On 7 November 2008, orphan designation (EU/3/08/581) was granted by the European Commission to Glaxo Group Limited, United Kingdom, for ofatumumab for the treatment of chronic lymphocytic leukaemia.
The sponsorship was transferred to Novartis Europharm Limited, United Kingdom, in May 2015.
Ofatumumab has been authorised in the EU as Arzerra since 19 April 2010.
The sponsorship was transferred to Novartis Europharm Limited, Ireland, in September 2018.
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Treatment of chronic lymphocytic leukaemia
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Review of designation
During its meeting of 2-3 February 2010, the Committee for Orphan Medicinal Products (COMP) reviewed the designation EU/3/08/581 for Arzerra (ofatumumab) as an orphan medicinal product for the treatment of chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL). The COMP reviewed 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 satisfactory methods of treatment. As other satisfactory methods of treatment for patients with this condition are authorised in the European Union (EU), the COMP also looked at the significant benefit of the product over existing treatments. 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.
Sponsor's contact details
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;