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Vertex Announces Initiation Of Pivotal Phase 3 Program Of VX-809 In Combination With Ivacaftor For The Treatment Of People With Cystic Fibrosis Who Have Two Copies Of The F508del Mutation

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Together, these pharmacokinetic and safety data support inclusion of VX-809 400mg (q12h) in combination with ivacaftor 250mg (q12h) in the Phase 3 program to evaluate the effect that higher exposures of VX-809 have on efficacy and safety.

The pattern of lung function response observed in Cohort 3 was similar to that observed in the 600mg QD dose group in Cohort 2, with a decline in FEV 1 during the VX-809 monotherapy dosing period followed by a statistically significant increase in FEV 1 during the VX-809 and ivacaftor combination dosing period. The within-group mean absolute improvement in FEV 1 observed during the combination-dosing period in Cohort 3 was 6.6 percentage points, compared to 6.1 percentage points for the 600mg QD dose group in Cohort 2.

Additional lung function results for Cohort 3 are provided below:

Cohort 3
Mean Absolute and Relative Changes in Percent Predicted FEV 1     Day 0 – 28; VX-809 Alone     Day 28 – 56; VX-809 + ivacaftor     Day 0 - 56
VX-809 (400mg q12h) + ivacaftor (250mg q12h)    





-4.3 (p=0.04)

-6.3 (p=0.08)


+6.6 (p=0.01)

+8.8 (p=0.01)


+1.9 (p=0.57)

+2.5 (p=0.67)

Study in People with One Copy of the F508del Mutation

In addition to the Phase 3 studies in people with two copies of the F508del mutation, Vertex plans to conduct an 8-week exploratory Phase 2 study of VX-809 in combination with ivacaftor in people 12 and older with one copy (heterozygous) of the F508del mutation on one allele and a second mutation that is not expected to respond to either ivacaftor or VX-809 alone. This study is designed to provide additional safety and lung function data on the combination in heterozygous patients, and will evaluate the twice daily (q12h) combination of VX-809 (400mg) and ivacaftor (250mg).

VX-809 and ivacaftor were discovered as part of a collaboration with Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Therapeutics, Inc., the non-profit drug discovery and development affiliate of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

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