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13.1 Carcinogenesis, Mutagenesis, Impairment of Fertility

Carcinogenesis: In the 2-year carcinogenicity studies, chronic oral administration of selexipag revealed no evidence of carcinogenic potential in rats at 100 mg/kg/day and mice at 500 mg/kg/day which resulted in the exposures to the active metabolite more than 25 times the human exposure at the maximum recommended human oral dose of 1600 mcg twice daily on an AUC basis.

Mutagenesis: Selexipag and the active metabolite are not genotoxic on the basis of the overall evidence of conducted genotoxicity studies.

Fertility: In rats administered with selexipag orally, the no effect dose for effects on fertility was 60 mg/kg/day which resulted in the exposure to the active metabolite approximately 175 times the human exposure at the maximum recommended human oral dose of 1600 mcg twice daily on an AUC basis.


14.1 Efficacy of UPTRAVI Tablets in Patients with Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

The effect of UPTRAVI tablets on progression of PAH was demonstrated in a multi-center, double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel group, event-driven study (GRIPHON) in 1,156 patients with symptomatic (WHO Functional Class I [0.8%], II [46%], III [53%], and IV [1%]) PAH. Patients were randomized to either placebo (N=582), or UPTRAVI tablets (N=574). The dose was increased in weekly intervals by increments of 200 mcg twice a day to the highest tolerated dose up to 1600 mcg twice a day.

The primary study endpoint was the time to first occurrence up to end-of-treatment of: a) death, b) hospitalization for PAH, c) PAH worsening resulting in need for lung transplantation, or balloon atrial septostomy, d) initiation of parenteral prostanoid therapy or chronic oxygen therapy, or e) other disease progression based on a 15% decrease from baseline in 6MWD plus worsening of Functional Class or need for additional PAH-specific therapy.

The mean age was 48 years, the majority of patients were white (65%) and female (80%). Nearly all patients were in WHO Functional Class II and III at baseline.

Idiopathic or heritable PAH was the most common etiology in the study population (58%) followed by PAH associated with connective tissue disease (29%), PAH associated with congenital heart disease with repaired shunts (10%), drugs and toxins (2%), and HIV (1%).

At baseline, the majority of enrolled patients (80%) were being treated with a stable dose of an endothelin receptor antagonist (15%), a PDE-5 inhibitor (32%), or both (33%).

Patients on UPTRAVI tablets achieved doses within the following groups: 200–400 mcg (23%), 600–1000 mcg (31%) and 1200–1600 mcg (43%).

Treatment with UPTRAVI tablets resulted in a 40% reduction (99% CI: 22 to 54%; two-sided log-rank p-value <0.0001) of the occurrence of primary endpoint events compared to placebo (Table 3; Figure 3). The beneficial effect of UPTRAVI was primarily attributable to a reduction in hospitalization for PAH and a reduction in other disease progression events (Table 3). The observed benefit of UPTRAVI was similar regardless of the dose achieved when patients were titrated to their highest tolerated dose [see Dosage and Administration (2.1)].

Figure 3 Kaplan-Meier Estimates of the First Morbidity-Mortality Event in GRIPHON

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Table 3: Primary Endpoints and Related Components in GRIPHON
UPTRAVIN=574PlaceboN=582Hazard Ratio(99% CI)p-value
Primary endpoint events up to the end of treatment
All primary endpoint events As first event:15527.024241.60.60 [0.46, 0.78]<0.0001
  • Hospitalization for PAH
  • Other disease progression (Decrease in 6MWD plus worsening functional class or need for other therapy)
  • Death
  • Parenteral prostanoid or chronic oxygen therapy
  • PAH worsening resulting in need for lung transplantation or balloon atrial septostomy

It is not known if the excess number of deaths in the UPTRAVI group is drug-related because there were so few deaths and the imbalance was not observed until 18 months into GRIPHON.

Figures 4A, B, and C show time to first event analyses for primary endpoint components of hospitalization for PAH (A), other disease progression (B), and death (C) all censored 7 days after any primary end point event (because many patients on placebo transitioned to open-label UPTRAVI at this point).

Figure 4A Hospitalization for PAH as the First Endpoint in GRIPHON

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Figure 4B Disease Progression as the First Endpoint in GRIPHON

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Figure 4C Death as the First Endpoint in GRIPHON

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The treatment effect of UPTRAVI on time to first primary event was consistent irrespective of background PAH therapy (i.e., in combination with an ERA, PDE-5i, both, or without background therapy) (Figure 5).

Figure 5 Subgroup Analyses of the Primary Endpoint in GRIPHON

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Note: Race group “Other” is not displayed in analysis, as the population is less than 30. EU = Number of UPTRAVI patients with events, NU = Number of patients randomized to UPTRAVI, EP = Number of Placebo patients with events, NP = Number of patients randomized to Placebo, HR = Hazard Ratio, CI = Confidence Interval, the size of the squares represent the number of patients in the subgroup.

Note: The figure above presents effects in various subgroups all of which are baseline characteristics and all were pre-specified. The 99% confidence limits that are shown do not take into account how many comparisons were made, nor do they reflect the effect of a particular factor after adjustment for all other factors. Apparent homogeneity or heterogeneity among groups should not be over-interpreted.

6-Minute Walk Distance (6MWD)

Exercise capacity was evaluated as a secondary endpoint. Median absolute change from baseline to week 26 in 6MWD measured at trough (i.e., at approximately 12 hours post-dose) was +4 meters with UPTRAVI and -9 meters in the placebo group. This resulted in a placebo-corrected median treatment effect of 12 meters (99% CI: 1, 24 meters; two-sided p = 0.005).

Long-Term Treatment of PAH

In long-term follow-up of patients who were treated with UPTRAVI in the pivotal study and the open-label extension (N=574), Kaplan-Meier estimates of survival of these patients across the GRIPHON study and the long-term extension study at 1, 2, 5 and 7 years were 92%, 85%, 71%, and 63%, respectively. The median exposure to UPTRAVI was 3 years. These uncontrolled observations do not allow comparison with a control group not given UPTRAVI and cannot be used to determine the long-term effect of UPTRAVI on mortality.

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