9 APRIL 2013
Lundbeck has presented promising data on Brintellix, its recently-filed investigational antidepressant co-developed with Takeda.
Vortioxetine (code name Lu AA21004) is an experimental drug currently under development by Lundbeck and Takeda for the treatment of major depressive disorder(MDD) and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD).Commercial name chosen is Brintellix.
Regulatory approval for the treatment of MDD for the European market has been filed in September 2012, for the United States in October 2012, and filing for Canada should follow. Filing for the Japanese market is expected in 2013
The Danish drugmaker announced results for the REVIVE study which compared Brintellix (vortioxetine) with Servier’s Valdoxan (agomelatine), Servier’s in adults with major depression (MDD) who changed antidepressant after an inadequate response to commonly-prescribed selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) or serotonin–norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs). Lundbeck noted that as one of the newest antidepressants, agomelatine was chosen as a comparator because of its different mode of action from conventional SSRI/SNRI therapies.
Lundbeck noted that few randomised, double-blind trials looking at MDD patients who were unresponsive to first-line antidepressants have been conducted and “this is one of these few studies which also shows a significant difference between treatments.” On the primary efficacy endpoint for REVIVE, Brintellix was statistically significantly superior to agomelatine by 2.2 points on the Montgomery–Asberg Depression Rating Scale (MADRS), a ten-item questionnaire used to measure severity of the disorder.
Brintellix is under review on both sides of the Atlantic and is one of three new products, Lundbeck hopes to launch this year. The other two, which are already approved in some territories, are its once-monthly version of Abilify (aripiprazole) for schizophrenia and the alcohol dependence treatment Selincro (nalmefene); indeed, Lundbeck also presented new data on the later from three Phase III studies that “consistently show a significant reduction in alcohol consumption” in patients with high-risk drinking levels.