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Crovalimab: First Approval

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posted on 2024-05-15, 08:22 authored by Sohita Dhillon
Funding The preparation of this review was not supported by any external funding.
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Crovalimab (派圣凯®; PiaSky) is a humanized, anti-complement component C5 (anti-C5) recycling monoclonal antibody developed by Chugai Pharmaceutical, in collaboration with Roche, which is being investigated for the treatment of complement-mediated diseases, including paroxysmal nocturnal haemoglobinuria (PNH), atypical haemolytic uremic syndrome, lupus nephritis and sickle cell disease. Crovalimab targets C5, inhibiting its cleavage to C5a and C5b, thus blocking the terminal complement pathway and preventing intravascular haemolysis in PNH. Crovalimab is designed to bind to the antigen repeatedly, resulting in sustained complement inhibition at a lower dosage, and allowing for once-monthly subcutaneous administration. In February 2024, subcutaneous crovalimab received its first approval in China for the treatment of adolescents and adults (aged ≥ 12 years) with PNH who have not been previously treated with complement inhibitors. Crovalimab has since been approved in Japan in March for use in the treatment of PNH, including in treatment-naïve and previously treated patients. Crovalimab is also under regulatory review for the treatment of naïve and previously treated patients with PNH in multiple countries, including the USA and the European Union. This article summarizes the milestones in the development of crovalimab leading to this first approval in China for the treatment of PNH. 

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