FDA Accepts Teva’s NDA for Cancer DrugBy
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has accepted the new drug application (NDA) of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. and Eagle Pharmaceuticals, Inc. for a liquid bendamustine hydrochloride (HCl) rapid infusion product. The Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) goal date for a decision on this NDA by the FDA is December 2015.
This NDA requests FDA approval of the rapid infusion bendamustine HCl product for the treatment of patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) and patients with indolent B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) that has progressed during or within six months of treatment with rituximab or a rituximab-containing regimen. This product candidate has received Orphan Drug Designations for both CLL and indolent B-cell NHL, and therefore may be eligible for seven years of exclusivity upon approval. The NDA is supported by data from a clinical trial completed in November 2014, which demonstrated that the rapid infusion bendamustine HCl product can be administered in 10 minutes in a low-volume, 50-mL admixture.
In February 2015, Eagle and Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. entered into an exclusive license agreement for the rapid infusion bendamustine product. Teva will be responsible for all US commercial activities for the product, including promotion and distribution. Eagle has responsibility for obtaining all regulatory approvals, conducting post-approval clinical studies, if required, and initially supplying drug product to Teva.
Source: Teva Pharmaceutical Industries