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Ingelheim, Germany 7 January 2013 – Boehringer Ingelheim and Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY) today announced top-line results for four completed Phase III clinical trials for empagliflozin, an investigational sodium glucose co-transporter-2 (SGLT2) inhibitor being studied for treatment of patients with Type 2 Diabetes (T2D). In all four studies, the primary efficacy endpoint defined as significant change in HbA1c from baseline compared to placebo, was met with empagliflozin (10 and 25 mg) taken once daily.
These four pivotal studies from the empagliflozin trial programme are:
Incidence of adverse events was similar for placebo, empagliflozin 10mg and 25mg. Genital infections occurred more often with empagliflozin (both dosages) compared with placebo. This safety information is consistent with findings reported in the Phase II study results for empagliflozin.
Empagliflozin is part of a class of drugs being investigated for the reduction of blood glucose levels in adults with T2D. In clinical trials to date, SGLT2 inhibitors have been shown to reduce blood glucose by removing excess glucose independently of beta cell function and insulin resistance
"Boehringer Ingelheim and Lilly are very encouraged by the efficacy and safety results for empagliflozin," said Prof. Klaus Dugi, Corporate Senior Vice President Medicine, Boehringer Ingelheim. "Many patients with Type 2 Diabetes are not meeting their blood sugar level goals, and alternative treatment options are needed for them. We believe we are now one step closer to bringing a relevant treatment option in a new drug class to these patients."
"We are pleased with these results for these Phase III clinical trials for empagliflozin," said Enrique Conterno, President, Lilly Diabetes. "Diabetes is growing at a tremendous rate across the world. Patients and their physicians need more treatment options in order to help improve their blood sugar levels and reach their treatment goals."
Empagliflozin is being investigated in adults with T2D in a Phase III clinical trial programme that will enrol over 14,500 patients.1 In total, this programme comprises 8 multinational clinical trials, including a large cardiovascular outcome trial.
The pivotal studies for empagliflozin completed in 2012, and Boehringer Ingelheim and Lilly anticipate filing for regulatory review in the U.S., Europe and Japan in 2013. Boehringer Ingelheim and Lilly plan to present detailed data disclosures for many of these studies at scientific medical meetings and publications in 2013 and 2014.
An estimated 371 million people worldwide have diabetes.2 T2D is the most common type, accounting for an estimated 90% of all diabetes cases.3 Diabetes is a chronic condition that occurs when the body either does not properly produce, or use, the hormone insulin.4
Boehringer Ingelheim and Eli Lilly and Company
In January 2011, Boehringer Ingelheim and Eli Lilly and Company announced an alliance in the field of diabetes that centers on four pipeline compounds representing several of the largest treatment classes. This alliance leverages the companies’ strengths as two of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies, combining Boehringer Ingelheim’s solid track record of research-driven innovation and Lilly’s innovative research, experience, and pioneering history in diabetes. By joining forces, the companies demonstrate commitment in the care of patients with diabetes and stand together to focus on patient needs. Find out more about the alliance at www.boehringer-ingelheim.com or www.lilly.com.
About Boehringer Ingelheim
The Boehringer Ingelheim group is one of the world’s 20 leading pharmaceutical companies. Headquartered in Ingelheim, Germany, it operates globally with 145 affiliates and more than 44,000 employees. Since it was founded in 1885, the family-owned company has been committed to researching, developing, manufacturing and marketing novel medications of high therapeutic value for human and veterinary medicine.
As a central element of its culture, Boehringer Ingelheim pledges to act with social responsibility. Involvement in social projects, caring for employees and their families, and providing equal opportunities for all employees form the foundation of the global operations. Mutual cooperation and respect, as well as environmental protection and sustainability are intrinsic factors in all of Boehringer Ingelheim’s endeavors.
In 2011, Boehringer Ingelheim achieved net sales of about 13.2 billion euro. R&D expenditure in the business area Prescription Medicines corresponds to 23.5% of its net sales.
About Eli Lilly and Company
Lilly, a leading innovation driven corporation, is developing a growing portfolio of pharmaceutical products by applying the latest research from its own worldwide laboratories and from collaborations with eminent scientific organisations. Headquartered in Indianapolis, IN, Lilly provides answers – through medicines and information – for some of the world's most urgent medical needs. Additional information about Lilly is available at www.lilly.com.
About Lilly Diabetes
Lilly has been a global leader in diabetes care since 1923, when we introduced the world’s first commercial insulin. Today we work to meet the diverse needs of people with diabetes through research and collaboration, a broad and growing product portfolio and a continued commitment to providing real solutions - from medicines to support programs and more - to make lives better.
For more information, visit www.lillydiabetes.com.
This press release contains forward-looking statements about empagliflozin, a compound under investigation. It reflects Lilly’s current beliefs; however, as with any such undertaking, there are substantial risks and uncertainties in the process of drug development and commercialization. There is no guarantee that future study results and patient experience will be consistent with study findings to date, or that empagliflozin will receive regulatory approvals or will prove to be commercially successful. For further discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties, please see Lilly’s Latest Forms 10-Q and 10-K filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Lilly undertakes no duty to update forward-looking statements.
1.www.clinicaltrials.gov Data on file, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharma GmbH &Co KG
2.International Diabetes Federation. IDF Diabetes Atlas Poster. 2012 Update. 2012(5th Edition).
3.World Health Organization: Fact Sheet No. 312 What is Diabetes?, 2010.
4.International Diabetes Federation. What is Diabetes?. IDF Diabetes Atlas. 2011(5th Edition).