Recommendation of Approval for the Merz Botulinum Neurotoxin Typ A in European Countries

The Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) of the European Medicines Agency (EMEA) in London recommended the approval of the Merz- developed product Botulinum neurotoxin Type A. Merz is expecting approval in ten European countries within the next few months. The company already received approval in Denmark and Sweden.

The Botulinum neurotoxin Type A has already been approved in Germany since May 2005 for the indications blepharospasm (dystonia of the eyelid) and cervical dystonia of a predominantly rotational form (spasmodic torticollis, wryneck).

Outside of Europe, approval for these indications exists for Argentina and Mexico. In Argentina, the product is also approved for the temporary improvement of the glabellar frown lines in aesthetic dermatology.

"Botulinum neurotoxin Type A is a strategically important active ingredient for us," says Dr. Martin Zügel, CEO of Merz Pharmaceuticals. "We are pleased with the Committee's recommendation and will be intensifying our market launch activities and targeted promotions for success in these countries."

About Merz
Merz specializes in drugs for the treatment of neurological and psychiatric illnesses and is a leader in the field of Alzheimer's research. Merz developed Memantine, the world's first drug for the treatment of moderate to severe stages of Alzheimer's disease. Among drugs to combat Alzheimer's, Memantine is the second-largest in the world. Another area of competence at Merz is clinical and cosmetic dermatology.

Along with the pharmaceuticals market, Merz is active in the healthcare sector outside of pharmacies as well. With its tetesept® and Merz Spezial® brands, in German-speaking countries Merz is a leading provider of products for self-medication, dietary supplements, beauty and wellness. A Merz subsidiary, Senator GmbH & Co. KGaA, is one of the leading manufacturers of high-quality promotional writing instruments worldwide.

The Merz Group employs 1,900 employees worldwide. The company achieved revenues of € 475 million in the 2005/06 fiscal year. For more information, visit www.merz.com.

Most Popular Now

Pfizer's elranatamab granted FDA Breakthrough Ther…

Pfizer Inc. (NYSE:PFE) announced its investigational cancer immunotherapy, elranatamab, received Breakthrough Therapy Designation from the U.S. Food and Drug Administrati...

Salvat Laboratories announces submission of New Dr…

Salvat Laboratories announced that it has submitted a New Drug Application (NDA) to the FDA for the approval of the first ocular corticosteroid formulated in a nanoemulsi...

New insights on antibody responses to Omicron vari…

Knowing how well vaccination against one SARS-CoV-2 strain (with or without previous infection) counteracts infection with a different strain is a critical research quest...

The origin-of-life molecule, a key to cancer resea…

RNA, the molecule that gave rise to life, has been shown to be essential for repairing human genetic material and preventing mutations that might lead to developing cance...

Bayer with continued strong performance

The Bayer Group maintained its strong business performance across all three divisions in the third quarter. "Despite rising inflation and global supply chain problems, we...

Vividion Therapeutics names Jenna Goldberg as Chie…

Vividion Therapeutics, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company utilizing novel discovery technologies to unlock high value, traditionally undruggable targets with precision the...

Sugar molecules as a target in cancer therapy

Cancer cells use sugar molecules on their surface to disable attacks by the body's immune system. Researchers at the University of Basel now report on how this mechanism ...

COVID vaccination improves effectiveness of cancer…

Patients with nasopharyngeal cancer are often treated with drugs that activate their immune system against the tumor. Until now, it was feared that vaccination against Co...

Pfizer and BioNTech receive positive CHMP opinion …

Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE) and BioNTech SE (Nasdaq: BNTX) announced a booster dose of their Omicron BA.4/BA.5-adapted bivalent COVID-19 vaccine (COMIRNATY® Original/Omicron ...

Making melanoma immortal: Pitt scientists discover…

Scientists at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine have discovered the missing puzzle piece in the mystery of how melanoma tumors control their mortality. I...

Study reveals vaccine confidence declined consider…

A new study suggests that, despite the success of the COVID-19 vaccination campaigns, vaccine confidence has declined significantly since the start of the pandemic. Re...

New drug shows promise for fighting both COVID-19 …

While vaccination can provide life-saving protection against COVID-19, scientists are still searching for ways to treat severe infections, including in people who cannot ...