|Trade names||Vyndaqel, Vyndamax, others|
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|Molar mass||308.11 g·mol−1|
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Tafamidis, sold under the brand names Vyndaqel and Vyndamax among others, is a medication used to delay loss of peripheral nerve function in adults with familial amyloid polyneuropathy (FAP). It works by stabilizing the protein transthyretin. In people with FAP these strands separate and form clumps that harm nerves. It is also used for the treatment of heart disease (cardiomyopathy) caused by transthyretin mediated amyloidosis (ATTR-CM).
Tafamidis is used to delay impairment of peripheral nerve function in adults with familial amyloid polyneuropathy (FAP). It is taken by mouth. It is also used for the treatment of the heart disease (cardiomyopathy) caused by transthyretin mediated amyloidosis (ATTR-CM).
Women should not get pregnant while taking it and should not breast feed while taking it. People with FAP who have received a liver transplant should not take it.
More than 10% of people in clinical trials had one or more of urinary tract infections, vaginal infections, upper abdominal pain, or diarrhea.
Tafamidis does not appear to interact with cytochrome P450 but does inhibit BCRP, so is likely to affect availability of drugs including methotrexate, rosuvastatin, and imatinib, and inhibits OAT1 and OAT3 so is likely to interact with NSAIDs and other drugs that rely on those transporters.
Tafamidis is a pharmacological chaperone that stabilizes the correctly folded tetrameric form of the transthyretin (TTR) protein by binding in one of the two thyroxine-binding sites of the tetramer. In people with FAP, the individual monomers fall away from the tetramer, misfold, and aggregate; the aggregates harm nerves.
The maximum plasma concentration is achieved around two hours after dosing; in plasma it is almost completely bound to proteins. Based on preclinical data, it appears to be metabolized by glucuronidation and excreted via bile; in humans, around 59% of a dose is recovered in feces, and approximately 22% in urine.
The chemical name of tafamidis is 2-(3,5-dichlorophenyl)-1,3-benzoxazole-6-carboxylic acid. The molecule has two crystalline forms and one amorphous form; it is manufactured in one of the possible crystalline forms. It is marketed as a meglumine salt. It is slightly soluble in water.
The laboratory of Jeffery W. Kelly began looking for ways to inhibit TTR fibril formation in the 1990s.:210 Tafamidis was eventually discovered by Kelly's team using a structure-based drug design strategy; the chemical structure was first published in 2003. In 2003, Kelly co-founded a company called FoldRx with Susan Lindquist of MIT and the Whitehead Institute and FoldRx developed tafamidis up through submitting an application for marketing approval in Europe in early 2010. FoldRx was acquired by Pfizer later that year.
Tafamidis was approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) in November 2011, to delay peripheral nerve impairment in adults with transthyretin-related hereditary amyloidosis. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rejected the application for marketing approval in 2012, on the basis that the clinical trial did not show efficacy based on a functional endpoint, and the FDA requested further clinical trials. In May 2019, the FDA approved two tafamidis preparations, Vyndaqel (tafamidis meglumine) and Vyndamax (tafamidis), for the treatment of transthyretin mediated cardiomyopathy (ATT-CM). The drug was approved in Japan in 2013; regulators there made the approval dependent on further clinical trials showing better evidence of efficacy.
The FDA approved tafamidis meglumine based primarily on evidence from a clinical trial (NCT01994889) of 441 adult patients. The trial was conducted at 60 sites in Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Spain, France, Greece, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Sweden, Great Britain, and the United States.
There was one trial that evaluated the benefits and side effects of tafamidis for the treatment of ATTR-CM. In the trial, patients with ATTR‑CM were randomly assigned to receive either tafamidis (either 20 or 80 mg) or placebo for 30 months. About 90% of patients in the trial were taking other drugs for heart failure (consistent with the standard of care).
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Tafamidis was approved for medical use in the European Union in 2011, and in Japan in 2013. It was initially rejected in the United States in 2012, then approved in 2019. In the United States two preparations, tafamidis meglumine and tafamidis, were approved for the treatment of transthyretin mediated cardiomyopathy (ATTR-CM). The two preparations have the same active moiety, tafamidis, but they are not substitutable on a milligram to milligram basis.
Tafamidis (Vyndamax) and Tafamidis meglumine (Vyndaqel) were approved for medical use in Australia in March 2020.
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