On 4 June 2014, orphan designation (EU/03/14/1276) was granted by the European Commission to Basilea Medical Ltd, the United Kingdom, for isavuconazonium sulfate for the treatment of mucormycosis.
Update: isavuconazonium sulfate (Cresemba) has been authorised in the EU since 15 October 2015. Cresemba is indicated in adults for the treatment of mucormycosis in patients for whom amphotericin B is inappropriate.
Consideration should be given to official guidance on the appropriate use of antifungal agents.
The sponsorship was transferred to Basilea Pharmaceutica Deutschland GmbH, Germany, in April 2019.
Treatment of mucormycosis
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Review of designation
During its meeting of 1 to 3 September 2015, the Committee for Orphan Medicinal Products (COMP) reviewed the designation EU/3/14/1276 for Cresemba (isavuconazole) as an orphan medicinal product for the treatment of mucormycosis. The COMP assessed whether, at the time of marketing authorisation, the medicinal product still met the criteria for orphan designation. The Committee looked at the seriousness and prevalence of the condition, and the existence of other methods of treatment. As other methods of treatment are authorised in the European Union (EU), the COMP also considered whether the medicine is of significant benefit to patients with mucormycosis. The COMP recommended that the orphan designation of the medicine be maintained*.
*The maintenance of the orphan designation at time of marketing authorisation would, except in specific situations, give an orphan medicinal product 10 years of market exclusivity in the EU. This means that in the 10 years after its authorisation similar products with a comparable therapeutic indication cannot be placed on the market.
Documents related to this orphan designation evaluation
Recommendation for maintenance of orphan designation at the time of marketing authorisation: Cresemba (isavuconazole) for the treatment of mucormycosis (PDF/79.54 KB)
First published: 05/11/2015
Last updated: 05/11/2015
For contact details of patients’ organisations whose activities are targeted at rare diseases, see:
European Organisation for Rare Diseases (EURORDIS), a non-governmental alliance of patient organisations and individuals active in the field of rare diseases.
Orphanet, a database containing information on rare diseases, which includes a directory of patients’ organisations registered in Europe.
EU register of orphan medicines
The list of medicines that have received an orphan designation in the EU is available on the European Commission's website: