- Patient safety is the top priority for Biogen and AbbVie.
- The European Medicines Agency has initiated an Article 20 referral procedure following reports of inflammatory encephalitis and meningoencephalitis.
- Given the nature and complexity of adverse events being reported, characterizing the evolving benefit/risk profile of ZINBRYTA will not be possible going forward given the limited number of patients being treated. Therefore, Biogen and AbbVie believe it is in the best interest of patients to voluntarily withdraw worldwide marketing authorizations for ZINBRYTA.
- Biogen will continue to work collaboratively with regulatory authorities and with healthcare providers in their management of ZINBRYTA patients.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. & NORTH CHICAGO, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Biogen (Nasdaq:BIIB) and AbbVie (NYSE:ABBV) today announced the voluntary worldwide withdrawal of ZINBRYTA for relapsing multiple sclerosis. The companies believe that characterizing the complex and evolving benefit/risk profile of ZINBRYTA will not be possible going forward given the limited number of patients being treated.
“Biogen believes the voluntary worldwide withdrawal of ZINBRYTA, a treatment for relapsing multiple sclerosis, is in the best interest of patients,” said Alfred Sandrock, M.D., Ph.D., executive vice president and chief medical officer at Biogen. “Biogen and AbbVie continue to prioritize patient safety and the care of multiple sclerosis patients worldwide.”
Biogen will continue to work collaboratively with regulatory authorities in the withdrawal of product and with healthcare providers worldwide in their support of ZINBRYTA patients.
Patients currently treated with ZINBRYTA should contact their healthcare provider if they have any questions or concerns.
ZINBRYTA (daclizumab) is currently available in the EU, U.S., Switzerland, Canada and Australia. ZINBRYTA is a prescription medicine used to treat adults with relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (MS). Because of its risks, ZINBRYTA is generally used in people who have tried two or more MS medicines that have not worked well enough. It is not known if ZINBRYTA is safe and effective for use in children under 18 years of age.
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