The US Food and Drug Administration has approved UCB’s Cimzia for the treatment of adults with psoriatic arthritis, the third indication approved by the agency.
The UCB’s biologic drug Cimzia is already on the market for rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn’s disease in both US and Europe. Cimzia, also known as Certolizumab pegol, is a monoclonal antibody directed against tumor necrosis factor alpha. It is a PEGylated Fab’ fragment of a humanized TNF inhibitor monoclonal antibody
Certolizumab pegol (CDP870, tradename Cimzia) is a therapeutic monoclonal antibody to tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α), for the treatment of Crohn’s disease and rheumatoid arthritis, manufactured by UCB.
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Positive results have been demonstrated in two phase III trials (PRECiSE 1 and 2) of certolizumab pegol versus placebo in moderate to severe active Crohn’s disease. In addition, data from both trials suggest it is well tolerated. As yet its efficacy has not been directly compared to other anti-TNF-α agents.
On April 22, 2008, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Cimzia for use in the United States for the treatment of Crohn’s disease in people who did not respond sufficiently or adequately to standard therapy.
On June 26, 2009, the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) of the European Medicines Agency (EMEA) issued a positive opinion recommending that the European Commission grant a marketing authorisation for Cimzia for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis only – the CHMP refused approval for the treatment of Crohn’s disease. The marketing authorisation was granted to UCB Pharma SA on October 1, 2009.