Pradaxa Antidote, Idarucizumab Designated Breakthrough Therapy

Boehringer Ingelheim announced that the FDA has granted Breakthrough Therapy designation to idarucizumab, an investigational fully humanized antibody fragment (Fab), being evaluated as a specific antidote for Pradaxa (dabigatran etexilate mesylate).

Data from a Phase 1 trial demonstrated that idarucizumab was able to achieve immediate, complete, and sustained reversal of dabigatran-induced anticoagulation in healthy humans. The on-set of action of the antidote was detected immediately following a 5-minute infusion while thrombin time was reversed with idarucizumab. Reversal of the anticoagulation effect was complete and sustained in 7 of 9 subjects who received the 2g dose and in 8 out of 8 subjects who received the 4g dose. The 1g dose resulted in complete reversal of anticoagulation effect; however, after approximately 30 minutes there was some return of the anticoagulation effects of dabigatran.

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A global Phase 3 study, RE-VERSE AD, is underway in patients taking Pradaxa who have uncontrolled bleeding or require emergency surgery or procedures. Currently there are no specific antidotes for newer oral anticoagulants.

Pradaxa is approved to reduce the risk of stroke and systemic embolism in non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AF). Treatment of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE) in patients who have been treated with parenteral anticoagulant for 5–10 days. To reduce risk of recurrent DVT/PE in patients who have been previously treated.

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