On 25 June 2020, the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) adopted a positive opinion, recommending the granting of a marketing authorisation for the medicinal product Livogiva, intended for the treatment of osteoporosis. The applicant for this medicinal product is Theramex Ireland Limited.
Livogiva will be available as a solution for injection (20 micrograms/80 microlitres). The active substance of Livogiva is teriparatide, the active aminoterminal fragment of human parathyroid hormone (ATC code: H05AA02). It acts via the receptor for parathyroid hormone and has an anabolic effect on bone.
Livogiva is a biosimilar medicinal product. It is highly similar to the reference product Forsteo (teriparatide), which was authorised in the EU on 10 June 2003. Data show that Livogiva has comparable quality, safety and efficacy to Forsteo. More information on biosimilar medicines can be found here.
The full indication is:
Livogiva is indicated in adults.
Treatment of osteoporosis in postmenopausal women and in men at increased risk of fracture (see section 5.1). In postmenopausal women, a significant reduction in the incidence of vertebral and non-vertebral fractures but not hip fractures have been demonstrated.
Treatment of osteoporosis associated with sustained systemic glucocorticoid therapy in women and men at increased risk for fracture (see section 5.1).
Detailed recommendations for the use of this product will be described in the summary of product characteristics (SmPC), which will be published in the European public assessment report (EPAR) and made available in all official European Union languages after the marketing authorisation has been granted by the European Commission.