Novartis rebound from Serelaxin setback 

The Pumping Marvellous Foundation
The Pumping Marvellous Foundation – the UK’s heart failure charity

Novartis announced today that the Data Monitoring Committee (DMC) unanimously recommended early closure of the PARADIGM-HF study, indicating patients with chronic heart failure with reduced ejection fraction who received LCZ696 lived longer without being hospitalised for heart failure than those who received standard care with ACE-inhibitor enalapril. Based on the compelling efficacy and primary endpoint having been met, the trial will now close early. This follows two previous interim analyses that showed the safety profile of LCZ696 was acceptable.

Extracted from a Press Release by Novartis –

“Novartis recognises the huge global need for treatments that extend and improve the lives of people with heart failure and we believe LCZ696’s unique mechanism of action could be transformative,” said Tim Wright, Global Head of Development, Novartis Pharmaceuticals. “This result is a demonstration of our commitment to developing innovative medicines that have an impact on the most important outcomes like cardiovascular mortality.”

The results of PARADIGM-HF will be submitted to a major medical conference for presentation and Novartis will now initiate discussions with global health authorities regarding approval for marketing eg FDA , NICE, TGA EMA

“The results of PARADIGM-HF are truly impressive” said Dr. Milton Packer, Professor and Chair for the Department of Clinical Sciences at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Texas, USA and one of the two Principal Investigators. “The finding that treatment with LCZ696 was superior to currently recommended doses of enalapril has profound implications for the care of patients with chronic heart failure. We now have compelling evidence that supports LCZ696 as a new cornerstone in the management of chronic heart failure.”

LCZ696 is a twice a day pill for heart failure. It is a first in class medicine, this means that it works in a different way to current therapies, that acts in multiple ways on the neurohormonal systems of the heart, blocking receptors exerting harmful effects while simultaneously promoting protective mechanisms. Known as an ARNI (Angiotensin Receptor Neprilysin Inhibitor) LCZ696 is thought to reduce the strain on an inefficient heart, promoting the ability of the heart muscle to recover.

It is important to understand that this is a clinical trial and now needs to pass through the regulatory bodies in individual countries.

The Pumping Marvellous Foundation invites any steps forward in the development of therapies in heart failure however large or small and we see this development as a positive after the setback of Serelaxin as indicated here

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