- Zeposia, the first and only oral sphingosine 1-phosphate (S1P) receptor modulator approved for ulcerative colitis, represents a new way of treating this chronic immune-mediated disease
- Zeposia demonstrated significant improvements across all primary and key secondary efficacy endpoints – including clinical remission, clinical response, endoscopic improvement and endoscopic-histologic mucosal improvement – versus placebo at Week 10 and Week 52 in True North Phase 3 study
- First approved gastrointestinal disease treatment for Bristol Myers Squibb’s growing immunology franchise and marks the second indication for Zeposia
- Bristol Myers Squibb is committed to making Zeposia accessible to appropriate patients who need it through the Zeposia 360 Support™ program
Bristol Myers Squibb today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Zeposia® (ozanimod) 0.92 mg for the treatment of adults with moderately to severely active ulcerative colitis (UC), a chronic inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Zeposia, an oral medication taken once daily, is the first and only sphingosine 1-phosphate (S1P) receptor modulator approved for patients with moderately to severely active UC. The mechanism by which Zeposia exerts therapeutic effects in UC is unknown but may involve the reduction of lymphocyte migration into the intestines. It is thought that by targeting S1P receptors on lymphocytes, a type of immune system cell, Zeposia reduces the number of lymphocytes in peripheral blood.
“Despite the availability of approved therapies, there is still unmet need and an opportunity to deliver additional treatment options to help patients better manage their disease,” said Adam Lenkowsky, general manager and head, U.S., Cardiovascular, Immunology and Oncology, Bristol Myers Squibb. “We’re thrilled that our pursuit of transformative science in immunology may benefit patients in their ulcerative colitis treatment by introducing a new option that has a different mechanism of action than available therapies. Zeposia combines disease control through lasting remission and demonstrated safety in a once-daily pill.”
Zeposia is contraindicated in patients who in the last six months experienced myocardial infarction, unstable angina, stroke, transient ischemic attack (TIA), decompensated heart failure requiring hospitalization, or Class III/IV heart failure or have the presence of Mobitz type II second-degree or third degree atrioventricular (AV) block, sick sinus syndrome, or sino-atrial block, unless the patient has a functioning pacemaker; patients with severe untreated sleep apnea; and patients taking a monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitor. Zeposia is associated with the following Warnings and Precautions: increased risk of infections, bradyarrhythmia and atrioventricular conduction delays, liver injury, fetal risk, increased blood pressure, respiratory effects, macular edema, posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome (PRES), unintended additive immunosuppressive effects from prior immunosuppressive or immune-modulating drugs, and severe increase in disability and immune system effects after stopping Zeposia. Please see Important Safety Information for additional details. The most common adverse reactions (incidence ≥ 4%) were liver test increased, upper respiratory infection, and headache.