PRINCETON, N.J.--Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (NYSE:BMY) today announced that the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has adopted a positive opinion recommending that Daklinza® (daclatasvir), an investigational, potent pan-genotypic NS5A complex inhibitor (in vitro), be granted approval for use in combination with other medicinal products for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection in adults. This is the first positive opinion given by the CHMP for an NS5A complex inhibitor and will now be reviewed by the European Commission, which has the authority to approve medicines for the European Union (EU).
"Through Bristol-Myers Squibb's Early Access Programs in Europe more than 2,000 HCV patients with advanced liver disease have already been treated with Daklinza, in combination with sofosbuvir," said Elliott Levy, Head of Specialty Development, Bristol-Myers Squibb. "We anticipate that, if approved, Daklinza-based regimens will play a significant role in treating HCV patients with high unmet medical needs across Europe."
Recently included in the European Association for the Study of the Liver's (EASL) clinical practice guidelines for the management of HCV infection across genotypes, the EU marketing authorization application for Daklinza has gonethrough an accelerated review process. The positive CHMP opinion was based on data from multiple studies ofDaklinza with other HCV agents, including sofosbuvir, for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C.
Applications for Daklinza-based regimens are also pending in Japan and the U.S. A decision from Japan's Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices Agency is expected soon, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted priority review status and set a target review date under the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) of November 30, 2014.
Ongoing and completed Daklinza studies have included more than 5,500 patients in a variety of all-oral regimens and with the current interferon-based standard of care. Across clinical studies, Daklinza-based regimens have been generally well tolerated with low rates of discontinuations across a range of patients.
About Hepatitis C
Globally, there are 150 million people infected with HCV and of that, an estimated 9 million people are living with hepatitis C in the European Union (EU). Hepatitis C is a virus that infects the liver and is transmitted through direct contact with infected blood and blood products. Up to 90 percent of those infected with hepatitis C will not spontaneously clear the virus and will become chronically infected. According to the World Health Organization, 20 percent of people with chronic hepatitis C will develop cirrhosis and, of those, about 5 to 7 percent of patients may ultimately die of the consequences of infection.
About Bristol-Myers Squibb's HCV Portfolio
Bristol-Myers Squibb's research efforts are focused on advancing late-stage compounds to deliver the most value to patients with hepatitis C. At the core of our pipeline is daclatasvir, an investigational, potent pan-genotypic NS5A complex inhibitor (in vitro), which continues to be investigated in multiple treatment regimens and in people with co-morbidities.
Daclatasvir is being studied in combination with sofosbuvir in high unmet need patients, such as pre- and post-transplant patients, HIV/HCV co-infected patients, and patients with genotype 3, as part of the ongoing Phase III ALLY Program.
In 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted Bristol-Myers Squibb's investigational Daclatasvir Dual Regimen (daclatasvir + asunaprevir) Breakthrough Therapy Designation for use as a combination therapy in the treatment of genotype 1b HCV infection.
In 2013, Bristol-Myers Squibb's investigational all-oral 3DAA Regimen (daclatasvir/asunaprevir/BMS-791325) also received Breakthrough Therapy Designation in the U.S., which helped to expedite the start of the ongoing Phase III UNITY Program. Study populations include non-cirrhotic naïve, cirrhotic naïve and previously treated patients. The daclatasvir 3DAA regimen is being studied as a fixed-dose-combination treatment with twice daily dosing.
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Bristol-Myers Squibb Forward Looking Statement
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