Emergent BioSolutions Awarded Department of National Defence Contract to Supply Anthrasil to the Canadian Government
GAITHERSBURG, Md., Dec. 12, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Emergent BioSolutions (NYSE:EBS) today announced that it has been awarded a contract by the Department of National Defence (DND) valued at approximately $8 million to deliver Anthrasil® (Anthrax Immune Globulin Intravenous [human]) to the Canadian government. This contract award follows the recent approval of Anthrasil by Health Canada under the Extraordinary Use New Drug (EUND) Regulations, which provide a regulatory pathway for products for which collecting clinical information for its intended use in humans is logistically or ethically not possible. Anthrasil is indicated for the treatment of inhalational anthrax in adult and pediatric patients in combination with appropriate antibacterial drugs.
“Receiving Health Canada approval of Anthrasil and being awarded the DND procurement contract reflect the Canadian government’s continued commitment to anthrax preparedness. Anthrax remains on the Canadian government’s list of top biological agents given its potential to be used in a bioterrorist attack,” said Dr. Laura Saward, senior vice president and antibody therapeutics business unit head at Emergent BioSolutions. “Emergent has a longstanding history and successful track record of partnering with governments to provide preparedness solutions in the form of critical medical countermeasures for these serious public health threats.”
Emergent received U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval for Anthrasil in 2015 and has delivered more than 10,000 doses of Anthrasil to the U.S. Strategic National Stockpile. It is the only polyclonal antibody therapeutic available in the U.S. and Canada for treating inhalational anthrax.
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Emergent BioSolutions Inc. is a global life sciences company seeking to protect and enhance life by focusing on providing specialty products for civilian and military populations that address accidental, intentional, and naturally emerging public health threats. Through our work, we envision protecting and enhancing 50 million lives with our products by 2025. Additional information about the company may be found at www.emergentbiosolutions.com. Follow us on Twitter @emergentbiosolu and Instagram @life_at_emergent.
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