LEIDEN, Netherlands, September 19, 2018 /PRNewswire/ --
Additional clinical trial data for prophylaxis of HAE requested
Pharming Group N.V. ("Pharming" or "the Company") announced today that it received a Complete Response Letter (CRL) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding the supplemental Biologics License Application (sBLA) for RUCONEST(R) [C1 Esterase Inhibitor (recombinant)] to expand the current indication to include prophylaxis in patients with hereditary angioedema (HAE).
In November 2017, following feedback from FDA on two completed trials of RUCONEST(R) for prophylaxis of HAE attacks, Pharming filed an sBLA to expand the approved indication. The Phase 2 studies, an open-label study and a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial with 4-8 week treatment periods, showed consistent efficacy and safety results.
In January 2018, FDA deemed the application as sufficiently complete to permit a substantive review of the Phase 2 data. Based on their review, the FDA has requested an additional clinical trial to further evaluate the effectiveness of RUCONEST(R) in HAE prophylaxis.
"While today's FDA decision is not what we were anticipating, we look forward to working with the FDA to generate additional clinical data required to enable access for patients to use RUCONEST(R) for HAE prophylaxis," said Dr. Bruno Giannetti, MD PhD, Chief Operations Officer of Pharming.
"We see this as a minor setback. Pharming remains committed to serving the HAE community. We will continue and have the resources to develop new innovative and more convenient administration options of RUCONEST(R) for acute treatment and prophylaxis of HAE to improve patient care as outlined in our recent capital market briefing in June," said Sijmen de Vries, MD, Chief Executive Officer of Pharming.
Hereditary Angioedema (HAE) is a rare genetic disorder. It is characterized by spontaneous and recurrent episodes of swelling (edema attacks) of the skin in different parts of the body, as well as in the airways and internal organs. Edema of the skin usually affects the extremities, the face, and the genitals. Patients suffering from this kind of edema often withdraw from their social lives because of the disfiguration, discomfort and pain these symptoms may cause. Almost all HAE patients suffer from bouts of severe abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea caused by swelling of the intestinal wall.
Edema of the throat, nose or tongue can be particularly dangerous as this can lead to obstruction of the airway passages and be potentially life threatening. Although there is currently no known cure for HAE, it is possible to treat the symptoms associated with edema attacks. HAE affects about 1 in 10,000 to 1 in 50,000 people, worldwide experts believe that a lot of patients are still seeking the right diagnosis: although HAE is (in principle) easy to diagnose, it is frequently identified very late or not discovered at all. The reason HAE is often misdiagnosed is because the symptoms are similar to those of many other common conditions such as allergies or appendicitis by the time it is diagnosed correctly, the patient has often been through a long-lasting ordeal.
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RUCONEST(R) (C1 esterase inhibitor [recombinant]) is indicated for the treatment of acute attacks in adult and adolescent patients with hereditary angioedema ("HAE"). Effectiveness in clinical studies was not established in HAE patients with laryngeal attacks.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
- RUCONEST(R) (C1 esterase inhibitor [recombinant]) is contraindicated in:
- Patients with a history of allergy to rabbits or rabbit-derived products.
- Patients with a history of life-threatening immediate hypersensitivity reactions
to C1 esterase inhibitor preparations, including anaphylaxis.
- Hypersensitivity: Severe hypersensitivity reactions may occur. Should symptoms
occur, discontinue RUCONEST and administer appropriate treatment. Because
hypersensitivity reactions may have symptoms similar to HAE attacks, treatment methods
should be carefully considered.
- Thromboembolic Events: Serious arterial and venous thromboembolic (TE) events have
been reported at the recommended dose of plasma-derived C1 esterase inhibitor products
in patients with risk factors. Risk factors may include the presence of an indwelling
venous catheter/access device, prior history of thrombosis, underlying atherosclerosis,
use of oral contraceptives or certain androgens, morbid obesity, and immobility.
Monitor patients with known risk factors for TE events during and after RUCONEST
- Intravenous Use: RUCONEST is for intravenous use after reconstitution only. No more
than 2 doses should be administered within a 24-hour period.
- Pregnancy and Nursing: RUCONEST has not been studied in pregnant women; therefore, it
should only be used during pregnancy if clearly needed. Advise patients to notify
their physician if they are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed.
- Adverse reactions: The serious adverse reaction in clinical studies of RUCONEST was
- Common adverse reactions: The most common adverse reactions (incidence greater than or
equal to2%) were headache, nausea, and diarrhoea.
Please see Full Prescribing Information for RUCONEST(R) as applicable for various jurisdictions:
FDA: RUCONEST(R) [https://www.fda.gov/downloads/BiologicsBloodVaccines/BloodBloodProducts/ApprovedProducts/LicensedProductsBLAs/FractionatedPlasmaProducts/UCM405634.pdf ]  [https://www.pharming.com/pharming-announces-fda-acceptance-for-review-of-supplemental-biologics-license-application-for-ruconest-for-prophylaxis-of-hereditary-angioedema-attacks ] / EMA: RUCONEST(R) [http://www.ema.europa.eu/docs/en_GB/document_library/EPAR_-_Product_Information/human/001223/WC500098542.pdf ]  [https://www.pharming.com/pharming-announces-fda-acceptance-for-review-of-supplemental-biologics-license-application-for-ruconest-for-prophylaxis-of-hereditary-angioedema-attacks ]
About Pharming Group N.V.
Pharming is a specialty pharmaceutical company developing innovative products for the safe, effective treatment of rare diseases and unmet medical needs. Pharming's lead product, RUCONEST(R) (conestat alfa) is a recombinant human C1 esterase inhibitor approved for the treatment of acute Hereditary Angioedema ("HAE") attacks in patients in Europe, the US, Israel and South Korea. The product is available on a named-patient basis in other territories where it has not yet obtained marketing authorization.
RUCONEST(R) is commercialized by Pharming in Algeria, Andorra, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Morocco, the Netherlands, Oman, Portugal, Qatar, Syria, Spain, Switzerland, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United States of America and Yemen.
RUCONEST(R) is distributed by Swedish Orphan Biovitrum AB (publ) (SS: SOBI) in the other EU countries, and in Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Iceland, Kazakhstan, Liechtenstein, Norway, Russia, Serbia and Ukraine.
RUCONEST(R) is distributed in Argentina, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Panama, and Venezuela by Cytobioteck, in South Korea by HyupJin Corporation and in Israel by Megapharm.
RUCONEST(R) has recently completed a clinical trial for the treatment of HAE in young children (2-13 years of age) and is also evaluated for various additional follow-on indications.
Pharming's technology platform includes a unique, GMP-compliant, validated process for the production of pure recombinant human proteins that has proven capable of producing industrial quantities of high quality recombinant human proteins in a more economical and less immunogenetic way compared with current cell-line based methods. Leads for enzyme replacement therapy ("ERT") for Pompe and Fabry's diseases are being optimized at present, with additional programs not involving ERT also being explored at an early stage at present.
Pharming has a long-term partnership with the China State Institute of Pharmaceutical Industry ("CSIPI"), a Sinopharm company, for joint global development of new products, starting with recombinant human Factor VIII for the treatment of Haemophilia A. Pre-clinical development and manufacturing will take place to global standards at CSIPI and are funded by CSIPI. Clinical development will be shared between the partners with each partner taking the costs for their territories under the partnership.
Pharming has declared that the Netherlands is its "Home Member State" pursuant to the amended article 5:25a paragraph 2 of the Dutch Financial Supervision Act.
Additional information is available on the Pharming website: http://www.pharming.com
Pharming Group N.V. Sijmen de Vries, CEO, Tel: +31-71-524-7400 Robin Wright, CFO, Tel: +31-71-524-7400 FTI Consulting, London, UK: Julia Phillips/ Victoria Foster Mitchell, T: +44-203-727-1136 LifeSpring Life Sciences Communication, Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Leon Melens, Tel: +31-6-53-81-64-27