EVRYSDI (Page 3 of 6)


12.1 Mechanism of Action

Risdiplam is a survival of motor neuron 2 (SMN2) splicing modifier designed to treat patients with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) caused by mutations in chromosome 5q that lead to SMN protein deficiency. Using in vitro assays and studies in transgenic animal models of SMA, risdiplam was shown to increase exon 7 inclusion in SMN2 messenger ribonucleic acid (mRNA) transcripts and production of full-length SMN protein in the brain.

In vitro and in vivo data indicate that risdiplam may cause alternative splicing of additional genes, including FOXM1 and MADD. FOXM1 and MADD are thought to be involved in cell cycle regulation and apoptosis, respectively, and have been identified as possible contributors to adverse effects seen in animals.

12.2 Pharmacodynamics

In clinical trials for infantile-onset SMA and later-onset SMA patients, EVRYSDI led to an increase in SMN protein with a greater than 2-fold median change from baseline within 4 weeks of treatment initiation across all SMA types studied. The increase was sustained throughout the treatment period (of at least 24 months).

12.3 Pharmacokinetics

Pharmacokinetics of EVRYSDI have been characterized in healthy adult subjects and in patients with SMA.

After administration of EVRYSDI as an oral solution, pharmacokinetics of risdiplam were approximately linear between 0.6 and 18 mg in a single-ascending-dose study in healthy adult subjects, and between 0.02 and 0.25 mg/kg once daily in a multiple-ascending-dose study in patients with SMA. Following once-daily oral administration of risdiplam in healthy subjects, approximately 3-fold accumulation of peak plasma concentrations (Cmax ) and area under the plasma concentration-time curve (AUC0-24h ) was observed. Risdiplam exposures reach steady state 7 to 14 days after once-daily administration.


Following oral administration, the time to reach maximum plasma concentration (Tmax ) is between 1 and 4 hours.

Effect of Food

In the clinical efficacy studies (Study 1 and Study 2), risdiplam was administered with a morning meal or after breastfeeding.


The apparent volume of distribution at steady state is 190.4 L for a 31.3 kg patient.

Risdiplam is predominantly bound to serum albumin, without any binding to alpha-1 acid glycoprotein, with a free fraction of 11%.


The apparent clearance (CL/F) of risdiplam is 2.45 L/h for a 31.3 kg patient.

The terminal elimination half-life of risdiplam was approximately 50 hours in healthy adults.


Risdiplam is primarily metabolized by flavin monooxygenase 1 and 3 (FMO1 and FMO3) and also by CYPs 1A1, 2J2, 3A4, and 3A7.

Parent drug was the major component found in plasma, accounting for 83% of drug-related material in circulation. The pharmacologically-inactive metabolite M1 was identified as the major circulating metabolite.


Following a dose of 18 mg, approximately 53% of the dose (14% unchanged risdiplam) was excreted in the feces and 28% in urine (8% unchanged risdiplam).

Specific Populations

There were no clinically significant differences in the pharmacokinetics of EVRYSDI based on race or gender. Renal impairment is not expected to alter the exposures to risdiplam.

The impact of geriatric age on the pharmacokinetics of EVRYSDI has not been studied.

Hepatic Impairment

The pharmacokinetics and safety of risdiplam have been studied in subjects with mild or moderate hepatic impairment (as defined by Child-Pugh class A and B, respectively, n = 8 each) compared to subjects with normal hepatic function (n=10). Following the administration of 5 mg EVRYSDI, the AUCinf and Cmax of risdiplam were approximately 20% and 5% lower, respectively, in subjects with mild hepatic impairment and were approximately 8% and 20% higher, respectively, in subjects with moderate hepatic impairment, versus matched healthy control subjects. The magnitude of these changes is not considered to be clinically meaningful. The pharmacokinetics and safety in patients with severe hepatic impairment (Child-Pugh class C) have not been studied.

Pediatric Patients

Body weight and age were found to have significant effect on the pharmacokinetics of risdiplam. The estimated exposure (mean AUC0-24h ) in pre-symptomatic infants at the age of 1 to 2 months was 1920 ng.h/mL at the recommended dose of 0.15 mg/kg once daily. The estimated exposure for infantile-onset SMA patients (age 2 to 7 months at enrollment) at the recommended dose of 0.2 mg/kg once daily was 1930 ng.h/mL. The estimated exposure for later-onset SMA patients (2 to 25 years old at enrollment) at the recommended dose was 2070 ng.h/mL (0.25 mg/kg once daily for patients with a body weight < 20 kg and 5 mg once daily for patients with a body weight ≥ 20 kg).

No data on risdiplam pharmacokinetics are available in patients less than 16 days of age [see Use in Specific Populations (8.4)].

Drug Interaction Studies

Effect of Other Drugs on EVRYSDI

Coadministration of 200 mg itraconazole (a strong CYP3A inhibitor) twice daily with a single 6 mg oral dose of risdiplam did not have a clinically relevant effect on the pharmacokinetics of risdiplam (11% increase in AUC and 9% decrease in Cmax ).

Risdiplam is a weak substrate of human MDR-1 and breast cancer resistant protein (BCRP) transporters in vitro. Human MDR-1 or BCRP inhibitors are not expected to result in a clinically significant increase of risdiplam concentrations.

Effect of EVRYSDI on Other Drugs

Risdiplam and its major circulating metabolite M1 did not induce CYP1A2, 2B6, 2C8, 2C9, 2C19, or 3A4 in vitro. Risdiplam and M1 did not inhibit (reversible or time-dependent inhibition) any of the CYP enzymes tested (CYP1A2, 2B6, 2C8, 2C9, 2C19, 2D6), with the exception of CYP3A in vitro.

EVRYSDI is a weak inhibitor of CYP3A. In healthy adult subjects, administration of EVRYSDI once daily for 2 weeks slightly increased the exposure of midazolam, a sensitive CYP3A substrate (AUC 11%; Cmax 16%); this increase is not considered clinically relevant. Based on physiologically-based pharmacokinetic (PBPK) modeling, a similar increase is expected in children and infants as young as 2 months of age.

In vitro studies have shown that risdiplam and its major metabolite are not significant inhibitors of human MDR1, organic anion-transporting polypeptide (OATP) 1B1, OATP1B3, organic anion transporter 1 and 3 (OAT 1 and 3) transporters, and human organic cation transporter 2 (OCT2), at clinically relevant concentrations. Risdiplam and its metabolite are, however, in vitro inhibitors of the multidrug and toxin extrusion (MATE) 1 and MATE2-K transporters [see Drug Interactions (7.1)].


13.1 Carcinogenesis, Mutagenesis, Impairment of Fertility


The carcinogenic potential of risdiplam has not been fully evaluated. Risdiplam was not carcinogenic in Tg.rasH2 mice when administered at oral doses of up to 9 mg/kg/day for 26 weeks.


Risdiplam was negative in an in vitro Ames assay. In an in vivo combined bone marrow micronucleus and comet assay in rat, risdiplam was clastogenic, as evidenced by an increase in micronuclei in bone marrow, but was negative in the comet assay. A pronounced increase in bone marrow micronuclei was also observed in toxicity studies in adult and juvenile rats [see Use in Specific Populations (8.4)].

Impairment of Fertility

Oral administration of risdiplam to rats for 4 (0, 1, 3, or 9 mg/kg/day) or 26 (0, 1, 3, or 7.5 mg/kg/day) weeks resulted in histopathological effects in the testis (degenerated spermatocytes, degeneration/atrophy of the seminiferous tubules) and epididymis (degeneration/necrosis of ductular epithelium) at the mid and/or high doses. At the high dose in the 26-week study, the testicular lesions persisted to the end of the recovery period, which corresponds, in rat, to approximately one spermatogenic cycle. The no-effect dose for adverse reproductive system effects in adult male rats (1 mg/kg/day) was associated with plasma drug exposures (AUC) similar to that in humans at the maximum recommended human dose (MRHD) of 5 mg/day.

Adverse effects of risdiplam on the testis could not be fully evaluated in the monkey because the majority of monkeys tested were sexually immature. However, oral administration of risdiplam (0, 2, 4, or 6 mg/kg/day) for 2 weeks resulted in histopathological changes in the testis (increases in multinucleate cells, germ cell degeneration) at the highest dose. At the no-effect dose for testicular toxicity in monkeys, plasma exposures were approximately 3 times that in humans at the MRHD.

Oral administration of risdiplam to postweaning juvenile rats resulted in male reproductive toxicity (degeneration/necrosis of the testis seminiferous epithelium with associated oligo/aspermia in the epididymis and abnormal sperm parameters). The no-effect dose for adverse reproductive effects in postweaning male juvenile rats was associated with plasma exposures approximately 4 times that in humans at the MRHD [see Use in Specific Populations (8.4)].

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