Orchard Therapeutics Announces Agreement Enabling Reimbursed Access to Libmeldy for All Eligible MLD Patients in Sweden
BOSTON and LONDON, Feb. 27, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Orchard Therapeutics (Nasdaq: ORTX), a global gene therapy leader, today announced it has reached an agreement with the New Therapies (NT) Council which will result in reimbursed access to Libmeldy® (atidarsagene autotemcel) for all metachromatic leukodystrophy (MLD) patients who fall within the scope of the European marketing authorization in Sweden. Libmeldy received the strongest possible recommendation for use by the NT Council following the completion of a health economic evaluation by FINOSE, a health technology assessment consortium between Finland, Norway and Sweden.
The agreement with NT Council follows similar arrangements made with reimbursement authorities in the United Kingdom (UK), Italy and Germany and is a key component of the company’s commercial expansion plans in Europe. In addition, the company is in the final stages of qualifying a sixth treatment center in Europe at the University Hospital Skåne Lund in Sweden which is intended to serve as the primary site for eligible patients referred from the country and the Nordic region.
“Libmeldy has the potential to transform the lives of eligible children with a single administration and was approved by the European Commission for the treatment of early-onset MLD based on data now encompassing more than 10 years of follow-up in the earliest treated clinical trial patients,” said Robin Kenselaar, senior vice president, EMEA at Orchard Therapeutics. “We are encouraged that the reimbursement agreements secured in multiple European countries to date continue to recognize the value of Libmeldy commensurate with its clinical impact. The agreement with NT Council is a positive step toward enabling access for MLD patients in other Nordic countries. We look forward to continuing to work with reimbursement authorities in the Nordic region and throughout Europe to make Libmeldy available to patients who may benefit from treatment.”
MLD is a rare and life-threatening inherited disease of the body’s metabolic system estimated to occur in approximately one in every 100,000 live births based on existing literature. MLD is caused by a mutation in the arylsulfatase-A (ARSA) gene that results in the accumulation of sulfatides in the brain and other areas of the body, including the liver, gallbladder, kidneys, and/or spleen. Over time, the nervous system is damaged, leading to neurological problems such as motor, behavioral and cognitive regression, severe spasticity and seizures. Patients with MLD gradually lose the ability to move, talk, swallow, eat and see. In its late infantile form, mortality at five years from onset is estimated at 50 percent and 44 percent at 10 years for juvenile patients.i
About Libmeldy / OTL-200
Libmeldy (atidarsagene autotemcel), also known as OTL-200, has been approved by the European Commission for the treatment of MLD in eligible early-onset patients characterized by biallelic mutations in the ARSA gene leading to a reduction of the ARSA enzymatic activity in children with i) late infantile or early juvenile forms, without clinical manifestations of the disease, or ii) the early juvenile form, with early clinical manifestations of the disease, who still have the ability to walk independently and before the onset of cognitive decline. Libmeldy is the first therapy approved for eligible patients with early-onset MLD.
The most common adverse reaction attributed to treatment with Libmeldy was the occurrence of anti-ARSA antibodies. In addition to the risks associated with the gene therapy, treatment with Libmeldy is preceded by other medical interventions, namely bone marrow harvest or peripheral blood mobilization and apheresis, followed by myeloablative conditioning, which carry their own risks. During the clinical studies of Libmeldy, the safety profiles of these interventions were consistent with their known safety and tolerability.
For more information about Libmeldy, please see the Summary of Product Characteristics (SmPC) available on the EMA website.
Libmeldy is approved in the European Union, UK, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. OTL-200 is an investigational therapy in the U.S.
Libmeldy was developed in partnership with the San Raffaele-Telethon Institute for Gene Therapy (SR-Tiget) in Milan, Italy.
About Orchard Therapeutics
At Orchard Therapeutics, our vision is to end the devastation caused by genetic and other severe diseases. We aim to do this by discovering, developing and commercializing new treatments that tap into the curative potential of hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) gene therapy. In this approach, a patient’s own blood stem cells are genetically modified outside of the body and then reinserted, with the goal of correcting the underlying cause of disease in a single treatment.
In 2018, the company acquired GSK’s rare disease gene therapy portfolio, which originated from a pioneering collaboration between GSK and the San Raffaele Telethon Institute for Gene Therapy in Milan, Italy. Today, Orchard is advancing a pipeline spanning pre-clinical, clinical and commercial stage HSC gene therapies designed to address serious diseases where the burden is immense for patients, families and society and current treatment options are limited or do not exist.
Orchard has its global headquarters in London and U.S. headquarters in Boston. For more information, please visit www.orchard-tx.com, and follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.
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iMahmood et al. Metachromatic Leukodystrophy: A Case of Triplets with the Late Infantile Variant and a Systematic Review of the Literature. Journal of Child Neurology 2010, DOI: http://doi.org/10.1177/0883073809341669
Contacts Investors Renee Leck Senior Director, Investor Relations +1 862-242-0764 Renee.Leck@orchard-tx.com Media Benjamin Navon Director, Corporate Communications +1 857-248-9454 Benjamin.Navon@orchard-tx.com