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Indivior Announces Validation of Marketing Authorization Application (MAA) by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) for SUBOXONE® (buprenorphine and naloxone) Sublingual Film

Slough, UK, 18 June 2019 – Indivior PLC (LON: INDV) (the ‘Company’), a global specialty  pharmaceutical company with a 20-year legacy of leadership in developing medicines to treat opioid use disorder (OUD), today announced that the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has completed formal validation of Indivior’s Marketing Authorization Application (MAA) for SUBOXONE Film. Validation of the MAA confirms that the submission is sufficiently complete to begin the formal review process.

SUBOXONE Film contains buprenorphine, a partial‐opioid agonist, and naloxone, an opioid antagonist, and is an investigational substitution treatment for opioid drug dependence, within a framework of medical, social and psychological treatment. The intention of the naloxone component is to deter intravenous misuse. Treatment is intended for use in adults and adolescents over 15 years of age who have agreed to be treated for addiction. The SUBOXONE Film MAA was submitted to the EMA on March 8, 2019.

The EMA review of the MAA for SUBOXONE Film will be according to standard timelines, with an opinion of the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) expected by the end of the year, and European Commission final decision in Q1/2020.

“The validation of our MAA by the EMA represents an important step forward in our effort to expand access to evidence-based treatment for patients struggling to overcome opioid use disorder in the EU," said Shaun Thaxter, Chief Executive Officer of Indivior.

"The availability of Suboxone Film will enable us to enhance the management of opioid dependence. As healthcare resources remain a challenge, reduced dissolution time may lead to reduced supervision time and may help us improve our treatment capacity. ” said Dr Kaarlo Simojoki, Med Dir A-Clinic Finland. 



The SUBOXONE sublingual film safety information is based upon findings obtained during the clinical development of buprenorphine/naloxone sublingual tablets. The most commonly reported treatment related adverse reactions reported during the pivotal clinical studies were constipation and symptoms commonly associated with drug withdrawal (i.e. insomnia, headache, nausea, and hyperhidrosis and pain).

SUBOXONE Film was first approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on August 30, 2010 for the treatment of opioid dependence. SUBOXONE Film is currently commercially available in the U.S., Australia, and Malaysia.

About Opioid Use Disorder

Opioid use disorder (OUD) is a chronic, relapsing disease characterized by compulsion to seek and take the drug, loss of control in limiting intake, and emergence of a negative emotional state reflecting a motivational withdrawal syndrome when access to the drug is prevented. In Europe, there are an estimated 1.3 million high-opioid risk users, with heroin being the the most commonly used drug that results in emergency hospital visits. Opioid deaths account for a substantial proportion of mortality associated with drug use. Moreover, opioids are found in 84% of fatal overdoses which implies drug overdose continues to be a challenge in Europe

About Indivior
Indivior is a global specialty pharmaceutical company with a 20-year legacy of leadership in patient advocacy and health policy while providing education on evidence-based treatment models that have revolutionized modern addiction treatment. The name is the fusion of the words individual and endeavour, and the tagline “Focus on you” makes the Company’s commitment clear. Indivior is dedicated to transforming addiction from a global human crisis to a recognized and treated chronic disease. Building on its global portfolio of opioid dependence treatments, Indivior has a strong pipeline of product candidates designed to both expand on its heritage in this category and address other chronic conditions and cooccurring disorders of addiction, including alcohol use disorder and schizophrenia. Headquartered in the United States in Richmond, VA, Indivior employs more than 800 individuals globally and its portfolio of products is available in over 40 countries worldwide. Visit to learn more.

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