testing for the presence of certain current virus infections and by inactivating and removing certain viruses. Despite these measures, such products can still potentially transmit disease. There is also the possibility that unknown infectious agents may be present in such products.

The physician should discuss the risks and benefits of this product with the patient.

The most common adverse reactions during clinical trial (reported in at least 2% of subjects treated with EVITHROM) were prolonged activated partial thromboplastin time, increased INR, decreased lymphocyte count, prolonged prothrombin time and increased neutrophil count.

Because clinical trials are conducted under widely varying conditions, adverse reaction rates observed in the clinical trials of a drug product cannot be directly compared to rates in the clinical trials of another drug and may not reflect the rates observed in clinical practice.

Anaphylactic reactions may occur in rare cases. No adverse events of this type were reported during the conduct of the clinical trials. Mild reactions can be managed with anti-histamines. Severe hypotensive reactions require immediate intervention using current principles of shock therapy.

In a phase III multicenter, prospective, controlled, randomized, double-blinded study of 305 subjects where EVITHROM (n=153) was compared with bovine thrombin (n=152), occurrence of adverse events was not statistically different between the two groups.

Overall, adverse events occurred in similar proportions of subjects in the two study groups (see Table 1). No clinically significant differences were seen in age (<65 years, >65 years) or gender subgroup analyses of adverse events.

At least one serious adverse event (SAE) was reported for 26/153 (17%) subjects treated with human thrombin and 17/152 (11%) subjects treated with bovine thrombin. The SAEs reported were associated with post-surgical complications (e.g. wound infection 3/153 for EVITHROM and 2/152 for bovine thrombin) and the medical condition of the subject and were not considered related to study drug. Two subjects (1.3%) in EVITHROM group experienced a treatment emergent severe adverse event: respiratory arrest and post-procedural hematoma (in one subject) and extradural hematoma. Three subjects in the bovine thrombin group experienced a treatment emergent severe adverse event: hyperhidrosis, pyrexia and post-procedural hematoma.

No deaths were reported during the study period.

Viral serology was not monitored during the study with EVITHROM. However, no adverse events indicative of infection with transfusion-transmissible agents were reported.

Table 1: Incidence of subjects with related adverse events reported in at least 2% of subjects treated with either human or bovine thrombin
Thrombin Type
System Organ Class/Adverse Event EVITHROM (n=153) Bovine
Investigations 11 (7.2%) 14 (9.2%) 25 (8.2%)
    Activated partial thromboplastin time increased 4 (2.6%) 8 (5.3%) 12 (3.9%)
    International normalized ratio increased 4 (2.6%) 5 (3.3%) 9 (3.0%)
    Lymphocyte count decreased 4 (2.6%) 2 (1.3%) 6 (2.0%)
    Prothrombin time prolonged 4 (2.6%) 8 (5.3%) 12 (3.9%)
    Neutrophil count increased 3 (2.0%) 2 (1.3%) 5 (1.6%)
Skin and Subcutaneous Tissue Disorders 1 (0.7%) 3 (2.0%) 4 (1.3%)
    Pruritis 1 (0.7%) 3 (2.0%) 4 (1.3%)
General Disorders and Administration Site Conditions 0 3 (2.0%) 3 (1.0%)


In the clinical study, serum samples were collected at baseline and at 5 weeks post-surgery for evaluation of antibodies to bovine thrombin, bovine Factor V/Va, human thrombin, and human Factor V/Va. Samples were collected at both time points for 81.3% of the subjects. The ELISA data were adjudicated by a panel of experts blinded to treatment assignment. After reviewing all data, the panel used an algorithm for assigning outcomes for each antigen: seroconversion negative or seroconversion positive.

The protocol did not specify any comparative analysis for immunogenicity data, only descriptive statistics. The adjudicated results show that 3.3% of the subjects treated with EVITHROM (frozen formulation) developed antibodies to any of the four antigens, compared to 12.7% of the subjects developing antibodies in the control group (bovine thrombin). 7.94% of the subjects treated with bovine thrombin (control group) developed antibodies to bovine thrombin and 9.52% of these subjects developed antibodies to bovine Factor V/Va. A few control subjects had antibodies that cross-reacted with human thrombin, but none had antibodies that cross-reacted with human Factor V/Va. None of the patients treated with EVITHROM developed detectable antibodies to human thrombin or to human Factor V/Va.

The detection of antibody formation is highly dependent upon the sensitivity and specificity of the assay. The observed incidence of a positive signal in an assay may be influenced by several factors including timing of sampling, sample handling, concomitant medications, or underlying disease. Therefore, direct comparison of incidence of antibody development to human thrombin, bovine thrombin, human Factor V/Va or bovine Factor V/Va following administration of EVITHROM with incidence of antibody development following administration of other products may be misleading and the clinical significance of these findings is unknown.

No adverse reactions have been identified from spontaneous post-marketing reports.

No drug interactions are known.

Teratogenic effects: Pregnancy category C

Adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women have not been performed. EVITHROM should be used in pregnancy only if the potential benefit to the pregnant woman justifies the potential risk to the fetus. Studies to evaluate the potential reproductive/developmental toxicity of EVITHROM have not been performed due to the human origin of thrombin. However, studies to evaluate the potential reproductive/developmental toxicity of residual levels of Triton X-100 and tri-n-butyl phosphate (solvent/detergent reagents) were conducted in animals and are summarized in the Non Clinical Toxicology section (13).

The safety of EVITHROM for use during labor and delivery has not been established.

The safety of EVITHROM for use during breast-feeding has not been established. Use only if clearly needed.

Of the 155 patients undergoing liver surgery who were treated in adequate and well-controlled studies of EVICEL Fibrin Sealant (Human), in which EVITHROM is a component, eight were pediatric patients. Of these, five were less than 2 years old and three were between 2 and 12 years old. Use of EVITHROM in pediatric patients is supported by these data and by extrapolation of findings for safety and efficacy in adults.

Sixty three (63) subjects over 65 years of age received EVITHROM in the phase III clinical trial. No differences in safety or effectiveness were observed between the elderly and younger patients. Greater susceptibility of older patients to adverse reactions cannot be ruled out.

No case of overdose has been reported.

EVITHROM is provided as a sterile powder of purified human thrombin.The lyophilized powder is white to slightly yellowish in color. When reconstituted, EVITHROM solution, pH 6.8-7.2, is clear to slightly opalescent and colorless to slightly yellowish in color.

The composition of the lyophilized powder of EVITHROM is as follows:

Active Ingredients:

Human thrombin (1600-2400 units)

Other Ingredients:

Calcium chloride, Human albumin, Mannitol, Sodium acetate

EVITHROM is made from pooled Human Source and Recovered Plasma obtained from US licensed plasma collection centers. Individual plasma units obtained for production of EVITHROM are tested by licensed serological tests for HBsAg, HIV 1 & 2 Ab and HCV Ab and recovered plasma units are also tested for HTLV I/II. Additionally, the plasma units are tested by licensed Nucleic Acid Testing (NAT) for HIV-1, HCV, HBV, HAV and parvovirus 19. All tests for HIV, HCV, HBV and HAV must be negative (non-reactive). However, since the effectiveness of the HBV and HAV NAT methods in detecting low levels of viral material is still under investigation, the significance of a negative result for these viruses is unknown. The level of parvovirus B19 contamination is not permitted to exceed 10,000 copies/ml. This limit is applied to restrict the viral load of parvovirus B19 in the starting plasma pool. In addition to the screening of plasma units, each manufacturing pool is tested for HBsAg, HIV-1 & 2 Ab, and for HCV NAT. Manufacturing pool testing, however, is of lower sensitivity than individual unit testing.

EVITHROM is manufactured by chromatographic purification of prothrombin from cryo-poor plasma followed by activation with calcium chloride. The manufacturing process includes two targeted steps for inactivation or removal of viruses. The first of these is treatment with a solvent/detergent (S/D) mixture (1% tri-n-butyl phosphate, 1% Triton X-100) for 6 hours at 26°C to inactivate lipid enveloped viruses. The S/D reagents are removed by cation exchange chromatography. Mannitol and human albumin are used to stabilize the solution, which undergoes nanofiltration for removal of both enveloped and non-enveloped viruses. After nanofiltration, the solution is formulated with calcium chloride, sterile filtered and aseptically filled and frozen.

The effectiveness of the S/D treatment and nanofiltration procedures for reducing virus content has been assessed using a series of viruses with a range of physico-chemical characteristics. The results of the validation studies are summarized in Table 2.

Table 2: Reducing factors of S/D treatment and nanofiltration for a series of viruses
Reduction factor (log10)
HIV-1: Human Immunodeficiency Virus Type 1
SBV: Sindbis Virus
BVDV: Bovine Viral Diarrhea Virus
PRV: Pseudorabies Virus
EMCV: Encephalomyocarditis virus
HAV: Hepatitis A Virus
CPV: Canine Parvovirus
SD Treatment >5.82 >5.31 >4.74 >4.25 Not Done Not Done 0.0
Nanofiltration >4.36 >5.32 Not Done >5.47 6.37 6.95 5.85
Global Reduction Factor >10.18 >10.63 >4.74 >9.72
6.95 5.85

EVITHROM requires no intermediate physiological agent because it clots the fibrinogen of the blood directly. Failure to clot blood occurs in the rare case where the primary clotting defect is the absence of fibrinogen itself. The speed with which thrombin clots blood is dependent upon the concentration of both thrombin and fibrinogen.

Thrombin (coagulation factor IIa) is a highly specific protease that transforms plasma fibrinogen into fibrin which, in the presence of Factor XIII in the patient's plasma, is cross-linked to form a stable clot. When applied to a surgical wound where bleeding is present, thrombin activates fibrinogen in the patient's plasma to form fibrin, which results in clot formation and hemostasis. The fibrin clot is stabilized by cross-linking occurring as a result of activation of the patient's endogenous factor XIII, which requires the presence of calcium.

Clinical pharmacodynamic studies with human thrombin have not been performed as this would be ethically unacceptable with this type of product.

Due to the nature of the product, intended for topical application to the surface of tissue at the surgical site, pharmacokinetic studies were not conducted.

Long-term animal studies have not been performed to evaluate the carcinogenic potential of EVITHROM due to the human origin of thrombin.

Studies were performed in bacteria to determine mutagenicity of human thrombin alone, and solvent/detergent residues [tri-n-butyl phosphate (TnBP) and Triton X-100, used in the virus inactivation manufacturing step. These studies were negative for both thrombin and for TnBP or Triton X-100 at all concentrations tested. All concentrations of the combination of TnBP and Triton X-100 also tested negative in assays performed to determine mammalian cell mutagenicity, chromosomal aberrations and micronuclei induction.

The effect of EVITHROM on fertility has not been evaluated. Reproductive studies were performed in rats with the combination of solvent detergent impurities, TnBP and Triton X-100 at doses up to approximately 600-fold human dose of TnBP (900 μg/kg/day) and 3000-fold human dose of Triton X-100 (4500 μg/kg/day) resulted in increased post-implantation loss and an increased number of late resorptions. Other studies performed with combinations of TnBP (300-fold human dose, 450 μg/kg/day) and Triton X-100 (1500-fold human dose, 2250 μg/kg/day) resulted in increased resorption rates, decreased fetal body weights, and an increased number of runts. No embryo-fetal adverse effects were observed at doses up to 300 μg/kg/day TnBP and 1500 μg/kg/day Triton X-100, 200-fold and 1000-fold the human dose, respectively.

EVICEL Fibrin Sealant (Human), which includes EVITHROM as one of the active components, was classified as non-irritant in the Primary Cutaneous Irritation Test and slightly irritant in the Ocular Irritation test.

Neurotoxicity studies performed with EVITHROM or with EVICEL confirmed that intracerebral application of thrombin was not associated with any evidence of neurotoxicity.

No toxicological effects due to solvent/detergent reagents [tri-n-butyl phosphate (TnBP) and Triton X-100] used in the virus inactivation procedure are expected since the residual levels are less than 5μg/ml.

EVITHROM was compared with bovine thrombin in a phase III multicenter, prospective, randomized, controlled, double-blinded study of 305 subjects at 22 centers in the US. Subjects undergoing elective cardiovascular, neurologic (spinal) or general surgical procedures were randomized (stratified by surgical specialty) when there was oozing or bleeding of mild intensity that could not be controlled by other surgical techniques and the surgeon determined that a topical hemostatic agent was necessary. Bovine thrombin and EVITHROM were applied with SURGIFOAM* Absorbable Gelatin Sponge, USP.

Treatment with EVITHROM was as successful as treatment with bovine thrombin in achieving the primary efficacy endpoint: hemostasis within 10 minutes of product application and secondary efficacy endpoints: hemostasis within 6 and 3 minutes of product application.

At the 6 minute and 10 minute time points, >90% of subjects from all surgeries in both study groups had achieved hemostasis. The following results were documented for the 3 minute time point as stratified by surgery and study treatment: (1) cardiovascular surgery- human thrombin: 61.7%; bovine thrombin: 63.0%, (2) spinal surgery- human thrombin: 83.6%; bovine thrombin: 80.0%, (3) general surgery- human thrombin: 71.1%; bovine thrombin: 71.7%. for an overall ratio of proportions of 1.01.

Table 3: Efficacy for Intent to Treat (ITT) population

Time Interval
Treatment Group: # Successes/N (%) Ratio Human/Bovine 95% CI for Ratio Human/Bovine1,2
Bovine thrombin
1 95% CI is for the ratio of proportions of success
2For the two treatments to be equivalent, both limits of the confidence interval must have been within (0.80, 1.25)
10 minutes 149/153
1.00 0.96, 1.05
6 minutes 145/153
1.02 0.96, 1.09
3 minutes 112/153
1.01 0.88, 1.16
Table 4: Efficacy at 6 minutes (ITT population)
Surgical Specialty Treatment Group:
# Successes/N (%)
Ratio Human/Bovine 95% CI for Ratio Human/Bovine1,2
EVITHROM Bovine thrombin
1 95% CI is for the ratio of proportions of success
2 For the two treatments to be equivalent, both limits of the confidence interval must have been within (0.80, 1.25)
Cardiovascular 44/47
0.97, 1.36
1.00 0.93, 1.08
General Surgery 41/45
0.95 0.82, 1.08
Overall 145/153
1.02 0.96, 1.09

EVITHROM is supplied in a 2 ml vial containing 2000 (1600-2400) units of lyophilized human thrombin powder for reconstitution in 2 ml Water for Injection, USP.

Storage and handling

Some viruses such as hepatitis A virus and parvovirus B19 are particularly difficult to remove or inactivate. Parvovirus B19 most seriously affects pregnant women or immune-compromised individuals. Symptoms of parvovirus B19 infection include: fever, drowsiness, chills and runny nose followed about two weeks later by a rash and joint pain. Evidence of hepatitis A may include several days to weeks of poor appetite, fatigue and low-grade fever followed by nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. Dark urine and a yellowed complexion are also common symptoms. Consult your physician if such symptoms appear.

If absorbed systemically EVITHROM could potentially cause blood clotting disorders. Consult your physician for any new or unusual symptoms.

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EVITHROM Lyophilized Powder


This bottle contains 2000 (1600-2400) units of lyophilized powder of Thrombin (human), calcium chloride, albumin (human), mannitol and sodium acetate. Store unopened Vial at 2-25°C. Reconstitute in 2mL of Water for Injection, USP to obtain 1000 (800-1200) units/ml. Do not freeze or refrigerate once reconstituted. Vials are for single use only. Discard unused contents. Protect form light. See enclosed instructions.

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