EC approves Vertex’s ORKAMBI® for cystic fibrosis patients

ORKAMBI® for cystic fibrosis

Vertex Pharmaceuticals announces that the European Commission has granted approval of the label extension for ORKAMBI® for cystic fibrosis patients. 

The European Commission has granted approval of the label extension for ORKAMBI® (lumacaftor/ivacaftor) for the treatment of children with cystic fibrosis (CF) aged 2 to 5 years old who have two copies of the F508del mutation, the most common form of the disease.

The label update is based on data from a Phase 3 open-label safety study in 60 patients that showed treatment with lumacaftor/ivacaftor was generally well tolerated for 24 weeks, with a safety profile in these paediatric patients generally consistent with that in patients aged 6 years and older.

Last year KALYDECO ® was approved as the first CF drug in children under 24 months

Cystic fibrosis is a rare, life-shortening genetic disease affecting approximately 75,000 people in North America, Europe and Australia. 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. The defective function or absence of CFTR protein results in poor flow of salt and water into and out of the cell in a number of organs. In the lungs, this leads to the build-up of abnormally thick, sticky mucus that can cause chronic lung infections and progressive lung damage in many patients that eventually leads to death. The median age of death is in the mid-to-late 20s

In 2018 Vertex revealed an access contract in Denmark for Cystic Fibrosis

Lumacaftor/ivacaftor is already approved in the EU for the treatment of CF in patients aged 6 and older who have two copies of the F508del mutation.

Lumacaftor/ivacaftor is a combination of lumacaftor, which is designed to increase the amount of mature protein at the cell surface by targeting the processing and trafficking defect of the F508del-CFTR protein, and ivacaftor, which is designed to enhance the function of the CFTR protein once it reaches the cell surface.

Reshma Kewalramani, MD, Executive Vice President, Global Medicines Development and Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer at Vertex said, “Today’s approval by the European Commission brings us one step closer to our goal of bringing treatment to all people living with CF. By treating the underlying cause of disease early, we can potentially modify its course and offer patients the chance of improved outcomes.’’

Pharmafield spoke to Dr Su Madge about CF Future Care: a digital platform putting people with CF in the driving seat