UCB Submits Response to FDA Complete Response Letter for Bimekizumab
Brussels (Belgium), 22nd November 2022 – 18:30 (CET) – UCB, a global biopharmaceutical company, today announced that it has resubmitted the Biologics License Application (BLA) to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for bimekizumab for the treatment of adults with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis.
The resubmission follows the receipt of a Complete Response Letter (CRL) from the FDA in May 2022 which stated that certain pre-license inspection observations must be resolved before the application may be approved. The CRL was not due to efficacy or safety.
The FDA is expected to determine whether the resubmission constitutes a complete response, and if so, the classification of the resubmission will be communicated.1
Notes to editors:
Bimekizumab is a humanized monoclonal IgG1 antibody that is designed to selectively inhibit both interleukin 17A (IL-17A) and interleukin 17F (IL-17F), two key cytokines driving inflammatory processes.2
In the U.S., the efficacy and safety of bimekizumab have not been established for any indication and it is not approved by the FDA.
In August 2021, bimekizumab was approved in the European Union (EU)/European Economic Area (EEA) and in Great Britain, for the treatment of moderate to severe plaque psoriasis in adults who are candidates for systemic therapy.3,4 In January 2022, bimekizumab received marketing authorization in Japan for the treatment of plaque psoriasis, generalized pustular psoriasis and psoriatic erythroderma in patients who are not sufficiently responding to existing treatments.5 In February, March and July 2022, bimekizumab received marketing authorization in Canada and Australia respectively, for the treatment of moderate to severe plaque psoriasis in adults who are candidates for systemic therapy or phototherapy.6,7 In July and October 2022, bimekizumab received marketing authorization in Saudi Arabia and Switzerland respectively, for the treatment of moderate to severe plaque psoriasis in adults who are candidates for systemic therapy.8,9
BIMZELX® ▼ (bimekizumab) EU/EEA Important Safety Information in Psoriasis3
The most frequently reported adverse reactions with bimekizumab were upper respiratory tract infections (14.5%) (most frequently nasopharyngitis) and oral candidiasis (7.3%). Common adverse reactions (≥1/100 to <1/10) were oral candidiasis, tinea infections, ear infections, herpes simplex infections, oropharyngeal candidiasis, gastroenteritis, folliculitis, headache, dermatitis and eczema, acne, injection site reactions and fatigue. Elderly may be more likely to experience certain adverse reactions such as oral candidiasis, dermatitis and eczema when using bimekizumab.
Bimekizumab is contraindicated in patients with hypersensitivity to the active substance or any of the excipients and in patients with clinically important active infections (e.g. active tuberculosis).
Bimekizumab may increase the risk of infections. Treatment with bimekizumab must not be administered in patients with any clinically important active infection. Patients treated with bimekizumab should be instructed to seek medical advice if signs or symptoms suggestive of an infection occur. Prior to initiating treatment with bimekizumab, patients should be evaluated for tuberculosis (TB) infection. Bimekizumab should not be given in patients with active TB and patients receiving bimekizumab should be monitored for signs and symptoms of active TB.
Cases of new or exacerbations of inflammatory bowel disease have been reported with bimekizumab. Bimekizumab is not recommended in patients with inflammatory bowel disease. If a patient develops signs and symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease or experiences an exacerbation of pre-existing inflammatory bowel disease, bimekizumab should be discontinued and appropriate medical management should be initiated. Serious hypersensitivity reactions including anaphylactic reactions have been observed with IL-17 inhibitors. If a serious hypersensitivity reaction occurs, administration of bimekizumab should be discontinued immediately and appropriate therapy initiated.
Live vaccines should not be given in patients treated with bimekizumab.
Please consult the summary of product characteristics in relation to other side effects, full safety and prescribing information. https://www.ema.europa.eu/en/documents/product-information/bimzelx-epar-product-information_en.pdf
EU summary of product characteristics date of revision: May 2022.
Last accessed: November 2022.
▼ This medicinal product is subject to additional monitoring. This will allow quick identification of new safety information. Healthcare professionals are asked to report any suspected adverse reactions.
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- FDA - Classifying Resubmissions of Original NDAs, BLAs, and Efficacy Supplements in Response to Complete Response Letters https://www.fda.gov/files/about%20fda/published/Classifying-Resubmissions-of-Original-NDAs--BLAs--and-Efficacy-Supplements-in-Response-to-Action-Letters.pdf Last Accessed: November 2022
- Glatt S, Helmer E, Haier B, et al. First-in-human randomized study of bimekizumab, a humanized monoclonal antibody and selective dual inhibitor of IL-17A and IL-17F, in mild psoriasis. Br J Clin Pharmacol. 2017;83(5):991–1001.
- BIMZELX® (bimekizumab) EU Summary of Product Characteristics, May 2022. https://www.ema.europa.eu/en/documents/product-information/bimzelx-epar-product-information_en.pdf. Last Accessed: November 2022
- BIMZELX® (bimekizumab) GB Summary of Product Characteristics. Available at: https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/product/12834/smpc#gref. Last Accessed: November 2022
- Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency https://www.pmda.go.jp/english/ Last Accessed: November 2022
- BIMZELX (bimekizumab) Canada Product Monograph. Available at: https://pdf.hres.ca/dpd_pm/00064702.PDF Last Accessed: November 2022
- Therapeutics Drug Administration https://www.tga.gov.au/resources/auspmd/bimzelx Last Accessed: November 2022
- Saudi Food & Drug Authority https://www.sfda.gov.sa/en Last Accessed: November 2022
- Swissmedic Available at https://www.swissmedic.ch/swissmedic/de/home/humanarzneimittel/authorisations/new-medicines/bimzelx-injlsg-fertigspritze-bimekizumabum.html Last Accessed: November 2022
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