THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., May 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Amgen (Nasdaq: AMGN) today announced that the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has recommended a positive opinion for the marketing authorization of XGEVA™ (denosumab) for the prevention of skeletal-related events (pathological fracture, radiation to bone, spinal cord compression or surgery to bone) in adults with bone metastases from solid tumors. If approved by the European Commission, Amgen would receive marketing authorization for XGEVA in all European Union (EU) Member States. The CHMP also recommended to grant XGEVA an additional year of data and market exclusivity in the EU since the indication was considered significantly new for XGEVA, and based on the significant clinical benefit of the product in comparison with existing therapies.
Bone metastases, the spread of cancer to the bones, are a common and serious concern for patients with advanced cancer and present a burden to the healthcare system. Weakened bones due to metastases can lead to fractures and compression of the spinal cord and necessitate procedures like major surgery and radiation, collectively called skeletal-related events (SREs). The primary goal of treatment for bone metastases is to prevent the occurrence of these debilitating and costly SREs.
"A diagnosis of skeletal-related events associated with bone metastases is devastating for patients living with cancer, and our goal is to prevent the occurrence of these debilitating bone complications, which can disrupt a patient's life and cause disability, pain, and hospitalization," said Willard Dere, M.D., senior vice president and international chief medical officer, Amgen. "XGEVA provides patients with superior efficacy over Zometa in preventing skeletal-related events in patients with solid tumors and prolong