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Late-Breaking Results from XARELTO® (rivaroxaban) EINSTEIN CHOICE and GEMINI-ACS-1 Studies Among Research Accepted for Presentation at the American College of Cardiology 66th Annual Scientific Session
  • Phase 3 EINSTEIN CHOICE evaluated the efficacy and safety of continued use of XARELTO® (rivaroxaban) compared to aspirin for the secondary prevention of venous thromboembolism
  • Phase 2 GEMINI-ACS-1 investigated the safety of XARELTO® compared to aspirin when used in combination with a P2Y12 inhibitor for the secondary prevention of cardiovascular events in people with acute coronary syndrome


TITUSVILLE, NJ (March 6, 2017) – Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Janssen) today announced that the company and its development partner Bayer will present important new research for XARELTO® (rivaroxaban), at the American College of Cardiology 66th Annual Scientific Session (ACC.17) in Washington, DC, March 17-19, 2017. Most notably, results of the Phase 3 EINSTEIN CHOICE study in venous thromboembolism (VTE) and Phase 2 GEMINI-ACS-1 study in acute coronary syndrome (ACS), both of which are part of the industry-leading EXPLORER clinical research program for XARELTO®, will be presented as Late-Breaking Clinical Trials.

EINSTEIN CHOICE is the first Phase 3 randomized study to evaluate the efficacy and safety of XARELTO®, a non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulant (NOAC), compared to aspirin for extended secondary prevention of VTE in people who have experienced an initial VTE and have previously received up to 12 months of treatment. VTE includes deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE) and affects more than 900,000 Americans each year, with one-third of these occurrences being fatal.[1] Once a person experiences a VTE, they are at increased risk of a blood clot occurring again.

GEMINI-ACS-1 is a Phase 2 trial that evaluated the safety of XARELTO® compared to aspirin when added to a P2Y12 inhibitor (clopidogrel or ticagrelor) for the secondary prevention of cardiovascular events in people with ACS. ACS is a term used to describe a range of conditions in which blood flow to the heart is suddenly reduced, like heart attack and unstable angina. In the United States, an ACS occurs every 25 seconds, with a death from ACS occurring every minute.[2] Approximately 1.14 million Americans are discharged from the hospital each year with either a primary or secondary diagnosis of ACS.[3] "With cardiovascular diseases on the rise and nearly 44 percent of Americans predicted to have some form by 2030,3 Janssen remains deeply committed to reducing the burden of these conditions and helping to improve the lives of these patients," said Paul Burton, MD, PhD, FACC, Vice President, Medical Affairs, Janssen. "We are thrilled to have such a prominent presence at ACC.17 and look forward to sharing the latest clinical research from our EXPLORER program, which examines potential new ways XARELTO® can address areas of critical unmet medical need."

Following is a full list of company-sponsored abstracts to be presented at ACC.17:

Abstract No.
Title
Date/Time/Location
XARELTO®: Venous Protection
404-08
Rivaroxaban or Aspirin for Extended Treatment of Venous Thromboembolism (EINSTEIN CHOICE)
Late-Breaking Clinical Trial
Saturday, March 18
8:00 - 8:10 a.m. ET
Hall D (Main Tent)
904-04
A Benefit-Risk Analysis of Recurrent Venous Thromboembolism in Patients Who Continued Versus Discontinued Rivaroxaban Therapy After an Initial Six-Month Therapy
Oral Presentation
Saturday, March 18
8:12 - 8:22 a.m. ET
Room 147 B
XARELTO®: Vascular Protection
404-10
A Randomized Trial Evaluating Clinically Significant Bleeding With Low-Dose Rivaroxaban Versus Aspirin, in Addition to P2Y12 Inhibition, for Patients After Acute Coronary Syndromes (GEMINI-ACS-1)
Late-Breaking Clinical Trial
Saturday, March 18
8:15 - 8:25 a.m. ET
Hall D (Main Tent)
1123-283 / 283
Incremental Risk of Ischemic Stroke Over Time in Newly Diagnosed Heart Failure Patients Without Atrial Fibrillation
Poster Presentation
Friday, March 17
10:00 - 10:45 a.m. ET
Poster Hall, Hall C
1287-194 / 194
Impact of Comorbid Coronary Artery Disease and Severe Peripheral Artery Disease on Major Adverse Cardiovascular Events
Poster Presentation
Sunday, March 19
9:45 - 10:30 a.m. ET
Poster Hall, Hall C
XARELTO®: Stroke Prevention
1110-097 / 097
Rates of Oral Anticoagulant Use, While Improving Over Time, Remain Low Among Hospitalized Patients With Atrial Fibrillation
Poster Presentation
Friday, March 17
10:00 - 10:45 a.m. ET
Poster Hall, Hall C
1189-084 / 084
Real-World Versus Randomized Trial Outcomes in Similar Populations of Rivaroxaban-Treated Patients With Non-Valvular Atrial Fibrillation in ROCKET AF and XANTUS
Poster Presentation
Saturday, March 18
9:45 - 10:30 a.m. ET
Poster Hall, Hall C
1190-106 / 106
Effectiveness and Safety of Apixaban and Rivaroxaban Versus Warfarin for the Secondary Prevention of Stroke or Systemic Embolism Among Non-Valvular Atrial Fibrillation Patients
Poster Presentation
Saturday, March 18
9:45 - 10:30 a.m. ET
Poster Hall, Hall C
1189-093 / 093
Thrombolytic Therapy in Anticoagulated Patients: Case Series From Rivaroxaban Versus Warfarin in Non-Valvular Atrial Fibrillation (ROCKET AF)
Poster Presentation
Saturday, March 18
9:45 - 10:30 a.m. ET
Poster Hall, Hall C
XARELTO®: Discontinuation
1252-306 / 306
Rivaroxaban Users Have Significantly Less Treatment Discontinuation Compared With Users of Other Oral Anticoagulants in Non-Valvular Atrial Fibrillation
Poster Presentation
Saturday, March 18
3:45 - 4:30 p.m. ET
Poster Hall, Hall C
Independent Studies/Registries
1110-098 / 098
Treatment and Outcomes of Patients With Non-Valvular Atrial Fibrillation According to Guideline-Defined Anticoagulation Thresholds: Results From the GARFIELD-AF Registry
Poster Presentation
Friday, March 17
10:00 - 10:45 a.m. ET
Poster Hall, Hall C
1130-447 / 447
Designing Tailored Health Messaging to Enhance Patient-Centered Care in Non-Valvular Atrial Fibrillation
Poster Presentation
Friday, March 17
10:00 - 10:45 a.m. ET
Poster Hall, Hall C
1134M-11
Early Mortality in Patients With New Onset Atrial Fibrillation: Results From the GARFIELD-AF Registry
Moderated Poster Presentation
Friday, March 17
11:00 - 11:10 a.m. ET
Arrhythmias and Clinical EP Moderated Poster Theater, Poster Hall, Hall C
1223M-05
The Prescribing of Antiplatelet Therapy Only in Patients With Non-Valvular Atrial Fibrillation: Results From the GARFIELD-AF Registry
Moderated Poster Presentation
Saturday, March 18
12:45 - 12:55 p.m. ET
Arrhythmias and Clinical EP Moderated Poster Theater, Poster Hall, Hall C
1280-097 / 097
Nuisance Bleeding in Anticoagulated Patients With Atrial Fibrillation: Insights From the Outcomes Registry for Better Informed Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation (ORBIT-AF)
Poster Presentation
Sunday, March 19
9:45 - 10:30 a.m. ET
Poster Hall, Hall C
1190-096 / 096
Does Frailty Alter the Benefits of Oral Anticoagulation in Patients With Atrial Fibrillation?
Poster Presentation
Saturday, March 18
9:45 - 10:30 a.m. ET
Poster Hall, Hall C


WHAT IS XARELTO®?

XARELTO® is a prescription medicine used to reduce the risk of stroke and blood clots in people with atrial fibrillation, not caused by a heart valve problem. For patients currently well managed on warfarin, there is limited information on how XARELTO® and warfarin compare in reducing the risk of stroke.

XARELTO® is also a prescription medicine used to treat deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism, and to help reduce the risk of these conditions occurring again.

XARELTO® is also a prescription medicine used to reduce the risk of forming a blood clot in the legs and lungs of people who have just had knee or hip replacement surgery.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT INFORMATION I SHOULD KNOW ABOUT XARELTO®?

For people taking XARELTO® for atrial fibrillation:

People with atrial fibrillation (an irregular heart beat) are at an increased risk of forming a blood clot in the heart, which can travel to the brain, causing a stroke, or to other parts of the body. XARELTO® lowers your chance of having a stroke by helping to prevent clots from forming. If you stop taking XARELTO®, you may have increased risk of forming a clot in your blood.

Do not stop taking XARELTO® without talking to the doctor who prescribes it for you. Stopping XARELTO® increases your risk of having a stroke.

If you have to stop taking XARELTO®, your doctor may prescribe another blood thinner medicine to prevent a blood clot from forming.

XARELTO® can cause bleeding, which can be serious, and rarely may lead to death. This is because XARELTO® is a blood thinner medicine that reduces blood clotting. While you take XARELTO® you are likely to bruise more easily and it may take longer for bleeding to stop.

You may have a higher risk of bleeding if you take XARELTO® and take other medicines that increase your risk of bleeding, including:

• Aspirin or aspirin-containing products
• Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
• Warfarin sodium (Coumadin®, Jantoven®)
• Any medicine that contains heparin
• Clopidogrel (Plavix®)
• Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) or serotonin norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs)
• Other medicines to prevent or treat blood clots


Tell your doctor if you take any of these medicines. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure if your medicine is one listed above.


Call your doctor or get medical help right away if you develop any of these signs or symptoms of bleeding:
• Unexpected bleeding or bleeding that lasts a long time, such as:
o Nosebleeds that happen often
o Unusual bleeding from gums
o Menstrual bleeding that is heavier than normal, or vaginal bleeding
• Bleeding that is severe or that you cannot control
• Red, pink, or brown urine
· Bright red or black stools (looks like tar)
• Cough up blood or blood clots
· Vomit blood or your vomit looks like “coffee grounds”
• Headaches, feeling dizzy or weak
• Pain, swelling, or new drainage at wound sites

Spinal or epidural blood clots (hematoma): People who take a blood thinner medicine (anticoagulant) like XARELTO®, and have medicine injected into their spinal and epidural area, or have a spinal puncture, have a risk of forming a blood clot that can cause long-term or permanent loss of the ability to move (paralysis). Your risk of developing a spinal or epidural blood clot is higher if:
• A thin tube called an epidural catheter is placed in your back to give you certain
medicine
• You take NSAIDs or a medicine to prevent blood from clotting
• You have a history of difficult or repeated epidural or spinal punctures
• You have a history of problems with your spine or have had surgery on your spine

If you take XARELTO® and receive spinal anesthesia or have a spinal puncture, your doctor should watch you closely for symptoms of spinal or epidural blood clots. Tell your doctor right away if you have back pain, tingling, numbness, muscle weakness, (especially in your legs and feet), or loss of control of the bowels or bladder (incontinence).

XARELTO® is not for patients with artificial heart valves.

WHO SHOULD NOT TAKE XARELTO®?

Do not take XARELTO® if you:

· Currently have certain types of abnormal bleeding. Talk to your doctor before taking XARELTO® if you currently have unusual bleeding.

• Are allergic to rivaroxaban or any of the ingredients of XARELTO®.

WHAT SHOULD I TELL MY DOCTOR BEFORE OR WHILE TAKING XARELTO®?

Before taking XARELTO®, tell your doctor if you:

• Have ever had bleeding problems
• Have liver or kidney problems
• Have any other medical condition
• Are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if XARELTO® will harm your unborn baby. Tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant while taking XARELTO®. If you take XARELTO® during pregnancy, tell your doctor right away if you have bleeding or symptoms of blood loss.
• Are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if XARELTO® passes into your breast milk. You and your doctor should decide if you will take XARELTO® or breastfeed.

Tell all of your doctors and dentists that you are taking XARELTO®. They should talk to the doctor who prescribed XARELTO® for you before you have any surgery, medical or dental procedure.


Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Some of your other medicines may affect the way XARELTO® works. Certain medicines may increase your risk of bleeding. See “What is the most important information I should know about XARELTO®?”

Especially tell your doctor if you take:
• Ketoconazole (Nizoral®)
· Itraconazole (Onmel, Sporanox®)
• Ritonavir (Norvir®)
• Lopinavir/ritonavir (Kaletra®)
• Indinavir (Crixivan®)
• Carbamazepine (Carbatrol®, Equetro®, Tegretol®, Tegretol®-XR, Teril, Epitol®)
• Phenytoin (Dilantin-125®, Dilantin®)
• Phenobarbital (Solfoton)
• Rifampin (Rifater®, Rifamate®, Rimactane®, Rifadin®)
• St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum)

Ask your doctor if you are not sure if your medicine is one listed above. Know the medicines you take. Keep a list of them to show your doctor and pharmacist when you get a new medicine.

HOW SHOULD I TAKE XARELTO®?

Take XARELTO® exactly as prescribed by your doctor.

Do not change your dose or stop taking XARELTO® unless your doctor tells you to.

· Your doctor will tell you how much XARELTO® to take and when to take it.

· Your doctor may change your dose if needed.

If you take XARELTO® for:

  • Atrial Fibrillation: Take XARELTO® 1 time a day with your evening meal. If you miss a dose of XARELTO®, take it as soon as you remember on the same day. Take your next dose at your regularly scheduled time.
  • Blood clots in the veins of your legs or lungs:

o Take XARELTO® once or twice a day as prescribed by your doctor.
o Take XARELTO® with food at the same time each day.
o If you miss a dose of XARELTO®:
· and take XARELTO® 2 times a day: Take XARELTO® as soon as you remember on the same day. You may take 2 doses at the same time to make up for the missed dose. Take your next dose at your regularly scheduled time.
· and take XARELTO® 1 time a day: Take XARELTO® as soon as you remember on the same day. Take your next dose at your regularly scheduled time.

  • Hip or knee replacement surgery: Take XARELTO® 1 time a day with or without food. If you miss a dose of XARELTO®, take it as soon as you remember on the same day. Take your next dose at your regularly scheduled time.


· If you have difficulty swallowing the tablet whole, talk to your doctor about other ways to take XARELTO®.
· Your doctor will decide how long you should take XARELTO®. Do not stop taking XARELTO® without talking to your doctor first.
· Your doctor may stop XARELTO® for a short time before any surgery, medical or dental procedure. Your doctor will tell you when to start taking XARELTO® again after your surgery or procedure.
· Do not run out of XARELTO®. Refill your prescription for XARELTO® before you run out. When leaving the hospital following a hip or knee replacement, be sure that you have XARELTO® available to avoid missing any doses.
· If you take too much XARELTO®, go to the nearest hospital emergency room or call your doctor right away.

WHAT ARE THE POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS OF XARELTO®?

Please see “What is the most important information I should know about XARELTO®?”

Tell your doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You are also encouraged to report side effects to the FDA: visit http://www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects to Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., at 1-800-JANSSEN (1-800-526-7736).


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Janssen and Bayer together are developing rivaroxaban.
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