FDA approves Humira for juvenile arthritis
WASHINGTON The Food and Drug Administration’s division of Anesthesia, Analgesia and Rheumatology Products has approved Abbott Laboratories’ drug, Humira, as a treatment for juvenile idiopathic arthritis.
The strengths available will be 20 mg/0.4 ml and 40 mg/0.8 ml in a single-dose prefilled syringe, and 40 mg/0.8 ml in a single-use prefilled Humira pen.
Humira had worldwide sales of $3.06 billion in 2007, according to Abbott Laboratories.
Eli Lilly introduces its third new insulin pen in the past year
INDIANAPOLIS Eli Lilly today launched its new insulin pen, KwikPen, which is prefilled with the Humalog brand of insulins. This is the third new insulin pen launched by the company in the last 12 months, following the launches of HumaPen MEMOIR, a digital insulin pen and HumaPen LUXURA, a reusable pen for people who need insulin dosing in smaller increments.
KwikPen is now available by prescription in pharmacies prefilled with the Humalog brand of insulins, including Humalog, Humalog Mix75/25 and Humalog Mix50/50. Patients using the original Humalog and Humalog Mixtures prefilled pen do not need to convert at this time.
“KwikPen, prefilled with Humalog and Humalog Mixtures, provides people with diabetes an exciting new option for accurate insulin dosing with the convenience of an easy-to-use prefilled pen,” said Matt Beebe, Humalog brand leader, Lilly USA.
Pfizer to acquire Encysive, will gain rights to Thelin
NEW YORK Pfizer has announced that it intends on buying Encysive Pharmaceuticals for about $195 million, according to the Associated Press.
As part of the deal, Pfizer would gain the rights to Encysive’s drug Thelin, which is approved in some European countries for the treatment of high blood pressure in the pulmonary artery. The drug is still awaiting approval in the U.S. Pfizer would also gain access to the rest of Encysive’s portfolio of drugs.
Pfizer already markets Revatio for high blood pressure in the pulmonary artery and Thelin would only strengthen the market for the company. Pfizer plans on conducting a late-stage trial of Thelin in the U.S. in hopes of obtaining final approval from the Food and Drug Administration.
Analysts project the drug could make about $100 million annually by 2012.