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Chiesi Global Rare Diseases receives FDA approval for FILSUVEZ® topical gel for the treatment of EB

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FILSUVEZ topical gel is indicated for the treatment of partial thickness wounds in patients 6 months and older with Junctional and Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB).

FILSUVEZ was well tolerated and met the primary endpoint with statistical significance, with 41.3% of patients achieving first complete target wound closure within 45 days in the Phase 3 clinical trial.

Chiesi Global Rare Diseases, a business unit of the Chiesi Group established to deliver innovative therapies and solutions for people affected by rare diseases, announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved FILSUVEZ® (birch triterpenes) topical gel for the treatment of partial thickness wounds in patients 6 months and older with Junctional Epidermolysis Bullosa (JEB) and Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa (DEB).

FILSUVEZ is the first approved treatment for wounds associated with JEB, a rare, moderate-to-severe form of EB with blisters beginning in infancy. FILSUVEZ joined the Chiesi portfolio as part of the agreement reached during the acquisition of Amryt Pharma in January of this year.

FILSUVEZ is administered at home, allowing for integration into existing treatment routines. FILSUVEZ is applied topically to the wound at each dressing change.

"At Chiesi Global Rare Diseases we are driven by a need to alleviate the burdens faced in the rare disease community by providing innovative therapies and solutions that address debilitating unmet needs.” Giacomo Chiesi, Head of Chiesi Global Rare Diseases, said. “We are grateful for the support of those living with EB and their dedicated caregivers which allowed us to reach this landmark FDA approval and proudly provide FILSUVEZ as a solution for wound care management.”

Brett Kopelan, Executive Director, debra of America, added, “The FDA’s decision to approve FILSUVEZ provides those living with EB a safe and effective treatment option for the most prominent and difficult symptom of EB, open wounds that may not heal.” Kopelan also commented that, “today marks an important milestone for those living with junctional EB, as FILSUVEZ is the first FDA approved treatment for this variant of the disease. I want to thank Chiesi for their years of close collaboration with debra of America and their dedication and commitment to bringing a treatment option forward for those with dystrophic and junctional EB. I also want to thank the patients who participated in the clinical trials to bring this therapeutic option to fruition.”

FILSUVEZ was previously approved in June 2022 by the European Commission for the treatment of skin wounds in adults and children, ages 6 months and older with both JEB and DEB.

Find out more by visiting the Cheisi website here.


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