CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Feb. 21, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Akebia Therapeutics®, Inc. (Nasdaq: AKBA), a biopharmaceutical company with the purpose to better the lives of people impacted by kidney disease, today announced that the company received a second interim response from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to its Formal Dispute Resolution Request regarding the Complete Response Letter for vadadustat received in March 2022.
Akebia received notification from the Office of New Drugs (OND), Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, that due to agency resource constraints and staffing needs the deciding authority for the appeal will now be Peter Stein, M.D., Director, OND. The appeal was originally assigned to a Senior Advisor within the OND.
Dr. Stein has indicated a need to seek internal consultation with nephrology, cardiology and liver safety experts in the Office of New Drugs to complete the review and render a decision. Dr. Stein indicated that he will do all he can to facilitate the appropriate meetings and discussions given the delay resulting from the staffing change. Akebia expects to be notified of a response to the appeal within thirty days of Dr. Stein completing the discussions and any required follow up.
About Akebia Therapeutics
Akebia Therapeutics, Inc. is a fully integrated biopharmaceutical company with the purpose to better the lives of people impacted by kidney disease. The Company was founded in 2007 and is headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts. For more information, please visit our website at www.akebia.com, which does not form a part of this release.
Vadadustat is an oral hypoxia-inducible factor prolyl hydroxylase inhibitor designed to mimic the physiologic effect of altitude on oxygen availability. At higher altitudes, the body responds to lower oxygen availability with stabilization of hypoxia-inducible factor, which can lead to increased red blood cell production and improved oxygen delivery to tissues. Vadadustat is an investigational new drug and is not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). On March 29, 2022, the FDA issued a complete response letter to Akebia's New Drug Application for vadadustat for the treatment of anemia due to chronic kidney disease (CKD). In November 2022, Akebia submitted a Formal Dispute Resolution Request focused on the favorable balance of the benefits and risks of vadadustat for the treatment of anemia due to CKD in adult patients on dialysis. Vadadustat is currently under review by the European Medicines Agency for the treatment of anemia due to CKD in adults. In Japan, vadadustat is approved as a treatment for anemia due to CKD in both dialysis-dependent and non-dialysis dependent adult patients.
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