Ongoing progress in understanding the pathogenic mechanisms regulating various immune-mediated and inflammatory diseases, as well as the availability of innovative biotechnological approaches, have lead to the development of new drugs that add to conventional treatments. Among these, tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α inhibitors such as infliximab, adalimumab, etanercept, golimumab and certolizumab pegol, are now available for clinical use. Adalimumab is a fully recombinant human immunoglobulin G1 monoclonal antibody that specifically binds with high affinity to human TNF-α and inhibits its binding to TNF receptors. Adalimumab was approved by the U.S. FDA in 2002 and was granted approval from the European Medicines Agency in September 2003 for the treatment of moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis and subsequently for the treatment of ankylosing spondylitis, chronic plaque psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis, juvenile idiopathic arthritis and Crohn's disease. In this paper, we will briefly review the structure and biological effects of TNF-α, the old and recent indications of adalimumab, the pretreatment considerations, the reported adverse events and finally, the recommendations for its use in pregnancy.
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- Pharmacology (medical)