THOUSAND OAKS, Calif.,
"Two Phase 3 pivotal studies with fracture endpoints, in the PMO and
prostate cancer settings, demonstrated denosumab's ability to reduce fracture,
and all six studies showed denosumab's ability to increase bone mineral
density at all skeletal sites measured," said
Postmenopausal osteoporosis affects more than 200 million people
worldwide(1), and can have devastating consequences. In the
In the U.S., prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men and breast cancer is the most common cancer in women.(7) It is common for prostate cancer and breast cancer patients to receive hormone ablation therapies that can lead to a decrease in bone mass and increased risk of fractures. Currently there are no approved therapies for bone loss in patients undergoing hormone ablation for either prostate or breast cancer.
Denosumab is the first fully human monoclonal antibody in late stage clinical development that specifically targets RANK Ligand, an essential regulator of osteoclasts (the cells that break down bone). Denosumab is being investigated for its potential to inhibit all stages of osteoclast activity through a targeted mechanism. Denosumab is being studied in a range of bone loss conditions including PMO, rheumatoid arthritis, and bone loss in patients undergoing hormone ablation for prostate and breast cancer, as well as for its potential to delay bone metastases and inhibit and treat bone destruction across many stages of cancer.
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(2) "Osteoporosis Fast Facts."
(3) Foley K, et al, 2008.
(4) Burge R, et al. J Bone Miner Res. 2007; 22:465-475
(5) "Economic Cost of Cardiovascular Diseases."
(6) Lippuner K, et al. "Incidence and direct medical costs of
hospitalisations due to osteoporotic fractures in
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