ThromboGenics NV (Euronext Brussels: THR), an integrated biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing innovative ophthalmic medicines, confirms its JETREA®US launch date of Monday January 14th, 2013.
JETREA® (ocriplasmin) Intravitreal Injection is a proteolytic enzyme indicated for the treatment of symptomatic vitreomacular adhesion (VMA). The US price for a single-use glass vial of JETREA® is set at USD 3,950.
Next week, Dr. Patrik De Haes , Chief Executive Officer of ThromboGenics, will present during the 31st Annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference from January 7th to 9th, 2013 in San Francisco, USA.
The ThromboGenics presentation will be held on Wednesday, January 9th at 11.00 am PST (20.00 CET) at the Westin St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco. It will include the Company's plans for launching JETREA® (ocriplasmin) in January through its own U.S. commercial organization, which will mark a major milestone for transforming ThromboGenics into a fully operational biopharmaceutical company that provides innovative ophthalmic medicines.
JETREA® represents a paradigm shift and for the first time offers a pharmacological treatment option to patients suffering with symptomatic VMA. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved JETREA® in October 2012 as the first pharmacological agent for the treatment of symptomatic VMA. Symptomatic VMA is a progressive, sight-threatening condition that, when left untreated, frequently leads to retinal distortion, further deterioration in vision, and irreversible damage to eyesight. The recommended dose of JETREA® is 0.125 mg (0.1 mL) of the diluted solution administered by intravitreal injection to the affected eye once as a single injection.
The approval was based on the data from ThromboGenics' Phase III program where JETREA® was shown to be superior to placebo for the treatment of symptomatic VMA (26.5% versus 10.1%; p<0.01). Treatment with JETREA® was associated with some, mainly transient, ocular adverse events.