Meeting highlights from the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) 24-27 February 2020
Two new medicines recommended for approval
EMA’s human medicines committee (CHMP) recommended two medicines for approval at its February 2020 meeting.
The Committee recommended granting a marketing authorisation for Fetcroja (cefiderocol) for the treatment of infections due to aerobic Gram-negative organisms in adults with limited treatment options.
The generic medicine Tigecycline Accord (tigecycline) received a positive opinion for the treatment of complicated skin and soft tissue (i.e. tissues just below the skin) infections and complicated intra-abdominal infections.
Three recommendations on extensions of therapeutic indication
The Committee recommended extensions of indication for Alunbrig, Ofev and Otezla.
Negative opinion on extension of therapeutic indication
For more information on this negative opinion, see the question-and-answer document in the grid below.
Start of referrals
The CHMP started a review of medicines for which studies have been conducted by Panexcell Clinical Laboratories Priv. Ltd at its site in Mumbai, India. This follows a good clinical practice (GCP) inspection which raised concerns about the study data used to support marketing authorisation applications of some medicines in the EU.
The Committee also started a review of the cancer medicine Yondelis (trabectedin), used to treat ovarian cancer and soft-tissue sarcoma (a type of cancer that develops from the soft, supporting tissues of the body). The review started after a clinical study (OVC-3006) investigating the use of Yondelis in patients with ovarian cancer was stopped ahead of time, because an interim analysis of the results showed that, overall, patients treated with Yondelis plus pegylated liposomal doxorubicin (PLD, another cancer medicine) did not live longer than patients given PLD alone.
For more information, see the start-of-referral documents in the grid below.
Withdrawals of applications
The application to extend the use of Axumin (fluciclovine (18F)) in the diagnosis and continuing assessment of glioma (a type of brain tumour) was withdrawn.
The application for the use of Opdivo (nivolumab) and Yervoy (ipilimumab) in the treatment of metastatic non-small cell lung cancer that has not been treated previously was also withdrawn.
Question-and-answer documents on these withdrawals are available in the grid below.
Agenda and minutes
The agenda of the February meeting is published on EMA's website. Minutes of the January 2020 CHMP meeting will be published in the coming weeks.
Key figures from the February 2020 CHMP meeting are represented in the graphic below.
Recommendations on eligibility to PRIME scheme - Adopted at the CHMP meeting of 24-27 February 2020 (PDF/189.97 KB)Adopted
First published: 05/03/2020
Start of Union reviews adopted during the CHMP meeting of 24-27 February 2020 (PDF/125.62 KB)
First published: 28/02/2020
Scientific advice and protocol assistance adopted during the CHMP meeting 24-27 February 2020 (PDF/191.32 KB)Adopted
First published: 28/02/2020