**REMS Drug**


Trade Name(s)

  • Palynziq

Ther. Class.

none assigned

Pharm. Class.



Treatment of phenylketonuria (PKU) in adult patients who have uncontrolled blood phenylalanine concentrations >600 micromol/L on existing therapy.


As a phenylalanine ammonia lyase enzyme, it acts as a replacement for phenylalanine hydroxylase (as enzyme that is deficient in patients with PKU), and converts phenylalanine to ammonia and  trans -cinnamic acid.

Therapeutic Effect(s):

Reduction in blood phenylalanine concentrations.


Absorption: Unknown.

Distribution: Well distributed to tissues.

Metabolism and Excretion: Metabolized via catabolic pathways into small peptides and amino acids; excretion pathway(s) unknown.

Half-life: 14–132 hr.

TIME/ACTION PROFILE (plasma concentrations)

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Contraindicated in:

  • OB:   Pregnancy.

Use Cautiously in:

  • Lactation:  Use while breastfeeding only if potential maternal benefit justifies potential risk to infant;
  • Pedi:   Safety and effectiveness not established in children.

Adverse Reactions/Side Effects

Derm: alopecia, pruritus, rash

EENT: nasal congestion, oropharyngeal pain

GI: abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting

Local: injection site reactions

MS: ↑ creatine kinase, arthralgia

Neuro: anxiety, dizziness, headache

Resp: cough

Misc: fatigue, HYPERSENSITIVITY REACTIONS (including anaphylaxis and angioedema), serum sickness

* CAPITALS indicate life-threatening.
Underline indicate most frequent.



Use with other  PEGylated products  may ↑ risk of anaphylaxis.


SUBQ (Adults): Induction phase: 2.5 mg once weekly for 4 wk, then proceed to titration phase;  Titration phase: 2.5 mg twice weekly for 1 wk, then 10 mg once weekly for 1 wk, then 10 mg twice weekly for 1 wk, then 10 mg 4 times weekly for 1 wk, then 10 mg once daily for 1 wk, then proceed to maintenance phase;  Maintenance phase: 20 mg once daily for ≥24 wk; may consider ↑ to 40 mg once daily if adequate response (blood phenylalanine concentration ≤600 micromol/L) has not been achieved after patient receives 20 mg once daily for ≥24 wk. May consider ↑ to 60 mg once daily if adequate response (blood phenylalanine concentration ≤600 micromol/L) has not been achieved after patient receives 40 mg once daily for ≥16 wk. Discontinue therapy if adequate response (blood phenylalanine concentration ≤600 micromol/L) has not been achieved after patient receives 60 mg once daily for ≥16 wk.


Solution for injection (prefilled syringes): 2.5 mg/0.5 mL, 10 mg/0.5 mL, 20 mg/mL


  • Monitor for signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis (syncope, hypotension, hypoxia, dyspnea, wheezing, chest discomfort/chest tightness, tachycardia, swelling of face, lips, eyes, tongue, throat tightness, flushing, rash, urticaria, pruritus, vomiting, nausea, diarrhea) during and for at least 60 min after first injection. Treat with epinephrine, corticosteroids, antihistamines and oxygen. If readministering pegvaliase, premedicate with H1 –receptor antagonist, H2  receptor antagonist, and antipyretic. Observe patient for at least 60 min after injection.
  • Monitor daily intake of protein and phenylalanine during therapy.

Lab Test Considerations:

Obtain baseline blood phenylalanine concentration before starting therapy. During initial therapy monitor phenylalanine levels every 4 wk until maintenance dose established. Then monitor blood phenylalanine levels periodically during therapy. Monitor blood phenylalanine levels in breastfeeding women treated with pegvaliase.


  • Administer 1st dose under supervision of a health care professional.
  • Use lowest tolerated dose.
  • Premedicate with H1 –receptor antagonist, H2 –receptor antagonist, and an antipyretic for hypersensitivity reactions.
  • Prescribe patient auto-injectable epinephrine before 1st dose.
  •  REMS: Palynziq is only available through Palynziq REMS. Prescribers must be trained and certified and must prescribe auto-injectable epinephrine. Pharmacies must be certified. Patients must be educated about risk of anaphylaxis and have auto-injectable epinephrine with them at all times. Information is available at or by telephone 1-855-758-REMS (1-855-758-7367).
  • SUBQ Pinch skin and inject at 45–90° angle in front middle of thighs and abdomen at least 2 inches away from navel. If a caregiver is giving injection, top of buttocks and back of upper arms may also be used for injection. Rotate injection sites. Do not inject into moles, scars, birthmarks, bruises, rashes, or areas where skin is hard, tender, red, damaged, burned, inflamed, or tattooed. Check injection site for redness, swelling, or tenderness. Solution is clear to slightly opalescent, colorless to pale yellow; do not inject solutions that are cloudy, discolored, or contain particulate matter. Store in refrigerator in original carton to protect from light; do not freeze. Stable for up to 30 days at room temperature; do not return to refrigerator if stored at room temperature.

Patient/Family Teaching

  •  REMS: Instruct patient in correct technique for injection, storage, and disposal of equipment. Omit missed doses and administer next dose a scheduled; do not double doses. Explain purpose and requirements of REMS program to patient and caregiver. Advise patient to read  Medication Guide  before starting therapy and with each Rx refill in case of changes.
  • Advise patient to monitor dietary protein and phenylalanine intake and counsel patient on how to adjust dietary intake of protein and phenylalanine based on phenylalanine blood levels.
  • Inform patient and caregiver on risk of anaphylaxis. Instruct patient to carry auto-injectable epinephrine with them at all times. Instruct patient and caregiver on how to recognize signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis (fainting, dizziness or lightheadedness, sudden confusion, trouble breathing or wheezing, chest discomfort or chest tightness, fast heart rate, swelling of your face, lips, eyes, or tongue; throat tightness, flushed skin, rash, itching, raised bumps on skin, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea, losing control of urine or stools), how to properly administer auto-injectable epinephrine, and to seek immediate medical care upon its use.
  • Instruct patient to notify health care professional of all Rx or OTC medications, vitamins, or herbal products being taken and to consult health care professional before taking other Rx, OTC, herbal products.
  • Rep:  Advise patient to notify health care professional if pregnancy is planned or suspected or if breastfeeding. If pegvaliase is administered during pregnancy, or if patient becomes pregnant while receiving pegvaliase or within one mo after last dose, report pegvaliase exposure to pregnancy surveillance program by calling 1-866-906-6100.
  • Emphasize importance of carrying  Palynziq Patient Wallet Card  and auto-injectable epinephrine with you at all times.

Evaluation/Desired Outcomes

20% reduction from baseline in blood phenylalanine concentration or blood phenylalanine concentration ≤600 micromol/L. Discontinue pegvaliase in patients not responding after 16 wk at 40 mg daily.