Arena Pharmaceuticals 8-K 2011
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
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Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): June 24, 2011
Arena Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
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Item 8.01 Other Events.
We are scheduled to present additional data and analyses from our Phase 3 BLOOM-DM (Behavioral modification and Lorcaserin for Overweight and Obesity Management in Diabetes Mellitus) trial at the American Diabetes Associations (ADA) 71st Scientific Sessions on June 26 and June 27, 2011. A summary of the BLOOM-DM results is provided below.
As previously announced, obese and overweight patients with type 2 diabetes who were treated with lorcaserin 10 mg dosed twice daily achieved statistically significant categorical and absolute weight loss and improvements in HbA1c and fasting plasma glucose at one year as compared to patients taking placebo, using Modified Intent-to-Treat Last Observation Carried Forward (MITT-LOCF) analysis:
In addition to the previously announced data, the following results will be presented in poster sessions at the ADA Scientific Sessions:
Patients who completed the one-year trial were evaluated and achieved the following results:
At baseline, approximately 90% of patients were taking metformin and approximately 50% of patients were taking sulfonylureas with or without metformin. Weight loss and reductions in HbA1c and fasting plasma glucose were greater with lorcaserin treatment compared to placebo whether patients were treated with metformin or sulfonylureas. Fewer patients on lorcaserin compared to placebo (13.5% vs. 22.2%, respectively) increased and more patients on lorcaserin compared to placebo (17.1% vs. 11.7%, respectively) decreased use of anti-diabetic medication during the study.
Safety and Tolerability Profile
The most frequent adverse events and their incidences for lorcaserin 10 mg twice daily and placebo patients, respectively, were as follows: headache (14.5% vs. 7.1%), upper respiratory tract infection (13.7% vs. 14.7%), back pain (11.7% vs. 7.9%), nasopharyngitis (11.3% vs. 9.9%) and symptomatic hypoglycemia (7.4% vs. 6.3%). Adverse events were similar to those in patients without type 2 diabetes, with the exception of hypoglycemia.
The Week 52 completion rate was higher for patients on lorcaserin 10 mg twice daily (66.0%) compared to patients on placebo (62.1%). Discontinuation rates for adverse events were as follows: lorcaserin 10 mg twice daily (8.6%) and placebo (4.3%); and the incidences of serious adverse events were as follows: lorcaserin (6.3%) and placebo (6.7%).
Echocardiograms were used to evaluate the possible association between lorcaserin and cardiac valvular insufficiency. The proportions of patients who developed new FDA-defined valvulopathy in BLOOM-DM were as follows: lorcaserin 10 mg twice daily (2.5%) and placebo (1.9%) at Week 24, and lorcaserin 10 mg twice daily (2.9%) and placebo (0.5%) at Week 52. By design, BLOOM-DM enrolled too few patients to independently detect meaningful differences in the incidence of valvulopathy with adequate statistical power. We expect the FDA will consider the BLOOM-DM safety and efficacy data in combination with BLOOM, BLOSSOM and other data and information in our planned response to the lorcaserin complete response letter.
Patient Demographics and Disposition, Enrollment and Randomization
BLOOM-DM evaluated 604 obese and overweight patients with type 2 diabetes and an average BMI of 36 kg/m2 and baseline weight of 228 pounds. The average age was 53 years, and 54% of the patients were women. Most patients were Caucasian (61%), African-American (21%) or Hispanic (14%). Patients were randomized to lorcaserin 10 mg twice daily (N=256), lorcaserin 10 mg dosed once daily (N=95) or placebo (N=253). To expedite enrollment, randomization to the lorcaserin 10 mg once daily dose was discontinued after approximately 300 patients were enrolled in the trial. Patients in the low dose group were continued in the trial to maintain the blind, but this group was recruited over a different time period and from a different spectrum of study sites. As a result, we believe there are limitations on comparing the results of the low dose group to the other two groups.
Certain statements in this press release are forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Such forward-looking statements include statements about the advancement, therapeutic indication and use, safety, efficacy, tolerability, regulatory review and expectations regarding lorcaserin; the response to the CRL for the lorcaserin NDA; and BLOOM-DM data, including the alignment of its efficacy results with the FDAs categorical benchmark for weight management and the FDAs consideration of such data in combination with other studies. For such statements, Arena claims the protection of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual events or results may differ materially from Arenas expectations. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the following: the timing of regulatory review and approval is uncertain; the risk that data and other information related to Arenas research and development programs, including for lorcaserin, may not meet safety or efficacy requirements or otherwise be sufficient for regulatory approval; Arenas response to the CRL for the lorcaserin NDA or submission of a Marketing Authorization Application for regulatory approval of lorcaserin may not be submitted when anticipated, if at all; the FDA may request other information prior to or after Arena submits such response or approval of the lorcaserin NDA; unexpected or unfavorable new data; risks related to commercializing new products; Arenas ability to obtain and defend its patents; the timing, success and cost of Arenas research and development programs; results of clinical trials and other studies are subject to different interpretations and may not be predictive of future results; clinical trials and other studies may not proceed at the time or in the manner expected or at all; Arenas ability to obtain adequate funds; risks related to relying on collaborative agreements; the timing and receipt of payments and fees, if any, from collaborators; and satisfactory resolution of pending and any future litigation or other disagreements with others. Additional factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those stated or implied by Arenas forward-looking statements are disclosed in Arenas filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These forward-looking statements represent Arenas judgment as of the time of this release. Arena disclaims any intent or obligation to update these forward-looking statements, other than as may be required under applicable law.
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