AbbVie's HUMIRA® (adalimumab) Receives U.S. FDA Approval for Extension of Polyarticular Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis Indication to Patients Ages 2 and Older
-- HUMIRA was approved in the United States in 2008 for moderate to severe polyarticular JIA in patients ages 4 and older
-- Additional weight-based dosing for 2- to 4-year-olds serves the needs of this younger patient population
-- HUMIRA has Orphan Drug Designation for this patient population
NORTH CHICAGO, Ill., Oct. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- AbbVie (NYSE: ABBV) today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the extension of the HUMIRA indication for moderately to severely active polyarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) to reducing signs and symptoms in patients ages 2 and older. HUMIRA was approved in the United States in 2008 for polyarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) in patients ages 4 and older.
"AbbVie is pleased that children between the ages of 2 and 4 living with polyarticular JIA will now have HUMIRA as an additional treatment option," said Scott Brun, M.D., vice president, Pharmaceutical Development, AbbVie. "This approval represents AbbVie's continued commitment to making HUMIRA available to address the needs of patients living with a wide range of immune-mediated diseases."
JIA is the most common form of childhood arthritis. Polyarticular JIA, which occurs in approximately 25 percent of all JIA patients, is one of seven types of JIA, and involves five or more joints. Symptoms include painful, swollen and tender joints, limping, morning stiffness, decreased activity and the reluctance to use an arm or leg. Early diagnosis and appropriate management of JIA are important in managing this chronic disease.
HUMIRA will be available to patients ages 2 and older living with polyarticular JIA with the dose based on patient weight. HUMIRA is available for this patient population in a 10 mg pre-filled syringe, 20 mg pre-filled syringe, 40 mg pre-filled syringe and 40 mg HUMIRA auto-injector pen.
In the European Union, HUMIRA was approved in 2008 for the treatment of children and adolescents ages 4 to 17 years living with polyarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis and in 2013 the age range was expanded to patients ages 2 to 17.
HUMIRA is a prescription medicine used:
- To reduce the signs and symptoms of:
- Moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in adults. HUMIRA can be used alone, with methotrexate, or with certain other medicines. HUMIRA may prevent further damage to bones and joints and may help the ability to perform daily activities.
- Moderate to severe polyarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) in children 2 years of age and older. HUMIRA can be used alone, with methotrexate, or with certain other medicines.
- Psoriatic arthritis (PsA) in adults. HUMIRA can be used alone or with certain other medicines. HUMIRA may prevent further damage to bones and joints and may help the ability to perform daily activities.
- Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) in adults.
- Moderate to severe adult Crohn's disease (CD) and to achieve and maintain clinical remission in adults who have not responded well to conventional treatments. HUMIRA is also used to reduce signs and symptoms and achieve clinical remission in these adults who have also lost response to or are unable to tolerate infliximab.
- Moderate to severe Crohn's disease (CD) and to achieve and maintain clinical remission in children 6 years of age and older when certain other treatments have not worked well enough
- In adults, to help get moderate to severe ulcerative colitis (UC) under control (induce remission) and keep it under control (sustain remission) when certain other medicines have not worked well enough. It is not known if HUMIRA is effective in people who stopped responding to or could not tolerate anti-TNF medicines.
- To treat moderate to severe chronic plaque psoriasis (Ps) in adults who are ready for systemic therapy or phototherapy, and are under the care of a doctor who will decide if other systemic therapies are less appropriate.
Important Safety Information
HUMIRA is a TNF blocker medicine that affects the immune system and can lower the ability to fight infections. Serious infections have happened in people taking HUMIRA. These serious infections include tuberculosis (TB) and infections caused by viruses, fungi, or bacteria that have spread throughout the body. Some people have died from these infections. People should be tested for TB before HUMIRA use and monitored for signs and symptoms of TB during therapy. People at risk of TB may be treated with medicine for TB. Treatment with HUMIRA should not be started in a person with an active infection, unless approved by a doctor. HUMIRA should be stopped if a person develops a serious infection. People should tell their doctor if they live in or have been to a region where certain fungal infections are common, have had TB, hepatitis B, are prone to infections, or have symptoms such as fever, fatigue, cough, or sores.
For people taking TNF blockers, including HUMIRA, the chance of getting lymphoma or other cancers may increase. Some people have developed a rare type of cancer called hepatosplenic T-cell lymphoma. This type of cancer often results in death. If using TNF blockers including HUMIRA, the chance of getting two types of skin cancer (basal cell and squamous cell) may increase. These types are generally not life-threatening if treated.
Other possible serious side effects with HUMIRA include hepatitis B infection in carriers of the virus; allergic reactions; nervous system problems; blood problems; certain immune reactions, including a lupus-like syndrome; liver problems; and new or worsening heart failure or psoriasis. The use of HUMIRA with anakinra or abatacept is not recommended. People using HUMIRA should not receive live vaccines.
Common side effects of HUMIRA include injection site reactions (redness, rash, swelling, itching, or bruising), upper respiratory infections (including sinus infections), headaches, rash, and nausea.
HUMIRA is given by injection under the skin.
The benefits and risks of HUMIRA should be carefully considered before starting therapy.
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Globally, prescribing information varies; refer to the individual country product label for complete information.
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