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Arena Pharmaceuticals Announces Positive Lorcaserin Pivotal Phase 3 Obesity Trial Results: Meets All Primary Efficacy and Safety Endpoints
Date:3/30/2009

d 24 months, rates of valvulopathy for lorcaserin patients crossing over to placebo were 3.6% and 1.9%, respectively.

The FDA has requested that Arena rule out a 1.5-fold or greater risk of valvulopathy with 80% power. Assuming similar results in BLOSSOM (Behavioral modification and LOrcaserin Second Study for Obesity Management), the integrated data set from the two trials will be more than sufficiently large to meet this requirement.

"The echocardiographic safety data is very reassuring," commented Neil J. Weissman, M.D., Co-Principal Investigator, Director, Cardiac Ultrasound and Ultrasound Core Labs, President, MedStar Research Institute, and Professor of Medicine, Georgetown University. "In this double-blind, prospective study, there was no evidence of a difference in the development of valve disease in the large number of patients on lorcaserin versus control for up to two years of continuous use. No prospective valvulopathy trial has ever studied this many patients for this period of time, particularly under such well-controlled circumstances."

Secondary Endpoint Analysis

Treatment with lorcaserin was also associated with statistically significant improvements (ITT-LOCF) in a range of secondary endpoints compared to treatment with placebo, including:

  • Total cholesterol
  • LDL cholesterol
  • Triglycerides
  • Blood pressure

Changes in HDL cholesterol were similar in the two groups. Analysis of the above and additional endpoints, including glucose, insulin and waist circumference, is ongoing and will be announced at a later date.

During Year 2 of the trial, patients continuing on lorcaserin were better able to maintain more of the Week 52 weight loss than Year 1 lorcaserin patients re-randomized to placebo in Year 2.


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