BUSINESS INSIGHTS, PHARMACY MARKET
Businesswire | April 10, 2023
Enanta Pharmaceuticals, Inc. a clinical-stage biotechnology company dedicated to creating small molecule drugs for viral infections, announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Fast Track designation for EDP-323, Enanta’s L-protein inhibitor in development for the treatment of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).
"Receiving Fast Track designation from the FDA underscores EDP-323’s potential as a once-daily, oral therapeutic for the treatment of this deadly virus and reflects the pressing need for a highly potent, direct antiviral to treat RSV, particularly for high-risk populations,” said Scott T. Rottinghaus, M.D., Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Enanta Pharmaceuticals. “Given that EDP-323 has shown sub-nanomolar potency against several RSV-A and RSV-B strains in vitro and is not expected to have cross-resistance to other classes of inhibitors, we believe it could be used as a monotherapy or in combination with other RSV mechanisms to potentially broaden the addressable RSV patient populations or the treatment window. We believe this designation will be a valuable component of our clinical and regulatory strategy as we progress EDP-323 in development.”
The Fast Track program is designed to accelerate the development and review of products such as EDP-323, which are intended to treat serious diseases and for which there is an unmet medical need. Fast Track designation enables more frequent communication with the FDA and eligibility for FDA programs such as priority review and rolling review, if relevant criteria are met.
EDP-323 is being evaluated in a Phase 1 double-blind, placebo-controlled study designed to assess its safety, tolerability, and pharmacokinetics (PK). Enanta plans to present new preclinical PK data at the European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases in April and expects to report topline data from the Phase 1 study this quarter.
EDP-323 is supported by in vitro data demonstrating a significant reduction in RSV replication with picomolar potency in primary human bronchial epithelial cells against RSV A and B, with consistent potency across a range of RSV clinical isolates in various cell types. In a mouse model of RSV infection, EDP-323 treatment was associated with dose-dependent decreases in viral load in the lung, reduced lung immunopathology and decreases in pro-inflammatory cytokines, including IFNγ, TNFα, and IL1β. Additionally, EDP-323 has favorable oral bioavailability with good plasma exposures across preclinical species and pharmacokinetic properties supporting once-daily, oral dosing in humans. These data indicate that EDP-323 is a potent inhibitor of RSV replication and has the potential to be a best-in-class, once daily, oral antiviral treatment for RSV.
About Enanta Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Enanta is using its robust, chemistry-driven approach and drug discovery capabilities to become a leader in the discovery and development of small molecule drugs for the treatment of viral infections. Enanta’s research and development programs include clinical candidates for the following disease targets: respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), SARS-CoV-2 and hepatitis B virus. Enanta is also conducting research on a single agent targeting both RSV and human metapneumovirus.
Businesswire | May 29, 2023
Elixir, a pharmacy benefit management company owned by Rite Aid has announced details of the next release of its Laker Software technology platform. The upcoming enhancements include new automated workflows, a customer service tool and modernization of the user interface.
"Already a leader in the industry, Laker Software is going from good to great,” said Jeff Mallad, VP, PBM Technology Sales for Elixir. "Elixir’s technology platform is one of the fastest and most reliable pharmacy claims systems available—and it’s about to become turbo-charged! We’re modernizing the future of pharmacy benefits to support our customers’ business growth, the digital world and cost reduction.”
The upgrade will include a range of advanced functionalities that are designed to help customers better manage their pharmacy claims adjudication data and streamline workflows. The new features will allow users to access and share data more efficiently, collaborate more effectively, and improve productivity.
For more than 20 years, the Laker Software platform has been a leading technology solution and one of only a few that can manage multiple lines of business including
Medicare, Medicaid and Exchange Commercial payers Adjudication and claims processing for 340B pharmacies Prescription savings card programs Workers’ compensation
Built on a resilient, scalable architecture, the Laker Software platform is a 100% virtualized environment. The platform processes millions of paid claims per year and is SOC 1 Type 2 certified. It has multiple levels of data security and redundant backup systems. Laker Software provides a full set of robust capabilities, including
Claims Processing/Adjudication Call Center Plan Set Up Eligibility Accumulator Accounts Payable/Receivable Prior Authorization Reporting
Customers will begin to beta test some of the platform’s newest features shortly, and other enhancements will follow as the next generation of Laker Software evolves. Customers can expect to see improvements in cost reduction due to automation, solutions for improved plan design and channel management, and advanced analytics and statistical analyses. This is in addition to a cloud-based infrastructure and redesigned user interface, allowing for even more flexibility and a better customer experience.
"Elixir is committed to investing in innovative solutions to meet the evolving needs of the pharmacy benefits industry,” said Mallad. “In addition to our Laker platform, customers can rely on our full suite of pharmacy benefit services to custom design their ideal solution. We support your business, enable your growth and help you succeed in every segment of the pharmacy lifecycle."
Elixir, a fully owned subsidiary of Rite Aid Corporation, is a pharmacy services provider that offers pharmacy benefit management services, Medicare-approved prescription drug plans, mail and specialty pharmacy solutions, and prescription discount programs. With the unique ability to optimize the full pharmacy care experience, Elixir is crafting solutions for today’s pharmacy benefits challenges.
Businesswire | May 22, 2023
Closed Loop Medicine Ltd, a leading TechBio company, developing combination prescription drug plus software therapy products that enable personalized dose optimization, and Pharmanovia, a global pharmaceutical company that commercializes novel medicines and revitalizes, extends and expands the lifecycle of established medicines, today announced that they have entered a global co-development partnership.
The partnership will initially focus on the development and launch of a drug + software combination version of a first-line anti-hypertensive in the UK, before phased global roll-out and additional therapies are added.
Hypertension is the leading preventable cause of morbidity and premature death worldwide, impacting over 1 in 4 men and 1 in 5 women, and costing the NHS alone over £2.1 billion/year (1, 2). Managing high-blood pressure through medication and lifestyle modifications significantly reduces associated health risks and improves quality of life; research in the US demonstrating improved standards of care could prevent 91,900 heart attacks, 139,000 strokes and 115,400 cardiovascular deaths within just 5 years (3). However, poor drug tolerability and treatment-related side effects significantly impact adherence, with less than 50% of patients maintaining their treatment regimen after a year, ultimately hindering treatment effectiveness, patient outcomes and overall disease management (4).
As part of this partnership, Closed Loop Medicine’s proprietary Software-as-a-Medical Device (SaMD) dosing optimization technology will be combined with Pharmanovia’s established anti-hypertensive medicines, under a single prescription. Recent preliminary clinical trial results have demonstrated that Closed Loop Medicine’s technology may provide the ability to dose optimize drug therapy, improve blood pressure control, and minimize side effects (5). By developing a new class of combination products for the treatment of hypertension, both companies aim to support patients and healthcare professionals to better manage high blood pressure.
Dr. Hakim Yadi OBE, CEO & Co-Founder of Closed Loop Medicine, commented: “This pioneering partnership is a great example of where the power of software integration can add value to iconic medicines to make them more effective for patients. Through this co-development agreement, we will bring our IP, insight and technical know-how of dose optimized drug plus software integration alongside Pharmanovia’s innovative business model, to enable well-known and trusted brands to be positioned as value-driven precision medicine product solutions globally.”
Dr. James Burt, CEO of Pharmanovia, said: “Combining our experience in lifecycle management with Closed Loop Medicine’s unique approach and technology is an exciting next step in our strategy. It enables us to use innovative technology to enhance established medicines and bring much needed innovation to an area of large-scale unmet need. Together we aim to deliver a first in class combination regulated software and medicine – with the aim of delivering better patient outcomes, while enabling healthcare systems to reduce costly hospital procedures through better adherence and patient engagement.”
Pharmanovia is a global lifecycle management healthcare company. Our purpose is to make medicines fit for tomorrow, to improve the lives of patients globally. We do this by enhancing established medicines either by rediscovering, repurposing or re-engineering iconic brands to improve patient outcomes and experiences both through in-house development and through strategic partnerships.