Akcea Expects Convenience Edge For Tegsedi, Despite Monitoring Requirements
Approved two months after Alnylam’s Onpattro, Tegsedi is priced almost identically in the same hATTR indication. Ionis affiliate Akcea hopes weekly subcutaneous administration will provide convenience benefit compared to I.V. Onpattro.
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The recent US FDA approval of three drugs – Alnylam’s Onpattro, Ionis’ Tegsedi and Pfizer’s tafamidis – in transthyretin-mediated amyloidosis means more opportunities to increase education and improve diagnosis in this rare disease, Alnylam CEO John Maraganore tells Scrip.
Tafamidis was approved by FDA in two formulations that will be marketed as Vyndaqel and Vyndamax for the treatment of transthyretin amyloid cardiomyopathy.