State-of-the-art biologics facility approved by FDA to manufacture bulk drug substance for ADVATE [Antihemophilic Factor (Recombinant)], Baxalta's market leading treatment for hemophilia A
Reliable supply of high quality products is core to Baxalta's commitment to patients and healthcare professionals
This approval is a key milestone in Baxalta's manufacturing strategy to enable continued growth of the global Factor VIII portfolio, including ADVATE and additional investigational treatments
November 16, 2015 06:45 AM Eastern Standard Time
BANNOCKBURN, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Baxalta Incorporated (NYSE: BXLT), a global biopharmaceutical leader dedicated to delivering transformative therapies to patients with orphan diseases and underserved conditions, announced today that its state-of-the-art recombinant biologic manufacturing facility in Singapore received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval to produce ADVATE [Antihemophilic Factor (Recombinant)] bulk drug substance (BDS). The site received regulatory approval from the European Medicines Agency in January 2014 for the production of ADVATE.
The FDA's approval comes after a successful filing and site audit with zero observations, confirming that the site complies with the highest quality standards set by the agency and Good Manufacturing Processes (GMP). This approval is a key milestone in Baxalta's manufacturing strategy, enabling continued growth of the global Factor VIII portfolio, including ADVATE and additional investigational treatments, identical in each Baxalta manufacturing facility in which it is produced.
"As an established leader in the global hemophilia community, the FDA approval of our Singapore manufacturing facility reinforces our commitment to expanding access to advanced high quality treatments for patients globally," said John Furey, senior vice president and head of Global Operations, Baxalta.
Baxalta's Singapore facility has been processing and supplying ADVATE to the European Union, Iceland and Norway since it received its regulatory approval from the European Medicines Agency.
ADVATE [Antihemophilic Factor (Recombinant)] is a recombinant antihemophilic factor indicated for use in children and adults with hemophilia A (congenital factor VIII deficiency) for:
Control and prevention of bleeding episodes
Routine prophylaxis to prevent or reduce the frequency of bleeding episodes
ADVATE is not indicated for the treatment of von Willebrand disease.
ADVATE has a demonstrated efficacy and safety profile for the treatment of hemophilia A. ADVATE is a full-length (derived from the complete FVIII gene) recombinant FVIII product that is processed without any blood-based additives. Because no blood-derived components are added at any stage of the manufacturing process, the potential risk of transmitting pathogens that may be carried in blood-based additives is virtually eliminated. There have been no confirmed reports of transmission of HIV, HBV or HCV with rFVIII treatments.
ADVATE is the world's most prescribed FVIII treatment. It is currently approved in 64 countries worldwide, including the United States, Canada, 28 countries in the European Union, Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Ecuador, Hong Kong, Iceland, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Kuwait, Macau, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, Norway, Panama, Puerto Rico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Suriname, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, Uruguay, and Venezuela.
Detailed Important Risk Information for ADVATE [Antihemophilic Factor (Recombinant)]
ADVATE is contraindicated in patients who have life-threatening hypersensitivity reactions, including anaphylaxis, to mouse or hamster protein or other constituents of the product.
WARNINGS & PRECAUTIONS
Allergic-type hypersensitivity reactions, including anaphylaxis, have been reported with ADVATE. Symptoms include dizziness, paresthesia, rash, flushing, facial swelling, urticaria, dyspnea, pruritus, and vomiting.
Discontinue ADVATE if hypersensitivity symptoms occur and administer appropriate emergency treatment.
Neutralizing antibodies (inhibitors) have been reported following administration of ADVATE predominantly in previously untreated patients (PUPs) and previously minimally treated patients (MTPs). Monitor all patients for the development of factor VIII inhibitors by appropriate clinical observation and laboratory testing. If expected plasma factor VIII activity levels are not attained, or if bleeding is not controlled with an expected dose, perform an assay that measures factor VIII inhibitor concentration.
Serious adverse reactions seen with ADVATE are hypersensitivity reactions, including anaphylaxis, and the development of high-titer inhibitors necessitating alternative treatments to factor VIII.
The most common adverse reactions observed in clinical trials (frequency ≥5% of subjects) were pyrexia, headache, cough, nasopharyngitis, arthralgia, vomiting, upper respiratory tract infection, limb injury, nasal congestion, and diarrhea.
Please see full prescribing information for ADVATE at: www.advate.com/assets/pdf/advate_iri_pi.pdf.
Baxalta Incorporated (NYSE: BXLT) is a $6 billion global biopharmaceutical leader developing, manufacturing and commercializing therapies for orphan diseases and underserved conditions in hematology, oncology and immunology. Driven by passion to make a meaningful impact on patients' lives, Baxalta's broad and diverse pipeline includes biologics with novel mechanisms and advanced technology platforms such as gene therapy. The Baxalta Global Innovation and R&D Center is located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Launched in 2015 following separation from Baxter International, Baxalta's heritage in biopharmaceuticals spans decades. Baxalta's therapies are available in more than 100 countries and it has advanced biological manufacturing operations across 12 facilities, including state-of-the-art recombinant production and plasma fractionation. Headquartered in Northern Illinois, Baxalta employs 16,000 employees worldwide.
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