Aubagio 14 mg is a once-daily, oral therapy indicated for treatment of adult patients with RRMS. The EU approval was based on data from the Phase III TEMSO ( TEriflunomide Multiple Sclerosis Oral) and TOWER ( Teriflunomide Oral in people With relapsing remitting multipl E scle Rosis) trials. The EU approval of Aubagio includes new active substance designation.“ Multiple sclerosis necessitates a highly individualized treatment approach, and the increasing diversity of options is good news,” said Hans-Peter Hartung M.D., Ph.D., Professor and Chairman of the Department of Neurology at Heinrich-Heine-University in Duesseldorf, Germany. “ The Lemtrada clinical trial data support its potential to meaningfully address disability in active RRMS patients, while Aubagio’s efficacy, safety and convenient dosing may provide an important alternative to injectable therapies. The approvals of Lemtrada and Aubagio represent a significant step forward in the way we think about treating this disease.” Multiple sclerosis is estimated to affect more than 2.1 million people globally. There are approximately 630,000 people affected by MS in Europe. “ This is a hopeful time for people with MS,” said John Golding, President of the European Multiple Sclerosis Platform. “ These approvals demonstrate the great progress being made towards introducing more differentiated treatment options that address important unmet needs.” FDA action on Genzyme’s supplemental Biologics License Application seeking U.S. approval of Lemtrada TM (alemtuzumab) for the treatment of relapsing MS is expected in late 2013. Lemtrada is also under review by other regulatory agencies. Aubagio is approved to treat relapsing MS in the United States, Australia, Argentina, Chile, and South Korea, and is under review by additional regulatory agencies. LEMTRADA has been in active clinical development for MS for more than 10 years. The clinical development program involved more than 1,700 patients.
About Lemtrada™ (alemtuzumab)Alemtuzumab is a monoclonal antibody that selectively targets CD52, a protein abundant on T and B cells. Treatment with alemtuzumab results in the depletion of circulating T and B cells thought to be responsible for the damaging inflammatory process in MS. Alemtuzumab has minimal impact on other immune cells. The acute anti-inflammatory effect of alemtuzumab is immediately followed by the onset of a distinctive pattern of T and B cell repopulation that continues over time, rebalancing the immune system in a way that potentially reduces MS disease activity. Genzyme holds the worldwide rights to alemtuzumab and has primary responsibility for its development and commercialization in multiple sclerosis. Bayer HealthCare retains an option to co-promote alemtuzumab in multiple sclerosis. Bayer HealthCare has notified Genzyme of its intention to co-promote under this option. Upon regulatory approval and commercialization, Bayer would receive contingent payments based on sales revenue. Lemtrada TM is the proprietary name submitted to health authorities for the company’s investigational multiple sclerosis agent alemtuzumab. EU Indication and Usage Lemtrada is indicated in the European Union for the treatment of adult patients with relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis with active disease defined by clinical or imaging features. Important Safety Information About Lemtrada for EU patients Serious autoimmune conditions such as immune thrombocytopenia (ITP), glomerulonephritis and thyroid disease can occur in patients receiving Lemtrada. ITP and glomerulonephritis occur infrequently. Thyroid adverse events (hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism) are commonly observed in patients treated with Lemtrada. Serious thyroid adverse events were uncommon. A comprehensive risk management program with frequent lab monitoring will be implemented to support early detection and management of these autoimmune events. The most common side effects of Lemtrada are infusion associated reactions (including headache, rash, fever, nausea, urticaria, pruritus, flushing and fatigue), infections (upper respiratory tract and urinary tract), lymphopenia and leukopenia.
Lemtrada is contraindicated in patients with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infection.Prescribing information and more information about Lemtrada for EU patients will be available at: http://ec.europa.eu/health/documents/community-register/html/alfregister.htm For full prescribing information and more information about Aubagio for EU patients, please visit: http://ec.europa.eu/health/documents/community-register/html/h838.htm For full prescribing information and more information about Aubagio for U.S. patients, please visit: http://products.sanofi.us/aubagio/aubagio.pdf About Genzyme, a Sanofi Company Genzyme has pioneered the development and delivery of transformative therapies for patients affected by rare and debilitating diseases for over 30 years. We accomplish our goals through world-class research and with the compassion and commitment of our employees. With a focus on rare diseases and multiple sclerosis, we are dedicated to making a positive impact on the lives of the patients and families we serve. That goal guides and inspires us every day. Genzyme’s portfolio of transformative therapies, which are marketed in countries around the world, represents groundbreaking and life-saving advances in medicine. As a Sanofi company, Genzyme benefits from the reach and resources of one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies, with a shared commitment to improving the lives of patients. Learn more at www.genzyme.com. Genzyme ® and Aubagio ® are registered trademarks of Genzyme Corporation, a Sanofi company. Lemtrada TM is a trademark of Genzyme Corporation, a Sanofi company. Rebif ® is a registered trademark of EMD Serono, Inc. About Sanofi Sanofi, an integrated global healthcare leader, discovers, develops and distributes therapeutic solutions focused on patients’ needs. 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