Kedrion Biopharma and Kamada Ltd. announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a label update for KEDRAB® (Rabies Immune Globulin [Human]), establishing the product’s safety and effectiveness in children.
The new updates to the KEDRAB label are based on data from the KEDRAB U.S. post marketing Pediatric Study, the first and only clinical trial to establish pediatric safety and effectiveness of any HRIG in the U.S.
Rabies is a life-threatening disease, but it is fully preventable if treated on time. It impacts approximately 40,000 people in the U.S. each year. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), up to 40 percent of people exposed to a suspected rabid animal are children under 15 years of age.
“Improving the lives of people with rare and serious diseases is our most important mission at Kedrion Biopharma,” said Kedrion Biopharma Chief Executive Officer, Val Romberg. “As the U.S. market’s first and only human rabies immune globulin to be studied in children, KEDRAB is an excellent example of that dedication. Today’s news will provide added peace of mind for physicians who choose KEDRAB in treating children who have possibly been exposed to rabies. We are especially proud of our partnership with Kamada, which has resulted in this significant step forward in global health.”
“Kamada is excited to have a HRIG that can treat people of all ages in the U.S. with the FDA-approved label expansion for KEDRAB,” said Amir London, Chief Executive Officer of Kamada. “We believe that this label update may support an increase of KEDRAB’s U.S. market share. We anticipate that sales of KEDRAB will continue to grow meaningfully in the U.S., capturing a significant portion of the estimated annual $150 million U.S. HRIG market.”
Under the clinical development and marketing agreement between Kedrion Biopharma and Kamada, Kamada holds the license for KEDRAB and Kedrion Biopharma has exclusive rights to commercialize the product in the U.S.