Merck Statement on FDA Advisory Committee Meeting for BRIDION® (sugammadex), Investigational Agent for the Reversal of Neuromuscular Blockade (NMB) Induced by Rocuronium or Vecuronium


November 6, 2015 2:13 pm ET

Merck (NYSE:MRK), known as MSD outside the United States and Canada,
today issued the following statement after the conclusion of a meeting
of the Anesthetic and Analgesic Drug Products Advisory Committee of the
U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to discuss BRIDION®
(sugammadex). BRIDION is the proposed trade name for Merck’s
investigational agent for the reversal of neuromuscular blockade (NMB)
induced by rocuronium or vecuronium.

“We believe that BRIDION has the potential to offer anesthesia
professionals an important new option to reverse neuromuscular blockade
in the surgical setting,” said Dr. David Michelson, head of global
clinical development for neuroscience, Merck Research Laboratories.
“Today’s discussion is one step in the regulatory process, and we look
forward to working with the FDA as it completes the review of our New
Drug Application for BRIDION.”

The FDA is not bound by the committee’s guidance but takes its advice
into consideration when reviewing investigational medicines. The
Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) action date for the FDA’s review
of BRIDION is Dec. 19, 2015.

If approved, BRIDION would be the first in a new class of medicines,
known as selective relaxant binding agents, to be used in the U.S.

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