What is Familial Mediterranean Fever (FMF)?
FMF is an inherited and rare condition belonging to a group of diseases called Periodic Fever Syndromes (PFS). Like other types of Periodic Fevers, FMF is an autoinflammatory condition that can cause attacks, or flares.
What causes FMF?
FMF is a genetic disease caused by an inherited mutation of the MEFV gene, which encodes a protein called pyrin. This leads to an overproduction of interleukin-1 beta (IL-1β), a protein that is part of the body's immune system. Too much IL-1β in the body can lead to inflammation and other symptoms of FMF.
How long will my child have FMF?
There is no cure for FMF, but with continuous treatment, children with FMF may experience symptom improvement.
What are Periodic Fever Syndromes (PFS)?
Periodic Fever Syndromes are a group of rare, autoinflammatory diseases that are characterized by symptoms including recurrent fevers, rash, pain, and joint inflammation. Periodic Fevers are typically inherited from family members, but can occur on their own. Both children and adults can be affected by Periodic Fevers, though symptoms usually begin during childhood.
Is FMF contagious?
FMF is not contagious. It's an inherited disease, which means that it can be passed down from family members, although the disease can occur on its own. Certain factors are thought to trigger FMF flares, including stress, viral illness, and intense physical activity.
What will happen to my child with FMF?
FMF can vary from child to child. In some patients, untreated FMF can lead to a buildup of protein in the kidneys, which can lead to kidney damage and/or failure. So you should keep track of your child's FMF symptoms, and be sure to know about possible disease triggers. Learn about Managing FMF.
What is ILARIS?
ILARIS® is a prescription medication that is FDA approved to treat FMF. ILARIS works by attaching to and blocking interleukin-1 beta (IL-1β), a type of cytokine responsible for inflammation. For FMF, ILARIS is given once a month as a subcutaneous injection right below the skin.
How can ILARIS help with FMF?
ILARIS helps provide fast and sustained relief. Of 31 study participants with FMF, 61.3% of FMF patients had minimal to no disease activity at Day 15 through Week 16 of the study. Study participants were assessed for their CRP measurements and given a single Physician's Global Assessment (PGA) score based on several signs and symptoms, including chest pain, abdominal pain, arthralgia/arthritis (painful and/or swollen joints), and skin rash.
Is ILARIS given intravenously?
ILARIS is not given as an intravenous infusion (infused inside a vein over a period of time). Instead, it is given as a subcutaneous (right under the skin) injection, or shot, by a doctor or nurse.
How often will my child receive ILARIS?
For FMF, ILARIS is given as a once-monthly injection. A home health nurse can be sent to your home to administer ILARIS to your child. If you are eligible, this service and other ILARIS support options may be available for your child.
Is support available to help us pay for ILARIS?
We're committed to helping you get access to ILARIS. Our ILARIS Companion representatives are here to help by working with your doctor or your child's doctor, and:
Contacting your insurance company
Verifying insurance benefits and investigation of coverage
Addressing coverage issues
Navigating prior authorization and appeals, if needed
Providing co-pay* assistance for eligible patients with commercial insurance
Providing information about alternative assistance options for uninsured patients
*Limitations apply. Please contact ILARIS Companion at 866-972-8315 for more information.
Whom should I speak to if I have more questions about ILARIS?