September 30, 2008
Ipsen: FDA’s First-Cycle Review of Dysport(R) to Be Completed By Year-End
Ipsen (Paris:IPN) today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) provided notification that the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) action date for Dysport(R) (botulinum toxin of type A) Biologics License Application (BLA) for the treatment of patients with cervical dystonia has been extended to no later than 28 December 2008. This regulatory decision will not impact the anticipated company launch plan timing.
In accordance with first-cycle review of new therapies, the FDA requested a Risk Communication Plan in order to ensure safe use of the product in treating patients. The Agency has therefore extended the PDUFA action date to no later than December 28, 2008, in order to finalize the review of those items.
"We are assembling the requested information from the dossier, in close coordination with the FDA," said Stephane Thiroloix, Executive Vice-President, Corporate Development of the Ipsen Group. "We strongly believe that appropriate recommendations through vehicles like patient medication guide and appropriate direct communications to attending physicians are the way forward to enhance and further define information already available in the package inserts. In meeting the Agency's information need, Ipsen also addresses a patient-care imperative."
Dysport(R) has been granted orphan product status by the FDA as a treatment for cervical dystonia, an orphan disease in the United States. The BLA submission relies on data from two pivotal Phase III studies performed in the United States and abroad totalling 252 patients followed-up for up to 12 treatment cycles, in addition to substantial patient exposure in other clinical studies in cervical dystonia.
The timeline for the US commercialisation of Dysport(R) is unchanged from original plans, and the US neurology team is preparing diligently for the launch.
Used in patient care in the United Kingdom since 1991, Dysport(R) has marketing authorizations in more than 70 countries. Patient exposure is estimated to be above two million single treatment cycles representing more than 600 000 patients/year of treatment. Dysport(R) is approved outside the US for eight indications including cervical dystonia (involuntary distorsions of the neck).
The active substance in Dysport(R) is a botulinum neurotoxin type A complex, which acts at the level of the neuromuscular junction in the targeted muscle. Dysport(R) is a neuromuscular blocking toxin which acts to block acetylcholine release at motor nerve ends and reduces muscular spasm. It was initially developed for the treatment of movement disorders such as cervical dystonia (a chronic condition in which the neck is twisted or deviated), blepharospasm (involuntary eye closure), hemifacial spasm and various forms of muscle spasticity, including post-stroke arm spasticity, spasticity of the lower limbs (calf) in adults and children with cerebral palsy.
Ipsen is an innovation-driven international specialty pharmaceutical group with over 20 products on the market and a total worldwide staff of nearly 4,000. Its development strategy is based on a combination of specialty products, which are growth drivers, in targeted therapeutic areas (oncology, endocrinology and neuromuscular disorders), and primary care products which contribute significantly to its research financing. The location of its four Research & Development centres (Paris, Boston, Barcelona, London) and its peptide and protein engineering platform give the Group a competitive edge in gaining access to leading university research teams and highly qualified personnel. More than 700 people in R&D are dedicated to the discovery and development of innovative drugs for patient care. This strategy is also supported by an active policy of partnerships. In 2007, Research and Development expenditure was about EUR 185 million, in excess of 20% of consolidated sales, which amounted to EUR 920.5 million while total revenues amounted to EUR 993.8 million. Ipsen's shares are traded on Segment A of Euronext Paris (stock code: IPN, ISIN code: FR0010259150). Ipsen's shares are eligible to the "Service de Reglement Differe" ("SRD") and the Group is part of the SBF 120 index. For more information on Ipsen, visit our website at www.ipsen.com
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