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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

last week of the 12-week, double-blind maintenance phase, as determined by an 11-point pain rating scale or numerical rating scale (NRS; 0='no pain,' 10='pain as bad as you can imagine'). Safety assessments were performed on the open-label and double-blind safety populations (all patients who received greater than or equal to 1 dose of open-label and double-blind treatment, respectively). Treatment-emergent adverse events (TEAEs), defined as any AEs (new or worse in intensity) that occurred after the first intake of study drug during the open-label or double-blind phase, were monitored throughout the study.

In the open-label titration period, 459 patients received one or more doses of tapentadol ER and were included in the open-label safety population. At the start of the 3-week, open-label phase, the majority of patients (87.1 percent) reported severe pain (6 or more on the 11-point NRS) with a mean pain intensity of 7.3. By the end of the open-label phase, the mean pain intensity was reduced to 3.6. Treatment-emergent adverse events (TEAEs) experienced by 10 percent or more of patients during the open-label phase were nausea (24.4 percent), dizziness (17), constipation (11.8) and somnolence (10.7).

A total of 358 patients completed the open-label titration period; 318 were randomized and received one or more dose of study medication (n=152 for placebo, 166 for tapentadol ER).

Following randomization, during the double-blind treatment phase to week 12, pain increased in the placebo group (as demonstrated by the mean change in pain intensity of 1.3), while in the tapentadol ER group, efficacy was maintained, as indicated by the mean change in pain intensity of 0.28. The least-squares mean difference between the tapentadol ER and placebo groups in the change in average pain intensity was -0.95 on the 11-point NRS favoring tapentadol ER (95 percent CI, -1.42 to -0.49; p<0.001, tapentadol ER vs. placebo)(4).

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