THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., Nov. 2, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Amgen (NASDAQ: AMGN) today announced that it will present 14 abstracts at the American Heart Association (AHA) Scientific Sessions 2015, from Nov. 7–11 in Orlando, Fla. New data analyses evaluating Repatha™ (evolocumab), an injectable proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9) inhibitor approved for certain patients with high low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C), or "bad" cholesterol,1 and Corlanor® (ivabradine), an oral medicine for certain people who have chronic (long-lasting) heart failure caused by the lower-left part of their heart not contracting well,2 will be presented at the meeting.
"We look forward to sharing data at AHA that continue to add to our clinical understanding of the products in our cardiovascular portfolio," said Sean E. Harper, M.D., executive vice president of Research and Development at Amgen. "Repatha and Corlanor, which were both approved in the U.S. earlier this year, are testaments to our ongoing commitment to improving care for patients with cardiovascular disease."
Repatha, approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Aug. 27, is indicated as an adjunct to diet and maximally tolerated statin therapy for the treatment of adults with heterozygous familial hypercholesterolemia (HeFH) or clinical atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD), who require additional lowering of LDL-C; and as an adjunct to diet and other LDL-lowering therapies for the treatment of patients with homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia (HoFH), who require additional lowering of LDL-C. The effect of Repatha on cardiovascular morbidity and mortality has not been determined.
Corlanor, approved by the FDA on April 15, is indicated to reduce the risk of hospitalization for worsening heart failure in patients with stable, symptomatic chronic heart failure with left ventricular ejection fraction <35 percent, who are in sinus rhythm with resting heart rate >70 beats per minute and either are on maximally tolerated doses of beta blockers or have a contraindication to beta blocker use.
In addition to Repatha and Corlanor clinical trial analyses, data from Amgen's Center for Observational Research will be presented, including a poster and oral presentation on findings from the REGARDS (REasons for Geographic And Racial Differences in Stroke) study, and an oral presentation on the benefits of initiating beta blocker treatment in heart failure patients within seven days following hospital discharge. A global health economics study on the association between achievement of LDL-C reduction targets and cardiovascular disease risk among patients with familial hypercholesterolemia will also be presented.
Data to be presented at AHA Scientific Sessions 2015 include:
- Comparisons of Peak LDL-C Reduction and Duration of Effect with Lower or Higher Dosing Regimens of the PCSK9 Inhibitor Evolocumab Abstract M 2060, Abstract Poster Session, Monday, Nov. 9, 9-10:15 a.m. ET (A2, Population Science)
Center for Observational Research Presentations
- Medicare Beneficiaries with Indicators of Statin Intolerance Have Increased Coronary Heart Disease Risk Abstract M 2056, Abstract Poster Session, Monday, Nov. 9, 9-10:15 a.m. ET (A2, Population Science)
- Differences Between Observed and Predicted Cardiovascular Event Rates Using the Framingham and REACH Equations: The Case of High-intensity Statin Users in the United Kingdom Abstract M 2131, Abstract Poster Session, Monday, Nov. 9, 2-3:15 p.m. ET (A2, Population Science)
- Achievement Of LDL-cholesterol Reduction Targets is Associated with Reduced Cardiovascular Disease Risk Among Patients with Familial Hypercholesterolemia in a Large Electronic Medical Record Database Abstract M 2145, Abstract Poster Session, Monday, Nov. 9, 2-3:15 p.m. ET (A2, Population Science)
- Rates of Cardiovascular Events in Patients Receiving High-intensity Statin Therapy in the United Kingdom Abstract M 2147, Abstract Poster Session, Monday, Nov. 9, 2-3:15 p.m. ET (A2, Population Science)
- Pcsk9 Loss-of-function Variants, Low-density Lipoprotein Cholesterol, and Risk of Coronary Heart Disease and Stroke: Data From the REGARDS Study and CHARGE Consortium Abstract 392, Abstract Oral Session, Tuesday, Nov. 10, 9:30-9:45 a.m. ET (W202)
Global Health Economics Presentations
- Long-term Increased Inpatient and Outpatient Visits Associated with Cardiovascular Events: A Large Real World Study Abstract S 2117, Abstract Poster Session, Sunday, Nov. 8, 2-3:15 p.m. ET (A2, Population Science)
- Treatment Trends Among High Cardiovascular Disease Risk Patients Treated with Lipid-lowering Therapies: A United States Real-world Study Abstract M 2097, Abstract Poster Session, Monday, Nov. 9, 2-3:15 p.m. ET (A2, Population Science)
- Safety of Continuing Ivabradine Treatment During Hospitalization for Worsening of Heart Failure in the SHIFT Study Abstract 547, Abstract Oral Session, Tuesday, Nov. 10, 5:45-6 p.m. ET (W300)
Center for Observational Research Presentations
- Prescriptions for and Use of β-Blocker Following Heart Failure Hospitalization: The REasons for Geographic and Racial Differences in Stroke (REGARDS) Study Abstract S 4206, Abstract Poster Session, Sunday, Nov. 8, 9-10:15 a.m. ET (A2, Clinical Science)
- Filling a β-blocker in the Week After Discharge for a Heart Failure Hospitalization is Associated with a Lower Risk of Rehospitalization Among Medicare Beneficiaries Abstract 292, Abstract Oral Session, Monday, Nov. 9, 11:45 a.m-12 p.m. ET (Sunburst - W340A)
Global Health Economics Presentations
- Budget Impact of Adding Corlanor® (Ivabradine) to Existing Standard of Care in the United States: A Commercial Payer Perspective Abstract M 4271, Abstract Poster Session, Monday, Nov. 9, 2-3:15 p.m. ET (A2, Clinical Science)
- Years of Life Lost Due to Heart Failure in the United States (US) Abstract T 4342, Abstract Poster Session, Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2-3:15 p.m. ET (A2, Clinical Science)
- Cost-effectiveness of Ivabradine as a Treatment for Systolic Chronic Heart Failure in the United States Abstract T 4350, Abstract Poster Session, Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2-3:15 p.m. ET (A2, Clinical Science)
About Repatha™ (evolocumab) Repatha™ (evolocumab) is a human monoclonal antibody that inhibits proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9). Repatha binds to PCSK9 and inhibits circulating PCSK9 from binding to the low-density lipoprotein (LDL) receptor (LDLR), preventing PCSK9-mediated LDLR degradation and permitting LDLR to recycle back to the liver cell surface. By inhibiting the binding of PCSK9 to LDLR, Repatha increases the number of LDLRs available to clear LDL from the blood, thereby lowering LDL-C levels.1
Important U.S. Product Information Repatha™ is indicated as an adjunct to diet and:
- Maximally tolerated statin therapy for treatment of adults with heterozygous familial hypercholesterolemia (HeFH) or clinical atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD), who require additional lowering of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C)
- Other LDL-lowering therapies (e.g., statins, ezetimibe, LDL apheresis) in patients with homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia (HoFH) who require additional lowering of LDL-C
The effect of Repatha™ on cardiovascular morbidity and mortality has not been determined.
The safety and effectiveness of Repatha™ have not been established in pediatric patients with HoFH who are younger than 13 years old.
The safety and effectiveness of Repatha™ have not been established in pediatric patients with primary hyperlipidemia or HeFH.
Important Safety Information
Contraindication: Repatha™ is contraindicated in patients with a history of a serious hypersensitivity reaction to Repatha™.
Allergic reactions: Hypersensitivity reactions (e.g. rash, urticaria) have been reported in patients treated with Repatha™, including some that led to discontinuation of therapy. If signs or symptoms of serious allergic reactions occur, discontinue treatment with Repatha™, treat according to the standard of care, and monitor until signs and symptoms resolve.
Adverse Reactions: The most common adverse reactions (> 5% of Repatha™-treated patients and more common than placebo) were: nasopharyngitis, upper respiratory tract infection, influenza, back pain, and injection site reactions.
In a 52-week trial, adverse reactions led to discontinuation of treatment in 2.2% of Repatha™-treated patients and 1% of placebo-treated patients. The most common adverse reaction that led to Repatha™ treatment discontinuation and occurred at a rate greater than placebo was myalgia (0.3% versus 0% for Repatha™ and placebo, respectively).
Adverse reactions from a pool of the 52-week trial and seven 12-week trials: Local injection site reactions that occurred in 3.2% and 3.0% of Repatha™-treated and placebo-treated patients, respectively. The most common injection site reactions were erythema, pain, and bruising. The proportions of patients who discontinued treatment due to local injection site reactions in Repatha™-treated patients and placebo-treated patients were 0.1% and 0%, respectively.
Allergic reactions occurred in 5.1% and 4.7% of Repatha™-treated and placebo-treated patients, respectively. The most common allergic reactions were rash (1.0% versus 0.5% for Repatha™ and placebo, respectively), eczema (0.4% versus 0.2%), erythema (0.4% versus 0.2%), and urticaria (0.4% versus 0.1%).
Neurocognitive events were reported in less than or equal to 0.2% in Repatha™-treated and placebo-treated patients.
In a pool of placebo- and active-controlled trials, as well as open-label extension studies that followed them, a total of 1,988 patients treated with Repatha™ had at least one LDL-C value < 25 mg/dL. Changes to background lipid-altering therapy were not made in response to low LDL-C values, and Repatha™ dosing was not modified or interrupted on this basis. Although adverse consequences of very low LDL-C were not identified in these trials, the long-term effects of very low levels of LDL-C induced by Repatha™ are unknown.
Musculoskeletal adverse reactions were reported in 14.3% of Repatha™-treated patients and 12.8% of placebo-treated patients. The most common adverse reactions that occurred at a rate greater than placebo were back pain (3.2% versus 2.9% for Repatha™ and placebo, respectively), arthralgia (2.3% versus 2.2%), and myalgia (2.0% versus 1.8%).
Homozygous Familial Hypercholesterolemia (HoFH): In 49 patients with homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia studied in a 12-week, double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial, 33 patients received 420 mg of Repatha™ subcutaneously once monthly. The adverse reactions that occurred in at least 2 (6.1%) Repatha™-treated patients and more frequently than in placebo-treated patients, included upper respiratory tract infection (9.1% versus 6.3%), influenza (9.1% versus 0%), gastroenteritis (6.1% versus 0%), and nasopharyngitis (6.1% versus 0%).
Immunogenicity: Repatha™ is a human monoclonal antibody. As with all therapeutic proteins, there is a potential for immunogenicity with Repatha™.
Please contact Amgen Medinfo at 800-77-AMGEN (800-772-6436) or 844-REPATHA (844-737-2842) regarding Repatha availability or find more information, including full Prescribing Information, at www.amgen.com and www.Repatha.com.
About Corlanor® (ivabradine) Corlanor® (ivabradine) blocks the hyperpolarization-activated cyclic nucleotide-gated (HCN) channel responsible for the cardiac pacemaker, which regulates heart rate. Corlanor reduces the spontaneous pacemaker activity of the cardiac sinus node by selectively inhibiting the If current ("funny" current) to slow the heart rate with no effect on ventricular repolarization and no effects on myocardial contractility.2 Corlanor was developed by Les Laboratoires Servier. Through a collaboration with Servier, Amgen has rights to commercialize Corlanor in the U.S.
Important U.S. Product Information Corlanor® is indicated to reduce the risk of hospitalization for worsening heart failure in patients with stable, symptomatic chronic heart failure with left ventricular ejection fraction < 35%, who are in sinus rhythm with resting heart rate > 70 beats per minute (bpm) and either are on maximally tolerated doses of beta blockers or have a contraindication to beta blocker use.
Important Safety Information
- Contraindications: Corlanor® is contraindicated in patients with acute decompensated heart failure, blood pressure < 90/50 mmHg, sick sinus syndrome, sinoatrial block, 3rd degree atrioventricular (AV) block (unless a functioning demand pacemaker is present), a resting heart rate < 60 bpm prior to treatment, severe hepatic impairment, pacemaker dependence (heart rate maintained exclusively by the pacemaker) and concomitant use of strong cytochrome P450 3A4 (CYP3A4) inhibitors.
- Fetal Toxicity: Corlanor® may cause fetal toxicity when administered to a pregnant woman.
- Atrial Fibrillation: Corlanor® increases the risk of atrial fibrillation. The rate of atrial fibrillation in patients treated with Corlanor® compared to placebo was 5% vs. 3.9% per patient-year, respectively.
- Bradycardia and Conduction Disturbances: Bradycardia, sinus arrest and heart block have occurred with Corlanor®. Concurrent use of verapamil or diltiazem also increases Corlanor® exposure and should be avoided. Avoid use of Corlanor® in patients with 2nd degree atrioventricular block unless a functioning demand pacemaker is present.
- Adverse Reactions: The most common adverse drug reactions reported at least 1% more frequently with Corlanor® than placebo and that occurred in more than 1% of patients treated with Corlanor® were bradycardia (10% vs. 2.2%), hypertension or increased blood pressure (8.9% vs. 7.8%), atrial fibrillation (8.3% vs. 6.6%), and luminous phenomena (phosphenes) or visual brightness (2.8% vs. 0.5%).
Please contact Amgen Medinfo at 800-77-AMGEN (800-772-6436) regarding Corlanor availability or find out more information, including full Prescribing Information and Medication Guide, at www.amgen.com and www.Corlanor.com.
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.3 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 portfolio consisting of several approved and investigational molecules in an effort to address a number of today's important unmet patient needs, such as high cholesterol and heart failure.
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- World Health Organization. Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) fact sheet. http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs317/en/. Accessed October 2015.