Bristol Myers Squibb Receives Positive CHMP Opinion for Inrebic for Adult Patients with Myelofibrosis

▴ Bristol Myers Squibb Receives Positive CHMP Opinion for Inrebic for Adult Patients with Myelofibrosis
If approved, Inrebic will become the first new therapy for myelofibrosis in Europe in nearly a decade.

Bristol Myers Squibb today announced the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has recommended approval of Inrebic (fedratinib) for the treatment of disease-related splenomegaly (enlarged spleen) or symptoms in adult patients with primary myelofibrosis, post-polycythaemia vera myelofibrosis or post-essential thrombocythaemia myelofibrosis, who are Janus Associated Kinase(JAK) inhibitor naïve or have been treated with ruxolitinib. The CHMP recommendation will now be reviewed by the European Commission (EC), which has the authority to approve medicines for the European Union (EU). If approved, Inrebic will be the first, once-daily oral therapy to significantly reduce spleen volume and symptom burden for patients with myelofibrosis where treatment with ruxolitinib has failed or who are JAK inhibitor naïve.

The CHMP adopted a positive opinion based on results from the JAKARTA and JAKARTA2 studies. The pivotal JAKARTA study evaluated the efficacy of once-daily oral doses of Inrebic compared with placebo in 289 patients with intermediate-2 or high-risk primary or secondary myelofibrosis with splenomegaly.1 The JAKARTA2 study evaluated the efficacy of once-daily oral doses of Inrebic in 97 patients with intermediate or high-risk primary or secondary myelofibrosis with splenomegaly previously treated with ruxolitinib.2

“For nearly a decade, patients with myelofibrosis who have progressed on ruxolitinib have had no treatment options for this rare bone marrow disorder, characterized by debilitating symptoms and an enlarged spleen,” said Diane McDowell, M.D., vice president, Hematology Global Medical Affairs, Bristol Myers Squibb. “The positive CHMP opinion for Inrebic reinforces our commitment to improving on standards of care for patients living with hard-to-treat blood diseases and we look forward to the European Commission’s decision.”

The EC is expected to deliver its final decision within 67 days of receipt of the CHMP opinion. The decision will be applicable to all EU member states and Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein.

Inrebic is approved in the United States for the treatment of adult patients with intermediate-2 or high-risk primary or secondary (post-polycythemia vera or post-essential thrombocythemia) myelofibrosis.1 In Canada, Inrebic is approved for the treatment of splenomegaly and/or disease related symptoms in adult patients with intermediate-2 or high-risk primary myelofibrosis, post-polycythemia vera myelofibrosis or post-essential thrombocythemia myelofibrosis, including patients who have been previously exposed to ruxolitinib.3

In the clinical development program of Inrebic, which included 608 patients, serious and fatal cases of encephalopathy, including Wernicke’s, occurred in Inrebic-treated patients. Serious cases were reported in 1.3% (8/608) of patients treated with Inrebic in clinical trials and 0.16% (1/608) of cases were fatal.

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