Talicia® unrestricted access in the U.S. now extends to over 70% of commercial lives covered Approximately 35% of Americans are affected by H. pylori infection, a Group 1 carcinogen and the strongest risk factor for gastric cancer; eradication of H. pylori has been shown to reduce the risk of gastric cancer by up to 75% Talicia addresses the high and growing resistance of H. pylori bacteria to commonly used antibiotics
TEL AVIV, Israel and RALEIGH, N.C., RedHill Biopharma Ltd. (Nasdaq: RDHL) (“RedHill” or the “Company”), a specialty biopharmaceutical company, today announced that it has increased unrestricted national and regional commercial coverage for Talicia® (omeprazole magnesium, amoxicillin and rifabutin)[i] to more than 40 million additional Americans.
“With this addition of unrestricted coverage for over 40 million more lives, Talicia is now available to over 70% of commercial lives. The unrestricted commercial coverage achieved for Talicia to date far exceeds our expectations at such an early stage following the product’s launch. We continue to work diligently to increase unrestricted coverage of Talicia, in an effort to make a significant difference in ending sub-optimal treatment of H. pylori,” said Rick Scruggs, RedHill’s Chief Commercial Officer. “Antibiotic resistance is a major issue in the treatment of H. pylori infections and yet, despite current guideline recommendations from the American College of Gastroenterology calling for use of the most effective first-line treatment, physicians are still prescribing treatment regimens containing antibiotics such as clarithromycin that face high levels of bacterial resistance. This growth in unrestricted commercial access helps change that dynamic by increasing access to Talicia to more than 167 million Americans.”
RedHill has previously announced listings of Talicia as a preferred brand on the national formularies of Prime Therapeutics, EnvisionRx, and Express Scripts.
(omeprazole magnesium, amoxicillin and rifabutin)
Talicia is the only rifabutin-based therapy approved for the treatment of H. pylori infection and is designed to address the high resistance of H. pylori bacteria to clarithromycin-based standard-of-care therapies. The high rates of H. pylori resistance to clarithromycin have led to significant rates of treatment failure with clarithromycin-based standard-of-care therapy and are a strong public health concern, as highlighted by the FDA and the World Health Organization (WHO) in recent years.
Talicia is a novel, fixed-dose, all-in-one oral capsule combination of two antibiotics (amoxicillin and rifabutin) and a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) (omeprazole). In November 2019, Talicia was approved by the U.S. FDA for the treatment of H. pylori infection in adults. In the pivotal Phase 3 study, Talicia demonstrated 84% eradication of H. pylori infection in the intent-to-treat (ITT) group vs. 58% in the active comparator arm (p<0.0001). Minimal to zero resistance to Talicia was detected in RedHill’s pivotal Phase 3 study. Further, in an analysis of data from this study, it was observed that subjects who were confirmed adherent[ii] to their therapy had response rates of 90.3% in the Talicia arm vs. 64.7% in the active comparator arm[iii].
Talicia is eligible for a total of eight years of post-approval U.S. market exclusivity under both its Qualified Infectious Disease Product (QIDP) designation and New Clinical Investigation exclusivities. In addition, Talicia is protected by a robust U.S. patent portfolio which provides patent protection until at least 2034, with additional patents and applications pending and granted in various territories worldwide.
About H. pylori
H. pylori bacterial infection affects approximately 35%[iv] of the U.S. population, with an estimated two million patients treated annually[v]. Worldwide, more than 50% of the population is affected by H. pylori infection, which is classified by the WHO as a Group 1 carcinogen, remains the strongest known risk factor for gastric cancer[vi] and a major risk factor for peptic ulcer disease[vii] and gastric mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue (MALT) lymphoma[viii]. More than 27,000 Americans are diagnosed with gastric cancer annually[ix], while eradication of H. pylori has been shown to reduce the risk of gastric cancer by up to 75%[x]. Eradication of H. pylori is becoming increasingly difficult, with current standard-of-care therapies failing in approximately 25-40% of patients who remain H. pylori-positive due to high resistance of H. pylori to antibiotics commonly used in standard combination therapies[xi].
About RedHill Biopharma
RedHill Biopharma Ltd. (Nasdaq: RDHL) is a specialty biopharmaceutical company primarily focused on gastrointestinal and infectious diseases. RedHill promotes the gastrointestinal drugs, Movantik® for opioid-induced constipation in adults[xii], Talicia® for the treatment of Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection in adults[xiii], and Aemcolo® for the treatment of travelers’ diarrhea in adults[xiv]. RedHill’s key clinical late-stage development programs include: (i) RHB-204, with an ongoing Phase 3 study for pulmonary nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) disease; (ii) opaganib (Yeliva®), a first-in-class SK2 selective inhibitor targeting multiple indications with a Phase 2/3 program for COVID-19 and Phase 2 studies for prostate cancer and cholangiocarcinoma ongoing; (iii) RHB-104, with positive results from a first Phase 3 study for Crohn’s disease; (iv) RHB102 (Bekinda®), with positive results from a Phase 3 study for acute gastroenteritis and gastritis and positive results from a Phase 2 study for IBS-D; (v) RHB-107 (upamostat), a Phase 2-stage serine protease inhibitor with a planned Phase 2/3 study in symptomatic COVID-19 and targeting multiple other cancer and inflammatory gastrointestinal diseases; and (vi) RHB-106, an encapsulated bowel preparation.
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IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
Talicia contains omeprazole, a proton pump inhibitor (PPI), amoxicillin, a penicillinclass antibacterial, and rifabutin, a rifamycin antibacterial. It is contraindicated in patients with known hypersensitivity to any of these medications, any other components of the formulation, any other beta-lactams or any other rifamycins.
Talicia is contraindicated in patients receiving delavirdine, voriconazole or rilpivirine-containing products.
Serious and occasionally fatal hypersensitivity reactions have been reported with omeprazole, amoxicillin and rifabutin.
Acute Tubulointerstitial Nephritis has been observed in patients taking PPIs and penicillins.
Clostridioides difficile-associated diarrhea has been reported with use of nearly all antibacterial agents and may range from mild diarrhea to fatal colitis. Talicia may cause fetal harm and is not recommended for use in pregnancy. It may also reduce the efficacy of hormonal contraceptives. An additional non-hormonal method of contraception is recommended when taking Talicia. Talicia should not be used in patients with hepatic impairment or severe renal impairment.
Cutaneous lupus erythematosus and systemic lupus erythematosus have been reported in patients taking PPIs. These events have occurred as both new onset and exacerbation of existing autoimmune disease.
The most common adverse reactions (≥1%) were diarrhea, headache, nausea, abdominal pain, chromaturia, rash, dyspepsia, oropharyngeal pain, vomiting, and vulvovaginal candidiasis.
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