Genzyme’s Lemtrada approved by the FDA

First approved in September 2013 in the European Union Genzyme, a Sanofi company, announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Lemtrada (alemtuzumab) for the treatment of patients with relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (MS). Multiple sclerosis is estimated to affect more than 2.3 million people globally. “The approval is the culmination […]

First approved in September 2013 in the European Union

Genzyme, a Sanofi company, announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Lemtrada (alemtuzumab) for the treatment of patients with relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (MS). Multiple sclerosis is estimated to affect more than 2.3 million people globally.

“The approval is the culmination of more than a decade of work by Genzyme to develop Lemtrada,” said Genzyme President and CEO, David Meeker.The FDA approval of Lemtrada is based on two pivotal randomized Phase III open-label rater-blinded studies comparing treatment with Lemtrada to Rebif® (high-dose subcutaneous interferon beta-1a) in patients with relapsing remitting MS who were either new to treatment (CARE-MS I)1 or who had relapsed while on prior therapy (CARE-MS II).

Lemtrada has a unique dosing and administration schedule of two annual treatment courses. The first treatment course is administered via intravenous infusion on five consecutive days, and the second course is administered on three consecutive days, 12 months later.

First approved in September 2013 in the European Union, Lemtrada is approved in more than 40 countries. Additional marketing applications for Lemtrada are under review by regulatory agencies around the world.The FDA approval of Lemtrada marks Genzyme’s second MS treatment approval in the United States.

Genzyme received FDA approval of its once-daily, oral Aubagio® (teriflunomide) for the treatment of relapsing forms of MS in September 2012.  Aubagio is approved in more than 50 countries, and is under  review by additional regulatory agencies. Between clinical trials and commercial use, approximately 30,000 patients have been treated with Aubagio.

EP News BureauMumbai

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