AMG 145 is an investigational fully human monoclonal antibody directed against PCSK9, a protein that reduces the liver's ability to remove LDL-C, or "bad" cholesterol from the blood. LDL-C is a major contributor of risk for cardiovascular disease.[i] Despite the availability of various treatments for lowering LDL-C, it is estimated that in two-thirds of treated high-risk patients, LDL-C is not well controlled.[ii], [iii]
LAPLACE-TIMI 57 Primary Results
"Statins have been a critical tool in the management of high cholesterol, but even at high doses, statins do not always achieve the targeted level of LDL (bad) cholesterol in our high risk patients," said
Efficacy and Safety of a Fully Human Monoclonal Antibody Against PCSK9 as Monotherapy for Hypercholesterolemia: Results from the MENDEL Study, a Global Phase 2 Trial of AMG 145
"In the MENDEL study, AMG 145 monotherapy showed robust reductions in serum LDL-C with both the Q2W and Q4W dosing regimens in patients with high cholesterol regardless of sex, age, race or cardiovascular risk factors," said
These studies are two of four Phase 2 studies of AMG 145 being presented at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions 2012.
LAPLACE-TIMI 57 Study Design
LAPLACE-TIMI 57 (LDL-C Assessment with P
MENDEL Study Design
MENDEL (Monoclonal Antibody Against PCSK9 to Reduce Elevated LDL-C in Patients Currently Not Receiving Drug Therapy For Easing Lipid Levels) is a Phase 2 randomized, multi-center, double-blind, controlled trial designed to evaluate the efficacy, safety and tolerability of AMG 145 in 406 patients with low cardiovascular risk (LDL-C > 100 mg/dL and < 190 mg/dL) who were not receiving statin therapy. AMG 145 was evaluated across nine treatment groups, including AMG 145 at 70 mg, 105 mg and 140 mg dosed Q2W compared to placebo Q2W; and AMG 145 at 280 mg, 350 mg and 420 mg dosed Q4W compared to placebo Q4W; or daily ezetimibe 10 mg. The primary endpoint was percentage change from baseline in LDL-C, measured by preparative ultracentrifugation, at week 12. Secondary efficacy endpoints included the absolute change from baseline in LDL-C at week 12 and the percentage changes from baseline at week 12 in non-high-density lipoprotein (non-HDL-C), apolipoprotein B (ApoB), total cholesterol (TC)/HDL-C ratio and ApoB/ApoA1 ratio.
About AMG 145
AMG 145 is a fully human monoclonal antibody directed against proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9). PCSK9 is a protein that reduces the liver's ability to remove LDL-C from the blood and thereby causes bad cholesterol to increase. AMG 145, developed by
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