The FDA approved Incivek (telaprevir, Vertex, J&J) by its PDUFA due date on 23 May, 2011. The drug was approved fot the treatment of chronic hepatitis C infection in treatment naïve, null or partial responders or relapsed patients. The safety and effectiveness of Incivek was evaluated in three phase 3 clinical trials with about 2,250 adult patients who were previously untreated, or who had received prior therapy. In all studies patients also received the drug with standard of care. In previously untreated patients, 79 percent of those receiving Incivek experienced a sustained virologic response (i.e. the infection was no longer detected in the blood 24 weeks after stopping treatment) compared to standard treatment alone.
The sustained virologic response for patients treated with Incivek across all studies, and across all patient groups, was between 20 and 45 percent higher than current standard of care. The studies indicate that treatment with Incivek can be shortened from 48 weeks to 24 weeks in most patients. Sixty percent of previously untreated patients achieved an early response and received only 24 weeks of treatment (compared to the standard of care of 48 weeks). The sustained virologic response for these patients was 90 percent.
Incivek is a pill taken three times a day with food. Incivek should be taken for the first 12 weeks in combination with peginterferon alfa and ribavirin. Most people with a good early response to the Incivek combination regimen can be treated for 24 weeks rather than the recommended 48 weeks of treatment with the standard of care. Incivek is part of a class of drugs referred to as protease inhibitors, which work by binding to the virus and preventing it from multiplying.
The most commonly reported side effects in patients receiving Incivek in combination with peginterferon alfa and ribavirin include rash, low red blood cell count (anemia), nausea, fatigue, headache, diarrhea, itching (pruritus), and anal or rectal irritation and pain. Rash can be serious and can require stopping Incivek or all three drugs in the treatment regimen.
FDA approves Incivek for hepatitis C http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm256299.htm Full U.S. Prescribing Information (PDF) http://www.incivek.com/ Financial Assistance and Patient Support Program for INCIVEK Incivek (telaprevir) For Patients With Hepatitis C Approved By FDA Medical News Today - 37 minutes ago Patients with genotype 1 chronic hepatitis C with functioning but damaged livers (compensated liver disease), including cirrhosis may now be prescribed Incivek (telaprevir), which was approved today for such indications by the FDA (Food and Drug ...
The 3 Biggest Medical Advances of 2013 Motley Fool By comparison, Johnson & Johnson's Incivek/Incivo and Olysio, which are not part of interferon-free drug regimens, both cost approximately $66,000 for 12-week treatments.
Gilead Hep C Drug Launch Threatened by Price Concerns TheStreet.com The top medical officer for pharmacy benefits manager Express Scripts expressed concerns about high pricing for the new crop of hepatitis C pills, most notably Gilead Sciences $1000 a pill newly approved drug
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With the skyrocketing cost of new drug development topping $ 2 billion per NCE and high failure rate, all newly approved drugs are going to cost more, say in the $50000-100000 range per course.
MassBiologics receives orphan drug status from FDA for hepatitis C treatment Medical Xpress MassBiologics of the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) has received an orphan drug designation from the U.S.
Effect of fibrosis on adverse events in patients with hepatitis C treated with telaprevir. A study published ahead of print the Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics investigates adverse events of telaprevir-based therapy in ...
Drug Discovery & Development Boehringer Ingelheim Hep C Drug Gets Accelerated Assessment from EMA Drug Discovery & Development The application for European marketing authorization of faldaprevir, a potent second generation oral protease inhibitor,...
New York Daily News Gilead's Sofosbuvir Gets New Name, Price, Headaches Motley Fool Sovaldi's stiff price tag is also a big jump from the $50,000-a-year price commanded by Johnson & Johnson's (NYSE: JNJ ) and Vertex's Incivek, and Merck's Victrelis.
AbbVie (NYSE: ABBV) released phase III results for the investigational three direct-acting-antiviral (3D) regimen plus ribavirin in patients with chronic, genotype 1 (GT1) hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. In the 394-patient SAPPHIRE-II study, 96 percent of patients who previously failed pegylated interferon and ribavirin treatment, including approximately 49 percent of who were prior null responders, achieved sustained virologic response at 12 weeks (SVR12) with the regimen. The majority of patients were GT1a, considered a difficult-to-treat subtype, and the SVR12 rates of GT1a and GT1b were 96 percent and 97 percent, respectively. Virologic relapse or breakthrough was noted in 2 percent of patients receiving the 3D regimen plus ribavirin. In addition, the discontinuation rate due to adverse events was 1 percent.
Globally, approximately 160 million people are chronically infected with hepatitis C. AbbVie's multinational HCV program is the largest all-oral, interferon-free clinical program in GT1 patients being conducted to date. GT1 (with subtypes 1a and 1b) is the most prevalent genotype worldwide, with a higher prevalence of 1a in the U.S. and 1b in Europe.
RESULTS FURTHER CONFIRM PHASE II STUDIES, WITH CONSISTENT VIROLOGIC RESPONSE AND TOLERABILITY PROFILE--SAPPHIRE-II IS THE SECOND OF SIX PHASE III TRIALS STUDYING THE INVESTIGATIONAL 3D REGIMEN--FUTURE DATA ANTICIPATED FROM ABBVIE'S CLINICAL TRIALS EXAMINES 3D REGIMEN WITH AND WITHOUT RIBAVIRIN, AS WELL AS TREATMENT OF HEPATITIS C IN PATIENTS WITH CIRRHOSIS-
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Another breakthrough interferon and ribavarin free oral regiment for Hepatitis C patients. FDA and EMA approval expected next year. If priced below Gilead and J&J recently approved drugs Solvadi and Olysio then AbbVie can get better market share than rivals.
Sovaldi Approved for Use in Genotypes 1, 2, 3 or 4 –
– High Cure Rates (SVR12) and Shortened, 12-Week Course of Therapy for Many Patients –
– First Ever Oral Treatment Regimen for Genotypes 2 or 3 –
– First Regimen for Patients Awaiting Liver Transplantation to Prevent HCV Recurrence –
Cost of 12 weeks treatment at $ 84000 and $ 168000 for 24 weeks treatment vs $25000-50000 for currently approved drugs for 16 weeks.
Sovaldi’s approval is supported primarily by data from four Phase 3 studies, NEUTRINO, FISSION, POSITRON and FUSION, which evaluated 12 or 16 weeks of treatment with Sovaldi combined with either RBV or RBV plus peg-IFN. Three of these studies evaluated Sovaldi plus RBV in genotype 2 or 3 patients who were either treatment-naïve (FISSION), treatment-experienced (FUSION) or peg-IFN intolerant, ineligible or unwilling (POSITRON). NEUTRINO evaluated Sovaldi in combination with Peg-IFN/RBV in treatment naïve patients with genotypes 1, 4, 5 or 6. In these studies, Sovaldi-based therapy was found to be superior to historical controls (NEUTRINO and FUSION) or to placebo (POSITRON), or non-inferior to currently available treatment options (FISSION) based on the proportion of patients who had a sustained virologic response (HCV undetectable) 12 weeks after completing therapy (SVR12). Patients who achieve SVR12 are considered cured of HCV. Trial participants taking Sovaldi-based therapy achieved SVR12 rates of 50-90 percent. For full study details, see the Clinical Studies section of the full Prescribing Information.
During the FDA’s review, data from two additional Phase 3 studies, VALENCE and PHOTON-1, were added to the NDA as a result of the Breakthrough Designation status. In the VALENCE study, patients with genotype 3 HCV infection were treated with Sovaldi and RBV for 24 weeks. Eighty-four percent of patients in this trial achieved SVR12. The PHOTON-1 study evaluated Sovaldi and RBV for 12 weeks in patients with genotype 2 HCV infection co-infected with HIV-1 and for 24 weeks in patients with genotypes 1 or 3 HCV co-infected with HIV-1. Trial participants achieved SVR12 rates of 76-92 percent. In all Phase 3 studies of Sovaldi, no viral resistance to the drug was detected among patients who relapsed following completion of therapy.
To date, nearly 3,000 patients have received at least one dose of Sovaldi in Phase 2 or 3 studies. Sovaldi combination therapy was well tolerated in clinical studies. Adverse events were generally mild and there were few treatment discontinuations due to adverse events. The most common adverse events occurring in at least 20 percent of patients receiving Sovaldi in combination with Peg-IFN/RBV were fatigue, headache, nausea, insomnia and anemia; see below for Important Safety Information regarding contraindications, warnings and precautions, adverse reactions and drug interactions.
On November 22, 2013, the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) issued a positive opinion on Gilead’s application for marketing authorization for Sovaldi. The CHMP opinion was adopted following an accelerated review procedure
Sometimes a drug comes along that's special enough to capture regulators attention before it's submitted for approval.
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BMS Daclatasvir has been filed only in Japan. The CHMP in its late November meeting has recommended the combined use of BMS Declatasvir .and Gilead Sofosbuvir in hepatitis C patients who are at higher risk for liver failure.
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Boehringer's faldaprevir set for rapid review in Europe PMLiVE If approved, faldaprevir will compete with current HCV protease inhibitors - namely Merck & Co's Victrelis (boceprevir) and Vertex/Johnson & Johnson's Incivo/Incivek (telaprevir) - that...
Chance of approval for Enanta's hep C drug increases with recent data Boston Business Journal (blog) In its first full-year financial report since becoming a publicly-traded biotech, Enanta Pharmaceuticals reported a smaller loss than expected, and...
OLYSIO™ (simeprevir) Receives FDA Approval for Combination Treatment of ... PR Newswire (press release) OLYSIO™ may benefit patients with chronic hepatitis C, including those who are treatment naive or who have failed prior interferon-based therapy.