Boehringer Ingelheim and Eli Lilly and Company announce positive top-line pivotal Phase III data results for empagliflozin

Boehringer IngelheimBoehringer Ingelheim and Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY) 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:

  • Study 1245.20 (n=986) evaluated 10 mg and 25 mg doses of empagliflozin as monotherapy versus placebo for 24 weeks. (1)
  • Study 1245.23 (n=1,504) compared 10 mg and 25 mg doses of empagliflozin as an add-on to metformin and metformin plus sulfonylurea versus placebo for 24 weeks. (1)
  • Study 1245.19 (n=499) assessed 10 mg and 25 mg doses of empagliflozin as an add-on to pioglitazone and pioglitazone plus metformin versus placebo for 24 weeks. (1)
  • Study 1245.36 (n=741) evaluated 25 mg dose of empagliflozin in Type 2 Diabetes patients with mild, moderate or severe renal impairment, and 10 mg dose in those with mild renal impairment versus placebo for 52 weeks. (1)

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.

About Diabetes
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.

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.

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).

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