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

Novartis signs initial agreement to reserve capaci…

Novartis has signed an initial agreement with Roche to reserve capacity and implement the technology transfer for the production of the active pharmaceutical ingredient (...

Pfizer acquires Amplyx Pharmaceuticals

Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE) announced today that it has acquired Amplyx Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a privately-held company dedicated to the development of therapies for debilita...

Moderna announces additional investments to increa…

Moderna, Inc. (Nasdaq: MRNA), a biotechnology company pioneering messenger RNA (mRNA) therapeutics and vaccines, today announced it is making new funding commitments to i...

Moderna announces emergency use listing granted by…

Moderna, Inc. (Nasdaq: MRNA), a biotechnology company pioneering messenger RNA (mRNA) therapeutics and vaccines, announced that the World Health Organization (WHO) has is...

Sanofi to help manufacture Moderna COVID-19 vaccin…

Sanofi has entered into an agreement with Moderna, under which Sanofi will help manufacture Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine, supporting the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccine suppl...

Valneva switches focus to bilateral discussions to…

Valneva SE, a specialty vaccine company focused on the development and commercialization of prophylactic vaccines for infectious diseases with significant unmet medical n...

Speeding new treatments

A year into the COVID-19 pandemic, mass vaccinations have begun to raise the tantalizing prospect of herd immunity that eventually curtails or halts the spread of SARS-Co...

Pfizer and BioNTech to supply the European Union w…

Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE) and BioNTech SE (Nasdaq: BNTX) announced they will supply an additional 100 million doses of COMIRNATY®, the companies' COVID-19 vaccine, to the 2...

Brazilian coronavirus variant likely to be more tr…

Even though more and more vaccines against the coronavirus are being administered all over the world, many countries are still battling with outbreaks and face difficulti...

Patients who are obese or overweight are at risk f…

COVID-19 patients who are overweight or obese are more likely to develop a more severe infection than patients of healthy weight, and they require oxygen and invasive mec...

Updated results on coronavirus vaccination effecti…

Several weeks following the publication of the large real-world COVID-19 vaccine effectiveness study by the Clalit Research Institute in Collaboration with Harvard Univer...

Our immune systems blanket the SARS-CoV-2 spike pr…

The most complete picture yet is coming into focus of how antibodies produced in people who effectively fight off SARS-CoV-2 work to neutralize the part of the virus resp...