CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Sarepta Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:SRPT), a commercial-stage developer of innovative RNA-targeted therapeutics, today announced that the European Medicines Agency (EMA) validated the previously submitted Marketing Authorization application (MAA) for eteplirsen to treat Duchenne muscular dystrophy amenable to exon 51 skipping. Sarepta is seeking conditional approval of eteplirsen in the EU through the centralized procedure. Validation of the MAA confirms that the submission is accepted and starts the formal review process by the EMA’s Committee for Human Medicinal Products (CHMP). The standard review period is 210 days (plus additional time for applicant to respond to questions from the agency).
“Around the world, there are many patients living with DMD who do not have access to a medicine that treats the underlying cause of the disease”
“Around the world, there are many patients living with DMD who do not have access to a medicine that treats the underlying cause of the disease,” said Edward Kaye, Sarepta’s chief executive officer. “The validation of the MAA is the next step toward our goal of providing potential therapies to more patients with Duchenne in Europe.”
Eteplirsen uses Sarepta’s proprietary phosphorodiamidate morpholino oligomer (PMO) chemistry and exon-skipping technology to skip exon 51 of the dystrophin gene. Eteplirsen is designed to bind to exon 51 of dystrophin pre-mRNA, resulting in exclusion of this exon during mRNA processing in patients with genetic mutations that are amenable to exon 51 skipping. Exon skipping is intended to allow for production of an internally truncated dystrophin protein. Data from clinical studies of eteplirsen in a small number of DMD patients have demonstrated a consistent safety and tolerability profile. The pivotal trials were not designed to evaluate long-term safety and a clinical benefit of eteplirsen has not been established.
About Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
DMD is an X-linked rare degenerative neuromuscular disorder causing severe progressive muscle loss and premature death. One of the most common fatal genetic disorders, DMD affects approximately one in every 3,500-5,000 males worldwide. A devastating and incurable muscle-wasting disease, DMD is associated with specific errors in the gene that codes for dystrophin, a protein that plays a key structural role in muscle fiber function. Progressive muscle weakness in the lower limbs spreads to the arms, neck and other areas. Eventually, increasing difficulty in breathing due to respiratory muscle dysfunction requires ventilation support, and cardiac dysfunction can lead to heart failure. The condition is universally fatal, and death usually occurs before the age of 30.
About Sarepta Therapeutics
Sarepta Therapeutics is a commercial-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of unique RNA-targeted therapeutics for the treatment of rare neuromuscular diseases. The Company is primarily focused on rapidly advancing the development of its potentially disease-modifying DMD drug candidates. For more information, please visit us at www.sarepta.com.
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