Utilization and Compliance of Respiratory Syncytial Virus Monoclonal Antibody Therapy

2014-08-27 03:40:45 | BioPortfolio


The purpose of this study is to determine the utilization patterns and compliance rates of palivizumab, which is a monoclonal antibody therapy used to prevent respiratory syncytial virus infection.


Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is the most important viral respiratory pathogen in children. Infection due to RSV represents a large public health burden; in Canada, it accounts for 5,800 hospitalizations annually. The peak incidence of RSV disease occurs between 2-6 months of age with half of all infants infected in the first year of life. Palivizumab has been approved for the prevention of serious lower respiratory tract disease caused by RSV in pediatric patients at high-risk of RSV disease. These children include those born premature, those with bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD), and those with hemodynamically significant congenital heart disease (CHD).

With the recent approval of palivizumab in Canada, access to this medication has increased. However, there are limited data on utilization, compliance, and health outcomes, particularly the frequency and severity of RSV infections. The primary objective of this study is to provide insight into the current management (utilization, compliance) of children at high-risk of RSV infection with palivizumab prophylaxis in the tertiary care centers and community settings through the development of a Canadian Registry Database.

Study Design

Time Perspective: Prospective


Lower Respiratory Tract Infection


Alberta Children's Hospital
T3B 6A8




Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Results (where available)

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-08-27T03:40:45-0400

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