New drug to treat iron overload

Novartis announces FDA approval for Jadenu™ to simplify treatment administration for patients with chronic iron overload

Novartis announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved JadenuTM (deferasirox) tablets, a new oral formulation of Exjade® (deferasirox) tablets for oral suspension, for the treatment of chronic iron overload due to blood transfusions in patients 2 years of age and older, and chronic iron overload in non-transfusion-dependent thalassemia syndromes (NTDT) in patients 10 years of age and older. Jadenu is the only once-daily oral iron chelator that can be swallowed whole.

  • Jadenu (deferasirox), a new formulation of Exjade (deferasirox), is the only once-daily oral tablet for iron chelation
  • Jadenu, taken with or without food, simplifies daily treatment administration for patients with chronic iron overload
  • Chronic iron overload is a serious condition that can affect people with sickle cell disease, thalassemia and myelodysplastic syndromes

Jadenu contains deferasirox, the same active ingredient that is in Exjade, a medicine that has been used by patients with chronic iron overload for almost 10 years. Exjade currently is the most-prescribed chelator in the United States[5].

“Jadenu is an exciting development for patients with chronic iron overload who have been eager for alternative treatment options,” said Dr. Elliott Vichinsky, Director of Hematology and Oncology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland and Professor, UCSF School of Medicine. “Taking iron chelation therapy every day has sometimes been a challenge for them. The administration of Jadenu oral tablets once a day is simple.”

Novartis has submitted additional regulatory applications for Jadenu in other countries worldwide.

Read the whole media release or read more about Jadenu.

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