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BioMarin submits Pegvaliase BLA to FDA for treatment of phenylketonuria

Published 04 July 2017

BioMarin Pharmaceutical has submitted a Biologics License Application (BLA) to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for pegvaliase, a PEGylated recombinant phenylalanine ammonia lyase enzyme product, to reduce blood phenylalanine (Phe) levels in adult patients with PKU who have uncontrolled blood Phe levels on existing management.

Following receipt of the BLA, the FDA conducts an initial assessment of the application to determine its fileability.  The FDA typically notifies the applicant of their filing decision and planned Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) action date within 60 to 74 days after receipt of the application. The company also intends to submit an application for registration in the European Union (EU) by year end 2017.

"We believe that pegvaliase offers the promise of an important new treatment option for those adult patients with PKU unable to manage their condition with existing treatments.  Pegvaliase has been shown to lower blood Phe levels, which was the primary endpoint for registration of the only therapy currently approved to treat PKU," said Hank Fuchs, M.D., President Worldwide Research and Development. 

"The current medical guidelines highlight that the primary goal of therapy is to lower Phe, and pegvaliase represents an important advance in achieving that goal for adult PKU patients.  We look forward to working with the FDA to bring this treatment to patients."

"Not all PKU patients experience the same symptoms, but we know that these symptoms improve with a reduction in blood Phe levels," said Nicola Longo, M.D., Ph.D., Professor at the University of Utah School of Medicine and investigator for the pegvaliase Phase 3 studies. 

"For those adult patients who cannot control Phe levels on existing management, pegvaliase can reduce Phe levels and produce meaningful benefits.  I look forward to working with the FDA to convey my enthusiasm for a therapy that can improve upon what's currently available."

About Pegvaliase

Pegvaliase is an investigational study drug that substitutes the deficient PAH enzyme in PKU with the PEGylated version of the enzyme phenylalanine lyase, to break down Phe. It is being developed as a potential treatment for adults with inadequately controlled blood Phe levels. 

In clinical studies, treatment with subcutaneous pegvaliase substantially reduced blood Phe compared to placebo using a randomized withdrawal study design, and led to long-term maintenance of Phe reduction in the majority of adult patients with PKU.  Pegvaliase was administered using a dosing regimen that achieved a manageable safety profile, consisting primarily of immune-mediated responses, including anaphylaxis, for which robust risk management measures effective in clinical trials will be proposed.

Source: Company Press Release