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Amgen Announces Positive Top-Line Results for Denosumab in Trial for Delay of Skeletal Related Events in Bone Metastases Patients Compared to Zometa(R)
Date:8/3/2009

nced cancer patients with solid tumors that have metastasized to the bone, and to patients with multiple myeloma, both groups who routinely suffer SREs," said Roger M. Perlmutter, M.D., Ph.D., executive vice president of Research and Development at Amgen. "We are very encouraged by the overall strength of the data, which we will present in a scientific forum later this year. We are also looking forward to reviewing the results of a final SRE study, in patients with advanced prostate cancer, next year."

Bone metastases, the spread of tumors to the bone, are a serious concern for many advanced cancer patients. When cancer spreads to the bone, the growing cancer cells weaken and destroy the bone around the tumor. This damage can result in a number of serious bone complications, collectively called SREs.

Full safety and efficacy data will be submitted for presentation at an upcoming medical meeting in the second half of this year.

Study Design

This was an international Phase 3, randomized, doubleblind, active controlled study comparing denosumab with Zometa in the treatment of bone metastases in patients with advanced cancer (excluding breast and prostate cancer) or multiple myeloma. Patients enrolled in this event-driven study were randomized in a one-to-one ratio to receive either 120 mg of denosumab subcutaneously every four weeks (Q4W) or Zometa administered intravenously at a dose of 4 mg single, 15 minute infusion every four weeks.

In clinical trials thus far to test new medications for bone metastases, treatment success has been measured by whether the bone complications, or SREs, caused by the tumor are reduced or delayed. The primary and secondary endpoints of the denosumab bone metastases studies use a composite endpoint of four SREs - fracture, radiation to bone, surgery to bone, and spinal cord compression - to measure the effectiveness of denosumab versus Zomet
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