Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP Last updated on RxList: 11/2/2021
Drug Description

What is Givlaari and how is it used?

Givlaari is a prescription medicine used to treat the symptoms of Acute Hepatic Porphyria. Givlaari may be used alone or with other medications.

Givlaari belongs to a class of drugs called RNAi Agents.

It is not known if Givlaari is safe and effective in children.

What are the possible side effects of Givlaari?

Givlaari may cause serious side effects including:

  • hives,
  • difficulty breathing,
  • swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat, and
  • severe dizziness

Get medical help right away, if you have any of the symptoms listed above.

The most common side effects of Givlaari include:

  • nausea, and
  • pain, itching, rash, discoloration, or swelling where an injection was given

Tell the doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.

These are not all the possible side effects of Givlaari. For more information, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

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


GIVLAARI is an aminolevulinate synthase 1-directed small interfering RNA (siRNA), covalently linked to a ligand containing three N-acetylgalactosamine (GalNAc) residues to enable delivery of the siRNA to hepatocytes.

The structural formulas of the givosiran drug substance in its sodium form, and the ligand (L96), are presented below.

GIVLAARI (givosiran)) Structural Formula - Illustration

Abbreviations: Af = adenine 2'-F ribonucleoside; Cf = cytosine 2'-F ribonucleoside; Uf = uracil 2'-F ribonucleoside; Am = adenine 2'-OMe ribonucleoside; Cm = cytosine 2'-OMe ribonucleoside; Gf = guanine 2'-F ribonucleoside; Gm = guanine 2'-OMe ribonucleoside; Um = uracil 2'-OMe ribonucleoside; L96 = triantennary GalNAc (N-acetylgalactosamine)

GIVLAARI is supplied as a sterile, preservative-free, 1-mL colorless-to-yellow solution for subcutaneous injection containing 189 mg givosiran in a single-dose, 2-mL Type 1 glass vial with a TEFLON®-coated stopper and a flip-off aluminum seal. GIVLAARI is available in cartons containing one single-dose vial each. Water for injection is the only excipient used in the manufacture of GIVLAARI.

The molecular formula of givosiran sodium is C524 H651 F16 N173 Na43 O316 P43 S6 with a molecular weight of 17,245.56 Da.

The molecular formula of givosiran (free acid) is C524 H694 F16 N173 O316 P43 S6 with a molecular weight of 16,300.34 Da.

Indications & Dosage


GIVLAARI is indicated for the treatment of adults with acute hepatic porphyria (AHP).


Recommended Dosage

The recommended dose of GIVLAARI is 2.5 mg/kg administered via subcutaneous injection once monthly.

Dosing is based on actual body weight.

Missed Dose

Administer GIVLAARI as soon as possible after a missed dose. Resume dosing at monthly intervals following administration of the missed dose.

Dose Modification For Adverse Reactions

In patients with severe or clinically significant transaminase elevations, who have dose interruption and subsequent improvement, reduce the dose to 1.25 mg/kg once monthly [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS]. In patients who resume dosing at 1.25 mg/kg once monthly without recurrence of severe or clinically significant transaminase elevations, the dose may be increased to the recommended dose of 2.5 mg/kg once monthly.

Administration Instructions

Ensure that medical support is available to appropriately manage anaphylactic reactions when administering GIVLAARI [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS].

GIVLAARI is intended for subcutaneous use by a healthcare professional only.

Parenteral drug products should be inspected visually for particulate matter and discoloration prior to administration, whenever solution and container permit. GIVLAARI is a sterile, preservative-free, clear, colorless-to-yellow solution. It is supplied in a single-dose vial, as a ready-to-use solution that does not require additional reconstitution or dilution prior to administration.

Use aseptic technique.

  • Calculate the required volume of GIVLAARI based on the recommended weight-based dosage [see Recommended Dosage].
  • Withdraw the indicated injection volume of GIVLAARI using a 21-gauge or larger needle.
    • Divide doses requiring volumes greater than 1.5 mL equally into multiple syringes.
  • Replace the 21-gauge or larger needle with either a 25-gauge or 27-gauge needle with 1/2” or 5/8” needle length.
  • Avoid having GIVLAARI on the needle tip until the needle is in the subcutaneous space.
  • Administer injection into the abdomen, the back or side of the upper arms, or the thighs. Rotate injection sites. An injection should never be given into scar tissue or areas that are reddened, inflamed, or swollen.
    • If injecting into the abdomen, avoid a 5 cm diameter circle around the navel.
    • If more than one injection is needed for a single dose of GIVLAARI, the injection sites should be at least 2 cm apart from previous injection locations.
  • Discard unused portion of the drug.


Dosage Forms And Strengths


189 mg/mL clear, colorless-to-yellow solution in a single-dose vial

GIVLAARI (givosiran) is a clear, colorless-to-yellow ready-to-use solution available in single-dose vials of 189 mg/mL in cartons containing one vial (NDC 71336-1001-1).

Storage And Handling

Store at 2°C to 25°C (36°F to 77°F).

Store GIVLAARI in its original container until ready for use.

Manufactured by: Ajinomoto Althea, Inc., 11049 Roselle Street, San Diego, CA 92121. Revised: Dec 2020


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Side Effects & Drug Interactions


The following clinically significant adverse reactions are discussed in greater detail in other sections of the labeling:

  • Anaphylactic Reaction [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS]
  • Transaminase Elevations [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS]
  • Serum Creatinine Increase [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS]
  • Injection Site Reactions [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS]

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.

In the pivotal placebo-controlled, double-blind study (ENVISION), 48 patients received 2.5 mg/kg GIVLAARI and 46 patients received placebo, administered once monthly via subcutaneous injection for up to 6 months. Patients received GIVLAARI for a median of 5.5 months (range 2.7-6.4 months). Of these, 47 patients received ≥5 months of treatment. The most frequently occurring (≥20% incidence) adverse reactions reported in patients treated with GIVLAARI were nausea (27%) and injection site reactions (25%). Permanent discontinuation occurred in one patient due to elevated transaminases.

Table 1: Adverse Reactions that Occurred at Least 5% More Frequently in Patients Treated with GIVLAARI Compared to Patients Treated with Placebo

Adverse Reaction GIVLAARI
N (%)
N (%)
Nausea 13 (27) 5 (11)
Injection site reactions 12 (25) 0
Rash* 8 (17) 2 (4)
Serum creatinine increase 7 (15) 2 (4)
Transaminase elevations 6 (13) 1 (2)
Fatigue 5 (10) 2 (4)
* Grouped term includes pruritus, eczema, erythema, rash, rash pruritic, urticaria
Grouped term includes blood creatinine increased, glomerular filtration rate decreased, chronic kidney disease (decreased eGFR)

Adverse reactions observed at a lower frequency occurring in placebo-controlled and open-label clinical studies included anaphylactic reaction (one patient, 0.9%) and hypersensitivity (one patient, 0.9%).


As with all oligonucleotides, there is a potential for immunogenicity. The detection of antibody formation is highly dependent on the sensitivity and specificity of the assay. Additionally, the observed incidence of antibody (including neutralizing antibody) positivity in an assay may be influenced by several factors, including assay methodology, sample handling, timing of sample collection, concomitant medications, and underlying disease. For these reasons, comparison of the incidence of antibodies in the studies described below with the incidence of antibodies in other studies or to other products may be misleading.

In placebo-controlled and open-label clinical studies, 1 of 111 patients with AHP (0.9%) developed treatment-emergent anti-drug antibodies (ADA) during treatment with GIVLAARI. No clinically significant differences in the clinical efficacy, safety, pharmacokinetic, or pharmacodynamic profiles of GIVLAARI were observed in the patient who tested positive for anti-givosiran antibodies.


Effect Of GIVLAARI On Other Drugs

Sensitive CYP1A2 And CYP2D6 Substrates

Concomitant use of GIVLAARI increases the concentration of CYP1A2 or CYP2D6 substrates [see CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY], which may increase adverse reactions of these substrates. Avoid concomitant use of GIVLAARI with CYP1A2 or CYP2D6 substrates, for which minimal concentration changes may lead to serious or life-threatening toxicities. If concomitant use is unavoidable, decrease the CYP1A2 or CYP2D6 substrate dosage in accordance with approved product labeling.

Warnings & Precautions


Included as part of the "PRECAUTIONS" Section


Anaphylactic Reaction

Anaphylaxis has occurred with GIVLAARI treatment (<1% of patients in clinical trials) [see ADVERSE REACTIONS]. Ensure that medical support is available to appropriately manage anaphylactic reactions when administering GIVLAARI. Monitor for signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis. If anaphylaxis occurs, immediately discontinue administration of GIVLAARI and institute appropriate medical treatment.

Hepatic Toxicity

Transaminase elevations (ALT) of at least 3 times the upper limit of normal (ULN) were observed in 15% of patients treated with GIVLAARI in the placebo-controlled trial [see ADVERSE REACTIONS]. Transaminase elevations primarily occurred between 3 to 5 months following initiation of treatment.

Measure liver function tests prior to initiating treatment with GIVLAARI, repeat every month during the first 6 months of treatment, and as clinically indicated thereafter. Interrupt or discontinue treatment with GIVLAARI for severe or clinically significant transaminase elevations. For resumption of dosing after interruption, see DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION.

Renal Toxicity

Increases in serum creatinine levels and decreases in estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) have been reported during treatment with GIVLAARI [see ADVERSE REACTIONS]. In the placebo-controlled study, 15% of the patients in the GIVLAARI arm experienced a renally-related adverse reaction. The median increase in creatinine at Month 3 was 0.07 mg/dL. Monitor renal function during treatment with GIVLAARI as clinically indicated.

Injection Site Reactions

Injection site reactions have been reported in 25% of patients receiving GIVLAARI in the placebo-controlled trial. Symptoms included erythema, pain, pruritus, rash, discoloration, or swelling around the injection site. Among 12 patients with reactions, the highest severity of the reaction was mild among 11 (92%) patients and moderate in one (8%) patient. One (2%) patient experienced a single, transient, recall reaction of erythema at a prior injection site with a subsequent dose administration [see ADVERSE REACTIONS].

Nonclinical Toxicology

Carcinogenesis, Mutagenesis, Impairment Of Fertility

Carcinogenicity studies have not been conducted with givosiran.

Givosiran was not genotoxic in the in vitro bacterial reverse mutation (Ames) assays, an in vitro chromosomal aberration assay in cultured human peripheral blood lymphocytes or the in vivo micronucleus assay in rats.

In fertility and early embryonic development studies, givosiran administered subcutaneously once weekly at doses up to 30 mg/kg in male and female rats prior to and during mating, and continuing in females throughout organogenesis, resulted in no adverse effects on fertility or reproductive function in male or female animals.

Use In Specific Populations


Risk Summary

In animal reproduction studies, subcutaneous administration of givosiran to pregnant rabbits during the period of organogenesis resulted in adverse developmental outcomes at doses that produced maternal toxicity (see Data).

There are no available data with GIVLAARI use in pregnant women to evaluate a drug-associated risk of major birth defects, miscarriage, or adverse maternal or fetal outcomes. Consider the benefits and risks of GIVLAARI for the mother and potential adverse effects to the fetus when prescribing GIVLAARI to a pregnant woman.

The estimated background risk of major birth defects and miscarriage in 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.

Clinical Considerations

Disease-associated maternal and/or embryo/fetal risk

Porphyria attacks during pregnancy, often triggered by hormonal changes, occur in 24% to 95% of AHP patients, with maternal mortality ranging from 2% to 42%. Pregnancy in AHP patients is associated with higher rates of spontaneous abortion, hypertension and low birth weight infants.


Animal Data

In an embryo-fetal development study in pregnant rabbits, givosiran was administered subcutaneously at doses of 0.5, 1.5, and 5 mg/kg/day during organogenesis (gestational days 7-19) or 20 mg/kg as a single administration on gestation day 7. Administration of givosiran was maternally toxic based on decreased body weight gain at all dose levels tested and resulted in increased postimplantation loss starting at 1.5 mg/kg/day. An increased incidence of skeletal variations of the sternebrae was observed at 20 mg/kg. The 1.5 mg/kg/day dose in rabbits is 5 times the maximum recommended human dose (MRHD) of 2.5 mg/kg/month normalized to 0.089 mg/kg/day, based on body surface area. In a combined fertility and embryo-fetal development study in female rats, givosiran was administered subcutaneously at doses of 0.5 to 5 mg/kg/day during organogenesis (gestational days 6-17). The 5 mg/kg/day dose (9 times the normalized MRHD based on body surface area) was associated with a skeletal variation (incomplete ossification of pubes) and produced maternal toxicity.

In a pre- and postnatal development study, givosiran administered subcutaneously to pregnant rats on gestation days 7, 13, and 19 and postnatal days 6, 12, and 18 at doses up to 30 mg/kg did not produce maternal toxicity or developmental effects in the offspring.


Risk Summary

There are no data on the presence of GIVLAARI in human milk, the effects on the breastfed child, or the effects on milk production. The developmental and health benefits of breastfeeding should be considered along with the mother’s clinical need for GIVLAARI and any potential adverse effects on the breastfed child from GIVLAARI or from the underlying maternal condition.

Pediatric Use

Safety and effectiveness in pediatric patients have not been established.

Geriatric Use

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

Overdosage & Contraindications


No Information Provided


GIVLAARI is contraindicated in patients with known severe hypersensitivity to givosiran. Reactions have included anaphylaxis [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS].

Clinical Pharmacology


Mechanism Of Action

Givosiran is a double-stranded small interfering RNA that causes degradation of aminolevulinate synthase 1 (ALAS1) mRNA in hepatocytes through RNA interference, reducing the elevated levels of liver ALAS1 mRNA. This leads to reduced circulating levels of neurotoxic intermediates aminolevulinic acid (ALA) and porphobilinogen (PBG), factors associated with attacks and other disease manifestations of AHP.


The pharmacodynamic effects of GIVLAARI were evaluated in chronic high excreters treated with 0.035 to 2.5 mg/kg single dose and AHP patients treated with 2.5 to 5 mg/kg once monthly and 2.5 to 5 mg/kg once quarterly dose via subcutaneous injection. Dose-dependent reduction in urinary ALAS1 mRNA, ALA and PBG levels was observed over the 0.035 to 5 mg/kg dose range (0.14 to 2-fold the approved recommended dosage). Median reductions from baseline in urinary ALA and PBG of 83.7% and 75.1%, respectively, were observed 14 days after the first dose of GIVLAARI 2.5 mg/kg once monthly in AHP patients. Maximal reductions in ALA and PBG levels were achieved around Month 3, with median reductions from baseline of 93.8% for ALA and 94.5% for PBG, and were sustained thereafter with repeated once monthly dosing.

Cardiac Electrophysiology

The effect of GIVLAARI on the QTc interval was evaluated in a double-blind, placebo-controlled study and the open-label extension in 94 patients. No large mean increase in QTc (i.e. >20 ms) was detected at the 2.5 mg/kg once monthly dose level. A dedicated thorough QT study has not been conducted with GIVLAARI.


The pharmacokinetics of givosiran and its active metabolite [AS(N-1)3′givosiran] were evaluated following single and multiple dosing in chronic high excreter subjects and AHP patients as summarized in Table 2.

Table 2. Pharmacokinetic Parameters of Givosiran and Its Active Metabolite

Givosiran AS(N-1)3′Givosiran
General Information
Steady-State Exposure Cmax [Mean (CV%)] 321 ng/mL (51%) 123 ng/mL (64%)
AUC24 [Mean (CV%)] 4130 ng·h/mL (43%) 1930 ng·h/mL (63%)
  Dose Proportionality
  • Steady-state maximum plasma concentration (Cmax) and area under the curve (AUC) for givosiran and AS(N-1)3′ givosiran increase proportionally over the 0.35 mg/kg to 2.5 mg/kg once monthly dose range (0.14 to 1-fold the approved recommended dosage).
  • Cmax and AUC for givosiran and AS(N-1)3′givosiran increase slightly greater than proportionally at doses greater than 2.5 mg/kg once monthly.
  • No accumulation of givosiran or AS(N-1)3′givosiran was observed following multiple dosing.
  Tmax [Median (range)] 3 (0.5-8) hours 7 (1.5-12) hours
  Apparent Central Volume of Distribution (Vz/F) [Mean (RSE%)]a 10.4 L (2.3%)
  Protein Binding 90%b Not evaluated
  Organ Distribution Givosiran and AS(N-1)3′givosiran distribute primarily to the liver after subcutaneous dosing.
  Half-Life [Mean (CV%)] 6 hours (46%) 6 hours (41%)
  Apparent Clearance [Mean (CV%)]a 35.1 L/hr (18%) 64.7 L/hr (33%)
  Primary Pathway Givosiran is metabolized by nucleases to oligonucleotides of shorter lengths. Givosiran is not a substrate of CYP enzymesc.
  Active Metabolite The active metabolite, AS(N-1)3′givosiran, is equipotent to givosiran in plasma and the AUC0-24 represents 45% of givosiran AUC, at the approved recommended givosiran dosage.
  Primary Pathway The dose recovered in urine was 5%-14% as givosiran and 4%-13% as AS(N-1)3′givosirand.
a Based on population PK model estimation.
b Givosiran plasma protein binding was concentration-dependent and decreased with increasing givosiran concentrations (from 92% at 1 μg/mL to 21% at 50 μg/mL).
c Based on in vitro study result.
d After single and multiple subcutaneous doses of givosiran 2.5 mg/kg and 5 mg/kg.

Specific Populations

No clinically meaningful differences in givosiran pharmacokinetics or pharmacodynamics (percent reduction in urinary ALA and PBG) were observed based on age (19 to 65 years), sex, race/ethnicity, mild, moderate or severe renal impairment (eGFR ≥15 to <89 mL/min/1.73m2 estimated by the Modification of Diet in Renal Disease [MDRD] formula), and mild hepatic impairment (bilirubin ≤1×ULN and AST >1×ULN, or bilirubin >1×ULN to 1.5×ULN).The effect of end-stage renal disease (eGFR <15 mL/min/1.73m2), and moderate to severe hepatic impairment on givosiran pharmacokinetics is unknown.

Drug Interaction Studies

Clinical Studies

Effect of givosiran on CYP1A2 Substrates

Concomitant use of a single subcutaneous dose of givosiran 2.5 mg/kg increased caffeine (sensitive CYP1A2 substrate) AUC by 3.1-fold and Cmax by 1.3-fold [see DRUG INTERACTIONS].

Effect of givosiran on CYP2D6 Substrates

Concomitant use of a single subcutaneous dose of givosiran 2.5 mg/kg increased dextromethorphan (sensitive CYP2D6 substrate) AUC by 2.4-fold and Cmax by 2.0-fold [see DRUG INTERACTIONS].

Effect of givosiran on other CYP450 Substrates

Concomitant use of a single subcutaneous dose of givosiran 2.5 mg/kg increased losartan (CYP2C9 substrate) AUC by 1.1-fold with no change in Cmax; increased omeprazole (sensitive CYP2C19 substrate) AUC by 1.6-fold and Cmax by 1.1-fold; increased midazolam (sensitive CYP3A4 substrate) AUC by 1.5-fold and Cmax by 1.2-fold. These changes in exposure were not considered clinically relevant.

In Vitro Studies

Effect of givosiran on CYP450 Enzymes

In vitro studies indicate that givosiran does not directly inhibit or induce CYP enzymes; however, because of its pharmacological effects on the hepatic heme biosynthesis pathway, givosiran has the potential to reduce the activity of CYP enzymes in the liver.

Clinical Studies

The efficacy of GIVLAARI in patients with acute hepatic porphyria was evaluated in the ENVISION trial (NCT03338816), a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, multinational study.

ENVISION enrolled 94 patients with acute hepatic porphyria (AHP) (89 patients with AIP, 2 patients with variegate porphyria [VP], 1 patient with hereditary coproporphyria [HCP], and 2 patients with no identified mutation). Eligible patients were randomized 1:1 to receive once monthly subcutaneous injections of GIVLAARI 2.5 mg/kg or placebo during the 6-month double-blind period. In this study, inclusion criteria specified a minimum of 2 porphyria attacks requiring hospitalization, urgent healthcare visit, or intravenous hemin administration at home in the 6 months prior to study entry. Hemin use during the study was permitted for the treatment of acute porphyria attacks.

The median age of patients studied was 37.5 years (range 19 to 65 years), 89% of patients were female, and 78% were white. GIVLAARI and placebo arms were balanced with respect to historical porphyria attack rate, hemin prophylaxis prior to study entry, use of opioid medications, and patient-reported measures of pain symptoms between attacks.

Efficacy in the 6-month double-blind period was measured by the rate of porphyria attacks that required hospitalizations, urgent healthcare visit, or intravenous hemin administration at home.

Efficacy results for GIVLAARI are provided in Table 3. On average, AHP patients on GIVLAARI experienced 70% (95% CI: 60%, 80%) fewer porphyria attacks compared to placebo.

Table 3. Rate of Porphyria Attacksa and Days of Hemin Use in Patients with AHP Over the 6-Month Double-blind Period of ENVISION

Patients with AHP
GIVLAARI (N=48) Placebo (N=46)
Mean Rate (95% CI) of Porphyria Attacks 1.9 (1.3, 2.8) 6.5 (4.5, 9.3)
Rate Ratiob (95% CI) (GIVLAARI/placebo) 0.3c (0.2, 0.4)
Mean Days (95% CI) of Hemin Use 4.7 (2.8, 7.9) 12.8 (7.6, 21.4)
Ratiob (95% CI) (GIVLAARI/placebo) 0.3d (0.1, 0.5)
a Attacks that require hospitalization, urgent healthcare visits, or intravenous hemin administration at home.
b Adjusted for prior hemin prophylaxis status and historical attack rates. A ratio <1 represents a favorable outcome for GIVLAARI.
c p < 0.0001
d p = 0.0002

GIVLAARI also resulted in a reduction in hemin use, urinary ALA, and urinary PBG.

Medication Guide


Advise patients of the potential risks of GIVLAARI treatment:

Anaphylactic Reaction

Inform patients about the risk and possible symptoms of severe hypersensitivity reactions that could occur [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS].

Hepatic Toxicity

Inform patients that transaminase elevations may occur, and that laboratory testing will be conducted in the first 6 months of treatment and as clinically indicated thereafter [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS].

Renal Toxicity

Inform patients that increases in serum creatinine and decreases in eGFR have been reported and that laboratory testing will be conducted as clinically indicated [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS].

Injection Site Reactions

Inform patients of the signs and symptoms of injection site reactions (examples include redness, pain, itching, rash, discoloration, or localized swelling) [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS].

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