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What is the difference between VPRIV and Cerezyme?

VPRIV and Cerezyme are extremely similar. They replace the same enzyme (glucocerebrosidase) and treat the same life-long problem (Gaucher's disease). They are even administered in the same fashion, in the same amounts, for the same amount of time. They also cause very similar side effects. Cerezyme's active ingredient is imiglucerase, as opposed to VPRIV's active ingredient, velaglucerase alfa. VPRIV entered the market more recently than Cerezyme, and neither drug is available as a generic. If you are receiving Cerezyme and are interested in switching to VPRIV, ask your doctor.

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