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U.S. Food and Drug Administration Approves ORENCIA(R) (abatacept) for the Treatment of Moderate-to-Severe Polyarticular Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA) in Patients Six Years and Older
Date:4/8/2008

patients six to 17 years of age with moderately to severely active polyarticular JIA who had an inadequate response to one or more disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs), such as MTX or TNF antagonists.

"Juvenile idiopathic arthritis is the most prevalent form of arthritis in children(3)," said Elliott Sigal, M.D., Ph.D., executive vice president, chief scientific officer and president, Research and Development, Bristol-Myers Squibb. "This new indication for ORENCIA offers another treatment option to help improve signs and symptoms of this serious disease in pediatric and adolescent patients."

In addition to the approval for JIA, Bristol-Myers Squibb has added a post-marketing safety section to the package insert. This section states that the post-marketing adverse event profile that was observed in adult RA patients did not differ from that seen in the clinical trials of adult RA patients. The FDA also has revised the adult indication to remove the requirement that patients must first fail at least one DMARD before initiating therapy with ORENCIA. The new indication statement is: ORENCIA is indicated for reducing signs and symptoms, inducing major clinical response, inhibiting the progression of structural damage and improving physical function in adult patients with moderately to severely active RA. ORENCIA may be used as monotherapy or concomitantly with DMARDs other than TNF antagonists. ORENCIA should not be administered concomitantly with TNF antagonists and is not recommended for use concomitantly with other biologic RA therapy, such as anakinra. The revised adult indication means that ORENCIA is an appropriate option for patients with moderate-to-severe RA, regardless of prior treatment received.

ORENCIA JIA Study (AWAKEN Trial)

The AWAKEN trial was a three-part study which included patients with subtypes of JIA that at disease onset included Oligoarticular JIA (16 percent), Polyarticular JIA (64 percent; 20 percent were
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