CHMP recommends EU Marketing Authorization for Adynovi® [Antihemophilic factor (Recombinant), Pegylated] for adults and adolescents with Hemophilia A

CHMP recommends EU Marketing Authorization for Adynovi® [Antihemophilic factor (Recombinant), Pegylated] for adults and adolescents with Hemophilia A

November 13, 2017

If approved, ADYNOVI, built on ADVATE® [Antihemophilic Factor (Recombinant)], would offer twice-weekly prophylactic dosing as well as on-demand control of bleeding episodes1

Zug, Switzerland – November 13, 2017 – Shire plc (LSE: SHP, NASDAQ: SHPG), the world’s leading biotechnology company in rare diseases, announced today that the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has issued a positive opinion recommending the granting of marketing authorization for ADYNOVI [Antihemophilic Factor (Recombinant), PEGylated], an extended half-life recombinant Factor VIII (rFVIII) treatment, for adults and adolescents ages 12 and older living with hemophilia A for on-demand and prophylactic use.1

“This positive opinion marks an important step in providing adults and adolescents with hemophilia A in Europe with the potential for a new treatment option with a twice-weekly prophylaxis dosing schedule, so patients can manage their hemophilia A care with their physicians in the way that works best for them” said Howard B. Mayer, M.D., SVP and ad-interim Head, Global Research and Development, Shire.

The CHMP submission was based on outcomes from three Phase 3 clinical trials of patients with hemophilia A. These include a prospective, global, multi-centre, open label, non-randomized study of patients 12 to 65 years of age; a prospective, uncontrolled, open label, multi-centre study of patients 12 years of age and younger; and a study of perioperative control of hemostasis with interim study results from 15 patients with severe hemophilia A undergoing surgical procedures.2,3,4  

Hemophilia A, a designated orphan disease by the European Commission (EC), is a rare bleeding disorder that causes longer-than-normal bleeding due to lack of clotting factor VIII (FVIII) in the blood.5,6 Today, hemophilia A affects more than 150,000 people across the globe.7 It primarily affects males, with an incidence of one in 5,000 male births.8 Of the worldwide hemophilia patient population, an estimated 75 percent lack adequate treatment or access to treatment altogether.8

The CHMP’s Positive Opinion will be reviewed by the European Commission, which has the authority to grant marketing authorization in the EU.

About Hemophilia A
Hemophilia A, the most common type of hemophilia, is a rare bleeding disorder that causes longer-than-normal bleeding due to lack of clotting factor VIII (FVIII) in the blood.6 The severity of hemophilia A is determined by the amount of factor in the blood, with more severity associated with lower amounts of factor.9 More than half of patients with hemophilia A have the severe form of the condition.9

ADYNOVI [Antihemophilic Factor (Recombinant), PEGylated] was first approved as ADYNOVATE® by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the U.S. followed by approval in Japan, Canada, and Colombia, and is approved as ADYNOVI in Switzerland.

For more information on ADYNOVI, please visit the EMA website.



  • ADYNOVATE is an injectable medicine that is used to help treat and control bleeding in children and adults with hemophilia A (congenital Factor VIII deficiency).
  • Your healthcare provider may give you ADYNOVATE when you have surgery.
  • ADYNOVATE can reduce the number of bleeding episodes when used regularly (prophylaxis). 

ADYNOVATE is not used to treat von Willebrand disease.


You should not use ADYNOVATE if you:

  • Are allergic to mice or hamster protein
  • Are allergic to any ingredients in ADYNOVATE or ADVATE [Antihemophilic Factor (Recombinant)]

Tell your healthcare provider if you are pregnant or breastfeeding because ADYNOVATE may not be right for you.

You should tell your healthcare provider if you:

  • Have or have had any medical problems.
  • Take any medicines, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, such as over-the-counter medicines, supplements or herbal remedies.
  • Have any allergies, including allergies to mice or hamsters.
  • Have been told that you have inhibitors to factor VIII (because ADYNOVATE may not work for you).

Your body may form inhibitors to Factor VIII. An inhibitor is part of the body’s normal defense system. If you form inhibitors, it may stop ADYNOVATE from working properly. Consult with your healthcare provider to make sure you are carefully monitored with blood tests for the development of inhibitors to Factor VIII.

You can have an allergic reaction to ADYNOVATE. Call your healthcare provider right away and stop treatment if you get a rash or hives, itching, tightness of the throat, chest pain or tightness, difficulty breathing, lightheadedness, dizziness, nausea or fainting.

The common side effects of ADYNOVATE are headache and nausea. Tell your healthcare provider about any side effects that bother you or do not go away.

For additional safety information, click here for Prescribing Information and discuss with your doctor.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit, or call 1-800-FDA-1088.


ADVATE is currently approved in 69 countries worldwide, including the United States and 28 countries in the European Union.


Please consult the Advate Summary Product Characteristics (SPC) before prescribing, particularly in relation to dosing and treatment monitoring.

Contraindications include hypersensitivity to the active substance or to any of the excipients listed in SmPC section 6.1 or to mouse or hamster proteins.

The ADRs that occurred in the highest frequency were development of neutralising antibodies to factor VIII (inhibitors), headache and pyrexia.

Hypersensitivity or allergic reactions have been observed rarely and may in some cases progress to severe anaphylaxis (including shock).


What is ADVATE?

  • ADVATE is a medicine used to replace clotting factor (factor VIII or antihemophilic factor) that is missing in people with hemophilia A (also called “classic” hemophilia).
  • ADVATE is used to prevent and control bleeding in adults and children (0-16 years) with hemophilia A. Your healthcare provider may give you ADVATE when you have surgery.
  • ADVATE can reduce the number of bleeding episodes in adults and children (0-16 years) when used regularly (prophylaxis).

ADVATE is not used to treat von Willebrand disease.

For additional safety information, click here for Prescribing Information and discuss with your doctor.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit, or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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We feel a strong sense of urgency to address unmet medical needs and work tirelessly to improve people’s lives with medicines that have a meaningful impact on patients and all who support them on their journey.

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