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February 28, 2013
16:30 EDTAMRNAmarin believes Vascepa well positioned in triglyceride lowering market
Amarin believes that Vascepa is well positioned to compete in the triglyceride lowering market. This is a large market which, based on market research, Amarin believes is currently underpenetrated due to limitations of existing therapies. Amarin's market research further suggests that clinicians value the data supporting Vascepa in the MARINE indication: in patients with very high (=500 mg/dL) triglyceride levels, Vascepa has been shown to lower triglycerides without increasing bad cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, or LDL-C) and with a tolerability and safety profile similar to placebo. Amarin formally launched Vascepa in the United States on January 28.
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April 28, 2015
06:51 EDTAMRNAmarin discloses receipt of anticipated CRL from FDA regarding Vascepa
In a regulatory filing, Amarin announced receipt of the anticipated Complete Response Letter from the FDA regarding its Vascepa capsules ANCHOR trial supplemental New Drug Application. Vascepa remains FDA approved for use as an adjunct to diet to reduce triglyceride levels in adult patients with severe (>500 mg/dL) hypertriglyceridemia. Current Vascepa labeling remains unchanged. The ANCHOR sNDA sought to expand approved Vascepa labeling to include use as an adjunct to diet to reduce TG levels in adult patients on statin therapy with mixed dyslipidemia and triglyceride levels from 200 to 499 mg/dL, the ANCHOR population. In the CRL, FDA acknowledged that Vascepa yielded a treatment difference showing reduced TG levels compared to placebo in patients treated in the ANCHOR study. The clinical rationale for reducing serum TGs with Vascepa and modifying other lipid/lipoprotein parameters shown in ANCHOR among statin-treated patients with TGs 200-499 mg/dL is to reduce cardiovascular risk. FDA concluded that, for regulatory approval purposes, there are insufficient data at this time to support a drug-induced change in serum TGs as a surrogate for reducing cardiovascular risk in the ANCHOR population. FDA did not determine that the drug-induced effects of Vascepa, which go beyond TG-lowering, would not actually reduce cardiovascular risk in this population. Amarin had proposed to FDA multiple alternative indications, data presentations, disclaimers and other regulatory pathways to approval under the sNDA, but FDA determined not to approve label expansion reflecting the ANCHOR clinical trial efficacy data at this time. Safety data from the ANCHOR study remains in the currently approved label for Vascepa.

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