Ortho-McNeil announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA's) Cardiovascular and Renal Drugs Advisory Committee has determined that rivaroxaban, a novel, investigational, oral anticoagulant, has a favorable risk-benefit profile for the prophylaxis of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE) in patients undergoing hip replacement or knee replacement surgery.

The advisory committee agreed by a 15-2 vote that the available clinical data demonstrate a favorable risk-benefit profile.

"The robust data from our clinical trials support the effectiveness of rivaroxaban in the prevention of dangerous blood clots following hip or knee replacement surgery," said Peter DiBattiste, M.D., Vice President, Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research and Development, L.L.C. "We are very pleased that the advisory committee voted in support of the risk-benefit profile of rivaroxaban shown in our studies. We appreciate the thoroughness of the advisory committee's review and we will continue to work with the FDA as they finalize their review."

Data presented at today's advisory committee meeting included comprehensive results from the global RECORD (REgulation of Coagulation in major Orthopedic surgery reducing the Risk of DVT and PE) clinical trial program, including four pivotal Phase III studies that involved more than 12,500 patients. These studies compared oral rivaroxaban with injected enoxaparin for the prevention of DVT and PE in patients undergoing either total hip (RECORD1, 2) or knee (RECORD3, 4) replacement surgery. In a pre-specified pooled analysis of these trials, which included head-to-head comparisons with enoxaparin (RECORD1, 3 and 4) as well as a comparison of extended-duration (5 weeks) rivaroxaban with short-duration (2 weeks) enoxaparin (RECORD2), there was a statistically significant lower incidence in the primary efficacy endpoint (4.3% of rivaroxaban-treated patients and 9.4% of enoxaparin-treated patients, p<0.001) of total venous thromboembolism (a composite of proximal or distal DVT, non-fatal PE or death, any cause). Overall, rates of major bleeding, the primary safety endpoint, were less than 1% in the total treatment duration pool (0.4% of rivaroxaban-treated patients and 0.2% of enoxaparin-treated patients, p=0.0076).

J&JPRD submitted the NDA for rivaroxaban on July 28, 2008. If approved by the FDA, Ortho-McNeil will commercialize rivaroxaban in the U.S. The U.S. Bayer HealthCare sales force will support the Ortho-McNeil sales force by detailing rivaroxaban in designated hospital accounts.

Unmet Needs in Venous Thromboembolism (VTE)

VTE includes DVT and PE. DVT is a blood clot in a deep vein (usually in the leg). These clots can break apart and travel through the bloodstream, blocking blood flow to vital organs. In the case of a PE, a blood clot traveled to and lodged in the lungs. PE can be a serious, life-threatening condition. Both DVT and PE are often preventable conditions.

Patients undergoing major orthopedic surgery may be at high risk for VTE because during hip or knee replacement procedures, the large veins of the leg that carry blood back to the heart can be damaged, significantly increasing the risk of VTE. In fact, venous blood clots occur in 40-60% of patients undergoing major orthopedic surgery who do not receive preventive care. Each year, approximately 800,000 Americans elect to have hip and knee replacement surgeries, and VTE is the most common cause of re-hospitalization for this patient group.

About Rivaroxaban

The extensive program of clinical trials supporting possible approval of rivaroxaban by healthcare regulatory authorities makes rivaroxaban the most studied oral, direct Factor Xa inhibitor in the world today. More than 60,000 patients are expected to enroll in the rivaroxaban clinical development program, which will evaluate the product in the prevention and treatment of a broad range of disorders in which blood clotting plays a major role. Rivaroxaban is being jointly developed by J&JPRD and Bayer HealthCare AG.


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