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BANGALORE, July 31 AtheroGenics Inc AGIX.O
said both doses of its experimental drug, AGI-1067, met the
main goal in a late-stage trial to treat type 2 diabetes to
reduce blood sugar levels, sending its shares up about 60
In the trial known as ANDES, the company studied two doses
of the drug, 75 mg and 150 mg, given once daily over six months
to patients with Type 2 diabetes compared to placebo.
AtheroGenics said it observed regional variation in the
placebo arm, where patients in eastern Europe showed a
significant decrease of blood sugar levels in the placebo arm.
The company said it will continue to analyze the trial data,
including the impact of regional differences.
The company will conduct an additional trial as part of the
development plan with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration,
Chief Executive Russell Medford said.
AtheroGenics is in ongoing partner discussions but the
company cannot give further details until a deal is finalized
or otherwise, Medford added.
AGI-1067 was originally studied as a heart drug but failed
to reduce major cardiovascular events. However, those trial
results showed that it could in theory help fight diabetes.
AtheroGenics was studying the drug to determine the optimal
dose for glycemic control in the ANDES trial.
In November 2007, the company discontinued studying the 300
mg dose of AGI-1067, after a review of the occurrence of bad
effects on the liver and discussions with U.S health
Shares of AtheroGenics were trading up at 87 cents on
(Reporting by Jennifer Robin Raj in Bangalore; Editing by