BEDMINSTER, N.J., and DUBLIN, Ireland, Jan. 15, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Amarin Corporation plc (Nasdaq:AMRN), a biopharmaceutical company focused on the commercialization and development of therapeutics to improve cardiovascular health, announced today that the Division of Metabolism and Endocrinology Products (DMEP) within the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) notified the company today that a determination on Amarin's request for reconsideration of DMEP's October 2013 decision to rescind the ANCHOR clinical trial Special Protocol Assessment (SPA) agreement will be delayed. FDA previously notified the company that it planned to convey its decision to Amarin no later than January 15, 2014. In today's communication, DMEP provided no definitive date for its planned response. Based on dialogue with DMEP, Amarin does not expect the delay to be for a significant period of time.
There can be no assurance that Amarin will be successful in its effort to reinstate the ANCHOR SPA agreement or obtain a label expansion reflecting the ANCHOR clinical trial data.
Vascepa is FDA approved for use as an adjunct to diet to reduce triglyceride levels in adult patients with severe (≥500 mg/dL) hypertriglyceridemia. The ANCHOR Supplemental New Drug Application (sNDA) seeks approval of Vascepa for use as an adjunct to diet and exercise for adult patients on statin therapy with mixed dyslipidemia (one or more lipid disorder) and triglyceride levels between 200 and 499 mg/dL.About Vascepa ® (icosapent ethyl) capsules Vascepa ® (icosapent ethyl) capsules, known in scientific literature as AMR101, is a highly pure-EPA omega-3 prescription product in a 1 gram capsule. Indications and Usage
- Vascepa (icosapent ethyl) is indicated as an adjunct to diet to reduce triglyceride (TG) levels in adult patients with severe (≥500 mg/dL) hypertriglyceridemia.
- The effect of Vascepa on the risk for pancreatitis and cardiovascular mortality and morbidity in patients with severe hypertriglyceridemia has not been determined.
- Vascepa is contraindicated in patients with known hypersensitivity (e.g., anaphylactic reaction) to Vascepa or any of its components and should be used with caution in patients with known hypersensitivity to fish and/or shellfish.
- The most common reported adverse reaction (incidence > 2% and greater than placebo) was arthralgia (2.3% for Vascepa, 1.0% for placebo).