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Pharmacology/Drug Development

2022 Jul 14


Nemolizumab: First Approval.


Keam SJ
Drugs. 2022 Jul 14.
PMID: 35834124.


Nemolizumab is a subcutaneously administered humanized anti-interleukin-31 (IL-31) receptor A (IL-31RA) monoclonal antibody that is being developed by Chugai Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd, Maruho Co. Ltd and Galderma Pharma S.A. for the treatment of skin diseases, including atopic dermatitis (AD), AD associated pruritus (ADaP), prurigo nodularis (PN), chronic kidney disease associated pruritus (CKDaP) and systemic sclerosis (SSc). IL-31 is a neuroimmune cytokine that induces itch, inflammation, keratinocyte differentiation and fibroblast activation in chronic pruritic skin diseases. Nemolizumab (Mitchga Syringes) was approved in Japan on 28 March 2022 for use in adults and children over the age of 13 years for the treatment of itch associated with AD (only when existing treatment is insufficiently effective). This article summarizes the milestones in the development of nemolizumab leading to this first approval.