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/R E P E A T — Important ZYTIGA(R) Prostate Cancer Data Presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting/

June 4, 2012

Phase 3 Results Show Significant Improvement in Radiographic
Progression-Free Survival and a Trend for Increased Overall Survival in
Patients Receiving ZYTIGA® Plus Prednisone

TORONTO, June 2, 2012 /CNW/ – New data presented this weekend at the 48(th) annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)
showed ZYTIGA® (abiraterone acetate) may prove to be an important new
treatment option for metastatic prostate cancer patients prior to
receiving chemotherapy. This is the first randomized study to
demonstrate a radiographic progression-free survival benefit and an
overall survival trend in this patient population.

The COU-AA-302 Phase 3 study investigated the use of ZYTIGA® plus
prednisone compared to placebo plus prednisone in asymptomatic or
mildly symptomatic patients with metastatic castration-resistant
prostate cancer (mCRPC) who have not received chemotherapy.  The data
demonstrated a statistically significant improvement in radiographic
progression-free survival (rPFS) in the ZYTIGA® plus prednisone arm of
the study compared to the placebo plus prednisone (control) arm
(HR=0.43; 95 per cent CI: [0.35, 0.52], p<0.0001). Additionally,
treatment with ZYTIGA® plus prednisone reduced the risk of death from
disease progression by 25 per cent (median overall survival (OS) in the
ZYTIGA® arm was not reached and was 27.2 months in the control arm;
HR=0.75; 95 per cent CI: [0.61, 0.93], p=0.0097).  At the time of these
interim analyses, the pre-specified p-value of 0.0008 to achieve
statistical significance was not reached.

“Great treatment advancements have been made in metastatic prostate
cancer, which is exciting news for a patient population that until
recently didn’t have many treatment options,” said Dr. Martin Gleave,
British Columbia Leadership Chair, Professor and Distinguished
University Scholar, Department of Urological Sciences, University of
British Columbia, Director, The Vancouver Prostate Centre, University
of British Columbia and one of the study’s Canadian investigators. “The
data announced at ASCO is important as it adds to the growing body of
evidence supporting ZYTIGA®’s role for metastatic prostate cancer

ZYTIGA® is an oral medication for prostate cancer.  In July 2011,
ZYTIGA® was approved by Health Canada with prednisone for the treatment
of men with metastatic prostate cancer (castration-resistant prostate
cancer) who have received prior chemotherapy containing docetaxel. It
is the first oral treatment that inhibits androgen production at all
three sources – the testes, adrenal glands and in the tumour itself.

About the COU-AA-302 Study
COU-AA-302 is an international, randomized, double-blind, placebo
controlled Phase 3 study that included 1,088 men, including 100
Canadians, with mCRPC who had not received prior chemotherapy, who were
randomized to receive ZYTIGA® 1,000 milligrams (mg) administered orally
once daily plus prednisone five mg administered twice daily or placebo
plus prednisone five mg administered twice daily.  The co-primary
endpoints of the study are rPFS and OS.

Patients in the ZYTIGA® arm of the study experienced more grade 3 and
grade 4 adverse events than those in the control arm, including cardiac
disorders (6 per cent vs. 3 per cent) and hypertension (4 per cent vs.
3 per cent), as well as increases in alanine aminotransferase (ALT) and
aspartate aminotransferase (AST) (5.4 per cent vs. 0.8 per cent and 3.0
per cent vs. 0.9 per cent, respectively).  Fatigue was the most common
adverse event observed in the study.

About Prostate Cancer in Canada
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer to afflict men in Canada and
approximately 26,500 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer annually.
According to Prostate Cancer Canada, prostate cancer is turning up in
men in their 40s and on average, 73 Canadian men are diagnosed with
prostate cancer every day.  If prostate cancer is detected and treated
early, it can be cured.( )Fortunately, death rates have been declining since the mid-1990s, likely
due to early detection, better treatment or both.(1)

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(1) Prostate Cancer Facts.  Prostate Cancer Canada.  Available at: http://www.prostatecancer.ca/Prostate-Cancer/Prostate-Cancer/Prostate-Cancer-Facts.   Accessed May 15, 2012.

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