Vifor Pharma’s Veltassa Enables Patients to Achieve Long-Term Potassium Control and Optimized RAASi Therapy, DIAMOND Trial ShowsApril 4, 2022
Vifor Pharma has announced full results from its phase-IIIb DIAMOND trial showing that Veltassa allowed patients to achieve long-term potassium control, reduced the risk of recurrent hyperkalemia and prolonged optimized and guideline recommended renin-angiotensin aldosterone system inhibitor (RAASi) therapy. The findings were presented at the 71st Annual Scientific Session & Expo of the American College of Cardiology (ACC) in Washington D.C., U.S.
DIAMOND is the largest interventional study to date for potassium binders investigating the benefits of potassium control in more than 1,000 patients. The trial met its primary and all five key secondary endpoints.
The company said that the study have shown following results:
- Treatment with Veltassa lowered the risk of hyperkalemia events by 37%
- Veltassa statistically prevented hyperkalemia with more patients being able to maintain Mineralocorticoid Receptor Antagonists (MRA) therapy at target doses compared to placebo
- Patients with chronic kidney disease observed a greater benefit with Veltassa
- Veltassa was generally well tolerated and without unexpected safety findings
“We are very encouraged by the full results of the DIAMOND trial which are a milestone for patients suffering from heart failure,” said Dr. Klaus Henning Jensen, Chief Medical Officer of Vifor Pharma. “Data from this trial demonstrated that Veltassa controlled serum potassium and reduced the risk of recurrent hyperkalemia, while allowing more patients to be treated with guideline recommended, life-saving RAASi therapy.”
“These results are further evidence for the use of potassium binders to optimize heart failure medical therapy,” commented Prof. Javed Butler, Principal Investigator for the DIAMOND study. “RAASi offers significant survival benefits for these patients, but due to risk of hyperkalemia these therapies are unfortunately underutilized in practice. For cases where hyperkalemia is the dominant reason for not giving guideline-directed RAASi therapy, Veltassa can be an enablement strategy to allow patients to get optimized RAASi therapy while simultaneously lowering the risk of hyperkalemia.”
To date, Veltassa is the only potassium binder studied in placebo-controlled trials proven to control potassium without compromising RAASi in a variety of patient profiles, the company said.
Vifor Pharma said that it continues to support several real world data generation programs with the ongoing phase-IV PLATINUM study and the CARE-HK in HF global registry to evaluate evidence-based care using Veltassa in chronic kidney disease and heart failure patients. First results on the baseline data and retrospective analyses from CARE-HK in HF are expected in 2022.