Telephone: +44 (0)1223 750638
These are medicines which are developed specifically for rare diseases. Companies that are looking to gain "orphan medicinal product designation" for their products in Europe must submit their application to the Committee for Orphan Medicinal Products (COMP). They need to demonstrate that they intend to develop their product(s) "for the diagnosis, prevention or treatment of life-threatening or very serious conditions that affect not more than 5 in 10,000 persons in the European Union"1 (this equates to about 185,000 cases).
Under normal circumstances the Pharmaceutical Industry doesn't develop medicines for such small numbers of patients. There are a range of worldwide incentives, however, to encourage the life science industry to develop Orphan Drugs. Many companies are now taking advantage of these incentives.
1 Source: EMA/COMP
|Copyright © 2013 GRS All Rights Reserved||
Global House, Painters Lane, Sutton, Ely,
Cambridgeshire, CB6 2NS, UK
Telephone: +44(0)1223 750638