(AP) — Amarin Corp.’s stock jumped in premarket trading today after the drug
developer said its experimental drug reduced triglycerides and “bad”
cholesterol in late-stage testing.
Its shares climbed $6.22, or 71 percent, to $14.99 in
Amarin said the study showed the drug, called AMR101, was
more effective than a placebo at reducing both triglycerides and LDL
cholesterol, or “bad” cholesterol, after 12 weeks. In the trial, the
drug was tested on patients who had with high triglyceride levels and at least
two lipid disorders with a high risk of heart disease.
All the patients were already being treated with statin
drugs like Lipitor, Crestor, and Zocor. They also took 2 milligrams or 4
milligrams of AMR101 per day, or a placebo.
Amarin, based in Dublin,
said the study demonstrates that its drug can reduce triglycerides without
raising LDL cholesterol. The company said about 40 million people have high
triglycerides, most within the ranges of patients in the study.
The company has no products on the market. It plans to file
for marketing approval of AMR101 by the end of the third quarter.
The company said patients who took the 2-milligram dose had
a 10.1 percent reduction in triglycerides and a 3.6 percent reduction in LDL
cholesterol compared with patients who took a placebo. Patients who took the
higher dose had 21.5 percent less triglycerides and 6.2 percent lower LDL
Amarin said patients in the trial were at high risk for
heart problems despite statin therapy. It said 73 percent of the patients in
the trial were diabetic.
In November, Amarin said the drug met its goal in a study
involving patients with very high triglyceride levels.
Amarin shares closed at $8.77 Friday and have traded between
$1.62 and $9.66 in the last year.