Amgen To Showcase New Data From Inflammation Portfolio At EADV Virtual Congress 2021
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., Sept. 13, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Amgen (NASDAQ: AMGN) today announced that new data from its expanding inflammation pipeline and marketed portfolio will be presented at the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology (EADV) 30th Congress, which will take place virtually Sept. 29 – Oct. 2.
In a late-breaking data presentation, detailed results from a Phase 2 moderate-to-severe atopic dermatitis study of AMG 451/KHK4083, a potential first-in-class anti-OX40 monoclonal antibody jointly under development by Amgen and Kyowa Kirin Co., Ltd. (TSE: 4151) for the treatment of moderate-to-severe atopic dermatitis, will be presented. Additionally, new 32-week outcomes data from the Phase 3 ADVANCE trial investigating the efficacy and safety of Otezla® (apremilast) to improve psoriasis symptoms and involvement in special areas (scalp or nails) in adults with mild-to-moderate plaque psoriasis will also be presented.
“Amgen looks forward to sharing new late-breaking research at EADV alongside our partners at Kyowa Kirin, highlighting a potential new treatment option for the millions of people worldwide with moderate-to-severe atopic dermatitis,” said David M. Reese, M.D., executive vice president of Research and Development at Amgen. “We are deeply committed to driving innovation in dermatologic inflammatory diseases, and this research – as well as other data for presentation from across our portfolio – demonstrates the important strides we are making to help improve outcomes for patients with these serious skin conditions.”
Inflammation Pipeline Abstracts
- Efficacy and safety results of KHK4083/AMG 451 (anti-OX40 mAb) in subjects with moderate to severe atopic dermatitis: a phase 2, multicentre, randomized, double-blind, parallel-group, placebo-controlled study
- Abstract #D3T01.1B, Late-breaking Oral Presentation, Session: Late-breaking News, Saturday, Oct. 2 from 10:15-10:30 am CEST
Otezla Clinical Data Abstracts
- Improvement in Psoriasis Symptoms and Involvement in Special Areas: 32-Week Results From ADVANCE
- Abstract #P1425, E-Poster, Session: Psoriasis, Wednesday, Sept. 29 from 6 am-11:59 pm CEST
- Improvement in Patient- and Physician-Reported Outcomes With Apremilast Treatment in Patients With Mild to Moderate Plaque Psoriasis in the Phase 3 ADVANCE Trial: Results of Subgroup Analyses by Baseline Psoriasis-Involved BSA and PASI
- Abstract #P1334, E-Poster, Session: Psoriasis, Sept. 29 from 6 am-11:59 pm CEST
- Efficacy of Apremilast in Mild to Moderate Psoriasis Including Special Areas and Itch: 32-Week Results From the PROMINENT Study in Japan
- Abstract #P1352, E-Poster, Session: Psoriasis, Sept. 29 from 6 am-11:59 pm CEST
- Efficacy and Safety of Apremilast in Japanese Patients With Mild to Moderate Psoriasis: 32-Week Results From PROMINENT
- Abstract #P1422, E-Poster, Session: Psoriasis, Sept. 29 from 6 am-11:59 pm CEST
Real-World Study Abstracts
- Differences in Patient and Dermatologist Perspectives on Psoriasis Treatment: Results From the UPLIFT Survey
- Abstract #FC03.01, Oral Presentation, Session: Free Communications, Sept. 30 from 2:30-2:40 pm CEST
- Greater Disease Burden in Patients With Psoriasis Who Report Joint Pain Without a Diagnosis of Psoriatic Arthritis: Results From the 2020 UPLIFT Survey
- Abstract #P1465, E-Poster, Session: Psoriasis, Sept. 29 from 6 am-11:59 pm CEST
- Analysis of Real-world Systemic-Naive Patients With Mild or Moderate vs Severe Plaque Psoriasis: Patient Characteristics and Disease Burden Findings From CorEvitas’ Psoriasis Registry
- Abstract #P1409, E-Poster, Session: Psoriasis, Sept. 29 from 6 am-11:59 pm CEST
Abstracts can be found on the EADV website.
Amgen Webcast Investor Call
Amgen will host a webcast call for the investment community at 8:30 a.m. ET on Monday, Oct. 4, 2021. David M. Reese, M.D., executive vice president of Research and Development at Amgen, along with other members of Amgen’s management team, will discuss clinical data being presented at EADV, including data from the AMG 451/KHK4083 Phase 2 trial in patients with moderate-to-severe atopic dermatitis, as well as the broader inflammation portfolio.
Live audio of the conference call will be broadcast over the internet simultaneously and will be available to members of the news media, investors and the general public.
The webcast, as with other selected presentations regarding developments in Amgen’s business given at certain investor and medical conferences, can be accessed on Amgen’s website, www.amgen.com, under Investors. Information regarding presentation times, webcast availability and webcast links are noted on Amgen’s Investor Relations Events Calendar. The webcast will be archived and available for replay for at least 90 days after the event.
About the AMG 451/KHK4083 Phase 2 Study
The Phase 2, multicenter, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial ( NCT03703102 ) investigated the efficacy and safety of AMG 451/KHK4083 in adults with moderate-to-severe atopic dermatitis who were not adequately controlled with topical agents. The study randomized 274 patients in the U.S., Japan, Canada and Germany across four dose-ranging active treatment arms, which received subcutaneous AMG 451/KHK4083, and a comparator placebo arm.
The primary endpoint was percentage change from baseline in Eczema Area and Severity Index (EASI) score at week 16.
About Atopic Dermatitis
Atopic dermatitis is a chronic inflammatory disease that causes excessively dry, itchy skin that can be painful. Repeated scratching can cause the skin to thicken, harden or become vulnerable to infection. Atopic dermatitis is the most common form of eczema – affecting 15-20% of children and 1-3% of adults worldwide – and the prevalence is increasing. The disease typically manifests in childhood followed by other allergy symptoms.
About AMG 451/KHK4083
AMG 451/KHK4083 is an anti-OX40 fully human monoclonal antibody engineered with Kyowa Kirin’s patented POTELLIGENT® defucosylation technology to enhance its antibody-dependent cellular cytotoxicity (ADCC) activity. The initial AMG 451/KHK4083 antibody was discovered in collaboration between Kyowa Kirin US Research and La Jolla Institute for Immunology. AMG 451/KHK4083 targets and inhibits the activity of the OX40 receptor expressed on the surface of effector T-cells, and has been shown to deplete activated OX40+ T-cells by ADCC. It has been reported that effector T cells expressing OX40 are present in the lesions of patients with atopic dermatitis and are critical in their development.
Amgen and Kyowa Kirin Collaboration
On June 1, 2021, Amgen (NASDAQ:AMGN) entered into an agreement with Kyowa Kirin (TSE: 4151) to jointly develop and commercialize AMG 451/KHK4083. Under the terms of the agreement, Amgen will lead the development, manufacturing, and commercialization of AMG 451/KHK4083 for all markets globally, except Japan, where Kyowa Kirin will retain all rights. If approved, the companies will co-promote the asset in the United States and Kyowa Kirin has opt-in rights to co-promote it in certain other markets including Europe and Asia.
About ADVANCE (PSOR-022)
ADVANCE ( NCT03721172 ) is a Phase 3, multicenter, randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind study evaluating the efficacy and safety of Otezla in patients with mild-to-moderate plaque psoriasis (defined as BSA involvement of 2% to 15%, Psoriasis Area and Severity Index (PASI) score of 2 to 15, Physician’s Global Assessment (sPGA) score of 2 to 3). The study randomized 595 patients 1:1 to receive Otezla (n=297) 30 mg twice daily or placebo (n=298) for the first 16 weeks. All patients then received Otezla during an open-label extension phase through week 32.
The primary endpoint was the percentage of patients with sPGA response [defined as a sPGA score of clear (0) or almost clear (1) with at least a 2-point reduction from baseline] at week 16.
PROMINENT ( NCT03930186 ) is Phase 3b, multicenter, open-label, single-arm study evaluating the efficacy and safety of Otezla in Japanese patients with mild-to-moderate psoriasis (sPGA score of 2 to 3) not adequately controlled by topical therapy. The study recruited 152 patients to receive Otezla 30 mg twice daily for 32 weeks on top of their existing topical therapy.
The primary endpoint was percentage of patients who achieved an sPGA score of 0 or 1 at week 16.
About the UPLIFT Survey
In 2020, Amgen conducted the global Understanding Psoriatic Disease Leveraging Insights for Treatment (UPLIFT) survey exploring the evolution of attitudes and behaviors of 3,806 people living with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, 473 dermatologists and 450 rheumatologists in eight countries in North America, Europe and Asia. The survey was conducted in 2020 and was overseen by an academic steering committee of thought-leaders in dermatology and rheumatology. The survey builds upon findings from the 2012 Multinational Assessment of Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis (MAPP) survey, a first-of-its-kind study conducted by Celgene that looked in-depth at the effect of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis on people living with these conditions.
Psoriasis is a serious, chronic inflammatory disease that causes raised, red, scaly patches to appear on the skin, typically affecting the outside of the elbows, knees or scalp, though it can appear on any location.1 Approximately 125 million people worldwide have psoriasis, including around 14 million people in Europe and more than 7.5 million people in the United States.2,3 About 80% of those patients have plaque psoriasis.4
About Otezla® (apremilast)
OTEZLA® (apremilast) is an oral small-molecule inhibitor of phosphodiesterase 4 (PDE4) specific for cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP). PDE4 inhibition results in increased intracellular cAMP levels, which is thought to indirectly modulate the production of inflammatory mediators. The specific mechanism(s) by which Otezla exerts its therapeutic action in patients is not well defined.
Otezla® (apremilast) U.S. INDICATIONS
Otezla® (apremilast) is indicated for the treatment of adult patients with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis who are candidates for phototherapy or systemic therapy.
Otezla is indicated for the treatment of adult patients with active psoriatic arthritis.
Otezla is indicated for the treatment of adult patients with oral ulcers associated with Behçet’s Disease.
Otezla® (apremilast) U.S. IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
- Otezla® (apremilast) is contraindicated in patients with a known hypersensitivity to apremilast or to any of the excipients in the formulation
Warnings and Precautions
- Diarrhea, Nausea, and Vomiting: Cases of severe diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting were associated with the use of Otezla. Most events occurred within the first few weeks of treatment. In some cases, patients were hospitalized. Patients 65 years of age or older and patients taking medications that can lead to volume depletion or hypotension may be at a higher risk of complications from severe diarrhea, nausea, or vomiting. Monitor patients who are more susceptible to complications of diarrhea or vomiting; advise patients to contact their healthcare provider. Consider Otezla dose reduction or suspension if patients develop severe diarrhea, nausea, or vomiting
- Depression: Carefully weigh the risks and benefits of treatment with Otezla for patients with a history of depression and/or suicidal thoughts/behavior, or in patients who develop such symptoms while on Otezla. Patients, caregivers, and families should be advised of the need to be alert for the emergence or worsening of depression, suicidal thoughts, or other mood changes, and they should contact their healthcare provider if such changes occur
- Psoriasis: Treatment with Otezla is associated with an increase in depression. During clinical trials, 1.3% (12/920) of patients reported depression compared to 0.4% (2/506) on placebo. Depression was reported as serious in 0.1% (1/1308) of patients exposed to Otezla, compared to none in placebo-treated patients (0/506). Suicidal behavior was observed in 0.1% (1/1308) of patients on Otezla, compared to 0.2% (1/506) on placebo. One patient treated with Otezla attempted suicide; one patient on placebo committed suicide
- Psoriatic Arthritis: Treatment with Otezla is associated with an increase in depression. During clinical trials, 1.0% (10/998) reported depression or depressed mood compared to 0.8% (4/495) treated with placebo. Suicidal ideation and behavior was observed in 0.2% (3/1441) of patients on Otezla, compared to none in placebo-treated patients. Depression was reported as serious in 0.2% (3/1441) of patients exposed to Otezla, compared to none in placebo-treated patients (0/495). Two patients who received placebo committed suicide compared to none on Otezla
- Behcet’s Disease: Treatment with Otezla is associated with an increase in depression. During the phase 3 clinical trial, 1% (1/104) reported depression or depressed mood compared to 1% (1/103) treated with placebo. No instances of suicidal ideation or behavior were reported in patients treated with Otezla or treated with placebo
- Weight Decrease: Monitor body weight regularly; evaluate unexplained or clinically significant weight loss, and consider discontinuation of Otezla
- Psoriasis: During clinical trials, body weight loss of 5-10% occurred in 12% (96/784) of patients treated with Otezla and in 5% (19/382) of patients treated with placebo. Body weight loss of ≥10% occurred in 2% (16/784) of patients treated with Otezla compared to 1% (3/382) of patients treated with placebo
- Psoriatic Arthritis: During clinical trials, body weight loss of 5-10% was reported in 10% (49/497) of patients taking Otezla and in 3.3% (16/495) of patients taking placebo
- Behçet’s Disease: During the phase 3 clinical trial, body weight loss of >5% was reported in 4.9% (5/103) of patients taking Otezla and in 3.9% (4/102) of patients taking placebo
- Drug Interactions: Apremilast exposure was decreased when Otezla was co-administered with rifampin, a strong CYP450 enzyme inducer; loss of Otezla efficacy may occur. Concomitant use of Otezla with CYP450 enzyme inducers (e.g., rifampin, phenobarbital, carbamazepine, phenytoin) is not recommended
- Psoriasis: Adverse reactions reported in ≥5% of patients were (Otezla%, placebo%): diarrhea (17, 6), nausea (17, 7), upper respiratory tract infection (9, 6), tension headache (8, 4), and headache (6, 4)
- Psoriatic Arthritis: Adverse reactions reported in at least 2% of patients taking Otezla, that occurred at a frequency at least 1% higher than that observed in patients taking placebo, for up to 16 weeks (after the initial 5-day titration), were (Otezla%, placebo%): diarrhea (7.7, 1.6); nausea (8.9, 3.1); headache (5.9, 2.2); upper respiratory tract infection (3.9, 1.8); vomiting (3.2, 0.4); nasopharyngitis (2.6, 1.6); upper abdominal pain (2.0, 0.2)
- Behçet’s Disease: Adverse reactions reported in at least ≥5% of patients taking Otezla, that occurred at a frequency at least 1% higher than that observed in patients taking placebo, for up to 12 weeks, were (Otezla%, placebo%): diarrhea (41.3, 20.4); nausea (19.2, 10.7); headache (14.4, 10.7); upper respiratory tract infection (11.5, 4.9); upper abdominal pain (8.7, 1.9); vomiting (8.7, 1.9); back pain (7.7, 5.8); viral upper respiratory tract infection (6.7, 4.9); arthralgia (5.8, 2.9)
Use in Specific Populations
- Pregnancy: Otezla has not been studied in pregnant women. Advise pregnant women of the potential risk of fetal loss. Consider pregnancy planning and prevention for females of reproductive potential. There is a pregnancy exposure registry that monitors pregnancy outcomes in women exposed to Otezla during pregnancy. Information about the registry can be obtained by calling 1-877-311-8972 or visiting https://mothertobaby.org/ongoing-study/otezla/
- Lactation: There are no data on the presence of apremilast or its metabolites in human milk, the effects of apremilast on the breastfed infant, or the effects of the drug on milk production. The developmental and health benefits of breastfeeding should be considered along with the mother’s clinical need for Otezla and any potential adverse effects on the breastfed child from Otezla or from the underlying maternal condition
- Renal Impairment: Otezla dosage should be reduced in patients with severe renal impairment (creatinine clearance less than 30 mL/min) for details, see Dosage and Administration, Section 2, in the Full Prescribing Information
Please click here for Otezla® Full Prescribing Information.
Amgen brings therapies to millions of people with inflammatory diseases, with a focus on serving unmet patient needs. For those with debilitating moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, moderate to severe plaque psoriasis, ankylosing spondylitis, asthma, and other chronic conditions, the suffering and needs are severe. Complex diseases of inflammation have defied simple solutions, and the breadth of inflammatory disease and the burden patients bear is not well understood.
For more than two decades, Amgen has been committed to advancing the science and the understanding around inflammation to address the unmet patient needs that exist and expanding our portfolio. We lead with science through discovery research that is disease-agnostic and biology-first, modality-second. In doing so, we have introduced and evolved novel therapies that have changed the lives of patients.
Our commitment to patients is reflected not only in where we have succeeded, but in where we have failed and opened new doors. Throughout, we have remained dedicated to the principle of leading with science, pursuing where pathways and promising discoveries in inflammation take us, and not relenting until innovative solutions for patients are found. It’s a commitment that extends beyond introducing novel therapies.
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 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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