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AstraZeneca to discontinue trial for heart disease drug Epanova

Published on 13/01/20 at 09:36am

AstraZeneca expects a $100 million writedown for its heart disease drug Epanova, as it discontinues its late stage trial.

This trial was examining Epanova’s benefit to patients when mixed with dyslipidaemia. The Phase 3 STRENGTH trial was recommended to close by the Data Monitoring Committee.

STRENGTH is a large, global CV outcomes trial designed to evaluate the safety and efficacy of Epanova compared to placebo.

Mene Pangalos, Executive Vice President at BioPharmaceuticals R&D, said: “It was important to assess the potential benefit of Epanova in mixed dyslipidaemia. We are disappointed by these results, but we remain committed to addressing the needs of patients in the cardiovascular space where we have an extensive pipeline.”

Steven E. Nissen, Study Chair for the STRENGTH trial, said: “The academic leadership of the STRENGTH trial is obviously disappointed in this result, but we are very proud to have had the opportunity to answer this important scientific question.”

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Conor Kavanagh

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