NORTH CHICAGO, Ill., June 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- AbbVie (NYSE: ABBV) announced today that the Marketing Authorization Applications (MAAs) for its investigational, all-oral, interferon-free regimen for the treatment of adult patients with chronic genotype 1 (GT1) hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection have been validated and are under accelerated assessment by the European Medicines Agency (EMA).
Accelerated assessment, which is designated to new medicines of major public health interest, was granted by the EMA for AbbVie's investigational HCV regimen in May. Validation of the MAAs confirms that the submissions are complete and starts the EMA's centralized review process. If approved, AbbVie's regimen could be available for marketing in the European Union (EU) in the first quarter of 2015.
The MAAs were submitted on May 8, 2014 and are supported by data from a large clinical program including six Phase III studies of more than 2,300 GT1 patients in over 25 countries. Review of the MAAs will be conducted under the centralized licensing procedure, which, when finalized, provides marketing authorizations in all 28 member states of the EU.
On June 13, AbbVie announced that the New Drug Application (NDA) for AbbVie's regimen was accepted and granted priority review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
About AbbVie's Investigational HCV Regimen The AbbVie investigational regimen consists of the fixed-dose combination of ABT-450/ritonavir co-formulated with ombitasvir (ABT-267), and dasabuvir (ABT-333) with or without ribavirin (RBV). The combination of three different mechanisms of action interrupts the hepatitis C virus replication process with the goal of optimizing sustained virologic response rates across different patient populations.
Additional information about AbbVie's Phase III studies can be found on www.clinicaltrials.gov.
AbbVie's HCV Development Program The AbbVie HCV clinical development program is intended to advance scientific knowledge and clinical care by investigating an interferon-free, all-oral regimen with and without RBV with the goal of producing high sustained virologic response rates in as many patients as possible, including those that typically do not respond well to treatment, such as previous non-responders to interferon-based therapy or patients with advanced liver fibrosis or cirrhosis.
ABT-450 was discovered during the ongoing collaboration between AbbVie and Enanta Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: ENTA) for hepatitis C virus protease inhibitors and regimens that include protease inhibitors. ABT-450 is being developed by AbbVie for use in combination with AbbVie's other investigational medicines for the treatment of hepatitis C.
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