Burosumab is a fibroblast growth factor 23 blocking antibody used to treat X-linked hypophosphatemia.

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Burosumab (KRN23) is an entirely human monoclonal IgG1 antibody that binds excess fibroblast growth factor 23 (FGF23) and has been successfully tested in clinical trials in children with X-linked hypophosphatemic rickets 1.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Crysvita (burosumab) in April 2018. This is the first drug approved to treat adults and children ages 1 year and older with X-linked hypophosphatemia (XLH), which is a rare, inherited form of rickets. X-linked hypophosphatemia causes low circulating levels of phosphorus in the blood. It causes impaired bone growth and development in children and adolescents and issues with bone mineralization throughout a patient’s life 3.

XLH is a serious disease which affects about 3,000 children and 12,000 adults in the United States. Most children with XLH suffer from bowed or bent legs, short stature, bone pain and severe dental pain. Some adults with this condition suffer from persistent, unrelenting discomfort and complications, such as joint pain, impaired mobility, tooth abscesses and hearing loss 3.

Approved, Investigational
Biologic Classification
Protein Based Therapies
Monoclonal antibody (mAb)
Protein Chemical Formula
Protein Average Weight
144100.0 Da
> Burosumab Heavy Chain Sequence
> Burosumab Light Chain Sequence
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  • Burosumab
  • Burosumab (genetical recombination)
  • burosumab-twza
External IDs
  • KRN-23
  • KRN23



This drug is indicated for the treatment of X-linked hypophosphatemia with radiological evidence of bone disease in children of 1 year of age and older and adolescents with growing skeletons 4.

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Associated Conditions
Indication TypeIndicationCombined Product DetailsApproval LevelAge GroupPatient CharacteristicsDose Form
Treatment ofHypophosphatemia•••••••••••••••••••••••• ••••••••••• •••••
Treatment ofX-linked hypophosphataemia••••••••••••
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This drug has the ability to reduce the loss of phosphate, to improve pathologically low serum phosphate concentrations and other metabolic changes, as well as to reduce the severity of rickets as seen radiographically 5. In summary, this drug works to support of bone mineralization 4.

Mechanism of action

Burosumab is a recombinant human monoclonal antibody (IgG1) that both binds to and inhibits the actions of fibroblast growth factor 23 (FGF23). By inhibiting this growth factor, burosumab increases the tubular reabsorption of phosphate from the kidney and thus increases serum concentration of 1, 25 dihydroxy-Vitamin D 4. This form of vitamin D enhances intestinal absorption of phosphate and calcium, supporting bone mineralization 8.

AFibroblast growth factor 23

Burosumab absorption after subcutaneous injection sites into to the blood circulation is nearly complete. Following the subcutaneous route of administration, the time to reach maximum serum concentrations (Tmax) of burosumab is estimated at 5-10 days. The peak serum concentration (Cmax) and area under the concentration-time curve (AUC) of serum burosumab is proportional to the dose, over the dose range of 0.1-2.0 mg/kg 4.

Volume of distribution

Burosumab is comprised solely of amino acids and carbohydrates as a native immunoglobulin and is not likeluy to be eliminated by hepatic metabolic mechanisms. The metabolism of burosumab and elimination are expected to follow the immunoglobulin clearance pathways, which results in its degradation to smaller peptides and amino acids 4.

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Burosumab is composed solely of amino acids and carbohydrates as a native immunoglobulin and is unlikely to be eliminated via hepatic metabolic mechanisms. Its metabolism and elimination are expected to follow the immunoglobulin clearance pathways, resulting in degradation to small peptides and individual amino acids 4.

Route of elimination

Because of its molecular size, burosumab is not likely to be directly excreted 4.


About 19 days 4.


The clearance of burosumab depends on weight and is estimated to be 0.290 L/day and 0.136 L/day in a typical adult (70 kg) and pediatric (30 kg) XLH patient, respectively 4.

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The toxicity of Crysvita can be classified into several categories 4:

Ectopic mineralisation: Clinically manifested by nephrocalcinosis, has been seen in patients with XLH treated with oral phosphorous and vitamin D analogues. These drugs should be stopped at least 1 week before starting burosumab treatment 4.

Monitoring for signs and symptoms of nephrocalcinosis, e.g. by renal ultrasonography, is recommended at the beginning of treatment and at intervals of every 6 months for the first 12 months of treatment, and yearly thereafter. Regular monitoring of plasma alkaline phosphatases, Calcium, PTH, and creatinine is advised at 6 months intervals(every 3 months for children 1- 2 years) or as indicated 4.

Monitoring of urine calcium and phosphate is suggested every 3 months.


Fasting serum phosphate level must be followed due to the risk of hyperphosphatemia while taking this drug. To decrease the risk for ectopic mineralization, it is advised that fasting serum phosphate is aimed to be in the lower end of the normal reference range for any given age. Dose interruption and/or dose reduction may be required. Regular measurement of postprandial serum phosphate is advised 4.

Serum parathyroid hormone increases

Increases in serum parathyroid hormone have been measured in some XLH patients while undergoing treatment with burosumab. Regular measurement of serum parathyroid hormone is recommended 4.

Injection site reactions

Administration of burosumab, like other injections, can lead to local injection site reactions. Administration of this drug should cease in any patient experiencing severe injection site reactions and appropriate medical therapy administered 4.


Burosumab should be discontinued if serious hypersensitivity reactions occur and appropriate medical treatment should be provided 4.

Reproductive toxicity/pregnancy

There are no or limited amount of data available from the use of burosumab in pregnant women. Studies in animals have demonstrated reproductive toxicity. Burosumab use is not advised during pregnancy and in women of childbearing potential/age currently not using contraception 4.

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Pharmacogenomic Effects/ADRs
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Drug Interactions
This information should not be interpreted without the help of a healthcare provider. If you believe you are experiencing an interaction, contact a healthcare provider immediately. The absence of an interaction does not necessarily mean no interactions exist.
AbciximabThe risk or severity of adverse effects can be increased when Abciximab is combined with Burosumab.
AdalimumabThe risk or severity of adverse effects can be increased when Adalimumab is combined with Burosumab.
AducanumabThe risk or severity of adverse effects can be increased when Aducanumab is combined with Burosumab.
AlemtuzumabThe risk or severity of adverse effects can be increased when Alemtuzumab is combined with Burosumab.
AlirocumabThe risk or severity of adverse effects can be increased when Alirocumab is combined with Burosumab.
Food Interactions
No interactions found.


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Brand Name Prescription Products
NameDosageStrengthRouteLabellerMarketing StartMarketing EndRegionImage
CrysvitaInjection, solution10 mg/mlSubcutaneousKyowa Kirin Holdings B.V.2021-02-10Not applicableEU flag
CrysvitaInjection10 mg/1mLSubcutaneousKyowa Kirin, Inc.2018-04-18Not applicableUS flag
CrysvitaSolution10 mg / mLSubcutaneousKyowa Kirin, Inc.2019-01-28Not applicableCanada flag
CrysvitaInjection10 mg/1mLSubcutaneousUltragenyx Pharmaceutical Inc.2018-04-18Not applicableUS flag
CrysvitaInjection, solution30 mg/mlSubcutaneousKyowa Kirin Holdings B.V.2021-02-10Not applicableEU flag


ATC Codes
M05BX05 — Burosumab
Drug Categories
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Organic Acids
Carboxylic Acids and Derivatives
Sub Class
Amino Acids, Peptides, and Analogues
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Alternative Parents
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Molecular Framework
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External Descriptors
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Affected organisms
  • Humans and other mammals

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General References
  1. Kutilek S: Burosumab: A new drug to treat hypophosphatemic rickets. Sudan J Paediatr. 2017;17(2):71-73. doi: 10.24911/SJP.2017.2.11. [Article]
  2. Kinoshita Y, Fukumoto S: X-linked hypophosphatemia and FGF23-related hypophosphatemic diseases -Prospect for new treatment. Endocr Rev. 2018 Jan 26. pii: 4825438. doi: 10.1210/er.2017-00220. [Article]
  3. FDA approves first therapy for rare inherited form of rickets, x-linked hypophosphatemia [Link]
  4. Crysvita Drug Label [Link]
  5. Burosumab for a rare bone disease [Link]
  6. DRUG: Burosumab [Link]
  7. NHS document [Link]
  8. Burosumab for XLH [Link]

Clinical Trials

Clinical Trials
4Active Not RecruitingTreatmentTumor-induced Osteomalacia (TIO)1
4Active Not RecruitingTreatmentX-Linked Hypophosphatemia2
4CompletedOtherX-Linked Hypophosphatemia1
4CompletedTreatmentEpidermal Nevus Syndrome (ENS)1
4Unknown StatusTreatmentRare Disorders / X-Linked Hypophosphatemia1


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Dosage Forms
InjectionSubcutaneous10 mg/1mL
InjectionSubcutaneous20 mg/1mL
InjectionSubcutaneous30 mg/1mL
Injection, solutionSubcutaneous10 mg/mL
Injection, solutionSubcutaneous20 mg/mL
Injection, solutionSubcutaneous30 mg/mL
SolutionSubcutaneous10 mg / mL
SolutionSubcutaneous20 mg / mL
SolutionSubcutaneous30 mg / mL
SolutionSubcutaneous10 mg
SolutionSubcutaneous20 mg
SolutionSubcutaneous30 mg
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Experimental Properties
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Pharmacological action
General Function
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Specific Function
Fibroblast growth factor receptor binding
Gene Name
Uniprot ID
Uniprot Name
Fibroblast growth factor 23
Molecular Weight
16440.335 Da
  1. Tardy B, Lecompte T, Boelhen F, Tardy-Poncet B, Elalamy I, Morange P, Gruel Y, Wolf M, Francois D, Racadot E, Camarasa P, Blouch MT, Nguyen F, Doubine S, Dutrillaux F, Alhenc-Gelas M, Martin-Toutain I, Bauters A, Ffrench P, de Maistre E, Grunebaum L, Mouton C, Huisse MG, Gouault-Heilmann M, Lucke V: Predictive factors for thrombosis and major bleeding in an observational study in 181 patients with heparin-induced thrombocytopenia treated with lepirudin. Blood. 2006 Sep 1;108(5):1492-6. Epub 2006 May 11. [Article]
  2. Kutilek S: Burosumab: A new drug to treat hypophosphatemic rickets. Sudan J Paediatr. 2017;17(2):71-73. doi: 10.24911/SJP.2017.2.11. [Article]
  3. Crysvita Drug Label [Link]
  4. Burosumab for XLH [Link]
  5. Burosumab for a rare bone disease [Link]
  6. DRUG: Burosumab [Link]

Drug created at April 18, 2018 15:27 / Updated at April 01, 2022 20:23