Amgen's Repatha 'significantly reduced' LDL-C, non-HDL-C in Type 2 diabetes
Amgen announced new data that show Repatha, or evolocumab, significantly reduced low-density lipoprotein cholesterol and non-high density lipoprotein cholesterol in patients with Type 2 diabetes and hypercholesterolemia or mixed dyslipidemia, taking the maximum tolerated dose of moderate/high-intensity statin therapy. BANTING was a dedicated study evaluating the efficacy of Repatha, in lowering LDL-C and improving other lipid levels in patients with Type 2 diabetes. In addition to meeting criteria for hypercholesterolemia or mixed dyslipidemia, patients in the trial had varying degrees of glycemic control. Data were presented at the American Diabetes Association 78th Annual Scientific Sessions. Results from the BANTING study show that in patients with Type 2 diabetes and hypercholesterolemia or mixed dyslipidemia, the addition of Repatha to background statin therapy resulted in significant reductions in LDL-C levels. Type 2 diabetes is often associated with dyslipidemia, a condition characterized by low "good" cholesterol or HDL-C and elevated "bad" cholesterol or LDL-C. In addition to producing significant reductions in LDL-C levels, the addition of Repatha to background statin therapy enabled most patients to reach LDL-C levels recommended by current guidelines. The majority of patients in the Repatha group reached LDL-C levels of less than70 mg/dL as recommended by the American College of Clinical Endocrinologists for patients with Type 2 diabetes and one or more risk factors. Treatment with Repatha was also associated with a significantly higher percentage of patients achieving the greater than or equal to 50% reduction in LDL-C levels recommended by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association. Repatha also reduced several other lipid parameters, including non-HDL-C. These results are consistent with results from previous Phase 3 studies demonstrating Repatha's efficacy in reducing LDL-C and non-HDL-C levels in patients with Type 2 diabetes independent of glycemia, insulin use, renal function and cardiovascular disease status at baseline. The safety profile in BANTING was consistent with the established safety profile of Repatha.