New Repatha® (evolocumab) Data Show No Decline in Cognitive Function Associated With Very Low Levels of LDL-C
Olpasiran Research Provides Further Insights Into Cardiovascular Risks Associated With Elevated Lp(a)
Amgen Provides Updates on Efforts to Advance Bold Ambition of Halving the Number of Heart Attacks and Strokes by 2030
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., Nov. 10, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Amgen (NASDAQ:AMGN) today announced new data reinforcing the safety and efficacy of Repatha® (evolocumab) from the FOURIER Open Label Extension (OLE) [FOURIER-OLE] trial at the American Heart Association (AHA) Scientific Sessions 2023 in Philadelphia. These presentations will focus on the reduction of a known cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factor, LDL "bad" cholesterol (LDL-C). Amgen will also present new research from the Phase 2 OCEAN(a)-DOSE study of its investigational small interfering RNA (siRNA) olpasiran that will focus on a primarily genetically determined and presumed independent CVD risk factor, lipoprotein(a) [Lp(a)].1,2,3,4,5
Repatha Data Reinforces Benefits of Low LDL-C
Data from the EBBINGHAUS sub-study of the FOURIER-OLE is the first to evaluate the impact of long-term lowering of LDL-C on cognitive function following administration of Repatha in adult patients with atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD). The data showed patients treated with Repatha did not experience any apparent cognitive decline following a median achieved LDL-C of 34 mg/dL through a median follow-up period of 5.1 years.
"Cardiovascular disease is a leading public health crisis in the United States. Amgen remains steadfast in our commitment to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke, starting with lowering levels of LDL-C, one of the most modifiable risk factors," said Paul Burton, senior vice president and chief medical officer at Amgen. "Repatha continues to be an effective option in helping people with cardiovascular disease manage their LDL-C, and this FOURIER-OLE data further demonstrates that long-term lowering of LDL-C levels come with no decline in cognitive function."
An additional analysis combining FOURIER and FOURIER-OLE data for 152 OLE participants originally randomized to receive Repatha showed that long-term treatment with this medication had no significant impact on measures of executive function, working and episodic memory, and psychomotor speed over time as compared to baseline. No new safety signals were identified in the analyses.
"The neurocognitive data highlighting long-term use of evolocumab is highly encouraging for the cardiovascular community," said Robert Giugliano, M.D., S.M., Senior Investigator, TIMI Study Group, Staff Physician, Cardiovascular Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, and FOURIER-OLE investigator. "In addition to reiterating the neurocognitive safety of evolocumab, this study provides reassuring information for patients and clinicians that sustained very low levels of LDL-C over the long-term does not increase cognitive impairment."
Olpasiran Research on Risks Associated with Elevated Lp(a)
Amgen also shared new research from the OCEAN(a)-DOSE study on Lp(a) involving its investigational olpasiran. Evidence suggests that elevated Lp(a) contributes to cardiovascular events, including heart attack, stroke and peripheral arterial disease.3,4 Data will be presented on the intraindividual variability in serial Lp(a) concentration among placebo-treated patients in the OCEAN(a)-DOSE trial. Additional research presented at AHA will include Mass General Brigham Lp(a) registry data on whether the association between Lp(a) and major adverse cardiovascular events (MACE) differs based on baseline ASCVD status. This research investigates the threshold for defining Lp(a) in patients both with and without ASCVD.
LDL-C Action Summit & LDL Awareness to Action Implementation Consortium
Amgen will reconvene the LDL-C Action Summit and the newly formed LDL Awareness to Action Implementation Consortium ahead of AHA. The LDL-C Action Summit brings together key CVD community stakeholders to discuss strategies and opportunities for collaboratively improving lipid management, while the Consortium convenes leading cardiovascular healthcare systems and research institutions to focus on improving LDL-C testing and accelerating the implementation of evidence-based approaches into clinical practice. Both initiatives are part of Amgen's commitment to advancing its bold ambition of halving the number of heart attacks and strokes by 2030.
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Amgen's Cardiovascular Ambition
Cardiovascular disease is a leading public health crisis in the United States, with a heart attack or stroke occurring every 40 seconds. High levels of LDL ("bad") cholesterol are a main culprit for cardiovascular events. Amgen is committed to advancing a bold ambition: to halve the number of heart attacks and strokes by 2030. To change the cardiovascular disease treatment landscape, Amgen is working together alongside community stakeholders, healthcare systems and research institutions to drive urgency and action around the importance of LDL-C testing.
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About Repatha® (evolocumab)
Repatha is a human monoclonal antibody that inhibits proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9). Repatha binds to PCSK9 and inhibits circulating PCSK9 from binding to the low-density lipoprotein (LDL) receptor (LDLR), preventing PCSK9-mediated LDLR degradation and permitting LDLR to recycle back to the liver cell surface. By inhibiting the binding of PCSK9 to LDLR, Repatha increases the number of LDLRs available to clear LDL from the blood, thereby lowering LDL-C levels. Repatha has been studied for 12 years in 50 clinical trials with over 51,000 patients.
Repatha is approved in more than 75 countries, including the U.S., Japan, Canada and in all 28 countries that are members of the European Union. Applications in other countries are pending.
Olpasiran (formerly known as AMG 890) is a small interfering RNA (siRNA) that targets lipoprotein(a), also known as Lp(a). We look forward to studying this treatment further in the Phase 3 clinical trial OCEAN(a)-Outcomes, which is currently recruiting.
Repatha® (evolocumab) Important U.S. Product Information
Repatha® is indicated:
The safety and effectiveness of Repatha® have not been established in pediatric patients with HeFH or HoFH who are younger than 10 years old or in pediatric patients with other types of hyperlipidemia.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
From a pool of the 52-week trial and seven 12-week trials: Local injection site reactions occurred in 3.2% and 3.0% of Repatha®-treated and placebo-treated patients, respectively. The most common injection site reactions were erythema, pain, and bruising. Hypersensitivity reactions occurred in 5.1% and 4.7% of Repatha®-treated and placebo-treated patients, respectively. The most common hypersensitivity reactions were rash (1.0% versus 0.5% for Repatha® and placebo, respectively), eczema (0.4% versus 0.2%), erythema (0.4% versus 0.2%), and urticaria (0.4% versus 0.1%).
Among the 16,676 patients without diabetes mellitus at baseline, the incidence of new-onset diabetes mellitus during the trial was 8.1% in patients treated with Repatha® compared with 7.7% in patients that received placebo.
Please contact Amgen Medinfo at 800-77-AMGEN (800-772-6436) or 844-REPATHA (844-737-2842) regarding Repatha® availability or find more information, including full Prescribing Information, at www.amgen.com and www.Repatha.com.
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