Roferon-A, Interferon alfa-2a recombinant, injectable solution, 1mL

Description (Brief)
Roferon-A is an injectible, recombinant pharmaceutical used to treat different types of leukemia, malignant melanoma, multiple myeloma, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, AIDS-related sarcoma, and hepatitis. It was discontinued in October 2007, as new therapies for the diseases it treated were developed.
Recombinant pharmaceuticals are created by inserting genes from one species into a host species, often yeast or bacteria, where they do not naturally occur. The genes code for a desired product, and therefore the genetically modified host organisms can be grown and used as a kind of living factory to produce the product. In this case, genes coding for human interferon are inserted into bacteria. Interferon is a substance that is naturally made by the body to fight infections and tumors. Bacteria produce the interferon, which is harvested and used as the active ingredient in Roferon-A.
Object consists of a sealed white cardboard box with red and black printing. Box contains 10 single-use, 1 mL vials.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1988
product expiration date
1988-04-01
maker
Hoffmann-La Roche
Roche Laboratories
place made
United States: New Jersey, Nutley
Physical Description
Interferon alfa-2a, recombinant, 3 million IU per 1 mL (drug active ingredients)
Measurements
overall: 4 1/4 in x 5 in x 3 5/16 in; 10.795 cm x 12.7 cm x 8.41375 cm
overall: 4 1/8 in x 5 in x 3 1/4 in; 10.4775 cm x 12.7 cm x 8.255 cm
ID Number
1987.0786.02
accession number
1987.0786
catalog number
1987.0786.02
Credit Line
Hoffmann-La Roche, Inc.
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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