The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Fast Track designation to empagliflozin for the reduction of the risk of cardiovascular death and hospitalization for heart failure in people with chronic heart failure, Boehringer Ingelheim and Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY) announced. The Fast Track designation facilitates the development of new therapies that fill an unmet medical need for serious conditions in an effort to expedite the availability of new treatment options.
This designation is for the ongoing EMPEROR program, which consists of the EMPEROR-Reduced and EMPEROR-Preserved studies. These studies will evaluate the effect of empagliflozin on cardiovascular death and hospitalization for heart failure in adults with chronic heart failure with reduced or preserved ejection fraction, respectively.
Heart failure contributes to one in nine deaths and is a leading cause of hospitalization in the U.S., yet there are limited treatment options for people living with this debilitating disease. The FDA Fast Track designation for empagliflozin is an important step forward in addressing this unmet need, and we look forward to working closely with the FDA as we explore the potential for empagliflozin to improve outcomes for adults with chronic heart failure,
said Mohamed Eid, M.D., M.P.H., M.H.A, vice president,
Clinical Development & Medical Affairs, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Heart failure is a serious condition in which the heart is unable to supply enough blood to the body. About half of people who develop heart failure die within five years. Heart failure also leads to a substantial reduction in quality of life and a high symptom burden, in part due to limitation of physical activity and difficulty carrying out typical everyday activities. Already affecting 26 million people worldwide, including more than 6.5 million in the U.S., heart failure is expected to become even more prevalent.
Boehringer Ingelheim and Lilly are committed to advancing treatments that address the public health challenges of cardiometabolic diseases, including chronic heart failure. We eagerly anticipate results from the EMPEROR studies as we advance the development of empagliflozin in this setting,
said Jeff Emmick, M.D., Ph.D.,
vice president, Product Development, Lilly.
The two EMPEROR phase III studies include more than 8,500 people with chronic heart failure and are designed to assess the effect of treatment with empagliflozin on cardiovascular death and hospitalization for chronic heart failure as primary endpoints. The EMPEROR studies are part of the empagliflozin chronic heart failure program.
Empagliflozin, marketed as Jardiance® in the U.S., is a once-daily tablet used along with diet and exercise to lower blood sugar in adults with type 2 diabetes and to reduce the risk of cardiovascular death in adults with type 2 diabetes and known cardiovascular disease. Jardiance is not for people with type 1 diabetes or for people with diabetic ketoacidosis (increased ketones in the blood or urine).