Aplisol (Tuberculin Purified Protein Derivative, Diluted [Stabilized Solution])



(Tuberculin Purified Protein Derivative, Diluted [Stabilized Solution])

Product Summary

Therapeutic Class:

Diagnostic Agent This product is manufactured and distributed by MCP Pharmaceuticals, LLC

Product Profile:

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  • The 0.1 mL test dose of Aplisol® is clinically bioequivalent in potency to the standard PPD-S (5 TU dose per 0.1 mL) of the US Public Health Service, National Centers for Disease Control.
  • The result is read by a healthcare professional, 48 to 72 hours after injection and induration only is considered in interpreting the test.



Aplisol® (tuberculin PPD, diluted) is a sterile aqueous solution of a purified protein fraction for intradermal administration as an aid in the diagnosis of tuberculosis. The solution is stabilized with polysorbate (Tween) 80, buffered with potassium and sodium phosphates and contains approximately 0.25% phenol as a preservative. This product is ready for immediate use without further dilution.

Indications and Usage

Tuberculin PPD is indicated as an aid in the detection of infection with Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The standard tuberculin test employs the intradermal (Mantoux) test using a 5 TU dose of tuberculin PPD. The 0.1 mL test dose of Aplisol® (tuberculin PPD, diluted) is equivalent to the 5 TU dose which has been clinically utilized and standardized with PPD-S. Tuberculin skin testing is not contraindicated for persons who have been vaccinated with BCG and the skin-test results of such persons are used to support or exclude the diagnosis of M. tuberculosis infections. HIV infection is a strong risk factor for the development of TB disease in persons having TB infection. All HIV-infected persons should receive a PPD-tuberculin skin test.


Aplisol® is contraindicated in patients with known hypersensitivity or allergy to Aplisol® or any of its components. Aplisol® should not be administered to persons who have previously experienced a severe reaction (e.g., vesiculation, ulceration, or necrosis) because of the severity of reactions that may occur at the test site.


Aplisol® should not be administered to persons who previously experienced a severe reaction (e.g., vesiculation, ulceration, or necrosis) because of the severity of reactions that may occur at the test site (see CONTRAINDICATIONS of Prescribing Information).

Not all infected persons will have a delayed hypersensitivity reaction to a tuberculin test. A number of factors have been reported to cause a decreased ability to respond to the tuberculin test, such as the presence of infections, viral infections (measles, mumps, chickenpox, HIV), live virus vaccinations (measles, mumps, rubella and other live vaccines), bacterial infections (typhoid fever, brucellosis, typhus, leprosy, pertussis, overwhelming tuberculosis, tuberculous pleurisy), fungal infections (South American blastomycosis), drugs (corticosteroids and other immunosuppressive agents), metabolic derangements (chronic renal failure), low protein states (severe protein depletion, afibrinogenemia), age (newborns, elderly patients with waned sensitivity), stress (surgery, burns, mental illness, graft-versus-host reactions), diseases affecting lymphoid organs (Hodgkin’s disease, lymphoma, chronic leukemia, sarcoidosis), and malignancy.

Any condition that impairs or attenuates cell-mediated immunity potentially can cause a false negative reaction, including aging.

Tuberculin skin test results are less reliable in HIV-infected individuals as CD4 counts decline (see CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY of Prescribing Information).

Avoid injecting tuberculin subcutaneously. If this occurs, no local reaction develops, but a general febrile reaction and/or acute inflammation around old tuberculous lesions may occur in highly sensitive individuals.

Adverse Reactions

In highly sensitive individuals, strongly positive reactions including vesiculation, ulceration or necrosis may occur at the test site. Cold packs or topical steroid preparations may be employed for symptomatic relief of the associated pain, pruritus and discomfort. Strongly positive test reactions may result in scarring at the test site. Immediate erythematous or other reactions may occur at the injection site. Local hypersensitivity reactions may occur at the injection site including erythema, pruritus, edema, urticaria and rash. Systemic allergic reactions including anaphylaxis/anaphylactoid reactions have been reported to occur in association with the use of Aplisol®. The reactions, including anaphylaxis, generally occurred within 24 hours of exposure and manifestations included rash, urticaria, edema/angioedema and pruritus.

Please see the full prescribing information link above for additional information and references.




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