May 9: The FDA approved Chiesi Group unit Chiesi Global Rare Diseases and Protalix BioTherapeutics, Inc.’s Elfabrio (pegunigalsidase alfa-iwxj) for the treatment of adults with Fabry disease. A PEGylated enzyme replacement therapy, the agent is a recombinant human α–Galactosidase–A enzyme expressed in plant-cell culture that is designed to provide a long half-life. Recommended dosing is 1 mg/kg via intravenous infusion every two weeks.
May 17: The FDA approved a 40 mg/0.8 mL single-dose autoinjector for Boehringer Ingelheim’s Cyltezo (adalimumab-adbm). The agency initially approved the biosimilar of AbbVie Inc.’s Humira (adalimumab) on Aug. 25, 2017, as a single-use prefilled syringe. The drug is approved for multiple chronic inflammatory diseases. The new pen will be available in two-, four- and six-pack options when the tumor necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitor launches on July 1.