Drugs. 2020 Aug 27. doi: 10.1007/s40265-020-01383-z. Online ahead of print.
Vadadustat (VAFSEO®) is a prolyl hydroxylase inhibitor being developed by Akebia Therapeutics, Inc. (Akebia) for the treatment of anaemia associated with chronic kidney disease (CKD). Akebia is collaborating with Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Corporation on the development and commercialization of vadadustat in Japan and with Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd on the development and commercialization of vadadustat in the USA, the EU and certain other territories. The drug is approved in Japan for use in adult patients with anaemia associated with CKD and regulatory submissions are planned in the USA and the EU. This article summarizes the milestones in the development of vadadustat leading to this first approval.