First dedicated outcome trials of empagliflozin in chronic heart failure initiated

- EMPEROR HF clinical trial program will evaluate the efficacy and safety of empagliflozin in patients with chronic heart failure, including those with and without type 2 diabetes
- Heart failure affects 26 million people worldwide, and 5.7 million people in the U.S., and is associated with high morbidity and mortality
- EMPEROR HF will include approximately 7,000 patients with chronic heart failure across two trials

RIDGEFIELD, CT and INDIANAPOLIS, IN, USA I March 17, 2017 I Boehringer Ingelheim and Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY) today announced that the EMPEROR HF clinical trial program was initiated. EMPEROR HF comprises two phase III outcome studies that will investigate empagliflozin for the treatment of adults with chronic heart failure. The trials will involve not only adults with type 2 diabetes who have heart failure, but also heart failure patients who do not have diabetes.

Heart failure is a condition where the heart cannot pump enough blood around the body, and is associated with high morbidity and mortality. Approximately 26 million people worldwide, and 5.7 million people in the U.S. suffer from heart failure. It is the leading cause of hospitalizations in the United States and Europe, with more than 1 million admissions annually for heart failure as the primary diagnosis. Readmission rates after a hospital stay for heart failure are as high as 30 percent within 60 to 90 days, and approximately 50 percent of patients diagnosed with heart failure will die within five years.

"Heart failure is a global health burden. We need to explore new treatment options, especially for those types of heart failure where treatments are currently limited," said Professor Milton Packer, MD, Baylor Heart and Vascular Institute, Baylor University Medical Center, USA, lead investigator of both trials. "The EMPA-REG OUTCOME® trial demonstrated a significant reduction in the risk of cardiovascular death with empagliflozin in adults with type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. And now these new EMPEROR HF clinical trials will take a dedicated look at the effects of empagliflozin in heart failure patients."

Jardiance® (empagliflozin) is the first type 2 diabetes medicine approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to reduce the risk of cardiovascular death in adults with type 2 diabetes and established cardiovascular disease. EMPA-REG OUTCOME demonstrated that JARDIANCE reduced the risk of cardiovascular death by 38 percent versus placebo in patients with type 2 diabetes and established cardiovascular disease when added to standard of care (including glucose-lowering agents and cardiovascular drugs). As one of the secondary endpoints, the trial also showed a reduction in the risk of hospitalization for heart failure by 35 percent with JARDIANCE in this patient population. These data are not included in the current JARDIANCE label. 

Heart failure can be categorized by ejection fraction, a measurement used to determine how well the heart pumps blood around the body. The EMPEROR HF program consists of two event-driven phase III clinical trials that will investigate empagliflozin for the treatment of adults with chronic heart failure with either preserved ejection fraction or reduced ejection fraction. Both trials will assess the impact of treatment with empagliflozin on cardiovascular death and hospitalization for heart failure as primary endpoints. The two trials will involve approximately 7,000 patients in total and are anticipated to complete in 2020.

"Despite currently available therapies, about half of people who develop heart failure die within 5 years of diagnosis. This highlights a real need for progress in the treatment of this condition," said Prof. Hans-Juergen Woerle, Global Vice President Medicine, Therapeutic Area Metabolism, Boehringer Ingelheim. "Our new studies aim to explore the potential of empagliflozin for patients affected by heart failure. At the same time, these studies mark the first time empagliflozin will be evaluated in people without type 2 diabetes. So we are very excited about the initiation of these two new studies."

JARDIANCE is not for people with type 1 diabetes or people with diabetic ketoacidosis (increased ketones in the blood or urine). 

About the EMPEROR HF Clinical Trial Program

The EMPEROR (EMPagliflozin outcomE tRial in patients with chrOnic heaRt failure) HF clinical trial program will investigate once daily empagliflozin compared with placebo in heart failure patients both with and without type 2 diabetes receiving current standard of care. The program comprises the following two phase III, randomized, double-blind trials which assess heart failure in patients with preserved ejection fraction or patients with reduced ejection fraction*:

  • EMPEROR HF-Preserved [NCT03057951]: will investigate the safety and efficacy of empagliflozin in patients with chronic heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF).
    • Primary endpoint: time to first event of adjudicated cardiovascular death or adjudicated hospitalization for heart failure (HHF) [Time Frame: up to 38 months]
    • Anticipated number of patients: approx. 4,100
    • Estimated completion: 2020
  • EMPEROR HF-Reduced [NCT03057977]: will investigate the safety and efficacy of empagliflozin in patients with chronic heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF).
    • Primary endpoint: time to first event of adjudicated cardiovascular death or adjudicated HHF [Time Frame: up to 38 months]
    • Anticipated number of patients: approx. 2,800
    • Estimated completion: 2020

*Ejection fraction is a measurement of the percentage of blood leaving the heart each time it contracts. During each heartbeat pumping cycle, the heart contracts and relaxes. When the heart contracts, it ejects blood from the two pumping chambers (ventricles). When the heart relaxes, the ventricles refill with blood.

HFpEF occurs when the heart muscle contracts normally but the ventricle muscles are stiff. They do not relax as they should when the ventricle fills with blood, so less blood can enter the heart compared with a normally functioning heart.

HFrEF occurs when the heart muscle does not contract effectively and less blood is pumped out to the body compared with a normally functioning heart.

About Heart Failure
Heart failure is a debilitating and potentially fatal condition that occurs when the heart cannot pump enough blood around the body. Heart failure is a prevalent disease; 26 million people around the world, and 5.7 million people in the U.S. have chronic heart failure. There is a high unmet need in the treatment of heart failure as there remains a significant morbidity and mortality associated with the condition. Heart failure is the leading cause of hospitalization in the United States and Europe, with over 1 million admissions. Readmission rates after a hospital stay for heart failure are as high as 30 percent within 60 to 90 days, and approximately 50 percent of patients diagnosed with heart failure will die within five years. Heart failure is highly prevalent in patients with diabetes; however, approximately half of all heart failure patients do not have diabetes.

What is JARDIANCE? (www.jardiance.com)

JARDIANCE is a prescription medicine used along with diet and exercise to lower blood sugar in adults with type 2 diabetes.

JARDIANCE is also used to reduce the risk of cardiovascular death in adults with type 2 diabetes who have known cardiovascular disease.

JARDIANCE is not for people with type 1 diabetes or for people with diabetic ketoacidosis (increased ketones in the blood or urine).

Boehringer Ingelheim and Eli Lilly and Company
In January 2011, Boehringer Ingelheim and Eli Lilly and Company announced an alliance in diabetes that centers on compounds representing several of the largest diabetes treatment classes. This alliance leverages the strengths of two of the world's leading pharmaceutical companies. By joining forces, the companies demonstrate commitment in the care of patients with diabetes and stand together to focus on patient needs. Find out more about the alliance at www.boehringer-ingelheim.com or www.lilly.com.

About Boehringer Ingelheim
Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc., based in Ridgefield, CT, is the largest U.S. subsidiary of Boehringer Ingelheim Corporation.

Boehringer Ingelheim is one of the world's 20 leading pharmaceutical companies. Headquartered in Ingelheim, Germany, the company operates globally with 145 affiliates and about 50,000 employees. Since its founding in 1885, the family-owned company has been committed to researching, developing, manufacturing and marketing novel treatments for human and veterinary medicine.

Boehringer Ingelheim is committed to improving lives and providing valuable services and support to patients and families. Our employees create and engage in programs that strengthen our communities. To learn more about how we make more health for more people, visit our Corporate Social Responsibility Report.

In 2015, Boehringer Ingelheim achieved net sales of about $15.8 billion (14.8 billion euros). R&D expenditure corresponds to 20.3 percent of its net sales.

For more information please visit www.boehringer-ingelheim.us, or follow us on Twitter @BoehringerUS.  

About Lilly Diabetes
Lilly has been a global leader in diabetes care since 1923, when we introduced the world's first commercial insulin. Today we are building upon this heritage by working to meet the diverse needs of people with diabetes and those who care for them. Through research and collaboration, a wide range of therapies and a continued determination to provide real solutions—from medicines to support programs and more—we strive to make life better for all those affected by diabetes around the world. For more information, visit www.lillydiabetes.com.

About Eli Lilly and Company
Lilly is a global healthcare leader that unites caring with discovery to make life better for people around the world. We were founded more than a century ago by a man committed to creating high-quality medicines that meet real needs, and today we remain true to that mission in all our work. Across the globe, Lilly employees work to discover and bring life-changing medicines to those who need them, improve the understanding and management of disease, and give back to communities through philanthropy and volunteerism. To learn more about Lilly, please visit us at www.lilly.com and www.lilly.com/newsroom/social-channels.

SOURCE: Eli Lilly

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