The MAA has been developed in collaboration between physician
thought-leaders, patient groups, NHS England, and
"It is a success that patients with HPP in
HPP is an ultra-rare metabolic disease characterized by defective bone formation that can lead to weakness and deformity of bones, fractures and other skeletal abnormalities, as well as complications such as profound muscle weakness, severe pain, seizures in perinatal/infantile forms of HPP, and respiratory failure potentially leading to premature death in infants.1-5
"We worked diligently and constructively with NICE, NHS England,
advocates and physicians, and are extremely pleased that we were able to
reach an agreement to make Strensiq available to patients with
pediatric-onset HPP in
Strensiq is approved in the
About Hypophosphatasia (HPP)
HPP is a genetic, chronic, progressive, and potentially life-threatening ultra-rare metabolic disease that can affect people of all ages. HPP is characterized by defective bone mineralization that can lead to weakness and deformity of bones, fractures and other skeletal abnormalities, as well as systemic complications such as profound muscle weakness, muscle, bone and joint pain, seizures in perinatal/infantile forms of HPP, and respiratory failure leading to premature death in infants. The signs, symptoms and severity of HPP can vary from patient to patient, and because of the progressive nature of the disease, new symptoms can appear at any age and symptoms can worsen over time, causing significant disability.1-5 HPP is traditionally classified by the age of the patient at the onset of symptoms of the disease, with perinatal-, infantile- and juvenile-onset HPP (also known as pediatric-onset HPP) defined by the onset of the first symptom prior to 18 years of age.1
HPP can have devastating consequences for patients at any stage of life.1 In a natural history study, infants who had their first symptom of HPP within the first 6 months of life had high mortality, with an overall mortality rate of 73 percent at 5 years.7 In these patients, mortality was primarily due to respiratory failure.1,7 In patients surviving and those with juvenile-onset HPP, long-term clinical sequelae include recurrent and non-healing fractures, profound muscle weakness, debilitating pain, and the requirement for ambulatory assistive devices such as wheelchairs, wheeled walkers, and canes.1,4
HPP is caused by mutations in the gene encoding an enzyme known as tissue non-specific alkaline phosphatase (TNSALP). This enzyme plays a critical role in the proper mineralization of bones.1,2
About Strensiq® (asfotase alfa)
Strensiq (asfotase alfa) is a highly innovative bone-targeted enzyme replacement therapy that treats the underlying cause of HPP by replacing the missing TNSALP enzyme. In clinical studies of patients with HPP who had their first symptom prior to the age of 18, treatment with Strensiq improved overall survival in infants, enhanced bone mineralization and improved height, weight, and mobility.6,8
STRENSIQ IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
Hypersensitivity reactions, including anaphylaxis, have been reported in STRENSIQ-treated patients. Signs and symptoms consistent with anaphylaxis included difficulty breathing, choking sensation, nausea, periorbital edema, and dizziness. These reactions have occurred within minutes after subcutaneous administration of STRENSIQ and can occur in patients on treatment for more than one year. Other hypersensitivity reactions have also been reported in STRENSIQ-treated patients, including vomiting, fever, headache, flushing, irritability, chills, skin erythema, rash, pruritus and oral hypoesthesia. If a severe hypersensitivity reaction occurs, discontinue STRENSIQ treatment and initiate appropriate medical treatment. Consider the risks and benefits of re-administering STRENSIQ to individual patients following a severe reaction. If the decision is made to re-administer the product, monitor patients for a reoccurrence of signs and symptoms of a severe hypersensitivity reaction.
Localized lipodystrophy, including lipoatrophy and lipohypertrophy, has been reported at injection sites after several months in patients treated with STRENSIQ. Advise patients to follow proper injection technique and to rotate injection sites.
Patients with HPP are at increased risk for developing ectopic calcifications. In clinical trials, 14 cases (14%) of ectopic calcification of the eye, including the cornea and conjunctiva, and the kidneys (nephrocalcinosis) were reported. There was insufficient information to determine whether or not the reported events were consistent with the disease or due to STRENSIQ. No visual changes or changes in renal function were reported. Ophthalmology examinations and renal ultrasounds are recommended at baseline and periodically during treatment with STRENSIQ to monitor for signs and symptoms of ophthalmic and renal ectopic calcifications and for changes in vision or renal function. The most common adverse reactions (≥ 10%) are injection site reactions, lipodystrophy, ectopic calcifications and hypersensitivity reactions.
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This news release contains forward-looking statements, including
statements related to potential medical benefits of Strensiq® (asfotase
alfa) for hypophosphatasia (HPP). Forward-looking statements are subject
to factors that may cause Alexion's results and plans to differ from
those expected, including, for example, risks and uncertainties of drug
development, decisions of regulatory authorities regarding the adequacy
of our research, marketing approval or material limitations on the
marketing of Strensiq for HPP, delays, interruptions or failures in the
manufacture and supply of our products and our product candidates,
delays in establishing commercial infrastructure for Strensiq for HPP,
the possibility that results of clinical trials are not predictive of
safety and efficacy results of Strensiq in broader or different patient
populations, the possibility that clinical trials of our product
candidates could be delayed, the adequacy of our pharmacovigilance and
drug safety reporting processes, the risk that third party payers
(including governmental agencies) will not reimburse or continue to
reimburse for the use of our products at acceptable rates or at all,
risks regarding government investigations, including investigations of
Whyte MP. Hypophosphatasia: nature's window on alkaline phosphatase
function in humans. In: Bilezikian JP, Raisz LG, Martin TJ, eds.
Principles of Bone Biology. Vol 1. 3rd ed.
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Seshia SS, Derbyshire G, Haworth JC, Hoogstraten J. Myopathy with
Strensiq Summary of Product Characteristics.
Whyte MP, Leung E, Wilcox W, et al. Hypophosphatasia: a
retrospective natural history study of the severe perinatal and
infantile forms. Poster presented at the 2014
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