pSivida Corp. (NASDAQ:PSDV)(ASX:PVA), a specialty pharmaceutical company that is a leader in the development of sustained release ophthalmic drug treatments, today announced that its licensee Alimera Sciences, Inc. reported a number of updates with respect to ILUVIEN® for chronic diabetic macular edema (DME).
Alimera announced that it intends to resubmit its New Drug Application for ILUVIEN for DME to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) by the end of March 2013. Using data from Alimera’s two previously completed pivotal Phase III clinical trials (FAME™ Study), the resubmission will focus on the safety aspects of ILUVIEN and the population of patients with chronic DME considered insufficiently responsive to available therapies, the same group for which marketing approval for ILUVIEN has been granted in various EU countries, according to Alimera. Approval in the U.S. would entitle pSivida to a $25 million milestone payment from Alimera and 20% of net profits, as defined, from U.S. sales of ILUVIEN by Alimera.
Alimera also announced that shipments of ILUVIEN to the German market are expected to begin in the second quarter of 2013 upon acceptance from the Medicine and Health products Regulatory Agency of the intended commercial batch size, a delay from Alimera’s previous expectation that this would occur in the first quarter of 2013. Alimera further reported that it also expects to begin shipments to the U.K. in the second quarter of 2013 for treatment of privately insured patients.
Alimera reported the submission of a patient access scheme (PAS) for ILUVIEN for DME has been agreed to by the UK’s Department of Health and is now under consideration by NICE for inclusion in its rapid review facility. NICE had previously issued final guidance that ILUVIEN is not a cost-effective treatment for chronic DME considered insufficiently responsive to available therapies. Alimera reported that under the review facility, NICE is expected to assess the impact of the PAS on ILUVIEN’s cost effectiveness and determine whether an update to the final guidance is warranted.
About pSivida Corp.
pSivida Corp., headquartered in Watertown, MA, develops tiny, sustained release, drug delivery products designed to deliver drugs at a controlled and steady rate for months or years. pSivida is currently focused on treatment of chronic diseases of the back of the eye utilizing its core technology systems, Durasert™ and BioSilicon™. The injectable, sustained release micro-insert ILUVIEN® for the treatment of chronic Diabetic Macula Edema (DME), licensed to Alimera Sciences, Inc., has received marketing authorization in Austria, France, Germany, Portugal, the U.K. and Spain and is awaiting authorization in Italy. ILUVIEN® for DME has not been approved in the US. pSivida plans to institute pivotal Phase III clinical trials for the treatment of posterior uveitis with the same micro-insert as ILUVIEN® for DME. An investigator-sponsored clinical trial is ongoing for an injectable, bioerodible micro-insert to treat glaucoma and ocular hypertension. pSivida's two FDA-approved products, Retisert® and Vitrasert®, are implants that provide long-term, sustained drug delivery to treat two other chronic diseases of the retina.
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