PARADIGM-HF trial of Novartis' LCZ696 for chronic heart failure closes early based on strength of interim results

PARADIGM-HF trial of Novartis' LCZ696 for chronic heart failure closes early based on strength of interim results


March 31, 2014

(Thomson Reuters ONE via COMTEX) -- Novartis International AG / PARADIGM-HF trial of Novartis' LCZ696 for chronic heart failure closes early based on strength of interim results . Processed and transmitted by NASDAQ OMX Corporate Solutions. The issuer is solely responsible for the content of this announcement.

- Data Monitoring Committee (DMC) unanimously recommends early closure confirming combined primary endpoint met - LCZ696 delayed cardiovascular death and reduced heart failure hospitalizations vs. enalapril

- PARADIGM-HF is the largest ever trial of a heart failure treatment, robustly designed to assess LCZ696 in patients with chronic heart failure with reduced ejection fraction[1],[2]

- Over 20 million people across the US and EU live with chronic heart failure, facing a high risk of death and poor quality of life, despite currently available medicines[3],[4],[5]

Basel, March 31, 2014 - Novartis announced today that the Data Monitoring Committee (DMC) unanimously recommended early closure of the PARADIGM-HF study, indicating patients with chronic heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HF-REF) who received LCZ696 lived longer without being hospitalized for heart failure than those who received standard care with ACE-inhibitor enalapril. Based on the compelling efficacy and primary endpoint having been met, the trial will now close early. This follows two previous interim analyses that showed the safety profile of LCZ696 was acceptable.

"Novartis recognizes the huge global need for treatments that extend and improve the lives of people with heart failure and we believe LCZ696's unique mechanism of action could be transformative," said Tim Wright, Global Head of Development, Novartis Pharmaceuticals. "This result is a demonstration of our commitment to developing innovative medicines that have an impact on the most important outcomes like cardiovascular mortality."

The results of PARADIGM-HF will be submitted to a major medical conference for presentation and Novartis will now initiate discussions with global health authorities regarding approval for marketing.

"The results of PARADIGM-HF are truly impressive" said Dr. Milton Packer, Professor and Chair for the Department of Clinical Sciences at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Texas, USA and one of the two Principal Investigators. "The finding that treatment with LCZ696 was superior to currently recommended doses of enalapril has profound implications for the care of patients with chronic heart failure. We now have compelling evidence that supports LCZ696 as a new cornerstone in the management of chronic heart failure."

LCZ696, a twice a day pill for heart failure, is a first in class medicine that acts in multiple ways on the neurohormonal systems of the heart, blocking receptors exerting harmful effects while simultaneously promoting protective mechanisms[2],[6],[7]. Known as an ARNI (Angiotensin Receptor Neprilysin Inhibitor) LCZ696 is thought to reduce the strain on the failing heart, promoting the ability of the heart muscle to recover[2],[7].

LCZ696 is the second treatment being developed by Novartis for patients with heart failure, along with RLX030 (serelaxin) for acute heart failure[8].

About the PARADIGM-HF study

PARADIGM-HF is a randomized, double-blind, Phase III outcome study evaluating the efficacy and safety profile of LCZ696 versus enalapril (a widely used ACE inhibitor) in 8,436 patients with heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HF-REF)[1],[2]. The primary outcome is a composite of time to first occurrence of either cardiovascular death or heart failure hospitalization, and the trial is also designed to be able to detect a significant difference in cardiovascular death[1],[2]. The study was initiated in December 2009 and currently is the largest clinical trial in heart failure ever undertaken[1],[2].

About chronic heart failure

Chronic heart failure is a progressive, debilitating disease where the heart is unable to pump enough blood throughout the body. Symptoms such as breathlessness, fatigue and fluid retention can appear slowly and worsen over time, significantly impacting quality of life[4],[9]. Approximately half of patients have the reduced ejection fraction form of the disease (HF-REF)[10].

Heart failure is a significant and growing public health concern with more 20 million people living with the disease across Europe and the US alone[3],[4],[5]. It continues to be associated with high morbidity and mortality, frequent hospitalization and poor quality of life, despite currently available medicines[11],[12]. Heart failure presents a major and growing health-economic burden that currently exceeds $45 billion worldwide[13],[14],[15],[16]. As such, there is a high unmet need for new treatments that reduce cardiovascular mortality and the frequency of hospitalization.


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