New FDA Approvals: FDA Approves First Generic of Emflaza

Feb. 9: The FDA approved Aurobindo Pharma Limited’s deflazacort for the treatment of Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) in people at least 5 years old. The corticosteroid is the first generic of PTC Therapeutics, Inc.’s Emflaza that the agency has approved. It has approval as a tablet for all of Emflaza’s dosage strengths: 6 mg, 18 mg, 30 mg and 36 mg. Emflaza also is available as an oral suspension. That agent is approved for the treatment of DMD in people at least 2 years old; it has exclusivity for the treatment of people ages 2 to 5 years old until June 2026. The recommended daily dosing is 0.9 mg/kg. Drugs.com lists the price of 30 18 mg tablets of Emflaza as more than $9,706.

Feb. 9: The FDA approved Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc.’s Eohilia (budesonide) for the treatment of people at least 11 years old with eosinophilic esophagitis. The corticosteroid is the first and only FDA-approved oral treatment for the indication. Recommended dosing is 2 mg twice daily for 12 weeks; the agent is available in 2 mg/10 mL single-dose stick packs. Its monthly wholesale acquisition cost is $1,875.

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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 (formerly called Specialty Pharmacy News) since she joined AIS Health in 2005 and has broad knowledge of the various issues at play within the space. Before joining AIS Health, she was managing editor at Employee Benefit News and Employee Benefit News Canada and managing editor at HemAware (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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