Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. REGN announced that the FDA has accepted for priority review its supplemental Biologics License Application (sBLA) seeking approval for Evkeeza (evinacumab) for use in kids.
The company is seeking label expansion for Evkeeza as an adjunct to other lipid-lowering therapies to treat children aged between five and 11 years with homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia (HoFH), an ultra-rare inherited form of high cholesterol.
With the FDA granting a priority review to the sBLA, a decision from the regulatory body is expected on Mar 30, 2023.
Evkeeza is already approved in the United States, Europe and some other countries as an adjunct therapy for certain patients aged 12 years and above with HoFH.
The sBLA was based on data from a three-part study, which evaluated Evkeeza in children aged five to 11 years with HoFH.
The study met its primary endpoint. Data from the study showed that children who added Evkeeza to other lipid-lowering therapies experienced an LDL-C reduction of 48% at week 24 on average. Notably, children already on other lipid-lowering therapies entered the study with dangerously high LDL-C (264 mg/dL on average) and 79% saw their LDL-C reduced by at least half at 24 weeks.
Shares of Regeneron have improved 19% so far this year against the industry’s decline of 20.1%.
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In January 2022, Regeneron entered into a collaboration agreement with Ultragenyx RARE to commercialize and distribute Evkeeza outside the United States.
Regeneron is responsible for the development and distribution of Evkeeza in the United States while Ultragenyx is responsible for developing, commercializing and distributing Evkeeza outside of the United States. The regions include the European Economic Area.
Evkeeza generated sales worth $14 million in the United States in the third quarter of 2022, reflecting a significant year-over-year increase. A potential label expansion of the drug will help it to address a broader patient population and drive sales further in the days ahead.
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