SOURCE: Amarin Corp. Plc


June 06, 2016 07:30 ET

Vascepa® (Icosapent Ethyl) Data to Be Presented at American Diabetes Association's 76th Scientific Sessions

BEDMINSTER, NJ AND DUBLIN, IRELAND--(Marketwired - June 06, 2016) -  Amarin Corporation plc (NASDAQ: AMRN) today announced that new data related to Vascepa® (icosapent ethyl) will be presented at the upcoming American Diabetes Association (ADA) 76th Scientific Sessions in New Orleans (June 10-14) and published as an abstract in the Diabetes® Abstract Book.

The poster presentation is a post-hoc analysis of Type 2 diabetes patients from Amarin's ANCHOR trial who, despite statin therapy, have persistent high triglyceride levels. The 12-week ANCHOR trial studied the effects of Vascepa in adult patients at high risk for cardiovascular disease with persistent high triglyceride levels (≥200 mg/dL and <500 mg/dL) after stable statin therapy.

Presentation information is as follows:

  • Poster Presentation #173-P, Category 12-E Clinical Therapeutics/New Technology-Oral Agents: Effects ofIcosapent Ethyl on Lipoprotein Particle Concentration and Size in Statin-Treated Patients with Persistent High Triglycerides: ANCHOR Patients with Diabetes Mellitus -- (Authors: Eliot A. Brinton, MD, FAHA, FNLA, Christie M. Ballantyne, MD, Harold E. Bays, MD, et al.)
    • The poster will be on display from Saturday, June 11 starting at 10 a.m. CDT to Monday, June 13 at 2 p.m. CDT, with the author presentation scheduled for Sunday, June 12, between 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. CDT.

Additional data that was accepted by the ADA Scientific Sessions Planning Committee and will be published in the Diabetes® Abstract Book is titled: "Eicosapentaenoic Acid, but not other TG-lowering Agents, Reversed Hyperglycemia-Induced Rat Endothelial Cell Dysfunction and Enhanced the Benefits of Atorvastatin Active Metabolite Ex Vivo" (Authors: R. Preston Mason, PhD, Robert F. Jacob, PhD, Hazem Dawoud, MS, Haidar Alhumaid, MS, et al.). This was an ex vivo experiment looking at the effects of eicosapentaenoic acid ± atorvastatin active metabolite (ATM) relative to niacin or fenofibrate in glomerular endothelial cells from rats exposed to high glucose.

About VASCEPA® (icosapent ethyl) capsules

VASCEPA® (icosapent ethyl) capsules are a single-molecule prescription product consisting of 1 gram of the omega-3 acid commonly known as EPA in ethyl-ester form. Vascepa is not fish oil, but is derived from fish through a stringent and complex FDA-regulated manufacturing process designed to effectively eliminate impurities and isolate and protect the single molecule active ingredient. Vascepa is known in scientific literature as AMR101.

FDA-approved Indication and Usage

  • VASCEPA (icosapent ethyl) is indicated as an adjunct to diet to reduce triglyceride (TG) levels in adult patients with severe (≥500 mg/dL) hypertriglyceridemia.
  • The effect of VASCEPA on the risk for pancreatitis and cardiovascular mortality and morbidity in patients with severe hypertriglyceridemia has not been determined.

Important Safety Information for VASCEPA

  • VASCEPA is contraindicated in patients with known hypersensitivity (e.g., anaphylactic reaction) to VASCEPA or any of its components.
  • Use with caution in patients with known hypersensitivity to fish and/or shellfish.
  • The most common reported adverse reaction (incidence >2% and greater than placebo) was arthralgia (2.3% for Vascepa, 1.0% for placebo). There was no reported adverse reaction >3% and greater than placebo.
  • Patients receiving treatment with VASCEPA and other drugs affecting coagulation (e.g., anti-platelet agents) should be monitored periodically.
  • In patients with hepatic impairment, monitor ALT and AST levels periodically during therapy.
  • Patients should be advised to swallow VASCEPA capsules whole; not to break open, crush, dissolve, or chew VASCEPA.
  • Adverse events and product complaints may be reported by calling
    1-855-VASCEPA or the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.


Vascepa has been approved for use by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as an adjunct to diet to reduce triglyceride levels in adult patients with severe (≥ 500 mg/dL) hypertriglyceridemia. Vascepa is under various stages of development for potential use in other indications that have not been approved by the FDA. Nothing in this press release should be construed as promoting the use of Vascepa in any indication that has not been approved by the FDA.

About Amarin

Amarin Corporation plc is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the commercialization and development of therapeutics to improve cardiovascular health. Amarin's product development program leverages its extensive experience in lipid science and the potential therapeutic benefits of polyunsaturated fatty acids. Amarin's clinical program includes a commitment to the ongoing REDUCE-IT cardiovascular outcomes study. Vascepa® (icosapent ethyl), Amarin's first FDA-approved product, is a highly-pure, EPA-only, omega-3 fatty acid product available by prescription. For more information about Vascepa, visit For more information about Amarin, visit

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This press release contains forward-looking statements, including statements about the potential efficacy and therapeutic benefits of Vascepa and EPA, including implications about the potential clinical importance of the findings presented. These forward-looking statements are not promises or guarantees and involve substantial risks and uncertainties. Among the factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described or projected herein include uncertainties associated generally with research on biomarkers thought to be relevant in the treatment of cardiovascular disease, research and development and clinical trial risk generally, including the risk that study results may not be predictive of future results and that studied parameters may not have clinically meaningful effect. A further list and description of these risks, uncertainties and other risks associated with an investment in Amarin can be found in Amarin's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including its most recent Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q. Existing and prospective investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. Amarin undertakes no obligation to update or revise the information contained in this press release, whether as a result of new information, future events or circumstances or otherwise.

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