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July 9, 2014
07:04 EDTCELGCelgene says OTEZLA did not achieve primary endpoint in Phase III trial
Celgene Corporation announced results of its phase III POSTURE study evaluating OTEZLA, the company’s oral, selective inhibitor of phosphodiesterase 4, in patients with active ankylosing spondylitis. The OTEZLA arms did not achieve statistically significant improvement versus the placebo arm for the primary endpoint, the percentage of patients who achieve an ASAS 20 response at week 16. However, in a prespecified analysis, meaningful efficacy was observed at Week 24 in a large subset of patients with early-stage disease. Evaluation of the efficacy results is ongoing. An independent data monitoring committee recommended that the study proceed unchanged, based on an assessment of the safety and efficacy data at week 24. According to the protocol, magnetic resonance imaging data will be collected in a subgroup of subjects at week 52 and at additional time points, and radiographs will be taken on all study patients at week 104 and at additional time points. The safety and tolerability data observed in the POSTURE study are consistent with previously reported phase II data in ankylosing spondylitis, as well as six phase III studies of OTEZLA in psoriatic arthritis or psoriasis. No new safety signals were observed. The evaluation of safety and efficacy in the treatment arms is ongoing and the results of the study will be presented at an upcoming medical meeting. These results are from an investigational phase III study. OTEZLA is not approved for the treatment of patients with ankylosing spondylitis in any country.
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November 21, 2014
06:04 EDTCELGCelgene receives positive CHMP opinion for OTEZLA
Celgene announced that the European Medicines Agency’s, or EMA, Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use, or CHMP, has adopted a positive opinion for OTEZLA, the company’s oral selective inhibitor of phosphodiesterase 4, or PDE4, in two therapeutic indications, for the treatment of moderate-to-severe chronic plaque psoriasis in adult patients who failed to respond to or, who have a contraindication to, or are intolerant to other systemic therapy including cyclosporine, methotrexate or psoralen and ultraviolet-A light, or PUVA; alone or in combination with Disease Modifying Antirheumatic Drugs, or DMARD, for the treatment of active psoriatic arthritis in adult patients who have had an inadequate response or who have been intolerant to a prior DMARD therapy.
November 19, 2014
09:39 EDTCELGCelgene management to meet with ISI Group
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November 18, 2014
07:34 EDTCELGCelgene presents long-term OTEZLA data at ACR/ARHP meeting
Celgene announced that results from long-term efficacy and safety analyses of OTEZLA from the open-label phase of two PALACE phase III clinical trials were presented at the 2014 American College of Rheumatology/Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals annual meeting in Boston. OTEZLA is the Company’s oral, selective inhibitor of phosphodiesterase 4, approved by the U.S. FDA for the treatment of adult patients with active psoriatic arthritis and for the treatment of patients with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis who are candidates for phototherapy or systemic therapy. In PALACE 1, 84 percent of patients who completed one year of 30 mg twice daily therapy continued to receive OTEZLA at two years. Improvements in efficacy measures observed at 52 weeks were sustained through 104 weeks of treatment. At week 104, among patients receiving OTEZLA 30 mg twice daily, the ACR20 response rate was 65.3 percent. ACR50 and 70 response rates were 34.0 percent and 19.6 percent, respectively, at week 104. Similar findings were observed in PALACE 4. In this trial, nearly 84 percent of DMARD-naïve patients who completed one year of OTEZLA 30 mg twice daily monotherapy continued to receive OTEZLA at two years. At week 104, among patients treated with OTEZLA 30 mg twice daily monotherapy, an ACR20, 50 and 70 response was reached by 61.4 percent, 40.7 percent and 19.2 percent of patients, respectively. In both PALACE 1 and PALACE 4, changes in other efficacy measures—including the HAQ-DI, which assesses improvements in physical function, and swollen and tender joint counts—were also generally sustained between weeks 52 and 104 with continued OTEZLA treatment. In PALACE 4, treatment with OTEZLA in patients with pre-existing enthesitis or dactylitis, two key manifestations of psoriatic arthritis, resulted in improvements in enthesitis and dactylitis that were sustained through 104 weeks of treatment.
November 17, 2014
07:16 EDTCELGMilken Institute--Faster Cures to hold a conference
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November 14, 2014
17:07 EDTCELGSoros Fund Management gives quarterly update on stakes
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07:14 EDTCELGAmerican College of Rheumatology is holding a meeting
2014 ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting is being held in Boston on November 14-19.
November 10, 2014
07:19 EDTCELGCredit Suisse to hold a conference
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