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Novartis Reports Omalizumab Significantly Improved Chronic Idiopathic Urticaria Symptoms in Patients Who Failed Standard Therapy
Date:2/24/2013

12 years of age and older who have moderate to severe persistent allergic asthma caused by year-round allergens in the air and are uncontrolled on inhaled corticosteroids. Xolair helps reduce the number of asthma attacks in people with allergic asthma who still have asthma symptoms even though they are taking inhaled steroids. Xolair should not be used to treat other allergic conditions. Xolair is not a rescue medicine and should not be used to treat sudden asthma attacks. Xolair should not be used in children under 12 years of age.

Omalizumab is being jointly developed by Novartis and Genentech. In the US, Xolair® (omalizumab) for subcutaneous use in appropriate allergic asthma patients is co-promoted by Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation and Genentech.

About Xolair® (omalizumab) for subcutaneous use
Important Safety Information: Appropriate Moderate-Severe Allergic Asthma Patients

Xolair should always be injected in a doctor's office. Patients should read the Medication Guide before starting Xolair treatment and before each and every treatment.

A severe allergic reaction called anaphylaxis has happened in some patients after they received Xolair. Anaphylaxis is a life-threatening condition and can lead to death. Patients must seek emergency medical treatment right away if symptoms occur.

Signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis include:

  • wheezing, shortness of breath, cough, chest tightness, or trouble breathing
  • low blood pressure, dizziness, fainting, rapid or weak heartbeat, anxiety, or feeling of "impending doom"
  • flushing, itching, hives, or feeling warm
  • swelling of the throat or tongue, throat tightness, hoarse voice, or trouble swallowing

Anaphylaxis from Xolair can happen:

  • right after receiving a Xolair injection or hours later
  • after
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