Ballerup, Denmark (ots/PRNewswire) - Opinion from CHMP: "On 18 May
2017, the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP)
adopted a positive opinion, recommending the granting of a marketing
authorisation for the medicinal product [brodalumab], intended for
the treatment of psoriasis[...]The benefits with [brodalumab] are its
ability to inhibit the inflammation and clinical symptoms associated
with psoriasis. The most common side effects are arthralgia,
headache, fatigue, diarrhoea, and oropharyngeal pain[...]The full
indication is: [brodalumab] is indicated for the treatment of
moderate to severe plaque psoriasis in adult patients who are
candidates for systemic therapy."
LEO Pharma today announced that it received a positive opinion from
the European Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP)
recommending marketing authorisation for brodalumab, a novel biologic
treatment for adult patients with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis
who are candidates for systemic therapy. Brodalumab is the only
fully human monoclonal antibody that selectively targets the IL-17
receptor subunit A., By binding to the receptor with high
affinity, brodalumab effectively blocks the biological activity of
several pro-inflammatory IL-17 cytokines, which are important in
psoriasis., Brodalumab is not currently licensed in the EU.
The positive opinion from the CHMP is supported by data from three
clinical trials, AMAGINE-1 (n=661), AMAGINE-2 (n=1831) and AMAGINE-3
(n=1881), with a total of 4,373 patients with moderate to severe
psoriasis;, the largest study population of any new biologic
treatment in psoriasis to date.,,,,,, All
three studies evaluated the efficacy and safety of different doses of
brodalumab compared to placebo., AMAGINE-2 and AMAGINE-3 also
compared brodalumab to ustekinumab.
Results showed brodalumab offered many patients complete skin
clearance (PASI 100) at 12 weeks compared to patients treated with
ustekinumab [AMAGINE-2: 44% (n=272) versus 22% (n=65), p<0.001;
AMAGINE-3: 37% (n=229) versus 19% (n=58), p<0.001].In AMAGINE-1
83% of patients on brodalumab 210mg achieved PASI 75[*] compared to
3% of patients treated with placebo at 12 weeks [83.3% (n=185) versus
2.7% (n=6), p<0.001] and 76% of patients achieved sPGA[?] success
versus 1% of patients treated with placebo [75.7% (n=168) versus 1.4%
(n=3), p<0.001]. High levels of skin clearance were sustained
with continuous brodalumab treatment through week 52.,
"Brodalumab works by blocking the pro-inflammatory cascade that leads
to psoriasis, resulting in normalisation of skin inflammation. In the
brodalumab clinical trials, the majority of patients achieve clear or
almost clear skin within 3 months of treatment as measured by the
psoriasis area and severity index (PASI) 100 or 90. In real terms,
this means that patients get to the point where their psoriasis no
longer bothers them and this is the ultimate treatment goal,"
commented Professor Kristian Reich, Dermatologist and Principal
Investigator of the AMAGINE Phase 3 clinical trials programme for
brodalumab, Hamburg, Germany.
Patients also reported experiencing improved health related quality
of life after 4 weeks of treatment with brodalumab. After 12 weeks of
treatment, seven in ten patients (72%, n=29/40, p<0.0001) reported
psoriasis no longer impaired their health related quality of life,
(0/1 DLQI) compared with placebo (5%, n=2/37).
"It is critical that people with psoriasis have the necessary tools
and support to help them get through life as unhindered by their
condition as possible and don't feel it controls their life. At LEO
Pharma we are committed to improving the lives of people with skin
conditions, and this positive opinion from the CHMP takes us one step
closer to being able to do exactly that for the people who matter
most to us. The evidence for brodalumab demonstrates real promise and
we hope that we can provide not only a new treatment option, but also
the opportunity to help people living with moderate-to-severe
psoriasis to take control of their condition and improve their lives
significantly," says Kim Domela Kjøller, Executive Vice President of
Global Research and Development at LEO Pharma.
Data from the three large randomised, controlled AMAGINE clinical
trials, found brodalumab to be well tolerated, with an acceptable
safety profile., The most common adverse events were
arthralgia (joint pain), nasopharyngitis (inflammation of the nose
and pharynx), headache, and upper respiratory tract infection.
Cases of suicidal ideation and behaviour, including completed
suicide, were reported in the clinical trials programme. A causal
association between treatment with brodalumab and increased risk of
suicidal ideation and behaviour has not been established.
Brodalumab will be supported by post-marketing pharmacovigilance
activities to capture and follow up on any reports of safety events.
The CHMP's recommendation will now be referred to the European
Commission, which has the authority to approve medicines for use in
all EU countries. This announcement follows the approval of
brodalumab by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for plaque
psoriasis in February 2017; and the approval by the Japanese
Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency for psoriasis vulgaris,
psoriatic arthritis, pustular psoriasis and psoriatic erythroderma in
*. PASI 75 is defined >= 75% improvement in Psoriasis Area and
Severity Index score
?. sPGA success is defined as patients who achieved a static
Physician's Global Assessment 0 or 1
NOTES TO EDITORS
Brodalumab is the only fully human monoclonal antibody that
selectively targets the IL-17 receptor subunit A., By binding
to the receptor with high affinity, brodalumab effectively blocks the
biological activity of several pro-inflammatory IL-17 cytokines,
which are important in psoriasis., Brodalumab is not currently
licensed in the EU.
In July 2016, LEO Pharma entered into a partnership agreement with
AstraZeneca granting LEO exclusive licence to develop and
commercialise brodalumab in Europe. Outside of Europe, Valeant
Pharmaceuticals has global commercial rights for brodalumab except in
Japan and certain other Asian countries, where the rights are held by
Kyowa Hakko Kirin Co., Ltd.
About LEO Pharma
LEO Pharma helps people achieve healthy skin. By offering care
solutions to patients in more than 100 countries globally, LEO Pharma
supports people in managing their skin conditions.
Founded in 1908 and owned by the LEO Foundation, the healthcare
company has devoted decades of research and development to delivering
products and solutions to people with skin conditions. LEO Pharma is
headquartered in Denmark and employs around 5,000 people worldwide.
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An estimated 125 million people worldwide live with psoriasis,
including nearly 14 million Europeans. While there are several
types of psoriasis, of which plaque psoriasis is most common
affecting up to 97% of patients, the most frequently reported
symptoms include thickening and scaling of the skin, itching and
erythema (superficial reddening of the skin, usually in patches).
Psoriasis can be a painful, disabling and stigmatising condition with
substantial social and psychological impact on a person's life.
Although the systemic nature of psoriasis often remains unrecognised,
the inflammatory processes involved may be associated with the
development of comorbidities such as cardiovascular and metabolic
diseases which are more prevalent in people with moderate-to-severe
psoriasis., Research shows that people with
moderate-to-severe psoriasis have a two to three-fold risk of
anxiety, depression and suicidal behaviour compared to the general
public. According to the World Health Organization, the burden of
living with psoriasis is underestimated and it urges for action to
fight stigma and improve treatment.
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