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Brand name: Atgam

Atgam is a medicine containing the active ingredient(s) antithymocyte immunoglobulin equine. On this page you will find out more about Atgam, 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: antithymocyte immunoglobulin equine

Information for medicine and pack size:
Atgam 250 mg/5 mL concentrated injection, 5 mL ampoule

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 11 APRIL 2002 : ATGAM is indicated for renal transplant patients in whom reduction of peripheral T-lympocyte function as measured by rosette-forming cell assay could be desirable. During controlled clinical trials, this immunosuppression has been demonstrated in renal allograft recipients treated with ATGAM. When it was administered prophylactically with conventional immunosuppressive therapy, ATGAM delayed the onset of the first rejection episode, and when it was administered at the time of the first rejection, ATGAM resolved the acute rejection episode more frequently than did conventional therapy alone.

Table of characteristics
Table of characteristics
Active ingredient
Visual appearance Clear to straw coloured solution
Dosage Form Injection, solution
Route of administration Intravenous
Medicine schedule
1 X 5 mL ampoule: Prescription Only Medicine, or Prescription Animal Remedy
5 X 5 mL ampoules: Prescription Only Medicine, or Prescription Animal Remedy

There is one type of pack available.

Pack type 1
Pack type 1
Type Ampoule
Storage temperature Store at 2 to 8 degrees Celsius
Storage conditions Refrigerate,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

The PBS provides a list of government subsidised medicines available to be dispensed to patients. Further information can be found on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme website.

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