CAMBRIDGE, Mass., April 28, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Biogen Inc. (Nasdaq: BIIB) today announced that it has received a Complete Response Letter (CRL) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its supplemental Biologic License Application (sBLA) for a new subcutaneous (SC) route of administration of TYSABRI® (natalizumab) to treat relapsing multiple sclerosis (MS). The CRL indicates that the FDA is unable to approve the Company’s filing as submitted. Biogen is evaluating the CRL and will determine next steps in the U.S.
“We are committed to MS and pursuing innovations such as new routes of administration to help provide options that could address the individual needs of patients,” said Maha Radhakrishnan, M.D., Chief Medical Officer at Biogen. “This response from the FDA does not affect the intravenous administration of TYSABRI, a well-established high-efficacy treatment with a well-characterized safety profile, which over the last 15 years has treated more than 200,000 people worldwide with relapsing MS.”
The subcutaneous delivery of TYSABRI was approved by the European Commission in March 2021, and Biogen plans to pursue regulatory filings in additional countries.
About TYSABRI® (natalizumab)
TYSABRI is a well-established treatment indicated for relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (MS) in adults that has been proven in clinical trials to slow physical disability progression, reduce the formation of new brain lesions and cut relapses. In the U.S., TYSABRI is indicated as monotherapy for the treatment of patients with relapsing forms of MS. In the European Union, it is indicated as a single disease modifying treatment (DMT) in adults with highly active relapsing-remitting MS (RRMS) for patients with highly active disease activity despite a full and adequate course of treatment with at least one DMT or patients with rapidly evolving severe RRMS. TYSABRI is approved in over 80 countries, and approximately 213,000 people worldwide have been treated with TYSABRI, with over 835,000 patient-years of experience, based on clinical trials and prescription data.1
TYSABRI increases the risk of progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML), a rare opportunistic viral infection of the brain which has been associated with death or severe disability. Risk factors that increase the risk of PML are the presence of anti-JC virus antibodies, prior immunosuppressant use and longer TYSABRI treatment duration. Patients who have all three risk factors have the highest risk of developing PML. When initiating and continuing treatment with TYSABRI, physicians should consider whether the expected benefit of TYSABRI is sufficient to offset this risk.
TYSABRI also increases the risk of developing encephalitis and meningitis caused by herpes simplex and varicella zoster viruses, and serious, life-threatening and sometimes fatal cases have been reported in the post-marketing setting in MS patients receiving TYSABRI. Clinically significant liver injury, including acute liver failure requiring transplant, has also been reported in the post-marketing setting. Other serious adverse events that have occurred in TYSABRI-treated patients include hypersensitivity reactions (e.g., anaphylaxis), a decrease in lymphocyte counts and infections, including opportunistic, other atypical infections and a reduction in blood platelet counts.
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- Combined post-marketing data based on prescriptions and clinical trials exposure to TYSABRI as of January 31, 2021.
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