On February 6, 2019, the US Food and Drug Administration approved caplacizumab-yhdp (Cablivi), in combination with plasma exchange and immunosuppressive therapy, for the treatment of adult patients with acquired thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (aTTP). During episodes of this rare, life-threatening blood clotting disorder, microclots can form, leading to low platelet counts, ischemia and organ dysfunction in aTTP patients. Approval was based on positive results from a study of 145 patients with an acute episode of aTTP who were randomized 1:1 to receive either caplacizumab or placebo in addition to standard-of-care treatment, which was daily plasma exchange and immunosuppression. Caplacizumab was granted its first approved in the European Union (EU) on August 31, 2018. The mAb was granted Fast Track designation in the US and Orphan Drug designations in the US and EU for the treatment of aTTP.
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