Pfizer’s Arthritis Pill Gets FDA Panel’s Okay | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 90 Issue 20 | p. 20 | Concentrates
Issue Date: May 14, 2012

Pfizer’s Arthritis Pill Gets FDA Panel’s Okay

Department: Business
Keywords: pharmaceuticals, arthritis, JAK3

An FDA advisory panel has recommended the approval of Pfizer’s rheumatoid arthritis drug tofacitinib. The JAK3 inhibitor is widely viewed as a potential blockbuster drug. The panel voted 7-2 in favor of approving the drug for use in patients with rheumatoid arthritis whose disease has failed to improve with other treatments. The committee raised concerns over the safety of long-term use of tofacitinib, leading analysts to believe FDA might approve only a low dose of the drug. Pfizer is trying to revive growth after the recent loss of patent protection for its top-selling drug, Lipitor. Analysts are projecting that tofacitinib could bring in peak sales of up to $2 billion per year.

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