Amarin Completes Patient Randomization in Phase 3 ANCHOR Trial

Study Designed to Position AMR101 as First-in-Class Drug for Treating High Triglyceride Levels in Statin-Treated Patients with Mixed Dyslipidemia

03-Jan-2011 - USA

Amarin Corporation plc reported the completion of patient randomization for its ANCHOR trial, a pivotal Phase 3 trial of AMR101. The Company indicated that it anticipates reporting top-line results from this trial in Q2 2011 (the Company’s previous guidance for the timing of such results was mid-2011).

The ANCHOR trial is a multi-center, placebo-controlled, randomized, double-blind, 12-week pivotal study to evaluate the efficacy and safety of 2 grams and 4 grams of AMR101 (ethyl-EPA) in patients with high triglyceride levels from 200 mg/dL to less than 500 mg/dL who are also on statin therapy. Patients in this trial are characterized as having high triglyceride levels with mixed dyslipidemia (two or more lipid disorders) and are at significant risk of cardiovascular disease. No omega-3 based therapy is approved by the FDA for treating this patient population.

The ANCHOR trial is being conducted under a Special Protocol Assessment (SPA) agreement with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The trial recruited and randomized 702 patients. Prior to randomization into the 12-week treatment period, all patients underwent a six-to-eight week washout period of lipid altering drugs, as well as diet and lifestyle stabilization. The Company expects that the 702 patients randomized will be sufficient to demonstrate statistical significance in accordance with the trial protocol. All of the clinical sites in the trial are in the U.S. The primary endpoint in the trial is the percent change in triglyceride level from baseline to week 12. An important secondary endpoint in the ANCHOR trial is to show that the addition of AMR101 to statin therapy does not increase LDL-cholesterol (LDL-C or “bad cholesterol”) compared to placebo in this population.

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