Liposomal Daunorubicin Receives Orphan Medicinal Product Designation in European Union for the Treatment of Acute Myeloid Leukaemia
PR Newswire CRAIGAVON, Northern Ireland, November 15, 2012
CRAIGAVON, Northern Ireland,November 15, 2012/PRNewswire/ --
GalenannouncedtodaythattheEuropeanCommissionhasdesignatedliposomaldaunorubicinasanorphan  medicinal product for the treatment of acute myeloid leukaemia (AML). The designation follows a positive opinion from the Committee for Orphan Medicinal Products (COMP) within the European Medicines Agency  (EMA). Liposomal daunorubicin is currently approved in a number of European countries, the U.S. and Brazil for the ® treatment of advanced HIV-related Kaposi's sarcoma, as the medicinal product DaunoXome .
Acute myeloid leukaemia is estimated to affect not more than 1.2 in 10,000 people in the European Union. It is chronically debilitating and life threatening due to bone marrow dysfunction. If left untreated, the condition progresses  rapidly and is often fatal.
Galen is dedicated to supporting the development and provision of innovative medicines in an effort to improve health worldwide. Speaking about the European Commission orphan medicinal product designation for liposomal daunorubicin, Mark Scrutton, President of Galen, commented: "We are delighted about the designation of liposomal daunorubicin as an orphan medicinal product for the treatment of acute myeloid leukaemia, a life-threatening disease. We have recently taken our first step into the oncology arena, and the orphan designation of liposomal daunorubicin provides further opportunity for development of this product in the treatment of patients with AML."
Notes to Editor:
About liposomal daunorubicin:Liposomal daunorubicinis an anthracycline chemotherapy agent which is currently approved in a number of European countries, the U.S. and Brazil for the treatment of advanced HIV-related Kaposi's ® sarcoma, as the medicinal product DaunoXome . It works by attacking cancer cells and interfering with DNA  production, which stops cancer cells from multiplying. The product has a different delivery system compared with conventional anthracyclines; it has a type of liposomal coating and particle size, which enables it to effectively target ,, malignant tumours.
Galen is a privately owned, global pharmaceutical company headquartered in Northern Ireland, UK. Galen's products are now available in 16 countries and the company is working to expand its global reach with the formation of international strategic partnerships. A substantial drug discovery operation is underway, focusing on products for the treatment of cancer.
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