(peg-loe-ti-kase) ,


(trade name)


Therapeutic: antigout agents
Pharmacologic: enzymes
Pregnancy Category: C


Treatment of chronic gout in adults who have not responded to/cannot tolerate xanthine oxidase inhibitors, including allopurinol.


Consists of recombinant uricase covalently bonded to monomethoxypoly(ethylene glycol) [mPEG]; uricase catalyzes the oxidation of uric acid to allantoin, a water soluble byproduct that is readily excreted in urine.

Therapeutic effects

↓ serum uric acid levels with resultant ↓ in attacks of gout and its sequelae.


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

Time/action profile (effects on serum uric acid)

IVrapidwithin 24 hr>300 hr


Contraindicated in: genetic implication Glucose-6–phosphate dehydrogenase (G6–PD) deficiency (risk of hemolysis and methemoglobinemia); Lactation: Breast feeding is not recommended.
Use Cautiously in: HF (may ↑ risk of exacerbation);Retreatment after a drug-free interval (↑ risk of allergic reactions, monitor carefully); Geriatric: May be more sensitive to drug effects; Obstetric: Use during pregnancy only if clearly needed; Pediatric: Safety and effectiveness not established.

Adverse Reactions/Side Effects


  • chest pain

Ear, Eye, Nose, Throat

  • nasopharyngitis


  • nausea (most frequent)
  • constipation
  • vomiting


  • contusion/ecchymoses (most frequent)


  • gout flare (most frequent)


  • allergic reactions including anaphylaxis (life-threatening)
  • infusion reactions


Drug-Drug interaction

May interfere with the action of other PEG-containing therapies.


Intravenous (Adults) 8 mg every 2 wk.


Injection: 8 mg/mL

Nursing implications

Nursing assessment

  • Monitor for joint pain and swelling. Gout flares frequently occur upon initiation of therapy, but do not require discontinuation. Administer prophylactic doses of colchicine or an NSAID at least 1 wk before and concurrently during the first 6 mo of therapy.
  • Monitor for signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis (wheezing, peri-oral or lingual edema, hemodynamic instability, rash, urticaria) during and following infusion. May occur with any infusion, including initial infusion; usually occurs with 2 hr of infusion. Delayed reactions have also been reported. Risk is higher in patients with uric acid level >6 mg/dL.
  • Monitor for infusion reactions (rash, redness of skin, dyspnea, flushing, chest discomfort, chest pain) during and periodically after infusion. If infusion reaction occurs, slow or stop infusion; restart at slower rate. If severe reaction occurs, discontinue infusion and treat as needed. Risk is greater in patients who have lost therapeutic response. Monitor patient for at least 1 hr following infusion.
  • Lab Test Considerations: Monitor serum uric acid levels prior to infusion. Consider discontinuing therapy if levels ↑ to >6 mg/dL, especially if 2 consecutive levels are >6 mg/dL.

Potential Nursing Diagnoses

Chronic pain (Indications)


  • Premedicate patient with antihistamines and corticosteroids prior to infusion to minimize risk of anaphylaxis and infusion reaction. Administer in a setting with professionals prepared to manage anaphylaxis and infusion reactions.
    • Discontinue all oral urate-lowering medications prior to and during therapy.
  • Intravenous Administration
  • pH: 4.4–5.6.
  • Intermittent Infusion: Withdraw 1 mL of pegloticase from vial and inject into 250 mL bag of NaCl; discard unused portion. Invert bag several times to mix; do not shake. Solution is clear and colorless; do not administer solutions that are discolored or contain a precipitate. Solution is stable for 4 hr if refrigerated or at room temperature. Store in refrigerator and protect from light; do not freeze. Allow solution to reach room temperature before administering; do not use artificial heating.
  • Rate: Infuse over 120 min. Do not administer via IV push or bolus.
  • Additive Incompatibility: Do not mix with other medications.

Patient/Family Teaching

  • Explain purpose of pegloticase to patient. Instruct patient to read Medication Guide before starting therapy before each infusion.
  • Advise patient to notify health care professional immediately if signs of anaphylaxis or infusion reaction occur.
  • genetic implication Advise patient not to take pegloticase if they have G6PD deficiency.
  • Inform patient that gout flares may initially ↑ at the start of pegloticase. Advise patient to not to stop therapy but to take medication (colchicine, NSAID) to reduce flares regularly for the first few months of pegloticase therapy.
  • Instruct patient to not to take oral urate-lowering medications before or during therapy.
  • Advise female patient to notify health care professional if pregnancy is planned or suspected or if breast feeding.

Evaluation/Desired Outcomes

  • ↓ in uric acid levels with resultant improvement in gout symptoms in patients with chronic gout.
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61] Pegloticase is an apegylated recombinant urate oxidase that is indicated for the majority of refractory gout.
Pegloticase is a pegylated recombinant uricase that converts uric acid to allopurinol.
Pegloticase is an injectable recombinant uricase that catalyzes the oxidation of uric acid to the inert, water-soluble metabolite allantoin.
For gout patients with severe tophi or those who can't tolerate the other medications, the drug pegloticase (Krystexxa[R]), given as an infusion, may be an option.
Pillinger reported being the recipient of research grants from Takeda, which markets colchicine (Colcrys), and Savient, which markets the gout drug pegloticase (Krystexxa).
FDA--Approved Pegylated Therapeutics Commercial Name Drug Name Native Compound PegIntron Peginterferon Interferon alpha-2b alpha-2b Pegasys Peginterferon Interferon alpha-2a alfa-2a Adagen Pegadamase Adenosine deaminase Oncaspar Pegaspargase Asparaginase Krystexxa Pegloticase Mammalian urate oxidase Neulasta Pegfilgrastim Granulocyte colony-stimulating factor Cimzia Certolizumab Therapeutic pegol monoclonal antibody Mircera Polyethylene Epoetin beta glycol-epoetin beta Somavert Pegvisomant Growth hormone receptor antagonist Half- Half- life of life of Native Pegylated Commercial Clinical Compound Compound Name Indication (hours) (hours) PegIntron Hepatitis C, gliomas 9 28 Pegasys Hepatitis C 8 65 Adagen Severe combined 0.
However, if the patient has moderate tophaceous gout or chronic gouty arthropathy, it's appropriate to place the patient on pegloticase (Krystexxa) while discontinuing all other urate-lowering agents.
For patients on dual oral therapy at maximum acceptable doses who were still having frequent flares or those with unresolving chronic tophaceous arthropathy, the TFP recommended pegloticase.
There are currently five drugs that can be used to treat gout: allopurinol (Zyloprim), colchicine (Colcrys), febuxostat (Uloric), pegloticase (Krys-texxa), and probenecid.
According to a study published in the August 17 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, the use of 8 mg of pegloticase (Krystexxa) either every two weeks or every NEM four weeks for six months resulted in significantly lower uric acid levels.