Pfizer Inc. announced two additional Phase 3 bococizumab trials, SPIRE-HR (HighRisk) and SPIRE-FH (Familial Hypercholesterolemia), met their primary endpoint, demonstrating a significant reduction in the percent change from baseline in low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) at 12 weeks compared to placebo among adults at high and very high risk for cardiovascular events who were receiving a maximally tolerated dose of a highly effective statin.
SPIRE-HR and SPIRE-FH are the third and fourth of six SPIRE lipid-lowering Phase 3 studies to complete and show positive results. The two remaining SPIRE lipid-lowering studies are anticipated to complete later in 2016. Both SPIRE-HR and SPIRE-FH continued for 52 weeks to assess the longer-term efficacy and safety of bococizumab, an investigational Proprotein Convertase Subtilisin Kexin type 9 inhibitor (PCSK9i), in patients at high and very high risk for cardiovascular events.
“These positive results add to the growing body of scientific evidence in support of bococizumab for lowering LDL-cholesterol in patients at high risk for cardiovascular events,” said James M. Rusnak, MD, PhD, Chief Development Officer, Cardiovascular & Metabolic Disease, Pfizer Global Product Development. “The high burden of cardiovascular disease suggests that more treatment options are needed to help lower cholesterol and reduce cardiovascular risk in these patients. Our goal with the extensive SPIRE clinical program is to evaluate whether bococizumab not only reduces cholesterol, but also reduces the risk of cardiovascular events in a broad range of high-risk patients, including those without a history of heart disease.”