PSI-938 Receives Fast Track Designation from the FDA for the Treatment of Chronic Hepatitis C Infection
PRINCETON, N.J., Aug. 24, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Pharmasset, Inc. /quotes/zigman/101019/quotes/nls/vrus VRUS +0.27% has received fast track designation from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for PSI-938 for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. PSI-938 is an oral guanosine nucleotide analog polymerase inhibitor of HCV.
In March 2011, Pharmasset presented data from the NUCLEAR study demonstrating that PSI-938 has potent antiviral activity and is generally safe and well tolerated, both as monotherapy and in combination with Pharmasset's lead nucleotide analog, PSI-7977. The NUCLEAR study was conducted in treatment naive subjects with genotype 1 HCV who were treated for 14 days with either PSI-938 or a combination of PSI-938 and PSI-7977 with 92% achieving HCV RNA <15IU/mL, the limit of detection, in the combination arms. Pharmasset plans to initiate QUANTUM, an interferon-free combination trial with PSI-938 and PSI-7977 in the third quarter of 2011.
Under the FDA Modernization Act of 1997, fast track designation may facilitate the development and expedite the review of a drug candidate that is intended for the treatment of a serious and life-threatening condition and demonstrates the potential to address an unmet medical need for such a condition. PSI-938 was granted the fast track designation primarily due to the need for HCV treatments with improved tolerability, safety and efficacy over the existing standard of care for both treatment-naive and treatment-experienced patients.
Pharmasset is a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company committed to discovering, developing, and commercializing novel drugs to treat viral infections. Pharmasset's primary focus is the development of oral therapeutics for the treatment of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. Our research and development efforts are focused on nucleoside/tide analogs, a class of compounds which act as alternative substrates for the viral polymerase, thus inhibiting viral replication. We currently have three clinical-stage product candidates advancing in trials in various populations. Our pyrimidine, PSI-7977, an unpartnered uracil nucleotide analog, is currently under study in four Phase 2b trials in patients with HCV genotypes 1 through 6, including abbreviated duration interferon and interferon-free regimens. Our purine, PSI-938, an unpartnered guanosine nucleotide analog, recently reported safety and efficacy data from 14 days of monotherapy as well as 14 days in combination with the pyrimidine, PSI-7977. An SVR-endpoint study of the purine-pyrimidine combination is anticipated to begin in the third quarter of 2011. Mericitabine (RG7128) continues in three Phase 2b trials and one interferon-free trial being conducted through a strategic collaboration with Roche.
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