SAN FRANCISCO, May 1, 2006 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ -- Insmed Incorporated (Nasdaq: INSM) today announced results from a prospective, multicenter clinical trial of rhIGF-I/rhIGFBP-3, or IPLEX(TM) (mecasermin rinfabate [rDNA origin] injection) administered once daily to children with severe primary insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I) deficiency. The study showed that treatment resulted in statistically significant, dose-dependent increases in height velocity (growth rate) with a favorable safety profile. The first-year results from the 24-month study were presented in an oral presentation at the Pediatric Academic Societies' (PAS) 2006 Annual Meeting at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, CA.
In the scientific abstract presenting the safety and efficacy data for IPLEX in children with severe primary IGF-I deficiency (primary growth hormone insensitivity), the investigators reported that the mean height velocity for the dose group titrated with up to 2 mg/kg/day increased from 2.0 cm/year pre- treatment to 8.3 cm/year during treatment. Children with genetic and acquired forms of growth hormone (GH) insensitivity appeared to respond equally well to treatment. IPLEX is the only once daily IGF-I replacement therapy available for the treatment of severe primary IGFD. The once-daily dosing regimen used in the study was associated with a high compliance rate of 95% of injections taken.
"We are very pleased with the growth rates and safety profile achieved with IPLEX in this patient population," remarked Dr. Kenneth Attie, Vice President, Medical Affairs at Insmed. "Once-daily administration of the complex provided physiologic replacement of IGF-I and was well-accepted by patients and their families in the study," he added.
The safety profile of IPLEX proved favorable as instances of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) were mostly mild and asymptomatic, with no hypoglycemic seizures reported. Patients with severe GH insensitivity have a predisposition to hypoglycemia without treatment. Of the subjects enrolled in the study, 28% reported a history of hypoglycemia prior to treatment. This was similar to the proportion of subjects (31%) who experienced at least one incidence of hypoglycemia during the first year of treatment with IPLEX, usually described as mild and asymptomatic.
In the study, no patients discontinued IPLEX due to a related adverse event. Two patients had papilledema (one with a blocked pre-existing ventriculo-peritoneal shunt and one asymptomatic). No instances of facial nerve paralysis were reported. As is common with protein therapeutics, antibodies to the protein complex were detected in most patients, but were not associated with growth attenuation or adverse effects.
IPLEX was approved as an orphan drug by the United States Food and Drug Administration in December 2005 for the treatment of growth failure in children with severe primary IGF-I deficiency (Primary IGFD) or with growth hormone (GH) gene deletion who have developed neutralizing antibodies to GH.
IPLEX, a complex of recombinant human IGF-I and its binding protein IGFBP- 3 (rhIGF-I/rhIGFBP-3), is the only once-daily IGF-I replacement therapy. It is also the only FDA-approved therapy that provides both IGF-I and IGFBP-3 to treat children with severe primary IGFD. The drug, to be launched during the second quarter of 2006, is also being investigated for various other indications with unmet medical needs, including extreme insulin resistance, myotonic muscular dystrophy and HIV Associated Adipose Redistribution Syndrome (HARS). For more information about IPLEX please go to http://www.go-IPLEX.com.
About the Condition
Severe primary IGFD is a genetic or acquired condition in which patients do not generate sufficient quantities of insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I) due to defect in the growth hormone (GH) receptor/IGF-I pathway. Gene mutations leading to growth failure due to IGF-I deficiency have been identified in the growth hormone receptor, in the GH receptor signalling pathway, and in the IGF-I gene itself. Patients with severe primary IGFD present with marked short stature and a poor prognosis for adult stature.
About Insmed Incorporated
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