New FDA Approvals: FDA Expanded Mircera’s Patient Population

April 30: The FDA expanded the patient population of CSL Vifor’s Mircera (methoxy polyethylene glycol-epoetin beta) to include the treatment of anemia associated with chronic kidney disease in pediatric patients 3 months old to 17 years old on dialysis and not on dialysis who are converting from another erythropoiesis-stimulating agent after their hemoglobin level was stabilized with an ESA. The agency also approved a subcutaneous route of administration for pediatric patients. The FDA first approved the long-acting ESA on Nov. 14, 2007. Dosing for the newest use is once every four weeks based on total weekly epoetin alfa or darbepoetin alfa dose at the time of conversion. The agent is available in both intravenous and subcutaneous formulations, and patients younger than 6 years old should maintain the same route of administration as the previous ESA. Drugs.com lists the price of one 75 mcg/0.3 mL injectable solution as more than $237.

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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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