Micardis® (telmisartan) is set to be the ONLY treatment in its class with this indication, demonstrating proven cardiovascular (CV) protection in patients at high CV risk
The ONTARGET Trial results reviewed by the CHMP showed that Micardis® may prevent one in five serious CV events1
Patients at-risk of heart attack and stroke will benefit from this new indication if approved.
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Ingelheim/Germany, 23 October 2009 - Boehringer Ingelheim announced today that the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) of the European Medicines Evaluation Agency (EMEA) has issued a positive opinion for the approval of Micardis® (telmisartan) for the reduction of cardiovascular morbidity in patients with:
I. manifest atherothrombotic cardiovascular disease (history of coronary heart disease, stroke, or peripheral arterial disease) or
II. type 2 diabetes mellitus with documented target organ damage.
The CHMP opinion follows a review of clinical trial results including The ONTARGET Trial involving 25,620 patients and confirmed Micardis® as the only treatment option in its class with proven cardiovascular protective effects in patients with high CV risk.1 The results also demonstrated that Micardis® is better tolerated than the previous gold standard ramipril and associated with higher treatment adherence.1-2
Professor Klaus Dugi, Corporate Vice President Medical Affairs, Boehringer Ingelheim, commented, We are delighted to receive this positive opinion from the CHMP. This is an important development that will help physicians ensure that patients receive appropriate treatment tailored to their individual needs. If approved, Micardis® will offer a much needed alternative to ACE inhibitors in the treatment of patients with high CV risk.
Earlier this week, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Micardis® for the reduction of the risk of myocardial infarction (heart attack), stroke, or death from cardiovascular (CV) causes in patients 55 years of age or older at high risk of developing major CV events who are unable to take ACE inhibitors.
Micardis® is one of the most studied antihypertensives in clinical trials and is widely used with over five million patient years since its approval. Its safety profile is similar to that of placebo.
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About telmisartan (Micardis®/Kinzal®/Pritor®)
Telmisartan is a modern member of the Angiotensin II Receptor Blocker (ARB) class and was investigated in the most ambitious and far-reaching research programme conducted with an ARB. In the clinical trial programmes ONTARGET™, PROTECTION™ and PRoFESS®, over 58,000 patients were enrolled to investigate the efficacy and cardiovascular protective effects of telmisartan.
Telmisartan was discovered and developed by Boehringer Ingelheim. Under the trademarks Micardis® and MicardisPLUS® (combination with hydrochlorothiazide) the company markets telmisartan in 84 countries around the world, including the USA, Japan and European countries. Telmisartan is marketed in cooperation with Astellas Pharma Inc. in Japan, Bayer Schering Pharma in Europe and GlaxoSmithKline in selected markets.
Astellas Pharma Inc. co-promotes telmisartan under the trademark Micardis®, Bayer Schering Pharma promotes telmisartan under the brand names Kinzalmono®, Kinzalkomb® (combination with hydrochlorothiazide), and Pritor® and PritorPlus® (combination with hydrochlorothiazide) in markets across Europe. Pritor® and PritorPlus® are also marketed by GlaxoSmithKline in selected markets.
The sponsor of the ONTARGET™ Trial Programme is Boehringer Ingelheim; co-funders in selected countries are Bayer Schering Pharma and GlaxoSmithKline.
The Boehringer Ingelheim group is one of the worlds 20 leading pharmaceutical companies. Headquartered in Ingelheim, Germany, it operates globally with 138 affiliates in 47 countries and 41,300 employees. Since it was founded in 1885, the independent, family-owned company has been committed to researching, developing, manufacturing and marketing novel products of high therapeutic value for human and veterinary medicine.
1 The ONTARGET Investigators. Telmisartan, ramipril, or both in patients at high risk for vascular events. N Eng J Med.2008;358:1547-1559.
2 The TRANSCEND Investigators 2008. Effects of the angiotensin-receptor blocker telmisartan on cardiovascular events in high-risk patients intolerant to angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors: a randomized controlled trial. The Lancet 2008;372:1174-1183.
3 World Health Organization, Fact Sheet 317: Cardiovascular Diseases September 2009. http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs317/en/index.html. Accessed October 2009.
4 European Heart Network - CVD Statistics. http://www.ehnheart.org/content/sectionintro.asp?level0=1457 Accessed October 2009.
5 British Heart Foundation Statistics Website http://www.heartstats.org/datapage.asp?id=754 Accessed October 2009.
6 J Mackay, G Mensah, Atlas of Heart Disease and Stroke. 2004 World Health Organization. Geneva.