NPS Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: NPSP), a biopharmaceutical company developing innovative therapeutics for rare gastrointestinal and endocrine disorders, announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Gastrointestinal Drugs Advisory Committee voted unanimously to recommend approval of Gattex® (teduglutide) for adults with short bowel syndrome (SBS). The committee’s recommendation will be considered by the FDA in its review of the company’s New Drug Application (NDA) for Gattex. The Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) date for completion of the review is December 30, 2012.
NPS also today reported that five additional patients have successfully achieved independence from parenteral nutrition (PN) and intravenous (IV) fluids while on long-term Gattex® (teduglutide) therapy in STEPS 2, a 24-month open-label study in adult SBS. To date, 12 patients or 14 percent have achieved independence from PN/IV fluids while on Gattex therapy in the ongoing STEPS 2 study.
“The results of today's advisory committee reinforced our belief in the favorable benefit-risk profile of Gattex,” said Francois Nader, MD. “The unique mechanism of Gattex could make it the first and only long-term therapy that treats the underlying cause of this rare disorder by helping patients increase their ability to absorb nutrients and fluids to reduce or even eliminate their dependence on parenteral support. With 14 percent of patients completely eliminating the need for parenteral support in STEPS 2, we believe Gattex could be a life-changing therapy for patients with short bowel syndrome.”
SBS is a serious, complex disorder in which the body is unable to absorb enough nutrients and fluids through the gastrointestinal track to sustain life. SBS is typically treated with PN/IV fluids that do not treat the underlying disorder, which is the body's inability to absorb nutrients and fluids. In addition, long-term use of PN/ IV fluids can be associated with life-threatening complications such as liver damage, serious bloodstream infections, and blood clots.