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Arena Pharmaceuticals Reports Positive, Highly Significant BLOSSOM Trial Results for Weight Management; NDA Submission on Track for December
Date:9/17/2009

SAN DIEGO, Sept. 18, 2009 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Arena Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: ARNA) reported today positive, highly significant top-line results from the BLOSSOM (Behavioral modification and LOrcaserin Second Study for Obesity Management) trial. BLOSSOM confirms the results previously reported for the BLOOM (Behavioral modification and Lorcaserin for Overweight and Obesity Management) trial and completes the lorcaserin Phase 3 pivotal registration program of 7,190 patients evaluated for up to two years. Arena plans to submit a New Drug Application, or NDA, for lorcaserin to the US Food and Drug Administration, or FDA, in December.

In the one-year BLOSSOM trial, lorcaserin met all primary efficacy and safety endpoints. Patients achieved highly significant categorical and absolute weight loss. Lorcaserin was very well tolerated and was not associated with depression or suicidal ideation. The integrated echocardiographic data set from BLOSSOM and BLOOM rules out a risk of valvulopathy in lorcaserin patients according to criteria requested by the FDA. Treatment with lorcaserin also resulted in significant improvements as compared to placebo in multiple secondary endpoints associated with cardiovascular risk.

"Today there are extremely limited options to meet the needs of physicians and patients in the real world clinical practice of weight management," said Steven R. Smith, M.D., Executive Director of the Florida Hospital Clinical Research Institute. "Physicians need options that have the potential to help the typical obese patient lose significant weight by staying on a safe and well-tolerated treatment. The clinical data show lorcaserin is a solution that could provide physicians with a weight-loss medi
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