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Another commonly used name is alpha (1)-antitrypsin.
Alpha (1)-antitrypsin replenisher Description
Alpha (1)-proteinase (AL-fa wun PRO-teen-ayce) inhibitor (alpha (1)-PI) is used to treat emphysema caused by the lack of a certain protein, alpha (1)-antitrypsin, in the body. This medicine replaces the protein when the body does not produce enough by itself.
Alpha (1)-PI is prepared from human blood received from many donors. Each donor's blood is tested for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and hepatitis B virus before it is used to prepare this medicine. Also, alpha (1)-PI is treated with heat to reduce further the risk of transmission of virus infections. Other processes are also done to help make the alpha (1)-PI more pure. However, no procedure has been found to be totally effective in removing viruses from blood products.
There have not been any reports of hepatitis developing in any patients receiving alpha (1)-PI. Your …