SAN DIEGO, Oct. 05, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Retrophin, Inc. (NASDAQ: RTRX) today announced that it will present new data examining the long-term effects of sparsentan in focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS), at the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) Kidney Week 2018. The Company will present an 84-week analysis of the open-label extension portion of the Phase 2 DUET Study, as well as preclinical findings demonstrating that treatment with sparsentan provides nephroprotection in an autosomal mouse model of Alport syndrome. FSGS and Alport Syndrome are rare, progressive kidney disorders that often lead to end-stage renal disease (ESRD). ASN Kidney Week 2018 is being held October 23–28, 2018, in San Diego, CA.
Long-term Effects of Sparsentan, a Dual Angiotensin and Endothelin Receptor Antagonist in Primary Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS): Interim 84-Week Analysis of the DUET Trial
Abstract Program #: FR-OR087
Session: Glomerular Diseases: Clinical, Outcomes, and Trials
Location: Room 24A, San Diego Convention Center
Date & Time: Friday, October 26, 2018, 6:18 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. PT
Sparsentan, a Dual Angiotensin II Type 1 (AT1) and Endothelin Type A (ETA) Receptor Antagonist, Prevents Renal Disease in COL4A3 -/- Autosomal Alport Mice
Poster #: FR-PO624
Session: Genetic Diseases of the Kidney Non-Cystic II
Location: Exhibit Hall C, San Diego Convention Center
Date & Time: Friday, October 26, 2018, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PT
Sparsentan’s dual mechanism of action combines angiotensin receptor blockade with endothelin receptor type A blockade. Retrophin is developing sparsentan for the treatment of FSGS, as well as for the treatment of IgA nephropathy (IgAN), a rare kidney disorder that also often leads to ESRD. In several forms of chronic kidney disease, such as FSGS and IgAN, endothelin receptor blockade has been shown to have an additive beneficial effect on proteinuria in combination with renin-angiotensin blockade via angiotensin receptor blockade or angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors. Sparsentan has been granted orphan drug designation for the treatment of FSGS by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and European Commission.
The Phase 2 DUET Study of sparsentan in FSGS met its primary efficacy endpoint for the combined treatment group, demonstrating a greater than two-fold reduction in proteinuria compared to irbesartan, after the eight-week, double-blind treatment period. Irbesartan is part of a class of drugs used to manage FSGS and IgAN in the absence of an FDA-approved pharmacologic treatment. In April 2018, Retrophin initiated the pivotal Phase 3 DUPLEX Study of sparsentan for the treatment of FSGS. The study includes an interim efficacy endpoint based on proteinuria to serve as the basis for a New Drug Application (NDA) filing for Subpart H accelerated approval of sparsentan in the U.S. and Conditional Marketing Authorization (CMA) consideration in Europe.
In addition, Retrophin expects to initiate the pivotal Phase 3 PROTECT Study evaluating the safety and efficacy of sparsentan for the treatment of IgAN during the fourth quarter of 2018. If approved, sparsentan could potentially be the first FDA-approved pharmacologic treatment for FSGS and IgAN.
Retrophin is a biopharmaceutical company specializing in identifying, developing and delivering life-changing therapies to people living with rare disease. The Company’s approach centers on its pipeline featuring late-stage assets targeting rare diseases with significant unmet medical needs, including fosmetpantotenate for pantothenate kinase-associated neurodegeneration (PKAN), a life-threatening neurological disorder that typically begins in early childhood, and sparsentan for focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) and IgA nephropathy (IgAN), disorders characterized by progressive scarring of the kidney often leading to end-stage renal disease. Research in additional rare diseases is also underway, including a joint development arrangement evaluating the potential of CNSA-001 in phenylketonuria (PKU), a rare genetic metabolic condition that can lead to neurological and behavioral impairment. Retrophin’s R&D efforts are supported by revenues from the Company’s commercial products Chenodal®, Cholbam® and Thiola®.
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Chris Cline, CFA
Vice President, Investor Relations & Corporate Communications