Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (Nasdaq: VRTX) announced that the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) published two articles with results from two Phase 3 studies of the tezacaftor/ivacaftor combination treatment, a medicine in development that is designed to treat the underlying cause of cystic fibrosis (CF) in people ages 12 and older who have certain mutations in the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) gene. Continue reading Positive Results for Phase 3 Studies of the Tezacaftor/Ivacaftor Combination Treatment
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Tezacaftor/Ivacaftor Gets Priority Review for Cystic Fibrosis
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Priority Review to the New Drug Application (NDA) of tezacaftor/ivacaftor (Vertex) for the treatment of patients ≥12yrs old with cystic fibrosis (CF) who have two copies of the F508del mutation or one F508del mutation and one residual function mutation.
The NDA submission was based on positive results from 2 global Phase 3 trials, which showed statistically significant improvements in lung function (percent predicted forced expiratory volume in one second, or ppFEV1) in patients treated with tezacaftor/ivacaftor.
The combination treatment consists of ivacaftor (marketed under the brand name Kalydeco), a cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) potentiator, and tezacaftor, a novel CFTR corrector. Tezacaftor is designed to address the processing defect of F508del-CFTR to enable it to reach the cell surface, where ivacaftor can further enhance the protein’s function.
The FDA has set a Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) target date of February 28, 2018 to make a decision on the NDA.
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