Europe's CHMP Recommends Approving AstraZeneca's Asthma, Neuromuscular Disorder Treatments

  • The European Medicines Agency's Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) has recommended the approval of AstraZeneca Plc's AZN Ultomiris (ravulizumab) for generalized myasthenia gravis (gMG) who are anti-acetylcholine receptor (AChR) antibody-positive. 
  • Ultomiris would be the first and only approved long-acting C5 complement inhibitor for AChR antibody-positive gMG in the EU if authorized.
  • The positive opinion is based on results from the CHAMPION-MG Phase 3 trial, in which Ultomiris was superior to placebo on a patient-reported scale that assesses patients' abilities to perform daily activities.
  • Ultomiris was approved in the U.S. in April for adults with gMG who are AChR antibody-positive, and regulatory reviews are ongoing in additional countries, including Japan.
  • The CHMP has also backed AstraZeneca's Tezspire (tezepelumab) as add-on therapy in patients 12 years and older with severe asthma who are inadequately controlled with high-dose inhaled corticosteroids and other maintenance treatment.
  • Tezspire was approved as an add-on maintenance treatment of severe asthma in the U.S. in December 2021.
  • Price Action: AZN shares are up 1.64% at $66.32 during the premarket session on the last check Monday.
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