FDA Approves Tocilizumab Pen
In late November, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the ACTPen to treat adults with moderate to severely active rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The ACTPen is a 162 mg/0.9 mL, single-dose, prefilled tocilizumab (Actemra) autoinjector.2
The treatment is for patients with RA who have had inadequate responses to one or more disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs and for adults with giant cell arteritis. Additionally, the ACTPen can be used with pediatric patients. Caregivers can administer the treatment to patients as young as two years old who have active polyarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis or active systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis. (Note: The ACTPen has not yet been studied for self-injecting pediatric patients.)
The ACTPen is expected to be available in January 2019.