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Important US filing goes ahead as AstraZeneca submits sBLA for Imfinzi in earlier-stage non-small cell lung cancer.
Roche has once again failed to convince the EMA’s key advisory panel, the CHMP, that the company’s novel multiple sclerosis treatment, Ocrevus (ocrelizumab), should be approved for marketing throughout Europe. The CHMP was considering an unusually low number of products for an opinion this month – just three – and only Teva’s generic tacrolimus got a positive recommendation. As with Ocrevus, no opinion was taken on the third product – carmustine, another generic.
Baxter, Ariad, Diurnal. Kyowa Kirin and AB Science are among the companies that will shortly find out what remaining concerns the European Medicines Agency’s key advisory panel, the CHMP, has regarding products of theirs that are under review.
A senior official at the European Medicines Agency has warned pharmaceutical companies are taking a risk by endlessly waiting to get news on whether there would be a Brexit transition period. Drug makers still waiting to prepare for changes that may be needed once the UK leaves the EU were told 'this is your risk and your decision.'
Just three initial marketing authorization applications are up for an opinion this week on whether they should be approved for sale across the EU. Roche’s new multiple sclerosis treatment, Ocrevus (ocrelizumab), is one, after failing to secure a positive opinion earlier. The October meeting of the panel that will decide, the European Medicines Agency’s CHMP, is under way in London.
The European Medicines Agency recently denied AstraZeneca’s pre-filing request for accelerated assessment of Imfinzi in Stage III NSCLC, an indication the company is hoping to make its own. It’ll be no consolation that the EMA this year seems to have rejected as many fast-track requests as it has granted.