- Substantial Reductions in Key Hormones and Hormone Precursors Observed After 14 Days of Crinecerfont Treatment in Adolescents with Classic CAH
- Two Phase 3 Global Registrational Studies Currently Underway in Pediatric (2–17 years of age) and Adult (18 years of age and older) Patients with Classic CAH
"Management of classic CAH can be particularly challenging in adolescents due to the hormonal changes that take place during puberty," said Eiry W. Roberts, M.D., Chief Medical Officer at
The 14-day, open-label Phase 2 study evaluated the effect of crinecerfont in eight adolescents 14–17 years of age (three males, five females) with classic CAH due to 21-OHD (Figure 1). Median percent reductions from baseline to Day 14 for 24-hour measurements of ACTH, 17-hydroxyprogesterone (17-OHP), and androstenedione (males and females), and androstenedione/testosterone ratio (males) ranged from -55.3% to -76.1%, while morning window measurements (i.e., the average of the two samples collected at
Crinecerfont was generally well tolerated, with no serious adverse events or discontinuations due to adverse events. All treatment-emergent adverse events were assessed as mild, with two adverse events (headache and dizziness) assessed as possibly related by the study investigator.
"Treatment of children and adolescents with classic CAH is challenging. We have relied on steroids, specifically glucocorticoids, for over 50 years, often resulting in under- or over-treatment, which can result in lower adult height and other health problems," said
Patient Preference Research: Preferred Adjunctive Medication Attributes of Adult Patients with Classic Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia (Poster #PSAT097)
- Examination of Treatment Patterns in Patients with Classic Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia (CAH) Compared to Treatment Guidelines (Poster #PSAT095)
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About Classic Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia (CAH)
Congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH) refers to a group of genetic conditions that result in an enzyme deficiency that alters the production of adrenal hormones. Approximately 95% of CAH cases are caused by a mutation that leads to deficiency of the enzyme 21-hydroxylase. In classic CAH, severe deficiency of this enzyme leads to an inability of the adrenal glands to produce cortisol and, in approximately 75% of cases, aldosterone. If left untreated, classic CAH can result in salt wasting, dehydration, and even death. Even with glucocorticoid treatment, high levels of adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) from the pituitary gland result in excess androgen production leading to virilization and menstrual irregularities in females. Both males and females with classic CAH can experience problems with growth and development in childhood including early puberty, short stature or height below genetic potential, and fertility problems in adulthood.
There are currently no non-steroidal treatments approved by the
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Crinecerfont is an investigational, oral, nonsteroidal, selective corticotropin-releasing factor type 1 receptor (CRF1) antagonist under evaluation for the treatment of classic CAH due to 21-hydroxylase deficiency (21-OHD). Antagonism of CRF1 receptors in the pituitary has been shown to decrease ACTH levels, which in turn could decrease the production of adrenal androgens and potentially the symptoms associated with classic CAH. Research also suggests that lowering androgen levels may enable lower, more physiologic dosing of glucocorticoids and thus potentially reduce the complications associated with long-term exposure to greater than normal glucocorticoid doses in patients with classic CAH.
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About CAHtalyst™ Studies
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For more information about the pediatric CAHtalyst™ Phase 3 study, please visit cahtalystpeds.cahstudies.com and ClinicalTrials.gov.
As part of the CAHtalyst™ clinical trial program, participants who complete these trials will be able to continue to receive crinecerfont as part of an open-label extension.
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