MONTREAL, Feb. 11, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Clementia Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Nasdaq: CMTA), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company innovating treatments for people with ultra-rare bone disorders and other diseases, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Rare Pediatric Disease designation to palovarotene for the treatment of fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva (FOP). Palovarotene, an investigational therapy for FOP, has previously been granted Orphan Drug, Fast Track and Breakthrough designations by the FDA for FOP.
“FOP is a rare, devastating disease that begins to irreversibly impact individuals in childhood,” said Clarissa Desjardins, Ph.D., founder and chief executive officer of Clementia. “The receipt of this designation highlights the urgent need for a treatment for people with FOP. The entire Clementia team is working towards an NDA submission in the second half of 2019 in hopes of achieving our first regulatory approval, an important step toward achieving our mission of bringing innovative and effective treatments to individuals who currently have none.”
In October 2018, based on a meeting with the FDA, Clementia announced that the Agency was supportive of the company’s plan to submit a New Drug Application (NDA) for palovarotene for the prevention of heterotopic ossification (HO) associated with flare up symptoms in patients with FOP. The FDA based its assessment on the efficacy and safety data generated in the completed Phase 2 clinical program. The company’s NDA preparations are underway, with a submission targeted for the second half of 2019. If approved, Clementia expects a first commercial launch for palovarotene in 2020.
The Rare Pediatric Disease Designation qualifies investigational palovarotene for a Rare Pediatric Disease Priority Review Voucher (PRV), granted at the time of NDA approval. The PRV Program is intended to encourage development of therapies to prevent and treat rare pediatric diseases. This PRV can be redeemed to receive a priority review of a subsequent marketing application or sold to a third party.
Source : Clementia Pharmaceuticals Inc.