Abbott Japan and Eisai Clear All-Case Surveillance Condition for Approval of Humira®, a Fully Human Anti-TNF-α Monoclonal Antibody, in the Treatment of Crohn’s Disease

Abbott Japan Co., Ltd.
Eisai Co., Ltd.

Abbott Japan Co., Ltd. (Pharmaceutical Products Group Headquarters: Tokyo, President: Gary M. Winer, “Abbott Japan”) and Eisai Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Tokyo, President & CEO: Haruo Naito, “Eisai”) announced today that they have received notification from Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) that the “all-case surveillance” drug use-results survey condition required for approval of the Humira® (adalimumab [genetical recombination]) pre-filled syringe 40 mg/0.8 mL for subcutaneous injection, a fully human anti-TNF-α monoclonal antibody, has been lifted, approving Humira’s use in induction and maintenance of clinical remission in patients with moderately to severely active Crohn’s disease (CD).

In October 2010, the MHLW approved moderately to severely active CD as an additional indication for Humira with the following condition for approval: “To promptly obtain safety and efficacy data on the drug and ensure that appropriate measures are taken to establish its proper use, a post-marketing drug use-results survey of all CD patients receiving Humira must be conducted until sufficient data can be collected for a predetermined number of cases.”

The MHLW lifted this condition for approval based on a review of safety and efficacy data on Humira submitted to it in an interim report outlining analysis results of the all-case surveillance of 704 patients with moderately to severely active CD.

Clinical studies of Humira have been carried out extensively to date and a wide literature of clinical data exists on the drug. Today, Humira is administered to more than 600,000 patients worldwide. In Japan, Abbott Japan is the marketing and manufacturing authorization holder for Humira, while Eisai is responsible for distribution. The two companies are working together to promote the product under a one-brand, one-channel, two-promotion scheme.

Based on evidence obtained through the survey, Abbott Japan and Eisai will continue to ensure and provide information on the proper use of Humira while making further contributions to improve the quality of life of patients.

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