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Novartis sickle cell drug wins FDA priority review

July 18, 2019 / Anna Smith

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given Novartis investigational sickle cell medicine, crizanlizumab SEG101, Priority Review. The governing body accepted the company's Biologics License Application (BLA) which was submitted for the prevention of vaso-occlusive crises (VOCs) in patients with sickle cell disease (SCD) and was granted Breakthrough Therapy designation in December 2018. The submission is supported by Phase II results from the SUSTAIN study, which showed that crizanlizumab (5 mg/kg) reduced the median annual rate of VOCs leading to health care visits by 45.3% compared with placebo. Priority Review is granted to therapies that the FDA determines have the potential to provide significant improvements in the treatment, diagnosis, or prevention of serious conditions. The designation is intended to shorten the FDA review period to six months from the standard ten months. "The FDA's decision to give crizanlizumab priority review reflects the impact that th...