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VIVUS Reports Topline Findings From FORTRESS
Date:12/21/2011

he "Similar Medical Profile Cohort"). The Similar Medical Profile Cohort contained 13,614 dyads. In the Total Topiramate, Formerly Exposed, and Similar Medical Profile Cohorts there were 7, 21 and 9 oral clefts, respectively, for a prevalence of 0.36%, 0.16%, and 0.07%. Prevalence ratios standardized by center were 2.36 (95% CI: 0.99-5.59) for Total Topiramate Cohort versus the Formerly Exposed Cohort, and 5.44 (95% CI: 2.03-14.61) for Total Topiramate Cohort versus Similar Medical Profile Cohort. Results standardized by propensity score and site as well as results adjusting for other covariates, one at a time, yielded very similar results. One data source reported an unexpectedly low prevalence of oral clefts in the Similar Medical Profile Cohort.  To evaluate this finding, investigators conducted post-hoc analyses that involved repeated re-sampling from the group of dyads who were eligible for this cohort.  Based on this re-sampling, the investigators determined that the oral clefts prevalence observed in the cohort was likely an artificially low estimate due to random error, suggesting that the observed prevalence ratio for the Total Topiramate Cohort versus the Similar Medical Profile Cohort is an over-estimate.

As part of FORTRESS, Major Congenital Malformations, or MCMs, are being evaluated. The MCM analysis is ongoing.  The FORTRESS findings are based on a claims-only analysis.  All of the results of the study are considered to be preliminary until the results are validated. The results will be final when validation is completed, which is expected in the third quarter of 2012.

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