Phase 3 Stroke Trial Shows That Novoseven Reduces Bleeding in the Brain, but Does Not Improve Long-term Clinical Outcomes
COPENHAGEN, Feb. 26, 2007-Novo Nordisk today announced the
initial results of a phase 3 clinical trial investigating
NovoSeven® (recombinant activated factor VII) for the treatment
of people suffering from bleeding in the brain, also known as
intracerebral haemorrhage, or ICH.
The trial showed that treatment with NovoSeven® significantly reduced intracerebral bleeding compared to placebo treatment. Improvement in clinical outcomes in terms of functional independence and neurological impairment was observed on day 15 after the bleeding, but mortality and severe disability was not improved at the end of the study period (day 90). With regard to safety, study results were in line with the established safety profile of NovoSeven®.
As mortality and severe disability at day 90 was the primary endpoint of the study, Novo Nordisk has decided not to seek regulatory approval for NovoSeven® in ICH. Novo Nordisk's other research and development activities within the management of critical bleedings will continue as planned.
Lars Rebien Sørensen, president and chief executive officer of Novo Nordisk, said: "These results are disappointing, particularly given the encouraging results we saw in the phase 2 trial. We hoped that NovoSeven® could become a treatment for the people who suffer from ICH, and for whom no effective medical treatment exists."
The phase 3 trial in ICH involved 821 patients from 22 countries in a multi-centre, randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled efficacy and safety study. People suffering from spontaneous ICH confirmed by a CT (Computed Tomography) scan were randomised to receive either NovoSeven® or placebo within four hours of symptom onset, in addition to conventional treatment.
Further details from the phase 3 trial results are expected to be communicated at the 59th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Neurology held in Boston from 28 April to 5 May 2007, and at the European Stroke Congress in Glasgow from 29 May to 1 June 2007.
The results of the phase 3 trial do not change Novo Nordisk's expectations for the company's financial results for 2007, which were provided on 31 January in Novo Nordisk's financial statement for 2006.
At 10.00 am CET today, corresponding to 4.00 am New York time, a conference call for investors will be held. Investors will be able to listen in via a link on novonordisk.com, which can be found under 'Investors - Download centre'.
Factor VIIa is a naturally occurring protein found in the blood. It plays a crucial role in the coagulation process. NovoSeven® (recombinant human coagulation factor VIIa) has been developed by Novo Nordisk. It is licensed for the treatment of bleeding episodes and for the prevention of bleeding during surgery or invasive procedures in patients with congenital haemophilia with inhibitors to coagulation factors VIII or IX. It is also licensed for treatment of bleeding in patients with acquired haemophilia and congenital factor VII deficiency, two very rare but serious coagulation factor deficiencies. In Europe, NovoSeven® is furthermore licensed for treatment of bleeding in patients with Glanzmann's thrombasthenia with antibodies to GP IIb-IIIa and/or HLA, and with past or present refractoriness to platelet transfusions.
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diabetes care. The company has the broadest diabetes product
portfolio in the industry, including the most advanced products
within the area of insulin delivery systems. In addition, Novo
Nordisk has a leading position within areas such as haemostasis
management, growth hormone therapy and hormone replacement therapy.
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medical profession and society. With headquarters in Denmark, Novo
Nordisk employs more than 23,600 employees in 79 countries, and
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are listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol 'NVO'.
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Posted: February 2007