--Epclusa is Gilead’s Third Sofosbuvir-Based Treatment to Receive
a CHMP Positive Opinion for the Treatment of Chronic HCV Infection--
FOSTER CITY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 27, 2016--
Gilead Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ:GILD) today announced that the Committee
for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP), the scientific committee of
the European Medicines Agency (EMA), has adopted a positive opinion on
the company’s Marketing Authorization Application (MAA) for Epclusa®,
an investigational, pan-genotypic, once-daily tablet containing the
nucleotide analogue polymerase inhibitor sofosbuvir (SOF) 400 mg and
velpatasvir (VEL) 100 mg, an investigational pan-genotypic NS5A
inhibitor, for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV)
infection. The data included in the application support the use of
Epclusa (SOF/VEL) in adults with all genotypes (GT1-6) of HCV infection.
The CHMP positive opinion was adopted following an accelerated review
procedure, reserved for medicinal products expected to be of major
public health interest. The recommendation will now be reviewed by the
European Commission, which has the authority to approve medicines for
use in the 28 countries of the European Union, Norway and Iceland.
The MAA for Epclusa is supported by data from four Phase 3 studies,
ASTRAL-1, ASTRAL-2, ASTRAL-3 and ASTRAL-4. In the ASTRAL-1, ASTRAL-2 and
ASTRAL-3 studies, 1,035 patients with genotypes 1-6 HCV infection,
without cirrhosis or with compensated cirrhosis (Child-Pugh A) received
12 weeks of Epclusa. The ASTRAL-4 study randomized 267 patients with
genotypes 1-6 HCV infection, with decompensated cirrhosis (Child-Pugh B)
to receive 12 weeks of Epclusa with or without ribavirin (RBV) or 24
weeks of Epclusa. The primary endpoint for each study was sustained
virologic response 12 weeks after completing therapy (SVR12).
Of the 1,035 patients treated with Epclusa for 12 weeks in the ASTRAL-1,
ASTRAL-2 and ASTRAL-3 studies, 1,015 (98 percent) achieved SVR12. In
ASTRAL-4, patients with decompensated cirrhosis receiving Epclusa with
RBV for 12 weeks achieved a high SVR12 rate (94 percent) compared to
those who received Epclusa for 12 weeks or 24 weeks without RBV (83
percent and 86 percent, respectively). The most common adverse events in
the four ASTRAL studies were headache, fatigue and nausea, and were
comparable in incidence to the placebo group included in ASTRAL-1.
Sofosbuvir as a single agent was granted marketing authorization in the
European Union on January 16, 2014, under the trade name Sovaldi®.
The fixed-dose combination of sofosbuvir and ledipasvir received
marketing authorization in the European Union on November 18, 2014,
under the trade name Harvoni®.
Gilead has also submitted a regulatory application for SOF/VEL in the
United States. Gilead filed the NDA for SOF/VEL on October 28, 2015, and
the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has set a target action date
under the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) of June 28, 2016.
Epclusa is an investigational product and its safety and efficacy has
not yet been established.
Gilead Sciences is a biopharmaceutical company that discovers, develops
and commercializes innovative therapeutics in areas of unmet medical
need. The company’s mission is to advance the care of patients suffering
from life-threatening diseases. Gilead has operations in more than 30
countries worldwide, with headquarters in Foster City, California.
This press release includes forward-looking statements, within the
meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, that
are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, including the
risk that the European Commission or other regulatory agencies,
including the FDA, may not approve SOF/VEL for the treatment of chronic
hepatitis C and that any marketing approvals, if granted, may have
significant limitations on its use. As a result, Gilead may not be able
to successfully commercialize SOF/VEL for chronic hepatitis C. These
risks, uncertainties and other factors could cause actual results to
differ materially from those referred to in the forward-looking
statements. The reader is cautioned not to rely on these forward-looking
statements. These and other risks are described in detail in Gilead’s
Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2016, as
filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. All
forward-looking statements are based on information currently available
to Gilead, and Gilead assumes no obligation to update any such
Full European Summary of Product Characteristics for Sovaldi and
Harvoni are available from the EMA website at www.ema.europa.eu
Epclusa, Sovaldi and Harvoni are registered trademarks of Gilead
Sciences, Inc., or its related companies
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