Jerusalem & Lund, Sweden, June 25, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NYSE and TASE: TEVA) and Active Biotech (NASDAQ Stockholm: ACTI) today announced that the patient enrollment for the pivotal Phase III CONCERTO trial has been finalized, as well as a planned sample size re-assessment analysis of the study. CONCERTO, the third Phase III trial of laquinimod in patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS), is designed to evaluate the safety and efficacy of laquinimod (0.6mg or 1.2mg/day) with a primary endpoint of time to Confirmed Disability Progression (CDP), as measured by the Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS).
The sample size re-assessment was included as part of the protocol to confirm that the original assumptions are in line with the study and that the sample size is adequate. Based on recent agreement with FDA, under a Special Protocol Assessment (SPA) agreement, study completion will occur when either 260 events are reached or all patients complete 24 months of study treatment (whichever occurs first). CONCERTO study results are expected to be available toward mid-2017. Regulatory submission will follow study completion.
"We are committed to realizing the full potential of laquinimod. The molecule has a unique mechanism for future treatment of MS and other neurodegenerative diseases by working directly in the Central Nervous System, showing promise to prevent brain atrophy and slow disability progression in these patients," said Michael Hayden, M.D., Ph.D., President of Global R&D and Chief Scientific Officer at Teva.
Laquinimod is also being tested in Phase II trials for the treatment of subjects with primary progressive MS and Huntington disease; two diseases for which no approved disease modifying therapies are available. For further details on the Phase III CONCERTO study, please visit https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT01707992.
Laquinimod is a once-daily oral, investigational, CNS-active immunomodulator with a novel mechanism of action being developed for the treatment of relapsing-remitting MS (RRMS), progressive MS and Huntington's disease. The global, Phase III, clinical development program evaluating laquinimod in MS includes two completed pivotal studies, ALLEGRO and BRAVO (both 0.6mg/day). A third Phase III trial, CONCERTO, is currently ongoing and evaluating two doses of laquinimod (0.6mg and 1.2mg/day) in 2,199 patients for up to 24 months. The primary outcome measure is time to three-month confirmed-disability progression as measured by the Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS).
In the ALLEGRO and BRAVO trials, adverse reactions observed included headache, abdominal pain, back and neck pain, appendicitis, and mild, asymptomatic laboratory abnormalities, including liver enzyme elevations, hematological changes and elevation of CRP or fibrinogen levels.
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NYSE and TASE: TEVA) is a leading global pharmaceutical company that delivers high-quality, patient-centric healthcare solutions to millions of patients every day. Headquartered in Israel, Teva is the world's largest generic medicines producer, leveraging its portfolio of more than 1,000 molecules to produce a wide range of generic products in nearly every therapeutic area. In specialty medicines, Teva has a world-leading position in innovative treatments for disorders of the central nervous system, including pain, as well as a strong portfolio of respiratory products. Teva integrates its generics and specialty capabilities in its global research and development division to create new ways of addressing unmet patient needs by combining drug development capabilities with devices, services and technologies. Teva's net revenues in 2014 amounted to $20.3 billion. For more information, visit www.tevapharm.com.
About Active Biotech
Active Biotech AB (publ) (NASDAQ Stockholm: ACTI) is a biotechnology company with focus on neurodegenerative/inflammatory diseases and cancer. Laquinimod, an orally administered small molecule with unique immunomodulatory properties, is in pivotal phase III development for the treatment of relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis. Also, laquinimod is in phase II development for the treatment of primary progressive multiple sclerosis and Huntington's disease. Furthermore, commercial activities are ongoing for the projects ISI, ANYARA and paquinimod. Please visit www.activebiotech.com for more information.
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Teva and Active Biotech Announce Completion of Patient Enrollment http://hugin.info/1002/R/1931462/694575.pdf
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Source: Active Biotech