PARIS (dpa-AFX) - Sanofi (SNY) and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc. (REGN) announced additional positive results from a Phase 2 trial of SAR236553/REGN727 (Study 1003, NTC01266876) in patients with heterozygous familial hypercholesterolemia (heFH).
SAR236553/REGN727 is a subcutaneously administered, fully-human antibody targeting PCSK9 (proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9) in clinical development.
The company said that the results from this study were published online in The Lancet,and also presented at a late-breaking oral session at the 80th European Atherosclerosis Society Congress (EAS) in Milan, Italy.
The trial randomized 77 patients with heFH whose LDL-cholesterol (LDL-C) levels remained uncontrolled on statin therapy with or without ezetimibe. Across the four different dosing regimens tested, patients receiving SAR236553/REGN727 for 12 weeks achieved a mean LDL-C reduction from baseline of 28.9% to 67.9%, compared to 10.7% in patients receiving placebo (p<0.05).
In addition, in the most intense dose regimen tested where the greatest LDL-C reduction was observed (150 milligrams [mg] every two weeks), 93.8% of patients achieved LDL-C levels lower than 100 mg/dL (2.59 mmol/L), compared to 13.3% of patients on placebo, and 81.3% reached LDL-C levels lower than 70 mg/dL (1.81 mmol/L), compared to none on placebo.
There were no serious adverse events (SAE) on active treatment, while a single SAE was recorded for a patient in the placebo group. There were no elevations in liver function tests (LFT) >3 times the upper limit of normal or ULN and no cases of elevated creatinine kinase (CK) were reported. The most common adverse event reported was injection-site reaction.
Sanofi and Regeneron also announced that based on discussions with the U.S. and European regulatory authorities, they intend to initiate a global Phase 3 program with SAR236553/REGN727 in June. This will be the first Phase 3 program of an investigational drug targeting PCSK9.
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