Indications for BIOTHRAX:
Pre-exposure prophylaxis of disease caused by Bacillus anthracis in high risk persons due to occupation or other activities for anthrax disease. Post-exposure prophylaxis after suspected or confirmed Bacillus anthracis exposure, when given with recommended antibacterial drugs.
For IM inj (into the deltoid) or SC inj (over the deltoid) only. Each dose is 0.5mL. 18–65yrs (Pre-exposure): give as IM inj at 0, 1, and 6 months with booster doses at 6 and 12 months after completion of primary series, then at 12-month intervals thereafter; if at risk of hematoma: may give as SC inj at 0, 2, 4 weeks, and 6 months with booster doses at 6 and 12 months after completion of primary series, then at 12-month intervals thereafter; (Post-exposure): give as SC inj at 0, 2, and 4 weeks post-exposure in combination with antimicrobial therapy.
Severe allergic reaction after a previous BioThrax dose.
Vaccination may not protect all individuals. Have medical treatment and supervision available to manage anaphylactic reactions. History of anthrax disease. Latex allergy. Immunocompromised. Elderly (>65yrs): not indicated. Pregnancy (Cat.D): not recommended. Nursing mothers.
Concomitant other vaccines: inject at different sites. Concomitant immunosuppressants, chemotherapy, high-dose corticosteroids (>2 weeks), radiation therapy: may get sub-optimal response.
Tenderness, pain, erythema, edema, limited arm motion, muscle aches, fatigue, headache; allergic reactions.
Register pregnant patients in the Vaccine pregnancy registry by calling (619) 553-9255.
Generic Drug Availability:
Multi-dose vials (5mL)—1