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EnteroMedics (ETRM) ReCharge Trial Fails to Meet Predefined Efficacy Endpoints

February 7, 2013 4:06 PM EST Send to a Friend
EnteroMedics Inc. (NASDAQ: ETRM) announced results from its randomized ReCharge Pivotal Trial of VBLOC vagal blocking therapy for the treatment of obesity. The trial demonstrated a clinically meaningful and statistically significant excess weight loss (EWL) of 24.4% for VBLOC Therapy-treated patients, with 52.5% of patients achieving at least 20% EWL. The trial met its primary safety endpoint, though it did not meet its predefined primary efficacy measures.

As a result of the excellent safety and efficacy profile of VBLOC Therapy, EnteroMedics plans to move forward with a Pre-Market Approval (PMA) application with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the second quarter of 2013.

"Even though we did not reach the predefined efficacy thresholds, data from the ReCharge trial clearly demonstrate VBLOC Therapy's positive effect on weight loss, while adding to an excellent safety record," said Mark B. Knudson, Ph.D., EnteroMedics' President and Chief Executive Officer. "Based on these compelling results, and the totality of our clinical experience with the Maestro System, which now includes more than 600 patients worldwide, we believe EnteroMedics is well positioned to deliver this novel therapy to people with obesity in the U.S. We are moving forward with a PMA application to the FDA, in addition to advancing our plans for pursuing other indications, including obesity-related diabetes and hypertension, outside the U.S."




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