Class/mechanism: Thrombopoietin (TPO) receptor agonist; interacts with the transmembrane domain of the TPO-receptor to trigger downstream signal cascades that ultimately stimulate platelet production by promoting proliferation and differentiation of megakaryocytes from bone marrow progenitor cells.
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Diseases for which it is used
Patient drug information
History of changes in FDA indication
- 11/20/2008: Initial FDA approval for treatment of "thrombocytopenia in patients with chronic immune (idiopathic) thrombocytopenia (ITP) who have had an insufficient response to corticosteroids, immunoglobulins, or splenectomy."
- 11/19/2012: FDA approved for treatment of "thrombocytopenia in patients with chronic hepatitis C to allow the initiation and maintenance of interferon-based therapy."
- 8/26/2014: FDA approved for "patients with severe aplastic anemia who have had an insufficient response to immunosuppressive therapy."
- 8/24/2015: FDA approved for "the treatment of thrombocytopenia in pediatric patients 1 year and older with chronic immune (idiopathic) thrombocytopenia (ITP) who have had an insufficient response to corticosteroids, immunoglobulins, or splenectomy."
Also known as
- Code name: SB-497115-GR
- Brand names: Eltrom, Promacta, Revolade