-- Phase III PREVENT study met 52-week primary endpoint of ASAS40, showing a 
      sustained response in patients with non-radiographic axial 
      spondyloarthritis (nr-axSpA)[1] 
   -- Novartis plans FDA submission for nr-axSpA, having submitted to EMA 
      previously[1]. This would be the fourth indication for Cosentyx[2],[3] 
   -- PREVENT underlines Cosentyx leadership and is a step forward in providing 
      patients with a treatment that addresses the complete axSpA disease 
   -- There are approximately 1.7 million patients with nr-axSpA in the US and 
   Basel, October 02, 2019 -- Novartis, a leader in rheumatology and 
immuno-dermatology, today announced additional positive data from the 
PREVENT trial, evaluating the efficacy and safety of Cosentyx(R) 
(secukinumab) in patients with non-radiographic axial spondyloarthritis 
(nr-axSpA). The ongoing Phase III trial met its primary endpoint of 
ASAS40 at Week 52, showing a significant and clinically meaningful 
reduction in disease activity for patients treated with Cosentyx versus 
placebo. The trial demonstrated a sustained response and a safety 
profile consistent with previous clinical trials. No new safety signals 
were detected[1],[5-10]. 
   Positive 16-week PREVENT data were announced mid-September and submitted 
to EMA for approval in nr-axSpA[11]. These data add to the five-years of 
clinical data supporting the long-term efficacy and safety of Cosentyx 
across ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis and psoriasis[5-10]. 
   "Non-radiographic axial spondyloarthritis is a chronic debilitating 
disease, which left untreated can have a significant impact on patients' 
quality of life," said Atul Deodhar, MD, professor of medicine and 
medical director of Rheumatology Clinics at Oregon Health & Science 
University, and an investigator in the secukinumab clinical trial 
program. "These positive results indicate a potential new treatment 
option to help patients experience relief from the signs and symptoms of 
their disease." 
   "These data are encouraging for people living with nr-axSpA, where there 
are only limited treatment options available," said John Tsai, M.D., 
Head of Global Drug Development and Chief Medical Officer for Novartis. 
"It's a great example of how we're working to reimagine medicine to help 
patients realize early relief from this disease." 
   Detailed data is planned to be presented at a future scientific 
   About axSpA 
   Axial spondyloarthritis (axSpA) is a spectrum of long-term inflammatory 
disease characterized by chronic inflammatory back pain[12]. The axSpA 
disease spectrum includes ankylosing spondylitis (AS), in which joint 
damage is generally visible on x-ray, and non-radiographic axial 
spondyloarthritis (nr-axSpA), in which joint damage is not visible on 
x-ray[12],[13]. Both parts of the disease spectrum have a similar 
symptom burden, including nocturnal pain, fatigue, morning stiffness and 
functional disability[14]. If left untreated, axSpA could impair 
activity, lead to lost work time and have a significant impact on 
quality of life[14]. 
   About PREVENT 
   PREVENT is an ongoing two-year randomized, double-blind, 
placebo-controlled Phase III study (with a two-year extension phase) to 
investigate the efficacy and safety of Cosentyx, in patients with active 
nr-axSpA. The study enrolled 555 male and female adult patients with 
active nr-axSpA (with onset before 45 years of age, spinal pain rated as 
>=40/100 on a visual analog scale (VAS) and Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis 
Disease Activity Index (BASDAI) >=4) and who had been taking at least 
two different non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) at the 
highest dose up to 4 weeks prior to study start. Patients may have 
previously taken an TNF inhibitor (not more than one) but had had an 
inadequate response. Of the 555 patients enrolled in the study, 501 
(90%) were biologic naive. Patients were allocated to one of three 
treatment groups: Cosentyx 150 mg subcutaneously with loading dose 
(Induction: 150 mg Secukinumab subcutaneously weekly for 4 weeks, then 
maintenance with 150 mg Secukinumab monthly); Cosentyx 150 mg no loading 
dose (150 mg Secukinumab subcutaneously monthly), or placebo (induction 
of subcutaneously weekly for 4 weeks, followed by maintenance of 
   The primary endpoints are the proportion of patients achieving an ASAS40 
response with Cosentyx 150 mg at weeks 16 and 52. Secondary endpoints 
include change in BASDAI over time and change in the Ankylosing 
Spondylitis Disease Activity Score with CRP (ASDAS-CRP)[1]. 
   ASAS40 is achieved when there is a measure of an improvement of at least 
40% and an improvement of at least 10 units on a 0--100 scale in at 
least three of the following domains: Patient global assessment, Pain 
assessment, Function (Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Functional Index 
(BASFI)), and Inflammation (morning stiffness severity and duration) and 
no worsening in the remaining domains[15]. BASDAI assesses a patient's 
disease activity on six measures: fatigue, spinal pain, joint 
pain/swelling, enthesitis, morning stiffness duration and morning 
stiffness severity[15]. 
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