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Meeting highlights from the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) 17-20 February 2014
Ten new medicines recommended for approval
London, UK (February 21, 2014) – The CHMP has recommended granting a paediatric-use marketing authorisation (PUMA) for Hemangiol (propranolol) for the treatment of proliferating infantile haemangioma. This is the second time that the Committee has granted a positive opinion for a PUMA since the introduction of this type of marketing authorisation by the Paediatric Regulation, which came into force in 2007. Please see press release on the website for more information.
This month, a number of medicines for the treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) were recommended for marketing authorisation by the CHMP.
The Committee recommended granting marketing authorisations for six medicines for the treatment of respiratory diseases. Four of these, Anoro (umeclidinium bromide / vilanterol) and Laventair (umeclidinium bromide / vilanterol), as well as Incruse (umeclidinium bromide) and Ulunar Breezhaler (indacaterol / glycopyrronium bromide), are intended for the treatment of symptoms in adult patients with COPD. The remaining two, DuoResp Spiromax (budesonide / formoterol) and BiResp Spiromax (budesonide / formoterol), are intended for the treatment of asthma and COPD.
In other therapeutic areas, Vimizim (elosulfase alfa) was granted marketing authorisation by the CHMP for the treatment of mucopolysaccharidosis type IVA. Vimizim has an orphan designation.
The Committee recommended the granting of a marketing authorisation for Vokanamet (canagliflozin / metformin) for the treatment of type 2 diabetes.
Pregabalin Pfizer (pregabalin) was also recommended for approval by the Committee for the treatment of neuropathic pain, epilepsy and general anxiety disorder.
New compassionate-use programme
The CHMP has given an opinion on the use of a fixed-dose combination of ledipasvir and sofosbuvir for the treatment of chronic (long-term) hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, in a compassionate-use programme. Please see press release on the website for more information.
Outcome of two safety reviews
The CHMP has recommended restricting the use of methysergide-containing medicines due to concerns that it could cause fibrosis, a condition in which fibrous (scar) tissue accumulates in the body’s organs potentially damaging them.
The outcome of the safety review on Protelos/Osseor will be published shortly.
Four requests for re-examination of CHMP recommendations
The marketing authorisation holders for Masiviera, Nerventra, Reasanz and Translarna have requested re-examinations of the CHMP’s negative opinions for these medicines adopted during the January 2014 meeting. Upon receipt of the grounds of the requests for re-examination, the CHMP will re-examine these opinions and issue final opinions.
Withdrawal of application
A questions-and-answers document on the withdrawal of marketing authorisation application for Heplisav is also published below.
More information on these and other outcomes of this month’s meeting are available in the table below.
CHMP welcomes new member
At the February 2014 CHMP, Dimitrios Kouvelas replaced Aikaterini Moraiti as the new CHMP member for Greece.
Agenda and minutes
The agenda of the February 2014 meeting is published on the EMA website. The minutes of the meeting will be published during the week following the March CHMP meeting. Minutes of the January 2014 CHMP meeting will be published next week.
For an overview of all information available on the meeting of the CHMP including its full agenda, please click on the below link:
European Medicines Agency, 21.02.2014 (tB).