Iptacopan (FABHALTA®) is an oral complement Factor B inhibitor developed by Novartis Pharmaceuticals for the treatment of complement-mediated diseases. Acting upstream of complement 5 in the alternative pathway, iptacopan inhibits both terminal complement-mediated intravascular haemolysis and complement 3-mediated extravascular haemolysis. On 5 December 2023, iptacopan received approval in the USA for the treatment of adults with paroxysmal nocturnal haemoglobinuria (PNH). This article summarizes the milestones in the development of iptacopan leading to this first approval for PNH.

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