The FDA recently expanded the indication of AbbVie Inc.’s Rinvoq (upadacitinib), making it the first oral treatment and the first Janus kinase (JAK) inhibitor for Crohn’s disease. Still, the agent is entering a highly competitive class in which manufacturer rebates play a big role. And while respondents to a Zitter Insights survey said the drug will somewhat lessen the unmet need in the treatment of the condition, they said that a moderate level of need still exists with the agent’s approval.
On May 18, the FDA expanded the label of Rinvoq to include the treatment of adults with moderately to severely active Crohn’s disease who have had an inadequate response or intolerance to at least one tumor necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitor. The agency initially approved the JAK inhibitor on Aug. 16, 2019. This is the seventh indication the drug has gotten across rheumatology, dermatology and gastroenterology.