Amgen Highlights Data to be Presented at American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR) Meeting

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., Sept. 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Amgen (Nasdaq: AMGN) today announced that new data will be presented on the burden of osteoporosis, current osteoporosis treatment challenges and Prolia(TM) (denosumab) at the 2009 American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR) annual meeting in Denver from Sept. 11-15, 2009. Prolia currently is being evaluated by regulatory bodies in the United States (U.S.), the European Union, Switzerland, Australia and Canada as a potential therapy for postmenopausal osteoporosis and bone loss in patients undergoing hormone ablation for prostate and breast cancer.

"The continued need for new alternatives to treat postmenopausal osteoporosis is reinforced by data that will be presented at this year's ASBMR meeting. These data highlight challenges with adherence to therapy and show the link between adherence and fracture outcomes," said Roger M. Perlmutter, M.D., Ph.D., executive vice president for Research and Development at Amgen. "Clinical data that will be presented at the meeting include a Phase 3 study sub-analysis showing Prolia's effect on fracture reduction in woman at a greater risk for fracture, 6-year efficacy and safety data from a Phase 2 study, and bone histology data."

ASBMR abstracts are available and can be viewed online at Identified below are selected abstracts of interest on Amgen research.

Prolia(TM) (denosumab)

-- Effects of Denosumab on Bone Mineral Density and Biochemical Markers of Bone Turnover: 6 Year Results of a Phase 2 Clinical Trial

Lead Author: Miller P

Abstract No. 1026 (Saturday, Sept. 12, 2009, 10:15am MT)

-- Effects of Denosumab on Bone Histomorphometry: the FREEDOM and STAND Studies Lead Author: Reid IR

Abstract No. 1027 (Saturday, Sept. 12, 2009, 10:30am MT)

-- Effect of Denosumab on the Incidence of Hip, New Vertebral, and Nonvertebral Fractures Over 3 Years Among Postmenopausal Women with Higher Fracture Risk: A Subgroup Analysis From the FREEDOM Study

Lead Author: Boonen S

Abstract No. 1199 (Monday, Sept. 14, 2009, 3:00pm MT)

-- Effects of Denosumab Treatment and Discontinuation on Bone Mineral Density and Bone Turnover Markers in Postmenopausal Women With Low Bone Mass

Lead Author: Bone H

Abstract No. 1243 (Monday, Sept. 14, 2009, 5:30pm MT)

-- Baseline Remodeling Intensity and Greater Suppression by Denosumab Than Alendronate: Effects on HR-pQCT Parameters at the Radius

Lead Author: Seeman SE

Abstract No. 1244 (Monday, Sept. 14, 2009, 5:45pm MT)

-- Evaluation of Health-Related Quality of Life in Postmenopausal Women Who Participated in the FREEDOM Trial

Lead Author: Siris E

Abstract No. 1282 (Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2009, 11:15am MT)

-- Increases in BMD on Denosumab Explains Much of the Reduction in Fracture Risk

Lead Author: Cummings SR

Abstract No. 1284 (Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2009, 11:45am MT)

Osteoporosis Burden and Treatment Challenges

-- Impact of Treatment Satisfaction (Perceived Benefits, Convenience, Side Effects) on Persistence with Postmenopausal Osteoporosis (PMO) Therapy

Lead Author: Do T

Abstract No. SA0317 (Saturday, Sept. 12, 2009, 11:30 am MT)

-- Impact of Adherence to Osteoporosis Medication on Risk of Fracture

Lead Author: Halpern R.

Abstract No. SA0368 (Saturday, Sept. 12, 2009, 11:30 am MT)

-- Association Between Adherence to Osteoporosis Medication and Inpatient Stays and Medical Services Costs

Lead Author: Iqbal SU

Abstract No. SU0387 (Sunday, Sept. 13, 2009, 11:30 am MT)

-- Comorbidities, Bone Loss and Concomitant Medication Use in European Postmenopausal Women: POSSIBLE EU

Lead Author: Freemantle N

Abstract No. MO0369 (Monday, Sept. 14, 2009, 12:00pm MT)

-- Assessment of Patient Preference, Satisfaction, and Bother with Two Treatments For Postmenopausal Bone Loss

Lead Author: Gold DT

Abstract No. MO0369 (Monday, Sept. 14, 2009, 12:00pm MT)

About Prolia(TM) (denosumab)

Prolia is the first fully human monoclonal antibody in late stage clinical development that specifically targets RANK Ligand, an essential regulator of osteoclasts (the cells that break down bone). Prolia is being investigated for its potential to inhibit all stages of osteoclast activity through a targeted mechanism. Prolia is being studied in a range of bone loss conditions including postmenopausal osteoporosis and bone loss in patients undergoing hormone ablation for prostate and breast cancer.

In February 2009, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) accepted the Biologics License Application (BLA), submitted by Amgen for Prolia for the treatment and prevention of osteoporosis in postmenopausal women and cancer treatment-induced bone loss in women and men receiving hormone therapy for either breast cancer or prostate cancer based on these studies and a parallel trial in women with breast cancer. The FDA has provisionally approved the trade name Prolia in these proposed indications, for which denosumab is administered twice yearly subcutaneously at a 60mg dose. The trade name is only for these indications and may not apply for other indications of denosumab.

Amgen has also submitted marketing applications for use of Prolia in the European Union, Canada, Switzerland, and Australia.

Osteoporosis: Impact and Prevalence

Often referred to as the "silent epidemic," osteoporosis is a global problem that is increasing in significance as the population of the world both increases and ages. The World Health Organization (WHO) has recently identified osteoporosis as a priority health issue along with other major non-communicable diseases.

The economic burden of osteoporosis is comparable to that of other major chronic diseases; for example, in the U.S., the costs associated with osteoporosis-related fractures are equivalent to those of cardiovascular disease and asthma.(i,ii,iii) It has been reported that osteoporosis results in more hospital bed-days than stroke, myocardial infarction or breast cancer.(iv)

About Amgen

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i. Burge R, et al. J Bone Miner Res. 2007; 22:465-475

ii. "Osteoporosis Fast Facts." National Osteoporosis Foundation. Accessed on August 19, 2009 at

iii. "Economic Cost of Cardiovascular Diseases." American Heart Association. Accessed on February 24, 2009 at

iv. Lippuner K, et al. "Incidence and direct medical costs of hospitalisations due to osteoporotic fractures in switzerland." Osteoporosis International.1997;7:414-25.

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