Global Blood Therapeutics Announces FDA Approval of Oxbryta for Sickle Cell Disease

Nov 27, 2019 | Hematology, Leading Pharma, News, Pediatric Health, Pharma Watch

Global Blood Therapeutics Announces FDA Approval of Oxbryta for Sickle Cell Disease

Global Blood Therapeutics announced the U.S. FDA has granted accelerated approval for Oxbryta (voxelotor) tablets for the treatment of sickle cell disease (SCD) in adults and children 12 years of age and older. Oxbryta is expected to be available through GBT’s specialty pharmacy partner network within two weeks. 

The accelerated approval of Oxbryta was based on data from the Phase 3 HOPE Study (Hemoglobin Oxygen Affinity Modulation to Inhibit HbS PolymErization) which enrolled 274 patients 12 years of age and older with SCD. Data showed clinically meaningful and statistically significant improvements in hemoglobin levels, accompanied by reductions in red blood cell destruction (hemolysis). After 24 weeks of treatment, 51.1% of patients receiving Oxbryta achieved a greater than 1 g/dL increase in hemoglobin compared with 6.5% receiving placebo. The most common adverse reactions occurring in ≥10% of patients treated with Oxbryta with a difference of >3% compared to placebo were headache, diarrhea, abdominal pain, nausea, fatigue, rash and pyrexia.

The FDA instituted its accelerated approval pathway to allow for earlier approval of drugs that treat serious conditions and that fill an unmet medical need based on a surrogate endpoint. As a condition of accelerated approval, GBT will continue to study Oxbryta in the HOPE-KIDS 2 Study, a post-approval confirmatory study using transcranial doppler (TCD) flow velocity to demonstrate a decrease in stroke risk in children 2 to 15 years of age. The study will be initiated by the end of the year.

The FDA has granted Oxbryta Breakthrough Therapy, Fast Track, Orphan Drug and Rare Pediatric Disease designations for the treatment of patients with SCD.


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