RARITAN, N.J., March 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Janssen Research & Development, LLC (Janssen) today announced the launch of EXPLORER, a comprehensive, global research program for XARELTO® (rivaroxaban), an oral anticoagulant. The program includes studies that will evaluate XARELTO® for investigational use in patients with chronic heart failure and in those with coronary artery disease or peripheral artery disease.
XARELTO® does not require routine blood monitoring, and with approvals for six distinct uses, it has the broadest indication profile of any of the newer oral anticoagulants in the market today. XARELTO® is approved in the U.S. for reducing the risk of strokes in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation; as a treatment for deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism and to prevent recurrence of these events; and for reducing the risk of blood clots in the legs and lungs of people who have had hip or knee replacement surgery.
The extensive program of clinical trials evaluating XARELTO® makes the compound the most studied oral, Factor Xa inhibitor in the world today. By the time of its completion, more than 100,000 patients will have participated in the XARELTO® clinical development program.
"Janssen is dedicated to improving patient outcomes in the cardiovascular space and the EXPLORER program is one important way we are expressing our commitment to patients with unmet medical needs," said Troy Sarich , Vice President and Compound Development Team Leader at Janssen Research & Development. "The EXPLORER program seeks to build upon the broad set of approved indications, and further assess potential benefits of XARELTO® in additional patient populations who may benefit from oral anticoagulation treatment."
As part of the EXPLORER program, Janssen and its development partner, Bayer HealthCare, will enroll patients into five global clinical trials:
In addition, as part of our ongoing commitment to expanding therapeutic choices for health care professionals, Janssen recently announced a clinical collaboration agreement with Portola Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Bayer HealthCare to evaluate an investigational-stage antidote for Factor Xa inhibitors. This proof-of-concept study is scheduled to complete in the second half of 2013.
On March 4, 2012, Janssen announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a second complete response letter regarding a supplemental New Drug Application for XARELTO® for the reduction of the risk of cardiovascular events in patients with acute coronary syndrome. Janssen is evaluating the letter and will respond to the agency's questions.
About XARELTO® (rivaroxaban)
XARELTO® works by blocking the blood clotting Factor Xa. It is approved for six distinct uses:
Janssen Research & Development, LLC, and Bayer HealthCare together are developing rivaroxaban. Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. holds U.S. marketing rights for XARELTO®, and is supported by the Bayer HealthCare U.S. sales force.
For more information about XARELTO®, visit www.xarelto-us.com. The XARELTO® CarePath™ Support Program is a resource designed for health care providers, patients and caregivers. Visit www.xareltocarepath.com or call 1-888-XARELTO to learn more about the XARELTO® CarePath™ resources focused on access, education and adherence.
Important Safety Information
WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT INFORMATION I SHOULD KNOW ABOUT XARELTO®?
You may have a higher risk of bleeding if you take XARELTO® and take other medicines that increase your risk of bleeding, including:
Tell your doctor if you take any of these medicines. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure if your medicine is one listed above.
Call your doctor or get medical help right away if you develop any of these signs or symptoms of bleeding:
Spinal or epidural blood clots (hematoma): People who take a blood thinner medicine (anticoagulant) like XARELTO®, and have medicine injected into their spinal and epidural area, or have a spinal puncture have a risk of forming a blood clot than can cause long-term or permanent loss of the ability to move (paralysis). Your risk of developing a spinal or epidural blood clot is higher if:
If you take XARELTO® and receive spinal anesthesia or have a spinal puncture, your doctor should watch you closely for symptoms of spinal or epidural blood clots. Tell your doctor right away if you have tingling, numbness, or muscles weakness, especially in your legs and feet.
WHO SHOULD NOT TAKE XARELTO®?
Do not take XARELTO® if you:
WHAT SHOULD I TELL MY DOCTOR BEFORE OR WHILE TAKING XARELTO®?
Before taking XARELTO®, tell your doctor if you:
Tell all of your doctors and dentists that you are taking XARELTO®. They should talk to the doctor who prescribed XARELTO® for you before you have any surgery, medical or dental procedure.
Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Some of your other medicines may affect the way XARELTO® works. Certain medicines may increase your risk of bleeding.
Especially tell your doctor if you take:
Ask your doctor if you are not sure if your medicine is one listed above. Know the medicines you take. Keep a list of them to show your doctor and pharmacist when you get a new medicine.
HOW SHOULD I TAKE XARELTO®?
Take XARELTO® exactly as prescribed by your doctor.
Do not change your dose or stop taking XARELTO® unless your doctor tells you to.
If you take XARELTO for:
WHAT ARE THE POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS OF XARELTO®?
XARELTO® can cause bleeding, which can be serious, and rarely may lead to death. Please see "What is the most important information I should know about XARELTO®?"
Tell your doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You are also encouraged to report side effects to the FDA: visit http://www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects to Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., at 1-800-JANSSEN (1-800-526-7736).
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About Janssen Research & Development, LLC
At Janssen, we are dedicated to addressing and solving some of the most important unmet medical needs of our time in oncology, immunology, neuroscience, infectious diseases and vaccines, and cardiovascular and metabolic diseases. Driven by our commitment to patients, we develop innovative products, services and healthcare solutions to help people throughout the world. Janssen Research & Development, LLC and Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., are part of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson. Please visit http://www.janssenrnd.com for more information.
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