CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Sanofi Genzyme, the specialty care global business unit of Sanofi, today announced that new investigational data on its marketed treatments, Lemtrada® (alemtuzumab) and Aubagio® (teriflunomide), as well as data from the company’s MS pipeline, will be presented during the 68th annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN). The meeting, being held in Vancouver, Canada, will include more than 35 platform and poster presentations of data from across Sanofi Genzyme’s MS franchise.
“Nearly 8,000 patients worldwide have now been treated with Lemtrada, which potentially offers a unique approach to treating relapsing forms of MS based on sustained effects in the absence of continuous treatment. We look forward to sharing new investigational clinical trial and real-world data at AAN to help the MS community better understand the potential benefits of this treatment,” said Carole Huntsman, Sanofi Genzyme’s Global Multiple Sclerosis Lead. “Lemtrada and Aubagio play important roles in the MS treatment landscape, and our research efforts, focused on unmet needs for relapsing and progressive forms of the disease, demonstrate our long-term commitment to people living with MS.”
Data presentations are as follows. All abstracts are available on the AAN website.
- Alemtuzumab-Treated Patients with RRMS Demonstrate Durable Slowing of Brain Volume Loss Over 5 Years Despite Most Being Treatment-Free for 4 Years: CARE-MS I and II Extension Study (Platform Session S51 #001 April 21; 3:30 – 3:45 p.m. PDT)
- Treatment-Naive Patients with Active RRMS Who Received Alemtuzumab Demonstrate Durable Suppression of New MRI Lesion Formation: 5-Year Follow-Up of the CARE-MS I Study (Platform Session S51 #002 April 21; 3:45 – 4:00 p.m. PDT)
- Treatment-Naive Patients with Highly Active RRMS Demonstrated Durable Efficacy with Alemtuzumab over 5 Years (Platform Session S51 #003 April 21; 4:00 – 4:15 p.m. PDT)
- Treatment-Naive Patients with Active RRMS Demonstrate Durable Improvements in Relapse and Disability Following Treatment with Alemtuzumab: 5-Year Follow-Up of the CARE-MS I Study (Platform Session S51 #004 April 21; 4:15 – 4:30 p.m. PDT)
- Durable Efficacy in RRMS Patients Receiving Two Annual Courses of Alemtuzumab and No Additional Treatment for 4 Years: Pooled Analysis of CARE-MS I and II (Platform Session S51 #005 April 21; 4:30 – 4:45 p.m. PDT)
- Pregnancy Outcomes in Patients with RRMS Who Received Alemtuzumab in the Clinical Development Program (Platform Session S24 #008 April 18; 5:15 – 5:30 p.m. PDT)
- Incidence and Timing of Thyroid Adverse Events in Patients with RRMS Treated with Alemtuzumab through 5 Years of the CARE-MS Studies (Poster Session P2 #086 April 17; 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. PDT)
- Patients With Active RRMS and an Inadequate Response to Prior Therapy Demonstrate Durable Improvements in Relapse and Disability Following Treatment With Alemtuzumab: 5-Year Follow-up of the CAREMS II Study (Poster Session P3 #022 April 18; 5:300 – 7:00 p.m. PDT)
- Patients Who Switched From SC IFNB-1a to Alemtuzumab in the CARE-MS II Extension Study Show Durable Improvements in Clinical Outcomes (Poster Session P3 #024 April 18; 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. PDT)
- Patients Who Discontinued SC IFNB-1a and Switched to Alemtuzumab in the CARE-MS II Extension Study Show Durable Reduction in New Lesion Activity (Poster Session P3 #025 April 18; 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. PDT)
- Patients Who Discontinued SC IFNB-1a and Switched to Alemtuzumab in the CARE-MS I Extension Study Show Durable Reduction in New Lesion Activity (Poster Session P3 #026 April 18; 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. PDT)
- Durable Efficacy of Alemtuzumab Over 10 Years: Long-Term Follow-up of Patients With RRMS From the CAMMS223 Study (Poster Session P3 #053 April 18; 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. PDT)
- Long-term Responders From the CARE-MS I Study: No Evidence of Disease Activity for 4 Years Following 2 Courses of Alemtuzumab and No Further Treatment (Poster Session P3 #054 April 18; 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. PDT)
- No Evidence of Disease Activity for 4 Years Following 2 Courses of Alemtuzumab and No Further Treatment: Long-Term Responders from the CARE-MS II Study (Poster Session P3 #059 April 18; 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. PDT)
- Patients Who Switched From SC IFNB-1a to Alemtuzumab in the CARE-MS I Extension Study Show Durable Improvements in Clinical Outcomes (Poster Session P3 #104 April 18; 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. PDT)
- Patients With Active RRMS and an Inadequate Response to Prior Therapy Who Received Alemtuzumab Demonstrate Durable Suppression of New MRI Lesion Formation: 5-Year Follow-up of the CARE-MS II Study (Poster Session P3 #112 April 18; 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. PDT)
- Patients Who Had Highly Active RRMS and an Inadequate Response to Prior Therapy Demonstrated Durable Efficacy With Alemtuzumab: 5-Year Follow-up of the CARE-MS II Study (Poster Session P6 #164 April 21; 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. PDT)
- RRMS Patients Switching From SC IFNB-1a to Alemtuzumab in the CARE-MS I and II Extension Study Have a Reduced Rate of Brain Volume Loss (Poster Session P6 #183 April 21; 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. PDT)
- Safety of Using Disease-Modifying Therapy Post-Alemtuzumab Treatment in Patients With Active Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis in the Alemtuzumab Clinical Development Program (Poster Session P6 #185 April 21; 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. PDT)
- Patients With RRMS Who Had an Inadequate Response to a Prior Therapy Demonstrated Durable Improvement in EDSS Functional Systems Scores Over 5 Years With Alemtuzumab (Poster Session P6 #186 April 21; 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. PDT)
- Outcomes in Patients With Progressive MS: Analysis of Teriflunomide Long-term Extension Data (Poster Session P3 #038 April 18; 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. PDT)
- Teriflunomide Slows Brain Volume Loss in Relapsing MS: A SIENA Analysis of the TEMSO MRI Dataset (Poster Session P3 #089 April 18; 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. PDT)
- Teriflunomide Slows Brain Volume Loss: Subgroup Analysis of the SIENA TEMSO MRI Dataset (Poster Session P3 #052 April 18; 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. PDT)
- Teriflunomide Significantly Slows Brain Volume Loss in MS Patients Irrespective of Disability Progression (Poster Session P3 #047 April 18; 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. PDT)
- Effect of Teriflunomide on Relapses Associated With Disability Worsening: Results From the TEMSO and TOWER Studies (Poster Session P3 #079 April 18; 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. PDT)
- Early vs Delayed Treatment With Teriflunomide 14 mg Results in Reduced Risk of Disability Progression in Patients with MS (Poster Session P3 #021 April 18; 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. PDT)
- Final Outcomes of the Teriflunomide Phase 2 Extension Study: 13 Years of Efficacy and Safety Results (Poster Session P3 #027 April 18; 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. PDT)
- Safety and Efficacy of Teriflunomide in Patients Switching From Subcutaneous Interferon Beta-1a (Poster Session P3 #107 April 18; 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. PDT)
- TERI-DYNAMIC: Exploring the Impact of Teriflunomide on Immune Cell Population Size, Receptor Repertoire, and Function in Patients With RRMS (Poster Session P5 #282 April 20; 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. PDT)
- Teriflunomide Exhibits Similar Results to Fingolimod in Number Needed to Treat Analysis (Poster Session P6 #171 April 21; 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. PDT)
- Number Needed to Treat Analysis Comparing Teriflunomide and Injectable Disease-Modifying Therapies (Poster Session P6 #173 April 21; 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. PDT)
- Teriflunomide Mechanism of Action: Linking Species’ Sensitivities to Pregnancy Outcomes (Poster Session P2 #068 April 17; 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. PDT)
- Predicting Treatment Response to Teriflunomide in the TEMSO Study Using the Modified Rio Score (Poster Session P2 #108 April 17; 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. PDT)
MS Pipeline & Science:
- GZ402668, a Next-Generation Anti-CD52 Antibody, Displays Decreased Proinflammatory Cytokine Release In Vivo (Poster Session P3 #068 April 18; 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. PDT)
- CSF-1R Inhibition Results in Protection of Axonal Degeneration and Demyelination in the Experimental Autoimmune Encephalomyelitis Model of Multiple Sclerosis (Poster Session P5 #327 April 20; 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. PDT)
- Characterization of a CD52 Knockout Mouse to Investigate the Function of CD52 (Poster Session P5 #323 April 20; 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. PDT)
About Lemtrada® (alemtuzumab)
Lemtrada is approved in more than 50 countries, with additional marketing applications under review by regulatory authorities globally. Lemtrada is supported by a comprehensive and extensive clinical development program that involved nearly 1,500 patients worldwide and 5,400 patient-years of follow-up.
The precise mechanism by which alemtuzumab exerts its therapeutic effects in MS is unknown. Alemtuzumab is a monoclonal antibody that targets CD52, a protein abundant on T and B cells. Circulating T and B cells are thought to be responsible for the damaging inflammatory process in MS. Lemtrada depletes circulating T and B lymphocytes after each treatment course. Lymphocyte counts then increase over time with a reconstitution of the lymphocyte population that varies for the different lymphocyte subtypes.
Genzyme holds the worldwide rights to alemtuzumab and has responsibility for its development and commercialization in multiple sclerosis. Bayer Healthcare receives contingent payments based on global sales revenue.
Lemtrada® (alemtuzumab) U.S. Indication
LEMTRADA is a prescription medicine used to treat adults with relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (MS). Because of its risks, LEMTRADA is generally used in people who have tried 2 or more MS medicines that have not worked well enough. It is not known if LEMTRADA is safe and effective for use in children under 17 years of age.
Do not receive LEMTRADA if you are infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
LEMTRADA can cause serious side effects including:
Serious autoimmune problems: Some people receiving LEMTRADA develop a condition where the immune cells in your body attack other cells or organs in the body (autoimmunity), which can be serious and may cause death. Serious autoimmune problems may include:
• Immune thrombocytopenia, which is when reduced platelet counts in your blood cause severe bleeding that, if not treated, may cause life-threatening problems. Call your healthcare provider right away if you have any of the following symptoms: easy bruising; bleeding from a cut that is hard to stop; heavier menstrual periods than normal; bleeding from your gums or nose that is new or takes longer than usual to stop; small, scattered spots on your skin that are red, pink, or purple
• Kidney problems called anti-glomerular basement membrane disease, which can, if untreated, lead to severe kidney damage, kidney failure that needs dialysis, a kidney transplant, or death. Call your healthcare provider right away if you have any of the following symptoms: blood in the urine (red or tea-colored urine); swelling of legs or feet; coughing up blood
It is important for you to have blood and urine tests before you receive, while you are receiving and every month, for 4 years or longer, after you receive your last LEMTRADA infusion.
Serious infusion reactions: LEMTRADA can cause serious infusion reactions that may cause death. Serious infusion reactions may happen while you receive, or up to 24 hours or longer after you receive LEMTRADA.
• You will receive your infusion at a healthcare facility with equipment and staff trained to manage infusion reactions, including serious allergic reactions, and urgent heart or breathing problems. You will be watched while you receive, and for 2 hours or longer after you receive, LEMTRADA. If a serious infusion reaction happens while you are receiving LEMTRADA, your infusion may be stopped.
Tell your healthcare provider right away if you have any of the following symptoms of a serious infusion reaction during the infusion, and after you have left the healthcare facility:
• swelling in your mouth or throat
• fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat
• trouble breathing
• chest pain
To lower your chances of getting a serious infusion reaction, your healthcare provider will give you a medicine called corticosteroids before your first 3 infusions of a treatment course. You may also be given other medicines before or after the infusion to try to reduce your chances of having these reactions or to treat them after they happen.
Certain cancers: Receiving LEMTRADA may increase your chance of getting some kinds of cancers, including thyroid cancer, skin cancer (melanoma), and blood cancers called lymphoproliferative disorders and lymphoma. Call your healthcare provider if you have the following symptoms that may be a sign of thyroid cancer:
• new lump
• trouble swallowing or breathing
• swelling in your neck
• cough that is not caused by a cold
• pain in front of neck
• hoarseness or other voice changes that do not go away
Have your skin checked before you start receiving LEMTRADA and each year while you are receiving treatment to monitor for symptoms of skin cancer.
Because of risks of autoimmunity, infusion reactions, and some kinds of cancers, LEMTRADA is only available through a restricted program called the LEMTRADA Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) Program.
Thyroid problems: Some patients taking LEMTRADA may get an overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism) or an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism). Call your healthcare provider if you have any of these symptoms:
• excessive sweating
• unexplained weight gain
• unexplained weight loss
• feeling cold
• eye swelling
• worsening tiredness
• fast heartbeat
Low blood counts (cytopenias): LEMTRADA may cause a decrease in some types of blood cells. Some people with these low blood counts have increased infections. Call your doctor right away if you have symptoms of cytopenias such as:
• dark urine
• chest pain
• fast heartbeat
• yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes (jaundice)
Serious infections: LEMTRADA may cause you to have a serious infection while you receive and after receiving a course of treatment. Serious infections may include:
• Herpes viral infections. Some people taking LEMTRADA have an increased chance of getting herpes viral infections. Take any medicines as prescribed by your healthcare provider to reduce your chances of getting these infections.
• Tuberculosis. Your healthcare provider should check you for tuberculosis before you receive LEMTRADA.
• Hepatitis. People who are at high risk of, or are carriers of, hepatitis B (HBV) or hepatitis C (HCV) may be at risk of irreversible liver damage.
These are not all the possible infections that could happen while on LEMTRADA. Call your healthcare provider right away if you have symptoms of a serious infection such as fever or swollen glands. Talk to your healthcare provider before you get vaccinations after receiving LEMTRADA. Certain vaccinations may increase your chances of getting infections.
Swelling of lung tissue (pneumonitis): Some people have had swelling of the lung tissue while receiving LEMTRADA. Call your healthcare provider right away if you have the following symptoms:
• shortness of breath
• chest pain or tightness
• coughing up blood
Before receiving LEMTRADA, tell your healthcare provider if you:
• are taking a medicine called Campath® (alemtuzumab)
• have bleeding, thyroid, or kidney problems
• have HIV
• have a recent history of infection
• have received a live vaccine in the past 6 weeks before receiving LEMTRADA or plan to receive any live vaccines. Ask your healthcare provider if you are not sure if your vaccine is a live vaccine
• are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. LEMTRADA may harm your unborn baby. You should use birth control while receiving LEMTRADA and for 4 months after your course of treatment
• are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. You and your healthcare provider should decide if you should receive LEMTRADA or breastfeed. You should not do both.
Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. LEMTRADA and other medicines may affect each other, causing side effects. Especially tell your healthcare provider if you take medicines that increase your chance of getting infections, including medicines used to treat cancer or to control your immune system.
The most common side effects of LEMTRADA include:
• thyroid problems
• swelling of your nose and throat
• urinary tract infection
• feeling tired
• trouble sleeping
• upper respiratory infection
• herpes viral infection
• fungal infection
• joint pain
• pain in your arms or legs
• back pain
• sinus infection
• mouth pain or sore throat
• tingling sensation
• stomach pain
• sudden redness in face, neck, or chest
Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away. These are not all the possible side effects of LEMTRADA.
You are encouraged to report side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit http://www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088
About Aubagio® (teriflunomide)
Aubagio is approved in more than 60 countries, with additional marketing applications under review by regulatory authorities globally. More than 50,000 people have been treated with Aubagio worldwide.
Aubagio is an immunomodulator with anti-inflammatory properties. Although the exact mechanism of action for Aubagio is not fully understood, it may involve a reduction in the number of activated lymphocytes in the central nervous system (CNS). Aubagio is supported by one of the largest clinical programs of any MS therapy, with more than 5,000 trial participants in 36 countries.
Aubagio® (teriflunomide) U.S.
AUBAGIO® (teriflunomide) is a prescription medicine used to treat relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (MS).
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
DO NOT TAKE AUBAGIO IF YOU:
- Have severe liver problems. AUBAGIO may cause serious liver problems, which can be life-threatening. Your risk may be higher if you take other medicines that affect your liver. Your healthcare provider should do blood tests to check your liver within 6 months before you start AUBAGIO and monthly for 6 months after starting AUBAGIO. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you develop any of these symptoms of liver problems: nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, loss of appetite, tiredness, yellowing of your skin or whites of your eyes, or dark urine.
- Take a medicine called leflunomide for rheumatoid arthritis.
- Are pregnant. AUBAGIO may harm an unborn baby. You should have a pregnancy test before starting AUBAGIO. After stopping AUBAGIO, continue to use effective birth control until you have made sure your blood levels of AUBAGIO are lowered. If you become pregnant while taking AUBAGIO or within 2 years after stopping, tell your healthcare provider right away and enroll in the AUBAGIO Pregnancy Registry at 1-800-745-4447, option 2.
- Are of childbearing potential and not using effective birth control.
It is not known if AUBAGIO passes into breast milk. Your healthcare provider can help you decide if you should take AUBAGIO or breastfeed — you should not do both at the same time.
If you are a man whose partner plans to become pregnant, you should stop taking AUBAGIO and talk with your healthcare provider about reducing the levels of AUBAGIO in your blood. If your partner does not plan to become pregnant, use effective birth control while taking AUBAGIO.
AUBAGIO may stay in your blood for up to 2 years after you stop taking it. Your healthcare provider can prescribe a medicine that can remove AUBAGIO from your blood quickly.
Before taking AUBAGIO, talk with your healthcare provider if you have: liver or kidney problems; a fever or infection, or if you are unable to fight infections; numbness or tingling in your hands or feet that is different from your MS symptoms; diabetes; serious skin problems when taking other medicines; breathing problems; or high blood pressure. Your healthcare provider will check your blood cell count and TB test before you start AUBAGIO. Talk with your healthcare provider if you take or are planning to take other medicines (especially medicines for treating cancer or controlling your immune system), vaccines, vitamins or herbal supplements.
AUBAGIO may cause serious side effects, including: reduced white blood cell count — this may cause you to have more infections; numbness or tingling in your hands or feet that is different from your MS symptoms; serious skin problems; breathing problems (new or worsening); and high blood pressure.
The most common side effects when taking AUBAGIO include: headache; diarrhea; nausea; hair thinning or loss; and abnormal liver test results. These are not all the side effects of AUBAGIO. Tell your healthcare provider about any side effect that bothers you.
Consult your healthcare provider if you have questions about your health or any medications you may be taking, including AUBAGIO.
You are encouraged to report side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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