Studies Showcase Teva’s Ongoing Commitment to Multiple Sclerosis Research
JERUSALEM, Israel--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NASDAQ: TEVA) announced today that more than 20 scientific abstracts supporting its multiple sclerosis (MS) franchise will be presented at the 26th Annual Congress of the European Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis (ECTRIMS) in Gothenburg, Sweden, October 13-16, 2010.
Key featured data include:
- Results from the five-year extension of the PreCISe study that further evaluate the value of early versus delayed treatment with Copaxone® (glatiramer acetate injection) in patients who have experienced a first clinical episode and have magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) features consistent with MS.
- Data from pre-clinical and animal model studies demonstrating evidence of the presumed mechanism of action (MOA), the unique immunomodulatory effect, as well as the potential neuroprotective properties of laquinimod, Teva’s investigational, once-daily oral compound for the treatment of RRMS.
- Results demonstrating the associations between the development of Neutralizing Antibodies (NAbs) and Binding Antibodies (BAbs) during interferon beta treatments, and the potential impact of NAbs and BAbs testing on clinical outcome measures in MS.
Platform Presentations/Poster Sessions:
- [P413] Evolution of T1 hypointense lesions in relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis patients treated with glatiramer acetate. (Poster Session: Immunomodulation 1, October 14, 3:30pm-5:00pm CET) R. Zivadinov, S. Hussein, N. Bergsland, M. Dwyer
- [P901] Clinical markers of therapeutic response with interferons and with glatiramer acetate and the long term impact on relapse-induced disability. (Poster Session: Long Term Treatment Monitoring 2, October 15, 3:30pm-5:00pm CET) A. Carrá, P. Onaha, G. Rojas, G. Imhoff-Jullier, C. Vrech
- [P 986] Benefit of early treatment with glatiramer acetate: MRI results from the 5-year prospectively planned follow up in patients with clinically isolated syndrome enrolled in the PreCISe study. (Poster Session: Late Breaking News, October 15, 3:30pm-5:00pm CET) M. Filippi, M.A. Rocca, E. Perego, F. Agosta, A. Meani, O. Bajenaru, A. Carra, I. Elovaara, F. Fazekas, H.P. Hartung, J. Hillert, J. King, S. Komoly, C. Lubetzki, X. Montalban, K.M. Myhr, M. M Ravnborg, P. Rieckmann, D. Wynn, C. Young, G. Comi for the PreCISe study group
- [135, Congress Hall] Benefit of early treatment with glatiramer acetate (COPAXONE®): results from the 5-year prospectively planned follow up in patients with clinically isolated syndrome from the PreCISe study. (Parallel Session: Late Breaking News, October 16, 8:45am-9:00am CET) G. Comi, V. Martinelli, M. Rodegher, L. Moiola, O. Bajenaru, A. Carra, I. Elovaara, F.
- Fazekas, H.P. Hartung, J. Hillert, J. King, S. Komoly, C. Lubetzki, X. Montalban, K.M. Myhr, M. Ravnborg, P. Rieckmann, D. Wynn, C. Young, M. Filippi
- [P251] Laquinimod rescue therapy in mice with experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis. (Poster Session: Experimental Models 1, October 14, 2010, 3:30pm-5:00pm CET) C. Wegner, R. Pförtner, W. Brück (Göttingen, DE)
- [P881] Laquinimod ameliorates experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis via BDNF-dependent mechanisms. (Poster Session: Neuroprotection 2, October 15, 3:30pm-5:00pm CET) J. Thöne, D. Lee, S. Seubert, L. Hayardeny, R. Linker, R. Gold
- [P882] Differential activity of laquinimod on production of inflammatory molecules and neurotrophic factors by human microglia and macrophages. (Poster Session: Neuroprotection 2, October 15th, 3:30pm-5:00pm CET) C. Silva, J. Wang, M. Mishra, V.W. Yong
- [P885] Laquinimod prevents the inflammation-induced derangement of neurogenic niches in experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis mice. (Poster Session: Neuroprotection 2, October 15, 3:30pm-5:00pm CET) F. Ruffini, A. Bergamaschi, C. Marinaro, R. De Ceglia, L. Muzio, R. Furlan, L. Hayardeny, G. Comi, G. Martino
Neutralizing Antibodies (NAbs)
- [P462] Relationship between binding and neutralizing antibodies in patients taking high dose interferon MS therapy. (Poster Session: Immunomodulation 1, October 14, 3:30pm-5:00pm CET) E. Fox, A. Goodman, C. Markowitz, R. Murray, B. Green
- [P889] Analysis of a relationship between clinical outcomes and neutralizing antibody titres in multiple sclerosis patients treated with interferon beta. (Poster Session: Long Term Treatment Monitoring 2, October 15, 3:30pm-5:00pm CET) E. Fox, C. Markowitz, R. Murray, B. Green, A. Goodman
- [P960] Myxovirus resistance protein A RNA expression correlates with binding and neutralizing antibody levels in multiple sclerosis patients treated with interferon beta. (Poster Session: Biomarkers 2, October 15, 3:30pm-5:00pm CET) A. Goodman, R. Murray, B. Green, E. Fox, C. Markowitz
Copaxone® is indicated for the reduction of the frequency of relapses in RRMS, including patients who have experienced a first clinical episode and have MRI features consistent with multiple sclerosis. The most common side effects of Copaxone® are redness, pain, swelling, itching, or a lump at the site of injection, flushing, rash, shortness of breath, and chest pain.
Copaxone® (glatiramer acetate injection) is now approved in 51 countries worldwide, including the United States, Russia, Canada, Mexico, Australia, Israel, and all European countries. In North America, Copaxone® is marketed by Teva Neuroscience, Inc., which is a subsidiary of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NASDAQ:TEVA). In Europe, Copaxone® is marketed by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. and sanofi-aventis. Copaxone® is a registered trademark of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. Copaxone® is the global market-leading RRMS treatment.
See additional important information at http://www.copaxone.com/pdf/PrescribingInformation.pdf or call1-800-887-8100 for electronic releases.
Laquinimod is an investigational, novel, once-daily oral immunomodulator being developed as a disease-modifying treatment for RRMS. Active Biotech developed laquinimod and licensed it to Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, Ltd. in June 2004. A Phase IIb study in 306 patients was published in The Lancet and demonstrated that an oral 0.6 mg dose of laquinimod, administered daily, significantly reduced MRI disease activity by 60 percent versus placebo in RRMS patients. In addition, the study showed a favorable trend toward reducing annual relapse rates and the number of relapse-free patients compared with placebo. Treatment was well tolerated, with only some transient and dose-dependent increases in liver enzymes reported.
Two pivotal, global Phase III studies of laquinimod for the treatment of RRMS, ALLEGRO and BRAVO, are nearing completion. ALLEGRO, a 24-month multinational, double-blind, placebo-controlled study, designed to evaluate the efficacy, safety and tolerability of laquinimod versus placebo in the treatment of RRMS, enrolled 1,106 patients and data from the study are expected in Q1 2011. BRAVO, a multinational, multi-center, randomized, parallel-group study designed to evaluate laquinimod compared to placebo, as well as to provide risk-benefit data for laquinimod compared to a currently available injectable treatment, Avonex®, has enrolled 1,332 patients and will be complete in Q3 2011.
In addition to the ongoing RRMS clinical studies, laquinimod is currently in Phase II development for Crohn’s disease and Lupus, and is being studied in other autoimmune diseases.
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NASDAQ:TEVA) is a leading global pharmaceutical company, committed to increasing access to high-quality healthcare by developing, producing and marketing affordable generic drugs as well as innovative and specialty pharmaceuticals and active pharmaceutical ingredients. Headquartered in Israel, Teva is the world's largest generic drug maker, with a global product portfolio of more than 1,250 molecules and a direct presence in approximately 60 countries. Teva's branded businesses focus on neurological, respiratory and women's health therapeutic areas as well as biologics. Teva's leading innovative product, Copaxone®, is the number one prescribed treatment for multiple sclerosis. Teva employs more than 40,000 people around the world and reached $13.9 billion in net sales in 2009.
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