Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Baxter submits application to FDA for pediatric indication of Rixubis to treat Hemophilia B

Baxter International has filed an application to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for a pediatric indication for Rixubis [Coagulation Factor IX (Recombinant)] to treat hemophilia B.

The submission was based on a Phase II/III clinical trial, designed to assess the efficacy and safety of Rixubis in 23 previously-treated male patients less than 12 years of age with severe or moderately severe hemophilia B.

In 2013, the company had secured FDA approval for Rixubis in the US for adults with hemophilia B and it had filed for marketing approval in Europe in November.

During the trial, patients were treated with a twice-weekly Rixubis prophylaxis regimen (median dose 56 IU/kg) over six months or for a minimum of 50 exposure days (EDs).

The company said that the median annualized bleeding rate (ABR) was 2.0 (0.0 for spontaneous bleeds and joint bleeds).

In the trial nine patients (39.1%) experienced no bleeds and 23 patients (88.5%) were treated with 1-2 infusions.

The company said that out of the 26 bleeds seen in the trial, only two (in two patients) were spontaneous and no reports of inhibitor development, no allergic reactions, and no thrombotic or treatment-related adverse events were observed among the study participants.

Baxter BioScience vice president of global research and development Anders Ullman said the positive results among a pediatric patient population are consistent with those observed in the Rixubis pivotal study among adult patients with hemophilia B.

"We submitted these data as part of our application for a pediatric indication for RIXUBIS to advance effective therapeutic solutions for children with hemophilia B," Ullman said.

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