Adalimumab Activity and Neutralizing Antibody
Label Mnemonic: ADANAB
Epic code: LAB8152
Downtime form: A-1a Doctor/Provider Orders - Pathology Core and Specialty Care Nursery
Commercial Mail-out Laboratory
5231 RCP
Specimen Instructions:
Patient Preparation: Collect specimens before adalimumab treatment.
Collection Medium:
Red top tube 5 mL (Clot Activator)
Preferred Minimum: 1 mL serum
Absolute Minimum: 0.3 mL serum
Rejection Criteria:
Contaminated, hemolyzed, icteric, or lipemic specimens.
Turn Around Time:
2-3 days upon receipt at reference laboratory
Reference Range:
Adalimumab Activity - Not Detected
Adalimumab Neutralizing Antibody - Not Detected
Interpretive Data:
This test measures the capacity of adalimumab to neutralize TNF- activity. Additionally, adalimumab neutralizing antibodies (NAb) are titered (reporting the highest dilution of patient sera in which NAb activity is detected).

This test is used to evaluate secondary response failures to adalimumab therapy. Secondary response failure is defined as loss of clinical response after initial improvement of clinical signs and symptoms. Therapeutic decision should rest on both the clinical response and the knowledge of the fate of the drug including the emergence of immunogenicity in individual patients.

Circulating adalimumab levels have been shown to vary considerably between patients. These differences relate to route and frequency of administration and patient-related features such as age, gender, weight, drug metabolism, and concomitant medications such as methotrexate and other immunosuppressants.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not approved or cleared this test; however, FDA clearance or approval is not currently required for clinical use. The results are not intended to be used as the sole means for clinical diagnosis or patient management decisions.

IF Adalimumab   AND Adalimumab Neutralizing   THEN
Activity is     Ab. Titer is                  
Not Detected    Not Detected                  A higher dosage of
                                              adalimumab or shortening
                                              the dosing interval may be
Not Detected    1:20 or greater               A change to another anti-
                                              drug may be appropriate.
0.65 ug/mL      Not Detected                  A change to another type
or greater                                    of therapy (not targeting
                                              TNF-may be appropriate.
0.65 ug/mL      1:20 or greater               Repeat testing is 
or greater                                    suggestedto rule out
                                              decreasing adalimumab
                                              activity and/or
                                              increasing adalimumab
                                              neutralizing antibodies.
This tests is used to evaluate response failure to adalimumab therapy. Determine and adjust dosage or identify the need for change to another anti-TNF-α inhibitor.
ll Culture/Quantitative Chemiluminescent Immunoassay/ Semi-Quantitative Chemiluminescent Immunoassay
CPT Code:
80145 - Adalimumab Activity
82397 - Adalimumab Neutralizing Antibody