CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, June 25, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Shire plc (LSE: SHP, NASDAQ: SHPGY), the global specialty biopharmaceutical company, announced today that the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) of the European Medicines Agency adopted a positive opinion on the marketing authorisation for VPRIV(TM) (velaglucerase alfa), the company's enzyme replacement therapy (ERT) for the treatment of type 1 Gaucher disease. The CHMP positive opinion will now be forwarded to the European Commission for ratification, and marks a significant milestone in bringing a new Gaucher treatment to market in all EU Member States.
"Gaucher disease is a rare and often debilitating condition," said Professor Timothy Cox, Department of Medicine, University of Cambridge based at Addenbrookes Hospital UK. "I am pleased that, given the difficulties in supplying enzyme treatment for our patients over the last year, we will soon have the opportunity to prescribe velaglucerase alfa without regulatory constraints; the treatment represents an important option in this therapeutic arena."
In many European countries patients have been receiving VPRIV on an early access named patient basis, developed in partnership with national and regional authorities. These programs, designed specifically to address the continuing supply shortage of the only other commercially marketed ERT, have experienced strong uptake from physicians and patients and have garnered the support of treatment working groups and advocacy organisations. To date, hundreds of patients in the EU have been treated with VPRIV through Shire's clinical trials or early access mechanisms.
|SOURCE Shire plc|
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