Roche Holding AG’s (RHHBY - Free Report) subsidiary Genentech announced that the FDA has approvedan alternative delivery option for itsrheumatoid arthritis drug Actemra. Asubcutaneous (SC) formulation of Actemra (tocilizumab) for the treatment of active polyarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis (PJIA) for patients two years or older has been approved by the FDA.
Shares of the company have lost 11.1% year to date compared with the industry’s decline of 3%.
We note that Actemra is already approved for PJIA in an intravenous formulation. It is also approved for several other arthritis indications in adults as well as children.
The approval is supported by data from the JIGSAW-117 study to determine the appropriate dosing regimen of Actemra SC based on body weight in children with PJIA. The study enrolled 52 patients aged one to 17 years with PJIA and previous inadequate response or intolerance to methotrexate who were either Actemra naive or were receiving Actemra IV with adequate disease control. The safety observed for Actemra administered subcutaneously was consistent with the known safety profile of Actemra IV.
Sales of Actemra was CHF499 million, an increase of 13% year over year in the first quarter of 2018. A label expansion of the drug will boost Actemra sales.
Zacks Rank & Stocks to Consider
Roche currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
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