FACTOR IX COMPLEX, VAPOR HEATED, BEBULIN VH IMMUNO is a purified, sterile, stable, freeze-dried concentrate of the coagulation Factors IX (Christmas Factor) as well as II (Prothrombin) and X (Stuart Prower Factor) and low amounts of Factor VII. In addition, the product contains small amounts of heparin (</=0.15 I.U. heparin per I.U. Factor IX).

FACTOR IX COMPLEX, VAPOR HEATED, BEBULIN VH IMMUNO is standardized in terms of Factor IX content and each vial is labeled for the Factor IX content indicated in International Units (I.U.). One International Unit of Factor IX (according to the current International Standard for Human Blood Coagulation Factors II, IX, and X in Concentrates, Code 84/681) corresponds to the activity of Factor IX in 1 mL of fresh normal human plasma.

FACTOR IX COMPLEX, VAPOR HEATED, BEBULIN VH IMMUNO is a combination of vitamin K-dependent clotting factors found in normal plasma. The administration of FACTOR IX COMPLEX, VAPOR HEATED, BEBULIN VH IMMUNO provides an increase in plasma levels of Factor IX and can temporarily correct the coagulation defect of patients with Factor IX deficiency. Plasma levels of Factors II and X will also be increased. However, no clinical studies have been conducted to show benefit from this product for treating deficiencies other than Factor IX deficiency.

In vivo recovery of FACTOR IX COMPLEX, VAPOR HEATED, BEBULIN VH IMMUNO was determined by investigators in Germany, Japan, and the United States using the former International Standard, WHO 72/32 and found to be 53.3% ±9.6%, 57.5% ±21.8%, and 53.24% ±16.95%, respectively. In the same studies, using different methodologies, half-lives were determined to be 19.4 hrs ±3.8 hrs, 24.6 hrs ±3.2 hrs, and 19.97 hrs ±8.24 hrs, respectively (1,2, 3).

The product has been subjected to virus inactivation by vapor heating where vapor is first applied for 10 hours at 60°C ±0.5°C and an excess pressure of 190 ±25 mbar followed by 1 hour at 80°C ±0.5°C and an excess pressure of 375 ±35 mbar (4). The effectiveness of vapor heating was evaluated in vitro using Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV-1) and Sindbis Virus. Lyophilization followed by vapor heat treatment at 60°C inactivated >5.8 logs of HIV-1 and 4.0 logs of Sindbis Virus within 3 hours. Lyophilization with vapor heating at 60°C for 10 hours resulted in no detectable Sindbis Virus (>4.5 log reduction). Vapor heating at 80°C inactivated >3.5 logs of HIV-1 and >4.4 logs of Sindbis Virus within one hour.

In the context of two prospective clinical studies (5, 6) and a retrospective survey (7) FACTOR IX COMPLEX, VAPOR HEATED, BEBULIN VH IMMUNO was followed up for the risk of transfusion-transmitted viral infections. All patients received blood products for the first time. Using criteria established by the ICTH, 16 patients could be followed up for nonA, nonB hepatitis, 9 for HCV seroconversion, 3 for hepatitis B, and 24 for HIV seroconversion. None tested positive for any of these infections. An additional 3 patients with 2 or more consecutive test samples missing tested negative for nonA, nonB hepatitis for all samples available. Three studies using ICTH criteria for testing (5, 6, 8), a retrospective survey (7), and a case report (9) on other vapor heated factors of the prothrombin complex that were subjected to the same inactivation process as BEBULIN VH gave the following results: 27 patients tested negative for nonA, nonB hepatitis, 15 for HCV seroconversion, 25 for hepatitis B, and 75 for HIV seroconversion

FACTOR IX COMPLEX, VAPOR HEATED, BEBULIN VH IMMUNO is indicated for the prevention and control of hemorrhagic episodes in hemophilia B patients.

FACTOR IX COMPLEX, VAPOR HEATED, BEBULIN VH IMMUNO is not indicated for use in the treatment of Factor VII deficiency. No clinical studies have been conducted to show benefit from this product for treating deficiencies other than Factor IX deficiency.


None known.

This product is prepared from pooled human plasma which may contain the causative agents of hepatitis and other viral diseases. Prescribed manufacturing procedures utilized at the plasma collection centers, plasma testing laboratories, and the fractionation facilities are designed to reduce the risk of transmitting viral infection. However, the risk of viral infectivity from this product cannot be totally eliminated.

Individuals who receive infusions of blood or plasma products may develop signs and/or symptoms of some viral infections, particularly nonA, nonB hepatitis. Hepatitis B vaccination is essential for patients with hemophilia and it is recommended that this be done at birth or diagnosis.

The risk of thromboembolic complications including DIC and hyperfibrinolysis is present with the administration of Factor IX Complex, particularly in the postoperative period and in patients with risk factors predisposing to thrombosis.


In patients with risk factors predisposing to thrombosis the Factor IX level should not be raised to more than approximately 60% of normal (10). In addition, it is recommended that such patients as well as patients who require high doses of Factor IX because of major surgical interventions be monitored for the possible development of DIC and/or thrombosis. In case changes occur in blood pressure or pulse rate or symptoms such as respiratory distress, chest pain or cough, treatment should be stopped immediately.

Information for Patients

Patients should be informed of the early signs of hypersensitivity reactions such as fever, urticaria, rashes, nausea or retching and should be advised to discontinue use of the product and contact their physician if these symptoms occur.

Pregnancy Category C.

Animal reproduction studies have not been conducted with FACTOR IX COMPLEX, VAPOR HEATED, BEBULIN VH IMMUNO. It is also not known whether FACTOR IX COMPLEX, VAPOR HEATED, BEBULIN VH IMMUNO can cause fetal harm when administered to a pregnant woman or can affect reproduction capacity. FACTOR IX COMPLEX, VAPOR HEATED, BEBULIN VH IMMUNO should be given to a pregnant woman only if clearly needed.


As with any other infused plasma derivatives, anaphylactoid or anaphylactic reactions may occur in rare cases. The occurrence of these reactions (e.g. fever, urticarial rashes, nausea, retching, dyspnea, anaphylactic shock) necessitates the interruption of replacement therapy. Mild reactions can be managed with antihistamines; severe hypotensive reactions require immediate intervention using current principles of shock therapy.



FACTOR IX COMPLEX, VAPOR HEATED, BEBULIN VH IMMUNO is intended for intravenous administration only.

As a general rule, 1 International Unit of Factor IX activity/kg will increase the plasma level of Factor IX by 0.8%. Accordingly, the following formula is provided for dosage calculations:

Number of
Factor IX I.U.
= bodyweight (kg) × desired
Factor IX
increase (% of normal)
× 1.2

It must, however, be emphasized that the response to treatment will vary from patient to patient and that occasionally larger doses than those derived from the above formula will be required, particularly if treatment is delayed. Exact dosage determination should be based on localization and extent of hemorrhage, and the level of Factor IX to be achieved.

It must be emphasized that particularly with severe hemorrhage and major surgery close laboratory monitoring of the Factor IX level is required to determine proper dosage.

Management of Specific Types of Bleeding (10, 11, 12, 13, 14)

Approximate Factor IX levels, typical initial doses, and the average duration of treatment are suggested in the table below. For minor bleeding a single dose will usually be sufficient, otherwise a second dose may be given after 24 hours. More severe hemorrhage will require the administration of several doses at approximately 24 hour intervals. For maintenance therapy usually two thirds of the initial dose is infused.

Type of
Factor IX
(% Normal)
of Treatment
20 25-35 1
40 40-55 2 or until adequate wound healing
>/=60 * 60-70 2-3 or until adequate wound healing
* For patients predisposing to thrombosis see " PRECAUTIONS " section.

Management of Surgical Procedures (10, 11, 12, 13, 14)

Dosage guidelines for surgical procedures are suggested below. The preoperative loading dose should be administered one hour prior to surgery. Depending on the type of surgery replacement therapy has to be continued over one to several weeks until adequate wound healing is achieved. The average treatment interval will initially be 12 hours, while in the later postoperative period 24 hours are generally adequate.

Type of
Day of Operation   Init. Postop. Period
(1 st to 2 nd Week)
Late Postop. Period
(from 3 rd Week Onwards)
(% Normal)
(% Normal)
(% Normal)
>/=60 * 70-95 60->20 70->35 20 35->25
40-60 50-60 40->20 55->25    
* For patients predisposing to thrombosis see " PRECAUTIONS " section.

For tooth extraction the same initial dose as for minor surgery is recommended. Generally, one infusion will be sufficient. In case of extraction of several teeth, replacement therapy for up to one week may be necessary using the same doses as for minor surgery (12, 13, 14).

Long-Term Prophylactic Treatment

Prophylactic doses of 20-30 I.U./kg administered once, or preferably up to twice a week have been shown to significantly reduce the frequency of spontaneous hemorrhage (12, 15). It is, however, recommended that prophylactic dosage regimens be tailored to individual needs.


FACTOR IX COMPLEX, VAPOR HEATED, BEBULIN VH IMMUNO should be reconstituted immediately before application. The solution does not contain a preservative and must be used within 3 hours of reconstitution.

For reconstitution proceed as follows:

  1. Warm both diluent and concentrate in unopened vials to room temperature (not above 37°C, 98°F).
  2. Remove caps from both vials to expose central portions of the rubber stoppers.
  3. Cleanse exposed surface of the rubber stoppers with germicidal solution and allow to dry.
  4. Using aseptic technique, remove protective covering from one end of the double-ended needle, and insert the exposed end through the diluent vial stopper.
  5. Remove protective covering from the other end of the double-ended needle, taking care not to touch the exposed end. Invert diluent vial over the concentrate vial, then insert free end of the needle through the concentrate vial stopper. Diluent will be drawn into the concentrate vial by vacuum.
  6. Disconnect the two vials by removing needle from the concentrate vial stopper. Gently agitate or rotate the concentrate vial until all material is dissolved.

Do not refrigerate after reconstitution!


Parenteral drug products should be inspected for particulate matter and discoloration prior to administration, whenever solution and container permit.

Intravenous Injection:

  1. After reconstituting the concentrate as described above attach the enclosed filter needle to a sterile disposable syringe using aseptic technique. Insert filter needle through the concentrate vial stopper.
  2. Inject air and withdraw solution into the syringe.
  3. Remove and discard filter needle. Attach a suitable intravenous needle or infusion set with winged adapter.
  4. Administer the solution intravenously at a rate comfortable to the patient (maximum rate 2 ml per minute).


FACTOR IX COMPLEX, IMMUNO, VAPOR HEATED, BEBULIN VH is supplied in single dose vials with Sterile Water for Injection, U.S.P. (This Product Contains Dry Natural Rubber.), double-ended needle, and filter needle for reconstitution and withdrawal.

FACTOR IX activity in International Units is stated on the label of each vial.

Rx only


When stored at refrigerator temperature (2°C-8°C, 35°F-46°F), FACTOR IX COMPLEX, VAPOR HEATED, BEBULIN VH IMMUNO is stable for the period indicated by the expiration date on its label.

Avoid freezing, which may damage the diluent vial.


  1. H.H. Brackmann: A Study to Investigate the In Vivo Recovery and Half-Life Time of Factor IX Concentrate S-TIM 4. Unpublished Report, 1985.
  2. T. Abe et al.: Clinical Study with BENOBIL TIM 4, Steam-Treated Factor IX Complex, Single Administration. Jap. Pharm. & Ther., 14, 1986, 1, pp. 19-31.
  3. C. Kasper, A. Andes, L.M. Aledort: Clinical Study of Recovery and Half-Life of Factor IX Complex (Human) IMMUNO, Vapor Heated, Bebulin VH. Unpublished Report, 1990.
  4. F. Elsinger, G. Wöber, F. Dorner, J. Eibl, Y. Linnau, A. Philapitsch, O. Schwarz: Steam Treatment of Freeze-Dried Plasma Fractions. In: N.L. Ciavarella, Z.M. Ruggeri, Th.S. Zimmermann (Eds.): Factor VII/von Willebrand Factor-Biological and Clinical Advances. Milano: Wichtig Editore srl, 1986, pp. 297-302.
  5. Kl. Schimpf: Klinische Studien zur Infektiosität von konventionellen und virusinaktivierten Gerinnungsfaktorenkonzentraten. In: G. Landbeck, Kl. Schimpf (Eds.): 3. Rundtischgespräch über aktuelle Probleme der Substitutionstherapie Hämophiler. Berlin: Springer Verlag, 1986, pp. 69-79.
  6. A Study to Determine the Safety of Virus Inactivated Factor Concentrates in Hemophiliacs Naive to Blood Product Administration. Data on file.
  7. Kl. Schimpf: Substitutionstherapie bei angeborenen Gerinnungsstörungen. In: O. H. Just, C. Krier (Eds.): Haemostasis in Anaesthesia and Intensive Medicine. Berlin: Springer Verlag, 1988, pp. 17-31.
  8. D. U. Preiss, B. Eberspächer, D. Abdullah, I. Rosner: Safety of Vapour Heated Prothrombin Complex Concentrate (PCC) Prothromplex S-TIM 4. Thrombosis Research, 63, 1991, pp. 651-659.
  9. M. Köhler, P. Hellstern, G. Pindur, E. Wenzel, G. v. Blohn: Factor VII Half-Life after Transfusion of a Steam-Treated Prothrombin Complex Concentrate in a Patient with Homozygous Factor VII Deficiency. Vox Sang., 56, 1989, pp. 200-201.
  10. P.H. Levine: Clinical Manifestations and Therapy of Hemophilias A and B. In: R.W. Colman, J. Hirsh, V.J. Marder, E.W. Salzman (Eds.): Hemostasis and Thrombosis. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1987, pp. 97-111.
  11. C. R. Rizza, P. Jones: Management of patients with inherited blood coagulation defects. In: A.L. Bloom, D.P. Thomas (Eds.): Hemostasis and Thrombosis. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone, 1987, pp. 465-493.
  12. T. Abe, M. Kazama: An International Survey on the Appropriate Dosage of Hemophilias and Related Congenital Coagulopathies. In: Proceedings of the 3 rd International Symposion on Haemostasis and Thrombosis, 1982, pp. 273-304.
  13. I.M. Nilsson Å. Ahlberg, G. Björlin: Clinical Experience with a Swedish Factor IX Concentrate. Acta Med. Scand., 190, 1971, pp. 257-266.
  14. J.N. George, R. T. Breckenridge: The Use of Factor VIII and Factor IX Concentrates During Surgery. JAMA, 214, 1970, 9, pp. 1673-1676.
  15. E. Ludwig, K. Lechner. Prophylaktische Behandlung bei schwerer Hämophilie B mit einem Faktor-IX-Konzentrat. Dtsch. Med. Wschr., 99 1974 25 pp. 1355-1361.

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