Abbott's HUMIRA® (Adalimumab) Approved in Europe for Severe Active Pediatric
ABBOTT PARK, Illinois, Nov. 27, 2012
-- HUMIRA is the First Biologic Approved in the European Union for the
Treatment of Pediatric Crohn's, Offering At-Home Administration
-- Approval Marks the Ninth Indication Approved in the European Union of
HUMIRA for the Treatment of Immune-mediated Inflammatory Diseases
ABBOTT PARK, Illinois, Nov. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Abbott (NYSE: ABT)
announced today that the European Commission has approved HUMIRA® (adalimumab)
for the treatment of pediatric patients aged 6 to 17 years with severe active
Crohn's disease (CD) who failed, are intolerant to, or have contraindications
to conventional therapy. With this approval, HUMIRA becomes the first biologic
treatment approved for these patients in more than five years.
Pediatric CD is a chronic, debilitating condition of the gastrointestinal (GI)
tract that affects up to 200,000 children worldwide. CD, which is a type of
inflammatory bowel disease, most commonly involves the end of the small
intestine and the beginning of the large intestine. In addition to symptoms
such as abdominal pain, weight loss and diarrhea, pediatric CD can affect
children in several ways unique to this age group, including delayed growth
"Crohn's disease can be particularly difficult in the pediatric population not
only because of the disruptive nature of the disease, but also because these
patients are in a key physical and social development stage of their lives,"
said Jeffrey S. Hyams, M.D., head, Division of Digestive Diseases, Hepatology
and Nutrition, Connecticut Children's Medical Center. "This approval gives
physicians and patients an important new option to consider for the treatment
of this chronic and debilitating disease."
The approval was supported by the Phase 3 IMAgINE 1 trial, which evaluated two
different dosing strategies of HUMIRA to induce and maintain clinical
remission in pediatric patients with severe active CD.
"The availability of HUMIRA for this patient population addresses an unmet
need throughout the European Union and reinforces Abbott's long-standing
commitment to patients with inflammatory bowel disease," said John Medich,
Ph.D., divisional vice president, clinical development, Immunology, Abbott.
"With this approval, these young patients and their care providers may now
have access to a therapy that can help manage their disease and be
administered at home."
Globally, uses and prescribing information vary; please refer to the
individual country label for complete information.
HUMIRA is indicated for the treatment of severe active Crohn's disease in
pediatric patients (6 to 17 years of age) who have had an inadequate response
to conventional therapy including primary nutrition therapy, a corticosteroid,
and an immunomodulator, or who are intolerant to or have contraindications for
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
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