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Brand name: Zoster Immunoglobulin-VF (CSL)

Zoster Immunoglobulin-VF (CSL) is a medicine containing the active ingredient(s) varicella-zoster virus immunoglobulin. On this page you will find out more about Zoster Immunoglobulin-VF (CSL), including side effects, age restrictions, food interactions and whether the medicine is subsidised by the government on the pharmaceutical benefits scheme (PBS)

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Active ingredient in this medicine: varicella-zoster virus immunoglobulin

Information for medicine and pack size:
Zoster Immunoglobulin-VF (CSL) 200 units injection solution, 1 vial

Consumer Medicine Information leaflet:

This leaflet may also be found inside the medicine package. It contains information on side effects, age restrictions and other useful data.

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What this medicine is for

INDICATIONS AS AT 8 AUGUST 2002 : Zoster Immunoglobulin is indicated for prophylaxis against varicella in patients who meet all four of the criteria listed below: 1. One of the following underlying illnesses or conditions: a. Neoplastic disease (leukaemia or lymphoma); b. Congenital or acquired immunodeficiency; c. Immunosuppressive therapy with steroids or antimetabolites. 2. One of the following types of exposure to chickenpox or shingles patients: a. Household contact; b. Playmate contact (>1 hour play indoors); c. Hospital contact (in same 2 to 4 bedroom or adjacent beds in a large ward); d. Newborn contact (newborn of mother who had onset of chickenpox <5 days before delivery or within 48 hours after delivery); e. Premature infant (>= 28 weeks gestation) whose mother lacks a prior history of chickenpox; f. Premature infant (< 28 weeks gestation or <= 1000g) regardless of maternal history. 3. Negative or unknown history of chickenpox. 4. If Zoster Immunoglobulin can be administered within 96 hours after exposure. Zoster Immunoglobulin, Normal Immunoglobulin (immunoglobulin for intramuscular use) or plasma are of no value in the treatment of established varicella or zoster infection. High levels of circulating antibody do not prevent dissemination of infection. Zoster Immunoglobulin is not indicated for prophylactic use in immunodeficient children or adults when there is a history of varicella, unless the patient's immunosuppressed status is that which is associated with bone marrow transplantation.

Table of characteristics
Table of characteristics
Active ingredient
Visual appearance Clear to opalescent, colourless, solution
Dosage Form Injection, solution
Route of administration Intramuscular
Medicine schedule
200IU x 1: Prescription Only Medicine, or Prescription Animal Remedy

There is one type of pack available.

Pack type 1
Pack type 1
Type Vial
Storage temperature Store at 2 to 8 degrees Celsius
Storage conditions Refrigerate,Protect from Light,Do not Freeze
Life time 3 Years
We were unable to verify that this medicine is available on the PBS (Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme). Please consult your pharmacist if you need further information

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