An overview of Xeljanz and why it is authorised in the EU
Xeljanz is a medicine for treating adults with moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis, a disease that causes inflammation of the joints, and psoriatic arthritis (red, scaly patches on the skin with inflammation of the joints). Xeljanz is used together with methotrexate after treatment with one or more medicines known as disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) has not worked well enough or has led to troublesome side effects.
In patients with rheumatoid arthritis, Xeljanz can also be taken alone by patients who cannot take or are intolerant to methotrexate.
Xeljanz is also used to treat adults with moderate to severe ulcerative colitis, a disease causing inflammation and ulcers in the lining of the gut, after treatment with other medicines has not worked well, has stopped working or has led to troublesome side effects.
Xeljanz contains the active substance tofacitinib.
Xeljanz : EPAR - Medicine overview (PDF/81.29 KB)
First published: 31/03/2017
Last updated: 16/08/2018
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06/09/2018 Xeljanz - EMEA/H/C/004214 - IAIN/0014
- Annex I - Summary of product characteristics
- Annex IIA - Manufacturing-authorisation holder responsible for batch release
- Annex IIB - Conditions of the marketing authorisation
- Annex IIIA - Labelling
- Annex IIIB - Package leaflet
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Xeljanz in combination with methotrexate (MTX) is indicated for the treatment of moderate to severe active rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in adult patients who have responded inadequately to, or who are intolerant to one or more disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs.
Xeljanz can be given as monotherapy in case of intolerance to MTX or when treatment with MTX is inappropriate (see sections 4.4 and 4.5).
Meeting highlights from the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) 23-26 January 201727/01/2017