• New electronic autoinjector is designed to improve patient experience for people living with gastroenteropancreatic neuroendocrine tumors, carcinoid syndrome or acromegaly;
• Performance and safety studies ongoing, with first launches for the new device expected in 2024;
• A fourth generation Somatuline® Autogel® / Somatuline® Depot device building on Ipsen’s 20 years’ heritage to date.
Ipsen announced today it will invest in a new state-of-the-art electronic autoinjector for Somatuline® Autogel® / Somatuline® Depot (lanreotide), to deliver further innovation in the class with the aim of improving administration and the injection experience for patients. The new device will be made in collaboration with Phillips-Medisize, global leaders in drug-delivery design, development and manufacturing solutions, and will be accompanied by enhanced investment in Ipsen’s Signes manufacturing site in France. This step further builds on Ipsen’s 20 years’ experience with Somatuline Autogel / Somatuline Depot, with today’s announcement marking the fourth generation of devices for its administration.
Despite advances in technology, real-world evidence suggests people living with gastroenteropancreatic neuroendocrine tumors or acromegaly often still experience pain and discomfort when receiving injections.1 The enhanced delivery system will improve the patient experience through administration of Somatuline Autogel / Somatuline Depot via its motorized device comprised of a re-usable electronic injector and a disposable cartridge with significantly thinner injection needle allowing for a controlled and sustained injection. The new device aims to further improve the injection experience, especially for caregivers and eligible patients who may choose independent administration* of Somatuline Autogel, for example at home.
Ipsen’s extensive experience with Somatuline Autogel / Somatuline Depot has offered deep insights into the challenges of living with gastroenteropancreatic neuroendocrine tumors, carcinoid syndrome or
acromegaly. Advances in administration are important as they have the potential to help ease the physical challenges of treatment for the patient, caregiver and their healthcare team, especially for patients who are on long-term treatment regimens.
Steven Hildemann M.D. PhD, Executive Vice President, Chief Medical Officer, Head of Global Medical Affairs and Patient Safety, said,“Ipsen has continued to innovate in patient-friendly devices for the administration of Somatuline Autogel / Somatuline Depot and today’s news signals our unrelenting commitment to further improving the injection experience for patients, caregivers and healthcare professionals. We remain focused on improving an already compelling device, to better address the needs of people living with gastroenteropancreatic neuroendocrine tumors, carcinoid syndrome or acromegaly”.
Studies evaluating the performance and the safety of the new device are ongoing. A study assessing injection-site pain and device safety is expected to start in the first half of 2023 and will evaluate patient-reported outcomes and satisfaction. Details of this study will be available on clinicaltrials.gov shortly once the selected centers have been finalized in H2 2022, with the new device anticipated to reach the first patients in 2024. The overall investment in the development of the new device and enhanced allocation to the Ipsen Signes manufacturing site is around €60m.
About Somatuline® Autogel® / Somatuline® Depot (lanreotide)
Somatuline® Autogel® / Somatuline® Depot is made of the active substance lanreotide and is a long-acting somatostatin analogue that inhibits the secretion of growth hormone and certain hormones secreted by the digestive system. The licensed indications of Somatuline Autogel / Somatuline Depot are:2, i
• The treatment of individuals with acromegaly when the circulating levels of Growth Hormone (GH) and/or Insulin-like Growth Factor-1 (IGF-1) remain abnormal after surgery and/or radiotherapy, or in patients who otherwise require medical treatment;
• The treatment of grade 1 and a subset of grade 2 (Ki-67 index up to 10%) gastroenteropancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (GEP-NETs) of midgut, pancreatic or unknown origin where hindgut sites of origin have been excluded, in adult patients with unresectable locally advanced or metastatic disease;
• The treatment of symptoms associated with neuroendocrine (particularly carcinoid) tumors. The recommended starting dose is one injection of Somatuline Autogel / Somatuline Depot 60 to 120 mg administered every 28 days.
*The decision regarding independent administration of Somatuline Autogel is only applicable to countries where this option is approved in the Product Information/Summary of Product Characteristics and for patients on stable dose upon HCP decision and after appropriate training by HCP.
The detailed recommendations for the use of Somatuline Autogel/Somatuline Depot are described in the Summary of Product Characteristics (SmPC) and US Prescribing Information (PI).
i Approved indications may vary depending on country
About NETs and carcinoid syndrome
Neuroendocrine tumors (NETs), are a group of uncommon tumors that develop in the cells of the neuroendocrine system, throughout the body.3,4 NETs occur in both men and women, in general aged 50 to 60 years old, although they can affect anyone of any age.5
The three areas where NETs are mostly found in the body are the gastrointestinal tract, the pancreas and the lungs.4
• Gastrointestinal NETs are found in the gastrointestinal tract or digestive system and are the most common type of NETs.4
• Pancreatic NETs are formed in the islet cells of the pancreas and include several uncommon types of NETs.4
• Lung NETs account for about 20 30% of all NETs.6
The symptoms of NETs are often not distinct and difficult to identify and can sometimes take up to seven years to fully diagnose.7 The number of people being newly diagnosed with NETs overall is believed to be rising.5 This is mainly due to increased awareness of the condition and diagnostic testing.5
Carcinoid syndrome occurs when rare cancerous neuroendocrine tumors called carcinoid tumors release proteins into the bloodstream, causing signs and symptoms, including diarrhea and flushing.8 Carcinoid tumors generally occur in the esophagus, stomach, intestines, appendix, and lungs.8
Acromegaly is a rare and debilitating disease. It happens when the pituitary gland (a pea-sized gland in the brain) produces too much growth hormone.9 This can cause changes in the bones of the face and in the levels of other specific hormones.9 If left untreated, acromegaly can lead to other medical problems.9
Approximately three to 11 people in one million are newly diagnosed with acromegaly each year.10
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