Meeting highlights from the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) 16-19 September 2019

News 20/09/2019

Seven new medicines recommended for approval

EMA’s human medicines committee (CHMP) recommended seven medicines for approval at its September 2019 meeting.

The Committee recommended granting a marketing authorisation for Xospata* (gilteritinib) for the treatment of adult patients who have relapsed or refractory acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) with a FLT3 mutation. AML is a rare type of cancer of the white blood cells (cells that fight infections). It affects approximately 1 in 10,000 people in the European Union. Xospata was reviewed under EMA's accelerated assessment procedure, reserved for medicines of major public health interest.

Qtrilmet (metformin hydrochloride / saxagliptin / dapagliflozin) received a positive opinion from the CHMP for the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus.

The CHMP recommended granting a marketing authorisation for Rhokiinsa (netarsudil) for the treatment of patients with glaucoma or ocular hypertension.

Senstend (lidocaine / prilocaine), which was evaluated in an informed consent application, received a positive opinion for the treatment of premature ejaculation in adult men. An informed consent application makes use of data from the dossier of a previously authorised medicine, with the marketing authorisation holder of that medicine giving consent for the use of their data in the application.

The CHMP recommended granting marketing authorisations for three generic medicines: Arsenic trioxide Accord (arsenic trioxide), for the treatment of acute promyelocytic leukaemia; Bortezomib Fresenius Kabi (bortezomib), for the treatment of multiple myeloma and mantle cell lymphoma; and Ivozall (clofarabine), for the treatment of acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in paediatric patients.

Eight recommendations on extensions of therapeutic indication

The Committee recommended extensions of indication for Bavencio, Benlysta, Docetaxel Zentiva, Dupixent, Lucentis, Remsima, Taxotere and Trulicity.

Agenda and minutes

The agenda of the September 2019 meeting is published on EMA's website. Minutes of the July 2019 CHMP meeting will be published in the coming weeks.

CHMP statistics

Key figures from the September 2019 CHMP meeting are represented in the graphic below.

*This product was designated as an orphan medicine during its development. Orphan designations are reviewed by EMA's Committee for Orphan Medicinal Products (COMP) at the time of approval to determine whether the information available to date allows maintaining the medicine's orphan status and granting the medicine ten years of market exclusivity.

CHMP highlights September 2019

Positive recommendations on new medicines

Name of medicineQtrilmet
INNmetformin hydrochloride / saxagliptin / dapagliflozin
Marketing-authorisation applicantAstraZeneca AB
Therapeutic indicationTreatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus
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Name of medicineRhokiinsa
Marketing-authorisation applicantAerie Pharmaceuticals Ireland Ltd
Therapeutic indicationTreatment of patients with glaucoma or ocular hypertension
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Name of medicineXospata
Marketing-authorisation applicantAstellas Pharma Europe B.V.
Therapeutic indicationTreatment of adult patients who have relapsed or refractory acute myeloid leukaemia with a FLT3 mutation
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Positive recommendation on new informed consent medicine

Name of medicineSenstend
INNlidocaine / prilocaine 
Marketing-authorisation applicantPlethora Pharma Solutions Limited
Therapeutic indicationTreatment of premature ejaculation in adult men
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Positive recommendations on new generic medicines

Name of medicineArsenic trioxide Accord
International non-proprietary name (INN)
arsenic trioxide
Marketing-authorisation applicantAccord Healthcare S.L.U.
Therapeutic indicationTreatment of acute promyelocytic leukaemia
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Name of medicineBortezomib Fresenius Kabi 
International non-proprietary name (INN)bortezomib
Marketing-authorisation applicantFresenius Kabi Deutschland GmbH
Therapeutic indicationTreatment of multiple myeloma and mantle cell lymphoma
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Name of medicineIvozall 
International non-proprietary name (INN)clofarabine
Marketing-authorisation applicantORPHELIA Pharma SAS
Therapeutic indicationTreatment of acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in paediatric patients
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Positive recommendations on extensions of indications

Name of medicineBavencio
Marketing-authorisation applicantMerck Europe B.V.
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Name of medicineBenlysta
Marketing-authorisation applicantGlaxoSmithKline (Ireland) Limited
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Name of medicineDocetaxel Zentiva 
Marketing-authorisation applicantZentiva, k.s.
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Name of medicineDupixent
Marketing-authorisation applicantSanofi-Aventis Groupe
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Name of medicineLucentis 
Marketing-authorisation applicantNovartis Europharm Limited
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Name of medicineRemsima
Marketing-authorisation applicantCelltrion Healthcare Hungary Kft.
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Name of medicineTaxotere
Marketing-authorisation applicantAventis Pharma S.A.
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Name of medicineTrulicity
Marketing-authorisation applicantEli Lilly Nederland B.V.
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