Bristol-Myers Squibb to Showcase New Data Spanning Rheumatoid Arthritis and Other Autoimmune Diseases at 2016 American College of Rheumatology and Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals Annual Meeting

Analyses explore ORENCIA ® (abatacept) treatment and disease burden among patients with poor prognostic factors for rapidly progressive rheumatoid arthritis (RA)

New abatacept data from Phase 3 psoriatic arthritis and juvenile idiopathic arthritis studies

Pipeline Phase 2 and 3 data highlight Bristol-Myers Squibb’s commitment to researching novel immune pathways

Thursday, November 10, 2016 4:15 pm EST



Public Company Information:


PRINCETON, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (NYSE:BMY) today announced that 23 abstracts related to ORENCIA® (abatacept) and the company’s immunoscience pipeline will be presented at the 2016 annual meeting of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) and the Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals (ARHP) to be held November 11-16 in Washington, D.C. These data highlight Bristol-Myers Squibb’s significant capabilities in immunoscience research and its commitment to meeting the unmet needs of patients living with autoimmune diseases.

“As a leader in immunoscience, Bristol-Myers Squibb is advancing our work in rheumatoid arthritis and fostering therapeutic advancements for related autoimmune diseases,” said Brian J. Gavin, Vice President, ORENCIA Development Lead, Bristol-Myers Squibb. “The broad range of data being shared at ACR/ARHP this year reflects our focus on improving patient care through immuno-modulation, exploring investigational treatment pathways and defining the role that biomarkers may play in informing therapeutic decisions in rheumatologic disease.”

The full listing of abstracts Bristol-Myers Squibb will present at the 2016 ACR/ARHP annual meeting follows. Multiple abstracts focus on the impact of anti-citrullinated protein antibody positivity, also known as ACPA positivity, among patients with RA. Bristol-Myers Squibb’s ACPA-related research is focused on furthering the understanding of ACPA as a key prognostic factor related to rapidly progressive RA. In addition, data from recently completed abatacept Phase 3 trials in psoriatic arthritis (PsA) and polyarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis (pJIA) will be presented. Bristol-Myers Squibb will also present late-breaking data exploring preclinical models of systemic lupus erythematosus and inflammatory bowel disease on November 13th at 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. EST. Complete abstracts can be accessed online at:

Abstract Title     Presentation Date and Time
Oral Presentations

Abstract 948: Subcutaneous Abatacept In Patients
With Polyarticular-Course Juvenile Idiopathic
Arthritis And Inadequate Response To Biologic
Or Non-Biologic Disease-Modifying
Antirheumatic Drugs: Pharmacokinetics, Efficacy
And Safety


Sunday, November 13
2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. EST

Abstract 1041: Abatacept In The Treatment Of
Active Psoriatic Arthritis: 24-Week Results From
A Phase III Study


Sunday, November 13
4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. EST

Poster Presentations

Abstract #11L: BMS-986165 is a Highly Potent
and Selective Allosteric Inhibitor of Tyk2, Blocks
IL-12, IL-23 and Type I Interferon Signaling and
Provides for Robust Efficacy in Preclinical
Models of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus and
Inflammatory Bowel Disease


Sunday, November 13
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. EST

Abstract 389: Long-Term Effectiveness And
Safety Of Abatacept In Juvenile Idiopathic
Arthritis: Interim Results From The Abatacept In
JIA Registry


Sunday, November 13
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. EST

Abstract 491: Anti-Citrullinated Peptide
Antibodies Testing Rate Over Time In Newly
Diagnosed RA Patients – Data From Three
Administrative Claims Databases (2007–2014)


Sunday, November 13
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. EST

Abstract 509: Association of Anti-citrullinated
Protein Antibody Positivity and Titer Levels to
Low Hand BMD, and the Consequence of Low
Hand BMD on DAS28 (CRP) Remission in
Established RA: Findings from a US
Observational Cohort


Sunday, November 13
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. EST

Abstract 549: Work Status In Patients With
Rheumatoid Arthritis Who Have Poor Prognostic
Factors: Findings From A US Observational Cohort


Sunday, November 13
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. EST

Abstract 644: Seroprevalence And Its Impact On
Radiographic Damage In Korean Rheumatoid
Arthritis Patients Starting Biologics


Sunday, November 13
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. EST

Abstract 759: Gene Signature For Glucocorticoid,
From In Vitro To In Vivo


Sunday, November 13
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. EST

Abstract 1201: Deconvolution Of Immune Cell
Proportions From Whole Blood RNA Using
Next-Generation Sequencing


Monday, November 14
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. EST

Abstract 1220: Comparison Of Healthcare
Utilization Of Patients With Rheumatoid Arthritis
Who Are Anti-Cyclic Citrullinated Peptide
Antibody Positive Versus Negative


Monday, November 14
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. EST

Abstract 1226: Evaluation Of The Association
Between C-Reactive Protein And Anti-
Citrullinated Protein Antibody In Rheumatoid
Arthritis: Analysis Of Two Clinical Practice Data Sets


Monday, November 14
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. EST

Abstract 1583: Body Mass Index Does Not
Affect Response To Subcutaneous Or Intravenous
Abatacept In Patients With Rheumatoid Arthritis


Monday, November 14
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. EST

Abstract 1589: Body Mass Index Does Not
Impact Abatacept Retention In Biologic-Naïve
Patients With Rheumatoid Arthritis Who Have
Poor Prognostic Factors: A 12-Month Interim
Analysis Of An Observational, Prospective Study


Monday, November 14
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. EST

Abstract 2228: Real-World Cost Of Treating
Inadequate Responders To Anti-Tumor Necrosis
Factor Therapy


Tuesday, November 15
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. EST

Abstract 2229: Economic Burden Of Rheumatoid
Arthritis Is Higher For ACPA-Positive Patients


Tuesday, November 15
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. EST

Abstract 2478: Impact Of Poor Prognostic
Factors On Treatment Decisions In Clinical
Practice In Patients With Rheumatoid Arthritis:
Findings From A US Observational Cohort


Tuesday, November 15
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. EST

Abstract 2494: The Effect Of Body Mass On
DAS28 Response In Patients With Rheumatoid
Arthritis Treated With Abatacept


Tuesday, November 15
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. EST

Abstract 2553: Pregnancy Outcomes In Patients
With Rheumatoid Arthritis Treated With
Abatacept – Review Of A Safety Database


Tuesday, November 15
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. EST

Abstract 2628: Retention Of Use And Safety Of
Subcutaneous Abatacept In Rheumatoid Arthritis:
A Patient Record Assessment In A
Compassionate Use Programme In South Africa,
A Tuberculosis Endemic Country


Tuesday, November 15
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. EST

Abstract 2629: Serious Adverse Events In
Patients With RA Taking Abatacept Compared
With Other Dmards. Results From A US-Wide
Safety Registry


Tuesday, November 15
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. EST

Abstract 2863: High Frequency Of Terminally
Differentiated CD8+ T Cells Characterize
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus Patients With
Renal Involvement


Tuesday, November 15
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. EST

Abstract 2864: Identifying Dysregulated And Co-
Dysregulated Markers In Systemic Lupus
Erythematosus Using Multi-Modal Biomarker
Data From A Large Pre-Clinical Study


Tuesday, November 15
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. EST


About Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a systemic, chronic, autoimmune disease characterized by inflammation in the lining of joints (or synovium), causing joint damage with chronic pain, stiffness, and swelling in the joints.1,2 RA causes decreased range of motion and function in the joints.1,2 The condition is three times more common in women than in men.1

U.S. Indications/Usage and Important Safety Information for ORENCIA ® (abatacept)

Indication and Usage

Adult Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA): ORENCIA® (abatacept) is indicated for reducing signs and symptoms, inducing major clinical response, inhibiting the progression of structural damage, and improving physical function in adult patients with moderately to severely active RA. ORENCIA may be used as monotherapy or concomitantly with disease-modifying, anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) other than tumor necrosis factor (TNF) antagonists.

Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA): ORENCIA® (abatacept) is indicated for reducing signs and symptoms in pediatric patients aged 6 years and older with moderately to severely active polyarticular JIA. ORENCIA may be used as monotherapy or concomitantly with methotrexate (MTX).

Important Limitations of Use: ORENCIA should not be administered concomitantly with TNF antagonists, and is not recommended for use concomitantly with other biologic RA therapy, such as anakinra.

Important Safety Information for ORENCIA ® (abatacept)

Concomitant Use with TNF Antagonists: Concurrent therapy with ORENCIA and a TNF antagonist is not recommended. In controlled clinical trials, adult patients receiving concomitant intravenous ORENCIA and TNF antagonist therapy experienced more infections (63%) and serious infections (4.4%) compared to patients treated with only TNF antagonists (43% and 0.8%, respectively), without an important enhancement of efficacy.

Hypersensitivity: Anaphylaxis or anaphylactoid reactions can occur during or after an infusion and can be life-threatening. There were 2 cases (<0.1%; n=2688) of anaphylaxis or anaphylactoid reactions in clinical trials with adult RA patients treated with intravenous ORENCIA. Other reactions potentially associated with drug hypersensitivity, such as hypotension, urticaria, and dyspnea, each occurred in <0.9% of patients. There was one case of a hypersensitivity reaction with ORENCIA in JIA clinical trials (0.5%; n=190). In postmarketing experience, a case of fatal anaphylaxis following the first infusion of ORENCIA was reported. Appropriate medical support measures for treating hypersensitivity reactions should be available for immediate use. If an anaphylactic or other serious allergic reaction occurs, administration of ORENCIA should be stopped immediately and permanently discontinued, with appropriate therapy instituted.

Infections: Serious infections, including sepsis and pneumonia, have been reported in patients receiving ORENCIA. Some of these infections have been fatal. Many of the serious infections have occurred in patients on concomitant immunosuppressive therapy which, in addition to their underlying disease, could further predispose them to infection. Caution should be exercised in patients with a history of infection or underlying conditions which may predispose them to infections. Treatment with ORENCIA should be discontinued if a patient develops a serious infection. Patients should be screened for tuberculosis and viral hepatitis in accordance with published guidelines, and if positive, treated according to standard medical practice prior to therapy with ORENCIA.

Immunizations: Live vaccines should not be given concurrently with ORENCIA or within 3 months of its discontinuation. The efficacy of vaccination in patients receiving ORENCIA is not known. ORENCIA may blunt the effectiveness of some immunizations. It is recommended that JIA patients be brought up to date with all immunizations in agreement with current immunization guidelines prior to initiating therapy with ORENCIA.

Use in Patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD): Adult COPD patients treated with ORENCIA developed adverse events more frequently than those treated with placebo (97% vs 88%, respectively). Respiratory disorders occurred more frequently in patients treated with ORENCIA compared to those on placebo (43% vs 24%, respectively), including COPD exacerbation, cough, rhonchi, and dyspnea. A greater percentage of patients treated with ORENCIA developed a serious adverse event compared to those on placebo (27% vs 6%), including COPD exacerbation [3 of 37 patients (8%)] and pneumonia [1 of 37 patients (3%)]. Use of ORENCIA in patients with RA and COPD should be undertaken with caution, and such patients monitored for worsening of their respiratory status.

Blood Glucose Testing: ORENCIA for intravenous administration contains maltose, which may result in falsely elevated blood glucose readings on the day of infusion when using blood glucose monitors with test strips utilizing glucose dehydrogenase pyrroloquinoline quinone (GDH-PQQ). Consider using monitors and advising patients to use monitors that do not react with maltose, such as those based on glucose dehydrogenase nicotine adenine dinucleotide (GDH-NAD), glucose oxidase or glucose hexokinase test methods. ORENCIA for subcutaneous (SC) administration does not contain maltose; therefore, patients do not need to alter their glucose monitoring.

Pregnancy: There are no adequate and well-controlled studies of ORENCIA use in pregnant women and the data with ORENCIA use in pregnant women are insufficient to inform on drug-associated risk. A pregnancy registry has been established to monitor pregnancy outcomes in women exposed to ORENCIA during pregnancy. Healthcare professionals are encouraged to register patients by calling 1-877-311-8972.

Lactation: There is no information regarding the presence of abatacept in human milk, the effects on the breastfed infant, or the effects on milk production. However, abatacept was present in the milk of lactating rats dosed with abatacept.

Most Serious Adverse Reactions: Serious infections (3% ORENCIA vs 1.9% placebo) and malignancies (1.3% ORENCIA vs 1.1% placebo).

Malignancies: The overall frequency of malignancies was similar between adult patients treated with ORENCIA or placebo. However, more cases of lung cancer were observed in patients treated with ORENCIA (0.2%) than those on placebo (0%). A higher rate of lymphoma was seen compared to the general population; however, patients with RA, particularly those with highly active disease, are at a higher risk for the development of lymphoma. The potential role of ORENCIA in the development of malignancies in humans is unknown.

Most Frequent Adverse Events (≥10%): Headache, upper respiratory tract infection, nasopharyngitis, and nausea were the most commonly reported adverse events in the adult RA clinical studies. Other events reported in ≥5% of JIA patients were diarrhea, cough, pyrexia, and abdominal pain. In general, the adverse events in pediatric patients were similar in frequency and type to those seen in adult patients.

Note Concerning SC ORENCIA: The safety and efficacy of SC ORENCIA have not been studied in patients under 18 years of age.

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ORENCIA® (abatacept) is a registered trademark of Bristol-Myers Squibb Company.

About Bristol-Myers Squibb Immunoscience

With a robust pipeline of immunomodulatory therapies, Bristol-Myers Squibb is committed to the discovery and development of transformational medicines that could lead to long-term remission in patients with autoimmune diseases. As we discover more about the immune system in such diseases with substantial unmet medical needs, the potential for developing novel therapies that target specific pathways in the immune system continues to drive our research efforts.

About Bristol-Myers Squibb

Bristol-Myers Squibb is a global biopharmaceutical company whose mission is to discover, develop and deliver innovative medicines that help patients prevail over serious diseases. For more information about Bristol-Myers Squibb, visit us at or follow us on LinkedIn, TwitterYouTube and Facebook.

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1. Rheumatoid Arthritis. American College of Rheumatology. August 2012.

2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Rheumatoid Arthritis. CDC Website. Accessed May 19, 2016.


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