Pediatric blinatumomab preparation: Risk assessment on SmPC for software compliance

Mario Cirino, Riccardo Provasi, Irina Cebulec, Clara Palmieri, Paolo Schincariol, Davide Zanon

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Introduction: Blinatumomab is an anticancer drug used in the treatment of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL) in both adults and children. ALL is the most common form of cancer in children and patients who are refractory to standard treatments have poor prognosis. The preparation of blinatumomab is unique and extremely complex. It’s important to carry out any information to identify all the critical issues related to the preparation of blinatumomab: sharing procedure between prescribers, staff of the Centralized Chemotherapy Preparation Unit [Unità Farmaci Antiblastici (UFA)] and administering nurses aimed at reducing the clinical risk related to the management of the drug blinatumomab and to obtain correct prescriptions on the real dose to be prepared, safe worksheets with computer processing of all variables (volumes to be added and corresponding dose of drug) and complete labels containing all the information necessary for the control of the preparation and its correct infusion. Methods: A computerized process involves the use of specific software to which precise instructions must be given. This study is divided into two phases, the first one focused on the analysis of Summary of Product Characteristics (SmPC) and the extrapolation of any unclear part of SmPC. The second phase involved the manufacturer to answer a questionnaire. Results: This comparison with the company allowed to perfect the blinatumomab preparation process leading to: 1. allow the patient to be discharged and return a few times for infusions and consequently reduce the number of medical prescriptions; 2. set up the drug for each patient every 4 days; 3. reduce costs related to devices, staff employed. Conclusion: Computerizing the preparation of anti-blastic drugs is a necessary path for the safety of the patient and all the operators involved, however it may be necessary to make changes in the preparation process to allow the software to work correctly. The comparison between pharmacist, clinician and, where necessary, the manufacturer of the drug, was effective in the preparation of this drug.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Oncology Pharmacy Practice
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2020


  • compounding unit
  • Cost savings
  • patient care team
  • pharmacists
  • software

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Pharmacology (medical)


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