Pluristem Therapeutics, Inc. announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved orphan status for Pluristem’s PLX cells for the treatment of thromboangiitis obliterans (Buerger’s disease). The Company also announced that a concurrent application in Europe at the EMA’s Committee for Orphan Medicinal Products is pending.
Buerger’s Disease, or thromboangiitis obliterans, is a rare and severe disease affecting the blood vessels of the extremities. It is characterized by inflammation and clotting of the vessels that result in a reduced blood flow to these areas. Severe pain and ulcers or necrosis of the extremities may occur, which may lead to amputation.
Buerger’s Disease affects approximately 50,000 patients in the United States and Europe. As there are no established treatments available, there is a strong medical need for the development of drugs for this indication. Various sources estimate the market for the treatment of Buerger’s disease to be approximately $2.5 billion.
Zami Aberman, Chairman, President and CEO of Pluristem commented, “We are extremely pleased that our PLX cells have been designated orphan status by the FDA and look forward to receiving a similar designation in Europe. In anticipation of this designation, we have been working diligently in readying clinical sites, primarily in India, where there is a high prevalence of Buerger’s. In addition, the inclusion of Buerger’s completes our plan to make our PLX cells available for the entire spectrum of peripheral vascular disorders and allows us to benefit from the market exclusivity and other regulatory and financial advantages that accompany this designation.”
Date: August 25, 2011
Source: Pluristem Therapeutics, Inc.
Filed Under: Drug Discovery