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Cimzia(R) (certolizumab pegol) Now Available for Self-Administration in Adult Patients With Moderate to Severe Crohn's Disease
Date:5/15/2009

ide and know when they have injected all of the medication. Additionally, the packaging utilizes Velcro(R) for easy opening and resealing.

In addition, the new Cimzia(R) prefilled syringe carries the Arthritis Foundation(R) Ease-of-Use Commendation. The Arthritis Foundation(R) created the program to encourage manufacturers to design user-friendly products and packaging. Manufacturers submit their products for testing by an independent lab experienced in the design and evaluation of products that are accessible to people with functional limitations due to the effects of arthritis.

Cimzia(R) was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on April 22, 2008 for reducing the signs and symptoms of moderate to severe Crohn's disease and maintaining clinical response in adult patients who have had an inadequate response to conventional therapy. The new prefilled syringe is now available to Crohn's patients taking Cimzia(R) for subcutaneous self-administration once every four weeks after initial doses once a physician has provided instruction for proper use.

The Crohn's approval was based on safety and efficacy data from clinical trials in more than 1,500 patients with Crohn's disease. Cimzia(R) was also recently approved in the U.S. for the treatment of adults with moderately to severely active rheumatoid arthritis.

About CIMZIA(R) (certolizumab pegol)

Cimzia(R) is the only PEGylated anti-TNF (Tumor Necrosis Factor). Cimzia(R) has a high affinity for human TNF-alpha, selectively neutralising the pathophysiological effects of TNF-alpha. Over the past decade, TNF-alpha has emerged as a major target of basic research and clinical investigation. This cytokine plays a key role in mediating pathological inflammation, and excess TNF-alpha production has been directly implicated in a wide variety of diseases. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ha
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