Parenteral Manual


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Alternate Name(s): 
CIMAher, TheraCIM h-R3, Theraloc
Monoclonal antibody targeting human Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor (EGFR)
Original Date: 
January 2016
  • Investigational for Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) in children
Reconstitution and Stability: 
  • Available as 5 mg/mL preservative-free injectable solution in vial of 10 mL (50 mg/10mL)
  • Store vials in refrigerator (2 - 8C)
  • Dilute in 0.9% NaCl for a final concentration of 1 mg/mL; DO NOT SHAKE, invert gently to mix
  • Diluted solution stable for 6 hours at room temperature or for 12 hours at 2 - 8 C
  • Protect from light

- Solutions Compatible: 0.9% NaCl only

- Additive/Above Cassette Compatible: Do not mix with other drugs or IV solutions

- Y-site Compatible: Do not run with other drugs or IV solutions


(For approved routes of administration by nursing personnel, refer to Policy for the Administration of Intravenous Medications.)

IV Direct NO
IV Intermittent Infusion YES - use a 0.22 um low-protein binding filter
Usual dilution: 1 mg/mL diluted in 0.9% NaCl
Infusion time: over 30 - 60 minutes
IV Continuous Infusion NO



(For neonatal dosages, refer to Neonatal IV Drug Manual.)

  • Pediatric DIPG (investigational): 150 mg/m2 IV once weekly x 8 weeks, then every 2 weeks x 10 weeks
Potential hazards of parenteral administration: 
  • More frequent: Erythema, fatique, leukopenia, thrombocytopenia, anemia, nausea, vomiting, headache, elevated ALT & AST, rash, fever
  • Less frequent/rare: Hypo- or hyperkalemia, mucositis, seizures, hypo- or hyperthermia, anaphylaxis, bronchospasm, chills, hyper- or hypotension, hyperpigmentation, sleepiness, disorientation, myalgia, motor dysphasia, incoherent language, buccal dryness, face reddening, weakeneing of lower limbs, phlebitis, increase creatinine, thoracic pain, peribuccal cyanosis
  • Pre-medicate with diphenhydrAMINE (Benadryl)
  • Monitor vital signs pre-infusion, every 30 minutes during infusion and 1 hour post-infusion. Patient should be monitored for a least 1 hour following end of infusion. Have epinephrine, diphenhydramine and hydrocortisone available at bedside
  • Monitor (baseline and every 3 months): CBC with differential, serum creatinine, BUN, LFTs, electrolytes (including Mg, Ca, Phos)
  • Consider cardiac (ECG) and renal function monitoring for patients receiving more than 40 doses) every 3 months

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