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All Eyes Are On AstraZeneca PLC (AZN) As Its Diabetes Drugs Go Under The Spotlight At Major Scientific Meeting


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Astrazeneca To Present New Data From Its Broad Portfolio In Wide Range Of Patient Populations At The American Diabetes Association 74th Scientific Sessions®

43 abstracts on approved products and an investigational compound accepted for presentation First data from Phase III trial of saxagliptin/dapagliflozin combination presented as a late-breaker First six-year, open-extension to the DURATION-1 trial examining the efficacy and tolerability of exenatide will be presented

AstraZeneca today announced that 43 abstracts reporting results of the company’s research and development in diabetes have been accepted for presentation at the 74th Scientific Sessions® of the American Diabetes Association (ADA) in San Francisco, 13-17 June 2014. Clinical data from studies evaluating multiple approved products, including Forxiga® (dapagliflozin, marketed in the US as Farxiga™), Bydureon® (exenatide extended-release for injectable suspension) and Onglyza® (saxagliptin), as well as the investigational combination of saxagliptin and dapagliflozin, demonstrate AstraZeneca’s continued commitment to addressing unmet medical needs across a wide spectrum of type 2 diabetes patients in different stages of the disease.

Pascal Soriot, Chief Executive Officer, AstraZeneca, said: “The robust scientific data that will be presented at ADA further strengthen our broad innovative portfolio that spans the entire spectrum of non-insulin anti-diabetic treatments. Our continued focus on advancing scientific knowledge reinforces our long-term commitment to diabetes, a core strategic area for us and an important platform for returning AstraZeneca to growth.”

“Diabetes is a progressive and complex disease which demands combination approaches to further improve patient care,” said Briggs Morrison, MD, Executive Vice President, Global Medicines Development & Chief Medical Officer, AstraZeneca. “Our data accepted for presentation at this year’s ADA, including trials evaluating our medicines in patients with significant comorbidities and in combination with other anti-diabetic agents, reflect AstraZeneca’s efforts to provide these treatment options that address the needs of patients at different stages of the disease.” Notable data on an AstraZeneca investigational compound at ADA include:

A late-breaker of the first presentation of Phase III data evaluating the investigational combination of saxagliptin/dapagliflozin as a dual add-on therapy in adult patients with type 2 diabetes who were inadequately controlled on metformin, the top-line results of which were announced in May. Results being presented at ADA, and published in the abstract available in Diabetes, include secondary outcome measures on body weight and efficacy. (#127-LB, Sunday, 15 June, 12:00 PM PDT)1

Notable data on approved AstraZeneca products at ADA include:

* An analysis from nine double-blind, placebo-controlled trials evaluating the safety of dapagliflozin in elderly patients (#269-OR, Monday, 16 June, 9:30 AM PDT)
* An analysis from three randomised controlled trials examining the effect of exenatide extended-release for injectable suspension on daily blood glucose variability compared with basal insulin (#997-P, Saturday, 14 June, 11:30 AM PDT)
* A sub-group analysis from the SAVOR trial examining the effect of saxagliptin on renal outcomes (#544-P, Saturday, 14 June, 11:30 AM PDT)
* An analysis from two double-blind, placebo-controlled trials evaluating the effects of dapagliflozin on systolic blood pressure (#1033-P, Sunday, 15 June, 12:00 PM PDT)
* A sub-group analysis from the SAVOR trial examining the effect of saxagliptin in elderly patients from the study population (#1057-P, Sunday, 15 June, 12:00 PM PDT)
* An open-ended extension to the DURATION-1 trial examining the efficacy and tolerability of exenatide once-weekly over six years (#964-P, Saturday, 14 June, 11:30 AM PDT)
* An analysis from five placebo-controlled trials examining the effects of saxagliptin on ß-cell function in patients with latent autoimmune diabetes (#152-OR, Sunday, 15 June, 8:45 AM PDT)

The complete list of AstraZeneca data presentations can be accessed on the ADA website here.

About Type 2 Diabetes

Diabetes is estimated to affect 25.8 million people in the US and more than 382 million people worldwide. The prevalence of diabetes is projected to reach more than 592 million people worldwide by 2035.9 Type 2 diabetes accounts for approximately 90-95 percent of all cases of diagnosed diabetes in adults.10 Type 2 diabetes is a chronic disease11 characterised by pathophysiologic defects leading to elevated glucose levels.12 Over time, this sustained hyperglycaemia contributes to further progression of the disease.13 Significant unmet needs still exist, as many adult patients remain inadequately controlled on their current glucose-lowering regimen.14

About AstraZeneca

AstraZeneca is a global, innovation-driven biopharmaceutical business that focuses on the discovery, development and commercialisation of prescription medicines, primarily for the treatment of cardiovascular, metabolic, respiratory, inflammation, autoimmune, oncology, infection and neuroscience diseases. AstraZeneca operates in over 100 countries and its innovative medicines are used by millions of patients worldwide. For more information please visit: www.astrazeneca.com

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