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Phase 3 Sensipar®/Mimpara® EVOLVE™ Trial Published In The New England Journal Of Medicine
Study Results Simultaneously Presented at American Society of Nephrology's Kidney Week
By: PR Newswire
Nov. 3, 2012 03:37 PM
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., Nov. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Amgen (NASDAQ: AMGN) today announced results of the Phase 3 EVOLVE™ (EValuation Of Cinacalcet HCl Therapy to Lower CardioVascular Events) trial, which evaluated treatment with Sensipar®/Mimpara® (cinacalcet) for the reduction of the risk of mortality and cardiovascular (CV) events among 3,883 patients with secondary hyperparathyroidism (HPT) and chronic kidney disease (CKD) receiving dialysis. The primary endpoint of the study was time to the composite event comprising all-cause mortality or first non-fatal CV event, including myocardial infarction, hospitalization for unstable angina, heart failure or peripheral vascular event. Although patients in the Sensipar/Mimpara arm experienced a seven percent reduction in the primary endpoint (Hazard Ratio 0.93, 95 percent CI 0.85 to 1.02, p=0.112), the results were not statistically significant, and the trial did not meet its primary endpoint in the intent-to-treat analysis. These data were published today in the New England Journal of Medicine and simultaneously presented at the American Society of Nephrology's Kidney Week (Abstract # 6450).
Baseline characteristics between the Sensipar/Mimpara and placebo groups were generally well-balanced with the notable exception of age – an important predictor of death and CV events. Patients in the Sensipar/Mimpara group were one-year older than those in the placebo group (median age 55 and 54 years, respectively). A pre-specified analysis adjusting for baseline imbalances showed that treatment with Sensipar/Mimpara resulted in a 12 percent reduction in the primary endpoint (Hazard Ratio 0.88, 95 percent CI 0.79 to 0.97).
Discontinuation of investigational product was common in both arms and more frequent in the placebo group (66.7 percent Sensipar/Mimpara versus 70.5 percent placebo). Reasons for discontinuation included kidney transplant, parathyroidectomy, adverse events and patient request. A pre-specified analysis, which excluded data from patients that was collected beyond six months after stopping investigational product, showed a 15 percent reduction in the primary endpoint (Hazard Ratio 0.85, 95 percent CI 0.76 to 0.95).
The above described pre-specified analyses, however, cannot be interpreted as definitive.
Cardiovascular disease is common among patients with CKD, including those treated with dialysis, among whom death due to cardiovascular disease is approximately 10 to 100-fold higher than in the general population. Secondary HPT, a disorder which is characterized by abnormal parathyroid hormone, calcium and phosphorus levels, has emerged as one of several complications of CKD thought to contribute to high rates of CV events and death in the patient population receiving dialysis.
"The EVOLVE trial is one of the largest outcomes studies ever conducted in patients on dialysis, who are among our society's most chronically ill. Cardiovascular disease is unacceptably high among these patients, accounting for nearly half of all deaths. While EVOLVE did not meet its primary endpoint, the study provides important information related to the management of these patients," said Michael Severino, M.D., senior vice president of Global Development and corporate chief medical officer at Amgen.
The most frequently reported adverse events in the Sensipar/Mimpara arm of the trial were consistent with the known safety profile of this therapy and included nausea, vomiting and hypocalcemia. As reported in the primary manuscript, rates of serious adverse events were similar in both groups. There were 115 and 90 neoplastic events (25 and 23 fatal) in the Sensipar/Mimpara and placebo groups, respectively.
Sensipar/Mimpara is an oral calcimimetic agent approved for the treatment of secondary HPT in patients with CKD receiving dialysis.
EVOLVE Trial Design
The trial consisted of a 30-day screening phase, a titration phase with visits every two weeks, and a follow-up phase with visits every eight weeks. Following the screening phase, patients were randomized to the Sensipar/Mimpara or placebo groups. Possible sequential doses of Sensipar/Mimpara or placebo included 30, 60, 90, 120, and 180 mg. Flexible use of traditional therapies, such as vitamin D derivatives and phosphate binders, were permitted in both groups.
About Secondary Hyperparathyroidism
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Secondary HPT Indication
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