Thursday, April 16, 2015
The FDA Office of Orphan Products Development (OOPD) has granted orphan drug designation for Reata Pharmaceuticals’ bardoxolone methyl for the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). PAH is a life-threatening disease involving endothelial dysfunction, pulmonary vasoconstriction, vascular remodeling, pulmonary fibrosis and right ventricular hypertrophy. Additionally, PAH involves skeletal muscle dysfunction that contributes to the exercise intolerance observed in PAH patients. In preclinical studies, bardoxolone methyl has demonstrated potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and bioenergetic properties, which may lead to improved exercise tolerance in patients.