Intra-Cellular Therapies Announces Further Analyses of the Phase 2 Clinical Trial of ITI-007 in Schizophrenia at the 168th Annual Meeting of the American Psychiatric Association

NEW YORK, May 18, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Intra-Cellular Therapies, Inc. (Nasdaq:ITCI), a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of therapeutics for central nervous system (CNS) disorders presented further analyses of the Phase 2 clinical trial of ITI-007 in schizophrenia at the American Psychiatric Association (APA) 168th Annual Meeting being held in Toronto, Canada.

The oral presentation titled "ITI-007 for the Treatment of Schizophrenia: Further Analyses of the Randomized ITI-007-005 Trial" was presented by Kimberly E. Vanover, Ph.D., Vice President of Clinical Development. The presentation provided further analyses of the Phase 2 clinical trial of ITI-007, whose topline results and secondary analyses were previously presented at scientific and medical meetings.

A summary of the information contained in the oral presentation is set forth below.

Primary endpoint and secondary efficacy analyses:

As previously reported, ITI-007 at a dose of 60 mg demonstrated a statistically significant improvement in psychosis on the trial's pre-specified primary endpoint, which was a change from baseline on the PANSS total score, compared to placebo on Study day 28 (p = 0.017; MMRM-ITT).

At 60 mg, ITI-007 demonstrated a differentiated efficacy response profile including improvements in negative symptoms, depression and prosocial behavior.

  • Specifically, 60 mg ITI-007 improved negative symptoms in both the overall intent-to-treat (ITT) population and in the pre-specified subgroup of patients with prominent negative symptoms at baseline. These effects were not seen with risperidone.
  • In a subgroup of schizophrenia patients who had co-morbid depression, ITI-007 60mg showed a rapid, robust and statistically significant anti-psychotic effect not observed with risperidone. Furthermore, ITI-007 60mg consistently and significantly improved depressive symptoms in this subgroup.

Safety and Tolerability:

ITI-007 demonstrated a favorable tolerability profile with little or no weight gain, a favorable effect on metabolic parameters, and a reduced risk for akathisia and hyperprolactinemia.

  • ITI-007 had little or no effect on weight gain analyses including placebo-adjusted mean weight gain by clinical site. In contrast, risperidone resulted in weight gain of approximately 2 kg after adjusting for placebo response.
  • In the '005 trial patients received blinded study medication for 28 days and were switched to standard of care (SOC) for a 5-day stabilization period prior to hospital discharge. Insulin, glucose and triglyceride levels remained low during the treatment period for patients randomized to either dose of ITI-007, but increased when patients were switched to SOC. In contrast, glucose, insulin and triglyceride levels were increased during risperidone therapy during the 28-day treatment period.
  • Similarly, prolactin levels were low for patients randomized to either dose of ITI-007, but increased after patients were switched to SOC. In contrast, patients on risperidone experienced a significant increase in prolactin levels during the study period.
  • ITI-007 demonstrated a low relative risk of akathisia, with rates of akathisia similar to placebo, in contrast to risperidone which showed a relative risk 3X that of placebo.

Patients treated with conventional or newer second generation antipsychotic drugs (SGAs) for schizophrenia have an increased risk of diabetes and other associated diseases including cardiovascular disease, resulting in a significant burden on our healthcare system. Altered metabolic parameters are known to increase disease risk following certain antipsychotic drug use. Prominent among these metabolic risk factors are elevations in plasma glucose, insulin and triglyceride levels. Existing data suggests that ITI-007 does not impact these metabolic parameters in patients with schizophrenia and may have a substantial potential benefit for this patient population.

"The additional analyses presented at APA continue to demonstrate ITI-007's unique safety profile. We believe the finding that patients' metabolic parameters and prolactin are low while on ITI-007, then worsen after being switched to standard of care antipsychotic therapy, speaks to the beneficial profile of ITI-007," said Dr. Sharon Mates, Chairman and CEO of Intra-Cellular Therapies. "We believe these analyses continue to support the unique potential benefits of ITI-007 for patients, their families, and the healthcare system. Existing data provide evidence for the positioning of ITI-007 as a potential single stand-alone therapy for the treatment of multiple symptoms associated with schizophrenia including positive symptoms and negative symptoms and symptoms of impaired social function."

About the ITI-007-005 Phase 2 Clinical Trial Design

The Phase 2 clinical trial, ITI-007-005, was a randomized, double-blind, placebo- and active-controlled clinical trial in patients with an acutely exacerbated episode of schizophrenia. In this trial, 335 patients were randomized to receive one of four treatments: 60 mg ITI-007, 120 mg ITI-007, 4 mg risperidone (active control) or placebo in a 1:1:1:1 ratio. Patients received study treatment orally once daily in the morning for 28 days. Of those randomized, 311 patients were included in the ITT primary analysis.

The primary endpoint for this clinical trial was change from baseline to Day 28 on the PANSS total score. The PANSS is a well-validated, 30-item rating scale that measures the ability of a drug to reduce schizophrenia symptom severity (Kay et al., 1987, Schizophrenia Bulletin 13:261-276). The PANSS measures positive symptoms such as delusions, suspiciousness, and hallucinations; negative symptoms, such as blunted affect, social and emotional withdrawal, and stereotyped thinking; and general psychopathology, such as anxiety, tension, depression, and active social avoidance. Safety and tolerability were also assessed.

About Intra-Cellular Therapies

Intra-Cellular Therapies is developing novel drugs for the treatment of neuropsychiatric and neurodegenerative diseases and diseases of the elderly, including Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease. The Company is developing its lead drug candidate, ITI-007, for the treatment of schizophrenia, behavioral disturbances in dementia, bipolar disorder, depression and other neuropsychiatric and neurological disorders. ITI-007, a first-in-class molecule, is in Phase 3 clinical trials for the treatment of schizophrenia. The Company is also utilizing its phosphodiesterase platform and other proprietary chemistry platforms to develop drugs for the treatment of CNS and other disorders.

Forward-Looking Statements

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