FDA Approves Yuflyma (adalimumab-aaty), a Biosimilar to Humira
JERSEY CITY, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE) May 24, 2023 –Celltrion USA today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Yuflyma® (adalimumab-aaty), a high-concentration (100mg/mL) and citrate-free formulation of Humira® (adalimumab) biosimilar. The FDA granted approval for the treatment of eight conditions: rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile idiopathic arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, plaque psoriasis, and hidradenitis suppurativa.1
Yuflyma is Celltrion’s fifth biosimilar and second anti-TNF biosimilar approved for use in the United States. Yuflyma will offer patients pre-filled syringe and autoinjector administration options to meet different preferences and needs.
“Yuflyma offers patients a high-concentration and citrate-free formulation of adalimumab biosimilar, providing an alternative treatment option for patients. It represents a key treatment option in patient care and patient choice,” said Tom Nusbickel, Chief Commercial Officer at Celltrion USA. “As a leading global biopharmaceutical company, we are leveraging our unique heritage in biotechnology, supply chain excellence, and best-in-class sales capabilities to expand the availability of high-quality biosimilars for U.S. patients.”
“Currently, more than 80% of patients treated with Humira in the United States rely on a high-concentration and citrate-free formulation of this medication. The availability of a high-concentration and citrate-free formulation adalimumab biosimilar provides an important treatment option for patients with inflammatory diseases who benefit from this effective therapy,” said Professor Jonathan Kay of UMass Chan Medical School.
The approval of Yuflyma was based on a comprehensive data package of analytical, preclinical, and clinical studies, demonstrating that Yuflyma is comparable to the reference product in terms of efficacy, safety, pharmacokinetics, and immunogenicity up to 24 weeks and one year following treatment.2,3,4
Yuflyma will be available to patients in the U.S. starting July 2023.
Celltrion is also seeking an interchangeability designation from the U.S. FDA for Yuflyma, which is tentatively expected Q4 2024.
About Yuflyma® (CT-P17, biosimilar adalimumab-aaty)1
Yuflyma was the world’s first proposed high-concentration, low-volume and citrate-free adalimumab biosimilar to receive European Commission approval in Europe. Yuflyma is FDA approved for the treatment of patients with rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile idiopathic arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, plaque psoriasis, and Hidradenitis Suppurativa. Yuflyma is a recombinant fully human anti–tumour necrosis factor α (anti-TNFα) monoclonal antibody. Following the launch of 40mg/0.4mL, in the U.S. in July 2023, Celltrion additionally plans to launch two different types of dosage forms 80mg/0.8mL, 20mg/0.2mL.
An interchangeable biosimilar product is a biosimilar that meets additional requirements outlined by law, and often require additional clinical studies, which demonstrate that there is no additional risk or reduced drug effectiveness if a patient switches back and forth between an interchangeable biosimilar and a reference product, as compared to receiving treatment with just the reference product. When a biosimilar receives an interchangeability designation by the FDA, that means the biosimilar product may be substituted for the reference product without the prescriber having to change the prescription. The substitution may occur at the pharmacy, subject to state pharmacy laws which vary by state, a practice commonly called “pharmacy-level substitution” — similar to how generic drugs are substituted for brand name drugs.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
Patients treated with Yuflyma are at increased risk for developing serious infections that may lead to hospitalization or death. Most patients who developed these infections were taking concomitant immunosuppressants such as methotrexate or corticosteroids.
Discontinue Yuflyma if a patient develops a serious infection or sepsis.
Reported infections include:
Carefully consider the risks and benefits of treatment with Yuflyma prior to initiating therapy in patients with chronic or recurrent infection.
Monitor patients closely for the development of signs and symptoms of infection during and after treatment with Yuflyma, including the possible development of TB in patients who tested negative for latent TB infection prior to initiating therapy.
Lymphoma and other malignancies, some fatal, have been reported in children and adolescent patients treated with TNF blockers, including adalimumab products. Postmarketing cases of hepatosplenic T-cell lymphoma (HSTCL), a rare type of T-cell lymphoma, have been reported in patients treated with TNF blockers, including adalimumab products. These cases have had a very aggressive disease course and have been fatal. The majority of reported TNF blocker cases have occurred in patients with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis and the majority were in adolescent and young adult males. Almost all of these patients had received treatment with azathioprine or 6-mercaptopurine concomitantly with a TNF blocker at or prior to diagnosis. It is uncertain whether the occurrence of HSTCL is related to use of a TNF blocker or a TNF blocker in combination with these other immunosuppressants.
HEPATITIS B VIRUS REACTIVATION
Yuflyma is a tumor necrosis factor (TNF) blocker indicated for:
Limitations of Use: Effectiveness has not been established in patients who have lost response to or were intolerant to TNF blockers
About Celltrion Healthcare
Celltrion Healthcare is committed to delivering innovative and affordable medications to promote patients’ access to advanced therapies. Its products are manufactured at state-of-the-art mammalian cell culture facilities, designed and built to comply with the US FDA Current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP) and the EU GMP guidelines. Celltrion Healthcare endeavors to offer high-quality, cost-effective solutions through an extensive global network that spans more than 110 different countries. For more information, please visit: https://www.celltrionhealthcare.com/en-us.
About Celltrion USA
Celltrion USA is Celltrion Healthcare’s U.S. subsidiary established in 2018. Headquartered in New Jersey, Celltrion USA is committed to expanding access to innovative biologics to improve care for U.S. patients. Celltrion currently has five biosimilars approved by the U.S. FDA: Inflectra® (infliximab-dyyb), Truxima® (rituximab-abbs), Herzuma® (trastuzumab-pkrb), Vegzelma® (bevacizumab-adcd), and Yuflyma®(adalimumab-aaty). Celltrion USA will continue to leverage Celltrion Healthcare’s unique heritage in biotechnology, supply chain excellence, and best-in-class sales capabilities to improve access to high-quality biopharmaceuticals for U.S. patients.
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Humira is a registered trademark of AbbVie.
Yuflyma® is a registered trademark of Celltrion, Inc., used under license.
1 Yuflyma US prescribing information (2023)
2 Yu K et al., Pharmacokinetic Equivalence of CT‐P17 to High‐Concentration (100 mg/mL) Reference Adalimumab: A Randomized Phase I Study in Healthy Subjects. Clin Transl Sci. 2021;14:1280-91.
3 Kay J et al., Efficacy and safety of biosimilar CT-P17 versus reference adalimumab in subjects with rheumatoid arthritis: 24-week results from a randomized study. Arthritis Res Ther. 2021;23(1):51.
4 Furst D et al., Efficacy and safety of switching from reference adalimumab to CT-P17 (100 mg/ml): 52-week randomised study in rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatology. 2022;61(3):1385-95.
Source: Celltrion USA
Posted: May 2023
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