EC approve Pelmeg▼® for chemotherapy induced neutropenia

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European Commission (EC) has granted approval for the use of Pelmeg (pegfilgrastim) as a treatment for chemotherapy induced neutropenia. 

The Mundipharma network of independent associated companies today announced that the European Commission (EC) has granted approval for the use of Pelmeg (pegfilgrastim) as a treatment for reduction in the duration of neutropenia and the incidence of febrile neutropenia in adult patients treated with cytotoxic chemotherapy for malignancy (with the exception of chronic myeloid leukaemia and myelodysplastic syndromes).

The EC’s decision follows a recommendation from the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) that was based on a robust regulatory submission of key biosimilarity data from analytical, biofunctional and clinical study comparisons for Pelmeg. In all cases it demonstrated comparable pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and immunogenicity to its reference product Neulasta. The information submitted, and conclusions reached, were comprehensive enough to extrapolate the indication for Neulasta across to Pelmeg. As such, it is indicated in the exact same way as subcutaneous (pre-filled syringe) Neulasta.

Pelmeg is a pegfilgrastim biosimilar. Pegfilgrastim is a pegylated version of granulocyte-colony stimulating factor (G-CSF) that works by stimulating the bone marrow to produce more neutrophils, thereby reducing the incidence of febrile neutropenia. It is administered as a subcutaneous injection once per chemotherapy cycle, at least 24 hours after cytotoxic chemotherapy.

Philippe Bastide, Head of Biosimilars, Mundipharma International. “We hope this approval will significantly improve the lives of people who are affected by chemotherapy induced neutropenia and febrile neutropenia. The availability of this biosimilar represents an important opportunity to reduce healthcare costs while increasing access to an effective treatment option.”

Accord’s Pelgraz ® has also been approved for use during chemotherapy by the European Medicines Agency to reduce the duration of chemotherapy induced neutropenia.

Pelmeg is the fourth biosimilar medicine to be commercialised by the Mundipharma network. It was developed by Cinfa Biotech which was acquired by the Mundipharma network and announced in October 2018. The acquisition of Cinfa Biotech provides Mundipharma with global reach and expanded development capabilities.