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FDA Advisory Committee Recommends Approval of Simeprevir for Combination Treatment of Genotype 1 Chronic Hepatitis C in Adult Patients
Date:10/24/2013

RARITAN, N.J., Oct. 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Janssen Research & Development, LLC (Janssen) announced today that the Antiviral Drugs Advisory Committee of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) voted unanimously (19 to 0) to recommend approval of the investigational protease inhibitor simeprevir (TMC435) administered once daily as a 150 mg capsule with pegylated interferon and ribavirin for the treatment of genotype 1 chronic hepatitis C in adult patients with compensated liver disease, including cirrhosis. The Advisory Committee recommended the approval of simeprevir based on analyses of data from clinical trials in patients who are treatment-naive or who have failed previous interferon-based therapy.

"We are pleased with the positive recommendation from the Advisory Committee for simeprevir and appreciate the rigorous review of our data," said Katia Boven, M.D., Medical Department Head, Infectious Diseases and Vaccines, Janssen. "It is our hope that the FDA will consider this recommendation and, upon completion of its review process, make simeprevir available to patients with genotype 1 chronic hepatitis C."

The FDA granted a Priority Review designation in May to the New Drug Application (NDA) filed by Janssen for simeprevir. Recommendations and findings from the Advisory Committee are based in part on efficacy and safety data from an extensive clinical development program for simeprevir and will be considered by the FDA in its review of the NDA for simeprevir, but the FDA is not required to follow them.  

The regulatory submission for simeprevir is supported in part by data from three pivotal Phase 3 studies – QUEST-1 and QUEST-2 in treatment-naive patients and PROMISE in patients who have relapsed after prior interferon-based treatment – as well as data from the Phase 2b ASPIRE study in prior non-responder patients. Janssen R&D Ireland presented data
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