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FDA Approves Subcutaneous Formulation Of Abatacept To Treat RA.
MedPage Today (8/2, Gever) reported that to Bristol-Myers Squibb announced that the FDA has approved a formulation of its “rheumatoid arthritis drug abatacept (Orencia) that patients can self-inject subcutaneously.” Previously, abatacept was available only as an “intravenous infusion.” With the newly approved indication, BMS said patients will be able to “administer the biologic drug themselves at home.” The subcutaneous formulation is to be “given as a 125-mg fixed dose weekly, preferably after an initial intravenous loading dose of 10 mg/kg.”
Medscape (8/2, Hitt) added that patients who are unable to receive an infusion may initiate weekly injections of subcutaneous abatacept without an intravenous loading dose, according to BMS’ announcement. In a large clinical trial, subcutaneous abatacept was “noninferior compared with intravenous dosing in terms of responses to American College of Rheumatology (ACR) 20 criteria at six months and safety.” However, abatacept “should not be used concurrently with TNF antagonists,” the study concluded.

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