FDA Approved Drugs: May & June, 2022

Amvuttra (Alnylam Pharma)

Vutrisiran, to be marketed under the brand name Amvuttra, has won an FDA approval to treat hereditary transthyretin amyloidosis (hATTR) polyneuropathy in adults. In the phase III HELIOS-A study, Amvuttra helped ATTR polyneuropathy patients achieve an average 2.2-point improvement on a modified neuropathy impairment score after nine months; half of the patients experienced some level of improvement. In the same study, Onpattro takers got 1.4 points better. By comparison, patients who took placebo in a historical Onpattro clinical trial called APOLLO experienced disease worsening of an average 17 points.

Voquezna (Phathom)

VoqueznaTriple Pak(vonoprazan, amoxicillin, clarithromycin) and Voquezna Dual Pak(vonoprazan, amoxicillin) is approved for the treatment of Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection in adults.

The approval was based on data from a randomized, controlled, double-blind triple therapy/open-label dual therapy, phase III study HP-301, which compared the efficacy and safety of Voquezna Triple and Dual Pak with lansoprazole in combination with amoxicillin and clarithromycin in 1046 adults with H. pylori infection.

Mounjaro (Lilly)

Mounjaro is an injectable prescription medicine that is used along with diet and exercise to improve blood sugar (glucose) in adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus. Mounjaro is not for use in people with type 1 diabetes. It is not known if Mounjaro is safe and effective for use in children under 18 years of age. Mounjaro is a dual GLP-1 and GIP agonist and has demonstrated superior efficacy compared to other diabetes medications.The approval of Mounjaro was based on results from the phase III SURPASS program, which compared it to competitors such as injectable semaglutide, insulin glargine, and insulin degludec.

Vtama (Dermavant)

Vtama(tapinarof) Cream, 1% is an aryl hydrocarbon receptor agonist indicated for the topical treatment of plaque psoriasis in adults.

The approval was based on data obtained from 2 identical phase III trials that assessed the safety and efficacy of Vtama in 1025 adults (18 to 75 years of age) diagnosed with plaque psoriasis.

The primary endpoint for both studies was the hope that patients would earn a Physician Global Assessment (PGA) score of clear (0) or almost clear (1). Results from both trials showed that 36% and 40% of patients met the primary endpoint, respectively. Following 12 weeks of treatment, 73 Vtama patients achieved complete disease clearance (PGA 0).

FDA Approved Drugs: November, 2021

Voxzogo (BioMarin Pharmaceutical)

BioMarin Pharmaceutical’s Voxzogo (vosoritide) is the first FDA approved therapy for children with achondroplasia, an inherited disorder that causes the most common form of dwarfism. With this approval, the FDA also issued a Rare Paediatric Disease Priority Review Voucher (PRV), which confers priority review to a subsequent drug application that would not otherwise qualify for priority review. Voxzogo, a C-type natriuretic peptide (CNP) analog, represents a new class of therapy, which acts as a positive regulator of the signaling pathway downstream of FGFR3 to promote endochondral bone growth.

Livtencity (Takeda)

Takeda’s Livtencity (maribavir) is the first and only treatment for adults and pediatric patients (12 years of age and older and weighing at least 35 kg) with post-transplant cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection/disease that is refractory to treatment (with or without genotypic resistance) with ganciclovir, valganciclovir, cidofovir or foscarnet. This new molecular entity targets CMV at UL97, resulting in inhibition of viral DNA replication, encapsidation, and nuclear egress. It became available for prescription on December 2, 2021.

Cytalux (On Target Laboratories)

On Target Laboratories’s Cytalux (pafolacianine) is the first targeted fluorescent imaging agent indicated as an adjunct for the intraoperative identification of malignant lesions in patients with ovarian cancer. Cytalux, administered by standard IV in as little as one hour before surgery, binds to folate receptors that are overexpressed in most epithelial ovarian cancers and illuminate intraoperatively under near-infrared light.

Cutaneous T-cell Lymphoma (CTCL): Market Size & Forecast

Cutaneous T-cell Lymphoma (CTCL): Market Size & Forecast

Disease Overview

Cutaneous T-cell Lymphoma (CTCL) is the most common type of skin lymphoma. CTCL is rare cancer that begins in white blood cells called T cells (T lymphocytes) and these the T cells develop abnormalities that make them attack the skin. It appears as an eczema-like skin rashes and can affect widespread parts of the body.

There are different types of Cutaneous T-cell Lymphoma (CTCL). Mycosis Fungoides and Sezary syndrome are the most frequent type of Cutaneous T-cell Lymphoma (CTCL). The other forms of cutaneous lymphoma include the CD30 positive lymphoproliferative disorders (CD30+ LPDs), subcutaneous panniculitis-like T-cell lymphoma, Primary cutaneous CD4+ small/medium pleomorphic T-cell lymphoma, Primary cutaneous gamma/delta T-cell lymphoma, Extranodal natural killer/T-cell lymphoma, nasal type, and others.

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) Classification

Indolent Clinical Behavior Aggressive Clinical Behavior
Mycosis fungoides Sézary syndrome  
Subcutaneous panniculitis-like T-cell lymphoma Primary cutaneous CD8+ aggressive epidermotopic T-cell lymphoma  
Primary cutaneous CD4+ small/medium pleomorphic T-Cell lymphoma   Primary cutaneous gamma/delta T-cell lymphoma  
CD30+ Lymphproliferative Disorders Primary cutaneous anaplastic large cell lymphomaLymphomatoid papulosis   Extranodal natural killer/T-cell lymphoma, nasal type  

Epidemiology

According to the CmaxInsight, the total incident cases of Cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL) were calculated to be around 9,000 in 2018 in 7MM including the United States, EU5 countries (the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Spain, and Germany) and Japan. The United States accounts for the highest incident cases of 3,430  in 2018 followed by EU5 countries, and Japan According to the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD), the Cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL) affects males twice as often as females. The majority of the CTCL cases are diagnosed between the age-group of 40 to 60 years. Further, it is expected that the incident cases of the CTCL would increase over the forecasted period.

Market Size

According to the Cmaxinsight, the market size of Cutaneous T-cell Lymphoma (CTCL) is growing at a CAGR of 5.54% for the forecasted period 2018-2028 in 7MM including the United States, EU5 countries (the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Spain, and Germany) and Japan. The United States accounts for the highest market share of around 40% in 2018 followed by EU5 countries, and Japan. The market is dominated by the availability of topical therapies, including corticosteroids, retinoids, different chemotherapy regimens, and others. The market is driven by rising incident cases, the expected launch of emerging therapies, technological advancement, and improving healthcare facilities.

Competitive Analysis

The market is dominated by the availability of the marketed drugs such as Istodax (Celgene Corporation), Poteligeo (Kyowa Hakko Kirin Co. Ltd), Valchlor/ Ledaga (Actelion), Uvadex (Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals), Targretin (Eisai Co., Ltd.), and Zolinza (Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp), and others. The expected launch of emerging therapies such as Quisinostat (Janssen), Remetinostat (Medivir AB), denileukin diftitox (Eisai Co., Ltd) and others shall have a positive impact on the market.

The companies are entering into the mergers, acquisitions, collaborations and other activities for increasing their market penetration. In January 2020, the Almirall had entered into an option agreement to acquire Bioniz Therapeutics and to establish a broad research agreement to further expand its innovative pipeline in medical dermatology. This collaboration would allow Almirall to executes its strategy to develop and expand its R&D pipeline with new treatment modalities with the objective to address highly underserved diseases within oncodermatology and immunodermatology.