Manufacturing & Pathogen Safety

Octapharma has pioneered a number of safety innovations that have set the standard for the protein products industry

Octagam 10% manufacturing and purification process1-3

manufacturing and purification process


Octagam 10% contains all 4 subclasses of IgG, with a percentage distribution equivalent to the one found in normal plasma

  • Octagam 10% is made from large pools of donated plasma which go through a rigorous purification process for the inactivation and removal of viruses
  • Other precautions against viral transmission include: selection of plasma donors, screening of donations and plasma pool, as well as final product testing for viruses
  • Octagam 10% is manufactured by cold ethanol fractionation followed by ultrafiltration and chromatography. The manufacturing process includes treatment with a solvent/detergent, and incubation at low pH

Validated viral removal and inactivation3-5

The manufacturing process for octagam 10% has been validated for its capacity to remove and inactivate both enveloped and non-enveloped viruses

All units of human plasma used in the manufacture of octagam 10% liquid are collected in US-based Octapharma Plasma centers that are licensed by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Plasma is tested by FDA-licensed serological tests for HBsAg, antibodies to HCV and HIV, and Nucleic Acid Test (NAT) for HCV and HIV-1 and found to be non-reactive (negative).

Production StepIn vitro reduction factor [log10]
Enveloped VirusesNon-Enveloped Viruses
Cold ethanol fractionation≥ 4.81≥ 6.28≥ 7.13≥ 7.13≥ 6.53
S/D treatment≥ 4.935.23≥ 6.77n.a.n.a.
pH 4 treatment≥ 4.33≥ 6.716.715.07< 1*
Global reduction factor≥ 14.07≥ 18.22≥ 20.61≥ 12.20≥ 6.53

*Not calculated for global LRF.
HIV-1: Human Immunodeficiency Virus-1; PRV: Pseudorabies Virus; SBV: Sindbis virus; MEV: mouse encephalomyelitis virus, PPV: porcine parvovirus

Review the clinical evidence supporting octagam 10% in the treatment of adults with chronic immune thrombocytopenic purpura.

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  1. Octagam® [Immune Globulin Intravenous (Human)] 10% Liquid Preparation [prescribing information]. Hoboken, NJ: Octapharma USA. Inc; August 2018.
  2. Octapharma. Data on file.
  3. Buchacher A, Kaar W. Intravenous immunoglobin G from human plasma—purification concepts and important quality criteria. In: Bertolini J, Goss N, Curling J, eds. Production of Plasma Proteins for Therapeutic Use. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc; 2013.
  4. Dichtelmüller HO, Biesert L, Fabbrizzi F, et al. Contribution to safety of immunoglobulin and albumin from virus partitioning and inactivation by cold ethanol fractionation: a data collection of Plasma Protein Therapeutics Association member companies. Transfusion. 2011;51(7):1412-1430.
  5. Dichtelmüller HO, Biesert L, Fabbrizzi F, et al. Robustness of solvent/detergent treatment of plasma derivatives: a data collection of Plasma Protein Therapeutics Association member companies. Transfusion. 2009;49(9):1931-1943.