Important Safety Information

  • WARNING: SERIOUS MENINGOCOCCAL INFECTIONS

    Life-threatening and fatal meningococcal infections have occurred in patients treated with Soliris. Meningococcal infection may become rapidly life-threatening or fatal if not recognized and treated early.

    • Comply with the most current Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommendations for meningococcal vaccination in patients with complement deficiencies.
    • Immunize patients with meningococcal vaccines at least 2 weeks prior to administering the first dose of Soliris, unless the risks of delaying Soliris therapy outweigh the risk of developing a meningococcal infection.
    • Monitor patients for early signs of meningococcal infections and evaluate immediately if infection is suspected.

    Soliris is available only through a restricted program under a Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS). Under the Soliris REMS, prescribers must enroll in the program. Enrollment in the Soliris REMS program and additional information are available by telephone:1-888-SOLIRIS (1-888-765-4747) or at solirisrems.com.

Getting the Correct Diagnosis

Your doctor is likely to order a commonly available diagnostic blood test, which may include high-sensitivity flow cytometry

To confirm a diagnosis of PNH, your doctor will likely order a simple blood test called high-sensitivity flow cytometry. High-sensitivity flow cytometry tests are minimally invasive, relatively inexpensive, and test the peripheral blood. This test measures your clone size, which is the percentage of blood cells in your body affected by PNH. A larger clone size means you have more PNH cells, but even patients with small clone sizes are at risk of developing PNH-related health problems. Your doctor typically will order this test after first suspecting PNH based on your signs and symptoms, and other lab test results, such as a test for the enzyme, lactate dehydrogenase, commonly referred to as LDH.

The amount of LDH in your blood is a measure of the amount of hemolysis, the underlying cause of all the signs and symptoms of PNH. Even after making a diagnosis, your doctor will likely continue to monitor your signs and symptoms and ongoing lab test results to track the progression of your PNH over time.

PNH and other bone marrow disorders

Sometimes people with PNH have other bone marrow failure disorders, such as aplastic anemia (AA) or myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS). Unlike PNH, AA and MDS don't destroy red blood cells, but can cause similar signs, such as anemia, in different ways. If you have AA or MDS as well as PNH, it’s important to find treatments for each of your diseases. Speak with your doctor about Soliris for PNH and ask him or her about other treatment options for AA and MDS.

Along with LDH and other tests, your doctor may also check:

  • Red blood cells (RBCs): These deliver oxygen and remove waste from your body. Tests will check the amount in your blood.
  • White blood cells (WBCs): These protect the body from infection. Tests will check the amount in your blood.
  • Hemoglobin (Hgb): This is a part of your red blood cells that carries oxygen throughout your body. Low levels of hemoglobin is a measure of anemia, which can make you feel weak and tired. Tests will check the amount of hemoglobin in your blood.
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Important Safety Information

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WARNING: SERIOUS MENINGOCOCCAL INFECTIONS

Life-threatening and fatal meningococcal infections have occurred in patients treated with Soliris. Meningococcal infection may become rapidly life-threatening or fatal if not recognized and treated early.

  • Comply with the most current Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommendations for meningococcal vaccination in patients with complement deficiencies.
  • Immunize patients with meningococcal vaccines at least 2 weeks prior to administering the first dose of Soliris, unless the risks of delaying Soliris therapy outweigh the risk of developing a meningococcal infection.
  • Monitor patients for early signs of meningococcal infections and evaluate immediately if infection is suspected.

Soliris is available only through a restricted program under a Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS). Under the Soliris REMS, prescribers must enroll in the program. Enrollment in the Soliris REMS program and additional information are available by telephone:1-888-SOLIRIS (1-888-765-4747) or at solirisrems.com.

Indications and Usage

Paroxysmal Nocturnal Hemoglobinuria (PNH)

Soliris is indicated for the treatment of patients with paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) to reduce hemolysis.

Atypical Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (aHUS)

Soliris is indicated for the treatment of patients with atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS) to inhibit complement-mediated thrombotic microangiopathy.

Limitation of Use

Soliris is not indicated for the treatment of patients with Shiga toxin E. coli related hemolytic uremic syndrome (STEC-HUS).

Contraindications

Soliris is contraindicated in:

  • Patients with unresolved serious Neisseria meningitidis infection

  • Patients who are not currently vaccinated against Neisseria meningitidis, unless the risks of delaying Soliris treatment outweigh the risks of developing a meningococcal infection

Warnings and precautions

Other Infections

Soliris blocks terminal complement activation; therefore patients may have increased susceptibility to infections, especially with encapsulated bacteria. Additionally, Aspergillus infections have occurred in immunocompromised and neutropenic patients. Children treated with Soliris may be at increased risk of developing serious infections due to Streptococcus pneumoniae and Haemophilus influenza type b (Hib). Administer vaccinations for the prevention of Streptococcus pneumoniae and Haemophilus influenza type b (Hib) infections according to ACIP guidelines. Use caution when administering Soliris to patients with any systemic infection.

Monitoring Disease Manifestations After Soliris Discontinuation

Treatment Discontinuation for PNH

Monitor patients after discontinuing Soliris for at least 8 weeks to detect hemolysis.

Treatment Discontinuation for aHUS

After discontinuing Soliris, monitor patients with aHUS for signs and symptoms of thrombotic microangiopathy (TMA) complications for at least 12 weeks. In aHUS clinical trials, 18 patients (5 in the prospective studies) discontinued Soliris treatment. TMA complications occurred following a missed dose in 5 patients, and Soliris was reinitiated in 4 of these 5 patients.

Clinical signs and symptoms of TMA include changes in mental status, seizures, angina, dyspnea, or thrombosis. In addition, the following changes in laboratory parameters may identify a TMA complication: occurrence of two, or repeated measurement of any one of the following: a decrease in platelet count by 25% or more compared to baseline or the peak platelet count during Soliris treatment; an increase in serum creatinine by 25% or more compared to baseline or nadir during Soliris treatment; or, an increase in serum LDH by 25% or more over baseline or nadir during Soliris treatment.

If TMA complications occur after Soliris discontinuation, consider reinstitution of Soliris treatment, plasma therapy [plasmapheresis, plasma exchange, or fresh frozen plasma infusion (PE/PI)], or appropriate organ-specific supportive measures.

Thrombosis Prevention and Management

The effect of withdrawal of anticoagulant therapy during Soliris treatment has not been established. Therefore, treatment with Soliris should not alter anticoagulant management.

Infusion Reactions

As with all protein products, administration of Soliris may result in infusion reactions, including anaphylaxis or other hypersensitivity reactions. In clinical trials, no patients experienced an infusion reaction which required discontinuation of Soliris. Interrupt Soliris infusion and institute appropriate supportive measures if signs of cardiovascular instability or respiratory compromise occur.

Adverse Reactions

The most frequently reported adverse reactions in the PNH randomized trial (≥10% overall and greater than placebo) are: headache, nasopharyngitis, back pain, and nausea.

The most frequently reported adverse reactions in aHUS single arm prospective trials (≥20%) are: headache, diarrhea, hypertension, upper respiratory infection, abdominal pain, vomiting, nasopharyngitis, anemia, cough, peripheral edema, nausea, urinary tract infections, pyrexia.

Please see full Prescribing Information for Soliris, including Boxed WARNING regarding serious meningococcal infection.

 
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