Renflexis, Biosimilar for Remicade to Treat Crohn’s and UC, Approved by FDA

Renflexis, Biosimilar for Remicade to Treat Crohn’s and UC, Approved by FDA
Renflexis (infliximab-abda), a biosimilar of Remicade (infliximab), has been approved in the U.S. to treat a number of autoimmune diseases, including adult and pediatric Crohn’s disease and adult ulcerative colitis. Samsung Bioepis, which manufactures Renflexis, announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's approval notice in a recent press release. The treatment was approved for use in Europe and Australia last year. Renflexis is the first  biosimilar (cheaper biological medicines almost identical to original brand-name products) by the company to receive FDA approval. In addition to Crohn's and ulcerative colitis, it now may be used to treat people with rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis, and plaque psoriasis. Renflexis and Remicade are biological medicines, that is, drugs designed using biological substances. They are synthetically produced parts of antibodies, the same proteins that fight bacteria and viruses after vaccination. Renflexis and Remicade work against tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α), a naturally occurring substance that is produced at high levels in people with some autoimmune diseases, in which the body’s own immune system causes injury to tissues and organs. Samsung Bioepis is based in South Korea and is developing a series of biosimilar candidates. Its initial six biosimilar candidates are focused on immunology, oncology and metabolic diseases. Renflexis will be marketed and distributed in the U.S. by
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