OMRIX Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. (Omrix or the Company) (NASDAQ: OMRI), a fully-integrated biopharmaceutical company that develops and markets biosurgical and immunotherapy products, announced today that it has received a positive opinion for EVICELÂ„ Fibrin Sealant (Human) from the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP). Omrix is seeking approval to market Evicel in Europe for the improvement of hemostasis in surgery.
CHMP is the scientific committee of the European Medicines Agency (EMEA) and is responsible for reviewing medicinal product applications for quality, safety and efficacy. The CHMP’s positive opinion for Evicel will now be forwarded to the European Commission for marketing authorization, which is expected by the end of the third quarter of 2008 (3Q08). The CHMPÂ™s opinion also stated that the approved indication for EVICEL would read as follows, Evicel is used as supportive treatment in surgery where standard surgical techniques are insufficient, for improvement of hemostasis. Evicel is also indicated as suture support for hemostasis in vascular surgery.
EVICEL is currently marketed in the US by Johnson & Johnson Wound Management, a division of ETHICON, INC., a Johnson & Johnson company, with a general hemostasis in surgery indication.
Upon its anticipated approval, EVICEL will be licensed for marketing in the 27 countries of the European Union, or EU. Per the terms of Omrix and ETHICONÂ™s supply and distribution agreement, ETHICON has the marketing rights for the EU.
EVICELÂ„ is an all-human, plasma-derived fibrin sealant currently indicated in the US as an adjunct to hemostasis for use in patients undergoing surgery, when control of bleeding by standard surgical techniques is ineffective or impractical. It does not contain aprotinin, which has been associated with adverse health effects. EVICELÂ„ is easy to use and readily available for time-sensitive needs in the operating room. The product is sold as a frozen liquid and requires less than one minute preparation time after thawing.
About Omrix Biopharmaceuticals, Inc.
Omrix is a fully integrated biopharmaceutical company that develops, manufactures and markets protein-based biosurgery and passive immunotherapy products. Omrix’ biosurgery product line includes products and product candidates that are used for the control of bleeding, or hemostasis, and other surgical applications. The Company’s passive immunotherapy product line includes antibody-rich products and product candidates for the treatment of immune deficiencies, infectious diseases and potential biodefense applications. For more information, please visit www.omrix.com.
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