Showing posts with label Tecfidera. Show all posts
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Friday, 8 April 2016

NOTES, Data exclusivity, Tecfidera, Dimethyl fumarate

Dimethyl fumarate

  Dimethyl fumarate
The CHMP has now completed its assessment and considers that dimethyl fumarate is different from Fumaderm
2. Therefore, the active substance of Tecfidera, dimethyl fumarate, is a new active substance. This conclusion is based on the review of the scientific evidence, and in line withclarification provided by the European Commission that:
i) a new active substance under Directive 2001/83/EC is a chemical substance not previouslyauthorised as a medicinal product in the European Union (Annex I to the Notice to applicants Volume 2A, Procedures for marketing authorisation, Chapter 1, Marketing authorisations, June 2013) and,ii) dimethyl fumarate is part of the medicinal product Fumaderm authorised in 1994 in Germany, but it has not been previously authorised as a medicinal product in the Euopean Union
The fact that tecfidera is new active substance under Directive 2001/83/EC it is eligible for 10 yrs exclusivity in EU

Tecfidera MA on 30 January 2014..........10 yrs from this date

Biogen Idec has won regulatory protection for its top-selling multiple sclerosis drug Tecfidera in Europe, paving the way for its launch in markets that could account for a large proportion of future sales.
The European Medicines Agency said on Friday it had granted the oral medicine a "new active substance" (NAS) designation, securing Biogen 10 years protection through data exclusivity that will stop generic firms from launching copycat versions.
In March, Tecfidera was approved in the United States and also recommended for approval in Europe - but its EU launch has been delayed, pending a resolution of uncertainty over data protection.
Without this protection, Biogen would have to rely on relatively weak patents relating the drug's use, which analysts believe might not prevent generic rivals launching cheaper copies in key markets like Germany.

Tecfidera was recommended on 25 March by Europe’s Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) as a known active substance, rather than a new active substance. A Biogen spokesperson said it was entitled to 10 years’ exclusivity for Tecfidera in the EU under the “Independent Development” principle and its stand-alone data package. The EMA’s guidance on exclusivity will be announced when the final approval decision is given.
If Tecfidera is not granted exclusivity through new active substance status or the Independent Development principle, Biogen will only have patent protection in the EU rather than protection against competitors using its MS data for generic regulatory filings of Tecfidera. The company’s latest EU patent (EP 1131065) expires in 2019 and is directed to formulations of dimethyl fumarate and its uses for autoimmune diseases including MS, according to company documents.

Germany (Fumaderm)
Drug: BG00012
Other Names:
  • dimethyl fumarate
  • Tecfidera®

The proverbial thorn in Biogen Idec’s paw is a little used product called Fumaderm – which is approved in Germany for the treatment of psoriasis. A ‘chemical cousin’ of Tecfidera (Fumaderm is a compounded form of dimethyl fumarate – the active ingredient in Biogen Idec’s new MS treatment), Fumaderm generated sales of just $60 million in 2012 – a figure that Tecfidera is expected to surpass during its first three months of availability in the US market alone.
The similarities between Tecfidera and Fumaderm would appear to have guided Biogen Idec away from the pursuit of new active substance (NAS) status for Tecfidera – which ordinarily provides new product approvals a minimum of eight years data exclusivity and two years market exclusivity

Biogen Idec wins EU battle on Tecfidera exclusivity

Oral MS drug gains New Active Substance status
Biogen Idec building

Biogen Idec has been buoyed by victory in its longstanding battle to secure market exclusivity for its oral multiple sclerosis (MS) drug Tecfidera in the EU.

Shares in the US biopharma company climbed around 10 per cent on Friday after the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) agreed that the active ingredient in Tecfidera - dimethyl fumarate - should be classed as a New Active Substance (NAS) in the EU.
Biogen Idec has delayed the introduction of Tecfidera in Europe while the matter was resolved, and can now move ahead with a launch, secure in the knowledge that it has gained 10 years of regulatory exclusivity for the fast-growing product.
Tecfidera was approved in the US in March, becoming the third orally-active MS treatment to reach the market after Novartis' Gilenya (fingolimod) and Sanofi's Aubagio (teriflunomide), and has romped away in its first few months on the market, racking up around $500m in sales in its first six months.
The drug was awarded a European patent on May 29 that protects it from generic competition until 2028, but has also been pushing for regulatory data protection and NAS status, which will confer an additional level of protection against patent challenges.
Biogen Idec said in a statement that Tecfidera's EU approval has been delayed while the regulatory status of the drug is resolved, but now - with a CHMP positive opinion already in the bag - it can now be referred to the European Commission for a final ruling on the marketing application.
"We are ready to introduce Tecfidera in EU countries shortly after anticipated approval," said the company's executive vice president of R&D Douglas Williams.
Analysts have predicted that the drug could lead the market for oral MS therapies as they become established in favour of injectable interferon-based treatments, with sales of $3bn-a-year or more in 2016.

The European Commission granted a marketing authorisation valid throughout the European Union for Tecfidera on 30 January 2014  ie dimethyl fumarate

FUMADERM An oral preparation containing dimethyl fumarate and monoethyl fumarate salts