Lexington, Mass., and Ness Ziona, Israel – June 15, 2016 – Shire plc (LSE: SHP, NASDAQ: SHPG) and Kamada Ltd. (NASDAQ & TASE: KMDA), a plasma-derived protein therapeutics company focused on orphan indications, today announced that the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved an expanded label for GLASSIA [Alpha-1 Proteinase Inhibitor (Human)], marking the first treatment for adult patients with emphysema due to severe Alpha-1 Antitrypsin (AAT) Deficiency that can be self-infused at home after appropriate training.
Patients with AAT Deficiency have low or undetectable levels of a protein called alpha-1 antitrypsin or AAT, which helps protect lung tissue from damaging enzymes that are released by white blood cells.1 AAT deficiency can result in early onset emphysema.2 Treatment with GLASSIA replaces the missing or deficient AAT protein in the blood and lungs.
There are an estimated 100,000 people in the United States who have the disorder, though under-diagnosis remains an issue, as fewer than 10 percent of those living with AAT deficiency have been properly diagnosed.3,4 The World Health Organization (WHO), the American Thoracic Society (ATS), the European Respiratory Society (ERS), and the Alpha-1 Foundation’s Medical and Scientific Advisory Committee (MASAC) recommend that all patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) be tested for the disorder.5
“Patients with Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency are managing a challenging disorder that may require regular regimented care. For these patients, our company strives to find ways to provide them with more choices and flexibility in their treatment regimen,” said Blaine Forshage, Head of the US Immunology Franchise for Shire. “With this new label for GLASSIA, we’re now able to offer the only AAT augmentation treatment that is approved for patients to self-administer at home, helping to deliver on our goals to support the Alpha-1 community.”
Approved in 2010, GLASSIA is the first and only liquid ready-to-use augmentation product approved for treatment of clinically evident emphysema due to severe AAT Deficiency. Kamada and Baxalta (formerly Baxter International Inc’s BioScience business and now part of Shire) entered into an exclusive strategic cooperation agreement for the distribution and license of GLASSIA in 2010. Under the terms of the agreement, Baxalta is the exclusive distributor of GLASSIA in the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand, and is licensed to produce GLASSIA using Kamada’s technology at a Baxalta facility for sales in those countries.
“Self-infusion, after proper training, can be a convenient way for Alphas to receive their augmentation therapy,” said Henry Moehring, Alpha-1 Foundation president and CEO. “We at the Foundation are always gratified to see expanded treatment options for Alphas, and we applaud the FDA’s approval of this new labeling.”
“We are excited that the FDA has now permitted patients to self-infuse GLASSIA at home,” said Amir London, Kamada’s Chief Executive Officer. “By avoiding the need for reconstitution, our product allows for an overall reduced treatment preparation time. With this new approval, patients have the convenience of self-infusion at home, in addition to potentially reducing costs previously associated with infusion services for administering augmentation therapy in the hospital. We are very pleased with the continued increase in the number of U.S. patients treated with GLASSIA, and believe that self-infusion will contribute significantly to future growth. Importantly, due to the Company’s state-of-the-art production facility, Kamada has the capacity to support the increasing demand for GLASSIA. Finally, we look forward to a strong partnership with Shire that is beneficial to the patients we serve, and both of our companies.”
About GLASSIA [Alpha1-Proteinase Inhibitor (Human)]
GLASSIA is an Alpha1-Proteinase Inhibitor (Human) (Alpha1-PI) indicated for chronic augmentation and maintenance therapy in adults with clinically evident emphysema due to severe hereditary deficiency of Alpha1-PI (alpha1 antitrypsin deficiency). GLASSIA increases antigenic and functional (anti-neutrophil elastase capacity, ANEC) serum levels and antigenic lung epithelial lining fluid levels of Alpha1-PI.
LIMITATIONS OF USE
The effect of augmentation therapy with any Alpha1-PI, including GLASSIA, on pulmonary exacerbations and on the progression of emphysema in Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency has not been conclusively demonstrated in randomized, controlled clinical trials.
Clinical data demonstrating the long-term effects of chronic augmentation and maintenance therapy of individuals with GLASSIA are not available.
GLASSIA is not indicated as therapy for lung disease in patients in whom severe Alpha1-PI deficiency has not been established.
Important Risk Information for GLASSIA
GLASSIA is contraindicated in immunoglobulin A (IgA) deficient patients with antibodies against IgA or individuals with a history of anaphylaxis or other severe systemic reaction to Alpha1-PI products.
Hypersensitivity reactions have been reported in patients following administration. Patients should be closely followed throughout the infusion and vital signs monitored continuously. Discontinue the infusion if hypersensitivity symptoms occur and administer appropriate emergency treatment.
TRANSMISSION OF INFECTIOUS AGENTS
GLASSIA is derived from pooled human plasma and may carry a risk of transmitting infectious agents such as viruses, the variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) and theoretically, the Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) agent. Despite manufacturing steps designed to minimize the risk of viral transmission, such products may still potentially transmit human pathogenic agents.
The serious adverse reaction observed during clinical trials was exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
The most common adverse reactions occurring in >0.5% of infusions in clinical trials were headache and upper respiratory infection.
For full prescribing information, please visit: http://www.baxalta.com/assets/documents/Glassia_PI.pdf.
1. American Thoracic Society; European Respiratory Society statement: standards for the diagnosis and management of individuals with alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2003 Oct 1;168(7):818-900.
2. Alpha-1 Foundation. What is Alpha-1? Accessed June 1, 2016. Available at: https://www.alpha1.org/what-is-alpha1
3. Alpha-1 Foundation. Lung Disease. Accessed June 9, 2016. Available at: http://www.alpha1.org/Newly-Diagnosed/Learning-about-Alpha-1/Lung-Disease
4. Silverman EK and Sandhous RA. Clinical Practice Alpha1-Antitrypsin Deficiency. N Engl J Med. 2009; 360(26):2749-57
5. Alpha-1 Foundation. Testing for Alpha-1. Accessed June 1, 2016. Available at: https://www.alpha1.org/Newly-Diagnosed/Learning-about-Alpha-1/Testing-for-Alpha-1
Glassia is a registered trademark of Kamada Ltd., and used under license.
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NOTES TO EDITORS
Shire is the leading global biotechnology company focused on serving people with rare diseases and other highly specialized conditions. We have best-in-class products available in more than 100 countries across core therapeutic areas including Hematology, Immunology, Neuroscience, Lysosomal Storage Disorders, Gastrointestinal / Internal Medicine / Endocrine and Hereditary Angioedema; a growing franchise in Oncology; and an emerging, innovative pipeline in Ophthalmics.
Our employees come to work every day with a shared mission: to develop and deliver breakthrough therapies for the hundreds of millions of people in the world affected by rare diseases and other high-need conditions, and who lack effective therapies to live their lives to the fullest.
About Kamada Ltd Kamada Ltd. is focused on plasma-derived protein therapeutics for orphan indications, and has a commercial product portfolio and a robust late-stage product pipeline. The Company uses its proprietary platform technology and know-how for the extraction and purification of proteins from human plasma to produce Alpha-1 Antitrypsin (AAT) in a highly-purified, liquid form, as well as other plasma-derived Immune globulins. AAT is a protein derived from human plasma with known and newly-discovered therapeutic roles given its immunomodulatory, anti-inflammatory, tissue-protective and antimicrobial properties. The Company’s flagship product is Glassia®, the first and only liquid, ready-to-use, intravenous plasma-derived AAT product approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Kamada markets Glassia® in the U.S. through a strategic partnership with Baxalta. In addition to Glassia®, Kamada has a product line of seven other pharmaceutical products administered by injection or infusion, that are marketed through distributors in more than 15 countries, including Israel, Russia, Brazil, India and other countries in Latin America and Asia. Kamada has five late-stage plasma-derived protein products in development, including an inhaled formulation of AAT for the treatment of AAT deficiency that its MAA was submitted to the EMA after completing a pivotal Phase 2/3 clinical trials in Europe and is in Phase 2 clinical trials in the U.S. and its intravenous AAT to treat type-1 diabetes, GvHD and to prevent lung transplant rejection. Kamada also leverages its expertise and presence in the plasma-derived protein therapeutics market by distributing more than 10 complementary products in Israel that are manufactured by third parties.
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