On February 24, 2010 I have a written a post on Anadys Pharmaceuticals (ANDS).
Today they reported new results.
72% of Patients Receiving ANA598 in Phase II Combination Study With Interferon and Ribavirin Achieve Undetectable Levels of Virus at Week Eight
Absence of Viral Breakthrough and Favorable Safety Profile Confirm Previous Results Data Being Presented Today at the 45th Annual EASL Meeting
SAN DIEGO, April 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Anadys Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq:ANDS - News) announced today that 72% of hepatitis C patients receiving ANA598 400 mg twice daily (bid) plus standard of care (SOC) achieved undetectable levels of virus at week eight in an ongoing Phase II study, compared to 38% of patients receiving placebo plus SOC.
The preliminary analysis of results through eight weeks also showed that ANA598 400 mg bid plus SOC was well tolerated, with an adverse event profile comparable to SOC alone. As seen before at 200 mg bid, no patient experienced viral breakthrough on ANA598.
"The data for ANA598 400 mg bid through eight weeks demonstrates potent antiviral activity and a favorable safety profile, as was seen previously at 200 mg bid," said Steve Worland, Ph.D., President and CEO of Anadys. "The absence of viral breakthrough in either cohort to date demonstrates that non-nucleosides with superior pharmacokinetics, such as ANA598, can provide a substantial pharmacological barrier to resistance. Coupled with preclinical results that strongly support combinations with other direct antivirals of diverse mechanisms, we are very pleased that the clinical profile to date establishes ANA598 as an attractive agent to advance into Phase IIb development."
In previously released results for the group receiving ANA598 200 mg bid plus SOC in this study, the high percentage of patients who achieved undetectable levels of virus at week eight (69%) was maintained through week 12, when 73% of patients achieved a complete Early Virological Response, or cEVR, as undetectable level of virus is referred to at 12 weeks. Dosing through 12 weeks in the 400 mg bid group and the control group is currently concluding, and Anadys expects to release antiviral response and safety results through week 12 for these groups in the latter half of May.
Preliminary Safety Assessment at 400 mg bid
Safety information is available as of a data snapshot that was taken once the last enrolled patient had received eight weeks of treatment. ANA598 400 mg bid demonstrated a favorable safety and tolerability profile through eight weeks, although conclusions regarding safety and tolerability cannot be made until results in more patients and potentially over longer duration are known. The incidence of all adverse events was similar between the active and control groups, with reported adverse events being typical for patients treated with interferon and ribavirin. The incidence of rash was comparable between the ANA598 dose groups and also consistent with historical reports of rash incidence due to interferon and ribavirin. Through eight weeks, 32% of patients (11/34) receiving ANA598 400 mg bid plus SOC developed rash, compared to 21% of patients at week four and 41% at week 12 for patients who received ANA598 200 mg bid plus SOC. At 400 mg bid, one patient discontinued ANA598 and SOC due to a grade 3 rash and one patient with a grade 1 rash discontinued ANA598. Safety laboratory values were comparable between the ANA598 and control arms.
EASL Presentations on ANA598
The data from the ongoing Phase II study is being presented today in a late-breaker poster presentation titled "Safety and Antiviral Activity of ANA598 in Combination with Pegylated Interferon alpha-2A Plus Ribavirin in Treatment-Naive Genotype 1 Chronic HCV Patients" at the 45th Annual Meeting of the European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL) in Vienna, Austria. Data through eight weeks is being presented for the group receiving ANA598 400 mg bid plus SOC as well as for the group receiving placebo plus SOC. Data through the entire 12 weeks of ANA598 dosing is being presented for the group that received ANA598 200 mg bid plus SOC.
The late breaker poster and slides of key data excerpted from the poster can be accessed on the Company's website at www.anadyspharma.com.
In addition to the data from the Phase II combination study, Anadys will also present data on the preclinical profile of ANA598 at the EASL meeting on Friday, April 16, 2010. In a poster titled "Enhanced In Vitro Antiviral Activity of ANA598 in Combination with Other Anti-HCV Agents Support Combination Treatment," Anadys will present preclinical data showing enhanced antiviral activity and suppression of resistance when ANA598 is combined in vitro with other anti-HCV agents that act through diverse mechanisms, including protease inhibition, polymerase inhibition (both nucleoside and non-nucleoside inhibitors) and inhibition of host functions. As of April 16, 2010, the poster will be accessible on the Company's website at www.anadyspharma.com.
Phase II Combination Study
In the ongoing Phase II study, a total of approximately 90 treatment-naive genotype 1 patients are to receive ANA598 or placebo in combination with Pegasys® (peginterferon alfa-2a) and Copegus® (ribavirin, USP) for 12 weeks at dose levels of 200 mg bid or 400 mg bid, each with a loading dose of 800 mg bid on day one. After week 12, patients are to continue receiving SOC. Patients who achieve undetectable levels of virus at weeks 4 and 12 will be randomized to stop all treatment at week 24 or 48. The primary endpoint of the study is the proportion of patients who achieve undetectable levels of virus at week 12 (defined as complete Early Virological Response, or cEVR). Additional endpoints include safety and tolerability as well as the proportion of patients with undetectable levels of virus at week 4 (defined as Rapid Virological Response, or RVR). Patients will be followed for 24 weeks after stopping therapy to determine the rate of Sustained Virological Response, or SVR. Approximately 90 patients have been enrolled in this study – with approximately 30 patients receiving ANA598 plus SOC at each dose level and 30 patients receiving placebo plus SOC. The study is being managed by the Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI) under the leadership of John McHutchison, M.D. and is being conducted at a number of clinical sites in the United States.
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ANDS is currently trading at around $3.49.