FDA accepts Merck's BLA for investigational Timothy grass pollen AIT

Merck (NYSE: MRK), known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, today announced that the Biologics License Application (BLA) for its investigational Timothy grass pollen (Phleum pratense) allergy immunotherapy tablet (AIT) has been accepted for review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In March, the company also submitted a BLA to the FDA for its investigational ragweed pollen (Ambrosia artemisiifolia) AIT.

“We are pleased to have achieved this important milestone in the development of our investigational grass pollen AIT, which, if approved, would represent a potential new option for allergy specialists to offer appropriate allergic rhinitis patients”

The BLA for Merck's grass pollen AIT is supported by Phase III trials that evaluated the safety and efficacy of the investigational product, including a long-term, multi-season trial.

"We are pleased to have achieved this important milestone in the development of our investigational grass pollen AIT, which, if approved, would represent a potential new option for allergy specialists to offer appropriate allergic rhinitis patients," said Jeffrey A. Chodakewitz, M.D., senior vice president, Global Scientific Strategy, franchise head, Infectious Diseases and interim franchise head, Respiratory & Immunology, Merck Research Laboratories.

Merck's grass pollen (Phleum pratense) AIT is an investigational sublingual dissolvable tablet designed to help treat the underlying cause of allergic rhinitis by generating an immune response to help protect against targeted allergens. Merck has partnered with ALK-Abello to develop its grass pollen (Phleum pratense) AIT in North America.

SOURCE Merck

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