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Monitoring safety and effectiveness of Tafamidis in transthyretin amyloidosis in Italy: a 3-year longitudinal multicenter study in a non-endemic area

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Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases201510 (Suppl 1) :P6

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  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Amyloidosis
  • Polyneuropathy
  • Neurological Function
  • Advanced Disease Stage


Tafamidis is a transthyretin (TTR) stabilizer able to prevent mutated TTR tetramer dissociation into amyloidogenic monomers. There have been a few encouraging studies on safety and long-term efficacy of Tafamidis in early-onset Val30Met TTR-familial amyloid polyneuropathy (TTR-FAP) patients. However, less is known about its efficacy in later stages of the disease and in non-Val30Met mutations.


Multi-center observational study on symptomatic TTR-FAP patients prescribed to receive tafamidis. We followed up patients according to a standardized protocol including general medical, cardiological and neurological assessments at baseline and every 6 months up to 3 years.


61 (42 males) patients were recruited. Only 28% of enrolled subjects had the common Val30Met mutation, mean age of onset was remarkably late (59 years) and 18% was in an advanced disease stage at study entry. Tafamidis proved safe and well-tolerated. One third of patients did not show significant progression along 36 months, independently from mutation type and disease stage. Neurological function worsened particularly in the first 6 months but slowed significantly thereafter. Fifteen percent of patients showed cardiac disease progression and 30% new onset of cardiomyopathy. A higher mBMI at baseline was associated with better preservation on neurological function.


Neuropathy and cardiomyopathy progressed in a significant proportion of patients despite treatment. However, the worsening of neurological function slowed after the first 6 months and also subjects with more advanced neuropathy, as well as patients with non-Val30Met mutation, benefited from Tafamidis treatment. Body weight preservation is an important favorable prognostic factor.

Authors’ Affiliations

C. Mondino National Neurological Institute, General Neurology, 27100 Pavia, Italy
Fondazione Aurora Onlus, Department of Neurosciences, University of Messina and NEMO SUD Center for Neuromuscular Disorders, 98121 Messina, Italy
Amyloidosis Research and Treatment Center, Department of Molecular Medicine, Fondazione Istituto Di Ricovero e Cura a Carattere Scientifico Policlinico San Matteo and University of Pavia, 27100 Pavia, Italy
Institute of Neurology, Department of Geriatrics, Neurosciences and Orthopedics, Catholic University of Sacred Heart, 00118 Roma, Italy
Department of Neurological, Neuropsychological, Morphological and Motor Sciences, University of Verona, 37010 Verona, Italy
Department of Neurosciences, Reproductive and Odontostomatological Sciences, University Federico II of Naples, 80121 Napoli, Italy
IRCCS Foundation, C. Besta Neurological Institute, Department of Neurolog, 20124 Milano, Italy


© Cortese et al. 2015

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