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Generic Name: canakinumab
Dosage Form: injection, powder, lyophilized, for solution


     Cryopyrin-Associated Periodic Syndromes (CAPS)

Ilaris (canakinumab) is an interleukin-1β blocker indicated for the treatment of Cryopyrin-Associated Periodic Syndromes (CAPS), in adults and children 4 years of age and older including:

  • Familial Cold Autoinflammatory Syndrome (FCAS)
  • Muckle-Wells Syndrome (MWS)

     Systemic Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (SJIA)

Ilaris is indicated for the treatment of active Systemic Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (SJIA) in patients aged 2 years and older.


     General Dosing Information


     Cryopyrin-Associated Periodic Syndromes (CAPS)

The recommended dose of Ilaris is 150 mg for CAPS patients with body weight greater than 40 kg. For CAPS patients with body weight greater than or equal to 15 kg and less than or equal to 40 kg, the recommended dose is 2 mg/kg. For children 15 to 40 kg with an inadequate response, the dose can be increased to 3 mg/kg.

Ilaris is administered every eight weeks as a single dose via subcutaneous injection.

     Systemic Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (SJIA)

The recommended dose of Ilaris for SJIA patients with a body weight greater than or equal to 7.5kg is 4mg/kg (with a maximum of 300mg) administered every four weeks via subcutaneous injection.

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     Four Steps for Preparation and Administration

STEP 1: Using aseptic technique, reconstitute each vial of Ilaris by slowly injecting 1 mL of preservative-free Sterile Water for Injection with a 1 mL syringe and an 18 gauge x 2” needle.

STEP 2: Swirl the vial slowly at an angle of about 45° for approximately 1 minute and allow to stand for 5 minutes. Do not shake. Then gently turn the vial upside down and back again ten times. Avoid touching the rubber stopper with your fingers.

STEP 3: Allow to stand for about 15 minutes at room temperature to obtain a clear solution. The reconstituted solution has a final concentration of 150mg/mL. Do not shake. Do not use if particulate matter is present in the solution. Tap the side of the vial to remove any residual liquid from the stopper. The reconstituted solution should be essentially free from particulates, and clear to opalescent. The solution should be colorless or may have a slight brownish-yellow tint. If the solution has a distinctly brown discoloration it should not be used. If not used within 60 minutes of reconstitution, the solution should be stored in the refrigerator at 2 to 8° C (36 to 46° F) and used within 4 hours. Slight foaming of the product upon reconstitution is not unusual.

STEP 4: Using a sterile syringe and needle carefully withdraw the required volume depending on the dose to be administered (0.2 mL to 1 mL) and subcutaneously inject using a 27 gauge x 0.5” needle.

Injection into scar tissue should be avoided as this may result in insufficient exposure to Ilaris.

Ilaris 180-mg powder for solution for injection is supplied in a single-use vial. Any unused product or waste material should be disposed of in accordance with local requirements.


Ilaris is supplied as a 180 mg white lyophilized powder for solution for subcutaneous injection. Reconstitution with 1 mL of preservative-free Sterile Water for Injection is required prior to subcutaneous administration of the drug, resulting in a total volume of 1.2 mL reconstituted solution. The reconstituted Ilaris is a clear to slightly opalescent, colorless to a slight brownish yellow tint, essentially free from particulates, 150 mg/mL solution.


Confirmed hypersensitivity to the active substance or to any of the excipients [see Warnings and Precautions (5.3) and Adverse Reactions (6.2)].


     Serious Infections

Ilaris has been associated with an increased risk of serious infections. Physicians should exercise caution when administering Ilaris to patients with infections, a history of recurring infections or underlying conditions which may predispose them to infections. Ilaris should not be administered to patients during an active infection requiring medical intervention. Administration of Ilaris should be discontinued if a patient develops a serious infection.

Infections, predominantly of the upper respiratory tract, in some instances serious, have been reported with Ilaris. Generally, the observed infections responded to standard therapy. Isolated cases of unusual or opportunistic infections were reported during Ilaris treatment. In clinical trials, Ilaris has not been administered concomitantly with tumor necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitors. An increased incidence of serious infections has been associated with administration of another IL-1 blocker in combination with TNF inhibitors. Co-administration of Ilaris with TNF inhibitors is not recommended because this may increase the risk of serious infections [see Drug Interactions (7.1)].

Drugs that affect the immune system by blocking TNF have been associated with an increased risk of new tuberculosis and reactivation of latent tuberculosis (TB). It is possible that use of IL-1 inhibitors such as Ilaris increases the risk of reactivation of tuberculosis or of opportunistic infections.

Prior to initiating immunomodulatory therapies, including Ilaris, patients should be evaluated for active and latent tuberculosis infection. Appropriate screening tests should be performed in all patients. Ilaris has not been studied in patients with a positive tuberculosis screen, and the safety of Ilaris in individuals with latent tuberculosis infection is unknown. Patients testing positive in tuberculosis screening should be treated according to standard medical practice prior to therapy with Ilaris. All patients should be instructed to seek medical advice if signs, symptoms, or high risk exposure suggestive of tuberculosis (e.g. persistent cough, weight loss, subfebrile temperature) appear during or after Ilaris therapy.

Healthcare providers should follow current CDC guidelines both to evaluate for and to treat possible latent tuberculosis infections before initiating therapy with Ilaris.


The impact of treatment with anti-interleukin-1 (IL-1) therapy on the development of malignancies is not known. However, treatment with immunosuppressants, including Ilaris, may result in an increase in the risk of malignancies.


Hypersensitivity reactions have been reported with Ilaris therapy. During clinical trials, no anaphylactic reactions have been reported. It should be recognized that symptoms of the underlying disease being treated may be similar to symptoms of hypersensitivity. Ilaris should not be administered to any patients with known clinical hypersensitivity to Ilaris [see Contraindications (4) and Adverse Reactions (6.2)].


Live vaccines should not be given concurrently with Ilaris [see Drug Interactions (7.2)]. Since no data are available on either the efficacy or on the risks of secondary transmission of infection by live vaccines in patients receiving Ilaris, live vaccines should not be given concurrently with Ilaris. In addition, because Ilaris may interfere with normal immune response to new antigens, vaccinations may not be effective in patients receiving Ilaris. No data are available on the effectiveness of vaccinations with inactivated (killed) antigens in patients receiving Ilaris. [see Drug Interactions (7.2)].

Because IL-1 blockade may interfere with immune response to infections, it is recommended that prior to initiation of therapy with Ilaris, adult and pediatric patients receive all recommended vaccinations, as appropriate, including pneumococcal vaccine and inactivated influenza vaccine. (See current recommended immunization schedules at the website of the Centers for Disease Control,

     Macrophage Activation Syndrome

Macrophage activation syndrome (MAS) is a known, life-threatening disorder that may develop in patients with rheumatic conditions, in particular SJIA, and should be aggressively treated. Physicians should be attentive to symptoms of infection or worsening of SJIA, as these are known triggers for MAS. Eleven cases of MAS were observed in 201 SJIA patients treated with canakinumab in clinical trials. Based on the clinical trial experience, Ilaris does not appear to increase the incidence of MAS in SJIA patients, but no definitive conclusion can be made.


395 patients, including approximately 250 children (aged 2 to 17 years) have been treated with Ilaris in interventional trials in CAPS or SJIA. The most frequently reported adverse drug reactions were infections predominantly of the upper respiratory tract. The majority of the events were mild to moderate although serious infections were observed. The type and frequency of adverse drug reactions appeared to be consistent over time.

     Clinical Trial Experience

Because clinical trials are conducted under widely varying conditions, adverse reaction rates observed in the clinical trials of a drug cannot be directly compared to rates in the clinical trials of another drug and may not reflect the rates observed in practice.

Treatment of CAPS

The data described herein reflect exposure to Ilaris in 104 adult and pediatric CAPS patients, (including 20 FCAS, 72 MWS, 10 MWS/NOMID (Neonatal Onset Multisystem Inflammatory Disorder) overlap, 1 non-FCAS non-MWS, and 1 mis-diagnosed in placebo-controlled (35 patients) and uncontrolled trials. Sixty-two patients were exposed to Ilaris for at least 6 months, 56 for at least 1 year and 4 for at least 3 years. A total of 9 serious adverse reactions were reported for CAPS patients. Among these were vertigo (2 patients), infections (3 patients), including intra-abdominal abscess following appendectomy (1 patient). The most commonly reported adverse reactions associated with Ilaris treatment in the CAPS patients were nasopharyngitis, diarrhea, influenza, headache, and nausea. One patient discontinued treatment due to potential infection.

CAPS Study 1 investigated the safety of Ilaris in an 8-week, open-label period (Part 1), followed by a 24-week, randomized withdrawal period (Part 2), followed by a 16-week, open-label period (Part 3). All patients were treated with Ilaris 150 mg subcutaneously or 2 mg/kg if body weight was greater than or equal to 15 kg and less than or equal to 40 kg (see Table 1).

Since all CAPS patients received Ilaris in Part 1, there are no controlled data on adverse events (AEs). Data in Table 1 are for all AEs for all CAPS patients receiving canakinumab. In CAPS Study 1, no pattern was observed for any type or frequency of adverse events throughout the three study periods.

Table 1 Number (%) of Patients with AEs by Preferred Terms, in > 10% of Patients in Parts 1 to 3 of the Phase 3 Trial for CAPS Patients
Preferred Term
n (%)
n % of Patients with Adverse Events 35 (100)
    Nasopharyngitis 12 (34)
    Diarrhea 7 (20)
    Influenza 6 (17)
    Rhinitis 6 (17)
    Nausea 5 (14)
    Headache 5 (14)
    Bronchitis 4 (11)
    Gastroenteritis 4 (11)
    Pharyngitis 4 (11)
    Weight increased 4 (11)
Musculoskeletal pain 4(11)
Vertigo 4(11)


Vertigo has been reported in 9 to 14% of patients in CAPS studies, exclusively in MWS patients, and reported as a serious adverse event in two cases. All events resolved with continued treatment with Ilaris.

Injection Site Reactions

In CAPS Study 1, subcutaneous injection site reactions were observed in 9% of patients in Part 1 with mild tolerability reactions; in Part 2, one patient each (7%) had a mild or a moderate tolerability reaction and, in Part 3, one patient had a mild local tolerability reaction. No severe injection-site reactions were reported and none led to discontinuation of treatment.

Treatment of SJIA

A total of 201 SJIA patients aged 2 to less than 20 years have received Ilaris in clinical trials. The safety of Ilaris compared to placebo was investigated in two phase 3 studies [see Clinical Studies (14.2)]. Patients in SJIA Study 1 received a single dose of Ilaris 4mg/kg (n=43) or placebo (n=41) via subcutaneous injection and were assessed at Day 15 for the efficacy endpoints and had a safety analysis up to Day 29. SJIA Study 2 was a two-part study with an open-label, single-arm active treatment period (Part I) followed by a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, event-driven withdrawal design (Part II). Overall, 177 patients were enrolled into the study and received Ilaris 4 mg/kg (up to 300 mg maximum) in Part I, and 100 patients received Ilaris 4mg/kg (up to 300mg maximum) every 4 weeks or placebo in Part II. Adverse drug reactions listed in Table 2 showed higher rates than placebo from both trials. The adverse drug reactions associated with Ilaris treatment in SJIA patients were infections, abdominal pain, and injection site reactions.

Adverse reactions are listed according to MedDRA version 15.0 system organ class.

Table 2 Tabulated summary of adverse drug reactions from pivotal SJIA clinical trials
SJIA Study 2 SJIA Study 1
Part I Part II
n (%)
n (%)
n (%)
n (%)
n (%)
Infections and infestations
Infection (e.g. nasopharyngitis, (viral) upper respiratory tract infection, pneumonia, rhinitis, pharyngitis, tonsillitis, sinusitis, urinary tract infection, gastroenteritis, viral infection) 97 (54.8%)
27 (54%)
19 (38%)
13 (30.2%)
5 (12.2%)
Gastrointestinal disorders
Abdominal pain (upper) 25 (14.1%)
8 (16%)
6 (12%)
3 (7%)
1 (2.4%)
Skin and subcutaneous tissue disorders
Injection site reaction*
     mild 19 (10.7%) 6 (12.0%) 2 (4.0%) 0 3 (7.3%)
     moderate 2 (1.1%) 1 (2.0%) 0 0 0

n= number of patients
^ IR=Exposure adjusted incidence rate per 100 patient-days
* No injection site reaction led to study discontinuation


During clinical trials, no anaphylactic reactions have been reported. In CAPS trials one patient discontinued and in SJIA trials no patients discontinued due to hypersensitivity reactions. Ilaris should not be administered to any patients with known clinical hypersensitivity to Ilaris [see Contraindications (4) and Warnings and Precautions (5.3)].


A biosensor binding assay or a bridging immunoassay was used to detect antibodies directed against canakinumab in patients who received Ilaris. Antibodies against Ilaris were observed in approximately 1.5% and 3.1% of the patients treated with Ilaris for CAPS and SJIA, respectively. No neutralizing antibodies were detected. No apparent correlation of antibody development to clinical response or adverse events was observed. The CAPS clinical studies employed the biosensor binding assay, and most of the SJIA clinical studies employed the bridging assay. The data obtained in an assay are highly dependent on several factors including assay sensitivity and specificity, assay methodology, sample handling, timing of sample collection, concomitant medications, underlying disease, and the number of patients tested. For these reasons, comparison of the incidence of antibodies to canakinumab between the CAPS and SJIA clinical studies or with the incidence of antibodies to other products may be misleading.

     Laboratory Findings


During clinical trials with Ilaris, mean values decreased for white blood cells, neutrophils and platelets.

In the randomized, placebo-controlled portion of SJIA Study 2 decreased white blood cell counts (WBC) less than or equal to 0.8× lower limit of normal (LLN) were reported in 5 patients (10.4%)in the Ilaris group compared to 2 (4.0%) in the placebo group. Transient decreases in absolute neutrophil counts (ANC) to less than 1x109/L were reported in 3 patients (6.0%) in the Ilaris group compared to1 patient (2.0%) in the placebo group. One case of ANC counts less than 0.5x109/L was observed in the Ilaris group and none in the placebo group.

Mild (less than LLN and greater than 75x109/L) and transient decreases in platelet counts were observed in 3 (6.3%) Ilaris treated patients versus 1 (2.0%) placebo-treated patient.

Hepatic transaminases

Elevations of transaminases have been observed in patients treated with Ilaris.

In the randomized, placebo-controlled portion of SJIA Study 2, high ALT and/or AST greater than or equal to 3× upper limit of normal (ULN) were reported in 2 (4.1%) Ilaris-treated patients and 1 (2.0%) placebo patient. All patients had normal values at the next visit.


Asymptomatic and mild elevations of serum bilirubin have been observed in patients treated with Ilaris without concomitant elevations of transaminases.


Interactions between Ilaris and other medicinal products have not been investigated in formal studies.

     TNF-Blocker and IL-1 Blocking Agent

An increased incidence of serious infections and an increased risk of neutropenia have been associated with administration of another IL-1 blocker in combination with TNF inhibitors in another patient population. Use of Ilaris with TNF inhibitors may also result in similar toxicities and is not recommended because this may increase the risk of serious infections [see Warnings and Precautions (5.1)].

The concomitant administration of Ilaris with other drugs that block IL-1 has not been studied. Based upon the potential for pharmacological interactions between Ilaris and a recombinant IL-1ra, concomitant administration of Ilaris and other agents that block IL-1 or its receptors is not recommended.


No data are available on either the effects of live vaccination or the secondary transmission of infection by live vaccines in patients receiving Ilaris. Therefore, live vaccines should not be given concurrently with Ilaris. It is recommended that, if possible, pediatric and adult patients should complete all immunizations in accordance with current immunization guidelines prior to initiating Ilaris therapy [see Warnings and Precautions (5.4)].

     Cytochrome P450 Substrates

The formation of CYP450 enzymes is suppressed by increased levels of cytokines (e.g., IL-1) during chronic inflammation. Thus it is expected that for a molecule that binds to IL-1, such as canakinumab, the formation of CYP450 enzymes could be normalized. This is clinically relevant for CYP450 substrates with a narrow therapeutic index, where the dose is individually adjusted (e.g., warfarin). Upon initiation of canakinumab, in patients being treated with these types of medicinal products, therapeutic monitoring of the effect or drug concentration should be performed and the individual dose of the medicinal product may need to be adjusted as needed.



Pregnancy Category C

Canakinumab has been shown to produce delays in fetal skeletal development when evaluated in marmoset monkeys using doses 11-fold the maximum recommended human dose (MRHD) and greater (based on a plasma area under the time-concentration curve [AUC] comparison). Doses producing exposures within the clinical exposure range at the MRHD were not evaluated. Similar delays in fetal skeletal development were observed in mice administered a murine analog of canakinumab. There are no adequate and well-controlled studies of Ilaris in pregnant women. Because animal reproduction studies are not always predictive of human response, this drug should be used during pregnancy only if clearly needed.

Embryofetal developmental toxicity studies were performed in marmoset monkeys and mice. Pregnant marmoset monkeys were administered canakinumab subcutaneously twice weekly at doses of 15, 50 or 150 mg/kg (representing 11 to 110-fold the human dose based on a plasma AUC comparison at the MRHD) from gestation days 25 to 109 which revealed no evidence of embryotoxicity or fetal malformations. There were increases in the incidence of incomplete ossification of the terminal caudal vertebra and misaligned and/or bipartite vertebra in fetuses at all dose levels when compared to concurrent controls suggestive of delay in skeletal development in the marmoset. Since canakinumab does not cross-react with mouse or rat IL-1, pregnant mice were subcutaneously administered a murine analog of canakinumab at doses of 15, 50, or 150 mg/kg on gestation days 6, 11 and 17. The incidence of incomplete ossification of the parietal and frontal skull bones of fetuses was increased in a dose-dependent manner at all dose levels tested.

     Nursing Mothers

It is not known whether canakinumab is excreted in human milk. Because many drugs are excreted in human milk, caution should be exercised when Ilaris is administered to a nursing woman.

     Pediatric Use

The CAPS trials with Ilaris included a total of 23 pediatric patients with an age range from 4 years to 17 years (11 adolescents were treated subcutaneously with 150 mg , and 12 children were treated with 2 mg/kg based on body weight greater than or equal to 15 kg and less than or equal to 40 kg). The majority of patients achieved improvement in clinical symptoms and objective markers of inflammation (e.g., Serum Amyloid A and C-Reactive Protein). Overall, the efficacy and safety of Ilaris in pediatric and adult patients were comparable. Infections of the upper respiratory tract were the most frequently reported infection. The safety and effectiveness of Ilaris in CAPS patients under 4 years of age has not been established [see Pharmacokinetics (12.3)].

The safety and efficacy of Ilaris in SJIA patients under 2 years of age have not been established [see Pharmacokinetics (12.3)].

     Geriatric Use

Clinical studies of Ilaris did not include sufficient numbers of subjects aged 65 and over to determine whether they respond differently from younger subjects.

     Patients with Renal Impairment

No formal studies have been conducted to examine the pharmacokinetics of Ilaris administered subcutaneously in patients with renal impairment.

     Patients with Hepatic Impairment

No formal studies have been conducted to examine the pharmacokinetics of Ilaris administered subcutaneously in patients with hepatic impairment.


No confirmed case of overdose has been reported. In the case of overdose, it is recommended that the subject be monitored for any signs and symptoms of adverse reactions or effects, and appropriate symptomatic treatment be instituted immediately.


Canakinumab is a recombinant, human anti-human-IL-1β monoclonal antibody that belongs to the IgG1/κ isotype subclass. It is expressed in a murine Sp2/0-Ag14 cell line and comprised of two 447- (or 448-) residue heavy chains and two 214-residue light chains, with a molecular mass of 145157 Daltons when deglycosylated. Both heavy chains of canakinumab contain oligosaccharide chains linked to the protein backbone at asparagine 298 (Asn 298).

The biological activity of canakinumab is measured by comparing its inhibition of IL-1β-dependent expression of the reporter gene luciferase to that of a canakinumab internal reference standard, using a stably transfected cell line.

Ilaris is supplied in a sterile, single-use, colorless, 6 mL glass vial with coated stopper and aluminum flip-off cap. Each vial contains 180 mg of canakinumab as a white, preservative-free, lyophilized powder. Reconstitution with 1 mL of preservative-free Sterile Water for Injection is required prior to subcutaneous administration of the drug. The reconstituted canakinumab is a 150 mg/mL solution essentially free of particulates, clear to slightly opalescent, and is colorless or may have a slightly brownish-yellow tint. A volume of up to 1 mL can be withdrawn for delivery of 150 mg/mL canakinumab for subcutaneous administration. Each reconstituted vial contains 180 mg canakinumab, sucrose, L-histidine, L-histidine HCL monohydrate, polysorbate 80 and Sterile Water for Injection. No preservatives are present.


     Mechanism of Action

Canakinumab is a human monoclonal anti-human IL-1β antibody of the IgG1/κ isotype. Canakinumab binds to human IL-1β and neutralizes its activity by blocking its interaction with IL-1 receptors, but it does not bind IL-1α or IL-1 receptor antagonist (IL-1ra).

CAPS refer to rare genetic syndromes generally caused by mutations in the NLRP-3 [nucleotide-binding domain, leucine rich family (NLR), pyrin domain containing 3] gene (also known as Cold-Induced Auto-inflammatory Syndrome-1 [CIAS1]). CAPS disorders are inherited in an autosomal dominant pattern with male and female offspring equally affected. Features common to all disorders include fever, urticaria-like rash, arthralgia, myalgia, fatigue, and conjunctivitis.

The NLRP-3 gene encodes the protein cryopyrin, an important component of the inflammasome. Cryopyrin regulates the protease caspase-1 and controls the activation of interleukin-1 beta (IL-1β). Mutations in NLRP-3 result in an overactive inflammasome resulting in excessive release of activated IL-1β that drives inflammation. Systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis (SJIA) is a severe autoinflammatory disease, driven by innate immunity by means of pro-inflammatory cytokines such as interleukin 1β (IL-1β).


C-reactive protein and Serum Amyloid A (SAA) are indicators of inflammatory disease activity that are elevated in patients with CAPS. Elevated SAA has been associated with the development of systemic amyloidosis in patients with CAPS. Following Ilaris treatment, CRP and SAA levels normalize within 8 days. In SJIA the median percent reduction in CRP from baseline to Day 15 was 91%. Improvement in pharmacodynamic markers may not be representative of clinical response.



The peak serum canakinumab concentration (Cmax) of 16 ± 3.5 μg/mL occurred approximately 7 days after subcutaneous administration of a single, 150-mg dose subcutaneously to adult CAPS patients. The mean terminal half-life was 26 days. The absolute bioavailability of subcutaneous canakinumab was estimated to be 66%. Exposure parameters (such as AUC and Cmax) increased in proportion to dose over the dose range of 0.30 to 10 mg/kg given as intravenous infusion or from 150 to 300 mg as subcutaneous injection.


Canakinumab binds to serum IL-1β. Canakinumab volume of distribution (Vss) varied according to body weight and was estimated to be 6.01 liters in a typical CAPS patient weighing 70 kg, and 3.2 liters in a SJIA patient weighing 33 kg. The expected accumulation ratio was 1.3-fold for CAPS patients and 1.6-fold for SJIA patients following 6 months of subcutaneous dosing of 150 mg Ilaris every 8 weeks and 4mg/kg every 4 weeks, respectively.


Clearance (CL) of canakinumab varied according to body weight and was estimated to be 0.174 L/day in a typical CAPS patient weighing 70 kg and 0.11 L/day in a SJIA patient weighing 33 kg. There was no indication of accelerated clearance or time-dependent change in the pharmacokinetic properties of canakinumab following repeated administration. No gender- or age-related pharmacokinetic differences were observed after correction for body weight.


Pharmacokinetic properties are similar in CAPS and SJIA pediatric populations.

In CAPS patients, peak concentrations of canakinumab occurred between 2 to 7 days following single subcutaneous administration of Ilaris 150 mg or 2 mg/kg in pediatric patients. The terminal half-life ranged from 22.9 to 25.7 days, similar to the pharmacokinetic properties observed in adults.

In SJIA, exposure parameters (such as AUC and Cmax) were comparable across age groups from 2 years of age and above following subcutaneous administration of canakinumab 4 mg/kg every 4 weeks.


     Carcinogenesis, Mutagenesis, Impairment of Fertility

Long-term animal studies have not been performed to evaluate the carcinogenic potential of canakinumab.

The mutagenic potential of canakinumab was not evaluated.

As canakinumab does not cross-react with rodent IL-1β, male and female fertility was evaluated in a mouse model using a murine analog of canakinumab. Male mice were treated weekly beginning 4 weeks prior to mating and continuing through 3 weeks after mating. Female mice were treated weekly for 2 weeks prior to mating through gestation day 3 or 4. The murine analog of canakinumab did not alter either male or female fertility parameters at subcutaneous doses up to 150 mg/kg.


     Treatment of CAPS

The efficacy and safety of Ilaris for the treatment of CAPS was demonstrated in CAPS Study 1, a 3-part trial in patients 9 to 74 years of age with the MWS phenotype of CAPS. Throughout the trial, patients weighing more than 40 kg received Ilaris 150 mg and patients weighing 15 to 40 kg received 2 mg/kg. Part 1 was an 8-week open-label, single-dose period where all patients received Ilaris. Patients who achieved a complete clinical response and did not relapse by Week 8 were randomized into Part 2, a 24-week randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled withdrawal period. Patients who completed Part 2 or experienced a disease flare entered Part 3, a 16-week open-label active treatment phase. A complete response was defined as ratings of minimal or better for physician’s assessment of disease activity (PHY) and assessment of skin disease (SKD) and had serum levels of C-Reactive Protein (CRP) and Serum Amyloid A (SAA) less than 10 mg/L. A disease flare was defined as a CRP and/or SAA values greater than 30 mg/L and either a score of mild or worse for PHY or a score of minimal or worse for PHY and SKD.

In Part 1, a complete clinical response was observed in 71% of patients one week following initiation of treatment and in 97% of patients by Week 8 (see Figure 1 and Table 2). In the randomized withdrawal period, a total of 81% of the patients randomized to placebo flared as compared to none (0%) of the patients randomized to Ilaris. The 95% confidence interval for treatment difference in the proportion of flares was 53% to 96%. At the end of Part 2, all 15 patients treated with Ilaris had absent or minimal disease activity and skin disease (see Table 3).

In a second trial, patients 4 to 74 years of age with both MWS and FCAS phenotypes of CAPS were treated in an open-label manner. Treatment with Ilaris resulted in clinically significant improvement of signs and symptoms and in normalization of high CRP and SAA in a majority of patients within 1 week.

Table 3 Physician’s Global Assessment of Auto-Inflammatory Disease Activity and Assessment of Skin Disease: Frequency Table and Treatment Comparison in Part 2 (Using LOCF, ITT Population)
N= 15
N= 16

Start of Part 2 (Week 8) End of Part 2 Start of Part 2 (Week 8) End of Part 2
Physician's Global Assessment of Auto-Inflammatory Disease Activity - n (%)
Absent 0/31 (0) 9/15 (60) 8/15 (53) 8/16 (50) 0/16 (0)
Minimal 1/31 (3) 4/15 (27) 7/15 (47) 8/16 (50) 4/16 (25)
Mild 7/31 (23) 2/15 (13) 0/15 (0) 0/16 (0) 8/16 (50)
Moderate 19/31 (61) 0/15 (0) 0/15 (0) 0/16 (0) 4/16 (25)
Severe 4/31 (13) 0/15 (0) 0/15 (0) 0/16 (0) 0/16 (0)
Assessment of Skin Disease – n (%)
Absent 3/31 (10) 13/15 (87) 14/15 (93) 13/16 (81) 5/16 (31)
Minimal 6/31 (19) 2/15 (13) 1/15 (7) 3/16 (19) 3/16 (19)
Mild 9/31 (29) 0/15 (0) 0/15 (0) 0/16 (0) 5/16 (31)
Moderate 12/31 (39) 0/15 (0) 0/15 (0) 0/16 (0) 3/16 (19)
Severe 1/32 (3) 0/15 (0) 0/15 (0) 0/16 (0) 0/16 (0)

Markers of inflammation CRP and SAA normalized within 8 days of treatment in the majority of patients. Normal mean CRP (Figure 1) and SAA values were sustained throughout CAPS Study 1 in patients continuously treated with canakinumab. After withdrawal of canakinumab in Part 2 CRP (figure 1) and SAA values again returned to abnormal values and subsequently normalized after reintroduction of canakinumab in Part 3. The pattern of normalization of CRP and SAA was similar.

Figure 1. Mean C-Reactive Protein Levels at the End of Parts 1, 2 and 3 of CAPS Study 1

     Treatment of SJIA

The efficacy of Ilaris for the treatment of active SJIA was assessed in two phase 3 studies (SJIA Study 1 and SJIA Study 2). Patients enrolled were aged 2 to less than 20 years (mean age at baseline: 8.5 years) with a confirmed diagnosis of SJIA at least 2 months before enrollment (mean disease duration at baseline: 3.5 years). Patients had active disease defined as greater than or equal to 2 joints with active arthritis (mean number of active joints at baseline: 15.4), documented spiking, intermittent fever (body temperature greater than 38°C) for at least 1 day within 1 week before study drug administration, and CRP greater than 30 mg/L (normal range less than 10 mg/L)(mean CRP at baseline: 200.5 mg/L). Patients were allowed to continue their stable dose of methotrexate, corticosteroids, and/or NSAIDs without change, except for tapering of the corticosteroid dose as per study design in SJIA Study 2 (see below).

SJIA Study 1 was a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, single-dose 4-week study assessing the short term efficacy of Ilaris in 84 patients randomized to receive a single subcutaneous dose of 4 mg/kg Ilaris or placebo (43 patients received Ilaris and 41 patients received placebo). The primary objective of this study was to demonstrate the superiority of Ilaris versus placebo in the proportion of patients who achieved at least 30% improvement in an adapted pediatric American College of Rheumatology (ACR) response criterion which included both the pediatric ACR core set (ACR30 response) and absence of fever (temperature less than or equal to 38°C in the preceding 7 days) at Day 15.

Pediatric ACR responses are defined by achieving levels of percentage improvement (30%, 50%, and 70%) from baseline in at least 3 of the 6 core outcome variables, with worsening of greater than or equal to 30% in no more than one of the remaining variables. Core outcome variables included a physician global assessment of disease activity, parent or patient global assessment of wellbeing, number of joints with active arthritis, number of joints with limited range of motion, CRP, and functional ability (Childhood Health Assessment Questionnaire - CHAQ).

Percentages of patients by pediatric ACR response are presented in Table 4.

Table 4 Pediatric ACR response at Days 15 and 29
Day 15 Day 29
(95% CI)2
(95% CI)2
ACR30 84% 10% 70% (56%, 84%) 81% 10% 70% (56%, 84%)
ACR50 67% 5% 65% (50%, 80%) 79% 5% 76% (63%, 88%)
ACR70 60% 2% 64% (49%, 79%) 67% 2% 67% (52%, 81%)

1Weighted difference is the difference between the Ilaris and placebo response rates, adjusted for the stratification factors (number of active joints, previous response to anakinra, and level of oral corticosteroid use)
2CI: confidence interval for the weighted difference

Results for the components of the pediatric ACR core set were consistent with the overall ACR response results, for systemic and arthritic components including the reduction in the total number of active joints and joints with limited range of motion. Among the patients who returned for a Day 15 visit, the mean change in patient pain score (0-100 mm visual analogue scale) was -50.0 mm on Ilaris (N=43), as compared to +4.5 mm on placebo (N=25). The mean change in pain score among Ilaris treated patients was consistent through Day 29. All patients treated with Ilaris had no fever at Day 3 compared to 87% of patients treated with placebo.

SJIA Study 2 was a randomized, double-blind, placebo controlled, withdrawal study of flare prevention by Ilaris in patients with active SJIA. Flare was defined by worsening of greater than or equal to 30% in at least 3 of the 6 core Pediatric ACR response variables combined with improvement of greater than or equal to 30% in no more than 1 of the 6 variables, or reappearance of fever not due to infection for at least 2 consecutive days. The study consisted of two major parts. 177 patients were enrolled in the study and received 4mg/kg Ilaris subcutaneously every 4 weeks in Part I and 100 of these patients continued into Part II to receive either Ilaris 4mg/kg or placebo subcutaneously every 4 weeks.

Corticosteroid dose tapering

Of the total 128 patients who entered the open-label portion of Study 2 taking corticosteroids, 92 attempted corticosteroid tapering. Fifty-seven (62%) of the 92 patients who attempted to taper were able to successfully taper their corticosteroid dose and 42 (46%) discontinued corticosteroids

Time to Flare

Part II was a randomized withdrawal design to demonstrate that the time to flare was longer with Ilaris than with placebo. Follow-up stopped when 37 events had been observed resulting in patients being followed for different lengths of time. The probability of experiencing a flare over time in Part II was statistically lower for the Ilaris treatment group than for the placebo group (Figure 2). This corresponded to a 64% relative reduction in the risk of flare for patients in the Ilaris group as compared to those in the placebo group (hazard ratio of 0.36; 95% CI: 0.17 to 0.75).

Figure 2. Kaplan Meier Estimates of the Probability to Stay Flare-Free in Part II of SJIA Study 2 by Treatment

*Very few patients were followed for more than 48 weeks


Carton of 1 vial………………………………………………………………………………………….NDC 0078-0582-61 

Each single-use vial of Ilaris contains a sterile, preservative free, white lyophilized powder containing 180 mg of canakinumab. Each vial is to be reconstituted with 1 mL of preservative-free Sterile Water for Injection resulting in a final concentration of 150 mg/mL.

Special Precautions for Storage

The unopened vial must be stored refrigerated at 2 to 8° C (36 to 46° F). Do not freeze. Store in the original carton to protect from light. Do not use beyond the date stamped on the label. After reconstitution, Ilaris should be kept from light, and can be kept at room temperature if used within 60 minutes of reconstitution. Otherwise, it should be refrigerated at 2 to 8º C (36 to 46º F) and used within 4 hours of reconstitution. Ilaris does not contain preservatives. Unused portions of Ilaris should be discarded.

Keep this and all drugs out of the reach of children.


See FDA-approved patient labeling (Medication Guide)

Patients should be advised of the potential benefits and risks of Ilaris. Physicians should instruct their patients to read the Medication Guide before starting Ilaris therapy.

Drug Administration

Patients should be advised that healthcare providers should perform administration of Ilaris, by the subcutaneous injection route.


Patients should be cautioned that Ilaris use has been associated with serious infections. Patients should be counseled to contact their healthcare professional immediately if they develop an infection after starting Ilaris. Treatment with Ilaris should be discontinued if a patient develops a serious infection. Patients should be counseled not to take any IL-1 blocking drug, including Ilaris, if they are also taking a drug that blocks TNF such as etanercept, infliximab, or adalimumab. Use of Ilaris with other IL-1 blocking agents, such as rilonacept and anakinra is not recommended. Patients should be cautioned not to receive Ilaris if they have a chronic or active infection, including HIV, Hepatitis B or Hepatitis C.


Prior to initiation of therapy with Ilaris, physicians should review with adult and pediatric patients their vaccination history relative to current medical guidelines for vaccine use, including taking into account the potential of increased risk of infection during treatment with Ilaris.

Injection-site Reactions

Physicians should explain to patients that a very small number of patients in the clinical trials experienced a reaction at the subcutaneous injection site. Injection-site reactions may include pain, erythema, swelling, pruritus, bruising, mass, inflammation, dermatitis, edema, urticaria, vesicles, warmth, and hemorrhage. Healthcare providers should be cautioned to avoid injecting into an area that is already swollen or red. Any persistent reaction should be brought to the attention of the prescribing physician.


Patients should be counseled to contact their healthcare provider immediately if they develop signs of allergic reaction such as difficulty breathing or swallowing, nausea, dizziness, skin rash, itching, hives, palpitations or low blood pressure.

Manufactured by:
Novartis Pharma Stein AG
Stein, Switzerland

Distributed by:
Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation
East Hanover, New Jersey 07936

© Novartis

May 2013

Medication Guide

Ilaris® (i-LAHR-us)

injection for subcutaneous use

What is the most important information I should know about Ilaris?

Ilaris can cause serious side effects, including:

  • Increased risk of serious infections. Ilaris can lower the ability of your immune system to fight infections. Your healthcare provider should:
    • test you for tuberculosis (TB) before you receive Ilaris
    • monitor you closely for symptoms of TB during treatment with Ilaris
    • check you for symptoms of any type of infection before, during, and after your treatment with Ilaris

Tell your healthcare provider right away if you have any symptoms of an infection such as fever, sweats or chills, cough, flu-like symptoms, weight loss, shortness of breath, blood in your phlegm, sores on your body, warm or painful areas on your body, diarrhea or stomach pain, or feeling very tired.

What is Ilaris?

Ilaris is a prescription medicine injected by your healthcare provider just below the skin (subcutaneous) used to treat:

  • Adults and children 4 years of age and older who have auto-inflammatory diseases called Cryopyrin-Associated Syndromes (CAPS), including:
    • Familial Cold Auto-inflammatory Syndrome (FCAS)
    • Muckle-Wells Syndrome (MWS)
  • Systemic Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (SJIA) in children 2 years of age and older.

It is not known if Ilaris is safe and effective when used to treat SJIA in children under 2 years of age or when used to treat CAPS in children under 4 years of age.

Who should not receive Ilaris?

  • Do not receive Ilaris if you are allergic to canakinumab or any of the ingredients in Ilaris. See the end of this Medication Guide for a complete list of ingredients in Ilaris.

What should I tell my healthcare provider before receiving Ilaris?

Before you receive Ilaris, tell your healthcare provider about all your medical conditions, including if you:

  • think you have or are being treated for an active infection
  • have symptoms of an infection
  • have a history of infections that keep coming back
  • have a history of low white blood cells
  • have or have had HIV, Hepatitis B, or Hepatitis C
  • are scheduled to receive any immunizations (vaccines). You should not get ‘live vaccines’ if you are receiving Ilaris.
  • are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. It is not known if Ilaris will harm your unborn baby. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you become pregnant while receiving Ilaris.
  • are breastfeeding or planning to breastfeed. It is not known if Ilaris passes into your breast milk. You and your healthcare provider should decide if you will receive Ilaris or breastfeed. You should not do both.

Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Especially tell your healthcare provider if you take:

  • Medicines that affect your immune system
  • Medicines called IL-1 blocking agents such as Kineret® (anakinra), Arcalyst® (rilonacept)
  • Medicines called Tumor Necrosis Factor (TNF) inhibitors such as Enbrel® (etanercept), Humira® (adalimumab), Remicade® (infliximab), Simponi® (golimumab), or Cimzia® (certolizumab pegol)
  • Medicines that effect enzyme metabolism

Ask your healthcare provider if you are not sure.

How will I receive Ilaris?

  • Ilaris is given by your healthcare provider every 8 weeks for CAPS and every 4 weeks for SJIA.

What are the possible side effects of Ilaris?

Ilaris can cause serious side effects, including:

  • See “What is the most important information I should know about Ilaris?”
  • decreased ability of your body to fight infections (immunosuppression). For people treated with medicines that cause immunosuppression like Ilaris, the chances of getting cancer may increase.
  • allergic reactions. Allergic reactions can happen while you are receiving Ilaris. Call your healthcare provider right away if you have any of these symptoms of an allergic reaction:
    • rash
    • itching and hives
    • difficulty breathing or swallowing
    • dizziness or feeling faint
  • risk of infection with live vaccines. You should not get live vaccines if you are receiving Ilaris. Tell your healthcare provider if you are scheduled to receive any vaccines.

The most common side effects of Ilaris include:

When Ilaris is used for the treatment of CAPS:

  • cold symptoms
  • diarrhea
  • flu (influenza)
  • runny nose
  • nausea
  • headache
  • cough
  • weight gain
  • body aches
  • feeling like you are spinning (vertigo)
  • injection site reactions (such as redness, swelling, warmth, or itching)

When Ilaris is used for treatment of the SJIA:

  • cold symptoms
  • upper respiratory tract infection
  • pneumonia
  • runny nose
  • sore throat
  • urinary tract infection
  • nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea (gastroenteritis)
  • stomach pain
  • injection site reactions

Tell your healthcare provider about any side effect that bothers you or does not go away. These are not all the possible side effects of Ilaris. For more information, ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088

General information about the safe and effective use of Ilaris.

Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes other than those listed in Medication Guide. Do not use Ilaris for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Do not give Ilaris to other people, even if they have the same condition as you. It may harm them.

This Medication Guide summarizes the most important information about Ilaris. If you would like more information, talk with your healthcare provider. You can ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist for information about Ilaris that was written for health professionals. For more information about Ilaris, call 1-877-452-7471 or visit

What are the ingredients in Ilaris?

Active ingredient: canakinumab

Inactive ingredients: sucrose, L-histidine, L-histidine HCl monohydrate, polysorbate 80, preservative-free sterile water for injection

What are CAPS?

CAPS are a group of illnesses that run in families where patients make too much IL-1β. The IL-1β triggers inflammation. This leads to symptoms such as rash, fever/chills, joint pain, fatigue, and eye pain and redness.

What is SJIA?

SJIA is an autoinflammatory disorder which can be caused by having too much or being too sensitive to certain proteins, including interleukin-1β (IL-1β), and can lead to symptoms such as fever, rash, headache, fatigue, or painful joints and muscles.

What is Macrophage Activation Syndrome (MAS)?

MAS is a syndrome associated with SJIA that can lead to death. Tell your healthcare provider right away if your SJIA symptoms get worse or if you have any of these symptoms of an infection:

  • a fever lasting longer than 3 days
  • a cough that does not go away
  • redness in one part of your body
  • warm feeling or swelling of your skin

This Medication Guide has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Manufactured by:
Novartis Pharma Stein AG
Stein, Switzerland

Distributed by:
Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation
East Hanover, New Jersey 07936

© Novartis

Kineret®, Arcalyst®, Enbrel®, Humira®, Remicade®, Simponi®, and Cimzia® are trademarks of Amgen, Regeneron, Immunex Corporation, Abbott Laboratories, Centocor Ortho Biotech Inc., Janssen Biotech Inc., and the UCB Group of companies, respectively.

Revised: May 2013


Package Label  180 mg sterile powder for reconstitution/vial*

Rx Only             NDC 0078-0582-61

Ilaris® (canakinumab)

For Injection

For Subcutaneous Use

Single use vial             Sterile, Lyophilized

*Reconstitute with 1 mL of water for injection to obtain a concentration

of 150 mg/mL canakinumab, 92.38 mg/mL sucrose, and 0.60 mg/mL

polysorbate 80. L-histidine and L-histidine hydrochloride monohydrate

are used to adjust and buffer pH.

canakinumab injection, powder, lyophilized, for solution
Product Information
Product Type HUMAN PRESCRIPTION DRUG LABEL Item Code (Source) NDC:0078-0582
Route of Administration SUBCUTANEOUS DEA Schedule     
Active Ingredient/Active Moiety
Ingredient Name Basis of Strength Strength
Inactive Ingredients
Ingredient Name Strength
POLYSORBATE 80 0.6 mg  in 1 mL
SUCROSE 92.38 mg  in 1 mL
# Item Code Package Description
1 NDC:0078-0582-61 1 VIAL, SINGLE-USE (1 VIAL) in 1 CARTON
1 1 mL in 1 VIAL, SINGLE-USE
Marketing Information
Marketing Category Application Number or Monograph Citation Marketing Start Date Marketing End Date
BLA BLA125319 06/18/2009
Labeler - Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation (002147023)
Revised: 05/2013
Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation