Press ReleaseNeurocrine Announces FDA Approval of INGREZZA TM (valbenazine) Capsules as the First and Only Approved Treatment for Adults with Tardive Dyskinesia (TD)
"The often debilitating effects of tardive dyskinesia have left people feeling isolated and forgotten. The approval of INGREZZA represents a turning point for these patients and their care partners, offering a meaningful treatment where before there was little hope," said
"Until now, one of the few options for physicians, when managing TD, was to stop, change or lower the dose of antipsychotic medication, potentially jeopardizing patients' psychiatric stability," said
Clinical studies have shown that INGREZZA provides significant, rapid and meaningful improvement in TD signs and symptoms compared to placebo through six weeks, with continued reductions in TD observed through 48 weeks of treatment. INGREZZA was generally well tolerated, with somnolence as the only adverse event occurring at a rate greater than or equal to 5 percent and twice placebo. In clinical trials, no worsening in safety scale scores for depression, suicidal ideation or behaviors was observed. INGREZZA has been studied in over 1,000 individuals and more than 20 clinical trials.
"A treatment for tardive dyskinesia is a welcome and exciting step in the continued effort to destigmatize mental health conditions," said
INGREZZA will be in the distribution channel next week and will be available through a select pharmacy network. Promotion to healthcare professionals will commence on
Neurocrine will hold a live conference call today at 5:30 pm ET (2:30 pm PT). Participants can access the live conference call by dialing 866-610-1072 (US) or 973-935-2840 (International) using the conference ID 99380770. The call and slide presentation can also be accessed via webcast through the Company's website at www.neurocrine.com.
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About Tardive Dyskinesia (TD)
TD is characterized by uncontrollable, abnormal and repetitive movements of the trunk, extremities and/or face. The condition is caused by treatments that block dopamine receptors in the brain, such as antipsychotics and other medications, which are commonly prescribed to treat mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depression. In patients with TD, these treatments are thought to result in irregular dopamine signaling in a region of the brain that controls movement. The symptoms of TD can be severe and are often persistent and irreversible. TD is estimated to affect at least 500,000 people in the U.S.
INGREZZA, a selective VMAT2 inhibitor, is the first and only product indicated for the treatment of adults with tardive dyskinesia. The approval of INGREZZA was based on data from the Kinect 3 study, a Phase III, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel-group, fixed-dose study comparing once-daily INGREZZA 80mg and 40mg to placebo over six weeks in patients with underlying schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder or mood disorder. Subsequent to the completion of the six week placebo-controlled dosing, all subjects were placed on once-daily 40mg or once-daily 80mg of INGREZZA through week 48. INGREZZA met the primary endpoint in this study with a mean change from baseline to week six in the AIMS dyskinesia total score of -3.2 for the 80mg once-daily group as compared to -0.1 in the placebo group (p<0.0001). Also in the Kinect 3 study:
- The percentage of participants who achieved at least a 50% reduction in AIMS was 40 percent (p<0.001) in participants receiving 80mg/day of INGREZZA compared to only 8.7 percent of those who received placebo.
- INGREZZA was found to be generally well tolerated, with somnolence as the only adverse event occurring at a rate of 5 percent or greater and twice placebo.
INGREZZA inhibits VMAT2 and is thought to work by reducing the amount of dopamine released in a region of the brain that controls movement and motor function, helping to regulate nerve signaling in adults with TD. VMAT2 is a protein in the brain that packages neurotransmitters, such as dopamine, for transport and release in presynaptic neurons. INGREZZA, developed in Neurocrine's laboratories, is novel in that it selectively inhibits VMAT2 with no appreciable binding affinity for VMAT1, dopaminergic (including D2), serotonergic, adrenergic, histaminergic, or muscarinic receptors. Additionally, INGREZZA can be taken together with psychiatric medications such as antipsychotics or antidepressants.
Breakthrough Therapy Designation was received from the
Important Safety Information
INGREZZA can cause somnolence. Patients should not perform activities requiring mental alertness such as operating a motor vehicle or operating hazardous machinery until they know how they will be affected by INGREZZA.
INGREZZA may prolong the QT interval, although the degree of QT prolongation is not clinically significant at concentrations expected with recommended dosing. INGREZZA should be avoided in patients with congenital long QT syndrome or with arrhythmias associated with a prolonged QT interval.
The most common adverse reaction (5% or greater and twice the rate of placebo) is somnolence.
Please see INGREZZA full Prescribing Information at www.INGREZZA.com.
Forward Looking Statements
In addition to historical facts, this press release contains forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. These statements include, but are not limited to, statements related to the benefits to be derived from Neurocrine's products and product candidates, including INGREZZA; the size of the U.S. market for INGREZZA; the value INGREZZA brings to patients; the timing of INGREZZA's availability; the ability of Neurocrine to ensure patients have access to INGREZZA; and whether results from INGREZZA's clinical trials are indicative of real-world results. Among the factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements are: risks and uncertainties associated with Neurocrine's business and finances in general, as well as risks and uncertainties associated with the commercialization of INGREZZA or the development of the Company's product candidates; whether INGREZZA receives adequate reimbursement from third-party payors; the degree and pace of market uptake of INGREZZA; risks and uncertainties relating to competitive products and technological changes that may limit demand for INGREZZA; risks associated with the Company's dependence on third parties for development and manufacturing activities related to INGREZZA and the ability of the Company to manage these third parties; risks that additional regulatory submissions, for INGREZZA or other product candidates, may not occur or be submitted in a timely manner; risks that the
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