The organizations listed below provide support to patients and families living with Pompe disease through educational information, updates on research and treatment advances, support groups, and more. Please note that the websites listed are maintained by the sponsoring organizations. Sanofi Genzyme is not responsible for the content or maintenance of these websites.
Acid Maltase Deficiency Association (AMDA)
Formed to assist in funding research and to promote public awareness of acid maltase deficiency, another name for Pompe disease, this U.S. organization is a member of the International Pompe Association.
Association for Glycogen Storage Disease (AGSD)
A parent- and patient-oriented support group based in the U.S. The AGSD was established for parents of and individuals with glycogen storage diseases to communicate, share their successes and concerns, share useful findings, provide support as needed, create an awareness of this condition for the public, and to stimulate research in the various forms of glycogen storage diseases.
A non-profit health organization committed to transforming health through genetics and promoting an environment of openness centered on the health of individuals, families, and communities.
International Pompe Association
The International Pompe Association (IPA) is an International federation of Pompe disease patients groups.
Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA)
A non-profit health organization dedicated to providing comprehensive medical services to individuals affected by neuromuscular diseases. Pompe disease is one of the more than 40 neuromuscular diseases covered by MDA.
National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD)
A unique federation of individuals and organizations working together to build a better world for people affected by rare diseases.
United Pompe Foundation
An organization formed to assist patients and/or their families with medical costs and other expenses that may not be covered by insurance. The Foundation also hopes to raise public awareness of Pompe disease.
To learn more about the Pompe Registry
LUMIZYME® (alglucosidase alfa) is a hydrolytic lysosomal glycogen-specific enzyme indicated for patients with Pompe disease (GAA deficiency).
WARNING: RISK OF ANAPHYLAXIS, HYPERSENSITIVITY AND IMMUNE-MEDIATED REACTIONS, AND RISK OF CARDIORESPIRATORY FAILURE
Anaphylaxis and Hypersensitivity Reactions: Life-threatening anaphylaxis and hypersensitivity reactions have been observed in some patients during and after treatment with alglucosidase alfa. If anaphylaxis or severe hypersensitivity reactions occur, immediately discontinue infusion and institute appropriate medical treatment. Appropriate medical support and monitoring measures should be available during infusion.
Immune-Mediated Reactions: Monitor patients for the development of systemic immune-mediated reactions involving skin and other organs. If immune-mediated reactions occur, consider discontinuation of the administration of alglucosidase alfa, and initiate appropriate medical treatment.
Risk of Acute Cardiorespiratory Failure: Patients with acute underlying respiratory illness or compromised cardiac and/or respiratory function may be at risk of serious exacerbation of their cardiac or respiratory compromise during infusions. Appropriate medical support and monitoring measures should be readily available during alglucosidase alfa infusion, and some patients may require prolonged observation times that should be individualized based on the needs of the patient.
Risk of Cardiac Arrhythmia and Sudden Cardiac Death during General Anesthesia for Central Venous Catheter Placement: Administration of general anesthesia can be complicated by the presence of severe cardiac and skeletal (including respiratory) muscle weakness. Therefore, caution should be used when administering general anesthesia. Ventricular arrhythmias and bradycardia, resulting in cardiac arrest or death, or requiring cardiac resuscitation or defibrillation have been observed in infantile-onset Pompe disease patients with cardiac hypertrophy during general anesthesia for central venous catheter placement.
Risk of Antibody Development: Patients with infantile-onset Pompe disease should have a cross-reactive immunologic material (CRIM) assessment early in their disease course and be managed by a clinical specialist knowledgeable in immune tolerance induction in Pompe disease to optimize treatment. CRIM status has been shown to be associated with immunogenicity and patients’ responses to enzyme replacement therapies. There is evidence to suggest that some patients who develop high and sustained IgG antibody titers, including CRIM-negative patients, may experience reduced clinical alglucosidase alfa treatment efficacy.
Monitoring: Laboratory Tests: Patients should be monitored for IgG antibody formation every 3 months for 2 years and then annually thereafter.
The most frequently reported adverse reactions (≥ 5%) in clinical trials were hypersensitivity reactions and included: anaphylaxis, rash, pyrexia, flushing/feeling hot, urticaria, headache, hyperhidrosis, nausea, cough, decreased oxygen saturation, tachycardia, tachypnea, chest discomfort, dizziness, muscle twitching, agitation, cyanosis, erythema, hypertension/increased blood pressure, pallor, rigors, tremor, vomiting, fatigue, and myalgia.
Please see the Full Prescribing Information for complete details, including boxed WARNING.