Hefiya

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adalimumab

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This medicine is authorised for use in the European Union.

Overview

Hefiya is a medicine that acts on the immune system and is used to treat the following conditions:

  • plaque psoriasis (a disease causing red, scaly patches on the skin);
  • psoriatic arthritis (a disease causing red, scaly patches on the skin with inflammation of the joints);
  • axial spondyloarthritis (inflammation of the spine causing back pain), including ankylosing spondylitis and when X-ray does not show disease but there are clear signs of inflammation;
  • polyarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis and active enthesitis-related arthritis (both rare diseases causing inflammation in the joints);
  • hidradenitis suppurativa (acne inversa), a long-term skin disease that causes lumps, abscesses (collections of pus) and scarring on the skin;
  • non-infectious uveitis (inflammation of the layer beneath the white of the eyeball).

Hefiya is mostly used in adults when their conditions are severe, moderately severe or getting worse, or when patients cannot use other treatments. For more information on the use of Hefiya in all conditions, including when it can be used in children, see the package leaflet or contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Hefiya contains the active substance adalimumab and is a ‘biosimilar medicine’. This means that Hefiya is highly similar to another biological medicine (the ‘reference medicine’) that is already authorised in the EU. The reference medicine for Hefiya is Humira.

This EPAR was last updated on 30/04/2019

Authorisation details

Product details
Name
Hefiya
Agency product number
EMEA/H/C/004865
Active substance
adalimumab
International non-proprietary name (INN) or common name
adalimumab
Therapeutic area (MeSH)
  • Hidradenitis Suppurativa
  • Spondylitis, Ankylosing
  • Psoriasis
  • Arthritis, Juvenile Rheumatoid
  • Uveitis
Anatomical therapeutic chemical (ATC) code
L04AB04
Additional monitoringAdditional monitoring

This medicine is under additional monitoring, meaning that it is monitored even more intensively than other medicines. For more information, see Medicines under additional monitoring.

BiosimilarBiosimilar

This is a biosimilar medicine, which is a biological medicine highly similar to another already approved biological medicine called the ‘reference medicine’. For more information, see Biosimilar medicines.

Publication details
Marketing-authorisation holder
Sandoz GmbH
Revision
3
Date of issue of marketing authorisation valid throughout the European Union
26/07/2018
Contact address
Biochemiestrasse 10
6250 Kundl
Austria

Product information

28/03/2019 Hefiya - EMEA/H/C/004865 - WS/1565

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Pharmacotherapeutic group

Immunosuppressants

Therapeutic indication

Juvenile idiopathic arthritis

Polyarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis

Hefiya in combination with methotrexate is indicated for the treatment of active polyarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis, in patients from the age of 2 years who have had an inadequate response to one or more disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs). Hefiya can be given as monotherapy in case of intolerance to methotrexate or when continued treatment with methotrexate is inappropriate (for the efficacy in monotherapy see section 5.1). Adalimumab has not been studied in patients aged less than 2 years.

Enthesitis-related arthritis

Hefiya is indicated for the treatment of active enthesitis-related arthritis in patients, 6 years of age and older, who have had an inadequate response to, or who are intolerant of, conventional therapy (see section 5.1).

Axial spondyloarthritis

Ankylosing spondylitis (AS)

Hefiya is indicated for the treatment of adults with severe active ankylosing spondylitis who have had an inadequate response to conventional therapy.

Axial spondyloarthritis without radiographic evidence of AS

Hefiya is indicated for the treatment of adults with severe axial spondyloarthritis without radiographic evidence of AS but with objective signs of inflammation by elevated CRP and / or MRI, who have had an inadequate response to, or are intolerant to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.

Psoriatic arthritis

Hefiya is indicated for the treatment of active and progressive psoriatic arthritis in adults when the response to previous disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drug therapy has been inadequate.

Adalimumab has been shown to reduce the rate of progression of peripheral joint damage as measured by X-ray in patients with polyarticular symmetrical subtypes of the disease (see section 5.1) and to improve physical function.

Psoriasis

Hefiya is indicated for the treatment of moderate to severe chronic plaque psoriasis in adult patients who are candidates for systemic therapy.

Paediatric plaque psoriasis

Hefiya is indicated for the treatment of severe chronic plaque psoriasis in children and adolescents from 4 years of age who have had an inadequate response to or are inappropriate candidates for topical therapy and phototherapies.

Uveitis

Hefiya is indicated for the treatment of non-infectious intermediate, posterior and panuveitis in adult patients who have had an inadequate response to corticosteroids, in patients in need of corticosteroid-sparing, or in whom corticosteroid treatment is inappropriate.

Paediatric uveitis

Hefiya is indicated for the treatment of paediatric chronic non-infectious anterior uveitis in patients from 2 years of age who have had an inadequate response to or are intolerant to conventional therapy, or in whom conventional therapy is inappropriate.

Assessment history

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