Dapagliflozin Granted Priority Review for Adults With Heart Failure

Lucas Franki

January 08, 2020

The Food and Drug Administration has accepted a supplemental New Drug Application and granted Priority Review for dapagliflozin (Farxiga) for the reduction of risk of cardiovascular death or worsening of heart failure in adult patients with heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF).

The application was based on results from the landmark, phase 3 DAPA-HF trial, published in September 2019 in the New England Journal of Medicine. The study showed that dapagliflozin plus standard care reduced the incidence of cardiovascular death and worsening of heart failure versus placebo in patients with HFrEF.

Dapagliflozin was granted Fast Track designation for heart failure by the FDA in September 2019. In August 2019, the FDA also granted Fast Track designation to dapagliflozin for the delayed progression of renal failure and prevention of cardiovascular and renal death in patients with chronic kidney disease.

The drug is currently indicated for the improvement of glycemic control in adults with type 2 diabetes as either monotherapy or in combination. The FDA approved dapagliflozin in October 2019 for the reduction of heart failure hospitalization risk in patients with type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular risk factors.

"Farxiga is well established in the treatment of type 2 diabetes and this Priority Review shows its potential to also impact millions of patients with heart failure. If approved, Farxiga will be the first and only medicine of its kind indicated to treat patients with heart failure," said Mene Pangalos, executive vice president of biopharmaceutical research and development at AstraZeneca.

Find the full press release on the AstraZeneca website.

This article first appeared on MDEdge.com.

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