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SAN DIEGO, Oct. 11, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Retrophin, Inc. (NASDAQ: RTRX) today announced that it will present new data from the Phase 2 DUET Study examining the impact of sparsentan on quality of life in focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS), at the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) Kidney Week 2019. The Company and its collaborators will also present preclinical findings suggesting that treatment with sparsentan may present a unique therapeutic approach to reducing both renal injury and hearing loss in patients with Alport syndrome. FSGS and Alport syndrome are rare, progressive kidney disorders that often lead to end-stage renal disease (ESRD). ASN Kidney Week 2019 is being held November 5–10, 2019, in Washington DC.
Impact of Sparsentan on Quality of Life (QoL) in Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) Patients in DUET: An Interim Analysis
Poster #: TH-PO999
Session: Glomerular Diseases: Minimal Change Disease, FSGS, IgAN
Location: Exhibit Halls A/B, Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Date & Time: Thursday, November 7, 2019, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ET
The Dual AT1R/ETAR Blocker Sparsentan Slows Renal Disease, Improves Lifespan, and Prevents Hearing Loss in Alport Mice
Poster #: SA-PO576
Session: Glomerular Diseases: Fibrosis, Extracellular Matrix
Location: Exhibit Hall A/B, Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Date & Time: Saturday, November 9, 2019, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ET
Sparsentan is an investigational product candidate in Phase 3 clinical development that has a dual mechanism of action combining angiotensin receptor blockade with endothelin receptor type A blockade. Retrophin is developing sparsentan for the treatment of FSGS, as well as for IgA nephropathy (IgAN), rare kidney disorders that also often lead to ESRD. In several forms of chronic kidney disease, such as FSGS and IgAN, endothelin receptor blockade has been shown to have an additive beneficial effect on proteinuria in combination with renin-angiotensin blockade via angiotensin receptor blockade or angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors. Sparsentan has been granted orphan drug designation for the treatment of FSGS by the FDA and European Commission.
The Phase 2 DUET Study of sparsentan in FSGS met its primary efficacy endpoint for the combined treatment group, demonstrating a greater than two-fold reduction in proteinuria compared to irbesartan, after the eight-week, double-blind treatment period. Irbesartan is part of a class of drugs used to manage FSGS and IgAN in the absence of an approved pharmacologic treatment. Retrophin is currently enrolling the pivotal Phase 3 DUPLEX Study of sparsentan for the treatment of FSGS (FSGSduplex.com), as well as the pivotal Phase 3 PROTECT Study of sparsentan for the treatment of IgAN (IgANprotect.com). Both studies contain 36-week proteinuria-based endpoints, which if achieved, are expected to serve as the basis for submission of a New Drug Application (NDA) under the Subpart H accelerated approval pathway in the U.S. as well as an application for Conditional Marketing Authorization (CMA) consideration in Europe. If approved, sparsentan could potentially be the first approved pharmacologic treatment for FSGS and IgAN.
Retrophin is a biopharmaceutical company specializing in identifying, developing and delivering life-changing therapies to people living with rare disease. The Company’s approach centers on its pipeline featuring sparsentan, a product candidate in late-stage development for focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) and IgA nephropathy (IgAN), rare disorders characterized by progressive scarring of the kidney often leading to end-stage renal disease. Research in additional rare diseases is also underway, including partnerships with leaders in patient advocacy and government research to identify potential therapeutics for NGLY1 deficiency and Alagille syndrome, conditions with no approved treatment options. Retrophin’s R&D efforts are supported by revenues from the Company’s commercial products Chenodal®, Cholbam®, Thiola® and Thiola EC™.
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Chris Cline, CFA
Vice President, Investor Relations & Corporate Communications