>Amino acid sequence of the light chain DIQMTQSPSSLSASVGDRVTITCKASQNVGTNVAWYQQKPGKAPKALIYSASFLYSGVPY RFSGSGSGTDFTLTISSLQPEDFATYYCQQYNIYPLTFGQGTKVEIKRTVAAPSVFIFPP SDEQLKSGTASVVCLLNNFYPREAKVQWKVDNALQSGNSQESVTEQDSKDSTYSLSSTLT LSKADYEKHKVYACEVTHQGLSSPVTKSFNRGEC
>Amino acid sequence of the heavy chain EVQLVESGGGLVQPGGSLRLSCAASGYVFTDYGMNWVRQAPGKGLEWMGWINTYIGEPIY ADSVKGRFTFSLDTSKSTAYLQMNSLRAEDTAVYYCARGYRSYAMDYWGQGTLVTVSSAS TKGPSVFPLAPSSKSTSGGTAALGCLVKDYFPEPVTVSWNSGALTSGVHTFPAVLQSSGL YSLSSVVTVPSSSLGTQTYICNVNHKPSNTKVDKKVEPKSCDKTHTCAA
CDP 870 / CDP-870 / CDP870 / PHA-738144
Reducing signs and symptoms of Crohn’s disease and treatment of moderately to severely active rheumatoid arthritis (RA).
Certolizumab pegol is a recombinant Fab’ antibody fragment against tumor necrosis factor alpha which is conjugated to an approximately 40kDa polyethylene glycol (PEG2MAL40K). Polyethylene glycol helps to delay the metabolism and elimination of the drugs. Chemically, the light chain is made up of 214 amino acid residues while the heavy chain is composed of 229 amino acid residues. The molecular mass of the Fab’ antibody fragment itself is 47.8 kDa. It is used for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn’s disease. FDA approved on April 22, 2008
Certolizumab pegol (CDP870, tradename Cimzia) is a biologic medication for the treatment of Crohn’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis. It is a fragment of a monoclonal antibody specific to tumor necrosis factor alpha(TNF-α) and is manufactured by UCB.
- Crohn’s Disease
- On April 22, 2008, the U.S. FDA approved Cimzia for the treatment of Crohn’s disease in people who did not respond sufficiently or adequately to standard therapy.
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- On June 26, 2009, the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) 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.
- Psoriatic arthritis
- On September 27, 2013, the U.S. FDA approved Cimzia for the treatment of adult patients with active psoriatic arthritis.
Method of action
- Crohn’s disease
- 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.
- Axial spondyloarthritis
- In 2013, a phase 3 double blind randomized placebo-controlled study found significantly positive results in patient self-reported questionnaires, with rapid improvement of function and pain reduction, in patients with axial spondyloarthritis.
Significant side effects occur in 2% of people who take the medication.
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- UCB press release – Cimzia Approved in the US for the Treatment of Moderate to Severe Crohn’s Disease. Retrieved April 22, 2008.
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- Sandborn et al., Certolizumab pegol administered subcutaneously is effective and well tolerated in patients with active Crohn’s disease: results from a 26-week, placebo-controlled Phase 3 study (PRECiSE 1), Gastroenterology, 2006, 130, A107
- “New Analysis Shows Cimzia (Certolizumab Pegol) Maintained Remission and Response in Recent Onset Crohn’s Disease” (Press release). UCB. October 23, 2006. Retrieved 2009-11-15.
- Sieper J, Tubergen A, Coteur G, Woltering F, Landewe R (May 2013). “PMS50 – Rapid Improvements In Patient-Reported Outcomes With Certolizumab Pegol In Patients With Axial Spondyloarthritis, Including Ankylosing Spondylitis And Non-Radiographic Axial Spondyloarthritis: 24-Week Results Of A Phase 3 Double Blind Randomized Placebo-Controlled Study”. Value in Health. 16 (3): A227. doi:10.1016/j.jval.2013.03.1150.
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- certolizumab+pegol at the US National Library of Medicine Medical Subject Headings (MeSH)
- Cimzia Website
FDA approves treatment Cimzia (certolizumab pegol) for patients with a type of inflammatory arthritis
March 28, 2019
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Cimzia (certolizumab pegol) injection for treatment of adults with a certain type of inflammatory arthritis called non-radiographic axial spondyloarthritis (nr-axSpA), with objective signs of inflammation. This is the first time that the FDA has approved a treatment for nr-axSpA.
“Today’s approval of Cimzia fulfills an unmet need for patients suffering from non-radiographic axial spondyloarthritis as there has been no FDA-approved treatments until now,” said Nikolay Nikolov, M.D., associate director for rheumatology of the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Rheumatology Products in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.
Nr-axSpA is a type of inflammatory arthritis that causes inflammation in the spine and other symptoms. There is no visible damage seen on x-rays, so it is referred to as non-radiographic.
The efficacy of Cimzia for the treatment of nr-axSpA was studied in a randomized clinical trial in 317 adult patients with nr-axSpA with objective signs of inflammation, indicated by elevated C-reactive protein (CRP) levels and/or sacroiliitis (inflammation of the sacroiliac joints) on MRI. The trial measured the improvement response on the Ankylosing Spondylitis Disease Activity Score, a composite scoring system that assesses disease activity including patient-reported outcomes and CRP levels. Responses were greater for patients treated with Cimzia compared to patients treated with placebo. The overall safety profile observed in the Cimzia treatment group was consistent with the known safety profile of Cimzia.
The prescribing information for Cimzia includes a Boxed Warning to advise health care professionals and patients about the increased risk of serious infections leading to hospitalization or death including tuberculosis (TB), bacterial sepsis (infection in the blood steam), invasive fungal infections (such as histoplasmosis, an infection that affects the lungs), and other infections. Cimzia should be discontinued if a patient develops a serious infection or sepsis. Health care providers are advised to perform testing for latent TB and, if positive, to start treatment for TB prior to starting Cimzia. All patients should be monitored for active TB during treatment, even if the initial latent TB test is negative. The Boxed Warning also advises that lymphoma (cancer in blood cells) and other malignancies, some fatal, have been reported in children and adolescent patients treated with tumor necrosis factor (TNF) blockers, of which Cimzia is a member. Cimzia is not indicated for use in pediatric patients. Cimzia must be dispensed with a patient Medication Guide that describes important information about the drug’s uses and risks.
Cimzia was originally approved in 2008 and is also indicated for adult patients with Crohn’s disease, moderate-to-severe rheumatoid arthritis, active ankylosing spondylitis (AS) and moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis who are candidates for systemic therapy or phototherapy.
The FDA granted the approval of Cimzia to UCB.
Syringe with 200mg Certolizumab pegol
|Source||Humanized (from mouse)|
|AHFS/Drugs.com||Consumer Drug Information|
|Elimination half-life||about 11 days|
|Excretion||Renal (PEG only)|
|Chemical and physical data|
|Molar mass||47,750 g/mol g·mol−1|
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