Novartis and NHS partner to improve manufacture of oligonucleotides

Grant Boone
January 15, 2020

The drug, which is pending approval in the US, will seemingly be provided on a "population foundation" to sufferers with atherosclerosis in the United Kingdom once it is tested in a colossal scientific trial and authorised for exhaust there.

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Other proposals from the collaboration include a primary prevention clinical trial and a population health access model for high-risk atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) patients.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock says that the agreement means inclisiran will "be coming to the United Kingdom first" - thanks to the NHS' position as the biggest purchaser of medicines in the world - and could save "tens of thousands" of lives over the next decade.

It is estimated that all told up to 40,000 NHS patients could be eligible for that trial, although for the moment that will only be an option for people in England because of the devolved health system in the UK.

"This innovative and groundbreaking collaboration could transform the health outlook of tens of thousands of people suffering from heart disease, by bringing together in a unique combination our ability to organise large-scale clinical trials, to address highly complex manufacturing issues, and to reach a large population of patients", he said.

The yet to be approved drug will be studied in United Kingdom patients as part of a large-scale NHS clinical trial, which is expected to start later this year. It is a severe disorder and the leading cause of morbidity (sickness) and mortality (death) in most developed countries.

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He continued: "Novartis is excited to partner with the United Kingdom government to leverage innovative models that could potentially lead to generating leading scientific evidence, accelerate access for patients and ensure continuous improvement in manufacturing efficiency and optimisation".

In phase 3 trials of the gene-silencing drug, inclisiran was able to significantly reduce levels of LDL cholesterol - so-called "bad cholesterol" - and demonstrated absolute change in LDL cholesterol at various time points between three and 18 months after treatment started.

Heart disease is the biggest killer worldwide, and the second biggest cause of death in the United Kingdom, over three million people are suffering from atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease and two and a half million using statins to bring their cholesterol down.

"If licensed, it will allow the drug to be put through the NICE approval process at the earliest opportunity possible, making it available to NHS patients much earlier", Britain's Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) said, in response to Reuters questions.

The potential to revolutionise healthcare is extraordinary - once licenced and approved, given to 300,000 patients annually, it could help prevent 55,000 heart attacks and strokes, potentially saving 30,000 lives this decade.

Novartis has announced its intent to collaborate with the National Health Service (NHS) England to develop and improve the manufacturing of cardiovascular therapeutics in the UK.

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