AbbVie announced that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Orphan Drug Designation to risankizumab (ABBV-066) for the investigational treatment of Crohn’s disease in pediatric patients

Pediatric patients afflicted with Crohn’s disease may experience a delay in growth and sexual maturation and have symptoms similar to those seen in adults, including diarrhea, abdominal pain, rectal bleeding, and weight loss. 

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Risankizumab, an IL-23 inhibitor, is being studied for immunological disorders such as Crohn’s disease, psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis, and asthma. It is being developed in collaboration with Boehringer Ingelheim.

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