Shield Therapeutics - Positive results presented at UEG Week 2019
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Shield Presents Positive Results for Feraccru®/Accrufer™ (Ferric Maltol) in AEGIS-H2H
phase 3b non-inferiority study at UEG Week 2019
· Feraccru®/Accrufer™ demonstrated as non-inferior to market-leading intravenous (IV) iron therapy in treating iron deficiency anaemia in a phase 3b head-to-head clinical trial
· Feraccru®/Accrufer™ offers a simple, well tolerated and efficacious oral treatment alternative to IV iron therapy, without the need for hospital-based administration
· Maintenance therapy with Feraccru®/Accrufer™ over 52 weeks prevented recurrence of iron deficiency anaemia, whereas 39% (49) of the subjects in the IV treatment group required intervention due to recurrence of iron deficiency anaemia.
The data will be presented by Dr Stefanie Howaldt, specialist in internal medicine at the
The study was conducted unblinded and with a non-inferiority design in which 250 subjects were recruited to compare oral Feraccru®/Accrufer™ 30mg BD for 52 weeks with IV ferric carboxymaltose administered in line with the licensed dosing schedule. The primary endpoint was the response rate (defined as a rise in haemoglobin (Hb) ≥2g/dl or attainment of a normal Hb level) at 12 weeks. The study also allowed evaluation of daily dosing with oral Feraccru®/Accrufer™ in maintaining iron status and preventing recurrence of iron deficiency anaemia.
· Response rate at 12 weeks was 74% for oral Feraccru®/Accrufer™ and 83% for IV ferric carboxymaltose. The 9% difference was well within the pre-specified non-inferiority margin of 20% (p=0.017)
· Recurrence of iron deficiency anaemia occurred at least once in approximately 39% (49) of the subjects in the IV arm of the study following the initial treatment with IV ferric carboxymaltose, requiring a total of 69 additional IV iron infusions to be administered.
· Feraccru®/Accrufer™ was generally well tolerated over 52 weeks of treatment with a side effect profile consistent to that seen in previous placebo-controlled studies
Dr Stefanie Howaldt, specialist in internal medicine at the
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Shield is a de-risked, commercial stage, specialty pharmaceutical company delivering innovative pharmaceuticals to address patients' unmet medical needs. The Company's clear purpose is to develop products that help patients become people again, enabling them to enjoy the things that make a difference in their everyday lives. The Group's lead product, Feraccru®/ AccruferTM has exclusive IP rights until the mid-2030s and is approved for the treatment of iron deficiency with or without anaemia in adults in the
Feraccru®/AccruferTM is a novel, stable, non-salt based oral therapy for adults with iron deficiency with or without anaemia that has been shown to be an efficacious and well-tolerated therapy in a range of controlled phase 3 trials, including positive results from the Phase IIIb AEGIS-H2H study in which Feraccru®/AccruferTM demonstrated it was non-inferior in delivering improvements in haemoglobin levels compared to intravenously-administered (IV) Ferinject®/Injectafer® (ferric carboxymaltose). Feraccru®/AccruferTM therefore offers a compelling alternative to IV iron for those patients unable to tolerate salt-based oral iron therapies and wish to avoid the complexities of infusion-based iron therapies.
When salt-based oral iron therapies are ingested they can cause a range of mild-to-severe gastrointestinal tract (GI) adverse events, including nausea, bloating and constipation through the release and subsequent reactivity of free iron in the GI tract, leading to poor tolerability, reduced patient compliance and ultimately treatment failure. Feraccru®/AccruferTM is not an iron salt and, as a result, it does not routinely cause the same treatment-limiting intolerance issues of salt-based iron therapies, whilst the iron from the ferric maltol molecule can be readily absorbed.
Prior to Feraccru®/AccruferTM, IV iron therapies were the only realistic alternative treatment option for iron deficient patients with or without anaemia intolerant of or unwilling to be treated salt-based oral iron therapies. However, use of such an invasive, costly, inconvenient and complex to administer treatment option, which is associated with potentially life-threatening and spontaneous hypersensitivity reactions, means there remains a clear unmet medical need for these patients to have access to an effective therapy that is well tolerated, convenient and does not require hospital-based administration. Feraccru®/AccruferTM meets those requirements.
About Iron Deficiency
The WHO states that iron deficiency is the most common and widespread nutritional disorder in the world. As well as affecting a large number of women and children in non-industrialized countries, it is the only nutrient deficiency which is also significantly prevalent in virtually all industrialised nations. There are no current global figures for iron deficiency but, using anaemia as an indirect indicator, it can be estimated that most preschool children and pregnant women in non-industrialised countries, together with at least 30-40% in industrialized countries, are iron deficient.
This information is provided by RNS, the news service of the
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