Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NYSE:TEVA) today announced that 14 company-sponsored COPAXONE
and laquinimod abstracts, including three oral presentations, were highlighted at the 66th annual American Academy of Neurology (AAN) meeting in Philadelphia, Pa. New data presented adds to the understanding of the clinical utility of three-times-a-week COPAXONE
40 mg/mL and provides additional findings on its efficacy, safety, and tolerability profile.
Results from the open-label Phase IIIb
cetate low frequen
y safety and pat
ience (GLACIER) study, comparing the safety and tolerability of new three-times-a-week COPAXONE
40 mg/mL to daily COPAXONE
20 mg/mL, were presented during an oral session today by principal investor, Dr. Jerry Wolinsky, Bartels Family and Opal C. Rankin Professor of Neurology at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston.
“The clinical and real-world significance of the data presented underscore Teva’s commitment to developing solutions to address unmet patient needs,” said Dr. Michael Hayden, president and chief scientific officer at Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, Ltd. “Our historical leadership, and deep understanding of MS patients' needs, keeps us at the leading edge of MS therapy development, with a single-minded focus on supporting the MS community in the provision of the highest standards of care possible, now and in the future.”
Additional data presented elucidate the potential therapeutic role of the investigational drug laquinimod in relapsing and progressive forms of MS.
Data highlights from Teva’s MS franchise (Results available through the AAN at
(glatiramer acetate injection):
- [S31.002] GLACIER: An open-label, randomized, multicenter study to assess safety and tolerability of glatiramer acetate 40 mg/1ml 3-times weekly versus 20 mg/1ml daily in patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (Platform Session: General Neurology I, Wednesday, April 30, 2:15 p.m.) J. Wolinsky, T. Borresen, D. Dietrich, B. Gilder, Y. Sidi, V. Knappertz, S. Kolodny
- [S31.003] 24-Month efficacy and safety of glatiramer acetate 40mg/1ml 3-times weekly: Open-label extension study of the GALA trial in subjects with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (Platform Session: General Neurology I, Wednesday, April 30, 2:30 p.m.) O. Khan, P. Rieckmann, A. Boyko, K. Selmaj, H. Barkay, S. Kolodny, R. Zivadinov
- [P1.212] Gene expression studies comparing glatiramer acetate and proposed generics (Poster Session I: MS and CNS Inflammatory Disease: Treatment Mechanisms of Action, Monday, April 28, 3:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m.) B. Zeskind, F. Towfic, J. Funt, K. Fowler, S. Bakshi, E. Blaugrund, S. Kolitz, M. Artyomov, M. Hayden, I. Grossman, L. Hayardeny, R. Schwartz
- [P3.026] Conversion of new active MRI lesions at 6 months to T1 Hypointense 'black holes' at 12 months in RRMS subjects from the GALA study (Poster Session III: General Neurology II, Tuesday, April 29, 3:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m.) R. Zivadinov, J. Steinerman, V. Knappertz, H. Barkay, O. Khan
- [P3.196] MRI correlates of disability: Neuroimaging substudy at 20 years in the ongoing US glatiramer acetate open-label extension study (Poster Session III: MS and CNS Inflammatory Disease: Clinical Trials Outcomes, Tuesday, April 29, 3:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m.) O. Khan, F. Bao, M. Shah, G. Ramesh, C. Caon, C. Santiago, Z. Latif, R. Aronov, I. Zak, Y. Sidi, S. Kolodny
- [S4.001] Rationale for advancing laquinimod for progressive MS: Evidence from large clinical trials in RRMS (Platform Session: MS and CNS Inflammatory Disease: Clinical Trials, Tuesday, April 29, 1:00 p.m.) G.Comi, M. Pia Sormani, G. Giovannoni, D. Ladkani, N. Sasson, T. Gorfine, V. Knappertz
- [P3.195] Mediation of the effect of laquinimod on disability progression in relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS) (Poster Session III: MS and CNS Inflammatory Disease: Clinical Trials Outcomes, Tuesday, April 29, 3:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m.) G. Comi, D. Ladkani, T. Vollmer, M. Pia Sormani, Y. Sidi, V. Knappertz
- [P1.203] Laquinimod modulates genes encoding cell migration in multiple sclerosis (Poster Session I: MS and CNS Inflammatory Disease: Treatment Mechanisms of Action, Monday, April 28, 3:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m.) R. Zilkha-Falb, M. Gurevich, L. Hayardeny Nisimov, A. Achiron
(glatiramer acetate injection) is indicated for the treatment of patients with relapsing forms of 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:
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.
Important Safety Information about COPAXONE
Patients allergic to glatiramer acetate or mannitol should not take COPAXONE
. Some patients report a short-term reaction right after injecting COPAXONE
. This reaction can involve flushing (feeling of warmth and/or redness), chest tightness or pain with heart palpitations, anxiety, and trouble breathing. These symptoms generally appear within minutes of an injection, last about 15 minutes, and go away by themselves without further problems. During the postmarketing period, there have been reports of patients with similar symptoms who received emergency medical care.
If symptoms become severe, patients should call the emergency phone number in their area.
Patients should call their doctor right away if they develop hives, skin rash with irritation, dizziness, sweating, chest pain, trouble breathing, or severe pain at the injection site. If any of the above occurs, patients should not give themselves any more injections until their doctor tells them to begin again. Chest pain may occur either as part of the immediate postinjection reaction or on its own. This pain should only last a few minutes. Patients may experience more than one such episode, usually beginning at least one month after starting treatment. Patients should tell their doctor if they experience chest pain that lasts for a long time or feels very intense. A permanent indentation under the skin (lipoatrophy or, rarely, necrosis) at the injection site may occur, due to local destruction of fat tissue. Patients should follow proper injection technique and inform their doctor of any skin changes. 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. These are not all of the possible side effects of COPAXONE
. For a complete list, patients should ask their doctor or pharmacist. Patients should tell their doctor about any side effects they have while taking COPAXONE
. Patients are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit
or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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) and progressive MS (PMS). The global Phase III clinical development program evaluating laquinimod in MS includes two pivotal studies, ALLEGRO and BRAVO. A third Phase III laquinimod trial, CONCERTO, is evaluating two doses of the investigational product (0.6mg and 1.2mg) in approximately 2,100 patients for up to 24 months. The primary outcome measure will be time to confirmed disability progression as measured by the EDSS. In addition to the MS clinical studies, studies are planned to evaluate the efficacy, safety and tolerability of laquinimod in other neurodegenerative diseases including Huntington’s disease.