Emapalumab-Izsg (hereafter referred to as emapalumab) [Gamifant®] is a monoclonal antibody directed against interferon gamma that is available as an intravenous infusion. Emapalumab is being developed by Novimmune and Swedish Orphan Biovitrum for the treatment of haemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH). In November 2018, emapalumab received its first global approval in the USA, for the treatment of paediatric (newborn and older) and adult patients with primary HLH, who have refractory, recurrent or progressive disease or intolerance to conventional HLH therapy. Emapalumab is under regulatory review in the EU for the treatment of primary HLH. This article summarizes the milestones in the development of emapalumab leading to this first global approval for HLH in the USA.
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During the peer review process the manufacturer of the agent under review was offered an opportunity to comment on the article. Changes resulting from any comments received were made by the authors on the basis of scientific completeness and accuracy. Zaina T. Al-Salama is a salaried employee of Adis/Springer, is responsible for the article content and declares no relevant conflicts of interest.
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