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Takeda Announces Publication of Data from SOLSTICE, a Pivotal Phase 3 Trial for LIVTENCITY™ (Maribavir) in Post-Transplant Recipients With Cytomegalovirus (CMV) Infection (Refractory, With or Without Resistance)

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Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited (TSE:4502/NYSE:TAK) (“Takeda”) today announced that the data from the pivotal Phase 3 SOLSTICE clinical trial of LIVTENCITY™ (maribavir, TAK-620) in post-transplant refractory CMV infections with or without resistance (R/R) were published in the journal of Clinical Infectious Diseases (CID). The manuscript is available online and will be included in a future print edition of CID, the official peer-reviewed journal of the Infectious Diseases Society of America.1 The SOLSTICE study primary endpoint was met, with 55.7% (131/235) of adult patients on LIVTENCITY achieving confirmed CMV DNA level below the lower limit of quantification (<LLOQ, i.e. <137 IU/mL) at the end of Study Week 8 (end of treatment phase) in comparison with 23.9% (28/117) of patients on conventional antiviral therapies (one or a combination of ganciclovir, valganciclovir, foscarnet or cidofovir); adjusted difference [95% CI]: 32.8% [22.80 to 42.74]; P<0.001.1* The key secondary endpoint of the composite achievement of CMV DNA level <LLOQ and symptom control§ at Week 8 maintained through Week 16 was met, with a higher proportion of patients in the LIVTENCITY arm (18.7%, 44/235) meeting the endpoint compared to those on conventional antiviral therapies (10.3%, 12/117); adjusted difference [95% CI]: 9.5% [2.02 to 16.88]; P=0.013.1

“We are pleased that the SOLSTICE trial, which compared LIVTENCITY to conventional antiviral treatments for transplant patients with refractory/resistant cytomegalovirus infections, met its primary endpoint of statistical superiority, as well as the key secondary endpoint,” said Obi Umeh, MD, Vice President and Maribavir Global Program Leader, Takeda. “As we continue to study maribavir, we remain steadfast in our research to provide physicians and patients with a treatment that potentially redefines post-transplant CMV.”

Rates of treatment-emergent adverse events (TEAEs) were similar between groups (LIVTENCITY, 97.4%; conventional antiviral therapies, 91.4%). A higher proportion of subjects in the conventional antiviral therapies group discontinued study medication due to an adverse event (32%, 37/116) compared to the LIVTENCITY group (13%, 31/234). One patient per group had a fatal treatment-related treatment-emergent adverse event; however, within the LIVTENCITY group, the event was assessed by the sponsor as being unrelated to LIVTENCITY. All-cause mortality was similar in each treatment group (conventional antiviral therapies 11%, 13/117; LIVTENCITY 11%, 27/235).1

“Managing CMV post-transplant requires careful balance between managing side effects and reducing viral load,” said study co-author Fernanda Silveira, MD, MS, Associate Professor of Medicine, Clinical Operations Director for Transplant Infectious Diseases, University of Pittsburgh and UPMC. “The study data show LIVTENCITY achieved confirmed CMV DNA level below the lower limit of quantification in post-transplant CMV refractory/resistant infected patients.”

LIVTENCITY is currently approved for use only in the U.S. for the treatment of adults and pediatric patients (12 years or older and weighing at least 35 kg) with post-transplant CMV infection/disease that is refractory to treatment (with or without genotypic resistance) with ganciclovir, valganciclovir, cidofovir or foscarnet.2

The publication can be accessed here: https://academic.oup.com/cid/advance-article/doi/10.1093/cid/ciab988/6448443.

About Cytomegalovirus

CMV is a beta herpesvirus that commonly infects humans; serologic evidence of prior infection can be found in 40%-100% of various adult populations.3 CMV typically resides latent and asymptomatic in the body but may reactivate during periods of immunosuppression. Serious disease may occur in individuals with compromised immune systems, which includes patients who receive immunosuppressants associated with various types of transplants including hematopoietic cell transplant (HCT) or solid organ transplant (SOT).4,5 Out of the estimated 200,000 adult transplants per year globally, CMV is one of the most common viral infections experienced by transplant recipients, with an estimated incidence rate between 16-56% in SOT recipients and 30-70% in HCT recipients.5–10

In transplant recipients, reactivation of CMV can lead to serious consequences including loss of the transplanted organ and, in extreme cases, can be fatal.11,12 Existing therapies to treat post-transplant CMV infections may demonstrate serious side effects that require dose adjustments or may fail to adequately suppress viral replication.13–15 Additionally, existing therapies may require or prolong hospitalization due to administration.13,14

About LIVTENCITY (maribavir)

LIVTENCITY (maribavir), an orally bioavailable anti-CMV compound, is the first and only antiviral agent that targets and inhibits the pUL97 protein kinase and its natural substrates.2 It is approved in the U.S. 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. For more information on LIVTENCITY, visit LIVTENCITY.com.2

About Takeda’s SOLSTICE Trial

The TAK-620-303 (SOLSTICE) trial (NCT02931539) was a multicenter, randomized, open-label, active-controlled superiority trial to assess the efficacy and safety comparing treatment with either LIVTENCITY (maribavir) or conventional antiviral therapy in 352 hematopoietic cell transplant and solid organ transplant recipients with CMV infection refractory, with or without resistance, to one or a combination of the conventional antiviral therapies: ganciclovir, valganciclovir, foscarnet or cidofovir. Adult patients underwent a 2-week screening period, followed by randomization 2:1 to LIVTENCITY (n=235) (400 mg, twice daily) or conventional antiviral therapies (n=117) (as dosed by the investigator) for up to 8-weeks. After completion of the treatment period, subjects entered a 12-week follow-up phase.1

The trial’s primary endpoint was confirmed CMV DNA level <LLOQ (lower limit of quantification, [i.e. <137 IU/mL] in 2 consecutive samples separated by at least 5 days as assessed by COBAS® AmpliPrep/COBAS® TaqMan® CMV test at the end of Week 8). The key secondary endpoint was CMV DNA level <LLOQ and CMV infection symptom control at the end of Study Week 8 with maintenance of this treatment effect through Study Week 16.1

INDICATION

LIVTENCITY is indicated for the treatment of adults and pediatric patients (12 years of age and 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.2

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

Risk of Reduced Antiviral Activity When Co-administered with Ganciclovir and Valganciclovir

LIVTENCITY may antagonize the antiviral activity of ganciclovir and valganciclovir by inhibiting human CMV pUL97 kinase, which is required for activation/phosphorylation of ganciclovir and valganciclovir. Coadministration of LIVTENCITY with ganciclovir or valganciclovir is not recommended.

Virologic Failure During Treatment and Relapse Post-Treatment

Virologic failure due to resistance can occur during and after treatment with LIVTENCITY. Virologic relapse during the posttreatment period usually occurred within 4-8 weeks after treatment discontinuation. Some maribavir pUL97 resistance-associated substitutions confer cross-resistance to ganciclovir and valganciclovir. Monitor CMV DNA levels and check for maribavir resistance if the patient is not responding to treatment or relapses.

Risk of Adverse Reactions or Loss of Virologic Response Due to Drug Interactions

The concomitant use of LIVTENCITY and certain drugs may result in potentially significant drug interactions, some of which may lead to reduced therapeutic effect of LIVTENCITY or adverse reactions of concomitant drugs. Consider the potential for drug interactions prior to and during LIVTENCITY therapy; review concomitant medications during LIVTENCITY therapy and monitor for adverse reactions. Refer to the full prescribing information of LIVTENCITY for important drug interactions.

Maribavir is primarily metabolized by CYP3A4. Drugs that are strong inducers of CYP3A4 are expected to decrease maribavir plasma concentrations and may result in reduced virologic response; therefore, coadministration of LIVTENCITY with these drugs is not recommended, except for selected anticonvulsants.

Use With Immunosuppressant Drugs

LIVTENCITY has the potential to increase the drug concentrations of immunosuppressant drugs that are CYP3A and/or P-gp substrates where minimal concentration changes may lead to serious adverse events (including tacrolimus, cyclosporine, sirolimus and everolimus). Frequently monitor immunosuppressant drug levels throughout treatment with LIVTENCITY, especially following initiation and after discontinuation of LIVTENCITY and adjust immunosuppressant dose, as needed.

Adverse Reactions

The most common adverse events (all grades, >10%) in subjects treated with LIVTENCITY were taste disturbance, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, and fatigue.

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About Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited

Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited (TSE: 4502/NYSE: TAK) is a global, values-based, R&D-driven biopharmaceutical leader headquartered in Japan, committed to discover and deliver life-transforming treatments, guided by our commitment to patients, our people and the planet. Takeda focuses its R&D efforts on four therapeutic areas: Oncology, Rare Genetics and Hematology, Neuroscience, and Gastroenterology (GI). We also make targeted R&D investments in Plasma-Derived Therapies and Vaccines. We are focusing on developing highly innovative medicines that contribute to making a difference in people’s lives by advancing the frontier of new treatment options and leveraging our enhanced collaborative R&D engine and capabilities to create a robust, modality-diverse pipeline. Our employees are committed to improving quality of life for patients and to working with our partners in health care in approximately 80 countries and regions. For more information, visit https://www.takeda.com.

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§CMV infection symptom control was defined as resolution or improvement of tissue-invasive disease or CMV syndrome for symptomatic patients at baseline, or no new symptoms for patients who were asymptomatic at baseline
* The difference in proportion of responders between treatment groups was obtained using Cochran-Mantel-Haenszel (CMH) weighted average across all strata and tested using stratum-adjusted CMH method, with transplant type and baseline plasma CMV DNA concentration as two stratification factors
Refractory defined as documented failure to achieve >1 log10 decrease in CMV DNA level in whole blood or plasma after a 14 day or longer treatment period with IV ganciclovir/oral valganciclovir, IV foscarnet, or IV cidofovir
Resistant defined as refractory CMV and documentation of >1 CMV genetic mutations associated with resistance to ganciclovir, valganciclovir, foscarnet, and/or cidofovir

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