Calliditas has identified two potential follow-on indications for Nefecon, based on its localized delivery in the intestine and resulting first passage though the liver. These are autoimmune hepatitis (AIH) and primary biliary cholangitis (PBC).
AIH is a rare disease associated with chronic inflammation of the liver. Based on current knowledge of AIH’s pathophysiology, the origin of the autoimmune response is believed to be production of cytotoxic T-cells and B-cell derived autoantibodies directed towards liver cells or its components, resulting in inflammation of the liver cells that eventually destroys the cell and leads to fibrosis. AIH often presents as a slow progressing disease of the liver, leading to cirrhosis at variable rates with complications such as liver failure and liver cancer.
AIH is an orphan disease and based on its known prevalence rates, we estimate that there are approximately 50,000 to 80,000 patients in the United States. The annual incidence of AIH ranges from 0.1 to 1.9 cases per 100,000 in the United States. The disease is at least three times as common in women as in men and can occur at any time during life.
Primary Biliary Cholangitis
PBC is a progressive and chronic autoimmune disease of the liver that causes a cycle of immune injury to biliary epithelial cells, resulting in cholestasis and fibrosis. The origin of the autoimmune response is believed to be the production of cytotoxic T-cells and B-cell derived autoantibodies directed towards the endothelial cells of the small bile ducts in the liver, resulting in inflammation and damage to the duct cells and eventually destroying the bile ducts. This destruction results in the accumulation of increased bile acid in the liver, a condition known as cholestasis, to levels that are toxic to the liver cells, resulting in destruction of liver cells and fibrosis. PBC can culminate in liver failure, necessitating the need for a liver transplant. PBC is an orphan disease and, based on its known prevalence rates, we estimate that there are approximately 140,000 patients in the United States. The annual incidence for PBC ranges from 0.3 to 5.8 cases per 100,000 in the United States.
PBC are also at a greater risk than the general population of developing hepatocellular carcinoma.