Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc.'s Soliris® (eculizumab) Receives Orphan Drug Designation for the Treatment of Neuromyelitis Optica (NMO)

Published: Jun 28, 2013

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CHESHIRE, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: ALXN) today announced that Soliris® (eculizumab), the company’s first-in-class terminal complement inhibitor, has been granted an orphan drug designation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of neuromyelitis optica (NMO), a life-threatening, ultra-rare neurological disorder. In a Phase 2 study presented at the 2012 annual meeting of the American Neurological Association (ANA), Soliris treatment was associated with a significant reduction in the frequency of relapses (recurring attacks) in patients with severe, relapsing NMO.1 Soliris is not approved for the treatment of patients with NMO.

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