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Regeneron’s Breakthrough Treatment, Veopoz, Granted FDA Approval for Rare Disease

In a significant development, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. has announced the approval of Veopoz™ (pozelimab-bbfg) by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This groundbreaking treatment is designed for both adult and pediatric patients aged 1 year and older suffering from CHAPLE disease, also known as CD55-deficient protein-losing enteropathy. This approval marks a pivotal moment in medical advancement, as Veopoz becomes the first and only treatment indicated specifically for CHAPLE.

CHAPLE is an ultra-rare hereditary immune disease that poses life-threatening risks due to the overactivity of the complement system. While the complement system usually fights microbes, those with CHAPLE are unable to regulate its activity due to genetic mutations, resulting in attacks on normal cells. This often leads to damage along the upper digestive tract’s blood and lymph vessels, resulting in protein loss. With fewer than 10 identified CHAPLE patients in the U.S., the condition’s rarity underscores the critical need for innovative treatments.

Veopoz, a fully human monoclonal antibody, targets complement factor C5, a protein central to the complement system’s activation. Clinical trials demonstrated the treatment’s effectiveness, with all patients experiencing significant improvement and a transformational clinical response. Notably, a staggering 92% of patients were considered cured or markedly improved, offering hope to individuals who have long suffered from CHAPLE.

The approval of Veopoz is anticipated to address issues related to aflibercept 8 mg’s pre-approval inspection. Moreover, Regeneron’s commitment to rare disease management is highlighted by the establishment of the myRARE™ patient support program. This program offers eligible CHAPLE patients valuable information on treatment, insurance coverage, and financial assistance.

Dr. Michael Lenardo, an expert in the field, expressed his excitement over the approval. He emphasized the tremendous impact Veopoz can have on children suffering from CHAPLE, particularly given the severity of symptoms and the potentially life-threatening complications that manifest from infancy.

Regeneron’s Veopoz exemplifies the power of medical innovation, offering a glimmer of hope to those dealing with rare and life-threatening conditions. As the world of medicine continues to evolve, the development of new treatments like Veopoz provides a beacon of progress, promising a brighter future for patients who have long-awaited effective solutions to their health challenges.


Dr. Oche Otorkpa PG Cert, MPH, PhD

Dr. Oche is a seasoned Public Health specialist who holds a post graduate certificate in Pharmacology and Therapeutics, an MPH, and a PhD both from Texila American University. He is a member of the International Society of Substance Use Professionals and a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health in the UK. He authored two books: "The Unseen Terrorist," published by AuthorHouse UK, and "The Night Before I Killed Addiction."
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