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|March 03, 2009 4:54 p.m.|
|Copaxone® Approved by the FDA for Patients with a First Clinical Event Suggestive of Multiple Sclerosis|
|Jerusalem, Israel, March 3, 2009 - Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NASDAQ: TEVA), today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved an expanded indication for COPAXONE® (glatiramer acetate injection) to include the treatment of patients who have experienced a first clinical episode and have magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) features consistent with multiple sclerosis (MS). |
The FDA's approval follows a similar decision by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) in February 2009 under which 24 EU member states have mutually recognized an expanded label for COPAXONE® to include the treatment of patients with clinically isolated syndrome (CIS) suggestive of MS.
Up to 85% of MS patients initially experience a single neurological event suggestive of MS, known as CIS, and it has been demonstrated that early treatment initiation delays conversion from CIS to clinically definite MS (CDMS). This expanded indication in the U.S. and Europe allows patients to begin treatment with COPAXONE® from the very early stages of the disease.
"COPAXONE®, the world's leading MS disease modifying therapy, has demonstrated the ability to provide treatment benefits very early on, when patients present with a first clinical episode and have MRI features consistent with MS," said Moshe Manor, Teva's Vice President, Global Branded Products, "This milestone, along with the existing long-term safety and efficacy data, further position COPAXONE® as a cornerstone in MS treatment."
The FDA granted approval after reviewing the results of the PreCISe study, which indicated time to development of a second exacerbation was significantly delayed in patients treated with COPAXONE® compared to placebo (Hazard Ratio = 0.55; 95% Confidence Interval 0.40 to 0.77; p=0.0005). The cumulative probability of developing the second attack during the three year study period was significantly lower in the COPAXONE® group versus the placebo group (24.7% vs. 42.9%).
COPAXONE® is the only RRMS treatment with prospective long-term data demonstrating 8 out of 10 patients adhering to therapy are still able to walk unassisted after 15 years of therapy and 22 years of disease duration.
An approval for an expanded label for COPAXONE® was also granted by the Australian Health Authority (Therapeutic Goods Administration, TGA) in December 2008.
About the PreCISe Study
The multinational, multi-center, prospective, double-blind, randomized, Phase III PreCISe study was conducted globally at 80 centers. It included a total of 481 patients presenting with a single clinical episode and MRI scans suggestive of MS over a period of up to three years. Patients included were those who had a unifocal disease manifestation (i.e., clinical evidence of a single lesion). Patients received either COPAXONE® 20mg/day or placebo as a subcutaneous injection and continued treatment for up to three years, unless a second exacerbation was experienced. Patients who experienced a second exacerbation continued the trial on active treatment for an additional two years. The primary efficacy outcome was time to development of second exacerbation.
COPAXONE® (glatiramer acetate injection) was also shown to be well tolerated in the PreCISe study, with 84 percent of patients completing the three-year study period; this supports the safety and tolerability seen in RRMS patients treated with COPAXONE®.
A pre-planned interim analysis was performed on data accumulated from 81 percent of the three-year placebo-controlled study exposure. The PreCISe study demonstrated that the 25th percentile of number of days to second exacerbation more than doubled by COPAXONE® from 336 days to 722 days (Hazard Ratio = 0.55; 95% Confidence Interval 0.40 to 0.77) compared with placebo.
Moreover, there was a significant reduction in the number of new T2 lesions and in the number of T1-enhancing lesions in the COPAXONE® arm compared to the placebo arm, both at year one and year two magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans.
COPAXONE® is indicated for the reduction of the frequency of relapses in RRMS, including patients who have experienced a first clinical episode and have MRI features consistent with multiple sclerosis. The most common side effects of COPAXONE® are redness, pain, swelling, itching, a lump or an indentation at the site of injection, weakness, infection, pain, nausea, joint pain, anxiety, and muscle stiffness.
COPAXONE® is now approved in 51 countries worldwide, including the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia, Israel, and all European countries. In North America, COPAXONE® is marketed by Teva Neuroscience, Inc., which is a subsidiary of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NASDAQ:TEVA). In Europe, COPAXONE® is marketed by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. and sanofi-aventis. COPAXONE® is a registered trademark of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.
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