SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J., June 12, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- PTC Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: PTCT) today announced two-year data from Part 1 of the SUNFISH trial in children and adults with type 2 or 3 spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) and new preliminary 12-month data from JEWELFISH. The results of an exploratory efficacy analysis from SUNFISH showed risdiplam significantly improved motor function after 24 months of treatment compared to natural history data (Motor Function Measure Scale (MFM) 3.99 point difference; p< 0.0001). In addition, preliminary 12-month data from the JEWELFISH trial in people with SMA aged 6 months to 60 years, previously treated with other SMA therapies, showed that treatment with risdiplam led to rapid and sustained increases in SMN protein levels. No new safety signals were observed and the overall adverse event profile was consistent with that of treatment-naive patients.
"We continue to be highly encouraged by the positive results observed in the SUNFISH and JEWELFISH trials that further support the long-term benefits of risdiplam," said Stuart W. Peltz, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer of PTC Therapeutics. "These results are clinically meaningful with a favorable safety profile. They also reinforce the potential of risdiplam as a differentiated, oral therapy to improve motor function for children and adults with SMA. We anticipate that risdiplam will be a new and meaningful at-home treatment for a broad range of people affected by this devastating disease."
The exploratory efficacy analysis of Part 1 of the SUNFISH study assessed motor function, using the Motor Function Measure (MFM) scale, which is used to evaluate fine and gross motor function in people with neurological disorders including SMA. It assesses different motor functions ranging from the use of hands and fingers to standing and walking. In a weighted analysis comparing the data with an external natural history comparator cohort, the MFM total change from baseline at Month 24 was greater in patients receiving risdiplam (3.99 point difference (95% CI: 2.34, 5.65) p< 0.0001). These results are consistent with the results of the pivotal Part 2 of the trial at 12 months in non-ambulatory patients, which demonstrated that change from baseline in total MFM-32 score was significantly greater in people treated with risdiplam, compared to placebo (1.55 point mean difference; p=0.0156). The most common adverse events in Part 1 of the SUNFISH study were fever (pyrexia; 55%), cough (35%), vomiting (33%), upper respiratory tract infections (31%), cold (nasopharyngitis; 24%), and persistent sore throat (oropharyngeal pain; 22%). The most common serious adverse event that occurred in three of the 51 patients exposed to risdiplam was pneumonia. To date there have been no treatment-related safety findings leading to withdrawal.
Enrollment for the JEWELFISH study, assessing safety and pharmacodynamics of risdiplam in previously treated patients with SMA, who are now receiving risdiplam, is complete (n=174). Among the patients who had completed 12 months of treatment with risdiplam (n=18), a rapid and sustained two-fold increase in median SMN protein levels versus baseline was observed. An early assessment of safety showed a consistent safety profile compared to treatment-naive patients.
Of the 174 patients enrolled in the JEWELFISH study, 76 were previously treated with nusinersen and 14 with onasemnogene abeparvovec. The remaining patients had been treated in previous Roche SMA clinical trials.
In the JEWELFISH study, the most common adverse events were upper respiratory tract infections (13%), headache (12%), fever (8%), diarrhea (8%), nasopharyngitis (7%) and nausea (7%). To date there have been no drug-related safety findings leading to withdrawal and the overall adverse event profile has been similar to that observed in risdiplam trials of patients not previously treated with an SMA-targeting therapy.
Risdiplam is being studied in the broadest clinical trial program in SMA, with patients ranging from birth to 60 years old, and includes pre-symptomatic patients and those previously treated with other SMA-targeting therapies. The clinical trial population was designed to represent the broad, real-world spectrum of people living with this disease with the aim of ensuring access for all appropriate patients.
In November 2019, the U.S Food and Drug Administration granted Priority Review for risdiplam with an expected decision on approval by August 24, 2020. The SMA program is a collaboration between PTC, the SMA Foundation, and Roche.
About Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)
Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is a severe, inherited, progressive neuromuscular disease that causes devastating muscle atrophy and disease-related complications. It is the most common genetic cause of infant mortality and one of the most common rare diseases, affecting approximately one in 11,000 babies. SMA leads to the progressive loss of nerve cells in the spinal cord that control muscle movement. Depending on the type of SMA, an individual's physical strength and their ability to walk, eat or breathe can be significantly diminished or lost.
SMA is caused by loss of function mutations or deletions of the survival motor neuron 1 (SMN1) gene that results in a deficiency of SMN protein. SMN protein is found throughout the body and increasing evidence suggests SMA is a multi-system disorder and the loss of SMN protein may affect many tissues and cells.
Risdiplam is an investigational survival motor neuron 2 (SMN2) splicing modifier for SMA and is an orally administered liquid. It is designed to increase and sustain SMN protein levels both throughout the central nervous system and in peripheral tissues of the body. Risdiplam is being studied in the broadest clinical trial program in SMA, with patients ranging from birth to 60 years old, and includes patients previously treated with other SMA-targeting therapies. The clinical trial population represents the diverse, real-world spectrum of people living with this disease. The risdiplam clinical development program was designed with the aim of enabling access for all appropriate patients.
Risdiplam is currently being evaluated in four multicenter trials in people with SMA:
- FIREFISH (NCT02913482) – an open-label, two-part pivotal clinical trial in infants with Type 1 SMA. Part 1 was a dose-escalation study in 21 infants with the primary objective of assessing the safety profile of risdiplam in infants and determining the dose for Part 2. Part 2 is a pivotal, single-arm study of risdiplam in 41 infants with Type 1 SMA treated for 24 months, followed by an open-label extension. Enrollment for Part 2 was completed in November 2018. The primary objective of Part 2 was to assess efficacy as measured by the proportion of infants sitting without support after 12 months of treatment, as assessed in the Gross Motor Scale of the Bayley Scales of Infant and Toddler Development – Third Edition (BSID-III) (defined as sitting without support for 5 seconds). The study met its primary endpoint.
- SUNFISH (NCT02908685) – SUNFISH is a two part, double-blind, placebo controlled pivotal study in people aged 2-25 years with Types 2 or 3 SMA. Part 1 (n=51) determined the dose for the confirmatory Part 2. Part 2 (n=180) evaluated motor function using total score of Motor Function Measure 32 (MFM-32) at 12 months. MFM-32 is a validated scale used to evaluate fine and gross motor function in people with neurological disorders, including SMA. The study met its primary endpoint.
- JEWELFISH (NCT03032172) – an open-label exploratory trial in people with SMA aged 6 months–60 years who have been previously treated with SMA-directed therapies. The study has completed recruitment (n=174).
- RAINBOWFISH (NCT03779334) – an open-label, single-arm, multicenter study, investigating the efficacy, safety, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of risdiplam in babies (~n=25), from birth to six weeks of age (at first dose) with genetically diagnosed SMA who are not yet presenting with symptoms. The study is currently recruiting.
About PTC Therapeutics, Inc.
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