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Etrasimod: First Approval

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posted on 2024-02-12, 04:09 authored by Matt Shirley


Funding The preparation of this review was not supported by any external funding.
Authorship and Conflict of interest During the peer review process the manufacturer of the agent under review was offered an opportunity to comment on the article. Changes resulting from any comments received were made by the author on the basis of scientific completeness and accuracy.  Matt Shirley is a salaried employee of Adis International Ltd/Springer Nature, and declares no relevant conflicts of interest. All authors contributed to this article and are responsible for its content.
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Etrasimod (VELSIPITY™) is an orally available, small-molecule selective sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P) receptor modulator being developed by Pfizer for the treatment of ulcerative colitis and other immune-mediated inflammatory disorders. Etrasimod is selective for S1P receptor subtypes S1P1, S1P4 and S1P5 while having minimal activity on S1P3 and no activity on S1P2. Etrasimod received its first approval, in the USA, in October 2023 for the treatment of moderately to severely active ulcerative colitis in adults. Subsequently, the European Medicines Agency adopted a positive opinion in December 2023, recommending the granting of marketing authorisation for etrasimod for the treatment of patients aged ≥ 16 years with moderately to severely active ulcerative colitis who have had an inadequate response, lost response, or were intolerant to either conventional therapy, or a biological agent. Etrasimod is also under regulatory review for the treatment of ulcerative colitis in several other countries. Clinical development of etrasimod for use in the treatment of Crohn's disease, atopic dermatitis, eosinophilic oesophagitis and alopecia areata is ongoing worldwide. This article summarises the milestones in the development of etrasimod leading to this first approval for the treatment of ulcerative colitis in adults.

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