Teva Pharmaceutical Industries has secured approval for its AJOVY (fremanezumab-vfrm) injection from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the preventive treatment of migraine in adults.
AJOVY, a humanized monoclonal antibody that binds to calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) ligand and blocks its binding to the receptor, is the first and only anti-CGRP treatment for the prevention of migraine with quarterly (675 mg) and monthly (225 mg) dosing options.
AJOVY phase III clinical trial program lead investigator Stephen Silberstein said: “Migraine is a disabling neurological disease that affects more than 36 million people in the United States.
“About 40 percent of people living with migraine may be appropriate candidates for preventive treatment, yet the majority of them are untreated. I am pleased to have another treatment option that may allow my patients to experience fewer monthly migraine days.”
AJOVY was evaluated in two Phase III, placebo-controlled clinical trials that enrolled patients with disabling migraine and was studied as both a stand-alone preventive treatment and in combination with oral preventive treatments.
In these trials, patients experienced a reduction in monthly migraine days during a 12-week period. The most common adverse reactions (≥5 percent and greater than placebo) were injection site reactions.
Teva President and CEO Kåre Schultz said: “This is an important day for Teva and complements our long-standing history of helping patients living with diseases of the central nervous system.
“The approval of AJOVY helps us to continue to provide access to important medicines and to deliver on our commitment to our key stakeholders – patients, employees and shareholders.”
Teva Global R&D executive vice president Hafrun Fridriksdottir said: “With limited availability of preventive treatment options, AJOVY provides physicians with an important new option for their patients.
“This approval furthers our ongoing commitment and experience in neurological conditions like migraine.”
The U.S. Wholesale Acquisition Cost (WAC) of AJOVY is $575 per monthly dose and $1,725 per quarterly dose. AJOVY will be available through retail and specialty pharmacies in approximately two weeks.
Teva executive vice president and North America commercial head Brendan O’Grady said: “Today’s approval is an important step forward for Teva and the migraine community.
“Our entire organization is proud to bring this new biologic product forward at a responsible price, and we are eager to work with insurers to encourage coverage that provides full access and availability in this much needed category.”
Source: Company Press Release