From Clinical Trial Efficacy to Real-World Effectiveness First AJOVY® ▼ (fremanezumab) Data from European Real World Evidence Program
8 November 2021, Teva Germany (GmbH) presented at the DGN Congress 2021 the first interim analysis results of the FINESSE study aiming to provide real-world evidence of fremanezumab treatment outcomes by evaluating effectiveness in routine clinical practice. 97.6% of patients included in the study had already received preventive migraine therapies in the 10 years prior to study entry, including antidepressants, anticonvulsants, beta-blockers, ca-antagonists, onabotulinumtoxinA as well as other anti-CGRP mAbs.1
The interim analysis results were shared in a poster presentation at the congress by Prof. Andreas Straube, from Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich, Germany, who is the principal investigator of the study.
The presented FINESSE interim data1 indicate that real-world response rates are consistent with Phase-III-study results of fremanezumab.2,3,4 “The results indicate that anti-CGRP mAbs such as fremanezumab also work outside of randomized clinical trials in a migraine patient population who has previously experienced inadequate response to multiple preventive therapies. Real-world evidence can provide vital insight into treatment effects in more naturalistic clinical settings, where many patients have multiple co-morbidities”, said Professor Straube.
The primary endpoint measure was the proportion of patients reaching ≥ 50% reduction in the monthly average number of migraine days evaluated during the 6-month period after the first dose of fremanezumab.
- 48.7% of the patients with 6-month data achieved the primary endpoint, with a higher percentage in EM (53.2%) than CM patients (43.0%). Real-world response rates are thus in line with Phase-III-study results of fremanezumab.
- The mean number of migraine days per month (d/m) decreased from 12.7 (baseline) to 6.2 (month 6).
- From baseline to month 6, the mean MIDAS Score decreased from 74.8 at baseline to 32.8 and the mean HIT-6 Score from 65.9 at baseline to 56.6
- Acute migraine medication use decreased from 9.6 days/month at baseline to 4.4 d/m at month 6.
Danilo Lembo, Vice President Teva Medical Affairs EU commented:
To provide further support in understanding migraine prevention in clinical practice, we have initiated a comprehensive European Real World Evidence program with FINESSE and PEARL studies which are being carried out throughout Europe.
“Today we are excited to see these first interim results from the FINESSE study which are a strong validation of the data previously seen with Teva’s migraine preventive treatment.
“Real-world evidence (RWE) studies provide information that is relevant to patient care and can help clinicians, researchers, regulators and payers to better understand the drugs and their impact on patients outcomes.
“Also real-world evidence is complementary to randomized clinical trial and in recent years it has become increasingly important to improve clinical practice, amend treatment guidelines and support access decisions.”
About the Study
- FINESSE is a 49-month (25-month recruitment and 24-month follow-up) multicenter, two-country (Germany/Austria), prospective observational study.
- Eligible patients are adults (≥ 18 years) diagnosed with EM or CM who have been prescribed fremanezumab according to the Summary of Product Characteristics (SmPC).
- The primary endpoint is the proportion of patients reaching ≥ 50% reduction in the monthly average number of migraine days evaluated during the 6-month period after the first dose of fremanezumab.
- Relevant secondary effectiveness endpoints include changes from baseline in: (1) Monthly average number of migraine days; (2) Disability scores; (3) Days of acute migraine medication use per month.
- Effectiveness data is evaluated using data from patient diaries and patient-reported outcome measures (disability scores).
- Recruitment of the FINESSE study is still ongoing.
About AJOVY® (fremanezumab-vfrm) injection
AJOVY is indicated for prophylaxis of migraine in adults who have at least 4 migraine days per month. AJOVY is available as a 225 mg/1.5 mL single dose injection in a pre-filled syringe or a pre-filled pen. Two dosing options are available: 225 mg once monthly administered as one subcutaneous injection (monthly dosing), or 675 mg every three months (quarterly dosing), which is administered as three subcutaneous injections.
AJOVY can be administered either by a healthcare professional or at home by a patient or caregiver. No starting dose is required to begin treatment.
Information for Europe about AJOVY® can be found here .
▼ This medicinal product is subject to additional monitoring. This will allow quick identification of new safety information. Healthcare professionals are asked to report any suspected adverse events.
Adverse events should be reported. Reporting forms and information can be found at https://www.hpra.ie .
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- Straube A et al. Effectiveness of Fremanezumab for Preventive Treatment in Migraine: The Non-Interventional FINESSE Study. Poster presented at DGN Congress 2021, November 3-6, 2021
- Dodick DW et al. Effect of Fremanezumab Compared With Placebo for Prevention of Episodic Migraine. A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA . 2018;319(19):1999–2008. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.4853
- Silberstein SD, et al. Fremanezumab for the preventive treatment of chronic migraine. N Engl J Med 2017;377:2113–22. doi:10.1056/NEJMoa1709038
- Ferrari MD et al. Fremanezumab versus placebo for migraine prevention in patients with documented failure to up to four migraine preventive medication classes (FOCUS): a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled, phase 3b trial. Lancet . 2019:394(10203):1030–1040. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(19)31946-4
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