New FDA Approvals: FDA Approves BioLineRx’s Aphexda

Sept. 8: The FDA approved BioLineRx Ltd.’s Aphexda (motixafortide) in combination with filgrastim to mobilize hematopoietic stem cells to the peripheral blood for collection and subsequent autologous transplantation in people with multiple myeloma. The agency gave the agent orphan drug designation. Dosing for Aphexda is 1.25 mg/kg based on actual body weight via subcutaneous injection after filgrastim has been administered daily for four days and 10 to 14 hours prior to the start of apheresis. The drug’s price is $5,900 per vial, and the company has said that it expects most patients will need two vials.

Sept. 8: The FDA expanded the label of Sandoz Inc.’s Hyrimoz (adalimumab-adaz) to include the treatment of adults with non-infectious intermediate and posterior uveitis and panuveitis. The agency first approved the biosimilar of AbbVie Inc.’s TNF inhibitor Humira (adalimumab) on Oct. 30, 2018. Dosing starts with 80 mg via subcutaneous injection, followed by 40 mg every other week starting one week after the initial dose. The agent is available in a low-concentration, citrate-free version of its reference drug. The product launched in July with two wholesale acquisition costs: a branded version with a WAC of $6,576 and an unbranded one for $1,315 for a carton of two syringes or autoinjectors.

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Angela Maas

Angela Maas

Angela has an extensive background of editing, reporting and writing for trade and consumer publications. She has written Radar on Specialty Pharmacy since she joined AIS Health in 2005 and has broad knowledge of the various issues at play within the space. She also has written for Spotlight on Market Access since its 2017 launch. Before joining AIS Health, she was managing editor at Employee Benefit News and Employee Benefit News Canada and managing editor at Hem Aware (a hemophilia publication), Lupus Living and Momentum (a multiple sclerosis publication). She has a B.A. in English and an M.A. in British literature from Arizona State University.

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