Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NYSE: TEVA) today announced positive top-line results from the GALA (Glatiramer Acetate Low-Frequency Administration) Phase III clinical trial assessing the efficacy, safety and tolerability of 40 mg/1 ml glatiramer acetate injection (GA) administered subcutaneously three times a week compared to placebo in relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS) patients. Study results showed that GA 40 mg/1 ml significantly reduced disease activity, while maintaining a favorable safety and tolerability profile.
The one-year randomized, double-blind placebo-controlled study recruited more than 1,400 patients at 155 multinational sites. Results showed that GA 40 mg/1 ml met the study’s primary endpoint by significantly reducing the annualized relapse rate (ARR) by 34.4 percent compared to placebo (p<0.0001). Initial analysis of the data indicates that secondary clinical endpoints were achieved, with the exception of reduction in brain atrophy. Following the initial 12-month, placebo-controlled phase, there will be an ongoing open-label extension of the trial.
“We are pleased with the results of this study that show the potential of 40 mg/1 ml glatiramer acetate to offer patients an effective and safe treatment option with COPAXONE® using a more convenient dosing regimen” said Serge Stankovic, Senior Vice President of Clinical Research, Global Branded R&D, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. “We remain focused on the continued research and development of products aimed at improving the treatment experience for patients with MS.”
Further analyses of the GALA study data are ongoing, and detailed results will be presented to the scientific community in the near future. Teva plans to work with health authorities to determine next steps.The most commonly reported adverse events in the study were injection site reactions, headaches and nasopharyngitis. The overall frequencies of adverse events were comparable to those observed in the placebo group. ABOUT THE STUDY The multinational Phase III Glatiramer Acetate Low-frequency Administration (GALA) trial was designed to examine the safety, efficacy and tolerability of glatiramer acetate (GA) 40 mg/1 ml injection administered three times a week compared to placebo in a randomized double-blind placebo-controlled design in patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis. The 40 mg/1 ml dose is higher than the currently marketed 20 mg/1 ml daily COPAXONE ® (glatiramer acetate injection). The primary endpoint of the study is the total number of confirmed relapses during a 12-month, placebo-controlled phase. ABOUT COPAXONE ® COPAXONE ® (glatiramer acetate injection) is indicated for the reduction of the frequency of relapses in relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis, 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. See additional important information at: http://www.sharedsolutions.com/redirect/PrescribingInformation.pdf. For hardcopy releases, please see enclosed full prescribing information. COPAXONE ® is now approved in more than 50 countries worldwide, including the United States, Russia, Canada, Mexico, Australia, Israel, and all European countries. ABOUT TEVA Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NYSE: 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 leading generic drug maker, with a global product portfolio of more than 1,300 molecules and a direct presence in about 60 countries. Teva's branded businesses focus on CNS, oncology, pain, respiratory and women's health therapeutic areas as well as biologics. Teva currently employs approximately 46,000 people around the world and reached $18.3 billion in net revenues in 2011.
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