JERUSALEM, Oct 14, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NASDAQ: TEVA) today announced that more than 30 scientific presentations on the company's multiple sclerosis (MS) portfolio, including the market-leading treatment Copaxone(R) and the late-stage oral therapy laquinimod, will be featured during the 5th Joint Triennial Congress of the European and Americas Committees for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis (ECTRIMS AND ACTRIMS). This year's meeting, recognized as the world's largest annual international conference focused on MS research, will be held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, October 19-22, 2011.
Select data highlights include:
- Late-breaking presentation of data from the BRAVO study, the second global Phase III clinical trial evaluating oral laquinimod for the treatment of MS.
- Additional data from the ALLEGRO study demonstrating the positive impact of laquinimod on disability accumulation and rate of severe relapses, as well as patient-reported outcomes.
- Preclinical research further illuminating the novel neuroprotective mechanism of action (MOA) of laquinimod and its direct effect in the central nervous system (CNS).
- Study results from trials designed to determine the neuroprotective effects of treatment with COPAXONE(R) (glatiramer acetate injection) in two different experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) models.
- Additional preclinical data examining the anti-inflammatory mechanism of COPAXONE(R).
- Data illustrating characteristics of the patient population examined in the Therapy Optimization in Multiple Sclerosis (TOP MS) study, the largest prospective Phase IV study conducted in MS examining self-reported patient outcomes to medication therapy management (MTM) via specialty pharmacy programs. The TOP MS study was designed to evaluate the benefits of adherence to therapy on MS patients' health outcomes.
Select presentation information:
- [P 489] Laquinimod restricts inflammatory gene expression in a human model of reactive astrogliosis (Poster Session: Neuroprotection 1, October 20, 3:30-5:00 p.m. CEST) T. Pham, J. Zhang, J. Seto, L. Hayardeny, G. John (New York, US; Netanya, IL)
- [P 708] Laquinimod's impact on patient-reported fatigue and functional status: results from Allegro, a placebo-controlled phase III trial for relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (Poster Session: MS symptoms 2, October 21, 3:30-5:00 p.m. CEST) D. Jeffery, G. Comi, L. Kappos, X. Montalbán, A. Boyko, M. Filippi on behalf of the Allegro Study Group
- [P 736] Laquinimod reduces demyelination, inflammation, axonal damage and oligodendroglial pathology in the murine cuprizone model (Poster Session: Experimental models 2, October 21, 3:30-5:00 p.m. CEST) C. Wegner, R. Pförtner, W. Brück (Göttingen, DE)
- [P 363] Oral laquinimod reduces MRI markers suggestive of irreversible tissue damage in RRMS: results from Allegro, a placebo-controlled phase III trial (Poster Session: Imaging 1, October 20, 3:30-5:00 p.m. CEST) M. Filippi, M. Rocca, N. De Stefano, D. Jeffery, L. Kappos, X. Montalbán, A. Boyko, G. Comi on behalf of the Allegro Study Group
- [P 934] Oral laquinimod slows disability progression and reduces severe relapses in the placebo-controlled phase III Allegro trial for the treatment of relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (Poster Session: Immunomodulation 2, October 21, 3:30-5:00 p.m. CEST) G. Comi, D. Jeffery, L. Kappos, X. Montalbán, A. Boyko, M. Filippi, the ALLEGRO Study Group
- [P 825] Laquinimod treatment enhances myelination and prevents neurodegeneration in the chronic EAE mouse model of MS (Poster Session: Repairing mechanisms 2, October 21, 3:30-5:00 p.m. CEST) S. Tiwari-Woodruff, R. Patel, S. Moore, M. Sasidhar (Los Angeles, CA, Los Angeles, CA, US)
-  A placebo-controlled and active comparator phase III trial (BRAVO) for relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (Parallel Session 13: Late breaking News, October 22, 8:30-9:30 a.m. CEST) T.L. Vollmer, P. Soelberg Sorensen, D.L. Arnold on behalf of the BRAVO Study Group
- [P 491] Glatiramer acetate treatment protects synaptic transmission in experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis through the modulation of microglia (Poster Session: Neuroprotection 1, October 20, 3:30-5:00 p.m. CEST) S. Rossi, G. Mandolesi, V. De Chiara, V. Studer, C. Motta, A. Gentile, D. Fresegna, A. Musella, D. Centonze (Rome, IT)
- [P 498] Glatiramer acetate augments remyelination and prevents motor neuron loss in mice with experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (Poster Session: Neuroprotection 1, October 20, 3:30-5:00 p.m. CEST) R. Aharoni, R. Eilam, A. Stock, A. Vainshtein, R. From, V. Shinder, R. Arnon (Rehovot, IL)
- [P 214] Therapy characteristics at enrolment in the TOP MS study (Poster Session: Epidemiology 1, October 20, 3:30-5:00 p.m. CEST) C. Markowitz, P. Coyle, H. Zwibel, B. Cohen, M.K. Oleen-Burkey (Philadelphia, Stony Brook, Coral Gables, Chicago, Kansas City, US)
- [P 696] Prevalence and treatment of persistent symptoms at enrolment in the TOP MS study (Poster Session: Epidemiology 2, October 21, 3:30-5:00 p.m. CEST) M.J. Tullman, P. Coyle, H. Zwibel, C. Markowitz, B. Cohen, M. Oleen-Burkey (St. Louis, Stony Brook, Coral Gables, Philadelphia, Chicago, Kansas City, US)
- [P 699] The therapy optimisation in MS study: baseline characteristics (Poster Session: Epidemiology 2, October 21, 3:30-5:00 p.m. CEST) P. Coyle, H. Zwibel, C. Markowitz, B. Cohen, M.K. Oleen-Burkey (Stony Brook, Coral Gables, Philadelphia, Chicago, Kansas City, US)
- [P 707] Relapse history from the TOP MS study (Poster Session: Epidemiology 2, October 21, 3:30-5:00 p.m. CEST) B. Cohen, P. Coyle, H. Zwibel, C. Markowitz, M. Oleen-Burkey (Chicago, Stony Brook, Coral Gables, Philadelphia, Kansas City, US)
COPAXONE(R) is indicated for the reduction of the frequency of relapses in relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis, including patients who have experienced a first clinical episode and have MRI features consistent with multiple sclerosis. The most common side effects of COPAXONE(R) are redness, pain, swelling, itching, or a lump at the site of injection, flushing, rash, shortness of breath, and chest pain. COPAXONE(R) (glatiramer acetate injection) is now approved in more than 50 countries worldwide, including the United States, Russia, Canada, Mexico, Australia, Israel, and all European countries. In North America, COPAXONE(R) is marketed by Teva Neuroscience, Inc., which is a subsidiary of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. In Europe, COPAXONE(R) is marketed by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. and sanofi-aventis. COPAXONE(R) is a registered trademark of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.
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Laquinimod is an oral, once-daily CNS-active immunomodulator with a novel mechanism of action being developed for the treatment of MS. Laquinimod crosses the blood brain barrier to potentially target resident CNS inflammation and neurodegeneration. The global Phase III clinical development program evaluating oral laquinimod in MS consists of two pivotal studies, ALLEGRO and BRAVO. In the ALLEGRO study, laquinimod demonstrated a positive impact on disease activity and disability progression, while maintaining a favorable safety and tolerability profile. In addition to the MS clinical studies, laquinimod is currently in Phase II development for Crohn's disease and Lupus, and is being studied in other autoimmune diseases.
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MS is the leading cause of neurological disability in young adults. It is estimated that more than 400,000 people in the United States are affected by the disease and that two million people may be affected worldwide. Multiple sclerosis is a degenerative disease of the central nervous system in which inflammation and axonal damage and loss result in the development of progressive disability.
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