Teva and Active Biotech Announce First Patient Enrolled in Phase II Study Evaluating Laquinimod for Primary Progressive MS
Phase II ARPEGGIO study design to be presented at the 67th American Academy of Neurology (AAN) Annual Meeting, April 18-25, 2015
Jerusalem, Israel & Lund, Sweden - April 23, 2015 - Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NYSE and TASE: TEVA) and Active Biotech (NASDAQ STOCKHOLM: ACTI) today announced the first patient has been enrolled in the study A Randomized Placebo-controlled Trial Evaluating Laquinimod in PPMS, Gauging Gradations In MRI and Clinical Outcomes (ARPEGGIO), a Phase II study to evaluate laquinimod, an investigational, oral, immune modulator, for the treatment of primary progressive multiple sclerosis (PPMS). Currently there are no approved treatments for PPMS, representing a condition with a high unmet need.
PPMS affects approximately 15 percent of all MS patients and is characterized by the worsening of neurologic function without distinct relapses (also called attacks or exacerbations). Unlike patients with relapsing-remitting MS (RRMS), those with PPMS tend to have more lesions in the spinal cord than in the brain and these brain lesions usually contain fewer inflammatory cells. In addition, all studies evaluating RRMS treatments in patients with PPMS have failed to prove effective for this condition.
"Laquinimod may represent an opportunity to help meet the challenge of PPMS," said Michael Hayden, M.D., Ph.D., President of Global R&D and Chief Scientific Officer at Teva. "The mechanisms of action and data from previous studies in RRMS suggest the effect of laquinimod is focused on the neurodegenerative aspects of the disease, which are pervasive in PPMS. We are hopeful that the ARPEGGIO study will demonstrate the ability of laquinimod to slow disability progression in PPMS and fulfill an unmet need for patients with this lifelong and debilitating disease."
ARPEGGIO is a multinational, multicenter, randomized, double-blind, parallel-group, placebo-controlled study of once-daily, oral laquinimod (0.6mg or 1.5mg/day) in patients with PPMS. The study's primary endpoint is percent brain volume change (PBVC) through MRI analysis. The trial will enroll approximately 375 patients in the U.S., Canada, and Europe.
Additional details on the study design will be presented at the AAN Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, April 23, 2015 during Poster Session 7. For further details on the Phase II ARPEGGIO study, please visit clinicaltrials.gov/show/NCT02284568.
Laquinimod is a once-daily oral, investigational, CNS-active immunomodulator with a novel mechanism of action being developed for the treatment of relapsing-remitting MS (RRMS), progressive MS and Huntington's disease. The global, Phase III, clinical development program evaluating laquinimod in MS includes two completed pivotal studies, ALLEGRO and BRAVO (both 0.6mg/day). A third Phase III trial, CONCERTO, is currently ongoing and evaluating two doses of laquinimod (0.6mg and 1.2mg/day) in approximately 2,100 patients for up to 24 months. The primary outcome measure is time to three-month confirmed-disability progression as measured by the Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS).
In the ALLEGRO and BRAVO trials, adverse reactions observed included headache, abdominal pain, back and neck pain, appendicitis, and mild, asymptomatic laboratory abnormalities, including liver enzyme elevations, hematological changes and elevation of CRP or fibrinogen levels.
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NYSE and TASE: TEVA) is a leading global pharmaceutical company that delivers high-quality, patient-centric healthcare solutions to millions of patients every day. Headquartered in Israel, Teva is the world's largest generic medicines producer, leveraging its portfolio of more than 1,000 molecules to produce a wide range of generic products in nearly every therapeutic area. In specialty medicines, Teva has a world-leading position in innovative treatments for disorders of the central nervous system, including pain, as well as a strong portfolio of respiratory products. Teva integrates its generics and specialty capabilities in its global research and development division to create new ways of addressing unmet patient needs by combining drug development capabilities with devices, services and technologies. Teva's net revenues in 2014 amounted to $20.3 billion. For more information, visit www.tevapharm.com.
About Active Biotech
Active Biotech AB (publ) (Nasdaq Stockholm: ACTI) is a biotechnology company with focus on neurodegenerative/inflammatory diseases and cancer. Laquinimod, an orally administered small molecule with unique immunomodulatory properties, is in pivotal phase III development for the treatment of relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis. Also, laquinimod is in phase II development for the treatment of primary progressive multiple sclerosis and Huntington's disease.
The project portfolio includes a preclinical project, ISI, with the objective to produce new, patentable chemical compounds for treatment of diseases within the company's focus areas. Please visit www.activebiotech.com for more information.
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Teva and Active Biotech Announce First Patient Enrolled in Phase II