Commercial-stage biotech Amarin Corporation (NASDAQ:AMRN said that an independent study supported the benefit of purified eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), a component in its heart disease therapy Vascepa/Vazkepa.
RESPECT-EPA trial funded by the Japanese Heart Foundation marginally achieved statistical significance with a 21.5% reduction in the primary composite endpoint related to cardiovascular risk. It also indicated statistical significance for a 26.6% reduction in the secondary composite endpoint.
Amarin (AMRN) said that the RESPECT-EPA was the third study to highlight the beneficial impact of purified EPA in lowering cardiovascular outcomes in patients with coronary artery disease.
The results were part of a presentation at the American Heart Association (AHA) 2022. Other presentations included in vitro data supporting the antioxidant effect of EPA on low-density lipoprotein (LDL) compared to mineral oil.
Vascepa is a fish oil-derived therapy approved in the U.S. for high-risk patients who continue to suffer from cardiovascular risk after statin therapy.