Drugs in the Pipeline

Pediatric Ulcerative Colitis Therapy Granted Orphan Drug Status

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Orphan Drug designation to Avaxia Biologics' investigational therapy, AVX-470 for the treatment of pediatric ulcerative colitis.

Alirocumab Meets Primary Endpoint in Six Hypercholesterolemia Trials

Sanofi and Regeneron announced positive results from six Phase 3 ODYSSEY trials that showed alirocumab significantly reduced LDL-C in hypercholesterolemic patients.

Dupilumab Designated Breakthrough Therapy for Atopic Dermatitis

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Breakthrough Therapy designation to dupilumab (Regeneron and Sanofi) for the treatment of adults with moderate-to-severe atopic dermatitis who are not adequately controlled with topical prescription therapy and/or for whom these treatments are not appropriate.

FDA Grants Orphan Drug Status to Investigational Acute Myeloid Leukemia Treatment

The FDA has granted Orphan Drug designation to BGB324 (BerGenBio AS) for the treatment of acute myeloid leukemia (AML).

NDA Submitted for Three-Month Paliperidone Palmitate

Janssen R&D announced that it has submitted a New Drug Application (NDA) to the FDA, for three-month paliperidone palmitate as treatment for schizophrenia in adults.

LCZ696 Cuts Sudden Death, ER Visits in Large HF Study

Novartis announced new data from the Phase 3 PARADIGM-HF study, in patients who received LCZ696 for heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF).

Secukinumab Demonstrates Efficacy in Psoriatic Arthritis Trials

Novartis announced results from the Phase 3 FUTURE 1 and FUTURE 2 studies with secukinumab in patients with psoriatic arthritis (PsA).

Lesinurad Demonstrates Efficacy in Phase 3 Gout Trials

AstraZeneca announced top-line results for two pivotal Phase 3 trials investigating lesinurad, when used in combination with xanthine oxidare (XO) inhibitor allopurinol in patients with symptomatic gout not achieving target sUA levels on current allopurinol dose.

Opdivo Achieves Primary Endpoint in Melanoma Trial

Bristol-Myers Squibb Company announced results from the Phase 3 CheckMate-066 study comparing Opdivo, an investigational PD-1 immune checkpoint inhibitor, to dacarbazine (DTIC) in patients with treatment naïve BRAF wild-type advanced melanoma.

Combination Therapy Effective in Rheumatoid Arthritis Study

Bristol-Myers Squibb Company announced results of several new sub-analyses of the Phase 3b AVERT trial investigating the use of Orencia (abatacept) plus methotrexate (MTX) in biologic and MTX-naïve CCP-positive early moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients.

Development of Brilinta Reversal Agent Initiated by AstraZeneca

AstraZeneca announced that it has initiated a pre-clinical development program to evaluate the ability of investigational antibody, MEDI2452 to rapidly and specifically reverse the antiplatelet effects of Brilinta (ticagrelor) in rare emergencies, such as urgent surgery or major bleeding.

Positive Phase 3 Data of Sebelipase Alfa for LAL Deficiency

Synageva BioPharma announced positive data on sebelipase alfa in a clinical study of patients with lysosomal acid lipase (LAL) deficiency at the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases' AASLD Liver Meeting.

Brodalumab Demonstrates Efficacy in Plaque Psoriasis Study

Amgen and AstraZeneca announced results from AMAGINE-3, a Phase 3 trial evaluating brodalumab in patients with moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis.

Sustained Virologic Responses Achieved with Combination Chronic HCV Therapy

Gilead Sciences announced results from three Phase 2 open-label studies investigating the efficacy and safety of an all-oral pan-genotypic regimen containing Sovaldi (sofosbuvir) and GS-5816 for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection.

Interferon-Free Investigational Treatment for Chronic HCV: New Study Results

Enanta Pharmaceuticals announced results from AbbVie's Phase 2b PEARL-I study with ABT-450/ritonavir and ombitasvir, an all-oral, interferon-free investigational treatment combining two direct-acting antivirals with or without ribavirin in patients with genotype 4 (GT4) chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection.