- Interim analysis showed 46% of patients experienced at least 5% absolute improvement in lung function (FEV1) from baseline; 30% of patients experienced at least 10% absolute improvement -
- Vertex plans to start a pivotal study of VX-809 and KALYDECO to treat the underlying cause of CF in adults with two copies of the F508del mutation, pending final data and discussions with regulatory agencies -
The study is ongoing and complete data, including statistical analyses for all patient groups, will be available in mid-2012. Vertex plans to start a pivotal study of VX-809 and KALYDECO in people with two copies of the F508del mutation, pending final study results and discussions with regulatory agencies. Evaluation of patients with one copy (heterozygous, n=21) of the F508del mutation is ongoing, but at the time of this interim analysis not enough patients had completed the study to make any conclusions. These complete data will be included in the final study analysis and will be used to determine next steps for the development of VX-809 and KALYDECO in heterozygous F508del patients. Vertex will host a conference call for investors and media today,
Cystic fibrosis is a rare, life threatening genetic disease affecting approximately 30,000 people in
"For the past 14 years, our teams have focused on learning about the underlying cause of cystic fibrosis so we can develop new medicines to help as many patients as possible. Today we believe we're one step closer to this goal," said
"Lung function is the single most important marker of disease progression for people with cystic fibrosis, and improvement in lung function is the goal of every new CF therapy," said
Data from the first part of this study were announced in 2011. The interim data announced today are from the second part of the ongoing Phase 2 randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study. This part of the study enrolled 108 people with CF ages 18 and older with one or two copies of the F508del mutation who were divided into five treatment groups of approximately 20 patients each. Three groups of homozygous patients were randomized to receive VX-809 alone (200mg, 400mg or 600mg) for 28 days and then in combination with KALYDECO (250mg) for an additional 28 days. One group of heterozygous patients is receiving VX-809 alone (600mg) for 28 days and then in combination with KALYDECO (250mg) for an additional 28 days. The placebo group includes both homozygous and heterozygous patients.
Lung function: Progressive lung disease is a major source of illness and is the leading cause of death in people with CF. Typically people with CF lose 1 percent to 2 percent of their lung function (FEV1) each year.
Improvements in lung function (absolute change in percent predicted FEV1) were observed in all combination treatment dose groups in homozygous patients. The percent of patients who experienced absolute improvement from baseline in lung function was as follows:
Absolute Improvement from Baseline in Lung Function (FEV1)
|≥ 5 percentage points
|≥ 10 percentage points
VX-809 alone (200mg, 400mg or 600mg)
Sweat chloride: Elevated sweat chloride levels are a diagnostic hallmark in CF and are the result of CFTR protein dysfunction. Although not a clinically validated endpoint, a reduction in sweat chloride is considered to be a biomarker of improved CFTR function in the skin.
One of the two primary endpoints in this study is change in sweat chloride from Day 28 to Day 56. Reductions in sweat chloride were observed between Day 28 and Day 56 in homozygous patients treated with VX-809 and KALYDECO. At the time of this interim analysis, these reductions were not statistically significant.
A statistically significant reduction in sweat chloride was observed in patients treated with VX-809 alone (baseline — Day 28).
Safety: A co-primary endpoint in this study is safety. Safety results reported today include data from all patients who had started treatment prior to this interim analysis. VX-809 was generally well tolerated alone and in combination with KALYDECO. The most common adverse events were pulmonary in nature. Most adverse events were mild or moderate in severity and comparable between treatment and placebo groups. The rate of serious adverse events was similar between treatment and placebo groups.
Cystic fibrosis is caused by defective or missing CFTR proteins resulting from mutations in the CFTR gene. Located at the surface of cells, CFTR proteins act as channels to regulate the flow of salt and water into and out of the cells. In people with the F508del mutation in the CFTR gene, little to no CFTR protein reaches the cell surface. As a result, thick, sticky mucus builds up and blocks the passages in many organs, leading to a variety of symptoms. In particular, mucus builds up and clogs the airways in the lungs, causing chronic lung infections and progressive lung damage. VX-809, known as a CFTR corrector, is believed to help CFTR proteins reach the cell surface. KALYDECO, known as a CFTR potentiator, keeps the CFTR protein channels open longer to increase the flow of salt and water into and out of the cell.
VX-809 and KALYDECO were discovered as part of collaboration with
Conference Call for Media and Investors
Vertex will host a conference call and webcast today,
To listen to the live call on the telephone, dial 1-866-501-1537 (
The conference ID number for the live call and replay is 78832581.
The call will be available for replay via telephone commencing
Following the live webcast, an archived version will be available on Vertex's website until
About Cystic Fibrosis
Cystic fibrosis is a rare, life-threatening genetic disease affecting approximately 30,000 people in
In people with the most common mutation in the CFTR gene, F508del, little to no CFTR protein reaches the cell surface. Globally, nearly half (46 percent) of people with CF have two copies of the F508del mutation and one-third (33 percent) have one copy of the F508del mutation.
KALYDECO™ (ivacaftor) is the first treatment to target the underlying cause of CF. KALYDECO (150mg, q12h) was approved by the
Vertex retains worldwide rights to develop and commercialize KALYDECO. In
Indication and Important Safety Information
KALYDECO (150mg, q12h) is a prescription medicine used for the treatment of cystic fibrosis (CF) in patients age 6 years and older who have a certain mutation in their CFTR gene called the G551D mutation.
KALYDECO is not for use in people with CF due to other mutations in the CFTR gene. It is not effective in CF patients with two copies of the F508del mutation (F508del/F508del) in the CFTR gene.
It is not known if KALYDECO is safe and effective in children under 6 years of age.
KALYDECO should not be used with certain medicines, including the antibiotics rifampin and rifabutin; seizure medications (phenobarbital, carbamazepine, or phenytoin); and the herbal supplement St. John's Wort.
KALYDECO can cause serious side effects. High liver enzymes in the blood have occurred in patients taking KALYDECO as well as those receiving placebo. Regular assessment is recommended.
The most common side effects associated with KALYDECO include headache; upper respiratory tract infection (common cold) including sore throat, nasal or sinus congestion, and runny nose; stomach (abdominal) pain; diarrhea; rash; nausea; and dizziness.
These are not all the possible side effects of KALYDECO. Patients should tell their healthcare providers about any side effect that bothers them or doesn't go away.
Please see full Prescribing Information for KALYDECO at www.KALYDECO.com.
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Special Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including Dr. Wright's and Dr. Boyle's statements in the fourth and fifth paragraphs of this press release, and statements regarding (i) Vertex's plan to start a pivotal study of VX-809 and KALYDECO in people with two copies of the F508del mutation, pending final data and discussions with regulatory agencies, (ii) the expected availability of complete data from the study in mid-2012 and (iii) the expectation that the final data that will become available in mid-2012 will be used to determine next steps for the development of VX-809 and KALYDECO in heterozygous F508del patients. While Vertex believes the forward-looking statements contained in this press release are accurate, there are a number of factors that could cause actual events or results to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements. Those risks and uncertainties include, among other things, that the final outcomes of this clinical trial or future clinical trials of VX-809 and KALYDECO may be less favorable than the interim analysis reported today, or may not be favorable at all, that final data from heterozygous patients may not be favorable or may be less favorable than the data from homozygous patients, that final data and/or discussions with regulatory agencies regarding the scope and design of future clinical trials may result in additional clinical trials needing to be conducted before Vertex can initiate the first pivotal clinical trials evaluating VX-809 in combination with KALYDECO and other risks listed under Risk Factors in Vertex's annual report and quarterly reports filed with the
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