FDA Advisory Committee Recommends Approval in US of Umeclidinium/Vilanterol

Anoro Ellipta to treat patients with COPD

/ Author:  / Reviewed by: Joseph V. Madia, MD Beth Bolt, RPh

GlaxoSmithKline plc and Theravance, Inc. today announced that the Pulmonary-Allergy Drugs Advisory Committee (PADAC) to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) voted 11 yes to 2 no that the efficacy and safety data provide substantial evidence to support approval of umeclidinium/vilanterol (UMEC/VI, 62.5/25 mcg dose) for the long-term, once-daily, maintenance bronchodilator treatment of airflow obstruction in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), including chronic bronchitis and emphysema.

ANORO (TM) ELLIPTA (TM) is the proposed proprietary name for UMEC/VI, a combination of two investigational bronchodilator molecules - GSK573719 or umeclidinium bromide (UMEC), a long-acting muscarinic antagonist (LAMA) and vilanterol (VI), a long-acting beta2 agonist (LABA), administered using the ELLIPTA(TM) inhaler.

The FDA Advisory Committee also voted that the safety of the investigational medicine has been adequately demonstrated at the 62.5/25 mcg dose for the proposed indication (10 yes, 3 no), and the efficacy data provided substantial evidence of a clinically meaningful benefit for UMEC/VI 62.5/25 mcg once daily for the long-term, maintenance treatment of airflow obstruction in COPD (13 yes, 0 no).

Patrick Vallance, GSK's President of Pharmaceuticals R&D, said: 'Today's recommendation is good news and a reflection of our commitment to giving an alternative treatment option for patients living with COPD - a disease that affects millions of Americans. If approved, Anoro Ellipta will be the first, once-daily dual bronchodilator available in the US, marking another significant milestone for GSK's portfolio of medicines to treat respiratory disease. We will continue to work with the FDA as they complete their review.'

'We are pleased with the Advisory Committee's support of UMEC/VI,' said Rick E. Winningham, Chief Executive Officer of Theravance.

'This is a transformative year for Theravance and today's positive recommendation brings the second major respiratory medicine in our GSK collaboration closer to approval and becoming an important therapeutic option for COPD patients.'

In December 2012, a New Drug Application (NDA) was submitted to the FDA for the use of UMEC/VI administered by the ELLIPTA(TM) inhaler for the long-term once-daily maintenance bronchodilator treatment of airflow obstruction in patients with COPD, including chronic bronchitis and/or emphysema.

UMEC/VI is not proposed for the relief of acute bronchospasm or for the treatment of asthma in any of the regulatory applications.

The FDA Advisory Committee provides non-binding recommendations for consideration by the FDA, with the final decision on approval made by the FDA.

The Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) goal date for UMEC/VI is 18 December 2013.

UMEC/VI is an investigational medicine and is not currently approved anywhere in the world.

Review Date: 
September 11, 2013