OSAKA, Japan & BEDMINSTER, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited (TSE:4502, “Takeda”) and NPS Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: NPSP, “NPS”), jointly announced today that the European Commission (EC) has granted European market authorization for the medicinal product teduglutide (trade name in Europe: Revestive®) as a once-daily treatment for adult patients with short bowel syndrome. The marketing authorization follows a positive opinion issued on June 21, 2012, by the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) of the European Medicines Agency (EMA). Following the authorization, Takeda intends to provide patient access to Revestive® within Europe initially through a Named Patient Program (NPP)*.
“Short Bowel Syndrome patients suffer from malnutrition and diarrhoea, and often parenteral nutrition is necessary to maintain life,” said Professor Palle Bekker Jeppesen, M.D., Ph.D, Department of Medical Gastroenterology, Rigshospitalet, University Hospital of Copenhagen, Denmark. “Revestive is a new, unique and important treatment option for our patients and is adding important value to the limited treatment armamentarium.”
“Teduglutide is the first approved treatment in Europe for this debilitating disease and offers an important new treatment option to patients who are reliant on parenteral nutrition,” said Trevor Smith, Head of Commercial Operations, Europe & Canada, of Takeda.
“The granting of European marketing authorization for teduglutide is welcome news for patients who suffer from short bowel syndrome,” said Francois Nader, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer of NPS Pharmaceuticals. “We look forward to supporting our partner Takeda as it works to launch this important therapy for patients in Europe.”
The marketing authorization will be held by Nycomed Danmark ApS+ and is valid in the current EU Member States. National approvals are expected in Iceland and Norway within 30 days. It is based on data obtained from the STEPS pivotal Phase 3 safety and efficacy trial, a double-blind, placebo-controlled study in patients with SBS, who required parenteral nutrition. During the study, 43 patients were randomized to a subcutaneous 0.05 mg/kg/day dose of teduglutide and 43 patients to placebo for up to 24 weeks.1
The proportion of patients treated with teduglutide who achieved a 20% to 100% reduction of parenteral nutrition at Week 20 and 24 was significantly higher compared with those receiving placebo, (63% versus 30%, p=0.002). Treatment with teduglutide resulted in a 4.4 litre/week reduction in parenteral nutrition requirements versus 2.3 litre/week for placebo at 24 weeks (p<0.001). Twenty-one patients treated with teduglutide (54%) versus nine on placebo (23%) achieved at least a one day reduction in parenteral nutrition administration (p=0.005). Teduglutide was well-tolerated in the doses, frequency, and duration of treatment used in this study.1
About Short Bowel Syndrome
Short bowel syndrome (SBS) is a highly disabling condition that can impair a patient's quality of life and lead to serious life-threatening complications. SBS typically arises after extensive resection of the bowel due to Crohn’s disease, ischemia or other conditions. SBS patients often suffer from malnutrition, severe diarrhoea, dehydration, fatigue, osteopenia, and weight loss due to the reduced intestinal capacity to absorb nutrients, water, and electrolytes. The usual treatment for short bowel syndrome is nutritional support, including parenteral nutrition (PN) and/or intravenous (IV) fluids to supplement and stabilize nutritional needs.
Although PN can provide nutritional support for short bowel syndrome patients, it does not improve the body’s own ability to absorb nutrients. PN is also associated with serious complications, such as infections, blood clots or liver damage, and the risks increase the longer patients are on PN. Patients on PN often experience a poor quality of life with difficulty sleeping, frequent urination and loss of independence.
About Teduglutide (Revestive®)
Teduglutide is a novel, recombinant analogue of human glucagon-like peptide 2 (GLP-2), a naturally occurring protein involved in the rehabilitation of the intestinal lining. It has been developed to reduce dependence on parenteral nutrition (PN) in adult patients with short bowel syndrome (SBS). Two Phase 3 studies of teduglutide demonstrated a favorable safety profile and significant reductions in mean PN volume from baseline to end of treatment. In addition some patients were able to be weaned off PN and continue their life without parenteral support.1,2
Teduglutide has received orphan drug designation for the treatment of SBS from the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
In 2007, NPS Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: NPSP), a biopharmaceutical company developing innovative therapeutics for rare gastrointestinal and endocrine disorders, granted Nycomed the rights to develop and commercialize teduglutide outside the United States, Canada and Mexico and Israel. NPS retains all rights to teduglutide in North America. NPS submitted a new drug application for teduglutide to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in November 2011. Teduglutide is known as Gattex® in the U.S.
1. Publication of STEPS is in preparation. First results were report at the AGA 2011 in an abstract: Jeppesen PB, Pertkiewicz M, Seidner DL, O'Keefe S, Heinze H, Joelsson B: Teduglutide, a novel analogue of Glucagon-like Peptide 2 (GLP-2), is effective and safe in reducing parenteral support volume in short bowel syndrome–intestinal failure subjects: Results from a 24-week, placebo-controlled phase 3 trial (STEPS), Gastroenterology 2011; 140 (5), Supplement 1, S146
2. Jeppesen PB, Gilroy R, Pertkiewicz M, Allard JP, Messing B, O'Keefe SJ. Randomised placebo-controlled trial of teduglutide in reducing parenteral nutrition and/or intravenous fluid requirements in patients with short bowel syndrome. Gut. 2011 Jul;60(7):902-14. Epub 2011 Feb 11.
About Takeda Pharmaceuticals Company Limited
Located in Osaka, Japan, Takeda is a research-based global company with its main focus on pharmaceuticals. As the largest pharmaceutical company in Japan and one of the global leaders of the industry, Takeda is committed to strive towards better health for patients worldwide through leading innovation in medicine. Additional information about Takeda is available through its corporate website, http://www.takeda.com.
About NPS Pharmaceuticals
NPS Pharmaceuticals is a biopharmaceutical company focused on bringing orphan products to patients with rare disorders and few, if any, therapeutic options. NPS is advancing two late-stage registration programs. A New Drug Application is undergoing FDA review for Gattex® (teduglutide) as a treatment for adult short bowel syndrome (SBS) and a Phase 3 registration study has been completed for Natpara™ (recombinant human parathyroid hormone (rhPTH [1-84]) in adult hypoparathyroidism. NPS’ earlier stage pipeline includes two calcilytic compounds, NPSP790 and NPSP795, with potential application in rare disorders involving increased calcium receptor activity, such as autosomal dominant hypocalcemia with hypercalciuria (ADHH). NPS complements its proprietary programs with a royalty-based portfolio of products and product candidates that includes agreements with Amgen, GlaxoSmithKline, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Kyowa Hakko Kirin, and Nycomed (acquired by Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited). Additional information about NPS is available through its corporate website, http://www.npsp.com.
This press release contains forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements include statements regarding Takeda's and NPS' plans, outlook, strategies, results for the future, and other statements that are not descriptions of historical facts. Forward-looking statements may be identified by the use of forward-looking words such as "may," "believe," "will," "expect," "project," "estimate," "should," "anticipate," "plan," "assume," "continue," "seek," "pro forma," "potential," "target," "forecast," "guidance," "outlook" or "intend" or other similar words or expressions of the negative thereof. Forward-looking statements are based on estimates and assumptions made by management that are believed to be reasonable, though they are inherently uncertain and difficult to predict. Investors are cautioned not to unduly rely on such forward-looking statements.
Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results or experience to differ materially from that expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Some of these risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, (1) the economic circumstances surrounding Takeda's and NPS’ business, including general economic conditions in Japan, the United States and worldwide; (2) competitive pressures and developments; (3) applicable laws and regulations; (4) the success or failure of product development programs; (5) actions of regulatory authorities and the timing thereof; (6) changes in exchange rates; (7) claims or concerns regarding the safety or efficacy of marketed products or product candidates in development; and (8) integration activities with acquired companies.
The forward-looking statements contained in this press release speak only as of the date of this press release, and Takeda and NPS undertake no obligation to revise or update any forward-looking statements to reflect new information, future events or circumstances after the date of the forward-looking statement. If Takeda and NPS do update or correct one or more of these statements, investors and others should not conclude that Takeda will make additional updates or corrections.
* A Named Patient Program is a facility that enables the distribution or supply of a medicine for the treatment of an individual patient, at the specific request of his/her healthcare provider, in cases where the medicine is currently not licensed or reimbursed. Each country has its own regulations that provide a legal and ethical way to allow access to patients who need these particular medicines.
+ Valid name until November 30, 2012. After this date MA holder will be Takeda Pharma A/S.
Photos/Multimedia Gallery Available: http://www.businesswire.com/cgi-bin/mmg.cgi?eid=50386078&lang=en