|Trade names||Arzerra, Kesimpta|
|Other names||HuMax-CD20, OMB157|
|Elimination half-life||14 days|
|Chemical and physical data|
|Molar mass||146062.27 g·mol−1|
|(what is this?)|
Ofatumumab, sold under the brand name Arzerra among others, is a fully human monoclonal antibody to CD20, which appears to inhibit early-stage B lymphocyte activation. It is FDA approved for treating chronic lymphocytic leukemia that is refractory to fludarabine and alemtuzumab (Campath) and for the treatment of multiple sclerosis. It has also shown potential in treating follicular lymphoma, diffuse large B cell lymphoma, rheumatoid arthritis. Ofatumumab is the first marketing application for an antibody produced by Genmab, as well as the first human monoclonal antibody which targets the CD20 molecule that will be available for patients with refractory CLL.
The most common side effects for ofatumumab (Arzerra) include infusion reactions and neutropenia. The most common side effects for ofatumumab (Kesimpta) include upper respiratory tract infection, headache, injection-related reactions, and local injection site reactions.
Common (1-10% frequency):'
- Herpes virus infection
- Urinary tract infection
- Febrile neutropenia
- Anaphylactoid reactions
- Dyspnoea (shortness of breath)
- Chest discomfort
- Pharyngolaryngeal pain
- Nasal congestion
- Small bowel obstruction
- Urticaria (hives)
- Back pain
- Cytokine release syndrome
- Pyrexia (fever)
Uncommon (0.1-1% frequency):
Rare (<0.1% frequency):
- Hepatitis B infection or reactivation
Ofatumumab has received a black box warning regarding the potential for it to cause progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy and hepatitis B reactivation. Likewise it is also advised that doctors watch cautiously for small bowel obstruction, neutropenia, thrombocytopenia, infusion reactions or an increased risk for infection.
No formal drug interaction studies have been conducted with ofatumumab. Although it is advised that patients are not administered live virus vaccines (e.g. the oral polio vaccine) while undergoing treatment with ofatumumab due to the compromised ability to fight the attenuated viruses seen in patients being treated with ofatumumab.
Ofatumumab is a human anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody whose epitope is distinct from that of rituximab. The CD20 antigen is expressed on solely B cell lymphocytes. Compared with rituximab, ofatumumab binds more tightly to CD20 with a slower off-rate. It causes cytotoxicity in the cells that express CD20 by means of complement-dependent cytotoxicity (CDC) and antibody-dependent cellular cytotoxicity (ADCC).
Ofatumumab (Arzerra) was withdrawn from the Canadian market in 2017. Ofatumumab (Arzerra) was withdrawn from the European Union in February 2019. Novartis removed ofatumumab (Arzerra) from all of the non-US markets and made it available only for compassionate use in those markets.
Ofatumumab (Kesimpta) was approved for medical use in the United States in August 2020. Novartis applied for European approval via the European Medicines Agency (EMA) in early 2020 with an evaluation expected in Q2 of 2021. On 28 January 2021, the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) adopted a positive opinion, recommending the granting of a marketing authorization for the medicinal product Kesimpta, intended for the treatment of adults with active relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis. The applicant for this medicinal product is Novartis Ireland Limited.
- "Ofatumumab (Arzerra) Use During Pregnancy". Drugs.com. 29 January 2020. Retrieved 22 August 2020.
- "Summary for ARTG Entry:196945 Arzerra ofatumumab (rmc) 100mg/5mL injection concentrate vial". Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). Retrieved 23 August 2020.
- "Arzerra (acetate formulation) -Summary of Product Characteristics (SPC)". electronic Medicines Compendium. GlaxoSmithKline UK. 27 November 2013. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 24 January 2014.
- "Arzerra- ofatumumab injection, solution". DailyMed. 22 June 2020. Retrieved 21 August 2020.
- "Kesimpta- ofatumumab injection, solution". DailyMed. 20 August 2020. Retrieved 23 August 2020.
- "Arzerra EPAR". European Medicines Agency (EMA). Retrieved 21 August 2020. Text was copied from this source which is © European Medicines Agency. Reproduction is authorized provided the source is acknowledged.
- Zhang B (2009). "Ofatumumab". mAbs. 1 (4): 326–31. doi:10.4161/mabs.1.4.8895. PMC 2726602. PMID 20068404.
- "Arzerra : EPAR - Product Information" (PDF). European Medicines Agency. 7 March 2013. Retrieved 24 January 2014.
- "FDA approves Novartis Kesimpta (ofatumumab), the first and only self-administered, targeted B-cell therapy for patients with relapsing multiple sclerosis" (Press release). Novartis. 20 August 2020. Retrieved 21 August 2020.
- "Arzerra (ofatumumab) dosing, indications, interactions, and more". Medscape Reference. WebMD. Retrieved 24 January 2014.
- Lin TS (2010). "Ofatumumab: a novel monoclonal anti-CD20 antibody". Pharmacogenomics and Personalized Medicine. 3: 51–9. doi:10.2147/PGPM.S6840. PMC 3513208. PMID 23226042.
- "Drug Approval Package:Arzerra (Ofatumumab) Injection Application: 125326". U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). 21 January 2010. Retrieved 21 August 2020. Lay summary (PDF).
- "Arzerra (ofatumumab) FDA Approval History". Drugs.com. 26 October 2009. Retrieved 21 August 2020.
- "Arzerra Product information 86740". Drug Product Database. 25 April 2012. Retrieved 21 August 2020.
- "Arzerra Product information 86741". Drug Product Database. 25 April 2012. Retrieved 21 August 2020.
- "Arzerra: Withdrawn application". European Medicines Agency (EMA). Retrieved 21 August 2020.
- "Arzerra: Withdrawal of the marketing authorisation in the European Union" (PDF). European Medicines Agency. 28 February 2019.
- "Novartis Withdraws Chronic Leukemia Drug Arzerra From Non-U.S. Markets". FDANews. 30 January 2018. Retrieved 21 August 2020.
- "Novartis to transition use of Arzerra to compassionate use outside US". EPM Magazine. 22 January 2018. Retrieved 21 August 2020.
- "Ofatumumab (Kesimpta) FDA approval letter" (PDF).
- "Applications for new human medicines under evaluation by the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use: January 2021" (PDF). European Medicines Agency (EMA).
- "Novartis International AG: FDA approves Novartis Kesimpta (ofatumumab), the first and only self-administered, targeted B-cell therapy for patients with relapsing multiple sclerosis". FinanzNachrichten.de (in German). Retrieved 2021-01-19.
- "Kesimpta: Pending EC decision". European Medicines Agency (EMA). 29 January 2021. Retrieved 1 February 2021. Text was copied from this source which is © European Medicines Agency. Reproduction is authorized provided the source is acknowledged.
- Coiffier B, Lepretre S, Pedersen LM, Gadeberg O, Fredriksen H, van Oers MH, et al. (February 2008). "Safety and efficacy of ofatumumab, a fully human monoclonal anti-CD20 antibody, in patients with relapsed or refractory B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukemia: a phase 1-2 study". Blood. 111 (3): 1094–100. doi:10.1182/blood-2007-09-111781. PMID 18003886.
- Zhang B (July 2009). "Ofatumumab". mAbs. 1 (4): 326–31. doi:10.4161/mabs.1.4.8895. PMC 2726602. PMID 20068404.