Santhera Pharmaceuticals (SIX: SANN) announces that the Company has submitted a marketing authorization application (MAA) to the European Medicines Agency (EMA) for vamorolone for the treatment of Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD).
At the core of the MAA submission are positive data from the pivotal Phase 2b VISION-DMD study which comprised a (1) 24-week period to demonstrate efficacy and safety of vamorolone (2 and 6 mg/kg/day) versus prednisone (0.75 mg/kg/day) and placebo, followed by a (2) 24-week period to evaluate the maintenance of efficacy and collect additional longer-term safety and tolerability data . In addition, the filing includes data from three open-label studies in which vamorolone was administered at doses between 2 and 6 mg/kg/day for a total treatment period of up to 30 months .
“Duchenne is a debilitating disease with patients in need for effective and well-tolerated therapies,” said Shabir Hasham, MD, CMO of Santhera. “Our EU submission marks an important step towards making vamorolone available to DMD patients in the respective European markets and we look forward to working closely with the EMA during the review process.”
In the U.S., Santhera expects to complete the filing of the new drug application (NDA) for vamorolone in DMD to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in Q4-2022.
Vamorolone has been granted Orphan Drug status in the U.S. and in Europe for DMD, and has received Fast Track and Rare Pediatric Disease designations by the U.S. FDA and Promising Innovative Medicine (PIM) status from the UK MHRA for DMD.
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