RIDGEFIELD, Conn., July 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced that the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Breakthrough Therapy designation to nintedanib, an investigational therapy currently under FDA review for the treatment of people with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). The efficacy and safety of nintedanib in the treatment of IPF has not been established.
"Boehringer Ingelheim is proud that the FDA has granted Breakthrough Therapy designation for nintedanib, which will help expedite its development and review as a potential treatment option for patients with IPF," said Sabine Luik, M.D., senior vice president, Medicine & Regulatory Affairs at Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. "We are committed to working with the FDA during the NDA review of nintedanib for people living with this serious and life-threatening lung disease, for which there are currently no FDA-approved treatment options."
The Breakthrough Therapy designation process was established by the FDA in 2012 and is intended to expedite the development and review of drugs for serious or life-threatening conditions, and preliminary clinical evidence indicates that the therapy may demonstrate substantial improvement over existing therapies on one or more clinically significant endpoints.
IPF is a serious and life-threatening lung disease that causes permanent scarring of the lungs, difficulty breathing and decreases the amount of oxygen the lungs can supply to the body. IPF affects as many as 132,000 Americans. There are currently no FDA-approved treatments.
Results from two global Phase 3 studies (INPULSIS™-1 and INPULSIS™-2) evaluating the efficacy and safety of nintedanib in the treatment of IPF were presented at the American Thoracic Society (ATS) International Conference and published in the New England Journal of Medicine in May 2014.
Nintedanib was granted Priority Review designation in June 2014, Fast Track designation in June 2013 and orphan drug status in June 2011.
Nintedanib is an investigational small molecule tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) in development by Boehringer Ingelheim for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). It targets growth factors, which have been shown to be potentially involved in pulmonary fibrosis – the vascular endothelial growth factor receptor (VEGFR), fibroblast growth factor receptor (FGFR), and platelet-derived growth factor receptor (PDGFR).
About idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a chronic, progressive, severely debilitating and ultimately fatal lung disease for which there are no FDA-approved treatment options in the U.S. Although lung transplantation has been shown to improve survival, the procedure is uncommon because of the limited availability of lungs for transplantation, or people are either too ill or don't survive long enough to undergo the transplant. The incidence of IPF can vary considerably, and there is some evidence that the population is increasing. IPF is characterized by progressive scarring of lung tissue and loss of lung function over time. Development of scarred tissue is called fibrosis. Over time, as the tissue thickens and stiffens with scarring, the lungs lose their ability to take in and transfer oxygen into the bloodstream, and vital organs do not get enough oxygen. As a result, individuals with IPF experience shortness of breath, cough and often have difficulty participating in everyday physical activities.
About Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
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