CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (Nasdaq: VRTX) announced today a correction to the previously reported responder analysis, as well as additional data from, the recent interim analysis of an ongoing Phase 2 study of VX-809 and KALYDECO™ (ivacaftor) that showed significant improvements in lung function (forced expiratory volume in one second, FEV1) among adults with cystic fibrosis (CF) who have two copies (homozygous) of the most common mutation in the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) gene, F508del. As previously announced, there was a statistically significant improvement in lung function (absolute change in percent predicted FEV1) across the combined treatment groups relative to baseline compared to placebo (p=0.002). Today’s announcement provides a correction to the responder analysis (n=37) for the absolute improvement in lung function compared to baseline and, for the first time, provides the mean absolute improvement in lung function compared to placebo observed among patients who received VX-809 (200mg, 400mg, 600mg; QD) and KALYDECO (250mg; q12h). The data reported today and earlier this month are based on 37 patients who completed 56 days of treatment with VX-809 and KALYDECO and 11 patients with one or two copies of the F508del mutation who received placebo. Vertex will host a conference call for investors and media today, May 29, 2012 at 8:00 a.m. ET, to discuss the correction and additional data.
On May 7, 2012, the company announced that approximately 46 percent (17/37) of patients with two copies of the F508del mutation experienced an improvement in lung function (FEV1) of 5 percentage points or more and approximately 30 percent (11/37) experienced an improvement of 10 percentage points or more from baseline to Day 56 when treated with the combination of VX-809 and KALYDECO. These results were relative improvements, not absolute improvements as originally reported.
The actual absolute improvements in lung function for these patients are: approximately 35 percent (13/37) experienced an absolute improvement of 5 percentage points or more and approximately 19 percent (7/37) experienced an absolute improvement of 10 percentage points or more from baseline to Day 56. As previously announced, none of the patients treated with placebo (0/11) achieved a 5 percentage-point or more mean absolute improvement in lung function from baseline to Day 56.
Additional data from the interim analysis are provided today for people with two copies of the F508del mutation. A mean absolute improvement in lung function of 8.5 percentage points was observed among those who were treated with VX-809 and KALYDECO compared to placebo (p=0.002). In addition, the within-group mean absolute improvement from baseline to Day 56 was 4.0 percentage points (p=0.002) for patients treated with the combination. From baseline to Day 56, those treated with placebo experienced a mean absolute decrease in lung function of 4.6 percentage points (p=0.04).
These data are from a planned interim analysis that was conducted after approximately half of the patients completed 56 days of treatment. Evaluation of patients with one copy (heterozygous, n=21) of the F508del mutation is ongoing. All patients have now completed dosing. Analyses are ongoing and complete data, including statistical analyses for all patient groups, will be available mid-year. 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.
Interim Lung Function Data
|VX-809 alone (200mg, 400mg or 600mg; QD) for 28 days followed by the addition of KALYDECO (250mg, q12h) for 28 days (n=37)||
|Mean absolute change in FEV1 from baseline to Day 56 compared to placebo||8.5 (p=0.002)||N/A|
|Mean absolute change in FEV1 from baseline to Day 56 for pooled treatment and placebo groups||4.0 (p=0.002)||-4.6 (p=0.04)|
|≥ 5 percentage point absolute improvement from baseline to Day 56||35% (13/37) *||0%|
|≥ 10 percentage point absolute improvement from baseline to Day 56||19% (7/37) *||0%|
|* On May 7, 2012, Vertex announced that approximately 46 percent (17/37) experienced an improvement from baseline to Day 56 in lung function of 5 percentage points or more, and approximately 30 percent (11/37) experienced an improvement from baseline to Day 56 of 10 percentage points or more. These results were relative improvements, not absolute improvements as originally reported.|
“The improvements in lung function seen to date in this study exceeded our expectations. We’re continuing to move forward as quickly as possible toward a pivotal study of VX-809 and KALYDECO in people with two copies of the F508del mutation,” said Chris Wright, M.D., Ph.D., Vertex’s Senior Vice President, Global Medicines Development and Medical Affairs.
Safety results are the same as those announced on May 7, 2012 and 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.
About this Phase 2 Study
Data from the first part of this study were announced in 2011. The interim data announced this month 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 received VX-809 alone (600mg) for 28 days and then in combination with KALYDECO (250mg) for an additional 28 days. The improvements in lung function were primarily observed following the addition of KALYDECO from Day 28 and maintained through Day 56. The placebo group includes both homozygous and heterozygous patients.
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 a collaboration with Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Therapeutics, Inc., the nonprofit drug discovery and development affiliate of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Conference Call for Media and Investors
Vertex will host a conference call and webcast today, May 29, 2012 at 8:00 a.m. ET to discuss this interim data analysis. The conference call will be webcast live and a link to the webcast may be accessed from the ‘Events & Presentations' page of the Vertex website at www.vrtx.com.
To listen to the live call on the telephone, dial 1-866-516-1003 (United States and Canada) or 1-973-200-3090 (International). To ensure a timely connection, it is recommended that users register at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled webcast.
The conference ID number for the live call and replay is 86428080.
The call will be available for replay via telephone commencing May 29, 2012 at 12:00 p.m. ET running through 5:00 p.m. ET on June 5, 2012. The replay phone number for the United States and Canada is 1-855-859-2056. The international replay number is 1-404-537-3406.
Following the live webcast, an archived version will be available on Vertex's website until 5:00 p.m. ET on June 12, 2012. Vertex is also providing a podcast MP3 file available for download on the Vertex website at www.vrtx.com.
About Cystic Fibrosis
Cystic fibrosis is a rare, life-threatening genetic disease affecting approximately 30,000 people in the United States and 70,000 people worldwide. Today, the median predicted age of survival for a person with CF is approximately 38 years but the median age of death remains in the mid-20s. 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 proteins at the cell surface. The absence of working CFTR proteins results in poor flow of salt and water into and out of the cell in a number of organs, including the lungs.
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 U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in January 2012 for use in people with CF ages 6 and older who have at least one copy of the G551D mutation in the CFTR gene. On May 25, 2012, Vertex received a positive European CHMP opinion for KALYDECO.
Vertex retains worldwide rights to develop and commercialize KALYDECO.
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.
Collaborative History with Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Therapeutics, Inc. (CFFT)
Vertex initiated its CF research program in 1998 as part of a collaboration with CFFT, the nonprofit drug discovery and development affiliate of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. This collaboration was expanded to support the accelerated discovery and development of Vertex's CFTR modulators.
About the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is the world's leader in the search for a cure for cystic fibrosis. The Foundation funds more CF research than any other organization and nearly every CF drug available today was made possible because of Foundation support. Based in Bethesda, Md., the Foundation also supports and accredits a national care center network that has been recognized by the National Institutes of Health as a model of care for a chronic disease. The CF Foundation is a donor-supported nonprofit organization. For more information, visit www.cff.org.
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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 statements in the sixth paragraph 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 evaluation of patients with one copy of the F508del mutation being ongoing. 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 Securities and Exchange Commission and available through the company's website at www.vrtx.com. Vertex disclaims any obligation to update the information contained in this press release as new information becomes available.