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ANTHIM® is a monoclonal antibody directed against the protective antigen of Bacillus anthracis. It is indicated in adult and pediatric patients for treatment of inhalational anthrax due to B. anthracis in combination with appropriate antibacterial drugs and, for prophylaxis of inhalational anthrax when alternative therapies are not available or are not appropriate. (1.1)
Limitations of Use
Injection: 600 mg/6 mL (100 mg/mL) solution in single-dose vial. (3)
Most frequently reported adverse reactions in healthy adult subjects (≥1.5%) were headache, pruritus, infections of the upper respiratory tract, cough, vessel puncture site bruise, infusion site swelling, nasal congestion, infusion site pain, urticaria and pain in extremity. (6.1)
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See 17 for PATIENT COUNSELING INFORMATION and FDA-approved patient labeling.
Hypersensitivity and anaphylaxis have been reported during the intravenous infusion of ANTHIM. Due to the risk of hypersensitivity and anaphylaxis, ANTHIM should be administered in monitored settings by personnel trained and equipped to manage anaphylaxis. Monitor individuals who receive ANTHIM closely for signs and symptoms of hypersensitivity reactions throughout the infusion and for a period of time after administration. Stop ANTHIM infusion immediately and treat appropriately if hypersensitivity or anaphylaxis occurs [see Indications and Usage (1.2), Dosage and Administration (2.4) and Warnings and Precautions (5.1)].
ANTHIM is indicated in adult and pediatric patients for the treatment of inhalational anthrax due to Bacillus anthracis in combination with appropriate antibacterial drugs.
ANTHIM is indicated for prophylaxis of inhalational anthrax due to B. anthracis when alternative therapies are not available or not appropriate [see Indications and Usage (1.2)].
ANTHIM should only be used for prophylaxis when its benefit for prevention of inhalational anthrax outweighs the risk of hypersensitivity and anaphylaxis [see Warnings and Precautions (5.1)].
The effectiveness of ANTHIM is based solely on efficacy studies in animal models of inhalational anthrax. It is not ethical or feasible to conduct controlled clinical trials with intentional exposure of humans to anthrax [see Clinical Studies (14)].
Safety and PK of ANTHIM have been studied in adult healthy volunteers. There have been no studies of safety or PK of ANTHIM in the pediatric population. A population PK approach was used to derive intravenous infusion dosing regimens that are predicted to provide pediatric patients with exposure comparable to the observed exposure in adults [see Use in Specific Populations (8.4)].
ANTHIM binds to the protective antigen (PA) component of B. anthracis toxin; it does not have direct antibacterial activity. ANTHIM is not expected to cross the blood-brain barrier and does not prevent or treat meningitis. ANTHIM should be used in combination with appropriate antibacterial drugs.
|Greater than 40 kg||16 mg/kg|
|Greater than 15 kg to 40 kg||24 mg/kg|
|Less than or equal to 15 kg||32 mg/kg|
There have been no studies of the safety or PK of ANTHIM conducted in the pediatric population. The dosing recommendations in Table 1 are derived from simulations using a population PK approach designed to match the observed adult exposure to ANTHIM at a 16 mg/kg dose [see Use in Specific Populations (8.4)].
Important Preparation Instructions
|Body Weight (weight-based dosing)||Total Infusion Volume||Infusion Rate|
|Greater than 40 kg or adult (16 mg/kg)|
|Greater than 40 kg||250 mL||167 mL/hr|
|Greater than 15 kg to 40 kg (24 mg/kg)|
|31 kg to 40 kg||250 mL||167 mL/hr|
|16 kg to 30 kg||100 mL||67 mL/hr|
|15 kg or less (32 mg/kg)|
|11 kg to 15 kg||100 mL||67 mL/hr|
|5 kg to 10 kg||50 mL||33.3 mL/hr|
|3.1 kg to 4.9 kg||25 mL||17 mL/hr|
|2.1 kg to 3 kg||20 mL||13.3 mL/hr|
|1.1 kg to 2 kg||15 mL||10 mL/hr|
|1 kg or less||7 mL||4.7 mL/hr|
Preparation and Dilution in Bag for Infusion
Preparation and Dilution in Syringe for Infusion
Hypersensitivity reactions were the most common adverse reactions in the safety trials of ANTHIM, occurring in 34/320 healthy subjects (10.6%). Three (0.9%) cases of anaphylaxis occurred during or immediately after the infusion. In clinical trials, manifestations of anaphylaxis were rash/urticaria, cough, dyspnea, cyanosis, postural dizziness and chest discomfort. ANTHIM infusion was discontinued in 8 (2.5%) subjects due to hypersensitivity or anaphylaxis. The adverse reactions reported in these 8 subjects included urticaria, rash, cough, pruritus, dizziness, throat irritation, dysphonia, dyspnea and chest discomfort. The remaining subjects with hypersensitivity had predominantly skin-related symptoms such as pruritus and rash, and 6 subjects reported cough [see Adverse Reactions 6.1].
Due to the risk of anaphylaxis, ANTHIM should be administered in monitored settings by personnel trained and equipped to manage anaphylaxis. Patients should be monitored closely throughout the infusion period and for a period of time after administration [see Patient Counseling Information (17)]. If anaphylaxis or hypersensitivity reactions occur, stop the infusion immediately and treat appropriately.
Premedication with diphenhydramine is recommended prior to administration of ANTHIM [see Dosage and Administration (2.1) and Adverse Reactions (6.1)]. Diphenhydramine premedication does not prevent anaphylaxis, and may mask or delay onset of symptoms of hypersensitivity.
The following clinically important adverse reactions are described elsewhere in the labeling:
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. The safety of ANTHIM has been studied only in healthy volunteers. It has not been studied in patients with inhalational anthrax.
The safety of ANTHIM was evaluated in 320 healthy subjects treated with one or more 16 mg/kg IV doses in three clinical studies. Study 1 was a placebo-controlled study evaluating a single dose of ANTHIM vs. placebo (210 subjects received ANTHIM, 70 received placebo). Study 2 was a repeat-dose study in which 70 subjects received the first dose, but 34 and 31 subjects received a second dose of ANTHIM in sequences A (2 weeks apart) and B (≥ 4 months apart), respectively. Study 3 was a drug interaction study of a single dose of ANTHIM with ciprofloxacin in 40 subjects (20 subjects received ANTHIM alone and 20 subjects received ANTHIM plus ciprofloxacin for 9 days).
Subjects were 18 to 79 years of age, 54% were male, 70% Caucasian, 26% Black/African American, 2% American Indian/Alaska Native, 1% Asian and 10% Hispanic.
Adverse Reactions Leading to Discontinuation of ANTHIM Infusion
ANTHIM infusion was discontinued in 8/320 healthy subjects (2.5%) in clinical trials due to hypersensitivity reactions or anaphylaxis [see Warnings and Precautions (5.1)].
Most Frequently Reported Adverse Reactions
The most frequently reported adverse reactions were headache, pruritus, infections of the upper respiratory tract, cough, vessel puncture site bruise, infusion site swelling, urticaria, nasal congestion, infusion site pain, and pain in extremity.
Table 3 shows the adverse reactions that occurred in ≥1.5% of healthy subjects receiving a single dose of ANTHIM (16 mg/kg IV) and more frequently than those receiving placebo.
|*Single-dose population: 210 subjects in study 1 plus 70 subjects in the first treatment period of study 2 plus 20 subjects in the ANTHIM alone treatment arm of study 3|
N = 70 (%)
|Single Dose ANTHIM
N = 300* (%)
|Headache||4 (6%)||24 (8%)|
|Pruritus||1 (1%)||11 (4%)|
|Infections of the upper respiratory tract||2 (3%)||14 (5%)|
|Vessel puncture site bruise||1 (1%)||8 (3%)|
|Infusion site swelling||1 (1%)||8 (3%)|
|Nasal congestion||1 (1%)||5 (2%)|
|Infusion site pain||0||7 (2%)|
|Pain in extremity||1 (1%)||5 (2%)|
Effect of Diphenhydramine on the Incidence of Adverse Reactions
Overall in the single-dose population, subjects who received pre-medication with diphenhydramine were less likely to experience adverse reactions with administration of ANTHIM compared to those who did not (42% vs. 58% respectively). Specifically, the incidence of the following adverse reactions was lower in the subjects who received diphenhydramine prior to ANTHIM infusion compared to those who did not: headache (5% vs. 16%), cough (1% vs. 8%), rash (2% vs. 7%), pruritus (3% vs. 4%) throat irritation (0 vs. 3%), rhinorrhea (0 vs. 3%), and infusion site erythema (0% vs. 4%). Somnolence was only reported in subjects who were pretreated with diphenhydramine.
Less Common Adverse Reactions
Clinically significant adverse reactions that were reported in <1.5% of subjects exposed to ANTHIM and at rates higher than in placebo subjects are listed below:
As with all therapeutic proteins, there is a potential for immunogenicity. The development of anti-ANTHIM antibodies was evaluated in all subjects receiving single and double doses of ANTHIM in studies 1, 2 and 3. Eight subjects (2.5%) who received at least one dose of IV ANTHIM were positive for a treatment-emergent anti-therapeutic antibody (ATA) response. Quantitative titers were low ranging from 1:20 – 1:320. There was no evidence of altered PK or toxicity profile in subjects with ATA development.
The incidence of antibody formation is highly dependent on the sensitivity and specificity of the immunogenicity assay. Additionally, the observed incidence of any antibody positivity in an assay is highly dependent on several factors, including assay sensitivity and specificity, assay methodology, sample handling, timing of sample collection, concomitant medications, and underlying disease. For these reasons, comparison of incidence of antibodies to obiltoxaximab with the incidence of antibodies to other products may be misleading.
Co-administration of 16 mg/kg ANTHIM intravenously with intravenous or oral ciprofloxacin in human subjects did not alter the PK of either ciprofloxacin or obiltoxaximab [see Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)].
There are no data on the use of ANTHIM in pregnant women to inform on drug-associated risk. There are adverse effects on maternal and fetal outcomes associated with anthrax in pregnancy (see Clinical Considerations). In pregnant rabbits, intravenous administration of obiltoxaximab during organogenesis was not associated with adverse developmental outcomes at up to 0.62 times the human systemic exposure at the maximum recommended adult dose (see Data).
The estimated background risk of major birth defects and miscarriage for the indicated population is unknown. All pregnancies have a background risk of birth defect, loss, or other adverse outcomes. In the U.S. general population, the estimated background risk of major birth defects and miscarriage in clinically recognized pregnancies is 2% to 4% and 15% to 20%, respectively.
Disease-Associated Maternal and/or Embryo/Fetal Risk:
Limited data in the form of case reports of anthrax infection in pregnant women indicate that maternal infection is associated with a high risk of maternal, fetal, and neonatal deaths, particularly in the absence of treatment.
A study was conducted in pregnant, healthy, New Zealand White rabbits administered intravenous obiltoxaximab at dose levels of 16 or 32 mg/kg during organogenesis on Gestation Days 6, 10, 13 and 17. No maternal toxicity or adverse developmental outcomes were observed at the highest tested dose, 32 mg/kg. In those rabbits, mean maternal maximum plasma concentration (Cmax = 1180 mcg/mL) and mean maternal AUCinf (3220 mcgday/mL) were approximately 3 times and 0.62 times the respective values for Cmax and AUC reported in clinical trial subjects at the maximum recommended adult dose of 16 mg/kg.
There is no information available on the presence of obiltoxaximab in human milk, the effects on the breastfed child, or the effects on milk production. Maternal IgG is known to be present in human milk. Therefore, the development and health benefits of breastfeeding should be considered along with the mother’s clinical need for ANTHIM and any potential adverse effects on the breastfed child from ANTHIM or from the underlying maternal condition.
As in adults, the effectiveness of ANTHIM in pediatric patients is based solely on efficacy studies in animal models of inhalational anthrax. As exposure of healthy children to ANTHIM is not ethical, a population PK approach was used to derive intravenous dosing regimens that are predicted to provide pediatric patients with exposure comparable to the observed exposure in adults receiving 16 mg/kg. The dose for pediatric patients is based on weight [see Dosage and Administration (2.2)].
There have been no studies of safety or PK of ANTHIM in the pediatric population.
Clinical studies of ANTHIM did not include sufficient numbers of subjects aged 65 years and over to determine whether they respond differently from younger subjects. Of the 320 subjects in clinical studies of ANTHIM, 9.4% (30/320) were 65 years and over, while 2% (6/320) were 75 years and over. No alteration of dosing is needed for patients ≥65 years of age [see Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)].
Obiltoxaximab is a chimeric IgG1 kappa monoclonal antibody (mAb) that binds the PA component of B. anthracis toxin. It has an approximate molecular weight of 148 kDa.
ANTHIM injection is a sterile, preservative-free, clear to opalescent, colorless to pale yellow to pale brownish-yellow solution that may contain few translucent-to-white proteinaceous particulates. ANTHIM is supplied as 600 mg/6 mL in single-dose vials for intravenous infusion. Each mL contains 100 mg obiltoxaximab in L-histidine (6.2 mg), polysorbate 80 (0.1 mg), sorbitol (36 mg) with a pH of 5.5.
Obiltoxaximab is a monoclonal antibody that binds the PA of B. anthracis[see Microbiology (12.4)].
The PK of obiltoxaximab are linear over the dose range of 4 mg/kg (0.25 times the lowest recommended dose) to 16 mg/kg following single IV administration in healthy subjects. Following single IV administration of ANTHIM 16 mg/kg in healthy, male and female human subjects, the mean Cmax and AUCinf were 400 ± 91.2 mcg/mL and 5170 ± 1360 mcgday/mL, respectively.
Although ANTHIM is intended for single dose administration, the PK of obiltoxaximab following a second dose administration of 16 mg/kg IV given 2 weeks or ≥ 4 months after the first 16 mg/kg IV dose was assessed in 65 healthy subjects (study 2). The obiltoxaximab AUCinf following two 16 mg/kg doses 2 weeks apart was approximately twice that after a single 16 mg/kg dose on Day 1 or Day 120. No significant differences in mean estimates of Cmax, AUCinf, CL, or half-life of obiltoxaximab between the 2 doses administered ≥4 months apart were observed.
Mean obiltoxaximab steady-state volume of distribution was greater than plasma volume, suggesting some tissue distribution.
Clearance values were much smaller than the glomerular filtration rate, indicating that there is virtually no renal clearance of obiltoxaximab.
Because the effectiveness of ANTHIM cannot be evaluated in humans, a comparison of ANTHIM exposures achieved in healthy human subjects to those observed in animal models of inhalational anthrax in therapeutic efficacy studies is necessary to support the dosage regimen of 16 mg/kg IV as a single dose for the treatment of inhalational anthrax in humans. Based on observed and simulated data, humans achieve similar obiltoxaximab Cmax and greater AUCinf following a single 16 mg/kg IV dose compared to exposures achieved in NZW rabbits and cynomolgus macaques.
Gender, Age, and Race
ANTHIM PK were evaluated via a population PK analysis using serum samples from 303 healthy adult subjects who received a single IV dose across 3 clinical trials. Based on this analysis, gender (female versus male), race (non-Caucasian versus Caucasian), or age (elderly versus young) had no meaningful effects on the PK parameters for ANTHIM.
Drug Interaction Studies
In an open-label study evaluating the effect of ciprofloxacin on obiltoxaximab PK in healthy adult male and female subjects (study 3), the administration of 16 mg/kg ANTHIM IV infusion prior to ciprofloxacin IV infusion or ciprofloxacin oral tablets twice daily did not alter the PK of obiltoxaximab. Likewise, obiltoxaximab did not alter the PK of ciprofloxacin administered orally and/or intravenously [see Drug Interactions (7.1)].
Mechanism of Action
Obiltoxaximab is a monoclonal antibody that binds free PA with an affinity equilibrium dissociation constant (Kd) of 0.33 nM. Obiltoxaximab inhibits the binding of PA to its cellular receptors, preventing the intracellular entry of the anthrax lethal factor and edema factor, the enzymatic toxin components responsible for the pathogenic effects of anthrax toxin.
Activity In Vitro and In Vivo
Obiltoxaximab binds in vitro to PA from the Ames, Vollum, and Sterne strains of B. anthracis. Obiltoxaximab binds to an epitope on PA that is conserved across reported strains of B. anthracis.
In vitro studies in a cell-based assay, using murine macrophages, suggest that obiltoxaximab neutralizes the toxic effects of lethal toxin, a combination of PA + lethal factor.
In vivo efficacy studies in NZW rabbits and cynomolgus macaques challenged with the spores of the Ames strain of B. anthracis by the inhalational route, showed a dose-dependent increase in survival following treatment with ANTHIM. Exposure to B. anthracis spores resulted in increasing concentrations of PA in the serum of NZW rabbits and cynomolgus macaques. After treatment with ANTHIM there was a decrease in PA concentrations in a majority of surviving animals. PA concentrations in placebo animals increased until they died [see Clinical Studies (14)].
Carcinogenicity, genotoxicity, and fertility studies have not been conducted with obiltoxaximab.
Central nervous system (CNS) lesions (bacteria, inflammation, hemorrhage and occasionally necrosis) were seen in anthrax-infected non-surviving NZW rabbits and cynomolgus macaques administered IV obiltoxaximab (≥4 mg/kg) or control at the time of disease confirmation. Microscopic changes in the non-surviving animals that received obiltoxaximab were due to the presence of extravascular bacteria and not the effect of obiltoxaximab. No dose response relationship for brain histopathology was identified. No treatment-related brain lesions were shown in anthrax-infected surviving NZW rabbits (at day 28) or cynomolgus macaques (up to day 56) after a single administration of obiltoxaximab at doses up to 16 mg/kg and up to 32 mg/kg/dose, respectively. No obiltoxaximab-related neurobehavioral effects were observed in surviving anthrax-infected cynomolgus macaques following treatment with obiltoxaximab.
Because it is not feasible or ethical to conduct controlled clinical trials in humans with inhalational anthrax, the efficacy of ANTHIM for the treatment of inhalational anthrax is based on efficacy studies in NZW rabbits and cynomolgus macaques. The animal efficacy studies are conducted under widely varying conditions, such that the survival rates observed in the animal studies cannot be directly compared between studies and may not reflect the rates observed in clinical practice.
Types of Studies
The efficacy of ANTHIM for treatment and prophylaxis of inhalational anthrax was studied in multiple studies in the cynomolgus macaque and NZW rabbit models of inhalational anthrax. These studies tested the efficacy of ANTHIM compared to placebo and the efficacy of ANTHIM in combination with antibacterial drugs relative to the antibacterial drugs alone.
The animals were challenged with aerosolized B. anthracis spores (Ames strain) at approximately 200xLD50 to achieve 100% mortality if untreated. In prophylaxis studies of inhalational anthrax, animals were treated prior to the development of symptoms. In treatment studies, animals were administered treatment after exhibiting clinical signs or symptoms of systemic anthrax. Cynomolgus macaques were treated at the time of a positive serum electrochemiluminescence (ECL) assay for B. anthracis PA at a mean time of approximately 40 hours post-challenge with B. anthracis. In NZW rabbit treatment studies, animals were treated after a positive ECL assay for PA or sustained elevation of body temperature above baseline, at a mean time of approximately 30 hours post-challenge; the majority of animals triggered by temperature. In some of the treatment studies assessing the effect of ANTHIM in combination with antibacterial drugs, treatment was delayed to 72 to 96 hours post-challenge. Most study animals were bacteremic and had a positive ECL assay for PA prior to treatment. Survival was assessed at 28 days post-challenge with B. anthracis in most studies.
NZW rabbit studies 1 and 2 and cynomolgus macaque studies 3 and 4 evaluated treatment with ANTHIM 16 mg/kg IV single dose compared to placebo in animals with systemic anthrax. Treatment with ANTHIM alone resulted in statistically significant improvement in survival relative to placebo (Table 4).
|IV: intravenous, CI: Confidence Interval|
|1Survival assessed 28 days after spore challenge|
|2p-value is from 1-sided Boschloo Test (with Berger-Boos modification of gamma=0.001) compared to placebo|
|3Exact 95% confidence interval of difference in survival rates|
|4ANTHIM products manufactured at two different facilities were tested in two separate treatment arms|
|Proportion of Survival at Day 281
|Placebo||ANTHIM 16 mg/kg IV|
|Study 1||0 (0/9)||93% (13/14)||0.0010||(0.59, 1.00)|
|Study 2||0 (0/13)||62% (8/13)||0.0013||(0.29, 0.86)|
|Study 3||6% (1/16)||47% (7/15)||0.0068||(0.09, 0.68)|
|Study 44||0 (0/17)||31% (5/16)|
ANTHIM administered in combination with antibacterial drugs (levofloxacin, ciprofloxacin and doxycycline) for the treatment of systemic inhalational anthrax disease resulted in higher survival outcomes than antibacterial therapy alone in multiple studies where ANTHIM and antibacterial therapy was given at various doses and treatment times.
ANTHIM administered as prophylaxis resulted in higher survival outcomes compared to placebo in multiple studies where treatment was given at various doses and treatment times. In one study, cynomolgus macaques were administered ANTHIM 16 mg/kg at 18 hours, 24 hours or 36 hours after exposure. Survival was 6/6 (100%) at 18 hours, 5/6 (83%) at 24 hours, and 3/6 (50%) at 36 hours. Another cynomolgus macaque study evaluated ANTHIM 16 mg/kg administered 72, 48 or 24 hours prior to exposure. Survival was 100% at all three time points (14/14, 14/14, 15/15, respectively) at day 56 (end of study).
ANTHIM injection is a sterile, preservative-free, clear to opalescent, colorless to pale yellow to pale brownish-yellow solution that may contain few translucent-to-white proteinaceous particulates in single-dose vials containing 600 mg/6 mL (100 mg/mL) and is available in the following packaging configuration:
Carton: Contains one (1) single-dose vial of ANTHIM 600 mg/6 mL (NDC: 69604-204-02).
Store in refrigerator at 2°C to 8°C (36°F to 46°F) in original carton to protect from light. Do Not Freeze. Do Not Shake.
Advise the patient to read the FDA-approved patient labeling (Patient Information)
Efficacy Based on Animal Models Alone
Inform patients that:
Hypersensitivity Reactions and Anaphylaxis
Inform patients that hypersensitivity reactions, including anaphylaxis, have occurred with administration of ANTHIM. Inform patients of the signs and symptoms of hypersensitivity reactions and anaphylaxis and instruct patients to seek immediate medical care if they experience such symptoms during or following administration of ANTHIM [see Warnings and Precautions (5.1)].
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What is the most important information I should know about ANTHIM?
What is ANTHIM?
Before you receive ANTHIM, tell your healthcare provider about all of your medical conditions, including if you are:
Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
How will I receive ANTHIM?
What are the possible side effects of ANTHIM?
The most common side effects of ANTHIM include headache, itching, upper respiratory tract infections, cough, IV site bruising, swelling and/or pain, stuffy nose (nasal congestion), hives, and pain in the hands or feet.
Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away. These are not all the possible side effects of ANTHIM. For more information, ask your healthcare provider.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. For more information go to fda.report.
General information about the safe and effective use of ANTHIM.
What are the ingredients in ANTHIM?
Active ingredient: Obiltoxaximab
Inactive ingredients: L-histidine, sorbitol and polysorbate 80
Manufactured by: Elusys Therapeutics, Inc., Parsippany, NJ 07054, U.S. License Number 1907
For more information call 1-844-808-0222
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