BEDMINSTER, N.J. and DUBLIN, Ireland, April 23, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Amarin Corporation plc (Nasdaq:AMRN), a biopharmaceutical company focused on the commercialization and development of therapeutics to improve cardiovascular health, announced today that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has accepted its Supplemental New Drug Application (sNDA) seeking approval for the marketing and sale of Vascepa(R) (icosapent ethyl) capsules for use as an adjunct to diet in the treatment of adult patients with high triglycerides (TG ≥200 mg/dL and < 500 mg/dL) with mixed dyslipidemia. The acceptance of the sNDA indicates that the application is sufficiently complete
to permit a substantive review. The application will be subject to a standard review and has been assigned a Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) date of December 20, 2013. The PDUFA date is the target date for the FDA to complete its review of the sNDA.
"We are very pleased that the FDA has accepted our sNDA submission for the ANCHOR indication, which supports the potential expansion of the Vascepa patient population to include adult patients on statin therapy with triglyceride levels ranging from 200 to 499 mg/dL and mixed dyslipidemia. We estimate that one in five, or nearly 40 million, U.S. adults have triglyceride levels ranging from 200 to 499 mg/dL," stated Joseph S. Zakrzewski, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Amarin. "The ANCHOR study showed that Vascepa is unique in that it significantly lowered both triglycerides and LDL-cholesterol on top of optimized statin therapy and exhibited a safety and tolerability profile similar to placebo, unlike the clinical results of other triglyceride-lowering therapies. If approved for the ANCHOR indication, Vascepa will be the only approved prescription
omega 3 therapy for cardiovascular health management in this patient population (TG ≥200 mg/dL and < 500 mg/dL with mixed dyslipidemia) and will represent the next generation of lipid management for potentially millions of patients."
About Vascepa® (icosapent ethyl) capsules
Vascepa® (icosapent ethyl) capsules, known in scientific literature as AMR101, is a patented, pure-EPA omega-3 prescription product in a 1 gram capsule.
Indications and Usage
Vascepa (icosapent ethyl) is indicated as an adjunct to diet to reduce triglyceride (TG) levels in adult patients with severe (≥500 mg/dL) hypertriglyceridemia.
The effect of Vascepa on the risk for pancreatitis and cardiovascular mortality and morbidity in patients with severe hypertriglyceridemia has not been determined.
Important Safety Information for Vascepa
Vascepa is contraindicated in patients with known hypersensitivity (e.g., anaphylactic reaction) to Vascepa or any of its components and should be used with caution in patients with known hypersensitivity to fish and/or shellfish.
The most common reported adverse reaction (incidence > 2% and greater than placebo) was arthralgia (2.3% for Vascepa, 1.0% for placebo).
FULL VASCEPA PRESCRIBING INFORMATION CAN BE FOUND AT WWW.VASCEPA.COM
Amarin Corporation plc is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the commercialization and development of therapeutics to improve cardiovascular health. Amarin's product development program leverages its extensive experience in lipid science and the potential therapeutic benefits of polyunsaturated fatty acids. Vascepa(R) (icosapent ethyl), Amarin's first FDA approved product, is a patented, ultra pure omega-3 fatty acid product comprising not less than 96% EPA. For more information about Vascepa visit
www.vascepa.com. For more information about Amarin visit www.amarincorp.com.
This press release contains forward-looking statements, including statements about regulatory submissions and the timing and potential for FDA review and approval of such submissions, the efficacy and safety of Amarin's product candidates and market opportunities for Vascepa and the clinical importance of Vascepa. These forward-looking statements are not promises or guarantees and involve substantial risks and uncertainties. Among the factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described or projected herein include the following: uncertainties associated generally with research and development, clinical trials and related regulatory reviews and approvals. A further list and description of these risks, uncertainties and other risks associated with an investment in Amarin can be found in Amarin's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including its most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K. Existing and prospective investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. Amarin undertakes no obligation to update or revise the information contained in this press release, whether as a result of new information, future events or circumstances or otherwise.
Vascepa has been approved for use by the FDA as an adjunct to diet to lower triglyceride levels in adult patients with severe (≥500 mg/dL) hypertriglyceridemia. Vascepa is under various stages of development for potential use in other indications that have not been approved by the FDA. Nothing in this press release should be construed as marketing the use of Vascepa in any indication that has not been approved by the FDA.
CONTACT: Amarin contact information:
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In U.S.: +1 (908) 719-1315
Source: Amarin Corporation plc
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