AstraZeneca’s Farxiga met primary endpoint in Phase 3 heart failure trial 

AstraZeneca’s (LON:AZN) SGLT2 inhibitor Farxiga (dapagliflozin) led to a statistically significant and clinically meaningful reduction in the primary composite endpoint of cardiovascular death or worsening heart failure in the DELIVER Phase 3 study. 

First FDA approved in 2014 as a type 2 diabetes treatment, Farxiga has scored approvals related to heart failure and chronic kidney disease. 

AstraZeneca now says that data from the DELIVER and DAPA-HF Phase 3 studies show its efficacy in heart failure regardless of ejection fraction. 

In the two studies, the safety profile of Farxiga was consistent with prior data.

Farxiga’s biggest competitor is Jardiance (empagliflozin) from Boehringer Ingelheim and Eli Lilly, first approved in 2014 for type 2 diabetes. Jardiance now has two FDA indications related to heart failure.

Another competitor is the heart failure drug Entresto (sacubitril/valsartan) from Novartis, which had $2.8 billion in sales in …

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Entresto reduces risk of cardiovascular death

Entresto (sacubitril-valsartan) from Novartis is FDA indicated to reduce the risk of cardiovascular death and hospitalization for heart failure in patients with chronic heart failure.

Entresto remains the only FDA-approved option for patients with a variety of heart failure symptoms. A recent pilot study shows that the drug may also benefit patients with heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF), according to AJMC.

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34 of the most innovative pharmaceutical products

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The Galien Foundation has revealed its latest nominees for the 2021 Prix Galien USA Award highlighting innovations in biotechnology, pharmaceutical agents, medical technology and digital health products. Entrants to the competition must have received FDA approval within the past five years and demonstrate exceptional therapeutic potential. The Galien Foundation does not use financial data to make its selections.

The organization will announce final winers in the competition at ceremony in New York City on October 28, 2021. 

In terms of pharmaceutical agents, the organization selected the following 34 nominees:

Company Drug name

AbbVie Inc.

Rinvoq (upadacitinib)

Adlon Therapeutics L.P., a subsidiary of Purdue Pharma 

Adhansia XR (methylp…

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