Healthcare Industry News: vitreomacular adhesion
News Release - January 4, 2013
ThromboGenics Confirms JETREA(R) US Launch Date of Monday January 14th, 2013JETREAŽ US Price Set at USD 3,950 per Vial
LEUVEN, Belgium, January 4, 2013 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) --ThromboGenics NV (Euronext Brussels: THR), an integrated biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing innovative ophthalmic medicines, confirms its JETREAŽUS launch date of Monday January 14th, 2013.
Next week, Dr. Patrik De Haes, Chief Executive Officer of ThromboGenics, will present during the 31st Annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference from January 7th to 9th, 2013 in San Francisco, USA.
The ThromboGenics presentation will be held on Wednesday, January 9th at 11.00 am PST (20.00 CET) at the Westin St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco. It will include the Company's plans for launching JETREAŽ (ocriplasmin) in January through its own U.S. commercial organization, which will mark a major milestone for transforming ThromboGenics into a fully operational biopharmaceutical company that provides innovative ophthalmic medicines.
JETREAŽ represents a paradigm shift and for the first time offers a pharmacological treatment option to patients suffering with symptomatic VMA. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved JETREAŽ in October 2012 as the first pharmacological agent for the treatment of symptomatic VMA. Symptomatic VMA is a progressive, sight-threatening condition that, when left untreated, frequently leads to retinal distortion, further deterioration in vision, and irreversible damage to eyesight. The recommended dose of JETREAŽ is 0.125 mg (0.1 mL) of the diluted solution administered by intravitreal injection to the affected eye once as a single injection.
The approval was based on the data from ThromboGenics' Phase III program where JETREAŽ was shown to be superior to placebo for the treatment of symptomatic VMA (26.5% versus 10.1%; p<0.01). Treatment with JETREAŽ was associated with some, mainly transient, ocular adverse events.
Important safety and prescribing information about JETREAŽ is available at http://www.jetrea.com.
About JETREAŽ (ocriplasmin)
JETREAŽ(ocriplasmin) is a truncated form of human plasmin that has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of symptomatic VMA. JETREAŽis a selective proteolytic enzyme that cleaves fibronectin, laminin and collagen, three major components of the vitreoretinal interface that play an important role in vitreomacular adhesion.
JETREAŽhas been evaluated in two multi-center, randomized, double-masked Phase III trials conducted in the U.S. and Europe involving 652 patients with vitreomacular adhesion. Both studies met the primary endpoint of resolution of VMA at day 28. JETREAŽ's Phase III program found that 26.5% of patients treated with ocriplasmin saw resolution of VMA, compared with 10.1% of patients receiving placebo (p<0.01). The Phase III program also showed that JETREAŽwas generally well tolerated with most adverse events being transient and mild in severity.
ThromboGenics is an integrated biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing innovative ophthalmic medicines. The Company's lead product, JETREAŽ(ocriplasmin), has been approved by the FDA for the treatment of symptomatic VMA. The Marketing Authorisation Application (MAA) for ocriplasmin is under review in Europe.
In March 2012, ThromboGenics signed a strategic partnership with Alcon (Novartis) for the commercialization of JETREAŽ outside the United States. Under this agreement, ThromboGenics could receive up to a total of 375 million in up-front and milestone payments. It will receive significant royalties from Alcon's net sales of JETREAŽ. ThromboGenics and Alcon intend to share the costs equally of developing JETREAŽ for a number of new vitreoretinal indications.
ThromboGenics is also further exploring anti-PIGF (Placental Growth Factor), formerly referred to as TB-403, for the treatment of ophthalmic indications.
ThromboGenics is headquartered in Leuven, Belgium, and has offices in Iselin, NJ (US) and Dublin, Ireland. The Company is listed on the NYSE Euronext Brussels exchange under the symbol THR. More information is available at http://www.thrombogenics.com.
Important information about forward-looking statements
Certain statements in this press release may be considered "forward-looking". Such forward-looking statements are based on current expectations, and, accordingly, entail and are influenced by various risks and uncertainties. The Company therefore cannot provide any assurance that such forward-looking statements will materialize and does not assume an obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or any other reason. Additional information concerning risks and uncertainties affecting the business and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from any forward-looking statement is contained in the Company's Annual Report.
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