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WINNIPEG, Feb. 12, 2013 /CNW/ - Cangene Corporation (Cangene) today
announces that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Blood
Products Advisory Committee (BPAC) voted unanimously in support of the
questions posed by the FDA on Cangene's Botulism Antitoxin (Equine),
Heptavalent (A, B, C, D, E, F, G) in that there is a likely clinical
benefit and an acceptable risk to benefit profile for the product, and
that the studies adequately support the proposed dosing in adults.
Cangene is seeking licensure for the product for the treatment of
symptomatic botulism following documented or suspected exposure to the
botulinum neurotoxin serotypes A, B, C, D, E, F or G.
In September 2012, Cangene submitted a Biologics License Application
(BLA) for the Botulism Antitoxin (Equine), Heptavalent (A, B, C, D, E,
F, G) with the proposed proprietary name BAT™. The product previously
received orphan drug designation in June 2011 which provides for seven
years of market exclusivity following the approval of the product by
the FDA. BPAC provides non-binding recommendations to the FDA which
makes the final decision in respect of the approval of the product.
The target date for the approval of BAT by the FDA under the
Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) is March 22, 2013.
BAT is an investigational product containing antibodies specific for the
seven botulinum neurotoxin serotypes A, B, C, D, E, F or G. Botulinum
neurotoxins are the bacterial toxins that cause botulism. These toxins
can occur naturally in improperly processed foods and have also been
identified as a potential biological warfare agent. While still an
investigational product, Cangene's BAT is the only botulinum antitoxin
available in the U.S. for treating naturally occurring non-infant
botulism and is administered to patients under emergency conditions.
"We are pleased with the outcome of today's hearing which marks a
significant milestone on the path to licensure for our BAT product"
says John A. Sedor, President and CEO of Cangene. "Through many years
of development, our commitment to patients has never wavered as we seek
to address an unmet medical need" adds Mr. Sedor.
BAT has been developed under a $427 Million contract with the U.S.
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and has been funded in
whole or in part with Federal funds from the Office of the Assistant
Secretary for Preparedness and Response, Biomedical Advanced Research
and Development Authority (BARDA). Under the terms of the contract,
Cangene will receive a supplementary payment if the product is approved
by the FDA. BAT was first accepted into the United States Strategic
National Stockpile (SNS) in 2007.
About Botulism Antitoxin (Equine), Heptavalent (A, B, C, D, E, F, G)
Botulism Antitoxin (Equine), Heptavalent (A, B, C, D, E, F, G) is an
investigational product that is a purified mixture of polyclonal equine
immune globulins (antibodies) with specificity for seven neurotoxins
serotypes that can cause botulism. Botulinum toxin is a nerve toxin
produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum that causes a serious paralytic illness known as botulism. Naturally
occurring cases are mainly seen in infants or in adults who have
consumed improperly processed foods or have been colonized through
exposure to the bacteria. Due to the extreme potency and potential
lethality of Botulinum toxin, it has been identified in the U.S. as one
of the highest priority bioterrorism threats. Cangene's BAT has been
administered to over 200 patients in the United States since 2009
through the Centre for Disease Control expanded access program.
Cangene is a world leader in developing and manufacturing hyperimmune
products. Hyperimmunes are highly purified, specialty antibodies made
from plasma. BAT is part of Cangene's growing product pipeline and is
manufactured in Cangene's Winnipeg manufacturing facility.
About Cangene Corporation
Cangene Corporation (TSX: CNJ), headquartered in Winnipeg, Canada, is
one of the nation's oldest and largest biopharmaceutical companies. It
is focused on the development and commercialization of specialty
therapeutics. Cangene's products are sold worldwide and include
products that have been accepted into the U.S. Strategic National
Stockpile. Cangene has offices in three locations across North America.
It operates manufacturing facilities in Winnipeg, Manitoba and
Baltimore, Maryland (through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Cangene
bioPharma, Inc.) where it produces its own products and undertakes
contract manufacturing for a number of customers. Cangene also operates
a plasma-collection facility in Winnipeg, Manitoba under the name
Cangene Plasma Resources. Its U.S. sales and marketing office is
located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. For more information about
Cangene, visit the Company's website at www.cangene.com.
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SOURCE: Cangene Corporation