Feb. 3: The FDA expanded the patient population for Takeda’s Takhzyro (lanadelumab-flyo) to include the prevention of hereditary angioedema attacks in people at least 2 years old. The agency initially approved the plasma kallikrein inhibitor on Aug. 3, 2018. Dosing of the subcutaneous injectable in people at least 12 years old is 300 mg every two weeks. In people at least 6 and less than 12, dosing is 150 mg every two weeks, and for people 2 years old and younger than 6, dosing is 150 mg every four weeks. Drugs.com lists the price of one single-dose 300 mg/2 mL subcutaneous solution as more than $26,165.
Feb. 8: The FDA granted another indication to Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.’s Eylea (aflibercept) for the treatment of retinopathy of prematurity in preterm infants. The agency first approved the drug on Nov. 18, 2011. Dosing of the vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) inhibitor for the newest indication is 0.4 mg via intravitreal injection; treatment may be given bilaterally on the same day. Injections may be repeated with an interval of at least 10 days. Drugs.com lists the price of a 40 mg/ml intravitreal solution as more than $1,957.