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Tezepelumab Granted Breakthrough Therapy Designation By US FDA For The Treatment Of Patients With Severe Asthma Without An Eosinophilic Phenotype
A Breakthrough Therapy Designation is designed to expedite the development and regulatory review of medicines that are intended to treat a serious condition and that have shown encouraging early clinical results which may demonstrate substantial improvement on a clinically-significant endpoint over available medicines.
The Breakthrough Therapy Designation is supported by the tezepelumab Phase 2b PATHWAY data. The trial showed a significant reduction in the annual asthma exacerbation rate compared with placebo in a broad population of severe asthma patients independent of baseline blood eosinophil count or other type 2 (T2) inflammatory biomarkers. Currently available biologic therapies only target T2 driven inflammation. Tezepelumab is a potential first-in-class new medicine that blocks thymic stromal lymphopoietin (TSLP) – an upstream modulator of multiple inflammatory pathways.
"The Phase 2b PATHWAY trial data demonstrated tezepelumab's promise as a novel therapeutic option for a broad population of patients with severe asthma, including those ineligible for currently approved biologic therapies," said
Tezepelumab is currently in development in the Phase 3 PATHFINDER clinical trial program.
About Severe Asthma
Asthma affects 334 million people worldwide1, and up to 10 percent of asthma patients have severe asthma, which may be uncontrolled despite high doses of standard-of-care asthma controller medicines and can require the use of chronic oral corticosteroids (OCS).2-4 Severe uncontrolled asthma is debilitating with patients experiencing frequent exacerbations and significant limitations on lung function.5,6
Multiple inflammatory pathways are involved in the pathogenesis of asthma.7 T2 inflammation-driven asthma, which includes eosinophilic phenotype, is present in over two-thirds of patients with severe asthma and is typically characterized by elevated levels of T2 inflammatory biomarkers, including blood eosinophils, serum IgE and fractional exhaled nitric oxide (FeNO).8,9 Conversely, approximately one-third of patients with severe asthma do not present with increased T2 inflammation.10
Tezepelumab is a potential first-in-class medicine blocking TSLP, an epithelial cytokine, critical in the initiation and persistence of airway inflammation. Blocking TSLP may prevent the release of pro-inflammatory cytokines by immune cells resulting in the prevention of asthma exacerbations and improved asthma control. Due to its activity early in the inflammation cascade, tezepelumab may be suitable for a broad population of patients with severe, uncontrolled asthma irrespective of patient phenotype or T2 biomarker status. Tezepelumab is being developed by
About the PATHWAY Phase 2b Trial
The PATHWAY Phase 2b data were published in the
About the PATHFINDER Program
Building on the Phase 2b PATHWAY trial, the Phase 3 PATHFINDER program was initiated in the fourth quarter of 2017 with two pivotal trials NAVIGATOR and SOURCE. The program includes additional planned mechanistic and long-term safety trials.
NAVIGATOR is a Phase 3 multicenter, randomized, double-blinded, parallel-group, placebo-controlled trial designed to evaluate the efficacy and safety of a regular, subcutaneous administration of tezepelumab for 52 weeks in adult and adolescent patients with severe asthma inadequately controlled despite treatment with inhaled corticosteroid (ICS) plus one additional asthma controller medication.
SOURCE is a Phase 3 multicenter, randomized, double-blinded, parallel-group, placebo-controlled trial for 48 weeks in adult patients with severe asthma who require continuous treatment with ICS plus long-acting beta-agonist (LABA), and chronic treatment with maintenance oral corticosteroid (OCS) therapy.
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