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FDA Approves Delstrigo

FDA Approves Merck’s Delstrigo (doravirine/lamivudine/tenofovir disoproxil fumarate) for the Treatment of HIV-1 in Appropriate Patients

KENILWORTH, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE) August 30, 2018 -- Merck (NYSE: MRK), known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Delstrigo, a once-daily fixed-dose combination tablet of doravirine (100 mg), lamivudine (3TC, 300 mg) and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF, 300 mg) for the treatment of HIV-1 infection in adult patients with no prior antiretroviral treatment experience. Delstrigo is administered orally once daily with or without food. Delstrigo contains a boxed warning regarding post-treatment acute exacerbation of hepatitis B (HBV) infection. Delstrigo does not cure HIV-1 infection or AIDS.

The FDA also approved Pifeltro (doravirine, 100 mg), the new non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor (NNRTI) contained in Delstrigo, for administration in combination with other antiretroviral medicines.

Delstrigo is contraindicated when co-administered with drugs that are strong cytochrome P450 (CYP)3A enzyme inducers as significant decreases in doravirine plasma concentrations may occur, which may decrease the effectiveness of Delstrigo. Delstrigo is contraindicated in patients with a previous hypersensitivity reaction to 3TC. For more information, see “Selected Safety Information” below.

Immune reconstitution syndrome can occur, including the occurrence of autoimmune disorders with variable time to onset, which may necessitate further evaluation and treatment. Renal impairment, including cases of acute renal failure and Fanconi syndrome, have been reported with the use of TDF. Delstrigo should be avoided with concurrent or recent use of a nephrotoxic agent, as cases of acute renal failure after initiation of high-dose or multiple non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) have been reported in patients with risk factors for renal dysfunction who appeared stable on TDF.

Data Supporting the Approval of Delstrigo (doravirine 100 mg/3TC 300 mg/TDF 300 mg)

The FDA approvals of Delstrigo and Pifeltro are based on findings from the pivotal, randomized, multicenter, double-blind, active controlled Phase 3 trials, DRIVE-AHEAD and DRIVE-FORWARD, evaluating the efficacy and safety of Delstrigo and Pifeltro, respectively, in participants infected with HIV-1 with no antiretroviral treatment history.

The DRIVE-AHEAD Clinical Trial

In DRIVE-AHEAD, 728 participants with no antiretroviral treatment history were randomized and received at least one dose of either Delstrigo or efavirenz/emtricitabine/tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (EFV 600 mg/FTC 200 mg/TDF 300 mg) once daily. Delstrigo demonstrated sustained viral suppression through 48 weeks, meeting its primary endpoint of non-inferior efficacy compared to EFV/FTC/TDF (84% in the Delstrigo group achieved viral suppression of HIV-1 RNA <50 copies/mL vs. 81% in the EFV/FTC/TDF group; treatment difference: 3.5%, [95% CI:] -2.0%, 9.0%). Of the 21 percent of study participants with a high viral load at baseline (HIV-1 RNA >100,000 copies/mL), 77 percent in the Delstrigo group and 72 percent in the EFV/FTC/TDF group achieved HIV-1 RNA <50 copies/mL at Week 48.

At Week 48, Delstrigo-treated participants showed statistically significant superior lipid profiles as measured by changes from baseline in LDL-cholesterol and non-HDL-cholesterol (LDL-C: -2.1 mg/dL in the Delstrigo group vs. 8.3 mg/dL in the EFV/FTC/TDF group; treatment difference: -10.2 mg/dL, [95% CI:] -13.8, -6.7, p<0.0001; non-HDL-C: -4.1 mg/dL in the Delstrigo group vs. 12.7 mg/dL in EFV/FTC/TDF; treatment difference: -16.9 mg/dL, [95% CI:] -20.8, -13.0, p<0.0001). However, the clinical benefit of these findings has not been demonstrated. In addition, a statistically significant lower proportion of Delstrigo-treated participants compared to EFV/FTC/TDF-treated participants reported neuropsychiatric adverse events in the three pre-specified categories of dizziness (9% vs. 37%; treatment difference: -28.3%, [95% CI:] -34.0, -22.5, p <0.001), sleep disorders and disturbances (12% vs. 26%; treatment difference: -13.5%, [95% CI:] -19.1, -7.9, p <0.001), and altered sensorium (4% vs. 8%; treatment difference: -3.8%, [95% CI:] -7.6, -0.3, p=0.033).

The rate of discontinuation of treatment due to adverse events was lower in the Delstrigo treatment group than in the EFV/FTC/TDF treatment group (3% and 6%, respectively). Clinical adverse reactions of all grades occurring in ≥5 percent of participants in the Delstrigo treatment group included dizziness (7%), nausea (5%) and abnormal dreams (5%). No adverse reactions of Grade 2 or higher (moderate or severe) occurred in ≥2 percent of participants treated with Delstrigo.

Delstrigo can be co-administered with a wide range of non-antiretroviral agents. Delstrigo cannot be co-administered with enzalutamide, carbamazepine, oxcarbazepine, phenobarbital, phenytoin, rifampin, rifapentine, mitotane or St. John’s wort. If Delstrigo is co-administered with rifabutin, patients should take one tablet of Delstrigo once daily, followed by one tablet of doravirine (Pifeltro) approximately 12 hours after the dose of Delstrigo.

For Delstrigo, no clinically significant drug interactions have been observed in studies conducted in healthy participants between TDF and the following medications: entecavir, methadone, oral contraceptives, sofosbuvir or tacrolimus. If Delstrigo is co-administered with ledipasvir/sofosbuvir or sofosbuvir/velpatasvir, monitor for adverse reactions associated with TDF. Co-administration of single doses of 3TC and sorbitol resulted in a sorbitol dose-dependent reduction in 3TC exposures. When possible, avoid use of sorbitol-containing medicines with 3TC-containing medicines, such as Delstrigo.

Overall Viral Resistance Profile

In the Delstrigo and Pifeltro treatment arms of the DRIVE-AHEAD and DRIVE-FORWARD trials (n=747), a total of 11 participants showed the emergence of doravirine-associated resistance substitutions, among the 28 participants in the resistance analysis subset (participants with HIV-1 RNA >400 copies per mL at virologic failure or early study discontinuation and having resistance data). Of these 11 participants, seven showed both genotypic and phenotypic resistance to doravirine, with at least a 100-fold reduction in susceptibility to doravirine. The other four participants had substitutions that were associated with less than twofold reduction in susceptibility to doravirine.

In the EFV/FTC/TDF treatment arm of the DRIVE-AHEAD trial (n=364), 12 participants showed the emergence of efavirenz-associated resistance substitutions among 20 participants in the resistance analysis subset. In the DRV+r treatment arm of the DRIVE-FORWARD trial (n=383), no participants showed the emergence of DRV+r associated resistance substitutions among the nine participants with resistance data.

Cross-resistance has been observed among NNRTIs, including doravirine. Treatment-emergent doravirine resistance-associated substitutions can confer cross-resistance to efavirenz, rilpivirine, nevirapine and etravirine. No significant cross-resistance has been demonstrated between doravirine-resistant HIV-1 variants and 3TC, FTC or tenofovir or between 3TC or tenofovir-resistant variants and doravirine.

Delstrigo (doravirine/3TC/TDF) Availability and Access

The approval of Delstrigo comes ahead of the original FDA target action date of Oct. 23, 2018. Merck anticipates that Delstrigo will be stocked through wholesalers within one month. Merck is working to obtain access for patients in government-sponsored programs, including Medicare Part D, Medicaid and AIDS Drug Assistance Programs. Upon approval, Delstrigo will be a covered under the Merck Patient Assistance Program and will be available to eligible patients when the medicine is available.

Selected Safety Information about Delstrigo (doravirine/3TC/TDF)

Warning: Post treatment Acute Exacerbation of Hepatitis B (HBV)
All patients with HIV-1 should be tested for the presence of HBV before initiating antiretroviral therapy. Severe acute exacerbations of HBV have been reported in patients who are coinfected with HIV-1 and HBV and have discontinued products containing lamivudine or TDF, which are components of Delstrigo. Patients coinfected with HIV-1 and HBV who discontinue Delstrigo should be monitored with both clinical and laboratory follow-up for at least several months after stopping Delstrigo. If appropriate, initiation of anti-HBV therapy may be warranted.

Delstrigo is contraindicated when co-administered with drugs that are strong cytochrome P450 (CYP)3A enzyme inducers (including the anticonvulsants carbamazepine, oxcarbazepine, phenobarbital, and phenytoin; the androgen receptor inhibitor enzalutamide; the antimycobacterials rifampin and rifapentine; the cytotoxic agent mitotane; and the herbal product St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum)), as significant decreases in doravirine plasma concentrations may occur, which may decrease the effectiveness of Delstrigo. Delstrigo is contraindicated in patients with a previous hypersensitivity reaction to lamivudine.

Renal impairment, including cases of acute renal failure and Fanconi syndrome, have been reported with the use of TDF. Delstrigo should be avoided with concurrent or recent use of a nephrotoxic agent, as cases of acute renal failure after initiation of high-dose or multiple NSAIDs have been reported in patients with risk factors for renal dysfunction who appeared stable on TDF.

Prior to or when initiating Delstrigo, and during treatment, assess serum creatinine, estimated creatinine clearance, urine glucose and urine protein in all patients. In patients with chronic kidney disease, also assess serum phosphorus. Discontinue Delstrigo in patients who develop clinically significant decreases in renal function or evidence of Fanconi syndrome. Discontinue Delstrigo if estimated creatinine clearance declines below 50 mL/min.

In clinical trials in HIV-1 infected adults, TDF was associated with slightly greater decreases in bone mineral density (BMD) and increases in biochemical markers of bone metabolism. Serum parathyroid hormone levels and 1,25 vitamin D levels were also higher. Cases of osteomalacia associated with proximal renal tubulopathy have been reported with the use of TDF.

Immune reconstitution syndrome can occur, including the occurrence of autoimmune disorders with variable time to onset, which may necessitate further evaluation and treatment. Because Delstrigo is a complete regimen, co-administration with other antiretroviral medications for the treatment of HIV-1 infection is not recommended.

Consult the full Prescribing Information prior to and during treatment for important potential drug-drug interactions.

If co-administered with rifabutin, take one tablet of Delstrigo once daily, followed by one tablet of doravirine (Pifeltro) approximately 12 hours after the dose of Delstrigo. The most common adverse reactions with Delstrigo (incidence ≥5%, all intensities) were dizziness (7%), nausea (5%) and abnormal dreams (5%).

There is a pregnancy exposure registry that monitors pregnancy outcomes in individuals exposed to Delstrigo during pregnancy. Healthcare providers are encouraged to register patients by calling the Antiretroviral Pregnancy Registry at 1-800-258-4263. Mothers infected with HIV-1 should be instructed not to breastfeed if they are receiving Delstrigo due to the potential for HIV-1 transmission. Because Delstrigo is a fixed-dose combination tablet and the components cannot be altered, it is not recommended in patients with estimated creatinine clearance less than 50 mL/min.

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Posted: August 2018

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