Vericiguat: A Review in Chronic Heart Failure with Reduced Ejection Fraction
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Vericiguat (Verquvo®) is the first oral soluble guanylate cyclase (sGC) stimulator to be approved for the treatment of adults with symptomatic, chronic heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF). In the phase III VICTORIA trial, vericiguat added to standard of care (SOC) was associated with a significantly lower risk of the primary composite endpoint of death from cardiovascular (CV) causes or first hospitalization from heart failure (HHF) than placebo added to SOC in adults with chronic HFrEF. The risk of all-cause mortality or first HHF (secondary composite endpoint) and the total number of HHF were also statistically significantly reduced by vericiguat therapy. Vericiguat was of no benefit with respect to the primary endpoint in a subgroup of patients with grossly elevated N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide levels. Vericiguat was generally well tolerated; the most common treatment-related adverse event (AE) was hypotension. AEs of special interest included symptomatic hypotension and syncope, which occurred with low incidences that were similar between treatment groups. Thus, vericiguat is an effective and generally well-tolerated treatment option in patients with symptomatic, chronic HFrEF who have experienced a recent worsening event, expanding the options currently available for chronic HFrEF management.
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