Sanofi and Regeneron Announce Sarilumab Biologics License Application Accepted for Review by US FDA
Paris, France and Tarrytown, New York - January 8, 2016 - Sanofi and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has accepted for review the Biologics License Application (BLA) for sarilumab. Per the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA), the target action date is Oct. 30, 2016. Sarilumab is an investigational, human monoclonal antibody directed against the IL-6 receptor that is intended for the treatment of patients with active, moderate-to-severe rheumatoid arthritis (RA).1 IL-6 is the most abundant cytokine in the serum and synovial fluid of patients with RA and levels correlate with both disease activity and joint destruction. 2
The BLA for sarilumab contains data from approximately 2,500 adults with active, moderate-to-severe RA who had an inadequate response to previous treatment regimens, including seven studies from the global SARIL-RA Phase 3 program.
The goal of the ongoing global clinical development program is to evaluate the safety and efficacy of subcutaneous sarilumab, either as monotherapy or in combination with conventional disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs), including methotrexate (MTX), in reducing the signs and symptoms and inhibiting the radiographic progression of RA.3,4,5,6,7,8,9
The safety and efficacy of sarilumab have not been fully evaluated by any regulatory authority.
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3 Sanofi. Evaluation of Sarilumab (SAR153191/REGN88) on Top of Methotrexate in Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients (RA-MOBILITY). In: ClinicalTrials.gov Internet. Bethesda (MD): National Library of Medicine (US). 2000- cited 28 May 2015. Available from: https://clinicaltrials.gov/show/NCT01061736 NLM Identifier: NCT01061736.
4 Sanofi. To Evaluate The Effect Of SAR153191 (REGN88) Added To Other RA Drugs In Patients With RA Who Are Not Responding To Or Intolerant Of Anti-TNF Therapy (SARIL-RA-TARGET). In: ClinicalTrials.gov Internet. Bethesda (MD): National Library of Medicine (US). 2000- cited 28 May 2015. Available from: NLM Identifier: https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT01709578 NCT01709578.
5 Sanofi. To Evaluate Sarilumab - SAR153191 (REGN88) - Auto-injector Device In Patients With Rheumatoid Arthritis (SARIL-RA-EASY). In: ClinicalTrials.gov Internet. Bethesda (MD): National Library of Medicine (US). 2000- cited 28 May 2015. Available from: https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT02057250 NLM Identifier: NCT02057250.
6 Sanofi. To Evaluate The Safety of SAR153191 (REGN88) and Tocilizumab Added to Other RA Drugs in Patients With RA Who Are Not Responding to or Intolerant of Anti-TNF Therapy (SARIL-RA-ASCERTAIN). In: ClinicalTrials.gov Internet. Bethesda (MD): National Library of Medicine (US). 2000- cited 28 May 2015. Available from: https://clinicaltrials.gov/show/NCT01768572 NLM Identifier: NCT01768572.
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8 Sanofi. To Evaluate the Immunogenicity and Safety of Sarilumab Administered as Monotherapy in Patients With Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (SARIL-RA-ONE). In: ClinicalTrials.gov Internet. Bethesda (MD): National Library of Medicine (US). 2000- cited 28 May 2015. Available from: https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT02121210 NLM Identifier: NCT02121210.
9 Sanofi. Efficacy and Safety of Sarilumab and Adalimumab Monotherapy in Patients With Rheumatoid Arthritis (SARIL-RA-MONARCH). In: ClinicalTrials.gov Internet. Bethesda (MD): National Library of Medicine (US). 2000- cited 28 May 2015. Available from: https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT02332590 NLM Identifier: NCT02332590.