Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:REGN) and Sanofi announced a new post-hoc analysis of six Phase 3 clinical trials showing that approximately three quarters (74 percent) of patients reached their pre-specified LDL cholesterol targets within 8 weeks of adding Praluent® (alirocumab) Injection 75 mg to their standard-of-care, which included statins. In the 26 percent of patients whose dose was increased to 150 mg, most were able to achieve their pre-specified LDL cholesterol target, with an average additional 14 percent reduction in LDL cholesterol. The results from this and other analyses, which evaluated Praluent every two weeks, were presented at the American Heart Association (AHA) Scientific Sessions in Orlando, FL.
“In this analysis of patients who required further improvement of their LDL cholesterol levels, adding Praluent 75 mg to their standard-of-care allowed the majority of patients to achieve their LDL cholesterol goals. For those who required further LDL cholesterol lowering, increasing Praluent to 150 mg provided additional efficacy,” said Harold Bays, M.D., from the Louisville Metabolic & Atherosclerosis Research Center, Kentucky, U.S. “Data such as these provide clinicians practical insight as to how the two Praluent doses may better allow patients to achieve their LDL cholesterol goals.”
These results are based on a pooled post-hoc analysis of 1,291 patients with high cardiovascular (CV) risk or an inherited form of high cholesterol (heterozygous familial hypercholesterolemia, or HeFH) which found 74 percent of patients who added Praluent 75 mg achieved their LDL cholesterol-lowering goals at week 8, and the remaining 26 percent had their dose adjusted to 150 mg at week 12. In other results:
- By week 24, 61 percent of patients who switched to 150 mg achieved their goal, with a mean additional LDL cholesterol reduction of 14 percent.
- Comparable adverse event (AE) rates were observed in patients whose Praluent dose was increased, versus those whose dose was not (66 percent in both arms in placebo-controlled trials; and 55 percent versus 56 percent respectively in ezetimibe-controlled trials).
- About the data: The pooled analysis included results from six Phase 3 ODYSSEY trials where patients added Praluent 75 mg to standard-of-care, and had their dose adjusted at week 12 to 150 mg if they did not reach their LDL cholesterol goals by week 8. Cholesterol goals were either less than 70 mg/dL or less than 100 mg/dL, dependent on CV risk. All patients across the six trials received background statin therapy. In three trials Praluent was compared to placebo (ODYSSEY FH I, FH II, COMBO I), and in three it was compared to ezetimibe (ODYSSEY COMBO II, OPTIONS I, OPTIONS II).
In a separate pooled post-hoc analysis of 3,499 patients, individuals with diabetes (n=1,051) who initially received Praluent 75 mg or 150 mg every two weeks had a mean percent difference in LDL cholesterol of 44 percent and 58 percent, respectively, versus placebo at week 24 (p less than 0.0001). In other results:
- Praluent was generally well tolerated, with the most common adverse events among people with diabetes being nasopharyngitis (11 percent Praluent, 10 percent placebo) and upper respiratory tract infection (8 percent Praluent, 9 percent placebo).
- About the data: The pooled analysis included results from five placebo-controlled trials of individuals with diabetes (1,051), and without diabetes (2,448) with inadequately controlled hypercholesterolemia receiving standard-of-care, which included maximally-tolerated statins. In two of the trials, patients initially received Praluent 150 mg (ODYSSEY LONG TERM, HIGH FH). In three of the trials, patients initially received Praluent 75 mg and had their dose adjusted to 150 mg at week 12 if they required additional lipid-lowering to meet their LDL cholesterol goals (ODYSSEY COMBO I, FH I, FH II).
A third post-hoc analysis of 4,974 patients did not find an increased risk of diabetes-related AEs among those who didn’t have diabetes when they entered the trials, regardless of whether they were taking Praluent or were in a control group (placebo or ezetimibe). There was also no evidence that Praluent affected the incidence of new-onset diabetes or pre-diabetes. The ongoing ODYSSEY OUTCOMES trial will provide further data on the impact of Praluent on glycemic measures.
- About the data: The pooled analysis included results from 10 Phase 3 ODYSSEY trials of patients with inadequately controlled hypercholesterolemia, ranging from 24 to 78 weeks (ODYSSEY LONG TERM, FH I, FH II, HIGH FH, COMBO I, COMBO II, OPTIONS I, OPTIONS II, MONO, ALTERNATIVE). In total, 1,526 (31 percent) had a medical history of diabetes upon entering the trials, 1,969 (40 percent) were identified as having pre-diabetes, and 1,479 (30 percent) did not have diabetes (e.g., had a normal concentration of glucose in the blood). (Original Source)
Shares of Regeneron Pharmaceuticals closed today at $564.86, up $6.34 or 1.14%. REGN has a 1-year high of $605.93 and a 1-year low of $376.54. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $522.03 and its 200-day moving average is $522.99.
On the ratings front, Regeneron has been the subject of a number of recent research reports. In a report issued on November 5, RBC analyst Adnan Butt reiterated a Buy rating on REGN, with a price target of $676, which represents a potential upside of 19.7% from where the stock is currently trading. Separately, on the same day, J.P. Morgan’s Cory Kasimov reiterated a Hold rating on the stock and has a price target of $578.
According to TipRanks.com, which ranks over 7,500 financial analysts and bloggers to gauge the performance of their past recommendations, Adnan Butt and Cory Kasimov have a total average return of -4.1% and 3% respectively. Butt has a success rate of 50.0% and is ranked #3399 out of 3832 analysts, while Kasimov has a success rate of 50.6% and is ranked #1062.
The street is mostly Neutral on REGN stock. Out of 9 analysts who cover the stock, 6 suggest a Hold rating and 3 recommend to Buy the stock. The 12-month average price target assigned to the stock is $592.33, which represents a slight upside potential from current levels.
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc is a fully integrated biopharmaceutical company. It discovers, invents, develops, manufactures, and commercializes medicines for the treatment of serious medical conditions.