OBILTOXAXIMAB RECEIVES POSITIVE CHMP OPINION FOR THE TREATMENT OF INHALATION ANTHRAX
European Commission Decision Anticipated in November 2020
PARSIPPANY, NJ, OCTOBER 8, 2020 – Elusys Therapeutics, Inc. (Elusys) today announced that the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) of the European Medicines Agency has adopted a positive opinion recommending marketing authorization under exceptional circumstances for obiltoxaximab, the company’s monoclonal antibody (mAb) anthrax antitoxin for the treatment of inhalation anthrax. Obiltoxaximab is indicated in all age groups in combination with appropriate antibacterial drugs for the treatment of inhalational anthrax due to Bacillus anthracis; and for post-exposure prophylaxis of inhalational anthrax when alternative therapies are not available or not appropriate.
It is anticipated that the European Commission, which has the authority to grant marketing authorization for medicinal products in the European Union (EU), will issue a final decision on the marketing authorization for obiltoxaximab in November 2020. SFL Pharmaceuticals Deutschland GmbH (SFL Pharmaceuticals) filed the marketing authorization application (MAA) and will act as future marketing authorization holder (MAH) in the EU on behalf of Elusys, the originator of the product.
“This positive CHMP opinion reflects important progress toward our goal of making this important medical countermeasure available in the EU,” said Elizabeth Posillico, PhD, President and Chief Executive Officer of Elusys. “With obiltoxaximab already approved and commercially available in the United States and with the recent approval by Health Canada, we are looking forward to pursuing additional opportunities for product availability to protect public health in nations where the U.S. has bilateral relations.”
The CHMP opinion is based on data from studies funded by U.S. government agencies, including the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), part of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD).
“Our thanks to our EU partner, SFL Pharmaceuticals, for their expert guidance and efforts throughout the EU filing and approval process,” added Dr. Posillico.
Obiltoxaximab is approved under the brand name Anthim® in the U.S. and Canada. In the EU obiltoxaximab will be approved under brand name Obiltoxaximab SFL. Obiltoxaximab recently received approval by Health Canada for use in adult and pediatric patients for the treatment of inhalational anthrax due to Bacillus anthracis in combination with appropriate antibacterial drugs; and for post-exposure prophylaxis of inhalational anthrax due to B. anthracis when alternative therapies are not available or not appropriate.
for full prescribing information for the U.S. and Canada. Anthim is produced in a single dose liquid formulation for intravenous (IV) infusion.
About Elusys Therapeutics, Inc.
Elusys Therapeutics, a private company based in Parsippany, NJ, is focused on the development of antibody therapeutics for the treatment of infectious disease. In early 2016, Anthim®(obiltoxaximab), the company’s monoclonal antibody (mAb) anthrax antitoxin, received market clearance by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment and prevention of inhalational anthrax in combination with appropriate antibiotics. Elusys was awarded two delivery orders from the U.S. government – $45 million in 2015 and $25 million in 2018 – to produce Anthim for the U.S. Strategic National Stockpile (SNS), the U.S. government’s repository of critical medical supplies for biowarfare preparedness. In July 2020, Health Canada approved Anthim’s New Drug Submission (NDS) for the treatment of inhalation anthrax. See www.elusysproducts.com
for full prescribing information for the U.S. and Canada. Elusys has received over $240 million in development grants and contracts from BARDA, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). For more information, please visit www.elusys.com
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