Emicizumab-kxwh: First Global Approval
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Emicizumab-kxwh (Hemlibra®) is a bispecific humanized monoclonal antibody that restores the function of missing activated FVIII by bridging activated FIX and FX to facilitate effective haemostasis in patients with haemophilia A. Subcutaneous emicizumab-kxwh is approved in the USA for use as routine prophylaxis to prevent or reduce the frequency of bleeding episodes in adults and paediatric patients with haemophilia A (congenital FVIII deficiency) with FVIII inhibitors. Subcutaneous emicizumab-kxwh is awaiting approval in several countries worldwide, including in the EU and Japan, and is undergoing phase 3 development in haemophilia A without FVIII inhibitors. This article summarizes the milestones in the development of emicizumab-kxwh leading to its first global approval for use as prophylaxis to prevent or reduce the frequency of bleeding episodes in patients with haemophilia A.
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During the peer review process the manufacturer of the agent under review was offered an opportunity to comment on the article. Changes resulting from any comments received were made by the authors on the basis of scientific completeness and accuracy. Lesley Scott and Esther Kim are salaried employees of Adis/Springer, are responsible for the article content and declare no relevant conflicts of interest.
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