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About REMICADE® (infliximab)

Updated on 15/03/2018

IMMUNOLOGY

REMICADE has over 18 years of experience of treating patients with immune-mediated diseases in the field of Rheumatology, Gastroenterology and Dermatology.

REMICADE indications over time1

REMICADE timeline

REMICADE therapeutic indications2

Rheumatoid arthritis

REMICADE, in combination with methotrexate, is indicated for the reduction of signs and symptoms as well as the improvement in physical function in:

  • adult patients with active disease when the response to disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs), including methotrexate, has been inadequate.
  • adult patients with severe, active and progressive disease not previously treated with methotrexate or other DMARDs.

In these patient populations, a reduction in the rate of the progression of joint damage, as measured by X-ray, has been demonstrated (see section 5.1 of SmPC2).

Adult Crohn's disease

REMICADE is indicated for:

  • treatment of moderately to severely active Crohn's disease, in adult patients who have not responded despite a full and adequate course of therapy with a corticosteroid and/or an immunosuppressant; or who are intolerant to or have medical contraindications for such therapies.
  • treatment of fistulising, active Crohn's disease, in adult patients who have not responded despite a full and adequate course of therapy with conventional treatment (including antibiotics, drainage and immunosuppressive therapy).

Paediatric Crohn's disease

REMICADE is indicated for treatment of severe, active Crohn's disease, in children and adolescents aged 6 to 17 years, who have not responded to conventional therapy including a corticosteroid, an immunomodulator and primary nutrition therapy; or who are intolerant to or have contraindications for such therapies. REMICADE has been studied only in combination with conventional immunosuppressive therapy.

Ulcerative colitis

REMICADE is indicated for treatment of moderately to severely active ulcerative colitis in adult patients who have had an inadequate response to conventional therapy including corticosteroids and 6-mercaptopurine (6-MP) or azathioprine (AZA), or who are intolerant to or have medical contraindications for such therapies.

Paediatric ulcerative colitis

REMICADE is indicated for treatment of severely active ulcerative colitis, in children and adolescents aged 6 to 17 years, who have had an inadequate response to conventional therapy including corticosteroids and 6-MP or AZA, or who are intolerant to or have medical contraindications for such therapies.

Ankylosing spondylitis

REMICADE is indicated for treatment of severe, active ankylosing spondylitis, in adult patients who have responded inadequately to conventional therapy.

Psoriatic arthritis

REMICADE is indicated for treatment of active and progressive psoriatic arthritis in adult patients when the response to previous DMARD therapy has been inadequate.

REMICADE should be administered

  • in combination with methotrexate
  • or alone in patients who show intolerance to methotrexate or for whom methotrexate is contraindicated

REMICADE has been shown to improve physical function in patients with psoriatic arthritis, and to reduce the rate of progression of peripheral joint damage as measured by X-ray in patients with polyarticular symmetrical subtypes of the disease (see section 5.1 of SmPC2).

What is REMICADE?

REMICADE is a monoclonal antibody; it is a TNFα (Tumour Necrosis Factor–alpha) inhibitor that is indicated for the treatment of a range of immune-mediated inflammatory disorders.2

REMICADE is a prescription-only product. It is presented as powder (100 mg/vial) to be reconstituted with water, diluted with saline and thereafter administered via intravenous infusion.2

How does REMICADE Work?

REMICADE inhibits TNFα, thereby neutralising its biological activity.

18 years of Clinical Real World data for REMICADE

  • REMICADE has extensive patient experience, clinical and real world data
  • 8,700 clinical trial patients4 – 37
  • 2.6 m patients have been exposed worldwide38 - 46
  • Efficacy and safety profile established, with over 18 years of experience (depending on indication)1,2


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References

  1. European Commission Community Register Available at: http://ec.europa.eu/health/documents/community-register/html/h116.htm Accessed May 2017.
  2. REMICADE 100mg powder for concentrate for solution for infusion. Summary of Product Characteristics.
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  12. Safety and Tolerability of a Rapid Infusion of REMICADE® (Infliximab) in the Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis R Isern; W Shergy; C Sanders; G Hughes; S Toder; G Keenan. EULAR 2001.
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  32. Hyams J, et al. Induction and maintenance therapy with infliximab for children with moderate to severe ulcerative colitis. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2012 Apr;10(4):391-9.e1.
  33. Reich K, et al. Infliximab induction and maintenance therapy for moderate-to-severe psoriasis: a phase III, multicentre, double-blind trial. Lancet. 2005 Oct 15-21;366(9494):1367-74.
  34. Menter A, et al. A randomized comparison of continuous vs. intermittent infliximab maintenance regimens over 1 year in the treatment of moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2007 Jan;56(1):31.e1-15.
  35. Gottlieb AB, et al. Infliximab induction therapy for patients with severe plaque-type psoriasis: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2004 Oct;51(4):534-42.
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  38. MSD data on file [PSUR 27, February 2013.
  39. MSD data on file [PSUR 16, August 2007].
  40. MSD data on file [PSUR18, August 2008].
  41. MSD data on file [PSUR19, Feb 2009].
  42. MSD data on file [PSUR 22, Aug 2010].
  43. MSD data on file [PSUR 23, February 2011].
  44. MSD data on file [PSUR 25, February 2012].
  45. MSD data on file [PSUR, October 2015].
  46. MSD data on file [PSUR, October 2016].

Supporting documentation

Prescribing Information | Summary of Product Characteristics | Patient Information Leaflet

MULT-1246521-0000 | Date of Preparation: March 2018