CHICAGO, June 25, 2007 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Phase III data presented this week at the annual meeting of the American Diabetes Association demonstrated that saxagliptin, an inhibitor of dipeptidyl-peptidase-4 (DPP-4) in development by Bristol-Myers Squibb Company and AstraZeneca , in combination with metformin, exhibited a statistically significant improvement in glycemic control in subjects with Type 2 diabetes compared to metformin alone through 24 weeks of treatment. This was the first time that Phase III data for saxagliptin have been presented in a scientific setting.
A group of 743 subjects (ages 18-77) with Type 2 diabetes whose hemoglobin A1C level was within the range of greater than or equal to 7 percent or less than or equal to 10 percent and on a stable metformin dose alone (1500 to 2550 mg/day) were randomized 1:1:1:1 to add-on saxagliptin 2.5 mg, 5 mg, 10 mg, or placebo once daily. The primary endpoint of the study was the change from baseline in hemoglobin A1C levels. After 24 weeks, the subjects receiving saxagliptin+metformin demonstrated statistically significant decreases in hemoglobin A1C levels compared to placebo+metformin: -0.73 percent, -0.83 percent, and -0.72 percent at the 2.5 mg, 5 mg and 10 mg doses, respectively (p-value at all dosage levels less than 0.0001 vs. placebo+metformin).
Saxagliptin+metformin also statistically significantly reduced fasting plasma glucose (secondary endpoint) as compared to placebo+metformin: -16 mg/dL, -23 mg/dL, and -22 mg/dL for saxagliptin 2.5 mg, 5 mg and 10 mg, respectively (p-value at all dosage levels less than 0.0001 vs. placebo+metformin). The percentage of subjects with hemoglobin A1C less than 7 percent at Week 24 (secondary endpoint) was 17 percent for placebo+metformin and 37 percent, 44 percent and 44 percent for the 2.5 mg, 5 mg and 10 mg doses of saxagliptin respectively (p-value at all dosage levels less than 0.0001 vs. placebo+metformin).
In this study, the number of subjects with investigator-reported hypoglycemia, with or without confirmation, were: 9 on placebo+metformin, and 15, 10 and 7, for 2.5 mg, 5 mg, and 10 mg on saxagliptin+metformin, respectively. There was one subject with confirmed hypoglycemia in each of the four arms (as measured by blood glucose less than or equal to 50 mg/dL with symptoms). The most common adverse events seen in more than 5 percent of subjects randomized to either placebo+metformin or saxagliptin+metformin (all doses combined) were: nasopharyngitis 7.8% vs. 8.7 %, headache 7.3% vs. 8.0%, diarrhea 11.2% vs. 7.1%, upper respiratory infection 5.0% vs. 6.6%, influenza 7.3% vs. 6.0%, and urinary tract infection 4.5% vs. 5.1%.
Phase I Studies Also Presented at 2007 American Diabetes Association Annual Meeting
In the presentation "Safety, Tolerability, Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics of Once-Daily Oral Doses of Saxagliptin for 2 Weeks in Type 2 diabetic and Healthy Subjects" by David Boulton, Ph.D., Principal Scientist, Bristol-Myers Squibb, results from two Phase I studies were reported. Study 1 was conducted in subjects with Type 2 diabetes; Study 2 was conducted in healthy subjects. Both studies were placebo-controlled, randomized, double-blind, sequential, multiple ascending dose studies. The primary objective of these two studies was to assess the safety and tolerability profiles of multiple daily oral doses of saxagliptin in subjects with Type 2 diabetes and in healthy subjects.
Study 1 consisted of 40 subjects (ages 18-70) who had been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes for less than 10 years, had hemoglobin A1C in the range of 6.5 to 9.5 percent, and fasting plasma glucose in the range 125-250 mg/dL. Participants were randomized to receive 2.5, 5, 15, 30, or 50 mg of saxagliptin or matched pla cebo once-daily for 14 days (3 saxagliptin, 1 placebo ratio, n=8 subjects/dose panel).
Study 2 consisted of 50 healthy subjects (ages 18-45) who were randomized to receive 40, 100, 150, 200, 300 or 400 mg saxagliptin or matching placebo once daily for 14 days. Within each panel, 6 subjects received 100, 150, 200, 300 or 400 mg saxagliptin, 2 subjects received 40 mg saxagliptin and 2 subjects received matching placebo.
In both studies, there were no deaths or serious adverse events. Additionally, no adverse events of hypoglycemia were reported by investigators. In Study 2, one participant experienced an adverse event (mild rash), which resulted in discontinuation from the study while taking 200 mg of saxagliptin once daily.
About Type 2 Diabetes
Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes, accounting for approximately 90-95 percent of diabetes cases. Having Type 2 diabetes increases the risk of many serious complications, including heart disease or stroke, high blood pressure, amputation (particularly legs), blindness, nerve damage, and kidney failure. The risk of stroke and the rate of deaths due to heart disease are two to four times higher among people with diabetes, and about 65 percent of deaths among people with diabetes are due to heart disease and stroke.
The A1C test (also known as hemoglobin A1C) is used primarily to monitor the glucose control of diabetics over time. The goal of those with diabetes is to keep their blood glucose levels as close to normal as possible. This helps to minimize the complications caused by chronically elevated glucose levels, such as progressive damage to body organs like the kidneys, eyes, cardiovascular system, and nerves. The A1C test gives a picture of the average amount of glucose in the blood over the last few months. It can help a patient and his doctor know if the measures they are taking to control the patient's diabetes are successful or need to be adjusted.
About Saxag liptin
Saxagliptin is an investigational drug under development by Bristol-Myers Squibb and AstraZeneca. It is being studied as a once daily antidiabetic in the class of dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4) inhibitors for the treatment of Type 2 diabetes. DPP-4 inhibitors are a class of compounds that work by affecting the action of natural hormones in the body called incretins. Incretins decrease blood sugar by increasing consumption of sugar by the body, mainly through increasing insulin production in the pancreas, and by reducing production of sugar by the liver.
Bristol-Myers Squibb and AstraZeneca Partnership
In January 2007, Bristol-Myers Squibb and AstraZeneca entered into a collaboration to develop and commercialize saxagliptin and dapagliflozin, two compounds under investigation by Bristol-Myers Squibb for the treatment of diabetes. Both companies will jointly set development and commercial strategy for the two compounds. AstraZeneca will provide funding for the majority of currently planned development activities; additional development activity will be funded equally.
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