Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced that it has submitted the initial sections of a rolling submission for a Biologics License Application (BLA) to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the use of metreleptin to treat diabetes and/or hypertriglyceridemia (high levels of triglycerides in the bloodstream) in patients with rare forms of lipodystrophy. Consistent with the severity and rare nature of the disorder, Amylin has received both orphan drug designation from FDA’s Office of Orphan Products Development, as well as Fast Track designation for the use of metreleptin in patients with lipodystrophy. The focus of this marketing application is on rare inherited and acquired forms of lipodystrophy.
In the first part of its rolling submission, the Company submitted the nonclinical and clinical sections of the BLA. The Company plans to submit the chemistry, manufacturing and controls (CMC) section of the BLA by the end of 2011, which will complete the submission.
If approved, metreleptin would be the first therapy indicated specifically for the treatment of diabetes and high triglycerides in patients with lipodystrophy, and the first approved therapeutic use of leptin.
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