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Roche and FDA Agree on Pathway Towards U.S. Approval of ACTEMRA(R) (tocilizumab)
Date:12/3/2008

he future of ACTEMRA and is committed to making this important new therapy available to patients with RA."

Roche submitted the BLA for ACTEMRA to the FDA on November 18, 2007. The BLA for ACTEMRA is based on the results of an extensive multi-national clinical development program, which included more than 4,000 patients in 41 countries, including the U.S. These studies demonstrated that treatment with ACTEMRA - alone or combination with methotrexate or other DMARDs (disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs) - significantly reduced RA signs and symptoms, regardless of previous therapy or disease severity, compared with DMARDs alone. On July 29, 2008, the Arthritis Advisory Committee of the FDA voted 10-1 to recommend approval of ACTEMRA.

On December 3, 2008, the Swiss authorities approved RoActemra (tocilizumab, known as ACTEMRA outside the EU) for the treatment of moderately severe to severe, active rheumatoid arthritis in adult patients who did not respond adequately to treatment with DMARDs or tumor necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitors. RoActemra can be administered as a monotherapy or in combination with methotrexate and/or other conventional DMARDs. There are no significant post-approval commitments required.

On November 21, 2008, Roche announced that the European Committee on Human Medicinal Products (CHMP) provided a positive recommendation for RoActemra. This recommendation is for use of RoActemra in combination with methotrexate for the treatment of adult patients with moderate to severe RA who have either responded inadequately to, or who were intolerant to, previous therapy with one or more DMARDs or TNF antagonists. In these patients, RoActemra can be given as monotherapy in cases of intolerance to methotrexate or where continued treatment with methotrexate is inappropriate.

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