The US Food and Drug Administration has approved a new, monthly single-dose administration for evolocumab (Repatha®, Amgen, Inc), according to a press release from the manufacturer
The Pushtronex system™ (on-body infusor with prefilled cartridge) is a hands-free device designed to deliver 420 mg of evolocumab in a single dose. Currently, evolocumab is the only PCSK9 inhibitor to be offered as a monthly single-dose.
Evolocumab is indicated as an adjunct therapy to diet and maximally tolerated statin therapy for patients with heterozygous familial hypercholesterolemia or clinical atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease who need additional low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol lowering, and as an adjunct to diet and other LDL-lowering therapies for the treatment of patients with homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia (>13 years of age).
The device adheres to the patient’s body, delivering the drug subcutaneously, which allows for simultaneous moderate physical activities (eg, walking, reaching, or bending).
The US Wholesale Acquisition Cost pricing of evolocumab is $14 100 per year; however, actual costs are expected to be lower since this pricing does not reflect rebates or discounts, according to information in the release.
The Pushtronex system™ will be available in the United States in early August 2016.
FDA approves first and only single monthly injection for a PCSK9 inhibitor [news release]. Amgen Inc; Thousand Oaks, CA: July 11, 2016. Accessed July 11, 2016.