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Centrexion’s pain drug CNTX-4975 yields positive results in phase 2b knee osteoarthritis trial

Published 14 June 2017

Centrexion Therapeutics reported positive 6-month efficacy data from the Phase 2b TRIUMPH trial demonstrating durable response of CNTX-4975 for treatment of chronic pain associated with knee osteoarthritis.

The data are being presented in an invited presentation at the European League Against Rheumatism’s Annual European Congress of Rheumatology (EULAR 2017) in Madrid this week.

The new data show large and statistically significant pain relief continuing through 24 weeks from a single 1 mg injection of CNTX-4975 (p=0.0002), as well as statistically and clinically significant improved knee stiffness and physical function during the trial in patients with moderate to severe knee osteoarthritis pain.

Treatment with CNTX-4975 resulted in large levels of pain reduction compared to baseline and statistical separation from placebo beginning at Week 1. These data represent the largest reductions seen in knee osteoarthritis reported for any drug treatment, marketed or in development. Additionally, safety results continue to show that CNTX-4975 is well tolerated with a safety profile similar to placebo.

“These impressive and robust 6-month data demonstrate the potential of CNTX-4975 to be a long-lasting and efficacious treatment. Not only are we seeing an onset of pain reduction in days, treatment with CNTX-4975 resulted in much larger pain reductions than has been seen with other pain therapeutics in knee osteoarthritis and we are seeing this response endure for six months,” said Randall M. Stevens, M.D., chief medical officer of Centrexion Therapeutics. “Importantly, in the context of treating a chronic condition, we are seeing these exciting efficacy responses with a safety profile that looks like placebo.”

“Chronic pain, particularly knee osteoarthritis, is a growing problem, not only creating a burden on our healthcare system but also having a significant negative impact on lives of people living with pain,” said Philip Mease, M.D., clinical professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, director of the Rheumatology Clinical Research Division of Swedish Medical Center.

“There is an urgent need for new safe and effective treatments without running the risks of abuse and addiction associated with opioid use or damaging side effects seen with other pain treatments. CNTX-4975 has demonstrated remarkable results in a difficult to treat population and shows promise as a new approach for treating knee osteoarthritis pain.”

The dose-ranging 24 week Phase 2b study evaluated the safety and efficacy of a single intra-articular injection (injected into the knee joint) of CNTX-4975 in subjects aged 45-80 years with chronic knee osteoarthritis, who had stable moderate to severe knee pain, radiographic damage from moderate to severe, and had failed or were unable to tolerate existing oral or intra-articular analgesics.

The 175 patients were randomized to receive either a single injection into the knee of CNTX-4975 0.5 mg (n=34), CNTX-4975 1 mg (n=71) or placebo (n=70).

At 12 weeks, the study showed that treatment with a single 1 mg dose of CNTX-4975 resulted in significant and clinically meaningful improvements in primary and secondary outcome measures. The 12 week primary endpoint of the study, pain with walking (WOMAC [Western Ontario and McMaster Universities Arthritis Index] question A1), was met with high statistical significance (p<0.0001).

Significant improvements in pain with walking were observed in subjects who were predominately obese (BMI≥30kg/m2) and had K-L grades 2-4. Additional outcome measures at week 12 were all statistically and clinically significant, including knee joint stiffness and function (assessed by WOMAC B and WOMAC C, respectively), patient global impression of change (PGIC), and responder analysis (the proportion of patients improved by percent from baseline pain).

In order to determine the duration of effect from a single injection of CNTX-4975, patients were then followed under double blind, placebo control from the 12 week timepoint out to 24 weeks. At 24 weeks post injection, patients treated with the 1 mg dose continued to show a large and statistically significant level of pain relief compared to placebo as well improved knee stiffness and physical function.

Safety results showed that the Day 1 injection of CNTX-4975 was generally well tolerated. Adverse events were similar to those seen with placebo and there were no drug-related serious adverse events. Laboratory abnormalities were few and similar between placebo and CNTX-4975.

“With these positive data and the successful End of Phase 2 meetings with the FDA and the European authorities that we had earlier this year, we look forward to advancing the development of CNTX-4975 with the initiation of a Phase 3 trial for the treatment of chronic moderate to severe knee osteoarthritis pain later this year,” said Jeffrey B. Kindler, chief executive officer of Centrexion Therapeutics.

Source: Company Press Release