THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., Feb. 3, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Amgen (NASDAQ: AMGN) today announced a Phase 3 study evaluating the efficacy and safety of biosimilar candidate ABP 501 compared with Humira® (adalimumab) in patients with moderate-to-severe rheumatoid arthritis met its primary and key secondary endpoints. The primary endpoint compared the ACR20 measurements (20 percent or greater improvement in ACR assessment) at week 24. The ACR20 was within the prespecified margin for ABP 501 compared to adalimumab, showing clinical equivalence. Safety and immunogenicity of ABP 501 were comparable to adalimumab. Key secondary endpoints included ACR50, ACR70 and DAS 28-CRP.
ABP 501 is being developed as a biosimilar candidate to adalimumab, an anti-TNF-α monoclonal antibody, which is approved in many countries for the treatment of inflammatory diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis, plaque psoriasis, polyarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.
"The positive results from Amgen's biosimilar Phase 3 rheumatoid arthritis study showed clinical equivalence in efficacy, and comparable safety and immunogenicity, to adalimumab. Amgen's success on both our ABP 501 psoriasis and rheumatoid arthritis studies underscores our expertise in the research and development of high-quality biologic therapies," said Sean E. Harper, M.D., executive vice president of Research and Development at Amgen. "Inflammation remains a core therapeutic area for Amgen, and we are committed to leveraging our long-term heritage in the space to deliver a portfolio of biosimilar and novel compounds that benefit patients worldwide."
Amgen has nine biosimilar molecules in development and expects to launch five of these biosimilars between 2017 and 2019.
Study Design This randomized, double-blind, active-controlled study (study number 20120262) evaluated safety, efficacy and immunogenicity of ABP 501 compared to adalimumab in adult patients with moderate-to-severe rheumatoid arthritis who have an inadequate response to methotrexate (MTX). The study consisted of a screening period of four weeks and a treatment period of 22 weeks, followed by a safety follow-up period through to week 26. There were 526 patients enrolled. Among them, there were 264 patients randomized to receive ABP 501 40 mg subcutaneous (SC) every two weeks and 262 patients randomized to receive adalimumab 40 mg SC every two weeks. The primary endpoint was assessment of ACR20 at week 24.
About Rheumatoid Arthritis Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disease of unknown etiology in which patients exhibit sytemic features such as fatigue, low grade fever, weight loss, anemia and increased systemic levels of acute phase reactants (e.g., erythrocyte sedimentation rates [ESR] and C-reactive protein [CRP]).1
About ABP 501 ABP 501 is being developed as a biosimilar candidate for adalimumab, an anti-TNF-α monoclonal antibody, which is approved in many regions for the treatment of several inflammatory diseases. The active ingredient of ABP 501 is an anti-TNF-α monoclonal antibody that has the same amino acid sequence as adalimumab. ABP 501 has the same pharmaceutical dosage form and strength as adalimumab (U.S.) and adalimumab (EU).
About Amgen Biosimilars Amgen Biosimilars is committed to building upon Amgen's experience in the development and manufacturing of innovative human therapeutics to expand Amgen's reach to patients suffering from serious illnesses. Biosimilars offer the potential to increase patient access to vital medicines, and Amgen is well positioned to leverage its 35 years of experience in biotechnology to create high-quality biosimilars and reliably supply them to patients worldwide.
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About Amgen 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.
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