RARITAN, N.J. and ANAHEIM, Calif., Nov. 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Janssen Research &
This analysis of CANVAS examined two high-CV-risk type 2 diabetes patient groups: those with a history of CV disease (secondary prevention) and those with only risk factors for CV disease (primary prevention). In this analysis, both patient groups showed CV outcomes consistent with the overall reduction seen in CV events: primary (HR: 0.98; 95% CI: 0.74 to 1.30) and secondary (HR: 0.82; 95% CI: 0.72 to 0.95), with no statistical evidence of between-group heterogeneity (p = 0.18). Comparable effects were also observed for other CV and renal outcomes across the primary and secondary prevention groups.
As previously reported, in the total cohort of the CANVAS Program, canagliflozin reduced the combined risk of CV death, nonfatal myocardial infarction (MI) and nonfatal stroke by 14 percent, compared to placebo (HR: 0.86; 95% CI: 0.75 to 0.97, p=0.0158).
"All people with type 2 diabetes have an increased risk of developing cardiovascular and renal diseases," said James F. List, M.D., Ph.D., Global Therapeutic Area Head, Cardiovascular & Metabolism, Janssen. "This new CANVAS analysis is clinically important, because it shows that INVOKANA® may offer a broad range of patients an effective treatment option to reduce their risk of cardiovascular and renal disease."
This new analysis also found:
The primary prevention cohort was comprised of individuals aged ?50 years with at least two risk factors for CV events; the secondary prevention cohort was comprised of individuals aged ?30 years with a prior CV event. Primary prevention participants (N=3486; 34%) were younger (63 vs 64 years), more often female (45% vs 31%), and had longer duration of diabetes (14 vs 13 years) compared to secondary prevention participants (N=6656; 66%).
Data from the integrated analysis of the CANVAS and CANVAS-R trials were presented in a special symposium at the American Diabetes Association 77th Scientific Sessions on June 12 in San Diego, CA, and simultaneously published in The New England Journal of Medicine.
Notably, the ongoing, fully enrolled CREDENCE Program – the first dedicated SGLT2 inhibitor Phase 3 renal outcomes trial – is further evaluating the effects of canagliflozin on renal outcomes in patients with T2DM and kidney disease.
About the CANVAS Program
The CANVAS Program is the longest, largest and broadest completed CV outcomes program of any sodium glucose cotransporter-2 (SGLT2) inhibitor to date and is composed of two nearly-identical large outcomes studies: CANVAS (CANagliflozin CardioVascular Assessment Study (NCT01032629) and CANVAS-R (Study of the Effects of Canagliflozin on Renal Endpoints in Adult Subjects with T2DM, (NCT01989754).
The Program evaluated a total of 10,142 patients – 4,330 patients in CANVAS and 5,812 patients in CANVAS-R. In the randomized, placebo-controlled Phase 3/4 studies, a vast majority of patients were obese, with a history of hypertension, 66 percent of patients had a history of CV disease (14 percent had a history of heart failure), and 34% of patients had at least two CV risk factors. The study assessed the safety of canagliflozin relative to placebo in patients receiving specific commonly-used diabetes agents. The primary endpoint was defined as major adverse CV events (MACE), composed of nonfatal MI, nonfatal stroke, and CV death, and the secondary endpoint was defined as progression of albuminuria, beta-cell function, estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) changes and urine albumin-to-creatinine ratio (UACR).
In the CANVAS study, patients were randomly assigned in a 1:1:1 ratio to placebo, canagliflozin 100mg and canagliflozin 300mg. The mean and median exposure to investigational product was approximately 4.3 and 5.8 years, respectively. The mean and median follow-up time was 5.7 and 6.1 years, respectively.
In the CANVAS-R study, patients were randomly assigned in a 1:1 ratio to placebo or canagliflozin 100mg (with an investigator option to up-titrate to 300mg if the patient required additional glycemic control, provided the 100mg dosage was well tolerated). The mean and median exposure to investigational product was approximately 1.8 and 1.9 years, respectively. The mean and median follow-up time was 2.1 years.
These CANVAS and CANVAS-R studies were designed to be highly similar in patient population, procedures and assessments, evaluating the effects of canagliflozin on CV events in a similar study population. This approach is demonstrated in three published studies: "Rationale, design, and baseline characteristics of the Canagliflozin Cardiovascular Assessment Study (CANVAS)—A randomized placebo-controlled trial," published online by American Heart Journal; "Rationale, design and baseline characteristics of the CANagliflozin cardioVascular Assessment Study–Renal (CANVAS-R): A randomized, placebo-controlled trial," published online by Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism; and "Optimizing the analysis strategy for the CANVAS Program – a pre-specified plan for the integrated analyses of the CANVAS and CANVAS-R trials," published online by Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism.
In March 2013, the U.S. FDA approved canagliflozin – INVOKANA® – as a single agent. In two studies comparing INVOKANA® plus metformin to current standard treatments plus metformin – one studying sitagliptin1 and the other studying glimepiride2 – INVOKANA® dosed at 300 mg provided greater reductions in A1C levels and body weight than either comparator. In the two studies, the overall incidence of adverse events was similar with INVOKANA® and the comparators. INVOKANA® continues to be the number-one prescribed SGLT2 inhibitor. Since its launch, more than 16 million prescriptions have been written for INVOKANA® in the U.S.*
WHAT IS INVOKANA®?
INVOKANA® is a prescription medicine used along with diet and exercise to lower blood sugar in adults with type 2 diabetes. INVOKANA® is not for people with type 1 diabetes or with diabetic ketoacidosis (increased ketones in blood or urine). It is not known if INVOKANA® is safe and effective in children under 18 years of age.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
INVOKANA® can cause important side effects, including:
Talk to your doctor about what to do if you get symptoms of a yeast infection of the vagina or penis.
Do not take INVOKANA® if you:
Before you take INVOKANA®, tell your doctor if you have a history of amputation; heart disease or are at risk for heart disease; blocked or narrowed blood vessels (usually in leg); damage to the nerves (neuropathy) of your leg; diabetic foot ulcers or sores; kidney problems; liver problems; history of urinary tract infections or problems with urination; are on a low sodium (salt) diet; are going to have surgery; are eating less due to illness, surgery, or change in diet; pancreas problems; drink alcohol very often (or drink a lot of alcohol in short-term); ever had an allergic reaction to INVOKANA®; or have other medical conditions.
Tell your doctor if you are or plan to become pregnant, are breastfeeding, or plan to breastfeed. INVOKANA® may harm your unborn baby. If you become pregnant while taking INVOKANA®, tell your doctor right away. INVOKANA® may pass into your breast milk and may harm your baby. Do not breastfeed while taking INVOKANA®.
Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Especially tell your doctor if you take diuretics (water pills), rifampin (used to treat or prevent tuberculosis), phenytoin or phenobarbital (used to control seizures), ritonavir (Norvir®, Kaletra® – used to treat HIV infection), or digoxin (Lanoxin® – used to treat heart problems).
Possible Side Effects of INVOKANA®
INVOKANA® may cause serious side effects, including:
Signs and symptoms of low blood sugar may include: headache, drowsiness, weakness, dizziness, confusion, irritability, hunger, fast heartbeat, sweating, shaking, or feeling jittery.
Serious allergic reaction. If you have any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, stop taking INVOKANA® and call your doctor right away or go to the nearest hospital emergency room.
Broken Bones (fractures): Bone fractures have been seen in patients taking INVOKANA®. Talk to your doctor about factors that may increase your risk of bone fracture.
The most common side effects of INVOKANA® include: vaginal yeast infections and yeast infections of the penis; changes in urination, including urgent need to urinate more often, in larger amounts, or at night.
Tell your doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects to Janssen Scientific Affairs, LLC at 1-800-526-7736.
Please see full Product Information, including Boxed Warning, and Medication Guide for INVOKANA®.
Canagliflozin is licensed from Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Corporation.
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Cautions Concerning Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains "forward-looking statements" as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 regarding the potential benefits and further development of INVOKANA® canagliflozin. The reader is cautioned not to rely on these forward-looking statements. These statements are based on current expectations of future events. If underlying assumptions prove inaccurate or known or unknown risks or uncertainties materialize, actual results could vary materially from the expectations and projections of Janssen Research & Development, LLC, any of the other Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies and/or Johnson & Johnson. Risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: challenges and uncertainties inherent in product research and development, including the uncertainty of clinical success and of obtaining regulatory approvals; uncertainty of commercial success; manufacturing difficulties and delays; competition, including technological advances, new products and patents attained by competitors; challenges to patents; product efficacy or safety concerns resulting in product recalls or regulatory action; changes in behavior and spending patterns of purchasers of health care products and services; changes to applicable laws and regulations, including global health care reforms; and trends toward health care cost containment. A further list and descriptions of these risks, uncertainties and other factors can be found in Johnson & Johnson's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 1, 2017, including under "Item 1A. Risk Factors," its most recently filed Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, including under the caption "Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements," and the company's subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Copies of these filings are available online at www.sec.gov, www.jnj.com or on request from Johnson & Johnson. The Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies and Johnson & Johnson do not undertake to update any forward-looking statement as a result of new information or future events or developments.
*YTD TRx Volumes in 2017. IMS NPA weekly data through 10/20/17
_____________________________1 Lavalle-Gonzalez F, Januszewicz A, Davidson J, et al. Efficacy and safety of canagliflozin compared with placebo and sitagliptin in patients with type 2 diabetes on background metformin monotherapy: a randomised trial. Diabetologia. 2013 Dec;56(12):2582-92.2 Cefalu T, Leiter L, Yoon K-H, Arias P, Niskanen L, Xie J, Balis D, Canovatchel W, Meininger G. Efficacy and safety of canagliflozin versus glimepiride in patients with type 2 diabetes inadequately controlled with metformin (CANTATA-SU): 52 week results from a randomised, double-blind, phase 3 non-inferiority trial. Lancet. 2013 Sep 14;382(9896):941-50.
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