Wyeth’s Enbrel Gets European Thumbs Up

4 June 2009 (Last Updated June 4th, 2009 18:30)

Wyeth has received positive recommendations from the European Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) for Enbrel (etanercept). The recommendations were awarded for two versions of the tumour necrosis factor alpha inhibitor treatment used for plaque psoriasis, rheumatoid arth

Wyeth has received positive recommendations from the European Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) for Enbrel (etanercept).

The recommendations were awarded for two versions of the tumour necrosis factor alpha inhibitor treatment used for plaque psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis and other related inflammatory conditions.

Enbrel is currently approved for intermittent treatment of adult plaque psoriasis.

Wyeth Europa assistant vice president, immunology Michael Zaiac said that this is a significant step towards improving the management of what can be a disabling and potentially stigmatising condition.

"It is hoped that the sustained efficacy achieved with Enbrel in the continuous and intermittent dosing options will allow for greater individualised approach to psoriasis patient care," said Zaiac.

CHMP provided its positive recommendation of a continuous dosing regimen for Enbrel based on data from the Crystel trial.

The Crystel trial examined the efficacy and safety of Enbrel using continuous or intermittent dosing regimens for up to 54 weeks.

Results from the Crystel study demonstrated that patients in the continuous and intermittent treatment groups experienced significant improvement in their conditions from baseline.

Both groups were highly satisfied with the result of their treatment. There were no new safety signals in either the continuous or intermittent treatment groups.