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Novartis announces data in Neurology reinforcing the real-world and long-term effectiveness and safety of Aimovig as a preventive treatment across the full spectrum of migraine.

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Last updated:24th Sep 2021
Published:17th Apr 2020
Novartis announced that clinical data for Aimovig (erenumab) was reported in Neurology . The data strengthens the role Aimovig as a preventive migraine treatment and confirms its real-world and long-term safety and efficacy benefit in patients with episodic and chronic migraine. The data were scheduled to be presented at the 2020 American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting in Toronto on April 25-May 1, which was cancelled due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. Migraine is a highly debilitating disease that has a profound and limiting impact on peoples' lives, including time spent with family and friends, or at work. Aimovig, co-marketed in the US by Amgen and Novartis, is the first and only FDA-approved migraine preventive treatment that targets the calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) receptor. It is self-administered once monthly via the SureClick autoinjector, does not require a loading dose and is easy to use. Real-world Data : Interim exploratory results from the real-world TELESCOPE study , conducted with 109 patients in Germany, showed that 80% of patients taking Aimovig reported a reduction of migraine intensity and 92% had fewer attacks, with an average reduction of 8 monthly migraine days (MMD). Furthermore, interim results from the real-world PERISCOPE study in 19,74 0 migraine patients including 91 patients taking Aimovig with an overall mean disease duration of 18 years, also conducted in Germany, showed that 85% of patients taking Aimovig could cope better with daily activities. Importantly, 83% lost fewer days to migraine since starting the treatment. Long-term Data in Episodic and Chronic Migraine : Results from a 4.5-year interim analysis of the open-label treatment phase of the Phase II clinical trial in patients with episodic migraine showed that long-term treatment with Aimovig resulted in sustained reductions in MMD. Patients with episodic migraine who switched from 70 mg to 140 mg and remained on 140 mg at greater than 4 years, had an average of 5.8 fewer MMD compared with study baseline (8.7 MMD). In a separate subanalysis of patients with chronic migraine and acute medication overuse (AMO) (NCT02066415), long-term treatment with 70 mg and 140 mg Aimovig reduced MMD by 8.9 days and 10 days, respectively, and by 8.2 and 10.8 days in non-AMO patients. These results further support the use of Aimovig for migraine prevention across the migraine spectrum. Final results are expected to be presented at a medical meeting later this year. Data on Migraine Days and Acute Medication Use : Results from a post-hoc analysis of 428 patients with episodic (STRIVE, NCT02456740) and 457 patients with chronic migraine (NCT02066415) using acute migraine specific medications (AMSM) showed that preventive treatment with Aimovig plus AMSM as needed significantly reduced MMD, AMSM use and disability compared with AMSMs alone./p; p Further research using real-word data from pharmacy and medical claims databases reinforced the potential benefits of Aimovig over AMSMs. In this retrospective cohort study using data from 43 of 185 patients, more than one-third of those who initiated Aimovig discontinued AMSMs and more than 80% reduced the amount (units) of AMSM used. Further research using real-word data from pharmacy and medical claims databases reinforced the potential benefits of Aimovig over AMSMs. In this retrospective cohort study using data from 43 of 185 patients, more than one-third of those who initiated Aimovig discontinued AMSMs and more than 80% reduced the amount (units) of AMSM used.
Condition: Migraine/Headache
Type: drug

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