Ofatumumab (Arzerra)

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Note: As of 2020-10-15, ofatumumab is no longer available for commercial purchase as Arzerra. Novartis will continue providing drug directly, at no cost to patient, but only for the diagnosis of chronic lymphocytic leukemia.

General information

Class/mechanism: Anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody that binds to small and large extracellular loops of the CD20 molecule which is expressed on B-cells. The Fc domain of ofatumumab has been observed in vitro to mediate immune effector functions and B-cell lysis, which is hypothesized to involve complement-dependent cytotoxicity (CDC) and/or antibody-dependent cell mediated cytotoxicity (ADCC).[1][2][3]
Route: IV
Extravasation: no information

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Diseases for which it is used

Diseases for which it was used

Patient drug information

History of changes in FDA indication

  • 2009-10-26: Granted accelerated approval for the treatment of patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) refractory to Fludarabine (Fludara) and Alemtuzumab (Campath). (Based on Hx-CD20-406)
  • 2016-01-19: Approval expanded for extended treatment of patients who are in complete or partial response after at least two lines of therapy for recurrent or progressive chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). (Based on PROLONG)
  • 2016-08-30: Approved in combination with fludarabine and cyclophosphamide for the treatment of patients with relapsed CLL. (Based on COMPLEMENT 2)
  • 2020-08-20: Approved as Kesimpta for the treatment of relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (MS), to include clinically isolated syndrome, relapsing-remitting disease, and active secondary progressive disease, in adults. (Non-cancer indication)

History of changes in EMA indication

  • 2010-04-19: Initial authorization as Arzerra for treatment of chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL) in patients refractory to fludarabine and alemtuzumab. (Based on Hx-CD20-406)
  • 2014-06-30: Extension of Indication to include in previously untreated chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL) patients, the treatment in combination with chlorambucil or bendamustine of patients with CLL who have not received prior therapy and who are not eligible for fludarabine-based therapy.
  • 2016-12-08: Extension of indication to include the combination of Arzerra with fludarabine and cyclophosphamide for the treatment of adult patients with relapsed Chronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia.
  • 2019-02-28: Approval withdrawn at the request of the manufacturer, for commercial reasons

History of changes in Health Canada indication

  • 2012-03-09: Initial notice of compliance with conditions
  • 2017-01-17: Conditions were met

History of changes in PMDA indication

Also known as

  • Code name: HuMax-CD20
  • Brand names: Arzerra, Kesimpta