Interim Results Show Sustained Reduction in Hereditary Angioedema Attacks and No New Safety Signals in Patients Treated for One Year
CARLSBAD, Calif., Nov. 13, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: IONS) today reported positive results from a Phase 2 open-label extension (OLE) study evaluating the safety and efficacy of its investigational antisense drug, donidalorsen, in patients with hereditary angioedema (HAE), a rare and devastating inflammatory disease. Interim data after all patients completed 1 year of treatment in the study showed a sustained reduction in HAE attacks and no new safety signals after donidalorsen treatment. Treatment with donidalorsen resulted in an overall sustained mean reduction in HAE attack rates of 95% from baseline. For patients treated with donidalorsen, 99.6% of study days passed without an HAE attack.
The data was presented at the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI) Annual Scientific Meeting in Louisville, Ky. Additional details can be found on the ACAAI website.
“Today’s data further enhances the profile of donidalorsen and its potential to provide significant long-lasting protection against stroke for people living with hereditary angioedema,” said Richard S. Geary, Ph.D., Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer at Ionis. “The positive OLE Phase 2 results are encouraging as we continue to evaluate donidalorsen, a potentially best-in-class drug, in the ongoing OASIS Phase 3 program.
Patients who completed the Phase 2 study were eligible for enrollment in the OLE study. There were 20 patients with HAE type 1 or type 2 in the phase 2 study, and 17 (85%) entered OLE. After a 13-week fixed-dose period in which participants received subcutaneous donidalorsen 80 mg every four weeks, eight patients were switched to subcutaneous donidalorsen 80 mg every eight weeks. Patients who remained on donidalorsen 80 mg every 4 weeks had an average reduction in attack rate of 95.3% and 98.3%, from week 1 (after the first dose) and week 5 (after the second dose), respectively. Patients receiving donidalorsen 80 mg every eight weeks had a mean attack rate reduction of 75.6% from baseline and the mean monthly attack rate was 0.28. Five of these patients remained seizure-free over the one-year duration of this analysis, and three patients returned to 80 mg every four weeks.
No serious adverse events were reported in the OLE study and no treatment-related adverse events (TEAEs) led to study discontinuation. There were no clinically relevant abnormalities in laboratory measurements.
About Hereditary Angioedema (HAE)
HAE is a rare and life-threatening genetic disease characterized by rapid and painful attacks of inflammation of the hands, feet, limbs, face, abdomen, larynx and trachea. HAE affects approximately 20,000 patients in the United States and Europe and can be fatal if the larynx swells. In patients with frequent or severe attacks, doctors can use prophylactic treatment approaches to prevent and reduce the severity of HAE attacks.
Donidalorsen is an investigational antisense drug that uses Ionis’ advanced technologies LIthinking-VSconjugate Antisense (LICA) and is designed to reduce the production of prekallikrein, or PKK, to treat patients with HAE. PKK plays an important role in the activation of inflammatory mediators associated with acute attacks of HAE. HAE is a rare genetic disease characterized by rapid and painful attacks of inflammation of the hands, feet, limbs, face, abdomen, larynx and trachea. HAE can be fatal if swelling occurs in the larynx. In patients with frequent or severe attacks, doctors can use prophylactic treatment approaches to prevent and reduce the severity of HAE attacks.
About Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
For more than 30 years, Ionis has been the leader in RNA-targeted therapy, opening new markets and changing standards of care with its novel antisense technology. Ionis currently has three marketed drugs and a leading late-stage pipeline highlighted by industry-leading cardiovascular and neurological franchises. Our scientific innovation began and continues with the knowledge that sick people depend on us, which fuels our vision to become a leading, fully integrated biotechnology company.
To learn more about Ionis, visit www.ionispharma.com and follow us on Twitter @ionispharma.
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