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New England Journal of Medicine publishes positive initial Regeneron antibody cocktail results, casirivimab and imdevimab, in non hospitalised patients with COVID-19

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Published:29th Dec 2020
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced that the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) has published initial clinical data from an ongoing seamless Phase 1/II/III trial of the antibody cocktail casirivimab and imdevimab in non-hospitalized patients with COVID-19. . "The peer-reviewed NEJM publication of our first set of clinical data in recently infected COVID-19 patients showed that casirivimab and imdevimab effectively reduced viral load and the need for medically-attended visits, with the greatest benefit in patients who had not yet mounted their own effective immune response or had high viral load at baseline," said David Weinreich, M.D., Senior Vice President and Head of Global Clinical Development at Regeneron and lead author of the publication. "The investigational cocktail is now available to indicated high-risk U.S. patients under an Emergency Use Authorization, and we also continue a robust clinical development program." Regeneron previously announced the initial results featured in this NEJM publication from the Phase 1/II portion of the trial that enrolled 275 patients randomized 1:1:1 to receive 8 grams casirivimab and imdevimab (high-dose, n=90), 2.4 grams casirivimab and imdevimab (low-dose, n=92) or placebo (n=93). Approximately 56% of patients were Latino/Hispanic, 13% were Black/African American and 64% had one or more underlying risk factors for severe COVID-19, including obesity (more than 40%). Regeneron also subsequently announced additional prospective results in a total of 799 patients from the trial. In both the initial descriptive analyses of 275 patients, as well as in the following prospective analyses involving a total of 799 patients, a greater effect was observed in patients treated with the antibody cocktail who did not have SARS-CoV-2 antibodies at baseline ('sero-antibody-negative') or who had high viral load at baseline. As would be expected, a much higher proportion of sero-antibody-negative patients had high viral loads when they entered the trial. Additionally, a smaller proportion of antibody cocktail-treated patients required medically-attended visits due to COVID-19 (inclusive of hospitalizations, urgent care or emergency room visits, in-person physician or telemedicine visits) through day 29 compared to placebo; there was an even greater benefit on this endpoint among sero-antibody-negative patients. In the initial 275 patients, rates of adverse events (AEs) were similar among groups. Serious AEs occurred in 2 placebo patients, 1 low-dose patient and 0 high-dose patients. AEs included infusion-related reactions (1 placebo patient, 0 low-dose patients, 2 high-dose patients) and hypersensitivity reactions (2 placebo patients, 0 low-dose patients, 1 high-dose patient). See- "REGN-COV2, a Neutralizing Antibody Cocktail, in Outpatients with Covid-19"- David M. Weinreich, M.D., Sumathi Sivapalasingam, M.D.,et al., for the Trial Investigators-December 17, 2020 DOI: 10.1056/NEJMoa2035002.
Condition: Coronavirus/COVID-19 Infection
Type: drug

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