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Takeda Announces FDA Acceptance of BLA for Subcutaneous Administration of ENTYVIO® (vedolizumab) for Maintenance Therapy in Moderately to Severely Active Crohn’s Disease

Applications for Investigational Subcutaneous Administrations for Both Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis Are Now Under Review by the FDA

Takeda (TSE:4502/NYSE:TAK) today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has accepted for review its Biologics License Application (BLA) for the investigational subcutaneous (SC) administration of ENTYVIO® (vedolizumab) for maintenance therapy in adults with moderately to severely active Crohn’s disease (CD) after induction therapy with ENTYVIO intravenous (IV). An application for the SC administration of ENTYVIO for the treatment of adults with moderately to severely active ulcerative colitis (UC) is also under review by the FDA.

“With two applications for a subcutaneous option of ENTYVIO now under FDA review, we remain firm in our commitment to the inflammatory bowel disease community—adults with ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease—and the health care professionals actively managing their care,” said Vijay Yajnik, M.D., Ph.D., vice president, head of U.S. Medical for Gastroenterology, Takeda. “Every patient journey is different, and every patient has a unique set of medical needs and personal preferences. We strongly believe in meeting those needs—providing both an IV and a subcutaneous administration option for ENTYVIO, pending approval, is one way we can do that.”

The BLA package for SC administration of ENTYVIO for the treatment of adults with moderately to severely active CD is based on data from VISIBLE 2, a pivotal Phase 3 clinical trial that assessed the safety and efficacy of an SC formulation of ENTYVIO as maintenance therapy compared to placebo in 409 adult patients with moderately to severely active CD who achieved clinical response* at Week 6 following two doses of open-label vedolizumab IV therapy at Weeks 0 and 2. Patients were randomized 2:1 to SC administration of ENTYVIO 108 mg or placebo every 2 weeks. Eligible patients had an inadequate response to or intolerance of corticosteroids, immunomodulators, and/or anti-tumor necrosis factor [TNF] therapies. The primary endpoint was clinical remission [defined as CD Activity Index score ≤150] at Week 52.1

*Clinical response is defined as a ≥70-point decrease in Crohn’s Disease Activity Index (CDAI) score from baseline (Week 0).1

About the VISIBLE Clinical Trial Program

The VISIBLE clinical trial program aims to assess the efficacy and safety of an SC formulation of vedolizumab as maintenance therapy in adult patients with moderately to severely active UC2 and CD.1

The VISIBLE program consists of three Phase 3 studies involving more than 1,000 UC and CD patients, including two randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled studies examining the percentage of participants achieving clinical remission at Week 52 and an open-label extension study to determine the long-term safety and efficacy of vedolizumab SC.1,2,3

About ENTYVIO® (vedolizumab)

Vedolizumab is a biologic therapy and is approved in intravenous (IV) and subcutaneous (SC) formulations (approvals vary by market; vedolizumab is not currently approved in the SC formulation in the U.S.).4,5 Vedolizumab SC has been granted marketing authorization in the European Union and more than 50 countries. Vedolizumab IV has been granted marketing authorization in more than 70 countries, including the United States and European Union. Globally, vedolizumab IV and SC have more than one million patient years of exposure to date.6 It is a humanized monoclonal antibody designed to specifically antagonize the alpha4beta7 integrin, inhibiting the binding of alpha4beta7 integrin to intestinal mucosal addressin cell adhesion molecule 1 (MAdCAM-1), but not vascular cell adhesion molecule 1 (VCAM-1).7 MAdCAM-1 is preferentially expressed on blood vessels and lymph nodes of the gastrointestinal tract.8 The alpha4beta7 integrin is expressed on a subset of circulating white blood cells.7 These cells have been shown to play a role in mediating the inflammatory process in ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.7,9,10 By inhibiting alpha4beta7 integrin, vedolizumab may limit the ability of certain white blood cells to infiltrate gut tissues.7



For adult patients with moderately to severely active ulcerative colitis (UC) or Crohn’s disease (CD) when other therapies have not worked well enough or cannot be tolerated.


ENTYVIO is contraindicated in patients who have had a known serious or severe hypersensitivity reaction to ENTYVIO or any of its excipients.


  • Infusion-Related and Hypersensitivity Reactions: Infusion-related reactions and hypersensitivity reactions including anaphylaxis, dyspnea, bronchospasm, urticaria, flushing, rash, and increased blood pressure and heart rate have been reported. These reactions may occur with the first or subsequent infusions and may vary in their time of onset from during infusion or up to several hours post-infusion. If anaphylaxis or other serious infusion-related or hypersensitivity reactions occur, discontinue administration of ENTYVIO immediately and initiate appropriate treatment.
  • Infections: Patients treated with ENTYVIO are at increased risk for developing infections. Serious infections have been reported in patients treated with ENTYVIO, including anal abscess, sepsis (some fatal), tuberculosis, salmonella sepsis, Listeria meningitis, giardiasis, and cytomegaloviral colitis. ENTYVIO is not recommended in patients with active, severe infections until the infections are controlled. Consider withholding ENTYVIO in patients who develop a severe infection while on treatment with ENTYVIO. Exercise caution in patients with a history of recurring severe infections. Consider screening for tuberculosis (TB) according to the local practice.
  • Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy (PML): PML, a rare and often fatal opportunistic infection of the central nervous system (CNS), has been reported with systemic immunosuppressants, including another integrin receptor antagonist. PML is caused by the John Cunningham (JC) virus and typically only occurs in patients who are immunocompromised. One case of PML in an ENTYVIO-treated patient with multiple contributory factors has been reported in the postmarketing setting (e.g., human immunodeficiency virus [HIV] infection with a CD4 count of 300 cells/mm3 and prior and concomitant immunosuppression). Although unlikely, a risk of PML cannot be ruled out. Monitor patients for any new or worsening neurological signs or symptoms. Typical signs and symptoms associated with PML are diverse, progress over days to weeks, and include progressive weakness on one side of the body or clumsiness of limbs, disturbance of vision, and changes in thinking, memory, and orientation leading to confusion and personality changes. If PML is suspected, withhold dosing with ENTYVIO and refer to neurologist; if confirmed, discontinue ENTYVIO dosing permanently.
  • Liver Injury: There have been reports of elevations of transaminase and/or bilirubin in patients receiving ENTYVIO. ENTYVIO should be discontinued in patients with jaundice or other evidence of significant liver injury.
  • Live and Oral Vaccines: Prior to initiating treatment with ENTYVIO, all patients should be brought up to date with all immunizations according to current immunization guidelines. Patients receiving ENTYVIO may receive non-live vaccines and may receive live vaccines if the benefits outweigh the risks.


The most common adverse reactions (incidence ≥3% and ≥1% higher than placebo) were: nasopharyngitis, headache, arthralgia, nausea, pyrexia, upper respiratory tract infection, fatigue, cough, bronchitis, influenza, back pain, rash, pruritus, sinusitis, oropharyngeal pain, and pain in extremities.


Adult Ulcerative Colitis (UC):

ENTYVIO is indicated in adults for the treatment of moderately to severely active UC.

Adult Crohn’s Disease (CD):

ENTYVIO is indicated in adults for the treatment of moderately to severely active CD.


  • ENTYVIO IV Injection: 300 mg vedolizumab

Please click for Full U.S. Prescribing Information.

About Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s Disease

Ulcerative colitis (UC) and Crohn’s disease (CD) are two of the most common forms of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).11 Both UC and CD are chronic, relapsing, remitting, inflammatory conditions of the gastrointestinal tract.12,13 UC only involves the large intestine as opposed to CD, which can affect any part of the GI tract from mouth to anus.14,15 CD can also affect the entire thickness of the bowel wall, while UC only involves the innermost lining of the large intestine.14,15 UC can present with symptoms of abdominal discomfort or loose bowel movements, including blood.14,16 CD can present with symptoms of abdominal pain, diarrhea, and weight loss.15 The cause of UC or CD is not fully understood; however, research suggests that an interplay between environmental factors, genetics, and intestinal microbiota may contribute to the development of UC or CD.14,17,12

Takeda’s Commitment to Gastroenterology

We believe that gastrointestinal (GI) and liver diseases are life-disrupting conditions. Beyond a fundamental need for effective treatment options, we understand that improving patients’ lives also depends on their needs being recognized. With nearly 30 years of experience in gastroenterology, Takeda has made significant strides in addressing patient needs with treatments for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), acid-related diseases, short bowel syndrome (SBS), and motility disorders. We are making significant strides toward closing the gap on new areas of unmet need. Together with researchers, patient groups and more, we are working to advance scientific research and clinical medicine in GI.

About Takeda

Takeda is focused on creating better health for people and a brighter future for the world. We aim to discover and deliver life-transforming treatments in our core therapeutic and business areas, including gastrointestinal and inflammation, rare diseases, plasma-derived therapies, oncology, neuroscience and vaccines. Together with our partners, we aim to improve the patient experience and advance a new frontier of treatment options through our dynamic and diverse pipeline. As a leading values-based, R&D-driven biopharmaceutical company headquartered in Japan, we are guided by our commitment to patients, our people and the planet. Our employees in approximately 80 countries and regions are driven by our purpose and are grounded in the values that have defined us for more than two centuries. For more information, visit

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