Bristol-Myers Squibb to Showcase Immunoscience Research and Biomarker-Guided Treatment Approaches at the 2018 American College of Rheumatology and Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals Annual Meeting

Oct 17, 2018

- Growing body of evidence, including real-world studies, points to the clinical significance of anti-citrullinated protein antibody (ACPA) as a biomarker of poor prognosis in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA)

- AVERT-II data provides new insights into treatment with ORENCIA® (abatacept) in patients with newly diagnosed ACPA-positive RA

- Multiple presentations advance understanding of disease burden and the treatment of a wide spectrum of immune-mediated diseases, including psoriasis, Sjögren's syndrome, lupus nephritis and juvenile idiopathic arthritis; other studies evaluate differential treatment response and health economic data for patients with highly active progressive RA

PRINCETON, N.J--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (NYSE:BMY) today announced that 28 abstracts related to ORENCIA® (abatacept) and the Company’s immunoscience pipeline will be presented at the 2018 American College of Rheumatology and Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals (ACR/ARHP) Annual Meeting, October 19-24, 2018, in Chicago.

The abstracts accepted for presentation include clinical and real-world ORENCIA data exploring the impact of anti-citrullinated protein antibody (ACPA) as a biomarker of poor prognosis in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and other autoimmune diseases.

“The breadth and depth of immunoscience data that Bristol-Myers Squibb is presenting at ACR is helping advance scientific understanding of disease pathology and burden in a range of autoimmune diseases, with the potential to inform biomarker-guided treatment decisions,” said Brian Gavin, Ph.D., development lead, Orencia, Bristol-Myers Squibb. “The clinical and real-world data we’re generating suggests that identifying and targeting biomarkers, such as ACPA, could lead to a more personalized treatment approach, particularly among patients with highly active rheumatoid arthritis.”

Among the Bristol-Myers Squibb data to be presented at the 2018 ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting:

  • Real-world outcomes evidence that ACPA status is associated with a differential treatment response to abatacept. The analysis will be featured in a poster presentation on Sunday, October 21, at 9:00 a.m. CST.1
  • AVERT-II data providing new insights into treatment with ORENCIA in patients with newly diagnosed ACPA-positive RA. These data will be presented as a poster on Sunday, October 21, at 9:00 a.m. CST.2
  • Post-hoc analysis from the ALLURE study looking at the impact of treatment on proteinuria and clinical response at three years. These data will be featured in an oral presentation on Sunday, October 21, at 4:30 p.m. CST.3
  • Observational data analysis describing differences seen in patients with RA and Sjögren’s syndrome compared to patients with RA alone, in terms of comorbidities, autoantibody profiles and overall disease burden. Registry data and analysis will be featured in a poster presentation on Sunday, October 21, at 9:00 a.m. CST.4
  • Phase 2 study results of BMS-986165, an oral tyrosine kinase 2 (TYK2) inhibitor, in patients with moderate-to-severe psoriasis (PsO). Skin measures were assessed by Psoriasis Area and Severity Index (PASI) and pain was assessed by ACR pain visual analog scale (VAS). These data will be featured in a poster presentation on Tuesday, October 23, at 9:00 a.m. CST.5
  • Real-world data analysis of the incremental cost associated with ACPA positivity by care pathways. This latent class analysis will be featured in an oral presentation on Wednesday, October 24, at 11:00 a.m. CST.6

The full listing of abstracts sponsored by Bristol-Myers Squibb at the 2018 ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting follows. Complete abstracts can be accessed online here.

     
Abstract Title  

Presentation
Date & Time

Oral Presentations
Abstract 971: A phase III randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study to evaluate the efficacy and safety of abatacept or placebo on standard of care in patients with active class III or IV lupus nephritis   Sunday, October 21, 2018

4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. CST

Abstract 972: An anti-CD28 domain antibody, lulizumab, in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE): results of a phase II study   Sunday, October 21, 2018

4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. CST

Abstract 2914: Examination of psychometric properties of the patient-reported outcomes measurement information system fatigue four-item short form in psoriatic arthritis   Wednesday, October 24, 2018

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. CST

Abstract 2983: The changing faces of rheumatoid arthritis patients at presentation: a 20-year study   Wednesday, October 24, 2018

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. CST

Abstract 2999: Does the incremental cost of ACPA-positive rheumatoid arthritis patients vary by the care pathway they follow?   Wednesday, October 24, 2018

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. CST

Poster Presentations
Abstract 71: Association of shared epitope and poor prognostic factors in RA   Sunday, October 21, 2018

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. CST

Abstract 223: The effect of concomitant diabetes on RA-related outcomes: results from the ACR’s RISE registry   Sunday, October 21, 2018

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. CST

Abstract 265: Disparities in utilization and direct costs of hospitalizations and emergency room visits in SLE: the Georgia Lupus Registry   Sunday, October 21, 2018

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. CST

Abstract 541: Prevalence of Sjögren’s syndrome in patients with RA enrolled in a large observational U.S. registry   Sunday, October 21, 2018

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. CST

Abstract 542: Incidence and prevalence of interstitial lung disease in U.S. population and in patients with rheumatoid arthritis by anti-CCP status   Sunday, October 21, 2018

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. CST

Abstract 544: Does anti-citrullinated protein antibody status modify treatment effect of certain biologic DMARDs?   Sunday, October 21, 2018

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. CST

Abstract 553: Channeling to treatment and associated changes in disease activity over 12 months in patients with RA treated with abatacept versus other DMARDs in real-world community practice settings   Sunday, October 21, 2018

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. CST

Abstract 563: Efficacy and safety of abatacept in combination with methotrexate (MTX) in early, mtx-naïve, anti-citrullinated protein antibody–positive patients with RA: primary and 1-year results from a phase IIIb study   Sunday, October 21, 2018

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. CST

Abstract 1403: Estimates of minimally important differences and patient acceptable symptom state in five patient-reported outcomes measurement information system short-forms among individuals with SLE   Monday, October 22, 2018

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. CST

Abstract 1463: Do anti-citrullinated protein antibodies and anti-Sjögren's-syndrome-related antigen A double-positive patients with secondary Sjögren’s syndrome and RA have higher joint disease activity?   Monday, October 22, 2018

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. CST

Abstract 1488: Identification of joint locations that are poor prognostic in an early seropositive erosive RA cohort   Monday, October 22, 2018

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. CST

Abstract 1588: Risk of cancer in patients with psoriasis/psoriatic arthritis: a population-based study in the province of British Columbia   Monday, October 22, 2018

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. CST

Abstract 2363: Examining workplace supports in the context of RA disease activity   Tuesday, October 23, 2018

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. CST

Abstract 2378: Subcutaneous abatacept in patients aged 2–17 years with juvenile idiopathic arthritis and inadequate response to biologic or non-biologic disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs: results over 24 months by juvenile idiopathic arthritis disease category   Tuesday, October 23, 2018

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. CST

Abstract 2485: Comparison of risk for infection-related hospitalization and associated costs of rheumatoid arthritis patients who receive second-line therapy with abatacept versus other targeted disease modifying antirheumatic drugs   Tuesday, October 23, 2018

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. CST

Abstract 2493: Features of disease severity associated with patient satisfaction with biologic treatment: results from the abatacept best care real-world study   Tuesday, October 23, 2018

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. CST

Abstract 2494: Relationship between specific joint involvement and work/activity impairment in rheumatoid arthritis patients: implications for clinical practice   Tuesday, October 23, 2018

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. CST

Abstract 2500: Association between anti-citrullinated protein antibody status, erosive disease and healthcare resource utilization in patients with RA   Tuesday, October 23, 2018

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. CST

Abstract 2506: The joint disease burden in patients with secondary Sjögren’s syndrome and RA compared with patients with RA only   Tuesday, October 23, 2018

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. CST

Abstract 2507: Healthcare resource utilization in patients with secondary Sjögren’s syndrome associated with RA compared with patients with RA in an insured population   Tuesday, October 23, 2018

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. CST

Abstract 2554: Abatacept without methotrexate in patients with active psoriatic arthritis: a post-hoc analysis of a Phase III, randomized study   Tuesday, October 23, 2018

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. CST

Abstract 2563: Efficacy and safety of a potent and highly selective oral tyrosine kinase 2 inhibitor, BMS-986165, in patients with moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis: a phase II, randomized, placebo-controlled trial   Tuesday, October 23, 2018

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. CST

Abstract 2633: Disease activity, organ damage and patient-reported outcome measures in Swedish patients with recent-onset SLE   Tuesday, October 23, 2018

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. CST

About Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a destructive autoimmune disease characterized by inflammation in the lining of joints (or synovium), causing joint damage with chronic pain, stiffness, and swelling.7,8 RA causes limited range of motion and decreased joint function.7,8 The condition is more common in women than in men, who account for 75% of patients diagnosed with RA.7

About Orencia

ORENCIA® is an immunomodulator that disrupts the continuous cycle of T-cell activation that characterizes RA, thereby inhibiting the production of B-cell derived autoantibodies and proinflammatory cytokines.

U.S. Indications/Usage and Important Safety Information for ORENCIA® (abatacept)

Indication and Usage

Adult Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA): ORENCIA® (abatacept) is indicated for reducing signs and symptoms, inducing major clinical response, inhibiting the progression of structural damage, and improving physical function in adult patients with moderately to severely active RA. ORENCIA may be used as monotherapy or concomitantly with disease-modifying, anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) other than tumor necrosis factor (TNF) antagonists.

Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA): ORENCIA® (abatacept) is indicated for reducing signs and symptoms in patients 2 years of age and older with moderately to severely active polyarticular JIA. ORENCIA may be used as monotherapy or concomitantly with methotrexate (MTX).

Adult Psoriatic Arthritis (PsA): ORENCIA® (abatacept) is indicated for the treatment of adult patients with active PsA.

Important Limitations of Use: ORENCIA® should not be administered concomitantly with TNF antagonists, and is not recommended for use concomitantly with other biologic RA therapy, such as anakinra.

Important Safety Information for ORENCIA ®  (abatacept)

Concomitant Use with TNF Antagonists: Concurrent therapy with ORENCIA and a TNF antagonist is not recommended. In controlled clinical trials, adult RA patients receiving concomitant intravenous ORENCIA and TNF antagonist therapy experienced more infections (63%) and serious infections (4.4%) compared to patients treated with only TNF antagonists (43% and 0.8%, respectively), without an important enhancement of efficacy.

Hypersensitivity: Anaphylaxis or anaphylactoid reactions can occur during or after an infusion and can be life-threatening. There were 2 cases (<0.1%; n=2688) of anaphylaxis or anaphylactoid reactions in clinical trials with adult RA patients treated with intravenous ORENCIA. Other reactions potentially associated with drug hypersensitivity, such as hypotension, urticaria, and dyspnea, each occurred in <0.9% of patients. There was one case of a hypersensitivity reaction with ORENCIA in JIA clinical trials (0.5%; n=190). In postmarketing experience, a case of fatal anaphylaxis following the first infusion of ORENCIA was reported. Appropriate medical support measures for treating hypersensitivity reactions should be available for immediate use. If an anaphylactic or other serious allergic reaction occurs, administration of ORENCIA should be stopped immediately and permanently discontinued, with appropriate therapy instituted.

Infections: Serious infections, including sepsis and pneumonia, have been reported in patients receiving ORENCIA. Some of these infections have been fatal. Many of the serious infections have occurred in patients on concomitant immunosuppressive therapy which, in addition to their underlying disease, could further predispose them to infection. Caution should be exercised in patients with a history of infection or underlying conditions which may predispose them to infections. Treatment with ORENCIA should be discontinued if a patient develops a serious infection. Patients should be screened for tuberculosis and viral hepatitis in accordance with published guidelines, and if positive, treated according to standard medical practice prior to therapy with ORENCIA.

Immunizations: Live vaccines should not be given concurrently with ORENCIA or within 3 months of its discontinuation. The efficacy of vaccination in patients receiving ORENCIA is not known. ORENCIA may blunt the effectiveness of some immunizations. It is recommended that JIA patients be brought up to date with all immunizations in agreement with current immunization guidelines prior to initiating therapy with ORENCIA.

Use in Patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD): Adult COPD patients treated with ORENCIA developed adverse events more frequently than those treated with placebo, including COPD exacerbations, cough, rhonchi, and dyspnea. In adult RA studies, 97% of COPD patients treated with ORENCIA developed adverse reactions versus 88% treated with placebo and respiratory disorders occurred more frequently in patients treated with ORENCIA compared to those on placebo (43% vs 24%, respectively), including COPD exacerbation, cough, rhonchi, and dyspnea. A greater percentage of adult RA patients treated with ORENCIA developed a serious adverse event compared to those on placebo (27% vs 6%), including COPD exacerbation [3 of 37 patients (8%)] and pneumonia [1 of 37 patients (3%)]. Use of ORENCIA in patients with RA and COPD should be undertaken with caution, and such patients monitored for worsening of their respiratory status.

Blood Glucose Testing: ORENCIA for intravenous administration contains maltose, which may result in falsely elevated blood glucose readings on the day of infusion when using blood glucose monitors with test strips utilizing glucose dehydrogenase pyrroloquinoline quinone (GDH-PQQ). Consider using monitors and advising patients to use monitors that do not react with maltose, such as those based on glucose dehydrogenase nicotine adenine dinucleotide (GDH-NAD), glucose oxidase or glucose hexokinase test methods. ORENCIA for subcutaneous (SC) administration does not contain maltose; therefore, patients do not need to alter their glucose monitoring.

Pregnancy: There are no adequate and well-controlled studies of ORENCIA use in pregnant women and the data with ORENCIA use in pregnant women are insufficient to inform on drug-associated risk. A pregnancy registry has been established to monitor pregnancy outcomes in women exposed to ORENCIA during pregnancy. Healthcare professionals are encouraged to register patients by calling 1-877-311-8972.

Lactation: There is no information regarding the presence of abatacept in human milk, the effects on the breastfed infant, or the effects on milk production. However, abatacept was present in the milk of lactating rats dosed with abatacept.

Most Serious Adverse Reactions: Serious infections (3% ORENCIA vs 1.9% placebo) and malignancies (1.3% ORENCIA vs 1.1% placebo).

Malignancies: The overall frequency of malignancies was similar between adult RA patients treated with ORENCIA or placebo. However, more cases of lung cancer were observed in RA patients treated with ORENCIA (0.2%) than those on placebo (0%). A higher rate of lymphoma was seen compared to the general population; however, patients with RA, particularly those with highly active disease, are at a higher risk for the development of lymphoma. The potential role of ORENCIA in the development of malignancies in humans is unknown.

Most Frequent Adverse Events (≥10%): Headache, upper respiratory tract infection, nasopharyngitis, and nausea were the most commonly reported adverse events in the adult RA clinical studies. Other events reported in ≥5% of JIA patients were diarrhea, cough, pyrexia, and abdominal pain. In general, the adverse events in JIA and adult PsA patients were similar in frequency and type to those seen in adult RA patients.

Note concerning ORENCIA administration options: Intravenous dosing has not been studied in patients younger than 6 years of age. The safety and efficacy of ORENCIA ClickJect™ Autoinjector for subcutaneous injection has not been studied in patients under 18 years of age.

Please see Full Prescribing Information at http://packageinserts.bms.com/pi/pi_orencia.pdf.

ORENCIA® (abatacept) is a registered trademark of Bristol-Myers Squibb Company.

About Bristol-Myers Squibb Immunoscience

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