Regulatory update - GSK and Valeant receive positive opinion in Europe from the CHMP for Trobalt (retigabine)
GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. (NYSE & TSX: VRX) announced today that the European Medicines Agency’s Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) has issued a positive opinion, recommending marketing authorisation for Trobalt™(retigabine) as an adjunctive (add-on) treatment of partial onset seizures (a form of epilepsy where a seizure begins in a specific area in one side of the brain), with or without secondary generalisation in adults aged 18 years and above with epilepsy.
Retigabine received a preliminary approval from the Swiss Agency for Therapeutic Products, Swissmedic, in December 2010.
Retigabine, referred to as ezogabine in the US, is being jointly developed by GSK and Valeant.
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*Editor’s note: Ezogabine is the non-proprietary name adopted by the United States Adopted Name Council for use in the U.S. and Canada. Retigabine is the non-proprietary name adopted by the International Nonproprietary Name for Pharmaceuticals Substances Program for use in the rest of the world.
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