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FDA Grants Orphan Drug Designation for 3,4-DAP for LEMS
Date:11/30/2009

NOVATO, Calif., Nov. 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc. (Nasdaq: BMRN) announced today that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted orphan drug designation for 3,4-diaminopyridine (3,4-DAP), amifampridine phosphate, for the rare autoimmune disease Lambert Eaton Myasthenic Syndrome (LEMS). 3,4-DAP has previously received orphan drug designation in the E.U. Also, in October 2009, the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use of the European Medicines Evaluations Agency adopted a positive opinion recommending approval of amifampridine phosphate for LEMS. If approved by the European Commission, amifampridine phosphate will be the first approved treatment for LEMS, thereby conferring orphan drug protection and providing ten years of market exclusivity in Europe.

"With its experience in the development and commercialization of orphan drugs, BioMarin is well-positioned to seek U.S. registration of amifampridine phosphate for LEMS, a serious and debilitating autoimmune disease often associated with small cell lung cancer," said Jean-Jacques Bienaime, Chief Executive Officer of BioMarin. "We look forward to meeting with the FDA in early 2010 to determine the necessary regulatory path for amifampridine phosphate in the U.S. We are also preparing to launch the product in Europe in the first quarter of 2010, and will also evaluate the best development strategy for amifampridine phosphate in other indications in the U.S. and Europe."

About LEMS

Lambert Eaton Myasthenic Syndrome (LEMS) is a rare autoimmune disease with the primary symptoms of muscle weakness. Muscle weakness in LEMS is caused by autoantibodies to voltage gated calcium channels leading to a reduction in the amount of acetylcholine released from nerve terminals. The prevalence of LEMS is estimated at four
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