The Food and Drug Administration has approved Eticovo (etanercept-ykro), a biosimilar of Enbrel (etanercept), for the treatment of several different rheumatologic and dermatologic conditions.
FDA approval was based in part on theof a in which 596 patients with moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis uncontrolled by methotrexate received either Eticovo or Enbrel. The American College of Rheumatology 20% response rate after 24 weeks was 78.1% for Eticovo and 80.3% for Enbrel; the two drugs were statistically equivalent. Both groups had statistically equivalent rates of treatment-emergent adverse events (55.2% vs. 58.2%).
According to the, Eticovo is a tumor necrosis factor blocker approved for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, polyarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, and plaque psoriasis in patients aged 4 years or older. The most common adverse events associated with the drug include infections and injection site reactions.
Eticovo is the second etanercept biosimilar approved by the FDA. The first FDA-approved etanercept biosimilar, etanercept-szzs (), is currently facing a legal challenge from Amgen, the manufacturer of Enbrel.