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Vanda Pharmaceuticals' Fanapt receives USFDA approval for the Acute Treatment of Bipolar I Disorder


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Vanda Pharmaceuticals' Fanapt receives USFDA approval for the Acute Treatment of Bipolar I Disorder

Vanda Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Vanda) (Nasdaq: VNDA) today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Fanapt® (iloperidone) tablets for the acute treatment of manic or mixed episodes associated with bipolar I disorder in adults. Fanapt® is an atypical antipsychotic agent that has been used for the acute treatment of patients with schizophrenia since its FDA approval in 2009.

"Manic or mixed episodes associated with bipolar I disorder are highly complex conditions, which require a host of trusted options to meet individual patient needs. With over 100,000 patient years of experience, Fanapt is a familiar therapeutic agent that offers flexible dosing with a well-known safety profile. This FDA approval gives patients and service providers a new treatment option for managing bipolar I disorder," said Mihael H. Polymeropoulos M.D., Vanda's President, CEO and Chairman of the Board. 

Bipolar disorder is a serious, highly prevalent psychiatric chronic condition affecting approximately 2.8% of the U.S. adult population, with 83% of them classified as severe1. Bipolar disorder is a group of disorders that are characterized by periods of elevated mood alternating with periods of depressed mood. For the diagnosis of bipolar I disorder, people must have experienced one or more episodes of mania and most would have episodes of both mania and depression. Patients with bipolar I disorder with manic or mixed episodes are a subset of those approximately 10 million Americans with bipolar disorder1. The marketing approval of Fanapt® in bipolar I disorder with manic and mixed episodes significantly increases the commercial opportunity for Fanapt®.

Stephen Stahl, MD, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California San Diego, said, "Many patients today are still unable to find suitable treatment options for effectively managing bipolar disorder. Tailoring the right treatment for the right patient is critical for effective care, and the approval of Fanapt represents an important milestone. Fanapt possesses a well-studied safety profile, and its approval will provide patients with a new and effective option for treating a highly complex disorder."

 The approval of Fanapt® for the acute treatment of adults with manic or mixed episodes associated with bipolar I disorder was based on a pivotal study randomizing approximately 400 patients. The primary endpoint measured in Week 4 of treatment was assessed by the Young Mania Rating Scale (YMRS), a rating scale of clinical severity in the core symptoms of mania. At the end of the study (Week 4), Fanapt® treated patients showed a larger improvement than placebo treated patients, and this difference was highly statistically significant (p=0.000008). YMRS was assessed at the end of Weeks 1, 2, 3 and 4. Statistically significant benefit in the Fanapt® treated group over placebo was observed as early as the Week 2 assessment. The safety profile of Fanapt® in this study was similar to that seen in Fanapt® studies previously conducted for the treatment of schizophrenia in adults.

Dr. Polymeropoulos continued, "Today's announcement marks a significant step forward for one of Vanda's leading franchises and underscores the effectiveness of our strategy in pursuing innovative therapies that address high unmet medical needs to improve the lives of patients. With this as our foundation, we have established a resilient business, with a diverse product pipeline, a history of revenue growth and strong financial position. We remain focused on providing critical medicines to patients across the world while creating sustainable, long-term value."