Celgene Corporation (NASDAQ: CELG) today announced it was notified by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that there will not be an Oncologic Drugs Advisory Committee (“ODAC”) meeting scheduled for November 8, 2012. The agency has informed the Company the review of its new drug application (“NDA”) for pomalidomide is continuing with the previously announced Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) action date remaining Feb. 10, 2013. The Company is seeking approval to market pomalidomide in combination with dexamethasone as a potential treatment for patients with relapsed and refractory multiple myeloma that has progressed following at least two prior therapies.
Pomalidomide is not approved in the U.S. for the treatment of multiple myeloma.
Pomalidomide is an IMiDs ® compound. Pomalidomide and other IMiDs compounds continue to be evaluated in over 100 clinical trials. The IMiDs compound pipeline is covered by a comprehensive intellectual property estate of issued and pending patent applications in the US, EU and other regions.About Multiple Myeloma Multiple myeloma (also known as myeloma or plasma cell myeloma) is a cancer of the blood in which malignant plasma cells are overproduced in the bone marrow. Plasma cells are white blood cells that help produce antibodies called immunoglobulins that fight infection and disease. However, most patients with multiple myeloma have cells that produce a form of immunoglobulin called paraprotein (or M protein) that does not benefit the body. In addition, the malignant plasma cells replace normal plasma cells and other white blood cells important to the immune system. Multiple myeloma cells can also attach to other tissues of the body, such as bone, and produce tumors. The cause of the disease remains unknown. About Celgene Celgene Corporation, headquartered in Summit, New Jersey, is an integrated global biopharmaceutical company engaged primarily in the discovery, development and commercialization of novel therapies for the treatment of cancer and inflammatory diseases through gene and protein regulation. For more information, please visit the company’s Web site at www.celgene.com. Forward-Looking Statements This press release contains forward-looking statements, which are generally statements that are not historical facts. Forward-looking statements can be identified by the words "expects," "anticipates," "believes," "intends," "estimates," "plans," "will," “outlook” and similar expressions. Forward-looking statements are based on management’s current plans, estimates, assumptions and projections, and speak only as of the date they are made. We undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statement in light of new information or future events, except as otherwise required by law. Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties, most of which are difficult to predict and are generally beyond our control. Actual results or outcomes may differ materially from those implied by the forward-looking statements as a result of the impact of a number of factors, many of which are discussed in more detail in our Annual Report on Form 10-K and our other reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.