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Therapeutic: replacement enzyme
Pregnancy Category: B


Myozyme: Replacement enzyme in infantile-onset Pompe disease (alpha glucosidase (GAA) deficiency).Lumizyme: Replacement enzyme in late-onset (non-infantile) Pompe disease in patients without evidence of cardiac hypertrophy.


Replaces alpha-glucosidase. Without this enzyme, glycogen accumulates in tissues including cardiac and skeletal muscles and hepatic tissues, leading to the development of cardiomyopathy, progressive muscle weakness, and impairment of respiratory function.

Therapeutic effects

Improved survival with delayed need for ventilatory support.
Improved lung function and exercise capacity.


Absorption: IV administration results in complete bioavailability.
Distribution: Unknown.
Metabolism and Excretion: Unknown.
Half-life: 2.3–2.5 hr.

Time/action profile

IVunknownend of infusion2 wk


Contraindicated in: None known.
Use Cautiously in: Acute underlying illness (↑ risk of infusion reactions); Obstetric: Use only if clearly needed; Lactation: Lactation; Pediatric: Safety not established in children <1 mo or >3.5 yr (Myozyme) or <8 yr (Lumizyme).

Adverse Reactions/Side Effects


  • bradycardia (most frequent)
  • tachycardia (most frequent)


  • respiratory distress failure
  • cough (most frequent)
  • ↓ oxygen saturation (most frequent)
  • tachypnea

Ear, Eye, Nose, Throat

  • blurred vision
  • vertigo


  • constipation (most frequent)
  • diarrhea (most frequent)
  • reflux (most frequent)
  • vomiting (most frequent)


  • necrotizing skin lesions (life-threatening)
  • flushing (most frequent)
  • rash (most frequent)
  • dermatitis (most frequent)
  • urticaria (most frequent)


  • anemia (most frequent)
  • lymphadenopathy

Fluid and Electrolyte

  • edema


  • allergic reactions including anaphylaxis (life-threatening)
  • infusion reactions (life-threatening)
  • fever (most frequent)


Drug-Drug interaction

None noted.


Intravenous (Children 1 mo–3.5 yr) Myozyme—20 mg/kg every 2 wk.
Intravenous (Adults and Children ≥8 yr) Lumizyme—20 mg/kg every 2 wk.


Lyophilized powder for IV administration (requires reconstitution): 50 mg/vial

Nursing implications

Nursing assessment

  • Observe for signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis (rash, pruritus, laryngeal edema, wheezing). Keep epinephrine, an antihistamine, corticosteroids, and resuscitation equipment close by in case of anaphylactic reaction.
  • Monitor for infusion-related reactions (headache, fever, tachycardia, cough, cyanosis, rash, erythema, urticaria, hypotension. Most reactions are managed with antihistamines and/or corticosteroids prior to or during infusions, slowing rate of infusion, and/or early discontinuation if reaction is serious. Infusion reactions may occur any time during or up to 2 hr after infusion and are more likely with higher infusion rates.
  • Monitor cardiorespiratory status continuously during therapy. May cause acute cardiorespiratory failure requiring intubation and inotropic support.
  • Lab Test Considerations: Monitor liver enzymes prior to and periodically during therapy.

Potential Nursing Diagnoses

Ineffective tissue perfusion (Indications)


  • Lumizyme is available only through a restricted distribution program called the LUMIZYME ACE Program due to the potential risk of rapid disease progression in Pompe disease patients less than 8 yrs of age. Only prescribers and healthcare facilities enrolled in the program may prescribe, dispense or administer Lumizyme. Lumizyme may be administered only to patients who are enrolled in and meet all the conditions of the Lumizyme ACE Program. To enroll in the Lumizyme ACE Program call 1-800-745-4447.
  • Intravenous Administration
  • Intermittent Infusion: Determine number of vials required for the dose ordered. If number of vials includes a fraction, round up to next whole number. Allow vials to reach room temperature before reconstitution, approximately 30 min. Reconstitute by slowly injecting 10.3 mL of Sterile Water for Injection to inside wall of each vial. Avoid forceful impact of water on powder to avoid foaming. Tilt and roll each vial gently. Do not invert, swirl, or shake. Protect solution from light. Each vial contains 5 mg/mL with a total extractable dose of 50 mg/10 mL. Solution is clear and may occasionally contain white strands or translucent fibers; do not administer solutions that are discolored or contain particulate matter. Vials are for single use; discard remaining medication. Diluent: Dilute each vial in 100 mL of 0.9% NaCl immediately after reconstitution. Concentration: 0.5–4 mg/mL. Slowly withdraw reconstituted solution from each vial. Remove airspace from infusion bag to minimize particle formation due to sensitivity of medication to air. Add reconstituted solution slowly and directly into 0.9% NaCl solution, not into airspace in bag. Gently invert or massage to mix; do not shake. Use a 0.2 micrometer low-protein binding in-line filter for administration. Administer immediately. Solution may be stored in refrigerator for up to 24hr.
  • Rate: Administer over 4 hr. Using an infusion pump, administer initially at a rate of 1 mg/kg/hr. ↑ rate to 2 mg/kg/hr every 30 min, after tolerance to medication is established, until a maximum rate of 7 mg/kg/hr is reached. Monitor vital signs with each dose ↑. If stable, administer at 7 mg/kg/hr until infusion is completed. Slow or temporarily stop infusion if infusion reactions occur.

Patient/Family Teaching

  • Inform patient that a registry for patients with Pompe disease was established to evaluate long term treatments. Women of childbearing potential are also encouraged to register. For information, visit or call 1-800-745-4447.

Evaluation/Desired Outcomes

  • Improved survival with delayed need for ventilatory support in patients with Pompe disease.
  • Improved lung function and exercise capacity.
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Our patients were treated with 20 mg/kg IV alglucosidase alfa (Myozyme, provided by Genzyme Corporation) biweekly according to previously published reports [22-25].
Leo Mitchell, aged 20 months, suffers from Infantile Pompe disease - which affects only 21 children in the UK - and needs regular infusions of Myozyme to break down glycogen.
In 2006, the FDA approved an enzyme replacement therapy called Myozyme (Alglucosidase alfa, rhGAA), for people with Pompe disease.
Pregnant women treated with alglucosidase alfa (Myozyme) for Pompe disease can enroll in the Pompe Registry (800-745-4447 x 15500 / / en / healthcare-professionals / pompe-registry.aspx).
Although the drug was produced by the same company with exactly the same process as at the smaller scale, the FDA considered the larger-scale version to be a new product and even required that it adopt a different name; the two products are marketed as Myozyme and Lumizyme.
In the US, alglucosidase alfa manufactured at the 160L scale (initial pilot scale) has a brand name of Myozyme (alglucosidase alfa)and alglucosidase alfa manufactured at the 4000L (final manufacturing scale) has a brand name of Lumizyme, according to the company.
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In eleven cases the costs were greater than $225,000 USD per year including Myozyme used for the treatment of Pompe disease at $575,000, Cinryze for Hereditary angioedema prophylaxis at $87,000 and Soliris used for Paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria at $486,000 as the top three most expensive down to Fabrazme for Fabry disease at $239,000 as the example of the eleventh most expensive orphan drug.
It's scandalous that Lynn Millar, who has Pompe disease, has to campaign for the drug Myozyme to be made available to all who suffer from this rare condition, yet the NHS can apparently fund the never-ending treatment of drug addicts, alcohol abusers and now the obese, to the tune of millions of pounds a year.
Then, in November, the FDA warned of the potential for foreign particle contamination in all lots of the two aforementioned therapies plus Myozyme (alglucosidase alpha) for Pompe disease, Aldurazyme (laronidase) for mucopolysaccharidosis type I and Thyrogen (thyrotropin alpha) for thyroid cancer.