-Mean absolute treatment difference in lung function across all patients was 2.1 percentage points (p=0.20) and mean relative treatment difference was 5.0% (p=0.06)(n=69); study did not meet its primary endpoint-
-Pre-specified analysis of patients 18 years of age and older (n=50) showed statistically significant mean absolute treatment difference of 5.0 percentage points (p=0.01); mean relative treatment difference was 9.1% (p=0.008)-
-Vertex plans to meet with U.S.
R117H is the most common residual function mutation. In
"With each study of ivacaftor, we continue to learn more about this
disease and the effect of ivacaftor in patients with different CF
mutations, ages and severity of disease," said
About the Phase 3 Study in People with the R117H Mutation
The 24-week Phase 3 randomized double-blind study of ivacaftor enrolled 69 people with CF ages 6 and older who have at least one R117H mutation. Patients 12 years and older had FEV1 at screening of 40 to 90 percent predicted and children ages 6 to 11 years of age had FEV1 at screening of 40 to 105 percent predicted. The primary endpoint of the study was the absolute change from baseline in FEV1 throughout the treatment period for ivacaftor compared to placebo across all patients (intent-to-treat).
Lung Function (FEV1) Results In the Total Study Population: In the study, the mean absolute treatment difference in percent predicted FEV1 between those treated with ivacaftor and placebo was 2.1 percentage points (p=0.20) and the mean relative treatment difference in percent predicted FEV1 was 5.0 percent (p = 0.06) through the 24-week treatment period. The treatment difference for this endpoint was not statistically significant, thus the study did not meet its primary endpoint. The mean absolute and relative percent predicted FEV1 improvements during ivacaftor treatment (within-group) were 2.6 percentage points (p = 0.03) and 4.8 percent (p=0.01), respectively.
Secondary Endpoints: In the study, treatment with ivacaftor, regardless of age, resulted in statistically significant decreases in sweat chloride and improvement in patient-reported outcomes as measured by the respiratory domain of the Cystic Fibrosis Questionnaire Revised (CFQ-R). No significant differences in the frequency of pulmonary exacerbations or changes in body mass index were noted.
Additional Analyses: A subgroup analysis was conducted to evaluate the effect of ivacaftor on patients ages 18 and older and in patients ages 12 to 17 and 6 to 11. Data from this subgroup analysis are provided below:
|Subgroup Analysis — FEV1 and Other Measures in Patients 18 and Older|
|Ivacaftor (n=24)||Placebo (n=26)||Treatment Difference|
|Mean Absolute Change in FEV1*||4.5 (p=0.002)||-0.5 (p=0.728)||5.0 (p=0.01)|
|Mean Relative Change in FEV1||7.7 (p=0.002)||-1.5 (p=0.526)||9.1 (p=0.008)|
|Proportion of Patients with Mean Absolute Improvement in FEV1 of 5 percentage points or more||54.2%||15.4%||38.8% (p=0.007)|
|CFQ-R Score (respiratory domain)*||12.2 (p= < 0.0001)||-0.5 (p=0.861)||12.6 (p=0.002)|
In the patients ages 18 and older, statistically significant changes in secondary endpoints, including patient-reported outcomes as measured by the respiratory domain of the Cystic Fibrosis Questionnaire Revised (CFQ-R) and sweat chloride, were observed. No significant differences in the frequency of pulmonary exacerbations or changes in body mass index were noted.
Safety Results In the Total Study Population: The safety and tolerability results observed in this study were consistent with those observed in prior Phase 3 studies of ivacaftor monotherapy in people with CF who have the G551D or other gating mutations. The most commonly observed adverse events in those who received ivacaftor were infective pulmonary exacerbation, cough and headache, which occurred with similar frequency compared to those who received placebo. Serious adverse events occurred in 17 percent of patients who received placebo versus 12 percent for patients who received ivacaftor.
Additional Studies to Potentially Expand Number of People Eligible for Ivacaftor
In addition to the study in people with CF who have the R117H mutation announced today, multiple additional studies are ongoing or complete that are designed to evaluate whether additional people with CF may benefit from treatment with ivacaftor. Vertex today provided the following updates on its recent regulatory submissions for people ages 6 and older with gating mutations and on other ongoing studies of ivacaftor:
About KALYDECOTM (ivacaftor)
KALYDECO is the first medicine to treat the underlying cause of CF in
people with the G551D mutation in the CFTR gene. Known as a CFTR
potentiator, KALYDECO is an oral medicine that aims to help the CFTR
protein function more normally once it reaches the cell surface, to help
hydrate and clear mucus from the airways. KALYDECO (150mg, q12h) was
first approved by the
Vertex retains worldwide rights to develop and commercialize KALYDECO.
INDICATION AND IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION FOR KALYDECO™ (ivacaftor)
Ivacaftor (150mg tablets) is indicated for the treatment of cystic fibrosis (CF) in patients age 6 years and older who have a G551D mutation in the CFTR gene.
Ivacaftor is not for use in people with CF due to other mutations in the CFTR gene. It is not effective in patients with CF with 2 copies of the F508del mutation (F508del/F508del) in the CFTR gene. The efficacy and safety of ivacaftor in children younger than 6 years of age have not been evaluated.
Elevated liver enzymes (transaminases; ALT and AST) have been reported in patients receiving ivacaftor. It is recommended that ALT and AST be assessed prior to initiating ivacaftor, every 3 months during the first year of treatment, and annually thereafter. Patients who develop increased transaminase levels should be closely monitored until the abnormalities resolve. Dosing should be interrupted in patients with ALT or AST of greater than 5 times the upper limit of normal. Following resolution of transaminase elevations, consider the benefits and risks of resuming ivacaftor dosing.
Use of ivacaftor with medicines that are strong CYP3A inducers, such as the antibiotics rifampin and rifabutin; seizure medications (phenobarbital, carbamazepine, or phenytoin); and the herbal supplement St. John's Wort, substantially decreases exposure of ivacaftor which may diminish effectiveness. Therefore, co-administration is not recommended.
The dose of ivacaftor must be adjusted when used concomitantly with potent and moderate CYP3A inhibitors. The dose of ivacaftor must be adjusted when used in patients with moderate or severe hepatic disease.
Ivacaftor can cause serious adverse reactions including abdominal pain and high liver enzymes in the blood. The most common side effects associated with ivacaftor include headache; upper respiratory tract infection (the common cold), including sore throat, nasal or sinus congestion, and runny nose; stomach (abdominal) pain; diarrhea; rash; and dizziness. These are not all the possible side effects of ivacaftor. A list of the adverse reactions can be found in the product labeling for each country where ivacaftor is approved. Patients should tell their healthcare providers about any side effect that bothers them or does not go away.
Please see full U.S. Prescribing Information for KALYDECO at www.KALYDECO.com, the EU Summary of Product Characteristics for KALYDECO at http://goo.gl/N3Tz4, the Canadian Product Monograph for KALYDECO at www.vrtx.ca and the Australian Consumer Medical Information and Product Information for KALYDECO (ivacaftor) at http://bit.ly/18wlMld.
About Cystic Fibrosis
Cystic fibrosis is a rare, life-threatening genetic disease affecting
approximately 75,000 people in
CF is caused by a defective or missing CFTR protein resulting from mutations in the CFTR gene. Children must inherit two defective CFTR genes — one from each parent — to have CF. There are more than 1,800 known mutations in the CFTR gene. Some of these mutations, which can be determined by a genetic, or genotyping test, lead to CF by creating non-working or too few CFTR protein at the cell surface. The absence of working CFTR protein results in poor flow of salt and water into and out of the cell in a number of organs, including the lungs. This leads to the buildup of abnormally thick, sticky mucus that can cause chronic lung infections and progressive lung damage.
Collaborative History with
Vertex initiated its CF research program in 1998 as part of a
collaboration with CFFT, the nonprofit drug discovery and development
affiliate of the
Vertex is a global biotechnology company that aims to discover, develop and commercialize innovative medicines so people with serious diseases can lead better lives. Vertex scientists and our collaborators are working on new medicines to cure or significantly advance the treatment of cystic fibrosis, hepatitis C, rheumatoid arthritis and other life-threatening diseases. In addition to our clinical development programs, Vertex has more than a dozen ongoing preclinical programs aimed at other serious and life-threatening diseases.
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