Infasurf (calfactant) therapy for RDS, prophylaxis
and RDS treatment


Infasurf Decreases:

  • The incidence of RDS in RDS prophylaxis1
  • Mortality due to RDS; 28 day deaths and deaths during hospital stay1
  • Air leaks (pneumothorax and pulmonary interstitial emphysema) associated with RDS1

Efficacy was demonstrated in active controlled trials against Exosurf (colfosceril, cetyl alcohol, tyloxapol), Hudak 19952, 19973; and Survanta (beractant) Bloom, 19974.

Acute Clinical Effects

Controlled clinical trials with Infasurf demonstrated significant improvements in fraction of inspired oxygen (FiO2) and mean airway pressure (MAP) during the first 24 to 48 hours following initiation of Infasurf therapy.

Infasurf Chart I

(Redrawn from Bloom 1997 and from data on file at ONY. Bars are standard error)4, 5

Warning: THE ADMINISTRATION OF EXOGENOUS SURFACTANTS, INCLUDING INFASURF, OFTEN RAPIDLY IMPROVES OXYGENATION AND LUNG COMPLIANCE. Following administration of Infasurf, patients should be carefully monitored so that oxygen therapy and ventilatory support can be modified in response to changes in respiratory status.

Indications for Repeat Dosing with Infasurf

Infasurf should be administered under the supervision of clinicians experienced in the acute care of newborn infants with respiratory failure who require intubation.

  • Retreat every 12 hours if patient is still intubated for RDS. (1 retreatment for RDS prophylaxis; up to 3 total doses for RDS treatment)
    OR
  • Once 6 hours has elapsed after a dose, retreat if FiO2 >0.30 is needed to maintain PaO2≤ 80 torr. Up to 4 doses may be given

Intervals Between Doses

Using FiO2 >0.30 and >6 hours criteria for retreatment
(Bloom 1997 and data on file at ONY)4, 5

Infasurf Chart J

Figure. Bars indicate average ± standard error of the intervals between all doses in both arms of the Infasurf-Survanta trials. Retreatment indication was “Retreat if >6 hours since previous dose and if FiO2 >30 to maintain PaO2 ≤ 80 torr.” Data on file at ONY.5

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Indication

Infasurf® (calfactant) is indicated for the prevention of Respiratory Distress Syndrome (RDS) in premature infants at high risk for RDS, and for the treatment of premature infants who develop RDS. Infasurf decreases the incidence of RDS, mortality due to RDS, and air leaks associated with RDS.

Prophylaxis

Prophylaxis therapy at birth with Infasurf is indicated for premature infants <29 weeks of gestational age at significant risk for RDS. Infasurf prophylaxis should be administered as soon as possible, preferably within 30 minutes after birth.

Treatment

Infasurf therapy is indicated for infants ≤72 hours of age with RDS (confirmed by clinical and radiologic findings) and requiring endotracheal intubation.

Important Safety Information

Infasurf is intended for intratracheal use only. THE ADMINISTRATION OF EXOGENOUS SURFACTANTS, INCLUDING INFASURF, OFTEN RAPIDLY IMPROVES OXYGENATION AND LUNG COMPLIANCE. Following administration of Infasurf, patients should be carefully monitored so that oxygen therapy and ventilatory support can be modified in response to changes in respiratory status.

Infasurf therapy is not a substitute for neonatal intensive care. Optimal care of premature infants at risk for RDS and new born infants with RDS who need endotracheal intubation requires an acute care unit organized, staffed, equipped, and experienced with intubation, ventilator management, and general care of these patients.

TRANSIENT EPISODES OF REFLUX OF INFASURF INTO THE ENDOTRACHEAL TUBE, CYANOSIS, BRADYCARDIA, OR AIRWAY OBSTRUCTION HAVE OCCURRED DURING THE DOSING PROCEDURES that required stopping Infasurf and taking appropriate measures to alleviate the condition. After the patient is stable, dosing can proceed with appropriate monitoring.

An increased proportion of patients with both intraventricular hemorrhage (IVH) and periventricular leukomalacia (PVL) was observed in Infasurf-treated infants in the Infasurf-Exosurf Neonatal controlled trials. These observations were not associated with increased mortality.

The most common adverse reactions associated with Infasurf dosing procedures in the controlled trials were cyanosis (65%), airway obstruction (39%), bradycardia (34%), reflux of surfactant into the endotracheal tube (21%), requirement for manual ventilation (16%), and reintubation (3%). These events were generally transient and not associated with serious complications or death.

The incidence of common complications of prematurity and RDS in the four controlled Infasurf trials are presented in the Table. Prophylaxis and treatment study results for each surfactant are combined.

Infasurf Safety Table