Novartis provides an update on phase III ligelizumab studies in chronic spontaneous urticaria (CSU).
“We are disappointed that we have been unable to demonstrate superior efficacy for ligelizumab versus standard of care in the treatment of CSU,” said John Tsai, M.D., Head of Global Drug Development and Chief Medical Officer, Novartis. “We will continue to evaluate the potential for ligelizumab to bring benefit to patients in the areas of chronic inducible urticaria (CIndU) and food allergy, where there is significant unmet need.”
Full PEARL 1 and 2 Phase III data will be made publicly available after study completion in the second half of 2022.
CSU is an unpredictable, systemic skin disease, characterized by the spontaneous and recurrent appearance of itchy, painful hives (wheals) on the skin, angioedema or both for at least 6 weeks and affects up to 1% of the population at any one time. Approximately 60% of patients do not achieve complete control with first-line treatment antihistamines.
Novartis recently began Phase III studies for remibrutinib (LOU064), a highly selective, potent oral BTK inhibitor that has previously shown rapid and effective CSU disease control.
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