AstraZeneca (NYSE: AZN) and Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (NYSE: BMY) today announced results from a two-week Phase IIa pilot study evaluating dapagliflozin added to insulin in 70 adult patients with sub-optimally controlled type 1 diabetes. Results from this study showed that in patients treated with dapagliflozin, no subjects discontinued due to lack of glycemic control, few genital and urinary tract infections were reported and hypoglycemia was observed in all treatment groups. In addition, mean daily blood glucose derived from 7-point glucose measurements trended downward in all treatment groups through day seven and reductions in total daily insulin dosing at day seven were observed with dapagliflozin. These findings will be presented Sunday, June 23, in a late-breaking poster session at the 73 rd Scientific Sessions ® of the American Diabetes Association in Chicago. In this study, there was one case of major hypoglycemia in the dapagliflozin 10 mg group that led to discontinuation. The proportion of adverse events (excluding hypoglycemia events) was 61.5% for the placebo group and 38.5%, 46.7%, 50.0% and 40.0% for the dapagliflozin 1, 2.5, 5 and 10 mg groups added on to background insulin, respectively. The proportion of hypoglycemia events was 61.5% for the placebo group and 92.3%, 60.0%, 78.6% and 66.7% for the dapagliflozin 1, 2.5, 5 and 10 mg groups added on to background insulin, respectively. There were two cases of urinary tract infection reported (one in the placebo group and one in the dapagliflozin 2.5 mg group) and two cases of genital infections (one in the dapagliflozin 1 mg group and one in the dapagliflozin 5 mg group). One serious adverse event was reported (gastroparesis) in the dapagliflozin 5 mg group, which was not considered treatment-related, and was the only adverse event that led to discontinuation. “Many people with type 1 diabetes may benefit from other treatment options in addition to insulin,” said Robert Henry, M.D., director, Center for Metabolic Research VA San Diego Healthcare System and primary study investigator. “These preliminary data with dapagliflozin added on to insulin are encouraging and support the need for further studies.”
Results of the study’s exploratory objectives showed a dose-dependent increase in urine glucose excretion with dapagliflozin at day seven based on mean change from baseline (41.9, 48.5, 72.4 and 88.8 grams/24 hours for the 1, 2.5, 5 and 10 mg doses, respectively) compared with a decrease for placebo (-21.6 grams). Continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) data suggested a dose-dependent potential for reduced glycemic levels based on mean change from baseline in average daily glucose (-15.7, -13.9, -29.5 and -41.3 mg/dL for the 1, 2.5, 5 and 10 mg doses, respectively; -20.4 mg/dL for placebo). In addition, reductions in total daily insulin dosing at day seven were reported for the higher dapagliflozin doses (-19.31% for 5 mg and -16.17% for 10 mg compared to 1.66% for placebo). The investigator notes that the small population size limits the ability to interpret the data from this study.Dapagliflozin, an investigational oral compound, is a selective and reversible inhibitor of sodium-glucose cotransporter 2 (SGLT2), which works independently of insulin. Dapagliflozin is currently approved for the treatment of type 2 diabetes in the European Union, Australia, New Zealand and Mexico. In January 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a complete response letter regarding the New Drug Application (NDA) for dapagliflozin for the treatment of adults with type 2 diabetes, requesting additional clinical data to allow a better assessment of the benefit-risk profile for dapagliflozin. “We are excited to have the opportunity to explore the potential of dapagliflozin in patients with type 1 diabetes,” said Briggs Morrison, executive vice president Global Medicines Development and Chief Medical Officer, AstraZeneca. “The AstraZeneca/Bristol-Myers Squibb Diabetes Alliance is dedicated to addressing the global burden of diabetes by advancing individualized patient care and these study results, while preliminary, align with this commitment.” Study Design This was a two-week randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, Phase IIa pilot study which evaluated dapagliflozin added to insulin in patients with sub-optimally controlled type 1 diabetes. Seventy adult patients on stable insulin with HbA1c 7-10% (baseline mean 8.5%) were randomized to receive dapagliflozin (1 mg, 2.5 mg, 5 mg or 10 mg) or placebo once daily for 14 days. The primary objective of the study was to assess safety and tolerability of dapagliflozin after 14 days as add-on to insulin in adult patients with type 1 diabetes. Secondary objectives included change from baseline at seven days in 7-point glucose monitoring profiles and pharmacokinetics. Exploratory objectives included change from baseline at seven days in CGM profiles and 24-hour urine glucose output.
About SGLT2 InhibitionThe kidney plays an important role in glucose balance, normally filtering ~180 g of glucose each day from circulation into urine, with virtually all of the filtered glucose subsequently being reabsorbed back into circulation by the kidney. SGLT2 is a glucose transporter found in the kidney which plays a critical role in glucose reabsorption. Selective inhibition of SGLT2 blocks reabsorption of glucose from the urine, facilitating its removal in an insulin-independent manner. About Diabetes In 2012, diabetes was estimated to affect more than 370 million people worldwide. The prevalence of diabetes is projected to reach more than 550 million by 2030. While type 2 diabetes accounts for approximately 90% to 95% of all cases of diagnosed diabetes in adults, type 1 diabetes is more often diagnosed in children and young adults and occurs when the body does not produce insulin. AstraZeneca/Bristol-Myers Squibb Diabetes Alliance Dedicated to addressing the global burden of diabetes by advancing individualized patient care, AstraZeneca and Bristol-Myers Squibb are working in collaboration to research, develop and commercialize a versatile portfolio of innovative treatment options for diabetes and related metabolic disorders that aim to provide treatment effects beyond glucose control. Find out more about the Alliance and our commitment to meeting the needs of health care professionals and people with diabetes at www.astrazeneca.com or www.bms.com. About AstraZeneca AstraZeneca is a global, innovation-driven biopharmaceutical business that focuses on the discovery, development and commercialization of prescription medicines, primarily for the treatment of cardiovascular, metabolic, respiratory, inflammation, autoimmune, oncology, infection and neuroscience diseases. 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