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BREAKING NEWS
Source: Thailand Medical News  Nov 06, 2019
New Drug For H Pylori : Talicia Gets US FDA Approval, But Thailand Medical News Warns That It Contains PPIs
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New Drug For H Pylori : Talicia Gets US FDA Approval, But Thailand Medical News Warns That It Contains PPIs
Source: Thailand Medical News  Nov 06, 2019
Talicia, a new drug to treat Helicobacter pylori (H pylori) infections in adults that is manufactured by Israel-based RedHill Biopharma has secured the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval.



H pylori bacteria infects more than 50% of the global population, including 35% in the US. Among the many digestive problems that it causes, it also leads to ulcers and in certain cases gastric cancer.

Typically, H pylori infections are treated by antibiotics such as clarithromycin. However of late the infections are becoming drug resistant. According to estimates, the resistance of H pylori to clarithromycin nearly doubled during 2009-2013.

According to Thailand Medical News, Talicia is a combination of antibiotics, amoxicillin and rifabutin, along with proton pump inhibitor (PPI), omeprazole.

Talicia is intended to address the growing resistance of the bacteria to the commonly used antibiotics in current standard-of-care therapies such as clarithromycin-based treatments.

FDA approval supports positive results from two Phase III studies enrolling H pylori-positive adults with epigastric pain or discomfort in the US. Data from the Phase III confirmatory study revealed 84% eradication of H pylori infection when treated with RedHill’s drug versus 58% in the active comparator arm.

In participants with measurable blood levels of drug at day 13, response rates were 90.3% and 64.7% with Talicia and the active comparator, respectively.

Trial data did not show any resistance to rifabutin, a principal component of the drug. Furthermore, 1% of subjects on RedHill’s drug had adverse reaction-related treatment discontinuation.

RedHill Biopharma CEO Dror Ben-Asher said: “The FDA’s approval of Talicia demonstrates our unwavering dedication to patients suffering from gastrointestinal diseases. We are working to expand our sales force to approximately 140 representatives who will promote Talicia, Aemcolo and other gastrointestinal-focused products in our basket.”

RedHill expects to launch Talicia in the US in the first quarter of next year. The company noted that the drug’s Qualified Infectious Disease Product (QIDP) designation provides market exclusivity in the country for eight years.

Thailand Medical News points out however that the clinical trials did not point out how long a duration on the new drug was needed to clear H pylori infections and whether the PPI content in the drug ie omeprazole could create a situation that dependence on PPIs would result or a situation in which the post effect of the drug would create a situation where treatments on PPIs would be needed.

Thailand Medical News states that it is clearly very irresponsible of the US FDA to clear new drug combos that contains PPIs considering the fact that there has been so many new emerging medical studies that link PPIs with a variety of complication and health issues including kidney diseases and kidney failure, cardiovascular incidences, cholangitis and a host of other medical issues.

The US FDA has also failed to issued package warnings on PPIs and also combo drugs or drug preparations containing PPIs.

For more details about the negative issues associated with PPIs, look at the following past articles:

https://www.thailandmedical.news/news/more-bad-news-for-users-of-proton-pump-inhibitors-(ppis),-as-these-gastric-reflux-drugs-are-implicated-in-cholangitis

https://www.thailandmedical.news/news/more-studies-emerging-that-ppis-(proton-pump-inhibitors)-linked-to-increased-risks-of-deaths

https://www.thailandmedical.news/news/as-evidence-of-damage-from-long-term-ppi-use-mounts,-thai-medical-providers-should-rethink-strategies-to-treat-acid-reflux

https://www.thailandmedical.news/news/new-study-links-ppis-to-kidney-disease-and-failure

https://www.thailandmedical.news/news/acid-reflux-medications-and-proton-pump-inhibitors-(ppis)-linked-to--kidney-disease