GSK and Theravance Announce Regulatory Submissions for FF/VI in the US and Europe
Relvar(TM) and Breo(TM) Proposed as Brand Names for FF/VI in EU and US; New Dry Powder Inhaler Proposed to be Named Ellipta(TM)
LONDON and SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Jul 13, 2012 -- GlaxoSmithKline plc (GSK) and Theravance, Inc. THRX +1.36% today announced the submission of regulatory applications in the US and European Union for the once-daily investigational medicine fluticasone furoate "FF"/vilanterol "VI" (FF/VI) for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and a regulatory application for asthma in the European Union.
A Marketing Authorisation Application (MAA) for FF/VI, with the proposed brand name Relvar(TM), administered by a new dry powder inhaler called Ellipta(TM), has been submitted to the European Medicines Agency (EMA) for the following indications:
Asthma (100/25mcg and 200/25mcg): The regular treatment of asthma in adults and adolescents aged 12 years and older, where use of a combination product (long-acting beta2-agonist and inhaled corticosteroid) is appropriate.
COPD (100/25mcg): The symptomatic treatment of patients with COPD with a FEV1 <70% predicted normal (post-bronchodilator) in patients with an exacerbation history.
A New Drug Application (NDA) for FF/VI, with the proposed brand name Breo(TM), administered by the Ellipta(TM) inhaler, has been submitted to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), for the following indication:
COPD (100/25mcg): The long-term once-daily maintenance treatment of airflow obstruction in patients with COPD, including chronic bronchitis and/or emphysema and to reduce exacerbations of COPD in patients with a history of exacerbations.
For asthma, GSK and Theravance are reviewing the strategy for a future US filing.
FF/VI is one of several late-stage assets in the GSK respiratory development portfolio, which also includes the investigational LAMA/LABA combination umeclidinium bromide/vilanterol (UMEC/VI), VI monotherapy and MABA (GSK961081), developed in collaboration with Theravance, as well as GSK's investigational medicines FF monotherapy, UMEC monotherapy and anti-IL5 MAb (mepolizumab).
*Relvar(TM) or Breo(TM) (FF/VI and previously referred to as Relovair(TM)) is an investigational medicine and is not currently approved anywhere in the world. Relovair(TM), Relvar(TM), Breo(TM) and Ellipta(TM) are trademarks of the GlaxoSmithKline group of companies. The use of these brand names is not approved by regulatory authorities around the world.
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Theravance -- is a biopharmaceutical company with a pipeline of internally discovered product candidates and strategic collaborations with pharmaceutical companies. Theravance is focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of small molecule medicines across a number of therapeutic areas including respiratory disease, bacterial infections, and central nervous system (CNS)/pain. Theravance's key programs include: Relvar(TM)/Breo(TM), LAMA/LABA (UMEC/VI) and MABA (Bifunctional Muscarinic Antagonist-Beta2 Agonist), each partnered with GlaxoSmithKline plc, and its oral Peripheral Mu Opioid Receptor Antagonist (PμMA) program. By leveraging its proprietary insight of multivalency to drug discovery, Theravance is pursuing a best-in-class strategy designed to discover superior medicines in areas of significant unmet medical need. For more information, please visit Theravance's web site at www.theravance.com .
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