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Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) Seeks Approval of Diabetes Pill


6/1/2012 7:26:10 AM

RARITAN, N.J., May 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Janssen Research & Development, LLC (Janssen), announced today that it has submitted a New Drug Application (NDA) to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) seeking approval for the use of canagliflozin, an investigational, oral, once-daily, selective sodium glucose co-transporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitor, for the treatment of adult patients with type 2 diabetes.

The kidneys of people with type 2 diabetes reabsorb greater amounts of glucose back into the body compared to non-diabetic people, which may contribute to elevated glucose levels. Canagliflozin blocks the reabsorption of glucose by the kidney, increasing glucose excretion and lowering blood glucose levels.

The filing is supported by a comprehensive global Phase 3 clinical development program, which included nine multicenter, randomized clinical studies that enrolled approximately 10,300 patients, representing the largest late-stage development program for an investigational pharmacologic product for the treatment of patients with type 2 diabetes submitted to health authorities to date. The Phase 3 program evaluated the safety and efficacy of canagliflozin across the spectrum of type 2 diabetes and included placebo- and active comparator-controlled studies. The program also included a dedicated cardiovascular study conducted in patients who have or are at high risk for developing cardiovascular disease. Janssen will present data from the Phase 3 studies at future scientific venues, beginning with the Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association in Philadelphia, in June.

Janssen and its affiliates have rights to canagliflozin through a license agreement with Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Corporation. Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. has marketing rights in North America, South America, Europe, Middle East, Africa, Australia, New Zealand and parts of Asia.

About Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is a chronic condition that affects the body's ability to metabolize sugar, or glucose, and is characterized by the inability of pancreatic beta cell function to keep up with the body's demand for insulin. In most people with type 2 diabetes, obesity causes resistance of the body to the action of insulin and if the pancreatic beta cell cannot produce enough insulin, hyperglycemia and type 2 diabetes ensue.

If left uncontrolled, type 2 diabetes can lead to serious long-term complications such as macrovascular disease (myocardial infarctions, strokes, peripheral vascular disease) and microvascular disease such as nerve disease leading to amputation, retinopathy resulting in blindness and nephropathy causing end-stage renal disease.

About Janssen Research & Development, LLC

Janssen Research & Development, LLC is headquartered in Raritan, N.J. and has affiliated facilities in Europe, the United States and Asia. Janssen Research & Development is leveraging a combination of internal and external innovation to discover and develop novel medicines and solutions in five distinct therapeutic areas: Neuroscience, Oncology, Immunology, Infectious Diseases and Vaccines, and Cardiovascular and Metabolism. For more information about Janssen Research & Development, LLC visit www.janssenrnd.com.

Janssen Research & Development is part of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson. Driven by our commitment to patients, we work together to bring innovative ideas, products, services and solutions to address serious unmet medical needs around the world.

(This press release contains "forward-looking statements" as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The reader is cautioned not to rely on these forward-looking statements. These statements are based on current expectations of future events. If underlying assumptions prove inaccurate or unknown risks or uncertainties materialize, actual results could vary materially from the expectations and projections of Janssen Research & Development, LLC and/or Johnson & Johnson. Risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, general industry conditions and competition; economic factors, such as interest rate and currency exchange rate fluctuations; technological advances, new products and patents attained by competitors; challenges inherent in new product development, including obtaining regulatory approvals; challenges to patents; changes in behavior and spending patterns or financial distress of purchasers of health care products and services; changes to governmental laws and regulations and domestic and foreign health care reforms; trends toward health care cost containment; and increased scrutiny of the health care industry by government agencies. A further list and description of these risks, uncertainties and other factors can be found in Exhibit 99 of Johnson & Johnson's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 1, 2012. Copies of this Form 10-K, as well as subsequent filings, are available online at www.sec.gov, www.jnj.com or on request from Johnson & Johnson. Neither Janssen Research & Development, LLC nor Johnson & Johnson undertake to update any forward-looking statements as a result of new information or future events or developments.)

Media contacts:
Ernie Knewitz
Phone: (908) 927-2953
Mobile: (917) 697-2318
eknewitz@its.jnj.com

Christina Chan
Phone: (908) 927-5769
Mobile: (908) 635-2406
cchan20@its.jnj.com

Investor contacts:
Stan Panasewicz
Phone: (732) 524-2524

Louise Mehrotra
Phone: (732) 524-6491

SOURCE Janssen Research & Development, LLC


 
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