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EYLEA® (aflibercept) Injection Approved for the Treatment of Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration in Europe
By: PR Newswire
Nov. 27, 2012 02:15 AM
TARRYTOWN, N.Y., Nov. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: REGN) today announced that EYLEA® (aflibercept) Injection has been approved by the European Commission for the treatment of patients with neovascular (wet) age-related macular degeneration (wet AMD). According to the European Medicines Agency (EMA) approved Summary of Product Characteristics, EYLEA treatment is initiated with one 2 milligram (mg) injection per month for three consecutive months, followed by one injection every two months. There is no requirement for monitoring by the physician between injections. After the first twelve months of treatment with EYLEA, the treatment interval may be extended based on visual and anatomic outcomes. In such cases, the frequency of monitoring visits is determined by the treating physician and may be more often than the schedule of injections.
"We are pleased with the approval of EYLEA in the E.U.," said George D. Yancopoulos, M.D., Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer of Regeneron and President of Regeneron Laboratories. "We, along with our partner, Bayer HealthCare, look forward to providing this new treatment option which will allow for every other month dosing, following three initial monthly injections, to wet AMD patients in the European Union."
EYLEA was approved for the treatment of neovascular (wet) AMD in the United States in November 2011 and in Japan, Australia, Switzerland, and other countries this year. Bayer HealthCare plans to launch EYLEA in these countries later in 2012 and into 2013. In the United States, EYLEA was also approved for the treatment of Macular Edema following Central Retinal Vein Occlusion (CRVO) in September 2012.
Bayer HealthCare and Regeneron are collaborating on the global development of EYLEA. Regeneron maintains exclusive rights to EYLEA in the United States. Bayer HealthCare has licensed the exclusive marketing rights outside the United States, where the companies will share equally the profits from sales of EYLEA, except for Japan where Regeneron will receive a royalty on net sales.
About EYLEA® (aflibercept) Injection For Intravitreal Injection
EYLEA is a recombinant fusion protein, consisting of portions of human VEGF receptors 1 and 2 extracellular domains fused to the Fc portion of human IgG1 and formulated as an iso-osmotic solution for intravitreal administration. EYLEA acts as a soluble decoy receptor that binds VEGF-A and placental growth factor (PlGF) and thereby can inhibit the binding and activation of these cognate VEGF receptors. EYLEA is specially purified and contains iso-osmotic buffer concentrations, allowing for injection into the eye.
In the United States, EYLEA is approved for the treatment of wet AMD and Macular Edema following CRVO. Phase 3 trials are currently underway with EYLEA for the treatment of diabetic macular edema (DME) and Macular Edema following Branch Retinal Vein Occlusion (BRVO). Bayer HealthCare plans to submit an application for marketing authorization in the CRVO indication in Europe towards the end of 2012.
IMPORTANT U.S. PRESCRIBING INFORMATION FOR EYLEA® (aflibercept) INJECTION
In the United States, EYLEA is also indicated for the treatment of patients with Macular Edema following Central Retinal Vein Occlusion (CRVO). The recommended dose for EYLEA is 2 mg administered by intravitreal injection every 4 weeks (monthly).
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION FOR EYLEA® (aflibercept) INJECTION
Intravitreal injections, including those with EYLEA, have been associated with endophthalmitis and retinal detachments. Proper aseptic injection technique must always be used when administering EYLEA. Patients should be instructed to report any symptoms suggestive of endophthalmitis or retinal detachment without delay and should be managed appropriately. Intraocular inflammation has been reported during the post approval use of EYLEA.
Acute increases in intraocular pressure have been seen within 60 minutes of intravitreal injection, including with EYLEA. Sustained increases in intraocular pressure have also been reported after repeated intravitreal dosing with VEGF inhibitors. Intraocular pressure and the perfusion of the optic nerve head should be monitored and managed appropriately.
There is a potential risk of arterial thromboembolic events (ATEs) following use of intravitreal VEGF inhibitors, including EYLEA, defined as nonfatal stroke, nonfatal myocardial infarction, or vascular death (including deaths of unknown cause). The incidence of ATEs in the VIEW 1 and VIEW 2 wet AMD studies in patients treated with EYLEA was 1.8% during the first year. The incidence of ATEs in the COPERNICUS and GALILEO CRVO studies was 0% in patients treated with EYLEA compared with 1.4% in patients receiving sham control during the first six months.
The most common adverse reactions (5% or more) reported in patients receiving EYLEA were conjunctival hemorrhage, eye pain, cataract, vitreous detachment, vitreous floaters, and increased intraocular pressure.
Serious adverse reactions related to the injection procedure have occurred in < 0.1% of intravitreal injections with EYLEA including endophthalmitis, traumatic cataract, increased intraocular pressure, and vitreous detachment.
Please see the full Prescribing Information at www.EYLEA.com.
About the EYLEA® (aflibercept) Injection Global Collaboration
Bayer HealthCare will market EYLEA outside the United States, where the companies will share equally the profits from any future sales of EYLEA, except for Japan where Regeneron will receive a royalty on net sales. Regeneron maintains exclusive rights to EYLEA in the United States.
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