Avatrombopag in addition to standard of care for chronic immune thrombocytopenia
Avatrombopag is given as an oral tablet and works by mimicking the action of a hormone called thrombopoietin (TPO) which is responsible for causing pre-curser cells to mature into platelets. Avatrombopag binds to TPO receptors resulting in increased platelet production and increased platelet count. Results from clinical studies have demonstrated that avatrombopag is safe and efficacious. If licensed, avatrombopag could offer an additional treatment option for patients with chronic ITP who have had limited response to previous therapy.
Burosumab for x-linked hypophosphataemia in adults
Burosumab, administered by subcutaneous injection, is a monoclonal antibody (a type of protein) designed to recognise and attach to the FGF23 protein. By attaching to the FGF23 protein, the medicine blocks its activity, allowing the kidneys to reabsorb phosphate into the bloodstream and restore normal levels of phosphate in the blood. In studies of adults with XLH, burosumab is associated with normalisation of serum phosphorus, restoration of bone quality and improvements in pain, stiffness, fatigue, as well as healing of fractures compared to placebo.
Potassium citrate and potassium bicarbonate for distal renal tubular acidosis – first line
ADV7103 is an innovative product with a prolonged-release formulation, designed to maintain sustained release over a twelve-hour period for dRTA treatment. As the combination is alkaline (pH greater than 7) and contains potassium, it is expected to neutralise excess acid in the blood and restore levels of potassium. The product was developed as a multi particulate formulation in 2mm granules that contains two active pharmaceutical ingredients. Bicarbonate + potassium citrate is tasteless and easy to administer, in small-size format that offer flexible, personalized dosing which makes it easier to take for patients of all ages. The ability of ADV7103 to normalize biological disorders caused by dRTA throughout the course of treatment has been shown in a Phase III extension study. If licensed, ADV7103 will offer a potentially curative treatment option for patients with dRTA, who currently have few approved therapies available.
Etranacogene dezaparvovec for treating moderately severe or severe haemophilia B
Etranacogene dezaparvovec is given to patients by intravenous injection. It works by using a harmless viral vector to insert a highly functional copy of the F9 gene. This means that the body can make more functional factor IX clotting protein so the blood does not take as long to clot following an injury and there is no spontaneous bleeding into the joints, muscles or brain. If licensed, etranacogene dezaparvovec will offer an additional treatment option for adult males with moderately severe or severe haemophilia B.
Valoctocogene Roxaparvovec for Severe Haemophilia A
Valoctocogene roxaparvovec is a gene therapy; it can modify the genes (functional units of heredity) of individuals with haemophilia A so that they can produce the clotting protein needed to allow the blood to clot. If licensed, valoctocogene roxaparvovec would be the first gene therapy for severe haemophilia A. Valoctocogene roxaparvovec administered as a single treatment would be sufficient to maintain normal levels of factor VIII in adult males with severe haemophilia A, and might reduce the need for regular factor VIII prophylaxis (preventative treatment).
Romiplostim for idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura in adult patients who are refractory to other treatments
Romiplostim is a medicinal product that is being developed for the treatment of adult patients with idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) who are refractory to other treatments. ITP is the condition of having a low platelet count due to unknown cause. It is also known as immune thrombocytopenic purpura. Many people with ITP do not have symptoms, however people with very low platelet count can have symptoms such as pin prick rash, easy bruising, nosebleeds, gum bleeds, black mouth blisters, fatigue, and heavy periods. Most of the currently available treatments have significant side effects with some treatments leaving patients are at increased risk of infections.
Ropeginterferon alfa-2b for polycythaemia vera without symptomatic splenomegaly
Ropeginterferon alfa-2b for injection is under development for the treatment of polycythaemia vera (PV), a rare blood disease in which the body makes too many red blood cells. The extra red blood cells make the blood thicker than normal and as a result, blood clots can form more easily. These clots may block blood flow through arteries and veins, which can cause a heart attack or stroke. Thicker blood also does not flow as quickly and may prevent organs from getting enough oxygen. A mutation, or change, in a gene called JAK2 is the major cause of PV. This gene makes a protein that helps the body produce blood cells. PV develops slowly and may not cause symptoms for years. PV has no cure, but treatments can help control the disease and its complications.
Sutimlimab for primary cold agglutinin disease
Sutimlimab is a first-in-class monoclonal antibody in development for the treatment of cold agglutinin disease, a rare form of autoimmune haemolytic anaemia, caused by cold-reacting autoantibodies. These antibodies bind to red blood cell membranes and destroy them, leading to anaemia. Symptoms include chronic debilitating fatigue, acrocyanosis, shortness of breath and other anaemia-related symptoms, leading to a poor quality of life and increased health resource utilization. In chronic cold agglutinin disease, the patient is more symptomatic during winter months. Therapeutic options may range from using warm clothing and avoiding exposure to cold weather to blood transfusions and chemotherapy.
Human plasminogen for hypoplasminogenemia
Plasminogen (human) as intravenous infusion is in clinical development for people with hypoplasminogenemia. Hypoplasminogenemia is an ultra-rare, chronic, genetic condition associated with inflamed growths on the mucous membranes, the moist tissues that line body openings such as the eye, mouth, nasopharynx, trachea, and female genital tract. The growths are caused by the deposition of fibrin (a protein involved in blood clotting) and by inflammation. Growths can lead to severe medical problems including vision loss, ulcers of the gastrointestinal tract, and breathing difficulties caused by obstruction of the airway.
Givosiran for acute hepatic porphyria (AHP)
Givosiran is made of a short, synthetic strand of genetic material called ‘small interfering RNA’ (siRNA) that has been designed to interfere with the production of an enzyme involved in an early step in making haem. By blocking this early step of haem production in patients with AHP, givosiran is expected to prevent the next steps which produce substances that accumulate in the body and cause the symptoms of the disease.