CHESTERBROOK, Pa., Nov. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Auxilium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: AUXL), a fully integrated specialty biopharmaceutical company, today announced the results of the MULTICORD (Multiple Treatment Investigation of Collagenase Optimizing the Resolution of Dupuytren's) study, an open-label, Phase 3b study (AUX-CC-867) of the treatment of multiple joints injected concurrently. It is the largest interventional clinical study for the treatment of Dupuytren's contracture to date. The study demonstrated that two concurrent injections of XIAFLEX® (collagenase clostridium histolyticum or CCH) in patients with multiple Dupuytren's contractures resulted in comparable improvement in joint contracture and range of motion to those seen in previous studies when XIAFLEX was administered as single injections, 30 days apart. Adverse event (AE) rates were also comparable to single injection administration 30 days apart.
We believe the results of this global, multicenter Phase 3b trial, together with data from the Company's earlier MULTICORD studies (AUX-CC-861 and AUX-CC-864), support the Company's planned supplemental Biologics License Application (sBLA) submission to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the first quarter of 2014 seeking expansion of the labeling for the concurrent treatment of multiple palpable cords.
The MULTICORD study found that concurrent injections of XIAFLEX reduced total fixed flexion contracture (FFC) by an average of 74.4 percent and improved the total range of motion by a combined average 66.6 degrees. Hand functionality as measured by the URAM (Unite Rhumatologique des Affections de la Main) scale, a 9-item validated scale developed to assess functional outcome of patients suffering from Dupuytren's disease, improved an average of 12.3 points. The estimated clinically important change of the URAM scale is 2.9 points.i
The timing of the finger extension procedure was also examined in this study. XIAFLEX injection is currently followed by the finger extension procedure at 24 hours when needed. In MULTICORD, finger extension was performed at 24, 48 or 72 hours. There was no difference in the efficacy or safety profile based upon finger extension times.
"In my opinion, the results of this study are important since it is estimated that 35 to 40 percent of Dupuytren's surgical procedures each year in the U.S. are performed to treat more than one cord at the same time," said F. Thomas D. Kaplan, M.D., of the Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center, Indianapolis, Indiana. "I believe these findings are encouraging as they suggest that XIAFLEX may provide a non-surgical option for treating multiple cords in one office visit."
The most common treatment-related AEs reported in this study were mild or moderate and consistent with those seen in the Phase 3 clinical studies utilizing single injections. The most common were swelling, contusion and pain in extremity. Six treatment related or possibly treatment related serious adverse events (SAEs) were observed among the 715 subjects enrolled, including one tendon rupture, one case of serious allergic reaction / possible anaphylaxis, one case of post procedural hemorrhage, one case of lymphangitis, one case of deep vein thrombosis/pulmonary embolism and one case of post injection malaise, swelling and pain.
About the Study
In this global, multicenter, open label Phase 3b study, 715 patients received two XIAFLEX injections (0.58 mg per injection) into cords of two affected joints in the same hand during one office visit, followed by finger extension approximately 24, 48 or 72 hours later. Efficacy at post-injection day 15, 31 and 61 included: change in FFC and range of motion, patient satisfaction, physician-rated improvement and rates of clinical success. Safety was monitored by recording AEs throughout the study period.
About Dupuytren's Contracture
Dupuytren's disease is a progressive condition affecting the hand, specifically the layer of tissue just under the skin of the palm and fingers. While this layer of tissue normally contains collagen, in patients with Dupuytren's there is an increase in the amount of collagen produced. Abnormal collagen build-up results in nodule and cord formation that worsens over time. Eventually, rope-like collagen cords may form, thicken and shorten, causing the fingers to be drawn in toward the palm. This thickening and shortening of the Dupuytren's cord can reduce the finger's range of motion (how much a person can move or straighten them). Once the Dupuytren's collagen cord can be felt, it is referred to as a "palpable cord." ii,iii
About XIAFLEX (collagenase clostridium histolyticum or CCH)
XIAFLEX (collagenase clostridium histolyticum or CCH) is made up of two enzymes (AUX I and AUX II) that are thought to work together to break down collagen. XIAFLEX is approved in the U.S., EU, Canada and Australia for the treatment of adult Dupuytren's contracture (DC) patients with a palpable cord. A sBLA for XIAFLEX for the treatment of Peyronie's disease (PD) has been submitted to the FDA. Additionally CCH is currently being studied in clinical trials in the following collagen-related conditions, frozen shoulder syndrome (Phase 2), cellulite (Phase 2), and lipoma (Phase 2). XIAFLEX has been granted orphan status in the U.S. by the FDA for DC and PD.
Auxilium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a fully integrated specialty biopharmaceutical company with a focus on developing and marketing products to predominantly specialist audiences. Auxilium markets Testim (testosterone gel) for the topical treatment of hypogonadism in the U.S. and XIAFLEX (collagenase clostridium histolyticum (CCH) for the treatment of adult Dupuytren's contracture patients with a palpable cord in the U.S. Ferring International Center S.A. markets Testim in certain countries of the EU and Paladin Labs Inc. markets Testim in Canada. Swedish Orphan Biovitrium AB has marketing rights for XIAPEX (the EU tradename for CCH) in 71 Eurasian and African countries. Asahi Kasei Pharma Corporation has development and commercial rights for XIAFLEX in Japan and Actelion Pharmaceuticals Ltd has development and commercial rights for XIAFLEX in Canada, Australia, Brazil and Mexico. Auxilium also markets TESTOPEL, a long-acting implantable testosterone replacement therapy, Edex, the leading branded non-oral drug for erectile dysfunction, Striant®, a buccal system for testosterone delivery, Osbon ErecAid®, the leading device for aiding erectile dysfunction, and also has a non-promoted respiratory franchise, including Theo-24® and Semprex®-D, along with three other non-promoted products, in the U.S. Auxilium has exclusive marketing rights in the U.S. and Canada for STENDRA, an oral erectile dysfunction therapy. Auxilium has three projects in clinical development. XIAFLEX is currently under regulatory review by the U.S. FDA for the treatment of Peyronie's disease. CCH is in Phase 2 of development for the treatment of Frozen Shoulder syndrome (adhesive capsulitis) and Phase 2 of development for the treatment of cellulite (edematous fibrosclerotic panniculopathy). Auxilium also has rights to pursue additional indications for XIAFLEX. For additional information, visit http://www.auxilium.com.
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