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FDA Approves Shire's FIRAZYR® (icatibant injection) for Acute Attacks of Hereditary Angioedema (HAE)
Date:8/25/2011

tients may self-administer FIRAZYR.  Most patients respond to a single dose of FIRAZYR.  If response is inadequate or if symptoms recur, up to 2 additional doses may be administered within a 24 hour period at intervals of at least 6 hours.  

About HAE

HAE is a rare genetic disease caused by low levels or a dysfunction of C1 esterase inhibitor (C1-INH). Reduced C1-INH activity can lead to elevated plasma levels of bradykinin, which is thought to be responsible for HAE symptoms.

HAE is characterized by recurrent sudden attacks of edema (swelling) of the skin (hands, arms, feet, legs, thighs, face, genitals) or the mucous membranes (gastrointestinal tract, larynx or voicebox). The swelling can be disfiguring and painful, especially in case of abdominal attacks. Laryngeal attacks are potentially life-threatening due to the risk of suffocation. Unlike angioedema caused by allergic reactions, signs and symptoms such as hives and itching do not occur in HAE. Signs and symptoms of HAE do not respond to standard treatments for allergic angioedema such as epinephrine, corticosteroids, and antihistamines.

Summary of Clinical Trial Data Supporting the U.S. New Drug Application

The efficacy and safety of FIRAZYR for the treatment of acute attacks of HAE in adults were studied in three double-blind, randomized, controlled clinical trials known as FAST 1, 2 and 3. Among the 223 patients in these studies, the mean age was 38 years, 64% were female, and 95% were white.  Approximately 57% of patients reported use of attenuated androgens, antifibrinolytic agents, or C1 inhibitors.  

FAST 3 was a placebo-controlled study of 98 adult patients with a median age of 36 years. The primary endpoint was assessed using a 3-item composite visual analog score (VAS), comprised of averaged assessments of skin swelling, skin pain, and abdomi
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