Ikaria announced the enrollment of the first patients in its Phase 3 study of Lucassin (terlipressin for injection) for the treatment of hepatorenal syndrome (HRS) Type 1. This trial, known as the REVERSE trial, is a multi-center, randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind study.  It will have a primary endpoint of HRS reversal, which is defined as two serum creatinine values of less than or equal to 1.5 mg/dL taken at least 48 hours apart, without any intervening hemodialysis, transplant or elevation of creatinine above a pre-specified level. Transplant-free survival and overall survival are among the secondary endpoints of the trial.

Lucassin is a synthetic vasopressin analogue that acts via the vasopressin V1 receptor as a systemic vasoconstrictor, mainly in the splanchnic (abdominal) circulation, which appears to increase effective arterial volume and improves renal blood flow, thereby improving renal function in patients with HRS.

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