CRANBURY, N.J., June 25, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Amicus Therapeutics (Nasdaq:FOLD), a biopharmaceutical company at the forefront of therapies for rare and orphan diseases, today announced that the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has validated the Marketing Authorization Application (MAA) and the Centralized Procedure has begun for the oral small molecule pharmacological chaperone Galafold (migalastat HCl) for Fabry patients who have amenable genetic mutations. As previously announced, Galafold is the first investigational Fabry drug to be granted Accelerated Assessment in the EU. In the U.S., Amicus plans to conduct a pre-NDA meeting with the FDA and to submit a New Drug Application (NDA) for Galafold under Subpart H1 in the second half of 2015. Following the MAA validation, Amicus is also initiating the regulatory submission process in several additional geographies.
"We are pleased to announce that Galafold has entered the formal regulatory review process in the European Union," stated John F. Crowley, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Amicus Therapeutics. "With a majority of Fabry patients residing outside the United States, the MAA validation also allows us to prepare for the regulatory process in additional geographies where the MAA may serve as the basis for submission. In the United States, we remain on track to hold a pre-NDA meeting with the FDA and to submit an NDA for Galafold under Subpart H in the second half of 2015. Our global strategy is to bring this novel orally bioavailable personalized medicine to as many people living with Fabry disease as quickly as possible."
Under Accelerated Assessment, the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) may shorten the MAA review period from 210 days, under standard review, to 150 days under Accelerated Assessment. The CHMP opinion is then reviewed by the European Commission, which generally issues a final decision on EU approval within three months. The MAA submission will be reviewed in the Centralized Procedure, which if authorized, provides a marketing license valid in all 28 EU member states. Once authorized, Amicus would then begin the country-by-country reimbursement approval process.
Approximately 90 individuals around the world are currently being treated with Galafold as their only therapy for Fabry disease in ongoing long-term extension studies. Amicus previously reported positive Phase 3 data for Galafold in both treatment naïve (Study 011, or FACETS) and enzyme replacement therapy (ERT) switch patients (Study 012, or ATTRACT). Results from these studies have shown that treatment with Galafold has resulted in reductions in disease substrate, stability of kidney function, reduction in cardiac mass, and a positive impact on patient-reported outcomes in patients with amenable mutations.
Today approximately 5,000 to 10,000 individuals are diagnosed with Fabry disease; however, an estimated 40% to 50% of diagnosed patients are not currently on treatment. If approved, Amicus estimates that 30% to 50% of Fabry patients may benefit from Galafold on the basis of their genotype. Based on third party research, the Company also projects a 10% annual growth rate in diagnosis that is expected to continue.
About Fabry Disease
Fabry disease is an inherited lysosomal storage disorder caused by deficiency of an enzyme called alpha-galactosidase A (alpha-Gal A). The primary biological function of alpha-Gal A is to degrade specific lipids in lysosomes, including globotriaosylceramide (referred to here as GL-3 and also known as Gb3). Lipids that can be degraded by the action of alpha-Gal A are called "substrates" of the enzyme. Reduced or absent levels of alpha-Gal A activity lead to the accumulation of GL-3 in the affected tissues, including the central nervous system, heart, kidneys, and skin. This accumulation of GL-3 is believed to cause the various symptoms of Fabry disease, including pain, kidney failure, and increased risk of heart attack and stroke.
About Amicus Therapeutics
Amicus Therapeutics (Nasdaq:FOLD) is a biopharmaceutical company at the forefront of therapies for rare and orphan diseases. The Company is developing novel, first-in-class treatments for a broad range of human genetic diseases, with a focus on delivering new benefits to individuals with lysosomal storage disorders. Amicus' lead programs in development include the small molecule pharmacological chaperone Galafold™ for Fabry disease, as well as next-generation enzyme replacement therapy (ERT) products for Fabry disease, Pompe disease, and MPS I.
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