Chugai Pharmaceutical announced that the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has accepted the Marketing Authorization Application for satralizumab, an anti-interleukin-6 (IL-6) receptor humanized recycling antibody, for the treatment of adult and adolescent patients with neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD). EMA has granted accelerated assessment status for satralizumab. The FDA has also accepted the biologics license application (BLA) for satralizumab. The EMA’s Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) recommendation and the FDA decision are expected in 2020.
“NMOSD is a disease with high unmet medical needs, which causes visual impairment and motor disability in the course of disease progression,” Dr. Yasushi Ito, Chugai’s Executive Vice President, Co-Head of Project & Lifecycle Management Unit, said in a company news release. “Satralizumab is the investigational medicine that has demonstrated a clinically meaningful treatment effect as both monotherapy and add-on therapy to baseline treatment. We are collaborating with Roche and regulators to deliver this new treatment option to patients as soon as possible.”
Accelerated Assessment reduces the timeframe for the EMA and CHMP to review the marketing authorization, signifying the treatment is of major interest for public health and therapeutic innovation. These applications are based on the results from global phase 3 clinical studies in patients with NMOSD: SAkuraStar Study (NCT02073279) evaluating satralizumab monotherapy, and SAkuraSky Study (NCT02028884) evaluating satralizumab added to baseline treatment.
- SAkuraSky study
Chugai Presents Results from Phase 3 Study of Satralizumab in NMOSD at ECTRIMS 2018 (October 15, 2018)
- SAkuraStar study
Chugai Presents Results from Second Positive Global Phase 3 Clinical Study of Satralizumab in NMOSD at ECTRIMS 2019 (September 12, 2019)