The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved golimumab (Simponi Aria) for use in adults with active psoriatic arthritis (PsA) or active ankylosing spondylitis (AS).

Simponi Aria is an intravenous formulation of golimumab that is already approved for moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis. The subcutaneous injection formulation of golimumab, Simponi, is already approved for RA, PsA, AS, and ulcerative colitis. Golimumab is a fully human anti–tumor necrosis factor-alpha therapy, and the intravenous formulation is designed for use as a 30-minute infusion.

The approval of Simponi Aria was supported by phase 3 clinical trials showing consistent safety profiles and significant improvement in symptoms in patients, compared with placebo.

“In the study for the treatment of active PsA, patients experienced improvement in joint symptoms and inhibition of structural damage. In the study for treatment of active AS, results showed improvement in measures of disease activity,” according to an Oct. 20 announcement from the manufacturer of golimumab, Janssen Biotech.

Read the revised prescribing information for Simponi Aria here.

rhnews@frontlinemedcom.com

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