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Drugs. 2018 Nov;78(17):1829-1834. doi: 10.1007/s40265-018-1004-5.

Fremanezumab: First Global Approval.

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Fremanezumab-vfrm (hereafter referred to as fremanezumab) [AJOVY™] is a fully humanized monoclonal antibody (IgG2Δa) developed by Teva Pharmaceuticals to selectively target calcitonin gene-related peptide (a vasodilatory neuropeptide involved in the pathophysiology of migraine). Its use has been associated with significant reductions in migraine frequency, the requirement for acute headache medication use and headache-related disability compared with placebo in multinational, phase III studies, and in September 2018 fremanezumab was approved by the US FDA for the preventive treatment of migraine in adults. A regulatory assessment for fremanezumab as a preventive treatment of migraine in adults is underway in the EU. Fremanezumab is also undergoing phase III development for the preventive treatment of cluster headache (although a phase III chronic cluster headache study has been suspended due to the results of a prespecified futility analysis) and phase II development for the preventive treatment of post-traumatic headache disorder. This article summarizes the milestones in the development of fremanezumab leading to this first approval in the USA for the preventive treatment of migraine in adults.

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