Overview of ATX-101 (Deoxycholic Acid Injection): A Nonsurgical Approach for Reduction of Submental Fat

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In 2015, ATX-101 (deoxycholic acid injection; Kybella in the United States and Belkyra in Canada; Kythera Biopharmaceuticals, Inc., Westlake Village, CA [an affiliate of Allergan plc, Dublin, Ireland]) was approved as a first-in-class injectable drug for improvement in the appearance of moderate to severe convexity or fullness associated with submental fat. ATX-101 has been evaluated in a clinical development program that included 18 Phase 1 to 3 studies supporting the current indication. Since 2007, the toxicity and safety profiles of ATX-101 have been characterized in numerous preclinical studies, its pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and optimal treatment paradigm have been defined in multiple Phase 1 and 2 studies, and its efficacy and clinical safety have been confirmed in 4 large Phase 3 trials (2 conducted in Europe and 2 in the United States and Canada [REFINE-1 and REFINE-2]). As subcutaneous injection of deoxycholic acid has been shown to cause adipocytolysis, the reduction in submental fat achieved after ATX-101 treatment is expected to be long lasting. This prediction is confirmed by data from long-term follow-up studies of up to 4 years after last treatment with ATX-101, which demonstrate that the treatment response is maintained over time in most subjects. ATX-101 offers a durable, minimally invasive alternative to liposuction and surgery for addressing submental fullness.

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