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Phase 3 Data Show NUCYNTA® ER (tapentadol) Extended-Release Tablets Provide Pain Management for Patients with Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy (DPN)
Date:5/17/2012

patients with DPN."

The findings of this study are consistent with those of another Janssen-sponsored study published early last year, which found tapentadol ER to be effective versus placebo for relieving moderate to severe chronic pain associated with diabetic peripheral neuropathy.

"We are pleased the Phase 3 data presented today showed tapentadol ER was effective at providing pain management for patients with chronic, moderate to severe pain associated with DPN," said Christine Rauschkolb, M.D., Ph.D., Vice President and Head of Integrated Operations, Janssen Research & Development, LLC and one of the study's authors. "Janssen has a long history of helping physicians provide responsible treatment for patients to relieve their acute and chronic pain. We are committed to developing new pain management options for the millions of Americans who have painful DPN."

About the Study

This Phase 3 clinical trial was a randomized-withdrawal, placebo-controlled study.  It enrolled adult patients who had moderate to severe, chronic painful DPN for six months or more and a history of analgesic use for painful DPN for three months or more. This trial had three phases: an open-label phase, which included a 3-week titration period during which the individually optimized tapentadol ER dose (100-250 mg two times per day) was determined for each patient; a 12-week, double-blind maintenance phase, during which patients with a one-point or greater reduction in pain intensity from beginning to end of titration were randomized either to continue taking tapentadol ER (at their optimal dose) or to receive placebo; and a follow-up period with a clinic visit at four days and a telephone interview at 10 to 14 days after discontinuation of study drug.

The primary efficacy endpoint of the study was the mean change in average pain intensity from baseline (point of randomization) to the
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