INTRODUCTION: Current treatment for hemophilia B involves replacing the missing coagulation factor IX (FIX) with either plasma-derived or recombinant (r) FIX. Trenonacog alfa is the third normal half-life rFIX that has been granted FDA approval.
Area covered: In this review, the authors examine trenonacog alfa for the treatment of hemophilia B including prophylaxis, on-demand and perioperative hemostasis. They compare the PK profile to nonacog alfa and evaluate the drug's efficacy and safety from published studies.
Expert opinion: Trenonacog alfa appears to be an effective and safe treatment option for patients with hemophilia B with a PK profile similar to that of nonacog alfa. Despite the advent of extended half-life rFIX and other novel therapeutic approaches, normal half-life rFIX products, including trenonacog alfa, are likely to continue to have a place in hemophilia B treatment for at least the immediate future while the new landscape takes shape, particularly in countries that cannot afford the newer treatments.