BTG plc: Abiraterone Acetate Meets Pre-Determined Criteria in Metastatic Prostate Cancer Study
London, UK, 10 September 2010: BTG plc (LSE: BGC), the specialty pharmaceuticals company, is pleased to note the announcement by Ortho Biotech Research & Development, a unit of Cougar Biotechnology, Inc., that it has unblinded a Phase III study of abiraterone acetate plus prednisone in patients with advanced metastatic prostate cancer after a recommendation by the Independent Data Monitoring Committee. The full text of the announcement follows:
Study of Investigational Agent Abiraterone Acetate for Metastatic Advanced Prostate Cancer Unblinded After Meeting Pre-Determined Criteria
LOS ANGELES, CA, September 9, 2010 –Ortho Biotech Oncology Research & Development, a unit of Cougar Biotechnology, Inc., today announced that it has unblinded the Phase 3 study of abiraterone acetate plus prednisone for the treatment of patients with metastatic advanced prostate cancer (also referred to as castration-resistant prostate cancer) whose disease has progressed following treatment with one or two chemotherapy regimens at least one of which contained docetaxel.
Study COU-AA-301 included 1,195 patients who were randomized to receive abiraterone acetate plus prednisone or placebo plus prednisone.
The Independent Data Monitoring Committee’s (IDMC) recommendation to unblind the study was based on a pre-specified interim analysis, which demonstrated a statistically significant improvement in overall survival and an acceptable safety profile. Based on these results, the IDMC also recommended that patients in the placebo arm be offered treatment with abiraterone acetate.
A program that will provide early access to abiraterone acetate to patients who meet specified medical criteria is being initiated. Participating centers will be listed on www.clinicaltrials.gov when they are ready to enroll patients. The company anticipates opening the program in the US in October and in sites outside the US in the months following, contingent on local health authority and ethics committee approvals.
These results will be presented at the upcoming European Society for Medical Oncology congress, which is held in Milan, October 8-12, 2010. They will also be submitted for publication in a peer reviewed journal.
Abiraterone acetate is an investigational drug; its safety and efficacy have not yet been established. The company is evaluating the filing strategy for abiraterone acetate, based on the IDMC’s recommendation to unblind this study.
About the Ortho Biotech Oncology Research & Development Unit of Cougar Biotechnology Inc.
As an affiliate of Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research & Development, Inc., Ortho Biotech Oncology Research & Development, a unit of Cougar Biotechnology, Inc., is a research and development organization dedicated to oncology and supportive care. It partners closely with Centocor Ortho Biotech, Inc. and Janssen-Cilag companies worldwide to bring oncology treatments and supportive medicines to patients around the world.
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