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Ballantyne A.D.,Adis R and D Insight | Garnock-Jones K.P.,Adis
Drugs | Year: 2013

Dabrafenib (Tafinlar®), a mutant-BRAF kinase inhibitor, emerged from GlaxoSmithKline's research programme for the discovery of selective inhibitors of mutant BRAF kinase activity, for the treatment of solid tumours; mutations in the BRAF gene are associated with increased growth and proliferation of cancer cells. GlaxoSmithKline has focused the development of dabrafenib on the treatment of malignant melanoma, as BRAF mutations are present in 50 % of these cancers. Dabrafenib is approved in the US as a single agent treatment for unresectable or metastatic melanoma in patients with the BRAF V600E mutation, and has received a positive opinion in the EU in this indication. Submissions have also been made in the US and the EU for the use of dabrafenib in combination with trametinib for the treatment of metastatic melanoma with a BRAF V600E/K mutation. Global phase III development of dabrafenib as a monotherapy and as a combination therapy is ongoing in the treatment of malignant melanoma. Phase II development is ongoing for the treatment of malignant melanoma that has metastasised to the brain, and for colorectal and non-small cell lung cancers. Dabrafenib is intended to treat the patient population with a BRAF V600E/K mutation. GlaxoSmithKline's dabrafenib application in the US included the treatment of this population as detected by a US FDA-approved test. GlaxoSmithKline, in collaboration with bioMérieux and Response Genetics, has developed a molecular theranostic test to identify BRAF V600E/K mutations. Pre-Market approval of the test has been granted by the FDA. This article summarises the milestones in the development of dabrafenib leading to this first approval as a single agent treatment for unresectable or metastatic melanoma in patients with the BRAF V600E mutation. © 2013 Springer International Publishing Switzerland.


Wright C.J.M.,Adis R and D Insight | McCormack P.L.,Adis
Drugs | Year: 2013

Trametinib is an orally bioavailable mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) kinase (MEK) inhibitor with antineoplastic activity. The compound specifically binds to MEK1 and MEK2, resulting in inhibition of growth factor-mediated cell signalling and cellular proliferation in various cancers. Originally developed by Japan Tobacco, GlaxoSmithKline has licensed exclusive worldwide rights to the compound and conducted development in a number of different cancer types. Trametinib, as a monotherapy, has been approved in the US for the treatment of unresectable or metastatic malignant melanoma with BRAF V600E or V600K mutations, as detected by an FDA-approved test. The compound, as a monotherapy, has also been submitted for regulatory review in the EU for BRAF mutation-positive malignant melanoma, and is in phase III development in Europe, Argentina, Canada and Oceania. Phase II development is underway for pancreatic cancer, non-small cell lung cancer and relapsed or refractory leukaemias. GlaxoSmithKline is also developing trametinib for use in combination with dabrafenib in BRAF V600 mutation-positive metastatic cutaneous melanoma; the combination is at the preregistration stage in the EU and a phase III clinical programme is underway worldwide. Phase II development for this combination is also underway in colorectal cancer. Several phase I trials have also been initiated to evaluate trametinib in combination with other drugs for the treatment of various solid tumours and haematological malignancies. A paediatric oral solution formulation has been assessed against the oral tablet formulation in a phase I trial. This article summarizes the milestones in the development of trametinib leading to this first approval for unresectable or metastatic BRAF mutation-positive malignant melanoma. © 2013 Springer International Publishing Switzerland.


Chou K.,Adis R and D Insight | Perry C.M.,Adis
Drugs | Year: 2013

Metreleptin is an analogue of the human hormone leptin being developed by Amylin Pharmaceuticals (a subsidiary of Bristol-Myers Squibb) for the subcutaneous treatment of metabolic disorders including lipodystrophy. The compound is expected to improve insulin sensitivity, hypertriglyceridaemia and hyperglycaemia in patients with lipodystrophy who are unresponsive to conventional treatment. Metreleptin has been approved in Japan as a leptin therapy for the treatment of lipodystrophy. Amylin has also completed a submission for regulatory approval to the US FDA for metreleptin in the treatment of diabetes mellitus and/or hypertriglyceridaemia in patients with rare forms of lipodystrophy. Clinical development of the drug is also underway in the USA for the treatment of type 1 diabetes. Amgen was previously assessing the use of metreleptin as a treatment for amenorrhoea; however, it appears that development in this indication has been discontinued. This article summarizes the milestones in the development of metreleptin leading to this first approval for lipodystrophy. © 2013 Springer International Publishing Switzerland.


Cameron F.,Adis R and D Insight | Sanford M.,Adis
Drugs | Year: 2014

Ibrutinib (Imbruvica™) is a small molecule, first-in-class, once-daily, orally available, Bruton's tyrosine kinase inhibitor that is under development for the treatment of B cell malignancies, including chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL), mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) and diffuse large B cell lymphoma (DLBCL), as well as multiple myeloma (MM), follicular lymphoma (FL) and Waldenstrom's macroglobulinemia (WM). It has been developed by Pharmacyclics, Inc. and Janssen Biotech, Inc. Ibrutinib acts by blocking B-cell antigen receptor signalling, thereby reducing malignant proliferation of B cells and inducing cell death. Based chiefly on findings from a phase Ib/II study, ibrutinib has been approved in the USA for the treatment of MCL in previously treated patients and is one of the first approvals through the US FDA's Breakthrough Therapy Designation Pathway. An application has been filed in the EU seeking regulatory approval in this indication. In both the USA and EU, further applications have been filed with regulatory bodies seeking approval for the use of ibrutinib in patients with previously treated CLL/small lymphocytic lymphoma (SLL). Phase III trials are underway worldwide to evaluate ibrutinib in the treatment of patients with CLL/SLL, DLBCL and MCL, and the agent is in phase II development for use in WM, FL and MM. This article summarizes the milestones in the development of ibrutinib leading to its first approval in MCL. © 2014 Springer International Publishing Switzerland.


Patel T.,Adis R and D Insight | McKeage K.,Adis
Drugs | Year: 2014

Macitentan (Opsumit®) is a novel dual endothelin receptor antagonist (ERA) with sustained receptor binding properties developed by Actelion Pharmaceuticals Ltd. In October 2013, oral macitentan 10 mg once daily received its first global approval in the US, followed closely by Canada, for the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). The drug has also received a positive opinion in the EU from the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use for the treatment of PAH, and is under regulatory review in several other countries for the same indication. Endothelin (ET)-1 influences pathological changes via two ET receptor subtypes (ETA and ET B), to which it binds with high affinity. ET-1 is implicated in several forms of vascular disease making it a valid target for the treatment of pulmonary vascular diseases such as PAH. Clinical development is underway for other indications, including Eisenmenger syndrome, ischaemic digital ulcers secondary to systemic sclerosis, and glioblastoma. Macitentan was also evaluated in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis; however, a phase 2 trial did not meet its primary endpoint and further investigation in this indication was discontinued. Macitentan was developed by modifying the structure of bosentan in the search for an optimal dual ERA with improved efficacy and tolerability compared with other ERAs. This article summarizes the milestones in the development of macitentan leading to this first approval for PAH. © 2013 Springer International Publishing Switzerland.


Poole R.M.,Adis | Dungo R.T.,Adis R and D Insight
Drugs | Year: 2014

Ipragliflozin (Suglat® [Japan]), an orally active, next-generation sodium-glucose transporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitor, has been developed by Astellas Pharma and Kotobuki Pharmaceutical for the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus. Ipragliflozin has received its first global approval in this indication in Japan, for use as monotherapy or in combination with another antihyperglycaemic agent (metformin, pioglitazone, a sulfonylurea, an α-glucosidase inhibitor, a dipeptidylpeptidase-4 inhibitor or nateglinide). Ipragliflozin is the first SGLT2 inhibitor to be approved in Japan. This article summarizes the milestones in the development of ipragliflozin leading to this first approval for the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus. © 2014 Springer International Publishing Switzerland.


Gibb A.,Adis R and D Insight | Deeks E.D.,Adis
Drugs | Year: 2014

Vortioxetine is an orally administered small molecule developed by Lundbeck A/S for the once-daily treatment of major depressive disorder (MDD) and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). Vortioxetine received its first global approval for MDD in the USA in September 2013 and regulatory approval for its use in this indication in the EU (where it has received a positive opinion) and Canada is awaited. The drug is a bis-aryl-sulphanyl amine compound that combines serotonin (5-HT) reuptake inhibition with other characteristics, including receptor activity modulation. In vitro studies indicate that vortioxetine is an inhibitor of the 5-HT transporter and is a 5-HT1D, 5-HT3 and 5-HT7 receptor antagonist, a 5-HT1A receptor agonist and a 5-HT1B receptor partial agonist. Animal and in vitro studies indicate that several neurotransmitter systems may be impacted by vortioxetine, with the drug enhancing levels of 5-HT, noradrenaline, dopamine, acetylcholine and histamine in certain areas of the brain, as well as modulating γ-aminobutyric acid and glutamate neurotransmission. Phase III trials of vortioxetine in both MDD and GAD have been conducted worldwide. This article summarizes the milestones in the development of vortioxetine leading to this first approval for MDD. © 2013 Springer International Publishing Switzerland.


Cameron F.,Adis R and D Insight | McCormack P.L.,Adis
Drugs | Year: 2014

Obinutuzumab (Gazyva™) is an intravenously administered, humanized and glycoengineered, type II anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody for the treatment of B-cell malignancies. It is approved in the US for use in combination with chlorambucil for the first-line treatment of chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL), and has been filed for approval in the EU in this indication. The antibody is based on GlycArt Biotechnology's (later Roche Glycart AG) proprietary GlycoMAb® technology, which uses glycoengineered antibodies that specifically increase antibody-dependent cellular cytotoxicity and thereby increase immune-mediated target cell death. Obinutuzumab is a type II anti-CD20 antibody that induces enhanced direct cell death. The monoclonal antibody is in worldwide phase III development with Roche and its subsidiaries, Genentech and Chugai Pharmaceutical, as well as Biogen Idec, for diffuse large B-cell lymphoma and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma generally, and is also in phase III development in countries outside of the US and EU for CLL. © 2013 Springer International Publishing Switzerland.


Keating G.M.,P.W.G. Writer | Vaidya A.,Adis R and D Insight
Drugs | Year: 2014

Sofosbuvir (Solvadi™), a nucleotide analogue hepatitis C virus NS5B polymerase inhibitor, is under development with Gilead Sciences for the once-daily, oral treatment of chronic hepatitis C. Oral sofosbuvir has been approved in the US for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C as a component of a combination antiviral regimen. In addition, the European Medicines Agency's Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use has recommended the approval of sofosbuvir for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C. This article summarizes the milestones in the development of sofosbuvir leading to this first approval for chronic hepatitis C. © 2014 Springer International Publishing Switzerland.


Elkinson S.,Adis R and D Insight | Scott L.J.,Adis R and D Insight
Drugs | Year: 2013

Canagliflozin (Invokana™), an oral selective sodium-glucose co-transporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitor, is under global development with Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma and Janssen Pharmaceuticals, a subsidiary of Johnson and Johnson, for the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus. SGLT2 are mainly located in the proximal tubule of the kidney and are involved in the reabsorption of filtered glucose from the glomeruli into the body. Inhibition of SGLT2 lowers blood glucose in an insulin independent manner as a consequence of blocking reabsorption of filtered glucose in the glomeruli, thereby increasing urinary excretion of glucose and, in turn, potentially reducing bodyweight. Canagliflozin is the first SGLT2 inhibitor to be approved in the USA and is under regulatory review in the EU. This article summarizes the milestones in the development of canagliflozin, leading to its first approval for use in adults with type 2 diabetes. © 2013 Springer International Publishing Switzerland.

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