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Subcutaneous Infliximab, CT-P13 SC: A Profile of Its Use in the EU

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posted on 2021-10-31, 21:42 authored by Matt Shirley


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CT-P13 (Remsima®; Inflectra®), a biosimilar of reference infliximab (Remicade®), provides a useful alternative for patients requiring infliximab therapy and, as with other biosimilar agents, has the potential to reduce treatment costs. Furthermore, the availability of CT-P13 in a subcutaneous formulation (CT-P13 SC), with the possibility (after adequate training) of self-administration at home, has the potential to both improve patient convenience and reduce the burden on the healthcare system. The initial approval of CT-P13 SC, for use in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis in adults, was based on the findings of a randomised, double-blind phase I/III trial which demonstrated the non-inferiority of CT-P13 SC administered once every 2 weeks to intravenous CT-P13 (CT-P13 IV) administered once every 8 weeks in reducing disease activity in patients with active rheumatoid arthritis. Subsequently, based on pharmacokinetic data in patients with inflammatory bowel disease, CT-P13 SC has also been approved in the EU for use in the treatment of Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis and, by extrapolation, ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis and psoriasis, in adults.

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