The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Vertex Pharmaceuticals’ CASGEVY™ (exagamglogene autotemcel [exa-cel]), a CRISPR/Cas9 gene-edited cell therapy, for the treatment of transfusion-dependent beta thalassemia (TDT) in patients 12 years and older.
“On the heels of the historic FDA approval of CASGEVY for sickle cell disease, it is exciting to now secure approval for TDT well ahead of the PDUFA date,” said Reshma Kewalramani, M.D., Chief Executive Officer and President of Vertex. “TDT patients deserve new, potentially curative treatment options, and we look forward to bringing CASGEVY to eligible patients who are waiting.”
The administration of CASGEVY requires experience in stem cell transplantation; therefore, Vertex is engaging with experienced hospitals to establish a network of independently operated, authorized treatment centers (ATCs) throughout the U.S. to offer CASGEVY to patients.
All nine ATCs activated in the U.S. are able to offer CASGEVY to eligible patients with TDT and sickle cell disease (SCD). Additional ATCs will be activated in the coming weeks.