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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

rol of appetite and metabolism, such as the hypothalamus. Stimulation of this receptor is strongly associated with feeding behavior and satiety. Lorcaserin is currently being evaluated in a Phase 3 program expected to enroll approximately 7,800 patients and potentially represents a targeted treatment option for the millions of patients who need to better manage their weight. Arena has patents that cover lorcaserin in the US and other jurisdictions, which in most cases are capable of continuing into 2023 without taking into account any patent term extensions or other exclusivity Arena might obtain.

About Obesity

A 2007 report by the US Department of Health and Human Services states that approximately one-third of US adults are obese and two-thirds have been told by a health care provider that they are overweight. Medical and related costs of obesity are $123 billion per year according to a 2005 report by the International Diabetes Federation. Studies have shown that weight loss of 5% to 10% is medically significant and results in meaningful improvements in cardiovascular risk factors and a significant reduction in the incidence of type 2 diabetes. Diet and exercise should form the basis of healthy weight loss, but pharmaceutical treatment options for obesity are currently limited for the many patients that require additional help in achieving and maintaining medically important weight loss.

About the FDA Draft Guidance

The FDA draft guidance document for developing products for weight management dated February 2007 provides recommendations regarding the development of drugs for the indication of weight management. It contains two alternate efficacy benchmarks. The guidance provides that, in general, a product can be considered effective for weight management if after one year of treatment either of the following occurs: (1) the difference in mean weight loss between the active-product
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