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Livtencity is approved by the FDA for patients 12 years and older.

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Last updated:25th Nov 2021
Published:25th Nov 2021
Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited announced that the FDA has approved Livtencity (maribavir) for the treatment of adults and pediatric patients (12 years of age or older and weighing at least 35 kg) with post-transplant cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection/disease that is refractory to treatment (with or without genotypic resistance) with ganciclovir, valganciclovir, cidofovir, or foscarnet.

Overall, more than twice the proportion of adult transplant patients with refractory or resistant (R/R) CMV infection/disease achieved confirmed CMV DNA level <137 iu ml) at week 8 (end of treatment phase), the study’s primary endpoint, with livtencity (56%; n="131/235)," compared to those treated with conventional antiviral therapies (24%; n="28/117)" (adjusted difference: 33%, 95% ci: 23–43; p><0.001). livtencity is takeda’s second new molecular entity to receive fda approval in 2021.

“Today’s announcement redefines the management of post-transplant CMV with the approval of the first and only treatment for transplant patients with CMV that is refractory with or without resistance, a significantly underserved and vulnerable patient community,” said Ramona Sequeira, President, U.S. Business Unit and Global Portfolio Commercialization, Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited. “People undergoing transplants have a lengthy and complex healthcare journey; with the approval of this treatment, we’re proud to offer these individuals a new oral antiviral to fight CMV infection and disease. We are grateful for the contributions of the patients and clinicians who participated in our clinical trials, as well as the dedication of our scientists and researchers.”

Livtencity is a new molecular entity which targets CMV at pUL97, resulting in inhibition of viral DNA replication, encapsidation and nuclear egress. Though a rare disease overall, CMV is one of the most common infections experienced by transplant recipients, with an estimated incidence rate of around 16%–56% in solid organ transplant (SOT) recipients3 and 30%–70% in hematopoietic stem cell (HSCT) transplant patients.

Condition: Cytomegalovirus
Type: drug

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