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Sanofi: FDA to review New Drug Application for Lixisenatide

Sanofi announced on Tuesday that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has accepted for filing the New Drug Application (NDA) for lixisenatide, an investigational once-daily prandial GLP-1 receptor agonist for the treatment of adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM).

“The FDA filing notification for lixisenatide is an important milestone for Sanofi,” said Pierre Chancel, Senior Vice President, Head of Global Diabetes at Sanofi.

“Sanofi’s integrated portfolio of marketed products provides treatment, monitoring and support at every stage of the diabetes journey. Lixisenatide is a critical element of this portfolio, and we look forward to working with the FDA during the review process with the goal of bringing lixisenatide to patients in the U.S.”

Sanofi says that the NDA submission for lixisenatide is based on results from the GetGoal clinical program1,2 and includes findings from the recently-completed ELIXA study,3 the first completed long-term CV outcomes study of a GLP-1 receptor agonist. The GetGoal Phase III clinical program enrolled more than 5,000 patients worldwide, evaluating the safety and efficacy of lixisenatide, including its treatment effect on HbA1c, post-prandial glucose and body weight in adults with T2DM. The ELIXA trial evaluated the cardiovascular safety of lixisenatide versus standard of care in more than 6,000 adults with T2DM and high CV risk (i.e., patients who have recently experienced a spontaneous acute coronary syndrome event).

The proprietary name for lixisenatide in the United States is under consideration. Lyxumia is the proprietary name approved by the European Medicines Agency and other health authorities.

Sanofi explains Lixisenatide

Lixisenatide is a once-daily prandial glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonist (GLP-1 RA) for the treatment of adult patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. GLP-1 is a naturally-occurring peptide hormone that is released within minutes after eating a meal. It is known to suppress glucagon secretion from pancreatic alpha cells and stimulate glucose-dependent insulin secretion by pancreatic beta cells.

Lixisenatide was in-licensed from Zealand Pharma and was approved in Europe in 2013 for the treatment of adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus to achieve glycemic control in combination with oral glucose-lowering medicinal products and/or basal insulin when these, together with diet and exercise, do not provide adequate glycemic control. Lixisenatide is currently approved in over 60 countries worldwide for the treatment of adults with type 2 diabetes, with commercial launches in most EU countries, Japan, Brazil, Mexico and other markets. Lixisenatide is an investigational product in the U.S.

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