Tricida Announces Administrative Stop of the VALOR-CKD Trial
SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., May 19, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Tricida, Inc. (Nasdaq: TCDA) announced today that as anticipated it is stopping its VALOR-CKD renal outcomes trial early for administrative reasons pursuant to the existing study protocol to allow for six months of financial runway following the reporting of top-line results, currently anticipated to occur early in the fourth quarter of 2022.
As of May 18, 2022, the average treatment duration of the 1480 subjects randomized in the trial was approximately 25 months, and the trial had accrued 237 subjects with positively adjudicated primary endpoint events, defined as renal death, end-stage renal disease (ESRD), or greater than or equal to 40% reduction in estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR). The trial will continue to accrue primary endpoint events as clinical trial subjects complete their participation in the study which, for the last subject, is currently projected to occur in the third quarter of 2022.
“We have previously received feedback from the FDA on the administrative stop and believe that stopping the VALOR-CKD trial early will allow us to obtain interpretable data from the trial. We expect this data will allow us to evaluate how treatment with veverimer impacts slowing of CKD progression in patients with metabolic acidosis and CKD,” said Gerrit Klaerner, Ph.D., Tricida’s Chief Executive Officer and President.
About the VALOR-CKD Renal Outcomes Trial
The VALOR-CKD trial was initiated in the fourth quarter of 2018. It is a multi-center, randomized, placebo-controlled trial designed to evaluate veverimer’s ability to slow CKD progression in patients with metabolic acidosis and CKD. It is being conducted in over 200 clinical trial sites in 34 countries.
Tricida announced in November 2021 that there was a substantial likelihood that it would not have adequate resources or be able to obtain such resources on reasonable terms in the necessary timeframe to continue the VALOR-CKD trial to reach the protocol-specified target of 511 subjects with positively adjudicated primary endpoint events, which Tricida anticipated would not be reached until 2024. Tricida corresponded with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding approaches to stop the VALOR-CKD trial early based on its finncial resources and the procedures for study close-out. Consistent with feedback provided by the FDA, Tricida concluded that stopping the VALOR-CKD trial early for administrative reasons pursuant to the existing protocol would likely provide the most complete and interpretable data, reduce the risk of missing data required for key efficacy analyses, and maintain the integrity of the trial. The exact timing of the administrative stop has been determined by the company’s financial runway. Tricida’s goal with respect to the timing of the administrative stop has been to have approximately six months of financial runway upon receipt of the VALOR-CKD data.
Tricida, Inc. is a pharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of its investigational drug candidate, veverimer, a non-absorbed, orally-administered polymer designed to slow CKD progression in patients with metabolic acidosis and CKD. Tricida is currently conducting a renal outcomes clinical trial, VALOR-CKD, to determine if veverimer slows CKD progression in patients with metabolic acidosis associated with CKD. Metabolic acidosis is a condition commonly caused by CKD that is believed to accelerate the progression of kidney deterioration. It is estimated to pose a health risk to approximately 4.3 million patients with CKD in the United States. There are currently no therapies approved by the FDA to slow progression of kidney disease by correcting chronic metabolic acidosis in patients with CKD.
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