OXFORD, United Kingdom and INGELHEIM, Germany and RIDGEFIELD, Conn. and INDIANAPOLIS, Nov. 4, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- EMPA-KIDNEY phase III clinical trial met its primary endpoint by demonstrating a significant kidney and cardiovascular benefit for adults living with chronic kidney disease (CKD). When treated with Jardiance® (empagliflozin), the risk of kidney disease progression or cardiovascular death was significantly reduced by 28% vs. placebo (HR; 0.72; 95% CI 0.64 to 0.82; P<0.0001). The results were announced today during the American Society of Nephrology (ASN)'s Kidney Week 2022 by the Medical Research Council Population Health Research Unit (MRC PHRU) at the University of Oxford, which designed, conducted and analyzed EMPA-KIDNEY in a scientific collaboration with Boehringer Ingelheim and Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY). The results were also published simultaneously in The New England Journal of Medicine.
EMPA-KIDNEY is the first SGLT2 inhibitor CKD trial to demonstrate a significant reduction in all-cause hospitalizations (14%) (HR; 0.86; 95% CI 0.78 to 0.95; p=0.0025) vs. placebo, one of the pre-specified key secondary confirmatory endpoints. CKD doubles a person's risk for hospitalization and is a leading cause of death globally. Hospitalizations account for 35%-55% of total healthcare costs for people with CKD in the U.S.
The overall safety data was generally consistent with previous findings, confirming the well-established safety profile of Jardiance.
"We know that there is an urgent need for new therapies proven to delay CKD progression which can lead to the need for dialysis or transplantation. Today's results demonstrate that Jardiance may benefit adults at risk of progression, including those with or without diabetes, and across a wide range of kidney function," said William Herrington, associate professor at MRC PHRU (part of Oxford Population Health), and honorary consultant nephrologist, and EMPA-KIDNEY co-principal investigator. "By reducing the risk of kidney disease progression or cardiovascular death, Jardiance has the potential to positively impact healthcare systems worldwide."