Inflectra (infliximab-dyyb), a biosimilar to Remicade (infliximab), is now covered by Medicare and Medicaid. Approved by the Food and Drug Administration in April 2016, Inflectra is the first biosimilar indicated for the treatment of rheumatic and inflammatory diseases to come to market in the United States. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services added it to its pricing list beginning January 1, 2017.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Inflectra – a so-called biosimilar version of the biologic Remicade (infliximab) – to treat rheumatoid arthritis (RA), ankylosing spondylitis (AS) and psoriatic arthritis (PsA) as well as psoriasis and inflammatory bowel disease. It is the first biosimilar approved in the U.S. for autoimmune, inflammatory conditions, including RA, PsA and AS, and only the second biosimilar approved by the agency to date. (A drug used in cancer treatment, filgrastim-sndz, sold as Zarxio, was approved in March 2015.)
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