Certolizumab pegol

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Certolizumab pegol?
Monoclonal antibody
Type Fab' fragment
Source Humanized (from mouse)
Target TNF alpha
Clinical data
Trade names Cimzia
AHFS/Drugs.com Consumer Drug Information
MedlinePlus a608041
  • US: B (No risk in non-human studies)
428863-50-7 N
KEGG D03441 YesY
Chemical data
Formula C2115H3252N556O673S16
47.75 kDa
 N (what is this?)  (verify)

Certolizumab pegol [1] (CDP870, tradename Cimzia) is a therapeutic monoclonal antibody to tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α), for the treatment of Crohn's disease[2] and rheumatoid arthritis, manufactured by UCB.[3][4][5]

Medical uses[edit]

Certolizumab appears beneficial in those with rheumatoid arthritis.[6]

Positive results have been demonstrated in two phase III trials (PRECiSE 1 and 2) of certolizumab pegol versus placebo in moderate to severe active Crohn's disease.[2][7][8][9]

In 2013, a phase 3 double blind randomized placebo-controlled study found significantly positive results in patient self-reported questionnaires, with rapid improvement of function and pain reduction, in patients with axial spondyloarthritis.[10]

Side effects[edit]

Significant side effects occur in 2% of people who take the medication.[6]

Method of action[edit]

Certolizumab pegol is a monoclonal antibody directed against tumor necrosis factor alpha. More precisely, it is a PEGylated Fab' fragment of a humanized TNF inhibitor monoclonal antibody.[7]

Legal status[edit]

On April 22, 2008, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Cimzia for use in the United States for the treatment of Crohn's disease in people who did not respond sufficiently or adequately to standard therapy.[4][11][12]

On June 26, 2009, the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) of the European Medicines Agency (EMEA) issued a positive opinion recommending that the European Commission grant a marketing authorisation for Cimzia for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis only - the CHMP refused approval for the treatment of Crohn's disease. The marketing authorisation was granted to UCB Pharma SA on October 1, 2009.[13]

On September 27, 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Cimzia for use in the United States for the treatment of adult patients with active psoriatic arthritis.[14]


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  2. ^ a b Sandborn WJ, Feagan BG, Stoinov S et al. (July 2007). "Certolizumab pegol for the treatment of Crohn's disease". N. Engl. J. Med. 357 (3): 228–38. doi:10.1056/NEJMoa067594. PMID 17634458. 
  3. ^ Kaushik VV, Moots RJ (April 2005). "CDP-870 (certolizumab) in rheumatoid arthritis". Expert opinion on biological therapy 5 (4): 601–6. doi:10.1517/14712598.5.4.601. PMID 15934837. 
  4. ^ a b index.cfm?fuseaction=Search.Label_ApprovalHistory "Cimzia Label and Approval History". Drugs@FDA. U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Retrieved 2009-11-15. 
  5. ^ "Cimzia Medication Guide" (PDF). U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). May 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-15. 
  6. ^ a b Ruiz Garcia, V; Jobanputra, P; Burls, A; Cabello, JB; Vela Casasempere, P; Bort-Marti, S; Kynaston-Pearson, FJ (Sep 18, 2014). "Certolizumab pegol (CDP870) for rheumatoid arthritis in adults.". The Cochrane database of systematic reviews 9: CD007649. doi:10.1002/14651858.CD007649.pub3. PMID 25231904. 
  7. ^ a b Schreiber S. et al.,Certolizumab pegol, a humanised anti-TNF pegylated FAb' fragment, is safe and effective in the maintenance of response and remission following induction in active Crohn's disease: a phase 3 study (precise),Gut,2005,54,suppl7,A82
  8. ^ Sandborn et al., Certolizumab pegol administered subcutaneously is effective and well tolerated in patients with active Crohn's disease: results from a 26-week, placebo-controlled Phase 3 study (PRECiSE 1),Gastroenterology, 2006,130,A107
  9. ^ "New Analysis Shows Cimzia (Certolizumab Pegol) Maintained Remission and Response in Recent Onset Crohn’s Disease" (Press release). UCB. October 23, 2006. Retrieved 2009-11-15. 
  10. ^ Sieper J, Tubergen A, Coteur G, Woltering F, Landewe R (May 2013). "PMS50 – Rapid Improvements In Patient-Reported Outcomes With Certolizumab Pegol In Patients With Axial Spondyloarthritis, Including Ankylosing Spondylitis And Non-Radiographic Axial Spondyloarthritis: 24-Week Results Of A Phase 3 Double Blind Randomized Placebo-Controlled Study". Value in Health 16 (3): A227. doi:10.1016/j.jval.2013.03.1150. Retrieved 2013-05-18. 
  11. ^ UCB press release - Cimzia Approved in the US for the Treatment of Moderate to Severe Crohn's Disease. Retrieved April 22, 2008.
  12. ^ Waknine, Yael (May 1, 2008). "FDA Approvals: Patanase, Actonel, Cimzia". Medscape. Retrieved 2008-05-01. 
  13. ^ "Cimzia European Public Assessment Report". European Medicines Agency. Retrieved November 15, 2009. 
  14. ^ "Cimzia (certolizumab pegol) approved by the U.S. FDA for treatment of adult patients with active psoriatic arthritis". Retrieved October 1, 2013. 

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