1 the German Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care.
Treatment of Erythropoietic Protoporphyria in Germany
EPP is an inherited metabolic disorder causing absolute intolerance to visible and ultraviolet light, affecting 1:140,000 individuals in Europe. When exposed to light, EPP patients experience debilitating phototoxicity: anaphylactoid reactions accompanied by a deep burning sensation as the capillaries in the deeper layers of the skin are damaged or destroyed leading to wounds and scarring. EPP has a marked impact upon patient quality of life, forcing many patients to lead a nocturnal existence and withdraw from society.
CLINUVEL developed SCENESSE® as the first ever treatment for EPP, and the drug is the only approved therapy for the disorder. Since its launch in June 2016, SCENESSE® has been established as the standard of care for German EPP patients. Administered every two months as a subcutaneous injectable implant, SCENESSE® reduces the incidence and severity of phototoxic reactions and has been shown to improve patients’ quality of life.
European EPP Expert Centres are responsible for multidisciplinary patient treatment and care in Germany. Patients are encouraged to enrol in a post-authorisation safety study (PASS) to capture long-term safety and effectiveness outcomes. Based on data collected in the PASS to date, over 94% of European EPP patients who commence treatment with SCENESSE® continue year-on-year and the safety profile of the product has been maintained.
SCENESSE® (afamelanotide 16mg) is approved in the European Union and Australia as an orphan medicinal product for the prevention of phototoxicity in adult patients with erythropoietic protoporphyria (EPP). SCENESSE® is approved in the USA to increase “pain- free” light exposure in adult EPP patients with a history of phototoxicity. Information on the product can be found on CLINUVEL’s website at www.clinuvel.com.
About CLINUVEL PHARMACEUTICALS LIMITED
CLINUVEL PHARMACEUTICALS LTD (ASX: CUV; NASDAQ INTERNATIONAL DESIGNATION ADR: CLVLY; XETRA-DAX: UR9) is a global and diversified biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercialising treatments for patients with genetic, metabolic, and life-threatening disorders, as well as healthcare solutions for the general population. As pioneers in photomedicine and understanding the interaction of light and human biology, CLINUVEL’s research and development has led to innovative treatments for patient populations with a clinical need for systemic photoprotection, DNA repair and acute or life-threatening conditions. These patient groups range in size from 5,000 to 45 million worldwide. CLINUVEL’s lead compound, SCENESSE® (afamelanotide 16mg), was approved by the European Commission in 2014, the US Food and Drug Administration in 2019 and the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration in 2020 for the prevention of phototoxicity (anaphylactoid reactions and burns) in adult patients with erythropoietic protoporphyria (EPP). More information on EPP can be found at http://www.epp.care. Headquartered in Melbourne, Australia, CLINUVEL has operations in Europe, Singapore and the USA. For more information please go to http://www.clinuvel.com.
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