EU/3/09/715

About

On 2 February 2010, orphan designation (EU/3/09/715) was granted by the European Commission to Ariad Pharma Ltd, United Kingdom, for benzamide, 3-(2-imidazo[1,2-b]pyridazin-3-ylethynyl)-4-methyl-N-[4-[(4-methyl-1-piperazinyl)methyl]-3-(trifluoromethyl)phenyl] (ponatinib) for the treatment of acute lymphoblastic leukaemia.

Benzamide, 3-(2-imidazo[1,2-b]pyridazin-3-ylethynyl)-4-methyl-N-[4-[(4-methyl-1-piperazinyl)methyl]-3-(trifluoromethyl)phenyl] (ponatinib) for the treatment of acute lymphoblastic leukaemia has been authorised in the EU as Iclusig since 1 July 2013.

This medicine is now known as ponatinib.

The sponsorship was transferred to Incyte Biosciences UK Ltd, United Kingdom, in November 2016.

The sponsorship was transferred to Incyte Biosciences Distribution B.V., The Netherlands, in May 2018.

Key facts

Active substance
Benzamide, 3-(2-imidazo[1,2-b]pyridazin-3-ylethynyl)-4-methyl-N-[4-[(4-methyl-1-piperazinyl)methyl]-3-(trifluoromethyl)phenyl] (ponatinib)
Medicine name
Iclusig
Disease / condition
Treatment of acute lymphoblastic leukaemia
Date of first decision
02/02/2010
Outcome
Positive
EU designation number
EU/3/09/715

Review of designation

During its meeting of 16-17 April 2013, the Committee for Orphan Medicinal Products (COMP) reviewed the designations EU/3/09/715 and EU/3/09/716 for Iclusig (ponatinib1) as an orphan medicinal product for the treatment of acute lymphoblastic leukaemia and of chronic myeloid leukaemia. 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 conditions, and the existence of other methods of treatment. As other satisfactory methods of treatment for patients with these conditions 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 designations of the medicine be maintained2.


1Previously known as benzamide, 3-(2-imidazo[1,2-b]pyridazin-3-ylethynyl)-4-methyl-N-[4-[(4-methyl-1-piperazinyl)methyl]-3-(trifluoromethyl)phenyl].
2The 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

Incyte Biosciences Distribution B.V.
Paasheuvelweg 25
1105 BP Amsterdam
The Netherlands
Tel. +31 202 619 313
E-mail: globalmedinfo@incyte.com

Patients' organisations

For contact details of patients’ organisations whose activities are targeted at rare diseases, see:

  • Orphanet, a database containing information on rare diseases, which includes a directory of patients’ organisations registered in Europe;
  • European Organisation for Rare Diseases (EURORDIS), a non-governmental alliance of patient organisations and individuals active in the field of rare diseases.

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