Preparing your patients for treatment


Nebulizer and compressor options for Pulmozyme dosing1,18

Your patients and/or their caregivers will likely have questions about how to administer Pulmozyme. Each Pulmozyme treatment, dosed QD or BID, requires the following items1:

  • One ampule of Pulmozyme
    • Pulmozyme is supplied in single-use ampules. It should be stored in refrigeration and protected from strong light1
  • One jet nebulizer approved for use with Pulmozyme that can be connected to an air compressor OR a nebulizer system2
  • Tubing and other components that come with the nebulizer1
  • A mouthpiece or a face mask (for younger patients unable to inhale or exhale consistently using a mouthpiece)1

Several nebulizer and compressor options are FDA-approved for use with Pulmozyme1

Jet Nebulizers + Compressors
Hudson T Up-draft II® with Pulmo-Aide®
Marquest Acorn II® with Pulmo-Aide®
PARI LC® Plus PARI PRONEB® 
*PARI BABY™ PARI PRONEB® 
Durable Sidestream® with MOBILAIRE™
Durable Sidestream® with Porta-Neb®

One nebulizer system is FDA-approved1


eRapid Nebulizer system

eRapid® (PARI) Nebulizer System

The eRapid system delivers treatment in a system that is small and portable

For more information on eRapid, call PARI at (866) 335-6943, or visit PARI.com

*Patients who are unable to inhale or exhale orally through the entire nebulization period may use the PARI BABY™ nebulizer.
Consisting of the eRapid® Nebulizer Handset with eBase™ Controller.
The average nebulization time for the eRapid Nebulizer System is approximately 2-3 minutes compared to the LC® Plus Jet Nebulizer, which is 6-10 minutes.


Learn how to prepare and administer Pulmozyme

A step-by-step guide to taking Pulmozyme, including a list of equipment needed.


Questions to consider when helping patients choose a nebulizer and compressor combination

  • What is your patient's lifestyle like?

Patients may want to consider what conveniences they need. For example, nebulizers/compressors may have different delivery times and cleaning instructions.

  • Will a child use it?

Certain nebulizers are designed especially for younger children and have features such as a mask instead of a mouthpiece.

  • How much will it cost?

Costs, out-of-pocket expenses, and insurance coverage can vary.

  • Which specialty pharmacies distribute eRapid®?

If you are considering eRapid for your patient, visit www.PARI.com to locate specialty pharmacies that distribute eRapid.

Remember to communicate these important instructions to patients/caregivers18:

  • Do not dilute or mix Pulmozyme with other drugs in the nebulizer1
  • Mixing of Pulmozyme with other drugs could lead to adverse physicochemical and/or functional changes in Pulmozyme or the admixed compound1
  • Follow the manufacturer's instructions on the use and maintenance of the equipment, including cleaning and disinfection procedures1

Have your patients download patient-friendly, step-by-step instructions on administering Pulmozyme.1

Order equipment supplies

Order equipment supplies

GCF Centers can create an account to order equipment for their patients

Indication and Usage

Pulmozyme (dornase alfa) is indicated for daily administration in conjunction with standard therapies for the management of cystic fibrosis (CF) patients to improve pulmonary function.

In CF patients with an FVC ≥ 40% of predicted, daily administration of Pulmozyme has also been shown to reduce the risk of respiratory tract infections requiring parenteral antibiotics.

Important Safety Information

Pulmozyme is contraindicated in patients with known hypersensitivity to dornase alfa, Chinese Hamster Ovary cell products, or any component of the product.

The most common adverse reactions associated with the use of Pulmozyme include: voice alteration, pharyngitis, rash, laryngitis, chest pain, conjunctivitis, rhinitis, decrease in FVC of ≥ 10%, fever, dyspepsia, and dyspnea. There have been no reports of anaphylaxis attributed to the administration of Pulmozyme. Mild to moderate urticaria and mild skin rash have been observed and have been transient.

Pediatric Use

The safety and effectiveness of Pulmozyme have been established in pediatric patients 5 years of age and older. The safety of Pulmozyme, 2.5 mg by inhalation, was studied with 2 weeks of daily administration in 65 patients with cystic fibrosis aged 3 months to < 5 years. While clinical trial data are limited in pediatric patients younger than 5 years of age, the use of Pulmozyme should be considered for pediatric CF patients who may experience potential benefit in pulmonary function or who may be at risk of respiratory tract infection.

The safety of Pulmozyme, 2.5 mg by inhalation, was studied with 2 weeks of daily administration in 98 pediatric patients with cystic fibrosis 3 months to 10 years of age (65 aged 3 months to < 5 years, 33 aged 5 to ≤ 10 years). The PARI BABY™ reusable nebulizer (which uses a facemask instead of a mouthpiece) was utilized in patients unable to demonstrate the ability to inhale or exhale orally throughout the entire treatment period (54/65, 83% of the younger; and 2/33, 6% of the older patients). Overall, the nature of adverse reactions was similar to that seen in the placebo-controlled trials in older patients. The number of patients reporting cough was higher in the younger age group as compared to the older age group (29/65, 45%; compared to 10/33, 30%) as was the number reporting moderate to severe cough (24/65, 37%; compared to 6/33, 18%). The number of patients reporting rhinitis was higher in the younger age group as compared to the older age group (23/65, 35%; compared to 9/33, 27%) as was the number reporting rash (4/65, 6% as compared to 0/33, 0%).

You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or www.fda.gov/medwatch. You may also report side effects to Genentech at 1-888-835-2555.

Please see full Pulmozyme Prescribing Information for additional Important Safety Information.

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