Researchers To Present Data On Soliris® (eculizumab) As A Treatment For Patients With AHUS And STEC-HUS At ASN Annual Meeting
Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: ALXN) today announced that
researchers are scheduled to present data from clinical studies of
® (eculizumab) in patients with atypical hemolytic
The following abstracts will be presented in an oral session on Saturday, November 3, 2012 from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m., Pacific Daylight Time (PDT): Abstract SA-OR101: “Eculizumab in Atypical Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (aHUS) Patients with Progressing TMA: Continued Improvements at 2-Year Follow-Up,” Legendre, et al. Accessible at: http://www.abstracts2view.com/asn_2012/view.php?nu=5710&terms=&type=abstract Abstract SA-OR103: “Eculizumab is Effective in Atypical Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (aHUS) Patients with a Long Disease Duration and CKD: 2-Year Data,” Licht, et al. Accessible at: http://www.abstracts2view.com/asn_2012/view.php?nu=5696&terms=&type=abstractSoliris and STEC-HUS The following abstract will be presented in an oral session on Saturday, November 3, 2012 from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m., PDT: Abstract SA-OR102: “Open-Label, Multi-Center Trial of Eculizumab in Patients with Shiga-Toxin-Producing E. coli Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (STEC-HUS),” Stahl, on behalf of the STEC-HUS Study Group. Accessible at: http://www.abstracts2view.com/asn_2012/view.php?nu=5343&terms=&type=abstractAbout Soliris: Soliris is a first-in-class terminal complement inhibitor developed from the laboratory through regulatory approval and commercialization by Alexion. Soliris is approved in the US, European Union, Japan and other countries as the first and only treatment for patients with paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH), a debilitating, ultra-rare and life-threatening blood disorder, characterized by complement-mediated hemolysis (destruction of red blood cells). Soliris is indicated to reduce hemolysis. Soliris is also approved in the US and the European Union as the first and only treatment for patients with atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS), a debilitating, ultra-rare and life-threatening genetic disorder characterized by complement-mediated thrombotic microangiopathy, or TMA (blood clots in small vessels). Soliris is indicated to inhibit complement-mediated TMA. The effectiveness of Soliris in aHUS is based on the effects on TMA and renal function. Prospective clinical trials in additional patients are ongoing to confirm the benefit of Soliris in patients with aHUS. Soliris is not indicated for the treatment of patients with Shiga toxin E. coli related hemolytic uremic syndrome (STEC-HUS). For the breakthrough innovation in complement inhibition, Alexion and Soliris have received the pharmaceutical industry's highest honors: the 2008 Prix Galien USA Award for Best Biotechnology Product with broad implications for future biomedical research and the 2009 Prix Galien France Award in the category of Drugs for Rare Diseases. More information including the full prescribing information on Soliris is available at www.soliris.net. Important Safety Information The U.S. product label for Soliris includes a boxed warning: "Life-threatening and fatal meningococcal infections have occurred in patients treated with Soliris. Meningococcal infection may become rapidly life-threatening or fatal if not recognized and treated early. Comply with the most current Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommendations for meningococcal vaccination in patients with complement deficiencies. Immunize patients with a meningococcal vaccine at least 2 weeks prior to administering the first dose of Soliris, unless the risks of delaying Soliris therapy outweigh the risk of developing a meningococcal infection. (See Serious Meningococcal Infections (5.1) for additional guidance on the management of meningococcal infection.) Monitor patients for early signs of meningococcal infections and evaluate immediately if infection is suspected. Soliris is available only through a restricted program under a Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS). Under the Soliris REMS, prescribers must enroll in the program (5.2). Enrollment in the Soliris REMS program and additional information are available by telephone: 1-888-soliris (1-888-765-4747)."