Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc. (REGN: Quote) said it would receive an additional potential royalty stream now that the European Commission or EC has approved Novartis' llaris in the treatment of patients with acute gouty arthritis who suffer frequent attacks, and whose symptoms cannot or should not be managed with current treatment options. Ilaris, a registered trademark of Novartis, is the first biologic approved in the European Union or EU for symptomatic pain relief in a gouty arthritis indication, and is administered in a single, subcutaneous injection of 150 mg.1
As part of June 2009 agreement with Novartis, Regeneron receives royalties on worldwide sales of Ilaris. The overall royalty rate in the agreement starts at 4% and reaches 15% when annual sales exceed $1.5 billion. In 2012, Regeneron posted annual Ilaris royalties of $2.8 million.
In the EU, Ilaris is specifically indicated for the symptomatic treatment of adult patients with frequent gouty arthritis attacks in whom non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and colchicine are contraindicated, are not tolerated, or do not provide an adequate response, and in whom repeated courses of corticosteroids are not appropriate.
by RTT Staff Writer
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