NORTH CHICAGO, Ill., Oct. 21, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — AbbVie (NYSE: ABBV) today announces that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved RINVOQ® (upadacitinib 15 mg, once daily), an oral therapy, for the treatment of adults with active non-radiographic axial spondyloarthritis (nr-axSpA) with objective signs of inflammation who have had an inadequate response or intolerance to tumor necrosis factor (TNF) blocker therapy. This additional indication follows the FDA approval of RINVOQ in April of this year for adults with active ankylosing spondylitis (AS) who have had an inadequate response or intolerance to one or more TNF blockers, making it the first and only JAK inhibitor that is approved for both conditions.1
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Nr-axSpA is a chronic, progressive inflammatory rheumatic disease that causes joint inflammation, leading to back pain and stiffness, and cannot be detected by x-ray.5,6 Nr-axSpA and AS are two sub-types of a broader condition called axial spondyloarthritis. Approximately five percent of patients with nr-axSpA will progress to AS after five years, and 19 percent will progress after ten years.7
“This latest FDA approval of RINVOQ in active nr-axSpA provides a new oral, once-daily treatment option for patients who historically have had limited treatment options for this painful, chronic disease,” said Thomas Hudson, M.D., senior vice president, research and development, chief scientific officer, AbbVie. “RINVOQ is now approved to treat patients across the spectrum of axial spondyloarthritis. This further underscores AbbVie’s commitment to advancing the standards of care for patients living with these diseases.”
The FDA approval decision is supported by data from the Phase 3 SELECT-AXIS 2 clinical trial, which assessed the efficacy, safety, and tolerability of RINVOQ in adults with active nr-axSpA. Among patients who received RINVOQ 15 mg, nearly half achieved an ASAS40* response, the primary endpoint, at week 14 compared to placebo (44.9 percent vs. 22.3 percent respectively).1,2 ASAS40 responses were observed as early as two weeks in nr-axSpA patients treated with RINVOQ. The safety profile in patients with nr-axSpA treated with RINVOQ 15 mg was consistent with the safety profile in patients with rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and ankylosing spondylitis.1
“Many patients living with nr-axSpA continue to experience symptoms and are unable to control disease with current treatments. In the SELECT-AXIS 2 trials, RINVOQ demonstrated efficacy in both nr-axSpA and AS with safety that was consistent across indications,” said Atul Deodhar, M.D., professor of medicine and medical director of the Rheumatology Clinics for the Division of Arthritis and Rheumatic Diseases at Oregon Health & Science University, and lead investigator of the SELECT-AXIS 2 nr-axSpA trial. “Today’s FDA approval offers an important new therapeutic option for patients and their caregivers to help take control of their symptoms and disease.”
“There are limited treatment options for people living with nr-axSpA, a condition that can pose many challenges for patients and significantly impact their quality of life as their symptoms persist despite treatment,” said Cassie Shafer, chief executive officer, Spondylitis Association of America (SAA). “This approval of RINVOQ is a tremendous step forward in providing our patient community with another option to help them reach their treatment goals, and to find relief.”
This FDA approval marks the sixth indication for RINVOQ in the United States across chronic immune-mediated diseases, including four in rheumatology.1
Additional study results include the following:
Improvement in nr-axSpA Signs & Symptoms at Week 141,2
In the SELECT-AXIS 2 nr-axSpA trial, patients receiving RINVOQ 15 mg experienced greater improvements at week 14 compared to placebo in the individual components of the ASAS composite index, including total back pain, patient global assessment of disease activity, morning stiffness, and physical function. Multiplicity-controlled endpoints included total back pain and Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Disease Activity Index (BASFI).
*ASAS40 is a composite index that measures disease activity.2 To achieve an ASAS40 response, a patient’s disease activity must have improved by at least 40%, as well as improved by two units (on a 0 to 10 scale) in at least three of four disease areas assessed, and the remaining area must not have gotten worse, including back pain, patient global assessment of disease activity, physical function, and morning stiffness.2
Other Health-Related Outcomes
Patients treated with RINVOQ 15 mg showed significant improvements in health-related quality of life as measured by Ankylosing Spondylitis Quality of Life (ASQoL) compared to placebo at Week 14.
For more information about RINVOQ, visit RINVOQ.com.
Patient Access & Support
AbbVie is committed to helping people access RINVOQ and other medicines, including offering a patient support program and a co-pay card that may reduce out-of-pocket costs to $5 per month for eligible, commercially insured patients. For those with limited or no health insurance, AbbVie offers myAbbVie Assist, a patient assistance program that provides RINVOQ at no charge to those who qualify. For more details, please visit AbbVie.com/myAbbVieAssist.
About SELECT-AXIS 2 trial program4
SELECT-AXIS 2 was conducted as a master study protocol that contains two standalone studies with randomization, data collection, analysis and reporting conducted independently. The Phase 3, randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind studies are evaluating the efficacy and safety of RINVOQ compared with placebo on reduction of signs and symptoms in adult participants with active axial spondyloarthritis (axSpA), including bDMARD-IR AS (Study 1) and non-radiographic axial spondyloarthritis (nr-axSpA) (Study 2). More information on this trial can be found at https://www.clinicaltrials.gov/ (NCT04169373).
In the clinical trial, the primary endpoint was the percentage of subjects achieving an ASAS40 response after 14 weeks of treatment with RINVOQ versus placebo.
About RINVOQ® (upadacitinib)
Discovered and developed by AbbVie scientists, RINVOQ is a selective JAK inhibitor that is being studied in several immune-mediated inflammatory diseases. Based on enzymatic and cellular assays, RINVOQ demonstrated greater inhibitory potency for JAK-1 vs JAK-2, JAK-3, and TYK-2.1 The relevance of inhibition of specific JAK enzymes to therapeutic effectiveness and safety is not currently known.
In the U.S., RINVOQ 15 mg is approved for adults with moderately to severely active rheumatoid arthritis who have had an inadequate response or intolerance to one or more TNF blockers; adults with active psoriatic arthritis who have had an inadequate response or intolerance to one or more TNF blockers; adults with active ankylosing spondylitis (AS) who have had an inadequate response or intolerance to one or more tumor necrosis factor (TNF) blockers and adults with active non-radiographic axial spondyloarthritis with objective signs of inflammation who have had an inadequate response or intolerance to TNF blocker therapy.1 RINVOQ 45 mg is approved for use in adult patients with moderately to severely active ulcerative colitis who have had an inadequate response or intolerance to one or more TNF blockers as an induction therapy once daily for 8 weeks. The recommended dose of RINVOQ for maintenance treatment is 15 mg once daily. A dosage of 30 mg once daily may be considered for patients with refractory, severe or extensive disease. Discontinue RINVOQ if an adequate response is not achieved with the 30 mg dose. Use the lowest effective dosage needed to maintain response. RINVOQ 15 mg once daily can also be initiated in adults and children 12 years of age and older weighing at least 40 kg with refractory, moderate to severe atopic dermatitis whose disease is not adequately controlled with other system drug products, including biologics or when use of those therapies is inadvisable. In these children and adults less than 65 years of age who do not achieve an adequate response, the dose may be increased to 30 mg once daily.
Phase 3 trials of RINVOQ in rheumatoid arthritis, atopic dermatitis, psoriatic arthritis, axial spondyloarthritis, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, giant cell arteritis and Takayasu arteritis are ongoing.4,8-14
U.S. Uses and Important Safety Information About RINVOQ® (upadacitinib) 1
RINVOQ is a prescription medicine used to treat:
It is not known if RINVOQ is safe and effective in children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ulcerative colitis, ankylosing spondylitis, or non-radiographic axial spondyloarthritis.
RINVOQ is safe and effective in children 12 years of age and older weighing at least 88 pounds (40 kg) with atopic dermatitis.
It is not known if RINVOQ is safe and effective in children under 12 years of age with atopic dermatitis.
What is the most important information I should know about RINVOQ?
RINVOQ may cause serious side effects, including:
Do not take RINVOQ if you are allergic to upadacitinib or any of the ingredients in RINVOQ. See the Medication Guide or Consumer Brief Summary for a complete list of ingredients.
What should I tell my HCP BEFORE starting RINVOQ?
Tell your HCP if you:
Tell your HCP about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. RINVOQ and other medicines may affect each other, causing side effects.
Especially tell your HCP if you take:
If you are not sure if you are taking any of these medicines, ask your HCP or pharmacist.
What should I do or tell my HCP AFTER starting RINVOQ?
What are the other possible side effects of RINVOQ?
Common side effects include upper respiratory tract infections (common cold, sinus infections), shingles (herpes zoster), herpes simplex virus infections (including cold sores), bronchitis, nausea, cough, fever, acne, headache, increased blood levels of creatine phosphokinase, allergic reactions, inflammation of hair follicles, stomach-area (abdominal) pain, increased weight, flu, tiredness, lower number of certain types of white blood cells (neutropenia, lymphopenia), muscle pain, flu-like illness, rash, increased blood cholesterol levels, and increased liver enzyme levels.
A separation or tear to the lining of the back part of the eye (retinal detachment) has happened in people with atopic dermatitis treated with RINVOQ. Call your HCP right away if you have any sudden changes in your vision during treatment with RINVOQ.
These are not all the possible side effects of RINVOQ.
How should I take RINVOQ?
RINVOQ is taken once a day with or without food. Do not split, crush, or chew the tablet. Take RINVOQ exactly as your HCP tells you to use it. RINVOQ is available in 15 mg, 30 mg, and 45 mg extended-release tablets.
This is the most important information to know about RINVOQ. For more information, talk to your HCP.
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA.
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Globally, prescribing information varies; refer to the individual country product label for complete information.
About AbbVie in Rheumatology
For more than 20 years, AbbVie has been dedicated to improving care for people living with rheumatic diseases. Our longstanding commitment to discovering and delivering transformative therapies is underscored by our pursuit of cutting-edge science that improves our understanding of promising new pathways and targets in order to help more people living with rheumatic diseases reach their treatment goals. For more information, visit AbbVie in rheumatology.
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*Dr. Atul Deodhar, M.D., is a researcher/consultant for AbbVie.
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