CRANBURY, N.J., March 22, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Amicus Therapeutics (Nasdaq:FOLD), a biotechnology company at the forefront of therapies for rare and orphan diseases, has initiated a reimbursed expanded access program (EAP) to provide Fabry patients who have amenable mutations with access to migalastat. The EAP will be implemented in certain territories where reimbursement can be secured prior to marketing authorization and commercial availability, beginning in France.
The French National Agency for Medicines and Health Products Safety (ANSM) has granted an "Autorisation Temporaire d'Utilisation dite de cohorte" (cohort ATU), a Temporary Authorization for Use for patient sales of migalastat for Fabry patients who have amenable genetic mutations who meet the criteria for the cohort ATU. An ATU is the regulatory mechanism used by the ANSM to make non-approved drugs available to patients in France when a genuine public health need exists.
John F. Crowley, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Amicus Therapeutics, Inc., stated, “Consistent with our Company mission, we are committed to providing access to migalastat for Fabry patients with amenable mutations in countries where there is an available mechanism to secure reimbursement prior to approval. We are grateful to the French authorities for granting an ATU to allow Fabry patients in France to begin treatment with migalastat and we are pursuing additional opportunities for early access in other countries.”
The ATU for migalastat was granted after an assessment by the ANSM of a full application dossier that included clinical and safety data from clinical studies of migalastat. In France, patients with Fabry disease who have amenable mutations may receive treatment with migalastat before marketing authorization for the product is granted in the European Union. Government allocations to hospitals will allow payment for migalastat for patients included in the ATU program.
About Amicus Therapeutics
Amicus Therapeutics (Nasdaq:FOLD) is a biotechnology company at the forefront of therapies for rare and orphan diseases. The Company has a robust pipeline of advanced therapies for a broad range of human genetic diseases. Amicus’ lead programs in development include the small molecule pharmacological chaperone migalastat as a monotherapy for Fabry disease, SD-101 for Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB), as well as novel enzyme replacement therapy (ERT) products for Fabry disease, Pompe disease, and other lysosomal storage disorders.
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