Agreement enables sustainable patient access of the only EU-approved treatment for myotonia symptoms in non-dystrophic myotonic disorders
Mumbai, Zug, January 09, 2023: Global pharma major Lupin Limited (Lupin) and Exeltis Healthcare S.L (Exeltis) announced today that the Spanish Ministry of Health (MSCBC) has approved the reimbursement of Lupin’s NaMuscla® (mexiletine) for the symptomatic treatment of myotonia in adults with non-dystrophic myotonic (NDM) disorders on the National Health and Pharmacy Service. NaMuscla® is the first and only licensed product for this indication in Europe and will be commercialized by Lupin’s partner Exeltis in Spain.
NDM disorders are a group of rare, inherited neuromuscular disorders with an estimated prevalence of 1 case per 100,000 inhabitants in Spain1, and is characterized by the inability to relax muscles following voluntary contraction (myotonia). NaMuscla® reduces myotonia symptoms in people with NDM, resulting in a significant improvement in quality of life and other functional and clinical outcomes for patients2. NaMuscla®, which has been designated orphan drug status, received EU marketing authorization in December 20183.
“NDM patients in Spain will now be able to access NaMuscla® in a sustainable way. We are grateful to all stakeholders involved in the approval process, especially our partner Exeltis,” said Thierry Volle, President EMEA, Lupin. “Lupin’s transformational journey into specialty disease areas continues, with future investments planned for neuromuscular diseases, to meet the unmet needs of patients.”
“We are excited by this decision which will enable us to provide a new, innovative treatment option that addresses the unmet needs of patients with NDM as soon as possible,” said Alberto Fábregas Gil, Director General Spain and Portugal, Exeltis. “This news allows us to distribute NaMuscla® quickly and effectively and strengthen our position in the central nervous system area.”
To date, people in Spain living with NDM have had limited access to a licensed treatment for myotonia that can reduce the daily burden of this disabling, lifelong condition. Limited access leads to inconsistent medication supply, administrative challenges, and associated financial burdens. This, alongside limited clinical experience among healthcare professionals due to the rare nature of the disease, may result in significant harm to patients.
Lupin’s pediatric trial (NCT04624750), part of the pediatric investigation plan for NaMuscla® in children with myotonic disorders, is ongoing and successfully concluded patient enrolment in a first patient cohort group who were offered and rolled over into a 2-year follow-up study (NCT04622553). A post-authorization study to address long-term safety and treatment effects of NaMuscla® on patient-reported outcomes in adults with NDM (NCT04616807) has concluded patient enrollment and will provide 3 years prospective data on NaMuscla® in a real-life setting.
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About Myotonic Disorders and Non-Dystrophic Myotonias (NDM)
Myotonic disorders are a group of heterogeneous, inherited, neuromuscular disorders characterized by a shared symptom called myotonia4. Myotonia can be described as an inability to relax a contraction of skeletal muscle which originates from a voluntary muscular contraction such as shaking someone’s hand and blinking, or everyday activities such as walking across a street and climbing stairs4.
Non-dystrophic myotonias (NDM) are a sub-set of rare (prevalence of 1:100,0001), inherited, myotonic disorders which are caused by mutations within ion channels in the sarcolemma membrane of skeletal muscles. Non-dystrophic myotonias exhibit both sodium and chloride channelopathies which result in altered membrane excitability5. For patients with NDM, myotonia is the most prominent symptom and demonstrates different phenotypes in subgroups of NDM disorders, and can affect different parts of the body, such as legs, arms, or facial muscles, more severely5.
Myotonia in patients with NDM has an onset in childhood and persists across their lifetime. Patients perceive that myotonia increases in severity over time, impacting daily life. Myotonia is described by patients in a variety of ways (stiffness, cramps, pain, difficulty releasing a fist, or difficulty swallowing or eating) which can contribute to substantial delays in diagnosis and treatment, leading to decreased patient quality-of-life and often significant disability4, 6.
About NaMuscla® (mexiletine)
NaMuscla® is the first and only antimyotonic agent licensed to treat symptomatic myotonia in adults with non-dystrophic myotonic disorders in Europe7. In randomized controlled trials, NaMuscla® (167 to 500 mg/day) has been shown to significantly reduce myotonia compared to placebo, reducing skeletal muscle hyperexcitability through its use-dependent, voltage-gated, sodium channel blocking actions which are independent of the cause of channel function. This resulted in an improvement in patient quality-of-life and other functional outcomes, with gastro-intestinal discomfort reported as the most common adverse event, demonstrating NaMuscla® to be safe and well tolerated2, 3, 7.
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Exeltis is a fast-growing division of the integrated health sciences group Insud Pharma. With a global footprint spanning over 40 countries, Exeltis has a team of more than 4,000 professionals supported by a global manufacturing network. It boasts a leadership position in the Women’s Health segment and in recent years, Exeltis has also diversified into Central Nervous System (CNS) and other therapeutic areas.
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