Jun 11, 2019
WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J., June 11, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Eisai Inc. today announced new long-term safety and pooled analyses from the Phase 3 clinical development program for lemborexant, an investigational agent for sleep-wake regulation, currently being studied for the treatment of insomnia, a sleep-wake disorder, and irregular sleep-wake rhythm disorder (ISWRD). These analyses of lemborexant assessed its efficacy on key insomnia measures, improvement in patient daytime function and long-term safety. Additionally, sleep architecture data were presented from the Phase 3 SUNRISE 1 study. The findings were presented at the 33rd annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies (SLEEP 2019) in San Antonio.
"The Phase 3 pooled analyses provide new insights into lemborexant's impact on insomnia severity and several other important sleep measures, including sleep onset, sleep maintenance, and next-day functioning. As insomnia is a chronic condition, the long-term safety data are important for both potential patients and health care professionals," said Russell Rosenberg, PhD, D.ABSM, a principal investigator in the lemborexant studies and former Chairman of the Board of the National Sleep Foundation. "Many patients battle sleepless nights and can struggle to function the next day. These new findings presented at SLEEP 2019 provide further support for the potential role of lemborexant as a treatment option for the millions of people in the U.S. suffering from insomnia."
Earlier this year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration accepted for review the New Drug Application for lemborexant for the treatment of insomnia. A target Prescription Drug User Fee Act date is set for December 27, 2019.
"Treatment of insomnia can be challenging as it should address not only sleep onset and maintenance, but also the patient's ability to wake ready the next day," said Lynn Kramer, MD, Chief Clinical Officer and Chief Medical Officer, Neurology Business Group, Eisai. "Patients who participated in our pivotal Phase 3 studies and were treated with lemborexant experienced a reduction in Insomnia Severity Index scores, which include measures of daytime functioning."
Key safety and efficacy data presented at SLEEP 2019 are from SUNRISE 1 (Study 304), a one-month study in adults 55 and over, SUNRISE 2 (Study 303), a long-term study in adults 18 and over, and pooled analyses from the two Phase 3 clinical studies. Some of these data were derived from post hoc and exploratory analyses. Multiplicity adjustments were not applied, and these results should be interpreted appropriately.
Lemborexant Treatment for Insomnia: Six-month Safety (Poster 102/Abstract 0367)
This analysis presents safety results from the first six-month placebo-controlled period of the 12-month Phase 3 study, SUNRISE 2, which included 947 patients (lemborexant 5 mg, n=314, lemborexant 10 mg, n=314, placebo, n=319).
The majority of treatment-emergent adverse events (TEAEs) reported were mild or moderate. Serious TEAEs were observed in a small proportion of patients (2.2% with lemborexant 5 mg, 2.9% with lemborexant 10 mg, 1.6% with placebo). Treatment-related TEAEs were reported in a higher proportion of lemborexant 5 mg and 10 mg subjects compared to placebo (24.8%, 29.0%, 13.8%), with the most common treatment-related TEAE being somnolence. Overall, the incidence of TEAEs leading to discontinuation of the study drug was higher in the lemborexant 10 mg (8.3%) group vs. the lemborexant 5 mg (4.1%) and placebo (3.8%).
Lemborexant Treatment for Insomnia in Phase 3: Impact on Disease Severity (Poster 108/Abstract 0371)
In this post hoc pooled analysis of the Phase 3 SUNRISE 1 (Study 304) and SUNRISE 2 (Study 303) studies, which included a total of 1,693 patients (lemborexant 5 mg, n=582; lemborexant 10 mg, n=584; placebo, n=527), Insomnia Severity Index (ISI) total scores decreased compared to baseline after one month of nightly use as measured by least squares mean (LSM) (-7.2 for lemborexant 5 mg, -7.5 for lemborexant 10 mg, – 5.5 for placebo). Approximately one-third of those taking lemborexant experienced declines in the ISI total score < 10, the clinical threshold for insomnia, at the end of one month (33.0% for lemborexant 5 mg, 33.4% for lemborexant 10 mg, 20.3% for placebo). The proportion of patients with a decrease in ISI total score of ≥ 7 at the end of one month of treatment was greater with both doses of lemborexant compared with placebo (47.3% for lemborexant 5 mg, 47.8% for lemborexant 10 mg, 33.6% for placebo).
Decrease from baseline in ISI items 4-7 (ISI daytime functioning score) was evaluated to assess the change in insomnia symptoms of daytime functioning.
Efficacy and Tolerability of Lemborexant in Female and Male Subjects With Insomnia (Poster 105/Abstract 0368)
To determine the response of males and females to lemborexant treatment, post hoc analysis of pooled Phase 3 data was performed to assess change from baseline in patient-reported sleep diary parameters. Efficacy analyses included 402 (23.7%) male and 1,291 (76.3%) female patients, and safety analyses included 404 (25.0%) male and 1,286 (75.0%) female patients.
Patient-Reported Sleep Onset and Sleep Maintenance: Pooled Analyses of Lemborexant Phase 3 Studies (Poster 107/Abstract 0370)
In this post hoc pooled analysis of one-month data from the Phase 3 SUNRISE 1 and SUNRISE 2 studies, changes from baseline with lemborexant treatment were larger than those with placebo on subjective measures of sleep onset and sleep maintenance in adults and elderly patients with insomnia disorder. Average values on sleep maintenance endpoints showed that patients taking lemborexant obtained more than one hour of additional sleep per night.
A total of 1,693 patients were included in the efficacy analysis (lemborexant 5 mg, n=582, lemborexant 10 mg, n=584, placebo, n=527), and 1,690 patients in the safety analysis (lemborexant 5 mg, n=580, lemborexant 10 mg, n=582, placebo, n=528).
Median reductions from baseline in subjective sleep onset latency (sSOL) were larger for lemborexant 5 mg and 10 mg compared to placebo during the first seven days of treatment (-12.9 for lemborexant 5 mg, -13.6 for lemborexant 10 mg, -2.9 for placebo) and at the end of month one of treatment (-16.1 for lemborexant 5 mg, -17.9 for lemborexant 10 mg, -5.2 for placebo).
Median reductions from baseline in subjective wake after sleep onset (sWASO) were larger for lemborexant 5 mg and 10 mg compared to placebo during the first seven days of treatment (-29 for lemborexant 5 mg, -37.9 for lemborexant 10 mg, -14.7 for placebo) and at the end of month one of treatment (-33.1 for lemborexant 5 mg, -41.3 for lemborexant 10 mg, -25.8 for placebo).
Mean increases from baseline in subjective sleep efficiency (sSE) were greater for lemborexant 5 mg and 10 mg compared to placebo after the first seven days of treatment (8.4 for lemborexant 5 mg, 10.9 for lemborexant 10 mg, 4.3 for placebo) and at the end of month one of treatment (10.2 for lemborexant 5 mg, 12.8 for lemborexant 10 mg, 7.0 for placebo).
The majority of TEAEs were mild or moderate in severity. The overall incidence of TEAEs was 8.4% for lemborexant 5 mg, 10.9% for lemborexant 10 mg and 4.3% for placebo. The incidence of serious TEAEs was 10.2% for lemborexant 5 mg, 12.8% for lemborexant 10 mg and 7.0% for placebo. The most frequent TEAEs across treatment groups were somnolence and headache.
Effect of Lemborexant on Sleep Architecture in Older Adults With Insomnia Disorder (Poster 106/Abstract 0369)
In this exploratory analysis of adults age 55 and older with insomnia disorder from the Phase 3 SUNRISE 1 study, treatment with both doses of lemborexant assessed change from baseline in total sleep time compared to placebo and zolpidem ER after one month of treatment. SUNRISE 1 included the first ever Phase 3 head-to-head comparison versus zolpidem ER.
Information about completed and ongoing lemborexant clinical studies is available at clinicaltrials.gov.
This release discusses investigational uses of an agent in development and is not intended to convey conclusions about efficacy or safety. There is no guarantee that such investigational agent will successfully complete clinical development or gain health authority approval.
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1 Eisai Inc. A multicenter, randomized, double-blind, placebo-conrolled, active comparator, parallel-group study of the efficacy and safety of lemborexant in subjects 55 years and older with insomnia disorder. (E2006-G000-304). (Clinicaltrials.gov Identifier NCT02783729). 2018. Unpublished data on file.
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