ADAKVEO® (crizanlizumab) is indicated for the prevention of recurrent VOCs in patients with sickle cell disease (SCD) who are aged 16 years and over. It can be given as an add-on therapy to hydroxyurea/hydroxycarbamide (HU/HC) or as a monotherapy in patients for whom HU/HC is inappropriate or inadequate1
ADAKVEO® has a conditional marketing authorisation and further evidence is awaited
Choose ADAKVEO® because VOC prevention matters2
The SUSTAIN* study demonstrated ADAKVEO® had a manageable safety profile10
- The rate of adverse events (AEs) were well balanced between ADAKVEO® and placebo groups10
- The most frequently reported adverse drug reactions (≥10% of patients) in the ADAKVEO® 5 mg/kg group were arthralgia, nausea, back pain, pyrexia and abdominal pain1
- Severe adverse events were less common: arthralgia and pyrexia (each 0.9%)1
- Two patients on ADAKVEO® discontinued treatment due to adverse reactions vs. three patients on placebo11
ADAKVEO® is subject to additional monitoring. This will allow quick identification of new safety information. Healthcare professionals are asked to report any suspected adverse reactions. Reporting suspected adverse reactions after authorisation of ADAKVEO® is important to understand the safety profile of the treatment for SCD patients.
*The SUSTAIN study assessed the efficacy and safety of ADAKVEO® in patients between the ages of 16–65 years at 69 sites in three countries. The SUSTAIN study was a Phase II, double-blind, randomised trial where patients received 5 mg/kg ADAKVEO® (n=67); 2.5 mg/kg ADAKVEO® (n=66); or placebo (n=65), administered intravenously at week 0, 2, 6 and 4 weekly intervals thereafter over a period of 52-weeks.2
Key inclusion criteria:2
- 16 to 65 years of age
- Confirmed medical history or diagnosis of SCD (including HbSS, HbSC, HbSβ+-thalassaemia, HbSβ0-thalassaemia or other genotypes)
- With or without HU/HC
- Experienced 2–10 VOCs in the preceding 12 months
- Clinically acceptable medical history, physical examination, vital signs, clinical laboratory tests
Abbreviations: HC, hydroxycarbamide; HU, hydroxyurea; IV, intravenous; SCD, sickle cell disease; VOCs, vaso-occlusive crises.
- ADAKVEO® Summary of Product Characteristics.
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- National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. SBIR Success Stories. NHLBI funding leads to promising drug candidate to prevent sickle cell pain. Available at: www.nhlbi.nih.gov/grants-and-training/fundingopportunities-and-contacts/.... Date accessed: April 2021.
- ADAKVEO® EPAR CHMP assessment report. 2020.
- Kutlar A, et al. Am J Hematol. 2019;94(1):55–61.