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Prometheus Launches New Adalimumab Drug And Antibody Levels Monitoring Test
Date:4/30/2013

and healthcare providers," said Anthony Yost , Chief Commercial Officer of Prometheus.  "As the gastrointestinal healthcare community continues to further understand the long-term use of biologic agents in treating diseases like IBD, the need for comprehensive diagnostic tests like PROMETHEUS Anser ADA and PROMETHEUS Anser IFX becomes more critical, as does the value these novel assays offer in terms of time and expense saved when response to adalimumab or infliximab is lost."

About IBD
IBD, including Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, is a chronic inflammatory condition of the intestinal tract. Symptoms of the disease may include diarrhea, abdominal pain, fever and rectal bleeding. Patients may require long-term medical care, including hospitalizations, surgeries and therapeutics. The condition can be difficult to diagnose and manage clinically while consuming a substantial amount of healthcare resources in terms of physician time, procedures and medications.


About Adalimumab
Adalimumab is a fully human monoclonal antibody and belongs to a class of drugs called Tumor Necrosis Factor (TNF) blockers. TNF blockers suppress the immune system by blocking the activity of TNF, a substance in the body that can cause inflammation and lead to autoimmune diseases. In addition to being approved for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, adalimumab is also approved for the treatment of other autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis (joint pain associated with psoriasis), and ankylosing spondylitis (arthritis affecting the joints in the spine and the pelvis). The drugs in this class include Humira® (adalimumab), Remicade® (infliximab), Enbrel® (etanercept), Cimzia® (certolizumab pegol) and Simponi® (golimumab).

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