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December 14, 2012
08:07 EDTMRK, ARIAEMA says Merck withdraws application for Jenzyl
The European Medicines Agency said on November 27 Merck Sharp & Dohme (MRK) officially notified the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use, or CHMP, that it wishes to withdraw its application for a marketing authorization for Jenzyl, for the maintenance treatment of patients with metastatic soft tissue sarcoma or bone sarcoma previously treated with chemotherapy. Jenzyl is the trade name for ridaforolimus, which is being co-developed by Merck and ARIAD Pharmaceuticals (ARIA). Jenzyl was expected to be used for the treatment of adults with soft tissue sarcoma, a type of cancer that affects the soft, supporting tissues of the body, or bone sarcoma that have spread to other parts of the body. The application was withdrawn after the CHMP had evaluated the documentation provided by the company and formulated a list of questions. The company had not yet responded to the last round of questions at the time of the withdrawal. Based on the review of the data and the company’s response to the CHMP list of questions, at the time of the withdrawal, the CHMP had some concerns and was of the provisional opinion that Jenzyl could not have been approved for the treatment of patients with metastatic soft tissue sarcoma or bone sarcoma as maintenance therapy, the CHMP said.
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