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Positive Data from Arena Pharmaceuticals' Pivotal BLOOM Trial Demonstrate that Lorcaserin Significantly Improved Markers of Cardiovascular Risk and Glycemic Parameters and was not Associated with Depression or Suicidal Ideation
Date:10/25/2009

.1%). Discontinuation rates for adverse events were similar in the lorcaserin and placebo groups for Year 1 and Year 2 (7.1% vs. 6.7% and 3.0% vs. 3.0%, respectively).

BLOOM Trial Design

BLOOM, the first of three lorcaserin Phase 3 trials, is a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial in approximately 100 sites in the US. The trial evaluated 10 mg of lorcaserin dosed twice daily versus placebo over a two-year treatment period in obese patients (BMI 30 to 45) with or without co-morbid conditions and overweight patients (BMI 27 to less than 30) with at least one co-morbid condition. The trial did not include any dose titration or run-in period. Patients were randomized in a 1:1 ratio to lorcaserin or placebo at baseline. At Week 52, 856 patients taking lorcaserin were re-randomized in a 2:1 ratio to continue lorcaserin or to switch to placebo, and 697 patients on placebo were continued on placebo. Patients received echocardiograms at screening, and at 6, 12, 18 and 24 months after initiating dosing in the trial; patients with FDA-defined valvulopathy were excluded from enrolling in the trial.

Phase 3 Program Overview

The lorcaserin Phase 3 program consists of three trials: BLOOM, BLOSSOM and BLOOM-DM (Behavioral modification and Lorcaserin for Overweight and Obesity Management in Diabetes Mellitus). Enrollment in the lorcaserin Phase 3 program is complete with approximately 7,800 patients. Positive results from BLOOM were presented at the 69th Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association in June 2009. BLOOM and BLOSSOM comprise the Phase 3 pivotal registration program and will be the basis for the lorcaserin NDA submission. BLOOM-DM, which is planned as a supplement to the NDA, is evaluating 10 mg of lorcaserin dosed once or twice daily versus placebo over a one-year treatment period in obese and overweight patients with type 2 diabetes at about 60 sites in the US.


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