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THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (Aug. 25, 2015) – Amgen (NASDAQ:AMGN) today announced that it will present six abstracts at the upcoming ESC Congress 2015, organized by the European Society of Cardiology, being held Aug. 29 – Sept. 2 in London. Data will be presented evaluating RepathaTM (evolocumab), a proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9) inhibitor approved in the European Union (EU) for the treatment of patients with uncontrolled cholesterol who require additional intensive low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) reduction.1
“This has been a historic year for Amgen’s cardiovascular franchise with multiple regulatory milestones, including the recent EU approval of Repatha, the first PCSK9 inhibitor approved by a regulatory agency in the world, and we’re excited to continue the momentum with new data being presented at this year’s ESC Congress,” said Sean E. Harper, M.D., executive vice president of Research and Development at Amgen. “We are committed to continuing to evaluate Repatha and look forward to sharing long-term safety and efficacy data in patients who are unable to tolerate effective doses of statins, as well as findings on consistent LDL-C reductions in different patient subgroups.”
In addition to clinical results, data from Amgen’s Center for Observational Research will also be presented, including a Rapid Fire Abstract presentation on statin usage and outcomes among Medicare beneficiaries, a presentation on the identification and characterization of patients with heterozygous familial hypercholesterolemia (HeFH), and a discussion examining the burden of cardiovascular hospitalizations in patients who have had a myocardial infarction. In addition, Global Health Economic (GHE) data on the identification and management of patients who cannot tolerate statins will be presented.
Amgen-sponsored abstracts and satellite symposium at ESC Congress 2015 include:
About RepathaTM (evolocumab)
RepathaTM (evolocumab) is a human monoclonal antibody that inhibits proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9).1 PCSK9 is a protein that targets LDL receptors for degradation and thereby reduces the liver's ability to remove LDL-C, or "bad" cholesterol, from the blood.2 Repatha, developed by Amgen scientists, is designed to bind to PCSK9 and inhibit PCSK9 from binding to LDL receptors on the liver surface. In the absence of PCSK9, there are more LDL receptors on the surface of the liver to remove LDL-C from the blood.1
In the EU, the European Commission (EC) approved Repatha for:
The effect of Repatha on cardiovascular morbidity and mortality has not yet been determined.
Important EU Safety Information
This medicinal product is subject to additional monitoring. This will allow quick identification of new safety information. Healthcare professionals are asked to report any suspected adverse reactions.
Dosage and Administration: Repatha is for subcutaneous injection into the abdomen, thigh or upper arm region. Prior to initiating Repatha, secondary causes of hyperlipidaemia or mixed dyslipidaemia (e.g., nephrotic syndrome, hypothyroidism) should be excluded. Primary hypercholesterolaemia and mixed dyslipidaemia in adults: The recommended dose of Repatha is either 140 mg every two weeks or 420 mg once monthly; both doses are clinically equivalent. The safety and efficacy of Repatha in children aged less than 18 years has not been established. Homozygous familial hypercholesterolaemia in adults and adolescents aged 12 years and over: The initial recommended dose is 420 mg once monthly. After 12 weeks of treatment, dose frequency can be up titrated to 420 mg once every 2 weeks if a clinically meaningful response is not achieved. Patients on apheresis may initiate treatment with 420 mg every two weeks to correspond with their apheresis schedule. The safety and efficacy of Repatha in children aged less than 12 years has not been established.
Contraindications: Hypersensitivity to the active substance or to any of the excipients.
Special Warnings and Precautions: Renal impairment: Patients with severe renal impairment (defined as eGFR < 30 mL/min/1.73 m2) have not been studied. Repatha should be used with caution in patients with severe renal impairment. Hepatic impairment: In patients with moderate hepatic impairment, a reduction in total evolocumab exposure was observed that may lead to a reduced effect on LDL‑C reduction. Therefore, close monitoring may be warranted in these patients. Patients with severe hepatic impairment (Child-Pugh C) have not been studied. Repatha should be used with caution in patients with severe hepatic impairment. Dry natural rubber: The needle cover of the glass pre-filled syringe and of the pre-filled pen is made from dry natural rubber (a derivative of latex), which may cause allergic reactions. Sodium content: Repatha contains less than 1 mmol sodium (23 mg) per dose, i.e. it is essentially ‘sodium-free’.
Interactions: No formal drug-drug interaction studies have been conducted for Repatha. No studies on pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamics interaction between Repatha and lipid-lowering drugs other than statins and ezetimibe have been conducted.
Fertility, Pregnancy and Lactation: There are no or limited amount of data from the use of Repatha in pregnant women. Repatha should not be used during pregnancy unless the clinical condition of the woman requires treatment with evolocumab. It is unknown whether evolocumab is excreted in human milk. A risk to breastfed newborns/infants cannot be excluded. No data on the effect of evolocumab on human fertility are available.
Undesirable Effects: The following common (≥ 1/100 to < 1/10) adverse reactions have been reported in pivotal, controlled clinical studies: influenza, nasopharyngitis, upper respiratory tract infection, rash, nausea, back pain, arthralgia, injection site reactions. Please consult the SmPC for a full description of undesirable effects.
Pharmaceutical Precautions: Store in a refrigerator (2°C – 8°C). Do not freeze. Keep the pre-filled syringe or the pre-filled pen in the original carton in order to protect from light. If removed from the refrigerator, Repatha may be stored at room temperature (up to 25°C) in the original carton and must be used within 1 week.
About Amgen Cardiovascular
Building on more than three decades of experience in developing biotechnology medicines for patients with serious illnesses, Amgen is dedicated to addressing important scientific questions to advance care and improve the lives of patients with cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide.3 Amgen’s research into cardiovascular disease, and potential treatment options, is part of a growing competency at Amgen that utilizes human genetics to identify and validate certain drug targets. Through its own research and development efforts, as well as partnerships, Amgen is building a cardiovascular portfolio consisting of several approved and investigational molecules in an effort to address a number of today’s important unmet patient needs, such as high cholesterol and heart failure.
Amgen is committed to unlocking the potential of biology for patients suffering from serious illnesses by discovering, developing, manufacturing and delivering innovative human therapeutics. This approach begins by using tools like advanced human genetics to unravel the complexities of disease and understand the fundamentals of human biology.
Amgen focuses on areas of high unmet medical need and leverages its biologics manufacturing expertise to strive for solutions that improve health outcomes and dramatically improve people's lives. A biotechnology pioneer since 1980, Amgen has grown to be one of the world's leading independent biotechnology companies, has reached millions of patients around the world and is developing a pipeline of medicines with breakaway potential.
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