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Regeneron Provides Update On FDA Advisory Committee Discussion of ARCALYST® (rilonacept) Injection
Date:5/8/2012

TARRYTOWN, N.Y., May 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: REGN) today announced that the Arthritis Advisory Committee of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) voted against approval of ARCALYST® (rilonacept) Injection for Subcutaneous Use for the proposed indication for the prevention of gout flares in patients initiating uric acid-lowering therapy.  The Committee's recommendation will be considered by the FDA in its review of the supplemental Biologics License Application (sBLA) for ARCALYST, but the Committee's recommendation is not binding on the FDA.  Regeneron submitted an sBLA for marketing approval of ARCALYST in the United States and has been granted a target date for an FDA decision of July 30, 2012.

Important information about ARCALYST® (rilonacept) Injection
ARCALYST is currently indicated in the U.S. for the treatment of Cryopyrin-Associated Periodic Syndromes (CAPS), including Familial Cold Auto-inflammatory Syndrome (FCAS) and Muckle-Wells Syndrome (MWS) in adults and children 12 and older.  Rilonacept is also approved, but not marketed, in the E.U. for the same patient population.  ARCALYST is not approved, but is currently under review by the U.S. FDA, for the prevention of gout flares in patients initiating uric acid-lowering therapy.

IL-1 blockade may interfere with immune response to infections.  Serious, life-threatening infections have been reported in patients taking rilonacept.  Rilonacept should be discontinued if a patient develops a serious infection.  Taking rilonacept with tumor necrosis factor inhibitors is not recommended because this may increase the risk of serious infections.  Treatment with rilonacept should not be initiated in patients with active or chronic infections.  Patients should not receive a live vaccine while taking rilo
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