April 11: The FDA expanded the patient population of Takeda’s HyQvia (immune globulin infusion 10% [human] with recombinant human hyaluronidase) to include the treatment of primary immunodeficiency in people between the ages of 2 to 16 years. The agency first approved the drug on Sept. 12, 2014. Subcutaneous dosing can be administered at home or in an infusion center every three or four weeks after a ramping-up period. The volume administered is based on weight and trough level. Drugs.com lists the price of 160 u/mL for 105 milliliters as more than $2,464.
April 14: The FDA expanded the label of Novartis Pharmaceutical Corp. unit Sandoz Inc.’s Hyrimoz (adalimumab-adaz) for the treatment of moderate-to-severe hidradenitis suppurativa in adults. The agency initially approved the biosimilar of AbbVie Inc.’s Humira (adalimumab) on Oct. 30, 2018. Dosing starts with 160 mg via subcutaneous injection on day one or split over two consecutive days, then 80 mg on day 15, and then on day 29 and subsequent doses, 40 mg every week or 80 mg every other week. Drugs.com lists the price of two 40 mg/0.4 mL kits and two 40 mg/0.8 mL kits of Humira, each with two devices, as more than $7,299. Sandoz has said it will launch Hyrimoz on July 1 per the settlement of patent litigation with AbbVie.