KENILWORTH, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Merck (NYSE: MRK), known as MSD outside of the United States and Canada, today announced results from two Phase 3 studies evaluating MK-1293, Merck’s investigational, follow-on biologic* insulin glargine candidate for the treatment of people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. In both studies, MK-1293 achieved its primary endpoint by demonstrating non-inferiority in change from baseline A1C (a measure of average blood glucose) and similar safety to Lantus® (insulin glargine)** after 24 weeks in patients with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Furthermore, in both studies, MK-1293 met its pre-specified secondary efficacy endpoints of statistical A1C equivalence to Lantus, a measure used to show that an investigational treatment is similar, within an acceptable range, to a current therapy.
It is encouraging to see that the investigational agent MK-1293 met its primary and secondary endpoints,” said Philip Home, D.M., D.Phil, professor of diabetes medicine, Newcastle University, United Kingdom. “These data, together with other clinical studies of its time-action profile, suggest that Merck’s insulin glargine, if approved, could help provide glycemic control in appropriate patients with type 1 and type 2 diabetes.”
MK-1293 has the same amino acid sequence as Lantus, the originator insulin glargine. The development of MK-1293 builds on an agreement between Merck and Samsung Bioepis established in February 2013 to develop and commercialize multiple biosimilar candidates across different therapeutic areas. Under the terms of a subsequent 2014 agreement, Merck is responsible for the clinical development, manufacturing and, if approved, commercialization of MK-1293. Samsung Bioepis is partially funding its development.
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