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1 Simvastatin With or Without Ezetimibe in Familial Hypercholesterolemia The ENHANCE trial ClinicalTrials.gov number: NCT John J.P. Kastelein, MD, PhD* Department of Vascular Medicine Academic Medical Center Amsterdam, The Netherlands *On behalf of all ENHANCE investigators Kastelein, et al, N Eng J Med 2008; In Press Adapted from ACC 2008.

2 Presenter Disclosure Information John J.P. Kastelein, MD, PhD The following relationships exist related to this presentation: Dr. Kastelein consults for Merck & Schering Plough Dr. Kastelein is also a consultant for several other pharmaceutical companies with lipid-lowering agents. Adapted from ACC 2008.

3 Although the authors allowed the sponsors to review the manuscript and the presentation, all data analyses and interpretation of the results are those of the academic investigators. Adapted from ACC 2008.

4 Background Ezetimibe, a cholesterol-absorption inhibitor, reduces levels of LDL-c when added to statin treatment. However, the effect of Ezetimibe on the progression of atherosclerosis is unknown Adapted from ACC 2008.

5 LIPID (pediatric) Atorvastatin 80 mg Versus Simvastatin 40 mg ASAP Simvastatin 80 mg + Ezetimibe 10 mg Versus Simvastatin 80 mg ENHANCE Timeline ENHANCE logical next step after ASAP Pravastatin mg Versus Placebo Wiegman et al, Efficacy and Safety of Statin Therapy in Children With FH. JAMA 2004; 292(3):331-7 Smilde et al, Atorvastatin versus Simvastatin on Atherosclerotic Progression study. Lancet 2001;357: Adapted from ACC 2008.

6 ENHANCE Study Design Simvastatin 80 mg RANDOMIZATIONRANDOMIZATION 0 24 Months Pre-randomization Phase FH: LDL-c ≥ 210 mg/dL Screening and Fibrate Washout Placebo Lead- In/ Drug Washout Weeks to -7 Ezetimibe 10 mg-Simvastatin 80 mg IMT assessment Adapted from ACC 2008.

7 ENHANCE Study Population Major inclusion criteria  Age years  HeFH: Genotyping Diagnostic criteria WHO  Untreated LDL-C levels > 210 mg/dL (5.43 mmol/l)  Patients on lipid-lowering treatment LDL-c after wash –out > 210 mg/dL (5.43 mmol/l) Major exclusion criteria  High-grade carotid stenosis  History carotid endarterectomy  Carotid stenting  Congestive heart failure III/IV Adapted from ACC 2008.

8 de Groot E, et al. Circulation. (2004) 109[Suppl III]:III-33-III-38. ENHANCE cIMT Methodology Carotid Intima-Media thickness (cIMT) measurements Measurements were made at a predefined angle of insonation Only the far-walls of all segments were imaged Images were stored in DICOM for offline image analyses Adapted from ACC 2008.

9 Baseline Characteristics Simvastatin Monotherapy Simvastatin plus Ezetimibe All randomized patientsn=363n=357P-value Age (yr) 45.7   Male sex no. (%)179(49%)191 (54%)0.26 Body-mass index 26.7   History of diabetes5(1%)8 (2%)0.38 Hypertension51 (14%)67 (19%)0.09 Current smoking104 (29%)102 (29%)0.98 History of MI26 (7%)14 (4%)0.06 Prior use of statins297 (82%)286 (80%)0.56 Systolic mm Hg 124   Diastolic mm Hg 78  1078  Adapted from ACC 2008.

10 Months LDL-cholesterol Simva Eze-Simva Percentage change from baseline P< % incremental reduction Baseline (mg/dL) 24 months (mg/dL) Simva318 ± ± 60 Eze-Simva319 ± ± 53 Adapted from ACC 2008.

11 Other Lipids and Apolipoproteins Percent Change From Baseline Simvastatin 80EZE/simva 10/80P value Total Cholesterol-31.9± ±0.8<0.01 LDL-cholesterol-39.1± ±0.9<0.01 Triglycerides (median) <0.01 HDL-cholesterol7.8± ± Apo B-33.1± ±0.9 <0.01 Apo A16.9±0.86.3± Adapted from ACC 2008.

12 hsCRP Simva Eze-Simva Median percent change from Baseline P< Months % incremental reduction Baseline 24 months (mg/L) (mg/L) Simva 1.7( ) 1.2( ) Eze-Simva 1.7( ) 0.9( ) Adapted from ACC 2008.

13 Primary Efficacy Outcome Adapted from ACC 2008.

14 Variable Simvastatin Monotherapy Simvastatin plus Ezetimibe P value (mean) MeanMedianMeanMedian Millimeters Baselinen=342n=338 Mean cIMT 0.70   Mean maximum cIMT 0.80   months follow-upn=320n=322 Mean cIMT 0.70   Mean maximum cIMT0.81± ± Difference from baseline Mean cIMT   Mean maximum cIMT   No significant changes in 1° or 2° endpoints consistent inferential results observed for non-parametric (median) and parametric (mean) analyses Adapted from ACC 2008.

15 Variable Simvastatin Monotherapy Simvastatin plus Ezetimibe P value (mean) MeanMedianMeanMedian Millimeters Baseline n=342n=338 CCA 0.68   CBA 0.80   ICA 0.61   months follow-up n=320n=322 CCA 0.68   CBA 0.81   ICA 0.62   Difference from baseline CCA   CBA   ICA   consistent inferential results observed for non-parametric (median) and parametric (mean) analyses Adapted from ACC 2008.

16 Mean cIMT during 24 months of therapy Longitudinal, repeated measures analysis Mean IMT (mm) Simva Eze-Simva Months P=0.88 Adapted from ACC 2008.

17 No Significant Changes Across any Subgroup Change cIMT (mm) Progression Regression Adapted from ACC 2008.

18 Discussion Adapted from ACC 2008.

19 Possible explanations for the absence of an incremental reduction in cIMT Measurement Technique Technique not accurate enough to reflect changes in atherosclerotic burden? The Population At too low a risk to detect changes, which would limit the ability to detect a differential response The Compound Ezetimibe lacks vascular benefit despite the observed LDL-c and hsCRP reduction Adapted from ACC 2008.

20 Quality of cIMT measurement Intraclass correlation coefficient at baseline: 0.93 Intraclass correlation coefficient at study endpoint: 0.95 Standard deviation between the paired measure at baseline: mm Standard deviation between the paired measure at 24 months: mm Completeness PercentageNumber of images Mean cIMT88 %20986/23856 Mean CCA97 %7681/7952 Mean CIA83 %6603/7952 Mean CBA84 %6702/7952 Adapted from ACC 2008.

21 The Compound Ezetimibe no pleiotropic effects? Landmesser et al, Circulation 2005; 111(18): Simvastatin 10 mg group Baseline 4 weeks Flow dependent dilation ( percent change of diameter) Flow dependent dilation ( percent change of diameter) P<0.01 P= n.s Chronic heart failure patients (NYHA III), n=10 per group LDL-c reduction similar in both groups. Simvastatin: 15.6 % Ezetimibe: 15.4% 12 Ezetimibe 10 mg group Adapted from ACC 2008.

22 Pleiotropic Effects of Statins: Benefit Beyond Cholesterol Reduction? Robinson et al, J Am Coll Cardiol 2005;46: Adapted from ACC 2008.

23 The treatment of patients with FH has witnessed profound changes The Population Adapted from ACC 2008.

24 LIPID (pediatric) ENHANCE ASAP Frequency Mean CIMT (mm) 2.4 Baseline cIMT in LIPID (pediatric), ASAP and ENHANCE Baseline mean cIMT (mm) LIPID (pediatric)0.495±0.050 ASAP0.92±0.20 ENHANCE0.70±0.13 Adapted from ACC 2008.

25 Safety Observations ConsecutiveSimvastatinEzetimibe-SimvastatinP n=360n=356 ALT and/or AST ≥ 3 X ULN CPK ≥ 10 X ULN Both regimens well tolerated, with overall safety profiles generally similar and consistent with product labels One case of viral hepatitis A in the simvastatin-only arm One case of myopathy (defined as CPK > 10 ULN, with associated muscle symptoms) in the simvastatin-only arm and 2 cases in the Ezetimibe- Simvastatin arm Subjects with 2 consecutive measurements for ALT and/or AST; a single last measurement ≥ 3 ULN; a measurement ≥ 3 X ULN followed by < 2 ULN that was taken more than 2 days after the last dose of study medication. Adapted from ACC 2008.

26 Conclusion The addition of Ezetimibe to Simvastatin did lead to expected changes in LDL-c and hsCRP, but did not reduce any cIMT parameter The reason(s) for this discrepancy currently remains unknown Adapted from ACC 2008.


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