Teva Provides Update on FORTE Trial
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NASDAQ: TEVA) today announced top-line results from a Phase III study designed to assess the efficacy, safety and tolerability of glatiramer acetate (GA) 40mg as compared to the approved COPAXONE(R) 20mg in the treatment of relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS). The 40mg dose did not demonstrate increased efficacy in reducing the relapse rate; however, the higher dose maintained the favorable safety and tolerability profile of COPAXONE(R) 20mg.
Seventy-eight percent (78%) of COPAXONE(R) 20mg treated patients remained relapse-free throughout the study. Moreover, patients that completed one year of treatment with COPAXONE(R) 20mg experienced a very low annualized relapse rate of 0.27. This robust effect was also reflected in a remarkable reduction of inflammatory activity as measured by MRI.
“While the trial did not demonstrate an enhanced efficacy at the higher dose level, the study reaffirms that COPAXONE(R) 20mg, the leading multiple sclerosis therapy, remains the optimal treatment dose with unmatched long term efficacy confirmed over 10 years,” said Moshe Manor, Group Vice President – Global Innovative Resources. “Teva is committed to ongoing research in the field of multiple sclerosis and will continue to move forward towards providing additional treatment options to multiple sclerosis patients”.
Teva will continue to analyze the study results to better understand the effect of GA 40mg on patients. The Company is also evaluating the use of GA for additional indications.
About the Study
A randomized, double-blind study, designed to assess the efficacy, safety and tolerability of 40mg glatiramer acetate, as compared to the currently approved COPAXONE(R) (glatiramer acetate) 20mg dose.
The study was conducted in 136 centers in North America, Argentina, Europe and Israel, and included 1,155 patients with RRMS. The trial’s primary clinical outcome measure was rate of confirmed relapses.
Current data suggest COPAXONE(R) (glatiramer acetate injection) is a selective MHC (Major Histocompatability Complex) class II modulator. COPAXONE(R) is indicated for the reduction of the frequency of relapses in RRMS. COPAXONE(R) is very well tolerated and the most common side effects of COPAXONE(R) are redness, pain, swelling, itching, or a lump or an indentation at the site of injection, weakness, infection, pain, nausea, joint pain, anxiety and muscle stiffness.
COPAXONE(R) is now approved in 51 countries worldwide, including the United States, all European countries, Canada, Mexico, Australia and Israel. In Europe, COPAXONE(R) is marketed by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. and sanofi-aventis. In North America, COPAXONE(R) is marketed by Teva Neuroscience, Inc.
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About Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is the leading cause of neurological disability in young adults. It is estimated that 400,000 people in the United States are affected by this disease, and that over one million people are affected worldwide. MS is a progressive, demyelinating disease of the central nervous system affecting the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves.
Patients with MS may experience physical symptoms and/or cognitive impairments, including weakness, fatigue, ataxia, physical dysfunction, bladder and bowel problems, sensory effects, and visual impairment. MS also has a significant impact on the sufferers’ social functioning and overall quality of life.
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., headquartered in Israel, is among the top 20 pharmaceutical companies in the world and is the world’s leading generic pharmaceutical company. The Company develops, manufactures and markets generic and innovative human pharmaceuticals and active pharmaceutical ingredients, as well as animal health pharmaceutical products. Over 80 percent of Teva’s sales are in North America and Europe. Teva’s innovative R&D focuses on developing novel drugs for diseases of the central nervous system.
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