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Interferon beta-1a - Biogen

Drug Profile

Interferon beta-1a - Biogen

Alternative Names: Avonex; Avonex Pen; IFN-b-1a; Interferon β-1a

Latest Information Update: 12 Mar 2019

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At a glance

  • Originator Biogen Idec
  • Developer Biogen; Eisai Co Ltd; Merck & Co; Nektar Therapeutics
  • Class Antineoplastics; Interferons
  • Mechanism of Action Immunostimulants
  • Orphan Drug Status

    Orphan designation is assigned by a regulatory body to encourage companies to develop drugs for rare diseases.

  • New Molecular Entity Yes

Highest Development Phases

  • Marketed Multiple sclerosis
  • Discontinued Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyradiculoneuropathy; Glioma; Hepatitis B; Hepatitis C; Human papillomavirus infections; Pulmonary fibrosis; Ulcerative colitis

Most Recent Events

  • 11 Jan 2019 Merck KGaA completes the phase-II INCREASE trial in Multiple sclerosis in Italy (NCT03387046)
  • 26 Mar 2018 Phase-II clinical trials in Multiple sclerosis (Combination therapy) in Italy (SC) (NCT03387046)
  • 29 Dec 2017 Merck KGaA plans the INCREASE phase II trial for Multiple Sclerosis in Italy in January 2018 , (NCT03387046)
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