Despite stock-denting phase II data with the oral version of Korsuva (difelikefalin) for moderate to severe pruritis in patients with moderate to severe atopic dermatitis (AD), Cara Therapeutics Inc. CEO Derek Chalmers said the outcome “prioritizes moving forward. We got what we needed from the phase II trial,” which identified the patients most sensitive to the drug, nailed down a dose spectrum, and equipped the company to power a registrational effort, he said.
Medtronic plc reported positive interim results on the first 171 patients implanted with Evolut transaortic valve replacement (TAVR) devices in its OPTIMIZE PRO clinical trial. The postmarket, prospective, multicenter study is assessing procedural outcomes, including pacemaker rate, associated with in-procedure techniques and post-procedure TAVR care pathways when using the self-expanding, supra-annular Evolut Pro and Pro+ TAVR systems in patients with symptomatic severe aortic stenosis.
Beigene Ltd.’s selective inhibitor, Brukinsa (zanubrutinib), made up for a 2019 miss in a head-to-head study against Johnson & Johnson and Abbvie Inc.’s Imbruvica (ibrutinib) with positive new data from a phase III trial in adults with relapsed or refractory chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) or small lymphocytic lymphoma.
New phase IIb clinical trial data show the antigen R-21, a malaria vaccine candidate created by the University of Oxford that uses Novavax Inc.'s Matrix-M adjuvant, demonstrated 77% efficacy in children.
LONDON – A large scale U.K. study looking at the impact of COVID-19 vaccinations on antibody responses and new infections in 373,402 people in the general population has shown a single dose of vaccine cut infections by 65%.
Lexington, Mass.-based Aldeyra Therapeutics Inc.’s phase III win in the study called Invigorate with reproxalap for allergic conjunctivitis (AC) restarted speculation about odds of the drug, a small-molecule, immune-modulating covalent inhibitor of reactive aldehyde species (RASP), to treat dry eye disease (DED). “I do think there is potential read-through,” CEO Todd Brady said, especially with regard to the redness endpoint. A six-week safety study necessary before going to the FDA has not yet started, he told investors during a conference call. “That will require some discussions with the FDA, but I do not think, given the length of the trial, the safety study would impair our guidance of potentially filing NDAs by the end of this year.”
The volume of phase I-III clinical trial data so far in 2021 is a full 26% more than it was by this point last year, yet the proportion of news focused on the COVID-19 pandemic continues at much the same rate.
Clinical updates, including trial initiations, enrollment status and data readouts and publications: Aim, Aldeyra, Alkermes, Ampio, Aravive, Brickell, Discgenics, Fosun, Gila, Logicbio, Lumos, Noxopharm, Obseva, Protagonist, Reithera, Revance, Sifi, Verona.