Click here to close now.


News Feed Item

Santhera Reports Positive Outcome for Catena(R)/Raxone(R) in Phase III DMD Trial Supported by Additional Respiratory Function Data

LIESTAL, SWITZERLAND -- (Marketwired) -- 05/22/14 -- Santhera Pharmaceuticals (SIX:SANN) today reported that the results of secondary respiratory function endpoints from the on-going analysis of the DELOS trial in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) corroborate the positive outcome for the primary endpoint. These data provide further supportive evidence of a treatment benefit for Catena®/Raxone® in DMD.

As previously announced, the DELOS trial met the primary endpoint, the difference between Catena®/Raxone® and placebo in the change from baseline to week 52 in Peak Expiratory Flow (PEF as percent predicted, PEF%p). Hospital-based spirometry assessments demonstrated that Catena®/Raxone® significantly reduced the annual decline in PEF%p by 66% compared to patients taking placebo. The average annual decline in PEF%p was 9.0% for placebo (Baseline: 54.3%; Week 52: 45.3% (n=27), pless than 0.001) versus 3.1% for Catena®/Raxone® (Baseline PEF%P: 53.1%; Week 52: 50.1% (n=30); p=0.13) for a treatment group difference in change from Baseline to Week 52 of 5.96% (p=0.04).

Santhera today announced that this finding has been corroborated by the results of secondary endpoints assessing respiratory function in all randomized and treated subjects. When measured weekly by the patient at home using the hand-held ASMA-1 device (secondary endpoint), Catena®/Raxone® significantly reduced the annual decline in PEF%p by 80% compared to patients taking placebo. The ASMA-1 device showed a significant 9.0% decline in PEF%p occurred between Baseline and Week 52 in the placebo group (n=31; pless than 0.001), compared to a non-significant decline of 1.8% in the Catena®/Raxone® group (n=31; p=0.44), for a treatment group difference in change from Baseline to Week 52 of 7.2% (p=0.03).

Furthermore, for Forced Expiratory Volume in 1 second (as percent predicted, FEV1%p), an additional endpoint for respiratory muscle strength, Catena®/Raxone® significantly reduced the annual decline by 78% compared to patients taking placebo. The annual decline in FEV1%p in the placebo group was 10.7% compared to 2.4% in the Catena®/Raxone® group (p=0.03).

Importantly, the outcome for Forced Vital Capacity (as percent predicted, FVC%p), a measure of restrictive lung disease predictive of morbidity and mortality in DMD, also supported a treatment benefit of Catena®/Raxone®. The annual decline in FVC%p was reduced by 37% in Catena®/Raxone®-treated patients (9.0% decline in FVC%p in the placebo group versus a 5.7% decline in the Catena/Raxone group; p=0.08). No differences were observed between treatment groups in Maximal Inspiratory or Expiratory Pressures or in Peak Cough Flow.

In summary these outcomes provide clear evidence of a clinical benefit for Catena®/Raxone® in delaying the loss of respiratory function in patients with DMD compared to placebo.

As also reported previously, treatment with Catena®/Raxone® was safe and well tolerated. A total of 93.8% of Catena®/Raxone®-treated and 94.1% of placebo-treated patients experienced at least one Adverse Event (AE). Serious AEs were reported in 6.3% of Catena®/Raxone® treated and in 14.7% of placebo-treated patients. Nasopharyngitis (25.8%) and headache (19.7%) were the most common adverse events but there were no differences in the incidence of these events between the treatment groups. Diarrhoea was slightly more commonly observed in Catena®/Raxone®-treated patients (25.0% versus 11.8%), whilst upper respiratory tract infections were more frequently observed in placebo-treated patients (17.6% versus 6.3%). Overall adverse events were mild to moderate in intensity.

"We are very excited to observe this treatment benefit for Catena®/Raxone® in delaying respiratory deterioration in DMD, as evidenced by the significant outcome for the primary PEF endpoint in DELOS. The positive results of secondary outcomes, in addition to the primary endpoint, are clearly supportive and establish the clinical meaningfulness of Catena®/Raxone® treatment. This is of critical importance for the demonstration of substantial evidence of effectiveness in the regulatory process", explained Nick Coppard, SVP Development at Santhera. "Having demonstrated a significant and clinically relevant benefit without safety concerns, we believe we are well positioned to discuss regulatory approval with the authorities".

These data are presented today at the BioEURquity Europe 2014 Conference in Amsterdam and will be available for download on the Company's website under Investors/Presentations.


DELOS was a Phase III, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial which randomized and treated 64 European and US patients with DMD who were not receiving concomitant corticosteroids to either Catena®/Raxone® tablets (900mg: 300mg 3 times daily, N=31) or to matching placebo (N=33). Their average age was 14.3 years and 5 were ambulatory and 59 non-ambulatory at Baseline. There were no eligibility criteria for mutational status. The study was designed to assess the efficacy of Catena®/Raxone® in improving or delaying the loss of respiratory function in patients with DMD not using corticosteroids compared to placebo. The preservation of respiratory function is acknowledged by clinicians and by regulatory authorities as of major clinical importance for patients with DMD.

About Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) is one of the most common and devastating types of muscle degeneration and results in rapidly progressive muscle weakness. It is a genetic, degenerative disease that is inherited in an X-linked recessive mode with an incidence of approximately 1 in 3,500 live born males worldwide. DMD is characterized by a loss of the protein dystrophin, leading to cell damage, impaired calcium homeostasis, elevated oxidative stress and reduced energy production in muscle cells. This results in progressive muscle weakness and wasting and early morbidity due to respiratory failure. Idebenone is a synthetic short-chain benzoquinone and a cofactor for the enzyme NAD(P)H:quinone oxidoreductase (NQO1) capable of stimulating mitochondrial electron transport and supplementing cellular energy levels.

About Santhera

Santhera Pharmaceuticals (SIX:SANN) is a Swiss specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of innovative pharmaceutical products for the treatment of orphan mitochondrial and neuromuscular diseases. Santhera develops Catena®/Raxone® as treatment for patients with Leber's Hereditary Optic Neuropathy (LHON), Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) and primary progressive Multiple Sclerosis (ppMS), all areas of high unmet medical need with no current therapies. Santhera previously received temporary approval (cATU) for Raxone® in the treatment of LHON in France and has recently submitted a Marketing Authorization Application (MAA) to the European Medicines Agency for the treatment of LHON in the European Union. Santhera recently estimated that the combined annual peak sales potential for Catena®/Raxone® in the LHON and DMD indications could reach CHF 600 million.

For further information, please visit the Company's website

Raxone® and Catena® are trademarks of Santhera Pharmaceuticals.

Disclaimer / Forward-looking statements

This communication does not constitute an offer or invitation to subscribe for or purchase any securities of Santhera Pharmaceuticals Holding AG. This publication may contain certain forward-looking statements concerning the Company and its business. Such statements involve certain risks, uncertainties and other factors which could cause the actual results, financial condition, performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such statements. Readers should therefore not place undue reliance on these statements, particularly not in connection with any contract or investment decision. The Company disclaims any obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

More Stories By Marketwired .

Copyright © 2009 Marketwired. All rights reserved. All the news releases provided by Marketwired are copyrighted. Any forms of copying other than an individual user's personal reference without express written permission is prohibited. Further distribution of these materials is strictly forbidden, including but not limited to, posting, emailing, faxing, archiving in a public database, redistributing via a computer network or in a printed form.

Latest Stories
Countless business models have spawned from the IaaS industry – resell Web hosting, blogs, public cloud, and on and on. With the overwhelming amount of tools available to us, it's sometimes easy to overlook that many of them are just new skins of resources we've had for a long time. In his general session at 17th Cloud Expo, Harold Hannon, Sr. Software Architect at SoftLayer, an IBM Company, broke down what we have to work with, discussed the benefits and pitfalls and how we can best use them ...
In recent years, at least 40% of companies using cloud applications have experienced data loss. One of the best prevention against cloud data loss is backing up your cloud data. In his General Session at 17th Cloud Expo, Sam McIntyre, Partner Enablement Specialist at eFolder, presented how organizations can use eFolder Cloudfinder to automate backups of cloud application data. He also demonstrated how easy it is to search and restore cloud application data using Cloudfinder.
The Internet of Everything is re-shaping technology trends–moving away from “request/response” architecture to an “always-on” Streaming Web where data is in constant motion and secure, reliable communication is an absolute necessity. As more and more THINGS go online, the challenges that developers will need to address will only increase exponentially. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Todd Greene, Founder & CEO of PubNub, exploreed the current state of IoT connectivity and review key trends and t...
Two weeks ago (November 3-5), I attended the Cloud Expo Silicon Valley as a speaker, where I presented on the security and privacy due diligence requirements for cloud solutions. Cloud security is a topical issue for every CIO, CISO, and technology buyer. Decision-makers are always looking for insights on how to mitigate the security risks of implementing and using cloud solutions. Based on the presentation topics covered at the conference, as well as the general discussions heard between sessi...
With all the incredible momentum behind the Internet of Things (IoT) industry, it is easy to forget that not a single CEO wakes up and wonders if “my IoT is broken.” What they wonder is if they are making the right decisions to do all they can to increase revenue, decrease costs, and improve customer experience – effectively the same challenges they have always had in growing their business. The exciting thing about the IoT industry is now these decisions can be better, faster, and smarter. Now ...
The cloud. Like a comic book superhero, there seems to be no problem it can’t fix or cost it can’t slash. Yet making the transition is not always easy and production environments are still largely on premise. Taking some practical and sensible steps to reduce risk can also help provide a basis for a successful cloud transition. A plethora of surveys from the likes of IDG and Gartner show that more than 70 percent of enterprises have deployed at least one or more cloud application or workload. Y...
Discussions of cloud computing have evolved in recent years from a focus on specific types of cloud, to a world of hybrid cloud, and to a world dominated by the APIs that make today's multi-cloud environments and hybrid clouds possible. In this Power Panel at 17th Cloud Expo, moderated by Conference Chair Roger Strukhoff, panelists addressed the importance of customers being able to use the specific technologies they need, through environments and ecosystems that expose their APIs to make true ...
Microservices are a very exciting architectural approach that many organizations are looking to as a way to accelerate innovation. Microservices promise to allow teams to move away from monolithic "ball of mud" systems, but the reality is that, in the vast majority of organizations, different projects and technologies will continue to be developed at different speeds. How to handle the dependencies between these disparate systems with different iteration cycles? Consider the "canoncial problem"...
Too often with compelling new technologies market participants become overly enamored with that attractiveness of the technology and neglect underlying business drivers. This tendency, what some call the “newest shiny object syndrome” is understandable given that virtually all of us are heavily engaged in technology. But it is also mistaken. Without concrete business cases driving its deployment, IoT, like many other technologies before it, will fade into obscurity.
Container technology is shaping the future of DevOps and it’s also changing the way organizations think about application development. With the rise of mobile applications in the enterprise, businesses are abandoning year-long development cycles and embracing technologies that enable rapid development and continuous deployment of apps. In his session at DevOps Summit, Kurt Collins, Developer Evangelist at, examined how Docker has evolved into a highly effective tool for application del...
The Internet of Things is clearly many things: data collection and analytics, wearables, Smart Grids and Smart Cities, the Industrial Internet, and more. Cool platforms like Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Intel's Galileo and Edison, and a diverse world of sensors are making the IoT a great toy box for developers in all these areas. In this Power Panel at @ThingsExpo, moderated by Conference Chair Roger Strukhoff, panelists discussed what things are the most important, which will have the most profound...
As organizations shift towards IT-as-a-service models, the need for managing & protecting data residing across physical, virtual, and now cloud environments grows with it. CommVault can ensure protection & E-Discovery of your data - whether in a private cloud, a Service Provider delivered public cloud, or a hybrid cloud environment – across the heterogeneous enterprise.
PubNub has announced the release of BLOCKS, a set of customizable microservices that give developers a simple way to add code and deploy features for realtime apps.PubNub BLOCKS executes business logic directly on the data streaming through PubNub’s network without splitting it off to an intermediary server controlled by the customer. This revolutionary approach streamlines app development, reduces endpoint-to-endpoint latency, and allows apps to better leverage the enormous scalability of PubNu...
Growth hacking is common for startups to make unheard-of progress in building their business. Career Hacks can help Geek Girls and those who support them (yes, that's you too, Dad!) to excel in this typically male-dominated world. Get ready to learn the facts: Is there a bias against women in the tech / developer communities? Why are women 50% of the workforce, but hold only 24% of the STEM or IT positions? Some beginnings of what to do about it! In her Day 2 Keynote at 17th Cloud Expo, San...
Apps and devices shouldn't stop working when there's limited or no network connectivity. Learn how to bring data stored in a cloud database to the edge of the network (and back again) whenever an Internet connection is available. In his session at 17th Cloud Expo, Ben Perlmutter, a Sales Engineer with IBM Cloudant, demonstrated techniques for replicating cloud databases with devices in order to build offline-first mobile or Internet of Things (IoT) apps that can provide a better, faster user e...