Dyax Corp. (NASDAQ:DYAX) today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved an expansion of the indication for KALBITOR (ecallantide), a peptide inhibitor of plasma kallikrein used in the treatment of acute hereditary angioedema (HAE) attacks, to include patients 12 years of age and older. With this approval, KALBITOR is the first and only subcutaneous therapy available to treat acute attacks of HAE in patients 12 years of age and older. KALBITOR is also the only therapy that is not purified from human plasma that has been approved to treat this patient group.
The FDA approval of this label expansion for KALBITOR is supported by the results from two previously completed Phase 3 placebo-controlled clinical studies, known as EDEMA3
as well as the results of study DX-88/19, which was ongoing at the time of the original approval of KALBITOR. The efficacy and safety profile observed in pediatric patients 12 years of age and older is similar to the adult population.
“KALBITOR has an established track record in the HAE marketplace and this FDA approval for the expanded use in pediatric patients is an important achievement for both Dyax and the children and families who are affected by this disease,” said Gustav Christensen, President and Chief Executive Officer of Dyax. “We remain committed to providing access to novel therapeutics and first-class patient services to the HAE community.”
KALBITOR is a plasma kallikrein inhibitor indicated for the treatment of acute attacks of HAE in patients 12 years of age and older. KALBITOR, which was discovered and developed by Dyax, was the first subcutaneous treatment available in the U.S. for treating acute HAE attacks. Anaphylaxis has been reported after administration of KALBITOR. Because of the risk of anaphylaxis, KALBITOR should only be administered by a healthcare professional with appropriate medical support to manage anaphylaxis and HAE.
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About Hereditary Angioedema (HAE)
HAE is a rare acute inflammatory condition characterized by episodes of severe, often painful swelling affecting the extremities, gastrointestinal tract, genitalia, and larynx. HAE is caused by low or dysfunctional levels of C1 esterase inhibitor (C1-INH), a naturally occurring molecule that inhibits plasma kallikrein, a key mediator of inflammation, and other serine proteases in the blood. HAE is estimated to affect up to 1 in 50,000 individuals. Learn more at
Dyax is a fully integrated biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of novel biotherapeutics for unmet medical needs. The Company currently markets KALBITOR for the treatment of acute attacks of HAE in patients 12 years of age and older. Dyax is also developing DX-2930 for the prophylactic treatment of HAE. Additionally, the Company owns an internally-developed biomarker assay that detects activated plasma kallikrein in blood and is being used for internal research and development efforts, including the exploration and identification of other plasma-kallikrein-mediated indications beyond HAE.
Both KALBITOR and DX-2930 were identified using Dyax's patented phage display technology. Dyax has broadly licensed this technology and has a portfolio of product candidates being developed by our licensees, which it refers to as the Licensing and Funded Research Portfolio (LFRP). The Company is eligible to receive future milestones and/or royalties dependent upon the development and commercialization of these candidates.