RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., Nov. 15, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Tranzyme Pharma (Nasdaq:TZYM), today announced top-line results of the preliminary analysis of the first of two Phase 2b trials assessing the safety and efficacy of its oral ghrelin agonist, TZP-102 in diabetic patients with gastroparesis. The results, which evaluated patients who were given a single daily dose of 10 mg of TZP-102, 20 mg of TZP-102 or placebo for 12 weeks indicate the trial did not meet its primary efficacy endpoint.
"We are understandably disappointed with the results of this trial; however, our second Phase 2b trial known as DIGEST is ongoing. In DIGEST we are evaluating a 10 mg dose of TZP-102 administered three times daily before meals, rather than once daily as in the trial just completed. We anticipate announcing top line results for DIGEST in the first half of 2013," said Vipin K. Garg, PhD, President and Chief Executive Officer of Tranzyme.
The primary efficacy endpoint of the trial was the change from baseline in the Gastroparesis Symptom Daily Diary (GSDD) composite score during the final two weeks of a 12-week treatment period. The GSDD composite score reflects the mean severity of the four principal symptoms of gastroparesis: nausea, early satiety, bloating and upper abdominal pain. During the two-week pre-treatment period, the mean baseline GSDD score across all treatment groups was 3.56. Patients who received either placebo or once-daily dosing of TZP-102 for 12 weeks demonstrated a reduction in the severity of their symptoms, and thus a reduction in their GSDD scores of -1.46, -1.70 and -1.43 for placebo, 10 mg of TZP-102 and 20 mg of TZP-102, respectively. Neither the 10 mg dose group nor the 20 mg dose group of TZP-102 reached statistical significance versus placebo. Both doses were well-tolerated.
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TZP-102 Phase 2b Study Design
Two hundred and one (201) patients with type 1 or type 2 diabetes and a confirmed diagnosis of gastroparesis, documented by the presence of both chronic symptoms and delayed gastric emptying, were enrolled in a Phase 2b, double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel group study in the U.S. and Europe designed to evaluate the safety and efficacy of TZP-102. Patients were randomly assigned to receive placebo or one of two dose levels of TZP-102 (10 or 20 mg) given once daily for a treatment period of 12 weeks.
TZP-102 is an orally-administered ghrelin agonist with highly-differentiated "first-in-class" potential for the treatment of chronic gastrointestinal dysmotility disorders such as gastroparesis, functional dyspepsia and refractory GERD. Ghrelin is a hormone produced mainly by cells of the stomach which has a highly potent and direct role in stimulating GI motility. TZP-102, discovered by Tranzyme using its proprietary macrocyclic chemistry technology (MATCH™), targets the same receptor as the ghrelin hormone. Tranzyme is currently evaluating the safety and efficacy of TZP-102 in diabetic patients with gastroparesis. Gastroparesis is a debilitating, chronic condition that has a significant impact on patients' lives and for which there are limited treatment options. In recognition of the critical unmet need, the FDA granted TZP-102 a Fast Track designation for the treatment of gastroparesis in diabetic patients.
Gastroparesis (paralysis of the stomach) is a serious, debilitating condition that affects approximately 4% of the general population and up to 12% of patients with diabetes. It is a progressive disorder characterized by persistent nausea, vomiting, dehydration and difficulty digesting. Gastroparesis results in complications with diabetic medicine, making it difficult for patients to control nutritional and blood glucose levels. Currently, there are no safe and effective treatments for gastroparesis. Earlier prescription medications for this indication were withdrawn from the market or must carry a "black box" warning due to serious side effects.
About Tranzyme Pharma
Tranzyme Pharma is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering, developing and commercializing novel, mechanism-based therapeutics for the treatment of upper gastrointestinal (GI) motility disorders. While approximately 40% of people in the U.S. are affected by these persistent and recurring conditions, which disrupt the normal movement of food throughout the GI tract, there are a limited number of safe and effective treatment options. Tranzyme is developing TZP-102, an oral ghrelin agonist for treating the symptoms associated with chronic upper GI motility disorders. Enrollment is ongoing in DIGEST, a second Phase 2b trial evaluating TZP-102 given prior to meals in diabetic patients with gastroparesis. Top-line data for this study are expected in the first half of 2013. By leveraging its proprietary drug discovery technology, MATCH™, Tranzyme is committed to pursuing first-in-class medicines to address areas of significant unmet medical needs.
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