What is Ceprotin?

Ceprotin is a concentrated version of a naturally-produced substance in the body, protein C. It is taken to correct a congenital deficiency in protein C; this causes purpura fulminans, characterized by blood clots in the skin, and venous thrombosis, characterized by blood clots in blood vessels.

Ceprotin is made from human blood products, and so taking it carries a minor risk of viral transmission. Blood products are checked with FDA-approved tests for HIV-1/HIV-2 antibodies, hepatitis C virus, and hepatitis B surface antigens. For additional safety, the nucleic acid test is applied to test blood products for HIV-1 and hepatitis C virus.

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