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Phase 3 Studies of Aclidinium Show Effectiveness Compared to Placebo in Patients With COPD

NEW YORK, Sept. 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Forest Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE:FRX) and Laboratorios Almirall, S.A. today announced results from two global Phase III studies of aclidinium bromide, a novel long-acting inhaled anticholinergic for the treatment of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). In both the ACCLAIM/COPD I&II (AClidinium CLinical Trial Assessing Efficacy and Safety In Moderate to Severe COPD Patients) studies, once-daily aclidinium bromide showed a statistically significant difference vs. placebo in the primary endpoint trough FEV1, a measure of pulmonary function that is decreased in moderate to severe COPD patients.

In both studies aclidinium therapy demonstrated a significant difference vs placebo in trough FEV1 at 12 weeks (p-value "The studies confirm the bronchodilatory effect of aclidinium at the dose tested, although the magnitude was lower than seen in previous studies. We are working actively with Forest and members of the ACCLAIM/COPD Steering Committee to fully understand these findings to determine the best way forward including the extent of the benefit possible from dosing alternatives", commented Per-Olof Andersson, Executive Director R&D of Almirall.

Aclidinium significantly improved the percentage of patients showing a clinically relevant improvement (greater than or equal to 4 points) in health-related quality of life compared with placebo in the ACCLAIM/COPD I study (week 52; p-value=0.025) as measured by the St. George's Respiratory Questionnaire (SGRQ). ACCLAIM/COPD II did not reach statistical significance for SGRQ at week 52 (p-value=0.074), however the study showed statistical significance at all previous time-points (p-value Secondary endpoint results demonstrated that aclidinium significantly delayed the time to the first moderate to severe exacerbation in patients with COPD in ACCLAIM/COPD II (p-value=0.01), whereas results were not significant in ACCLAIM/COPD I. In the pooled analysis of both studies, there was a positive trend in delaying the time to first moderate or severe exacerbation (p-value=0.054).

ACCLAIM/COPD study design and results
Two double-blind, multicenter, parallel-group, placebo-controlled Phase III studies were conducted, one in Europe (ACCLAIM/COPD I) and the other primarily in North America (ACCLAIM/COPD II), to evaluate the efficacy and safety of inhaled aclidinium administered once daily. A total of 1,647 patients, across 23 countries participated in these trials. Patients had a diagnosis of moderate to severe COPD and were a minimum of 40 years of age with at least a 10 pack-year smoking history. The mean FEV1 values at baseline were 1.406 and 1.199L for ACCLAIM/COPD I and ACCLAIM/COPD II, respectively. Patients were randomized to receive aclidinium bromide (200 micrograms once daily) or placebo over a one-year treatment period.

The primary endpoints for ACCLAIM/COPD I and II were bronchodilation at the end of the dosing interval, assessed as trough FEV1 (measured at 23-24h post-dose). For both trials, the primary endpoint was measured at week 12 and week 28 to fulfill FDA and European requirements, respectively.

Aclidinium bromide and placebo were administered to patients using the Genuair(R)(1) device, a multi-dose dry powder inhaler which operates by a 'one press and inhale' technique.

Overall, safety and tolerability were comparable between aclidinium and placebo in terms of percentage of patients with Serious Adverse Events (aclidinium: 9.1%, placebo 10.7%), Fatal Adverse Events (aclidinium: 1.1%, placebo: 1.7%), or with Adverse Events leading to treatment discontinuation (aclidinium: 4.0%, placebo: 5.7%). The most frequently reported adverse events across both studies were nasopharyngitis (aclidinium: 14.5%, placebo: 12.9%) and headache (aclidinium: 12.7%, placebo: 12.6%). Potential anticholinergic adverse events were observed in a similarly low percentage of patients, (e.g. dry mouth - aclidinium: 0.7%, placebo: 1.2%).

"Almirall remains committed to continue the efforts to provide treatment options for COPD patients with aclidinium bromide", commented Jorge Gallardo, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Almirall.

About COPD
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has described COPD as a global epidemic; an estimated 210 million people have COPD worldwide and more than 3 million people died of the condition in 2005, which is equal to 5% of all deaths globally that year. Total deaths from COPD are projected to increase by more than 30% in the next 10 years without interventions to cut risks, particularly exposure to tobacco smoke.

The most common symptoms of COPD are breathlessness (or a "need for air"), abnormal sputum (a mix of saliva and mucus in the airway), and a chronic cough. Daily activities, such as walking up a short flight of stairs or carrying a suitcase, can become very difficult as the condition gradually worsens(2). There are significant unmet needs in the treatment of COPD including limited therapeutic options to improve lung function and control exacerbations.

Source: Forest Laboratories

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