Healthcare Industry News: GTx
News Release - April 27, 2009
First Ever Prospective Fracture Study in Prostate Cancer Patients on ADT Reveals These Men Are at High Risk for Skeletal FracturesData from GTx’s Phase III clinical trial evaluating toremifene 80 mg for the prevention of fractures in men with prostate cancer on androgen deprivation therapy presented at 2009 Annual Meeting of the American Urological Association
CHICAGO--(HSMN NewsFeed)--GTx, Inc. (Nasdaq: GTxI ) announced today that in a recent Phase III clinical trial of advanced prostate cancer patients being treated with androgen deprivation therapy (ADT), nearly one in four placebo group subjects developed bone fractures or critical bone loss (>7% loss) within two years. This analysis of placebo group data from the Phase III clinical trial evaluating toremifene 80 mg for the prevention of bone fractures in men with prostate cancer on ADT was presented yesterday in an oral presentation at the 2009 Annual Meeting of the American Urological Association in Chicago.
An analysis of placebo group subjects from the clinical trial demonstrates the risk of fracture for men with prostate cancer on ADT. During the two year trial, 9.9% of these men had a nontraumatic fracture (morphometric vertebral fracture or clinical fragility fracture), and nearly one in four, 23.9%, experienced either a nontraumatic fracture or greater than 7% bone loss, a predetermined level of bone loss at which men were considered to be at high risk for fracture and were removed from the study for safety reasons. These data are from the modified intent to treat population: subjects who had a minimum of one dose of study drug or placebo and at least one on study radiograph, n=970.
“The toremifene 80 mg Phase III clinical trial is the first large prospective study evaluating fractures in men with prostate cancer on ADT. The data from this clinical trial underscore that men on ADT are indeed at high risk for skeletal fractures,” said Daniel Lin, MD, Associate Professor and Chief of Urologic Oncology, Department of Urology, University of Washington School of Medicine, and a Principal Investigator in the study. “ADT is an important treatment for men with prostate cancer. However, ADT itself over time can cause serious, life threatening side effects, such as fractures. As urologists who use ADT, it is our responsibility to monitor and to treat bone loss in our patients to reduce this high risk of fracture.”
About the Study
The two year, double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized study of 1,389 ADT patients, was conducted at approximately 150 clinical sites in the United States and Mexico. The primary endpoint was new morphometric vertebral fractures measured by dual X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA). Key secondary endpoints included bone mineral density, lipid changes, hot flashes, and gynecomastia.
In the study, toremifene 80 mg treatment demonstrated statistically significant reductions compared to placebo in new morphometric vertebral fractures (the primary endpoint), in all nontraumatic fractures, and in first of either a nontraumatic fracture or greater than 7% bone loss. Toremifene 80 mg treatment compared to placebo also resulted in statistically significant increases in bone mineral density at the lumbar spine, hip, and femur; improvements in lipid profiles including a reduction in LDL, triglycerides and total cholesterol and an increase in HDL; and improvements in breast pain and tenderness.
Toremifene 80 mg was well tolerated. Among the most common adverse events that occurred in over 2 percent of study subjects were joint pain (treated 7.3 percent, placebo 11.8 percent), dizziness (treated 6.3 percent, placebo 5.0 percent), back pain (treated 5.9 percent, placebo 5.2 percent), and extremity pain (treated 5.0 percent, placebo 4.4 percent).
About ADT for Prostate Cancer
ADT, primary treatment for advanced prostate cancer, has improved survival in men with prostate cancer. Approximately 700,000 men with prostate cancer are being treated with ADT and an estimated 100,000 initiate ADT each year.
ADT is accomplished either surgically by removal of the testes, or more commonly by injection with LH releasing hormone (LHRH) agents. ADT works by reducing testosterone to castrate levels. The reduction in testosterone from ADT also results in very low estrogen levels, because estrogen is derived from testosterone in men. Estrogen deficiency side effects associated with ADT include high risk of skeletal fractures, adverse lipid changes, hot flashes, gynecomastia, depression, and memory loss.
Of patients on ADT, up to 77 percent develop significant bone loss, making them susceptible to fracture. Recent studies indicate that the annual risk of fracture in men on ADT is 5% to 8%. Fractures are serious and can reduce survival in men on ADT by more than three years.
GTx, Inc., headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., is a biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the discovery, development, and commercialization of small molecules that selectively target hormone pathways to treat cancer, osteoporosis and bone loss, muscle wasting and other serious medical conditions. GTx is developing toremifene citrate, a selective estrogen receptor modulator, or SERM, in two separate clinical programs in men: first, a completed pivotal Phase III clinical trial evaluating toremifene 80 mg for the treatment of serious side effects of androgen deprivation therapy for advanced prostate cancer, and second, an ongoing pivotal Phase III clinical trial evaluating toremifene 20 mg for the prevention of prostate cancer in high risk men with high grade prostatic intraepithelial neoplasia, or PIN. In 2006, GTx and Ipsen Group entered into a development and collaboration agreement for toremifene in all indications except breast cancer for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). GTx has made application for marketing approval and, if approved, plans to commercialize toremifene 80 mg in the United States. In December 2007, GTx and Merck & Co., Inc. formed a collaboration to discover and develop selective androgen receptor modulators, or SARMs, a new class of drugs with the potential to treat sarcopenia, which is the loss of skeletal muscle mass resulting in reduced physical strength and ability to perform activities of daily living, as well as cancer cachexia (cancer induced muscle loss) and other musculoskeletal wasting conditions. Merck and GTx are evaluating multiple SARM product candidates, including Ostarine™ (designated by Merck as MK-2866) and MK-0773 for sarcopenia in several Phase I and II clinical trials. Merck and GTx are planning additional clinical trials for Ostarine™ for the treatment of cancer cachexia and are evaluating additional muscle wasting indications for SARMs development. GTx also is conducting a Phase I clinical trial evaluating GTx-758, an oral luteinizing hormone inhibitor, for advanced prostate cancer.
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