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Johnson & Johson Asks FDA for Wider Use of Juvenile Arthritis Drug

J&J's Janssen unit asked the FDA for expanded approval of its Stelara drug to treat pediatric patients with juvenile psoriatic arthritis.
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Johnson & Johnson's  (JNJ) - Get Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) Report Janssen Pharmaceutical said Friday said it asked the FDA for expanded approval of its Stelara drug to treat pediatric patients with juvenile psoriatic arthritis.

“The filing is supported by extrapolation of data from nine studies across both adult trials in active [juvenile psoriatic arthritis] and adult and pediatric studies in moderate to severe plaque psoriasis, totaling 3,997 patients evaluated across these closely associated diseases,” Janssen said.

“Data extrapolation is the process of estimating response, trends or effects based on previous observations from patients with closely related conditions.

“With the limited availability of pediatric patients for clinical-trial inclusion, researchers can extrapolate data from trials with adults to determine the potential efficacy and tolerability of a treatment for a pediatric population."

The New Brunswick, N.J., health-care titan expects a decision from the Food and Drug Administration late in 2022.

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