September 25, 2019

Impact: High

Ardelyx received FDA approval for tenapanor for the treatment of IBS-C in adults. The approval was based on two phase 3 clinical trials, T3MPO 1 and T3MPO2. The brand name for the drug will be Ibsrela. The label contains a black box warning on the risk of serious dehydration in pediatric patients, which is due to a class effect of NHE3 sodium transport inhibitors.

Ardelyx has decided not to commercialize the drug for IBS-C indication themselves and is awaiting a commercial partner who would also be interested in developing the drug for CIC. The company did not disclose details of ongoing partnership conversations during the call following tenapanor’s approval. Read more

September 4, 2019

Impact: High

  • GSK has announced that the pivotal phase 2 DREAMM-2 trial (NCT03525678) of belantamab mafodotin has met the primary endpoint of ORR.
  • 196 relapsed multiple myeloma patients who were refractory to an immunomodulatory drug, a PI and an anti-CD38 antibody were enrolled.
  • Safety and tolerability are reportedly consistent with what was observed in the DREAMM-1 trial.
  • Data will be submitted for presentation at an upcoming scientific meeting and be used to support regulatory filings later this year.

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