LONDON and SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Aug. 24, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- GlaxoSmithKline plc (GSK) and Theravance, Inc. (THRX) today announced the completion of the phase III programme of an investigational LAMA/LABA involving approximately 6,000 patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
LAMA/LABA is a combination of two investigational bronchodilator molecules - GSK573719 or umeclidinium bromide (UMEC), a long-acting muscarinic antagonist (LAMA) and vilanterol (VI), a long-acting beta2 agonist (LABA), administered using the ELLIPTA(TM) inhaler. UMEC/VI is a once-daily investigational medicine currently under development for the maintenance treatment of COPD.
On 2 July 2012, GSK and Theravance announced the completion of four pivotal studies for UMEC/VI. The pivotal programme for UMEC/VI also includes a 52-week safety study, which is now complete. Two non-pivotal 12-week crossover exercise studies will also be included in the registrational package as they are now also complete. These recently completed studies support GSK's plans to commence global regulatory submissions for UMEC/VI from the end of 2012.
The full results of all these studies, together with additional data from phase IIb dose-ranging studies of UMEC, will be presented at future scientific meetings.
About the LAMA/LABA Studies
The 52-week parallel group safety study evaluated the long-term safety and tolerability of UMEC 125mcg alone and the combination UMEC/VI 125/25mcg compared to placebo in approximately 500 patients. The two replicate 12-week crossover exercise studies of approximately 300 patients each, evaluated the lung function and exercise endurance time of UMEC/VI 125/25mcg and 62.5/25mcg, UMEC 125mcg and 62.5mcg, and VI 25mcg compared to placebo. The co-primary endpoints of these studies were 3-hour post-dose exercise endurance time and trough FEV1.
Other Respiratory Development Programmes
The data from these studies will also contribute to the future regulatory submissions for GSK's UMEC monotherapy, with global filings commencing in 2013.
UMEC/VI is one of several late-stage assets in the GSK respiratory development portfolio, which includes fluticasone furoate/vilanterol (FF/VI, with proposed brand names RELVAR(TM) and BREO(TM)), VI monotherapy and MABA (GSK961081), developed in collaboration with Theravance, as well as GSK's investigational medicines FF monotherapy, UMEC monotherapy and anti-IL5 MAb (mepolizumab). These investigational medicines are not currently approved anywhere in the world.
GlaxoSmithKline -- one of the world's leading research-based pharmaceutical and healthcare companies -- is committed to improving the quality of human life by enabling people to do more, feel better and live longer. For further information please visit www.gsk.com.
Theravance -- is a biopharmaceutical company with a pipeline of internally discovered product candidates and strategic collaborations with pharmaceutical companies. Theravance is focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of small molecule medicines across a number of therapeutic areas including respiratory disease, bacterial infections, and central nervous system (CNS)/pain. Theravance's key programs include: RELVAR(TM) or BREO(TM) (FF/VI), umeclidinium bromide/vilanterol (UMEC/VI) and MABA (Bifunctional Muscarinic Antagonist-Beta2 Agonist), each partnered with GlaxoSmithKline plc, and its oral Peripheral Mu Opioid Receptor Antagonist program. By leveraging its proprietary insight of multivalency to drug discovery, Theravance is pursuing a best-in-class strategy designed to discover superior medicines in areas of significant unmet medical need. For more information, please visit Theravance's web site at www.theravance.com.
THERAVANCE(R), the Theravance logo, and MEDICINES THAT MAKE A DIFFERENCE(R) are registered trademarks of Theravance, Inc.
RELVAR(TM), BREO(TM) and ELLIPTA(TM) are trademarks of the GlaxoSmithKline group of companies. The use of these brand names has not yet been approved by any regulatory authority.
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Under the safe harbor provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, GSK cautions investors that any forward-looking statements or projections made by GSK, including those made in this announcement, are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. Factors that may affect GSK' s operations are described under 'Risk Factors' in the 'Business Review' in the company's Annual Report on Form 20-F for 2011.
Theravance forward-looking statement
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