KANUMA- sebelipase alfa injection, solution, concentrate
Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.


KANUMA® is indicated for the treatment of patients with a diagnosis of Lysosomal Acid Lipase (LAL) deficiency.


2.1 Recommended Dosage

Infants with Rapidly Progressive LAL Deficiency Presenting within the First 6 Months of Life:

  • The recommended starting dosage is 1 mg/kg administered as an intravenous infusion once weekly.
  • For patients with a suboptimal clinical response, increase the dosage to 3 mg/kg once weekly.
  • For patients with continued suboptimal clinical response on the 3 mg/kg once weekly dosage, further increase the dosage to 5 mg/kg once weekly.
  • A suboptimal clinical response is defined as any of the following: poor growth, deteriorating biochemical markers, or persistent or worsening organomegaly.

Pediatric and Adult Patients with LAL Deficiency:

  • The recommended dosage is 1 mg/kg administered as an intravenous infusion once every other week.
  • For patients with a suboptimal clinical response, increase the dosage to 3 mg/kg once every other week.
  • A suboptimal clinical response is defined as any of the following: poor growth, deteriorating biochemical markers [e.g., alanine aminotransferase (ALT), aspartate aminotransferase (AST)], and/or parameters of lipid metabolism [e.g., low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-c), triglycerides (TG)].

2.2 Preparation Instructions

KANUMA is for intravenous infusion only. Prepare KANUMA using the following steps.

  1. Determine the number of vials needed based on the patient’s weight and the recommended dose of 1 mg/kg, 3 mg/kg, or 5 mg/kg using the following calculations (a-b):
    1. Total dose (mg) = Patient’s weight (kg) × Recommended dose (mg/kg)
    2. Total number of vials = Total dose (mg) divided by 20 mg/vial
  2. Round to the next whole vial and remove the required number of vials from the refrigerator to allow them to reach room temperature.
    1. Volume (mL) of calculated total dose = Total dose (mg) divided by the 2 mg/mL concentration
    2. Volume (mL) of 0.9% Sodium Chloride for dilution = Total infusion volume (mL) for patient’s weight (see Table 1) — Volume (mL) of calculated total dose
    Table 1: Total Infusion Volumes *
    Weight Range (kg)1 mg/kg dose3 mg/kg dose5 mg/kg dose
    Total Infusion Volume (mL)Total Infusion Volume (mL)Total Infusion Volume (mL)
    The infusion volume should be based on the prescribed dose and should be prepared to a final KANUMA concentration of 0.1 mg/mL to 1.5 mg/mL.
    1 to 2.94812
    3 to 5.961220
    6 to 10.9102550
    11 to 24.92550150
    25 to 49.950100250
    50 to 99.9100250500
    100 to 120.9250500600
  3. Mix gently by inversion. Do not shake the vials or the prepared infusion.
  4. The solution should be inspected visually for particulate matter and discoloration prior to administration. The solution should be a clear to slightly opalescent, colorless to slightly colored solution. Thin, translucent particles or fibers may be present in the vials or diluted solution. Do not use if the solution is cloudy or if other particulate matter is observed.
  5. Vials are for single-use only. Discard any unused product. Do not freeze.

2.3 Administration Instructions

Administer the diluted solution as an intravenous infusion using a low-protein binding infusion set with an in-line, low-protein binding 0.2 micron filter.

Infuse over at least 2 hours. Consider further prolonging the infusion time for patients receiving dosages greater than 1 mg/kg or those who have experienced hypersensitivity reactions [see Warnings and Precautions (5.1)]. A 1-hour infusion may be considered for those patients receiving the 1 mg/kg dose who tolerate the infusion.

2.4 Storage of Diluted Solution

KANUMA contains no preservatives; therefore, product should be used immediately after dilution. If immediate use is not possible, the diluted product may be stored up to 24 hours in the refrigerator at 2°C to 8°C (36°F to 46°F). Do not freeze or shake. Protect from light.


Injection: 20 mg/10 mL (2 mg/mL) clear to slightly opalescent, colorless to slightly colored solution in single-dose vials.




5.1 Hypersensitivity Reactions Including Anaphylaxis

Hypersensitivity reactions, including anaphylaxis, have been reported in KANUMA-treated patients, based on application of Sampson criteria to identify signs/symptoms consistent with anaphylaxis. In clinical trials, 3 (infants) of 106 (3%) patients treated with KANUMA experienced signs and symptoms consistent with anaphylaxis. These patients experienced reactions during infusion with signs and symptoms including chest discomfort, conjunctival injection, dyspnea, generalized and itchy rash, hyperemia, swelling of eyelids, rhinorrhea, severe respiratory distress, tachycardia, tachypnea, and urticaria. Anaphylaxis has occurred as early as the sixth infusion and as late as 1 year after treatment initiation.

In clinical trials, 21 of 106 (20%) KANUMA-treated patients, including 9 of 14 (64%) infants and 12 of 92 (13%) pediatric patients who were 4 years and older and adults, experienced signs and symptoms either consistent with or that may be related to a hypersensitivity reaction. Signs and symptoms of hypersensitivity reactions, occurring in two or more patients, included abdominal pain, agitation, fever, chills, diarrhea, eczema, edema, hypertension, irritability, laryngeal edema, nausea, pallor, pruritus, rash, and vomiting. The majority of reactions occurred during or within 4 hours of the completion of the infusion. Patients were not routinely pre-medicated prior to infusion of KANUMA in these clinical trials.

Due to the potential for anaphylaxis, appropriate medical support should be readily available when KANUMA is administered. If anaphylaxis occurs, immediately discontinue the infusion and initiate appropriate medical treatment. Observe patients closely during and after the infusion. Inform patients of the signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis and instruct them to seek immediate medical care should signs and symptoms occur.

The management of hypersensitivity reactions should be based on the severity of the reaction and may include temporarily interrupting the infusion, lowering the infusion rate, and/or treatment with antihistamines, antipyretics, and/or corticosteroids. If interrupted, the infusion may be resumed at a slower rate with increases as tolerated. Pre-treatment with antipyretics and/or antihistamines may prevent subsequent reactions in those cases where symptomatic treatment was required. If a severe hypersensitivity reaction occurs, immediately discontinue the infusion and initiate appropriate medical treatment.

Consider the risks and benefits of re-administering KANUMA following a severe reaction. Monitor patients, with appropriate resuscitation measures available, if the decision is made to re-administer the product.

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