SEATTLE, Oct. 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Omeros Corporation (NASDAQ: OMER) announced today that the New Drug Application (NDA) for its ophthalmology product, OMS302, has been confirmed for filing by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which means that the application, submitted in July of this year, is sufficiently complete to permit a substantive review. The company also announced that its Marketing Authorization Application (MAA) for OMS302, submitted last month, has been validated by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). Validation of the MAA confirms that the submission package is administratively complete and is ready for formal review by Europe's Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP).
Omeros is seeking approval of OMS302 for use during intraocular lens replacement (ILR) surgery for the maintenance of intraoperative mydriasis (pupil dilation), prevention of intraoperative miosis (pupil constriction), and reduction of postoperative ocular pain. The NDA will undergo FDA's standard review, and the MAA has been designated for EMA's centralized procedure in which a recommendation for approval by CHMP would cover approval for marketing of OMS302 across all European Union Member States and other countries in the European Economic Area.
"The acceptance for filing of our NDA by the FDA and validation of our MAA by the EMA mark important milestones on the path toward the commercial launch of OMS302 expected in 2014," stated Gregory A. Demopulos, M.D., chairman and chief executive officer of Omeros. "We look forward to continuing to work with the FDA and CHMP as they conduct their reviews."
About Omeros' OMS302 Program OMS302 is Omeros' product being developed for use during intraocular lens replacement (ILR), including cataract surgery and refractive lens exchange. OMS302 is a proprietary combination of the mydriatic (pupil dilating) agent phenylephrine and the anti-inflammatory agent ketorolac. Omeros' NDA for OMS302 has been accepted for filing by the FDA and its MAA for OMS302 has been validated by the EMA.ILR involves replacement of the original lens of the eye with an artificial intraocular lens. These procedures are typically performed to replace a lens opacified by a cataract or to correct a refractive error of the lens (i.e., refractive lens exchange). OMS302 is added to standard irrigation solution used in ILR and delivered within the eye to maintain intraoperative mydriasis (pupil dilation), to reduce surgically induced miosis (pupil constriction), and to reduce postoperative pain and irritation. Maintenance of mydriasis is critical to the safety and surgical ease of the procedure. Intraoperative pupil constriction increases the risk of injury to intraocular structures and can substantially prolong surgical time.