Apr. 10, 2013

Safety and efficacy of tanezumab as treatment for chronic low back pain (NCT00924664)


This randomized, parallel-group, multicenter study evaluated long-term safety and efficacy of tanezumab in patients with chronic low back pain (CLBP).
Patients from the parent study (NCT00876187) were eligible for this safety extension study within 12 weeks after last dose of parent study medication or upon discontinuation due to lack of efficacy.
Patients received 3 intravenous then 4 subcutaneous administrations of tanezumab 10mg (n=321) or 20mg (n=527) at 8-week intervals. Safety assessments included adverse event documentation, physical and neurological examinations, and laboratory tests.

Efficacy analyses included change from parent study Baseline in Brief Pain Inventory-short form, Roland-Morris Disability Questionnaire, and Patient’s Global Assessment of CLBP.

The study discontinued prematurely due to an FDA-imposed clinical hold. Mean extension study treatment duration was 194 and 202 days for tanezumab 10 and 20mg, respectively. The most frequently reported treatment-related adverse events were paresthesia, arthralgia, and hypoesthesia. Osteonecrosis was reported in 6 patients (tanezumab 10mg: n=2 [0.6%]; tanezumab 20mg: n=4 [0.8%]); 9 additional patients (tanezumab 10mg: n=7 [2.2%]; tanezumab 20mg: n=2 [0.4%]) underwent total joint replacement (TJR). Of these, all 6 patients with reported osteonecrosis and 4/9 undergoing TJR were evaluated by a blinded expert Adjudication Committee.

Adjudication outcomes were:
Osteonecrosis (n=0); worsening osteoarthritis (OA; n=5); another diagnosis or indeterminate (n=5).
Of the 5 patients adjudicated to worsening OA, 2 were adjudicated to normal progression, 1 was adjudicated to rapid progression of OA and in 2 patients the rate of OA progression was indeterminable.
Improvements in efficacy observed in the parent study (at Week 16) were maintained through Week 32 in this study.
Both tanezumab doses significantly improved all efficacy outcomes from parent study Baseline to Week 32 in this extension study.

In conclusion, long-term tanezumab was generally safe and provided durable efficacy in patients with CLBP. Supported by Pfizer, Inc.

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