Bayer submits Biologics License Application in the U.S. for BAY94-9027 – a long-acting factor VIII for the treatment of Hemophilia A
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Pivotal studies with BAY94-9027 showed that bleed protection was achieved with extended dosing intervals
BERLIN, Germany I August 31, 2017 I Bayer AG today announced the submission of a Biologics License Application (BLA) with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its long-acting site-specifically PEGylated recombinant human Factor VIII (BAY94-9027) for the treatment of Hemophilia A. The regulatory submission is essentially based on the results from the PROTECT VIII trial. In that trial, BAY94-9027 showed protection from bleeds with dosing intervals when used prophylactically once every seven days, once every five days, and twice per week.
“Since introducing Kogenate around 25 years ago, Bayer has been committed to continuously improving disease management for people living with Hemophilia A,” said Dr. Joerg Moeller, member of the Executive Committee of Bayer AG's Pharmaceutical Division and Head of Development. “The filing of BAY94-9027 brings us one step closer to providing a therapeutic option with additional benefits for patients who decided to have a more active lifestyle.”
In the PROTECT VIII study, BAY94-9027 provided good protection from bleeds when used prophylactically once every seven days, once every five days, and twice per week. BAY94-9027 was also effective for control of bleeding during surgical procedures, and treatment of all bleeds, with the vast majority of events being resolved with one or two infusions.
The standard-of-care for hemophilia A is factor VIII replacement therapy, which needs to be regularly infused into the patient’s vein to maintain factor levels high enough to prevent bleeding into joints, muscles or organs. Due to the short half-life of most currently marketed factor VIII products, prophylaxis may require treatment as often as every other day or three times per week. BAY94-9027 is engineered to prolong activity in the body while preserving full coagulation activity through PEGylation, where a PEG (Polyethylenglycol) molecule is consistently attached to the factor VIII protein at a specific site. PEGylation technology is utilized to prolong the time of drug circulation in the blood.
About Hemophilia A
Hemophilia affects approximately 400,000 people around the world and is a largely inherited disorder in which one of the proteins needed to form blood clots is missing or reduced. In Hemophilia A, the most common type of hemophilia, blood clotting is impaired as a result of a lack or defect of coagulation factor VIII (FVIII). Patients therefore repeatedly experience bleeds in muscles, joints or other tissues, which can result in chronic joint damage. External injuries, even if they are trivial, can have serious consequences if not treated appropriately, as the blood clots more slowly than in healthy individuals. Hemophilia A has an estimated frequency of 1 in 5,000 male live births, affecting approximately 30,000 in Europe, and 14,000 in the U.S. today.
Hemophilia treatment has advanced considerably over the past decades with life expectancy for people with hemophilia significantly increasing from about 11.4 years in 1920 to a potentially normal life span today. Today’s research aims to reduce burden of treatment and improve the quality of life of people with hemophilia.
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