(GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sandoz, a Novartis division and the global leader in biosimilars, today announced that the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has adopted a positive opinion for marketing authorization of a proposed biosimilar adalimumab.***
The CHMP opinion recommends the proposed Sandoz biosimilar adalimumab for treatment of all indications of its reference medicine*** including rheumatoid arthritis, plaque psoriasis, Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.
"The positive CHMP opinion for our biosimilar adalimumab is an important milestone for the millions of patients looking to reclaim their health after an autoimmune disease diagnosis," said Richard Francis, CEO, Sandoz. "If approved by the European Commission, the introduction of our biosimilar adalimumab can help to expand access for those who need it most and give patients and doctors confidence in their chosen treatment option. Biosimilar adalimumab is backed by robust science, assured by manufacturing excellence and created with a deep understanding of customer needs."
The comprehensive data package comprises analytical, preclinical and clinical data, and demonstrates that proposed biosimilar adalimumab matches the reference biologic in terms of safety, efficacy and quality. A randomized, double-blind, three-arm parallel study was conducted to determine the pharmacokinetics, immunogenicity and safety of biosimilar adalimumab. The study met its primary objective in demonstrating PK bioequivalence. Additionally, clinical studies submitted for review include the Phase III confirmatory safety and efficacy study in patients with moderate to severe chronic plaque-type psoriasis (ADACCESS).,,
The European Commission (EC) takes binding decisions on the authorization of medicines valid throughout the EU. It bases its decisions on scientific assessments by the CHMP, ensuring that medicines comply with high quality, safety and efficacy standards. If approved, the EC will grant a centralized marketing authorization that will be valid in the 28 countries that are members of the EU. Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein, as members of the European Economic Area (EEA), will take corresponding decisions based on the EC's recommendation.
In some cases of autoimmune disease, the immune system damages the body's own tissues. Adalimumab can be a potentially appropriate treatment option for certain patients across a variety of indications. Overproduction of the protein tumor necrosis factor (TNF) happens as a result of inflammatory and immunological conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, plaque psoriasis, Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. It can cause inflammation and destruction of tissues in the joints, mucosa or skin. Adalimumab works by targeting and blocking the protein that contributes to disease symptoms.
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Sandoz is a global leader in generic pharmaceuticals and biosimilars. As a division of the Novartis Group, our purpose is to discover new ways to improve and extend people's lives. We contribute to society's ability to support growing healthcare needs by pioneering novel approaches to help people around the world access high-quality medicine. Our portfolio of approximately 1,000 molecules, covering all major therapeutic areas, accounted for 2017 sales of USD 10.1 billion. In 2017, our products reached well over 500 million patients. Sandoz is headquartered in Holzkirchen, in Germany's Greater Munich area.
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 Jauch-Lembach J. Randomized, Double-Blind, Single-Dose, Three-Arm Parallel Trial to Determine the Pharmacokinetics and Safety of GP2017, EU- and US-Adalimumab in Healthy Male Subjects [abstract]. Arthritis Rheumatol. 2017; 69 (suppl 10). American College of Rheumatology (ACR) Annual Meeting, US, 3-9 November 2017.
 European Medicines Agency. CHMP: Agenda, minutes and highlights. Available at: http://www.ema.europa.eu/ema/index.jsp?curl=pages/about_us/document_listing/document_listing_000378.jsp&mid=WC0b01ac0580028d2a. Accessed 9 April 2018.
** *Humira® is a registered trademark of AbbVie Biotechnology Ltd.
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