AstraZeneca plc (LON:AZN) today announced that the European Commission has approved an update to the marketing authorisation for Forxiga to include positive cardiovascular outcomes and renal data from the Phase III DECLARE-TIMI 58 trial in adults with type-2 diabetes. The trial enrolled a majority of patients with no existing cardiovascular disease.
Mene Pangalos, Executive Vice President, BioPharmaceuticals R&D, said: “For patients with type-2 diabetes, heart failure is one of the earliest cardiovascular complications before heart attack or stroke. In the Phase III DECLARE-TIMI 58 trial, Forxiga reduced the composite endpoint of hospitalisation for heart failure or cardiovascular death in patients with type-2 diabetes, and we look forward to bringing these additional benefits of the medicine to people with type-2 diabetes in the EU.”
In the Phase III DECLARE-TIMI 58 trial, Forxiga achieved a statistically-significant reduction in the composite endpoint of hospitalisation for heart failure or CV death versus placebo, one of the two primary efficacy endpoints. There were fewer major adverse CV events observed with Forxiga for the other primary efficacy endpoint, however this did not reach statistical significance.
The Phase III DECLARE-TIMI 58 trial confirmed the well-established safety profile of Forxiga. The trial showed no significant imbalance with Forxiga versus placebo in amputations, fractures, bladder cancer or Fournier’s gangrene.
Inclusion of the DECLARE-TIMI 58 trial data to the medicine’s label is currently under regulatory review in the US and China.
About DECLARE-TIMI 58
DECLARE (Dapagliflozin Effect on Cardiovascular Events)-TIMI 58 is the largest CV outcomes trial conducted for a selective inhibitor of human sodium-glucose co-transporter 2 (SGLT2) to date in a broad patient population. It is an AstraZeneca-sponsored, Phase III, randomised, double-blinded, placebo-controlled, multicentre trial, designed to evaluate the effect of Forxiga compared with placebo on CV outcomes in adults with T2D at risk of CV events, including patients with multiple CV risk factors or established CV disease and also assessed key renal secondary endpoints. The trial included more than 17,000 patients across 882 sites in 33 countries and was independently run in collaboration with academic investigators from the TIMI study group (Boston, US) and the Hadassah Hebrew University Medical Center (Jerusalem, Israel).
The full results of the DECLARE-TIMI 58 trial were published in The New England Journal of Medicine in January 2019.
Forxiga (dapagliflozin) is a first-in-class, oral once-daily SGLT2 inhibitor indicated as both monotherapy and as part of combination therapy to improve glycaemic control, with the additional benefits of weight loss and blood-pressure reduction, as an adjunct to diet and exercise in adults with T2D. Forxiga has a robust programme of clinical trials that includes more than 35 completed and ongoing Phase IIb/III trials in more than 35,000 patients, as well as more than 2.5 million patient-years’ experience.
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