PARIS, FRANCE--(Marketwired - Jun 22, 2013) - Sanofi (EURONEXT: SAN) (NYSE: SNY) announced today that the first Phase 3 study results (EDITION I) for its investigational new insulin U300 showed equivalent blood sugar control with fewer night-time low blood sugar events compared to Lantus® (insulin glargine [rDNA origin] injection). The company also announced topline results of a second Phase 3 study (EDITION II) for new insulin U300 that also demonstrated similar blood sugar reduction while fewer patients experienced night-time low blood sugar events compared with Lantus®.
These results are from EDITION I and EDITION II respectively and are part of the EDITION Phase 3 clinical program evaluating the efficacy and safety of the investigational new insulin U300 in people with diabetes. The EDITION I data was presented at the 73rd Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association.
"To properly manage diabetes, it is critical to control blood sugar and to reduce the risk of low blood sugar events, especially at night," said Matthew Riddle, Professor of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology/Diabetes/Clinical Nutrition, Oregon Health and Science University, U.S., and Principal Investigator for the EDITION I study. "I am encouraged by these findings, and look forward to the results of the full Phase 3 EDITION program, which will further reveal how this investigational basal insulin may help people living with diabetes."
As the first study of the EDITION Phase 3 program, EDITION I evaluated the efficacy and safety of investigational new insulin U300, vs. Lantus® in people with type 2 diabetes using basal plus mealtime insulin. In a multicenter, open-label study 807 people were randomized (1:1) to once daily evening new insulin U300 (n=404) or Lantus® (n=403) while continuing mealtime insulin. The basal insulin was titrated to achieve fasting plasma glucose of 80-100 mg/dL. Primary endpoint was change in HbA1c from baseline to month 6, and main secondary endpoint was % of people with at least 1 severe or confirmed (≤70 mg/dL) nocturnal hypoglycemic event from month 3 to month 6.
EDITION I demonstrated similar reductions in HbA1c (glycated hemoglobin) from baseline (primary endpoint) between new insulin U300 and Lantus® at 6 months [least squares mean change -0.83% (0.06) in both groups; difference -0.00% (95% Cl -0.11 to 0.11)] in people with type 2 diabetes who had challenging treatment needs (mean age of study participants: 60 years; duration of type 2 diabetes: 15.8 years; BMI: 36.6 kg/m2; HbA1c: 8.15 %; total insulin dose: 1.2 U/kg; basal insulin dose: 0.67 U/kg at baseline). In addition, approximately 40% of study participants with uncontrolled glycemic (blood sugar) levels despite receiving a combined therapy (oral antidiabetic agents plus basal and prandial insulins) reached glycemic control (HbA1c < 7%) at month 6 both in the new insulin U300 (39.6%) and in the Lantus® arm (40.9%).
The investigational new insulin U300 was associated with a 21% reduction in severe or confirmed nocturnal hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) from month 3 to month 6. Significantly fewer patients had nocturnal (severe and/or confirmed; i.e. ≤70 mg/mL) hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) during months 3 to 6 (pre-specified main secondary endpoint: 36.1% vs. 46.0%; RR 0.79; p=0.0045) and the occurrence of any nocturnal hypoglycemic event (% of people with at least one event) during the 6-month study period was lower on new insulin U300 during the study period compared to the Lantus® group (45.3% vs. 59.7%; RR 0.76; 95% Cl 0.66 to 0.87). New insulin U300 was well-tolerated in this study, with no differences in other adverse events observed from Lantus®.
The EDITION I abstract is titled: New Insulin Glargine Formulation: Glucose Control and Hypoglycemia in People with Type 2 Diabetes Using Basal and Mealtime Insulin (EDITION I) (Riddle, MC et al) [Abstract no. 43-LB]
Topline results of EDITION II are consistent with EDITION I findings. EDITION II demonstrated that investigational new insulin U300 achieved similar blood sugar reduction while fewer patients experienced night-time low blood sugar events compared with Lantus®.
EDITION II evaluated efficacy and safety of new insulin U300 in a type 2 diabetes population (811 patients) treated with basal insulin plus oral antidiabetic therapy. The full EDITION II results will be submitted for presentation at upcoming scientific meetings.
"There remains a substantial unmet need in people with diabetes taking oral medication or insulin as many of them do not reach their glycemic goals," said Pierre Chancel, Senior Vice President, Global Diabetes, Sanofi. "With the investigational new insulin U300, we are striving to further enhance the clinical value of basal insulin, while building on the wealth of evidence of Lantus®, the world's most prescribed insulin."
About investigational new insulin U300
Investigational new insulin U300 is a new formulation based on the glargine molecule, the biological entity of Lantus®, with its well established efficacy and safety profile. However, new insulin U300 has unique pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic profiles with studies demonstrating it has even flatter and more prolonged profiles than Lantus®.1,2 New insulin U300 also offers the benefit of a smaller volume of subcutaneous injection compared with Lantus®.
About the EDITION Phase 3 Program
The EDITION program is a worldwide and comprehensive series of Phase 3 studies evaluating the efficacy and safety of new insulin U300 in broader and diverse populations of people with diabetes. The full EDITION I (basal + mealtime insulin) and EDITION II (basal Insulin + oral therapy) results are expected by the end of this year. Additionally, the following Phase 3 studies from the EDITION program are ongoing: EDITION III in insulin-naïve type 2 diabetes patients, EDITION IV in type 1 diabetes patients, EDITION JP I in Japanese type 1 diabetes patients (basal + bolus insulin) and EDITION JP II in Japanese type 2 diabetes patients (basal insulin + oral therapy).
About Lantus (insulin glargine [rDNA origin] injection)
Prescription Lantus is a long-acting insulin used to treat adults with type 2 diabetes and adults and children (6 years and older) with type 1 diabetes for the control of high blood sugar. It should be taken once a day at the same time each day to lower blood glucose.
Do not use Lantus to treat diabetic ketoacidosis.
Important Safety Information for Lantus
Do not take Lantus if you are allergic to insulin or any of the inactive ingredients in Lantus.
You must test your blood sugar levels while using insulin, such as Lantus. Do not make any changes to your dose or type of insulin without talking to your healthcare provider. Any change of insulin should be made cautiously and only under medical supervision.
Do NOT dilute or mix Lantus with any other insulin or solution. It will not work as intended and you may lose blood sugar control, which could be serious. Lantus must only be used if the solution is clear and colorless with no particles visible. Do not share needles, insulin pens or syringes with others.
The most common side effect of insulin, including Lantus, is low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), which may be serious. Some people may experience symptoms such as shaking, sweating, fast heartbeat, and blurred vision. Severe hypoglycemia may be serious and life threatening. It may cause harm to your heart or brain. Other possible side effects may include injection site reactions, including changes in fat tissue at the injection site, and allergic reactions, including itching and rash. In rare cases, some allergic reactions may be life threatening.
Tell your doctor about other medicines and supplements you are taking because they can change the way insulin works. Before starting Lantus, tell your doctor about all your medical conditions including if you have liver or kidney problems, are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding or planning to breast-feed.
For full prescribing information, visit http://products.sanofi.us/lantus/lantus.html.
Diabetes is a chronic disease that occurs as type 1 diabetes, which is an autoimmune disease characterized by the lack of insulin (the hormone that regulates blood glucose concentrations) production by the pancreas, and type 2, a metabolic disorder in which there are two main biological defects: a deficient production of insulin and reduced ability of the body to respond to the insulin being produced. Type 1 and type 2 diabetes are characterized by an increase in blood glucose concentrations (hyperglycemia). Over time, uncontrolled hyperglycemia leads to the macrovascular and microvascular complications of diabetes. Macrovascular complications, which affect the large blood vessels, include heart attack, stroke and peripheral vascular disease. Microvascular complications affect the small blood vessels of the eyes (retinopathy), kidney (nephropathy) and nerves (neuropathy). The global incidence of diabetes is growing at an alarming rate, with more than 371 million people worldwide living with the condition today.
About Sanofi Diabetes
Sanofi strives to help people manage the complex challenge of diabetes by delivering innovative, integrated and personalized solutions. Driven by valuable insights that come from listening to and engaging with people living with diabetes, the Company is forming partnerships to offer diagnostics, therapies, services and devices, including blood glucose monitoring systems. Sanofi markets both injectable and oral medications for people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes.
Sanofi, an integrated global healthcare leader, discovers, develops and distributes therapeutic solutions focused on patients' needs. Sanofi has core strengths in the field of healthcare with seven growth platforms: diabetes solutions, human vaccines, innovative drugs, consumer healthcare, emerging markets, animal health and the new Genzyme. Sanofi is listed in Paris (EURONEXT: SAN) and in New York (NYSE: SNY).
1. Tillner J et al. Euglycemic Clamp Profile of New Insulin Glargine U300 Formulation in Patients With Type 1 Diabetes (T1DM) is Different From Glargine U100.73rd Scientific Sessions of the ADA, abstract no. 920-P
2. Dahmen R et al New Insulin Glargine U300 Formulation Evens and Prolongs Steady State PK and PD Profiles During Euglycemic Clamp in Patients With Type 1 Diabetes (T1DM)". 73rd Scientific Sessions of the ADA, abstract no. 113-OR
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Sanofi will host a conference call for the financial community on Monday, June 24, 2013, at 7:00 AM CDT (2:00 PM Paris Time). The call will include results from the ongoing EDITION phase 3 program for U300 as well as a status update on the fixed-ratio combination of insulin glargine and lixisenatide.
Dial-in numbers and the audio webcast link will be accessible via www.sanofi.com.