- Clinical Results for Lipegfilgrastim and Balugrastim Highlighted at Oncology Conference;
Teva Committed to Further Advancing Its Biologic Oncology Programs -
JERUSALEM--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jun. 29, 2012-- Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NYSE: TEVA) announced today the presentation of clinical results for its biologic oncology candidates, lipegfilgrastim and balugrastim, at the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (MASCC)/International Society of Oral Oncology (ISOO) 2012 International Symposium on Supportive Care in Cancer being held in New York June 28-30.
Lipegfilgrastim and balugrastim are long-acting granulocyte colony-stimulating factors (G-CSF) being evaluated for their ability to reduce the duration of severe neutropenia in breast cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. Neutropenia is a condition in which the number of white blood cells is decreased, leaving patients more susceptible to potentially life-threatening bacterial infections.
Both product candidates have completed phase III clinical trials. In both phase III breast cancer studies the primary endpoint was achieved, demonstrating reduction in the duration of severe neutropenia (DSN) in cycle 1, comparable to pegfilgrastim results in both efficacy and safety measures. Additional data from the phase I, II and III clinical studies of these products, will be presented at the MASCC/ISOO symposium in both oral and poster presentations
"Teva is committed to advancing these investigational biologic drugs, which are the most advanced of several biologic products that we have in development," said Dr. Michael Hayden, President of Global R&D and Chief Scientific Officer for Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. "Biologics constitute one of the fastest growing segments of the global pharmaceutical market, aimed at offering safe and effective approaches for patients with few therapeutic options."
Granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF) is a naturally occurring hormone that is produced by the body to stimulate the bone marrow to produce neutrophils, a type of white blood cell that helps the immune system fight infection. Chemotherapy can damage the body's ability to produce neutrophils, thereby causing neutropenia, an abnormally low number of neutrophils. A common side effect of chemotherapy, neutropenia makes patients prone to infection and sepsis. A recombinant form of G-CSF (known as a biologic) is used to treat cancer patients with neutropenia in order to stimulate the bone marrow to produce more white blood cells.
About Lipegfilgrastim and Balugrastim
Lipegfilgrastim is a glycopegylated, recombinant form of G-CSF. Pegylation extends the half-life of the drug so that less frequent dosing is required compared with nonpegylated G-CSF. Balugrastim is a recombinant G-CSF fused to human albumin. Both lipegfilgrastim and balugrastim were designed to stimulate the bone marrow to produce white blood cells to reduce the duration of severe neutropenia, but have different mechanisms for achieving the longer half life in the blood.
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NYSE: TEVA) is a leading global pharmaceutical company, committed to increasing access to high-quality healthcare by developing, producing and marketing affordable generic drugs as well as innovative and specialty pharmaceuticals and active pharmaceutical ingredients. Headquartered in Israel, Teva is the world's leading generic drug maker, with a global product portfolio of more than 1,300 molecules and a direct presence in about 60 countries. Teva's branded businesses focus on CNS, oncology, pain, respiratory and women's health therapeutic areas as well as biologics. Teva currently employs approximately 46,000 people around the world and reached $18.3 billion in net revenues in 2011.
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