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Golimumab (CNTO 148) is a human monoclonal antibody which is used as an immunosuppressive drug and marketed under the brand name Simponi. Golimumab targets tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-alpha), a pro-inflammatory molecule and hence is a TNF inhibitor.
Golimumab was developed by Centocor and is approved in Canada and the United States as a once monthly subcutaneous treatment for adults with moderately to severely active rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and ankylosing spondylitis. Golimumab has been approved in 2013 for use in adults with moderately to severely active ulcerative colitis.
In the same year, Johnson & Johnson, the parent company of Centocor, also received an approval from European Medicines Agency (EMEA) for the use of golimumab as a treatment for rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis. Golimumab is marketed by Merck & Co, Inc. in Europe, pending final arbitration between J&J and Merck.
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