At today’s FDA advisory committee meeting, Amgen will present Repatha clinical trial data from approximately 6,800 patients, including more than 4,500 patients with high cholesterol in 10 Phase 3 trials. The Phase 3 studies evaluated the efficacy and safety of Repatha in patients with elevated cholesterol, including patients on statins with or without other lipid-lowering therapies; patients who cannot tolerate statins; patients with heterozygous familial hypercholesterolemia (HeFH) and patients with homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia (HoFH), a rare and serious genetic disorder.2
“We look forward to discussing the efficacy and safety data from our clinical program with the FDA advisory committee as there remains a significant unmet medical need for patients who, despite currently available therapies, are unable to control their high cholesterol,” said Sean E. Harper, M.D., executive vice president of Research and Development at Amgen. “If approved, Repatha would provide patients and physicians with an important new treatment option for managing high cholesterol.”
The FDA has set a Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) target action date of Aug. 27, 2015, for the Repatha BLA.
High cholesterol, particularly elevated LDL-C, is the most common form of dyslipidemia, which is an abnormality of cholesterol and/or fats in the blood.3,4 Nearly one in three Americans have elevated LDL-C,5 which is recognized as a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease.6,7Familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) is an inherited condition caused by genetic mutations which lead to high levels of LDL-C at an early age,2 and it is estimated that less than one percent of people with FH (heterozygous and homozygous forms) in the U.S. are diagnosed.8
PROFICIO Clinical Program Results
PROFICIO, which stands for the Program to Reduce LDL-C and Cardiovascular OutcomesFollowing Inhibition of PCSK9 In Different POpulations, is a large and comprehensive clinical trial program evaluating Repatha. PROFICIO includes 22 clinical trials, with a combined planned enrollment of approximately 35,000 patients.
In data from the clinical program to date, Repatha has demonstrated consistent, significant and durable reduction in LDL-C levels with favorable effects on other lipid parameters in approximately 6,000 patients with primary hyperlipidemia and mixed dyslipidemia.9 In these studies, Repatha reduced LDL-C by approximately 55 percent to 75 percent compared with placebo10-13 and by approximately 35 percent to 45 percent compared with ezetimibe.10,11,13In patients with HoFH, Repatha reduced LDL-C by approximately 30 percent compared with placebo.14 Reduction of LDL-C was maintained with long-term treatment.15
The adverse event profile for Repatha was similar overall to that of the control groups.10-16 The most common adverse events that occurred in greater than or equal to 2 percent of the Repatha group, and more frequently than in the control group, were nasopharyngitis (5.9 percent Repatha; 4.8 percent any control), upper respiratory tract infection (3.2 percent Repatha; 2.7 percent any control), back pain (3.0 percent Repatha; 2.7 percent any control), arthralgia (2.3 percent Repatha; 2.2 percent any control), influenza (2.1 percent Repatha; 2.0 percent any control) and nausea (2.1 percent Repatha; 1.8 percent any control).
About RepathaTM (evolocumab)
RepathaTM (evolocumab) is a fully human monoclonal antibody that inhibits proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9).1 PCSK9 is a protein that targets LDL receptors for degradation and thereby reduces the liver’s ability to remove LDL-C, or “bad” cholesterol, from the blood.17 Repatha, being developed by Amgen scientists, is designed to bind to PCSK9 and inhibit PCSK9 from binding to LDL receptors on the liver surface. In the absence of PCSK9, there are more LDL receptors on the surface of the liver to remove LDL-C from the blood.1
The FDA has provisionally approved the use of the trade name Repatha.
About Amgen Cardiovascular
Building on more than three decades of experience in developing biotechnology medicines for patients with serious illnesses, Amgen is dedicated to addressing important scientific questions to advance care and improve the lives of patients with cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide.18 Amgen’s research into cardiovascular disease, and potential treatment options, is part of a growing competency at Amgen that utilizes human genetics to identify and validate certain drug targets. Through its own research and development efforts, as well as partnerships, Amgen is building a robust cardiovascular pipeline consisting of several investigational molecules in an effort to address a number of today’s important unmet patient needs, such as high cholesterol and heart failure.
Amgen is committed to unlocking the potential of biology for patients suffering from serious illnesses by discovering, developing, manufacturing and delivering innovative human therapeutics. This approach begins by using tools like advanced human genetics to unravel the complexities of disease and understand the fundamentals of human biology.
Amgen focuses on areas of high unmet medical need and leverages its biologics manufacturing expertise to strive for solutions that improve health outcomes and dramatically improve people’s lives. A biotechnology pioneer since 1980, Amgen has grown to be one of the world’s leading independent biotechnology companies, has reached millions of patients around the world and is developing a pipeline of medicines with breakaway potential.
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