Daiichi Sankyo have announced that the Marketing Authorization Application (MAA) for its investigational, oral, once-daily direct factor Xa-inhibitor edoxaban has been submitted to the European Medicines Agency (EMA). In Europe, Daiichi Sankyo is seeking approval for edoxaban for the prevention of stroke and systemic embolic events (SEE) in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF), as well as for the treatment of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or pulmonary embolism (PE) and prevention of recurrence of symptomatic venous thromboembolism (VTE). If approved, edoxaban will be authorized for marketing in all European member states.
The MAA submission is based on data from an extensive global clinical trial program that compared treatment with once-daily edoxaban to warfarin, a current standard of care for patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) or VTE. The two clinical trials that formed the basis of the submission, ENGAGE AF-TIMI 48 and Hokusai-VTE, are the largest comparative trials of a novel oral anticoagulant in these patient populations, involving 21,105 and 8,292 patients, respectively.
“The submission of our MAA in Europe for edoxaban represents our long standing commitment to addressing the needs of patients living with cardiovascular diseases, including AF or VTE,” said Glenn Gormley, MD, PhD, Senior Executive Officer and Global Head of Research and Development, Daiichi Sankyo Co., Ltd. and President and CEO of Daiichi Sankyo, Inc. in the United States. “This milestone brings us one step closer to providing a new treatment option to patients living with AF or VTE, and we look forward to working with the EMA as it conducts its review of edoxaban.”
Edoxaban is currently under regulatory review with the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare for NVAF and symptomatic VTE treatment.
Edoxaban is an investigational, oral, once-daily anticoagulant that specifically inhibits factor Xa, which is an important factor in the coagulation system that leads to blood clotting. The global edoxaban clinical trial program includes two phase 3 clinical studies, Hokusai-VTE and ENGAGE AF-TIMI 48 (Effective aNticoaGulation with Factor XA Next GEneration in Atrial Fibrillation). The results from these trials form the basis of the MAA for edoxaban for the prevention of stroke and SEE in patients with NVAF, as well as for the treatment of DVT or PE and prevention of recurrence of symptomatic VTE.