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Isis Reports Phase 2 Data on ISIS-APOCIII Rx Showing Significant Reductions in Triglycerides and APOC-III in Patients with High Triglycerides and Type 2 Diabetes
Date:6/23/2013

CARLSBAD, Calif., June 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Isis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ISIS) announced that data from the Phase 2 study of ISIS-APOCIIIRx in patients with high triglycerides and type 2 diabetes were presented today at the American Diabetes Association Scientific Sessions in Chicago. In this study, patients treated with ISIS-APOCIIIRx experienced an 88 percent reduction in apolipoprotein C-III (apoC-III), a 72 percent reduction in triglyceride levels, a 40 percent increase in high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C), the 'good' cholesterol, and improvements in other atherogenic lipid parameters. In addition, patients dosed with ISIS-APOCIIIRx showed consistent trends toward enhanced insulin sensitivity with improvements in multiple measures of glucose control. Isis is also evaluating ISIS-APOCIIIRx in a separate Phase 2 study in patients with moderate to severe high triglycerides and plans to report data from this study this summer.

"Patients with high levels of triglycerides are at a significant risk for cardiovascular disease and stroke. Because high triglyceride levels are also associated with obesity and insulin insensitivity, reducing apoC-III and triglycerides in high-risk patients, like type 2 diabetic patients, may lead to improved insulin sensitivity and improvement of metabolic syndrome," said Joseph L. Witztum, M.D., professor of medicine, University of California, San Diego. "The data presented today on ISIS-APOCIIIRx are very encouraging and unique in that there is a significant and substantial reduction in both apoC-III and triglyceride levels with a significant increase in HDL and improvements across the board in the overall lipid parameters, including non-HDL-C. In addition, unlike many ava
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