EAST HANOVER, N.J., Feb. 16, 2021 — Novartis today announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the following expanded indication for Entresto® (sacubitril/valsartan): to reduce the risk of cardiovascular death and hospitalization for heart failure in adult patients with chronic heart failure.1 Benefits are most clearly evident in patients with left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) below normal.1 The label also states LVEF is a variable measure and clinical judgment should be used in deciding whom to treat.1
For the first time, there is a treatment with benefit for patients diagnosed with guideline-defined heart failure that includes both those with heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF) and many with heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF).1-3
“This approval is a significant advancement, providing a treatment to many patients who were not eligible for treatment before because their ejection fraction was above the region we normally considered reduced. Until now, treatment for these patients was largely empiric,” said Scott Solomon, MD, Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and PARAGON-HF Executive Committee Co-Chair. “We can now offer a treatment to a wider range of patients who have an LVEF below normal.”
This label expansion is based on efficacy and safety evidence observed in PARAGON-HF, the largest and only Phase III active-controlled study to date in patients with guideline-defined HFpEF.2,5,6 The greatest benefit was shown in patients with LVEF below normal.6
Approximately 6 million Americans are living with chronic heart failure (CHF).4 Approximately 3 million have HFrEF, and of the remaining 3 million, about 2 million have HFpEF with LVEF below normal.2-4 The prevalence of heart failure (HF) is increasing as the population ages.4 Patients often face worsening symptoms that result in frequent HF hospitalizations.7 Each hospitalization event is associated with worsening long-term prognosis.7 Approximately one in four patients are re-admitted for HF and 10 percent may die within 30 days of discharge.8,9 Overall CHF death rates remain significantly high, with up to half of patients dying within five years of a HF diagnosis.4
“We are proud of our goal to reimagine medicine. This commitment has enabled us to bring Entresto to millions more heart failure patients in the US, many of whom did not have an approved treatment option until now,” said Marie-France Tschudin, President, Novartis Pharmaceuticals. “This achievement would not have been possible without tremendous dedication from investigators, patients in our clinical trials and the advocacy community, to whom we are extremely grateful.”
About our longstanding commitment to heart failure
Our goal is to reimagine medicine for heart failure patients. Novartis established the largest global clinical program in the HF disease area across the pharma industry to date. Known as FortiHFy, it is comprised of more than 40 clinical studies designed to generate an array of additional data on efficacy, quality of life, patient-reported outcomes and real-world evidence with Entresto, as well as to extend understanding of heart failure. FortiHFy includes trials across the spectrum of heart failure, such as PARADIGM-HF, PIONEER-HF, TRANSITION, PROVE-HF, PARAGON-HF and PARAMOUNT. Worldwide, it is estimated that more than 30,000 patients have participated in the Entresto clinical trials program, and it is estimated that more than 2.8 million patients are on treatment with Entresto today.
Entresto (sacubitril/valsartan) is a prescription medicine to treat adults with long-lasting (chronic) heart failure to help reduce the risk of death and hospitalization. Entresto works better when the heart cannot pump a normal amount of blood to the body.1 Entresto is a twice-a-day prescription medicine that works by enhancing the beneficial neurohormonal systems (natriuretic peptide system) while simultaneously inhibiting the harmful effects of the overactive renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS).1,10 Some other heart failure medicines only block the harmful effects of the overactive RAAS. Entresto contains the neprilysin inhibitor sacubitril and the ARB valsartan.1 Entresto film-coated tablets are available in three dosage strengths: 24/26 mg, 49/51 mg and 97/103 mg (sacubitril/valsartan).1 These doses are referred to as 50 mg, 100 mg and 200 mg in the clinical trial literature including The New England Journal of Medicine publication of the results of PARADIGM-HF.1 In adult patients, the target maintenance dose of Entresto is 97/103 mg twice daily as tolerated by the patient.1
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1.ENTRESTO [prescribing information]. East Hanover, NJ: Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp; February 2021.
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Posted: February 2021
- FDA Approves Entresto (sacubitril/valsartan) for Pediatric Heart Failure – October 1, 2019
- FDA Approves Entresto (sacubitril/valsartan) for Heart Failure – July 7, 2015
- Novartis’ Heart Failure Medicine LCZ696 Granted FDA Priority Review – February 13, 2015
- Nine New Analyses Show Novartis’ LCZ696 Could Change Course of Heart Failure for Patients – November 17, 2014
- Novartis’ new heart failure medicine LCZ696 cut cardiovascular deaths by 20% vs. ACE-inhibitor in landmark PARADIGM-HF trial – August 30, 2014
- New Novartis Phase II data Show LCZ696 May Provide Clinical Benefits in Patients with a Difficult-to-Treat Form of Heart Failure – August 27, 2012
Entresto (sacubitril and valsartan) FDA Approval History
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