Wednesday, 14 January 2015
Both BRILINTA 60mg and 90mg demonstrate statistically significant reduction in major cardiovascular thrombotic events in patients with a history of heart attack
AstraZeneca today announced that the PEGASUS-TIMI 54 study, a large scale outcomes trial involving over 21,000 patients, successfully met its primary efficacy endpoint. The study assessed BRILINTA® (ticagrelor) tablets at either 60mg twice daily or 90mg twice daily plus low-dose aspirin for the secondary prevention of atherothrombotic events in patients who had experienced a heart attack one to three years prior to study start. The primary efficacy endpoint was a composite of cardiovascular (CV) death, myocardial infarction (MI) or stroke.
Preliminary analysis did not reveal any unexpected safety issues. Full evaluation of the data is ongoing.
Elisabeth Björk, Vice President, Head of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Diseases, Global Medicines Development, AstraZeneca, said: “We are very pleased with the top line results of the PEGASUS-TIMI 54 study, the second positive major outcomes study in the PARTHENON programme. The results build on existing understanding of the benefits of BRILINTA for patients with acute coronary syndrome and offer important clinical insights into its potential role for the longer term prevention of cardiovascular events. We look forward to presenting the data later this year.”
The PEGASUS-TIMI 54 study investigated two different doses of ticagrelor on a background of low dose aspirin versus placebo plus low dose aspirin, in patients aged 50 and older with a history of heart attack and one additional CV risk factor1. The study was designed to better understand the management of patients more than 12 months after their heart attack, who remain at high risk for major thrombotic events.
Complete results from the PEGASUS-TIMI 54 study will be submitted to a scientific meeting in 2015 and pending further analysis, AstraZeneca plans to file this data with regulatory health authorities. Ticagrelor is not approved for secondary prevention of atherothrombotic events in patients with a history of heart attack beyond one year.
The PEGASUS-TIMI 54 study is part of AstraZeneca’s PARTHENON programme. The PLATO study, involving over 18,000 patients, was the first study in the programme and is the basis on which ticagrelor has been approved in over 100 countries and included in 12 major ACS treatment guidelines globally. Further ongoing PARTHENON studies are assessing ticagrelor for the prevention of cardiovascular events in patients with peripheral arterial disease, ischaemic stroke or transient ischaemic attack, and in patients with diabetes and coronary atherosclerosis.
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